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Volume 103, Issue 38
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IN THE NEWS
Top stories from the state, nation and world
One Killed by Mail Bomb in
Sacramento Office Building
SACRAMENTO One person was
killed Monday when a package bomb ex
ploded in a state lobbying group’s office
near the California Capitol.
An employee of the California Forestry
Association had retrieved the small, heavy
package from outside the association’s one
story brick office just after 2 p.m., police
spokesman Michael Heenan said.
It wasn’t immediately known whether
anybody else was hurt. Heenan said he
didn’t know whom the package was ad
dressed to or how it had been delivered.
The California Forestry Association is a
trade association representing commercial
forest landowners. In 1993, it filed a peti
tion seeking to remove the northern spot
ted owl from the endangered species list.
Helicopter Explosion Kills
5 Crow Members in Texas
FLORENCE, Texas —An Army trans
port helicopter exploded in the air Mon
day, killing all five crew members.
“When we got to the scene, there was
still debris falling from the air,” said Steve
Pruett, a homebuilder who was working
nearby. The helicopter crashed in a rural
area, splitting into three main pieces, he
Pruett and Jeffrey Condon, another con
struction worker building the only home in
the vicinity, said four men and one woman
had been killed. Condon said he had
checked unsuccessfully for vital signs.
The crash happened at about 11:15 a.m.
near Florence, a central Texas town of
about 800 people 40 miles north of Austin.
The cause is under investigation.
Refugees Hole Up in School
Compound, Resist Eviction
KIBEHO, Rwanda About 600 refu
gees holed up at a school strewn with
mangled bodies refused on Monday to
leave a camp where thousands died in
Rwanda’s latest ethnic violence.
The camp that a week ago held 120,000
people is now a ghost town of acres upon
acres of deserted huts, broken shards of
cookingpots, clothing, shoes andmachetes.
At least 2,000 people were killed there
by Rwandan soldiers or trampled to death
in stampedes on Saturday. Nobodies could
be seen outside the school grounds; sol
diers buried most of the dead in mass
graves Sunday. An estimated 100,000 men,
women and children, many sick or
wounded, fled the camp, trudging toward
Butare, 20 miles east of Kibeho.
Supreme Court Clears Way
For Trial of Suicide Doctor
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Su
preme Court opened the way Monday for
Michigan to prosecute Dr. Jack Kevorkian
for aiding the suicides of terminally ill
patients, turning down his argument that
there is a constitutional right to assisted
Kevorkian was charged with murder in
the deaths of two people and with assisted
suicide in three other cases. The retired
pathologist has aided or witnessed 21 sui
cides since 1990.
The high court made no comment in
rejecting Kevorkian’s appeal of a Michi
gan Supreme Court ruling that the Consti
tution creates no right to assisted suicide.
The justices turned down a separate
challenge to Michigan’s ban on assisted
suicide, a suit filed by two cancer patients
and two medical professionals.
Shabazz Defense Accuses
MINNEAPOLIS Attorneys for
Qubilah Shabazz accused an FBI infor
mant Monday of extorting money from
the government in exchange for tapes that
allegedly support a murder-for-hire case
against Malcolm X’s daughter.
Seeking to have the case thrown out,
defense attorney William Kunstler said
Michael Fitzpatrick would not turn over
the tapes he made of his conversations
with Shabazz until the government agreed
to pay him $6,000 a month. Prosecutors
said they should be able to use a statement
made to FBI agents about an alleged plot to
IrillNationoflslam leader Louis Farrakhan.
U.S. District Judge James Rosenbaum
could decide as early as today whether to
allow the statement at Shabazz’s trial,
which is scheduled to begin Monday.
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TODAY: Mostly sunny; high 69.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny; high
Town Extends Benefits to Gay Couples
BY JENNIFER FREER
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Chapel Hill became the second town in
the state to allow same sex and unwed
opposite sex couples to register as domes
tic partners Monday night, less than a year
after Carrboro passed a similar measure.
