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Thursday January 20th

National Poltics


Florida Vote RecountsNot Aiming for Accuracy,But For Gore Victory

TO THE EDITOR: In Dan Harrison's letter to the editor ("Fair Election Results, Not Speedy Decisions, Are Needed in Florida" Nov. 21), Harrison mentions a statement I made for an article that ran in the Nov. 16 The Daily Tar Heel. Let me clarify my position on the recounts currently going on in Florida. It is true that I said "If the heavily Democratic Palm Beach was being recounted, then why not recount the rest of Florida ." However, what was not printed was the rest of my statement concerning the issue.

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Men, Women Unite to Educate on Safety

Feminist Students United had to scramble for extra chairs Wednesday night after an unexpectedly large number of women and men gathered to speak out against sexual violence. While most of the student group's meetings attract about 20 members, more than twice as many came to Toy Lounge in Dey Hall on Wednesday night to discuss the facts of sexual violence and share their own experiences.

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Election Problems Common; High Stakes Prompt Scrutiny

For Bob Hunter, the 1998 election did not end after Election Night. A reporting error in New Hanover County showed that Hunter, running for a state Court of Appeals seat, lost the election by 2,500 votes. But a state law mandating a recount in races in which candidates are separated by less than 1 percent of the total vote signified the contest was not over yet. The recount put Hunter in the lead, handing him the election by 2,500 votes. Hunter's experience is not uncommon. On a much larger scale, the recent presidential election controversy in Florida has shown that no election

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Disappointing Finale Hurts Film

Last year's mega-successful "The Sixth Sense" might have been the best and worst thing ever to happen to director M. Night Shyamalan. His latest film, "Unbreakable," which he wrote, produced and directed, will undoubtedly be compared to "Sense" in every possible way. So, to jump on the bandwagon, is "Unbreakable" better than "Sense"? The answer would have to be an ambiguous yes and no. "Unbreakable" is best experienced rather than explained in a few paragraphs.

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The Cannanes Export Beautiful Pop; Pharcyde's Latest Like Plain Crap

The Cannanes and Steward Communicating at an Unknown Rate three and 1/2 The 2000 Summer Olympics showed us that there is much more to the Land Down Under than Fosters' ads and drunken crocodile wrestlers. But in all of NBC's dramatic tales of accomplishment in the face of adversity, one group of Aussies was completely ignored. The Cannanes have been making beautiful music in Sydney since their formation in 1984. They're about as Australian as an indie rock band can be.

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Francisco Wakes From `5-Year Sleep'

NASHVILLE - Before the bandages were lifted from Francisco's eyes Tuesday morning, Dr. Ming Wang, Francisco's mom and teacher Carole Klein said a short prayer. That prayer was answered. "It was a miracle," Wang said. "A huge smile spread across his face, and I knew that we had been successful." After a quick eye test, it was determined that Francisco's surgery had repaired the sight in his right eye to 20/70 vision. The process to repair his left eye will begin after his right eye has healed. "It was like waking from a five-year sleep," Francisco said.

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Rethinking the Status Quo

There likely will be 538 of them; 14 from North Carolina, 54 who hail from California and 25 who live in Florida. Some are lawyers who fight with legal briefs. Others might be community activists, relying on civil disobedience instead. You could pass one of them on the street today and not realize it. When you voted Nov. 7, it was for any one of them, an elector in the Electoral College - not Republican George W. Bush or Democrat Al Gore. And they are the people who will meet Dec.

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Algonquin Does Big-City Business in a Small Town

You want to publish a book, so you cross your fingers, send off your manuscript to some slick, big-city publisher, and hope for the best . Or, you could walk down the street and discover one of the top names in publishing - in your own backyard. But don't let the local address fool you: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill is nationally known, and it competes in the same league as the biggest New York City publishing companies.

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Buh-Bye to the So-Called `Best Years of My Life'

Soon the "best years of my life" will be over, but as Commencement nears, I realize I'm ecstatic to be over with Carolina for good. For once in many years a return to sanity will be granted. No papers, no deadlines, no teachers (no offense), no enforced education, nothing finite, nothing planned, nothing to look forward to in fear or excitement. I'm perfectly content with that.

