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Towns Celebrate 4th Without Fireworks
Bv Laura Hinson
Flags waving, hamburgers grilling, illegal
fireworks bursting: It’s the Fourth of July.
Chapel Hill’s Downtown Commission and the
Department of Parks and Recreation are join
ing together to provide entertainment for the
Chapel Hill community this Fourth of July.
The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. at
McCorkle Place on the UNC campus.
Normally the events take place at Kenan
Stadium to accommodate the fireworks dis
play, but there will be no fireworks this year as
a result of the state and town’s budget crisis.
ASG Delegates to
The four appointed delegates, two of whom
will have voting power, will represent the
interests of UNC-CH students in the ASG.
Bv Meredith Nicholson
Student Body Vice President Aaron Hiller recendy
appointed two voting delegates and two non-voting members
to the UNC-system Association of Student Governments.
Sophomores Tre Jones and Colin Rogister will serve as vot
ing delegates. Juniors Amanda Taylor and Charity Sturdivant
will represent UNC-Chapel Hill at the ASG meetings but will
not be able to vote.
Student Body President Jen Daum will serve as a third vot-
UNC-Chapel Hill and the other 15
UNC-system schools each have four
delegates in the organization.
Jones, a math decision sciences
major from Raleigh, said he is hoping
to use his experience as an intern at
Democracy South to lobby the legisla
ture for the ASG.
Jones said he sees the ASG as a go
between for UNC-CH and the N.C.
General Assembly and that he was
interested in the position because he
wanted a job where he could do some
thing outside of Chapel Hill that
would help Chapel Hill students.
He said his first concern will be to
make sure that the ASG uses its
increased funding wisely.
In April, the ASG approved anew $165,000 budget based
on a systemwide $1 student fee for the organization.
Previously, the organization’s budget was about $4,000.
Jones also said he hopes to improve Chapel Hill students’
faith in the ASG. “In the past, the ASG has kind of got a bad
rap on campus,” he said.
Rogister, a public policy major from Raleigh, has spent two
summers interning at the N.C. Center for Voter Education and
said he hopes his experience with the legislature will help him
prepare for his work with the ASG.
Rogister said his role is to listen to the voices of students on
campus and relay them to the ASG.
“UNC-Chapel Hill students have been leaders in the ASG
in the past, and we hope to continue that tradition,” he said.
Rogister said it is important that UNC-CH’s delegation be
vigilant in overseeing the use of the ASG funds because the
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Economy, Dissidents Trouble Legislators
The Associated Press
RALEIGH - Last summer and into
the fall, a bitter budget battle dragged on
and on as factions of legislators fought
for and against various tax hikes.
It’s not a scenario legislators want to
repeat. It remains to be seen whether it
can be avoided.
Once again, lawmakers are struggling
to make budget decisions as a weak
economy leads to slowing tax collec
A revised Senate budget plan cuts
more than SSOO million from the second
year of the two-year budget approved last
WEEKLY SUMMER ISSUE
According to Robert Humphreys, execu
tive director of Chapel Hill’s Downtown
Commission, the event will still be enjoyable.
“We will have a lot of clowns, face painting
and ballon animals for the children," said
Humphreys. For the adults, the musical group
the Nomads will be performing a mix of beach
music, Motown and patriotic tunes.
Humphreys said attendees should wear their
most patriotic clothing as there will be a contest
for the “most patriotic whatever.” People could
win for the most patriotic hat or shoes - or even
underwear. “I’m not sure who will be judging
the underwear,” said Humphreys.
As the nation has recovered from last year’s
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Student Body Vice
said he was pleased
by the student
interest in the ASG.
Junior Lisa Venters reads a magazine in her apartment. Venters is
subleasing the apartment for the summer and working in Chapel Hill.
year. The Senate avoids further cuts only
by speeding up a tax swap with local gov
ernments, giving the counties the ability
to impose a half-cent sales tax a year
early and taking back $333 million in
The Senate budget plan would also
delay some middle-class tax breaks that
had been scheduled to go into effect for
the next tax year.
