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26, McClain said.
McClain said she was merely acting
as the "point person" between the Uni-
versity and the state police.
Machen denied that the group had
decided towrite a letter that Friday.
"We did not make a decision to write a
letterat thatmeeting," Machen said. "What
we realized was that we could solve this
without an outside investigation."
Cole said the sole intention of the
meeting was to discuss ways to resolve
issues like this in the future.
"We were going to ask them to sus-
pend the investigation so we could sit
down and talk about how we got into a
situation like this," McClain said.
Cole said that when the University
realized the investigation had begun,
they encouraged everyone to cooperate.
Cole denied that there was any inten-
tion to obstruct justice.
"I don't understand how it got inter-
preted as being that," she said.
Cole did say, however, that the letter
may mistakenly have gotten into the
hands of some student witnesses.
"Student witnesses were confused
about what was going on," Cole said.
"Once the confusion got straightened out,
they were able to do their investigation. It
was a misunderstanding, nothing more."
Even though the investigation may
have been stalled, Cole said it should
not be labeled as an obstruction.
LSA senior Andre Hewitt, the founder
of the Black Volunteer Network, refused
to comment yesterday. The Black Volun-
teer Network sponsored the basketball
tournament Matlock was attending when
he was arrested at the CCRB.
McClain said she did not know the
letter had been shown to students until
si heard about it from reporters.
3ut McClain said detectives told her
.ney experienced some trouble talking
to students. According to published ex-

cerpts from the police report, detectives
visited campus during the investigation
to question several top administrators,
including Duderstadt and Harrison.
"When the detective came to visit
me, he was indicating they were having
trouble getting students to talk to them,"
McClain said.
She described this incident as an-
other "miscommunication" between the
police and the University.
"I think at first they thought we were
telling students not to talk to them,"
McClain said. "That wasnot true. There
was no intent to interfere with the in-
Soble said students could decide for
themselves whether they wanted to talk
with detectives.
"Students have a right to either talk to
the police or not talk to the police. No-
body told the students not to give a.
statement to the police," Soble said. "That
is a decision made by each witness.
Soble said the newspaper reports were
"blown out of proportion. My prefer-
ence would be that this case be tried in
the court and not in the press."
State Police Sgt. Edward Pitts would
not comment on the investigation. He
said the department would defer all
comments on the matter until today.
Regent Laurence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) said he is "not con-
cerned at all" about the charges levied
against the administration.
"I'm confident the University offi-
cials involved acted properly," Deitch
said. "Jackie McClain is a deeply re-
spected official at the University of
Deitch said his career as a lawyer has
shown him that the substance of the
investigation is more important than
preliminary allegations.
"Obstruction of justice sounds very
bad, but I have to take these things with
a grain of salt," Deitch said.
- Daily Staff Reporters Sam T.
Dudek and Jeff Eldridge
contributed to this report.

Peres aims for cease-fire talks with U.S.
JERUSALEM -Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres said yesterday he intendG
to negotiate a cease-fire in southern Lebanon with the United States - and nol
with the Russian, French and other officials who are shuttling around the Middl
East in hopes of making peace.
Citing the long history of the U.S. role in Middle East peace negotiations dating
to the 1979 Camp David accords, Peres warned that the efforts by other govern-
ments to end the fighting between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia fo#
might become too disorganized and chaotic.
"If there will be more than one channel (for cease-fire talks), there will be total
confusion," Peres said after talks here with Secretary of State Warren Christopher
"And the responsible channel that has both the experience and the mechanism to
do so is the United States of America."
With Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov preparing to fly to Israel on
behalf of his country's peacemaking efforts, Peres said that "whoever wants to
come in is welcome. But we cannot have three agreements on the same issue.
because this will mean no agreement at all."
As the diplomatic efforts continued, Israeli gunboats and planes pounded southern
Lebanon and Hezbollah guerrillas fired more rockets at northern Israel yesterday.

