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Friday July 23rd

National Poltics


RDU Opens For Limited Travel

RALEIGH -- Raleigh-Durham International Airport reopened Thursday night to serve a handful of passengers in the wake of the worst terrorist attack in the nation's history. Only about 30 passengers were trying to find flights in the almost-deserted airport -- in stark contrast to the 50 police and security guards patrolling the airport and manning metal detectors.

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Students Demand Answers From Experts at Forum

Emotions ran high Thursday night as hundreds of people gathered to hear experts discuss the political and economic ramifications of Tuesday's terrorist attacks but ended up confronting each other's fear, anger and sorrow instead. The panel discussion, entitled "Understanding the Attack on America" and sponsored by the General Alumni Association, was intended to help students, local residents and alumni find answers to the questions confronting them in the wake of Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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Parents to Get Taste of College Life

Their children have fallen in love with the classes, Franklin Street, the Old Well, and Carolina sports. Now, the Carolina Parents Office hopes to enchant students' families by showcasing the University during the annual Carolina Family Weekend activities taking place this weekend. Emphasis will be placed on a variety of student opportunities found at UNC, spanning the study abroad program to musical events, during the weekend.

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UNC Group Joins Crusade for Tibetan Independence

A new student group will link UNC to an international organization working for freedom in Tibet. Students for a Free Tibet, a nonprofit organization seeking an end to Chinese occupation in the nation of Tibet, will include UNC among its 400 chapters across the globe, beginning next week. The UNC chapter is founded by Scott O'Day, a sophomore music major who said he conceived the idea last spring at a meeting for the Duke University chapter of the group.

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New Eateries Ready for Family Weekend

Chapel Hill residents and Carolina Family Weekend visitors have many new reasons to be excited. Since April, 11 restaurants and shops have opened or have been slated to open for business, with the latest addition being Campenella's Cafe and Art Gallery located at 416 W. Franklin St. The gallery/coffee shop hybrid recently opened after about 2 1/2 months of demolition, remodeling and decoration for the 1,200 square foot location. "I started from scratch and basically demolished and redid everything myself," Campenella said.

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Weekend for Wining, Dining UNC Students

Not even two months into the school year, some students realize how much they miss their parents once they reach for their wallets and find out the money mom and dad gave them in August isn't spreading out so well. So Carolina Family Weekend is a chance for students to catch up with their parents, show them around the campus and most importantly, as some students say, eat for free at some of the more expensive local restaurants.

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Shop Until You Drop in Chapel Hill

Families looking to deck themselves or their little Tar Heels out in Carolina Blue this Carolina Family Weekend should keep one place in mind for their shopping needs: Franklin Street. But most store owners said the weekend will just be business as usual when it comes to providing UNC-related merchandise and memorabilia.

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To Play or Not to Play, Schools Must Decide

Across the nation, sports officials are facing the terrible decision of playing their scheduled events or not. Professional golfers on the Ryder Cup team for both Europe and the United States want their event postponed, or cancelled because of the dangers of flying to England. The NFL commissioner, Paul Tagliabue, is considering canceling Sunday's games for security reasons. As of Wednesday, Major League Baseball had cancelled games through Thursday, with some officials predicting games would not start until Monday.

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DTH Online Can Keep You Near Chapel Hill, UNC

Once you spend a time in Chapel Hill, you'll never want to leave. If you're in town to visit students, they already know that the bricks of this University give off a magnetism that's hard to resist. That there's more to the lure of Franklin Street than just the stores. That the smiles on people makes this town and University seem like home. That this is the southern part of heaven. Once you spend a weekend in Chapel Hill, you'll never want to leave. And luckily, you won't have to.

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Grieving Students Find Different Ways To Cope With Trauma

As the initial shock of Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania begins to fade, UNC students increasingly have dealt with another emotion -- grief. "I don't know if my life's really changed, but the grief of everyone else got to me," Syreeta Alston, a sophomore from Rocky Mount, said Thursday. Other students said they felt their safety had been put in jeopardy. "(Terrorism) happens to other countries all the time, but you don't think it would happen to us," said junior Kia Benton, from Greensboro. "That really affected me."

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Student Congress Finds Funds

Student Congress' bleak financial outlook has brightened after officials located about $18,000 that the former student body treasurer tucked away in a separate investment account. Finance Chairman Tony Larson said former treasurer Patrick Frye didn't tell anyone he transferred money that should have been in Congress's checking account into an account for investment reserve funds. Larson speculated that Frye, who graduated in May and is now a Harvard law student, put the money in the investment account so it could accrue interest.

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Officials: Construction Won't Hinder Festivities

Families whose only mental picture of UNC is from the glossy brochures might be shocked when they see the bulldozers and piles of dirt covering the UNC, a result of intense campus construction. But officials say there's no need to worry -- these changes are only temporary and shouldn't dramatically impede any Carolina Family Weekend activities.

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Questions Better Left Unanswered

I had heard the stories many times before. I had seen the destruction and mayhem shown in numerous films. I had seen the photos -- gruesome photos with images that I will never forget. But never, never did I ever imagine it could happen during my lifetime. Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a plane which crashed outside of Pittsburgh, have proven not only to be the worst acts of terrorism this nation has ever seen, it also represents a loss of innocence for our nation.

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Field Hockey's Lingo, Tran Head to France

This morning, North Carolina field hockey players Carrie Lingo and Amy Tran tossed their equipment and luggage into Lingo's car and headed in the direction of Virginia Beach. Lingo and Tran weren't on their way to vacation -- they're meeting up with their teammates on the U.S. national field hockey team. Once all of the team's members meet, they will climb aboard a bus bound for Washington, D.C. From Washington, the team flies to France for a World Cup qualifying tournament.

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Uniting Through Compassion

The horrible effects of extreme violence are not new to senior Rajesh Panjabi. As a child in Monrovia, Liberia, Panjabi witnessed the devastation of the West African nation's civil war in 1990. He was 10 years old. Panjabi's family decided that his mother should flee the hazardous conditions with him and his sister. Their first destination was neighboring country Sierra Leone, but the three eventually immigrated to the United States. Panjabi's father stayed behind, separating the family for more than three months.

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Durant To See Earlier Action

Ronald Curry is still the starting quarterback for the North Carolina football team, but redshirt freshman backup Darian Durant has played well enough to earn an expanded role heading into next week's game against Florida State. UNC coach John Bunting said Wednesday he plans to field Durant earlier than normal in the Sept. 22 game, when the sixth-ranked Seminoles come to Kenan Stadium for a noon matchup.

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Orange County Schools Try to Explain Tragedy

In the aftermath of Tuesday's tragedies, area school teachers and administrators are grappling to help local children cope. Kim Hoke, spokeswoman for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, said teachers braced for counseling on Tuesday morning when terrorist attacks took place at three sites along the East Coast. Crisis teams of six to eight teachers or administrators at every school in the district met Tuesday morning to map out the school's plan to discuss the crisis.

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