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Volume 99, Issue 6
Monday, February 25, 1991
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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U.S. says casualties 'extremely light'
The Associated Press
WITH THE 101 ST AIRBORNE
DIVISION IN IRAQ An assault
fleet of 300 helicopters streaked deep
into Iraq on Sunday in a lightning thrust
aimed at cutting Iraq's supply lines.
; The airborne operation was part of a
push to establish a strong toehold on
Iraqi territory west of Kuwait. From
such a position, U.S. armored forces
could move north to envelop Kuwait, or
possibly engage the Republican Guard,
the Iraqi army's elite, in southern Iraq.
: Land vehicles took 2,000 men from
the 101st over the border into enemy
territory along what the troops called a
rhighway to hell."
There were no initial reports of
American casualties and the 101st en
countered only minimal Iraqi fire, of
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By Brian Golson
A motion to dismiss a University,
police officer's lawsuit against the
University on the grounds that it was
filed too late was denied Feb. 1 8 by an
Orange County Superior Court judge.
Judge Gordon Battle denied the
University's request to dismiss the
lawsuit filed in January by Police Of
ficer Keith Edwards.
Lars Nance, a University lawyer,
said in January that the lawsuit ex
ceeded the three-year statute of limi
tations for filing civil rights lawsuits,
as set forth in the 1983 Civil Rights
Edwards has filed numerous sexual
and racial discrimination grievances
and two lawsuits against the Univer
sity. Gordon's order dealt with the
Edwards said the University's mo
tion for dismissal was an attempt to
Effect on children
Aboard the USS NASSAU in the
northern Persian Gulf, U.S. Marines
rushed tank-fighting vehicles and other
equipment ashore Sunday to help land
based Marines and allied forces attack
Iraqi troops in southern Kuwait.
At the same time, about a dozen ships
steamed north from the central Persian
Gulf to join forward elements of a
Marine amphibious landing force and
awaited word on whether they would be
called on to go ashore.
The shuffling of resources took place
hours after President Bush ordered the
full-scale offensive to expel Iraqi forces
Throughout Sunday, allied soldiers
delay litigation, thereby helping the
"This action is just another one of
the University's stalling tactics,"
Edwards said. "This is nothing new."
Susan Ehringhaus, senior Univer
sity counsel, said it was against Uni
versity policy to comment on the case
because the litigation was continuing.
Edwards said Battle's decision to
hear the lawsuit was important because
it showed employees they could seek
help outside the University system.
"Judge Battle's decision shows that
there is hope beyond the state," she
said. "I have given the state three and
a half years to rule on my grievance.
Now someone outside the state is
A jury in Judge Battle's court is
scheduled to begin hearing testimony
in Edwards case March 4.
Edwards said she felt the jury would
See EDWARDS, page 2
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plowed into Kuwait, and the commander
of Operation Desert Storm said they
"are moving north at great speed." U.S.
military sources said the troops had
reached the edges of Kuwait's capital.
Other allied forces were reported on
flanking operations in western Iraq and
approaching the southern Iraqi city of
Allied casualties were "extremely
light," said Gen. H. Norman
Schwarzkopf, U.S. command chief.
He said more than 5,500 prisoners
were captured in the first 1 2 hours of the
campaign, which President Bush called
the final phase of the Persian Gulf War.
"Contact with the enemy can best be
described as light," the commander told
a briefing in Riyadh.
See WAR, page 4
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BOT approves hospital addition
By Steve Politi
Assistant University Editor
The Board of Trustees unanimously
approved the design and plans for a
$43.2 million addition to UNC Hospi
The new N.C. Neuropsychiatric
Hospital, an 8-story, 242,000-square-foot
building, will replace the hospital's
south wing and will be located east of
the Child Development Center.
The south wing, which opened in
1954, "no longer meets basic safety
code standards and does not provide
proper facilities for modern psychiatric
care," according to a report presented
by the BOT's Development Committee.
Plans call for the addition of 100
beds, a medical psychiatry unit, a new
outpatient center and classrooms.
