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Friday July 23rd

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Hearing for Development Plan Tonight

Residents will have one more chance tonight to voice concerns about the University's Development Plan before town officials make a decision Oct. 3. The hearing is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Town Hall. All aspects of the Development Plan, which details campus growth for the next eight years, will be open for discussion. The plan is a part of Master Plan, a 50-year blueprint for growth. Jonathan Howes, special assistant to the chancellor for University relations, will present the Development Plan and answer questions residents might have.

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Pundits: Blue Could Fare Well in Election

Dan Blue, an 11-term legislator and former N.C. House speaker, announced his candidacy Monday for the U.S. Senate, but questions remain about whether his fellow Democrats will support his bid for the seat. Blue, a North Carolina native with degrees from N.C. Central and and Duke universities, served as . speaker of the N.C. House in the early 1990s, only to be ousted as majority leader after the Republican sweep of the N.C. General Assembly in 1994.

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Public Input Key to Plan For Carrboro

Though side-by-side, Chapel Hill and Carrboro face different development challenges in upcoming years. For Chapel Hill, the headaches stem from the University. Two issues recently popped up: a fiscal equity policy and UNC's Development Plan. Last week, the Chapel Hill Town Council perused a memorandum of understanding between the town and UNC about who should pay what.

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Nimda Nixes Network Access

A nationwide computer worm struck the UNC network Tuesday morning, spreading quickly and preventing students from accessing the Internet. Jeanne Smythe, director of computing policy at Academic Technology & Networks, said the worm, called Nimda, is carrying out a denial of service attack that uses up most of the network bandwidth.

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Still Raging -- And Trying to Find Answers

I wanted to write about football. I wanted to write some college student piece, full of sweetness and light, about a random element of UNC life -- one of the incidentals that we give grand importance to here. But on Tuesday our American world was torn apart and the things we are concerned with -- the daily minutiae we have the luxury of worrying about -- became instantly insignificant. And we are still reeling. There has been some talk of how we must seek peace: peace in the world, peace within ourselves. But I am raging.

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Resolution Aims to Prevent Seniors From Switching Schools

The Orange County Board of Education passed a resolution Monday that will allow rising seniors who would otherwise be redistricted to the new Cedar Ridge High School to remain at Orange High School. The proposal, authored by Superintendent Randy Bridges, comes one year before the opening of Cedar Ridge High, which is expected to have a capacity of 900 students. Officials hope the new high school will alleviate overcrowding at Orange High.

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Security Increases at N.C. Legislature

The N.C. General Assembly is continuing efforts to increase security at the Legislative Building by remodeling the structure and increasing police presence, although funding for large-scale safety measures has not yet been discussed. The Secret Service issued a report in April offering 140 recommendations for improvement. The legislature's security came under increased scrutiny after Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. There was also a bomb threat at the N.C. Legislative Building on Aug. 27.

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Local American Red Cross Director Thanks Community for Support

TO THE EDITOR: Thank you all very much for your support of the victims of last week's horrible tragedy through Red Cross blood drive program. So many of you have wanted to help, but we did not have the resources to accommodate all of you. But we recognize each and every one of your efforts. To all of those who donated blood or time, were deferred from donating or lined up and were turned away, we do not know how to thank you enough. If anything positive can come out of this horror, it is the publicity that the importance of donating blood has received.

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Senate to Vote on $1 Billion Tax Hike

RALEIGH -- The N.C. Senate could vote as early as today on a proposal to increase taxes by close to $1 billion for two years -- an attempt to plug a multi-million dollar shortfall and pass a state budget that is months overdue. A Senate Finance Committee endorsed the plan Tuesday afternoon. It will now head to the Senate floor, where it must pass two floor votes. Most of the income from the proposal will come from a half-cent statewide increase in sales tax and the creation of a higher income tax bracket for the wealthy.