GOP maps election-
year budget strategy
WASHINGTON - Republicans gird-
ing for an election-year budget battle hope
to heal wounds they suffered last year and
bloody President Clinton. But right now,
they're not precisely sure how to do it.
House and Senate leaders agree that
the fiscal 1997 budget Republicans will
start writing later this month will look
broadly similar to the GOP package
Clinton vetoed in December. It will call
for lower taxes and claim balance in
2002, relying chiefly on savings from
Medicare, Medicaid, welfare and a host
of domestic programs.
Republicans will be able to propose
some smaller reductions than they did a
year ago, which they hope will undo
some of the political damage Clinton
inflicted on them by accusing them of
recklessly slashing crucial programs.
This will be possible because of an im-
proved deficit picture, caused by a stron-
ger economy and savings Congress and
the states have made in some programs.
"We can emphasize our areas of
spending priorities-education, crime,
some low income programs," said a
recent internal memo to Senate Budget

Committee Chairman Pete Domedic
(R-N.M.) from his staff.
But Republicans have enough inter
nal differences over strategy and detail
that the House and Senate budget com
mittees, which had planned to approve
similar packages next week, won't dc
so until at least next week.
Gays appeal to i
church conferences
DENVER - As delegates to, the
United Methodist General Conference
enter the convention center, gay Chris-
tians hold doors open for them - sym-
bolic acts for the policy they want tl
church to adopt toward homosexuality
Homosexuality once again is at the
forefront of the agenda for the 8.5 mil-
lion-member church's quadrene
meeting, just as the issue will dominat
the July meeting of the Presbytoriat
Church (U.S.A.) in Albuquerque ,.
and just as it's dominated nearly every
national gathering in the last generatiot
of the Episcopal Church and the Evan
gelical Lutheran Church in America.
There are 1,000 or so delegates to the
policy-making body.of the nation's sec
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survivor," urged audience members to
fight against increases to welfare cuts.
"Link up the struggle," said Karin
Schauman, who also spoke at the event.
"Go back to classrooms, churches, or-
ganizations and request that they do
welfare simulations. Familiarize your-
self with the system."
But, within the group of speakers,
disagreements arose. After speaker
Linda Yeager called state Sen. William
Van Regenmorter (R-Hudsonville) "a
great guy," another speaker, Don
Richberg, voiced disagreement about
Yeager's endorsement of a man who
does not support same-sex marriages.
"Van Regenmorter, in my opinion, is
responsible forhomophobic legislation.
... We have a right to choose," Richberg
said of same-sex marriages.

Marchers were mindful that their
concerns may be brushed aside by some
observers. "Sometimes I think people
are like, 'Crazy, stupid feminist,"' said
LSA senior Linda Weesies. "Some will
be impressed and others will think (the
march is) a joke."
But most women said they came to
feel solidarity with strong women.
A significant amount of men showed
up for the speeches before themarch. One
community member, Matthew Capa-Ra,
brought his 6-year-old sister, Martina.
Capa-Ra sat in the County Building
parking lot bouncing his little sister on
his lap while whispering explanations
of the rally's purpose.
"I was really excited to bring
(Martina)," he said. He added that he
wanted his sisterto seethe strong women
"to compare with all the ideas she gets
from the Disney movies and cartoons
my parents have her watching."

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UNITED NATIONS - The United cial body to
Nations is moving slowly toward agree- such crimes
ment on the need to create a permanent
international criminal court to deal with 26 deac
genocide and crimes against humanity.
But human-rights activists complain mudsli(
that progress toward this goal is likely
to come at the cost of what they see as RIO DE J
severe limits on the proposed court's rential rainsl
independence and effectiveness. And, on a shantyt
these critics charge, the United States, a yesterday, k
leading advocate of such a court, also is Another l
among the nations that want to limit its the mudslid
powers. the foot of
At issue is whether the international Salvador, a
community needs a tribunal able to northeast of
prosecute criminal acts arising from the Freire, a spo
alarming number of regional conflicts civil defens
involving antagonistic ethnic groups The rain st
that have broken out in the post-Cold urday afterni
War period. evening and
The Security Council, prodded by which stoppe
the United States, created a special court With forec
at The Hague to deal with the atrocities rain, the cit
spawned by "ethnic-cleansing" cam- worked to ev
paigns in the former Yugoslavia and -

t that court operates on
s. Many governments an
mental rights advocates be
hould be a permanent judi
investigate and prosecute
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JANEIRO, Brazil - Tor
brought a mudslide dowi
own in northeastern Brazi
illing at least 26 peopl.
5 people were injurad ac
e, which covered a slum"a
a hill on the outskirt
coastal city 1,000 m
f Rio, said Maria Emilii
kesperson for the Salvado
arted coming down onrSat
oon, gained strength in thf
turned into a downpour
ed yesterday morning.
casts calling formore heav
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vacuate residents.
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