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Monday December 5th

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Signs Point To Hiring Of Bunting

By Bret StrelowAssistant Sports EditorJohn Bunting is coming to Chapel Hill today for the second time in a week. He's not expected to leave this time without becoming North Carolina's next football coach.John Bunting's wife, Dawn, said Sunday at the couple's home in New Orleans that she expects UNC to offer her husband a contract today. She said a press conference to announce his hiring should occur today or tomorrow."It's his dream job, the dream he's always talked about," she said. "A lot of people don't get to live out their dream.

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New Computers Help Kids Learn

By Wendy PhillipsStaff WriterSome of Chapel Hill's youngest students are learning their ABCs with the help of a little technology and some brand-new computers.Community Schools for People Under Six, a pre-kindergarten school located on Caldwell Street, received two new classroom computers in November to supplement students' education.A grant sponsored annually by IBM and United Way provided the school with the computers.

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Are You Final-ly Ready?

Your palms sweat, and your heart pounds. Your eyes droop lazily as they focus on page after page of material you should have started to study weeks ago. Facts and figures swim in your head while distractions float in and out of your thoughts.The hours remaining before the exam dwindle as you drown in a choppy sea of anxiety and stress -- with no lifeline in sight.Chances are, you aren't alone in this predicament.William Knaus, a psychologist, estimates that 90 percent of college students procrastinate.

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FBI Combats Cybercrime in Triangle

RALEIGH -- N.C. FBI agents and representatives from a national security program launched a new system this week aimed at protecting Triangle businesses against cyberterrorism.The National Infragard Program began on Monday in Raleigh.The program, which has been in effect in Charlotte for about a year, is an Internet-based effort to provide companies with protection from computer intrusion and to keep data secure."We hope to get well over 100 members in the Research Triangle Park area," Chris Swecker, FBI special agent for N.C. operations, said at a press conference last week.

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Community, Campus Dance in `Wonderland'

The winter weather outside was cold Thursday night, but at Carolina Campus Civitan's "Winter Wonderland," the dance floor was hot.The dance was one of two hosted each year by CCC in cooperation with The ARC of Orange County, formerly known as The Association of Retarded Citizens.

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Duke Chapel Approves Same-Sex Union Rites

Duke University recently opened the doors of its chapel for same-sex couples, a decision deemed necessary by some and immoral by others in the university community. The new policy, allowing same-sex couples to celebrate their union, will take effect immediately and might strain relationships with some of the religous groups that worship at Duke Chapel. Ordained clergy permitted to do so by their religions can perform the same-sex ceremonies, allowing rituals that before were permitted only in the Duke Gardens to now take place in the chapel.

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Charities to Brighten Holidays

By Charles DalyStaff WriterArea charities are looking to make the holiday season a bit warmer and brighter with the help of volunteers.In addition to their year-round battle against hunger and poverty, organizations like the Salvation Army, Yates Baptist Association, Meals on Wheels and others also work to bring the holiday spirit to underprivileged families.Cape Grice, director of the Salvation Army, presides over the Toys for Tots program, which provides donated toys to children in Durham, Orange and Person counties."We want to make sure that every child has something for Chri

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Break-Ins Rampant Over Break

Michael Troutman will be facing this holiday break with last year's theft on his mind, motivating him to take extra precaution in locking up his home.Over Winter Break last year, a thief broke into Troutman's room in his fraternity house and stole his stereo and television.Troutman, a junior management and society major, said he thinks that because thieves know when students are on break, they can easily steal students' belongings from their homes.

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Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars

To begin where T.L. Moua ended ("Abolishing the Death Penalty Removes Individual Autonomy" Dec. 4), his recantation of Kant has little bearing. I can make the argument equally well that because people must accept the costs of their decisions, killers must go to jail for the remainder of their natural lives. Moua wrongly assumes that the cost of murder must be execution -- that it is somehow proportionate and therefore natural. Do we rape rapists or steal from thieves?