But Republicans in the House are
again likely to oppose any proposals that
even hint of tax increase. And just like
last year, a group of liberal House
Democrats is lying in wait to stop any tax
packages that it considers too focused on
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893•
Shows on The Road
The Open Door Theatre takes its
summer schedule out and about.
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Sept. 11 attacks, there have been national ter
rorist threats regarding the patriotic holiday.
Chapel Hill Police Chief Greggjarvies said he
does not anticipate any problems in regard to
the threats. “We are not increasing any staffing
as a result of these national warnings,” report
Jarvies also said he does not anticipate any
major traffic problems from the holiday.
There will be a few officers on Franklin Street
to guide pedestrians safely across the street but
not to guide traffic. City buses will not run on
the Fourth of July, but parking will be free.
Carrboro will be having its own Fourth of
July celebration, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at
A Home Away From Home
the poor and middle class. So, once
again, Democratic House leaders have to
walk a fine line.
Will they be able to accomplish the
task more quickly? N.C. Rep. David
Redwine, D-Brunswick, the chief budget
architect in the House, hopes so.
“July 12. We are going try to meet
that,” Redwine said last week, referring
to a self-imposed deadline the House is
trying to meet to produce a budget.
He knows it won’t be easy.
“The ship is going down, the life
boats are coming down, but there are
not enough for everybody to get on,”
Delay of Game
Melvin Scott must head back
to court in December.
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3 Killed in Orange Cos.
Staff and Wire Reports
An Orange County man who had
been ordered to stay away from his fam
ily was charged with murder.in the deaths
of three people, including his daughter.
Alan Douglas Gates was arrested
Monday night at the home of his wife,
Janet Clark Gates, said officials with the
Orange County Sheriffs Department.
He was being held Tuesday without
bond in the Orange Countyjail.
Those shot to death were Valerie
Michelle Gates, 24; her friend, Cordea
Shimara Lee, 21; and Kendall
Weaver Street Market. There will be activity
tables, and patrons can register for a patriotic
costume contest, said Carol Rosemond, inter
im recreation and parks director.
The “People’s Parade” will begin at 11 a.m.
and will leave from Weaver Street on its way
to the Carrboro Town Hall. The free activities
there will last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fes
tivities are ending early this year because of
the lack of fireworks.
Rosemond said, “This way, you will have
time to go home and fire up the grill.”
The City Editor can be reached
By Mala Desai
Students who stay in Chapel Hill or surrounding areas for
the summer are faced with a myriad of housing opportunities.
While some continue to five on campus or in their apart
ments, many students choose to sublet elsewhere for a few
Students who sign yearlong leases at the beginning of the
year often leave their apartments for the summer, becoming
a perfect match for those looking to sublet during that time.
Unfortunately, subletting is not always a foolproof plan.
Sara Davis lives off Ashley Forest Road with five other peo
ple. Her roommate Laurie is subletting for a month over the
summer and has subsequendy prepaid that month’s rent,
Davis said. Because the sublessor will only be staying in
Laurie’s room for three weeks, Laurie is already expecting to
pay one week of rent herself, Davis said.
The sublessor still hasn’t paid Laurie any of the rent money
and has just realized that the lease to her new apartment
begins in July instead of August, Davis said.
Because the sublessor wants to avoid paying rent in two
places, she is faced with a financial dilemma. Laurie, on the
other hand, is left in the lurch because she has no idea when
the sublessor will pay her, Davis said.
Dwayne Deloatch is another college student who knows all
too well about late payments. Attending N.C. Agricultural &
Technical State University and living in Greensboro, Deloatch
made the mistake of putting only his name on the lease to his
He was later taken to court by the landlord due to his
roommate’s refusal to pay rent for two months. Between this
roommate and the next one, Deloatch had to pay SI,OOO from
his own pocket and had the gas and power cut off.
He said he also had to pay a S2OO phone bill that was not
his and that his roommates wore his clothes and took his CDs.
