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Volume 110, Issue 79
Report Cites UNC Response to Lab Inquiry
By Lynne Shallcross
The University publicly released a 44-page
review to the National Institutes of Health on ani
mal treatment in UNC’s laboratories Monday,
detailing the changes that have been made in
response to complaints filed in April.
Although UNC’s Institutional Animal Care
and Use Committee discredited many of the vio
lations cited by Kate Turlington - an undercover
GBL Find Not
Sign of Trend
Student had court date
continued to October
By Erin Ganley
A UNC student who was arrested on felony
drug charges Thursday was granted a continu
ance on his court date Friday.
Justin Ryncavage, 18, of 239 Craige North
Residence Hall, was charged with one count of
possession of the chemical gamma-butyrolactone.
GBL is used to manufac
ture the “date rape” drug
The drugs, allegedly
mailed to Ryncavage in a
package, were intercepted
by the U.S. Postal Service as
part of a nationwide drug
sweep. The package con
tained 780 milliliters of
GBL, roughly the amount of
two 12-ounce soda cans.
GHB is often put in
alcoholic drinks to cause a person to become
unconscious or to make a person unable to resist
Officials at the Orange County clerk’s office
said Ryncavage will be represented by his own
lawyer at his rescheduled Oct 24 hearing at
Orange County District Court in Hillsborough.
Under the N.C. General Statutes, “possession
of an immediate precursor chemical with intent
to manufacture a controlled substance” can be
punished as a Class H felony.
The penalties for a Class H felony depend on
many factors, including the person’s prior crim
inal record. With a clean criminal record, the
minimum punishments can range from proba
tion to eight months imprisonment.
Student Attorney General Amanda Spillman
See ARREST, Page 5
By Christine Grauer
Chapel Hill Town Council members voted 8-
1 Monday to send a proposal to the N.C.
Department of Transportation recommending
the expansion of the entire length of Weaver
Dairy Road to three lanes.
Although the focus of Monday’s Town Council
meeting was the vote to approve the proposed
expansion, council members similarly empha
sized a commitment to the future of Chapel Hill.
Aaron Nelson, president of the Chapel Hill-
Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, issued a pol
icy statement endorsing the road expansion -
one lane of continuous traffic in both directions
with a middle left-hand turn lane throughout the
thoroughfare, in addition to sidewalks and bike
paths on both sides of the roadway.
The road improvemfents would be focused on
the section of Weaver Dairy Road between N.C.
See COUNCIL, Page 5
Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.
Three UNC-system schools receive budget funds
to contend with the state's teacher shortage.
See Page 6
investigator for People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals - University officials did find prob
lems they said warranted changes.
In April, PETA released a video of footage
secretly collected by Turlington earlier this year
as she worked as a researcher in UNC’s labs in
the Thurston Bowles building.
IACUC spent between 1,500 and 2,000 hours
investigating PETA’s charges of animal mistreat
ment and cruelty. University officials have made
some changes, but they are still working on inves
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home to 140 technology- and research-oriented companies. Just 50 years ago, RTP existed only on paper.
Location, Hard Work Draw
Businesses, Brains to RTP
Research Triangle Park still growing, drawing companies, officials say
By Alison Ross
Where pine trees once stood, there are now gated multimillion
Where tobacco once grew, major pharmaceutical companies
now do research on everything from Alzheimer’s disease to
lung cancer. And where cows once grazed, there are now row after row of full
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tigating others, said Tony Waldrop, vice chancel
lor for research. Some problems, such as the dis
posal of dead animals, rodent breeding and over
crowding, are still works in progress, the report
Since the complaints were made, two lab
workers were put on probation for a year, two
more were suspended from laboratory animal
privileges for three months and management has
been changed in the Thurston Bowles facility
because of the resignation of the supervisor,
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according to IACUC’s report.
In response to many of the cited violations, the
report states that Turlington was unaware of the
IACUC regulations - which officials say were
being followed - or that she misinterpreted cer
tain procedures. The report noted that many
questionable practices were in fact within UNC’s
“Some of her conclusions were not correct,”
But PETA officials do not accept the idea that
Research Triangle Park, between Chapel
Hill and Raleigh, is home to 140 technolo
gy- and research-oriented companies.
But 50 yean ago, the sprawling 7,000-acre
development existed only in the minds of a
few ambitious state businessmen and acade
mics. It took the support of two governors,
the foresight of several businessmen and the
intellectual resources of the area’s three uni
versities to get RTP where it is today.
In the 19505, North Carolina was an
economically depressed state that ranked
second to last in the nation in per capita
income. The state’s three main industries
were textiles, agriculture and furniture.
Jamie Nunnelly, RTP communications
director, said that despite the existence of
three doctoral research universities - Duke
University, N.C. State University and
UNC-Chapel Hill - industries were slow
to take advantage of academic resources.
“Industry and the universities didn’t
often collaborate,” Nunnelly said.
At the same time, a handful of people
across the state began tinkering with the
idea of a research center that would forge
cooperation between research organizations
from industrial fields and N.C. universities.
The idea began to develop under the
leadership of then-N.C. Gov. Luther
Hodges, area businessman Romeo Guest
and financial investor Karl Robbins, who
in 1957 supplied the funds to purchase the
park’s first 3,559 acres.
In 1959, Hodges announced the creation
of the nonprofit Research Triangle
Foundation and continued to purchase land.
See RTP, Page 5
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Turlington was off-base. “I think Kate
Turlington’s credibility is unimpeachable,” said
Mary Beth Sweedand, director of research and
investigations at PETA.
Much of the report explains and refutes claims
Turlington made in PETA’s video.
In reaction to a complaint involving the
decapitation of small mice with scissors,
University officials stated that the lab workers
See REVIEW, Page 5
UNC-Chapel Hill budget
awaits system direction
By Joelle Ruben
and Nikki Werking
Although UNC-system officials are relieved
that the budget passed Friday by the N.C. General
Assembly included smaller-than-anticipated cuts
to higher education, UNC-Chapel Hill leaders
remain uncertain of their final fiscal outlook.
The system budget cut of 2.9 percent decided
Friday was far less than the 5 percent cut the
University began bracing for last spring.
Now, UNC-CH administrators must wait at
least a week before hearing and acting upon con
crete budget figures. “The short-term news looks
good,” said Provost Robert Shelton. “But we
don’t know what the cut is going to be yet.”
The General Assembly’s decision still must be
approved by Gov. Mike Easley before being sent
to the state budget office. This office will then
send new appropriations to each state agency,
including the UNC system.
The Office of the President then will send the
See BUDGET, Page 5
Refuses to Halt
County officials say they
might appeal ruling
By Jamie Doegher
Assistant City Editor
Orange County’s attempt to halt Carolina
Power & Light Co.’s expansion plans was struck
down Thursday by the U.S. Court of Appeals.
CP&L expansion plans include increased stor
age of uranium fuel rods in cooling pools at the
local Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant.
The court’s ruling went in favor of the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, which oversees the
operations of the power companies, based on its
research that the chance of a nuclear accident
occurring would be extremely rare.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners
wants CP&L to store waste in dry casks to mini
mize the likelihood of an incident. The board
also requested an environmental impact state
ment to gauge the effects of the fuel storage.
Diane Curran, the attorney representing
Orange County, said NRC scientists have admit
ted that an accident could occur if any water in
the cooling pools is lost.
“They haven’t changed anything, and now
we’ve got 9-11 and we know there’s people with
See CP&L, Page 5