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N.C. Voting Process Under Examination

Officials from across North Carolina are stepping up efforts to change election processes throughout the state in light of Florida's voting problems in this year's presidential election.Everything from ballot design to campaign finance reform is being scrutinized from different angles as political officials search for ways to improve future elections in North Carolina.One change being considered is the reorganization of the ballot -- a reform supported by the state's smaller political parties.

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Brown's Status Uncertain As UNC Tips Off ACC Play

After Thursday's practice concluded, the North Carolina women's basketball players lined up to receive two things: their Secret Santa name and a copy of a playbook test.So as gift ideas began to swirl in their heads, the Tar Heels fanned out across Carmichael Auditorium to take their test.They'll get a chance to earn some extra credit and brownie points with UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell by putting those plays in action against Maryland on Saturday at 2 p.m.UNC opens its ACC season against a 6-1 Terrapins team that is fresh off a hard-fought loss to Penn State.

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Divas Perform to Celebrate Women

Song, dance and the spoken word resonated from the stage of the Great Hall in an effort to break the silence about sexual assault and celebrate women Thursday night.Women from the campus and community shared their talents for the first-ever "Night of the Divas," sponsored by Advocates for Sexual Assault Prevention. A packed audience of 450 people helped the event raise $1,450 for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. This figure far exceeded ASAP's steering committee's hopes earlier in the week for a sum closer to $300.

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Advocacy Groups File Suit Against Hog Corporations

Frustrations with the government's efforts to control the corporate hog industry have prompted advocacy groups like the Sierra Club to file suit against several hog companies -- starting with those in North Carolina.Fifteen of the nation's most prominent law firms will represent the groups in class action, civil action and nuisance lawsuits. The first state targeted by the suits is North Carolina, which is one of the nation's largest hog-producing states.N.C.

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Transplant Recipient Inspires, Gives Thanks

There is a sense of gratitude in Charlie Tolchin's voice.It's a gratitude for the ability to breathe, a basic and often-taken-for-granted function UNC Hospitals doctors restored when Tolchin underwent a double lung transplant on April 13, 1997, after spending four years on the waiting list.But there's also soft-spoken strength in his voice. A self-described fighter, Tolchin was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 5.

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Texas A&M Gives Scholarship Gift to UT

Although the two schools are still bitter rivals on the football field, last year's bonfire collapse before the annual football game between Texas A&M University and the University of Texas-Austin might have forged a new bond between the schools.Texas A&M University recently endowed a $50,000 scholarship to thank the University of Texas-Austin for its support in the wake of last year's tragedy.An enormous wooden structure, which is lighted every year on the eve of the A&M-UT game, collapsed early Nov.

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Carrboro Considers Upward Growth

By Charles DalyStaff WriterCARRBORO - Carrboro's plans for future expansion have sparked discussion among residents and local officials concerned about the town's atmosphere and growth.The possibility of upward growth in the form of taller buildings brought voices of both support and dissention at the Carrboro Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night.James Morgan of 203 W. Weaver St. argued at the public hearing that tall buildings are something that should be considered carefully."A tall building can be wonderful," he said.

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Bond to Breathe New Life Into Historic UNC Buildings

Chain-link fencing and orange cones will become as common as low stone walls and tall shade trees at UNC during the next six years.That's because, starting this summer, some of the oldest buildings at the oldest public university in the nation will undergo comprehensive renovations.These range from historic classroom buildings with tired facilities that need updating to libraries and laboratories that are accommodating the latest technology."I think they are all significant in terms of the benefit the University is going to realize from the renovation," said Anna Wu, project leader fo

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New Class Conducts `Environmental Audit' of UNC

A group of ecologically conscious students are hoping to use their research and coursework to convince UNC officials to take a second look at how their policies and waste affect the environment.The members of the Environmental Studies 100 course culminated their semesterlong research projects with a public poster-viewing session and a panel discussion in the James M.

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