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*Serbs
conduct
illegl air
Los Angeles Times
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-
Herzegovina - Resuming a tactic
that two months ago provoked NATO
airstrikes, Serbian rebels in Croatia
have been conducting helicopter re-
supply missions to front-line troops
around Bihac in violation of the no-
fly zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina, a
U.N. official said yesterday.
* The sorties suggest that the na-
tionalist rebels no longer fear any
enforcementof the alliance edict. And,
indeed, neither the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization nor the U.N. Pro-
tection Force moved to deter the rebel
choppers as they penetrated the NATO
air cap as many as 20 times Tuesday.
"We presume these helicopters are
flying from Udbina," U.N. spokesman
Paul Risley said, referring to a rebel air
base in Serb-occupied Croatia that was
bombed by NATO on Nov. 21.
Risley said the helicopters were
seen ferrying support to Bosnian Serb
and Croatian Serb positions just west
of Bihac, one of six U.N.-designated
"safe areas" for Bosnia-
Herzegovina's endangered civilians.
Bosnian Serb gunmen also were
reinforcing positions around the safe
area of Srebrenica after encroaching
on that U.N.-protected enclave over
the weekend, reported U.N. military
spokesman Lt. Col. Gary Coward.
The rebels advanced about a mile
into the designated safe area and have
moved tanks and other heavy artillery
toprotectthe territory seized in viola-
tion of a nearly 3-week-old truce,
Coward said.
He said the artillery movements
included two long-range mobile guns
aimed at the center of the safe area, a
former silver-mining town now pro-
viding crude refuge to more than
40,000 people, most of them victims
of Serbian "ethnic cleansing."
The Serbian buildup and incur-
sion into Srebrenica, scene of recur-
ring rebel offensives for the past two
years, have stirred fears of another
impending attack, as similar tactics
were observed prior to last April's
deadly bombardment of the Gorazde
enclave and the ongoing campaign
against Bihac, an enclave purport-
edly protected by the United Nations.

PRESSED FOR TIME

Fall off-campus housing info
available to students today

MICHAEL FITZHUGH/Daily
at Gold Bond Cleaners

Marty Mallar buttons a shirt onto a pressing machine
yesterday. Mallar presses nearly 300 shirts per day.

Cease-fire attempts in
trouble; political foe
arrested in Chechnya

Los Angeles Times
SHALI, Russia - As a new
cease-fire initiative broke down,
authorities in Chechnya arrested a
Russian-backed opposition leader
yesterday while he was trying to set
up separate talks on the release of
46 Russian paratroopers captured in
the war against the breakaway re-
public.
Musa Jamalkhanov, a prominent
political foe of Chechen President
Dzhokhar M. Dudayev, was taken
into custody here before an agitated
crowd of Chechens after handing the
local military commander an ultima-

tum to free the war prisoners or else
Russian warplanes would bomb his
residence.
The incident in Shali, 24 miles
south of the Chechen capital of
Grozny, was just one sign of trouble
for the latest efforts to halt six weeks
of fighting that have taken thousands
of lives and thrown Russia into a
political crisis.
It also indicated that attempts to
negotiate freedom for POWs on both
sides will be just as hard as ending the
massive Russian military operation
to crush this tiny Muslim republic' s
self-declared independence.

By LISA MICHALSKI
For the Daily
Students looking for fall housing can visit the eighth
annual Off-Campus Housing Day today to make their
decisions easier.
Sponsored by the Housing Information Office, the
event - which takes place in the Michigan Union
Ballroom from 12-3 p.m. - features 50 of the largest
property owners around campus and non-profit hous-
ing agencies.
Eight hundred University students are expected to
visit this "one-stop shopping place for all kinds of
housing," said Mary Perrydore, senior housing adviser.
The event will "provide students interested in off-
campus housing accurate information so they can make
wise decisions," Perrydore said.
Perrydore said the fair will allow landlords to display
information and showcase available units. "But what sets
this day apart is that (interested students) can actually
meet the landlords, too," she said.
Out of the 450 landlords registered with her office,
"typically, the largest 50 are going to be there (today),"
Perrydore said. The office will provide visitors with
listings of smaller management companies. "We will also
be able to answer any questions about residence hall and
family housing," she said.
Lori Sias, of Prime Student Housing, said her
company's involvement in Off-Campus Housing Day has
been extremely successful.
"One of my duties, specifically, is to follow up on
maintenance requests and see if (tenants) are satisfied.
That tends to make a big difference," she said.
Aside from large realtors' representatives, the fair will
provide information to visitors seeking low-cost, alterna-
tive forms of housing.
The Housing Bureau for Seniors runs the Homeshare
program that "understands that people don't have a lot of
money for housing," said Mary Mengel, Homeshare coor-
dinator. "(Homeshare is a) cooperative living arrange-
ment between an older home provider and a home seeker.
It helps both the folks who are looking for low-cost
housing and for senior citizens who want to stay in their
homes."
Mengel said in exchange for giving companionship
and completing odd jobs like doing yard work and running
errands, a student can receive low or free rent from a home
provider. At the same time, the program provides an
added income for the senior citizen, she said. Mengel said
rent is usually less than $300 per month, in some cases
includes food.
Mengel said the 10-year-old program mainly attracts
graduate students, who benefit from the quiet atmosphere,
and foreign students who want to learn about American
culture. She also said the program can "provide valuable
experience to those who go into nursing, social work and
psychology."
Representatives from the Inter-Cooperative Council
will also be present today to answer questions about
cooperatives. Norma Barbour, director of membership
services, said the ICC's objective is "to provide low cost
housing for students and also to provide housing for
students who can't afford the dorms and want to live in a
community area."

