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The Twin City's Award-Winning Weekly
Thursday, February 11,1968
32 Pages This Week
Racial tensions intensify after hostage-taking In Robeson County
By The Associated
LUMBERTON - One week after Indians took a
newspaper staff hostage to protest alleged discrimina
tion in the Robeson County justice system, response
the event is divided sharply along two lines: while
Indians and blacks say the ordeal culminated a long
straggle for equality in a county fractured by racial
prejudice, poverty and official corruption.
White officials say the incident was an isolated'one,
provoked by two men trying to draw attention to
themselves and derail the county's efforts to attract
"There are certain little groups that are against law
enforcement and know how to get attention," Robeson
County Sheriff Hubert Stone told The News and
Observer of Raleigh. "Anybody can come up and
make an accusadon against anyone."
Stone has said he welcomes ar^ investigation
promised by Gov. Jim Marlin as part of an agreement
with the two Lumbee Indians who seized The
Robesonian newspaper and took 17 people hostage
Feb. 1. The incident ended 10 hours later without vio
"The political, economic and social
conditions here breed powerlessness,
breed despair, breed violence "
— The Rev. Mac Legerton
A task force appointed by the governor is scheduled
to meet with the Indians, Eddie Hatcher, 30, and Tim
othy Jacobs, 19, this week to discuss their allegations
of corruption in the sheriffs department. The two are
being held in a federal correctional center in Burner
pending a hearing later this month on weapons and
But a coalition of Indians, blacks and whites known
as Concerned Citizenffor Better Government sees the
governor's probe as a small step toward correcting
problems that have been ignored for years by county
The problems include a growing drug trade; a court
and law enforcement system the groi^ claims abuses
minorities and the poor; aiKl poor-quality education
for minorities, according to the group.
Iidiah students, for example, make up 62 percent of
county school enrollment, yet county schools that are
predominantly Indian receive about $100 less per
pupil than schools where white students are in the
majOTity, says activist Eric Prevatte.
"The county school system, which has two-thirds of
the smdents, is left witii the poorest one-third of the
county," he said. Prevatte heads a citizens' organiza
tion that is pushing passage of a March 8 referendum
on a merger of county and city school syste^-.,
The coalition also points to a larg6'number of
unsolved killings of blacks and Indians,,
One killing, the November 1986 shooting death of
an unarmed Lumbfee Indian by a sheriffs d^uty,
spurred the formation of Ae coalition and led it io
hold protest rallies and peace marches.
"The political, economic and social condidtMis here
breed powerlessness, breed despair, breed violence,",
said the Rev. Mac Legerton, executive director of the
Center for Community Actkm, a group that helps the
That sort of talk rankles Lumberton Mayor D.avid F.
\Sfeinsiein, who is white and a co-owner of a clothing
store in town.
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THE NATION'S NEWS
Compiled From AP Wire
Jackson: Iowa no deterrent
CHICAGO - Jesse Jackson is going on television
in New Hampshire and nationally during the week
before the lead-off presidential primary to talk to
people who say they agree with his ideas, but feel
voting for him would be a waste. Jackson says he
still figures to be in the thick of the Super Tu^day
round of 16 southern presidential primaries March 8
ifespite his fourth place finish in Iowa Precinct cau-
Officer files $10 million suit
SAN FRANCISCO - A $10 million claim has
been filed against th^ city by a police officer who
claims she was transferred from a mounted patrol
because she is black.
Paula Ann Jones accused the police department
and the city's Civil Service Commissicm of " a con-
sistem, willful and malicious pattern of harassment,
intimidation and differential treatment ... based on
(Jones) race and sex." She said they vandalized her
police equipment, slashed her tires and made her the
target of racial slurs.
Teachers pick Jackson, Gore
JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi Association
of Educators, following the leads of teachers in
iMabama and Louisiana, Monday endorsed presi
dential contenders Albert Gore and Jesse Jackson in
the March 8 Super Tuesday primary.
Black general seeks office
DALLAS - Billing himself as a staunch support
er of a strong defense, a retired black major general
said Saturday he has decided to contest the 2nd Dis
trict Congressional seal held by Democratic Rep,
LA. fashion editor dies
SAN FRANCISCO -- Gwen Jones, fashion editor
of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner since 1979,
died during the weekend She was 37. Ms. Jones,
who had been on medical leave since July, died of
cancer Saturday at her home.
Hold quiet demonstration downtown
By ANGELA WRIGHT iv
Chronicle Managing Editor
Members of the General Union of Palestine Students, based in Greensboro, staged
demonstration in downtown last week protesting Israeli occupation of the West Bank
(photo by Angela Wright).
About 25 local Palestinians staged a quiet demonstration iq downtown
. Wuiston-Salem Friday, protesting the continued Israeli orcupation of the
t \Vfest Bank. The protest was organized by the Genwal Union of Palestine
Students located on the campuses of A&T University in Greensboro and
the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. ' .
One of the prot^ters, Hanan Fayez, said they were calling u^n the
United States to stop funding the Israeli occupation and to force Israel -to
"stop the killing of Palestinian children."
