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Sunday September 26th

National Poltics


House to Debate Redistricting Plans

The N.C. House today will consider alternative redistricting plans from each party, as legislative leaders try to bring the longest session in state history to a close. The N.C. Legislative Redistricting Committee voted Tuesday to support the Sutton II plan, which is favored mainly by Democrats, over the Justus plan, which primarily has Republican backing. The plans are named for the legislators who drew the districts. The committee, which is almost equally split between Democrats and Republicans, approved the Sutton II plan in a 22-20 vote.

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Residents Support Lee Pavao in the November Election for Town Mayor

TO THE EDITOR: Lee Pavao has all the qualities to be an excellent mayor for Chapel Hill. He has demonstrated an even-handed and thoughtful approach to the issues Chapel Hill has faced over the past several years while serving on the Town Council. In addition, he has had a successful career in business. We are fortunate that he now has the time to give to Chapel Hill and to its future. We hope that you will join us in supporting Pavao for mayor of Chapel Hill. Virginia and Ralph YoungChapel Hill

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Candidate, Ballots Represent Hispanics

Hispanics might have a more prominent role in the Carrboro Board of Aldermen elections this year, both in the way ballots are written and the candidates who appear on them. For the first time, the Orange County Board of Elections will offer bilingual ballots to voters in Carrboro. Carolyn Thomas, director of the Orange County Board of Elections, said bilingual ballots are required if 6 percent of a town's population speak Spanish as their primary language. Hispanics make up 12 percent of Carrboro's population.

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Homecoming King, Queen to Face New Application Process

This year's candidates for Homecoming king and queen will face new steps in the application process, including appearing before an interviewing committee of campus leaders. The Carolina Athletic Association is in charge of organizing Homecoming, but this year it will have assistance from the UNC Board of Elections. CAA Homecoming Director Kris Willett said the committee will interview all applicants and choose the top three female and male candidates.

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Commission to Present Report on Smart Growth

Smart Growth Commission members say a report detailing how the state can help local governments manage growth will be released in the next few weeks. The report, originally scheduled to be released in February, calls for giving local governments more power to control growth, guidelines for using the environment and fiscal resources more efficiently and a statewide vision for managing future development. But critics said the report's recommendations infringe on basic property rights, limiting what people can do with their own property.

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Class Vice President Urges Seniors to Look At All Options for Gift

TO THE EDITOR: Yesterday, with the kickoff of the senior vote for a class gift, Senior Class President Ben Singer urged seniors to vote on the Unsung Founders gift. Today on the last day of voting, I urge those seniors who have yet to cast their vote to consider all three gift choices. The Memorial Hall marquee and the need-based scholarship are equally valuable contributions to our UNC community.

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Endowment Limits Might Drive Top Applicants Away

The inability of some UNC scholarships to keep pace with recent tuition increases could be letting top students slip away to other universities, officials say. While UNC's tuition has seen two increases in the past two years, many of the University's 800-plus endowed scholarships have not been adjusted accordingly, said Shirley Ort, director of scholarships and student aid. "In our experience last year, we saw that we were losing students because of merit scholarship offers from other schools," Ort said.

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Seniors May Plant Tree as Memorial

Many people at UNC see the Davie Poplar as a symbol of the University. But in the near future, there might be another historic tree on campus, this one dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. The senior class is going to use money raised through T-shirt sales and other fund-raisers to plant a tree on campus and place a plaque nearby listing the dead or missing UNC alumni, said Ben Singer, president of the senior class.

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Proposal Aims to Restrict Student Visas

Fears that terrorists might use student visas to enter the United States have led to the introduction of legislation aimed at restricting visa availability. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., recently announced plans to present legislation restricting student visas. In a Sept. 27 press release, Feinstein outlined her proposal calling for a "six-month moratorium on foreign student visas, funding for the (Immigration and Naturalization Service's) foreign student electronic tracking system and new admission procedures."

