NATIONAL-POLTICS


11/2/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Head to ACCs Looking for Redemption

Following its worst ACC regular season showing in history, the North Carolina women's soccer team has been handed a clean slate for the conference tournament this weekend. But the third-seeded Tar Heels (13-3, 4-3 in the ACC) will have to take advantage of their fresh start without their third-leading scorer. Sophomore forward Susan Bush was lost for the remainder of the season when she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during practice on Oct.


11/2/2000 12:00am

`Blair Witch' Sequel Lacks Scares, Originality

Considering its unbelievable hype and successful pedigree, it's scary how good the uber-sequel "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2" could have been. Last summer's "Blair Witch Project" was the most profitable movie of all time, and "Book" comes to the screen, expectations extremely high, with a new director, larger budget and a whole new vision.


11/2/2000 12:00am

Locals Endorse Margaret Brown for Orange County Commissioner - letter 1

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing to state my continued support for Margaret Brown, Orange County commissioner for the past four years. She has done an outstanding job of holding on to the vision she had when she was first elected. Margaret's leadership has been evident in many areas. Since she has been in office, several new schools have either been built or are in progress in Orange County. The new Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill promises to not just fill a need for more space, but to become a cutting-edge facility in many respects.


11/2/2000 12:00am

Locals Endorse Margaret Brown for Orange County Commissioner - letter 2

TO THE EDITOR: Margaret Brown has been a thoughtful and hardworking county commissioner. We should re-elect her so she may continue to serve our county well. Our county commissioners are faced with many difficult choices about responsible land use, how to manage the pressures of growth and how to use our tax dollars. I have known Margaret for many years and I know that she is a careful student of the long-term consequences of decisions made today.


11/2/2000 12:00am

Conniving Caroline Sucks The Interest Out of College

As registration has come and gone (for me, at least), I'm left with a slight burning deep within the cockles of my heart. It is not from the thought of the bittersweet farewell kiss that I will blow to Carolina upon my graduation in May. Nor is it from the acknowledgement of the fact that I have but half a year left of these four "best years of my life." No, my dear friends, the burning deep inside is actually one of intense hatred and rage, contempt and loathing.


11/2/2000 12:00am

Late-Night Fire Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Injured

As thousands of people partied on Franklin Street on Tuesday night, a deadly fire raged at Brookstone Apartments complex, taking the life of one man and sending two more to the hospital. Chapel Hill firefighters responded to the blaze at about 11:07 p.m. at the complex off Homestead Road. Fire and emergency service personnel had the fire under control in a little more than an hour. Chapel Hill police spokeswoman Jane Cousins confirmed a man's body was found Wednesday.

11/2/2000 12:00am

Locals Endorse Margaret Brown for Orange County Commissioner - letter 5

TO THE EDITOR: One thing about Margaret Brown that has impressed me over our many years of association is that she is a pleasure to work with. That was true when she served on many boards in Orange County, Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and it has been true during her first term as Orange County commissioner. In addition, her record of accomplishment as a commissioner is outstanding. Margaret was always a leader and remains one today. When school overcrowding resulted from overgrowth, Margaret and I, along with other concerned citizens, formed Stop Overcrowding Schools (SOS).


11/2/2000 12:00am

Halloween Provides Backdrop for Blood Drive

Vampires, cowboys, a dalmatian, a bearded lady and a blood drop met Halloween at Orange Water and Sewage Authority to draw blood from residents. OWASA held its fifth annual Halloween blood drive from 9:30 Tuesday morning until 3 p.m. Sandy Beckham, who donned a violet jumper, white stockings and a purple kerchief to accentuate his beard, said that OWASA had been active with the Red Cross for 18 years. Beckham is an engineering technician at OWASA. "We like saving lives," he said. "We've been doing it about 18 years.


11/2/2000 12:00am

San Francisco Opera Center Presents Strauss' Comic Opera to UNC

Prepare to delight in a bit of champagne-doused debauchery, adultery and deceit when Western Opera Theater, the touring arm of the San Francisco Opera Center, presents "Die Fledermaus" at 8 p.m. tonight in Memorial Hall. In English, "die fledermaus" means "the bat." The comic opera by Johann Strauss relates the foibles of Baron von Eisenstein.


11/2/2000 12:00am

Forget Facts and Issues; Ask Yourself Which Candidate Is Coolest

With Election Day less than a week away, one of the closest races in political history will come to a close and the nation's new president will be revealed. But how do we come to choose the best candidate? While many claim to base their decisions on their extensive research of the issues at stake and the candidates' stances on each, the more realistic answer might be what has been said about elections since the beginning of time. It's all a popularity contest.


