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*Moscow: rebels killed
in firey assault; most
KEMSI-YURT, Russia (AP)-Boris
Yeltsin declared a bitter victory yester-
day over Chechen rebels: They were
wiped out by Russian troops and most
of their hostages survived an assault
t t turned a tiny village into a waste-
IW1 f cinders and corpses sprawled in
His account, which attempted to put
' humiliating and politically costly epi-
sode in the best possible light, could not
be independently confirmed. Othergov-
ornment and military officials said fewer
hostages lived through the barrage and
some rebels survived.
Photographers allowed into
Pervomayskaya after the four-day assault
f d bloodied bodies ling in makeshift
b ers alongside rows ofrifles and stacks
ofammunition boxes. Those images may
bolster Yeltsin's image for taking a tough
line against well-armed rebels --or may
increase thekperception that thecountry is
on the brink of chaos and that Chechen
war is a mistake.
There was no immediate reaction
from rebel forces to Yeltsin's remarks
and it was not clear if they had reached
l sympathizers who were holding a
I urkish ferry hostage and threatening
to kill the Russians aboard.
Trying to explain why a huge Russian
force took so long to defeat a band of no
more than 20 rebels, Yeltsin claimed the
village masked a giant underground rebel
base with concrete gun emplacements.
The claim about Pervomayskaya, a re-
mote hamlet of simple brick houses,
seemed highly unlikely.
hechen separatists humiliated Rus-
s! ast week when they slipped past the
border into the neighboring Russian
republic of Dagestan, seizing hostages
to press their demand that Moscow pull
its troops out of Chechnya.
After a five-day standoff in
Pervomayskaya near Chechnya's bor-
der, Russian troops stormed the village
Yesterday, Yeltsin said his forces
killed the gunmen and would now
L after rebel leaders who have resorted
to taking hostages and attacking Rus-
sian towns in their fight for indepen-
dence from Russia.
"We have taught (rebel leader
Dzhokhar) Dudayev a sound lesson, and
now it is necessary to deliver strikes on
Dudayev's strongholds ... to put an end
to terrorism on Russian soil," Yeltsin
STEPHANIE GRACE LIM/Dadiy
Kevin Canze, the University Museum of Art's museum preparator, sweeps off the second floor ledge after hanging Frank Stella's 1968 "Untitled"
painting. Above the ledge hangs a new installation designed by Saul LeWitt titled, "Wall Drawing #803." Lewitt designed the installation from
another state and sent the plans to the museum to execute. Volunteers hung it last night.
'U'Flin,,Lt laments 'stepsister' label
Kasich:'We have some
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- With a deal to balance the budget
increasingly out of reach, political leaders on both sides
focused yesterday on how to pull the plug on budget negotia-
tions while avoiding blame for derailing the process.
Republicans in particular spoke as if the negotiations were
an episode of the past and dismissed President Clinton's
latest proposal, which was made public yesterday.
"This is nothing but a political document," complained
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-
Kan.). "In my view, the President has
already decided the talks are ended, and
he's started to lay the groundwork with
this document for 1996, for his re-elec-
lndeed, a sense of resignation spread
yesterday that the extraordinary, top-level
effort to agree on a balanced budget was
falling apart, even though no one wanted
to pronounce it officially dead.
Reasons cited included the pressures Dole
of this year's presidential election and
deep-seated ideological differences on health care, taxes,
welfare and other issues.
"Like Elvis' daughterand Michael Jackson, it now appears
as though we have some irreconcilable differences," said
House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich (R-Ohio),
playing off ofnews reports that Lisa Marie Presley has filed
for divorce from her pop-star husband, Michael Jackson.
White House officials contended the two sides have agreed
on more than $600 billion in savings, and repeated their
invitation for Republicans to sign off on that much, at least.
In addition, sources said the administration has made
overtures on tax policy, including the GOP goal of reducing
the capital gains levy and easing taxes on the sale of homes
held for at least three years.
Yet the President seemed to be sending a mixed signal to
the other side. He described a litany of deep policy differ-
ences dividing the two sides on Medicare, Medicaid, educa-
tion and environmental regulation.
Then he added that a deal to balance the budget by 2002
remains in reach. "My door is open," Clinton said. "It is open.
It will stay open. I am committed to continue working with
them until we get the job done."
Whatever the gap that divides the two sides, political
analysts believe Republicans are reluctant to award Clinton
the prize ofa budget deal before his State of the Union speech
scheduled for next Tuesday.
White House aidesdhave said the address will have an
added partisan and more confrontational edge if there is no
accord by then.
By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
FLINT - People speaking to the Univer-
sity Board of Regents' on the University's
smallest campus used terms that made the
meeting seem like a therapy session for a
Speakers at the presidential search forum
described the relationship between the Flint
and Ann Arbor campuses as one of a "distant,
poor cousin" and "stepchild."
Carolyn Gillespie, associate professor of
theater-at the Flint campus, used an analogy
from Cinderella to describe the way she felt
about the relationship between the two cam-
"We hope to be regarded bythenew president
as the younger sister rather than the stepsister of
the University of Michigan - and we'd like to
be invited to the ball," Gillespie said.
