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By JONATHAN BERNDT
DAILy STAFF REPORTER
In a suit filed Tuesday in
Washtenaw County Circuit Court, a
district court employee alleges she
was racially and sexually discrimi-
lated against during a reorganization
in the city court system last summer.
Deputy District Court Clerk
Pearlene Sullivan claims the 15th
District Court and Judge Timothy
Conners discriminated against her in
what she says was a job demotion
But the city says Sullivan was not
in fact demoted
"We are mystified," said Jonathan
owe, a private attorney hired to rep-
resent the city in the case. "The court
was amazed at the allegation Ms.
Sullivan made that she was summarily
demoted and stripped of all her super-
visory duties, because she is still a
supervisor and is still paid like a su-
Sullivan's attorney, Kurt
Berggren, said pay is not the only
Jriteria for discrimination.
"You don't define a demotion
strictly on the basis of pay," Berggren
said "She was replaced by a 27-year-
old woman. She is the only Black
supervisor in the history of the court
and they zapped her."
Both parties in the suit are nor-
mally entitled to use the city attorney.
This case created a conflict of interest
or that office and required the hiring
of an outside attorney.
Robert Randolph, the 15th district
court administrator, said the employee
reorganization was designed to help
the court deal with its case load more
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MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Heli- he v
copters swooped up Topanga Canyon publ
ferrying giant buckets of ocean water imm
as an army of firefighters stepped up Y
their assault yesterday on a wildfire the #
that claimed 200 homes in this celeb- atel
rity seaside town.7
The hot, dry desert winds that fed ranc
Tuesday's firestorm died down over- char
night. Erratic gusts yesterday from thro
the sea and the mountains swirled coas
embers of flame from the brush, pos- I
ing a threat to homes. bur
"The winds, thank God, have died 215,
down, which have allowed the crews in th
to gain the upper hand," Gov. Pete
Wilson said. near
A huge cloud of black smoke hung their
over the seaside enclave that is home blaz
to such celebrities as Bruce Willis, Sant
Demi Moore, Burgess Meredith, Mark end
Hamill and Mel Gibson. Evacuees wea
returned on bicycles and rollerskates fort
because police closed off a 45-mile 7
stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway. dum
Among the victims was actor Sean swo
Penn, whose $4 million Spanish-style flam
AP PHOTO mansion was destroyed. a
" I don't know if he evacuated or if
was there at the time," said his
licist Carol Stone. Penn wasn't
nediately available for comment.
Arson investigators located where
fire broke out, but didn't immedi-
.y know whether it was set.
The fire destroyed 200 canyon
ches and seaside mansions and
rred 35,000 acres as it roared
ugh this mile-wide, 27-mile-long
It was the latest in a series that has
ned more than 1,000 homes and
,000 acres in Southern California
he past 1 1/2 weeks.
As the winds subsided yesterday,
ly 5,000 firefighters stepped up
r attack on volatile hot spots. The
:e remained out of control. The
ta Ana winds were expected to
yesterday night, and cooler
ther near the coast was predicted
Twin-rotor Chinook helicopters
aped buckets into the ocean and
oped up Topanga Canyon to bomb
nes with salt water.
C-130 air tankers carrying orange
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By DEMETRIOS EFSTRATIOU
FOR THE DAILY
Pepperdine University junior
Brandon Miller did not sleep Tuesday
night. He said the spectacle of the
hills behind campus engulfed in
flames was too horrifying a sight.
Miller, a dormitory resident advi-
sor, assisted in evacuating students
from his dorm Tuesday as firefighters
defended school property from the
blaze that swept through campus.
"Surprisingly, while some of the
students were a little rattled, most
were calm and orderly," he said.
Adding their names to the long list
of those affected by the California
wildfires, students and faculty at
Pepperdine living on campus were
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Pepperdine student Erica lessen hugs her teddy bear yesterday
U of Maryland newspaper swiped
ByLS WNDA CROWE
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
"Due to its racist nature, the Diamondback
will not be available today. ... Read a book!"
Monday, University of Maryland students
were greeted with this message when they tried
to get a copy of the school newspaper, the
About 10,000 copies of the paper were
swiped by protesters who accuse the publica-
tion of being racist.