The facilities' design was created by
HKS Architects of Dallas. The design
Students have mixed reactions to attack
By Wendy Bounds
State and National Editor
It had been only 38 days since the
United States launched its first air attack
against Iraq, and "Operation Desert
Storm" was taking on a new direction.
As Allied troops spilled into Kuwait
Saturday evening in the first ground
war initiative during the Persian Gulf
crisis, UNC students watched and lis
tened to reports that drew sadness and
disillusionment from some and vows of
support from others.
But few seemed surprised at the
President Bush's decision to launch the
ground attack after a weekend of futile
attempts at peace negotiations between
the United States, the Soviet Union and
"I think the ground war was inevi-
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Community, police puzzled by
By Peter F.Wallsten
The shooting death of the owner of a
local progressive bookstore has left both
the Chapel Hill community and police
mystified about the events leading up to
the Thursday night tragedy.
Bob Sheldon, an activist who owned
and operated Internationalist Books for
almost 10 years, died Friday afternoon
after being shot in his store Thursday,
According to Chapel Hill Police, Ken
Kaye, a friend of Sheldon's, found
Sheldon lying unconscious on the floor
at about 9 p.m., bleeding from an ap
parent gunshot wound to the left side of
Police and rescue workers responded
immediately and brought him to UNC
Hospitals, where officials established
that someone had shot Sheldon with a
small caliber handgun, Chapel Hill
Police Lt. Barry Thompson said Friday.
Police were unable to locate any
witnesses or track down any suspects,
Thompson said. Police were unaware
of any motives involved with the
Residents gather to remember,
By Peter F. WaUsten
About 500 local residents gathered at
the Community Church of Chapel Hill
Sunday afternoon to mourn the death of
Bob Sheldon, owner of Internationalist
Books, who died Friday.
Sheldon was shot in his store
Thursday night, but police have found
no leads, witnesses or suspects, said
Chapel Hill Police Lt. Barry Thompson.
Sunday's service was a Quaker-type
ceremony, as friends and family of
Sheldon informally spoke about their
relationship with the bookstore owner.
"More than anybody I have ever
known, Bob always wanted to do the
best thing," said Marilyn Ghezzi, who
lived with Sheldon for about one year.
"I can't say he always did it. Bob's the
kind of person who always tried to work
had been approved previously by the
Board of Directors of UNC Hospitals
and the University's Building and
UNC administrators have cited the
hospital addition and other planned
buildings as reasons for re-routing
Manning Drive. The proposed change
would require the demolition of part of
Odum Village, a housing complex for
married students and their families.
In other business, board members
discussed problems caused by state
budget cuts, especially those of campus
libraries. The University lost 48 percent
of its book-purchasing power this year,
Chancellor Paul Hardin said in his report
to the BOT.
"All the libraries in the state were
able to buy more books than we were
last year, and that's embarrassing," he
John Harris, development commit
table, and if getting Iraq out of Kuwait
is the goal, then we needed to go ahead,"
said Kevin Loflin, a 19-year-old
sophomore from Winston Salem.
After Iraq agreed to accept the
Soviet's peace proposal Thursday, B ush
gave Saddam Hussein until noon on
Saturday to begin withdrawal from
Kuwait. Bush did not accept the Soviet
Iraqi proposal, which gave Hussein 21
days to complete the withdrawal, a de
cision some students felt was uncom
promising and unwise.
"I praise Gorbachev's efforts," said
Beth Cantrell, a 20-year-old English
major from High Point. "He sincerely
tried, and it really grieves me that the
United States didn't postpone the de
cision to move into ground war."
Bush would never accept any peace
proposal because his purpose in the
Internationalist Books, located at 408
W. Rosemary St., has been known as a
place that locals could go to read alter
native publications and enjoy discuss
ing politics and social issues with
Sheldon, friends said.
