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City Council weighs
new bike lanes
The Ann Arbor City Council
will vote tonight on a proposal
to add bike paths to Fifth Av-
enue and Division Street.
See Page 3
From the Daily:
Running on empty
While politicians in Michigan
and in Washington D.C. are
using gas tax breaks as fuel for
upcoming campaigns, the pro-
posed breaks would be a wreck.
See Page 4
Latest Grand Theft
Auto will take your
life hostage
Hit video game sequel explodes
with violent and thrilling action.
See Page 10


Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins and sophomore Nikki Nemitz celebrate their team's 5-0 victory over Kent State in
yesterday's regional final. The win sends the Wolverines to their fifth straight super regional. See page 11.
Leopold Bros. closes doors

Students will pay
an average of $400
more per year
Daily Staff Reporter
Living on campus has its
benefits, but dorm life comes
with a hefty price tag - and for
students living in che residence
halts nexc year, that cost just
got higher.
The University Board of
Regents approved a 4.9-per-
cent increase in residence halls
rates at its monthly meeting
Last year, a standard double
room in West Quad cost $8,190.
The rate increase means stu-
dents will pay an additional
$400 for the same room.
A little more than half of
the rate increase is attributed
to inflation, repairs and utility
rates. The remaining funds will
support the Residential Life
The RLI is responsible for
the residence hall improvement
projects like the renovation of
Mosher-Jordan and Stockwell
residence halls, and the con-
struction of the Hill Dining
Royster Harper, the Uni-
versity's vice president for stu-
dent affairs, said a 2-percent
increase inroom and board fees
in each of the next 10 years will
See RATES, Page 8

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(c2008The Michigan Daly

Increased property
taxes force local bar
out of Ann Arbor
Daily StaffReporter
Since announcing in February
that it had plans to close down, the
staff at Leopold Bros. bar has been
busy packing up taps, boxing up
board games and emptying out its
kegs of home-brewed beer to nos-
talgic customers looking for one
last drink.
Brothers Todd and Scott Leop-
old, owners of the Main Street bar

that serves up games like Scrabble
and Monopoly alongside every pint
of beer, will make their final last
call and lock the doors on their
eclectic band of loyal bar-goers for
good next Saturday.
Scott Leopold said he and his
brother decided to move their busi-
ness back to Colorado after a new
landlord acquired the bar. Leop-
old said because the property sold
at such a high price, they would
be required to pay three times the
property tax they had been paying.
Staying open in Ann Arbor would
cost the brothers an extra $35,000
in taxes every year.
The bar has taken on a life of
its own since the Leopold broth-

ers opened it for business, about 10
years ago. But it's not just the retro
pinball machines or the jukebox
that make this downtown pub a hit
with both students and locals.
It's" bartenders who can talk
brewing and owners who greet
their customers by name that sepa-
rate the bar from the local dives
that peddle $5 pitchers and $2 shots
to overly drunk undergraduates,
customers say.
But for co-owner Scott Leopold,
it's the people who fill the bar's 30-
foot long cafeteria-style benches
who really make the difference.
"You get a pretty broad cross
section of people here," Leopold


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