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harder (for a suspect) to explain."
In an exclusive interview Tues-
day with the Detroit Free Press,
Mitchell claimed he is innocent of
the purse snatching and assault
charges leveled against him.
Mitchell also said he has an alibi for
a series of sexual assaults occurring
within the city.
Senior Assistant Public Defender
Greg Margosian, the court-appointed
attorney for Mitchell, had no com-
ment to yesterday's DNA develop-
Police have dismissed an anony-
mous phone call they received last
August in which a man claimed to be
the serial rapist. The caller was upset
that he was being described by the
police as a Black male rather than as
of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent.
In that call, he said his next victim
.would be a teen-age girl.
But the victim in the latest known
rape, which took place Oct. 13, is
older and has described her attacker
as a Black male. She has given police
the best-known description of her at-
tacker to date.
"Last I heard, the task force is not
putting a whole lot of stock in that
phone call as being that of the serial
rapist," Scheel said. "Now whether

they've proceeded doing any kind of
voice analysis in comparing that with
Mitchell's, I don't know."
Although Mitchell is a prime sus-
pect and in custody, Scheel refused to
comment on whether the woman had
identified Mitchell from a police line-
Mitchell, 33, waits for his Feb. 13
trial date in Washtenaw County Jail
on $50,000 bond for unarmed rob-
bery and assault charges. If found
guilty, he could be behind bars for a
maximum of 15 years.
The pretrial date for Mitchell is set
for Jan. 19 at the Washtenaw County
Joe Burke, chief assistant at the
prosecutor's office, said some plea
negotiations may occur before the
trial date, but "I doubt that will hap-
pen in this case."
Mitchell has said little to the me-
dia or in the courtroom in his defense
and is expected to say little at the
"It's generally not something that
(defendants are) asked questions at,"
Burke said. "It's really a pretty per-
functory kind of thing."
Mitchell was arrested Christmas
Day afterataxi cabdriver spotted him
walking on the city streets. The driver
noticed that Mitchell matched the
physical and the clothing descriptions
released by police in response to an

assault and mugging attempt the day
before in the 1800 block of Dexter
Mitchell was not charged in a 1992
Inkster rape case because there was
insufficient physical evidence left at
thatcrime scene to compare with DNA
samples taken from Mitchell.
The Michigan State Police Crime
Lab, which conducted the 1992 DNA
tests on Mitchell, kept DNA results
from his blood samples on file.
DNA tests on the 1992 sample
reportedly matched four of five rapes
attributed to the serial rapist - in
Eberwhite Woods, on Longshore
Drive, on Miller Avenue and on West
Stadium Boulevard of Ann Arbor.
No body fluids were found on the
fifth victim in the Oct. 13 rape, lead-
ing police to suspect a condom was
Investigators and prosecutors said
they are reluctant to use or even com-
ment on the Inkster samples because
of potential legal problems. Those
samples were taken by another police

Pope embarks on stamina-."
testing 1 1-day Asian tour

Los Angeles Times
VATICAN CITY - Have cane,
will still travel. Feeling well enough
to joke about his health, Pope John
Paul II set off for Asiaon an overnight
flight yesterday to launch an 11-day
tour that will test his stamina while
extending his church's honor roll of
revered Catholics.
In the Philippines, the first stop on
a four-nation tour that is his first to
Asia in five years and his longest
pilgrimage since 1991, the pope will
preside at weekend ceremonies in
Manila marking his church's 10th
World Youth Day.
On Monday, the 74-year-old pon-
tiff goes to Papua, New Guinea, then
on to Australia and Sri Lanka, launch-
ing local Catholics on the road to

sainthood at beatification ceremonies
in all three countries.
Meeting young people and honor-
ing potential saints are papal favor-
ites, but on the 63rd foreign trip of the
pope's 16-year reign, the international
focus will be as much on his health as
on the altar.
Last April, the pope broke his right
leg in a bathroom fall, the latest in a
quickening numberofmedical alarms:
He tripped on his robe and fractured
his right arm in November 1993 and
had a large noncancerous tumor re-
moved from his intestine the year
before that.}
Slow recovery from surgery to
repair the leg forced the pope to can-
cel a planned October visit to the
United States, and he has seemed to


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riety of ways - including equipment
donations, construction of accessible
playgrounds and other environments,
renovation of summer camps and vol-
unteering at local organizations.
While on tour, members of the
Journey of Hope cycle teams also will
participate in PUSH America's Kids
On the Block puppet show for el-
ementary school students. Using life-
sized puppets, they will try to help
children understand disabilities and
abilities of the disabled.
The tour team will cover about
75 miles per day, relying on a net-
work of sponsors for lodging and
food. They will ride across deserts,

over mountains and through rain
and heat.
The team expects to raise more
than $300,000 for the projects and
programs of PUSH America. They
hope to reach more than 30 million
people with their message of accep-
tance and understanding.
Petrilli has committed himself
to raising $5,000 in support of PUSH
America. He is personally respon-
sible for obtaining all the money his
ride will raise by writing letters to
his family, friends and parents of
his fraternity brothers in request of
Petrilli said he hopes he will be
aided further by random donations
from people who hear about what he
is trying to do. He also plans to solicit