11/2/2000 12:00am

Halloween Doesn't Get Wasted

Almost 50,000 costumed partygoers filled three blocks of Franklin Street on Tuesday night, reveling in Chapel Hill's annual raucous Halloween celebration. Chapel Hill police closed Franklin, Columbia and Henderson streets to vehicles at 8:50 p.m., and the streets remained barricaded until 2:15 a.m., when the police cleared the streets of the remaining partygoers.


11/2/2000 12:00am

Locals Endorse Margaret Brown for Orange County Commissioner - letter 4

TO THE EDITOR: Four years ago, I supported Margaret Brown for Orange County commissioner, and I support her again today. She has been an excellent commissioner. She should be re-elected not only because of her experience, achievements and long service to the people of Orange County, but also because of her even-handed and attentive disposition. Over the more than 30 years that I have known Margaret, she has been deeply involved in community affairs, always exhibiting a sensitive attitude toward others. That is how she has conducted herself as an elected commissioner.


11/2/2000 12:00am

Harvard Law Gets Personal

Harvard Law School recently unveiled sweeping changes to make the first-year experience for students more individualized. But UNC officials say changes at the top-notch law school will not affect the actions of UNC administrators. Harvard Law will spend $20 million next fall to decrease class sizes and create smaller units, called "colleges," within the department. Steve Armini, Harvard Law spokesman, said students and faculty feel small classes will be beneficial, allowing smaller groups of students to participate in everything from advising to intramural sports. He said th


11/2/2000 12:00am

Field Hockey Awaits Opponent

North Carolina field hockey coach Karen Shelton has a saying she drills into the heads of her players. "(Shelton) always says, `Our most important game is our next game,'" sophomore goalkeeper Amy Tran said. That means UNC's most important game is Friday at 7 p.m., when the team plays in the first round of the ACC tournament. After going undefeated in league play, UNC earned the No. 1 seed and a game against either Duke or ninth-ranked Virginia. UNC won't find out who its semifinal opponent is until the Blue Devils and the Cavaliers battle at 2 p.m.


11/2/2000 12:00am

General Assembly Forum Spotlights Funding for UNC

Money - and where and how to spend it at UNC - dominated discussion among eight N.C. General Assembly candidates during a forum Wednesday night in Carroll Hall. About 50 people attended the event, which was hosted by Chancellor James Moeser and moderated by Institute of Government Director Michael Smith. The Senate candidates were incumbent Sens. Ellie Kinnaird and Howard Lee, both D-Orange, and their Republican challengers Bill Boyd and Vickie Hargrove. House of Representatives candidates included incumbents Reps.


11/2/2000 12:00am

ASU Eyes Increase In Tuition

A possible campus-initiated tuition increase at Appalachian State University has sparked whispers of tuition increases across the UNC system. ASU administrators are now considering a $200 tuition increase. The ASU Board of Trustees is expected to consider the proposed increase in December. Last year, five system schools raised tuition. The ASU proposal comes almost exactly a year after UNC-Chapel Hill trustees voted for the first of the five tuition increases. The Board of Governors eventually approved a $600 increase at UNC-CH that is being phased in this year and next.


11/2/2000 12:00am

Wallflowers Deliver Rock Without Hype; Bad Vocals Mar White Octave

Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water 1 1/2 Stars The most fascinating thing about Limp Bizkit is that the band actually takes itself seriously. Not only do the members dedicate about half of their new album to even more wannabe Rage-Meets-Insane-Clown-Posse rants that sound as if they could be the same song with several different titles, but they have the audacity to name it Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.


11/2/2000 12:00am

N.C. Hillel Building Promising for Jews

A "dream tour" of the newly constructed N.C. Hillel building last week gave students a glimpse of a physical enhancement of Jewish life at UNC. Hillel is a student organization that provides a center for Jewish life on campuses across the state. Construction of the facility began in the middle of October 1999 after a $3.6 million fund-raising campaign.


11/2/2000 12:00am

The Underbelly of Ticket Scalping

The irony of writing this column is that it is basically due the Tuesday before it is published. So on Thursday, two days after Halloween, when this "column" runs, I am writing about stuff that happened a good while ago. I figure it is sort of like reading Time magazine - I am the "in-depth" analysis that comes after the fact. So while I would like to write about Halloween, that is not really an option. And while I would like to write about the upcoming election, namely George W.


11/2/2000 12:00am

Chamber President Harper Steps Down

A local official who has served on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce for eight and a half years is moving on to another occupation. While it is not yet clear who will take over his vacated post, Joel Harper, who served as president of the chamber, will start working with International Business Machines on Nov. 17. "I've accepted a position at International Business Machines at the Research Triangle Park," he said.