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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Volume 121, Issue 42
weekly summer issue
Our paper only publishes on Thursdays, but our website staysupdated throughout the week.Head to dailytarheel.com to see aresome of the week’s highlights:
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WHY I GOT ARRESTED
After four weeks of “MoralMondays” protests at the GeneralAssembly and more than 150 ar-rests, UNC professor Jacquelyn Halltalked to The Daily Tar Heel aboutwhy she was among the arrested.
BOLT RETURNS TOELECTRIFY LINEUP
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State tax overhaul proposals take shape
Hedgepeth search warrants resealed by judge
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees met all dayWednesday and will meet again Thursday morning. Visitdailytarheel.com for updates.
Freshman Skye Bolt, who started last week for the first time since suffering a footinjury April 12, will take the field today as the Tar Heels head into the ACC tournament.
By David Adler
If there’s an ideal baseball player,Skye Bolt is made in his image.The 6-foot-3, switch-hitting NorthCarolina freshman has the aura of a pro, that nebulous “it” factor. It’s in hisfearlessness hitting with two strikes, hisknack for coming up with clutch hits. And he has all of baseball’s five tools —average, power, speed, defense and armstrength — the marks of a player whocan do it all.“There aren’t many five-tool playersout there that can put them all to use,”said Jay Hood, Bolt’s baseball tutorthroughout his teenage years. “But Skyecan show every tool in the same game.“That’s when you know he’s locked in— he just takes over a game.”He’s already taken over a numberthis season. The Georgia native was hit-ting .392 before missing a month dueto injury. He has six home runs and 45RBIs batting cleanup for the country’sNo. 6 team — a position it took him justtwo games to earn. He’s 9-for-11 steal-ing bases, he’s made diving catches andopposing third-base coaches have heldrunners against his arm.Heading into the ACC tournamenttoday, the team holds the top seed, andthey’re a favorite to reach Omaha — butit’s backing into the playoffs after con-secutive series losses. So it would helpif a now-healthy Bolt, who started May 14 for the first time since April 12, took over a few more.Bolt is quick to credit God for bless-ing him with his talent. He’s a religiousguy, and he said he doesn’t take his giftsfor granted. He knows tools alone don’t build a major leaguer.“You’ve got to utilize all your toolsand make them skills,” Bolt said. “If that’s the word or report — five-toolplayer — then I need to become a skilledfive-tool player.”Bolt reluctantly admitted he’s a five-tool player, but ask him if he’s a skilledfive-tool player, and there’s no hesita-tion.The answer’s no.He knows, for example, that he has toquiet down his lefty stance. His father,Mike, has burned the words into hismind — “Quiet... quiet... explode!” — but he’s still too violentBut Bolt’s always been willing toadjust. It’s how he got to the upper ech-elon of college players, with his sightsset on the MLB.“When he was younger, there weresome tools there, but he had a long way to go,” Hood said. “There were certainly a lot of holes that I saw. But it was really rewarding to see how hard he worked.”The hours in the cage and weightroom have never been a question forBolt, just necessary stops on the road to where he knows he’s going. That roadstarted on a 50-foot basepath.“Since I was in T-ball, my dad wastaping up the wrists,” Bolt said. “I wasinto it, you know. I had the batting
By Cammie Bellamy
Chapel Hill is re-examining its grievance policiesfollowing the criticism of several high-profile firings of town employees.The issue stems from two firings upheld by townmanager Roger Stancil, which were in opposition torecommendations made by the town’s Personnel AppealsCommittee.Earlier this month, Rick Armstrong, a business agent with the Teamsters Local 391 union, filed a petition withthe town council that would give the committee —notStancil — thefinal authority on whether to firean employee.The committeeincludes volun-teers from ChapelHill and exam-ines disciplin-ary issues andemployee claimsof wrongful ter-mination.Under the cur-rent process, firedemployees appealto the committee, which hears thecase and advisesthe town man-ager, but does nothave the final say in employee terminations.If the manager’s decision does not match the commit-tee’s, he must explain his reasoning.Last year, Chapel Hill Police Department officer ChrisKing was fired after using sick leave to take a vacation.Though the appeals committee unanimously decided heshould be rehired, Stancil upheld his firing.Recently, Stancil also upheld the firing of police offi-cer Kevin Lee Thompson, whom the appeals committeeagain unanimously ruled should not have been fired foraccepting personal payment for work he did using stateequipment while on duty.The town council now plans to re-examine theappeals process in upcoming meetings. Armstrong, who said his branch of the Teamstersrepresents about 40 Chapel Hill police officers, said thecurrent process is unfair to town employees.“I think when you have a process like that, not only isit a poor process, but it discourages people from filing a grievance,” Armstrong said.King is among the officers represented by TeamstersLocal 391. Armstrong said he has spoken to many Chapel Hill employees who are now interested in joininga union after King’s firing.
