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Wednesday, November 21, 2001
U.S. Rep. Clayton Says She
Will Not Seek Re-election
The Associated Press
RALEIGH - U.S. Rep. Eva Clayton,
one of the first two black members of
Congress elected from North Carolina
since Reconstruction, announced
Tuesday that she will not seek re-elec
tion next year.
Clayton, 67, said she had intended
since first elected to Congress in 1992 to
serve about a decade and now wants to
pursue other opportunities while she is
still in good health.
“If I want to do something else before
the end of this life, then I need to make
a decision now,” she said.
Clayton, a Democrat, did not reveal
details about her future plans, saying she
wasn’t really sure herself. Clayton did
talk about her travels to developing
countries and her childhood dreams of
being a missionary, but added that the
time for those dreams had probably
come and gone.
She said she does plan to serve in
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“I’m retiring from Congress but not
retiring from life,” Clayton said during a
telephone news conference Tuesday
Bom in Savannah, Ga., Clayton
came to North Carolina to attend
Johnson C. Smith University in
Charlotte. She later moved to Warren
County with her husband, Theaoseus
After serving as a Warren County com
missioner for a decade, Clayton broke
new ground in North Carolina politics.
She and Rep. Mel Watt became the
first two black members of Congress
from North Carolina since 1901. They
were elected after two majority-minori
ty districts were dr„wn in the state fol
lowing the 1990 Census.
Clayton also became the first woman
elected to Congress from North Carolina.
Since her election, she has filled key
roles on the House Agriculture
Committee and was a leading advocate
to bring federal help to North Carolina
following Hurricane Floyd in 1998.
She is also co-chairwoman of the
congressional rural caucus.
Clayton said she never considered a
life in politics until she moved to
Warren County.
Then, at the urging of her husband
and others, she ran for Congress in
1968. She was soundly defeated.
She said she ran to encourage black
voters to go to the polls, but also hoped
the timing might be right for a black
woman to win a seat in Congress.
“In 1968, the timing wasn’t there,”
she said.
But by 1992, it was. Clayton was one
of 22 women newcomers elected to the
House that year.
“There was an enormous break
through for women,” she said.
Now, Clayton said she leaves the dis
trict in good shape to continue to elect
those historically left out of the political
The new congressional redistricting
plan being worked on by state lawmak
ers maintains a majority of minorities in
the district. It also will be more than 70
percent Democratic.
But Clayton will leave with an elec
tion looming in which Democrats are
hoping to swing the House back in their
favor and Republicans are working to
try to maintain their advantage.
The House now has 220
Republicans, 211 Democrats, two inde
pendents and two vacancies.
State Sen. Frank Ballance, D-Warren,
a veteran of the North Carolina Senate,
is considered by many political
observers to be an immediate favorite
should he seek to replace Clayton.
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Tests in Conn. Find Inhaled Anthrax
Conn. Gov. John Rowland
said more results are still
pending for the patient, an
elderly woman from Oxford.
The Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. - An elderly
woman who lives on her own in the
farm country of southwestern
Connecticut has inhalation anthrax,
according to initial test results disclosed
The patient, who is in her 90s, was
hospitalized in serious condition, Gov.
John Rowland said. He said more test
results were pending and there w r as no
indication of a criminal act.
The woman tested positive for the
inhaled form of the disease in five sep
arate tests conducted by the Department
of Public Health and Griffin Hospital in
Derby, Conn., Rowland said.
More tests were being conducted by
experts at the federal Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention in
Atlanta. Results are expected
“Testing by the CDC could prove
negative,” Rowland said.
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In the Nov. 19 article “Residents
Eager to See ‘Harry Potter,’” it was
incorrectly reported that tickets to
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone" were sold out until Nov. 25 at
Movies at Timberlyne. Tickets are still
available for these shows.
In the Nov. 19 online article “UNC
Study Illuminates Effects of Alcohol,”
the research journal was incorrectly
identified as Alcohol: Clinical and
Environmental Research. The journal’s
name is Alcohol: Clinical and
Experimental Research.
The Daily Tar Heel regrets the errors.
He said the woman lives in Oxford, a
small rural community about 30 miles
southwest of Hartford. She was origi
nally treated for pneumonia and admit
ted to the Derby hospital last
“It’s difficult to explain how the per
son contracted anthrax,” Rowland said.
“There is no evidence they contracted
the disease as a result of a criminal act.”
The FBI and state police have
secured the woman’s home and are con
ducting a criminal investigation,
Rowland said. The woman lives by her
self and has a limited routine.