AATU, student advocates
offer varied housing tips
By LISA MICHALSKI
For the Daily
Representatives of the Ann Arbor Tenants Union and
Student Legal Services will be available on Off-Campus
Housing Day to distribute information andanswerquestions.
"We will have a table there along with all the
landlords and distribute information about the rights of
tenants," said Pattrice Maurer, AATU director.
Maurer said Off-Campus Housing Day serves as
"an opportunity to let tenants know what they're getting
into when they rent."
AATU literature includes a "Ten Worst" landlord
list, compiled from a summer 1993 AATU poll.
"We are frequently asked by tenants to tell them
who the worst landlords are," Maurer said. She said the
AATU will present a 68-page booklet titled "How to
Evict Your Landlord," which includes:chapters about
security deposits, leases, how to get repairs done and a
summary of Ann Arbor housing codes.
Maurer said the AATU's objective at the fair is to
"provide (the student) with a vaccination against land-
lord abuses." She said large agencies, like theones to
be represented today, are very "profit-driven. They're
trying to sell 'you something. ... Definitely don't be-
lieve the hype that if you don't sign a lease immediately
you won't find housing in the fall."
Maurer encourages students who attend Off-Cam-
pus Housing day to consult newspapers in their housing
search for a fall home. She recommends that students be
flexible about location, noting that housing located
closer to campus can require tenants to pay higher rent.
"You can save yourself money by walking an extra ten
minutes to class," she said.
"Forewarned is forearmed," she said. "I think that
for the first-time renters the best thing they can do for
themselves is act like smart consumers. They must
realize that landlords are business people trying to sell
them something," she said.
Representatives from Student Legal Services, an
organization funded by a line-item on students' tuition
bills, will also be present at Off-Campus Housing Day
to distribute information and answer questions. Aside
from the fair, "it has been our experience that many
people who live off campus end up talking to us any-
way," said Director Doug Lewis.
Lewis said one of the most important functions SLS
performs for students is reading through their leases. He said
that the biggest misconception students make when renting
housing is: "I don't have to read the lease before I sign it."
"I think that people, in general, should know who
they're dealing with. That includes knowing who your
roommates will be, if you can trust them, and knowing
your landlords," Lewis said.
He said one term used in most leases that students
should understand is "joint and several liability." In
signing a lease with a "joint and several liability clause,"
each tenant claims responsibility for the entire rent
every month, Lewis said.

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Shabazz pleads not guilty
in plot to kill Farrakhan

The Washington Post
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Qubilah
Bahiyah Shabazz, the daughter of
slain Black leader Malcolm X,
pleaded not guilty yesterday to
charges of attempting to hire a hit
man to murder Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan, while a new
report on government taping cast
further doubt on her role in the al-
leged plot.
Wearing a black shawl over
her cornrow braids, Shabazz, 34,
appeared somber and spoke softly
in entering her plea before federal

magistrate Franklin L. Noel, who
set a trial date of March 27. If
convicted, she could face up to 90
years in prison and $2.25 million
in fines.
Joining the local public
defender's office on Shabazz's de-
fense team were William M.
Kunstler, the flamboyant, left-wing
civil rights lawyer who once repre-
sented the Rev. Martin Luther King
Jr., and former Manhattan borough
president Percy Sutton, a longtime
friend of Malcolm X's family. Both
said they were serving for free.

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