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Wards 1,2 and 3 actively 6th Circuit Court


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' ~ lifelong sports fun, Bermun knows
he wants to work in sports and fig-
ured a summer stint with Relevent
would be a great opportunity to
break into the industry. What sur-
prised him, though, was that nearly
one quarter of his summer would
be spent traveling the country with
Real Madrid, stopping in Los Ange-
les, Dallas and Berkeley, California,
and culminating Saturday with his
first-ever trip to Michigan.
"This is something I probably
wouldn't have imagined would
have been available as a summer
internship," Berman said. "It's been
an extremely pleasant surprise."
Managing the press circus on
the field, in the tunnel and on any
excursions, Berman has gotten to
keep close quarterswith the Cham-
pions League winners, but he has
also had to adopt a security-guard
But he has also gotten to learn
more aboutethegame alongthe way,
watching stars like Ronaldo and
Gareth Bale at practice every day,
and has gained some new favorite
players as well.
"Once I got to know some of
them closely, definitely I'll be root-
ing for these guys as they progress
through their leagues and tourna-
ments they have," Berman said. "It
definitely puts a soft spot in your
Manchester United manager
Louis Van Gaal stressed in his
post-game press conference how
nice it has been to meet the team's
American fans. But that's only frac-
tionally as powerful as it has been
for those same fans to see his team
take the field.

Manchester United and Real Madrid fans came from all over the world to enjoy a historic soccer match at Michiga

The global nature of Manchester
United and Real Madrid's fan bases
M drew fans from all over to the game
£, in Ann Arbor.
Real Madrid drew a couple fans
originally from India who had
taken a rooting interest in Madrid
while living in India. Ajit Ren-
jit, a doctoral student in electri-
cal engineering at Ohio State, and
Siddharth Soundararajan, who
earned his Master's at Rutgers,
made the trek from Columbus
and New Brunswick, New Jersey,
respectively, to see their favorite
Renjit saw Madrid live for the
first time, an experience he could
only dream about before the Inter-
national Champions Cup.
S COLLER/Daily "I still can't explain it because
n Stadium. I'm watching a legend, which I have
never dreamt of in my life," Renjit
said Friday at the teams' open train-
ibition or a ing session. "It's really exciting. I
Ford said. can feel my heart pumping."
tournament Soundararajan, who said he has
on, I never followed Real Madrid for 10-12
ly be some- years, has seen them two or three
." times before, but none was like this
* * * "Each time is pretty special in
its own way, because I saw Real
is was a Madrid play live for the first time a
different couple of years back and then again
of football the next summer," Soundararajan
day, but the said. "But this is the biggest game
sphere dur- - Manchester United against Real
he morning Madrid, both my favorite teams -
it seem like so this is the biggest day."

The match Saturday may have
just been a tournament friendly
between two shorthanded teams,
one of which could not advance to
the final and one of which almost
certainly would.
But to four red-clad fans out-
side Michigan Stadium, it was the
chance of a lifetime.
Nick Deziel, Terry Wong and
brothers Chris and Darryl Ford,
four Manchester United fans from
Windsor, Ontario, stood around a
grill in the parking lot before the
match. They had waited as long as
two decades for the chance to see
the Reds in person, always want-
ing to go to Manchester to see them
live but never finding the time or
being willing to spend the money.
Then the International Champi-
ons Cup arrived in Ann Arbor, and
the four friends had their chance.
"This is it, man," Darryl Ford
said. "Real Madrid and Manches-
ter United, that's the two biggest

teams in the world. Everyl
talk Barcelona and all (tho
teams, but it's Mancheste
and Real Madrid. It's the b
The four agree that foi
weather country where
is king and the
national team
hasn't made the
World Cup since
1986, soccer is
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popular. hav
Deziel, Wong
and the Fords 0
don't pretend
that soccer
comes before
hockey - it is Canada, afte
soccer is right there for all
so when the opportunity t
Manchester United play it
came, it was a no-brain
drove down Saturday
for the 4 p.m. game - an
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would happen.
"Maybe for an exhi
friendly match," Chris
"But this internationalt
that they've got going
thought it could actual

