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The Daily Tar Heel for November 15, 2012

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By Andrew Edwards
Staff Writer
North Carolina seceded from theUnion more than 150 years ago.But if petitioners have their way,the Tar Heel state will again sepa-rate from the United States.The N.C. petitioners are not alone. As of Wednesday night, citizenshave petitioned for each of the 50states to peacefully secede from theU.S. through the White House’s website, petitions.whitehouse.gov.North Carolina’s secession peti-tion, which has collected more than27,000 signatures since its creationon Nov. 9, was drafted by conserva-tive blogger, columnist and Pittsbororesident Randy Dye.“I think states need to becomeindependent again like our forefa-thers had planned,” Dye said. “Thefederal government is too huge to wrap my mind around. I think weneed to bring it back to the statesto the point where … (state) repre-sentatives can control (each state’s)finances better and keep track of them versus having someone in Washington do it.Dye says while he knows thepetition is “absolutely going to gonowhere,” he drafted the petition onprinciple, citing strong objectionsto the federal government’s deficitand apartments on campus.“This conversation gets diffi-cult because people immediately think we’re talking about a free-for-all or we’re talking abouthaving people living willy-nilly together,” Crisp said. “That’s not what we’re talking about.“We’re talking about thesafety and health and well-
By Chelsey Dulaney
City Editor
 An additional $10,000 has beenadded to the reward fund for informa-tion about the homicide of UNC juniorFaith Danielle Hedgepeth — a move herfamily hopes will bring answers in herdeath.The grant from the office of Gov. Bev Perdue brings the total reward fund forinformation leading to an arrest and con- viction to $39,000.Hedgepeth, a junior from Warrenton, was found dead by her roommate atabout 11 a.m. on Sept. 7 in her apart-ment at the Hawthorne at the View  Apartments.Connie Hedgepeth said her daughter’sdeath certificate states she was beaten todeath.But police have not yet released a cause of death.Chapel Hill police have said they do not believe Hedgepeth’s death wasrandom or there is a threat to the com-munity.But more than two months after herdeath, many questions remain unan-swered.“It gets harder … Faith wouldn’t have been away for more than two months,said Connie Hedgepeth.“She would have called, she wouldhave walked in my door. But that’s notgoing to happen.” About two weeks after Hedgepeth was killed, Connie Hedgepeth saidshe approached the Chapel Hill PoliceDepartment about applying for the addi-tional reward money.She said the letter asking for themoney was finally submitted about a  week and a half ago.“It was something I had been askingfor two weeks after she died, and they finally asked for it,” Connie Hedgepethsaid.“I guess they didn’t think that they needed it at that time.”In addition to the governor’s officefunds, the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of Hollister, Hawthorne at the View  Apartments, Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crimestoppers and the UNCBoard of Trustees have also pledgeddonations.Connie Hedgepeth said she hopes theadditional funding will encourage any-one with information about her daugh-ter’s death to come forward.“You’d think it would get a little easier, but you don’t have answers,” she said.“When you don’t have answers, yourmind starts to wander.”Sgt. Josh Mecimore, spokesman forthe Chapel Hill Police Department, saidthe department has no updates in theinvestigation at this time. At least five search warrants and the911 call have been sealed by a DurhamCounty judge at the request of ChapelHill police. According to a release sent out Wednesday, the Chapel Hill PoliceDepartment continues to appeal to any-one with information about Hedgepeth’sdeath to call the police department’s tipline.
Contact the desk editor at city@dailytarheel.com.
By Caitlin McCabe
Senior Writer
Ping Nguyen said he’llnever forget the day he camehome to a sign on his door thatread, “No homos allowed inthis suite.”“My suitemates had lockedme out because of it,” he said.Nguyen’s story reflects a  broader problem of harass-ment in on-campus housing —a problem that some studentssaid has plagued their academ-ic career for far too long.But students’ feelings of isolation and discomfort arecloser to being over.The Board of Trustees’University affairs committeeunanimously passed a resolu-tion Wednesday supporting a gender-neutral housing pro-posal — a small victory on thelong road to implementing it.Gender-neutral housingallows students to live in on-campus housing with studentsof any gender.“I’m really proud of Will(Leimenstoll) and the stu-dents who made the proposal,Chancellor Holden Thorp said.“This is an important, positivestep that I welcome.The committee’s resolution will be presented to all Boardof Trustees members today.If the full board expressesapproval, the resolution will bepassed to Thorp.Thorp rejected a proposalfor gender-neutral housingin February, citing University stakeholders’ lack of educationon the issue.He said Wednesday’s meet-ing educated a lot of the pub-lic, but he said the University still has a long way to go. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp empha-sized that the proposal is anarrangement students wouldopt into, and it would only affect a small number of suites
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Signatures on petitions for state secession
Citizens have submitted secession petitions for each of the 50 states. As of Wednesday night,seven states had passed the 25,000-vote threshold needed to receive a White House response.
