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Members of the media interview protesters outside the Palm Beach County Government Center on Saturday.
Reporters from around the world descended on West Palm Beach after Election Day.
Under World's Eye, Life Goes on for Palm Beach
By Lucas Fenske
Assistant State & National Editor
WEST PALM BEACH, Ha. - In the past
week, numerous West Palm Beach residents have
watched themselves interviewed on television.
Their state and city have been on the front
page of almost every major newspaper.
Palm Beach County’s 462,000 voters, a large
portion of whom live in West Palm Beach, might
very well determine the outcome of the most
hotly contested presidential race in a century -
a fact that has attracted members of the media
from all over the world, including Japan and
Norway, to this otherwise relaxed coastal town.
But some West Palm Beach residents said they
are not allowing the recent media scrutiny to
interfere with their lives.
Even though some residents are up in arms,
claiming that a purposely misleading ballot
caused them to accidentally vote for Reform Party
presidential candidate Pat Buchanan instead of
Democratic candidate A1 Gore, most are keeping
tabs on the historic news unfolding in their back
yards while carrying on with everyday life.
Want Campus Voice
By Robert Albright
An expanded Native American studies
program and a push to bring in more
American Indian faculty members, staff
and students mark significant strides in the
effort to bridge a cultural gap on campus.
But UNC’s American Indian stu
dents say the University faculty and staff
lack adequate representation of their
Making up less than 1 percent of
UNC’s enrolled population, American
Indian students are trying to bolster
their numbers at UNC and increase the
University community’s knowledge of
With November being Native
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Residents were buying fruit and listening to a
reggae band Saturday, half a block from the Palm
Beach County Government Center, where coun
ty election officials were hand-counting ballots.
The Palm Beach County Elections Board
recounted 1 percent of the ballots by hand
Saturday at the request of the Gore campaign,
finding enough errors to justify hand-counting all
the ballots cast in the county.
About 60 reporters and 20 television cameras
were watching the recount, while city residents
waved American flags and listened to high school
marching bands at a Veteran’s Day parade two
blocks away. Jim Ayscue of West Palm Beach was
one of about 1,000 people watching the parade.
Ayscue, who was carrying his daughter Linda,
5, on his shoulders, said most residents were
interested in the election outcome -but not on
the level of members of the media or political
junkies. “I voted for Gore, and I hope he’ll win,”
Ayscue said. “But I’m not obsessed with it like
the reporters or campaign people.”
As of Friday, Republican presidential candi
date George W. Bush led Gore in Florida by 388
votes, but Gore picked up an additional 36 in
American Heritage Month, junior
Tawnda Thompson said she and fellow
students will continue expressing their
Thompson, a member of the
Carolina Indian Circle, said it is often
difficult for UNC’s 160 American
Indian graduate and undergraduate stu
dents to make their identity known.
“(American Indians) are overlooked
a lot,” Thompson said. “I love UNC,
but it’s important to have every group
Thompson said the issue of represen
tation gained momentum recently when
Anthony Locklear, UNC’s assistant
dean of student counseling and an
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Rebecca Miles of West Palm Beach, who was
shopping for anew potted plant at the weekly
outdoor Green Market Fair, said she voted for
Green Party candidate Ralph Nader. “I can
understand why some people feel drawn to this,”
Miles said. “But I personally would rather go
home and watch Oprah reruns."
While some town residents were at the parade
and fair, media members spent Saturday and
early Sunday morning waiting for the recount
results, and sometimes their frustration showed.
A member of a television news crew accused
one photographer late Saturday afternoon of
bumping a camera, throwing off the footage. The
photographer and crew member called each
other liars and had to be separated by county
police and other media members. Members of
the public spent the day drifting in and out of the
facility, listening briefly to some press confer
ences and then watching the recount process.
James Yomagvian of West Palm Beach said he
brought his family to witness the recount. “I
would be doing my children a disservice not
bringing them here to witness living history,”
Chickasaw Nation Leader Addresses Students
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Bill Anoatubby, chief of state of the Chickasaw Indian Nation, lectures
on the future of his tribe as part of Native American Heritage month.
