Vol. 96 No.21

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 • Your neighborhood newspaper since 1918
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DPS may ask for $76M bond
By Katie Hetrick
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DEARBORN — Dearborn Public Schools may ask voters in August for $76 million in bonds for technology, construction, maintenance, buses and security. The 20-year bonds would not increase property taxes. The 5.81 mills would replace other bonds that are expiring, so homeowners would not see a change in their tax bills. School board members said

they wanted more details about the bonds. Administrators are hoping trustees will vote March 25 to pursue a bond so the district can start promoting and polishing the plan. The recommendation calls for holding the vote during the August primary. The bond initiative is named SMART for security, maintenance, additions, renovations and technology and transportation, said David Mustonen, communications coordinator.

Of the $76 million, about $600,000 would be for security upgrades at schools; $800,000 for grounds and maintenance; $3.6 million for buses; $12 million for technology; $21 million for roofs, parking lots and other work; and $38 million for additions and projects. Dearborn used to budget between $4 million and $5 million a year for maintenance and buses, but in recent years that has been slashed to $1 million, mostly to cover emergency repairs such as

roof leaks, Mustonen said. “That’s not the way we want to do business,” he said. The district has not replaced any of its 100 buses in a few years. The average Dearborn bus is now 9 years old, and 10 years is considered the life expectancy before repairs start to become very costly, he said. Meanwhile, the district has seen 25 consecutive years of growth

Man sentenced Construction well for assaulting under way at Union girlfriend before her death
By Joe Slezak
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Arts Woman competes with robots

Photo by Joe Slezak

A construction worker labors in the Victors’ Den, part of The Union at Dearborn.

DETROIT — Alicia Lynn Wilson was seriously injured several times in beatings by her boyfriend of nine years, James Thomas Friedrich, but didn’t go to the police until last year, her daughter said. Two months after Friedrich was sentenced to probation in a misdemeanor case in Dearborn Heights involving one of the beat-

ings, Wilson was dead on a motel room floor. Friedrich, 53, was sentenced Friday by Wayne County Circuit Judge Deborah Thomas to 11 months in the Wayne County Jail and five years’ probation for assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. It was the maximum amount of jail time he could receive. Friedrich pleaded guilty

By Joe Slezak

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DEARBORN — Larry Winokur knows the way from Oakland County to Dearborn. Does he ever. The retired attorney, managing partner of Urban Campus Communities of Bloomfield Hills, has been visiting the construction site of the company’s latest creation, The Union at Dearborn, once or twice weekly and is thrilled with what he’s seeing. It’s an apartment complex at 760 and

780 Town Center Drive across from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and geared toward its students, though it can’t be exclusively for them because it’s privately owned. U of M-D is the only four-year college or university in the state that doesn’t have housing on or close to campus. Ground was broken Sept. 24 on the $30 million, 12 1/2-acre project, and the goal is to have it open by Labor Day weekend so students can move in before fall classPLEASE SEE UNION/8-A

Sports Tractors take district crown over CHS

Judge reopens settlement period for halal lawsuit
By Joe Slezak
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DETROIT — An attorney upset over a class-action settlement involving customer deception at a Dearborn fast-food restaurant can speak his mind about the subject again. And, because he spoke his mind before a judge ordered him to stop, the settlement period has been extended. Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen Macdonald ruled Monday that the settlement period for those who ate McChicken sandwiches and Chicken McNuggets that were adver-

tised as halal but weren’t at two east-end McDonald’s restaurants will be extended for another 28 days. The time period started yesterday and ends April 8. It was at McDonald’s request. The new final settlement hearing will be at 10 a.m. April 17 before Macdonald. “Halal” refers to meeting Islamic requirements for preparing food. God’s name must be invoked before an animal providing meat for consumption is slaughtered. The class action suit covers anyone who ate the non-halal chicken at two McDonald’s — 13158 Ford Road and 14860 Michigan

Ave. — since Sept. 1, 2005. They are believed to be the only McDonald’s in the country to serve halal chicken. Ahmed Ahmed of Dearborn Heights sued McDonald’s and franchise owner Finley’s Management Co. because he ate the falsely advertised chicken at the Ford Road McDonald’s. According to the suit, the restaurant served non-halal chicken when it ran out of halal and didn’t tell its customers. The judge ruled Jan. Photo by Joe Slezak 18 that McDonald’s and James Thomas Friedrich enters Wayne County Circuit Finley’s must pay $700,000 Judge Deborah Thomas’ courtroom Friday for his sentencing.

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