Nationwide, four people have died
and 13 have been sickened by anthrax
since early October.
Joxel Garcia, the state health com
missioner, said the state received posi
tive tests from the hospital Monday and
immediately began conducting its own
Rowland said there was no indication
the woman is related to any government
official or had any public activity that
would cause her to be a target of terrorism.
“I continue to say that Connecticut
has never been a (target) of attack from
any terrorist,” Rowland said. “We still
can’t determine it’s a terrorist attack. It
could be an accident."
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three that have been flying combat mis
sions there for several weeks.
The Pentagon released transcripts of
two radio broadcasts touting $25 mil
lion in reward money for information
leading to the location or capture of bin
Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri, a top bin
Laden lieutenant. The broadcasts are
being made from transmitters aboard
EC-130 Commando Solo airplanes.
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Still, Derby Mayor Marc Garofalo
said the city sent its emergency
response team to the hospital immedi
ately after he learned of the case
Tuesday evening.
In other news, a sample taken from a
plastic evidence bag containing a still
unopened letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy,
D-Vt., contains at least 23,000 anthrax
spores, enough for more than two lethal
doses, a federal law enforcement official
said Tuesday.
The official, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said there were three times
more anthrax spores in the single sample
taken from the plastic bag than in any of
the other 600 bags of mail examined by
the FBI before it found the Leahy letter.
Meanwhile, traces of the bacteria
have been found in the office mail
rooms of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-
Mass., and Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-
Conn., said one congressional official
speaking on condition of anonymity.
Officials suspect the anthrax got
there through contact with anthrax
bearing letters mailed to Leahy or
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle,
D-S.D. So far, anthrax traces have been
found in 13 senators’ offices besides
Daschle’s, whose office is the only one
known to have actually opened an
anthrax letter.
Word of the anthrax spores in the
Leahy letter, first reported by The New
York Times, followed the FBl’s
announcement that it is convinced the
Leahy letter was sent by the same per
son who mailed an anthrax-tainted let
ter to Daschle. Both were postmarked
Oct. 9 in Trenton, NJ.
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“The partnership of nations and
Afghan forces fighting to free
Afghanistan will continue to hunt down
these cowards,” one broadcast says.
“With your help we will bring the hid
ing Taliban and al-Qaida terrorists to
face justice for their crimes.”
In other news, the alliance that con
trols Afghanistan’s capital and much of
its countryside agreed Tuesday to attend
power-sharing talks in Germany next
week. A battlefront commander
claimed thousands of Taliban fighters
had defected from Kunduz, the last bas
tion of the Islamic militia in the north.
On the front lines of northern
Afghanistan, it was fast becoming a win
ter war. Outside Taliban-held Kunduz,
shivering Northern Alliance soldiers
thinned out from forward positions to
huddle over fires in their foxholes.
Alliance Gen. Mohammed Daoud
said thousands of Taliban have defected
from Kunduz in recent days, and defec
tors’ own accounts indicate at least hun
dreds have fled since Sunday.
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different types of cancers respond to
estrogen and how to stimulate a person’s
immune system to fight breast cancer.
Lisa Carey, assistant professor of hema
tology oncology, said she is involved in a
project that will be funded by the renewed
grant. Her project aims to tailor breast
cancer treatment to specific patients.
Normally, all types of breast cancer
are treated with a certain progression of
drugs. Carey compared cancer drugs to
antibiotics saying that if one antibiotic
does not work on a patient, the doctor
will prescribe another.
As of yet doctors cannot determine
which cancer responds to which drug,
but scientists working on the project will
be able to study breast cancer samples
to better understand the results of dif
ferent treatments.
“Based on the genetics of individual
cancer, doctors can choose the right
drug,” Carey said.
Earp said that without the UNC breast
cancer Specialized Program of Research
Excellence, the center would have been
forced to cut back on its research. But he
said the center will be able to continue
ongoing projects and establish new
ones as a result of the grant.
“It enables us to perform novel clin
ical research to try and improve the sur
vival of breast cancer victims,” he said.
Earp said the grant has allowed the
center to develop opportunities for new
faculty and give them valuable research
Carey said she hopes the project will
help cure more cases of breast cancer.
“(The project) may become a multi
institutional study,” Carey said. “It may
grow to involve other centers around
the country that work together.”
Earp said the award is prestigious
and that the UNC breast cancer
Specialized Program of Research
Excellence is the second largest grant
that the center has received from the
NCI. He said, “I think it’s a very nice
mark of distinction on the national
scene that UNC has one of the best
breast cancer centers in the country.”
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