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Volume 110, Issue 117
Man Shot to Death Off Rosemary Street
Lt. Bobby Smith of the Chapel Hill Police Department
walks past the body of James Earl Thompson, who was
murdered Monday. Smith helped secure the scene.
Worries are over
By Alyssa Fine
A preliminary development plan that
would add up to 100 units of low
income housing in northeast Chapel
Hill already has sparked opposition
from some area residents.
Chape! Hill staff will present a report
at Monday’s Town Council meeting
regarding a request from Habitat for
Humanity of Orange County for fund
ing to buy a tract of land for the devel
opment of affordable housing.
Habitat for Humanity is petitioning
for $300,000 to
16.5 acres of land
on Sunrise Road
off Weaver Dairy
ed price for the
lot is $400,000.
raise SIOO,OOO on
its own to supple
ment the request
ed funds from the
tor of the local
“What we are
opposed to is
housing in an
area not suited
for it. It’s really
going to be ...
like a housing
Habitat for Humanity chapter, said she
is confident the group can raise the
$50,000 it needs in donations to receive
a matching grant from a private fund.
The plans the organization gave the
council for review are still temporary.
“The proposal we have put on the table
is a very preliminary one,” Levy said.
She said single-family housing and
rental options are part of the organiza
tion’s multiuse oudook. The group also
might collaborate with another organi
zation that provides housing for families
with slightly higher incomes.
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Bringing in the Bucks
NCPlenty, a local currency program, gains
greater acceptance in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
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Monday afternoon shooting is Ist homicide in Chapel Hill in 2 1/2 years
By John Frank
Assistant University Editor
A heated argument between two Chapel
Hill men escalated to gunfire in broad daylight
Monday afternoon, leaving one dead and the
other charged with murder.
Chapel Hill police arrested Sherman Albert
Tate Sr., 65, on charges of the first-degree mur
der of his son-in-law James Earl Thompson,
34, on Monday, said Carl Fox, Orange County
One witness, who only identified herself by
her initials K.W., said two men - later identi
fied by police as Tate and Thompson - were
arguing loudly in the door of Tate Realty &
Construction Cos., at 342 W. Rosemary St.
“It worried me because I thought someone
was going to be hurt soon,” she said.
The argument soon escalated to violence,
and Tate allegedly opened fire on Thompson
in the vicinity of the parking lot next to the
office building, witnesses said. Thompson was
shot once in the head before he tried to ran,
taking two shots in the back before he col
lapsed in the middle of Mitchell Lane, about 75
yards from West Rosemary Street, they said.
Police would neither confirm nor deny wit
nesses’ accounts and would not say how many
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Freshman point guard Raymond Felton dunks in the Tar Heels' 30-point victory against
Penn State. Felton scored nine points and dished out 10 assists, a record for a UNC debut.
UNC Exudes Confidence
In Season-Opening Win
By lan Gordon
Perhaps the start of it all came before they hit
the court, a bit before they even got on the floor.
On the first day of practice, former North
Carolina men’s basket
ball player Jason Capel
returned to Chapel Hill
to talk to the Tar Heels.
His message? Bring
back the tradition.
“That struck home
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with me,” said freshman Sean May. “I felt that.”
Apparently so did May’s teammates.
Monday night, the Tar Heels breathed fife into
anew chapter of UNC hoops lore and gave
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
shots were fired.
“All I know is that there was more than one
shot,” said Chapel Hill police spokeswoman
Jane Cousins. “It is still under investigation.”
Police responded to reports of gunshots at
1:18 p.m. in the area of West Rosemary Street
and Mitchell Lane, near a popular student off
campus parking lot and apartment complex.
When Chapel Hill police officers arrived on
the scene, Tate, of 104 Apple St., was identified
by a witness and quickly taken into custody.
Thompson, of 410 Knolls St., was pro
nounced dead at the scene.
Police were interviewing two potential wit
nesses, a man and a woman, who told police
they saw the shooting.
Officers obtained a handgun believed to be
tlie weapon involved in the shooting. Police
also removed a champagne GMC Envoy and a
green Lincoln Navigator from the parking lot
next to the building but would not comment on
any other evidence gathered from the scene.
It was unclear Monday night to whom the
cars were registered, but the Envoy was an
Enterprise rental car. An Enterprise
spokesman would not comment about whom
the car possibly was rented by.
Later Monday evening, Tate was taken to
Orange County District Court in
another generation of fans hope for an exciting,
and maybe successful, season.