Maryland campus police have begun an in-
vestigation, but no one has admitted responsi-
...No group of people has the right to arbitrate what we read.'
- Gary Stephenson
Maryland associate director of public information
President of the African Student Associa-
tion Jeneba Jalloh said the lack of sensitivity
and negative coverage on minority issues by the
Diamondback was probably the motive behind
the paper swipe. Jalloh pointed to several recent
articles to support her claim - particularly an
article covering a literature reading done by
Wole Soyinka, the first Black African Nobel
In the article, the Diamondback misnamed
Fredrick Douglas, a famous Black activist, and
Douglas' book "The Souls of Black Folks."
See SWIPE, Page 2
bility or been prosecuted.
Paper swiping is a nationally growing trend
that has affected colleges from the University of
Pennsylvania to the University of Rochester.
Gary Stephenson, Maryland associate direc-
tor of public information, said about the Dia-
mondback, "It's not a racist publication, but like
most papers, it presents a wide variety of views
and sometimes people may be offended. But as
a news publication, it's (the Diamondback's)
obligation to report as fairly and as objectively
But Stephenson added, "I can definitely sym-
pathize with (the protesters) and why they re-
sorted to their actions. But no group of people
has the right to arbitrate what we read," he said.
Police investigating three
unrelated sexual assaults
STOCKING UP FOR WINTER
By RONNIE GLASSBERG
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
A rape early Tuesday morning in
the 800 block of Miller Avenue has
rought the number of rapes and at-
tempted sexual assaults in Ann Arbor
to three this week.
Ann Arbor Police Department
(AAPD) Sgt. Phil Scheel said evi-
dence does not indicate the incidents
to be related, but admitted that any-
thing is possible.
"Most of the time there's no way
to explain it," he said. "These things
kind of go in streaks. "
1 In Tuesday's incident, a man en-
tered a woman's apartment in the 800
block of Miller Avenue and sexually
assaulted her. Scheel said it is unclear
whether the man entered through an
unlocked window or pushed his way
through a door. He said he does not
believe the woman was seriously in-
AAPP officers have no suspects
in the case and are continuing inves-
tigations, Scheel said.
Early Sunday morning a man al-
legedly forced a woman into the trunk
of his car at gunpoint in the secluded
area of Scio Township, located west
of Ann Arbor, while she was talking
to her boyfriend in his car.
The man allegedly took the woman
and repeatedly raped her before throw-
ing her off a bridge 20,feet above the
River Raisin in Bridgewater Town-
ship west of Ann Arbor.
A woman living near the river
heard the survivor's screams and the
victim was taken to University Hos-
pitals to be treated for cuts, bruises
and other injuries from the assault.
She has since been released.
Washtenaw County Sheriff's De-
partment officials are investigating
Last Thursday evening, a
Washtenaw County Community Col-
lege student was attacked as she
walked down Maple Avenue on her
way home from a night class. A man
came up behind her, punched her in
the face and attempted to drag her into
a gutter. A witness walked by, scared
off the suspect and walked the woman
home. As of yesterday, police were
still waiting for the witness to come
Police say they believe the same
assailant may be responsible for a
nighttime rape that occurred Oct. 2.
Scheel said the two recent attacks
also recall the brutal rape of a jogger
in Eberwhite Woods Sept. 28, 1992.
Police never apprehended a suspect
in that incident.
Investigations are continuing in
all three cases.
A local organic farmer sorts potatoes for market after harvesting them.
.Republican election victories may not be related to Clinton's influence
By ANDREW TAYLOR
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Voters got out their brooms Tues-
day and began to clean their political
hnnses dnmnng inuimhnts thrnh-
"Most elections are local events,
and I really doubt Clinton, his person-
ality, his strategy or anything had a lot
to do with any of them," he said.
In the New Ynrk City maonra1
have big deficit problems," she said.
Brater added that people look to
the mayor's office to solve those prob-
Kinedon exnressed similar senti-
for Democratic incumbent Jim Florio.
But Republican Christie Whitman
narrowly won, dealing the Clinton
and the Democratic party a surprise
Kingdon added that Clinton will
not be severely affected by the elec-
tions, but the results may influence
"Clinton has his agenda kind of