Five ordinances and three resolutions
regarding the town’s domestic partners
policies were passed unanimously at the
Chapel Hill Town Council meeting Mon
day. Of the five residents who spoke, none
spoke against domestic partners.
In September, the Carrboro Board of
Aldermen adopted a policy to register do
mestic partners of the same or opposite sex
for town employees. As of April, five
couples had paid S4O each to register with
The first ordinance passed at the Chapel
Hill Town Council meeting defined do
mestic partners to include partners of ei
To Affair With
BY JILL DUNCAN
A former UNC student said in court that she had a relationship
with the director of composition in the English department while
she was a student—making her the second student to say she had
been involved with the professor.
Gretchen Davis, a former student at the University, said her
relationship with James Williams, director of composition, oc
curred in 1991, according to court records.
Davis was called to testify during Williams’ custody case
against his ex-wife, Ashley Williams. Davis would not discuss the
extent of the affair, according to records.
Williams, who could not be reached for comment Monday,
was granted custody of his son on April 13. Ashley Williams will
request at a hearing May 2 to reopen the trial based on evidence
from a third UNC student, sophomore Lauren Dickerson, said
Terry Ham, Ashley Williams’ attorney.
UNC’s amorous relations policy calls for sanctions against
professors who have relationships with students they evaluate.
The policy does not provide for sanctions against other faculty
Clifton Metcalf, vice chancellor for University relations, would
not speculate as to whether the University planned to take action
against Williams. “I cannot speak about his case specifically, but
I can say that every time allegations are made about misbehavior
on state property, they will be investigated,” Metcalf said.
James Williams’ attorney, Lunsford Long, and Ashley Will
iams could not be reached for comment Monday.
Ham said he hoped to reopen the case based on the new
evidence from Dickerson.
Dickerson said she met Williams in spring 1994. She had been
having difficulty with her English 12 teaching assistant and had
been told to see Williams for help. “He was very helpful and very
responsive,” she said. “I kept visiting him in his office because he
would help me with my papers or grade my papers to make sure
my TA was being fair.”
Dickerson said that Williams had made her feel uncomfort
able because he was overly complimentary and “had wandering
eyes. ’’She said she wrote a commendation during the summer for
Williams and turned it in to his supervisor. “I didn’t know he
would see it. He called me at home in Hillsborough to thank me. ”
Dickerson said that Williams knew where she worked and that
he came by at least twice and called her at least twice to ask her
She said she refused and told him she did not get a lunch break.
“I was still very friendly. I did not know how to take it. It was not
blatant. Ifithadbeen, I would have turned him in in a heartbeat.”
Dickerson said she realized later that he made her feel very
uncomfortable. “I don’t think someone needs to be in that
position if he makes students feel uncomfortable,” she said.
According to court records, Ashley Williams alleged that
James Williams had committed adultery with numerous people
and that he or his agent had placed and answered ads in publica
tions seeking sexual relations with men and women.
The records also stated that there was probable cause to believe
that Williams had committed acts of domestic violence and had
placed Ashley Williams at risk of life-threatening diseases.
According to records, Williams admitted to having fathered a
child by another woman while he was married to Ashley Will
iams. The child was bom five months after his and Ashley’s son.
Both children were named Austin, according to court records.
In January 1994, Ashley Williams took junior Ako Shimada
to court for having sexual relations with her husband. Shimada
paid slo,oooto Ashley Williams and wrote her a letter of apology
for breaking up her family and having sex with her husband.
According to court documents, Ashley Williams found pic
tures of James Williams and Shimada together and letters written
to him from Shimada in his office. Williams admitted in docu
ments to having sex with Shimada in his faculty office in 1993.
Nearly 25 Years Later, Kent State Reflects on Its Tragic Past
BY JULIE TWELLMAN
“Inquire, Learn, Reflect.”
