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U of M professor argues against Prop 06-2, wins

ACLU calls the court decision a victory for equality
By Ben Baird
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A federal appeals court has ruled state Proposal 06-2 is unconstitutional after attorneys representing University of Michigan students, faculty and future student applicants argued against the constitutional amendment. They argued it creates an unequal political process for

individuals who seek to urge universities to consider race as one of many factors in admissions and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit judges agreed, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. The ACLU calls the court decision a victory for equality. Proposal 06-2, called the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, was approved by about 58 percent of voters in 2006. The 15-judge court panel made its decision Nov. 15. Mark Rosenbaum, a University of Michigan professor and ACLU attorney, commented on the outcome of the Nov. 15 case.

Todays landmark decision reaffirms the cornerstone principle of our democracy that the political process must be open to all Americans, he said. It restores the argument that race is not to be disadvantaged when universities seek to enroll a diverse student body. Somewhere Lincoln and Dr. King are smiling. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak disagreed with the appeals court decision and said overturning Proposal 06-2, which his press release called a constitutional ban on racial preferences, is offensive to voters. Michigan citizens sent a clear

message when they amended Michigans Constitution by passing the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative: Our government should respect our founding principles by looking to ones merit, not ones race, Schostak said. Todays decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is a slap in the face to Michigan voters and we applaud Attorney General Bill Schuette for his announcement to challenge and defend Michigans Constitution, which ensures all people are treated equally. Since Proposal 06-2 went into effect, the University of Michigan

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Suspected Drowning in quicksand accomplice in 2006 murder to face trial

Victim beaten to death
without bond. He was extradited to Michigan from the Florida legal system, where A suspect who has been he had been held on other accused of aiding another charges related to other to beat a 55-year-old man to breaking-and-entering death in an auto cases. dealership breakKenney, the in six years ago murder victim, will stand trial worked as a next year. porter at the Jim Jonathon Aiden Bradley GMC car is accused of dealership, 500 helping Shane Auto Mall Drive, Noel Roscoe beat where Aiden and William Samuel Roscoe previKenney to death ously had been Jonathon Aiden in August 2006, employed. according to the On Aug. 18, Washtenaw County prose2006, Kenney was found cutors office. brutally beaten and run He appeared in court Nov. over by a car, according 14 for a pre-trial. to a press release from Roscoe, Aidens uncle, the Washtenaw County already has been found Prosecutors Office. guilty of breaking into a He died from his injuries Scio Township auto dealer27 days later. ship and the murder of the Washtenaw County 55-year-old man. Assistant Prosecutor In July, Roscoe was senDianna Collins, the trial tenced to life without the prosecutor on Roscoes possibility of parole for the case, has said Kenney was beating and break-in. working at the dealership Aiden was charged in when he was taking out the November 2011 with open trash and caught two formurder, breaking and enter- mer coworkers, Aiden and ing and safe breaking. Open Roscoe, breaking in. murder includes all forms Collins said after Kelley of first- and second-degree saw Roscoe and Aiden murder. breaking into the Jim A jury trial is scheduled Bradley GMC dealership, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 4, 2012, in he was attacked. He was Washtenaw County Circuit beat over the head at least Court, according to the twice by a hard object like a county prosecutors office. sledgehammer or brick and A final pretrial hearing is then run over with a car, also reportedly scheduled she said. There were bone 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23. fractures in both his face Aiden is also charged and on his skull. with safe breaking, conspirThey attempted to open acy to commit breaking and the safe there and removed entering, and conspiracy to the tumbler, Collins said, commit safe breaking. but were unable to get it He is being held in Washtenaw County Jail PLEASE SEE MURDER/3-A
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Sharon Simecek, 69, of Milan was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers disease at 62. She is pictured in earlier years with her husband. Simecek now resides in the Memory Care Center at Brecon Village in Saline.

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Family shares experience with Alzheimers as country marks awareness month

By Amy Bell
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Its like watching your own mother drowning in quicksand. Thats how Kim Simecek of Brighton describes her mothers battle with Alzheimers disease. Sharon Simecek, 69, of Milan was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers disease at 62. In August, her family moved her to the Memory Care center at Brecon Village, a care facility in Saline. According to the Alzheimers Association, 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimers disease. Of those 10 million, about 196,000 live in Michigan including 5,008 in Washtenaw County. Although there is no cure, experts agree it is important to recognize warning signs as early detection is key. Less than 35 percent of people with Alzheimers or other dementias have a diagnosis. Knowing the warning signs of

Alzheimers and getting diagnosed early is vital to receiving the best help and care possible, stated Barb Betts Swartz, program director at the Alzheimers Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, in a press release. Early detection provides many advantages. For example, the individual can benefit from treatments that may improve symptoms and help maintain a level of independence longer. There is also more time to plan for the future and participate in decisions regarding their care, transportation, living options, financial and legal matters, according to the foundation. Kim Simecek, 43, said the first signs her mother experienced occurred when her mother was 60 and involved issues with organizing her day. Her mother was always an organized person, working as a flight attendant, a travel agent and director of flight services for Air Transport

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