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Monday December 5th

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Game Sadly Ends With Violence

Scream at the top of your lungs. Affix a curse by inserting pins into voodoo dolls and, if necessary, yourself. Wear nothing -- except for body paint, an '80s foam finger that says "We're No. 1," and your luckiest pair of underwear, unwashed since your team started its winning streak.Above is a short list of acceptable --albeit unhygienic -- ways for sports fans to give a boost to their favorite team. Pulling the trigger of a loaded gun at a sporting event, however, is a surefire way that won't.Where: The basketball gymnasium at Southern Vance High School in Henderson.

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Dees: Youth Must Fight Ongoing Racism

A civil rights activist raised as a poor, white farm boy in Alabama addressed racial equality to a packed house at Memorial Hall on Tuesday night.Famed civil rights attorney Morris Dees spoke as part of the University's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.Dees' talk included a discussion on race relations past and present, ways Americans can improve social conditions and the tolerance everyone needs to harbor.He said that while the racial atmosphere in America has improved, some things still need to change."There is an ill wind blowing across our nation," De

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All Americans Need Education About Reparations to Blacks \

TO THE EDITOR:One last word on reparations for slavery? I'm a professional researcher who, for the past year or so, has been following this often controversial issue. Across the country, most white Americans are vehemently against reparations of any sort. Hell, you mention a mere apology and their shorts get all knotted.History buffs out, are you familiar with the Homestead Act of 1862? What about the Southern Homestead Act of 1866?

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Hospitals' Credit Rating Drops

A four-year pattern of declining income has caused an international bond research association to issue UNC Hospitals a lower credit rating.But hospital officials are confident that their $290 million purchase of Rex Healthcare in Raleigh will reverse the reduced rating.Bruce Gordon, an analyst for Moody's Investors Service, lowered his security rating of UNC Hospitals' $183 million of long-term debt by one level, decreasing the rating from Aa3, the third highest possible rating, to A1."What the rating tells investors is the likelihood their purchase of UNC Hospital bonds will be

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Students Must Show Interest In Transit Woes

Since 1989, the Triangle Transit Authority has quietly tried to bring efficient, environmentally sound public transportation to the Triangle.Their efforts took a huge leap forward last week when the North Carolina Railroad Company agreed to grant TTA a 27-mile stretch of rail corridor to build and maintain a regional rail system expected to transport 44,000 daily riders by 2025.TTA has been working on the rail since 1992, when an advisory group began considering which routes the rail might take and which technologies were desirable.The board considered the potential revenues and costs

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Raleigh Station Pulls `Temptation Island'

The controversial new show "Temptation Island" will no longer be aired on Raleigh Fox affiliate WRAZ-TV, although the show can still be viewed locally.WRAZ-TV General Manager Tommy Schench said the decision to take "Temptation Island" off the air demonstrates WRAZ-TV's opposition to the fact that one of the participating couples has a child.Schench said the original program did not bother WRAZ-TV, but the involvement of a child causes the show to take on a new image."Fox network assured us they did a background check," he said.Schench said the backgrou

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State Deficit Could Affect System Budget

Funding for UNC-system schools might feel the strain of the state's largest budget deficit in 10 years when the N.C. General Assembly convenes later this month to set state agency appropriations for the next two years.The Board of Governors issued a budget request in November to then-Gov. Jim Hunt asking for $4.7 billion in funding from the General Assembly for the 2001-02 fiscal year. The system already has $2.5 billion of that sum in hand thanks to the bond package passed in November, leaving $2.2 billion that it will seek from state coffers.Newly elected Gov.

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Peppers' Foul Shots Help UNC Torch Golden Eagles

After months of speculation, Julius Peppers made up his mind."He's decided not to enter the NBA draft -- that's the press release today," North Carolina coach Matt Doherty said following the Tar Heels' 84-54 victory against Marquette on Saturday.OK, so Doherty was joking.Peppers released a statement Thursday that said he would return to North Carolina's football team for one more year.

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Painting the Town Rojo

A surprising mix of Latino, black, white, young and old, men and women moves to the beat. The scene looks like something you might find in Miami. But this isn't a glitzy South Beach club, just a Friday night in Chapel Hill.Much like the condiment of the same name, salsa music and dancing -- in all their different forms -- are experiencing unprecedented popularity in the United States, with Chapel Hill no exception.The rhythmically inclined can choose from at least four places in town that regularly offer Latin beats (more than ever before), and more in Durham and Raleigh.

