Home Again Actor revisits his roots. See Page 3 ®lie iaihj (Tar Heel www.dailytarheel.com < America has a long l\ tradition of uniting once elections are over.' George W. Bush Race Might Hinge on Absentees With fewer than 300 votes separating Gore and Bush in Florida, results could be delayed until next week. Hie Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - George W. Bush’s lead over A1 Gore in all-or-noth ing Florida slipped beneath 300 votes in a suspense-filled recount Thursday, as Democrats threw the presidential elec tion to the courts claiming “an injustice unparalleled in our history.” The Bush cam paign was consid ering recounts in two other close voting states. Chaos reigned. It may take weeks to untangle the thickening legal and political webs to determine the nation’s 43rd president. “The presiden tial election is ... on hold,” said James A. Baker 111, the secretary of state in the Bush administra- u.s. PkISIDLM George W. Bush (R) 2,909,814 POPULAR VOTES Ai. Gore (D) 2,909,585 POPULAR VOTES 65 of 67 Florida precincts reporting tion brought in to protect the Texas gov ernor’s interests. - Gore wants a follow-up recount in four Florida counties and perhaps anew elec tion in the Palm Beach area - ideas the Bush camp said amounted to “politicizing and distorting” the electoral system. : I*One of the options that they seem to looking at is new elections. democratic process calls for a •T* See TALLY, Page 7 Iwhich Was It? S$ Tuesday night waned on and networks wavered on calling the election, newspapers wrangled with what to put on their front pages. Recount! No American will ever be able to seriously say again,'My vote doesn't count.' ' President Clinton m White House Hangs in the Balance As Recount Stretches Into Night/ - W***^S^'Wm : ' M'.' iffigjflr' L |9HP *s& < £ 9k JR| HEp A, '■ # y| : ' ■' fc^2l£? BalHl Jc~ r$ v%;_ • v,jp,\ jf| jvgjjpp DT H/CHRISTINA BAUR Students watch CNN's coverage of the Florida recount in the Student Union. The nip-and-tuck race has drawn unusually high interest from town residents and the University community. Gore Supporters File Suit in. Fla. The Associated Press PALM BEACH COUNTY - The scrutiny of Florida’s pres idential vote broadened Thursday as supporters of Vice President Al Gore compiled examples of alleged irregularities and initiated an Internet campaign to encourage anew vote in the county. While a confusing ballot in Palm Beach County generated the most attention, Democratic Party officials, Gore campaign aides and the NAACP compiled fast-growing lists of complaints. Two lawsuits were filed in state court seeking anew vote in Palm Beach County. Also, in an unexpected move, an emergency lawsuit challenging Palm Beach County returns in the presidential election was withdrawn Thursday so the action could be combined with another suit to be filed next week in state court, attorneys said. Among alleged irregularities: ■ Polls closed while people were still in line in Tampa. ■ Osceola County Hispanic voters alleged they were Orlando jBL ! SentindK Mart* <*or9t W. *li 41 tort K*fphNdtr TV . |||o <**■) *w m imm <*•*> || IT'S BUSH S & Rorida puts Republican over top in nail-biter l: t~. . Serving the students and the University community since 1893 Who's The Man? required to produce two kinds of identificat ion instead of one. Voters in Osceola County in central Flo rida said they, too, were confused by their ballots. “We went t o vote and the bal lot would not line up with the names correctly,” saidjoette Tindell, 33, a teacher from St. Cloud, Ha. The county said it will not take any oFacial action unless it receives a: formal complaint. On the I ntemet, Democrats.com, a Web > site not affiliated with the Democratic National Committee, launched TrustThePeople.com, where Palm Beach ’ voters could download an affidavit, which they could sign and send election officials protesting the vote. The site had collectec 1 more than a thousand affidavits by late Thursday afternoon, aci ;ording to a site official. Florida Election Director Clay Roberts said, “We expect legal challenges.” He said Secretary of State Katherine Harris, as the state’s chief elections officer, wi 11 defend any lawsuit. Harrii: was among 140 Honda resi dents who campaigned on behalf of George W. Bush lastjam lary in New Hampshire. House to Probe Media's Premature Calls The Associated Press WASHINGTON - A House telecommunications panel will hold hearings as early as next week on the television networks’ early calls of the presidential race in Florida and their possible impact on voters elsewhere. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., chairman of the House Commerce Committee’s A New Attitude Matt Doherty & Cos. are set to launch anew era of Tar Heel men's hoops. See Insert Telecommunications Subcommittee, planned Thursday to announce the panel’s intention to invitd TV network officials to testify. A spokr :sman said the hearings could be set as early as next week, when Congress must return for a lame-duck session tc < finish this year’s budget. “Obviously, we’re concerned about what the impact the early call of the ■\miM jf D , ■ £& W r JWMMBpra. p ’ ■ Ifi ”S ' y Election 'Updates Enthrall Ldcals By Elizabeth Breyer AND KAREY WUTKOWSKI Assistant University Editors The sight of a few bleary-eyed politi cal junkies stumbling to class or wander ing along Franklin Street is not uncom mon after most elections. But this time around, more folks than usual have been transfixed by the ups and downs of the yet-to-be decided presidential race. On Thursday afternoon, students filled the seats circling the big-screen tele vision in the Student Union to watch as Honda counties reported recount results. Sophomore political science major Scott Crew said he stopped when he saw people gathered around the television. “I thought something big had hap pened,” Crew said. “I thought they had just announced (the election) or someone had been assassinated, but it was the exact The Florida Flash Point Palm Beach County, Fla., recorded a much higher percentage of votes for Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan than the rest of the nation, leading many to question a confusing ballot. 0.8 0.7 H b 0.6 ■ PI ■ I 0.3 Hi aae Wm S E ■■■■-11 Palm Beach Broward St. Lucie Martin Dade Florida Nation - SOURCE: CNN DTH/CAROUNF. GOBBLE. KRISTEN HARDY AND GINNY SCIABBARRASI election had on voter turnout,” said Ken Johnson, Tauzin spokesman. “We’re going to focus on Honda, but we’ll look at other areas.” About 8 p.m. EST Tuesday, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, ABC and The Associated Press all called Honda, with its decisive 25 electoral votes, for Gore. About 9:55 p.m. EST, media oudets began taking back those projections Smiley Today: Sunny, 67 Saturday: Sunny, 62 Sunday: Sunny, 64 Friday, November 10, 2000 It is also crucial that the American people have full faith and confidence in the electoral process from which the president derives authority.' AlGore same thing as the last time 1 checked.” But he said not all people are so inter ested in the delayed results. “Most of my friends could care less." Other students are making sacrifices to stay updated. “I’ve been watching (the news) constantly,” said Angela Farag, a senior public pol icy major. “I’m supposed to be in the library because I have school work to do. I’m going to be clicking to the Internet while I’m trying to write my paper.” But some members of the communi ty found a way to mix their desires to watch the political drama unfold and to maintain their social lives. Tricia McGovern, an employee of Spanky’s Restaurant at 101 E. Franklin St., said interested patrons had been packing the restaurant. “Everybody that See REACTION, Page 7 based on the actual Honda vote count Tauzin’s hearings are aimed at exam ining whether the early calls in Honda, always considered a keystone to the elec tion, might have deterred some people from voting in other states,Johnson said. About 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, televi sion news outlets projected Bush win ning fiorida but retracted those projec tions about 3:45 a.m.