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Motorists face delays due to rain,
holiday traffic; 15 killed in N.C.
BY ERICA BESHEARS
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
Steady rains further congested heavy
holiday travel Sunday, causing long de
lays and fender benders on interstate high
ways, theN.C. Highway Patrol reported.
As of press time, 15 people had died
on N.C. highways since 6 p.m. Wednes
day, N.C. Highway Patrol
telecommunicator Sharon Thomas said.
Thomas said the “holiday count” ran
from 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight
Monday. She said she didn’t know how
this year’s Thanksgiving weekend fatali
ties compared to previous years.
Most fatal accidents occurred on rural
roads, she said. “We’ve had a couple on
N.C. highways and U.S. highways. I
don’t see but one on the interstate.”
Thomas said rainy weather had not
contributed to the traffic deaths, but it
had caused a number of light traffic acci
dents like fender benders.
Sgt. R.L. Hawley of the N.C. High
way Patrol in Durham said troopers had
been busy cleaning up traffic accidents,
which he attributed to bad weather on a
heavy traffic day. “Y ou can imagine how
it’s affected the traffic," he said. “We
have been inundated with accidents.”
Sgt. S.H. Collins oftheN.C. Highway
New statewide laws crack down on deadbeat parents
BY TODD DARLING
ASSISTANT STATE AND NATIONAL EDITOR
Starting this week, deadbeat parents
in North Carolina will have to pay their
child support or face losing their drivers’
In one of several new state laws that
took effect Sunday, judges will now be
allowed to revoke hunting, fishing and
driving licenses of deadbeat parents who
are 90 days or more behind on their child
support payments. The Division of Mo
tor Vehicles also will prevent parents
from getting anew license and from reg
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Patrol in Orange County agreed traffic
had been bad, but he said the rain made
it no worse than usual for a holiday
weekend. “(It was) probably not any
worse than it would have been if it had
been clear," Collins said.
No officers could estimate the number
of accidents that occurred Sunday.
Areas that trapped motorists included
Interstate 95 and the construction areas
of Interstate 85, Thomas said.
Hawley said southbound travelers on
1-85 in the Durham area faced an hour
and a half wait Sunday afternoon.
Collins said the worst traffic in
Alamance and Orange counties occurred
at areas where 1-85 and Interstate 40 split
and outside of Mebane and where the
four-lane 1-85 /I-40 northbound lane be
came two lanes. He said accidents con
tributed to the delay. “Traffic slows down
any time people see blue lights on the side
of the road,” Collins said. “Just be pa
tient is all I can say. If you're local and
know any back roads to take, take them.”
Christy Ryder, a sophomore from
Devon, Pa., said the normally seven
hour-long trip back to school took her 10
1/2 hours. She attributed it to one-lane
travel on 1-85, rain and heavy traffic
volume. “The maximum safe speed was
65 to 70, and that was pushing it.”
istering their cars.
“We’re glad to have this tool,” said
Joe Buckner, Orange County District
Court judge. “(The law) will provide
some more tools to provide incentives to
The new law is one more step in Gov.
Jim Hunt’s Crackdown for Children, a
program that includes increasingly strict
measures to force deadbeat parents in
North Carolina to cough up child sup
Buckner said the law would have dif
ferent effects on different types of par
ents. Individuals who hold business li
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■ The National Weather
Service says the weather
should stay dry for a while.
BY HOLLY HART
North Carolina will get a break from
the rain after one to two inches drenched
the state Thanksgiving weekend.
“We’ve pretty much seen the end of
it,” said Meteorologist Phil Badgett of
the National Weather Service in Raleigh.
While steady rain fell all weekend,
Badgett said the soil absorbed most of it.
“There weren’t any reports of flooding
east of the mountains,” he said.
He said the northwest comer of the
state saw the heaviest rain with an aver
age of two to three inches falling during
censes, such as realtors, would be hit the
hardest, while parents without jobs or
drivers’ licenses would not really be af
fected, he said.
“If they have nothing to lose, it’s just
like a bill collector,” Buckner said.
To get their licenses back and have the
restrictions removed from their records,
parents will have to get certification of
payment from a child-support agency.
