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Tuesday October 19th

National Poltics


9/11 Committee Focuses On Benefits

While UNC students try to establish a sense of normalcy after the Sept. 11 attacks, a Campus Y group is working to make sure they don't forget the devastation. The 9/11 Relief Committee, organized shortly after the attacks, meets weekly to formulate ideas to benefit the campus community and the world.

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Hope In Dope: Lighting the Economy Up

Both our national security and our economy are at risk. We need sound solutions -- here comes one. Legalize marijuana. No, I'm not trying to start a revolution or create a new breed of super hippie protester types -- they suck. I will not make traditional worn-out arguments for the legalization of marijuana which have been futile. Instead ... National Security The New York Times reported Sunday that since Sept. 11, a shift in demands has had an adverse effect on the nation's police forces.

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Boy Scouts Aid EMS With Disaster Training Exercise

A disaster training exercise had 38 Boy Scouts and troop leaders faking injuries Saturday for Orange County Emergency Management Service personnel. EMS spokesman Kent McKenzie said the drill, held at Camp New Hope off N.C. 86, involved more than 11 organizations, including UNC Hospitals, EMS, the Chapel Hill Fire Department and New Hope Boy Scout Troop 449. "The overall goal is to give EMS workers practice in handling a mass casualty incident in a controlled environment," McKenzie said.

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Lido's Opens; Owner Hopes for Diversity

A new bar opened this weekend on Franklin Street at the space formerly occupied by The Artist's Escape -- but don't expect their scenes to be the same. Lido's Bar opened Thursday night under a new manager, Chris Coty, a third-year student at the UNC School of Law. Coty said he hopes the bar will attract diverse crowds by incorporating different themes on different nights. Coty said he wants to attract some of the same crowd as The Artist's Escape, which was frequented by lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders but closed last spring.

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Officials Reschedule Qatar Trip

UNC officials have rescheduled a trip to Qatar, where they are considering developing a branch of the Kenan-Flagler Business School despite some faculty and student concerns about the program's objectives and safety issues. Provost Robert Shelton said the group will travel to Qatar, a small country bordering Saudi Arabia and across the Persian Gulf from Afghanistan, sometime during the first part of November.

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Students, Specialty Shops Stress Costume Creativity

UNC freshman Colin Anderson says he will be decked out in full Scottish attire Wednesday, complete with a wrap-around kilt, to celebrate Halloween and to pay homage to his family's homeland. "My family is originally from Scotland, so I'm going to be William Wallace," Anderson said. "I'm just going to have a full wrap-around kilt, blue face paint and maybe a baseball bat wrapped with cloth for a weapon."

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Red Cross Blood Drive To Take Place in Union Today and Wednesday

TO THE EDITOR: In response to the immense tragedy that struck the United States on Sept. 11, our country has sprung into action, reminding many of the United States of the 1940s during World War II. Citizens all over our proud and strong nation are doing whatever they can to help, from sending care packages to our brave soldiers overseas to keeping high our country's patriotism. You too can do your part. Today and Wednesday, there will be a Red Cross blood drive in the Student Union.

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NAACP Upset With House Plan

Members of the N.C. House might find their efforts to pass a new redistricting plan hampered by a statement released last week by the NAACP. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has said any redistricting plan should at least retain the current number of 14 majority black districts. Black lawmakers met behind closed doors with members of the NAACP to discuss the redistricting plan.

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UNC Hospitals Might Lose Their Reimbursements

A division of the federal Department of Health and Human Services has formally notified UNC Hospitals that its Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements will be terminated due to findings from a state investigation of a mentally ill patient's alleged suicide. But department officials said the hospital can prevent the termination if it significantly improves its procedures for dealing with mentally ill patients by Nov. 18.

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Officials Close to Naming CCPS Director

Officials say they are closer to deciding who the next director of the Carolina Center for Public Service will be after the finalists vying for the position completed their visits to campus last week. The three finalists, Lynn White Blanchard, Michael Davis and John O'Sullivan, each participated in one of three public forums for candidates that has been held on campus in the last two weeks.

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Terrorism Institute in Works

N.C. officials hope to unveil as early as next month a formal institute composed of experts in the field of terrorism and natural disasters, solely devoted to preparing the state for any future hazards. The Institute of Disaster Studies, a joint effort by the UNC system and North Carolina Community College system, will reach out to the public officials and citizens of the state by studying all aspects of natural and man-made disasters including preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery.

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Program Scores Funding, Remains Afloat

UNC's Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life found alternative sources of funding last week, allowing the program to continue despite having its funding cut from the state budget. The program, which helps elected officials and members of the media gain a better understanding of Southern political issues and trends, received $145,000 from the UNC offices of the chancellor and provost. The money will fund the program for the next fiscal year, covering mostly salaries and operating expenses.

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Mayoral Candidate Kevin Foy Is Chapel Hill's Best Choice for Environment

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing to express my support for Kevin Foy for mayor of Chapel Hill. Foy has demonstrated superb leadership ability. I think it is important for voters to appreciate the kinds of contributions he has made to our community. Foy has been a strong advocate for the environment of Chapel Hill and its surroundings. Among other things, he served on this year's bond task force and as a result the bond will be on November's ballot that includes $10 million to purchase land and $10 million for parkland development.

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APPLES Programs Offer Unique Experiences For Students to Get Involved

TO THE EDITOR: For the past two years I have been a part of an extremely unique program on campus sponsored by the APPLES Service-Learning Organization. As both a participant and a student leader, I have taken part in two Alternative Spring Break trips -- one to eastern North Carolina to aid in flood relief and one to the Outer Banks to work on various projects with Habitat for Humanity, a local Alzheimer's center and The Nature Conservancy.

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UNC Players Falter in ITA Regional

Marcio Petrone has a lot in common with his friend Gustavo Kuerten, who won this year's French Open. Both endear themselves to audiences with their on-court antics, both go by funny nicknames (Mo and Googa) and both are natives of Brazil. But while Kuerten rakes in the big bucks on the pro circuit, Petrone is toiling in the college ranks as the No. 1 singles seed for the North Carolina men's tennis team. This weekend, Petrone and several of his Tar Heels teammates in Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Regional/Top of the Hill tournament.

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Deacons Surprise Men's Soccer With Victory

WINSTON-SALEM -- The players have changed in the last five years, but the outcome has remained in North Carolina's favor in games between UNC and Wake Forest's men's soccer teams. But this year a boisterous homecoming crowd welcomed the No. 21 Demon Deacons back to Winston-Salem, and Wake Forest returned the favor with a 4-2 victory against the No. 6 Tar Heels on Saturday night. The upset marked Wake Forest's first win against UNC

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Summit Focuses on Gay Men's Health Issues

More than 100 men attended UNC's N.C. Gay Men's Health Summit on Saturday to learn more about health issues unique to their community. Leaders from the Carolina Alternative Meeting of Professional and Graduate Students and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caucus within UNC's School of Public Health organized the event with input from several organizations throughout the Triangle region.

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Cartoonist Changes To Author With Ease

Doug Marlette has collected an impressive list of credentials during his ever-expanding career -- acclaimed political cartoonist, UNC faculty member and best-selling author. And for Marlette these areas, while being different mediums, are based on the same basic ideas. "Kudzu" creator turned novelist Marlette and his friend and fellow author Pat Conroy brought their words -- both spoken and written -- to Carroll Hall on Sunday. Conroy, author of the best-selling novel "Beach Music," joined the cartoonist for a discussion and book signing of Marlette's debut novel, "The Bridge."

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