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By Chessa DeCain
Assistant City Editor
Chapel Hill police are still look-ing for the man who fired a gun onFranklin Street early Wednesday morning.Two women — one a UNC stu-dent — were assaulted during theincident, which occurred at about2:10 a.m. at 108 E. Franklin St.,outside of Walgreens.Sgt. Josh Mecimore, spokes-man for the Chapel Hill PoliceDepartment, said police don’t believe the suspect and the womenknew each other.Mecimore said a man argued with two women outside Walgreens before pushing andstriking them.Camden Freeman, a UNC soph-omore, said he saw the incidenthappen. Two men were arguing infront of The Library, he said.“A girl who was with them triedto calm one of the guys down,”Freeman said in a Facebook mes-sage.Freeman said as one manstarted walking away, the other walked toward him with his handin his jacket pocket as if on a gun. Fifteen seconds later, afterFreeman had crossed to the otherside of the street, he said he hearda gunshot.Mecimore said the suspect fireda single shot. No one was injured.He said the suspect — a black male in a white jacket with browntrim — then fled the area on footin the direction of Cosmic Cantina.Mecimore said police don’tknow why the gun was fired, or in which direction it was shot.Police do not believe the inci-dent is a safety threat to the com-munity, as it seemed to be directedonly at the victims involved.Mecimore said police also do not believe the suspect was attemptingto rob the women.Because there was a possibility that the suspect ran onto UNC’scampus, the Department of PublicSafety released a “timely warning”message at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday.Randy Young, spokesman forDPS, said there was a three-hourgap between the incident and themessage because DPS neededto verify the information withChapel Hill police, and coordinatethe message with the Division of Student Affairs and InformationTechnology Services. Anyone with information thatcould help identify the suspect cancall the anonymous Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppershotline at (919) 942-7515.
City Editor Chelsey Dulaneycontributed reporting.Contact the desk editor at city@dailytarheel.com.
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citizens from all 50 statesvoie their disapproval of the urrent administration.
 
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It seems like the world is trying tosay that sports are bad for the brains. A new study finds that hitting a soccer ball with the head could cause brain dam-age, which is truly mind-blowing, right?First, football faces changes because of concussions, now maybe no more soccerhead butts? Maybe 2012 is real.
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Someone stole a mopedat 104 Ashley Forest Road between 2 a.m. and 11:46 a.m.Tuesday, according to ChapelHill police reports.The moped, valued at$1,650, was later returned,reports state.
 
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Horace Williams Airport runway will be closedbeginning Nov. 26 until the end of the year
The runway at Horace Williams Airport will be closedfrom Nov. 26 to Jan. 1. A utilities ductbank will be under construction duringthat time.Planes will not be allowed to take off or land at theairport during that time, but the airport itself will not beclosed.The parking lot will still be accessible, and aircraft onsite will still be accessible.
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Small house fire on Jones Street in Chapel Hillcaused by unattended cooking on Wednesday
The Chapel Hill Fire Department responded to a small house fire at 107 Jones St. at about 3:50 p.m. Wednesday.The cause of the fire was determined to be unattend-ed cooking. The occupant of the home became aware of the fire when a smoke alarm went off while he was busy in a different room.The occupant had evacuated the home and extin-guished most of the fire when fire personnel arrived.Firefighters immediately extinguished the remaining fire. A total of 20 fire department personnel respondedto the house fire, in addition to an Orange County EMSunit.The occupant was examined by EMS but refusedmedical treatment. 
