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Friday December 3rd

National Poltics


Cunningham Aims To Push Education

A former UNC student body president elected to the N.C. Senate last week said he will use his new post to support K-12 and higher education. Senator-elect Cal Cunningham, UNC student body president from 1995-1996, was elected Nov. 7 to the Senate from the the 23rd District, which includes parts of Davidson and Iredell counties in western North Carolina. Cunningham will replace Sen. Jim Phillips, D-Davidson, who served for four years. But Republican officials say Cunningham should never have run because he did not live in District 23. Dan Gurley, N.C.

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BOT Talks Of Growth, Tuition

Trustees approved tuition increases and discussed Master Plan blueprints at the Board of Trustees meetings Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. The BOT approved large tuition increases for five of UNC's professional schools Wednesday, and the matter will now be put before the Board of Governors, which will meet in January. Chancellor James Moeser articulated the need for the increases to the board members at Thursday's meeting.

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Open Meetings Shouldn't Need Media Nudge

Now that the University and Chapel Hill town-gown relations committee has decided to open its meetings, residents and students will get the openness they deserve. I'm reluctant to praise the committee members just yet, though. Of course, no matter what the members' motivation for opening them was, the fact that they will be open is a positive result. But it's alarming that it took so much media pressure for members to decide the committee's meetings should be open. And now that they've decided they should, their decision seems to be a reluctant one.

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UNC Needs Freestanding `GCC'

The month before Thanksgiving Break stinks. The past four weeks have been nothing but midterm exams, group projects, research papers and internship applications. I know you guys are all in the same boat. However, this academic craziness is directly responsible for the decline in the quality of my recent columns. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if the editor forced me to resign. In fact, I'm kind of expecting him to do just that. I even have my farewell address prepared: "Understand this. I am not a quitter.

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3 Suspects Rob Wachovia, Customer

Chapel Hill police are still investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Wachovia Bank on 101 Bank Drive in the Timberlyne shopping center. Reports state that three subjects entered the bank at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

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Executions Lead Activist to Campaign

Capital punishment made Robert Meeropol an orphan at the age of 6. And in his lecture "Fatally Flawed: The Death Penalty From the Rosenbergs to Mumia Abu-Jamal," Meeropol was able to offer a deeply personal perspective to the ongoing debate over the death penalty. Meeropol's parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were convicted in 1951 and executed in 1953, during the height of anti-communist sentiments in the United States, for charges of espionage and attempting to transmit the secrets behind the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.

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The North Carolina offense hasn't thrown for a TD in UNC Aims to Get Off Ground at Duke

Game and time: North Carolina at Duke. Kickoff is at noon. Site: Wallace Wade Stadium. TV/radio: The game will be televised regionally on JP Sports. The Tar Heel Sports Network will provide live radio coverage; its flagship station is WCHL 1360-AM. Records: UNC is 5-5, 2-5 in the ACC. Duke is 0-10, 0-7. Series: UNC leads 48-34-4. Personnel update: UNC - LB Merceda Perry (ankle), RB Rufus Brown (shoulder) and CB Anthony Anderson (shoulder) are out.

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Plant Neighbors Eye Expansion With Caution, Concern

With the possible on-site expansion of a nearby nuclear plant forthcoming, residents say they are less concerned with potential safety hazards than with the expansion itself. The expansion would fulfill Carolina Power & Light Co.'s desire to open two existing cooling pools to store spent fuel, making the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant home to the largest amount of nuclear waste in the country. CP&L's plan would not entail physical expansion, at least for now, and many residents say they have learned to coexist with the plant. But some, such as Woodrow Goodwin, say they are concern

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UNC Faculty Delve Into Electoral Process

Political and legal jargon mixed with light humor filled the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on Wednesday evening as University and community members voiced their opinions about the 2000 presidential election and the electoral process as a whole. A panel consisting of several UNC educators - School of Law Dean Gene Nichol, law professors Buckner Melton and Melissa Saunders and political science Professor George Rabinowitz -held the forum in a town-hall-style format.

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Mlyn Pilots UNC, Duke Scholarship

A scholarship program aimed at uniting two rival universities has a dynamic new director. Eric Mlyn, currently the director of the Burch Programs and assistant director of the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, began as director of the Robertson Scholars Program on Wednesday. The program, funded by a $24 million grant from UNC alumnus Julian H. Robertson, Jr. and his wife Josie, will sponsor about 30 Duke University and UNC students per year, allowing them to take classes at both schools.

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UNC Enters Tourney Seeking Revenge

Winston-Salem. The name doesn't merely appear on the North Carolina volleyball team's schedule - it flashes brightly. No, the team isn't comprised of smokers. But the Tar Heels were swept by Wake Forest this season. What better time and place to avenge a pair of loses than the ACC tournament, in the Demon Deacons' home gym? "I would feel very confident and look forward to that opportunity to play Wake Forest in their gym in the ACC tournament," UNC coach Joe Sagula said.

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Seniors Aim to Recapture NCAA Title

Kristen McCann laughed at the memory of being one of five freshmen on the North Carolina field hockey team. "We were just a bunch of scrubs," said McCann, now a senior forward. No one would call them "scrubs" now. McCann was named the ACC Player of the Year and has a shot at national honors. Back Jana Toepel has earned All-America honors for two consecutive years and looks to make it three at the end of this reason.

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The Next Step

As controversy over activating two of Carolina Power & Light Co.'s Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant storage pools heats up, those who oppose the expansion are seeking alternatives. CP&L already has two fuel rod storage pools in use at its nuclear power plant in Wake County and has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to activate two more. Plant officials say they have added safety measures to reduce the risk of an accident. But the highly radioactive nature of the rods has some residents up in arms about CP&L's proposal, said Gordon Thompson, executive director of the Instit

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CP&L Expanding Beyond Wake County, Carolinas

In addition to trying to grow locally, Carolina Power & Light Co. is moving closer to becoming one of the largest energy companies in the South. And this has some local activists worried they will be encountering a "David and Goliath" fight. CP&L is slated to merge with Florida Progress Corp., a Tampa-based energy company, by the end of this year. CP&L already owns four nuclear plants in North and South Carolina. "A lot of mergers are going on in utility right now," said Jeanne Bonds, corporate communications manager for CP&L.

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`Men of Honor' Tells Solid Story but Misses Mark

A lot of things go into the making of a good movie. Director George Tilman's "Men of Honor" meets more of those requirements for excellence than many big-budget Hollywood productions - but fails to meld them into a unified story. The movie is based on the true-life story of Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.), the first black diver in the U.S. Navy.

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