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Senator May Face Ethics Charge for Hog Deals
Due to a Financial Interest
In Hog Farms, Faircloth May
Have a Conflict of Interest
Sen. LauchFairdoth, a key figure in the
ongoing investigation ofthe financial deal
ings of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown,
is himself facing allegations of ethical mis
conduct from an environmental interest
Faircloth, R-N.C., sent a letter to a
Senate ethics panel Tuesday asking whether
his recent actions in support of the hog
fanning industry and his chairing a sub
committee impacting the industry consti
tuted a conflict of interest.
Faircloth was named chairman of the
Environment and Public Works subcom
mittee on clean air, wetlands, private prop
erty and nudear safety in January.
The letter is in response to the Alliance
for a Responsible Swine Industry, a North
Carolina interest group that has asked the
Senate Ethics Committee to conduct hear
ings into whether Faircloth had unduly
profited from his actions on behalf of the
hog farming industry.
He has a major interest in at least nine
hog farming operations near Clinton, N. C.,
worth an estimated sl9 million and with
annual profits of $3 million He also has a
Local Peace Corps to Help Build School in Kenya
In response to a request for aid in
Gisambai, Kenya, the proceeds from this
seventh annual Africa Night, sponsored by
the N.C. Peace Corps Assodation, will be
donated to the construction of a secondary
The N. C. Peace Corps Assodation,
which is hdping to raise part of the SIO,OOO
needed to build the school, selected this
endeavor from a list of proposals compiled
by the Peace Corps Partnership Program.
The Partnership Program receives
projectproposals from volunteers overseas
and then links these to local groups that
help with fund raising.
Christine Degnon, a Peace Corps vol
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“We want to thank a variety of organi
zations who we think responded quickly
and appropriately to the shootings on
s Henderson Street,” Brown said.
Three Faculty Council committees will
also present their standing reports. The
administrative board of the library, black
faculty and faculty welfare will give their
Following the committees’ reports, there
will be resolutions concerning distribution
of basketball tickets for faculty members.
Brown said there would be a clarification
of the distribution policy that was imple
mentedinFebruary 1994, which tookrank
out of the distribution process.
“There was some question as to whether
the policy was to be applied retroactively,”
The a.p.p.l.e.s. program, a service-learn
ing organization, will also present its re
port. Brown said she planned to encourage
faculty members to join the a.p.p.l.e.s. pro
Lastly, the Committee on Honorary
Degrees and Special Awards will present
names of distinguished alumni who have
been nominated to receive awards for fac
ulty members to vote on.
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signed a letter urging
pork dealings with the
former Soviet Union.
mately $1 million,
in two corporations
that buy hogs from
farms for slaughter.
Don Webb, the
president of the Al
liance for a Respon
sible Swine Indus
try, said he ques
ability to be objec
tive as the leader of
with such an impact
on hog farmers.
“Any man who receives as much money
as Senator Faircloth has received from the
hog farming business won’t have an open
mind to us,” Webb said. “[Faircloth] is
sitting on a powerful committee that can
influence the rules that govern an industry
in which he has such a special interest. He
should be disqualified.”
In October, Faircloth and 15 other sena
tors signed a letter urging then-Agriculture
Secretary Mike Espy to subsidize the sale
0f20,000 metric tons of pork to the repub
lics of the former Soviet Union “to help
offset a 22-year low in hog prices.”
The Agriculture Department approved
the subsidy Nov. 5. Smithfield Foods, one
ofthe companies in which Faircloth has an
interest, received part of the pork subsidy.
However, George Howard, a top aide for
unteer who has been living in Gisambai for
almost two years, worked closely with the
community to develop a plan to build the
Gisambai, a village of about 3,200, cur
rently has no secondary schools.
There is a polytechnical school and a
primary school that hold classes for sec
ondary school students.
Reed Altman, executive officer of the
N.C. Peace Corps Association, said he
thought the need for a freestanding facility
to cater to secondary school students had
been caused by Gisambai’s burgeoning
population and low standards of living.
“Demographics necessitates that the
school be built pretty fast,” Altman said.
Degnon will oversee the construction of
the school, said Gretchen Gindlesperger,
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planning stages, figure in extra time to deal
with the problems," Norton said. “We’ve
beenpleasantly surprised, however, to find
things in good condition and to be able to
get the work done faster than expected.”
