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Saturday January 22nd

National Poltics


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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Shameless `Nicky' Another Audience-Pleaser

I know, I know. Any self-respecting movie critic is supposed to pan Adam Sandler flicks as unfunny sophomoric drivel. But being neither (self-respecting or a movie critic), I can say wholeheartedly that "Little Nicky" isn't that bad. The latest film from Sandler and "Saturday Night Live" writer Tim Herlihy is by no means an instant classic, but the laughs are pretty constant, and Sandler's all-star supporting cast adds depth to what otherwise would be a shamelessly goofy film. But make no mistake - that's largely what it is. "Little Nicky" is the story of the gimp son of Satan (

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Never Too Early to Start Planning for New Year's

Remember how everyone made a big stink last year about the new millennium, and how some die-hard Nazi scientific-type folk insisted that the year 2000 was not, in fact, the first year of the new millennium? They had a very simple proposition, based on the fact that the first year of A.D. was numbered 1 A.D., and not 0 A.D. It is a perfectly clear concept. To understand it, all you have to do is appreciate the concept of zero as a placeholder. I remember spending an inordinate amount of time struggling to comprehend this fact when I was in elementary school.

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Independents ThriveWhile Industry Lags

What's bad for the Man is good for the little man. While many major theater chains struggle financially due to overbuilding and a movie industry low on blockbusters, independent theaters remain strong. Some local theaters have actually benefitted from the multiplexes' difficulties, according to Robert Groves, owner of Durham's Starlite Drive-In. As chains close screens, their patrons may be driven to say "They're getting too big, too fast," he said.

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N.C. Lauds Graham for Service

RALEIGH - Swept clean of hay, the building used to showcase cows during last month's State Fair instead was packed with officials from across the country Wednesday night, all honoring N.C Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Jim Graham. Graham, who is retiring in January after 36 years as agricultural commissioner, heard speeches from more than a dozen politicians, including Gov. Jim Hunt, all praising his service. A crowd of 2,000 gathered in the fairgrounds' building, named after the guest of honor, to listen. Former N.C. Gov.

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Residents Bugged by Insect Infestation

Two students sat in their room in Teague Residence Hall one night quietly studying. Suddenly, they heard a strange clicking noise. They looked at each other, puzzled. At first they suspected the sound was coming from one of their computers. They checked, but discovered nothing. They inspected their refrigerator. Still nothing. Finally, they realized they weren't alone.

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Life Lessons Courtesy of Team 60

Oftentimes my faith in humanity has been restored. There was the Atlanta Braves World Series win in 1995; thanks America's team! Then, there was the time I paid the coupon price for a Chick-Fil-A meal without a coupon; thanks humanity! However, there has been a recent turn of events on campus that has led me to question the essence of humanity itself: namely, the Team 60 listserv. For those of you not in the know (i.e.

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International Students React to U.S. Election

Ben Lewis is just a little cynical about the delayed presidential election. "The inability to punch a hole in a piece of paper fits the typical British stereotype of Americans," said Lewis, a junior political science major from England. Several UNC international students, some more critical than others, also offered their outside perspectives regarding the Florida ballot recount and its reflection on the U.S. political system. These students are ambivalent about U.S. integrity being jeopardized because of its inability to select a president. "It's a very bad situation for the U.S.

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For College Newspapers, Perfection Is an Interactive Process

The Daily Tar Heel is not the best college newspaper in the country. At least not according to the Associated Collegiate Press. We're not even in the top six. Those newspapers would be, in no particular order, The University Daily Kansan, The Daily Iowan, The Indiana Daily Student, The Ball State Daily News, The Kansas State Collegian and The Daily O'Collegian (Oklahoma State University). We were, however, in the top 12. Officially, The Daily Tar Heel was a finalist in the 1999-2000 Pacemaker Awards.

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Absence of Robinson Won't Go Unnoticed

For someone who plays right in the middle of the field, Eddie Robinson hardly ever gets noticed. North Carolina's defensive midfielder is there, though. But with a potent offense and a stingy defense on either side of him, fans tend to lose sight of Robinson. One minute, he's battling for a head ball, using his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame to gain leverage against opposing players. The next moment, he is marking the other team's best offensive midfielder. It's hard to focus on Robinson.

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Raleigh's Far Too Jones Lacks Flavor; OutKast, R. Kelly Compensate With Soul

Far Too Jones Shame & Her Sister two stars It's never a good sign when the best song off your new CD is a remake of a song off your previous album. But what the hell, might as well milk it for all it's worth, and Raleigh's Far Too Jones does just that on Shame & Her Sister, the pretty bland follow-up to the band's modestly successful 1998 Picture Postcard Walls. Jones, which had the radio-friendly hits "As Good As You" and "Best of Me" off its old effort, was left without a label this past year when Mammoth Records, based in Carrboro, reorganized, dropped most of its acts

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Heartwarming `Billy Elliot' Endears, Avoids Sappiness

If someone were to describe the plot of "Billy Elliot" to you, you might respond derisively with, "Oh, it's one of those." By "those," you'd be thinking of some cheeseball of a feel-good movie. But the problem is, with "Billy Elliot," you'd be completely wrong. Admittedly, in the telling of the story, it sounds like a movie that shouldn't work. Young Billy (Jamie Bell), growing up amid the macho culture of the 1984 miners' strike in northern England, decides that instead of boxing gloves, he yearns for ballet shoes.

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Activists Urge Democracy, Cooperation

UNC students are expressing a mix of enthusiasm and frustration throughout the ongoing push and pull of the presidential election. Campus groups such as the Young Democrats and leaders of an upcoming rally for democracy are gung-ho about making their voices heard regarding the battle of the ballots in Florida. Some students will host a nonpartisan rally at 1 p.m.

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Town: UNC Plan Must Go Public

A new development project on the UNC-owned Horace Williams tract has surfaced, prompting the Chapel Hill Town Council to demand answers from University officials. During the past two years, UNC officials and consultants have researched how to transform the 975-acre wooded lot into a 8 million-square-foot research park. The land, located along Airport Road and Estes Drive, is owned by UNC, but several town facilities are on the tract.

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Students Make Great Decisions

Students interested in studying foreign affairs or still need one credit hour can find both elements in one course offered next semester. International Studies 093 is an undergraduate-run, for-credit course offered during the spring semester. Entitled Great Decisions, the mission of the eight-week course is to facilitate national awareness and critical analysis of the current events shaping foreign affairs. Established 12 years ago, UNC's Great Decisions program is the largest of more than 2,000 nationally accredited courses sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association.

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