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Top stories from die state, nation and world
Budget Amendment Vote
Delayed at Least One Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. Supporter
of abalanced-budget amendment Wednes
day delayed a showdown roll call on the
measure until at least Thursday as they
sought the single, decisive vote needed to
avert a stunning defeat for a premier Re
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-
Kan., Wednesday abruptly put the Senate
into recess as amendment proponents
searched for the necessary 67th vote. They
were offering a plan to wavering Demo
crats that would gradually, during the next
decade, protect Social Security from bud
Sen. Lany Craig, R-Idaho, a chief spon
sor of the amendment, said he believed a
final vote would be held within the next
two days, even if the measure might lose.
Fourth Juror Dismissed in
O.J. Simpson Murder Trial
LOS ANGELES A black man was
dismissed Wednesday from the O.J.
Simpson jury and said the prosecution had
presented a "strong case” so far.
The juror, Michael Knox, was replaced
by a 38-year-old white woman who works
for the phone company and who once
described herself as a “touchy, feely” kind
Knox was the fourth juror dismissed.
There had been numerous news reports
that Knox was on the brink of dismissal for
allegedly failing to disclose past domestic
abuse an important issue in the case
because Simpson was alleged to have
abused his ex-wife before she was slain.
In an interview, Knox wouldn’t say
why he had been dismissed.
Lawyers Say Susan Smith
May Use Insanity Defense
UNION, S.C. Susan Smith, who
confessed to drowning her two sons after
claiming a carjacker took them, likely will
pursue a defense that hinges on her mental
state but with a plea that still could subject
her to possible execution, her lawyers said
Circuit Court Judge William Howard
ordered that Smith be examined by state
doctors to determine her competence.
However, Smith did not actually enter a
plea, and her lawyers said they might wait
as long as until her scheduled July 10 trial
to do so. Smith faces two counts of murder
in the Oct. 25 deaths of her sons, Michael,
3,andAlex, 14months.Popeis seeking the
death penalty against her, which still would
be possible even if she were found guilty
but mentally ill.
Warlord Takes Over Somali
Airfield After Looters Raid
MOGADISHU, Somalia Warlord
Mohamed Farrah Aidid's militiamen swept
into the Mogadishu airport Wednesday,
chasing away packs of looters and filling
the void left by a retreating U.N. mission.
American and Italian troops watched
from the nearby dunes while the militia
men loyal to Aidid, who once carried a
$25,000 U.N. price on his head, roared
through the airport gates in stripped-down
tracks and jeeps mounted with heavy weap
After the last U.N. peacekeepers left the
airstrip in the morning, hundreds oflooters
swarmed over walls and barbed-wire fences
to pick over wooden pallets and what little
Aid Convoys Into Chechnya
Stopped by Russian Gov't
ACHKHOY-MARTAN, Russia - As
villagers fled fighting in southeastern
Chechnya on Wednesday, relief groups
and rebel leaders accused Russian troops
of blocking or stealing shipments of medi
cine and other humanitarian aid.
Russian authorities have stopped all aid
convoys into Chechnya since Sunday, Jean-
Marc Bomet of the Red Cross said in
The rebel government of Chechen Presi
dent Dzhokhar Dudayev said international
aid destined for his republic had all been
sold on the black market or seized by the
The Russian government and interna
tional agencies are providing aid to refu
gees outside Chechnya, but aid inside the
Caucasus Mountains region has been lim
ited by the war.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TODAY: Partly cloudy; high mid-40s.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny; high upper
UNC to Limit Hiring of New Employees
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
The threat of budget cuts on higher
education has resulted in a student rally at
the state Capitol and anew hiring proce
dure at the University.
Student Body President-elect Calvin
Cunningham participated in a rally
Wednesday in Raleigh at the state Capitol
building protesting tuition increases and
Cunningham said all the UNC-system
schools were represented among the
roughly 50 students who participated in
the rally Wednesday.
Hunt Visits Kids
As Part of Push
For Smart Start
BY MEGAN HANLEY
Gov. Jim Hunt and his wife toured a Chapel Hill day-care
center Wednesday to see firsthand the benefits the children and
their families have received from Smart Start, his early-childhood
development initiative that has been under fire from the legisla
Smart Start has already allocated $47 million to 12 counties for
the program in 1994-95, but the General Assembly is threatening
to cut the program’s funding as it debates the budget for the next
two years. On Tuesday, Hunt announced the program’s expan
sion to 12 more counties.
The Hunts joined Working Mother magazine Editor in Chief
Judsen Culbreth on Wednesday for a tour in which they sat at
preschool-sized tables and ate a grilled cheese lunch with the
Hunt talked with the 4-year-olds over milk and North Carolina
shaped cookies and then joined parents for a roundtable discus
sion about how Smart Start had affected them. The partnership’s
chairman, John Walker, introduced Hunt to the mothers. Walker
attributed some of the inspiration for the program to a mother who
told them, “If you want to help my child, help me to help my
“If we don’t help them when they’re young, they will drop out
of school, they will be a burden to the society,” Hunt said. “Smart
Start can prevent this.”
