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This Week COMPILED BY JENNIFER ROTHACKER Today CHARLOTTE IN LIGHTS: Get be- hind the Charlotte movie scene at Cinefest, a celebration of the Queen City’s television, film and video industry. Daily workshops through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Square in uptown. More info, LONG WEEKEND: Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools closed for teacher workday. Tuesday MONEY MATTERS: The Meck- lenburg Board of County Com- missioners and the Charlotte- Mecklenburg school board meet to discuss the school sys- tem’s financial needs for future growth. Government Center, 1 p.m. (704) 336-2472. FIESTA: The 13th Latin Ameri- can Festival honors Latin art, Eagles in World Culture.” More info, www.birdsof- Sunday FOUR IN A ROW? IS IT POSSI- BLE?: New Orleans Saints visit Panthers, 1 p.m. Reach Jennifer Rothacker: TOOT, TOOT: Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. More info, visit Saturday TURKEY LEGS AND WENCHES: The annual Carolina Renais- sance Festival opens its 10th year. Runs every weekend through Nov. 16. More info, EAGLE EDUCATION: The Caro- lina Raptor Center launches new exhibit, “Soaring Symbols: promote a new cigar. 4-8 p.m. Thursday GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE...: Inside a New York City law firm, bidders will compete to buy bankrupt Pillowtex Corp. Friday A DOE, A DEER, A FEMALE DEER: Wachovia’s Off the Wall Movie Fest features “The Sound of Music,” 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Plaza in uptown. FRIGHTENINGLY FUN: Carowinds opens Scarowinds; Fridays, Saturdays till Nov. 1. WORLD CITIZEN: Irwin Belk, former president and director of Belk Group, Inc., to be hon- ored as this year’s winner of the prestigious World Citizen Award. Sen. Joseph Biden, D- Del., will deliver the keynote address. Details: www.charlot- culture. Mint Museum, 6-8:30 p.m. Details: (704) 531-3848. Wednesday SILENCE: Eat dinner in peace – at least in North Carolina. The state’s do-not-call registry, which bans most telemarketers from calling your home, begins today. Courts have delayed a national version. To register: GOT A DIME?: Charlotte- Mecklenburg bus fares in- crease 10 cents to $1.10 on local routes. Express routes go up to $1.55, from $1.40. Hike is to cover infla- tion. EVER MEET A PLAY- BOY PLAYMATE?: Miss June 1993, Alesha Oreskovich, visits Southpark Mall’s Tinderbox to Local&State M O N D A Y , S E P T E M B E R 2 9 , 2 0 0 + • SECTION B INSIDE YOUR WASHINGTON | 2B Press release war rages in background during recent presidential debate IT’S A MATTER OF LIFE... | 6B Fayetteville mother Harriet Dunaway taught kids to laugh at their blunders Index Reach The Observer Regional News .........2B Home Delivery ......................(704) 358-6000 S.C. Lottery Picks .....2B News .....................................(704) 358-5040 Obituaries ................6B E-mail Weather...................8B Irwin Belk, retired officer and director of the Belk Group of Stores, helped save the United States $175 million, went to ev- ery summer Olympics since 1960 and – when he wasn’t busy – volun- teered with the American Cancer Soci- ety. This week, Belk, 81, will be honored by the Charlotte World Affairs Council for his work with the United Nations and the Olym- pics. Irwin talked to The Ob- server Sunday about his expe- riences. An edited transcript follows: Q. You’ve been involved in ev- erything from sports to poli- tics. What stands out to you? I was a former N.C. senator. My district was Mecklenburg County for eight years, and I introduced the bill that creat- ed the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as the fourth branch of the universi- ty. I got 49 senators to endorse that bill. Only once in the his- tory of the N.C. Senate have 49 senators endorsed a bill, and it won’t happen again. Q. What was most significant about your work with the United Nations? I’ve been a delegate for two different years representing the U.S. in the United Nations. One of the last years I was there … I got Jesse Helms to call a meeting and work out the disagreements between the U.S. and the U.N. At that meeting, the Senate finally got reform in the Unit- ed Nations, and the bill that was introduced was the Jesse Helms-Biden Bill. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and the House … sav- ing taxpayers $175 million this year, next year and from now on. What it fundamentally did was reduce the amount of money the U.S. was paying to the United Nations. …The dif- ference made the Europeans pay their fair share. Q. You’ve served on the U.S. Olympic Committee for more than 45 years and have been to every summer Olympics since 1960. Which one was your favorite? I’m a great fan of amateur sports … I think Sydney was probably the best Olympics of all time. The Australians are such wonderful people and they love the Americans. They put on an outstanding Olym- pics. Each Olympics has its own beauty. The one next year is going to be in Athens – the Olympics originated in Greece. It was originally more of a track-and-field-type event, but it’s changed over a period of time. (He plans to go to the Olym- pics in Athens next summer.) Q. Your family is famous in the South for its retail busi- ness. What is something most people wouldn’t know about your family? My great-great-great-grand- father was a general in the Revolutionary War. He signed the Mecklenburg County Dec- laration of Independence on May 20, 1775, one year before the crowd in Philadelphia. — KAREN CIMINO Conversation with Irwin Belk Playmaker in politics, Olympics Belk Associated Press WINSTON-SALEM — Gov. Mike Easley has quietly ap- proved ways to compensate sur- vivors of a state sterilization program that targeted mostly poor women in an attempt to weed out the “unfit.” The governor endorsed edu- cation benefits through the Uni- versity of North Carolina sys- tem and community colleges, access to a health care fund and a plan to help victims negotiate the maze of medical records needed to confirm their stories. Easley did not approve any monetary awards. The cost of these programs hasn’t been determined. Some money will have to come from a special appropriation from the General Assembly in 2004. Oth- ers, such as changes to the cur- riculum in public schools, will have to be implemented by other state departments. Easley apologized in Decem- ber for the actions of the Eugen- ics Board of North Caroli- na, which or- dered steriliza- tions of 7,600 people from 1929 through 1974. Social work- ers often talked the victims into sterilization. In- accurate labels of “feeble-mind- edness” were often used as justi- fication for eugenics, the move- ment to solve social problems by preventing the “unfit” from having children. Easley established a eugenics study committee – the first of its kind among the 33 states that Relief for victims of program approved Easley OKs recommendations to help those who were sterilized ––––––– Compensation plan includes education benefits, health fund but no monetary award ––––––– SEE GOVERNOR|5B Easley By Mark Washburn TV/Radio Writer Drawing on the theatrical an- choring style of Dave Stanley, WJZY (UPN, Channel 46) gets back into Charlotte’s news busi- ness tonight with the debut of a 10 p.m. newscast. WJZY, owned by Raleigh- based Capitol Broadcasting, says it will launch “WBTV News 3 At Ten on WJZY” to- night. The 35-minute show will be produced seven days a week by Channel 3’s news depart- ment. With an emphasis on break- ing news and weather, it will be a traditional newscast, said Will Smith, WJZY’s vice president and general manager. It will compete with 10 p.m. newscasts on rivals WAXN (Channel 64) and WCCB (Fox Charlotte, Channel 18). “It will be a presentation of today’s headlines with a decid- edly forward-looking slant,” said Dennis Milligan, WBTV’s news director. The show will eventually originate from WBTV’s new Center City studio, which is ex- pected to open in October on the ground floor of Founder’s WITH ANCHOR DAVE STANLEY WJZY to launch 10 p.m. newscast ––––––– ‘News 3 At Ten’ to debut tonight on city’s UPN affiliate ––––––– SEE WJZY|4B The Rev. Jeff Walling of Char- lotte’s Providence Road Church of Christ didn’t just preach Sun- day about serving God. He rolled up his sleeves and went to work – putting the finishing touches on a house frame right there on the pulpit. Walling capped a Septem- ber series on “My Life as a House of God” by challenging his 1,500-member congregation to do more than just talk about their faith. He challenged them, as he did, to put on their blue jeans and work shirts, pick up a tool and get busy getting their hands dirty for the Lord. — KEN GARFIELD Preacher bangs home his point: Toil like a carpenter DAVID T. FOSTER III – STAFF PHOTOS The Rev. Jeff Walling of Providence Road Church of Christ closes a series of sermons titled “My Life as a House of God” Sunday morning by constructing a house frame right on the pulpit. Walling challenged his congregation to put on their blue jeans and get busy working for the Lord. WAREHOUSE 242 3B | Congregation revived with new pastor, old building.

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