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Chafes Dropped Against CHHS Grad
BY ROBYN TOMLIN HACKLEY
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
AND GREG KAHN
He couldn’t have done it.
That’s what Orange County District
Attorney CarlFoxsaidaboutaChapel Hill
High School graduate who had been ac
cused of rape and assault last month.
At a Monday press conference outside
the Hillsborough courthouse, Fox said fo
rensic evidence in the case has shown that
19-year-old Donald Clarke-Pearson could
not have been the assailant in the Sept. 13
incident at Duke Forest.
“After examination of the latent finger
Janice Davis uses her hands to communicate with her partner during a
sign language class held in Polk Place on Monday.
Police and medical officials responded
to an attempted suicide in Kenan Resi
dence Hall early Monday evening, accord
ing to a University police spokesperson.
Lt. Angela Cannon, public safety of
ficer, said police responded to a call report
ing that a white female, who is a sopho
more and a resident of die residence hall,
had attempted suicide at about 5:30 p.m.
At press time, police were withholding
the victim’s name, pending notification of
Cannon said the victim had apparently
consumed about half a gallon of vodka and
had cut her wrists with a pair of scissors.
Officers responded to a call after the
victim’s roommate came back and discov
ered the victim conscious but bleeding af
ter having cut both wrists, Cannon said.
She added that the victim had appar
ently become distraught over relationship
The victim was transported to UNC
Hospitals and police officers were still with
her at 8 p.m., Cannon said.
Frederick Schroeder, dean of students,
said he was notified of the incident but
could not comment on the individual case.
He did say that counseling was avail
able for students who needed it.
“University Counseling Services over
in Nash Hall is an excellent resource,” he
said. “Student Psychological Services, in
the Student Health Services, academic
advisers, professors and other staff mem
bers who work closely with students are
prints of the defendant, as well as the se
men samples and blood specimens from
the defendant, Donald Michael Clarke-
Pearson, it appears that he has been elimi
nated as a suspect in the rape, kidnapping
and attempted robberies at Duke Forest a
couple of weeks ago,” Fox said.
Clarke-Pearson had been charged with
first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping,
three counts of robbery with a dangerous
weapon and two counts of second-degree
kidnapping in connection with the inci
Fox said he had filed dismissals in all of
the cases against Clarke-Pearson and that
no other suspects have been identified in
Attorneys Debate Effects of Voting Rights Act at Law School
■ Attorneys in the case of
Shaw v. Hunt debated the
Voting Rights Act at the law
school Monday night.
UNC law students, faculty and the pub
lic had an opportunity to listen in at the
U.S. Supreme Court’s door Monday
evening through a debate on the Voting
Rights Act and majority-minority Con
The case of Shaw vs. Hunt, which is
scheduled to be heard by the Supreme
Court this fall, was discussed.
The case involves the N.C. General
Assembly redistricting certain areas to cre
ate districts with a majority of blacks in
order to comply with the Voting Rights
Attorneys for the plaintiffs and defen
dants, as well as attorneys for the Ameri
can Civil Liberties Union, were on hand at
the law school debate to present each side
of the case.
The majority-minority districts in North
Carolina are the Ist and 12th Congres
District 12 has gained national atten
tion through its snake-shaped design that
traces Interstate 85 from Charlotte to
Robinson Everett, attorney forthe plain
tiff's and a member of Duke University’s
law faculty, pointed out that this district
defies the traditional system of districts in
its lack of geographic boundaries.
“This district is No. 1 in the country in
lack of geographical compactness, ” Everett
said. “North Carolina (as a state) is top in
Everett argued during the debate that
the creation of black majority districts was
the equivalent of “political apartheid.”
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Duke University Police reported that
the incident occurred at 7 p.m. Sept. 13.
Clarke-Pearson was arrested after 10 p.m.
that evening when he was returning to his
car from a walk in Duke Forest. Clarke-
Pearson was taken to the scene of the
crime, where victims identified him as the
assailant in the case.