Sheldon was active in many alterna
tive political groups, including the Or
ange County Greens and, in the past, a
Communist faction, friends said. He
was a strong proponent of equal rights
for women, . Palestinians and Latin
Kaye was supposed to meet Sheldon
at the store Thursday night to celebrate
a possible peace settlement in the Per
sian Gulf War, he said. The fact that the
shooting occurred during the war was
ironic because of Sheldon's love for
"The timing of his death is too sig
nificant to ignore, in terms of the war
and the anti-racial equality feeling
throughout the country," he said.
Kaye said he never expected that
anyone would shoot Sheldon. "I was
completely shocked," he said. "I thought
someone had beaten him up really badly.
Ghezzi told the group a story about
Sheldon's cat, Max, that she said showed
Sheldon's compassion and caring for
"About a week after we separated.
Max died," Ghezzi said. "Bob had Max
for a very long time. He loved Max. He
went to the vet, and they said Max
wasn't in pain, and that he could just
"So Bob put him in a box and stayed
with him, and I remember Bob saying
he didn't think anyone should die alone.
And Bob did not die alone."
Many of Sheldon's friends discussed
how Sheldon taught them about social
issues and progressivism.
"He was incredibly generous," said
Spencie Love, a friend of Sheldon's.
"He wanted to share his ideas, and I feel
very indebted to Bob."
tee chairman, said the library's deterio
ration was the first concrete effect of the
"Slowly but surely, an erosion is go
ing to take place on the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus,"
Hardin told the board that North
Carolina's budget deficit was expected
The board also approved a resolution
supporting U.S. troops fighting in the
Persian Gulf War, expressing special
appreciation for UNC alumni and former
employees serving there. Members also
extended their sympathy to the family
of the first UNC graduate reported
missing in action, Lt. Patrick K. Connor.
William Woltz, a Mount Airy busi
nessman, was sworn in as a new mem
ber during Friday's meeting. He will
replace John Medlin, who resigned.
Persian Gulf now is to destroy Hussein
and any regime of his, said Susan
Tempesta, a 26-year-old pre-med stu
dent. "It was a slap in the face for us to
ignore their (the Soviet's) proposal,"
But Tempesta said she believes the
Soviets have ulterior motives behind
their attempts at peace. "If the United
States gets a foothold in the area and
gets rid of Hussein, after the war, this
will present a challenge to the Soviets,"
Paul Weisser, a graduate student in
history from Pennsylvania, said he didn't
think Bush gave the Soviet plan much
thought at all.
"I think Bush should have looked at
See REACTION, page 4
At no point when I went into the store
did I think anything was wrong."
Sheldon's political views probably
gained him some enemies, but most
people never left the store angry after
heated debates, Kaye said.
"I always admired the way that you
could sit there and read, and then people
would come in and argue," Kaye said.
"The voices would rise, but then a few
minutes later Bob would be smiling and
they'd be shaking hands. Nobody would
ever leave mad."
But Sheldon's commitment to fair
ness and equality for all people probably
caused some antagonism from those
who disagreed with him, Kaye said.
"I think of Bob, and I think of justice,"
Kaye said. "He was so committed to
justice for everybody. ... If you believe
injustice, and that's what you stick by,
then you'll certainly have some en
emies." Greg Gangi, a friend of Sheldon's,
said Sunday he thought the shooting
was definitely related to Sheldon's po
See SHELDON, page 5
Lesley Duggins, a regular customer
at the bookstore, said she would not
forget Sheldon's influence on the
community. "There aren't a lot of people
in this community to look up to," she
said. "But I really looked up to Bob."
Joe Straley, a member of the Com
munity Church board of directors, said
the events in the Persian Gulf and
Sheldon's death have made for an ex
tremely stressful few days.
"This has been one of the most
traumatic weeks of my life," he said.
"How can we endure this kind of soci
ety? How can we endure this bumper
sticker sort of policy (in the Middle
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CAMPUS AND CITY
Jewish and African-American commu
nities to discuss barriers 3
Vic Chesnutt, "raw" folksinger, to per
form at Cat's Cradle 7
UNC swimmers prevail in ACC cham
pionship by 256.5 points 12
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