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Monday December 5th

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TaxWatch Asks County to Drop CP&L Challenges

A Chapel Hill-based watchdog group is urging the Orange County Commissioners to save taxpayers' money by dropping a challenge against Carolina Power & Light Co.'s proposed increase of nuclear waste storage capacity.TaxWatch, an organization that advocates "intelligent use" of taxpayer dollars, sent a letter Dec. 26 to the commissioners, asking them to drop their appeal of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to allow CP&L to begin preparing two additional waste pools for storage. The NRC staff determined on Dec.

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Wrestlers Work to Earn National Prominence

Following North Carolina's upset victory of then-No. 7 Lehigh, UNC wrestler JohnMark Bentley spoke about what it takes to gain national prominence at the collegiate level."Every wrestler is talented in college," Bentley said. "The biggest thing to winning is that when you take some hard knocks, step right back up and keep working hard. Coming back from those hard knocks is the biggest asset you'll find."Bentley and the rest of the Tar Heels will have to put that philosophy into practice tonight, as they head to Raleigh to open ACC play against N.C.

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Bunting Introduces Additions to Program

John Bunting had heard the questions regarding his lack of college coaching experience.Bunting's three solutions sat to his left on Saturday, crowded behind a single table at the press room in the Smith Center.Bunting formally introduced new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Gary Tranquill, defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta and strength coach Jeff Connors on Saturday prior to the men's basketball game against Marquette.The three men displayed through their appearance and demeanor the type of no-nonsense approach that makes them a perfect fit for Bunting. No ties. No frills.

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BOG OKs Construction Policy

WINSTON-SALEM -- The Board of Governors gave its formal endorsement Friday to an effort aimed at facilitating faster and cheaper construction of buildings funded by the bond referendum passed in November.The proposal, which must be approved by the N.C.

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New Vision Gives Student New Perspective

After undergoing state-of-the-art surgery to restore his sight in November, a Chapel Hill High School sophomore is now seeing well and reading his own homework.Six years ago, Francisco was living in Mexico with his family when he picked up a bottle floating by in the river. He opened the bottle, which exploded in his face because it was full of sulfuric acid. The near-fatal explosion severely damaged his corneas, blinding him.Francisco remained blind until he met Dr.

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Turning Pro Isn't as Easy As It Seems

This past week, the North Carolina campus waited with bated breath as two-sport standout Julius Peppers debated either taking a multimillion dollar contract from some NFL team or staying in school to chase quarterbacks and Final Fours.But who, besides me -- an unapologetic soccer fiend -- and maybe a couple others, read on MLSnet.com that the best forward to ever play soccer at UNC is skipping his senior year to join MLS?In case you missed it, Chris Carrieri, who rewrote the Tar Heel goal-scoring record books during the 2000 season, was officially signed by MLS last Thursday as a member

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The Same Face, but Different Title

You may remember me as the ombudsman for The Daily Tar Heel. No longer. I have finally grown tired of explaining what exactly an ombudsman is. And how it's pronounced (om-BUDS-man). Don't get me wrong. I'm not giving up my job, which I love. Rather, my title.I'd always heard others with my job refer to themselves as "reader representatives" and "public editors," but I never liked either.

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UNC Defense Shuts Down Golden Eagles

Matt Doherty didn't need to resort to throwing chairs. And no trash cans were harmed in the making of this North Carolina victory.Still, Doherty needed to find some way to motivate his squad. The Tar Heels were leading Marquette by 18 points at halftime on Saturday, and UNC's coach didn't want to see his team suffer through a letdown. So he made a bet with his team.Doherty didn't specify exactly what the favor would be, but his players would be rewarded nonetheless if they held Marquette to less than 30-percent shooting for the game.Mission accomplished.

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Professor Shares Inside View of MLK

While most portrayals of Martin Luther King Jr. usually offer distanced accounts of his accomplishments, a UNC professor is able to share a depiction of a man he called a friend.To commemorate the life and legacy of King, UNC journalism Professor Chuck Stone presented the lecture "Remembering Martin ... A Dear Friend" to members of the Chapel Hill Historical Society on Monday.

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Student Stores' Pricing Policy Draws Scrutiny

While flipping through the statistics textbook that he bought from Student Stores last week, senior Marcus Carden noticed that the new text had scribbles in it.After being offered a refund of the difference between the new and used prices, Carden declined, wanting instead an explanation of why an apparently used book was being sold at a new price.Student Stores Director John Jones and Carolyn Elfland, associate vice chancellor for auxiliary services, have offered a few possible reasons for such a fluke.

