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Dole, Clinton campaigning to end
■ The presidential
candidates reiterated the
issues that shaped the race.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Clinton appealed for a sec
ond term Monday by taking credit for a
revived economy and promising that, if
given four more years, “we’ll be better off
still.” Battling the odds on election eve,
Bob Dole warned of mounting ethical
questions about Clinton and declared:
“America deserves better.”
Control of Congress was at stake, too,
as Americans prepared to cast ballots in
the last presidential election of the 1900s.
Clinton had the upper hand in the race
against Dole and Reform Party candi
date Ross Perot, while Republicans were
favored to keep their House and Senate
“I’m not optimistic on a national basis
at all on the presidential race," Florida
Republican Chairman Tom Slade said.
“It truly would be a political miracle if
Dole can pull this out.”
House SpeakerNewt Gingrich, on the
other hand, voiced confidence he would
not have to hand his gavel over to Demo
crats come January.
“I’m currently planning on what we’ll
Council supports school
bond, not highway bond
BY SALLIE LACY
The Chapel Hill Town Council unani
mously endorsed the N.C. bond for pub
lic education Monday night.
The council also voted for a resolu
tion denouncing the state highway bond.
The school bond would provide $l.B
billion for counties to build new schools.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
would receive just less than sll million,
and Orange County Schools would re
ceive almost $6 million.
The resolution stated that the sl7 mil
lion would be “a significant source of
funding to meet county wide school needs
and would be an alternative to raising
local funds to pay for school projects.”
Mayor pro tempore and council mem
ber Joyce Brown and council member
Richard Franck proposed that the coun
cil not support the highway bond.
Their resolution was passed by a vote
of 8-1 with an amendment. Council mem
ber Pat Evans opposed the resolution.
Die highway bond would provide $950
Fight to open Honor Court
grabs UNC-system attention
A decision could soon be made to
open the University’s Honor Court pro
ceedings to the public and the press.
An ad hoc open meetings committee
of the Board of Governors met Monday
in closed session. BOG member Sam
Poole said he would not comment since
it dealt with pending litigation.
Poole acknowledged that the mem
bers of the meeting were discussing a
lawsuit filed by The Daily Tar Heel in
April, the only pending litigation. The
suit asked that Honor Court proceedings
be opened to the public.
N.C. Press Association attorney
Amanda Martin, who is representing the
DTH, said attorneys were close to reach
ing an agreement with the N.C. attorney
general’s office. Once the two sides have
agreed on the facts of the case, she said
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BILL CLINTON asked for four more
years; 808 DOLE discussed ethics.
do next year in the majority,” Gingrich
said as he campaigned back home in
Clinton has campaigned for Demo
cratic candidates throughout the year,
but rarely made a direct appeal for a
But in a fiery election-eve speech in
lowa, Clinton urged the state to support
its Democratic congressional candidates
and said Republicans had abandoned
talk of their Contract With America be
cause of voter revolt against GOP at
tempts to curb Medicare and education
“They are praying for amnesia on your
part,” Clinton said of the Republican
Strategists in both parties said dozens
million to accelerate the construction of
urban loops, widen existing highways
and pave some unpaved rural roads,
bond is bad fiscal policy and bad trans
Brown pointed out that the highway
bond would provide nothing for road
maintenance or bike paths and sidewalks.
“The roads are already funded in the
Highway Trust Fund,” she said. “So it’s
only a matter of time.”
Council member Joe Capowski agreed
because of the lack of funds for alterna
tive transportation, but he expressed con
cern about potentially harming relations
with the Department of Transportation.
“You simply don’t slap someone in
the face and then try to negotiate,” he
The council resolved to delete a clause
that said the bond “is an expensive waste
of taxpayer money. ” However, the coun
cil left the clause that stated the bond will
cost “SSOO million in interest payments
to build roads that are already planned
under the Highway Trust Fund.”
they would file for a summary judge
ment. “We’ll be filing this month.”
BOG Chairman C. Cliff Cameron did
not take part in the meeting, but said the
lawsuit raised an important issue. “We’ve
gotten a lot of concerns expressed to us. ”
Mike Hiestand, a Student Press Law
Center attorney, said he hoped the N.C.
court would recognize that the disciplin
ary hearings should be opened. “I think
it’s just a fundamental notion in our coun
try that the more an institution is open,
the better the process would be," he said.
Administrators say such proceedings
should be closed because of a law that
protects academic records of students.
The case stems from an Honor Court
hearing involving the theft of about 1,500
copies of the Carolina Re view last Febru
ary in which two students were charged
with abridging free speech.
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“I’m not optimistic on a
national basis at all on the
presidential race. It truly
would be a political miracle if
Dole can pull this out. ”
Florida Republican Chairman
of races were too close to predict on the
final Monday of a campaign that was,
oddly, both a referendum on the incum
bent Democratic president and the Re
publican Congress sent to Washington
midway through Clinton’s term.
“There are going to be a lot of close
races, and that’s just a fact,” said Repub
lican National Committee Chairman
Given that, the candidates were up
early, or, in Dole’s case, didn’t bother
sleeping at all.