Officials said hundreds of parents
could lose licenses, but child support
workers said the main purpose of the law
was not to penalize parents.
“Our hope is that people will pay up
Local groups mark World AIDS Day
■ The Triangle AIDS
Interfaith Network held a
service Sunday night.
BY MARY-KATHRYN CRAFT
ASSISTANT OTY EDITOR
In coming years, children will suffer
the strongest effects of AIDS and educa
tion will be key in fighting the disease’s
rapid spread, said Jeny Breitman, mem
ber of the National AIDS Fund Board of
At the World AIDS Day Interfaith
Worship Service on Sunday in The
Chapel of the Cross, Breitman, the key
note speaker, the Triangle AIDS Inter
faith Network and members of local
Accident leaves student in critical condition
BY MARVA HINTON
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
A UNC student remains in the Inten
sive Care Unit at Pitt County Memorial
Hospital following a traffic accident Nov.
Kristen Elizabeth Bradley, a junior
from Naples, Fla., has not regained con
sciousness since the accident.
Bradley was one of three passengers in
a car driven by another UNC student,
Charles Helms, a sophomore from
Hickory. Brian Glasco, a junior from
Mooresville who was in the back seat
with Bradley, was also hospitalized with
serious injuries. The front-seat passen
ger, David Modica, a sophomore from
Clemmons, was not seriously injured.
The accident occurred at approxi
mately 12:55 a.m. on Interstate 40 in
Duplin County while the group was
headed toward Wilmington. The Ford
Explorer that Helms was driving appar
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Holiday vacationers braved traffic-flow problems that resulted in jams, some of which lasted for hours.
Interstate 85 (pictured) and Interstate 40 were heavily travelled in both directions.
the weekend and flash flood warnings in
Ashe County. Despite delays and acci
dents on the highways, Badgett said no
roads were closed. “Traffic was slowed
down because of the rain, but it was
nothing out of the ordinary,” he said. “It
was just a typical rainy day on the road. ”
It was not a typical rainy day in the
sky, as flights were delayed up to three
and not lose their license,” state Child
Support Enforcement Manager Dan
Pickett said in an interview with The
Associated Press. “We hope when this
first starts, the word kits tke streets drat
they’re actually doing it, and it will help
Another series of laws that also took
effect Sunday involves the illegal use of
blue lights on automobiles. Under the
new laws, anyone using a blue light to
force a motorist to stop or yield right-of
way could face as many as 10 years in
prison. Also, anyone caught illegally
operating a vehicle with a blue light could
churches, addressed the problems sur
rounding the rapid spread of AIDS.
“As our children grow ... we give
them increasing information and respon
sibility to make their own decisions,"
said Breitman, who is also a member of
the Duke AIDS Research and Treatment
Community Advisory Board. “But in
many, perhaps most homes, we give them
almost no information about sexual
Because AIDS is primarily a sexually
transmitted disease, adolescents begin
ning to discover their sexualities are most
vulnerable to the disease, he said.
Today’s sexual education could lead
youth down a deadly road because most
sex education focuses on abstinence and
never fully explains homosexuality, he
ently left the road into the median strip.
In an attempt to return to the road, Helms
lost control and the vehicle overturned
Modica and Glasco could not be
reached for comment.
Helms spent time in jail following the
accident for charges that he would not
comment about on Sunday.
“I dozed off at the wheel, ” said Helms,
who suffered bruises, scrapes and cuts,
but did not have to be hospitalized.
Helms said he did not know a court
date. “I might be able to settle out of
court, ” he said. “It’s really unclear now.”
Helms said he went to the hospital to
check on his friends. He said he thought
Glasco would be released from Sampson
Memorial Hospital today.
But Katie Bradley, Kristen’s younger
sister, said Sunday her sister’s condition
“She’s in intensive very critical condi
tion,” Bradley said. “She’s still coma-
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hours at Raleigh-Durham International
Airport. “I think all of the airlines have
had problems with flights coming in and
out of New York because of the weather
up there,” said USAir supervisor Jeff
Slayton. All of USAir’s New York flights
were running one to three hours late.