“Make sure that you always have a backup plan come any
situation,” Deloatch said. “You can always cover for yourself,
but not the next person.”
Because subletting can be so complicated, not all students
choose to do so during the summer months. Some said the
benefits of living in University housing outweighed the advan
tages of living somewhere else.
Gaurang Gala, a rising sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill,
said he is lucky to be living in Old West Residence Hall dur
ing the summer while he takes some classes.
Gala said he chose to live in Granville rather than a resi
dence hall because Granville sent out its housing applications
before the Department of Housing and Residential Education,
but he said he enjoying his brief stay on campus and wished
he could five here during the academic year.
Unfortunately for Gala, living at Granville means he has
the least priority to get on-campus housing for the rest of his
time at UNC-CH. “I can’t get on campus," Gala said. “Plus
most juniors and seniors get an apartment - that’s a rule.”
Students are not the only ones who face the complications
of subletting. If anyone knows best about sticky housing sit
uations, it is the apartment managers themselves.
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Alexander Dianis, 3, Lee’s son.
The (Raleigh) News & Observer
reported that deputies went to the home
of Janet Gates at 2723 Orange Chapel
Clover Garden Church Road shortly after
8 p.m. Monday because her estranged
husband, Alan Gates, 52, was there in vio
lation of a court order issued June 11 in
Orange County District Court. When
deputies arrived they found Alan Gates
on a bed with a revolver by his side.
As they were placing Alan Gates
under arrest, Janet Gates went to the
back of the house, where she discovered
the three bodies.
For all the stories in the paper and much
more head to the DTH online.
Celebrating the Fourth
Despite the lack of fireworks in both Chapel Hill and Carrboro this year
due to budgetary concerns, both towns have scheduled activities for the
A celebration begins at 7 p.m. in McCorkle Place on UNC's campus,
sponsored by Chapel Hill's Downtown Commission and the Department of
Parks and Recreation.
Festivities in Carrboro kick off at 9:30 a.m. on the Weaver Street Market
Carrboro’s 'People's Parade" begins at 11 a.m. and goes from Weaver
Street to Town Hall.
Activities run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Carrboro Town Hall and
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University officials predict
that cleanup of the dump
on the Horace Williams tract
will cost about $lO million.
By Peter Gilchrist
Local residents have been asking
UNC to clean up its mess for a long
time, and now they have started to put
pressure on the University to take
Last week Bob Epting and Julie
McClintock handed a petition to the
Chapel Hill Town Council requesting
that the chemical dump on the edge of
the Horace Williams tract be cleaned
The council responded by schedul
ing the issue into its agenda July 26,
when debate on the issue could end
with a vote.
The dump, located next to the town’s
public works yard, has 18 burial pits
that hold thousands of botdes and cans
and contain waste from UNC’s
Department of Chemistry and UNC
Hospitals. The dump was used by UNC
Epting, an environmental lawyer,
became involved with the situation after
hearing the cleanup could be delayed
due to UNC development plans for the
“I have known about that site for
about 15 years,” Epting said. “Everyone
has agreed it ought to be cleaned up
and here it is, 15 years later, and it’s not
“This is not just a matter of some pre
sent crankiness on our part.”
Peter Reinhardt, UNC’s Department
of Environment, Health and Safety
director, said the University plans to
clean up the chemical dump as soon as
it can pay for it.
“We need funds in order to clean it
up, and we have not yet identified those
funds,” he said. “We are looking for
“The administration is trying to fig
ure how we can pay for this, and we are
hoping that we can get started soon.”
Reinhardt said the removal of the
chemicals would cost UNC about $lO
“That is not a definite estimate. Until
we get a real design done, we can’t real
ly put a number on it, but that is our
best guess at this point,” he said.
The removal of the dump would
involve digging into the waste and
removing the contents one by one.
The materials would then be
processed in an area that would offer
neighbors safety against chemical blasts
McClintock, who lives near the
dump, brought the petition to the coun-
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