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Conviction stands
for dad in girl's
The Michigan appeals court
has affirmed the murder con-
viction of a Detroit man whose
2-year-old daughter has not been
The court says there was "suf-
ficient circumstantial evidence"
to support D'Andre Lane's
convictions. He was charged
with first-degree child abuse
and murder committed during
another felony.
Lane claimed Bianca Jones
was abducted during a carjack-
ing in 2011, a tragic story that led
police and volunteers to scour
Detroit's most depressed neigh-
borhoods during the Christmas
City's plan would
replace payphones
with Wi-Fi hubs
Pay phones on New York City
streets would become a thing of
the past under a plan announced
Monday that would replace them
with stand-alone devices offer-
ing free Wi-Fi and nationwide
phone calls as well as mobile
phone charging capability.
New York City Mayor Bill
de Blasio said LinkNYC, a plan
proposed by a group of compa-
nies working together under
the name CityBridge, had been
selected to replace the old pay
phone system. Up to 10,000
column-like devices would
be placed in all five boroughs
starting next year if the plan is
approved by the city's Franchise
and Concession Review Com-
The devices, alongwith Wi-Fi,
would also have touchscreens
for users to access city agencies
and digital displays for advertis-
ing and announcements.
Governor activates
National Guard
ahead of ruling
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
declared a state of emergen-
cy Monday and activated the
National Guard ahead of a grand
jury decision about whether
a white police officer will be
charged in the fatal shooting
of a black 18-year-old in the St.
Louis suburb of Ferguson.
Nixon said the National
Guard would assist state and
local police in case the grand
jury's decision leads to a resur-
gence of the civil unrest that
occurred in the days immedi-
ately after the Aug. 9 shooting
of Michael Brown by Ferguson

police officer Darren Wilson.
"My hope and expectation is
that peace will prevail," Nixon
said. "But we have a responsibil-
ity - I have a responsibility - to
plan for any contingencies that
might arise."
U.S. "disappointed"
by Iran's level of
nuclear cooperation
A U.S. envoy says Washing-
ton is disappointed with Iran
over the degree of cooperation it
has shown with the U.N. nucle-
ar agency's attempts to probe
whether Tehran ever worked on
atomic arms.
A report this month from
the U.N.'s International Atomic
Energy Agency said the investi-
gation has made no headway for
months despite pledges by Ira-
nian leaders to cooperate.
The IAEA has tried to follow
up on the allegations for more
than a decade, with little suc-
cess. Iran denies it has any inter-
est in - or is working on - such
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for learning and growth," said
Business sophomore Aditi Pad-
manabhan. "Right now they just
view it as a hindrance to what
they want to do. I don't want
students to feel like just because
where they live they're so much
more inconvenienced than
everyone else."
Both Schlissel and Harper
responded to additional con-
cerns regarding Bursley Dining
Hall and other accommodations
with assurances that these reno-
vations are in the planning stag-
es. Harper referred to plans for
North Campus as well as Mary
Markley Residence Hall as the
"third round" of renovations and
the next project in line after the
completion of West Quad.
Following several other con-
cerns raised with this issue,
Schlissel also noted that the
complaints of a vast difference
in food quality between North
andCentral Campus dininghalls
will be examined.
Another issue students
emphasized was underage and
excessive drinking, which stu-
dents said continues to be a
major problem on campus. The
students' concern focused on the
effectiveness of programs and

heightened punishment to mini-
mize risk in situations involving
Harper responded by saying
discussions about diminish-
ing alcohol-related incidents
are constantly occurring - in
addition to the several pro-
grams incorporated into
freshman orientation and
University-sponsored sober
events held throughout the year.
Conversations about gradu-
ally increasing enforcement
for underage drinking are also
Schlissel was also open to
suggestions from the audience
about controlling alcohol abuse
on campus. The possibility of
parent intervention and target-
ing leaders in student organiza-
tions to promote a safe campus
culture was also discussed.
"A lot of the policing can be
done not from authority figures
that work at the University, but
authority figures within student
organizations like fraternities,
sports teams and clubs," said
Law student Greg Berman. "I
think that sort of policing and
prevention can be more effective
for students that look up to and
value the opinions of the upper-
classmen that they interact with
ona regular basis."
Schlissel's next Fireside Chat
is scheduled for Dec. 8.

