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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C, speaks to reporters at The Warwick Hotel in New York City after a breakfast for the N.C. delegation to the Republican National Convention.
BY EMMA BURGIN NEW YORK
STATES NATIONAL EDITOR
Wearing her trademark red suit,
Sen. Elizabeth Dole entered
the North Carolina Republican
delegates’ breakfast with a bit
The soon-to-be-senior senator from North
Carolina arrived late because of traffic she
hit on the way back from an interview with
Dole will become the state’s most experi
enced senator in January. John Edwards, the
state’s current senior senator, is not seeking
re-election in order to concentrate on his vice
presidential bid alongside Democratic nomi
nee John Kerry.
Her busy schedule in addition to Monday’s
television appearance, she will appear on “Fox
and Friends” today has sent Dole jet-setting
around the country as she becomes one of the
leading women in the Republican Party.
“She has taken and will continue to take
a large leadership position in our party,”
said Ferrell Blount, chairman of the N.C.
Republican Party. “That’s indicative of the
fact that the national party is looking to North
Carolina for leadership.”
Dole will speak at the 2004 Republican
National Convention at 8 p.m. today.
“I said, ‘Vote for Governor George Bush
SEE DOLE, PAGE 5
Bowles stumps on campus
BY KAVITA PILLAI
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
UNC’s Young Democrats saw their larg
est turnout in recent memory at a meeting
Monday night, thanks to a planned rally for
U.S. Senate candidate Erskine Bowles.
The Charlotte investment banker walked
out to a standing ovation from students tot
ing Kerry-Edwards and
Bowles 2004 signs and
bumper stickers. And
cheers from the crowd
interrupted Bowles’ enthu
siastic speech several times
in the first few minutes.
“This is incredible,”
rally at NCSU
Bowles said to the students of his alma
mater. “I’m thrilled to be home.”
The group’s president, Justin Guillory,
said Bowles drew about 600 people to the
Student Union’s Great Hall. Bowles’ visit
to a 2002 Young Democrats meeting had a
turnout of about 400.
SEE BOWLES, PAGE 5
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First nights speakers
focus on unity, Sept. 11
BY LAURA YOUNGS
NEW YORK An uproarious and energetic
crowd kicked off the 2004 Republican National
Convention on Monday night, cheering the evening’s
speakers as they talked of a united country.
A packed floor crawling with delegates greet
ed speakers, including former New York Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,
who spoke of strengthening national defense and
fighting the war on terror.
“Like all wars, it has its ups and down, but we
must fight,” McCain said.
“We must learn from our mistakes and improve
on our successes to provide a much stronger and
better country than we were blessed to inherent.”
McCain also focused on strengthening the war on
terror, stating that it is necessary in order to make
the world a safer place and that Bush has shown
resolve in stopping global terrorism.
“President Bush deserves not only our support,
but our admiration,” he said.
“As the president rightly reminds us, we are safer
now than we were on September 11, but we’re not
yet safe. We’re still closer to the beginning than the
end of this fight.”
“We need a leader willing to make tough deci
sions,” he continued.
“And this president will not rest until America is
stronger and safer still.”
The evening also included speeches from fami
lies of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks as well as from former New York City Police
Commissioner Bernard Kerik.
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U.S. Senate candidate Erskine Bowles speaks
at a UNC Young Democrats meeting Monday
night in the Great Hall of the Student Union.
Freshman Jaime Gilbert makes a ‘miracle
debut’ for women's soccer PAGE 9
Earlier Monday, after a speech by New York
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, delegates threw their
support behind Vice President Dick Cheney
officially nominating him to run as the vice
presidential candidate in the 2004 presidential
Bloomberg addressed a crowd of delegates with
a tone of hope, thanking the country for its support
during the terrorist attacks and proclaiming that the
city is proud to host the 2004 convention.
