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Hundreds Watch at UNC as Simpson Acquitted
■ Former football star O.J.
Simpson leaves court as a
free man after his 15-month
trial comes to an end.
TOE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES —O.J. Simpson went
home a free man Tuesday, spared by an
unpredictable jury to pick up a life of privi
lege instead of a life in prison. Acquitted of
murdering his ex-wife and her friend, he
pledged to track down the real killers who
are “out there somewhere.”
In a courtroom on the verge of explod
ing with emotion, a hush fell as Judge
Lance Ito’s clerk, Dierdre Robertson, read
the two words: “Not
laid his forehead on Judge LANCE fTO
his shoulder. Attor- asked courtroom
ney Shawn observers to remain in
Chapman cried and control while the jury
clutched jury con- read the verdict,
Tears of anguish and shouts of joy burst
from the three families whose lives were
tom apart by the bloody June 12, 1994,
slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and
“Oh my God!" exclaimed Simpson’s
grown daughter, Amelle, embracing her
“We did it!" a family member exulted to
See SIMPSON, Page 8
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Aldermen Vote to Explore Open Container Law
The Carrboro Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to refer a
proposal prohibiting open containers of alcohol on public prop
erty to the Agenda Planning Committee for further consideration.
UNC students attended the meeting to ask that a public hearing
be held to allow students and Carrboro residents to voice their
concerns over the ordinance proposal.
“We (the University) look with great interest at the issue
coming before your attention today and kindly request a public
hearing at least so that we can have some of our concerns of the
issues spilled over from a similar measure in Chapel Hill reflected
in the discussion here in Carrboro,” said UNC Student Body
President Calvin Cunningham.
The Carrboro ordinance, if passed, would prohibit the posses
At Pembroke Violates
With the next shipment of spent nuclear materials expected
sometime in the next week, students, legislators and community
activists strive to make these 157 fuel rods the last to travel a hotly
debated path to the Savannah River Site.
The weapons-grade material, spent fuel from European re
search reactors, is being transported to the temporary Savannah
River site from the Sunny Point Army Terminal on the North
Carolina coast. This overland train route has brought questions
about the U.S. Department of Energy’s concerns for the general
Criteria for the nuclear materials’ port of entry are set forth in
the Defense Authorization Act of 1994, which requires that the
port have the lowest human population in the area surrounding,
is closest in proximity to the storage facility, and has the most
appropriate materials for, and experience in, receiving spent
The 14 counties nuclear materials must pass through on the
current route have a combined population of more than 1 million
citizens, according to Richard Regan, legislative assistant to U.S.
Rep. Charlie Rose, D-N.C., the Center for Community Affairs
Project Director Bobbie Jacobs-Ghaffarand the 1990U.5. Census
See PEMBROKE, Page 2
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Students watching the reading of the verdict at the Sonja H. Stone Black Cultural Center Tuesday rejoice at the news
of O.J. Simpson's exoneration. The BCC and Union Station were so crowded that there was standing room only.
Students Crowd Union to Hear Verdict
FROM STAFF REPORTS
O.J. Simpson’s guilt or innocence was
not the only controversy Tuesday. Stu
dents packed into Union Station lounge
area hoping to catch a glimpse of the ver
dict on big screen television. But when the
crowd blocked the doors and hindered
operations in the snack area, University
Police officers turned off the television to
the chagrin of many students.
sion of containers of malt beer and unfortified wines on public
property. State laws governing the public consumption of hard
liquor and fortified wines already exist, and therefore would not
be covered in the new law.
Alderman Jacquelyn Gist said she was unsure of the difference
between public consumption and open container, and asked
Carrboro Police Chief Ben Callahan for an explanation on how
the ordinances would differ. “For public consumption, we actu
ally have to see you drinking,” he said.
Callahan asked the board to consider the proposal because of
the possible opening of two new nightclubs in Carrboro. One of
the potential owners has twice rented out a space on the comer of
Greensboro and Main streets for a party where people have been
seen outside with open containers of alcohol, he said.
“Since Chapel Hill passed their open container ordinance,
Carrboro has seen a slight increase in alcohol incidents in our
Susan Moore, a senior elementary education major from Concord, draws an animal composition Tuesday for her
Education 4 class. Moore says the class is helpful because it teaches students to create various types of art.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4,1995
Frustrated students argued with the of
ficers, who responded by ordering them to
clear out of the room. The majority of the
students left quickly in hopes of finding
another TV to watch the event.
“The manager asked that the television
be turned off because it was becoming a
safety hazard,” said UNC Police officer
Larry Caldwell. “The entrances were
blocked, people were becoming unruly. It
Never take vacations to visit relations.
was interfering with the business of the
UNC freshman Rikki Turner said,
“They’re causing more trouble than if
they’d just let us listen to the verdict. I can’t
believe this happened. We are all students
here, and this is our Student Union.”
UNC Police Lt. Jeffrey McCracken said
See REACTION, Page 8
downtown area,” Callahan said. “What we’re proposing would
get to the problem before it gets out of hand.”
Gist said she was unsure if the problem of open containers and
consumption outside the clubs would be alleviated when the night
clubs opened with liquor licenses.
Callahan said people would still go outside and drink, but the
law could reduce problems common with night clubs. “I think
that people will still come and drink outside. I think that people
who don’t want to buy it will bring it and hang around outside.”
Callahan also asked the board to consider a civil penalty
instead of a criminal one for the open container ordinance. The
civil penalty carries a $lO fine, while the criminal penalty is a
The board also voted down a proposal on a ban against all
handguns in the town by a vote of 2-5, with Bryan and Gist voting
Many people angrily confronted police officers who attempted to close Union
Station just before the verdict was read because of overcrowding.
AD Says 4 Players
Didn’t Break Rules
BY ADAM DAVIS
After a three-day investigation into the appearance of four
North Carolina football players’ names on an agent’s list, UNC
Director of Athletics John Swofford said Tuesday he was satisfied
that all the players involved are innocent.
“I think we’ve done about everything we can possibly do in
terms of talking with the players themselves and any individuals
whose names might have surfaced during the discussion, as well
as the fact that the NCAA information from the West Coast does
not implicate our players in doing anything wrong, and 1 think
that’s extremely important,” he said.
Following a report in Saturday’s Los Angeles Times that tire
names of running back Leon Johnson, wide receiver Marcus Wall,
comerback Fuzzy Lee and safety Sean Boyd were on a list held by
agent Robert Caron, Swofford, Executive Associate Athletic Di
rector Dick Baddour and football coach Mack Brown questioned
Brown said Swofford and Baddour worked extensively Sunday
and Monday, talking again with the players, and with others who
may have been involved.
Johnson and Wall both said Tuesday that they had not even
See PLAYERS, Page 2
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