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Volume 110, Issue 87
Center Funds Cut as Session Ends
Hospitals asked to begin
cancer center planning
By Elyse Ashburn
State & National Editor
RALEIGH - Legislators on Thursday shot
down UNC Hospitals’ last chance to receive funds
for anew cancer treatment center this session.
Both chambers approved the final version of an
economic incentives bill, which lacked funds for a
new cancer treatment center at UNC-Chapel Hill
and a biophaimaceutical research facility at N.C.
The economic incen
tives bill, which was nearly
killed in a conference com
mittee, was the last major
item on the legislature’s
length, officials say
agenda before its adjournment early Friday.
“This has been a long and difficult bill for many
of us," said Rep. Bill Owens, D-Pasquotank. “She
was dead a couple times. We had to give her
mouth to mouth and bring her back to life.”
A week ago, N.C. Senate leaders inserted a
provision in the economic incentives bill pro-
viding $l3O million
in funding for the
cancer center. The
provision was later
scaled down to $6
million in startup
funding before final
ly being eliminated
Thursday in confer
the $6 million for
doing so would have
forced Gov. Mike
Easley to trim addi
tional money from
other state agencies.
would have taken
the money from
somewhere, and we
didn’t want him to
“It will be one of
the first things to
go next year. That
thing will sail
through here like
a knife through
hot butter. ”
take it from education or health and human ser
vices,” said Redwine, chairman of the House
The economic incentives bill does include
language authorizing planning and develop
ment of the UNC-CH cancer treatment center
and a biopharmaceutical research facility.
“I’m delighted we at least have the reference
to the biopharmaceutical center and the cancer
center,” said Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange. “At
least we have our foot in the door.
“Sometimes you have to take baby steps.
This is a baby step.”
Redwine said that although the economic
incentives legislation does not include funding
for the two centers, it is an appropriate initial
step for righting the state economy.
He added that the original Senate proposals
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Web Cast Gives Library Groundbreaking More Viewers
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Spectators watch the groundbreaking of the Health
Sciences Library on Thursday at the Carolina Inn.
Under the Sun
Tar Heels will try to snap a two-game
losing streak Saturday against the Sun Devils.
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N.C. LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS
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Above: Rep. Edd Nye, D-Bladen (left) and Sen. Frank Ballance, D-Warren, celebrate the adjournment of the legislative
session on Thursday afternoon. Below: Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange, concluded his service in the General Assembly
with a speech Thursday. Lee lost in the Democratic primary to colleague Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange, on Sept. 10.
Legislative Clock Stops as Lee's
Time in Senate Comes to a Close
By Elyse Ashburn
The State & National Editor
RALEIGH - Desks were cleared. Hands were
shaken. Goodbyes were said.
For a while time even stood still as lawmakers
unplugged the official legislative clock, allowing the
last day of session to drag on past the 9 p.m. cutoff.
The N.C. General Assembly could not meet its
deadline because legislators simply had too much
business to wrap up. But it seemed that some law
makers - those for whom this truly was the end -
didn’t mind if time stood still for awhile.
Some legislators were casting their final votes
Thursday because they had chosen retirement.
Others, like Orange County Sen. Howard Lee,
had been forced out of their seats in the primary
election largely because of a partisan legislative
“When the filing date ended, I remember thinking I would have
a walk-over for the first time in my life,” Lee said. “Litde did I know
things would change so drastically that I would be walking out
“But I can tell you tonight, I am at peace.”
Lee said that though he has left much work undone, he finds solace
in all he has accomplished during his six terms in the N.C. Senate.
His success at pushing legislation to improve all areas of public edu
By Brian Hudson
While the groundbreaking ceremony officially com
menced the renovation of UNC’s Health Sciences Library on
Thursday, spectators took advantage of the medium that has
made library resources much more accessible.
Roughly 50 invited guests and other spectators watched the
event, which was broadcast live over the Internet, at the
“Technology is a focus of our renovation - what better way
to unveil this than over the Internet?” asked Carol Jenkins,
director of the Health Sciences Library.
The library, built in 1971, began the first stage of its reno
vation in a ceremony that included a speech from Chancellor
James Moeser and the destruction of an interior wall.
Because the groundbreaking was indoors and in a small
space, people watched the ceremony through a live Web cast.
Jenkins said this allowed officials to invite more people than
Finality is not the language of politics.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
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Friends, family remember
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cation - from kindergarten to graduate school- is
the accomplishment of which he is the most proud.
