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NATION/W ORLD The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, September 18, 19
Dole visits jails to promote GOP anti-crime program


The Washington Post

PHOENIX - He has already walked
through the death chamber at San Quentin, so
there was only one place in America where
Republican Bob Dole could go to spread the
word of his "we are gonnabe tough" anti-crime
He was inside the guard towers at Estrella Jail
Facility, where the backdrop was razor wire,
guards on horseback and 1,380 inmates in tents
that spread out across the Arizona desert.
An imported sound system played the rock
theme from the syndicated television program
"Cops" - "Bad boys, bad boys, what you
gonna do when they come for you?" And
Dole's "Listening to America" audience heard
more than a dozen local crime victims, families
iurder victims and law-enforcement offi-
told him their stories and offer support for

his proposals on crime.
"I know that this may not be the most excit-
ing setting. But it is real. This is America,"
Dole said. "A part that many people never see,
never think about, never give one second
thought to until (they are a victim of crime) and
suddenly they wonder what's happened in
Dole is traveling to three Western states this
week to spread word of an anti-crime package he
announced Monday. It proposes doubling the
$405 million that the federal government spends
to help states build new prisons, and includes a
promise that Dole, as president, will issue an
executive order requiring all federal inmates to
work 40-hour-a-week jobs.
Dole was escorted through the tented prison
yesterday by a fellow believer in prison hard
time. Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio is

"internationally known as America's toughest
sheriff," according to briefing documents the
sheriff's office gave to
the Dole campaign.
These documents say
Arpaio, who is up for re-
election this fall, believes
in the rehabilitative
power of male and.
female chain gangs, in
feeding inmates bologna
sandwiches instead of
hot meals and in elimi-
nating coffee drinking by Dole
inmates to save money
for taxpayers.
The sheriff's prison-management slogan is
"jails aren't country clubs." To that end, Arpaio,
who is a former District of Columbia cop and

former federal drug agent, enforces 23-hour
lockdowns for inmates who refuse to work, a
ban on smoking, a prohibition against girlie
magazines and limits on television watching.
Male and female chain gangs, in Arpaio's sys-
tem, are opportunities for misbehaving inmates
"to redeem themselves through hard work and
community service," his news releases say.
Arpaio was the first law-enforcement officer
to speak at Tuesday's event. He kept his remarks
short and to the point.
"First of all, we are trying to save the taxpay-
er's money. Number two, we want to make it so
tough they never want to come back. Number
three, we have a lot of tents, we have a lot of
desert, you see the vacancies," Arpaio said, look-
ing out beyond his tented jail to the empty
desert. "All that is room for people who violate
the law."

The tented prison here - which offers no
air-conditioning and is exposed to the searing
desert heat that often reaches 110 degrees in
the summer - was an Arpaio innovation. It
arose from the refusal of Maricopa County vot-
ers to spring for a $40 million prison and from
the sheriff's belief life in jail should not be
The prison, which consists primarily of con-
crete slabs surmounted by tents, portable toi-
lets and cyclone fence surmounted by razor
wire, cost $100,000 to build. Dole joked it was
"small change," suggesting other cost-con-
scious American communities might want to
give the idea of tented jails some considera-
Dole had no comment on chain gangs,
although he said he did support the view that
prisons should not be "country clubs."


Woman kills student, shoots

another on Penn State campus

Death is second slay-
ing in school's 186-
year history
19-year-old woman with a Mohawk
haircut spread out a tarp in the middle
of the Penn State University campus
yesterday and opened fire with a rifle,
killing one student and wounding
another before she was tackled while
trying to reload.
Jillian Robbins, a hunter with Army
Reserve training who acquaintances
said had a history of mental problems
and was known as "Crazy Jill," was
hospitalized in serious condition with a
stab wound suffered in a struggle with
the student who came to the rescue and
knocked her down.
No immediate charges were filed
against Robbins, who is a longtime res-
ident of State College but not a student.
Police gave no motive for the shoot-
ing and said Robbins did not know her
Robbins positioned herself in front of

the student union and fired off at least
five shots from her rifle, a Mauser with
a telescopic sight, around 9:30 a.m.,
police said. Hundreds of frightened stu-
dents and teachers scattered across the
lawn outside the Hetzel Union
Building, one of the campus' busiest
A book in one student's backpack
stopped a bullet.
Aerospace engineering student
Brendon Malovrh noticed smoke, ran
over and tackled Robbins as she was
putting in a second ammunition clip,
police said.
As the two struggled, Robbins pulled
a knife from her purse and tried to stab
Malovrh, stabbing herself in the leg
instead, police said. Malovrh quickly
took off his belt and fashioned a tourni-
quet on Robbins.
In front of them lay a dead Melanie
Spalla, 19, of Altoona, Penn. Nicholas
Mensah, 27, of Philadelphia, had been
shot once in the abdomen. He was in
stable condition.
"This is a high-traffic area, where
lots of people ride their bikes. It's