Attorneys for the Clarke-Pearson fam
ily have openly criticized the accuracy of
the “show-up” identification used by Duke
University Police. Attorney Kirk Osborn
said show-up identifications are “slanted
towards positive identification,” by pre
senting the victims with no other options.
Orange County District Judge Lowry
Betts placed Clarke-Pearson on electronic
UNC-System President Spangler
Ranked 135th Richest American
BY KARRI LZAREMBA
While filling some big shoes as UNC
system president, C.D. Spangler managed
to find enough spare time to be named the
135th wealthiest American in 1995 by
“Forbes Four Hundred,” the annual
list published by the biweekly business
journal that names the 400 wealthiest
vanced Spangler 15
spots fromhis 150th
ranking last year.
Last year’s rank
ing recorded his net
worth at $615 mil
lion. He accumu
lated another $lB5
million over the last
year, giving him a
grand total of SBOO
has been a magnet
UNC system President
increased his net
worth by $lB5 million
for criticism by some who feel he has ne
glected his duties to the 16-school UNC
In a recent letter addressed to UNC’s
student body, UNC Trustee Walter Davis
accused Spangler of neglecting his duties
and responsibilities as system president.
“Spangler, in my opinion, has tried to wear
three hats: president of the University sys
tem, chancellor of UNC and— the one
apparently most important to him—mak
ing money,” Davis said.
Davis credited UNC’s drop in ranking
among public universities to Spangler’s
lack of lobbying the legislature for the uni
“They are significantly
integrated districts. Fifty-five
percent black districts are not
political apartheid. No one
that has lived under the old
Jim Crow laws would think
this is segregated r .”
“Our objection is that this is the same as
having white and colored signs over the
water coolers,” Everett said. “It stigma
tizes both races.”
Adam Stein, an attorney for the defen
dants, argued the case in favor of the ma
jority-minority districts and stressed the
advantages it gave to the General Assem
“The appearance of the legislature is
now more like the appearance of the state
of North Carolina,” Stein said.
“There is a need in this country for the
remedies that this (Voting Rights) act pro
vides,” he said.
Stein presented the opposite view of the
racial makeup of these districts from the
defendants’ point of view.
“We view these districts as integrated,
not as ‘political apartheid’ as has been
mentioned by Mr. Everett,” Stein said.
Laughlin McDonald, a voting rights
attorney from the ACLU, concluded the
debate by focusing on the issue from a civil
“Aesthetics of the districts is not the real
issue here,” McDonald said.
“It’s the functionality. The increase we
have seen in minority officeholders in the
South has been due to these minority dis
tricts,” he said.
McDonald also disagreed with Everett
on the function of these districts.
house arrest Sept. 15, barring him from
attending classes through the continuing
education center at North Carolina State
University and banning him from his part
time job at the Duke Medical Center.
Throughout the ordeal, friends and fam
ily members have voiced their belief in
His mother, a pediatrician in Sanford,
said in a prepared statement Monday: “This
news is no surprise to our family. My
husband, Don and I have known he is
innocent all along and that today would
She said the family was relieved that
Donald Clarke-Pearson’s name had been
cleared and said, “We’re ready to move
The Midas Touch
C.D. Spangler's flying funds
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How C.D. Spangler Stacks Up
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versity system’s budget. Davis said this
neglect led directly to the tuition increase
passed last month.
Although questions about whether
Spangler’s attention to his personal busi
ness ventures interferes with the responsi-
Laughlin McDonald speaks with an interested citizen at a debate focusing on
the Voting Rights Acts and majority-minority congressional districts.
“They are significantly integrated dis
tricts,” McDonald said. “Fifty-five percent
black districts are not political apartheid.
No one that has lived under the old Jim
Crow laws would think that this is segre
McDonald argued that districts like the
Ist and 12th Districts promote bi-racial
politics in North Carolina and warned
against the consequences ofremoving these
She said Fox had called her at her office
Monday to tell her that her son would be
released from house arrest that afternoon.
