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Judge to rule
ABOVE: Thomas Spencer, a Miami-Dade County election canvassing board observer, testifies in the courtroom of Leon County Circuit Judge N. Sanders Sauls in Tallahassee, Fla., yesterday.
Lawyers for Vice President Al Gore and Gov. George W. Bush argued in court for a second day over Democratic demands for a recount of disputed ballots.
BELOW: The Rev. Jesse Jackson leads supporters in front of'the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday in Washington.
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The Associated Press
Lawyers for Al Gore and George W Bush slogged
through a second day of testimony about chads, voting
machines and the vice president's pleas for a recount,
while GOP running mate Dick Cheney said yesterday it's
time for Gore to concede. Gore said he knows America is
weary of the long election ordeal but counseled the coun-
try: "It won't last forever."
As Democrats talked about the possibility of a gracious
exit from the presidential contest, a circuit judge presided
over a nearly 13-hour
hearing yesterday on
Gore's historic election
protest and listened to v
closing arguments into
the night. Judge N.
Sanders said he would deliver his ruling this morning.
The vice president braced for the next round of legal
action and attended church, where he heard a sermon.
titled, "A Time for Waiting."
It was an apt metaphor for the longest, closest presiden-
tial contest in 124 years. Gore, testing Americans' will-
ingness to wait as he exhausts his legal options
conducted an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" as part
of a public relations blitz. "At the end of the day, when all
processes have taken place, if George Bush is sworn in as
president he'll be my president. He'll be America's presi-
dent," Gore said in the interview.
He talked of the ordeal of uncertainty the entire country
has gone through. "The public, I think, has shown a
remarkable amount of patience," Gore said. "This isn't
easy for any of us in this country. I know the Bush family,
as well as my family, is wanting this to be over. The
American family wants it to be over.
He also said: "It won't last forever. I'm expecting it will
be over within the next two weeks."
Nearly a month after Election Day, Cheney led a herd of
Bush and Gore allies to yesterday's news shows. "I do think
that ifs time for him to concede," he told NBC. "So far, he's
chosen not to do that - to pursue other avenues - and
clearly that's his prerogative. But I think ... history would
regard him in a better light if he were to bring this to a close."
Gore allies said he won't consider quitting before.Sauls
rules on his request for hand recounts in two counties, and
the Florida Supreme Court settles the appeal that will
undoubtedly be lodged by the losing side. The vice presi-
dent has one other life line: The U.S. Supreme Court is
considering the case in a separate appeal filed by Bush.
See FLORIDA, Page 8A
By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
WASHINGTON - In an attempt to clarify the dispute
over Florida's 25 electoral votes that hold the key to the
White House, the U.S. Supreme Court stepped into the
pages of American history Friday, hearing arguments from
attorneys representing Gov. George W Bush and Vice Presi-
dent Al Gore.
Reaction to the arguments was as partisan as the disputed
"What this case does is it signals that the highest legal
authority in the land is aware of what goes on and that there
isn't sort of carte blanche on the part of the (Florida)
Supreme Court to change the rules after the election," said
Sen. John Ashcroft (R-Mo.), who attended the Court's oral
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) also witnessed the
arguments and weighed in on what she saw.
"The Florida Supreme Court rendered a decision based
on the laws of Florida," Jackson-Lee said after the argu-
ments had concluded. "I believe for the will of the people to
be evident, the Court will follow its traditions and not inter-
fere. I believe the Court in its wisdom would be appropriate.
in not overturning the Florida Supreme Court's decision."
See WASHINGTON, Page 8A
Greeks clean up neighborhood 'I
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
While LSA sophomore Kate Foster
n6rmally spends weekend mornings
raking in hours of sleep, Saturday
morning Foster, a member of the Delta
Gamma sorority, spent hours raking
"What's a few hours of my day if I
can help do this - if I can help clean
up the community," she said.
t Nearly 100 fraternity and sorori-
members gathered Saturday to
volunteer their time and contribute
to the cleanliness of the community
as part of the fourth annual
Oxbridge Neighborhood Greek Ser-
"The project is a chance for us to
reconnect with the neighborhood,"
said Dan Fenton, this year's Greek
Service Day director and former pres-
ident of the Delta Chi fraternity. "You
start to really appreciate where you're
living. We have some really great
Volunteers from the area and even
outside the Oxbridge Neighborhood
Association's boundaries came
together to clean streets, rake leaves
and help prepare homes for the winter
Prior to Saturday's Service Day, res-
idents of the 220 family-owned homes
in the neighborhood received letters
asking if they needed assistance.
"it gives neighbors who are busy a
chance to get their lawns raked and
helps out those who might not be able
to do all of this themselves," Fenton
After leaving the Delta Chi house,
participants worked from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. to improve the neighborhood,
which is located southeast of cam-
"The project is a chance for us to
reconnect with the neighborhood."
- Dan Fenton
Greek Service Day director
pus near Oxford and Cambridge
"Service is a strong part of any
Greek organization. It's our way of
reaching out to the community," said
Interfraternity Council President
Adam Silver, an Engineering senior.
"This is the Greek community sup-
porting each other and the neighbor-
Jane Fergusen, past president of
the Oxbridge Neighborhood Asso-
ciation, also stopped by to lend a
She said the timing of the event
was important because today is the
last day that the city trucks come
through to get the leaves before
"If we don't get it all out there, then
we have to live with it all winter" Fer-
Fergusen also commented on the
need to raise student awareness to the
neighbors they interact with and
whose lives they affect.
"I hope fraternity and sorority mem-
bers get acquainted with the neighbors
and remember that these are places
See GREEK, Page 2A
New sidewalk on Diag
eases construction woes
Singer Ashley Erdmann entertains diners at the Martha Cook Building during the
55th annual Messiah Dinner last night.
By Jane Krull
Day Staff Reporter
* Shoes of students and faculty will be a little less
muddy due to a new sidewalk connecting the east
entrance of Angell and Mason halls to the Diag.
The sidewalk was completed last week at the urg-
ing of the University community to aid with the dif-
ficulty of maneuvering around the construction
areas, Facilities and Operations spokeswoman
"As we approach snow, the grounds department
will have a specific path to clear," Brown said.
The sidewalk that previously connected the
Fishbowl area of Angell Hall to the Diag was
torn up for the ongoing renovations to Haven
Hall. A new entrance was added to Mason Hall
through a former classroom, but many students
cut across the grass as a shortcut to the center of
One of the students that contacted Facilities and
By Came Thorson
Residents of Martha Cook brought
out their old prom dresses and stayed
up all night decorating for last night's
annual Messiah dinner.
For the 55th year in a row,
Martha Cook hosted its traditional
formal dinner yesterday after the
University Musical Society perfor-
and crown of the University."
Resident Kerstin Hanson, an LSA
senior, said the event was so enjoy-
able that she thinks it's unfortunate
more members of the University
community weren't able to partici-
"The outside campus doesn't see
what really happens in here" Hanson
Guests of the formal dinner includ-
ELLIE WIT E/DVaily
The University constructed a sidewalk last week from
Mason Hall to the Diag, replacing one that was torn
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