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cialty in medieval Ireland.
"I love Ireland and I just want
to live and study there for a year,"
she said. "So I hope they'll see
that when they look at my appli-
James Nadel is also interested
in European history. He was nom-
inated for the.Marshall Scholar-
ship, a scholarship for study at a

number of institutions in the Unit-
ed Kingdom. Nadelwantsto spend
a year studying Sephardic culture
at the University of Cambridge.
Nadel, who is the managing
editor of the Michigan Journal
of History, said the role not only
prepared him for studies as a Mar-
shall Scholar, but also stimulated
his interest in many different sub-
"We get so many submissions,
and having to read all of them
has really jump-started a lot of

my other intellectual pursuits,"
Nadel said. "It definitely allows
you to see a lot of different his-
torical contexts that you can then
choose your favorites from."
Nadel said out of nearly 1,000
students nominated for the Mar-
shall scholarship, 40 are ulti-
mately selected. He said the
University's support would ben-
efithim in the selection process.
"Michigan presents a really
good case for me, which is always
nice to hear," he said.

Detroit mayor to regain
control of city government

From Page 1A
Ashley Street spot in spring 2014.
Magner said he would have liked
to reopen before the Ann Arbor
Art Fair this past summer, but
various delays arose with con-
tractors and arranging permits
with the city.
The menu, prices and gen-
eral operations are all the same,
except for the basic burger, which
raised from $2.35 to $2.99. Other-
wise, Blimpy hasn't raised prices
since 2008. One addition will be
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the House Caucus on Innovation
and Entrepreneurship. Peters
hopes to make Michigan "the
startup capitalof the Midwest"by
tapping into the state's education
system, its venture capital com-
munity and export infrastruc-
While not particularly vocal
about the issue on the campaign
trail, Peters has not been shy
about the need for deficit reduc-
tion, and he has voted against
Democratic budget proposals that
did not include deficit reduction
plans. The federal debt is current-
ly greater than $17 trillion, and
the Congressional Budget Office
currently projects a $492 billion
budget deficit for the 2014 fiscal
Higher Education
Campaign aide Zade Alsawah
said Peters believes supporting
highereducation is fuiilieiital
to economic growth and job re-=
He has supported curbing the
rise of student loan interest rates
and "also supports expanding Pell
Grants and direct loans as impor-
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efit (the University) community,"
said Heather Seyfarth, program
supervisor of CEC, in an e-mail.'
"Meanwhile, the city was also
exploring the feasibility of a bike
share program."
CEC acted as a third party by
negotiating funds and grants,
ultimately being named as Arbor-
Bike's primary owners and opera-
"It was a joint effort and (the
CEC) felt it would be best to have
a third-party and that's how we
got involved as a non-profit," Sey-
farth wrote.
Capital costs were covered by
a federal Congestion Mitigation
and Air Quality grant. The city of
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neglect cases. She led Van den
Bergh by three percentage points
in the primary, and has continu-
ally emphasized that experience
is key in this election.
"Just the fact that I have now

almost a 15-year record of already
being on the bench, already mak-
ing decisions, as opposed to some-
one who's been an attorney not
quite eight years yet, is just a huge
difference," she said.
Owdziej graduated from
Detroit College of Law and said
her experience thus far as probate
judge has been both rewarding
and trying, as she works to reor-
ganize and embrace the heavily
family law-centered docket.
"I was pleased with the (elec-
tion) results," Owdziej said. "The

credit card and debit card capa-
bilities, as well as electronic gift
cards to replace paper gift certifi-
The restaurant is now further
from Central Campus, a change
that Magner said may decrease
student patronage. But contrary
to what most people think, Mag-
ner said, roughly half of Blimpy's
business comes from Ann Arbor
locals. He said the new location
will still draw plenty of townies,
and he hopes students will still
come out.
"Our first two weeks of Sep-
tember (at the old location), when

South Quad-and West Quad had
mostly freshmen in them, except
for football Saturdays, are two of
the slowest weeks of the year,"
Magner said. "The reason is, the
townies stay away because they
think students are back and traf-
fic and parking is worse the first
few weeks of school."
Magner said his staff, about
one-third of which carried over
from the old location, may have
another "super-soft" launch with
another small group of guests
before the full open, which is
expected to be the end of next

Emergency Manager
Kevyn Orr to
remain involved in
bankruptcy trial
DETROIT (AP) - The day-
to-day operations of Detroit's
city government are back in the
hands of its elected mayor and,
city council.
State-appointed emergency
manager Kevyn Orr on Thursday
signed one of his final orders and
relinquished control of the city
after 18 months of state over-
"The city is more than ready,"
Orr told reporters before sign-
ing order 42 putting the nine-
member council and Mayor
Mike Duggan back in charge of
Detroit's finances, police depart-
ment and other facets of city gov-
ernment. "This is really a good
day for the city. We have a little
bit more to go, but this is the
right thing to do."
Orr was appointed in March
2013 to manage Detroit's trou-
bled finances, and he took the city
into the largest municipal bank-
ruptcy in U.S. history. His exit
becomes effective if and when
federal Judge Steven Rhodes
approves the city's restructuring
plan in bankruptcy court. The
bankruptcy plan would wipe out

