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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Thursday, February 5, 2015

CELEBRATING OUR ONE-HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR OF EDITORIAL FREEDOM

INDEX
Vol. CXXIV, No. 60
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HI: 27

LO: 18

Harbaugh flips six
commits, including
four-star QB Gentry,
RB Karan Higdon

By MAX COHEN

Managing Sports Editor

When
Jim
Harbaugh
was

introduced as Michigan’s football
coach in the last week of Decem-
ber, it was viewed as a victory for
the ages for the program, a piece
of evidence that a duplication of
the glory days of Bo Schembechler
was around the next corner.

Wednesday’s National Signing

Day was Harbaugh’s first chance
to present tangible results. He
was at a disadvantage from the
start — he had only one month to
fill out a recruiting class that had
been decimated by the shaky job
status and eventual firing of for-
mer coach Brady Hoke.

In his first news conference

since his introduction, Harbaugh

The birthplace of
Ford’s Model T

endures economic

recession

By ARIANA ASSAF

Daily Staff Reporter

As The Michigan Daily con-

tinues to watch and report on
Detroit shaping its future, we
want to reflect back on how the
city got here. Our hope for this

week’s Detroit History Series is
that readers learn something new
about the city and, in turn, better
understand what’s to come.

The city of Detroit has been

inextricably tied to the automo-
bile industry since Henry Ford
established his Detroit-based
company in 1903. The Great
Depression marked the first
of several drastic setbacks for
Detroit’s auto industry, and the
once-booming economic envi-
ronment is still recovering from
the most recent economic reces-
sion.

The
Detroit
“Big
Three”

— General Motors, Ford and
Chrysler — once dominated the
industry, which together with
the
now-defunct
American

Motors, accounted for 95 of the
market share at one time. The
erosion of that power began in
1982, when the Japanese compa-
ny Honda moved to Marysville,
Ohio.

Arthur Schwartz, president

of Labor and Economics Associ-
ates, an Ann Arbor-based con-
sulting firm, said the Big Three
composed 45.5 percent of the

market in 2014.

Michigan became the hub of

the industry by 1905, just two
years after Henry Ford brought
his company to Detroit. The
city already had several natural
advantages — close proximity to
sources of coal, iron and copper
and a location easily accessible
by water and land. Though auto-
mobiles were first developed in
Germany and France, the Unit-
ed States was the first country
to develop mass motorization,
largely due to the improvement

Lecture discusses

recent White

House efforts to
reestablish ties

By KRISTEN ANDERSON

Daily Staff Reporter

With the White House begin-

ning to thaw relations with
Cuba, three University profes-
sors gathered Wednesday to dis-
cuss the developing diplomatic
relationship.

In an event titled “Re-estab-

lishing
U.S.-Cuba
Relations:

Walking the Tightrope for Suc-
cess,” a panel of University
scholars discussed a variety
of issues revolving around the
challenges and implications of
the normalization of U.S.-Cuba
relations.

Last month, President Barack

Obama announced he would
order the start of full diplomatic

Potential 2016
presidential

candidate hopes to
lower opportunity gap

By JACK TURMAN

Daily Staff Reporter

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush,

the son of 41st President George
H. W. Bush and brother of 43rd

President George W. Bush, dis-
cussed economic and immigra-
tion reform at the Cobo Center in
Detroit Wednesday afternoon in
what many pundits see as a trial
speech before a potential presi-
dential campaign.

The Detroit Economic Club

hosted the ticketed event with
about 600 club members, guests
and a mix of university and high
school students in attendance.

Bush,
who
in
December

announced he is considering a

presidential run in 2016, advocat-
ed primarily for a new economic
plan rooted in conservative prin-
ciples.

Though he did not provide

many details for specific policies,
he said his agenda would focus on
an immigration policy that would
drive the economy. He also advo-
cated for “economic freedom,”
and through that, a reduction
in the “opportunity gap,” a term
which refers to the ways in which
race, socio-economic status and

other factors influence one’s abil-
ity to attain educational or eco-
nomic achievement, among other
markers.

Bush’s remarks aligned closely

with the plan of his Right to Rise
political action committee, which
was launched earlier this year
and is dedicated toward reform-
ing immigration policies and
addressing the national income
gap.

“We believe that every Ameri-

Clerks performed
unions in March
after judge ruled

ban unconstitutional

By SHOHAM GEVA

Daily News Editor

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder

announced Wednesday after-
noon that the state would not
appeal a district court’s Janu-
ary decision ordering it recog-
nize the nearly 300 same-sex
marriages performed in Michi-
gan last March.

The original district court

ruling in Caspar v. Snyder was
stayed for 21 days to allow
time for the state to file an
appeal, meaning the ruling
would not go into effect for 21
days. Because the state has not
chosen to file an appeal, the
marriages will now be consid-
ered valid to receive state ben-
efits after the stay terminates
Thursday,

“The judge has determined

that same-sex couples were

legally married on that day,
and we will follow the law and
extend state marriage benefits
to those couples,” Snyder said
in a statement Monday.

The governor had previously

stated that though he believed
the marriages were valid, he
did not think they were eligible
for state benefits. Following the
January ruling in Caspar v. Sny-
der, his office did not respond
to requests for comment.

In an interview Wednesday

afternoon, Law Prof. Julian
Mortenson, who worked as a
cooperating attorney on the
case on behalf of the plain-
tiffs, said the legal analysis of
the decision is still develop-
ing. However, he said once the
stay terminates the marriages
should have the same legal
meaning as a marriage between
a man and woman in the state.

“The legal upshot, in all hon-

esty, is extremely simple,” he
said. ““There is no distinction
between those Michigan mar-
riages that are between same-
sex couples and those in-state
marriages that are between

CAMPUS LIFE
FOOTBALL

GOVERNMENT

PAUL SHERMAN/Daily

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush discusses economic and immigration reform at the Cobo Center in Detroit Wednesday in what many pundits see as a trial speech
before a potential presidential campaign.

See SIGNING DAY, Page 3A
See AUTOS, Page 3A
See CUBA, Page 3A

See BUSH, Page 3A
See MARRIAGE, Page 3A

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ILLUSTRATION BY FRANCESCA KLEIB

State will
honor 300
same-sex
marriages

Jeb Bush talks economy,
immigration in Detroit trip

Detroit faces changing auto industry

Wolverines
secure 2015
class with 14
total signees

‘U’ profs talk
U.S., Cuban
diplomatic
relationship

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