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Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Anthrax Claims 15th Victim
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A New Jersey
woman became the nation’s 15th con
firmed anthrax victim Monday, and
spores turned up in at least three addi
tional government buildings in a slow,
steady spread of bioterrorism. “We
believe that the country must stay on the
alert, that our enemies still hate us,” said
Three weeks into anew age of
anthrax, experts puzzled over an unex
plained substance found among spores
in a letter to Senate Majority Leader
Bush’s warning was underscored by a
formal terrorist threat advisory issued
late in the day to law enforcement agen
cies nationwide. Attorney General John
Ashcroft said officials had credible evi
dence of a possible attack over the com
ing week, but he added, “Unfortunately,
it does not contain specific information
as to the type of the attack or specific tar
Neither Ashcroft nor FBI Director
Robert Mueller offered any indication
whether the new threat relates to bioter
rorism as opposed to an attack along the
lines of the Sept. 11 suicide hijackings
that killed 5,000 in New York,
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The federal department’s decision
comes after a recommendation from the
state department to revoke the hospital’s
Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.
The state concluded that the hospital
practices inefficient procedure for dealing
with mentally ill patients. The state deter
mined in an investigation that 35-year
old Arcadio Ariza Cortes of Carrboro
received insufficient supervision after his
involuntary committal to the hospital’s
Behavioral Health Care Unit.
According to the state’s report, nurs
es allowed the patient - later identified
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Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
In New Jersey, officials announced
the 15th diagnosis of anthrax in the
nation since early this month, the first
involving an individual with no appar
ent connection either to the mail service
or the media.
The woman, whose name was not
disclosed, has been treated successfully
for the skin form of the disease and
released from the hospital, according to
authorities. Officials said she works at a
business near the Trenton-area
Hamilton Township mail processing
center, which is shut down because of
the discovery of anthrax contamination.
The facility processed anthrax-laced let
ters sent to Daschle as well as NBC news
anchor Tom Brokaw and the New York
The woman developed a lesion on
her forehead Oct. 17, and a skin test was
taken a week later, officials said. The
woman left the hospital Sunday, one
day before biopsy results were returned
that showed she had anthrax.
Administration officials sought to
reassure the public that mail was safe.
But the New York Area Postal Union
filed suit trying to force the closure of a
vast processing and distribution center
where traces of anthrax were found on
as Cortes - to leave the unit the night of
his alleged suicide, Oct 1. He was found
dead from head trauma at the ground
floor of the Kenan-Flagler Business
School parking deck.
But Jeff Horton, chief of the mental
health licensure and certification section of
the state department, said UNC Hospitals
has the chance to notify the agency of
improved procedures before Nov. 18. The
agency will then recommend that the state
reinspect the hospital’s procedures.
If the hospital passes reinspection, the
termination will be reversed, officials said.
Tom Hughes, spokesman for UNC
Hospitals, said the hospital will definite
ly undergo a re-evaluation before the
November deadline, but no date has
four machines. The Postal Service has
sealed off the machines and says the rest
of the building is safe.
Even before Ashcroft and Mueller
issued their warning, there was less reas
suring news from the investigation into
the nation’s unprecedented struggle
Thus far in an intensive probe, said
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge,
“there are a lot of theories out there; we
just need some facts to turn a theory into
In all, three people have died and an
additional 12 have been confirmed ill
with anthrax in the nation’s worst expe
rience with bioterrorism. Among the 15,
seven involve skin anthrax and the
remaining eight - including all three
deaths - the more dangerous inhalation
form of the disease.
The number of contaminated loca
tions continues to grow. The Supreme
Court, State Department and a third
government office building that houses
the Voice of America and Food and
Drug Administration were added to the
list, evidence of contamination found in
mailrooms in each structure. That fol
lowed the disclosure Sunday that a small
amount of anthrax had been found in
the Justice Department’s main building.
been set. “We fully expect that when we
have the next inspection, they will say
everything’s OK and we won’t lose our
funding,” he said. “If they say every
thing’s not OK, then I don’t know what
we will do (at that point).”
UNC Hospitals CEO Eric Munson
said he does not expect the termination
to take effect in November. “We have
fixed our deficiencies,” he said.
Horton said hospitals that lose
Medicare and Medicaid funding can still
function and eventually reapply for cer
tification, although it is difficult
Horton said even if UNC Hospitals
do not pass a reinspection by Nov. 18, it
would not be impossible for it to become
recertified by the federal agency. “(But)
sometimes (the agency) will not immedi
ately allow (hospitals) to re-enter the pro
gram,” he said. “Hopefully we won’t
have to go through that”
This situation does not happen often,
and hospitals usually correct their prob
lems, Horton said. “We’ve never involun
tarily terminated a hospital in this state.”
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U.S. Considers Starting Afghan Base
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The United
States is considering setting up a base
inside Afghanistan from which com
mandos, and possibly conventional
ground troops, would launch missions
against Taliban and terrorist targets,
defense officials said Monday.
This option, which Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld hinted at in a
Pentagon news conference, could indicate
the U.S. military is planning more aggres
sive moves against the Taliban.