The Carolifialnn was built in 1924, and
it resembles tif fflfe' old buildings in
Chapel Hill. It was built on a north-south/
east-west crossroads of roads that led from
Richmond to Pittsboro andfromNewßem
The town of Chapel Hill even derives its
name from a church that was on the exact
spot where the Inn stands today. About
200 years ago, a small Episcopal church
called “The Chapel on the Hill” stood
John Sprunt Hill of Durham, an alum
nus of the University, built the Carolina
Inn, which at that time consisted of 52
rooms, and gave it to the University as a
gift. He recognized the need for a good
hotel to serve the town, the campus and
visitors to Chapel Hill.
The Inn was owned and managed by
the University until July 1993, said Terry
Murphy, the general manager of the Caro
lina Inn. At that time, the University hired
Doubletree Hotels Managing Corp. to
manage the Inn because of previous finan
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Faircloth, said the profit Faircloth had
received was minimal
“There’s no way we could know how
much (Faircloth) could have profited,”
Howard said. “The gain is so infinitesi
mally small. You’ve got to look at the real
world. In the real world, someone doesn’t
attach his name to a letter to receive one
one hundredth of a percent of the benefit. ”
In December, Faircloth sent a letter to
the ethics panel asking ifhis actions consti
tuted a conflict of interest. Victor Baird,
legal counsel for the Ethics Committee,
said there was no conflict of interest then.
Faircloth said he would receive virtu
ally no financial benefit from the deal.
However, Webb said that Faircloth did not
reveal the extent of his holdings to the
ethics committee in his December letter.
Faircloth has also worked to weaken
laws cracking down on farmers who pol
lute wetlands. Hog farmers often spray hog
waste onto the nearby fields. The rain
runoff from these fields can pollute nearby
rivers and streams.
The subcommittee Faircloth chairs over
sees wetlands legislation and formulates
laws and environmental regulations di
rectly impacting hog farmers. Later this
year, the subcommittee will hold hearings
on the reauthorization of the Clean Water
Act, which contains numerous provisions
affecting hog fanners.
Faircloth has lobbied for a provision in
the Clean Water Act that would reduce the
EPA fines farmers pay for polluting wet
manager of the Partnership Program.
The Kenyan community itself will be
responsible for obtaining the materials and
building the facility. The Peace Corps will
not provide volunteers—the teachers and
administrators will be Kenyans.
“The Peace Corps is just there to coor
dinate,” Gindlesperger said.
She said that aside from the Africa Night
profits, funding would come primarily from
the Friends Family, a fund-raising organi
zation spearheaded by Degnon’s father.
Friends Family is asking for donations
from local businesses in McLean, Va., to
support the project.
Funding will also be provided by a chap
ter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority in
So far, $7,500 has been raised.
rial losses incurred by inefficient manage
ment, Murphy said.
Doubletree manages 110 hotels across
the country in almost every state, he said.
Murphy said that the renovation was
continuing, and that the “discoveries” that
are dilapidated will be destroyed as the
renovation progresses further.
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former employer. She has also been charged
with stealing $12,000 worth of property
from her ex-fiance.
In the trial, Brown’s former employer,
Timothy Callahan, testified that his jew
elry store had had a “significant shortage”
after a routine inventory check. He also
said that he saw pictures of Brown wearing
the jewelry after she announced her en
Darin Reinolds, her ex-fiance, testified
that he had found Brown to be untrustwor
thy after he started living with her. He said
that Brown offered him money to keep
quiet about the allegations.
Reinolds also said Brown had talked
about the money she would win in a civil
suit against UNC Hospitals if she won the
criminal case. He said she had already
chosen the car she would buy with the
lands and has proposed an amendment to
protect hog farmers from litigation con
cerning field runoff pollution. Currently,
hog farmers face fines of $25,000 per day
Doug Rader, a senior scientist with the
Environmental Defense Fund of North
Carolina, said he thought that the current
regulation of hog farmers was inadequate
and that regulations should be enforced
more strictly, not relaxed.
“I would have a hard time imagining
doing less than we are doing right now,”
Rader said. “Anything that would do less
than that is unconscionable. If we treated
human waste the same way we treated hog
waste, people would be horrified.”
Webb agreed with Rader’s analysis and
called for a congressional investigation of
“The people in the eastern part of the
state are begging for help from the pollu
tion of air and water sources,” he said.
“Let us have a congressional hearing,”
Webb said. “Let us go to Washington and
bring in the families who are suffering
(from the pollution). Then people will see
we need more strict regulations.”
Faircloth led a group of 14 Republican
senators who asked the Justice Depart
ment Jan. 23 to appoint an independent
counsel to investigate the dealings of Com
merce Secretary Ron Brown. The senators
are concerned Brown might have violated
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. mles in
settling a debt.