Fayez said she has lived in Winston-Salem for eight years, but Was
bom in the Nfiddle East. She said she left there in 1968 tuid is now unable
to return as a Palestinian. She said she is only allowed to visit as an Am^-
can with an American passport
She estimates there are about 600 Palestinian families living in the
Triad area. Fayez lives in Clemmons with her husband, two daughters and
a son. She said that her father was killed in an Israeli air raid and that hef
brother, former mayor of the occupied territory of Nablus, lost both his legs
when the Israelis planted a bomb in his car.
Fayez's teenage daughter, Razan, also participated in the demonstra
tion. She said she was in the West Bank last year and witnessed the arrest
of three of her friends who, she said, were detained by Israeli soldiers for
eight to 10 hours. Razan Fayez said her cousin was injured and arrested by
Israeli soldiers after being caught in a crowd of jyolesters on the way home
from school. •
"The soldiers grabbed her, bruised her head and took her to jail," said
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Burke says city's staff at fault with cost overruns
By ANGELA WRIGHT
Chronicle Managing Editor
Alderman Vivian Burke railed
against city employees Tuesday for
"not doing their homework" and gross
ly underestimating the cost for building
the annex to the new Lawrence Joel
T^terans Memorial Coliseum. City staff
initially estimated the cost for the
annex at $3.95 million, but Monday
asked the aldennen to approve a new
package at $8.35 million.
The staff did not have the plans
in order as they should have," said
Burite. "They presented us with some
thing that was extremely far off the
Burke criticized city managers.
saying they should have assigned the
fffoject to better qualified staff persons.
"The problem is the staff people who
put the package together," she said.
"They are supposed to be capable peo
ple and they are tdb well paid to make
Thanas W. Fredericks, an assis
tant city manager, presented the new
plan Monday to the aldermen's Public
W>rks Committee and Finance Com
mittee. He attributed the cost increase
in part to an inadequate initial estimate
by the city staff.
But Fredericks said the underes
timation by city staff accounted for
only $1.65 million of the $4,40 million
cost overrun. He said that an additional
$506,400 was incurred due to a change
in cite location for the annex and that
$240,000 was added due to poor sub
soil conditions which would require
contractors to have to dig deeper than
originally planned in order to build a
strong enough foundation.
Other areas contributing to the
increase in cost were identified as
$1.49 million in improved facilities
covering such items as a multi-purpose
room, an upper concourse, portable
seating (as opposed to traditional
bleachers) and a new exterior for the
building. Another $510,000 will be
incurred, said Fredericks, fw "addition
al contingencies, equipment and jrofes-
Burke said she voted for the new
package because she felt that all the
proposed features yere needed. "If we
are trying to promote business and
tourism, we ne^ the right type of coli
seum." she said.
She said that the city had a
responsibility to present an accurate
projection of costs to the vot«s before
they voted on the referendum in 1985.
"Good business sense says you
should evaluate every possible cost
before you make plans," she said.
Fredericks said that city staff had
worked with architects and several city
groups concerning plans for the annex
and the coliseum. "We didn't design this
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Neo-Nazis walk out on Oprah
iLThe Associated Press
CHICAGO — -Three while
supremacists led a group of chant-
uiembers' off the
set of the
frey Show" after
ef last Friday's
sfrow, a spokeswoman said.
"I've talked to the KKK, I've
in cities where black people
supposedly w^en't allowed, but ...
as Many Cox
I've never seen such or fell such
evilness or hatred in all of my life,
Ms. Winfrey said in a release after
last Thursday's taping.
The four men, members of a neo-
Nazi white supremacist group,
walked off the show along with 12
audience members _ all chanting
"Heil Hitler" and giving the tradi
tional Nazi salute _ when the audi
ence member was ejected, said
Alice McGee, spokeswoman for
the syndicated show.
The audience member, identified
aS Marty Cox, a member of a Cali
fornia Arian youth movement, was
ejected for using profanity toward
another audience member who
opposed his View, Ms. McGee said.
demands that work be rewarded
with a fair wage....”
Twin City native excels at UNC-CH
By ANDREW DAWKINS
Special to the Chronicle
"The current crop of politi
cians, in my view, do not have the
interests of the people in mind in
their quest for political office."
So says George Anthony
Scott, a senior political science
major, and one of several outstand
ing students who are making
valuable contributions to the quali
ty of life at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. George
was responding to the request that
he name any current political fig
ure that he thought of highly.
"I admire individuals like the
late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and
John F. Kennedy, both for their
vision and noble intentions," Scott
lays. "Although many might not
consider Dr. King a political figure,
I believe that he was, among other
things, a political leader."
The son of George and Ella
Scott of Winston-Salem, with a cur
rent grade point average of 3.1,
Scott says he had no intentions of
running for political office, ever.
His interest in political science
stems frOTTi a long-standing curiosi
ty with the political and election
"I've always wanted to get a
better understanding of the political
decisions that are made daily. I
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