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The bill, which is expected
to pass both the Senate and
governor easily, is designed
to help stop terrorism.
By Allison Lewis
In response to the Sept. 11 attacks
and recent threats of anthrax infection
nationwide, the N.C. House unani
mously passed a bill Thursday aimed at
protect residents from terrorism.
The legislation would create harsher
penalties for dealing with weapons of
mass destruction. It prohibits the “unlaw
ful manufacture, assembly, possession,
storage, transportation, sale, purchase,
delivery, or acquisition of a nuclear, bio
logical, or chemical weapon.”
The bill defines a weapon as any
object that has the purpose of causing
death or serious bodily harm, including
poisonous chemicals, disease organisms
The bill is in the Senate Judiciary
Committee for consideration. It must
still be approved by the Senate and
Gov. Mike Easley before becoming law.
Sen. Robert Carpenter, R-Haywood,
said he expects the Senate to stand
behind the bill. “I would think we
would jump right on board.”
Fred Hartman, Easley’s press secre
tary, said the governor also is planning
to launch a terrorism task force. This
group will include law enforcement,
health professionals and public officials.
“We are in contact with everyone
who has a part in this effort,” Hartman
The bill also outlines specific punish-
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Future parking crunches will
require students living on
campus to park in the PR
lot, which will be expanded.
By Addie Sluder
On-campus parking for students liv
ing in residence halls will be eliminat
ed in the near future, officials said
At the Transportation and Parking
Advisory Committee meeting
Wednesday, officials discussed recom
mendations from Provost Robert
Shelton and Vice Chancellor for
Finance Nancy Suttenfield that address
campus parking problems, which will
worsen with the implementation of the
University’s Development Plan.
The plan details campus growth for
the next eight to 10 years.
“There is no option that (resident)
student parking will be eliminated,” said
Assistant Provost Linda Carl. “The deci
sion has been made.”
The recommended parking plan
would not affect married student hous
ing, hardship parking or student com
The committee has been given the
responsibility of developing a way to
implement the provost’s decision to
eliminate resident parking.
“Parking is a horrible, horrible prob
lem here,” Shelton said. “This is not an
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Hunter S. Thompson
Spread of Anthrax Heightens Fear
The strain of anthrax used
has been identified as one
from Ames, lowa, used for
U.S. bioweapons research.
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A State
Department mail handler lay ill with
inhalation anthrax Thursday, and the
besieged Postal Service set up spot
checks at facilities nationwide as the
bioterror scare widened.
“We still don’t know who is responsi
ble,” said Homeland Security Director
At a White House news conference,
Ridge also disclosed that the anthrax
contained in mail addressed to Senate
Majority Leader Tom Daschle had been
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Construction workers unload building materials for work on Murphey Hall on Thursday. Fencing that was
erected to ensure the safety of passers-by and allow vehicle access has caused congestion in the area.
Lamp Sparks Fire in Craige
By Stephanie Horvath
Assistant University Editor
No one was hurt in a Thursday fire in
456 Craige Residence Hall that began
when a halogen lamp fell onto a mattress.
Robert Bosworth, deputy chief of
operations with the Chapei Hill Fire
Department, said no one was in the
room when the fire started about 1 p.m.
An e-mail to Craige residents from
Lisa Wells, assistant director of residen
tial education, stated that the fire started
when a halogen desk lamp fell onto a
mattress. The e-mail also stated the res
idents of the room have been temporar
ily relocated while the room is repaired.
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altered to make it more of a threat. “It is
highly concentrated. It is pure, and the
spores are smaller,” he said. “Therefore
they’re more dangerous because they
can be more easily absorbed in a per
son’s respiratory system.”
Ridge identified the strain of anthrax
used in the U.S. attacks as Ames, a sub
stance named for the university city in
lowa and used in American bioweapons
research and in vaccine testing.
Three weeks into the nation’s unprece
dented bioterrorism scare, lawmakers
were permitted to return to several of
their office buildings on Capitol Hill.
And White House spokesman Ari
Fleischer said there had been no evi
dence of anthrax exposure among offi
cials there who came in contact with
mail that went through an off-site
machine where anthrax was detected.
“We are here to conduct the nation’s
Bosworth said the fire and its damage
were limited to the room it started in
and that smoke and water damage were
limited to the suite. “It was a fire that got
a little past starting and then went back
to a smolder,” Bosworth said.
About 1 p.m. alarms sounded to evac
uate the building. Firefighters arrived on
the scene and extinguished the fire.
Freshman Tiffany McGinnis, who
lives directly above where the fire
occurred, said she and her roommate
smelled the smoke. “Smoke started
coming in our room,” McGinnis said.
“But the fire alarms weren’t going off.”
She said it was about five to 10 min
utes before the alarm sounded.
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business. We will not be frightened,”
said Secretary of State Colin Powell as
he appeared before a Senate committee.
But there were words of caution else
where. “We are very concerned about
additional letters. We would be naive to
think this is over yet,” said Dr. Julie
Gerberding of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
There was further jolting news: A dis
closure from officials in New Jersey that
a postal worker was being watched for
suspected inhalation anthrax, the dis
covery of two more areas of contamina
tion in a still-closed Senate office build
ing and then the announcement from
the State Department.