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Photo Exhibit Takes Break From Reality

People usually expect a photograph to document reality, replicating what's actually in front of the camera.But the 11 artists featured in the N.C. Museum of Art's new exhibit take the concept of the photograph and turn it on its ear. "Is Seeing Believing?" opened Sunday with more than 30 photographs showcasing surreal photography.The exhibit features works by artists including Chuck Close and William Wegman.

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Bush Appointments and Policies Mean Diversity, Inclusion for U.S.

George W. Bush has yet to drop the "-elect" from his job description. But he is making decisions and setting an agenda to benefit every single American. Bush is in the final moments of his transition to the White House and already has established himself as a "uniter, not a divider."After his victory over Vice President Al Gore, Bush began to create the most solid foundation any president has ever assembled. His Cabinet nominees are a political dream team filled with talent and expertise.

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Town Celebrates King's Life, Legacy

A cloth-and-wire white dove hovered over a crowd of nearly 100 people as it made its way down Franklin Street on Monday, with participants chanting and singing "We Shall Overcome" as part of a rally and march honoring the Rev.

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UNC Takes Break From Conference Play

Coming off two come-from-behind victories against ACC foes, the No. 9 North Carolina men's basketball team gets a respite from conference play when it faces off with Marquette on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Smith Center.The game will be televised on ABC.Marquette (7-2, 2-0 in Conference USA) beat Cincinnati 47-44 on Wednesday but is 0-2 in nonconference road games this season. It is the first meeting between the two teams since 1987. North Carolina beat the Golden Eagles 83-74 in that matchup.Marquette defeated by both Xavier (75-59 on Dec. 16) and Dayton (61-60 on Dec.

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BOG Eyes Conflicts Of Interest

WINSTON-SALEM -- The UNC-system Board of Governors took another step toward modifying its conflict of interest policy Thursday, as one of its top officials admitted a possible violation.Toward the end of the meeting of the Committee on University Governance, UNC-system General Counsel Leslie Winner announced that she had been asked by BOG Chairman Benjamin Ruffin to investigate his own possible violation of the conflict of interest policy.Both Winner's report and the committee concluded that Ruffin had not violated the conflict of interest policy.Prior to Winner's report, the committe

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UNC Professor Offers \Some Helpful Advice To Athletics Officials

TO THE EDITOR:In order to cultivate our newest Carolina tradition of class and integrity in athletics department personnel decisions, I have a proposal: fire Elmar Bolowich, Matt Doherty and Anson Dorrance. Bolowich? His team was seeded number one in the NCAA tournament but didn't win. Best Carolina soccer season ever? So what? Obviously overrated. Doherty? He's hardly even arrived and already he has lost multiple games. Obviously not our man. Dorrance? He lost an unprecedented three regular season games this year. Obviously over the hill.

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Events Honor King's Memory

UNC will launch various events Monday to celebrate the legacy left behind by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The week's activities will center on a keynote speech by civil rights attorney Morris Dees at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Memorial Hall. Dees' lecture, titled "A Passion for Justice," will address King's call to serve others.Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Dees has won a multitude of awards and published three books.

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Young UNC Squad Faces Rebuilding Year

Like the present state of the University's campus, the North Carolina gymnastics team is in a period of overhaul.After losing five seniors from the 2000 squad, the Tar Heels will be forced to rely on a mostly inexperienced unit during the year and in Sunday's season opener at William & Mary.The outgoing contributors leave this year's squad with large voids in leadership and overall performance."Those five seniors, when you look at our competitive lineup from the (East Atlantic Gymnastics League) championships, made up half of our competitive lineup, so we graduated a lot of good peopl

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Charges Dismissed In N.C. WARN Trial

Three opponents of Carolina Power & Light Co.'s plans to expand nuclear waste capacity at a local nuclear plant walked away from the Wake County courthouse Thursday with criminal trespass charges against them dismissed.Adversaries in a public and often bitter dispute over the proposal to increase waste storage at the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, CP&L officials and critics of the company's plans were at odds about the reasons for the dismissals.Wake County Assistant District Attorney Ned Mangum filed the dismissals of second-degree trespassing charges against Jim Warren, director o

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