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Razor-Thin 537-Vote Margin Certified in Bush's Favor
The Associated Press
Florida’s secretary of state certified
George W. Bush the winner over A1
Gore on Sunday night in the state’s near-
dential vote -but
court contests left in
doubt which man
will be the ultimate
victor and 43rd president of the United
Bush said he had won the White
House and asked Gore to reconsider his
Al Gore is determined to
contest Florida's electoral
votes despite George
W. Bush's claim of victory.
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - George W. Bush
might be prematurely naming his White
House staff and clamoring for a transi
tion office in Washington, as Al Gore
still clings to the hope that he is just a
few votes -and one good court opinion
- away from the presidency.
Bush has asked the U.S. Supreme
Court to review the Florida Supreme
Court’s ruling that the hand recounts
requested by Gore go forward. The
court is scheduled to hear arguments on
Florida Secretary of State Katherine
Harris, a Republican and Bush cam
paigner, certified Bush’s 537-vote lead
Sunday and declared him the winner of
the state’s decisive 25 electoral votes -
even as the vice president vowed to
challenge the results in court.
Her action cued Bush advisers to
dust off plans they shelved Nov. 14
when the Florida Supreme Court forced
Harris to delay certification pending
The strategy: Declare victory, and
hope Americans accept it.
“This has been a great election, a
healthy test for our democracy,” Bush
told a national TV audience, using the
political past tense after Gore dis
patched running mate Joe Lieberman to
tell reporters the election was far friftn
“But now that the votes have been
counted,” Bush said, “it’s time for the
votes to count.”
Though he called an end to an elec
tion that has no end in sight, Bush was
gambling that Americans have grown
tired of the standoff and want it over, or
at least will start viewing Gore’s chal
lenges as doomed.
Gore and his team worked all day to
counter the GOP strategy.
He knows his first order of business
is to convince the public that continued
legal fights and vote-counting will make
the next president stronger and more
credible - whomever he may be.
His second challenge: Undermine
Bush’s claim that Gore can’t win.
Gore prepared for a major speech
Monday outlining reasons for a contin
The themes were previewed by
Lieberman and other surrogates.
“This is not some forlorn hope,” said
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.
“This is not just acting out. They are,
in fact, close to overcoming Governor
Indeed some Republicans fear elec
tion returns could yet be reversed.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ner
vous,” said Florida GOP Vice
Chairman Jim Stelling regarding a
Democratic challenge to returns from
We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision.
challenges. “Now that the votes are
counted, it is time for the votes to
count,” Texas Gov. Bush said from the
state capitol in Austin after Florida
Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a
campaign supporter, announced that he
had captured Florida by an infinitesimal
Bush announced that running mate
Dick Cheney will direct his transition
operations in Washington, and that for
mer Secretary of Transportation Andrew
Card will be his chief of staff.
So saying, Bush tried to preempt
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CHHS Singers Join N.Y. Parade
By James Miller
The rigors of performing show tunes
and providing community service in
one of the world’s largest cities could not
dim the spirits of a group of Chapel Hill
High School students this weekend.
Members of the Chapel Hill High
School Choral Department toughed out
two 10-hour bus rides, early morning
wake-up calls and a practice schedule
befitting a professional dance troupe
during their trip to New York City,
where they performed in the Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade.
“It was really tiring, but it was quite
an experience,” said junior Hallie Zook.
“I’ve always seen the parade on televi
sion, but to be in it was a different
The almost 100-member choral
department arrived in New York City on
They were just in time for rehearsal
with John Jacobson, president of
America Sings!, the nonprofit service
agency that invited the choir to perform
in this year’s parade.
“We got there at 3:30 on Tuesday in
time to check into our hotel," Zook said.
“Then we went to rehearsal for six
Ann Huff, director of the group, said
it was a thrilling trip and a great experi
ence for the students.
“I liked this trip because the students
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After the Florida certification, Republican
George W. Bush asked
Democrat Ai Gore to reconsider future
legal action contesting the vote.
By Geoff Wessel
Six months ago, Carrboro lost a vital com
ponent of its grassroots music scene when
Mammoth Records, packed its bags for New
The move prompted lamentations from
artists, music aficionados and community lead
ers. But now that the dust has settled, the com
pany, its former employees and the area musi
cians it once sponsored are not slowing down.
“All the staff is fairly new, and looking for
ward to (running the label),” said Mammoth
representative Giovanna Melchiorre from the
company’s new New York headquarters. “It’s
pretty much going in the same direction.”
Jay Faires, who founded the independent
label in 1988 and negotiated its early success,
sold Mammoth to Walt Disney Cos. in 1997.
Disney fired Faires last February and decided
to reorganize the label, relocating it in May.
After 12 years as a mainstay of the local
music scene, the departing company left almost
had to rehearse like any professional
would,” she said. “The directors expect
ed very professional things of them.”
