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police to investigate and detain sus-
pects without a warrant.
"The state will use all means at its
disposal until the perpetrators of this
crime ... are brought to justice,"
Micic said.
Under the constitution, Micic must
nominate a successor to be approved
by the Serbian parliament. Funeral
plans for Djindjic were not immediate-
ly announced.
Djindjic had many enemies because
of his pro-reformist and Western
He was despised by some for arrang-
ing the extradition of Milosevic to the
U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague,
Netherlands, in 2001, and for urging
more arrests of war crimes suspects.
He also was targeted by Serbian
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for poorer students.
"Those who have more money have
an opportunity to go to better
schools," Woiwode said. "It's short-
sighted and ignorant to say the advan-
tages granted to people with money
are not similar to the advantages
granted to Caucasians."
Agnes Aleobua, a member of the
Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action and Integration and Fight for
Equality By Any Means Necessary,
said poor students do not have the
same access to quality counseling or
standardized preparation classes.
LSA junior Ruben Duran, managing
editor of the conservative journal The
Michigan Review, said while he does
not support the use of race as an
admissions factor, he does support
socioeconomic points. But unlike affir-
mative action supporters, Duran said a
socioeconomic plus factor is a more
effective way to achieve diversity.

crime bosses and warlords who were
allied with the former Yugoslav pres-
When Milosevic was toppled in
October 2000 in a popular revolt,
Djindjic admitted luring key mob fig-
ures into changing sides. But later, he
turned against them, declaring an open
war on the rampant smuggling of con-
traband goods and drugs.
Drive-by shootings, explosions and
mafia-style shootouts have been com-
monplace in Serbia, which still is
recovering from Milosevic's ruinous
13-year rule.
"Dark forces who have mushroomed
in the country since the 1990s are try-
ing to turn back the clock," said
Dobrivoje Radovanovic, an independ-
ent crime expert.
After the killing, police carrying
machine guns stopped traffic in Bel-
grade, searching cars and checking pas-

sengers. Police also took up positions in
front of government buildings and the
central post office. The hospital where
Djindjic was taken was blocked by
police and Djindjic's sobbing wife, Ruz-
ica, was led from the building.
Djindjic often was criticized by
opponents for seeking too much power
and for "mercilessly" confronting
political rivals.
He recently promised to try to arrest
Ratko Mladic, a former Bosnian Serb
military commander wanted by the
U.N. tribunal. Mladic is thought to be
hiding in Serbia.
Djindjic also was engaged in a bitter
political feud with Vojislav Kostunica,
who stepped down as Yugoslav presi-
dent after Yugoslavia was abolished
last month and replaced by a new state
renamed Serbia and Montenegro. The
feud virtually paralyzed much-needed
economic and social reforms.

Smart, missing for nine
months, returns to family

"Unlike skin color, the socioeco-
nomic background contributes a lot
more," he said. "The way you grow up
and the way you live is a much bigger
facet of your personality."
In lieu of the socioeconomic and
racial plus factors, applicants can
receive 20-point bonuses for athletic
ability or at the discretion of the Uni-
versity Provost.
Admissions officers use an appli-
cant's personal essay, parents' occupa-
tions and high school location to
determine whether they are eligible for
the socioeconomic points, Peterson said.
But officers also have access to
information from counselors, she said,
and can contact the counselors to
ensure an applicant comes from a dis-
advantaged background.
Some students believe University
admissions policies should only con-
sider academic factors to ensure that
the most qualified applicants are
In principle, admissions should be
based on academic merit, LSA junior

and College Republicans External Vice
President Kristen Klanow said. "The
problem we run into is where the (aca-
demic) standards aren't met."
LSA sophomore Laura Billet said
the policy is not fair toward disadvan-
taged students who would qualify
without the 20 points.
But the benefit of creating a diverse
student body outweighs the rejection
of some applicants with higher grades
and test scores, LSA freshman Julia
Carpenter said.
"If the University didn't have such a
system, the majority of people here
would be from upper-class, suburban
backgrounds," she said.
Peterson said separate bonuses are
granted to minorities and socioeco-
nomically disadvantaged students
because they do not share the same
She added that since the majority of
poor applicants are white, without the
20 bonus points for race the University
would not be able to achieve signifi-
cant minority enrollment.