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As flu season approaches, this
situation makes it more difficult
for experts to accurately detect
the cause of respiratory illness
since EV-D68 and influenza
share similar symptoms.
Arnold Monto, a professor of
epidemiology at the University's
School of Public Health, noted
the difficulty in learning about
EV-D68. His team is planning
on tracking individuals with
mild symptoms of EV-D68, but
according to Monto, it is difficult

to do so because EV-D68 is a sea-
sonal virus.
He emphasized the impor-
tance of developing a faster.
diagnostic test for EV-D68.
Developing a faster way to detect
the enterovirus similar to the
way potential flu cases are tested
would aid Monto and his col-
leagues in learning about the
spread of EV-D68.
According to the CDC, there
were 1,116 confirmed positively
tested cases of EV-D68 from mid-
August to Nov.12, 2014, across 47
states and the District of Colum-
bia. Twelve patients have died
from EV-D68, including one in

Michigan. As of Nov. 13, the CDC
has removed its EV-D68-like
illness activity map due to the
reduction in reported cases for
the virus as well as the difficulty
in attributing instances of respi-
ratory illness in the winter to
EV-D68 or influenza.
Similar to recommendations
designed to minimize influenza,
the CDC, along with state and
local governments, continues to
emphasize good hand hygiene in
schools and at homes as aprecau-
tionary measure. They are also
advising parents to seek medical
attention if their child experi-
ences any difficultyinbreathing.

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current agreement's wide-rang-
inglanguage and said it prevents
important or relevant informa-
tion from reaching the public
and faculty. They also pointed to
recent scandals at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and Pennsylvania State Univer-
sity, where many have blamed
lax athletics oversight for allow-
ing transgressions.
He added that he initially saw
the agreement earlier this year
when he became part of ABIA
as one of his duties as chair of
SACUA. The chair of SACUA
serves on ABIA, per the regents'
bylaws. He has not signed the
agreement but has been able to
attend ABIA meetings, while
negotiations on a new agree-
ment are continuing.
In similar committees, such
as the Board of Regents or
SACUA, information discussed
is deemed public unless spe-
cifically qualified as private
through a vote. The confiden-
tiality agreement for ABIA
members takes the opposite
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald wrote in an e-mail
that other other groups such as
executive search committees
also use confidentiality agree-
ments. Members of the Chief
Financial Officer search com-
mittee were asked to sign a copy
of the group's charge which asks
members to "maintain confiden-
tiality as directed."
Masten and members of
SACUA raised concerns with the
University's Office of the Gener-
al Counsel, asking if the agree-
ment violated ABIA's mandate
outlined in the regents' bylaws.

The bylaws state, "At any time,
the Advisory Board may consult
with the University Senate."
"Both I and SACUA object-
ed to the agreement as being
excessively broad and restric-
tive, as well as to the fiduciary
language" Masten wrote. "We
also felt that it conflicted with
the spirit of the regents' Bylaws,
which provide for consultation
between ABIA and SACUA and
the Senate Assembly."
A legal memo from the Gen-
eral Counsel's office, according
to Masten, argued that since
ABIA is not actually required
to consult with the University
Senate, the agreement does not
violate the exact wording of
the regents' mandate. The Uni-
versity declined to provide the
There has been pushback-
within some parts of the Univer-
sity for changing the agreement.
"Initially, the General Coun-
sel told (Masten) that they
would revise the agreement, but
within hours informed (Masten)
that there was 'resistance' to
changing the agreement," state
SACUAs minutes for Sept. 29,
Masten and other members
of SACUA have been working
for several weeks on negotiat-
ing, writing and editing a new
agreement, which was approved
This new agreement stands
in contrast to the current agree-
ment. The proposed confiden-
tiality agreement states most
things are non-confidential by
default, unless ABIA votes for
an executive session. All "fidu-
ciary" language was removed.
The proposed agreement was
recently sent to the General
Counsel's office and SACUA is
awaiting a response.

