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While some say they see the need for the
increase, others dislike the retroactive
nature of part of the 9 percent increase.
By Rob Leichner
Ludicrous. Necessary. Bothersome.
These were the words some students used to describe the 9
percent tuition hike, which is partially retroactive, approved
by the N.C. General Assembly on Wednesday night
According to the continuing budget resolution, tuition will
increase about S2OO a year for in-state undergraduates and about
SI,OOO a year for out-of-state students beginning with the cuiTent
semester. Gov. Mike Easley signed the bill into law Thursday.
Although many students said they are unhappy with some
aspects of the increase, others said it is justified in the name of
improving the University. Most students with concerns said
they are especially angered by the fact that they will have to
dip into their wallets again to pay for this semester.
“This is an appalling policy,” said senior Stanley Olshefski,
from Levittown, Penn. “Students should know what the tuition
is going to be before the semester begins.”
Sophomore Jon Gurkin, from Smithfield, also said he feels
betrayed by the officials who passed the retroactive increase.
“I lose all trust in the University and the government system,”
Gurkin said. “How can they do that?”
Other students said they are worried about how the
increase will affect students on financial aid for this semester.
Jason Waller, a junior from Beulaville, said he thinks the
financial aid office needs to make sure it accommodates stu
dents. “If they’re going to increase tuition, the financial aid
department needs to increase its efforts,” he said.
Students also are disturbed by the large difference between
the in-state and out-of-state increases.
“It really shows a lack of respect for a significant part of the
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Police Recover 16
Grams of Cocaine
From 2 Arrestees
Police found a rock of cocaine weighing 12
grams on Angel Castro, 26, of Durham, who
attempted to hide the rock in his mouth.
By Kathleen Wirth
Assistant City Editor
Police made five arrests early Thursday morning - two of
which involved felony possession of cocaine.
Chapel Hill police were notified at 2:01 a.m. of a disturbance
at 150 E. Rosemary St. when an employee at the Alley Oops
Treehouse Club, located across the street, alerted police of a fight
Chapel Hill police arrested and charged Angel Castro, 26,
of Durham, with one felony count of cocaine possession and
one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Reports state that
Castro was attempting to start a fight with several unknown
individuals in the parking lot at 150 E. Rosemary St.
While police detained Castro, he pulled out a bag from his
pocket and attempted to eat it, reports state. Officers pulled
the bag out of Castro’s mouth and discovered it contained a
rock of cocaine weighing 12 grams, reports state.
In connection with Castro’s arrest, Chapel Hill police
arrested Jaime Gonzalez, 25, of 213 N. Graham St., Hugo
Fuentes, 25, of 506 Wellington Dr. and Juan Ramirez, 21, of
1250 Ephesus Church Rd. on one misdemeanor count each
of inciting a riot, reports state. All four individuals, who were
involved in a fight at the scene, were arrested at the parking
lot at 150 E. Rosemary St. at 2:15 a.m.
In Carrboro, 12 minutes later, Carrboro police arrested and
charged Carlos Lopez-Rodriguez, 22, of 401 N.C. 54, with one
felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count
of driving with a revoked license. Canboro police arrested Lopez-
Rodriguez on East Main Street at 2:27 a.m. He told police he was
coming from the Treehouse when officers stopped him for speed
ing, reports state. Reports also state that upon further investigation,
pojice discovered four grams of cocaine in the pocket of his pants.
Neither Chapel Hill nor Carrboro police have commented
on whether the two early morning incidents are related.
Fuentes and Ramirez were released on a written promise.
Gonzalez was transported to Orange County Jail, where he
was held under no bond until he was sober. All three Chapel
Hill arrestees are scheduled to appear in Orange County
Superior Court in Hillsborough on Oct. 1.
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Records May Link UNC Alumnus, Devices
By Lizzie Breyer
Court records in a case involving a UNC
graduate charged with Tuesday’s bombing at
a Sprint corporate office show a possible con
nection between that incident and a potential
pipe bomb discovered on campus Monday.
But University Police Chief Derek Poarch
said Thursday that he could not confirm a
connection between the two cases at that
Christopher McMillan, 37, of 603 Fairfield
Road in Durham, was injured Tuesday when
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Police: Recent Break-ins May Be Related
Money was stolen from two
out of four local businesses
that have been broken into
in the last three days.
By Kathleen Wirth
Assistant City Editor
Police officials say a string of break
ins at Chapel Hill businesses during a
period of just more than 24 hours could
Chapel Hill police spokeswoman
Jane Cousins said the perpetrators of
four break-ins, two of which included
robberies, all gained entry to local busi
nesses by smashing a door or window.
“This is obviously a problem,”
Cousins said. “We’re certainly looking at
them as being related.”
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a small bomb exploded in his hand at a Sprint
regional office in Franklin County. McMillan,
a 1986 UNC graduate, was arrested and
charged by federal agents Wednesday.