freaky to know this happened here. But
I guess this is where you want to do it if
you want to kill someone," said Jessica
Ohrum, 20, of East Berlin, Penn..
Acquaintances who spoke on the
condition of anonymity said Robbins
had a history of mental problems, once
spending time in a hospital. They said
she had been married and divorced in
the past year and had tried to commit
suicide last month. Friends said she
hoped to become an artist.
Fellow employees at a diner-bakery
where she had worked a year ago called
her "Crazy Jill," an acquaintance said.
Campus Police Chief David
Stormer said Robbins had Army
Reserve training, and a friend said
she liked to hunt.
About 40,000 students attend the uni-
versity in State College, a town of about
40,000 permanent residents in the cen-
ter of the state.
There has been only one other slay-
ing on campus in the school's 186-year
history: In 1969, a graduate student was
stabbed in a library. Her killer was
never found.


Far-out takeout: Cosmonauts ask
NASA to send food into space

mesIdent Clinton speaks to a crowd gathered at John Glenn Nigh School In Westland, Mich., yesterday. Clinton, who was
Introduced by a local high school student, promoted Democrats' education and student loan packages at the rally.

Continued from Page 1
The president cited his proposed
$1,500 per year tax credit as the main
means for making college, at least com-
munity college, affordable. The credit
uld be applicable to people in their
first two years of undergraduate educa-

"Bill Clinton has made education
his No. I priority," Rivers said.
Clinton credited Democrats with
effecting positive changes for the
country in the last four years, includ-
ing job growth, lower unemployment
rates and an ever-decreasing federal
Hendrix was confident about
Clinton's ability to carry Michigan on

Nov. 5.
"He's doing good. I mean, if you
look at the polls you can see that his
message of opportunity and responsi-
bility is resonating," Hendrix said. "I
think people in Michigan are espe-
cially connected with him and I think
a lot of that has to do with the econo-
my and his strong position on educa-

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Houston, send up a
roll of Certs for the men aboard the Russian space station
The two Russian cosmonauts put in an orbital takeout
order weeks ago for garlic and onions, and it's finally on the
way, aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.
For reasons that aren't entirely clear, space travelers often
complain that food tastes bland in weightlessness.
Sometimes that leads to desperate measures: Cosmonauts
Valentin Lebedev and Anatoly Berezovoi gobbled up onions
meant for research during their 211-day Salyut station mis-
sion in 1982. Some astronauts bring up hot sauce to splash on
their meals.
Atlantis and its pungent payload closed in on Mir yester-
day and were expected to arrive at the station tonight, along
with other food and provisions such as water and air for the
sealed space station.
"Maybe that's why we're delivering all that fresh air, I don't

know," shuttle pilot Terrence Wilcutt said.
The shuttle crew's first order of business will be picking up
NASA astronaut Shannon Lucid, who has spent a record-
breaking six months aboard Mir, and dropping off John Blaha
for a four-month stay in orbit.
Throughout her flight, Lucid has requested potato
chips, M&M's and other junk food. Her Russian crew-
mates, Valery Korzun and Alexander Kaleri, have been
up only a month, but they, too, already crave some zesty
Besides fresh garlic, onions, cucumbers and oranges for
the cosmonauts, the six Atlantis astronauts are taking up all
the makings for a Cajun cookout: barbecue, red beans, rice,
even music.
NASA decided yesterday to complete the shuttle mission
as planned. The space agency had considered cutting the 10-
day flight short because of a hydraulic power unit that myste-
riously failed minutes after liftoff Monday.

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Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Six months after
the Korean war ended in 1953, the
Eisenhower administration had evi-
dence that North Korea failed to release
more than 900 prisoners of war, some
of whom may have been subjected to
germ warfare experiments in a shadowy
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an outspoken Capitol Hill advocate of
POW and MIA causes, seems likely to
reopen a decades-iong controversy over
Korean War prisoners.
North Korea has denied it held any
U.S. prisoners after the war ended and
the Pentagon generally has discounted
reports that Americans are still held in
the secretive Communist nation.
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years have insisted that North Korean
and U.S. officials are lying to avoid a
thorny issue that would prove embar-
rassing to both sides. Two of those long-
time skeptics appeared before the panel
The memo, obtained by the House
National Security military personnel
subcommittee from the Eisenhower
presidential library, is a summary of a
telephone call between an unidentified

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the Army Robert Stevens. It describes a
discrepancy between the lists of prison-
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were still alive.
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left behind came in testimony yesterday
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intelligence officer who was in Korea
during the prisoner exchanges and who
later served on the Eisenhower White
House staff. He told the committee that
he knew at least 500 sick and wounded
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released. He said other reports indicat-
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North Korea to the Soviet Union and
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Justice Department finds decline in
violent crime for 2nd year in a row

Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -Americans may

1980s, the department's Bureau of Justice
Statistics reported. Last year's survey

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ed assaults that caused injuries (from

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