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Friday September 30th

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Running Horowitz Column Gave Legitimacy to His Views

The Daily Tar Heel, and Editor Matt Dees in particular, has been duped. An ignorant, egotistical bully has conned the DTH into furthering his views. And the DTH didn't even take his money.Most of you are familiar by now with David Horowitz, the once-leftist thinker turned conservative blow-hard who ran an ad in college newspapers around the country listing 10 reasons why paying reparations to blacks for the crimes of slavery is a bad idea. According to his Web site, frontpagemag.com, Horowitz has sent the ad to 71 campus newspapers.

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Congress Member Wants More Debate on CAA Inquiry

If Congress member Tony Larson has anything to say about it, an investigation of the Carolina Athletic Association might still be on Student Congress' agenda. Larson, who chairs the Congress Finance Committee, sent an e-mail Monday encouraging Congress members to reconsider a resolution that would have set up a special committee to investigate the CAA's general procedures. The resolution was voted down 9-3 last week.The 82nd Congress voted earlier this month to place the CAA under the oversight of Congress after allegations of questionable CAA practices.

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`Staggering Genius' Gives `Heartbreaking' Interview

In an e-mail conversation with David Eggers, author of "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," Eggers discusses the importance of gardens, batteries and Glen Campbell.Random topics indeed. But even more random when you consider these topics have nothing to do with the questions he was asked.Below are excepts from the interview with a man whose genius seems to be truly staggering.

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Programs to Help Repeat Offenders

The charges against them commonly range from shoplifting to felony possession of drugs with intent to sell.They are an established feature of Orange County's crime and punishment landscape -- a feature that police, attorneys and judges say is all too familiar and difficult to address.Repeat offenders and their crimes burden police and courts and have spurred authorities to explore new punishment and rehabilitation options."Yes, we do arrest the same people over and over again, and the courts let them loose, and we arrest them again," said Capt.

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Students' Work Airs On UNC-TV

Student producers, cinematographers and writers crammed into UNC-TV studios Tuesday, rushing to edit their air pollution documentary in time for its 7:30 p.m. airing today. The documentary, which will be shown on UNC-TV during the television newsmagazine "North Carolina Now," is the last segment in a three-part series examining air pollution throughout North Carolina. The students wrote, filmed and produced the segments for their documentary television class in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Bill May Preclude Profiling

In 1994, black motorist Stacey Washington was stopped by an N.C. Highway Patrol officer on Interstate 85 for undisclosed reasons, searched without his consent and detained for 2 1/2 hours. The illegal search-and-seizure case that ensued was one of two N.C.

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Rare Procedure Offers Transplant Hope

Kristina Wenger felt she had no choice when she entered the operating room in 1998 and donated a portion of her liver to her husband, Bruce, saving his life.Bruce suffered from primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), the disease that killed Walter Payton, a Hall of Fame football player for the Chicago Bears. PSC causes the bile ducts in the liver to become inflamed and makes it more difficult for the liver to function properly.

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Panel Mulls Reparations' Merits

Five UNC professors with diverse specialties gathered Tuesday night in a forum arranged by the Organization for African Students Interest and Solidarity to discuss reparations as a part of UNC's Africa Week 2001.The panel forum dealt with many issues raised in David Horowitz's ad, which recently ran nationwide in college newspapers. The ad presents reasons why reparations are unrealistic for blacks in America.

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Rural Farmers Left Behind In High-Tech Revolution

For centuries, farming and small businesses shaped North Carolina's economy. As other states boomed, North Carolina's more agrarian focus left it economically stagnant. But that image is quickly changing to one of rapidly growing businesses, low unemployment and big money associated with high-tech industries.North Carolina is no longer solely characterized by its once endless tobacco fields, hog farms and reliance on agriculture. It is becoming a mecca for the technologically savvy.

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UNC Puts Its Money on Genomics Research

UNC could be teetering on the precipice of a scientific breakthrough of extraordinary proportions.Thanks to $245 million in public and private funding and a dedicated research team headed by Dr. Terry Magnuson, UNC is at the forefront of what promises to be a revolution in the field of genomics. Chancellor James Moeser announced the University's commitment to genomics research in February 2001, hoping to make UNC a leading figure in genomics -- a budding field that could change the face of modern medicine. And Magnuson said the time is ripe for a surge in genomic discoveries.

