Volume 103, Issue 89
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Might Block LandM
BY WENDY GOODMAN
Since April 1991, Orange County offi
cials have been considering the Blackwood
Division of Duke Forest, OC-17, for anew
landfill site, much to the chagrin of Duke
University. Tuesday, Duke essentially
ended Orange County’s quest for the prop
erty by granting an easement to the U.S.
government of 93 acres of land within the
The U.S. Department of Energy as
sumed the easement, filed Monday. An
easement will prevent any entity except
researchers from the Department of En
ergy or researchers from Duke to use the
land. It is renewable by the federal govern
ment after a 10-year period of time.
Attorneys for Duke drafted and sent a
letter to Orange County and municipal
officials Tuesday detailing the new arrange
ment. The letter stated that “based on the
principles of federal government supremacy
and sovereignty... (Duke Forest) is be
yond the ability of Orange County or any
government authority...” to take and use
as a landfill or even to use for testing.
David Roberson, a spokesman for Duke,
said the school offered the easement to the
Department of Energy in July. He said
officials for Duke believed this would not
only prevent Orange County from using
the land, but also from taking legal action
Candidates Bring Campaigns to UNC Campus
BY JENNIFER ZAHREN
Candidates for municipal office in
Chapel Hill braved questions from stu
dents on subjects ranging from bus fares to
student representation to bike paths at a
forum sponsored by The Daily Tar Heel
A large number of issues were raised by
the 50 students and other members of the
community, including transportation,
Chapel Hill’s open container law and stu
dent involvement in town politics.
Candidates addressed the issue of main
taining and expanding bus service in the
face of increasing cuts to mass transporta
tion by the federal and state governments.
“I wish we had a crystal ball to predict
federal and state subsidies in the next few
years, but we don’t,” said four-year coun
cil veteran Joe Capowski. “The town gov
ernment needs to work very hard to keep
BY JOHN T. SWEENEY
A UNC student sitting in front of Wil
son Library was struck by a construction
vehicle Monday afternoon, and the driver’s
blood alcohol content was three times the
legal limit for operating a motor vehicle,
University Police reports state.
Erin Todd, 19, was sitting on the rock
wall north of Wilson Library at about 1:30
p.m. when a construction vehicle turned a
comer and struck her in the lower back,
according to police reports.
Nancy Kochuk, spokeswoman for UNC
Hospitals Public Affairs, said Todd was
transported to UNC Hospitals, where she
was treated and released.
The driver of the 3,000-pound front end
loader, Garret Raynard Smith, 34, of
Chapel Hill was driving from Bynum Hall
to Kenan Lab Area.
Smith, an employee of Smitty’s Brick
laying, said he was trying to avoid striking
another pedestrian standing to the left of
the vehicle, police reports state. When he
turned the vehicle, he accidentally struck
Todd instead, reports state.
University Police Officer Herbie Stubbs,
the first officer on the scene, said he smelled
alcohol on Smith’s breath while taking his
statement and arrested him for driving
while impaired, reports stated.
Officers administered a chemical analy
sis test, and Smith’s blood alcohol content
was found to be .24, reports stated. Smith
was released on S4OO unsecured bond but
could not be reached for comment on Tues
day afternoon, nor could Todd.
TODAY: Sunny; high near 70.
TUESDAY: Sunny; high in the 70s.
They say that these are not the best of times, but they're the only times I’ve ever known.
to get the land.
“It is our belief that there is no legal way
they can interfere with this easement it
will prevent them from doing anything to
that land for 10 years,” he said.
Orange County Commissioner Don
Wilhoit, who is also a member of the
Landfill Owners Group, said he did not
think this would preclude the group’s work
on the landfill. Wilhoit also said he was
disappointed with Duke’s actions.
“If the easement is legally enforcible,
meaning we cannot acquire any of the
Duke land, then it will obviously cause a
change in the conceptual plan,” he said.
“I had hoped we would be able to work
with Duke in maybe buying some land to
work on building our landfill.”
Although the site on which Orange
County had been looking to construct the
new landfill was larger than a 500-acre
tract, Duke officials said they believed the
easement would prevent the placement of
a landfill anywhere on the land.
“The entire subject of the easement lies
completely within OC-17, ” Roberson said.
“It is our belief that the easement prevents
Orange County from putting a landfill any
where within the OC-17 site without touch
ing any of the land subject to the ease
The land will continue to be used by the
to conduct tests and research, Roberson
Chapel Hill Mayor & Town Council
fares down, to keep the most profitable
routes running strong and to weigh the
greater good of the public in any decision. ”
Mayoral candidate Kevin Foy re
sponded in line with his view that the
University should take more financial re
sponsibility in the town. “Seventy percent
ofbus ridership is University students, and
the University should therefore take on
some of the economic burden by helping to
subsidize mass transportation,” Foy said.