“This convention is our chance to say thank you,
and it’s why we’re making our town your town,” he
Drawing on the memories of the attacks,
Bloomberg reminded everyone that though the city
was hit hard, it recovered —but not without the aid
of the country.
“The terrorists hit us there, our knees buckled,
but we stayed on our feet and we showed that our
dreams, our liberties will never be lost to hate,” he
said to an applauding crowd.
“In our greatest hour of need, you ... were there
for us. And we owe you more than we can say.”
Bloomberg continued, asking those before him
for their backing of Bush.
“The president deserves our support, and we
are here to support him, and I am here to support
The evening ended with a standing ovation, as
Giuliani reminded the crowd of what he called a
strong resolve on the part of the president.
“He is dedicated to America, under his leader-
SEE KICKOFF, PAGE 5
Edwards, Clark criticize Bush
BY ERIN GIBSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
WILMINGTON - Sen. John
Edwards strayed from the upbeat
family-oriented rallies that have
become the Democratic Party’s
signature during his solo speech
at UNC-Wilmington on Monday
Veterans peppered the audience
and filled the stage to show their
support for the democratic ticket.
In place of “Johnny B. Goode,”
classical music played quietly in
the background, setting the tone
for a more serious, direct event.
Edwards was introduced by Gen.
Wesley Clark and welcomed onstage
with a standing ovation from the
packed Kenan Auditorium.
Edwards outlined his and Kerry’s
plan for national security while
pointing out the differences between
SEE EDWARDS, PAGE 5
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John Edwards waves to a packed house after delivering a speech Monday morning at Kenan
Auditorium on the UNC-Wilmington campus. Many veterans joined Edwards on the stage.
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2004
Reports: Police make more
arrests at onset of semester
BY TERRENCE JORDAN
AND DAN SCHWIND
The town of Chapel Hill experienced a rise in
crime rates during the last three weekends as stu
dents returned for fall classes.
State and local law enforcement records show a
rise in larcenies, driving while intoxicated arrests,
drug-related arrests and noise ordinance violations
during each of the last three weekends.
Chapel Hill police reports indicate that many of
these crimes involved students.
Between Thursday night and early Sunday
morning, at least five UNC students were
arrested on various charges, and many students
were cited on noise ordinance violations, reports
Chapel Hill police reports also show that police
issued four times the number of underage drink
ing-related violations this weekend than the previ
ous two weekends combined.
Chapel Hill police records show there were
reports of 14 different driving while intoxicated
charges this weekend. Four of those charges
involved students, reports state.
N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement agents also were
busy cracking down on underage drinking.
Tony Mills, assistant supervisor for Raleigh’s
ALE office, said agents made 30 arrests on 43
charges Thursday, including 10 for underage
drinking and 21 for using false identification.
Chapel Hill police and ALE agents also issued
five citations for selling alcohol to minors this
weekend to local stores, including Key Food
Mart on Rosemary Street, Ken’s Quickee Mart in
University Square and the Carr Mill Mall Harris
Teeter in Carrboro.
While ALE agents did not make any arrests
Friday or Saturday, they still considered it a busy
“We’ve had busier weekends,” Mills said. “But we
still had a lot of work to do.”
Serious crimes also have been reported since
This weekend, there were reports of one aggra
vated assault; one sex offense, which occurred
at Fraternity Court; one charge of assault with
a deadly weapon; and one case of assault with
intent to kill or commit serious injury, according
Town officials were prepared for the jump in
reported incidents, an increase that is typically
associated with the return of students.
Chapel Hill police spokeswoman Jane Cousins
said the police department increases patrols when
students come in, as well as during other periods
of high activity in town.
Mills said ALE also braces for the influx of
students each year by bringing in extra agents to
Orange County in addition to the two resident
While ALE primarily was focused on having an
increased presence this weekend, Mills said agents
plan to continue operating with extra agents for
“If what we did on Thursday deterred people
on Friday, we succeeded,” he said. “But there’s no
telling when we’ll stop.”
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