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Young Calls for Special Election To Fill Congress

Complaints about the large number of vacant seats in Student Congress prompted Student Body President Justin Young on Tuesday to call for a special election to be held next month.The election, which Young proposed for May 1, will aim to fill the 14 open seats in Congress."Congress came to me concerned about the empty seats," Young said. "When there are that many holes, there are problems with representation.

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UNC Plan Provokes Commissioners' Concerns

The Orange County Board of Commissioners voiced concerns Tuesday that University plans to expand could strain schools, the transit system and the environment.UNC officials presented the board with the plan for the development of the 979-acre Horace Williams land tract, which is expected to include research, commercial and residential facilities. The commissioners cited county concerns, such as transportation and school growth, as key factors UNC officials should consider when planning the proposed expansion.

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N.C. Lottery Foes Make for Unlikely Team

Lottery opponents make for strange bedfellows, but those beds are fertile grounds for the movement.Although lottery supporters often group the opposition as ultra-religious Bible-beaters, those against a lottery span a broad ideological spectrum.No matter what your political affiliation or ideology, they're sure to have an argument that appeals to you.All of their arguments appeal to me.Former UNC-system President Bill Friday is one of the leaders of the anti-lottery movement and himself engaged in a bipartisan effort.

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Eggers' Eccentric Style Earns Praise

Hamlet, the Disney cartoon version of Aladdin, Christian Slater's character in "Pump Up the Volume," Woody Allen ...These are but a few of the figures who fall into a special category in my mind -- a category of people I will never actually meet but with whom I'm still oddly infatuated. After reading "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," I added David Eggers to this list.Along with having earned a reputation with this best-selling book, Eggers, who will appear at a book signing at 3 p.m.

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Students Sought to Fill Posts

Student government officials are urging students who want the chance to get involved at UNC to apply for a number of external committee appointments.Students can try to gain positions on the various committees and boards that make up the 146 available external positions of student government. Applications are due this Thursday.Student Body Vice President Rudy Kleysteuber said the external positions are a way for normal students to participate in behind-the-scenes activities at UNC."We try not to make these the kind of things that will eat up someone's life," he said.

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Less-Experienced BOG To Take Helm in June

As the UNC-system Board of Governors prepares to deal with issues such as re-examining its tuition-setting policy and weathering a state budget shortfall, it soon will experience a personnel transition that will leave more than half its members with little or no BOG experience.When new BOG members are sworn in during the June meeting, 17 of the 32 voting members will be serving their first terms.Nine will be only two years into their first four-year term, and eight will be newcomers. The eight new members were elected this month by the N.C.

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`Failure' Is Such a Relative Term

Finally decided what I want to be if I ever grow up: a failure.Stop laughing. Wouldn't a red carpet, silver-spooned, served-on-a-platter existence be more boring than Ferris Bueller's math class? Isn't it the rich kid who has all the toys he could ever need, but nobody to share them with? The perks ain't worth it. You don't want that! You want struggle, tragedy, triumph! It's a better story if you crash 'n burn before putting it in cruise control.

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Racial Bias In Penalty, Study Says

A study released Monday suggests that race plays a major role in determining the guilt of defendants in death penalty cases in North Carolina.The research for the study was conducted by eight UNC School of Law graduates and sponsored by the Common Sense Foundation, a libertarian foundation and the North Carolina Council of Churches.The study examined 502 murder cases out of approximately 4,000 held in the state between 1993 and 1997.Chris Fitzsimon, executive director of Common Sense, said the study discovered that those found guilty of killing a white individual in North Carolina are

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Estate Case\Reaches\Settlement

The widow and daughter of the late Chancellor Michael Hooker recently settled a dispute about the former chancellor's estate.Although no details have been made public, a lawsuit brought by Hooker's first wife, Anna Hooker Burns, was dismissed last month.Burns filed a complaint in Orange County court last fall stating that her 19 year-old daughter, Alexandra, had not received what was rightfully hers from her father's estate.Carmen Hooker Buell, Hooker's widow and the executor of his estate, argued that her late husband's will met the requirements of the divorce contract.

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