contested in city primary
Three new Dem. Kailasapathy, who has been on well as our basic services because
City Council for two years now, it's what is going to keep people
candidates, two won with 56.76 percent of the vote. here and draw people here."
She was unavailable for comment Controversy surrounded the
incumbents to run Tuesday night. Ward 3 race after a June ballot
Nancy Kaplan, member of the misprint issue, in which Bob
uncontested in Nov. Ann Arbor District Library Board, Dascola's name was mistakenly
also campaigned for the Ward left off of nearly 400 absentee
By EMMA KERR 2 seat against Westphal. City ballots. Following a motion filed
DailyNewsEditor Councilmember Sally Petersen by Dascola in federal court,
(D-Ward 2), the incumbent, was misprinted ballots were not
With all precincts fully not eligible to run for the position counted Tuesday night.
reporting in Tuesday's primary because of her run for mayor. As of Tuesday morning, City
elections, City Councilmember "I am so humbled and proud Clerk Jacqueline Beaudry said
Sumi Kailasapathy (D-Ward of all of the support that I have there remained three individuals
1) has won the Democratic gotten over the past years. It has who had sent in misprinted
nomination as an incumbent made me feel really loved and ballots without also returning a
for her ward, Kirk Westphal, supported," Westphal said in a second, corrected ballot, meaning
member of both the Planning and speech to supporters Tuesday their votes wouldn't be counted.
Environmental Commissions, has night. "I look forward to working Beaudry said she expected one
won the Democratic nomination with all of you and hearing from out of those three to turn in a
for Ward 2, and UM-Dearborn you over my term." corrected ballot later in the day.
lecturer Julie Grand has won the Along with Grand, two When reached Tuesday night,
Democratic nomination in Ward 3. other candidates - barber Bob Dascola declined to comment on
The Ward 4 race was Dascola and LSA sophomore any potential further legal actions
uncontested, with the nomination Sam McMullen - competed for in response to the election results.
going to Graydon Kraphol, and did the Democratic nomination for Countywide, 22nd Circuit
not appear on the primary ballot. the Ward 3 seat, left open by City Court candidates Pat Conlin and
In Ward 5, though two names Councilmember Christopher Veronique Liem, with 45 and 41
appeared on the Democratic Taylor's (D-Ward 3) run for mayor. percent of the vote respectively in
primary ballot, Leon Bryson Grant won with 51.13 percent. Tuesday's primary, garnered the
withdrew from the race in late In an interview Tuesday night, primary nominations to continue
June, leaving incumbent Chuck Grand said she was looking on to the general election in
Warpehoski to run de facto forward to one-on-one constituent November.
uncontested. work, as well as addressing In the non-partisan court
No Republicans ran in the affordable housing issues in the primary, the top two candidates
primaries for any of the seats on ward. go on to the general election for
Council. "I'm thinking about how we can the 22nd circuit court bench seat.
Contesting Kailasapathy in make our basic services better, Michael Woodyard, the third
the Ward 1 race was Don Adams, how we can continue to attract and candidate, received 12.97 percent
member of the Board of Directors retain residents," she said. "We of the vote and will not advance to
for the Eisenhower Center. need to focus on quality of life as the general election.

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Kentucky, Tennessee
and Ohio cases also
currently underway
ManagingNews Editor
Wednesday, the 6th Circuit
Court heard oral arguments in six
pending cases from four different
states concerning the legality of
gay marriage, including one case
from Michigan.
DeBoer v. Snyder, filed in 2012,
which began as a case against
Michigan's ban on adoption by
same-sex couples and evolved into
a challenge to the state's over-
all ban on gay marriage, is one of
two cases out of the six to directly
address legalization of marriage.
The other four address general
recognition of same-sex marriag-
es performed outside of the state
and recognition for the purposes
of issuing death and birth certifi-
Jay Kaplan, ACLU Michigan's
LGBT Legal Project staff attorney,
said when it comes to the circuit
court trial, Michigan's situation
among the four other states is dis-
tinctive for several reasons.
"What's unique about Michi-
gan's decision is that unlike most
of the state federal court chal-
lenges, Michigan had a full fledged
trial with witnesses, expert wit-
nesses, and testimony, so the judge
made some findings of fact, and I
think it makes it a stronger deci-
sion," Kaplan said. "An appellate
court, they can reverse based on
findings of law, but not findings of
In opening arguments on the
DeBoer case, attorneys for the
defense, in favor of the ban, char-
acterized the case as a question of
voter's rights. Michigan's gay mar-
riage ban was instituted in 2004 as
a statewide ballot proposal.
"It is a fundamental premise of
our democratic system that the
people can be trusted to decide
even divisive issues, on rational
grounds, and that's what this case
is about," Michigan's Solicitor
General Aaron Lindstrom told the