These are the words inscribed on the
May 4 Memorial, one of the many ways in
which four former students of Kent State
University in Kent, Ohio, are commemo
Almost 25 years have passed since the
students were killed by members of the
National Guard during a Vietnam War
These years have brought with them the
I ran three miles today. Finally, I said, “Lady, take your purse. ”
Chapel Hill, North Caroliaa
TUESDAY, APRIL 25,1995
ther the same or opposite sex, the same
definition that Carrboro used.
“Domestic partners has been defined,”
said Susan Johnston, a resident of Chapel
Hill and supporter of the domestic partners
policies. “It enables two people with a
long-term monogamous relationship to
have practical benefits.”
The To wn Council then passed an ordi
nance authorizing town employees to use
sick leave, family leave and medical leave
for care of domestic partners and of any
children in the household.
“Many children suffer from lack of care
already, ” said Dan Coleman, a member of
Orange County Greens, a liberal activist
group. “It’s rare that we have the chance to
promote care. Gays and lesbians have suf
fered long enough, and Chapel Hill and
Carrboro are leaders.”
Another ordinance passed by the coun
cil prohibits future relationships between
employees who are domestic partners,
Just Say No
Vernon Chiu of Southern High School presents Charlotte Smith with the official T-shirt for Project
Graduation on Monday. Smith and Pat Sullivan are honorary cochairmen for the event, which
provides a safe way for high school seniors to celebrate their graduation.
Opening Day Finds Fans Struggling to Forgive
Washington Post reporter Thomas Boswell once
wrote that time begins on opening day.
This time around,
however, many Ameri
cans are having a hard
time winding their
Tonight’s first pitch, three weeks later than
usual, finds the sport struggling to salvage its pre
viously held boy-next-door image while attempt
ing to pound out a long-term labor deal.
Locally, baseball fans are trying to forgive the
sport that denied them a home-run record chase
and a W orld Series last year because of the 232-day
start and finish of new wars and more
protests, but the memory of those students
and the events of that fateful day are still
very much alive in the minds of their par
ents, students at Kent State today and
people who lived through that era of Ameri
A Look Back
May 4,1970, started out like any other
day during the Vietnam War. A protest
had been planned, but that was not out of
the ordinary at that time. President Rich
ard Nixon gave the order to invade Cam
“Gays and lesbians have
suffered long enough, and
Chapel Hill and Carrboro are
Member of the Orange County Greens
spouses or members of the same family.
Also, if a council member has a regis
tered domestic partner, the council mem
ber must disclose the partner’s real estate
The council also passed a resolution
asking that the town manager prepare a
report regarding changes in the Develop
ment Ordinance. The ordinance now de
fines families as no more than two unre
lated persons. It was recommended that
the definition be expanded to include reg
strike. Some are having a harder time than others.
“I’ve been a Yankees fan all my life,” said Don
Eason, owner of North Carolina Original Sports
Bar. “I don’t care if the Yankees play another
game in my lifetime.”
The NBA and NHL playoffs, and not baseball,
are expected to heat up the multiple screens at the
sports bar, Eason said. Although baseball games
will be shown when possible, he said they prob
ably wouldn’t draw people in like in the past.
“I have yet to hear one person walk in here and
say ‘I can’t wait for opening day,”’ he said.
St. Louis Cardinals fan and history Professor
Don Higginbotham recognizes the importance
baseball plays in American culture. He’s been
reading up on the subject for his first-session sum
mer school class on the history of sports in America.
More on the Start
Of Baseball Season
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bodia on April 30, inciting many anti-war
demonstrations in the coming week, in
cluding particularly emotional reactions in
The increased tension in the city re
sulted in rioting in downtown Kent, as well
as the burning of the campus headquarters
of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training
Corps by a group of students. By Saturday,
the National Guard had arrived, at the
request of the mayor and governor, be
cause of fear for public safety.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 people as
sembled for the May 4 protest in the uni
istered domestic partners.
The council resolved that it eventually
would take action regarding the issue of
health-care coverage but that it would look
into the matter more first. A resolution was
passed to reissue a report regarding the
costs of insurance before the domestic part
ner ordinance would be expanded to in
clude health-care benefits.
