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Prosecutor Grills Potential
Alibi Witness for Simpson
LOS ANGELES The witness who
was supposed togiveOJ. Simpson an alibi
testified Thursday that she couldn’tbe sure
what time she saw his Bronco outside his
home. She acknowledged that a defense
investigator had tried to feed her times
beneficial to Simpson.
In grueling cross-examination, Rosa
Lopez was caught in a contradiction over
whether she ever had filed for unemploy
ment and acknowledged she testified last
week that she had made airline reserva
tions when she hadn’t.
Lopez, a former housekeeper for a
Simpson neighbor, labored through a line
of questioning in which she could not re
call the time, date or even the season in
which she spoke to defense investigator
Two-Year Humanitarian Aid
Mission Ends in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia U.S. Ma
rines escorted the last U.N. peacekeepers
off the beaches of Mogadishu on Thurs
day, quietly ending a 2-year intervention
that tried and failed to rescue Somalia from
drought and its feuding warlords.
After the wrap-up of an international
intervention that cost $2 billion and the
lives of more than 100 peacekeepers, the
U.S. Marines that helped guard the pullout
will leave Somalia.
The operation that began with a tele
vised invasion nearly 2 7 months ago closed
without fanfare Thursday as the final peace
keepers were hurried away to waiting battle
ships off shore.
U.S. Marines landed Monday to pro
tect the evacuation 0f2,400 Pakistani and
Bosnia Gears Up for More
War Fighting; Aid Slowed
Aid routes dried up across Bosnia onThurs
day in a sign that combatants were prepar
ing for another bloody spring.
Five bullets pierced a U.N. plane on
Sarajevo’s runway the fourth plane hit
in six days prompting the United Na
tions to suspend both humanitarian and
Serbs revoked permission for food ship
ments to reach hungry Muslims in north
west Bosnia, banned convoys from reach
ing Sarajevo next week and harassed a
By all indications, Serbs and their rival,
the Muslim-led government, were giving
more credence to military force than to a
peace process that is getting nowhere.
West Bank Should Become
Autonomous by Year's End
JERUSALEM Foreign Minister
Shimon Peres predicted Thursday that
Palestinian autonomy would be extended
to the West Bank by the end of the year.
Peres’ statement, made at a meeting
with senior Foreign Ministry officials
Thursday, appeared intended to bolster
the sagging Israel-PLO peace process.
But his timetable created alarm among
The Gaza Strip and West Bank town of
Jericho became autonomous 10 months
ago, in accordance with the September
1993 Israel-PLO accord.
But efforts to implement the planned
second stage, extending autonomy to the
rest of the West Bank, have been bogged
down over Israeli concerns about the safety
of about 140,000 Jewish settlers.
R.E.M. Drummer Suffers
Hemorrhage in Germany
FRANKFURT, Germany—The drum
mer of the rock group R.E.M., Bill Berry,
has suffered a brain hemorrhage and is
expected to undergo surgery in Switzer
land, his German agent said Thursday.
Berry felt ill and was unable to complete
a concert in Lausanne, Switzerland,
Wednesday night, concert promoter Marek
Berry was taken to a hospital for exami
nation, and doctors determined he had
suffered a brain hemorrhage.
Lieberberg said he could not give Berry’s
condition or other details.
R.E.M. is on a European tour promot
ing its new album, Monster.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TODAY: Cloudy; high mid-40s.
SATURDAY: Cloudy; high low 40s.
SUNDAY: Cloudy, chance of rain;
high in the 50s.
Housing Cost Won’t Change Next Year
The Department ofUniversity Housing
recommended Wednesday that there be
no housing rate increases for the 1995-96
The recommendation has been ap
proved by Vice Chancellor of Student Af
fairs Edith Wiggins and will pass if ap
proved by Chancellor Paul Hardin.
Rick Bradley, assistant housing direc
Sen. Mark Hatfield, R-ore.,
Casts Deciding Vote Against
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate
solemnly dealt defeat Thursday to the bal
anced-budget amendment to the Constitu
tion, cornerstone of a broader Republican
drive to cut spending and shrink govern
ment. Both sides sought instant political
advantage in the residue of the fiery battle.
The 65-35 vote that left the amendment
just shy of the needed two-thirds majority
followed Democratic accusations that the
Republicans were threatening Social Secu
rity, a charge Majority Leader Bob Dole
At die White House, President Clinton
challenged GOP leaders in Congress to
detail “how they are going to keep the
promisesoftheir’Contract (With America)’
on balancing the budget and paying for
their tax cuts.”
