VOLUME 115, ISSUE 145
UNC football case in court today
Testimony in kidnapping of players
BY TRACEY THERET
A grand jury will meet today to
decide whether to indict two indi
viduals charged with kidnapping
three UNC football players.
The lead investigator of the case
will testify before the grand jury,
which will decide whether the felony
charges will go to Superior Court
The charges stem from a
December incident in which two of
the players were allegedly bound in
MEMORIES SOLD PIECE BY PIECE
Auction sells the
BY SARA GREGORY
It smelled like almost 60 years
A trace of decades of meals
hung in the air and lingered on the
minds of those bidding on items
from the Ramshead Rathskeller.
“Lasagna, salad with the house
dressing and sweet tea, of course,"
was 1994 UNC graduate Paul
Fowler’s favorite Rathskeller
Ron Tanner, class of 1967,
remembers “the Gambler" and
drinking his first beer at the Rat.
Auctioneers took turns before
the hungry crowd, clad in Carolina
blue, that followed from room to
room as everything from an auto
graphed photograph of basketball
great Charlie Scott to beer and
liquor faced the auction block.
The Rathskellers close marks
the end of a Franklin Street leg
end that began when Theodor
Danziger opened the basement
pub in 1948 after emigrating from
his native Austria to escape the
Nazis. It was one of the oldest
businesses in Chapel Hill.
Francis Henry, the Rat’s present
owner, shut the doors in Deamber
after the restaurant failed to pay
withholding taxes. Henry was
given until the auction’s start at 10
a.m. Saturday to settle the remain
Instead, the restaurant’s inven
tory went to the N.C. Department
of Revenue, which offered the trea
sures to the hands of the Rat admir
ers who filled the rooms and wan
dered through Amber Alley as they
used to before football games.
“We just came to get something
for the memories," said Chapel
Hill resident Gerrie Nunn, who
bought several items, including
one of paintings that hung in the
Kyle Smith, class of 1997,
accompanied his mother, Melinda,
and his father, Larry, class of 1966,
to the auction.
“I remember growing up and
coming here,” Kyle Smith said.
SEE RAT AUCTION, PAGE 5
Duke next for women
UNC's LaToya Pringle has the hot hand.
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Weekend performances of 'Doubt
A Parable' and 'Topdog/Under
dog' get five and four and a half
stars, respectively. Both plays have
more shows to come.
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their home in a robbery attempt
At a probable cause hearing last
month three people appeared in
court for the reported kidnappings
Tnikia Monta Washington,
Michael Troy Lewis and Monique
Washington, 29, of Durham,
was arrested on felony charges of
sexual offense in the first degree,
three counts of kidnapping and
three counts of conspiracy to com
mit a felony, according to Chapel
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After announcing that the 59-year-old Ramshead Rathskeller on Franklin Street will close due to unpaid taxes, the classic Chapel Hill restaurant
auctioned pieces of its decor Saturday. Rathskeller fans bought T-shirts, paintings, caricatures, sports memorabilia and even the entrance sign.
Teams play in
BY SAMANTHA NEWMAN
While Cameron Indoor
Stadium is less than 10 miles
from North Carolina's campus,
the No. 3 UNC womens basket
ball team doesn’t expect to see
many smiling faces in the crowd
tonight when it takes on No. 9
But that won’t be anything
The Tar Heels know all about
hostile environments probably
more than they want to.
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Residents in rural areas outside
Chapel Hill and Carrboro town
limits often report gunshots very
near to their homes during
Hill police reports.
Lewis, 32, of Durham, was
arrested on multiple felonies
including two counts of robbery,
three counts of possession of stolen
goods, three counts of kidnapping
and three counts of conspiracy to
commit a felony, reports state.
Taylor, 28, of Greenville, was
arrested on felony charges of first
degree sexual offense, three counts
of kidnapping and three counts of
conspiracy to commit a felony,
Each of the three suspects was
confined to Orange County Jail
Watch the UNC vs.
WWHUE: Cameron Indoor Stadium
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RADIO: Tar Heel Sports network, a
division of Leerfield.