N.C. law allows the town to provide
health insurance for dependents of town
employees, but the term dependent as cur
rently defined does not include domestic
“I disagree with the (lack of) health
benefits,” said Lightning Brown, a Chapel
Hill resident in favor of the domestic part
ners proposals. “I think it is reasonable for
you to understand domestic partners and
dependents as compared to married
couples. Look at the facts of need and you
have a good reasonable basis to under
stand domestic partners.”
versity commons area. The National Guard
ordered the crowd to disperse and was met
with verbal dissension and rock throwing.
The guardsmen responded with tear gas,
which was ineffective because of the wind
The Guard then tried to enforce the
Ohio Riot Act, which permits the use of
force if a violent crowd is endangering
public safety, by raising bayonets and forc
ing the crowd to retreat to a nearby parking
lot. What happened next left a cruel mark
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May Hit 200
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OKLAHOMA CITY—On a day when
the White House suggested the death toll
could surpass 200, a tiny victim of the
federal building bombing was buried amid
hearts and teddy bears. And the search for
her murderers pressed on.
One-year-old Baylee Almon the in
fant who, photographed in a firefighter’s
arms, broke hearts around the world
was the first of the 80 victims recovered so
far to be laid to rest. “Baylee is in God’s
hands,” the Rev. Charles McDade said at
her funeral Monday.
As suspect Timothy McVeigh sat in jail,
his lawyers sought to pull out of the case.
One of the lawyers said he doubted anyone
in Oklahoma City could give McVeigh a
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The hunt for
mained the in-
vestigators’ top focus. The FBI said an
Army deserter questioned Sunday had no
part in the attack, then continued to follow
leads across the country. As debris was
hauled out by searchers, agents combed it
The search for the missing resumed in
the tomb of pulverized concrete and bro
ken pipes, with special precautions taken
to ensure workers’ health against infection
from decaying bodies.
Searchers once again failed to reach the
day-care and Social Security areas of the
building. They used chain saws and jack
hammers to whittle away at a three-story
high pile of rubble pancaked on those areas
but said they wouldn’t get there until to
Among the bodies found Monday was
that of a Marine, still in uniform at his
recruiting desk in the rubble. The Penta
gon identified him as Capt. Randolph
Guzman, 28, of Castro Valley, Calif.
Reporters allowed inside for the first
time saw search dogs gingerly creeping
and helmeted workers crawling into spaces
braced with 4-by-4’s like a mine shaft.
But pool correspondent Roger O’Neil
of NBC said other images particularly
stayed with him, “from the determined
look on the rescuers’ faces... to the toys.”
His voice faltered momentarily describing
a memorial wreath of fresh white mums
laid amid the min.
The death toll included those known to
have been killed in the blast and a nurse,
Rebecca Anderson, who was mortally in
jured after she went to the bomb scene to
help in rescue efforts Wednesday. Three
other rescue workers have been injured,
White House chief of staff Leon Panetta
said the death toll could rise to more than
Several funerals and memorial services
were held Monday.
At another funeral, the three children of
Lola Bolden, a 40-year-old Army sergeant,
wept in a small chapel where Maj. Ronald
Bain, who worked with her, eulogized:
“She takes with her a part of our battal
See OKLAHOMA, Page 5
“It is really the national pastime,” he said. “It
was the first really popular team sport in America. ”
Because it is such a big part of Americana
right up there with apple pie and mom it’s
having a more difficult time becoming reaccepted
by its fans. Watching supposed heroes bickering
over millions of dollars is hard for the average
American to swallow, Higginbotham said.
“Baseball is suffering more because it was al
ways considered clean and pristine and bucolicly
American,” he said.
Fellow Cardinals fan Chris Helton, a UNC
junior from Belmont, has been looking forward to
the season’s start. He hopes that the Cards can
string some wins together and that division rivals
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