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Monday December 5th

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UNC Track Kicks Off Season

For the last eight seasons, North Carolina's women's indoor track and field team has run away from its ACC competition.This year's goal for UNC: to leave its conference competitors in the dust and make its mark nationally. The Tar Heels will begin their shot at national prominence at Virginia Tech today."Throughout the 1990s we were always first or second in the ACCs," said UNC track and field coach Dennis Craddock. "I want us to get back there.

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Brown Leads Tar Heels In Defeat of Seminoles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- North Carolina captured its second straight ACC win, defeating Florida State 75-62 Thursday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Juana Brown led the Tar Heels (10-6, 4-3 in the ACC) with 21 points and shot 8-of-13 from the field and hit four 3-pointers. Four Tar Heels, including leading ACC scorer LaQuanda Barksdale, scored in double digits. Barksdale also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels, helping them win on the boards 36-33.Florida State's Shinikki Whiting turned in 17 points in the losing effort.

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Bush Speech To Set Tone For Term

For weeks political analysts have been asking questions -- how will President-elect George W. Bush pass legislation with one of the most evenly split Congresses in American history? How will the American people accept a president who lost the popular vote and was finally able to claim the Presidency because of a court ruling?The answers could begin to trickle down on Saturday.Jan. 20 is Inauguration Day. A day when the outgoing president officially hands over the post to the president-elect.

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Forum Discusses State of UNC Race Relations

Concerned minority students voiced their opinions Thursday night about their responsibilities as members of the diverse UNC student population. The Mu Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc. continued the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday by presenting a forum titled "Awakening from a Dream," whose participants included a panel of eight campus leaders and its audience.Barry Brinkley, the liaison to the Martin Luther King Jr.

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Letter to the Editor Illustrates the Need For a GLBT Center

Letter to the EditorIllustrates the NeedFor a GLBT CenterTO THE EDITOR:In response to Joanne Beckman's letter to the editor, "Same-Sex Relationships Don't Merit Recognition Given to Heterosexuals" (Dec. 7), we would like to express our dismay at her heterosexist and homophobic disregard for same-sex relationships. Ms. Beckman is correct that at the essence of marriage -- underpinning its legal and social sanction -- is love (and sex) between two people. However, Ms. Beckman egregiously asserts that those two people can only be male and female.

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New Tobacco Strain Boasts Low-Nicotine Alternative

A new type of tobacco that is virtually nicotine-free has been developed by Vector Group, a parent company of Liggett Group Inc., that will provide smokers with a new way to quit.A spokeswoman for Vector Group, who would not give her name, said the company is developing this idea to give smokers a nonaddictive option."Initial tests with focus groups have shown that (low-nicotine cigarettes) smoke and taste just like regular cigarettes, but we believe it will have the least amount of nicotine as any cigarettes on the market right now," she said.She added that in addition to g

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Listserv Is Music to Student's Ears

When Zack Gresham came to UNC in the fall of 1999, he hoped to become an active member of the local music scene.But there was one problem for this guitarist: He didn't know where to find jamming partners.Gresham, a sophomore interdisciplinary studies major -- a combination of music, folklore and creative writing -- was not about to let his passion for music dwindle in a town surrounded by local bands and performance gigs.In October, wanting to help other musicians who shared his predicament, Gresham created the Musician Ring, a listserv for University students interested in all aspect

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Tar Heels Keep Streak Alive, Embarrass Clemson

Will Solomon's one-man basketball show came to Chapel Hill on Wednesday night and ran into something far superior: a total team effort from North Carolina.The Tar Heels put four players in double figures, and three more scored at least eight points as they defeated Clemson 92-65 in front of 21,335 at the Smith Center.They also limited the Tigers to 38.7-percent shooting and held Solomon, the ACC's leading scorer at 21.9 points per game, to 17."It was a solid effort all-around," said UNC guard Joseph Forte, who finished with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists.