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Students Discuss Negative Implications of Hostilities

Security Increases at N.C. Legislature By Crystal Harward Staff Writer The N.C. General Assembly is continuing efforts to increase security at the Legislative Building by remodeling the structure and increasing police presence, although funding for large-scale safety measures has not yet been discussed. The Secret Service issued a report in April offering 140 recommendations for improvement. The legislature's security came under increased scrutiny after Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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Board Says Increase In Taxes Last Resort

The Orange County Board of Education wants to raise the county property tax by 9 percent to help fund school renovations and build a new high school. At a meeting Monday night in Hillsborough, board members said they will need $3 million more than they expect to receive from their portion of the $47 million bond if it passes. Residents will vote on the total $75 million package Nov. 6. Board member David Kolbinsky said Orange County Schools are entitled to a large amount of funds from the proposed bond referendum. They also are guaranteed 49 percent of the total county budget.

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Firefighters Send Aid to New York

Toting fire boots with signs taped to them, Chapel Hill firefighters took to Franklin Street on Monday, raising $29,000 in one day for the victims of last week's attacks. The Chapel Hill Fire Department has raised more than $30,000 in the past two days to benefit families of firefighting victims in New York -- and the relief effort continues. Local businesses also have organized efforts to help those in need.

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Officials Hope New Buses Will Remedy Congestion

Some students who depend on the U and Reverse U campus shuttles have complained that the buses leave students waiting at bus stops much longer than scheduled. But officials admit that although there is a problem with buses running on time, the problem should be fixed when new buses are purchased in October. Nazarene Tubman, a freshman from Silver Springs, Md., said that although she knows that the shuttle is supposed to come every fifteen minutes, she doesn't think that is the case. "That doesn't happen all the time," she said. "Sometimes they come right after each other."

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State Economy's Future Remains Unclear

With the state's budget still under discussion, North Carolina economic and business leaders are uncertain how the recent terrorist attacks and the possibility of war could impact the state's economy. Michael Walden, a professor of economics at N.C. State University, said he expects lower revenue growth than previously predicted for North Carolina in light of the past week's events.

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N.C. A&T Celebrates New Sponsor

N.C. Agricultural & Technical University was renamed Jordan University for the day Sept. 10 to celebrate the university's new contract with the Nike-owned Jordan brand. But some university professors expressed concern about the company's presence on a college campus. The contract will provide athletic clothing and shoes for many of the school's athletic programs. The school is one of six nationwide being sponsored by the Jordan brand line, which is named after basketball superstar Michael Jordan.

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Congress Appropriates $2,500

After finding about $18,000 that the former student body treasurer tucked away in an investment account, Student Congress tried to remain frugal when considering six student groups' funding requests Tuesday night. Members voted to distribute about a tenth of the amount available for fall subsequent appropriation funds after eliminating certain requests they deemed unnecessary.

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Orange County Vigil Aims to Heal

HILLSBOROUGH -- More than 200 residents and Orange County officials gathered Tuesday night to remember the victims of the tragedy that took place one week ago. The Orange County Board of Commissioners organized the Orange County Ceremony of Remembrance, held on East Margaret Lane in Hillsborough. Orange County Commissioner Moses Carey touted the candlelight vigil as an opportunity to reflect. "I think it is appropriate for all officials and citizens to take time off to recover," he said.

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Network Traffic Lowered By Limits On File-Sharing

Students are gaining easier access to the Internet on campus because of a recently implemented policy limiting the space file-sharing programs can use on the campus network, network monitors said Tuesday. The new policy, which took effect Aug. 28, has successfully prevented file-sharing traffic from clogging the network, Academic Technology & Networks officials said. Applications that allow file-sharing include the KaZaA network, which supports the Morpheus program, and the Gnutella network.

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Student Urges Nation to Recognize Long-Term Consequences of War

TO THE EDITOR: In the aftermath of last Tuesday's gruesome attacks, while the entire nation is mourning the loss of thousands of innocent civilian lives, Bush says the United States will wage a "long war." We have to realize that the action that the United States decides to take will have significant and long-lasting implications. The United States says it will bomb Afghanistan if it refuses to give up Osama bin Laden. India and Pakistan have offered the United States their airspace and ground support should the United States decide to attack Afghanistan.

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