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Monday December 6th

Swimming And Diving


Body in Fire Named as UNC Worker

Officials have identified the body of a man found in the rubble of Tuesday night's fire at the Brookstone Apartments complex. The victim, Roger Vanden Dorpel, 51, was employed by UNC Hospitals in the diagnostic radiology department as an X-ray technician. He lived at 1116 Brookstone Apartments. "His co-workers liked him very much, and they are devastated," said Lynn Wooten, spokesman for UNC Hospitals.

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Possibility Of Bomb Closes Hall

Students and faculty members evacuated Sitterson Hall on Thursday afternoon after a bomb threat was called in to the University switchboard. Officials said the call was made to switchboard operators, who then called the UNC Department of Public Safety at about 1:05 p.m. to alert police. Maj. Jeff McCracken, deputy director of DPS, said the unidentified caller gave no specific information. "It was a very brief, nondescript-type threat," he said.

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Despite Glitches, No Excuse Voting Deemed a Success

Many N.C. residents have found that there is no excuse for not voting in the 2000 general election. Despite some legal problems, state officials are calling No Excuse absentee voting a success. The new program, aimed at increasing voter turnout, ends today. No Excuse Voting allows people to vote any time during the three weeks preceding the Nov. 7 election. Polling places, including one located at the Morehead Planetarium, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. today. Any voter registered in Orange County can vote at the Morehead Planetarium. Gary Bartlett, N.C.

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Faculty Mull Economic Plans of Bush, Gore

Five intriguing UNC professors attracted a small crowd Thursday night to explain the economic policies of the major party presidential candidates. The UNC Economics Club sponsored the event as its first effort to revamp the group, which has been inactive for the past few years.

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Locals Endorse Margaret Brown for Orange County Commissioner - letter 3

TO THE EDITOR: We in Orange County have been lucky to have Margaret Brown as a member of our Board of Commissioners for the last four years. One of the easiest things that we can do to try to preserve our quality of life here is to re-elect her. Margaret has shown tremendous leadership and commitment on the Board. She has worked very effectively on many of the real challenges that our area faces: protecting the environment, treating neighborhoods fairly, making sure that our public facilities are not overrun by growth and ensuring that local government is accessible to all citizens.

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Political Power at Stake in N.C.

While Republican and Democratic candidates for the 16th District in the N.C. Senate have differing opinions on the merits of the Senate's strong Democratic representation, there is one issue on which they all agree - the importance of education. Incumbent Sens. Howard Lee and Ellie Kinnaird are aiming to regain their posts as representatives of District 16, which includes Orange, Randolph and Moore counties. Their opponents are Republican candidates Bill Boyd, a former member of the N.C.

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`Lucky Numbers' Misses The Jackpot With Script

Here's a tip: For those of you who might need some extra cash, don't try to rig a state lottery. Or, if you do, at least attempt not to be as stupid as the characters in "Lucky Numbers." John Travolta plays Russ Richards, a popular, egocentric weatherman at a local TV station in Harrisburg, Penn., who aspires to be a game show host with the fame and fortune of Dick Clark. He adds to his wealth and local renown with a strip-mall snowmobile dealership, but the city experiences an unprecedented winter heat wave, and Richards finds himself unable to maintain his lavish weatherman lifestyl

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UNC Men Stay Alive In Singles

Nicholas Monroe knows he has no choice but to play aggressive tennis. And that's just to qualify. Knowing he may log overtime on the court didn't stop the North Carolina freshman from posting an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win Wednesday afternoon against East Tennessee State's Juan Yannuzzi. Monroe will now move on in the qualifying rounds of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Atlantic Regional Indoor Championships at UNC's Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Tournament play begins at 8 a.m. today.

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Officials Meet to Discuss Joint Funding

The importance of recreation brought local officials together in a brainstorming session on constructing new area parks. Members from the Chapel Hill Town Council, Carrboro Board of Aldermen and Orange County Board of Commissioners attended an annual discussion Monday to express their hopes and concerns in funding and building potential parks. "I think everyone has their own plan, and now it's time to bring that into focus," said Commissioner Barry Jacobs.

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Tar Heels Head to ACCs Looking for Redemption

Following its worst ACC regular season showing in history, the North Carolina women's soccer team has been handed a clean slate for the conference tournament this weekend. But the third-seeded Tar Heels (13-3, 4-3 in the ACC) will have to take advantage of their fresh start without their third-leading scorer. Sophomore forward Susan Bush was lost for the remainder of the season when she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during practice on Oct.

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`Blair Witch' Sequel Lacks Scares, Originality

Considering its unbelievable hype and successful pedigree, it's scary how good the uber-sequel "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2" could have been. Last summer's "Blair Witch Project" was the most profitable movie of all time, and "Book" comes to the screen, expectations extremely high, with a new director, larger budget and a whole new vision.

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Locals Endorse Margaret Brown for Orange County Commissioner - letter 1

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing to state my continued support for Margaret Brown, Orange County commissioner for the past four years. She has done an outstanding job of holding on to the vision she had when she was first elected. Margaret's leadership has been evident in many areas. Since she has been in office, several new schools have either been built or are in progress in Orange County. The new Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill promises to not just fill a need for more space, but to become a cutting-edge facility in many respects.

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Locals Endorse Margaret Brown for Orange County Commissioner - letter 2

TO THE EDITOR: Margaret Brown has been a thoughtful and hardworking county commissioner. We should re-elect her so she may continue to serve our county well. Our county commissioners are faced with many difficult choices about responsible land use, how to manage the pressures of growth and how to use our tax dollars. I have known Margaret for many years and I know that she is a careful student of the long-term consequences of decisions made today.

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Conniving Caroline Sucks The Interest Out of College

As registration has come and gone (for me, at least), I'm left with a slight burning deep within the cockles of my heart. It is not from the thought of the bittersweet farewell kiss that I will blow to Carolina upon my graduation in May. Nor is it from the acknowledgement of the fact that I have but half a year left of these four "best years of my life." No, my dear friends, the burning deep inside is actually one of intense hatred and rage, contempt and loathing.

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Late-Night Fire Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Injured

As thousands of people partied on Franklin Street on Tuesday night, a deadly fire raged at Brookstone Apartments complex, taking the life of one man and sending two more to the hospital. Chapel Hill firefighters responded to the blaze at about 11:07 p.m. at the complex off Homestead Road. Fire and emergency service personnel had the fire under control in a little more than an hour. Chapel Hill police spokeswoman Jane Cousins confirmed a man's body was found Wednesday.

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