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Friday July 23rd

National Poltics


Driver Dies, 4 Hurt After Car Accident

An 18-year-old Durham male died Sunday from injuries sustained in a car accident on Friday that caused four others to be admitted to UNC Hospitals for treatment. Kyle Ayers Gardner was placed under arrest by the Chapel Hill police after the accident Friday night for driving while intoxicated before he was taken to UNC Hospitals. Hospital officials said Gardner died around 12 a.m. Sunday. The accident happened just east of Boundary Street on Franklin Street at 11:05 p.m. Friday night, police reports state.

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Lottery Issue to Resurface Soon

After largely being forgotten, statewide lottery legislation could be revived this week. House Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg, announced Tuesday that legislation calling for a lottery referendum will be heard by a House committee within the next few days. Black has yet to announce which committee will hear the legislation -- the House Rules or House Finance Committee -- or when the bill will be heard.

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Dancing, Revelry Follow Annual BSM Coronation

Members of the Black Student Movement donned formal attire and gathered Saturday night at the Morehead Planetarium Ballroom to crown the 2001-02 Mr. and Ms. BSM. A night of dancing and revelry followed the crowning of seniors Thurston Cherry and Sundarkia Newman as Mr. and Ms. BSM. "This is a time of celebration, a time to look back at the things we've accomplished, and a time to look forward and continue with the movement," said BSM President Kristi Booker.

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Family Weekend Turnout Surprises Event's Planners

Most students and their families were thankful the University kept plans for its annual Carolina Family Weekend intact despite the emotional turmoil and travel complications of the past week. After the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, University officials considered canceling family weekend but eventually opted not to.

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Groups Aim to Help LGBT Community Socialize

Two new groups at UNC are starting to bring together the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community through socializing and political activism. The Carolina LGBT Film Society and the Carolina LGBT Coalition were founded under the guidance of LGBT Administrative Assistant Fred Hashagen, who has been in office for less than a month. Freshman Trevor Hoppe started the film society, while Hashagen himself started the coalition, an umbrella group created to unite existing LGBT organizations. "A basic sense of community was lacking among LGBT individuals," Hashagen said.

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BOG Mulls Funding Concerns

Board of Governors members expressed concern Friday morning about acquiring sufficient funds to support the rapidly expanding enrollment at UNC-system schools. The board also formally approved an increase in tuition that the N.C. General Assembly passed last month. System schools must mail additional bills for the fall semester that is now a month old.

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Volleyball Tops Tribe Despite Early Setback

Coming off a 3-2 loss at Santa Clara last Sunday and an emotional week that featured a number of canceled matches and practices, signs of a potential letdown were in place for the North Carolina volleyball team against William & Mary. And after losing the first game and struggling throughout the second, the Tar Heels rebounded to win the match 3-1. After being outscored 10-4 to end the first game, a 30-22 loss, UNC found themselves trailing again, 28-27, near the end of game two.

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Tax Proposal Snagged in 2-Week Senate Delay

Two weeks after the N.C. House passed a tax package, the Senate has yet to make significant progress on the proposal. On Aug. 30, the House approved by a narrow majority a tax package that would generate $391 million in tax revenue for the current fiscal year. The House package gives local governments the ability to raise the sales tax by a half cent, create a higher tax bracket for the wealthy and provide several tax credits for the poor.

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Walking Tour Focuses on Downtown Vision

Carrboro residents and officials brainstormed ideas for making the town more pedestrian-friendly and aesthetically pleasing as they strolled through downtown this weekend. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen sponsored a weekend-long planning workshop at the Century Center to discuss Carrboro's "Vision 2020," the town's urban development plan to guide the growth of its downtown area into the new century. The workshop, which was aimed at bringing residents and planning officials together to share ideas, was run by Dan Burden and his colleagues from Walkable Communities.

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DPS Reacts to Trespassing Incidents

After a string of recent trespassing incidents, Department of Public Safety officials are reminding community members that only people directly affiliated with the University are allowed to be on UNC grounds. Between Sept. 7 and Sept. 10, three counts of trespassing were reported on the UNC campus. But Jeff McCracken, deputy director of the Department of Public Safety, said the incidents do not indicate a widespread problem on campus.

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Robertson Fund Now Accepting Applications

Members of the UNC and Duke University communities now can help bridge the short distance between the schools with the help of grant money from the Robertson Scholars Collaboration Fund. Any faculty member, staff member or student from either university is eligible to apply for up to $5,000 from the fund. The money must be used to support a program that would initiate or enhance collaborative projects between the two schools, said Eric Mlyn, director of the Robertson Scholars program. "We hope this will encourage people to reach across the 11 miles," Mlyn said.

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Silent Field Becomes Memorial

A bright sun shone down, warming the bright metal bleachers directly below.The unscathed, painted field lay calmly and ready for battle below mostly clear skies.Perfect 68 degree weather for pigskin -- on any other Saturday afternoon of the year.

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N.C. State Student Eyes Council Seat

Thomas Croom is a senior chemistry major at N.C. State University expecting to graduate in December. But while his classmates might be looking for a job as graduation nears, Croom is campaigning for Raleigh City Council. Croom has been a resident of District D in Raleigh since 1983 and said he is frustrated with seeing candidates run virtually unopposed and ignore the many N.C. State students living in the area.

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Pathology Researcher Gets Award

A leading UNC researcher is set to receive one of the most distinguished scientific awards in the nation. Oliver Smithies, professor of pathology, was named the winner of the 2001 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research on Sunday for his work manipulating mouse genomes to create animal models of human disease. The Lasker Award is widely considered one of the highest awards in medical research and is referred to as "America's Nobels." Four scientists who have won the Lasker Award in the last three years have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

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Why Did It Take Terror At Home?

I did not want to write this column. I wanted to write about UNC's license agreement with software giant Microsoft Corp. There were reasons for my hesitation: I am supposed to be a University columnist, and besides, what can I say about Tuesday's events that hasn't already been said? But in view of the amazing response that this university has shown in the face of national tragedy, I had to change my mind. As fervent a Tar Heel as I am, I've never been as proud of UNC as I am now, not even when we beat Duke.

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