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Teasley Watches Contest\From Unfamiliar Position

With six seconds remaining in regulation of North Carolina's battle with N.C. State on Sunday, what most people in the Smith Center thought would be the game-winning shot for the Tar Heels fell through the net.Nikki Teasley smiled proudly, shaking her left fist and extended index finger in the air.But unlike many occasions during the past three years, Teasley held a pompom in her right hand. The shot was not hers. The glory was not hers.

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Report: Poverty Affects 1.1 Million N.C. Homes

A joint report released last week by the N.C. Justice and Community Development Center and N.C. Equity, two advocacy groups for low-income families, stated that 35 percent of North Carolina families do not earn enough money to pay for necessities like clothing, groceries and health care.According to the Working is Not Enough report, based on 1997 data, 1.1 million N.C.

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Lobbying Day Raises Funding, Support Questions for ASG

WINSTON-SALEM -- UNC Association of Student Governments delegates clashed Saturday over funding for Student Day at the Capitol, an effort to lobby state legislators.ASG officials estimated Monday that the Feb. 20 event would cost $12,910 if 1,400 students participate.But ASG officials are still hoping that 2,000 to 2,500 students will participate, potentially increasing the cost to $20,000.Harold Pettigrew, N.C.

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Ashcroft Dividing, Not Uniting

Throughout much of 1999 and 2000, the American people were bombarded with George W. Bush constantly assuring the masses that he was a "great uniter, not divider" (or, as W. put it before aides corrected him, "a comer together, not a splitter aparter").So when Bush appointed John Ashcroft, a staunch conservative from Missouri (and by staunch I mean really damn conservative), attorney general, he seemingly rescinded his commitment to healing the nation.Most remember Ashcroft for losing to the dead Gov.

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Gymnastics Wins First Meet of Year

The North Carolina gymnastics team defeated William & Mary 191.850-187.850 in the Tar Heels' first meet of the 2001 season Sunday.UNC senior Brooke Wilson placed first on all apparatuses, and the Tar Heels took the top four spots in the all-around. Wilson finished first in the all-around (39.375) by virtue of her top finishes on vault (9.8250), uneven bars (9.775), balance beam (9.925) and floor (9.850).Junior Monica Middleton placed second in the all-around with a score of 38.150.

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Bush Needs More Training in Foreign Policy Arena

George W. Bush's foreign policy looks little like his father's. Of course, these are very different times. Gone are the days of the United States trying to gain the upper hand in the face of a superior Soviet nuclear threat. Similar to George the elder, George W. intends to move ahead with the controversial missile defense system, regardless of international endorsement.President "Dad" did not take advantage of the opportunity to overthrow Iraqi president Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War success in 1991. George W. intends to take measures to oust Hussein. George W.

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Woods Pulls Out Of Race

While no one has officially declared their candidacy for student body president, former Student Body Secretary Michael Woods already has pulled out of the race, citing personal reasons unrelated to student government."It was outside factors that have nothing do with Chapel Hill," said Woods, who is a sophomore. "From April to April, I can't say that I'll be completely focused."Woods resigned from his post as student body secretary in November with intentions of running for student body president.

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Bush Must Govern His Way

In less than four days, President-elect George W. Bush will be inaugurated as our nation's 43rd president. He will take office a little over two months after one of the most exciting and dramatic presidential elections in United States history. Because of the manner in which Bush won the election - losing the popular vote to Vice President Al Gore and narrowly winning the Electoral College following the Supreme Court's ruling over Florida - many feel Bush has no real mandate.

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UNC Tennis Warms Up In Tourney

The North Carolina women's tennis team struggled last season.Injuries and inexperience combined to thwart a return to the NCAA tournament.UNC began the 2001 season with a strong opening statement in the Carolina Indoor Tournament this weekend. The Tar Heels held their own against William & Mary and Texas, ranked 6th and 15th respectively in the nation.

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Killing Prisoners With a Vengeance

I am going to kill a man early Friday morning. You will help.His name is Bobby Lee Harris. We're killing him for revenge.Bobby and a co-worker decided to rob their boss, John Redd, on the company fishing boat. They didn't plan to kill him, but Mr. Redd, more than a little tipsy, "wouldn't stop whining," as Bobby put it, so Bobby stabbed the man three times and threw him overboard. Bobby, busy and irritated, ignored the dim prospect that We the People of North Carolina might seek vengeance a decade later.

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