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Monday August 15th

National Poltics


Talks Focus on Downtown's Future

About 60 Chapel Hill residents, students, town officials and University officials met Saturday to discuss the creation of more downtown commercial and residential areas to connect business corridors on East and West Franklin streets. The discussion, which ran from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Town Hall, touched on the possible construction of pedestrian spaces, parks and new two- and three-story buildings.

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Conference Addresses Perspectives on Racial Reparations

Professors from across the country gathered Saturday at the UNC School of Law for a conference examining the issue of reparations from a variety of racial, legal and philosophical perspectives. The conference -- titled "Reconciling Hope and History: The Question of Reparations" -- was the sixth in the annual series of Conferences on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity, a series organized by UNC law students. Clare Norins, a law student and one of the conference's four co-chairmen, said about 140 students, professors and community members attended the conference.

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Kisses Come In All Flavors

So another Valentine's Day goes by. Hallmark makes a bundle, boyfriends (actual and potential) lose one. Ungodly amounts of money are charged for green stalks with petals. And we can't forget the chocolate. Mmm... chocolate. I don't understand it. Valentine's comes around and all my friends get all these flowers and cards and I get nothing. I can't even beg people to send me chocolate! What can I do to get some attention? - V.F.

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Expansion Excitement Hits ACC

With the North Carolina men's basketball team mired in a tie for last place in the conference, perhaps Director of Athletics Dick Baddour should press the ACC to follow the NFL's example -- expand. After all, no one is happier about the conception of the Houston Texans than the Jacksonville Jaguars, which will doubtless be spared a last-place finish in a difficult division. So maybe if Baddour could convince the ACC to expand, the Tar Heels could avoid their first-ever last-place finish.

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N.C. Mayors Establish 2 Budget Task Forces

The N.C. Metropolitan Coalition, a lobbying group for the state's municipalities, set up two task forces Thursday in an effort to protect municipal budgets from the state's financial shortfall. North Carolina already is facing a budget deficit of almost $900 million for the 2001-02 fiscal year. Gov. Mike Easley announced Feb. 5 that he was seizing $209 million from a revenue-sharing program with N.C. municipalities to offset part of the shortfall -- an action that prompted mayors statewide to take action.

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ASG Positive About Success of 'Keep N.C. Educated' Campaign

WINSTON-SALEM -- The UNC-system Association of Student Governments met Saturday to discuss ways its "Keep N.C. Educated" campaign will be used to fight against tuition increases. ASG President Andrew Payne said the campaign's success rests on the active participation of students. Payne emphasized the importance of a strong student presence at the March 6 meeting of the UNC-system Board of Governors, where members will debate and vote on tuition increases. "We really have a chance to make something happen," he said.

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Developments in the War on Terrorism

U.S. Special Forces Land in Philippines - U.S. Army attack helicopters whipped up dust clouds and blew the tops off coconut trees Sunday as 30 U.S. Special Forces troops arrived on an island in the southern Philippines to train soldiers battling Muslim extremists. Afghan Leader Vows Stern Justice - Afghan leader Hamid Karzai has blamed the Afghan aviation minister's death on a personal vendetta among government officials despite initial reports that said he was killed by a mob of would-be Islamic pilgrims furious over flight delays to Saudi Arabia.

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Brown Leads Tar Heels Past Slumping Ga. Tech

ATLANTA -- Coretta Brown had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 20 North Carolina to a 71-62 victory Sunday against Georgia Tech. Candace Sutton and Kenya McBee scored 10 points each as UNC (21-6, 10-4 in the ACC) handed Tech its fourth loss in five games. Regina Tate scored 18 for the Yellow Jackets (14-11, 7-8), and Sonja Mallory and Milli Martinez had 14 apiece. The Tar Heels opened the second half with a 7-0 scoring run to take a 44-30 lead. Tech pulled within five with 50.5 seconds left, but McBee and Nikki Teasley each made two free throws to seal UNC's win.

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Campus Calendar

Today noon -- The Center for European Studies presents Graham Allen, Labor member of Parliament from the United Kingdom, who will be speaking in Gary Marks' political science class in 104 Howell Hall until 1 p.m.

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Valentine's Day Articles Interesting But Biased Toward Heterosexuals

TO THE EDITOR: I want to sound out a LOUD agreement to Drew McLelland's letter from Friday ("'Hooking Up' Stories Leave Out Gays, Ignore Internet Dating") regarding the omission of gays in the "Hooking Up" stories. While I found the articles interesting, I too found them biased toward heterosexual interests. Maybe The Daily Tar Heel should consider running a series of articles regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender "hookups," etc. I'm sure that there are GLBT persons on campus (students, faculty, staff, etc.) who would be willing to converse on these issues.

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Budget Issues May Delay New Buses

Although Chapel Hill's request for 20 new buses is a high priority for the N.C. Department of Transportation, town officials say recent budget cuts might cause delays at the local level. Every two years, NCDOT planners decide which transportation projects will receive funding -- and when -- during the next seven years.

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Gymnasts Set Record, Top James Madison

The North Carolina women's gymnastics team came into this season knowing this could be a record-breaking year. Sunday, the Tar Heels lived up to their expectations. In their home matchup against James Madison at Carmichael Auditorium, UNC set a team-score record of 195.975 and finished on top of the Dukes', who recorded a score of 189.925. Along with the team mark, the Tar Heels set a new floor record of 49.550.

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DTH to Host Debate for SBP Candidates Tonight

The Daily Tar Heel will host a student body president runoff debate at 7 p.m. today in 111 Carroll Hall in preparation for Tuesday's runoff election. In addition to making opening and closing statements, student body president candidates Jen Daum and Will McKinney will be answering questions presented by DTH editors and later by members of the audience.

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Offcials Worry About Financial Aid

Even though President Bush's budget proposal for the 2002-03 fiscal year would boost education spending, N.C. higher-education officials are worried the proposal would not leave adequate funds for financial aid. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Education, North Carolina would receive $1.1 billion under the Bush proposal -- a $51 million increase. The press release also stated that the nationwide Pell Grant program will receive $549 million more, a 5.3 percent increase.

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Platform Basics Endure Through Years

Tuition, parking, campus safety -- all issues on student body president candidates' platforms this year. And last year. And 15, 25, even 50 years ago. These three basic ideas have been at the core of student body president candidates' platforms for almost as long as the office has existed. But as the student body has grown, new types of issues have been added to candidates' platforms and remain there year after year, even if little progress is made on them.

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Women's Tennis Edges 'Cats With Strong Singles Play

It had histrionics, verbal sparring, a biased judge and even a ruling body that intervened.But this wasn't Olympic figure skating. It was women's tennis. And North Carolina brought a taste of the drama of Salt Lake City right to Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in its 4-3 win against No. 12 Northwestern on Sunday.

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UNC's Magical '60-40 Ratio': It's All Crap

I've concluded that this University's famous "60-40 ratio" is crap. Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate the high percentage of women the admissions office welcomes. But it's more or less just some statistic we can throw around to other schools who claim they're better than us. "Well, we have more women than you" is usually our response. The 60 percent of females here are just some sort of eye candy for guys to obsess over.

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Small Effect Predicted for Campaign Bill

Some N.C. legislators and political pundits say they doubt a federal campaign finance reform bill will have much impact on elections, despite being partly based on N.C. law. Early Thursday morning, the U.S. House passed the Shays-Meehan Bill, which would limit soft money contributions and regulate issue advocacy ads that mention candidates. The Senate is expected to take up the bill sometime next week. The bill contains a provision from Rep. David Price, D-N.C., that would require candidates to be responsible for their political advertisements.

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