Spokesman Richard Boucher said a
department employee who works at a
mail handling site in Sterling, Va., had
become the nation’s latest victim of a dis
ease last seen more than two decades ago.
Rebecca Casey, assistant housing
director, said the delay in the alarm
would be investigated. She said this sum
mer fire alarms were installed in each
room of Craige. These alarms trigger the
hall alarms that evacuate the building.
Jeff McCracken, deputy director of the
Department of Public Safety, said students
should not wait for the alarm to sound if
they think a fire might be in progress.
“Students shouldn’t hesitate any time
they smell smoke or anything suspi
cious,” he said. “They shouldn’t wait.
They should go ahead and call us.”
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Dr. Ivan Walks, head of Washington,
D.C.’s public health department, said
the 59-year-old man was hospitalized in
guarded condition with inhalation
anthrax. Unlike other area residents
who have been hit, this patient had been
asked whether his job required him to
go to the Brentwood postal facility that
serves as the main mail processing cen
ter for the nation’s capital. “His answer
was ‘never,’” Walks reported.
A second man, who works at the
same mail facility as the infected work
er, has flu-like symptoms and is being
tested at a hospital, Boucher said.
Mail to federal agencies passes
through the Brentwood facility, and the
latest diagnosis added to the mounting
evidence that investigators have not yet
found all the anthrax-tainted mail in the
area’s postal system. Postal Service Vice
President Deborah Willhite said the
By Joelle Ruben
Students returning to class from Fall
Break were surprised to find even more
construction on campus this week.
A large fence running parallel to the
' back of Lenoir Dining Hall and
Greenlaw Hall is the product of renova
tions to Murphey Hall.
The construction is slated to end in
October 2002, with the fence in place
during the project’s entirety, said con
struction Manager Dana Leeson.
According to the Facilities Planning
and Construction Web site, the renova
tion is part of the $5lO million fund for
construction established by the $3.1 bil
lion higher education bond passed last
November. Nearly half this money will
be spent to renovate existing facilities
such as Murphey Hall.
The project includes improvements
such as enhanced building safety and
security, new ceilings and lighting, new
electrical and telecommunication
resources and central air, the Web site
But most students do not know about
the plans to create a better Murphey Hall,
only the construction’s effect on pedestri
ans. The new construction has eliminated
shortcuts and created narrower footpaths.
“It’s annoying,” said Michelle
Bercovici, a sophomore art history and
English major. “It causes traffic jams and
Sophomore Jonathan Saks said he is
disappointed by the lack of communi
cation that left students surprised.
“There was no campus discussion, no
student input that I know of,” he said.
“This is something I want and expect to
hear about before it occurs.”
Karen Geer, the administrative offi
cer for facilities planning, said signs will
be posted to direct students away from
Chapel Hill firefighters stand on the fourth floor of Craige Residence Hall
on Thursday, discussing a mattress fire that was started by a fallen lamp.
agency would begin testing all govern
ment mail intake facilities in the region
for signs of anthrax.
In other news, the Senate sent President
Bush a package of anti-terror measures
Thursday that gives police sweeping pow
ers to search people’s homes and business
records secredy and to eavesdrop on tele
phone and computer conversations.
Bush said he will sign the bill “so that
we can combat terrorism and prevent
The Senate approved the bill 98-1 a
day after the House signed on.
But lawmakers, who are worried
about possible abuse of the new wire
tapping and surveillance powers, decid
ed to place a four-year cap on that part
of the legislation.
“It gives us the time to investigate
whether there were any outrageous abus
es," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Geer said all classes were moved
from Murphey to Howell Hall last sum
mer so students wouldn’t have to relo
cate in the middle of this semester.
“We hope that everyone understands
we’re not out trying to make the students’
lives miserable," she said. “We’re just try
ing to do (Stir jobs and TrVlrigTti gjve them
facilities that are as up-to-date as possible.”
She said the fence, although needed
for vehicle and equipment access, is
essential for student, faculty and visitor
safety. “There’s no real way I’m aware
of not to put the fence up,” Geer said.
“We have to look at safety concerns
more than convenience concerns.”
But Leeson said a great deal of study
went into finding an access road that
would be the least problematic for
pedestrians. “The most ideal construc
tion site would be adjacent to Davis
Drive,” he said. “We instead chose a site
which appeared to be the safest and
blocked the least distance of sidewalk.”
Leeson said the University limits con
struction activity during key events and
testing periods. These include exam weeks
in December and April, graduation,
University Day and home football games.
He also said he does not see this spe
cific project as a major noise distur
bance. “The majority of the Murphey
construction will be on the interior of
the building, largely limiting noise to the
demolition period and excavation of the
building’s basement,” Leeson said.
Jamila Vernon, a senior journalism
and political science major, said she
feels the construction detracts from the
appeal of UNC.
“People come to this school not only
for the academics but the aesthetics of
the campus,” she said.
“When I used to look around campus,
it was beautiful. Now, it’s just a mess.”
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