The N.C. Peace Corps Association
hopes to raise $ 1,000 at Africa Night, which
will be held March 11 at the Palace Inter
national in Durham, Altman said.
If they are unable to raise the SI,OOO
promised to the Partnership Program, they
will, “kick in the rest,” he said.
Altman said one of the reasons the Peace
Corps had chosen to support the program
was its desire “to make it a grassroots
There are several local ties to Kenya in
particular, he said.
Caren Ochola and her husband,
Maurice, who own the Palace Interna
tional, are originally from Kenya.
Ochola said, “I’m very impressed and
pleased to be doing this because the area
needs schools badly.”
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dents Association and the Carolina Indian
“Everyone will have a chance to say
what’s on their mind,” Terrence Tan said.
“I think it is ground-breaking. It is the first
time we’ll have all minority groups in one
place speaking about unity.”
Sangam will hold a cultural activity at 9
p.m. Monday in Union2ll-212. The ASA
and the Women’s IssuesNetworkwillhold
a forum from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
in Union 205-206. Its theme will be “Sex
ism, Racism and Minority Women.”
A reception for Asian-American alumni
will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the
George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Takei
will make a guest appearance at the recep
tion. At noon Thursday, a ticket contest
giveaway for the Asian-American Film
Festival will take place in the Pit. The
ticket will be for the Feb. 24 showing dur
ing the film festival at the Carolina Theatre
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State Amendment May
Increase .Victims’ Rights
BY BRYAN P. PRUITT
The proposed bill to add a victims’rights
amendment to the N.C. Constitution
passed the Senate by a 43-1 vote Wednes
day, but lawmakers expect that the House
of Representatives will not pass the bill in
its current form.
The proposed amendment calls for
courts and district attorneys ’ offices to keep
victims updated on the court cases that
pertain to them.
It also allows for victims to be heard at
the sentencing of criminals and provides
for compensation of the victims by the
Two different forms of the bill were
introduced, one in the Senate by Sen. Ea
Warren, D-Pitt, and one in the House bv
Rep. James Black, D-Mecklenburg.
Only one bill has to pass for the bill to
become law, but the same form of the bill
must pass both chambers by a three-fifths
If the bill passes the General Assembly,
it then will have to gather a simple majority
of votes in a referendum on the ballot
during the next election.
Sen. Roy Cooper, D-Nash, chairman of
the Senate Judiciary Constitution Com
mittee, said the bill the Senate passed
Wednesday included a needed provision
that limited the number of cases in which
the victims would be informed.
“The Senate version is important be
cause it allows the legislators to define
which victims need to be notified for cer
tain cases,” Cooper said.
He said the House form of the bill did
not have a clause that would give the law
makers the power to choose which situa
tions warranted that the courts notify the
Cooper said that if the legislators were
not authorized to decide in which situa
tions victims did not need to be notified,
the district attorneys’ offices and the courts
would have to contact victims each time
anything occurred that might affect them.
He said the offices would become too
bogged down in the time and paperwork
needed to reach victims.
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He also said that the House version of
the bill included a list that attempted to
name all the rights the victims had and that
the House’s version was complicated and
“The House’s bill contains a laundry list
of specific rights for victims,” Cooper said.
He said the problem with the list on the
House’s bill was that it was difficult to
define all the rights included on the list.
Sen. Teena Little, R-Moore, said she
thought that a victims’ rights amendment
was overdue and that it was necessary to
clarify what rights victims had.
“The amendment would spell out and
define a number of rights that the victims
had already but were not always adhered
to. It would spell out those rights clearly,”
She said she thought the amendment
would be important as it would be a guide
for the prosecuting and defense attorneys
so they would know to which rights the
victims were entitled.
Little also said that victims often were
not even aware that criminal proceedings
were taking place and that sometimes the
court cases had ended before the victims
heard anything about their case.
Walker Reagan, an attorney in the Re
search Division of the General Assembly,
said North Carolina had a Fair Treatment
for Victims and Witness Act that included
a series of provisions that protected vic
tims’ interests. The act has been in effect
He said that the amendment was simi
lar to the act but that the amendment was
significant because it contained a clause
that made the victims eligible for restitu
tion from the criminals.
“The biggest difference in the two is the
right to be heard at sentencing,” Reagan
The issue of victims’ rights has come up
twice in the past two years.
In 1993, a victims’ rights study com
mission recommended to the General As
sembly that a bill be passed, and some
lawmakers wanted to include victims’ rights
as part of the crime package during the
General Assembly’s special crime session