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The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 3, 2006 - 3A

Celebration to
honor activist
Magali Padilla
The Trotter Multicultural Center will
host the second annual Magali Padilla
Memorial Celebration today from 7 to
9 p.m. in honor of the social activist and
former University student, who died in
a car accident in Jalisco, Mexico in July
2004. Ivette Perfecto, a professor in the
School of Natural Resources and the
Environment, will deliver the keynote
address. The event is free.
Play to depict rape
survivor's struggle
University Women Against Rape will
sponsor the performance of the play
"Extremities" today in the Michigan
League Undeground from 9 pm. to mid-
night. The play tells the story of an attempt-
ed rape in which the woman gains control
of the situation, but remains vulnerable to
the would-be rapist. Part of Take Back the
Night, an annual series that educates the
public on issues of sexual violence, the play
is free but donations are accepted.
Campus symphony
to perform at Hill
The Campus Symphony Orchestra
will perform selected works by Brahms,
Mozart and Barber at 8 p.m. today in a
free concert at Hill Auditorium. Prize-
winning soloist Lindsay Heller will also
Skaters slip into
the night, away
from DPS
Skateboarders were reported
boarding in the stairway of the Bio-
medical Science Research building
Saturday at about 10:30 p.m, the
Department of Public Safety report-
ed. An officer on the scene could not
locate the skateboarders.
Phone stolen
from League
A University phone on an outside
wall of the Michigan League was
stolen Thursday night. The phone
will be replaced as soon as possible,
according to DPS.
Dogs go without
leashes in Arb
Three dogs were reported to be
running without leashes in the Arb at
4:30 p.m. Friday, DPS reported.
Car parts stolen
in parking garage

While a vehicle was parked in the
Thompson Street parking garage last
Monday, its lug nuts and hubcap cov-

Carroll returns to U.S.

O Ann Arbor native says
her videotaped anti-U.S.
comments in Iraq were
made under duress
BOSTON (AP) - Jill Carroll, the U.S.
journalist held hostage for 82 days in Iraq,
returned to the United States yesterday
aboard a commercial flight to Boston.
The 28-year-old Ann Arbor native
was accompanied on the Lufthansa flight
by a colleague from her employer, the
Boston-based Christian Science Moni-
tor, according to reporters on the plane.
Carroll declined to comment while
on the flight. She left the airport in a
black limousine escorted by state police
and arrived a short time later at the
newspaper's headquarters.
"She's meeting with her family out of
the glare of the media spotlight," Monitor
spokesman Jay Jostyn said, adding that
Carroll had no plans to speak publicly
She was released Thursday after nearly
three months in captivity. She was seized
Jan. 7 in western Baghdad by gunmen
who killed her Iraqi translator while the
two were on their way to meet a Sunni
Arab official in one of the city's most dan-
gerous neighborhoods.
Carroll left the Ramstein Air Base in
southwestern Germany on Saturday after
arriving from Balad Air Base in Bagh-
dad. She strongly disavowed statements
she had made during captivity in Iraq and

shortly after her release, saying she had
been repeatedly threatened.
In a video recorded before she was
freed and posted by her captors on an
Islamist Web site, Carroll spoke out
against the U.S. military presence. On
Saturday, she said the recording was made
under duress.
"During my last night in captivity, my
captors forced me to participate in a pro-
paganda video. They told me I would be
released if I cooperated. I was living in
a threatening environment, under their
control, and wanted to go home alive. So I
agreed," she said in a statement.
"Things that I was forced to say while
captive are now being taken by some as an
accurate reflection of my personal views.
They are not."
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who
was held prisoner for more than five
years during the Vietnam War, said
yesterday that Carroll found herself in
"a terrible, terrible position" and said
Americans should view her taped state-
ments critical of the U.S. military pres-
ence in Iraq in that context.
"We are glad she's home. We under-
stand when you're held a captive in
that situation that you do things under
duress. God bless her, and we're glad
she's home," McCain said on NBC's
"Meet the Press."
McCain said he would not take seri-
ously anything Carroll said while she
was being held captive.
"I would not take them seriously, I
would not any more than we took seri-

ously other tapes and things that were
done in other prison situations, includ-
ing the Vietnam War," McCain said.
Carroll, who has studied Arabic,
attracted a huge amount of sympathy
during her ordeal, and a wide variety
of groups in the Middle East, includ-
ing the Islamic militant group Hamas,
appealed for her release.
Aside from the short interview aired
on Iraqi television upon her release,
Carroll had otherwise not shown her-
self in public prior to a brief appearance
The kidnappers, calling themselves
the Revenge Brigades, had demanded
the release of all female detainees in
Iraq by Feb. 26 or Carroll would be
killed. U.S. officials did release some
female detainees at the time, but said it
had nothing to do with the demands.
In the statement, Carroll also dis-
avowed an interview she gave to the Iraqi
Islamic Party, a Sunni Arab organiza-
tion in whose offices she was dropped
.off upon her release. She said the party
had promised her the interview would
not be aired "and broke their word."
"At any rate, fearing retribution from
my captors, I did not speak freely. Out of
fear, I said I wasn't threatened. In fact, I
was threatened many times," she said.
"Also, at least two false statements about
me have been widely aired: One - that
I refused to travel and cooperate with the
U.S. military, and two - that I refused to
discuss my captivity with U.S. officials.
Again, neither statement is true."

Right to Life leaves
petition to define
beginning of life at
moment of conception
LANSING (AP) - A group that
wants to legally define a person as
existing from the moment of concep-
tion keeps plugging away on a petition
drive targeting the November election
- without the help of Michigan's dom-
inant anti-abortion organization.
A newly formed group called Michi-
gan Citizens for Life, relying on vol-
unteers and a modest budget, wants
to spark a challenge to the 1973 U.S.
Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision
legalizing abortion. The American
Civil Liberties Union has said it would
file a lawsuit to block the constitutional
amendment if it makes the ballot and
voters approve it.
The effort to give legal standing to
embryos and fetuses in Michigan has
picked up supporters across the state as
an early July deadline to collect at least
317,757 valid signatures of Michigan
voters approaches.
"We're not there yet. But we can get
there," said Cal Zastrow, a Citizens for
Life leader who lives near Bay City. "It
looks good."
The petition drive has raised pub-
lic awareness about what some call a
splintering of Michigan anti-abortion
Right to Life of Michigan is not
supporting the campaign, saying the
proposal is technically flawed and not
needed because the state already has a
law on the books that could ban abor-
tion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
In addition, a Right to Life-backed
initiative that would ban what some
call partial-birth abortion is under
review in a federal appeals court and
could spark a Supreme Court review,
supporters say.
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