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Thursday January 20th

National Poltics


Your Town, Community Need Help

The marker near Municipal Road and Airport Road is not encouraging. The marker shows Triangle United Way donations for this year - and the red bar barely eclipses the halfway mark. The goal is $26 million. The total raised so far: about $14 million. For the first time in its history, the group had to extend their deadline for contributions by three weeks, until Dec. 13.

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Moeser Solicits Speaker, Retains Name for Now

Members of the May Commencement speaker selection committee confirmed Tuesday that an invitation has been extended to one potential speaker. Although he declined to provide any information about the candidate, Senior Class President Ben Singer said Chancellor James Moeser has sent an invitation to one of seven finalists named by the committee. "The person we are looking at definitely embodies what we want in a speaker," Singer said. "He is actually going to be a great speaker if he accepts."

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Tar Heels Dealt 2nd Shocking Loss

When Neil Fingleton, Jonathan Holmes and Orlando Melendez entered Tuesday's North Carolina-Davidson men's basketball game with 10:06 left in the first half, every UNC scholarship player had been on the floor. And with the exception of Fingleton, every scholarship Tar Heel played eight or more minutes in North Carolina's 58-54 loss in front of 14,705 at the Smith Center. UNC's three walk-ons did not play. After losing the season opener 77-69 to Hampton, UNC coach Matt Doherty decided to mix things up and try different pieces to put the Tar Heels' offensive puzzle together.

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Redistricting Discussion Proceeds Despite Lawsuit

RALEIGH -- The Senate committee met Tuesday to continue discussing congressional redistricting plans despite a Republican lawsuit challenging the delayed redistricting process. The lawsuit, which was filed last week in federal court, also says the congressional redistricting plan should include at least two majority-minority districts. Majority-minority districts contain at least 50 percent minorities with the goal of electing a minority representative.

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The Buck Stops Here -- Why Life Is So Deer

It was a day that changed the face of our area and altered the perceptions of those who live here. It was a day that made us re-evaluate everything we knew -- or thought we knew. I'm talking about Oct. 9, 2001-- a magnet to the hard drive of our complacency. And probably most of us heard nothing about it. Here's what happened: At about 1 p.m., an 8-point buck walked from Kenan Street, down Franklin Street and then choose to bypass the open door and leap through the plate glass store front of Paint the Earth, a make-your-own pottery place located on West Franklin Street.

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Women's Basketball Runs by Western Carolina in Blowout

Those in search of evidence that the North Carolina women's basketball team was having an easy night Tuesday did not have to waste any energy straining their necks to see the scoreboard. In fact, they needed to look no further than the woman running the point for the Tar Heels in the waning minutes of the second half. It wasn't Nikki Teasley. She was on the bench for the night with 15 points and three assists. It wasn't Coretta Brown (15, four), and it wasn't Leah Metcalf (10, eight), both of whom were in the same spot as Teasley.

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Shelter Fills as Economy Struggles

Sammy Nelson leaned against the railing on the back porch of the Inter-Faith Council homeless shelter. "I'm living here until I get back on my feet," he said. "I'm trying to do better." Nelson, a 30-year-old originally from Georgia, has been at the IFC shelter for the past three weeks. He's been without a home for the past six months. Chris Moran, executive director of the IFC, said that within the past year, and especially the past few months, an increasing number of people have found themselves in financial distress and in need of the shelter's services.

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Religious Studies Student Points Out Problems With Column Argument

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing in response to Josh Baylin's column "Religious Right in America -- Time to Leave." I agree that any person or group of people who seeks to systematically hold down another group of people in the name of religion can and should be compared to the Taliban. But I think that the premises he uses to single out these groups in American culture are flawed.

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UNC, Duke Receive $25,000 Grant for Robertson Projects

Duke University and UNC received $25,000 this month to continue breaking down the barriers caused by decades of rivalry between the universities. On Nov. 15, the Robertson Scholars Fund awarded students and faculty between $500 and $4,000 for 12 projects, all of which involve collaboration between the Duke and UNC communities. This semester is the first time the money has been awarded, but the fund will continue to donate $25,000 to projects in each fall and spring semester, said Eric Mlyn, the program's director.