Midway Airlines reservationist Rich
Rodriguez said the weather around RDU,
end up behind bars for as many as five
Sgt. M.R. Johnson of the N.C. High
way Patrol said he thought the new laws
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“We’ve had past problems and present
problems,” Johnson said. “I favor these
laws 100 percent.”
Johnson said that in the past, investi
gations and reports from citizens usually
caught perpetrators, but he hoped the
new laws would serve as a deterrent.
“This will cause people to think twice
before putting blue lights on their car.”
“Our churches, synagogues and
temples should take leading roles in broad
ening our sexual education beyond absti
nence,” Breitman said. “Abstinence will
work for some young people, but, for
many, history has shown us (that it will
Breitman, a homosexual living with
AIDS, said AIDS was the leading cause
of death for people between 25- and 44-
“HTV and AIDS are not diseases re
served for homosexuals,” he said. “This
is an equal opportunity disease."
Breitman said that although fighting
HTV and AIDS was an uphill battle,
many encouraging medical break
throughs had been made in the past year.
tose. She received massive head trauma. ”
Bradley said doctors had not given
any indication when she might regain
consciousness. “It’s all up in the air, ” she
said. “She has flashed open her eyes.”
Bradley said she did not know if her
sister was wearing a seat belt, but her
broken collar bone led them to believe
that she was wearing one.
Bradley said her sister could not have
visitors. “She can’t receive flowers,” Bra
dley said. “Cards would probably be bet
ter received to her address in Florida.
“Kristin’s a sweetheart, and we all
love her. She has the biggest heart.”
Following the accident, Frederic
Schroeder, dean of students, sent notifi
cation to all the students’ professors.
“We always send out statements so
that they are not penalized, ’’said Donald
Jicha, associate dean of the General Col
lege. Jicha said any student who was
hospitalized or unable to take their ex
ams for any reason could be excused.
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which serves as Midway’s hub, had
caused delays of about an hour and a
half for half a dozen flights Sunday.
“There were a few delays, but there
seemed to be more delays Sunday.”
Badgett said he did not expect any
more rain for the next four or five days.
“It looks like we’re going to have a
pretty good dry period coming up.”
■ The Carolina Socialist
Forum is protesting the
company’s labor practices.
BY LAURA GODWIN
Accusations of low wages, child labor
and abuse of women have led several
local groups to protest one of UNC’s
biggest athletic sponsors.
About 10 people are expected to dem
onstrate in front of the Smith Center
tonight before the start of the men’s bas
ketball game against Bethune-Cookman.
Carolina Socialist Forum members will
be handing sports fans leaflets outlining
what the group terms as abuses by the
Nike Corporation of their employees in
Along with the Socialist Forum, the
Coalition for Economic Justice and the
Student Environmental Action Coalition
are sponsoring the demonstration.
Jeff Jones, a graduate student and
secretary of the Carolina Socialist Fo
rum, said the goal of tonight’s protest
was to inform students who might not be
aware of Nike’s possible abuses.
“(The abuse) has been well-known for
years,” Jones said. “(Nike) pays slave
wages in Indonesia and China.”
The group became involved in the
controversy in an effort to increase aware
ness among students, said Jennifer
Stoloff, Carolina Socialist Forum trea
Stoloff, a graduate student from Se
attle, Wash., said the group hoped stu
dents and UNC fans alike would learn
more about Nike’s practices. “If people
knew what they were supporting when
they wear the Nike symbol, they would
think, ‘Dolreally want to give my money
to a company that does this?”’
Although the group is concentrating
their efforts on Nike, Stoloff said the
problem of unfair labor practices was
probably not limited to that corporation.
“I’ve heard stories,” she said. “It’s more
a question of, ‘You can get away with
this stuff if you go overseas.’
“It does make me wonder how the
other shoes are manufactured.”
Currently, there is a national boycott
against Nike, and although UNC’s teams
—with the exceptions of soccer and
lacrosse —are under contract with Nike,
Jones said tonight’s protest had abroader
angle than merely bringing the protest to
“At this point I wouldn’t say we want
to carry (the boycott) to campus.”