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Voters pass the $75 million bond package, while two
incumbents and one newcomer take school board seats.
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U.S. Health Official: Worst of Anthrax Scare Might Be Over
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Eight days after
the last anthrax diagnosis, a top federal
the worst may
be over. “For
we’re out of the
U.S. Throws More
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woods,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci of the
National Institutes of Health.
Foy Snags Chapel Hill Mayoral Post
Shortly before 10 p.m., candidate Kevin
Foy was named the unofficial winner over
candidates Cam Hill and Lee Pavao.
By Jon Dougherty and Jamie McGee
A large crowd gathered at Pantana Bob’s on Tuesday
night to celebrate Kevin Foy’s victory over opponents Lee
Pavao and Cam Hill in the race for Chapel HiU mayor.
As Foy entered the West Rosemary Street bar and restau
rant, supporters greeted him with cheering, applause and a
long round of “hip-hip hooray.” The candidate addressed
the crowd, saying, “Thank you all for being here. Now go
back to partying for a while.”
Foy defeated Chapel Hill Town
Council member Lee Pavao in a race
that ended with Foy winning 57 per
cent of the vote and Pavao 39 percent,
according to unofficial returns.
Cam Hill, who dropped out of the
race Oct. 30 and later endorsed Foy,
garnered 1 percent of the vote.
Foy said he considers the defining
moment of his campaign to be an Oct.
26 forum sponsored by the Orange-
Chatham Sierra Club. The organiza
tion later endorsed Foy’s candidacy.
“It was televised and gave me a
chance to emphasize my commitment
to the natural environment,” he said.
All three candidates highlighted the importance of man
aging growth in an expanding Chapel Hill. Hill, who attend
ed Foy’s victory celebration, said he is optimistic about the
way in which Foy will regulate development. “I think (Foy)
will be a good voice for the regulated growth - if not no
growth - voters,” he said.
In an atmosphere of excitement and celebration, Foy’s vol
unteer coordinator, Michelle Lewis, spoke about the mayor
elect with confidence. “When you have a great product to sell,
it’s easy to get people behind a good candidate,” Lewis said.
While Foy celebrated to the tune of Kool and the Gang’s
“Celebrate,” the mood was more subdued among Pavao’s
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Incumbent; 3 Newcomers
Seize Town Council Seats
Edith Wiggins Veifceft
4,848 votes, 16% 4,287 votes, 14% '
Ed Harrison Mark Kleinschmidt 652 ,!, 0tes
4,074 votes, 14% 3,958 votes, 13%
An election is a bet on the future, not a popularity test of the past.
But another attack, perhaps by some
means other than the mail, can’t be ruled
out. And it’s possible, although unlikely,
that next month, when thousands of peo
ple end their preventive antibiotics, a
case or two might still pop up.
Could lingering contamination from
the anthrax-tainted letters mailed to
New York, Florida and Washington,
D.C., cause more infections? Fauci told
The Associated Press that is unlikely.
“However, another letter could come in
By Jocelyn Oberdick
In a close election Tuesday, one
incumbent and three newcomers
seized the four seats up for grabs on
the Chapel Hill Town Council.
Incumbent Edith Wiggins pre
vailed with the most votes.
Newcomers Dorothy Verkerk, Ed
Harrison and Mark Kleinschmidt
also won seats on the council,
according to unofficial returns.
“I’m really grateful to the citizens
for re-electing me,” Wiggins said. “It
speaks about support."
Dorothy Verkerk placed second
and said her support kicked up once
her campaign got rolling.
“It was a humbling experience to
have so many people believe in
me,” Verkerk said.
Verkerk, an art history professor
at UNC, said she plans to place the
University’s concerns high on her
“I care deeply about the
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
A trip gives UNC officials and faculty
a positive view of satellite campus.
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addressed to whomever, you or me,
who knows?” he said, saying doctors’
vigilance cannot wane.
But the most troublesome anthrax
victim is Kathy Nguyen, the Manhattan
hospital worker whose Oct. 31 death still
has federal investigators baffled. No one
knows how Nguyen could have been
infected. There’s no sign she came in
contact with anthrax-tainted mail, and
no bacteria been found at her home or
Chapel Hill Mayor-elect Kevin Foy celebrates among supporters Tuesday night at Pantana Bob's. Foy, who earned
57 percent of the vote according to unofficial results, beat Lee Pavao for the job.
Up in the Air
Personal tragedies leave
the QB position in limbo.