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Harry Potter Movie Robs Readers of Imagination, Spoils the Book's Magic

TO THE EDITOR: Last Friday, Harry Potter changed for people all over the world, forever. Last Friday was the death of the magical, imaginary realm of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Quidditch, Hogwarts, Muggles, Dumbledore and The One Who Shall Not Be Named. For those of you that went to see the Harry Potter movie, the magic was taken out of your mind's eye and replaced with what flashed on that flat screen. Where there used to be a million different Harry Potters now there is only one.

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Scott 'Steps Up' for UNC, Leads Team in Scoring

Melvin Scott needed a little pat on the back after Friday's loss to Hampton. Not because North Carolina dropped its home opener, but because the freshman's debut performance shook his confidence a bit. His team sensed his frustration, disagreed with its roots and gave him a shove in the back -- into the starting lineup. Scott started in Tuesday's 58-54 loss to Davidson at the Smith Center, played the second most minutes on the team and led the Tar Heels in scoring with 15 points.

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Local Residents Challenge Meadowmont Development

Lancaster Drive residents fired complaints at the Chapel Hill Town Council on Monday night, claiming that a proposed Meadowmont park would disrupt their neighborhood. The residents said they think a nature trail, which would be built in conjunction with the park, would bring an increase in traffic flow to their neighborhood. The council will vote on the park Nov. 26.

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Residents Oppose Opening Hunter Hill Road

More than 40 residents filled the seats at the Chapel Hill Town Hall on Monday night to voice discontent about a development proposal they say will change the character of their neighborhood. The residents, representing the Northwood Subdivision, said using Hunter Hill Road, which runs through Northwood and the proposed subdivision, to connect the developments would increase traffic. But some Chapel Hill town officials say the access road is needed to make sure emergency vehicles can enter the development.

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Professor to Speak at Winter Graduation

The where, when and who for the winter Commencement have been set, officials announced at Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting. Senior Class President Ben Singer said Monday that the Dec. 20 Commencement will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Smith Center, and the speaker will be English Professor Trudier Harris. Officials from the Offices of the University Registrar are estimating that there will be about 1,330 degree-seeking graduates.

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UNC Hospitals Thanks Sports Clubs for Their Platelets and Plasma

TO THE EDITOR: The past two weeks the members of UNC Sport Clubs put their feet up for an hour or two and donated platelets and plasma for the patients of UNC Hospitals. In an effort to avoid a chronic platelet and plasma shortage over the Thanksgiving holiday, over 85 pints were collected from the UNC Sport Clubs Nov. 5-17. This is the third year the Sport Clubs have chosen the UNC Hospitals Platelet and Plasma Donor Program as a service project.

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UNC Cancer Study Grant Renewed

Officials at UNC's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center say the recent renewal of a multimillion-dollar grant will allow them to approach breast cancer research in innovative ways. The National Cancer Institute has awarded the Lineberger Center a $12.5 million renewal grant for its Specialized Program of Research Excellence in breast cancer. The grant will provide the center with funds over the next five years, said Shelton Earp, director of the center. Earp said the center applied for the grant in 1992, 1996 and 2000 and was awarded the funds every time it applied.

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Student Poses Challenge: Listen To Horowitz, See What He Has to Offer

TO THE EDITOR: As many of you know, David Horowitz is coming on Nov. 28 to Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. Rather than resorting to name-calling, protesting, or acts of outrage, I challenge each and every one of you to attend and listen to what he has to say. He is one of the only conservative speakers that will visit the campus this year, and he has a very relevant message to deliver. Formerly an anti-war protester, he came to the realization that protesting U.S. war efforts cost many in our military their lives.

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Campus Calendar

Today 4 p.m. - Organizers behind "Ride With the Carolina Spirit," a student excursion to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, will hold a press conference in Union 204. Meet the people who are behind this trip. See how you can reserve a Peach Bowl ticket, hotel room and a ride to and from Atlanta. Two percent of the proceeds are going toward a nonprofit organization here on campus. 7:30 p.m. -- The Eating Disorders Support Group will meet at the University United Methodist Church. The group meets the first and third of Tuesdays of every month.

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