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through the grievance.
"We have been working with the
individuals involved in the matter,"
Baker said last night. "We would re-
gret it if they were to pursue any sort
of litigation against the University."
In a statement from Detroit attor-
ney George B. Washington's office,
Mitchell and NWROC member
Donna Stern affirmed their intentions
to go ahead with plans to sue the
"The protest ... will continue, de-
manding full back pay for the work-
ers, the firing of the supervisor and
the end to the continuing racial ha-
rassment at the Dental School and

throughout the University," the state-
ment read.
Stern said the lawsuit, if neces-
sary, could be filed as early as tomor-
"We don't think that the news of
their jobs will affect our plan of ac-
tion," she said. "They have not been
told whether or not they would get
back pay or whether or not their racist
supervisor would be fired."
The protesters will meet at 4 p.m.
on the Diag to decry racism and the
University's actions. They will then
march to the Dental School, where
they plan to picket.
"Our rally is aimed at getting the
University's attention and at present-
ing the public with ourlawsuit against
the University," Stern said.

donations from businesses.
Acquiring a suitable bike for the
trip also falls upon Petrill's shoul-
ders. The equipment is expensive,
and Petrilli is seeking its donation
from shops in his hometown of St.
Petrilli learned his application to
become a team member had been
accepted in late December. His fra-
ternity brothers are excited about
Petrilli's coming ride.
"Any time any of members can do
anything to help out our national phi-
lanthropy, it's outstanding," said Pi
Kappa Phi President Matt DeFore.
Pi Kappa Phi alum Barry Stern
participated as a financial coordina-
tor in the Journey of Hope last year.
"It's a tough challenge. Mike's
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By forcing lawmakers to live by
the same rules they write for others,
Republicans are also trying to bring
pressure on them to stop writing regu-
lations and reconsider some of the
ones they have enacted - a goal not
universally shared by Democratic
"If Congress has to live by the
same regulations as everyone else,
there is the hope we'll be more atten-
tive to what we do," said Sen. Phil
Gramm (R-Texas).
Propelled by strong bipartisan sup-
port, the bill was on track for enact-
ment last year until it crashed into a
pre-election wall of Republican stall-
ing tactics in the Senate. But it was
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into the war and are controlling him.
The campaign, which has also left
thousands of civilians dead and made
refugees of nearly a third of the 1.2
million Chechens, came under its first
serious attack in the Duma, the lower
house of Russia's Parliament.
"The country is in crisis," said
Boris Fyodorov, a pro-reform law-
maker. "We have no executive au-
thority, we have no army. The army
leadership has shown the army's total
inability to act."
But after a moment ofsilence for the
dead in Chechnya, it quickly became
clear that most lawmakers want to avoid
a head-on conflict with Yeltsin. They
ruled out debate on the motion of no-

Vatican observers to have aged dra-
matically since the accident.
Although he conducted a reduced
round of Christmas and New Year'0
activities at the Vatican without ap-
parent distress, the pope still walks
with difficulty, often using a cane or
leaning on his crosier.
The pope's public appearances
have been reduced for this trip, and he
will sit at parts of Manila ceremonies
where he stood at a parallel youth
event in Denver in 1993.
Still, the pope's own emphatic
view is that he is fit.
"Tell those who are interested
back in Poland that things are not
going badly for the pope," he told
Polish pilgrims at the Vatican last
overcome a lot in life. He'll make it
over the highest mountain on the hot-
test days. He's a strong, tough, great
guy," he said.
Both DeFore and Stern said that
they would like to go andcheerPetrilli
on when he gets to the tour sites in the
Petrilli is eager to begin. "I'll be
spreading the message that people
with disabilities have abilities, that
cancer can be overcome, that no mat-
ter what adversity people face they
can go on and lead full lives."
To make a tax-deductible do-@
nation to Petrilli'sJourney of Hope,
write to 903 Lincoln Avenue, Ann
Arbor, Michigan, 48104. Checks
should be made out to PUSH
given first-place billing by GOP lead-
ers this year, and Democrats supported
it, even as they tried to expand its
reach to include some other reforms*
that Republicans wanted to postpone.
The Congressional Accountabil-
ity Act would end long standing ex-
emptions under which Congress and
its agencies, such as the General Ac-
counting Office and Government
Printing Office, escaped provisions
of 11 employment-related laws. As a
result, Capitol Hill came to be known
as "the last plantation," as Sen. John
Glenn (D-Ohio) characterized it as
long ago as 1978.
Laws from which Congress ex-
empted itself ranged from the New
Deal-era Fair Labor Standards Act
of 1938 to the 1993 Family and
Medical Leave Act and included
confidence and a proposal to give Par-
liament power to stop the conflict, but
put two milder initiatives on the agenda*
for tomorrow.
One would spell out sharp restric-
tions on the army's use in combat on
Russian soil. The other would rule out
additional funds for the Chechen war
in the 1995 budget.
Oudayev, a former Soviet
bomber pilot, warned at his news
conference that the Chechen con-
flict could spread to other ethni-
cally charged areas.
"You will never solve this prob-
lem militarily," he said. "Even if you
erase every village and raze the
Caucasus Mountains to the ground,
still the people's ingrained desire for
freedom and the right to life cannot be
taken away."

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