VOLUME 113, ISSUE 89
The N.C. Division of Public Health hosted a forum
Thursday to remind all North Carolinians to get
vaccinated as the flu season approaches.
■ High-risk individuals, including young children, the
elderly and those with weak immune systems, should
get vaccinated before Oct. 24.
■ After that, vaccinations will be made available to
the general public.
■ Student Health Services will be providing vaccina
tions for students. See studenthealth.unc.edu for
times and locations.
■ The Orange County Health Department will offer
vaccine clinics next month. Call 968-2022 for help.
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Bill Tase screws on the last chair of his swings ride Thursday in preparation for the N.C. State Fair's opening day. Tase, originally from Michigan, has worked
on fair rides for 30 years. The N.C. State Fair will start today in Raleigh and last until Oct. 23, featuring animals, rides and contests, among other favorites.
LOOKING FOR A RIDE
As N.C. State Fair opens, historic number of rides not ready
BY KYLE CHORPENING
The N.C. State Fair an event that
brings together former “American
Idol” contestants, duck races, demo
lition derbies and fried dough stands
But when die gates open at 8 a.m.,
there still will be many rides closed
to the public.
Eighty-one of the 120 rides brought
by Wade Shows, the fair’s midway
operator, had failed to pass inspection
as of Thursday afternoon.
“The midway operator and their
folks are working very feverishly to
get the rides in compliance with our
state’s strict safety standards,” said
Elections impact UNC s future
BY LAURA FRIED
Undergraduate students make
up almost half the total popula
tion of Chapel Hill, though many
of them don’t show up to the polls
to vote in municipal elections.
Tiffany Reed, a senior English
major, said that although she
understands that voting in local
elections affects students, she
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COME CHILDREN County group plans
own Boys & Girls Club to open next year
THERE THEY GO International students
split the U.S. for Canada at increasing rate
GIVE ME SHELTER Evacuees struggle
to find housing as shelter deadline nears
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Triangle transit plans off course
AS CONGRESS DEADLINE SETS,
RIDERSHIP REMAINS UNPROVEN
BY ERIC JOHNSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
RALEIGH The Triangle’s pro
posed commuter rail project once
again is facing an uncertain future,
as updated ridership estimates fell
short of what officials had wanted.
The Triangle Transit Authority
had until today to submit the lat
est batch of computer projections,
Brian Long, a spokesman for the N.C.
Department of Agriculture.
Contributing to the problems is
the fact that Wade Shows previously
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is the only state that requires rides
to pass 100 percent of manufac
turer’s specifications, said Heather
Crews, a spokeswoman for the N.C.
Department of Labor.
won’t be visiting the polls Nov. 8.
Though Reed does not plan
to vote because she is registered
out of state, she
cited safety as
cially in light of
hate crime on
dates say that is just the type of
issue that should draw students
out to vote.
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Still, Long said Wade Shows was
well aware of North Carolina’s safe
ty regulations. Officials from Wade
Shows could not be reached for com
Long said that about eight rides
weren’t ready on opening day last year.
Crews said inspectors mainly have
seen electrical and some structural
“Some of the violations are minor
and can be fixed quickly,” she said.
“Others will take a little more time.”
Inspectors are planning to work
through the night to allow as many
rides as possible to pass inspection.
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has never worked
a fair in North
Carolina and that
it has brought
more rides than
the fair has ever
had before, Long
Jason Baker, a UNC sopho
more running for a spot on the
Chapel Hill Town Council, said
undergraduates should pay atten
tion to safety issues.
“Students should be concerned
with the lighting on pathways and
increasing the number of police
officers patrolling Franklin Street
and Rosemary Street,” Baker said.
But aside from safety, there are
many issues that affect Chapel Hill
and Carrboro that also have an
impact on student life at UNC.
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which the federal government will
use to assess the rail project’s viabil
The TTA is relying on federal
funding to cover about 60 percent
of the cost for its regional rail tran
sit system, a 28-mile line with 12
stops connecting Raleigh, Research
Triangle Park and Durham.
Without federal backing for the
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7:30 p.m. Dierks Bentley with
Cross Canadian Ragweed,
7:30 p.m. Edwin McCain,
Today-Sunday, Oct. 23
9:45 p.m. Fireworks
For a full schedule, see
Late Night comes early for UNC
BY ALICIA JONES
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Tonight, North Carolina bas
ketball fans likely will see David
Noel dressed as a woman.
No, the senior forward is not
participating in this week’s Coming
Out events. But if he reprises his
role from years past, he will make
an appearance as Divine Noel
for the season-opening festivities
known as Late Night with Roy
The night of beguilement high
lights the official start of the bas
ketball season, with skits, dance
performances and other hijinks
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A Carrboro mainstay moves
into anew location at a time
when increasing lease rates
and property taxes blur the
area's business outlook.
now-$689 million project, construc
tion likely could not go forward.
An earlier round of estimates
was rejected as too optimistic by
the Federal Transit Administration,
which cited flaws in the computer
model used by the TTA.
“They questioned some of the
mathematical formulas that got us
to the ridership numbers,” said Brad
Schulz, a TTA spokesman.
“It wasn’t anyone cooking the
books. We just found errors in the
The earlier projections had sug-
BY BRIAN MACPHERSON
WINSTON-SALEM He tended to defer to
more talented teammates on the offensive end, but
he scored when his team needed it most.
He found himself burned once or twice, but he
For Jawad Williams, the adjustment to his new
role on the San Antonio Spurs hasn’t been much
of an adjustment at all.
“It’s not really different,” he said. “My job is to
make open shots and do the little things because
there are guys on this team who are already estab
lished. I’m just trying to fit in.”
Williams, who started games in all four of his years
at North Carolina, scored nine points in 32 minutes
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With nine seconds left Thursday, ex-Tar Heel Jawad
Williams scores a basket in the San Antonio Spurs'
exhibition match against the Washington Wizards.
IF YOU GO
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.,
volleyball match starts at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Smith Center
from the men’s basketball team
designed to pump up fans for the
“You get to see the guys in a way
you don’t normally get to see them,”
said Kris McGrath, who as UNC’s
assistant marketing director is in
charge of Late Night preparations.
“When they’re in the game it’s
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DON'T PASS GO
County schools students
launch Orange County-opoly,
a localized version of the
Mattel favorite. Spaces are
available for area businesses.
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gested initial ridership of about
10,000 per day when the rail system
opens, but the new model estimates
only 7,100 on opening day.
“I think the model is conserva
tive,” said John Claflin, TTA’s gen
“I understand Congress wants to
make sure these projects meet the
worst case they can come up with,
and this is it.”
Claflin said the computer projec
tions were too optimistic in their
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provided a steady defensive pres
ence both in the lane and on the
On top of all that, Thursday’s
game took place in the famil
iar confines of Wake Forest’s
Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
all business. This is a chance to
see their personalities.”
If Noel in drag isn’t a good
enough reason, changes to the tra
ditional Late Night agenda should
encourage fans to attend without
expecting a repeat of past years.
“We came up with song and
skit ideas, and the dance team
taught the players some danc
es,” said junior Leslie Espy, vice
chairwoman of Tar Heel Sports
Marketing. “People should defi
nitely look to have a good time.”
For the many who still are rev-
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