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Taliban Forces Fire Missiles at U.S. Jets
The Associated Press
KORAK DANA, Afghanistan -
Taliban gunners fired missiles
Wednesday at U.S. jets pounding the
front line north
of Kabul, the
four days of
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commanders said they were bringing up
fresh troops for a possible assault on the
Two recent Durham murders
set the LGBT community
to considering a response
for student protection.
Bv Jeff Silver
Members of the UNC and Triangle
area lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans
gender community met Wednesday
night to respond to two murders with
possible links to the gay community.
Durham police said Tuesday that they
are investigating similarities between the
murders of Michael Robert Neice, 30,
whose body was discovered Sept. 24, and
John Randall Cash, 31, whose body was
Both men were Durham residents, and
police said both have links to the gay
community and to Internet chat rooms.
Although most meeting attendees said
a coordinated and formal response should
wait until the link is further established,
many said quick action is needed to pro
tect LGBT students at UNC. “We can cer
tainly take steps to educate,” said Wayne
Wilson, who works for health education at
UNC and also is the co-chairman of
Triangle Community Works. “Gay men
are dying, and we need to do something,”
Gienn Grossman, co-chairman of the
Carolina Alternative Meetings of
Professional and Graduate Students, said
he was concerned because he knows
many UNC LGBT students meet dates
on Internet chat rooms, which the vic
tims might have used.
A concern of many at the meeting was
the impact the two murders on the gay
community’s image in the Triangle. “The
straight community will look at (these
murders) only as sleaze,” said Michael
Smith, the president of the Triangle
Business and Professional Guild, a group
for LGBT employees in the area
Fred Hashagen, UNC’s LGBT admin
istrative assistant, suggested organizing a
vigil to remember other aspects of the vic
tims’ lives besides their murders and their
Most attendees, though, said it is still
too early to plan services because the
investigation is ongoing and a connec
tion has yet to be formally established.
“It’s premature to organize a vigil,”
graduate student Chantelle Borne said.
“It’s more important to find out about
unsafe practices on campus.”
To learn more about the murders, the
group will invite a Durham police officer
to a meeting in the next week, where they
will also coordinate further responses.
Hashagen volunteered to serve as the
point man for the campus and commu
nity response to the murders and their
impact on the LGBT community.
Jo Wyrick, executive director of
Equality North Carolina, said, “We have
to do something before there’s a third
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airstrike in Kabul,
edly killed 22 Pakistani militants finked
to Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect
in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the
United States. It was the highest report
ed death toll suffered by bin Laden’s
allies since the air assault began Oct 7.
In neighboring Pakistan, border guards
reported five powerful explosions
Wednesday near a region in Afghanistan’s
Paktia province where bin Laden is
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Since Sept. 11, legislators have been considering the safety of the nation and the civil rights of its citizens in determining how
to address potential terrorist threats at home. Many people fear that recently passed legislation violates peoples' civil liberties.
Bill Might Limit Some Liberties
By Metoka Welch
Some educational and political leaders are
expressing fear that America’s cry for tighter
security measures after the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks might result in a decrease in civil liberties.
Since Sept. 11, legislators have been debat
ing about how to create a sense of normalcy in
the country, both economically and in terms of
But in a move that could permanently alter
the face of civil liberties, the House approved
a measure Friday that would give police new
power to secredy search the homes of terrorism
Final Vote on District Maps Delayed
Staff & Wire Reports
RALEIGH - Democrats delayed a
final vote on anew state House district
map that attempts to strengthen their
control of the chamber after their fragile
majority wavered on the floor
Two black Democrats who grudging
ly voted Tuesday to support the party
leaders’ boundaries took the floor
Wednesday to criticize the map for fail
ing to bolster minority representation.
“I think we don’t have a sufficient
number of majority-minority districts,"
said Rep. Mary McAllister, D-
Cumberland, referring to districts with
black populations of at least 50 percent.
“I just don’t believe that we will have
as many African-Americans again (as) in
this House today.”
After a similar speech by Rep. Alma
Adams, D-Guilford, House Speaker Jim
Black, D-Mecklenburg, adjourned the
session until Thursday morning amid
howls of Republicans already unhappy
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thought to run a tunnel complex. The
concussions near the Gor Way Tangi area
were so powerful that Pakistani officials
said they believed 5,000-pound bombs
were being used to collapse mountain
sides and close tunnel entrances.
Pakistani authorities said Wednesday
that six Muslims from Somalia and
Sudan - countries where bin Laden
recruits fighters - were arrested leaving
Afghanistan last weekend. An inquiry
was under way to determine whether
they were members of bin Laden’s al-
Qaida terror network trying to flee
suspects, electronically sur
vey e-mails and voice mes
sages and tap phones.
Legislators reached a
compromise last week on
the legislation, presented
by President Bush and
called the “Provide
Required to Intercept and
Obstruct Terrorism Act of
2001.” For weeks, legislators had been debating protecting our constitutional rights.”
the trade-offs between security and civil liberty. Bush reported in the press release that he is
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with Black’s decision not to take up their
“I was not prepared to pull the trig
ger,” said Black, adding he was unaware
there was a problem until the debate
began. “Something didn’t sound right.”