Smart Start allocated about $2.3 million to the Orange County
Partnership for Y oung Children, a nonprofit organization charged
with distributing the money throughout the community to im
prove early-childhood development services.
The board of directors of the partnership is made up of a cross
section of individuals from the community, including the director
of the health department, the director of social services, members
of the business community and religious community and parents,
“This is the opposite of a welfare program, ” said the partnership’s
executive director, Michele Rivest. “These are children of work
ing parents who earn about $15,000 per year. These are parents
who because of Smart Start have quality day care and are able to
work and contribute to society.”
CDS Eyes Facility, Meal Plan Changes
Seconds, Please! Overhaul,
South Campus Convenience
Store Are in the Works
Carolina Dining Services is planning to
make a number of changes in facilities and
meal plan policies during the next year to
expand and improve the University's din
One of the key changes is a modifica
tion in the Seconds, Please! meal plan that
is intended to curb students’ complaints
about not getting to use all their Seconds,
Please! meals in a week.
“We will be ever-evolving to make this
the best food service for the customers on
Dean: Law School Accreditation Not in Danger
BY ERIKA MEYERS
The UNC School of Law’s accredita
tion is not in jeopardy, the law school dean
The law school needs to improve its
building and facilities, but this will not
prevent it from receiving reaccreditation,
Dean Judith Wegner said.
Wegner said the reaccreditation pro
cess served two main purposes —to ensure
that all law schools that received federal
aid had high-quality educational programs
and to give the universities outside feed
back on what elements or individual pro
grams of the university needed improve
There are different reaccreditation pro
cesses for the different programs that a
university offers as well as a procedure that
evaluates the university as a whole.
There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.
Chipal Hill North Caroliaa
THURSDAY, MARCH 2,1995
“We coordinated a statewide effort to
bring together student representatives and
impassioned students to express our dis
pleasure with Gov. Hunt’s budget pro
posal as it affects the University,”
He said the rally was a “first shot” at
coordinating student efforts against the
budget cuts among all system schools.
“We went over to let them know we
would be interested and involved in the
spring,” Cunningham said.
Because of the cuts in funding under
Hunt’s proposed budget, the hiring of new
employees to fill empty nonfaculty posi
tions that are funded by state money will
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Gov. Jim Hunt shows 4-year-old Erika Hines a picture of the editor of 'Working Mother' magazine. The editor and the governor and his wife
visited the Bi-City Center for Children and Youth on Wednesday to talk about early-childhood day-care programs.
The Smart Start funding has provided the day
care center with new learning materials, play
ground equipment, teacher training and has helped
many of the parents pay for their children’s care.
“Asa single parent, I would have to stay home
if it were not for the Smart Start program,” said
Hillsborough resident Marilee Reeves. Reeves
pays more than S6OO per month for infant care.
Hunt said a major misconception about this
program was that it was just another welfare
program. “Smart Start can help us implement
welfare reform,” he said. “Off welfare and into
this campus,” said Chuck Hackney, mar
keting manager of CDS.
CDS’ new meal plans will include four
block-meal plans, the 14-meal-per-week
plan and an expanded version of the gold
The new block plans will offer custom
ers a set number of meals per semester
rather than per week. Hackney said this
would eliminate the problems of students
not getting to use all their meals.
“The Seconds, Please! plan is one of the
fastest growing meal plans in the country,”
The new block system aims to offer
more choices and more flexibility, he said.
Scott Myers, general manager of CDS,
said the new plans also gave customers the
opportunity to get more value out of their
meal plans. When customers don’t use all
their meals under the current plan, the
“The law school is fully
accredited and will remain so.
Since this process started in
1993, we have made
Director of public information for the law
Officials at the law school are optimistic
about receiving sl2 million from the Gen
eral Assembly for improvement of facili
ties, but right now it is not certain that the
funds will be allocated as such, said W.
Travis Porter, vice chairman of the Board
of Governors and a graduate of the UNC
“I think that we’ll be all right on those
now be closely scrutinized.
Vice chancellors will now review re
quests to fill vacant positions to prepare for
possible budget cuts next year, said Laurie
Charest, associate vice chancellor of hu
As of Feb. 16, the final approval for
filling all nonfaculty positions must come
from the vice chancellor of the division,
and Chancellor Paul Hardin has instructed
that the positions be filled only if it is
The decision to require vice chancellors
to review hiring requests came after Hunt
proposed spending cuts that would force
the University to trim its payroll.
Some state legislators claim Smart Start threat
ens to take children away from their families, Hunt
said. But some parents who attended the event
“I think the reality of life in the ’9os is such that
most people don’t live exorbitantly,” said UNC
student Amy Cunningham of Hillsborough, who
receives subsidies for her two children. “We all
want what is best for our children and to compete
in the work force, and the fact is that children need
a helping hand.”
Culbreth said more than 65 percent of mothers
in North Carolina worked. “What else do they
price they are paying per meal goes up.
When the Seconds, Please! program
was first started at UNC four years ago,
456 plans were bought. Now more than
2,400 customers have Seconds, Please!
meal plans, according to the fall figures.
