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Wednesday February 1st

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Eclectic Silos Bring Organic Sound To Chapel Hill

The Silos Go! Rehearsal Studios Today 9 p.m. The idea that there are completely unobserved yet nonetheless beautiful things surrounding us is the backing philosophy, as well as the title inspiration, for The Silos most recent LP, Laser Beam Next Door. "Most of us go through life looking through some kind of a haze -- we wear blinders," said Walter Salas-Humara, the band's lead vocalist, lyricist and guitarist.

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Local Red Cross Chapter Combats Shortages

Some volunteers and staff at the Orange County American Red Cross say the chapter could be in danger of closing because of low donations and recent staff cutbacks. The recent terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania have contributed to the local resource shortage, Red Cross officials said.

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Grant Gives Firefighters New Equipment

Strapping on an oxygen tank, Chapel Hill fireman David Park demonstrated the use of a newly purchased breathing apparatus Wednesday in front of a crowd of more than 20 people, including U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C. The apparatus was made possible after Fire Captain Caprice Mellon requested a grant last spring for financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agency responded to Mellon's petition, granting $183,375 in federal funds -- the second largest grant statewide, second only to Apex's $315,000.

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Resident Should Be Able To Express Patriotism in Time of Nation's Tragedy

TO THE EDITOR: A fellow businessman (and veteran) in town, Scott Maitland, decided to show the size of his patriotism last week by displaying a sign on the corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets that read: "God Bless America -- Woe to Our Enemies." Thus emphasizing, one, love of his country and two, disdain for inhuman, ignorant, murderous zealots -- an honorable and honest indication of the pulse of America considering the horrible events of Sept. 11.

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Graduate Student Notes Quotations Cannot Be Separated From Context

TO THE EDITOR: Tim Dunkin's Sept. 19 letter concerning a recent campus flier, "A Frank Word About Islam," points out that the flier contains direct quotations from the Koran which are violent in nature. He goes on to state that these are "quotations which any true Muslim is bound to abide by as commandments from Allah." But this point of view is simplistic at best. The Bible also is replete with violent imagery and statements -- statements that could lead someone to believe that Jews and Christians alike are violent.

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Waldorf: Forget Sign Ordinance

Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary Waldorf convinced town officials Wednesday to give local businesses some leeway in hanging patriotic signs after last week's terrorist attacks. Waldorf's request came just days after Top of the Hill, located at 100 E. Franklin St., was forced by town officials to remove a sign that read "God Bless America, Woe to Our Enemies." The size of the banner violated a town ordinance that limits the size of hanging business signs to six square feet or less.

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Legislature on Verge Of Approving Budget

After a three-month debate, the state budget might finally be nearing completion. On Wednesday, members from both the House and the Senate agreed to send the tax package proposal -- which the Senate passed Tuesday -- to a conference committee. The committee consists of legislative leaders from both chambers. The Senate's $1 billion tax package could be large enough to fill a fiscal hole in the budget and could end debate about how to increase state revenue.

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Syndicate Cooks Up Southern Jam

Acoustic Syndicate Cat's Cradle Friday, Sept. 14 3 Stars When they amble on stage, it's immediately obvious the members of the Acoustic Syndicate are regular guys, not rock stars. They're homegrown. And they're not all that acoustic either, filling Cat's Cradle with equal parts electric and acoustic. The N.C. band's specialty is progressive bluegrass with hints of roots, jazz, reggae and funk. A handful of jam bands cover similar territory, though sounding less truly Southern than the Syndicate.

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Volleyball Blanks East Carolina

GREENVILLE -- The North Carolina volleyball team defeated East Carolina 3-0 on Tuesday night at Williams Arena. The Tar Heels won by scores of 30-23, 30-26 and 30-16. The Tar Heels (6-3) were led by junior outside hitter Laura Greene, who recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs. Greene also tallied four service aces on the night. Molly Pyles and Holly Strauss each recorded eight kills for the Tar Heels with Pyles also recording six digs and Strauss totaling four digs and three block assists. Malaika Underwood led UNC in assists with 22.

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Local Vendors Prosper Even Without Game

Local businesses reported normal sales last weekend, despite the cancellation of UNC's first home football game and the onset of what some officials say is a slump in the economy. Carolina Family Weekend kept local businesses hopping, and Robert Humphreys, executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Commission, said a few business owners mentioned they were pleased with Saturday's sales. "There wasn't a lot going on in the morning, which was probably related to the game, but after lunch things really picked up," Humphreys said.

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UNC's Plan to Get Durant in Not Settled, But Certain

In his first two appearances, North Carolina backup quarterback Darian Durant provided the Tar Heels with a spark to help move the offense. Although Durant couldn't produce the same spark against Texas, the redshirt freshman has impressed UNC coach John Bunting and offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill enough that Durant's entrance into the second half of Saturday's game against Florida State is already planned.

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FSU Tickets Offered at Dean Dome

UNC students hoping to see this weekend's football game against Florida State will need to get their tickets in advance from the Smith Center ticket office beginning today. A high demand for tickets for both this weekend's game and the Oct. 6 game against East Carolina University has prompted the Carolina Athletic Association and ticket officials to distribute tickets for these games to students on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Hearing for Development Plan Tonight

Residents will have one more chance tonight to voice concerns about the University's Development Plan before town officials make a decision Oct. 3. The hearing is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Town Hall. All aspects of the Development Plan, which details campus growth for the next eight years, will be open for discussion. The plan is a part of Master Plan, a 50-year blueprint for growth. Jonathan Howes, special assistant to the chancellor for University relations, will present the Development Plan and answer questions residents might have.

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Pundits: Blue Could Fare Well in Election

Dan Blue, an 11-term legislator and former N.C. House speaker, announced his candidacy Monday for the U.S. Senate, but questions remain about whether his fellow Democrats will support his bid for the seat. Blue, a North Carolina native with degrees from N.C. Central and and Duke universities, served as . speaker of the N.C. House in the early 1990s, only to be ousted as majority leader after the Republican sweep of the N.C. General Assembly in 1994.

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Public Input Key to Plan For Carrboro

Though side-by-side, Chapel Hill and Carrboro face different development challenges in upcoming years. For Chapel Hill, the headaches stem from the University. Two issues recently popped up: a fiscal equity policy and UNC's Development Plan. Last week, the Chapel Hill Town Council perused a memorandum of understanding between the town and UNC about who should pay what.

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Nimda Nixes Network Access

A nationwide computer worm struck the UNC network Tuesday morning, spreading quickly and preventing students from accessing the Internet. Jeanne Smythe, director of computing policy at Academic Technology & Networks, said the worm, called Nimda, is carrying out a denial of service attack that uses up most of the network bandwidth.

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Still Raging -- And Trying to Find Answers

I wanted to write about football. I wanted to write some college student piece, full of sweetness and light, about a random element of UNC life -- one of the incidentals that we give grand importance to here. But on Tuesday our American world was torn apart and the things we are concerned with -- the daily minutiae we have the luxury of worrying about -- became instantly insignificant. And we are still reeling. There has been some talk of how we must seek peace: peace in the world, peace within ourselves. But I am raging.

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