Tuesday’s vote in favor of the district
map was 62-57. A change of two or three
votes could block its passage.
“We’ll do some talking to some peo
ple,” Black said. “If we have to redraw
or tweak the map, we’ll redraw or tweak
But Rep. Joe Hackney, D-Orange,
who is vice chairman of Legislative
Redistricting Committee, said
Democratic leaders will continue trying
to build a consensus on the current plan
and will avoid redrawing district lines.
“We will continue searching for votes
to pass the current plan,” Hackney said.
Five black Democrats complained
publicly about the map two weeks ago,
saying it reduced minority influence in
violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act.
Democratic leaders updated the plan
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Amid the roar of jets and the crackle
of gunfire north of Kabul, opposition
commander Haji Bari told The
Associated Press that the Northern
Alliance was bringing in thousands of
new troops and weapons in anticipation
of a green fight from alliance leaders to
march on the capital.
“We’re waiting for the order,” said
Bari, deputy brigade commander in the
So far, U.S. strikes north of the capi
tal have not brought an opposition
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this week to increase the minority pop
ulation in five districts with black incum
Four of the five dissenting Democrats
went along with the changes Tuesday.
But Adams and McAllister said
Wednesday they were concerned the
percentages of black residents weren’t
high enough to elect black candidates.
“We’ve worked very hard that there
would be a presence of African-
Americans and that minorities would be
represented in the General Assembly,"
The fifth dissenting Democrat, Rep.
Toby Fitch, D-Wilson, was not on the floor
Tuesday and declined to say how he
would vote on the map.
Republicans were angered Wednesday
when Black again refused to take up their
Black said Democrats gave the GOP
plenty of opportunities to make changes,
but Republicans saddled with a pledge to
toe the caucus fine couldn’t agree to sup
port the plan.
advance. The Northern Alliance is also
fighting to dislodge the Taliban from
Mazar-e-Sharif, a key northern city.
In other news, the Republican-led
House narrowly passed tax relief legis
lation Wednesday that would provide a
SIOO billion jolt to the staggering econ
omy. Democrats protested it would
mainly help big companies, but
President Bush urged quick Senate
action on the bill.
“Part of the war we fight is to make
sure our economy continues to grow,”
Bush said during an appearance at a
Nov. 7 Election
To Fill 11 Seats
Speaker Mark Townsend says Student
Congress is required to hold an election
each month until all empty seats are filled.
By Eshanthi Ranasinghe
Student government officials are hoping to fill 11 empty
seats in Student Congress in a special election Nov. 7.
Currently, a total of 10 districts in UNC’s graduate and under
graduate schools are without representation in Congress, leading
Student Body FYesidentJustin Young to call for a special election.
According to Speaker Mark Townsend, the Student Code
calls for student government to hold a special election every
month until all the seats in Congress are filled. But there have
been empty seats in Congress for years, he said.
“In my three years, we’ve never had a full Student
Congress,” Townsend said. “Student Congress has 37 seats,
and the most I’ve seen is about 31.”
The Congress has so many open seats because many students
view student government with little interest, Townsend said.
“There does tend to be a lot of voter apathy,” he said. “People
don’t tend to pay a lot of attention to student government.”
Young said the key to increasing student participation in
Congress lies in promoting student awareness of student gov
ernment “To bring about more student representation, we just
need more active involvement... and to publicize it more,”
But Townsend said this was the first year student govern
ment had used mass e-mails to inform students about the
empty seats but said this did not seem to improve student
interest. “We tried mass e-mailings, hitting people up at C
TOPS before they even get here,” he said. “There’s not a
whole lot we can do.”
Some members maintain that increased student involve
ment in Congress is a must “There definitely needs to be a
change,” Young said. “Congress is a very important student
organization.... They do a lot for the student body, and they
just need to get the student body more involved.”
Students running for special elections are under the same
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cal leaders’ strong concern
for the nation’s safety.
According to a press
release, House Speaker
Dennis Hastert, R-111.,
said, “The House is tak
ing a responsible step for
ward by giving law
enforcement the tools
necessary to secure the
safety of Americans while
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Junior Daniella Case concentrates on adding her artistic contribution
to the CD wall in the Student Union. The wall is a project sponsored by
ATN aimed at hiding the ongoing construction in the Union.
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Friday. Partly Cloudy; H 62, L 32
Saturday: Partly Cloudy; H 53, L 22
Maryland printing plant shortly before
the House vote.
The close 216-214 vote, largely along
party fines, came after hours of noisy
debate reflecting the deep political
divide on economic policy, a departure
from the unity on some other matters on
Capitol Hill since the Sept. 11 terror
attacks. Seven Republicans voted
against the bill; three Democrats voted
“It officially shatters the myth of
bipartisanship,” said Rep. Charles