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The University and Towns
Carrboro Man Wanted
By Federal Marshals
After arresting Jorge Buscando, of
501 Jones Ferry Road, Apt. Ml, for
assault on a female and breaking and
entering, Carrboro police discovered he
was wanted by U.S. Marshals.
Buscando allegedly assaulted a
woman at Old Well Apartments on
Wednesday morning by punching her
in the arm, spitting in her face and
assaulting her in the head with a beer
The victim called police who issued
warrants for Buscando’s arrest. They
then received a call about a possible
breaking and entering at the same com
plex, and Buscando was arrested and
charged with both crimes.
Carrboro police Capt. Joel Booker
said that upon arrest, officers ran
Buscando’s name and prints through a
“It was then determined that he was
wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s office,”
“. Buscando, whose real name is
Believed to be Jorge Uunda, had more
Qian 17 aliases and was wanted for
Cscaping from a federal prison.
Z “He may be wanted for other
charges, but at this point we don’t know
what,” Booker said.
*- Booker said the fugitive’s actual iden
tity might not be determined until his
fingerprints were sent to the State
Bureau of Investigations for positive
Z Hunda, a.k.a. Buscando, was being
held as of Wednesday at the Orange
County Jail without bond pending
gxtradition by U.S. Marshals.
UNC Police Find Men
With Weapons, Drugs
; University Police charged two
Durham men on drug and weapons
charges Monday night after officers
found the men in a parked car outside
of Morrison Residence Hall.
University Police Chief Derek
Poarch said police were still not sure
why the men were parked in front of
Poarch said that when Officer Herbie
Stubbs arrived on the scene, he noticed
a crack cocaine rock that had landed on
Later, Stubbs found crack cocaine in
one man’s coat pocket and marijuana in
another man’s sock, reports stated.
Planetarium to Hold
MLK Day Presentation
The Morehead Planetarium will pre
sent a special January look at what the
new year’s skies hold in store to help
people get a head start on planning for
2()()()’s celestial spectacles.
Normally closed on Monday nights,
the planetarium will open at 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 17 for a Martin Luther King Day
demonstration called “Planet Watch
The live Star Theatre presentation
will start at 7:30 p.m.
Asa once-a-year, longer-than-usual
presentation, the admission charge will
be $6, with planetarium members
receiving free admission.
Great Decisions Class
To Start Tuesday
The first class of Great Decisions,
International Studies 93, will meet in
100 Hamilton Hall at 7 p.m. Jan. 18.
All students enrolled must attend.
For further information, contact Rye
Barcott at 914-8699 or
UNC Scientists Create
Smallest Pieces of Ice
Using liquid helium. University
chemists have succeeded in artificially
creating the world’s smallest pieces of
The pieces consist of only six mole
cules of water in flat hexagonal rings,
just as ice exists in nature.
Chemistry graduate student Klaas
Nauta and chemistry professor Roger E.
Miller carried out the work and wrote a
report on the research which appeared
in today’s issue of Science.
Planetarium to Host
Lunar Eclipse Viewing
The Morehead Planetarium and the
Chapel Hill Astronomical Observing
Society will host a public viewing ses
sion of the total lunar eclipse from 10
p.m. until midnight on Jan. 20, weath
The eclipse is expected to begin a
partial phase at 10:01 p.m. EST. The
total phase will begin at 11 :05 p.m. and
end at 12:22 a.m.
From Staff Reports
Report: Pilot on Drugs After Plane Crash
By Jenny Rosser
New information about a June 5
plane crash at Horace Williams Airport
reveals that the pilot of the aircraft test
ed positive for drugs shortly after the
According to the factual report
released by the National Transportation
Safety Board, the pilot of the Cessna 152
airplane, Roderick Farb, tested positive
for tetrahydrocannabinol carboxylic
acid and tetrahyrdrocannabinol, the
substances present in marijuana.
Jeffrey Kennedy, the Federal Aviation
Administration investigator assigned to
Draws Residents' Ire
By Kathryn McLamb
Carrboro residents and officials are
calling Duke Power Co.’s plan to raze
trees on homeowners’ property a clear
abuse of pow er to protect its business.
Duke Power plans to cut down trees
and shrubs that threaten larger power
lines in Carrboro, even though many of
these trees are located in homeowners’
yards. After cutting down the trees,
Duke Power would leave the fallen trees
on the homeowners’ properties without
"People are not only losing trees, but
they are being left with the carcasses to
dispose of,” said Carrboro Alderman
Allen Spalt. “Asa matter of fairness, the
people who make the mess should have
to clean it up.”
Duke Power has offered to chip or
shred branches and brush, but any
debris greater than four inches around
will be cut into 12-foot logs and left in a
pile in homeow ners’ yards.
Duke Power has also offered to cut
the logs into firewood for use by the
homeowners, but most of the trees
being cut down are pines that are unsuit
able for burning.
