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E-M:/ With Obama, hopes for Great Lakes rise

TRAVERSE CITY -- Barack Obama's election as president and his appointment of Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff are hopeful signs for the struggle to heal the ailing Great Lakes ecosystem, advocates said Thursday.
Obama and Emanuel, both from the Lake Michigan city of Chicago, have championed initiatives in Congress to protect the lakes. In September, the president-elect released a plan pledging a $5-billion down payment toward a wide-ranging restoration that would include sewage system upgrades, toxic cleanups and wetlands repair.
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama’s transition chief said today the incoming administration is looking to reverse President George W. Bush’s executive orders on stem cell research, oil and gas drilling and other matters.