The Daily Tar Heel

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Friday December 3rd

Swimming And Diving


CP&L Growth Leads to New Name

In the midst of fighting a two-year battle to expand its nuclear waste storage, the Carolina Power & Light Co. holding company has changed its name to Progress Energy Inc. Progress Energy is now the name for the company that controls two major electric utility subsidiaries, the regional electric companies CP&L and Florida Power, as well as other companies such as Progress Telecom, North Carolina Natural Gas and Energy Ventures.

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Striking A Balance

She's satisfied. Things at UNC are just right for Katie Welch - she likes the way her first semester is shaping up. Her classes, her brother, her sorority, her plans. Everything is coming together. And as she looks toward exams and Winter Break, Welch is optimistically gearing up to hit the books and excited about being around her family again. Coming into her first year at college, Welch wanted to make sure that all the different aspects of her life were in order.

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Hunt: Schools to Improve

RALEIGH - Gov. Jim Hunt commended the state's recent efforts to improve education Wednesday at a press conference to release the first report card for his "N.C.

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A Home for the Holidays

BAILEY - A Wilson family received an early Christmas gift Wednesday afternoon - a new home. Jeffrey Watson, his wife, Myrtle, four of their children and other family members watched as trucks carrying pieces of their new home arrived. Kelsey and Jordan, two of the Watsons' young sons, ran around excitedly as family members took pictures to commemorate the day. "This is going to be a good present for the kids," Jeffrey said. "It's going to ease a lot of tension." The kids? There are 19 of them - 14 boys, five girls. The tension?

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Fame, the Master Plan and Moeser

In a recent Daily Tar Heel, there was a "help wanted" ad to find next semester's columnists. It said a columnist was a "campus celebrity." I can speak from personal experience - if by "campus celebrity" they mean poor grades and bitter loneliness, they are right on target. This got me thinking about the idea of celebrity.

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Nuclear Expert Takes Issue With CP&L Waste Expansion

Nuclear power expert Dr. Gordon Thompson told Orange County residents Wednesday night that the proposed expansion of waste storage facilities at the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant poses safety risks to the community. But he won't get to share those same opinions when Carolina Power & Light Co.

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So Much to Say at Semester's End

It just hit me last week that I really spent an entire semester writing for the DTH, which is something I always secretly dreamt of doing, yet something I thought would never happen. So, I would like to thank my editors for allowing me this voyage of discovery. When I first told my family and friends that I'd be writing for the DTH, they had a few suggestions that went something like this: "Don't talk about drugs; don't talk about sex; don't talk about race or religion; don't curse; don't be controversial," etc. But really, how much fun would that have been?

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Torbush Ready to Move On

Carl Torbush never abandoned his fighter's mentality. Torbush thought North Carolina's 52-7 lead at halftime of the season finale against Duke might be enough to save his job as UNC's head football coach. After all, he came back for another season after the Tar Heels started 1-8 in 1999. Even though Torbush was fired two days after the win at Duke, he still found something to fight for. If UNC went to a bowl, he could coach one last game. A bowl berth wasn't in the cards.

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Curry Sets Example At Point

Ronald Curry officially threw his name in the hat to be North Carolina's point guard Monday night. It landed at the top of the pile. Curry got his first call of the season about one minute after Brian Morrison entered the game against Miami.

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Golden Leaf Isn't Budget's Silver Bullet

N.C. legislators should keep the state's tobacco settlement money from going up in smoke. Several leaders in the state House of Representatives have proposed that the N.C. General Assembly use part of the $4.6 billion North Carolina will receive over the next 25 years to balance the state budget. The money currently is slated for three programs.

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Playing It By Ear

Kent Welch is just judging things as they come by. He's slowly gearing up for finals, starting to further his musical endeavors, enjoying his relationship with his sister and getting accustomed to a University not new to his family. "I'm just adjusting to the college lifestyle," Welch said. And he's adjusting at his own pace - starting with his 13-hour course load that allows him to academically dabble in a bit of everything. Welch wanted to try his luck with a Russian class, which he said after years of high school Spanish is a good change for him.

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UNC, Duke Officials Seek Visionaries for Scholarship

UNC and Duke University administrators are busy riffling through applications to select the first recipients of a new full-ride scholarship aiming to unite the rival schools. The Robertson Scholars Program will automatically consider all prospective students who apply to either UNC or Duke for an opportunity to receive the scholarship. The program allows the applicant to live and study on the campus to which they apply for seven semesters and spend the eighth experiencing the other university.

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Franklin St. Bookstore Goes Online

Where The Avid Reader's windows at 462 W. Franklin St. once offered a view onto wooden shelves laden with books, they now boast a sign that proclaims to passers-by "The Avid Reader: An Internet-Only Book Company." The store, which sells used and rare books, is just one of many bookstores that are being forced out of their brick-and-mortar headquarters and onto the Internet. "Bookstores all over the country are going to Internet stores," said owner Barry Jones.

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Group Wants Local Control of Wetlands

By Sally Francis A state advisory committee is recommending that local governments have more control in wetland and stream management to stop the further destruction of wetlands. The Statewide Wetland Stream Management Strategy, which the committee revised last month, is a plan to improve and simplify state wetland protection policies by replacing federal jurisdiction with control at the local level. SWSMS hopes to have approval of its final strategy by March 2001. The proposal will then be submitted to the N.C.

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County Fights to Hear Discrimination Claims

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will do battle in the state Court of Appeals to defend an ordinance previously ruled unconstitutional, but one that it believes protects residents' civil rights. The commissioners voted unanimously Nov. 21 to challenge a Nov.

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