Duke Power spokesman Joe Maher
School to Contest Class Rank
By Robert Albright
Local school officials hope that a
motion to abolish their class ranking sys
tem will improve students’ chances in
the college admissions process.
Officials at East Chapel Hill High
School will submit a waiver to the
Chapel Hill Carrboro Board of
Education at its Thursday meeting in
hopes of eliminating their school’s class
ECHHS principal David Thaden
said the large number of ECHHS stu
dents with high grade point averages
prompted the school to look into a waiv
er. He said students that were below the
top 15 percent at ECHHS still proved to
be well-suited for college, even though
college admissions officers often over
“Students ranked from 15 to 30 per
cent at ECHHS are highly competitive
as well,” Thaden said. “We did research,
and it seemed to make sense that class
rank should not hurt these students.”
Although a request to get rid of class
rank has never been considered before
in the area, school board member Roger
Waldon said the board would look at the
pros and cons of the request at the
school board’s meeting.
“At a school (like ECHHS) where
academics is high, class rank can give a
misleading picture,” Waldon said. “Class
rank, though, is an important factor that
Sailing the High Seas Toward a Global Education
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I’HOTO COURTESY Of CARROU. SOFFE
The S.S. Universe Explorer, a 23,500-ton ship, was home and school for 100 days to three
UNC students, taking them around the world as part of the Semester At Sea program.
the case, said evidence of substance use
in a toxicology test did not necessarily
indicate that the cause of the crash was
“The information released so far is
only a factual report,” Kennedy said.
“T he cause of the crash is yet to be
However, Stephen Blansett, an addi
tional FAA investigator assigned to the
case, said testing positive for drugs
would mean that a pilot’s flying license
would automatically be suspended.
“Although Farb was only a student,
he would also lose his flying privileges,”
In the latest of several crashes at
said leaving removal to the homeowners
dated back to an agreement made with
Carrboro when most of the land was
used for farming.
“It has been a longstanding policy
that since the logs are on private prop
erty, they actually belong to the cus
tomer and are their responsibility,” he
said. “It’s not hard to see the customer’s
point of view on this.”
Alderman Jacquelyn Gist suggested
the homeowners light what she called
an unfair policy.
"I think they should pick up the dead
trees, take them out to Duke (Power)’s
offices and dump them on their private
property,” she said. “Then they are
(Duke Power’s) responsibility.”
Homeowner Frances Shetley of 1130
Hillsborough Road said her cleanup
costs would be tremendous considering
the size of debris that w ould have to be
removed from her property.
“I expect removal to cost from SSOO
on up,” she said. “Where am I going to
get that kind of money?”
But Maher said removal should not
be a cost to the homeowners.
“We provide a list with several names
of individuals who have, in the past,
offered to remove that wood at no cost
to the owner,” he said.
colleges look for.”
T haden said the first step would be
for the board to approve the waiver.
Even if the board votes in favor of the
proposal, T haden said final approval
would come from the UNC-svstem
“I'm confident (the UNC-system) will
look at the waiver and discuss it,”
Thaden said. “But beyond that, 1 don’t
know what they’ll do.”
the UNC -system
vice president for
ment and public
service, said final
action rested upon
the system because
it was responsible
ments. He said sys-
“Without class rank, you don T
lose anything. It forces
admissions people to look fully
at the student. ”
East Chapel Hill High School Principal
tem officials would have to examine the
effects of eliminating class rank before
approving the waiver.
“Abolishing the class ranking system
would affect the concept of a standard
ized transcript,” he said.
The uniform transcript includes
GPA, class rank and other factors to
help in the collegiate admissions
“Every high school is interested in
adopting methods of making their stu
dents look best,” Barnes said.
“Admissions officers need to have com
Horace Williams Airport, Farb, 53, sus
tained serious injuries after the plane he
was piloting crashed off of Seawell
The plane, which was owned by the
Chapel Hill Flying Club, was totaled
during the crash.
Farb. who had his flying permit, was
also a member of the club and the only
person on the plane.
Chapel Hill Flying Club member Bill
Sawyer said the club accepted Farb’s
resignation in August and had not had
any contact with him since the time of
Sawyer said that although an initial
report had been released, it could be
DTH GREG WOLF
Logs and tree limbs pile up in a yard at 105 Keith St. in Carrboro. Homeowners are now responsible
for cleaning up the debris created by Duke Power Cos. in its effort to down trees that threaten power lines.
Shetley said she was also unhappy
with the number of trees being
removed. Duke Power has already
marked 25 trees for removal on her
property, but Shetley said she expected
more to be removed.
“I think they are being excessive,
parative data, but now there is concern
from schools about the transcript.”
Barnes said the UNC system would
likely form a committee to examine
class rank, GPA and other aspects
weighed in collegiate admissions.
“We’re going to have to find a mech
anism,” he said. “There are enough
questions (raised by concerned schools)
to convene a committee.”
