The Daily Tar Heel from Chapel Hill, North Carolina on November 24, 1992 · Page 1
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Tuesday, November 24, 1992
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c TODAY: Cloudy turning sunny; high 60-65 FOST LADY-ELECT HONORED: 7 UNC football players, led by junior tai Iback Natron Means, as AII-ACC performers. Means was the leading vote-getter, earning 1 99 points from the Atlantic Coast Sportswriters Association, joining Means on the first team were UNC center Randall Parsons and punter Mike Thomas. Four Tar Heels appeared on the second team: tackle Curtis Parker, linebacker Tommy Thigpen and defensive backs Bracey Walker and Rondell tones. WEDNESDAY: Chance of showers; high 50-60 First lady to be Hillary Clinton, a lifelong advocate for women's rights and for children, prepares to define her future role The DTH will not publish a newspaper Wednesday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break! 100th Year of Editorial Freedom Est. 1893 Serving the students and the University community since 1893 1992 DTH Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. Volume 100, Issue 109 Tuesday, November 24, 1992 Chapel Hill, North Carolina NfwiSportArt 962-024S BuunewAdvcrtuing 962-116) nnmmnz DLTTIIDAYMOaEY . Chapel Hill Town Council members delay funding for bicentennial markers e 2; IBM Two die a tornadoes devastate Hilkboroiigh ?'Y ''' "'""L V" "" I - -SWg:mSM if Ay! v. ' jlp A Hillsborough family sits in front of 't'fM I 1 If ? 'Or 'tl it I A Hillsborough resident surveys the damage caused by uprooted trees to British Morehead program no more due to money woes By Michael Workman Assistant University Editor The Morehead Foundation is discontinuing its recruitment of British students for Morehead Scholarships, and some present British Morehead Scholars say they are unhappy they , were not consulted before the decision was made. The Morehead Scholarship pays for all student expenses, including tuition and housing costs at UNC and expenses for travel to and from the University. Foundation officials made the decision to end the British Morehead program at a meeting of trustees and officers Nov. 6, Charles Lovelace, executive director of the foundation, said Monday. .:- Lovelace informed past and current British Morehead scholarship recipients of the decision in a letter dated Nov. 9. There are 14 British Morehead Scholars currently enrolled at the University. : "I write to inform you of a difficult decision made by the Foundation trustees and officers at our fall meeting this past Friday," the letter states. "It was decided to discontinue the British Morehead selection process because of financial considerations." In an interview Monday, Lovelace DTHDale Castle their destroyed trailer on Ody Street said the decision was part of an ongoing effort to find the most efficient use for Morehead Foundation funds. "It was strictly a financial decision," Lovelace said. "Like most University organizations we have had to review all of our finances." The British Morehead Scholar program, which began in 1969, is more expensive because of travel costs and out-of-state tuition charged to foreign students, Lovelace said. "Since its beginning, (the British program) has been our most venturesome and costly component," he said. Present British Scholars will not be affected by the decision, Lovelace said. Several British Morehead Scholars said that they understood the reason for the elimination of the program but that they were disappointed they had no say in the decision. "I've talked to (foundation officials) a lot, (and) I've expressed my sadness that we weren't involved in the decision," said Titus Bicknell, a senior Morehead Scholar from Lon-) don. 'To feel that this has been kept from us made me sad. 