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 Aldermen vote in support of bus ads
By Cammie Bellamy
Staff Writer
 As Chapel Hill officials grapple with their stance on controversial bus ads, the town of Carrboro hasdecided to weigh in.On Tuesday, the Carrboro Boardof Aldermen passed unanimously a resolution supporting free speech onChapel Hill Transit buses.The board said the resolutionreaffirms the town’s commitment toFirst Amendment rights and keep-ing buses a public forum for debate.The controversy stems from anad purchased by the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill call-ing for an end to U.S. military aid toIsrael.Though the Chapel Hill TownCouncil has been at the center of thecontroversy, transit system policy decisions are made by a committeeof representatives from Carrboro,Chapel Hill and UNC — who sharethe costs for the system.Carrboro Alderman DanColeman, who wrote and introducedthe resolution, said it will informhow he and other Carrboro repre-sentatives handle freedom of speechissues from now on.Carrboro Mayor Mark Chiltonsaid the Board of Aldermen wantedto pass the resolution before it isdiscussed at the Dec. 3 Chapel HillTown Council meeting. The councilcould vote to ban religious and polit-ical speech on buses, kill the entiread program or allow all ads.“As the issue kind of explodedover in Chapel Hill, our board ispretty clear about why it’s importantto leave the marketplace of ideasfree and open,” Chilton said. While Chilton felt optimisticabout Carrboro’s resolution, ChapelHill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt saidhe was taken aback by the news.Though he was not aware of the board’s resolution at the time of theinterview, he said the move seemedstrange.“I just got a really terse email …saying, ‘You did something with-out the approval of the partners,’and then they pass a resolution without consulting the partners,Kleinschmidt said. “It’s just a very unusual situation.”He said he had questions aboutthe resolution, but he hoped the issue would be resolved by the committee.“We have a good history of seek-ing consensus on policy,” he said. “I would expect the resolution to havesignificant clout.The transit partners will discuss theoptions at a late November meeting.Chapel Hill Town Council mem- ber Lee Storrow said he looked for- ward to discussing the resolution.“I have been supportive of creat-ing a public forum on our buses soI am excited about the resolution,”Storrow said. While he acknowledged othercouncil members might disagree withhim, he said he appreciated Carrborotaking a stance on the issue.“It’s a complicated, difficult issueto deal with and it’s very emotionalfor a lot of folks,” he said. “But I think  we’ll be in sturdier legal standing if  we take the route of free speech.
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Joseph DeSimone, a chemistry professor at the University, will present at the Board of  Trustees’ meeting today on the importance of diversity in research laboratories.
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Joe DeSimone will present on lab diversity 
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By Megan Cassella
Staff Writer
Deep within the labyrinth of CaudillLaboratories, a tall man with glassessits behind a desk in office 257.He has two kids, married his highschool sweetheart and is in the midst of planning a holiday party for his friendsand colleagues.They call him Joe — but he’s not just your average guy.Joseph DeSimone, who will presentthis morning to the Board of Trusteeson the importance of diversity in thelab, is perhaps the most recognizable of the University’s scientific researchers.DeSimone, a distinguished professorof chemistry and director of the KenanInstitute of Private Enterprise, is going onhis 23rd year at UNC. He has been work-ing to promote conversation and innova-tion between different disciplines since he was hired at UNC in 1990, he said.“We end up learning the most fromthe people we have the least in common with,” he said.DeSimone said a lot of importantideas come from the crossroads of tech-nology and the liberal arts.“I think that’s our secret sauce here,in what we do,” he said.In his most recent research, DeSimoneand his researchers are bridging the gap between science and the computer indus-try to create better vaccines. In the lab,the team is using technology in comput-er chips to create particles infused witha chemotherapeutic to fight cancer. When injected into the body, the par-ticles will attack only the cancerous cellsand stay away from healthy ones.“We have mice that are living lon-ger with our treatments than others,”DeSimone said.Greg Forest, interim director of the Institute for Advanced Materials,said connecting people from variedacademic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in projects like these issomething DeSimone does withoutthinking.“He does it naturally,” Forest said.“It happens by the way you live, not by some edict or measuring card.It’s the way DeSimone has alwaysrun his lab — something even one of his very first students can attest to. Valerie Ashby, director of the chemis-try department, was in the first class of 
By Rachel Butt
Staff Writer
One of Chapel Hill’s most controversial mixed-usedevelopments is transforming itself into a success story.Greenbridge Condominiums, the 10-story WestRosemary Street development, relaunched sales effortsin August after foreclosure and a change of ownershipled to a two-year sales freeze. A total of about 15 contracts are now pending.Tim Toben, the developer for the site, said the adjust-ed pricing for the units has made them more affordable, which might have increased demand.“When it was foreclosed on, all of the equity andmuch of the debt was wiped out, so the cost basis forpricing the units became much lower,” he said.Condominiums range in size from one bedroom units,priced in the low $200s, to three bedroom units, pricedin the high $500s.Toben said the condominiums are being sold formuch lower than what Bank of America — the develop-ment’s bank — originally required.Greenbridge was touted for its environmentally friendly features when it first opened in fall 2010.But many worried Greenbridge would further gentrify the historically black and low-income Northside neigh- borhood, sparking criticism, protests and bomb threats.The development was foreclosed on in 2011.Last year, Greenbridge was purchased by Square MileCapital Management LLC, Invesco Ltd. and CanyonCapital Realty Advisors LLC as part of an $889-millionportfolio of distressed loans.Uri Vaknin of The Marketing Directors, which over-sees sales and marketing at Greenbridge, said the new owners are taking a strategic approach to promotion.“They don’t go in and do a slash and burn of pricing,”he said. “They’re not afraid to spend money and do itright.”Dwight Bassett, economic development officer forChapel Hill, said the new pricing has made Greenbridgecomparable to other housing developments, whichmight have a hand in its newfound success.“What they’ve done is pretty significant. They’re try-ing to be more competitive with others in the market,and that’s important,” he said.Bobby Funk, assistant director of the Chapel HillDowntown Partnership, said the Greenbridge is a greataddition to downtown because of its environmentally con-scious design and accessibility to restaurants and shops.“It’s a wonderful addition to our downtown’s vibe,” hesaid. “We’re very excited to see that property to continueto prosper.”Diane Race, a two-year resident at Greenbridge, saidshe remains a staunch supporter of the developmentdespite its embattled past.“We are aware of the happenings, but they didn’taffect our quality of life at all,” Race said.