$7 biliion of Detroit's $12 billion
in long-term, unsecured debt
while restructuring city servic-
The orderly transition of
responsibilities from Orr to the
city reflects the continuing coop-
eration between Detroit and
Lansing, Gov. Rick Snyder said
in a statement.
"Together, we have confront-
ed problems that have lingered
for decades," Snyder said. "There
have been difficult decisions
and sacrifices. Hard work is still
ahead of us. We remain focused
on improving the quality of life
for all residents and building a
strong and sustainable financial
foundation for the city."
Orr's contract expires this
weekend. He still keeps the title
of emergency manager, but his
duties primarily will involve
shepherding Detroit through the
"We'll know where we are a
year or two from now andwheth-
er it was worth it," he said of tak-
ing Detroit into bankruptcy.
Order 42 returns "democracy
back to the city of Detroit," Dug-
gan said during a press briefing
after the council approved its
Orr, Duggan and council-
members spent three days hash-
ing out the deal. Sticking points
involved financial concerns tied

up in bankruptcy court, includ-
ing a pending bond issue -that
required the city to have an
emergency manager.
"We had a lot of questions,"
said Council President Brenda
Jones. "We do not want to stand
in the way of the bankruptcy
Orr, who gradually has been
returning responsibilities to
elected officials, is still expected
to testify during the bankruptcy
trial, which is scheduled to last
until mid-October.
He and his team have reached
deals that will pay most of the
city's creditors far less than they
are owed. An agreement with
the state, businesses and founda-
tions keeps pension' cuts down
while preventing the sale of city-
owned artwork to satisfy some
of the debt. The restructuring
plan also sets aside $1.7 billion
to improve police, fire and other
city services.
When Orr took over the city
was all but broke. Tax revenue
was not enough to cover spend-
ing and the city's bills. There was
no money to pay off $5.7 billion
in retiree health care obligations
or $3.5 billion in pension liabili-
ties. City services were poor and
an under-manned and under-
equipped police force struggled
to keep the crime rate down.


tant tools for students," Alsawah
wrote in an e-mail.
Like Republican Gov. Rick Sny-
der, Peters has also supported
increased investment in science,
technology, engineering and
math fields.
Climate Change and the
Though outside interest groups
have focused significant atten-
tion on the controversial piling
of petroleum coke in the Detroit
River, which theyclaimnegatively
impacts heart and lung health,
there are other important climate
and environmental issues to con-
"(Peters) believes that climate
change poses a real threat to our
Great Lakes and agricultural
producers, but it also presents
a big economic opportunity for
Michigan to continue leading in
clean energy solutions," Alsawah
wrote. To accomplish this, the
congressman supports the expan-
sion of investment and tax credits
in clean energy manufacturing
and production.
Women's Issues
The Peters campaign and
its allied support groups have
emphasized the wide gap

between Land and the congress-
man on several women's issues.
Peters supports the pro-choice
movement and has backed leg-
islation to reverse the Supreme
Court's June Hobby Lobby deci-
sion, which stated that corpora-
tions should not be required to
provide insurance that covers
the purchase of contraceptives.
Peters is also a strong support-
er of equal pay for equal work,
which has been an emphasis for
Democrats across the board this
midterm season.
Foreign Policy
The potential move from the
House to the Senate would force
Peters to take on a more promi-
nent role in foreign policy forma-
tion, as his work in the House
has focused largely on financial
issues. Based on his experience
in the Navy Reserve, Peters
views sending American troops
to war as "the toughest decision
a Member of Congress could
make," Alsawah wrote. Peters
opposes deploying ground troops
in Iraq, Syria and other areas of
conflict. He instead favors using
airstrikes as well as equipping
and training moderate Arab forc-
es to combat the advance of the
Islamic State.

Hamas, Fatah reach -deal
during Egypt negotiations

Ann Arbor matched 25 percent of
the funds from CMAQ. The Uni-
versity's Planet Blue initiative
is ArborBike's title sponsor, and
pledged $600,000 over its first
three years.
Despite Michigan's harsh win-
ters, Seyfarth said Michigan's
climate wouldn't affect business
for ArborBike. CEC will be clos-
ing down and storing the stations
duringthewinter and reinstalling
them in April.
"We are exploring the possibil-
ity of leaving them out in future
years," she said. "In other bike
share communities that have
snow, some are starting to leave
them out all year due to popular-
Public Policy senior Bobby
Dishell, Central Student Gov-
ernment president, said CSG

approached the University with a
request to offer discounts to stu-
dents. Currently, costs of mem-
bership cards to use the bikes
range from $6 for 24 hours to $65
for one year.
The first 60 minutes of every
ride are free and each additional
30-minute period accrues a $3 fee.
The bikes, which are provided by
B-Cycle, have pre-installed GPS
trackers to both monitor riders'
trip and prevent the bikes from
being stolen.
Seyfarth said theft hasn't
been a problem in other cities
with bikeshare programs, and
she hopes ArborBike contin-
ues to spread throughout the
"We hope to increase ridership
and expand the system," Seyfarth