'To be fair to the Morehead (Foundation), I understand why they need to make cuts." Samantha Phillips, a senior See MOREHEADS, page 2 By Richard J. Dalton Jr. Staff Writer HILLSBOROUGH A tornado touched down in Hillsborough early Monday morning, killing two people, hospitalizing 10 people and damaging more than 100 homes. The twister, which was one of many tearing across North Carolina Sunday night and early Monday morning, hit north western Hillsborough at about2:30 a.m. Joe Terrell, 53, and Josh Hall, 2, who lived near each other in northwestern Hillsborough, died in the storm. "It could have picked out any spot, but it picked out one of the best people in the county," said Terrell's brother-in-law, Jack Cook of Lumberton. Surrounding what was left of the trailer home were the home's contents and trees torn out by the roots. John Robinson, the district supervisor of the Department of Motor Vehicles, was managing the recovery of a DMV building that severely was damaged a few hundred yards from the Terrell home. Robinson said the major damage stretched from the area around the DMV building on Route 70 to the Fairview community north of the area. Nick Waters, director of Orange County Emergency Management Services, said some of the hospitalized people suffered from trauma and broken legs. DTHDale Castle her Faucette Mill Road home Judicial By Gary Rosenzweig Staff Writer Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Ed Meese, U.S. attorney general during the Reagan administration, agree that changes are needed in the U.S. justice system. The two just happen to disagree on what changes need to be made. Strossen and Meese took opposing sides in a debate in Memorial Hall on Monday night titled, "Justice in America: Are the Courts Fair?" About 800 people attended the event, which was sponsored by the Carolina Union Activities Board. Meese said the nation's courts were not fair to victims of crime and to the taxpayers. He spoke in favor of tougher sentences and the elimination of exclusionary rules that prevent evidence that was gathered improperly from being used in court. "For many criminals, the crime is worth the (imprisonment)," he said. "We really do not have a justice system that punishes." The elimination of the exclusionary rules would not make the courts tougher on people innocently accused, he said. "It is only evidence of guilt that is excluded," Meese said. Strossen said the American justice system discriminated against minorities and women. "The whole justice system simply puts a higher value on the lives of whites than non-whites," she said. She said one of the causes of the problem was the disproportionate number of white male judges in federal courts. Mother Nature is a bitch! Murphey's Tornadoes sweep across N.C 6 Waters said he was meeting with city and county officials to determine the needs of the devastated area. Officials conducted door-to-door surveys, concluding that 1 20 people needed shelter. Steve Small, chairman of the Orange County chapter of the American Red Cross Disaster Services, said about 32 homes were destroyed. He said the uninhabitable homes had either flipped or had neither a roof nor walls. About 24 other homes sustained major damage, meaning roofs were blown off but walls remained intact, Small said. Small said destruction to the remainder of the about 100 damaged homes was minor. "It's been a long time since Orange County has been affected by a disaster of this kind," he said. The Red Cross is providing food and shelter at Orange County High School. Small said some residents did not want to leave their homes for sentimental reasons. "People don't want to leave what they've lived with their whole lives," he said. "That's a natural thing." Small said he heard unconfirmed reports of looting, which was another reason residents were reluctant to leave their homes. "The (Orange County) Sheriffs Department will be working 24 hours a day to stop that," he said. Small added that the Red Cross would provide a mobile kitchen this morning for residents who stayed in their homes. At about 9 p.m. Monday, he said only six people were using the shelter at the high school. "When night falls and hunger sets in, they will make use of the shelter," he said. "We're prepared for them." Small said that he expected about 20 people to stay overnight but that the Red Cross was prepared for about 65. "We can be prepared for about 120 in less than an hour," he added. Residents of the devastated areas could obtain the services Red Cross provided by other means, Small said. "The community that was hit was a very close-knit community, and their churches provide a lot of those services," he said. Small, who also is a lineman with Duke Power Co., said that 18 crews were working to restore power and that about 10 crews were working to cut trees that had fallen on wires. About 39 emergency, governmental, quasi-governmental and volunteer units were handling the disaster. The groups were clearing debris and downed power lines from roads, reconnecting electricity, and assessing injuries, casualties and property damage. concerns Ed Meese, former U.S. attorney general, makes a point during a debate with the Meese said most judicial appoint- The number of minority appoint- ments went to white males because ments is actually high compared with minorities and women only began to the pool from which they are chosen, he earn law degrees and build up expen- ence in recent years. 