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www.michigandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVI, No. 126 ©2006 The Michigan Daily
Google to be
Ann Arbor facility to
house Google's global
By Leah Graboski
Daily News Editor
In Mountainview, California
three years ago, University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman saw that
Larry Page had a gleam in his eye.
Page's long-running interest in
bringing Google to Ann Arbor was
realized last week. Gov. Jennifer
Granholm and the Michigan Eco-
nomic Development Corporation
announced Tuesday that Google's
global advertising program,
AdWords, will base its headquarters
in Ann Arbor.
AdWords is the division of Google
behind the box of text links on many
web pages that presents ads most
relevant to what is browsed and
therefore what the browser might
be interested in purchasing.
Page, who graduated from the
University with a degree in computer
engineering in 1995, is Google's co-
founder and president of products.
Coleman said during her visit
to Mountainview - the home of
Google headquarters - three years
ago, Page first expressed his inter-
est in Ann Arbor.
In addition to Page's contact
with the University over the years,
Google has been working in Ann
Arbor to digitize all University
libraries, Coleman said. The project
is to be completed in 2010.
When Page spoke at last year's
graduation ceremony for the School
of Engineering, Coleman said he
acknowledged once again his desire
to come to Ann Arbor. But after the
ceremony, Google ducked from the
radar - leaving Ann Arbor in the
dark about its future plans here.
Michigan Economic Development
Corporation spokesman Michael
Shore said last year MEDC tried to
deliver proposals to the top execu-
tives at Google, but did not hear
back from Google until recently.
MEDC is the state's resource for
businesses seeking to expand or
relocate in Michigan. Some of the
services MEDC provides are site
location assistance,job training, help
with permits and tax abatements.
Shore said a Google consultant
called last month and after nego-
tiations, the Michigan Economic
Growth Authority voted to approve
a $38 million Single Business Tax
abatement over the next 20 years -
reducing the tax payments to $127
million. This ensured Google's
decision to make the move.
MEGA offers tax credit against
the Single Business Tax, a tax on
large companies that applies to 40
percent of businesses in Michigan,
as an incentive to bring high-tech
jobs to Michigan.
Coleman said Page loves the Uni-
versity and Ann Arbor.
"He had a great time here, but Google
wouldn't come if it wasn't a good busi-
ness decision," Coleman said.
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje
said a large part of Google's deci-
sion was based on the high quality
of life the city offers.
Public Policy Prof. Paul Courant
expressed similar thoughts. He said
Google must be pleased with what
Ann Arbor can offer, especially
fresh graduates from the University.
Courant, a former University provost,.
said Google's decision was much more
about the University than the state.
See GOOGLE, Page 12
Israelis stand next to the remains of a rocket that landed on mount Carmel in Israel's third largest city, Haifa, last
Thursday. A rocket slammed into the northern port city of Haifa on Thursday evening. Hezbollah, a militant Leba-
nese islamist group, denied firing the rocket at the city, after a day in which two people were killed and an addi-
tional 120 were wounded when Katyusha rockets fired by Hezbollah guerillas rained down across northern Israel.
*Bush, European allies
struggle to find consensus
on Mideast violence
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP)
- World leaders, mindful of turbu-
lent Mideast politics, struggled yes-
terday to draft a consensus statement
on escalating warfare between Hez-
bollah and Israel that dominated talks
at the summit of wealthy nations.
President Bush and European leaders
had differing views on who should be
blamed for the violence, which prompted
several nations to prepareto evacuatetheir
citizens, yet all urged both sides to restore
calm to the region.
Israeli warplanes began striking Leba-
non after Hezbollah guerrillas captured
a key topic at G-8
two Israeli soldiers last Wednesday. The
guerrillas struck back at Israeli cities,
and yesterday fired a relentless barrage of
rockets into the Israeli city of Haifa, dra-
matically escalating the conflict.
Bush had backed Israel's right to
defend itself, but yesterday he also urged
Israel to show restraint.
"Our message to Israel is, 'look, defend
yourself,' "Bush said. "But as you do so,
be mindful of the consequences. So we've
Several leaders at the summit post-
ponedbriefings with journalists yesterday
afternoon as negotiations over the text of
a statement dragged on.
The search for an agreement was com-
plicated by varying alliances that sum-
mit leaders have in the Middle East and
conflicting views over whether Israel was
using excessive force.
Russian Foreign Minister of Affairs
Sergey Lavrov warned that the fighting
between Israel and Lebanese guerrillas
could ignite a wider conflict, and said
the international community hadtouse
all means possible to end the violence.
"If Lebanon explodes, we all know ...
how it can resonate across other countries
in the region," Lavrov toldreporters atthe
G-8 meeting in St. Petersburg.
Leaders of the G-8 nations - the
United States, Russia, Japan, Germa-
ny, Britain, France, Italy and Canada
- began a full day of discussions and
issued joint declarations that called
for bolstering energy security, fighting
infectious diseases and improving edu-
cation. But concerns about the Mideast
See ISRAEL, Page 2
Dean of'U' Med School to assume ASCO post
Executive Associate Dean executive officer of the interim dean pending approval by the Universi- research interests.
American Society of ty's Board of Regents. "It takes me back to my roots in oncology,
James Woolliscroft will serve as Clinical Oncologists, a University Provost Teresa Sullivan and Exec- while offering the prospect of fresh opportu-
professional organization utive Vice President for Medical Affairs Robert . nities and issues to tackle," Lichter said in a
interim dean if Regents approve for oncologists based in Kelch expect to assemble a search committee to press release.
Alexandria, Virginia. find Lichter's replacement by the beginning of As dean, Lichter earned $402,022, making
By Kelly Fraser Lichter plans to begin the academic year. him the third highest-paid University employee
Daily News Editor in late October. Lich- Lichter is not a new face in the ASCO. He as of this past January.
ter's tenure as dean will briefly served as president and also chaired As interim dean, Woolliscroft said he will
After seven and a half years as dean of the end July 31, although he the organization's Foundation Board from continue to build on the programs started dur-
University's Medical School and 22 years as a will remain a member 1999 to 2002. ing Lichter's tenure, including expanding the
faculty member, Allen Lichter announced his of the school's oncology Llchter Lichter, who garnered international "lean thinking" programs aimed at improving
resignation Thursday morning. faculty until Sept. 30. acclaim for his research and preserving treat- efficiency in clinical practice.
Lichter will leave the University to take the Executive Associate Dean of the Medical ment techniques for breast cancer, said the "He is a visionary, consensus-building leader
position of executive vice president and chief School James Woolliscroft has been appointed position allows him to work with his original See LICHTER, Page 3