Fifty-one Republicans and 14 Demo
crats voted for the amendment, while 33
Democrats and two Republicans Mark
Hatfield of Oregon and Dole voted no.
Dole is a firm supporter, and his vote —
after one final, futile attempt to sway
Hatfield—was a parliamentary maneuver
that kept the measure alive for another
possible vote during the 1996 election sea
son. To bring up the amendment again,
Dole had to vote with the prevailing side
“Let ’em try,” Democratic leader Tom
Daschle said defiantly a few hours before
The amendment is designed to end the
run-up in red ink that has the national debt
approaching $5 trillion. It calls for a bal
anced budget beginning in the year 2002,
unless three-fifths of both houses vote oth
A key element of the “Contract With
America,” it cleared the GOP-controlled
House in January on a vote of 300-132.
Republicans had looked to the measure
to provide discipline fortough votes ahead.
“It might make getting what we want to
do harder,” Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.,
See BUDGET, Page 5
Garden Director Planting Seeds of Success
Helps N.C. Botanical
BY MICHELLE CRAMPTON
With warm weather slowly return
ing and spring flowers just beginning
to bloom, Peter White, director of the
N.C. Botanical Garden, is in his ele
White doesn’t get to spend all his
time outdoors enjoying the rising tem-
He is also a
Heroes imhe hill
the biology department, where he
teaches a course in ecology and popu
lation and one in conservation.
Conservation is a major issue in
both of White’s jobs. It’s one of the
focal points that he and the staff at the
Botanical Garden, which includes
Coker Arboretum, Mason Farm Bio
logical Reserve and the Botanical
Garden proper, concentrate on.
Conservation efforts at the garden
include the protection of native and
rare plants through a process called
ex situ conservation.
“That is what you try to do when
See HERO, page 5
If you never did, you should. These things are fun, andfun is good.
Chapal Hill, North Carolina
FRIDAY, MARCH 3,1995
tor, saidtherecommendation wasapproved
by the Housing Advisory Board on
“We’ve recommended to the vice chan
cellor and chancellor that the housing rates
not be increased,” he said.
Bradley said no increase was necessary
because occupancy had been higher this
year than in years past, which generated
higher revenues, and because total expen
ditures were lower than had been antici
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basketball poles at the Cobb-Joyner basketball and hockey complex.
Ammunition in Botanical Gardens May Be Williamson’s
BY RYAN THORNBURG
Two boxes of ammunition found in the
N.C. Botanical Gardens during the week
end might have been left there by shooting
suspect Wendell Williamson, University
and Chapel Hill police believe.
The two boxes of ammunition and am
munition clips were found near Red hiking
trail in the Botanical Gardens at 4 p.m.
Sunday by UNC student Brian Coffey,
University police reports state.
Coffey could not be reached for com
According to a police report filed by
University Police officer Ernest Caviness,
the boxes of ammunition had labels on
them that included the name of a town
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Peter White has spearheaded conservation efforts of N.C. plant life.
Name: Peter White
Birthdate: Feb. 17, 1948, in Philadel
Occupation: Director, N.C. Botanical
Garden; professor of biology
“The revenues exceeded our expecta
tions, and expenditures in the current year
are anticipated to fall below budgeted ex
pectations,” he said. “We have done a
good job retaining students, and incoming
freshmen are choosing to five on campus. ”
Bradley said that the estimated occu
paneyforthe 1994-95 school year was 92.3
percent and that this upcoming year’s oc
cupancy was estimated at 95.9 percent.
He said he expected the recommenda
tion to be approved. “I would be surprised
near Clyde, which is Williamson’s home
Lt. Angela Cannon of University Po
lice confirmed that the boxes had a
Waynesville label on them and that the
caliber of the ammunition was thought to
be .30-06, the same caliber used by the
gunman on Henderson Street Jan. 26.
Coffey called University Police, who
came out to investigate the find. Caviness
and other UNC police officers seized the
ammunition, valued at SSO, and turned it
over to Chapel Hill police as possible evi
dence in the shooting case.
Chapel Hill police spokeswoman Jane
Cousins said the ammunition was in evi
dence storage and was being processed.
She did call the circumstances “very un
usual” for University Police to turn evi
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if they would not approve it,” he said.
Bradley said that Hardin would prob
ably look at the recommendation next
Wiggins said she saw no reasons not to
approve it. “It’s obvious they don’t need an
increase, so I support it.”