Clinton began in New Hampshire,
once firm Republican territory but now
part of the president’s solid Northeast
base. “We’re one day away from vic
tory,” Elaine Krasker told him inside a
“It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?” Clinton
Book calls Chapel Hill courts a ‘cesspool’
■ Anew book accuses local
judges and court officials of
bias against women.
BY STACEY TURNAGE
Chapel Hill is a “cesspool” of court
room inequality where men still rule the
roost, according to journalist Lorraine
Dusky’s newly published book.
In “Still Unequal,” Dusky said Or
ange County men were successful in con
tested custody cases 84 percent of the
time, even though more than 40 percent
of the fathers were alleged or proven
spousal and child abusers.
Dusky uses the 1994 Ashley and James
Williams case as a focal point to describe
the “dung heap in North Carolina family
The court awarded custody of the
couple’s 7-year-old son to James, aformer
UNC English professor, despite deposi
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Sophie, an aspiring scholar, studies in the statue garden outside Hamilton Hall on Monday.
Her mom said Sophie can't read yet, but she enjoys having other people read to her.
The Pauli Murray Human
Relations Award went to
two local activists. Page 7
replied, at age 50 setting out confidently
for the final day of what is likely to be his
Later, in Cleveland, Clinton said the
economy had created nearly 11 million
jobs and the deficit had been cut by 60
percent since he took office.
“We’re better off than we were four
years ago,” Clinton said before leaving
Ohio for Kentucky, lowa, South Dakota
and, ultimately, an Election Day home
coming in Arkansas.
He noted Dole’s Senate opposition to
the family leave law and said his Repub
lican opponent wanted to abolish the
Education Department and enact a “risky
scheme” to cut taxes that Clinton said
would imperil Medicare.
“Seize the day to keep your country
moving in the right direction,” Clinton
said in urging supporters to get to the
Dole, at 73, likely was asking for votes
for the last time, too, win or lose, closing
out a political career that included 35
years in Congress, and a record 12 years
as the Senate Republican leader.
“ I need your votes, ” Dole told a crowd
in New Mexico as he raced through four
time zones and six states in a final push
that was ending at noon Tuesday back
home in Russell, Kan. He said, “There’s
tions in which he admitted having sex
with more than 200 women.
Williams, after admitting to having a
sexual affair with a student whom he
later married, was asked to resign for his
sexual misconduct in the summer 0f1995.
Chapel Hill attorney Terry Ham, who
represented Ashley Williams in her di
vorce and the ensuing complications and
additional court hearings, said he be
lieved the statistics, collected from 1983-
87, still rang true for Chapel Hill.
“I think those numbers are pretty as
tounding, but they are probably still rep
resentative of how courts rule today,”
Ham said he advocated an education
program to sensitize judges about what
to expect in touchy divorce and custody
cases in order to promote fair treatment.
“It’s hard for a judge who doesn’t deal
with these cases regularly to understand
the emotional state of the people in
volved,” Ham said.
“People act differently during divorce
cases because they are so emotionally
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“A lot of women are beaten
before they even enter the
courtroom because they can’t
outlast their spouse
Chapel Hill attorney
Betty Prashker, editor of “Still Un
equal,” said she thought court systems
should require judges to know more
about the problems present in relation
ships between men and women. “I think
there needs to be anew generation of
judges,” Prashker said.
Ham said he hoped the Williams case
started the wheels turning to address and
reform the court system’s view of women.
“I’ve seen a little change,” Ham said.
“I don’t know that it is dramatic, but
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there has been change.”
Susan Lewis, a local attorney, said she
thought women were treated unfairly in
money-relatedbattles like property settle
ments and alimony only because men
traditionally could better afford legal re
“A lot of women are beaten before
they ever enter the courtroom because
they can’t outlast their spouse finan
cially," Lewis said.
Lewis said she thought Orange County
discriminated less against women, espe
cially in custody cases, than in other
court circuits she has worked in around
“I think Orange County stands out as
a glowing example of equality, ” she said.
Prashker said she hoped all women
would read the book to realize the male
bias at work in the legal system.
Prashker said Chapel Hill, and par
ticularly the Williams case, was a prime
example of the male bias in the judicial
system. “There’s a real boys’ club down
there in Chapel Hill. ”
■ Patients at Dorothea Dix
often take “unauthorized
absences,” an official said.
Accused child stalker Rex Haislip re
turned to Dorothea Dix Hospital on Sun
day evening after he walked off the
hospital’s grounds Friday.
Patients do leave the grounds in “un
authorized absences” from time to time,
said Mable Homey, public relations di
rector for the hospital. “Manyretumina
couple of minutes,” she said.
The hospital is still investigating the
escape and is not sure of the details yet,
though they do know he escaped from
the recreation center, Homey said. “Our
hospital director is meeting with various
staff members to determine which pre
cautions can be made to make sure it
won’t happen again,” she said.
On Sunday he arrived at his mother’s
house after spending two nights outdoors.
“I expected him to come home," said
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