WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2004
New group inches to fruition
BY SHANNAN BOWEN
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
UNC, town and business leaders
sat at the same table Tuesday to dis
cuss the future entity that will rep
resent all three groups in an
attempt to guide economic devel
opment in downtown Chapel Hill.
The Chapel Hill Downtown
Steering Committee, a subcommit
tee of the Downtown Commission
that comprises these leaders,
decided on a membership struc
ture and mission statement for the
new, nameless entity that will com
bine the three groups historically
known for butting heads.
At a Feb. 26 meeting, the steer
ing committee decided to organize
the new entity as a nonprofit cor
poration funded in three equal
parts by the town, the University
and business community.
“It’s the first time in four years
that we had the University, town
and business community on the
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same page,” committee member
Betty Kenan said.
The committee decided on a
mission statement: “Bring the
resources of the town, University
and downtown community
together to maintain, enhance and
promote downtown as the social,
cultural and spiritual center of
Chapel Hill through economic
The group will consist of seven
members, two from each con
stituency, who will hold two-year
terms and will select on by the sev
enth member as chairman.
Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy
will recommend that the Chapel
Hill Town Council appoint one
business and one property owner
to the new organization and
choose other candidates from a
slate of individuals the Downtown
Commission will select.
In an effort to attain equal vol
untary funds from each group for
the new entity, the committee
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decided Feb. 26 not to levy a spe
cial tax on downtown property.
But Charles House, chairman of
the Downtown Commission Board
of Directors and a local business
owner, said the commission pro
poses keeping the district tax to
ensure that all downtown property
owners and merchants pay their
fair share toward the future suc
cess of the organization.
However, Chapel Hill Town
Manager Cal Horton said he would
not support funding handled by
the Downtown Commission.
“I’d rather the money go straight
to the entity than pass through
someone else’s hands,” he said. “My
experience is when money passes
through somewhere else, it doesn’t
always pass through.”
After Foy’s recommendation is
presented to the council, a public
hearing will be set on the structure
and mission of the group. The
council then will appoint board
members by late May or early June.
“We need to start something
before July,” Foy said. “Someone’s
going to have to find people to sit
on this board. It’s not a matter
where we can put an ad in the
paper. We are going to have to go
out there and recruit.”
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Moroccan suspects number 6
Death toll nears worst since Sept. 11
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MADRID, Spain Police
reportedly now suspect at least six
Moroccans took part in the Madrid
train bombings, and the United
States is assisting a growing inter
national investigation increasingly
focused on Islamic militants possi
bly linked to al-Qaida.
A 45-year-old woman died of
her injuries Tuesday, raising the
death toll from Thursday’s bomb
ings to 201. Of the more than
1,600 wounded, eight are in criti
Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco
Varela led a Mass at Madrid’s
cathedral Tuesday remembering
the victims of the bloodiest terror
ist attack in Spain’s history. “To kill
your own kind, to kill a brother, is
to attack God himself,” Varela said.
The main suspect in custody in
the attacks, Moroccan immigrant
Jamal Zougam, has been identified
by Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon
as a follower of Imad Yarkas, the
alleged leader of Spain’s al-Qaida
cell who is jailed on the suspicion
that he helped plan the Sept. 11 ter
rorist attacks on the United States.
The daily newspaper El Pais
reported Ttesday that police believe
they have identified five other
Moroccans who participated in the
attacks and are at large. Spain’s
Interior Ministry refused comment
Two people who were traveling
on one of the attacked trains said
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The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will conduct
an accreditation survey of the Student Health Service Laboratory Department on
Friday, March 26, 2004.
The purpose of the survey will be to evaluate the organization's compliance with
nationally established Joint Commission standards. The survey results will be used
to determine whether, and the conditions under which accreditation should be
awarded the organization.
Joint Commission standards deal with organizational quality of care issues and
the safety of the environment in which care is provided. Anyone believing that he
or she has pertinent and valid information about such matters may request a public
information interview with the Joint Commission's field representative at the time
of the survey. Information presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for
relevance to the accreditation process. Requests for a public information interview
must be made in writing and should be sent to the Joint Commission no later than
five working days before the survey begins. The request must also indicate the
nature of the information to be provided at the interview. Such requests should be
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telephone, and will inform the organization of the request for interview. The
organization will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time, and place
of the meeting.
This notice is posted in accordance with the Joint Commission's requirements
and may not be i amoved before the survey is completed.
Date Posted: 03/09/04
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Zougam was aboard just before the
bombs began exploding, El Pais
said. With signs that the bombings
were carried out by Islamic extrem
ists who operate and have confed
erates in several countries, FBI
agents are helping Spanish police
in using fingerprints and names to
seek a full picture of Zougam and
four other suspects in custody, a
senior U.S. law enforcement official
said in Washington, D.C.
Spanish police have also arrest
ed two more Moroccans and two
Indians, but their possible role in
the attacks has not been specified.
European countries were search
ing their databases for any infor
mation pertinent to the attack.
A U.S. official, speaking on con
dition of anonymity, said that “it’s
increasingly likely Islamic extrem
ists were involved in these attacks.
In terms of assigning responsibili
ty, it isn’t clear.”
A suspected link between the
Madrid bombings and suicide
bomb attacks in Casablanca,
Morocco, last year grew stronger
Tuesday when French private
investigator Jean-Charles Brisard
described a phone tap in which
Zougam said he had met with
Mohamed Fizazi, the spiritual
leader of Salafia Jihadia, a clan
destine Moroccan extremist group.
Salafia Jihadia is suspected of
involvement in the Casablanca
attack, which killed 33 people and
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12 bombers and has been linked to
Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida net
Brisard told The Associated
Press the tapped call is cited in a
report written for Garzon’s inquiry
of the Sept. 11 attacks. Brisard, who
is helping investigate the Sept. 11
attacks for lawyers representing
some victims’ families, has a copy
of the report. The Garzon docu
ment says that in the August 2001
monitored phone call, Zougam
told Yarkas: “On Friday, I went to
see Fizazi and I told him that if he
needed money we could help him
with our brothers,” Brisard said.
Fizazi was among 87 people sen
tenced in Morocco in August in a
trial that centered on the
Casablanca attacks. Fizazi received
a 30-year sentence after being con
victed of preaching radical Islam in
mosques and meeting with the
Casablanca attack’s perpetrators.
Police in the Basque city of San
Sebastian said they detained an
Algerian who allegedly talked about
a terrorist attack in Madrid two
months before it happened.
Authorities have been tracking
Islamic extremist activity in Spain
since the mid-1990s and say it was
an staging ground, along with
Germany, for the Sept 11 attacks.
The Madrid attacks are now one
death short of the 202 killed in
October 2002 in a nightclub
bombing in Bali blamed on an
al-Qaida-linked group which
was the deadliest terror attack
since Sept. 11,2001.