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FBI Advises Nation to Be on Highest Alert
U.S. Attorney General John
Ashcroft asked citizens
to be patient with further
increases in security.
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The FBI issued
anew terrorism warning Monday ask
ing Americans and law enforcement to
be on the highest alert for possible
attacks this week in the United States
Mayoral Candidates Discuss Issues
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Chapel Hill mayoral candidates Kevin Foy, Cam Hill and Lee Pavao participate in a debate in Hamilton Hall on Monday night (above). Carrboro mayoral
candidates Stacy Smith (left) and Mike Nelson answer questions concerning issues such as housing and local business (below).
Chapel Hill Forum 2 Carrboro Contenders Face Off
Focuses on Growth
By Tom Kingsley
Chapel Hill mayoral candi
dates fielded questions about
growth, student housing and
businesses in the area at a public
forum Monday night.
Candidates Kevin Foy, Cam
Hill and Lee Pavao discussed the
issues with audience members
and a three-person panel at the
forum, which was co-sponsored
by Carolina Public Policy and
The Daily Tar Heel.
The panelists were David
Godschalk, a professor in the
Department of City and
Regional Planning; Aaron
Nelson, president of the Chapel
Hill-Carrboro Chamber of
Commerce; and Katie Hunter,
editor of the DTH.
Godschalk posed the first ques
tion of the forum, asking about a
proposed transportation system
linking Chapel Hill to surround
ing communities like Durham as
a way to mitigate traffic problems
associated with growth.
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cific as to intended targets or as to
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18,000 law enforcement agencies.
“The administration has concluded
Foy responded by saying the
town must act now to prepare for
growth. “If we can export ideas
now, transportation problems will
be less difficult to solve,” he said.
But Hill said a proposed solu
tion would not work without
encouraging residents to seek
alternate modes of transportation
other than driving. “When the
benefits of taking the bus out
weigh the benefits of driving,
people will take the bus,” he said.
Pavao suggested creating a spe
cial task force to examine region
al transportation and cooperation
with surrounding communities.
“We have to think regionally,” he
said. “If I am elected I will have a
regional transportation task force
with council members and citi
zens.” Pavao also said UNC stu
dents would be included in the
proposed task force.
All three candidates said
UNC must be pushed to build
attractive housing on campus to
reduce the number of students
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based on informa
that there may be
attacks within the
United States and
over the next
He said that
while the informa
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George W. Bush
urged public activity.
tion was not specific, the FBI was issu
ing the alert to the American people
because “they can make good judg
ments and can understand this kind of
The attorney general asked citizens to
be patient if they encounter additional
security measures and to note any sus
“We urge Americans in the course of
their normal activities to remain alert
and to report unusual circumstances and
inappropriate behavior to the appropri
ate authorities,” he said.
Mueller and Ashcroft declined to
discuss the nature or source of the
information that prompted the warn
ing, saying only that it was deemed
Ashcroft canceled plans to travel to
Toronto to address a conference of
The alert is the second this month.
On Oct. 11 the FBI said it had gath
ered “certain information” that addi
tional terrorism attacks could occur
Earlier Monday, President Bush was
One topic of discussion at the
forum was how each of the
candidates would try to build
Carrboro's commercial sector.
By Jennifer Johnson
Carrboro mayoral candidates Mike
Nelson and Stacy Smith shared their
views Monday night concerning local
businesses, affordable housing, student
residents, community safety and other
issues at a public forum.
The forum, hosted by The Daily Tar
Heel and Carolina Public Policy, was led
by three panelists who each asked the
candidates two questions. Audience
members also asked the candidates about
The panelists were Aaron Nelson, pres
ident of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Chamber of Commerce; Katie Hunter,
editor of the DTH; and David Godschalk,
a professor in the Department of City and
After opening statements by each can
didate, Aaron Nelson initiated the infor
mal discussion by asking how both can
didates would improve the Carrboro
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asked whether the government expect
ed more attacks from groups associated
with Osama bin Laden, the primary
suspect in the Sept. 11 suicide hijack
ings, that killed thousands of
Americans in New York, Washington,
D.C., and Pennsylvania. s
Underscoring the balancing act that
officials face in warning the public but
not inciting panic, Bush urged people
not to stop their daily activities.
“The American public must go about
their lives. I understand it’s a fine bal
ance,” Bush said.
Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue Estroff
applauded the decision to eliminate campus
parking for students in residence halls.
By Jenny McLendon
Officials say the decision made last week to eliminate cam
pus parking for all students living in residence halls will
address a serious need of faculty and staff, even though they
expect some students to express concerns.
Provost Robert Shelton and Nancy Suttenfield, vice chan
cellor for finance and administration, announced their deci
sion at last Thursday’s Transportation and Parking Advisory
Committee meeting to eliminate on-campus parking for stu
dents in residence halls, which they have said is based on a
pressing need for faculty and staff members to have access to
Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue Estroff said the decision,
though controversial, was an inevitable one because of facul
ty and staff s unique needs and the difficulties they have faced
for many years.
“Nobody wanted to make this choice,” she said. “The real
culprit is 20 years of lack of planning and procrastination. This
shouldn’t surprise anyone - we knew it was coming.”
Estroff said because faculty and staff do not have access to
reliable public transportation, commuting to and from work can
be a daunting task. “If you think about UNC as a workplace, it’s
like extreme sports - can you even get there?” she said. “I think
many faculty would be happy not to drive to work if there were
reliable public transportation, but there isn’t”
Estroff said faculty members with special needs, such as
research and night classes, also have reported problems find
ing parking spaces. “I’ve gotten e-mails from teachers in the
evening college who can’t find spots at night because of stu
dent parking,” she said.
Estroff said some faculty wait years to receive permits in cer
tain lots. “I hear people say things like, ‘My students have
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Might Lose Their
The Medicare agreement will be terminated
Nov. 18 unless UNC Hospitals improve their
procedures for treating mentally ill patients.
By Daniel Thigpen
Assistant University Editor
A division of the federal Department of Health and Human
Services has formally notified UNC Hospitals that its
Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements will be terminated
due to findings from a state investigation of a mentally ill
patient’s alleged suicide.
But department officials said the hospital can prevent the
termination if it significantly improves its procedures for deal
ing with mentally ill patients by Nov. 18.
In a letter sent to die hospital Friday, representatives from
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told hospi
tal officials that the Medicare agreement between the UNC
Hospitals and the federal agency will be terminated Nov. 18.
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