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Several recent firings of ChapelHill employees have been broughtbefore the Personnel AppealsCommittee:Feb. 2011: In a split vote, thecommittee decides Kerry Bigelowand Clyde Clark, the “Sanitation 2,”should not be rehired.Feb. 2013: The committee unani-mously decides police officer KevinLee Thompson should be rehired.March 2013: The committeeunanimously decides police officerChris King should be rehired.
By Taylor Greene
The records in the Faith Hedgepethmurder case have once again been sealed.On May 14, Durham County SuperiorCourt Judge Orlando F. Hudson Jr.ordered the records, including all search warrants and 911 calls in the case, to beresealed.The order is applicable for 60 days, at which point the District Attorney’s Officein Durham will have to release the recordsor seek another resealing order.“The court finds that there is a prepon-derance of evidence to believe that therelease of the information contained in thecourt order and application would under-mine the ongoing criminal investigation,”the order states.The records have been sealed repeatedly since Hedgepeth was found dead in herapartment the morning of Sept. 7.The Hedgepeth family said they werenot specifically informed about theresealing, but Roland Hedgepeth, Faith’s
UNC junior Faith DanielleHedgepeth was founddead in her apartment onSept. 7. Since then, lawenforcement have releasedfew details in the case:Sept. 10: A DurhamCounty Superior CourtJudge sealed the searchwarrants for the first time.Sept. 26: Chapel Hillpolice released threeredacted recordings of radio traffic in connectionwith the investigation.Nov. 16: The records wereresealed.Jan. 9: With the help of the FBI, Chapel Hill policesaid they found male DNAat the scene.Jan. 9: The records wereresealed again.
By Devin Rooney
Emboldened by victories in lastNovember’s election, Republicansin both chambers of the N.C.General Assembly have worked formonths on separate proposals tooverhaul the state’s tax code.But past attempts at comprehen-sive reform in North Carolina failed— and state residents seem dissatis-fied with legislators’ recent efforts. A poll released Tuesday by PublicPolicy Polling, a left-leaning firm based in Raleigh, shows that only 14 percent of state residents sup-port the Senate’s tax plan, while 11percent support the House’s bill, which was introduced last week. Almost half of respondents wereundecided about both proposals.Ferrel Guillory, director of UNC’sProgram on Public Life, said peopleoften hesitate to embrace tax reform.“Tax reform is something thathas been difficult for the Democrats,and it continues to be difficult forthe Republicans,” Guillory said.“It’s not surprising that the publicdoesn’t immediately see a benefit.”Members of both the House andSenate say their reforms make statetaxes more fair by cutting the ratesfor sales taxes, individual incometaxes and corporate income taxes.
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PROPOSED N.C. TAX RATES
Competing tax reform plans both move toward a consumption-based taxsystem that would impose sales tax on more goods and services.
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N.C. Senate proposals
N.C. House proposals
The proposals would make upfor those cuts by taxing more goods,like prescription medicine and gro-ceries, and taxing more services.Douglas Shackelford, associatedean of the MBA@UNC Program,said while the House’s plan is moremoderate, both proposals reflect
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gloves, wristband, was always in thedirt.”Bolt can pinpoint the moment heknew he was a ballplayer — his firsthome run, which bounced over the fence.“I was rounding second like it went
REFUGEE OUTREACHFOR LOCAL STUDENTS
East Chapel Hill High School’s Refu-gee Outreach club hosted a panelto educate teachers on how tobetter address the needs of studentrefugees from Burma.