Legality of Recount,
5 p.m. Deadline
The Associated Press
The fight for the White House tumbled
into the courts Monday as a transfixed
nation witnessed the historic entangle
ment of presidential politics and the judi
ciary. George W. Bush fought on two
fronts to halt recounts that
threatened his 388-vote
lead in Florida, while A1
Gore said neither man
should prevail from “a
few votes cast in error.”
Amid a whirlwind of
political and legal intrigue, Bush’s
lawyers failed to win a court order bar
ring manual recounts in Florida -a state
whose 25 electoral votes will almost cer
tainly determine the nation’s 43rd pres
ident. A federal judge rejected the Bush
injunction request, and his team was
deciding whether to appeal.
Separately, the state’s top elections
official -a Republican who campaigned
for Bush - said she would end the
recounting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
“The process of counting and
His children, Lisa, 7, and Mike, 9, said they
knew the recount was important but called it bor
ing. “I’d rather be at the beach,” Mike said. “This
is sort of like being in a museum.”
But other residents found protesters demon
strating nearby more interesting than the
parade’s fire trucks, the media circus or ballot
counting. One West Palm Beach couple, who
would not give their names, showed up dressed
in Santa Claus costumes waving signs stating,
“Happy Holidays from West Palm Beach.” The
two said they were not interested in politics -
only in the atmosphere the recount had created.
Mike Barnett of West Palm Beach, who said he
voted for Constitution Party presidential candi
date Howard Phillips, said the protesters, sup
porting either Gore or Bush, were entertaining.
Barnett said he did not really care what die
final results of the recount were. “It won’t affect
me either way,” he said. “I don’t put my trust in
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By Jessica Joye
In the spirit of Native American
Heritage Month, UNC welcomed a sea
soned Indian government figure
Monday night to talk about the history of
the Chickasaws, their current state and
their hopes for their nation’s people.
Bill Anoatubby, governor of the
Chickasaw Indian Nation, spoke to a large
crowd of UNC students and received a
special introduction from his nephew and
UNC graduate student Joe Anoatubby.
Joe Anoatubby said the governor is
an inspiration for all Chickasaws. “(Gov.
Anoatubby) had made great improve
ments in the Chickasaw way of life,” he
said. “He has worked to solve problems
in a cooperative and efficient manner.”
The Chickasaw nation is located in
the south-central area of Oklahoma and
has a population of about 40,000.
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recounting the votes cast on Election
Day must end,” said Secretary of State
Gore immediately appealed the rul
ing, making his first major legal push,
and Bush joined the case on behalf of
Harris. “The vice president basically said
lead from 1,784 votes to 388, prompting
Gore to push for painstaking manual
recounts in four largely Democratic
counties in Florida.
One of those recounts is under way, a
second begins Tuesday, and a third
county will consider the request at a
In a blow to Gore, officials from the
fourth county - Broward, in southeast
Florida - sampled three precincts
Monday and found only four addition
al votes for the vice president.
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Both Democratic and GOP demonstrators
used props, including their dogs or
donkeys, to bring attention to their cause.
The nation is a sovereign govern
ment that operates much like the U.S.
government The tribal government has
a three-branch system. Officials are
elected by the 17,000 registered voters in
the nation, Gov. Anoatubby said.
He said many outsiders wonder why
the tribe wants to exercise authority out
side the U.S. government “Indians are
the most poverty-stricken of all U.S.
groups,” he said. “The federal govern
ment has tried to help us, but we have to
take matters into our own hands.”
The Chickasaws have made improve
ments by establishing their own health,
housing and educational programs,
Gov. Anoatubby said. “Our success,
while due to hard work and determina
tion, is greatly in part to increased flex
ibility among all levels of government
“We were the first Indian tribe to send
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Tuesday, November 14, 2000
we should ignore the
law so he can overturn
the results of this elec
tion,” said Bush spokes
woman Karen Hughes.
A statewide machine
recount trimmed Bush’s