More than three weeks of aerial bom
bardment by Navy fighter-bombers fly
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spaces, and I don’t,’” she said. “And oth
ers maintain that UNC accepts students
for an education, not parking spaces.”
Of the 14,558 parking spaces cur
rentiy on campus, 3,553 are held by stu
dents, with 480 of those designated for
on-campus residents. Faculty and staff
have 10,598 of the remaining spots.
But as construction consumes nearly
half the available parking in the near
future, officials hope to dedicate all
remaining spots to faculty and staff.
Cheryl Stout, assistant director of
parking services, said the proportionate
allocation of parking permits among stu
dents and faculty has remained relative
ly constant in the past. “The numbers
have remained static over the years,
with the exception of losses to construc
tion and other campus developments,”
she said. “Roughly 15 percent of the stu
dent population obtains permits.”
Departments receive permits based
on the number of employees and total
years of state service. Allocation within
the department is then at the discretion
of individual department heads.
“Each department comes up with its
own distribution system for their per
mits,” Estroff said. “For example, secre
tarial staff often gets the closest spots
because they may have to come and go
in the dark.”
Dorothy Ariail, a student member of
TPAC, said that when the issue came to
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ing from aircraft carriers in the Arabian
Sea and by Air Force bombers and fight
ers based hundreds of miles from
Afghanistan have neutralized the
Taliban’s air defenses but have not yet
rooted out the terrorists.
Rumsfeld said when the bombing
began Oct. 7 that air power alone would
not be enough to win the battle in
Afghanistan and that special operations
forces would play a key role. In the only
acknowledged mission by special oper
ations forces so far, more than 100 Army
Rangers parachuted onto an airfield in
southern Afghanistan from an MC-130
aircraft Oct. 20 and left after several
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the committee, the decision to eliminate
spaces already had been made by
Shelton and Suttenfield.
“The only decision we have now is
how to implement the decision, whether
it be over one year or on a sliding scale
basis,” Ariail said. “We need to look out
for commuters and those who need
Estroff said she expects reactions to
the decision to be divided. “Parking is a
perennial complaint for everyone. But
we have to make the transition to (park
and-ride lots), albeit a painful one,” she
said. “Faculty and staff need to have
spaces - they work at UNC. It’s how
they make a living.”
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Troops on the ground will likely be
needed to capture or kill bin Laden and
other leaders of his al-Qaida network,
but past wars in Afghanistan - notably
the former Soviet Union’s failure after
10 years of fighting - have shown the
high cost of a conventional large-scale
Rumsfeld was asked about a USA
Today report that said U.S. forces may
soon establish a forward base in
Afghanistan that would support 200 to
300 commandos. The newspaper, quoting
an unidentified defense official, said the
base might be in northern Afghanistan.
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spilling out into the community.
“The University has to provide a
‘bed for every head,’” Hill said, refer
ring to the late Chancellor Michael
Hooker’s goal of supplying on-campus
housing for every UNC student.
Foy said, “Housing on campus needs
to be more attractive than housing off
Pavao said he would oppose any
changes to the housing ordinance that
would limit the number of students liv
ing together in a house.
“It’s a delicate balance between resi
dents and students,” Pavao said.
Nelson asked the candidates how
they would support Chapel Hill’s fledg
ling business community, which makes
up only 20 percent of the local tax base.
Pavao responded by saying, “As we
grow, we have to diversify our tax base.”
But Foy and Hill both said it was not
the responsibility of the Town Council
to recruit businesses or employers. “It’s
not our job to be out recruiting busi
ness,” Foy said. “I think it’s the job of
local government to provide amenities
to make (the town) attractive.”
Hill said, “You live here because of
the town, not because it’s the best place
to do business.”
Elections will be held Nov. 6, and all
three candidates said they hope students
will come out and vote.
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Smith said she envisions the town as
an outdoor mall with a couple of anchor
stores. “I don’t want to recruit stores
that will compete with existing busi
nesses,” Smith said.
Mike Nelson, an incumbent, said the
most important thing is to increase the
square footage available for growing
businesses. “I’d like to keep doing what
we’re doing, just more,” he said.
Aaron Nelson also questioned the
candidates about how they would
approach affordable housing in
Smith said she thinks residents would
be willing to compromise on the amount
of land that surrounds their houses to
accommodate affordable housing.
“Duplexes and attached housing don’t
affect the value of nearby homes, so I
would like to focus on those,” Smith said.
Mike Nelson said the problem of
building more affordable housing is com
plicated because there are several differ
ent groups that need affordable housing.
“I’d like to find a piece of public land
to do a large-scale housing project
focusing on diversify,” he said.
In response to Hunter’s question
about student tenants living in
Carrboro, Smith said she has found that
most residents think students are dis
“There should be housing on cam
pus, and the University should build
housing that students want,” Smith said.
Mike Nelson disagreed, saying he
does not have a problem with it.
“Both Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and
the University, will play a role in provid
ing more housing for students,” he said.
In regard to a question from DTH
Editorial Board Editor Kate Hartig
about improving community safety,
Smith said the solution is more lighting
and increased patrolling by police.
Nelson said policing was suspended
a few years ago because of inadequate
funding, which negatively impacted the
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