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Wednesday December 8th

National Poltics


`Charlie's Angels' Offers Empty Fun, No Apologies

Some movies are made just for the fun of it. "Charlie's Angels" is one of those movies. The heroines, Natalie (Cameron Diaz), Dylan (Drew Barrymore) and Alex (Lucy Liu), kick bad-guy ass with big grins on their faces throughout the movie. They are definitely having fun, pulling off karate stunts and parading around in skintight clothes. Directed by McG, better known as a music video director, the film has plenty of glossy stunts to hold the audience's attention.

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Passage of $3.1 Billion Package Means Improvements Can Start

University administrators and some N.C. legislators - still basking in the overwhelming passage of the $3.1 billion higher education bond Tuesday - now face the challenge of managing the massive construction and renovation project. More than 73 percent of the state's voters approved the bond, possibly due to an intense information and get-out-the-vote campaign from bond supporters ranging from students to alumni. The bond will fund capital improvements at UNC-system schools and N.C.

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Postelection America Has Time for `Important' Stuff

By now the onslaught of political media should be over, and Americans can return to day-to-day activities, instead of posing like they gave a damn by cramming in last-minute "Decision 2000" propaganda. For those who didn't care at all, how dare the radio and TV distract you from an umpteenth listening of "Shake Ya' Ass" and "The Real World" marathon to make you aware of the nation's future, and worse yet, to try to persuade you to vote? The audacity!

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UNC Students, Faculty Welcome Bond's Promised Funds

Now that the $3.1 billion higher education bond referendum has been passed by N.C. voters, UNC administrators are going to be very busy. The University will receive roughly $500 million in funding, which officials say will be put to use renovating, updating and constructing campus facilities. Students and faculty alike expressed virtually unanimous approval that UNC will reap the benefits of the bond. "We will be working overtime, but we don't mind," said Anne Cates, chairwoman of the Board of Trustees.

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Student Gives Time To Inmates' Lives

HILLSBOROUGH - Eight men sit in an oval of desks in a small room. Their figures dwarf the blue, yellow and red plastic chairs and undersized wooden desk tops. A green chalkboard dominates one wall, while posters of nature scenes mark the others. The bright images of leaves and flowers and outside light pouring through windows should lift the occupants' spirits, but for the group gathered here, it is a tough task. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Paul Lee enters the room with the hope of reaching this goal.

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Orange County Participation Reflects Heightened Interest

Of all local parties, the Reform Party showed perhaps the greatest democratic spirit Tuesday with perfect attendance of voters at the polls. All of the party's registered voters cast ballots on Election Day. All two of them. But the high proportional turnout among the Reformers was indicative of heightened interest across the board in this year's election. According to the Orange County Board of Elections, about 54 percent of registered voters cast ballots, as opposed to 46 percent in 1996, making for long lines at many polling places. Mary Andrews, a Chapel Hill resident

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Halloween Crowd Dresses Up, Gets Down to Moby's Beats

The dance floor was packed with hundreds of scantily clad writhing bodies. It was Halloween, and the Ritz had come alive with the electro-groove of the man who calls himself Moby. Green glow-sticks wove through the air in schizophrenic figure-eights and the girl with dragonfly wings beside me was shaking everything she had for everything it was worth.

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Mediocre `Bagger Vance' Nothing Legendary

Robert Redford's latest film, "The Legend of Bagger Vance," is definitely best described with one word - melodramatic. The movie, based on a Steven Pressfield novel, turns the game of golf into a metaphor for life. Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) is at the top of his golf game and has just won the hand of the beautiful and wealthy Adele (Charlize Theron) when he's drafted into the Army.

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Finance ChairmanResponds to CriticismToward Student Congress

As Finance Committee chairman, I would like to respond to the plethora of articles regarding Student Congress and the way in which we allocate funds. The first article ("Student Congress Grapples With Financial Strain," Oct. 30) remains fairly on target. The one problem I have with this article is whom The Daily Tar Heel chose to contact in this story. Why in the world was Student Body Secretary Michael Woods queried in regard to financial matters?