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center and help it be open longer
and hold more people."
The Washtenaw County Office
of Community and Economic
Development formed a response
workgroup followinglast winter's
extreme weather conditions and
the subsequentcalls for moreshel-
ters and warming stations for the
The group began meeting dur-
ing the summer months, publicly
asking in August for any local
facilities willing to provide shel-
ter duringthe 2015winter season.
The committee announced in
August that it had already deter-
mined a plan for staffing the loca-
tion, but had yet to determine a
proper place to hold the shelter.
The workgroup formed follow-
ing public concerns surrounding
the availability of shelters during
especially at night when daytime
warmingstations are closed.
Yousef Rabhi, chair of the
Washtenaw County Board of
Commissioners, said he will also
be supporting an increase in the
funds designated for the Delonis
The Nov. 7 Council meeting
includedupdates fromthe mayor's
office regarding the committee's
findings and an initial discussion
of the city's plan for expanding
shelter offerings this winter.
The Delonis Center was sched-
uled to open Mondaynightinlight
. of predictions that temperatures,
would fall to 10 degrees.
Another resolution, which was
added to the agenda at the meet-
ing and provided for re-opening
the affordable housing site Burton
Commons, passed unanimously as
Resolution to approve Fuller
Park parking lot land lease
with the University
The Council passed a reso-
lution to alter the duration of

the current lease held with the
University for their use of the
parking lots on Fuller Road
from two years with an option
for a two-year extension to one
year with aone-year extension.
Discussion included two
rounds of amendments, the
first proposed by Councilmem-
ber Jack Eaton (D-Ward 4),
that would change the lease
to expire after one year, offer-,
ing the University a one-year
extension if it chose to con-
tinue leasing the property. The
second amendment, proposed
by Councilmember Stephen
Kunselman (D-Ward 3), would
have changed the lease to be
one year in duration without
any option to continue the lease
for another year. This amend-
ment did not pass, and instead
councilmembers voted unani-
mously to pass the resolution
with Eaton's amendments.
"I would like to see this ter-
minated, but not abruptly,"
Eaton said. "This gives us time
to look at what we would like
to do with this property, and
whether we want to provide
the University parking. This
gives them time to devise a
parking management plan."
Eaton wrote in an e-mail cor-
respondence with Jim Koste-
va, the University's director
of community relations, that
Kosteva found this amendment
of the lease from two years to
one year agreeable.
Taylor, who was in support
of the one-year lease, said it is
important for the city to main-
tain a strong relationship with
the University, adding that this
is the first step in addressing a
larger parking problem.
"Shortening this lease from
two and two to one and one
increases uncertainty," Taylor
said. "I am willing to support
it because I want one and one
more than zero and zero. I will
say that I don't see this as one
and done; I am certain that
there is an alliance of interest

here given the history of park-
ing problems in this area."
The city leases parkingspace
to the University, which is used
by its staff. This lease includes
three parking lots, one of which
has been leased to the Univer-
sity since 1993. The Fuller lot's
original lease expired Aug. 31.
This resolution has been
presented to the Council three
times, once in August, once in
October and once at the Nov.
7 meeting, but a decision was
postponed each time. Public
commentary and councilmem-
ber discussion have indicated
the delay in renewing the lease
stems from the possibility of
the city using the area as the
site of its future train station.
The Parks Advisory Com-
mission's recommendation
to the Council said the lease
amount to be paid by the Uni-
versity will not increase this
year because the University
leases overflow Argo Canoe
Livery parking to the city at
no charge, but the Council
will consider increasing this
amount in the future. Council-
member Julie Grand (D-Ward
3) said she was hesitant to
remove the option of extend-
ing the lease by a year because
of the free parking provided by
the University.
"We don't often hear about
amicable or good relationships
with the University, so for me
this is a perfect example of our
cooperation," Grand said. "And
you know, when times were
hard, the money from this lease
kept facilities open. So though
this money may be small, it
does matter to the park's bud-
get. The relationship that was
established between the park
and the University has provid-
ed for the city's use of 100 free
parking spots.
There have been multiple
locations under consideration
for a new train station, with the
Fuller Park location being one
of three.

