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Thursday August 11th

National Poltics


Black Encourages, Warns UNC Students

Before his nearly sold-out show at Memorial Hall, comedian and UNC alumnus Lewis Black shared his anger and his experiences with students studying theater -- a field close to his heart. Returning to his alma mater for his first professional performance at the University, Black spoke to nearly 30 students in the Center for Dramatic Art prior to the show. He recounted his years at UNC and ranted about the demanding nature of show business.

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Dating Habits Deliver Valentine to Businesses

President Bush said in his State of the Union Address that America is experiencing a recession; he might want to review the economy after Feb. 14. According to the annual Valentine's Day survey by the International Mass Retail Association, shoppers will spend 8 percent more this year on Valentine's Day gifts than last year. And the majority of the revenue is coming from adults between the ages of 18 and 24. These consumers plan to spend $183.80 on average this Valentine's Day. That number is almost $100 more than the average shopper, according to the survey.

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Talk to Put Photographer in Focus

Deborah Kogan is the sort of person who if a war, a plague and a tornado were all three about to strike in the same place, she would immediately go there. She's also the sort of person who, once there, would face the situation with humor and aplomb, probably take a lover or two and in the end come back with thoughtful stories and amazing photographs documenting what had happened.

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The Lowdown on Tonight's Game

Game: North Carolina at Virginia Time: 8 p.m. Location: University Hall Radio: 100.7 FM, WCHL-1360 AM Television: Raycom-Jefferson Pilot Keys for UNC: Whoa -- slow down. If North Carolina wants a shot at stealing its second road win, it'll have to keep the pace down. The lower the score, the better the Tar Heels' chances, or at least the fewer they'll get beaten by, which is apparently the new standard. To do this, UNC will have to play tough defense and be selective, itself, on the offensive end.

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Budget Woes Might Aid N.C. Lottery Supporters

Supporters of a North Carolina lottery hope the $900 million state budget deficit announced last week by Gov. Mike Easley will add leverage to efforts to put a lottery referendum on the November ballot. When announcing the recent problems with the state budget last week, Easley once again called on state legislators to pass a lottery when they reconvene in late May. A major platform goal of Easley's 2000 campaign for governor was instituting a state lottery to fund education.

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Black Unleashes His Anger At UNC, World in Standup

From the film "Network" came the famous saying: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" This quip is comedian Lewis Black in a nutshell. The oft-enraged Black, a UNC alumnus whose success has garnered him a recurring spot on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," chose Memorial Hall as his place to vent Monday night.

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V-Day Focuses on Ending Violence vs. Women

V-day doesn't just stand for Valentine's Day. It's also about vaginas. It's official. It's OK to say ... vagina. So proclaims the forces behind the UNC V-Week, which is much more than that notable part of the female anatomy. The first official V-Day was held on Valentine's Day in 1998 in New York, but the movement has since spread to college campuses and nations across the globe. So why the correspondence with the holiday? "It's about love," said Kim Benton, founder of the Carolina V-Day Initiative.

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Town OKs Review for UNC Center

Additions to a University project that total $18 million will proceed after the Chapel Hill Town Council opted Monday to expedite the review of a UNC petition despite a virtual moratorium on town development. Council members voted unanimously to allow expansion of the Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center, which is owned and operated by the Kenan-Flagler Business School. The decision went unchallenged by the council members in spite of the virtual moratorium on new construction.

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Fla. May Deny Aid Based on Country

Florida officials are considering linking financial aid to a student's country of origin, adding a new element to the changes caused by Sept. 11. A bill is being considered in the state legislature that would ban all financial aid to students from "terrorist" countries. This would mean the 450 students from Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, North Korea, Syria and Lybia studying in Florida would lose their benefits from the state.

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National Service Bill Seeks to Restore Draft

Two U.S. congressmen are sponsoring a National Service Bill that would reinstate a modified version of the military draft. The legislation, which is co-sponsored by Rep. Nick Smith, R-Mich., and Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., was originally designed to be militarily focused by requiring draftees to perform military duties. But the bill was recently rewritten to allow young men a choice to serve in either the military or in a national community service program for between six months and one year, according to a recent press release.

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Slower Economy Brings Fewer Internship Positions

Increasing rates of unemployment have taken their toll on student internship opportunities this school year. With the country's economy in a slump, the job market has become more limited for both professionals and students, officials said. "The economy has definitely cut down on the number of paid internships," said Jay Eubank, director of career services for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Police Roundup

Duo Robs Local Eatery; Suspects Still at Large Chapel Hill police responded to an armed robbery call at 1289 N. Fordham Blvd. at 9:24 p.m. Saturday. Reports state that two unknown subjects wearing bandannas over their faces entered the Domino's Pizza and demanded money from the sole employee on duty. Reports state that both men had guns and pointed them at the employee. The employee placed an undisclosed amount of cash into a bag, and the men escaped on foot, reports state. The case is under further investigation. Bartender Arrested For Embezzlement

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Town Manager Addresses Budget Shortfall

Mayor Kevin Foy bypassed the Chapel Hill Town Council's agenda Monday night to immediately address the town's unexpected budget cuts, which now total at least $1.4 million. Last week, Gov. Mike Easley declared a fiscal emergency due to a $900 million shortfall for the fiscal year. To deal with this problem, the state passed part of the deficit to the municipalities of North Carolina by withholding certain revenues that were to be distributed to local governments. Town Manager Cal Horton proposed a list of potential budget adjustments to the Town Council at its Monday meeting.

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Dating Goes Beyond Dinner, Movie Cliches

For the average college student, dating primarily consists of some roses -- a dozen or otherwise -- with a sprig of baby's breath, a respectable dinner reservation at an intimate Franklin Street dive and then settling in for a romantic movie. But there are students who make an extra effort to break the everyday dating routine and approach courtship with an unique sense of fun and creativity.

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