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Democrats Retain Grip in State House

When the smoke cleared Tuesday night, the Democrats managed to retain their grip on the North Carolina General Assembly - albeit barely in the House. In the upcoming legislative session the Democrats will still hold a comfortable majority in the N.C. Senate, occupying 35 out of 50 seats. But there will be a much slimmer majority in the N.C. House, where Republicans picked up four seats, bringing their total to 58 to the Democrats' 62. The slim majority in the House will present challenges to the Democrats, said UNC political science Professor Thad Beyle.

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Carrieri, Bolowich Receive League's Top Honors

The North Carolina men's soccer team picked up a slew of awards from the ACC on Wednesday. Junior forward Chris Carrieri earned the top honor when he was named ACC Player of the Year. Carrieri leads the conference and the nation in scoring average (3.16 points per game) and goals per game (1.26). Carrieri spearheaded an All-ACC first team that also featured UNC defender Danny Jackson.

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Moore Treasures Chance to Contribute

Democrat Richard Moore didn't end up needing any additional votes Tuesday in his run to become North Carolina's state treasurer. If he had, a member of the North Carolina football team with the same name wouldn't have been much help. UNC sophomore Richard Moore filled out an absentee ballot for his home state of Tennessee, but he said he wouldn't have voted for his namesake in North Carolina. "Nah, definitely not," Moore said. "I'm a very strong Republican from Tennessee.

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UNC Dynasty Facing Tough Tests

As unpredictable as sports can often be, one fact almost always can be counted on: The mighty eventually fall. It happened to the Boston Celtics. It happened to the New York Yankees a couple of times. And it could be starting to happen to the North Carolina women's soccer team. UNC, which has won 15 NCAA championships in the tournament's 18-year history, lost three ACC games this season.

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APPLES Marks Decade With Message, Party

Assisting People in Planning Learning Experiences in Service celebrated its 10-year anniversary Wednesday on Polk Place, handing out free cake and lollipops along with a message of service and learning. "We wanted to open up the 10-year party to the whole campus," said APPLES service-learning program President Ann Quarles.

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Jesse Helms' HoldupOf Judge's AppointmentHurts North Carolina

What does Jesse Helms have against North Carolina? For more than a year, Helms has blocked the appointment of N.C. Appeals Court Judge James Wynn to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Helms' stance does a disservice not only to Judge Wynn, but to all North Carolinians. The court - which has a vacancy because of the passing of Judge Murnaghan of Maryland - oversees federal cases in five states. Although North Carolina is the largest state in the 4th Circuit, no one from this state serves on the court. This situation is not only unfair to our state - it is against the law.

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`Best in Show' Wins With Guest's Ensemble Cast, Dogs

Neurotic "parents" of pampered pups are placed in a stressful competition to win "Best in Show" in director Christopher Guest's new movie mockumentary. Guest decided to make a movie about dogs and their stressed owners after taking a trip to a park with his own dogs. The cast of "Best in Show" was given a five-day crash course in how to work with the dogs in a professional and show-like manner. With the same actors and format as one of Guest's previous movies, "Waiting for Guffman," the caliber of improv acting is hard to parallel.

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Islamic Week's Events Help Inform, Inspire

Students and faculty passing by the Pit on Tuesday afternoon were greeted by a colorful presentation of posters and displays explaining some aspects of a religion not too many people on campus know about. The Muslim Student Association is sponsoring Islamic Awareness Week, which began Tuesday and ends Thursday. The organization is detailing a different aspect of the religion each afternoon in the Pit from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday's topic of discussion was the Holy Quran, what Muslims consider to be the revealed word of God.

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Shelton, Field Hockey Wary of Golden Flashes

Today the North Carolina field hockey team will get its first look at Kent State, its opponent Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The team doesn't know a whole lot about Kent State. "There was a massacre there in the seventies," forward Holly Huff offered.

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