The Daily Tar Heel

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Sunday January 16th


Farmers protest climate-change legislation

Farmers may prize their green thumbs, but they are now campaigning against a green future.The American Farm Bureau has created a plan to prevent climate change legislation from passing in the House and Senate.

Will health care legislation increase insurance premiums?

The insurance industry is adding to the uphill battle that congressional democrats are fighting in order to pass health care reform legislation. Private insurers, hoping to sway public opinion, have said that premiums will increase by 18 percent within the next decade if the health care reform is passed. 

Debate on Assisted Suicide

The idea of helping a patient in great pain commit suicide, known as assisted suicide, is a matter of big debate in Great Britain  The New York Times reported last week that one of Britain’s most prestigious prosecutors created a list of cases in which he would not prosecute people for assisting a suicide in a hospital because he felt the action was justified. 

Universities help keep local unemployment rates low

Chapel Hill and Durham's unemployment rate of 8 percent is the lowest among North Carolina’s metropolitan areas, WRAL reported last week.The Daily Tar Heel talked to Pamela Rich, manager of the local Employment Security Commission, and people in the area who are in search of jobs to find out more.

Students voice transportation concerns at forum

Only a few students appeared at Thursday’s annual Transportation Forum hosted by the UNC Department of Public Safety.But that didn’t stop them from airing their concerns about transportation to a panel of representatives from DPS and local bus services.

Your photos: Culture on the Lawn

Members of the Black Student Movement sent in these photos of the group's Culture on the Lawn event.Send your photos to or

Public option is contentious

The U.S. Senate will begin a full chamber debate on health care reform this week.The Senate finance committee, the final committee to address the legislation before the full chamber debate, last week voted down two public option plans. It will vote on the final draft of the bill this week.

Housing department preparing new Web presence

UNC’s Department of Housing and Residential Education Web site is preparing for a facelift.The department is currently soliciting resident feedback on the three potential designs.Residents can choose from the three proposals in a poll that ends at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6. 

Diplomatic efforts could change the game on Iran

 President Obama addressed the issue of Iran and nuclear proliferation last week at the U.N. General Assembly.He expressed hope that he could use diplomacy to bridge differences between the two countries. He also got Russia on board with imposing sanctions on Iran if they do not follow UN orders.

Hillel celebrates Israel Fest in the Pit

The Hillel  offered students in the Pit a taste of Israel today with falafel and pita as a part of its annual Israel Fest.The campus Jewish group sold falafel for a dollar throughout the day to fundraise for the American Jewish World Service.