beth Smart, the 15-year-old girl who
vanished from her bedroom nine months
ago, was found yesterday walking down
a suburban street with a drifter who had
briefly worked at the family's home. The
man was taken into custody, and the
teenager was whisked away for a
reunion with her jubilant family.
"Miracles do exist," said Tom Smart,
the girl's uncle.
Elizabeth was returned home about
10:20 p.m. EST in an unmarked police
van. She did not speak to reporters as
she rushed inside the house. Relatives
said Elizabeth was in good condition
and had talked with police about her
"All of the children out there deserve
to come back to their parents the way
Elizabeth has come back to us," father
Ed Smart said as he burst into sobs dur-
ing a celebration at his home.
He added: "I don't know what she's
gone through and I'm sure she's been
through hell. I just know that she's a part
of our family, she's loved and we love
her so much."
The police offered no motive or
details of where the teenager had been
since she vanished in June. Authorities
reported yesterday that employees at a
grocery store near San Diego said they
had seen the drifter in recent weeks. The
Smarts had released a sketch of the man
last month.
Police were tipped off by members of
the public who spotted the drifter on a
street in Sandy, 20 miles south of Eliza-
beth's home in Salt Lake City. The
drifter, known as Emmanuel, a woman
believed to be his companion and Eliza-

beth were all wearing wigs when they
were stopped, authorities said.
Relatives of Emmanuel, whose real
name is Brian Mitchell, have described
him as a self-appointed prophet for the
homeless who lived in a teepee in moun-
tains outside the city. He was hired by
the Smarts in November 2001 to work
on their roof. Elizabeth disappeared
seven months later.
Mitchell and the second suspect,
identified only as Wanda Barzee, were
taken to the Sandy police station and
later were booked into the Salt Lake
County Jail for investigation of aggra-
vated kidnapping. Mitchell was also
being held on an outstanding warrant
for retail theft.
Asked whether he believed Elizabeth
was held against her will, Salt Lake City
Police Chief Rick Dinse said: "At this
point, yes, I do."
A Smart family spokesman, Chris
Thomas, said Elizabeth apparently had
no chance to escape.
"She said there was no way, she had
two people with her at all times," he
Police stopped Mitchell and the
others after receiving calls a minute
apart from Rudy and Nancy Mon-
toya and Anita and Alvin Dickerson.
Both couples had spotted the trio
carrying bedrolls and bags as they
walked down the street.
Anita Dickerson, thinking the man
resembled the suspect, left her car and
looked him in the eye. She thought Eliz-
abeth was an older woman wearing a
"Lots of people had to see them, they
just didn't put two and two together,"

Alvin Dickerson told The Associated
Elizabeth's disappearance was part of
a frightening string of incidents involv-
ing children last year that included the
slayings of 7-year-old.Danielle van Dam
of San Diego and 5-year-old Samantha
Runnion of Orange County, Calif.
News that Elizabeth was alive
touched off a celebration in front of the
Smarts' home in affluent Federal
Heights, with neighbors and members of
the family's Mormon ward arriving with
blue and yellow balloons. After her
return Wednesday night, a stream of
well-wishers brought balloons and pres-
ents to the home.
"How can I even talk? This is such a
miracle," said Lynne Godfrey, 57, a
neighbor. "I had given up hope - I
mean, where would she have been? Who
would have taken care of her for a
Last month, the Smarts released a
sketch of a clean-shaven Mitchell and
asked for help in finding him. As recent-
ly as Tuesday, they criticized police for
not devoting enough attention to finding
the former handyman.
Mitchell's sister called authorities
with his identity after the news confer-
ence. The man's stepson, Mark Thomp-
son, also gave investigators photos of a
long-haired, bearded Mitchell and said
his stepfather was "capable" of kidnap-
ping a child.
According to Thompson, Mitchell
believes he is a prophet who needs to
preach to the homeless. Mitchell was
often seen panhandling and preaching to
the homeless in downtown Salt Lake
City before Elizabeth's disappearance.

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