This season’s demand
ing schedule has sent them
on the road to Tennessee and
Connecticut to battle two pow
erhouses with packed arenas
cheering against them. UNC
SEE DUKE, PAGE 5
in lieu of $500,000 bond. Lewis
remained in custody as of Friday.
In the probable cause hearing.
Judge Alonzo Coleman did not find
probable cause to pursue the charg
es against Washington because the
football player whom she allegedly
victimized did not appear to testify
“The case with Washington
largely involved the third witness
that I did not call," assistant district
attorney Morgan Whitney said. “I’d
imagine that is why he did not find
probable cause on those."
Coleman found probable cause
in the felony charges of first
conclude Palestine week
BY BENNETT CAMPBELL
ASSISTANT ARTS EDITOR
The culmination of Palestine
Week at UNC wasn’t a keynote
address by a renowned politi
cian and wasn’t a lecture by a
tenured professor in the history
department. It wasn’t even a vigil
marked by a candlelit Polk Place.
But the events organizers and
performers would argue ‘Hip-Hop
for Palestine." a concert that took
place Saturday night in the Great
Hall, was perhaps the best way to
tie the week's events together.
One performer who hoped
to prove that notion was Jacob
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HEELS TOP FLORIDA STATE
Tyler Hansbrough powered UNC
with 22 points and a career-high 21
rebounds. Coach Roy Williams said
he's proud of the team's hard-fought
84-73 overtime win at Florida State.
degree kidnapping, conspiracy
and first-degree sexual offense
against Taylor, Whitney said. He
also found probable cause for two
counts of first-degree kidnapping,
two counts of attempted larceny,
one count of felony conspiracy and
one count of robhery with a dan
gerous weapon against Lewis.
One football player testified last
month that he and two other play
ers were out Dec. 15, according to
the Associated Press.
Two of the players separated
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Winterstein, a 21-year-old senior
at Temple University. When he
took the stage, Winterstein, bom
and raised Jewish, elicited pow
erful emotional responses from a
crowd of more than 100 people.
*1 like to provoke people,"
W’interstein said. “I hope I’ll say
something tonight that makes
someone mad or happy or want
to start a conversation about the
poetry, he said, is the one way
he believes he can best make
SEE HIP-HOP. PAGE 5
this day in history
Student Body President Bob Powell
welcomes a student poll to gauge
opinion about him signing letters
to the president and secretary of
state regarding the Vietnam War.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2008
1) Bobbing asleep, Pepsi Max
Cowboys and rappers nod off
before they drink some Max
2) Giant pigeons, FedEx
Delivery problems not solved by
giant pigeons that terrorize the city.
3) Godfather, Audi
A man wakes up next to a car’s grill.
4) Nut perfume. Planters
An ugly woman turns knockout
after dabbing on some cashew.
5) Horse Rocky, Budweiser
Clydesdale trains for Bud’s team
Vote at daiiytarheel.com for the
commercial you liked best.
See page 4 for coverage of Giants
and Patriots fans in Chapel Hill.
BY KATE SULLIVAN
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Throughout past student gov
ernment administrations, officers
tackled many of the same issues.
From tuition to minority and
environmental affairs, commonly
covered points are seen again and
Many of those issues are also
raised in this year's student body
president candidate platforms as
areas to be worked on —a sign
that the position is characterized
not by the goals of the president
but by personality and drive.
“The reason why these are
always brought up there's always
more that can be done," candidate
Logan Liles said. “If the student
body president doesn't spend time
on tuition or making sure that
students are getting the education
they pay for, then they're missing
That philosophy is a main rea
son why the traditional platform
points are included even year.
In researching planks, many
candidates consult with several
campus groups or use former can
didates’ platforms as a basis for
what they want to do in office.
With candidates all talking to
the same groups, there is a finite
number of issues and resolutions
that are brought up, which is why
many planks are alike.
Because there are so many simi
lar goals, candidates hare to work
to stand out something that
requires a base of supporters.
‘I think you need a strong
group of people around you who
aren’t afraid to take risks with you,"
candidate Kristin Hill said at the
SEE PLATFORMS, PAGE 5
Analysis of five issues in
the candidates' platforms.
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