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Saturday November 26th

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A Home for the Holidays

BAILEY - A Wilson family received an early Christmas gift Wednesday afternoon - a new home. Jeffrey Watson, his wife, Myrtle, four of their children and other family members watched as trucks carrying pieces of their new home arrived. Kelsey and Jordan, two of the Watsons' young sons, ran around excitedly as family members took pictures to commemorate the day. "This is going to be a good present for the kids," Jeffrey said. "It's going to ease a lot of tension." The kids? There are 19 of them - 14 boys, five girls. The tension?

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Fame, the Master Plan and Moeser

In a recent Daily Tar Heel, there was a "help wanted" ad to find next semester's columnists. It said a columnist was a "campus celebrity." I can speak from personal experience - if by "campus celebrity" they mean poor grades and bitter loneliness, they are right on target. This got me thinking about the idea of celebrity.

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Nuclear Expert Takes Issue With CP&L Waste Expansion

Nuclear power expert Dr. Gordon Thompson told Orange County residents Wednesday night that the proposed expansion of waste storage facilities at the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant poses safety risks to the community. But he won't get to share those same opinions when Carolina Power & Light Co.

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So Much to Say at Semester's End

It just hit me last week that I really spent an entire semester writing for the DTH, which is something I always secretly dreamt of doing, yet something I thought would never happen. So, I would like to thank my editors for allowing me this voyage of discovery. When I first told my family and friends that I'd be writing for the DTH, they had a few suggestions that went something like this: "Don't talk about drugs; don't talk about sex; don't talk about race or religion; don't curse; don't be controversial," etc. But really, how much fun would that have been?

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Torbush Ready to Move On

Carl Torbush never abandoned his fighter's mentality. Torbush thought North Carolina's 52-7 lead at halftime of the season finale against Duke might be enough to save his job as UNC's head football coach. After all, he came back for another season after the Tar Heels started 1-8 in 1999. Even though Torbush was fired two days after the win at Duke, he still found something to fight for. If UNC went to a bowl, he could coach one last game. A bowl berth wasn't in the cards.

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Curry Sets Example At Point

Ronald Curry officially threw his name in the hat to be North Carolina's point guard Monday night. It landed at the top of the pile. Curry got his first call of the season about one minute after Brian Morrison entered the game against Miami.

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Golden Leaf Isn't Budget's Silver Bullet

N.C. legislators should keep the state's tobacco settlement money from going up in smoke. Several leaders in the state House of Representatives have proposed that the N.C. General Assembly use part of the $4.6 billion North Carolina will receive over the next 25 years to balance the state budget. The money currently is slated for three programs.

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Playing It By Ear

Kent Welch is just judging things as they come by. He's slowly gearing up for finals, starting to further his musical endeavors, enjoying his relationship with his sister and getting accustomed to a University not new to his family. "I'm just adjusting to the college lifestyle," Welch said. And he's adjusting at his own pace - starting with his 13-hour course load that allows him to academically dabble in a bit of everything. Welch wanted to try his luck with a Russian class, which he said after years of high school Spanish is a good change for him.

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UNC, Duke Officials Seek Visionaries for Scholarship

UNC and Duke University administrators are busy riffling through applications to select the first recipients of a new full-ride scholarship aiming to unite the rival schools. The Robertson Scholars Program will automatically consider all prospective students who apply to either UNC or Duke for an opportunity to receive the scholarship. The program allows the applicant to live and study on the campus to which they apply for seven semesters and spend the eighth experiencing the other university.

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Franklin St. Bookstore Goes Online

Where The Avid Reader's windows at 462 W. Franklin St. once offered a view onto wooden shelves laden with books, they now boast a sign that proclaims to passers-by "The Avid Reader: An Internet-Only Book Company." The store, which sells used and rare books, is just one of many bookstores that are being forced out of their brick-and-mortar headquarters and onto the Internet. "Bookstores all over the country are going to Internet stores," said owner Barry Jones.

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Group Wants Local Control of Wetlands

By Sally Francis A state advisory committee is recommending that local governments have more control in wetland and stream management to stop the further destruction of wetlands. The Statewide Wetland Stream Management Strategy, which the committee revised last month, is a plan to improve and simplify state wetland protection policies by replacing federal jurisdiction with control at the local level. SWSMS hopes to have approval of its final strategy by March 2001. The proposal will then be submitted to the N.C.

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County Fights to Hear Discrimination Claims

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will do battle in the state Court of Appeals to defend an ordinance previously ruled unconstitutional, but one that it believes protects residents' civil rights. The commissioners voted unanimously Nov. 21 to challenge a Nov.

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Bond-Funded Improvements Slated to Start Dec. 15

When North Carolina voters passed the $3.1 billion higher education bond referendum on Nov. 7, a sigh of relief was heard on campuses across the state. But now what? Voters responded almost 3-to-1 to the statewide call to action regarding the bond, and now it is time for officials to get to work. Although students and professors will have to tolerate inconveniences as buildings are renovated and upgraded across campus, planners say the benefits should more than live up to the pre-election hype. From the Dec.

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Kirkpatrick's Finds New Home on Henderson Street

Kirkpatrick's, Chapel Hill's newest bar and formerly Henderson Street Bar &Grill, opened its doors Monday for the first time - sort of. Tim Kirkpatrick owned Henderson Street Bar & Grill, which closed this summer. Before owning Henderson Street Bar & Grill, Kirkpatrick ran a bar called Kirkpatrick's on Rosemary Street. Now Chapel Hill is again home to a newly remodeled Kirkpatrick's, this time at 108 Henderson St. "I just totally renovated the place - ripped everything out and started over new," Kirkpatrick said. John and Katherine Lindsey, of J W Lindsey, Inc.

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The Final Burst of `Harsh Light'

A final letter to my readers: When we have become accustomed to darkness, the sudden intrusion of light is often the beginning of an agonizing transition. New light forces us to squint through tear-stained eyes and to gasp breathlessly at the shock of sudden brightness - until we are again able to orient ourselves to our world. In the end, of course, the light is a comforting guide and companion (and also quite necessary if we want to get anywhere).

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