Partial agreement
signals step forward
in governing the
Gaza Strip
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
(AP) -'The militant Palestinian
Hamas group and its rival Fatah,
movement on Thursday reached
a partial agreement on govern-
ing the Gaza Strip, signaling a
major step forward in reducing
their deep-seated enmity.
Meanwhile, a senior Palestin-
ian official said President Mah-
moud Abbas' government, which
runs the West Bank, will press
forward with a United Nations
bid to set a deadline for Israel
to end its occupation of lands
captured in the 1967 war, after
efforts to enlist American sup-
port for the effort ran aground.
"Work with the Americans
about the possibility of joint
action in the Security Council
has reached an impasse," said
chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb
Erekat, adding that he expects
the Palestinian delegation in
New York to proposea U.N. reso-
lution on the issue within three
The purpose of the resolution
is to set the groundwork for the
formal establishment of a Pales-
tinian state.
Meanwhile, after days of dis-
cussions with Fatah leaders in

Cairo, Hamas' deputy leader
Mussa -Abu Marzouk seemed
upbeat in describing the new
Gaza deal.
"We and Fatah have reached
a deal today on reconciliation,"
he said. "The deal states that a
(unity) government can officially
assume control over government
institutions in Gaza."
The deal struckbehind closed
doors in the Egyptian capital is
the sixth official accord between
the two groups, but with major
issues not yet resolved - includ-
ing salaries for Hamas employ-
ees in Gaza and control over the
coastal territory's security forc-
es - concerns over possible new
confrontations between the fac-
tions remain.
Outlining the deal's provi-
sions, Abu Marzouk said the new
unity government will start mak-
ing some payments to govern-
ment officials in Gaza, though
the question of full salaries has
been left to future negotiation.
Also, he said, the government
will jointly man border crossing
points with Israel and Egypt and
jointly administer a hoped-for
Gaza reconstruction process,
funded by donations from Euro-
pean and other western coun-
"We have set the reconstruc-
tion as high priority," Abu Mar-
zouk said.
Hamas and Fatah have a long
history of dashed hopes. They
agreed in April to form a unity

government in Gaza, now ruled
by Hamas, but the government
never really took hold amid long-
standing tensions between the
The tensions appear to have
spiked in recent weeks over Fatah
claims that Hamas's conduct of
the recent Hamas-Israel war led
to unacceptably high losses of life
and damage to property.
The 50 day conflict in July and
August in the Gaza Strip killed
more than 2,100 Palestinians
and left more than 18,000 homes
destroyed or severely damaged.
In the spring, Abbas worked out
atentative agreementwith Hamas
under which he would head a
temporary unity government of
experts in both the West Bank
and Gaza until elections could be
held. However, major issues were
left unresolved, including the fate
of 40,000 government employees
hired during the Hamas era and
control over the Gaza security
Hamas was mired in a severe
financial crisis when it struck
the deal, but has become embold-
ened since the end of the war
because fighting with Israel
boosted its popularity among
The need to present a joint
front ahead of planned donor
talks for Gaza's reconstruction
may be pushing the rival factions
together now, even if sustain-
able reconciliation remains to be

other three folks who didn't make
it through have significant pro-
bate and general law experience."
Van den Bergh's background
includes experience in social work
and she currently works as an attor-
ney with Legal Services of South
Central Michigan.A graduate ofthe
Michigan State University College
of Law, she practices as an attor-
ney with a focus in family law and
works with mental illness cases.
Van den Bergh, who has been
endorsed by the Ann Arbor Dem-
ocratic Party, said though this is
a non-partisan seat, she hopes to
make decisions fairly and with
her personal values in mind.
"I really consider myself the
progressive in this case," she said.
"Personally, I'm a Democrat and
so Isupport Democratic ideals."
While other candidates run-
ning identified themselves as pro-
gressive, Van den Bergh is hopeful

that in this narrowed-down elec-
tion, those Democratic votes will
shift her way. Endorsement sup-
port has been strong from Ann
Arbor, where she has garnered
the support of Democratic may-
oral nominee Christopher Taylor
(D-Ward 3) as well as other City
Council members such as Ste-
phen Kunselman (D-Ward 3) and
Chuck Warpehoski (D-Ward 5).
"I may not have the length of
experience, and if you look at my
endorsement list, you'll see i have
been endorsed by attorneys who
have been practicing for decades.
Julia has not tried a case or rep-
resented a client in twenty years.
Honestly, I think having a fresh
perspective having so much expe-
rience in social work and in prac-
There will be two upcoming
forums prior to the general elec-
tion on Oct. 8 and Oct.15.


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