She also thanked all of the people that she
said have shown such overwhelming sup
port for her son and for her family. She
added that her family did not plan to bring
any legal action against police officials at
Fox tried to buffer any resentment
against police officials in the case. “I hope
that any hardship, any inconvenience ...
any embarrassment they have suffered as a
result of these charges will be rectified by
the fact that their son has been exoner
ated,” Fox said.
bilities required of him as system presi
dent, his generosity cannot be debated.
Spangler announced in January 1994
that die C.D. Spangler Foundation would
inject $lO million into the UNC system
over the next 10 years. This donation aims
to directly benefit all 16 schools. Also,
Spangler returns his entire salary as presi
dent of the system back to the schools.
After graduating from UNC in 1954,
Spangler achieved notoriety in the busi
ness world. He was president of C.D.
Spangler Construction Cos., which ex
panded into a motel chain, Golden Eagle
industries, Inc., of which he was also presi
dent. He was director of Hammermill Pa
per Cos., Jefferson-Pilot Corp. and the Eq
uitable Life Assurance Society, to name a
A poll conducted in 1992 by Forbes
showed that a significant amount of
Spangler’s assets came from 8 million shares
of stock in the Charlotte-based
Nationsßank. In addition to his position
as UNC-system president, Spangler is pres
ently the director of Bell South Corp. and
National Gypsum Cos. and a member of
the Business-Higher Education Forum.
Until this year, Spangler was the only
North Carolinian to grace the Forbes list.
But this year he’s got company. O. Bruton
Smith, owner of Charlotte and Atlanta
Motor Speedways moved onto the listing.
A combination of cash, creativity and a
popularity explosion for automobile rac
ing catapulted Smith onto the list for the
first time. He has capitalized on the growth
of Charlotte, where he owns the sport’s
The industries represented on the list
have shifted from heavy manufacturing
and energy to a sea of technology, retail
ing, finance and entertainment.
“The consequences will be to bleach
over Congress and take us back to where
we were before 1965," McDonald said.
“The notion that we are talking about
racial quotas or set-asides is not faithful to
“No system that treats blacks as second
class voters should even pretend to be a
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■ Chapel Hill Town Council
members heard residents’
opinions on how cable
service should be improved
before renewing the contract.
Chapel Hill residents voiced their opin
ions Monday night against the Cablevision
proposal to renew the cable television fran
chise and in particular, against the inclu
sion of an additional fee of 50 cents to
provide public access television for the
Chairman of the Cable Access Advi
sory Committee Robert Gwen said the
additional 50 cents would not be enough
alone to pay for public access funding.
“The proposal is not adequate to sup
port public access television. It simply can
not be done,” he said. “It is not possible to
do that with the present proposal. There is
not enough money.”
“Monopoly” and “renegotiation” were
other common words used by the Chapel
Hill community to describe Time Warner’s
involvement and the proposal for the fu
ture of Cablevision service to the town.
Time Warner owns Cablevision of Chapel
Many residents said Time Warner is the
only option for cable and therefore is a
monopoly in the town. Because Warner
would continue to control Chapel Hill
they should provide more money to run
the public access channel and to allow for
television equipment. The intended pro
posal included $350,000 for equipment and
Chapel Hill’s proposal would increase
the number of public access channels from
three to four. These channels could then
show public, government and educational
Mary Ann Gross, president of the
League of Women Voters, was one of
several residents that came forward with
recent years with the addition of cable
television, we have become dependent of
television to literally air our forums, ” Gross
David Zipper, president of the student
body of Chapel Hill High School, said he
would like to see public access television
implemented in the local schools. A revi
sion of the proposal for more money could
provide better television equipment, he
“By using equipment, students can learn
about video production through hands-on
experience,” Zipper said.
Other residents emphasized the need
for Spanish programming that could be
provided through additional public access
The council will refer the matter and the
comments from residents of the town to
the franchise negotiating team for further
discussion. Decisions on the franchise re
newal could occur at the regular council
meeting either Oct. 23 or Nov. 9.
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