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Police began using Nguyen’s subway
card to trace her steps around New York
City for the two weeks prior to her
death. “She somewhere, somehow had
an inhalation exposure,” said Dr. James
Hughes of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. He added that
until the mystery is solved, “vigilance is
heightened around the country.”
The big fear is that she was the first
victim of anew anthrax attack by some
means other than mail.
Gist, Herrera, McDuffee Win in Carrboro
By Tom Kingsley
Incumbents Jacquelyn Gist and Diana
McDuffee retained their seats on the Carrboro
Board of Aldermen, while newcomer John
Herrera slid past incumbent Allen Spalt for the
third seat in Tuesday’s nail-biting elections.
Herrera’s victory marks the first time a first
generation Latino immigrant has held a posi
tion in municipal government in North
“We need to have anew voice in Carrboro,”
Herrera said. “We’re making history.”
But Spalt, who tracked the election returns
on his laptop computer while munching on
hors d’oeuvres at his campaign manager’s
house, questioned the results, saying the ballot
returns were not yet official.
“The results are not yet clear,” he said. “All
the votes have yet to be counted.”
Official results were not available as of 11
All six candidates’ platforms focused on
three main issues - affordable housing, envi
ronmental concerns and growth manage
But voters connected with the ideas of Gist,
McDuffee and Herrera at the voting booth.
All three vowed to expand Carrboro’s diver
sity by increasing available affordable housing,
preserving existing green space and seeking cit
izen input in planning for future growth.
Gist said this election brought overlooked
But “every day that goes by without
seeing another unexplained inhalational
case makes it less and less likely" that
happened, Fauci said.
In Washington, thousands of pounds
of mail addressed to government agen
cies have been piling up since an anthrax
tainted letter arrived at Senate Majority
Leader Tom Daschle’s office Oct 15.
The Postal Service said Tuesday it had
begun sanitizing this mail and would
start delivering it within 24 to 48 hours.
JM tOLL* Jim Porto
(Jr*! 902 votes
mam Stephanie Padilla
Jacquelyn Gist Diana McDuffee John Herrera
1,436 votes, 20% 1,399 votes, 20% 1,356 votes, 19%
issues to the attention of the community.
“I think it’s good for the town,” Gist said.
“This election will make the Board of
McDuffee said she was pleased to have
competition in the race this year, because all
three seats went unopposed in 1999.
“I think it’s really good that we had a real
race this time,” McDuffee said.
Also running were political newcomer
Stephanie Padilla and former Carrboro mayor
“I just had dinner, watched TV, and now
I’m ready to go to bed,” Porto said. “I will be
Today: Sunny; H 72, L 37
Thursday: Sunny; H 74, L 42
Friday: Sunny; H 64, L 30
Wednesday, November i, i6oi
The Postal Service hired a second com
pany to cleanse the mail by irradiating it
Facilities in Bridgeport, NJ., and Lima,
Ohio, now are tackling that massive effort
Each site is expected to cleanse about
750,000 pieces of mail a day, most com
ing from Washington, New Jersey and
New York, where anthrax contamination
was confirmed in some post offices.
In other news, Afghan opposition
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Incumbent Carrboro Mayor
Mike Nelson attributed
his victory to his experience
in the town's government.
By Carolyn Pearce
The Carrboro mayoral race featured
an experienced incumbent against a
political newcomer -and on Election
Day, experience prevailed.
Incumbent Mike Nelson secured his
fourth term as Carrboro mayor Tuesday
with a landslide
victory over chal- |
lenger Stacy Smith,
according to unoffi
cial election results.
Nelson said he
believes his experi
ence in local poli
tics was'the key fac
tor in his victory. “I
think my record of
working hard for
Carrboro for eight
years was the contributing factor,” Nelson
said. “I think people respect honesty and
standing up for what you believe in.”
But even in defeat, Smith chose to
highlight the positive aspects of her cam
paign. “I’ve gotten great responses for
someone who had no prior name recog
nition” she said. “I’ve learned more about
this town than I’ve ever learned before.”
Smith also said she is pleased with her
decision to run against Nelson because
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around to make sure we have a contested race
in two years.”
But Herrera said he is confident he will be
able to fulfill his election promises, which
include bringing anew voice - especially one
for local Latinos - to the board.
“I’m here because the people believe in
me," he said. “I ask everyone now to come for
ward and express your voice.”
Staff Writers Heather Apple and Chris Blow
contributed to this article.
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