1. Orange: 1 killed, 14 injured, 1 business and 31 houses destroyed; 25-30 houses damaged; 1,000 people without power 2. Pasquotank: 28 injuries, including 21 children on a bus that overturned; 59 houses heavily damaged or destroyed 3. Johnston: 15 injured; 9 houses destroyed, 9 damaged; 14 mobile homes destroyed, 1 damaged 4. Alleghany: Bridges out 5. ChOWan: 4 chicken houses destroyed 6. Cleveland: 1 mobile home destroyed; 10 homes damaged 7. EdQeCOmbe: 1 injury; 3 homes destroyed; 28 homes with minor damage 8. Forsyth: 12 homes damaged; trees down 9. Guilford: 1 home damaged 10. Harnett: 4 injured; 9 homes damaged or destroyed; 1 1 mobile homes damaged or destroyed; 5 businesses destroyed 11. Iredell: $600,000 damage; 36 homes damaged, 1 destroyed; 2 mobile homes destroyed; 30 outbuildings damaged, 20 destroyed 12. JaCkSOn: Flooding along the French Broad River near Rosman , 13. Martin: $197,100 damage; 4 injuries; 5 Witnesses recount tornadoes, call experience 'a nightmare' By Richard J. Dalton Jr. Staff Writer HILLSBOROUGH Residents of northern Orange County spent Monday recovering from a tornado that leveled almost 40 homes near Hillsborough and killed two people, including a 2-year-old boy. The twister was part of a string of storms that moved across the Southeast Sunday and Tuesday, causing damage and destruction in the state from Catawba County in the mountains to Pasquotank County on the coast. Twenty-five people in six states, including 15 in Mississippi, died in incidents related to the severe weather. Hillsborough residents Joe Terrell, 53, and Josh Hall, 2, died in the tornado that touched down in Orange County about 2:20 a.m. Monday. Terrell's brother-in-law, Jack Cook, said about 200 people searched in the dark early Monday to find Terrell. After a two-hour search, Terrell's body was found about 100 yards from his trailer home, Cook said. "Everything we found was almost totally destroyed," Cook said. dominate debate said. Strossen also said the Burger and Law N 1 0 Source: Associated Press DTH GraphKJohn Caserla mobile homes destroyed; 16 homes damaged 14. StOkeS: 2 injuries; 12 mobile homes desttoyed or damaged; 24 with minor damage 15. WllSOn: 3 houses destroyed IS. Yadkin: 12 homes damaged or destroyed 17. Catawba: $257,000 damage; 2 minor injuries; 1 house destroyed, 2 damaged IS. Watauga: $75,000 damage 19. AshO: Schools delayed one hour 20. Bertie: Trees and power lines down 21. HaVWOOd: Landslide blocked one lane of U.S. 276 South 22. Lincoln: Minor flooding 23. MadiSOn: Winds knocked trees into homes 24. ROWan: Minor flooding 25. Transylvania: Flooding along the French Broad River near Rosman 26. UnlOK Highway Patrol attributes 2 deaths to accident caused by hydroplaning Sunday 27. Wllket: Minor flooding The contents of Terrell's mobile home landed several hundred yards away from the trailer, said Cook, a Lumberton resident. He added that he had picked through the remains around the area, looking for something that he could take back for Terrell's family. "I did find his eyeglasses," Cook said. "It's ironic that they were untouched in all of this devastation. "He was loved and adored by everybody in this county," Cook added. Cindy Poteat, a resident of Fairview, located just north of Hillsborough, said pine trees knocked down by the tornado destroyed her home and her new car. "I started hearing something like a train sound," she said. "Then I started hearing windows breaking, and I got my daughter." Poteat said she covered her 2-year-old daughter with a blanket and lay on top of her on the hallway floor. Less than a minute later, Poteat said she got up to discover that the only windows intact in her home were in her bedroom. "Glass and stuff is all over my furniture," she said. "If it's going to be re- See WITNESSES, page 4 DTHustin Williams ACLU's Nadine Strossen Monday night Rehnquist Supreme Courts had cut back on civil rights legislation passed in the 1960s. See DEBATE, page 2

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