Led by freshman wingman Rashad McCants’
28 points - the most points ever scored in a
UNC debut - the Tar Heels trounced Penn State
85-55 before 16,282 at the Smith Center.
UNC (1-0) advanced to the second round of
the Preseason NIT with the win. The Tar Heels
will host Rutgers, a 60-36 winner against
Columbia, at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“I couldn’t envision us up by 20 or 30, but I
could envision us getting a win,” said freshman
point guard Raymond Felton.
It was apparent from the start that these were
not the Tar Heels from Capel’s final year at UNC.
See BASKETBALL, Page 4
Tradition never graduates.
UNC's Skydiving Club
takes to the skies.
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Hillsborough, where he was charged with first
degree murder. Bond was set at $25,000,
which Tate posted that night.
Fox said that he asked the judge for a
SIOO,OOO bond but that the judge lowered the
amount because Tate has no prior record, is 65
years old and lives in the area.
Tate is the brother of the late George Tate
Jr., a prominent Chapel Hill real estate broker
who died nine days ago at the age of 70.
Calls to the Tate family were not returned
Fox hadn’t received the report from the
police department, and he wouldn’t comment
on the sentence he might pursue. But due to the
nature of the incident, he said, it is possible the
charge will be reduced. “It’s not every day you
have a 65-year-old man commit a crime like
this,” he said. “It just doesn’t happen that often.”
The homicide was the first in Chapel Hill in
more than 2 1/2 years and has left the com
munity in shock.
Heather Viscusi, who works across the street
from the crime scene, said she was alarmed by
a murder so close to home. “It’s scary, espe
cially because it was in broad daylight.”
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GOP Leader Faces
Fight for Speaker
By Jamie McGee
Legislators say that despite his party’s
slight majority in the N.C. House of
Representatives, speaker nominee Leo
Daughtry, R-Johnston, likely does not
have the votes to gain the speakership.
Rep. Connie Wilson, R-Mecklenburg,
whom Daughtry defeated for the
Republican nomination in a 36-20 vote,
said although Daughtry was victorious,
he does not have enough votes within his
party to gain the highest House position.
“There are enough people saying
under no circumstance will they vote for
Daughtry,” Wilson said. “It guarantees he
won’t be the next speaker. People who
have worked with Daughtry for years for
some reason don’t want to vote for him.”
Daughtry, the House minority leader,
will face House Speaker Jim Black, D-
Mecklenburg, who is seeking re-election,
and Rep. Richard Morgan, R-Moore, a
former House minority leader who plans
to run in January as a bipartisan candidate.
The House speaker has the responsi-
Student Leaders Address
Concerns at Fall Forum
By Sarah Kott
Campus safety, high textbook prices
and Honor Court concerns headlined
Monday night’s Fall Forum.
More than 40 student government
representatives, organization leaders and
interested students missed UNC’s bas
ketball game to voice their opinions and
concerns for nearly 1 1/2 hours.
Safety issues took center stage as
Alexa Kleysteuber, chairwoman of stu
dent government’s Safety and Security
Committee, discussed plans to cut fund
ing for the SAFE Escort program at the
end of the semester.
SAFE Escort, which transports stu
dents from libraries to residence halls at
night via golf cart, required nearly
$32,000 per semester to operate.
“It wasn’t the most efficient way to
See FALL FORUM, Page 4
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bility of making committee appoint
ments and setting the legislative agenda.
With Republicans holding only a slim
61-59 majority in the House, the speaker
election could swing any way, said Ferrel
Guillory, director of UNC’s Program on
Southern Politics, Media and Public Life.
“The vote for speaker wasn’t com
pletely settled by the vote in the
Republican caucus,” he said. “The nom
ination gives (Daughtry) a strong claim to
speaker, but I think there is still time for
intraparty and interparty negotiation.”
Guillory added that Black, known as a
consensus-builder, remains a strong can
didate for House speaker.“( Black) tried
not to move on things until he could
assemble the majority,” he said. “He tried
to give the House room to speak, debate,
to offer ideas -very pragmatic.”
Black spokesman Danny Lineberry
said Black is confident he will remain in
his position, largely through appeals to
legislators on both sides of the aisle. “He
will be working untiljanuary 29 to build a
See SPEAKER, Page 4
Jennifer Orr, a member of the
textbook committee, addresses
the issue of textbook pricing.