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WSSU Tries to Forgo Search Policy

Officials at Winston-Salem State University want UNC-system leaders to name Harold Martin as the sole candidate for chancellor at the university, forgoing a system policy requiring a public search to fill the position.But they face opposition from members of the Board of Governors who say state statutes prevents the body from altering the selection policy. The WSSU Board of Trustees plans to ask UNC-system President Molly Broad later this week to alter the policy calling for a two-name nomination and recommend Martin to the post.

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Higher Education Received Boost Under Clinton's Care

While the rest of President Bill Clinton's legacy might still be up in the air, education officials seem to agree that his place as the higher education president is firmly secure.Some education analysts are more than willing to heap praise on the outgoing president."He's been the best president for education since the 1960s," said Jack Jennings, director of the Center on Education Policy.Jennings said that since the doors of public education opened to all Americans during Lyndon Johnson's administration, no president has passed as much legislation that has made the possibil

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Bad Network Decisions Plague Today's TV

As an obsessed TV watcher, I should understand by now that television is a business run by advertising, demographics and ratings -- a business that depends on income just like everything else.But that doesn't stop me from vehemently disliking some of the choices networks have made in trying to reposition themselves for the spot as top dog.

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Textbook Inquiry Continues

After being charged full prices for what he claims to be used books at UNC Student Stores, senior Marcus Carden is pursuing answers from University officials about the discrepancy.Carden met with Carolyn Elfland, associate vice chancellor for auxiliary services, Tuesday but the math major from Greensboro is not satisfied with the status of the issue.After reportedly encountering some hostility from University officials, Carden said he was finally able to get an apology about the mishap from Elfland.Elfland said she will follow up on the issue with other officials and discuss options f

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7-Up Guy Can't Save Film From Weak Plot

Sometimes I just wonder who the people are who come up with ideas for some movies. Why did they cast that guy? Why the hell did they let that script see the light of day? And what is up with that trailer, which truly blows?"Double Take" is a perfect example of one of these movies.Using that whole switcheroo story for the umpteenth time, "Double Take" is the tortuous story of the trials and tribulations of overachiever Daryl Chase (7-Up spokeswhore Orlando Jones).

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`State and Main' Witty, but Not Mamet's Best

A drastic clash of two cultures -- Hollywood and rural New England -- provides "State and Main" with well-staged visual humor, amusingly archetypical characters and, sadly, little depth.The film's heart is Joe White (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a playwright turned screenwriter for a major studio film. White passively is torn between the simple life of a romantic interest and the glamourous, hectic lives lived by the film-within-the-film's director (William H.

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N.C. Cities Pleased With Cameras' Results

Officials in several N.C. cities are pleased with the initial results of new programs that place cameras at high-traffic intersections to decrease the number of drivers who ignore red lights, spurring several other municipalities -- including Chapel Hill -- to consider similar initiatives.Greensboro and High Point will initiate a program next month that will install cameras at two intersections in each city.

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`O Brother' Reworks Homer's Epic

There was a running joke in Preston Sturges' classic "Sullivan's Travels" where a director wants to make an ideal "message picture" called "O Brother Where Art Thou?" The new comedy from the tandem of Joel and Ethan Coen shares the same name but no such serious message.This "O Brother" is a very musical adventure through Depression-era Mississippi, based not so loosely on, of all things, Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey." The Coen brothers can do nothing normal.The film takes off quickly when three daft convicts escape from a chain gang and make their way across the sun-soaked landscape

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Partobject Gallery Spotlights Contemporary Photography

While many art galleries pay tribute to artists from the past, Carrboro's Partobject Gallery finds it imperative to support contemporary international photographers whose collections focus on the here and now."It's important, we think, to support artists who are alive," explained Kathy Hudson, co-owner of Partobject. She added that many artists are trying to make a living and do not receive the coverage their talent merits.Hudson opened the small, sparsely furnished gallery on Weaver Street in November 1998 with her brother, New York art critic and curator Diego Cortez.

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