FARC to release army
general upon request

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as graduate and undergraduate
student collaboration.
The renovation is also
expected to add 1,500 gross
square feet of space to the
building by enclosing an over-
hang area on the first floor and
extending windows outward on
the 10th floor. This will create a
10-story high-rise section of the
The estimated $49 million
project will be funded entirely
by LSA resources and invest-
ment proceeds. Scheduled con-
struction will be completed in
the summer of 2017.
Approved last winter, the
new Biological Science Building
will be built adjacent to the Life
Sciences Institute on the site of
the historic North Hall and the
Museums Annex, both of which
will be demolished.
The building is expected to
cost $261 million, funded by
LSA and Office of the Provost
resources. From that total, $9
million is earmarked for the
demolition of North Hall and
the Museums Annex.
Currently, the Kraus Natu-
ral Science Building, built
in 1915, houses the Depart-

ment of Molecular, Cellular
and Developmental Biology
and the Department of Ecol-
ogy and Evolutionary Biology.
This building has reached its
capacity for the current number
of researchers it can support
and is limited in its ability to
allow contemporary research,
according to the project pro-
posal. The two departments
will eventually relocate to the
new building.
The Ruthven Museums
Building houses an additional
part of EEB and the Anthropol-
ogy, Natural History, Paleon-
tology and Zoology museums.
These museums, along with a
portion of Herbarium speci-
mens and dry collections, will
transfer to the new building.
The facility will include new
research laboratories, active
learning classrooms with group
tables instead of auditorium-
esque seating, offices and the
four museum collections. The
laboratories will be construct-
ed in an open plan to allow for
increased collaboration.
The project will also build a
connector from the new build-
ing to the Life Sciences Insti-
Both the EEB and MCDB are
slated to complete their reloca-
tion to the new facility by 2019.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -
President Juan Manuel Santos
demanded Colombia's larg-
est rebel group demonstrate
its commitment to peace and
immediately release an army
general it captured Sunday, say-
ing the resumption of suspend-
ed talks to end the half-century
conflict depend on it.
Santos addressed the nation
Monday night little more than
24 hours after Gen. Ruben
Dario Alzate, dressed in civilian
clothes, was snatched by gun-
men alongwithtwootherswhile
visiting a hamlet along a remote
river in western Colombia. A
soldier who managed to flee in
the group's boat, and reportedly
had advised the general against
traveling deep into the jungle,
said the rebels belonged to the
recalcitrant 34th Front of the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia, or FARC.
It's the first time thatthe guer-
rillas have taken an army general
captive and couldn't have come at
a worse moment for Santos.
Even before Santos suspend-
ed two-year-old peace talks,
frustration with the slow prog-
ress and the guerrillas' refusal
to wind down attacks had been
building. Earlier this month,
the FARC captured two sol-
diers during intense fighting in
northeast Colombia and killed
two Indians who confronted
rebels hanging up revolution-
ary banners on their reserva-
tion. It has since offered to free
the soldiers.

Calling Alzate's abduction
"totally unacceptable," San-
tos ordered government peace
negotiators not to travel Mon-
day to Cuba as planned for the
next round of peace talks until
Alzate and the two others - an
army captain and a female law-
yer advisingthe army on a rural

energy project - are freed.
"The FARC have to under-
stand that, although we're
negotiating in the middle of
the conflict, peace doesn't
come by resorting to violence
and undermining confidence,"
Santos said Monday night in a
5-minute, televised address.

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