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Opinions shift about gay marriage
By Sarah Brown
Staff Writer
Same-sex marriage supporters celebrat-ed in four states on election night — butadvocates in North Carolina acknowledgeda long road ahead for their efforts.During May’s primary election, NorthCarolina voted 61 percent in favor of  Amendment One, a constitutional refer-endum that bans gay marriage.Maine, Maryland and Washington voted last week to legalize gay marriage,and Minnesota struck down a similarproposed constitutional ban on same-sexmarriage.These votes mark a reversal of a nation- wide trend against same-sex marriage— since 1998, 30 states, including NorthCarolina, have voted to uphold traditionalmarriage in their state constitutions.John Michael Watkins, who graduatedfrom UNC last spring and worked as a field organizer for Maryland’s marriageequality campaign, said he was thrilled to be a part of the ballot success — the firstof many nationwide, he expects.“This is something substantive,” hesaid. “It’s a real legislative victory.Stuart Campbell, executive director of Equality N.C. — which led a statewidecampaign against Amendment One —said the outlook for legalizing gay mar-riage in other states is positive, despiteNorth Carolina’s recent vote.“This is a really strong indicator of  where the country is going,” he said. And Chapel Hill Town Council memberLee Storrow said that, as public opinionshifts, people are starting to realize thatgay marriage doesn’t pose a threat to tra-ditional marriage.“Even (Amendment One) supportershave acknowledged that it’s a generationalissue that conservatives are not going to win,” he said.But Tami Fitzgerald, executive directorof the N.C. Values Coalition, a group thatsupports traditional marriage, said shedoesn’t think the opinion of four statesconstitutes a nationwide trend towardlegalizing gay marriage.“The people of North Carolina spoke very clearly six months ago about whatthey think marriage is — between a manand a woman,” she said.Legalizing gay marriage in NorthCarolina would be a long and difficultprocess, said Maxine Eichner, a UNC law professor.Even if Amendment One were to beremoved from N.C.’s constitution, a statelaw that outlaws gay marriage remains inplace, she noted.Later this year, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to take up a caseagainst the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage between a man and a woman.But Eichner said even if the SupremeCourt ruled the act to be unconstitutional,North Carolina’s law wouldn’t change.“There’s nothing in the current casethat says states would have to accept mar-riages from other states,” she said.Despite the uphill battle ahead,
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE VOTES
Residents in
Maine
,
Maryland
and
Washington
voted to legalize same-sexmarriage. Maine’s initiative signaled thefirst time a state’s voters had been direct-ly asked to legalize same-sex marriagerather than prohibit it. 
Minnesota
voters struck down a pro-posed same-sex marriage ban in theirstate’s constitution. Minnesota becamethe second of 31 states to reject a same-sex marriage ban on the ballot since1998.In May,
North Carolina
voted in favorof Amendment One, a constitutional ref-erendum that banned gay marriage. Theaffirmative vote of 61 percent was thelowest ever received by a same-sex mar-riage ban in a Southern state.
Three states legalized gaymarriage on Election Day.
students DeSimone taught.“And now she’s my boss,” DeSimonesaid with a smile. Ashby, who said she does not callherself anyone’s boss, said DeSimone’sstyle of teaching promotes creativethinking, which contributes to the lab’ssuccess.“His way of working with the peoplehe mentors is to see things that they cannot see for themselves and thenshow them how to get there,” she said.One thing DeSimone said he canalready see is that universities across thecountry are beginning to join together.In order to stay competitive, UNC hasto build relationships and recruit team-mates from area schools, he said.“It’s kind of like ‘Survivor,’ youknow?” he said.“Whose team are you on?”
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The Carrboro board votedWednesday to supportfree speech on buses.The adjusted prices for the units willmake them more affordable.
Campbell said, Equality N.C. is lookingforward to working with incoming mem- bers of the N.C. General Assembly onissues like marriage equality.Republicans have retained control of  both the N.C. House of Representativesand Senate after the Nov. 6 election.“This provides us with an opportunity to see if there are any moderates in thenew class (of legislators),” he said.“Then we can evaluate how best tomove forward.”
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