Many of those in attendance at the day's
first forum said they felt isolated from the
president and the decision-making processes
of the University. The regents later traveled to
Dearborn for an afternoon session at the
University's other satellite campus.
"The next president should be a person of
vision," said Faculty Council Chair Thomas
Wrobel, "with vision acute enough to see all
the way up U.S. 23 from Ann Arbor to Flint."
Our next residentLast search forum
- Lillian Henry
Executive secretary, U-M Flint
Janice Worth, a students services associate,
referred to the separation of Ann Arbor and
Flint as "the Northern Mason-Dixon Line."
Speakers said that the largely blue-collar
Flint community has different educational
needs than students at the Ann Arbor cam-
"Because almost the majority of us are non-
traditional students, we feel the emphasis
should be placed on the needs of nontradi-
tional students," said Lily Kehoe, president of
the UM-Flint Alumni Association
Gillespie complained about "the wastes and
boondoggles" reported from the Ann Arbor
campus, saying that members of the Flint
campus are "scrimping on postage stamps and
Many of the remarks echoed those from ear-
lier search forums, with members evenly calling
for a president with academic, business and
governmental experience, as well as someone
The University Board of Regents will hold its
ninth and last public forum to get input on
the presidential search today.
Where: Gerald R. Ford Library on North
Campus, 1000 Beal St.
When: 10 a.m. to noon.
with integrity and a successful track record.
Lillian Henry, senior executive secretary for
the Flint College of Arts and Sciences, set an
especially high benchmark. "We need a drum
major for peace and happiness," Henry said.
"Our next president should exemplify love. He
should work to eradicate hate, political back-
biting and racism."
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) empha-
sized the improvements of the Flint campus
over the last decade.
"There are 6,200 students and a full-blown
campus, a tremendously supportive commu-
nity, and an excellent faculty with a diverse
body." Baker said. "When you put it in per-
spective of what it came from and what it is,
you see it shows a tremendous devotion from
the Board of Regents and the state of Michigan
to the Flint campus."
Inside: Regents also listen to students,
faculty at Dearborn campus. See story, Page Z
Foster, Edelman to
speak tomorrow at
Weekend to address health of Main Events
children around the world This weekend's conference, sponso
red by the
By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
Among the highlights of this weekend's fourth
annual Medstart Conference are four nationally
recognized advocates speaking on their favorite
t ic - children.
r.Deborah Prothrow-Stith, the associate dean
at Harvard's School of Public Health, is scheduled
to give the opening address today at the Michigan
Theater at 5 p.m.
Former U.S. surgeon general nominee Dr. Henry
Foster, Children's DefenseFund founderand Presi-
dent Marian Wright Edelman, and Joseph Sudbay,
a representative from the Center to Prevent Hand-
-un Violence, are slated to speak as part of
"You have a conference when any one of these
Oakers comes," said Dr. David Rosen, Medstart's
faculty adviser. "When you have all four, you
really have a conference. It's really impressive."
Talking on the theme of this year's conference
"Around the Corner, Around the World: Keeping
Kids Healthy, Happy and Hoping...," the speak-
ers are expected to give an inspiring performance
Medical School, features some of the nption's
most recognized names in child advocacy.
* Opening Address, Dr. Deborph Prothrow-
Stith, Michigan Theater, 5 p.m.
(All events at Towsley
Center for Continuing
Medical Education at they
* Opening Address, Joseph
Sudbay, representing the
Center to Prevent Handgunr
Violence, 9 a.m.
V Midconference Address,
Dr. Henry Foster, former
Surgeon General nominee,
11 a.m. Foster
Closing Address, Marian
Wright Edelman, president of the Children's
Defense Fund, 5:15 p.m.
Tickets are still available for the conference.
Students may purchase tickets for $15 and
non-students for $35.
Call 763-1400 for more information.
By Josh White
Daily Staff Reporter
Arbitration hearings on the firing of
three former Dental School employees
came to a close Monday, exactly one
year from the date the three rejected
University offers of reinstatement.
Detroit-based attorney George B.
Washington, who represents the three
former employees, said he did not want
to comment on the outcome of the arbi-
tration until a press conference sched-
uled for9a.m. today. University spokes-
woman Julie Peterson said she could
not comment on the case.
"We are unable to release details
about the arbitration agreement with-
out the permission of the employees
involved," Peterson said last night.
Washington said the decision "was a
big development" in the case, butwould
not comment further, saying he would
discuss details today.
Dawn Mitchell, Delano Isabell and
Theresa Atkins were fired in December
1994 for allegedly falsifying time cards
Two men and a woman light candles last night during a demonstration In Luebeck, Germany, after at
least ten people were killed in a fire that raced through an Immigrant home.
10 foreliers dead foowin
LUEBECK, Germany (AP) - A suspicious
fire raced through a home for immigrants yester-
day, killing at least 10 people including a woman
who desperately leaped from an upper story while
holding a child. Police detained three men sus-
pected of setting the fire.
were searching the rubble for more victims.
The fire horrified Germans who have been dis-
tressed by the anti-foreigner attacks that erupted
after unification in 1990.
The number of attacks has dropped since a peak
in 1993. German authorities have arrested hun-
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