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UNC Joins List of Schools Courting WMU's Darnell

Kathy Beauregard has a tough task on her hands this weekend. Western Michigan is getting ready for Saturday's MAC Championship game against Marshall. The contest will be televised nationally, and the winner earns a trip to the Motor City Bowl in Detroit. Beauregard, Western Michigan's athletic director, says her No. 1 priority is making sure her student-athletes are prepared for the game. She wants them focused solely on the Thundering Herd. That's going to be difficult considering Western Michigan's coach is at the center of a nationwide distraction.

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Demonstrators Show No Fear in CP&L Battle

The risk of arrest at this Sunday's protest of a nearby nuclear power plant is no deterrent for several students and residents who gathered Tuesday night to prepare for civil disobedience. Almost 15 students, residents and members of the Raging Grannies met in the Student Union with Jim Warren, director of N.C. Waste Awareness and Reduction Network, to discuss a protest of Carolina Power & Light Co. and its failure to publicly address safety concerns about the company's Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant. Sunday's protest, which is slated to begin at 3 p.m.

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Quarry's Growth Riles Locals

Elements as simple as rocks and water are stirring up problems among some Chapel Hill residents. The Orange County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing Monday night to decide whether to grant American Stone Co. and Orange Water and Sewage Authority a special-use permit to expand American Stone's existing rock quarry in Hillsborough. When American Stone stops drilling in 2030, OWASA will turn the quarry into a reservoir. "We believe our existing reservoirs will serve our customers until 2030," said Peter Gordon, OWASA's chairman of the Board of Directors.

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Congress To Pay Off Large Debt

By Jason Arthurs Staff Writer While Student Congress might finish this semester with an unexpected surplus in this semester's budget, it faces a debt $44,000 larger than usual due to optimistic projections in last year's annual budget funded by student fees. Congress plans to pay off the debt next semester, a move that will leave few dollars available at that time for campus groups, said Finance Committee Chairman Mark Townsend. Only a few weeks ago, Congress faced a quickly dwindling pool of funds to allocate to campus groups this semester, taking time to question exactly how i

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Tar Heels, Spartans Face Young Season's First Tests

The records of North Carolina and Michigan State show that each team has played three regular season games in the 2000-01 season. But neither team has faced a true test - until tonight. The sixth-ranked Tar Heels travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on the third-ranked Spartans in a battle of undefeated teams at the Breslin Center at 7:30 p.m. "You don't really know exactly where you're at this early in the season," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "Some people have asked if it's too early to play a team like North Carolina." The answer to that question remains to be seen.

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Immediate Reaction

Millions of Americans went to bed on Election Night thinking Republican candidate George W. Bush had been elected the 43rd president of the United States. But by the next morning, it was clear voters in the state of Florida had managed to elude the projections of nearly every network analyst in the nation - twice. At about 8 p.m. Tuesday, the five major television networks and The Associated Press all predicted Democrat Al Gore would be the winner in Florida.

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Black Caucus Takes Up Racial Issues

CHARLOTTE - The National Black Caucus of State Legislators will consider more than 20 resolutions addressing issues facing blacks at its annual weeklong conference, which kicked off Monday with a reception at the Adams Mark Hotel in Charlotte. The theme for the 24th annual conference, which will end Dec. 3, is "African Americans in the Digital Age: Equity and Access." Caucus members will spend the conference discussing issues ranging from welfare reform to the judicial system.

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Residents Refuse to Accept Fence

By Aisha K. Thomas Staff Writer Residents of Hinton James Residence Hall are taking action against the temporary fence preventing them from crossing Manning Drive, attempting to destroy the fence and vowing to keep it down. The fence was installed because officials were concerned that pedestrians were jaywalking at Manning Drive, said Christopher Payne, director of the Department of Housing and Residential Education. But residents say the fence only causes more inconveniences. "I think the fence is kind of pointless," said sophomore Allison Jackson.

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