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UNC Professor Speaks On Ethics of Attacks

Students, faculty and local residents came together Tuesday evening to listen to a UNC philosophy professor speak about "Ethics and the War on Terrorism." Douglas Maclean, a former professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, began by discussing the idea that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are unlike any this country has ever experienced. "We must think and act anew if we are to save our country," Maclean said.

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7th Candidate Joins Race for U.S. Senate

Charlotte Democrat Ray Warren, a man with an unusual political history, has become the seventh candidate to vie for a U.S. Senate seat in 2002. After resigning his post as a N.C. Superior Court judge last week, Warren filed papers Friday officially announcing his candidacy. Warren, 44, joins a list of Democratic candidates for the seat that includes Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, state Rep. Dan Blue and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles.

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Muslims, Arabs Face Harassment at N.C. State

Arab students at N.C. State University have faced both support from administrators and racially motivated harassment since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Hesham Abdel-Baky, president of N.C. State's Muslim Student Association, said he has witnessed more support for Arab students than abuse, particularly from campus administrators. But Abdel-Baky added that there have been several racially and religiously motivated harassment incidents on campus.

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Town to Host Sparklefest

Musician and promoter Mike Nicholson has seen enough music festivals done wrong for him to want to finally do one right. And Nicholson said he hopes his goal of orchestrating a successful and unforgettable festival will become a reality when Sparklefest opens at Local 506 on Thursday. Based on festivals like Los Angeles' International Pop Overthrow and the locally founded Sleezefest, Sparklefest is the sequel to last year's Shindig at Kings in Raleigh.

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Martin Speech Centers On `Power of One' Idea

The man who worked to free boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter came to campus Tuesday to share his experience with "The Power of One" -- the theme of Race Relations Week. Lesra Martin, the keynote speaker of the week's events, spoke Tuesday both at an intimate noon discussion and in an energized speech that night about growing up on the streets and about conquering obstacles. Martin, illiterate and a street kid at the age of 15, was taken in at that time by a group of Canadian entrepreneurs and taught to read and write.

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Development Plan Evolves

A year ago, University officials had a rough idea of what they wanted the UNC campus to look like 10 years from now. But after negotiations, debate and several heated public hearings, their plans have been modified and spelled out in much greater detail. Town officials' considerations were incorporated into the plan. Residents added input. And now construction tools aren't far out of the University's grasp.

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Race Relations Forum Looks At Administration's Progress

Participants in a race relations forum held Tuesday night praised the University administration's efforts to eliminate racism but said more needs to be done for students of color to feel safe on campus. More than 50 students and staff attended the forum titled "Want to Talk About Racism?" to discuss institutional racism at UNC. The event, which was organized by the On the Wake of Emancipation Campaign as part of Race Relations Week, included a panel of faculty members and student leaders, as well as Provost Robert Shelton.

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N.C. Officials: Terrorism Won't Hurt Tourism

N.C. Officials: Terrorism Won't Hurt Tourism By Russ ThompsonStaff Writer Despite a troubled airline industry, officials said North Carolina's tourism industry should fair well. North Carolina's tourism industry is worth more than $12 billion and brings in more than $1.1 billion to the state through tax revenue. In an effort to help support the state's tourism industry, the N.C. Travel and Tourism Board crafted a plan to monitor people's opinions on the industry.

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Greensboro Group Offers To Escort Muslim Women

After a chain of anti-Muslim crimes in the local community, a Greensboro-based group hopes to promote tolerance. The Piedmont Neighbors Program will provide volunteer female escorts for Muslim women who need to go grocery shopping and do other errands. Faith Action, an interfaith charitable organization in Greensboro, is sponsoring the program in response to requests from the Muslim community.

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Zoning Violation Unresolved

Town officials say a parking lot that came under fire last year still is not in compliance with Chapel Hill town zoning ordinances. Lance Norris, Chapel Hill inspections director, said the lot, which is located at 1119 U.S. 15-501, still has cars parked in it even though the owner -- whose exact identity is in question -- does not have a permit to operate a parking lot. UNC students have parked in the lot in recent years, including this year.

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