Ann Hart, assistant superintendent
services for Chapel
Schools, said class
placed students at
ment is class rank,
but we want
to look at rigor,
grades and leadership,” she said.
“Students often do well, but are still not
in the top rank.”
Thaden said several highly competi
tive private high schools in North
Carolina did not use class rank and their
students were accepted at colleges
everywhere. “Without class rank, you
don’t lose anything,” Thaden said. “It
forces admissions people to look fully at
The City Editor can be reached
By Jermaine Caldwell
While Matt Danser’s classmates were research
ing their assignments in Davis Library' and trying
to make their 8 a.m. classes, he was exploring the
ancient city of Pompeii and checking out the Taj
And a perk of Danser’s adventures was that he
received a semester’s worth of credit for explor
ing the world.
Danser, Canoll Soffe and Melinda Worley
were three UNC students who took their fall to
the high seas by participating in Semester At Sea.
Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, the
program is a 100-day trip that allows students from
across the nation and abroad to take their acade
mics to the sea and visited countries like Japan,
Vietnam, Malaysia, India, Turkey and Croatia.
“It was either 10 countries in 100 days or just
one,” Danser said.
The students’ ship, the S.S. Universe Explorer
left Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sept. 14 and
began blending education and experience.
Semester At Sea students take the same course
some time before the final cause of the
crash was determined.
“It takes anywhere from one month
to a year after a factual report is released
to determine the cause of a crash
because airplane accidents are so com
plex,” he said.
“In addition, priority is often on com
University Police officer Jeff
McCracken said the final report of the
crash would not be available for six
“The cause of the crash is part of the
final report,” he said. “We may file
charges depending on what the report
drastic really,” Shetley said. “They are
doing drastic things now' that they
wouldn’t do if we didn’t have this argu
Gist said she was disappointed with
the way Duke Power seemed to be
ignoring the public’s concerns.
Visitation Case Faces
High Court Review
By Jonathan Moseley
Months after some state lawmakers
wrangled with legislation calling for
increased visitation rights for gr andpar
ents, the issue has found its way to the
U.S. Supreme Court.
The court is expected to rule this year
on a Washington state case that has the
potential to standardize state laws deal
ing w ith visitation conflicts between par
ents and grandparents.
North Carolina statutes prevent
grandparents from suing for visitation
unless the grandchild has already been
involved in family legal battles.
“The states are split (on this issue),”
said Cheryl Howell, attorney and asso
ciate professor at the UNC Institute of
“Do we extend the rights of grand
parents or protect the fundamental
rights of parents? That’s the question
that the Supreme Court is going to
After the recent suicide of a
Washington father, the man’s parents
helped their daughter-in-law care for her
But when the daughter-in-law gradu
ally began to limit the grandparents’
role in the children’s lives, thee sued to
Thursday, January 13, 2000
McCracken said no police action
would be .aken against Farb until the
final report was released.
Sawyer said that although initial tox
icology tests revealed that Farb had
amphetamines and opiates in his system,
the FAA later determined that these
results were false and were due to a pre
scription anti-smoking drug Farb was
taking at the time of the accident in
Farb, whose last known address was
in Cedar Grove, could not be reached
The City Editor can be reached
“This is very uncharacteristic of Duke
(Power) to be being such a bully,” she
said. “They are only doing this stuff
because they can.”
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see the children. The case came before
the Supreme Court last year.
The Washington case is similar to
other cases in North Carolina in which
grandparents argued that their relation
ship w ith a grandchild would benefit the
An increase in single-parent and
divorced families within the past decade
has frequently raised a barrier between
grandparents and their grandchildren.
Relationships between each of the
three generations have remained strong;
the weak link is the relationship
between the two parents, said Dennis
Orthner, professor of social work and
associate director of the Jordan Institute
Grandparents nationwide are begin
ning to fight back and win influence as
thev- bring forward a number of land
mark visitation cases, Howell said.
“Now grandparents are beginning to
assert themselves despite what happens
between the parents of their grandchil
dren," Orthner said.
Strong opinions exist on both sides of
the visitation debate.
Rep. Michael Decker, R-Forsyth,
who introduced a bill that would
increase grandparents’ rights, said it was
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load and types of classes as the)' would at their
universities, but academic life on the ship is dif
ferent than it is on land.
Every student takes a course called “core,”
which is a basic geography class that covers the
different historical, political, cultural and econom
ical aspects of the ship’s destinations.
Along with core, students attend similar classes
as their stateside classmates during the 50 days of
travel between ports.
When the ship reached each destination, the
trav elers’ global education began. Each class tied
together what the courses taught and the country
that the students visited.
These field activities ranged from interviewing
natives and residing at families' houses to visiting
museums, universities and famous landmarks.
“Everything w as entirelv integrated,” Soffe
said. “It made it a lot more interesting."
The interaction between students and natives
gave Danser a chance to gain a different perspec
tive of the world’s population.
“We are all pretty much the same,” he said.
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