“I remember passing landmark pieces of leg
islation for education that will serve the yet bom,”
Lee said in his impromptu farewell address.
Those closest to him in the Senate - notably
Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight -
agreed that Lee has left a lasting mark on educa
tion in the state.
“I know that the (university) you love so much
would not have the graduates it does today if you
had not appeared in this building,” Basnight said.
Lee’s most remarkable characteristic is his com
mitment not only to educating the young but to
increasing opportunities for all people, said Senate
Majority Leader Tony Rand, D-Cumberland.
“There are about 100 things I could point to,
but the sum is really greater than the total of the
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parts,” he said. “He’s made a major contribution to the state.”
Rand said Lee brought to the table an irreplaceable perspective that
he always offered with tact and sincerity. “Senator Lee is really an inspi
ration to all of us. He’s a wonderful human being and a great friend.”
Rand’s sentiment was roundly echoed in the Senate chamber -
from the sergeants at arms who quietly expressed the loss they felt to
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they normally would have.
“We wanted to showcase our high-tech future vision,” she
At the Carolina Inn ceremony, librarian Margaret Moore
said the Internet broadcast “embodies what is most important
to (librarians) in where we are going in the future.”
The two-part renovation will cost sl2 million and is
scheduled for completion in spring 2004. The project’s first
phase - which is expected to take about 14 months -
involves the renovation of the library’s basement and the
first three floors.
During the renovation, the library will triple the number of
computer workstations, double the number of electronic
information and reference stations and add five computerized
study group rooms, said Sue Estroff, a professor of medicine
and the Faculty Council chairwoman.
“It is going to be real state-of-the-art,” she said.
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Saturday: Partly Cloudy; H 84, L 57
Sunday: Partly Cloudy; H 82, L 56
By Jenny Immei.
The Carrboro-Chapel Hill-UNC Crime Stoppers
announced Thursday that it is offering a $5OO reward for
information leading to the arrest of two suspects involv
ing an armed robbery at Avery Residence Hall.
University police Maj. Jeff McCracken said the crime
is still under investigation and would not comment
Thursday on any possible leads in the case.
Chapel Hill police officials said they are working with
University police to investigate a possible connection
between that crime and a breaking and entering and larce
ny reported in Granville Towers East that happened the
An 18-year-old UNC student was robbed at gunpoint
at 6:51 p.m Sept. 19 in Avery.
The robber took a laptop computer, cellular phone,
gold chain and $4, police reports state.
A little earlier, a Granville resident reportedly was
robbed of his laptop and cell phone while out of his room
for 15 minutes. The Granville victim said the suspect
knocked on his door at 6:10 p.m. and said he was in the
wrong room. The victim left his room around 6:30 p.m.
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Members of Durham's Bouncing Bulldogs practice
before their performance at last year's Festifall.
Festifall to Bring
To Franklin St.
By Kim Silvers
Downtown Chapel Hill will be engulfed in arts, crafts
and entertainment Sunday as the Chapel Hill Parks and
Recreation Department presents the 30th annual Festifall
Arts and Crafts Street Fair.
West Franklin Street will exhibit a variety of local arts,
crafts and entertainment for everyone in the communi
ty. The festivities start at 1 p.m. and last until 6 p.m.
Parrish Anderson, public events coordinator for
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, described the event as
a showcase of local talents and creativity.
“So many different people, of different cultures, faces
and lives come together to experience their community,”
Anderson said. “It’s a very special thing.”
Wes Tilghman, arts and special events coordinator,
planned Sunday’s entertainment. He said three enter
tainment venues will provide the audience with local
inspiration and popular music, with kids’ zone perfor
mances for children’s amusement. The “In the Park"
stage will demonstrate eclectic entertainment, including
martial arts and belly dancing.
“Festifall is a community celebration,” Tilghman said.
“It creates a unity and solidarity within the community,
and we are proud to serve the community in this way.”
Local artists and craftsmen will feature a mixture of
pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, candles, toys,
woodworks, fabrics and clothing.
In the kids’ zone, children can enjoy face-painters from
Disney World, temporary tattoos and a climbing wall
located near the McDonald’s at 409 W. Franklin St.
Deviating from typical street fair food, Festifall will
bring something unusual to West Franklin Street Food
accounts for a major part of the day, bringing a plethora
of international food that Anderson said many “don’t
normally have at the dinner table.”
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