According to an affidavit by John Duke,
special agent of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms, the bomb that injured
McMillan bears great similarity to the device
detonated by State Bureau of Investigation
officers on campus Monday.
“A bomb essentially identical to the bomb
which was rendered safe by explosive techni
cians at Sprint offices was found on the campus
of the University of North Carolina at Chapel
The first incident occurred Wednesday
morning at the India Palace, located at
508-A W. Franklin St A patrolling
Carrboro police officer alerted Chapel Hill
police at 12:46 a.m. of a possible breaking
and entering in progress at the restaurant
Police reports state that an unknown
burglar broke the restaurant’s glass front
door with a brick and stole an undisclosed
amount of money. Reports also state that
the restaurant was last secured Tuesday at
Four hours later, just down the street
from the India Palace, an unknown per
son smashed the front door of Uniquities
at 4:44 a.m., police reports state.
Police responded to an alarm at the
shop and, upon inspection of the
premises, found a broken ceramic
planter. Officials said the planter was
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Hill on August 27,2001,” the affidavit states.
University police officials have not con
firmed that the object found at UNC was a
bomb of any type. The device, which SBI offi
cials are currendy examining, was described
by Poarch on Monday only as a “five-inch
metal pipe capped on both ends.”
The bomb recovered at Sprint is described
in the court records as a “pipe bomb con
structed 0f... galvanized pipe with end caps
affixed to both ends.”
WTVD first reported the possible connec
tion Wednesday night. When contacted both
Wednesday night and again on Thursday,
N.C. House Passes
Plan to Raise Taxes
Before the plan passes, the
Senate says it must protect
working families, education,
and state residents' futures.
By Jennifer Hagin
and Jennifer Samuels
Assistant State & National Editors
The N.C. House passed a tax plan
Thursday morning that brought mem
bers one step closer to crafting a state
budget and ending months of deadlock.
The tax plan would give local gov
ernments the ability to raise the sales tax
by a half of a cent, create a higher tax
bracket for the wealthy and use other
methods to generate an estimated $391
million in additional tax revenue.
The extra funds will help ease a
multi-million dollar budget shortfall.
Democrats and Republicans voted
largely along party lines, approving the
plan 63-56. Only one Republican voted
for the plan.
The bill is expected to reach the N.C.
Senate Finance Committee by
Wednesday. The committee can accept
the proposal or offer additional changes.
The tax plan gives individual coun
ties the ability to raise their sales taxes in
exchange for halting $330 million in
local reimbursements that will no longer
be given to the counties.
Under the plan, married couples will
receive some tax relief in the form of an
increased standard income deduction
and an increased child credit.
By passing the tax plan, the House
finally took the first step towards ending
a budget deadlock that has been going
on since July.
Danny Linebeny, spokesman for
House Speaker Jim Black, said compro
mise was the key to passing the tax plan.
“It was just a part of putting all the
pieces together to form a majority vote,”
he said. “It wasn’t just one item - it was
a combination of things.”
Lineberry added that one of the chal
lenges of passing the tax plan through
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Poarch said there were no new developments
in the ongoing investigation.
Duke also wrote in die affidavit that the time
at which the device was discovered at UNC
makes it possible for McMillan to be involved.
“Additionally, it has been discovered that Mr.
McMillan was late for work that Monday morn
ing. He came to work apx. 11:19 a.m., and the
UNC bomb was recovered apx. the same time
that morning, 11:03 am,” the affidavit states.
The court documents also state that
McMillan’s cubicle at work contained “a
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the House was dis
the amount of the
sales tax increase.
a 1-cent increase.
tives agreed, but
voting was held up
by a faction of the
called the Group
of Eight, led by
Rep. Dan Blue, D-
Wake, who want
ed the proposed
sales tax decreased.
“Seven or eight members said they
would come closer to voting for it if we
took the half-cent out,” Linebeny said.
House Minority Leader Leo
Daughtry, R-Johnston, said the bill
passed because the Group of Eight only
agreed to vote for the bill once die sales
tax increase was limited to the half-cent
local option tax. “The Democratic Party
was able to get their dissidents back in
line,” Daughtry said.
He added that he did not think the
bill would pass the Senate. “They don’t
have enough money in the package to
suit the Senate,” he said.
Rob Lamme, spokesman for Senate
President Pro Tern Marc Basnight, said
the Senate has three priorities to con
sider before passing the plan.
Lamme said senators will make sure
the plan is fair for working families, pro
vides sufficient revenue to protect edu
cation and assures state residents a
“The last thing anyone wants is
another budget crisis,” he said.
Lamme added that the Senate likely
will revive the eamed-income package,
which provides low-income workers with
a tax break. “We’ll try to come up with a
package that is fair to North Carolinians
and will pass both chambers.”
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Speaker Jim Black
used compromise to
pass a tax increase
through the House.