Jody Davis, Resident Hall Association
president, said she had been expecting an
increase this year and that she was pleas
antly surprised by the decision. She said
housing rates usually increased 3 percent
B-GLAD Gets More
Funding on Appeal
BY ADAM GUSMAN
After reviewing the Student Congress
Finance Committee’s recommended fund
ing for B-GLAD, the appeals committee
doubled the amount Thursday in its rec
The appeals committee increased the
funding to $1,795 from the $935 that was
granted after the Feb. 24 budget hearing.
Bisexuals, Gay men, Lesbians and Allies
for Diversity had originally requested
In a letter Wednesday to congress
Speaker Monica Cloud, the group asked
that the appeals committee investigate the
finance committee’s decision to cut the
group’s budget request.
A request was also made for the ethics
committee to look into possible violations
by the finance committee. Ethics commit
tee Chairman Roy Granato has received a
copy of the letter.
The appeals committee consisted of
Cloud, Student Affairs Committee Chair
woman Ginny Moore, Granato and
Wendy Greene, Dist. 8, whom Speaker
Pro Tempore Meredith Armstrong ap
pointed in this instance because Armstrong
herself is a member of the finance commit
tee. Rules and judiciary committee Chair
man OmarMcCallop is also on the appeals
committee, but he did not attend
dence over to Chapel Hill police.
“At this time, it’s not linked to any
specific case right now,” Cousins said.
“We’re certainly looking into the possi
bility it is connected (with the shooting
The boxes were found inside a brown
plastic bag located 30 to 35 feet northwest
of post Q on the Red hiking trail, according
to a University police report. The bag was
in a pit where an old tree had uprooted, the
Cousins said the importance and future
of the ammunition were still uncertain.
She said the ammunition had not been
requested by Orange-Chatham District
Attorney Carl Fox, who is prosecuting the
“If we could ever prove that it was not
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Philosophy on life: “Wild nature has
all the ingredients for well-being if we learn
how to live with that nature appropriately. ”
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“It’s a nice surprise, ” she said. “It’s been
a long time since there has been no rent
increase. The campus residents certainly
appreciate that housing is giving us this
break in rent increases.”
Bradley said he also was glad there
would be no increases. “I think anytime
you can be in an organization where you
are selling a service and being able to tell
See HOUSING, Page 2
Thursday ’ s meeting because of a prior com
“We felt that B-GLAD’s funding was
inconsistent with how much we had given
other groups,” Greene said. “I think they
were also treated rudely by some members
of the finance committee. Most people in
Student Congress aren’t like that and are
sincerely interested in the best interests of
the students, but a few are rude. Their
mommas didn’t teach them any manners. ”
“This is what we feel like is pretty fair,”
Moore said after the appeals committee
formed its recommendation. “B-GLAD
serves about 6,000 each year with their
programming. A group of that caliber and
of that recognition should not be treated
with a lack of respect.
“This is a basic, good number they can
work with, ” she said. “With the budget the
finance committee recommended, they
probably would not have reached as many
people with their programming.”
The appeals committee examined B
GL AD’s individual expense requests. The
amount allotted for telephone expenses
was increased from $125 to $4lO. “We
wanted them to have a working telephone
and to be able to make long-distance calls, ”
ing with other universities.”
Greene added, “I’d just as soon give
See B-GLAD, Page 2
linked to (the shooting case), which I don’t
think we’ll be able to do, it would go back
to the University Police for them to inves
tigate,” Cousins said.
Williamson is awaiting a pretrial con
ference at Central Prison’s mental health
ward in Raleigh. He has been indicted by
an Orange County grand jury on two counts
of first-degree murder with more criminal
The counts of murder are in connection
with the deaths of UNC sophomore Kevin
Reichardt and Chapel Hill resident Ralph
Walker, who were shot to death by .30-06
ammunition that came from the M-l Ga
rand rifle used by the gunman on
Henderson Street Jan. 26.
Williamson could face the death pen
alty if convicted.
BY JENNIFER BURLESON
A fiber-optic communications system is
coming to the Student Union this summer,
Edith Wiggins, vice chancellor of student
affairs, said Thursday.
Lee Conner, student body co-secretary,
said the system would upgrade technology
in the Union.
“I think basically it will allow us access
to the information highway .’’Connersaid.
“You can access anything in the world.”
Steve Hoffmann, president-elect of the
Graduate and Professional Student Fed
eration, said installation of the new system
would bring with it a number of improve
“Different programs can be picked up
and be accessible to everybody in the
Union,” he said. “Things can be upgraded
to run almost like a public access.”
Hoffmann said putting the optics in
would result in repositioning of organiza
tion locations in the Union. “It will also
allow expansion for the Union.”
Fiber optics will allow students to make
long-distance connections without a huge
phone bill, Hoffmann said. “It’s much less
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