Less than 48 hours later, they were
performing in the heart of Manhattan,
accompanied by nearly 1,000 members
of high school choruses from across the
“We all went down to Herald Square
in front of Macy’s and did ‘We Believe
in the Music,’ - that was our big, tele
vised, choreographed spot,” said junior
Ned Malone. “Then we went on the
subway to 81st Street and joined the
on as the perform
ers took in the
excitement of their
sang and danced
their way through
the core of the Big
Apple, Malone said.
“The students had to rehearse
like any professional would ...
The directors expected very
professional things of them. ”
CHHS Choral Director
“We all had our choreography down
so well that we could actually see the
city and the sights while we were march
ing,” he said.
“It was so cool to be able to walk
straight through the middle of New York
and Times Square.”
One of the things the group did not
miss seeing was the fact that they fol
lowed one of the world’s greatest icons
Gore with a campaign to persuade
Americans that the election is over with,
and that the outcome announced in
Florida should be the last word.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic
vice presidential nominee, already had
declared that it won’t be, declaring that
he and Gore had no choice but to chal
lenge the Florida certification in the
“The election was close,” Bush said,
“but tonight, after a count, a recount and
yet another manual recount, Secretary
Cheney and I are honored to have won
50 local employees jobless and several area
bands without a label.
Of the few acts Mammoth retained after the
move, the only local group is Chapel Hill’s hot
jazz heroes Squirrel Nut Zippers, which was
and remains the most successful band on the
The Zippers are now on tour promoting
their newest album, Bedlam Ballroom, which
was released in late October. They are sched
uled to appear at Cat’s Cradle on Dec. 7.
Other local bands that signed with
Mammoth when it was still based in Carrboro,
including Raleigh’s Far Too Jones and Chapel
Hill hip-hop group Tyfti, have had to look for
Luckily for local music fans, it’s easier than
ever for a band to put out an album without the
help of an established label.
“It was definitely a good situation for us, get
ting free from Mammoth,” said Tyfu’s John
Hackner, a.k.a. Hack. “But it was also an
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through the streets of Manhattan.
“We marched three hours in the
parade ... behind Santa Claus,” Zook
Students did more than just sing and
dance while they were in the city.
As part of the America Sings! pro
gram, students performed social service
activities on the day before
“On Wednesday morning, we were
supposed to be on the top floor of our
hotel to make sandwiches at 7 a.m.,”
Malone said. “We were each making
three or four sand
got 1,100 kids
making three or
you’ve got a whole
lot of sandwiches.”
Both the sand
wiches and toiletry
packs put together
by students were
then delivered to local shelters.
Helping New York City’s homeless
was an important part of the choral
group’s experience, said junior Kate
“It was really rewarding to know how
much we made and how much was
going to the homeless,” she said.
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the state of Florida, which gives us the
needed electoral votes to win the elec
Moments after Republican Harris
declared Bush the winner of Florida’s 25
electoral votes at a ceremony in
Tallahassee, Lieberman said she had cer
tified “an incomplete and inaccurate
count,” and that he and Gore would
But Bush, in a nationally televised
address from Austin, said “I respectfully
ask” that Gore reconsider further con
testing the hairline Florida count.
The popular journalism professor and basis
for comic-strip character "Shoe" is receiving
radiation treatment at UNC Hospitals.
By Elizabeth Breyer
Assistant University Editor
The University community was met with sad news last
week as renowned journalism and mass communication
Professor Jim Shumaker, the basis for the
comic strip character “Shoe,” was hospi
talized Nov. 18.
Shumaker’s adult son Karl said doc
tors at UNC Hospitals have found can
cer in his father’s brain, shoulder blade,
lungs, and femur, and are trying to deter
mine from a biopsy whether his fiver is
cancerous as well.
“He is receiving radiation treatment
on his brain lesions," Karl Shumaker
said. “But we won’t know anything
about how to combat the other cancers
until late Monday or Tuesday.
“This time, he has a really good med
ical team working on it”
Karl Shumaker said his father will be
in the hospital for at least two more
weeks, until the current sequence of radiation treatments is
completed. The elder Shumaker has batded numerous health
problems in recent years.
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match against Rhode Island. The UNC men advanced to the quarterfinal
round of the Men's College Cup with the 3-1 victory. See story Page 12.
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Monday, November 27, 2000
If the certification of a 537-vote Bush
margin stands, the Texas governor
would win 271 electoral college votes -
one more than necessary for victory - to
267 for Gore.
Harris said Bush had 2,912,790 votes
and Gore had 2,912,253.
That gave Bush the 537-vote lead out
of 6 million cast, although Harris reject
ed partial returns from Palm Beach
An unofficial Associated Press tally
including recounted Palm Beach County
votes showed Bush ahead by 357.
three classes will be
taught by instructors
filling in for the rest
of the semester.
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