“We think this block plan will be enor
mously successful here at UNC,” Hackney
Another addition that Myers said CDS
hoped to make a reality was a convenience
store on South Campus. “We are currently
collecting information on what people will
want,” he said. “We don’t know if it will
happen, but we are hoping it will.”
Myers said CDS was looking into reno
vating Chase Hall to accommodate the
Structural changes also might be seen at
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funds, but there is no guarantee that we
will get them,” Porter said Wednesday.
In 1993, the Board ofTrastees approved
plans for a sl2 million addition to the
school, but the General Assembly only
allocated $1 million in July for the con
struction. Asa result, construction plans
were temporarily put on hold.
Provost Dick McCormick said the $1
million already allocated had gone to plan
ning and design.
“We have an architectural design that
has been approved,” he said.
The University’s reaccreditation pro
cess, a routine procedure, is conducted in
periodic cycles, Wegner said. The Kenan-
Flagler Business School and the Univer
sity as a whole also are going through
“There have been controversies before
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Roger Patterson, associate vice chan
cellor for finance, said crucial positions
would still be filled.
“We’ve tried to structure as much flex
ibility in the process as possible so we can
fill positions when we need to,” Patterson
said. “That’s why we left it up to the vice
chancellors to make these decisions.”
Charest said the additional review was
a preparation for budget cuts.
“It is a way to take responsibility in
hiring while there is at least the possibility
ofbudget cuts on the horizon,” she said.
Charest said the vice chancellors' ap
proval would help ensure that the posi
tions filled were essential to the University.
Gays Facing Uphill Battle
To Secure Equal Rights
BY ANGELA MOORE
One year after Lightning Brown and 12
other members of Orange County’s gay
and lesbian community approached the
Chapel Hill Town Council to talk about
the discrimination and harassment they
face every day, Brown and other activists
are still fighting for equal rights.
The Orange County Civil Rights Ordi
nance, adopted June 6 by the Orange
County Board of Commissioners, prohib
its discrimination based on race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, disabil
ity, family status and veteran status.
OnMonday night, Brown and Carrboro
resident Susan Johnston went before the
Town Council requesting that a person’s
sexual orientation be added to the list of
attributes protected in the ordinance. The
council affirmed its support of including
sexual orientation protection, and Mayor
Ken Broun has written a letter to the county
commission endorsing the request.
Council member Lee Pavao said the
entire Town Council supported the re
quest put forth by Brown and Johnston.
“The council went on record to endorse
(sexual preference) being included in the
ordinance,” PaVao said.
At the state level, however, the ordi
nance is expected to meet with consider
able opposition due to the weighty Repub
lican majority in the state legislature not
eager to pass laws supporting rights for
The battle in Orange County to protect
sexual orientation has been fought for some
time now. According to Human Relations
Commission Director Lucy Lewis, the
original list local delegates brought before
the General Assembly in spring 1991 in-
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“The idea is that units in the University
need to look carefully at the positions that
they fill,” she said.
“We certainly don’t want to hire some
one right now and then have to lay them off
because ofbudget cuts,” Charest said.
The tighter hiring process might help
the University absorb budget cuts by not
filling positions, Patterson said.
“We wanted to make sure we were in
the best position to deal with cuts, but we
didn’t want to stop positions from being
filled that needed to be filled,” he said
“We may still be hurting, but we will
not have to terminate anyone because we
didn't fill positions.”
need to know?” she said. "This is the North Caro
lina child, and sbe has a working mother. I don’t
think it takes a genius to figure it out.”
During the session, Culbreth presented a plaque
to Hunt honoring North Carolina as “The Most
Exciting State” for early-childhood development.
Working Mother, a national magazine that deals
with issues that affect working mothers, honored
the state in its third annual survey published this
month. Hunt was also presented with framed hand
prints of the 12 4-year-old children he ate lunch
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eluded sexual orientation as a protected
right. However, on the recommendation
of former Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange,
sexual orientation was sacrificed to get the
rest of the bill passed.
“Senator Lee felt it would be easier to
get the whole bill passed if sexual prefer
ence was not included," Carrboro Mayor
Eleanor Kinnaird said. “We were very
disappointed when he took it out. We
urged him not to.”
The ordinance did pass through the
legislature without sexual orientation
protection —and went into effect Jan. 1.
The county must seek permission from the
General Assembly on issues such as this
that set basic policy. No such policy has
ever been passed by the assembly.
County residents are protected against
discrimination in housing, employment,
public accommodations and bias-related
incidents. If a person behe ves he or she has
been discriminated against, that person
can file a complaint with the Human Rela
tions Commission, which then investigates
the complaint and attempts to resolve the
With the ordinance as it stands now,
gays and lesbians who believe they have
been discriminated against have nowhere
to go with their complaint, Brown said.
“Lesbian and gay rights are not my first
line interest in local government,” he said.
“It’s been a back-burner issue for me, but I
am gay, and I believe that the lesbian and
gay community here is fantastic. They con
tribute to the entire community and cer
tainly deserve equal treatment.”
Brown has approached the council about
the issue in the past. “March 2 of last year,
we brought in 12 people to the council who
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