Originally created 11/22/04

Across the southeast



Dell plant may create thousands of jobs

HIGH POINT, N.C. - The $242.5 million in incentives North Carolina promised Dell Inc. to build a computer manufacturing plant is as much for the 1,900 jobs at the plant as the thousands more that might spring up, experts say.

The world's largest personal computer maker announced this month it will build its third U.S. manufacturing plant in the Triad. The plant work force ultimately could exceed 2,300, plus thousands of peripheral jobs. Company officials are negotiating with local governments over a specific location.

In Tennessee, where Dell has about 3,000 employees, the economic impact has been estimated at $209 million, with direct and indirect employment at 6,900 jobs, Dell spokeswoman Cathie Hargett said.

North Carolina schools worry about violence

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - North Carolina's annual school violence report this year showed an increase in school crime in more than half of the state's 115 school districts. But educators have complained for years that the reporting process is flawed.

Some school districts report only incidents reported to police. Others report all violent or criminal incidents.

"The problem nationally is that federal and state statistics underestimate the problem of school violence, and public perception exaggerates it," said Kenneth Trump, a school violence expert and the president of National School Safety and Security Services.

Many suspect that school administrators underreport school crime because they fear public scrutiny, Mr. Trump said.

Startled tiger injures owner of sanctuary

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The owner of a wildlife sanctuary was injured by a 350-pound Siberian tiger that was startled by a 14-year-old boy at a county fair, officials said Sunday.

Curt LoGiudice jumped between the tiger and the boy, who was knocked to the ground with Mr. LoGiudice.

St. Johns County sheriff's deputies had to shoot the animal twice with stun guns to get it to release Mr. LoGiudice, who was able to take it back to his sanctuary before driving himself to a hospital.

Mr. LoGiudice had been displaying his animals at the St. Johns County Fair when the boy walked up and "made a sudden move," and the tiger attacked, according to a report by Deputy Jerry Montague.