First-time Town Council candidates
were also asked to address the future of the
funding and development ofbicycle routes
in Chapel Hill.
“We need to see a redirection of our
funds,” Todd Goodson said. “There are
many bicyclists in the area, and instead of
Members of the Nation of Islam line up in preparation for the beginning of the rally in Washington, D.C.,
Monday. Speeches began at 7 a.m. and lasted until Farrakhan finished around 6:30 p.m.
Participants and supporters of the
Million Man March reflect upon its
significance and look to the future.
It was a day to remember, a day that
will go down in the history books.
But what legacy will the Million
Man March leave?
That is the question that men and
women involved with the Million Man
March on Washington, D.C., are now
asking. The speeches, the power, the
political activism were overwhelming
for those who participated, and for those
who attended local programs related to
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putting our tax dollars towards skateboard
parks, they should be put into the develop
ment of bike routes and an increased edu
cation for bikers.”
The question of Chapel Hill’s open con
tainer law, namely the necessity of the law
and infraction of the law as a misdemeanor,
was directed by a University student to
“The open container law evolved out of
the effort to have a safer, cleaner and more
orderly downtown,” said mayoral candi
date Rosemary Waldorf.
Incumbent Jim Protzman affirmed his
vote for the law, but said the council may
have been hasty in affording it misde
meanor status. “The law helps the police
force to eradicate aggregious consumption
of alcoholic beverages, and is a direct at
tempt to reduce the number of alcohol
related fatalities,” Protzman said. “Plac
ing the law as an offense of misdemeanor
status was wrong, and the council is trying
If there was one word that was heard
more than any other on that momen
tous day, it was the word “brother.”
Black men and boys came together and
tried to reinforce the themes of unity
“There was also a feeling I had of
being completely at home where I was
surrounded by people who cared about
me and wanted me to succeed,” said
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PHOTOS BY ERIK PEREL
to go back and fix that.”
Candidates also were asked to address
the role of students in the town’s govern
“Students already have the opportunity
for being more involved in the town’s gov
ernment, ” Foy said. “Voting is the way to
most effectively direct the town’s leaders.
You have the power.”
Waldorf suggested the town and Uni
versity adopt the strategy prevalent in the
1980s. “A good idea would be to have an
official liaison between the students and
the town government,” Waldorf said. “If
we establish the link, then students will
find ways to become more involved.”
Former council member Mark Chilton
expounded upon his status as a law student
at N.C. Central University as giving him a
special understanding of the University
community. “If I am elected, I will do my
utmost to stay in touch with the Univer
sity,” Chilton said.
Ellis Carson, president of the campus
chapter of the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People.
Within the throngs of people who
crowded together in to hear the dozens
of speakers, men hugged each other,
prayed together and spoke with com
plete strangers as if they had known
them all of their lives.
See MARCH, Page 2
Addresses National Debt
■ A lackluster crowd turns
out to see the National Debt
Clock in the quad Tuesday.
BYTANIA SILVIA CALDERON
AND JOSH AHN
Although few students showed up to
watch, several speakers, including former
U.S. Congressman David Price, urged ac
tion against the growing debt while the
“National Debt Clock” ticked away be
hind them in front ofWilson Library Tues
The speakers suggested that the solu
tion lay in the founding of two local chap
Where Do We Go
When the standing space below began to run out some
onlookers climbed anything they could find to see the speakers,
including the statue of President Garfield in front of the Capitol.
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A week before he was to stand trial for
double murder, Wendell Williamson’s at
torneys asked the Orange County Superior
Court Monday that their client be re-evalu-
ated by psycholo
gists to determine
whether he was
to stand trial.
Battle granted the
request and ordered
Central Prison and
report on his com
The motion or-
WILLIAMSON s trial
is slated to begin
dered “that Dr. Nicole Wolfe and/or Dr.
Bob Rollins interview the defendant at
Central Prison to update their opinion re
garding his competency to stand trial.”
Battle ruled in June that Williamson
was competent to stand trial, due largely to
testimony from Wolfe, a psychiatrist at
See WILLIAMSON, Page 6
ters of the Concord Coalition, an organiza
tion in the process of recruiting members
for both campus and Chapel Hill chapters.
“The Concord Coalition can render a
tremendous service by keeping the heat
on,” Price said. He said the coalition was,
“bringing the case for fiscal sanity,” to this
Price said that the s62obillion, five-year
budget proposal was a good start. “It is
time to do more and move towards total
deficit deletion,” he said. “We must do
He said he hoped the listeners would tell
legislators four things: that deficit reduc
tion meant the serious scrutiny of corpo
rate tax breaks, that reducing the deficit
See DEBT CLOCK, Page 6