Attorneys for the defense, in
contrast, described the case as
remedying an unconstitutionally
exclusionary policy.
"We are not asking to redefine
the marital relationship," Carole
Stanyer, attorney for the plaintiffs,
told the court. "We are only ask-
ing for an end to the exclusion of
same-sex couples from the right to
It is common for courts to stay
decision at this level when an
appeal to the Supreme Court is
expected. However, similar to the
outcome of the original decision on
the case in favor of DeBoer, which
launched an almost day-long peri-
od during which multiple county
clerks across the state, including
in Ann Arbor, married about 300
same-sex couples before late in the
evening of the same day Michigan
Attorney General Bill Schuette's
(R) request for an emergency stay
on the decision was granted, some
marriages could occur as a result.
Sandi Smith, president of the
Jim Toy Community Center, a
Washtenaw County organization
which is a self-described local
resource for LGBTQ individu-
als and their allies, said locally
the district court's decision saw a
huge reaction, especially in terms
of couples waiting'to get married.
Because the 6th Circuit's deci-
sion is expected to be stayed, she
said the impact she expects from
the 6th Circuit's eventual decision
is similar to the outcome of the
March case at the district level.
"We have an opportunity for
perhaps a window where marriag-
es again can resume, and be recog-
nized and be legal in the state of
Michigan," she said.
The 300 marriages performed
after the district court decision
are currently in a legal limbo fol-
lowing the emergency stay. The
American Civil Liberties Union's
Michigan branch has sued on
behalf of the couples married in
the interim between the decision
and the emergency stay, and asked
that the state recognize the mar-

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one. Music filled
ut the air, tailgates lined the streets
m, and fans brought their jerseys out
ch in droves for the big match.
on Two vendors at EJ's Gourmet
ey Street Cuisine decided to capitalize
ng on the opportunity. They set up the
d- same street-side food stand thatthey
ht do for football games, selling hot
dogs, kielbasa and Polish sausage.
In the early afternoon Saturday,
the response was positive already.
"Last night when we were out in
the town, it was a higher-quality
crowd, so we definitely sold more
premium meat, instead of hot
dogs," one vendor said.
The two said they would keep
their stand up until shortly after
the game ended, when the crowd
started to die out.
Both enjoyed the opportunity
for extra business and said they
would be open to doing it again for
any event that Michigan holds.
"It depends on how many people
we got ready, and how prepared we
can be, and how quick we can be,"
the vendor said. "We heard about
this with a fair amount of time."

When Michigan Stadium was
first rumored as a possible venue
for the 2014 Guinness Internation-
al Champions Cup, it wasn't hard to
connect the dots.
Bigclubs at the Big House meant
big money. But beyond the potential
payout, the sheer matchup between
Real Madrid and Manchester Unit-
ed - the two most popular soccer
clubs in the world - meant big
The tournament and Brandon
put the best possible product in
the continent's largest stadium and
took in fans from all over: India,
Canada and, yes, even Columbus.
It created the game of a lifetime
for most of them, and who knows?
Maybe it even started a new chap-
ter of fandom for others.
Either way, this wasn't any ordi-
nary football Saturday. Not every-
one was dressed in maize, or from
the area, or even from America. But
on this day, among a wild crowd of
109,318, anyone could belong.

Third Ward democratic city council candidate Julie Grand addresses her supporters at mayoral candidate Christopher
Taylor's watch party at the Black Pearl Tuesday.

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