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Thursday September 29th

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UNC Sets Sights on Telescope Project

Imagine being able to observe and examine, through millions of miles of darkness, live images of light as faint as a burning candle on the moon -- right from a seat in astronomy class.This is precisely what professors and researchers in UNC's Department of Physics & Astronomy hope to accomplish within the next decade through their possible participation in a project to build one of the most phenomenal telescopes on earth."This is the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere and equal to the largest in the world," said Chris Clemens, an assistant astronomy professor at UNC.

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N.C. Senators Ask Bush for Funds to Clean Up Air

N.C. senators used their few minutes with President Bush during his first visit to the state last Wednesday to push for funding to improve the state's environment.A group of senators led by Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight, D-Beaufort, gave a letter signed by all 50 state senators to Bush, urging him and Congress to help fund cleanups of air pollution damaging the state's environment.The letter was the result of findings by the N.C.

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Coalition Questions\Federal Spending

A local awareness group used Monday's annual deadline for filing federal and state tax returns as a reason to question how the federal government allocates the tax money it collects.The Orange County Peace Coalition conducted its annual "Penny Poll" in front of the Franklin Street post office from 9 a.m.

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Names Reading Recalls Victims Of Holocaust

Volunteers gathered in the Pit on Monday to quietly read aloud the names of people who died during the Holocaust -- a sharp contrast to the nearby noisy chatter and bustling of students.At noon, Kimberly Grabiner, chairwoman of N.C. Hillel's Holocaust Remembrance Committee, began reading victims' names, initiating a vigil that will conclude at noon today."It's important to remember those who perished as a name rather than as a number," she said.The event kicks off the fifth annual Holocaust Remembrance Week, an event co-sponsored by N.C.

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Commission Recommends New Sales Taxes

That late-night vending machine run might leave college students with even less money in their pockets if Gov. Mike Easley and the N.C. General Assembly approve suggestions from a commission that hopes to save the state close to $200 million.Gov. Mike Easley appointed the Commission on Efficiency and Loophole Closing in early March to find the money needed to remedy the state's budget shortfall, which has approached $800 million.

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Engaging Play Spoofs, Goofs on Shakespeare

It's opening night of "Everton High School Presents: Shakespeare's Greatest Hits." Before the show even begins, the audience is laughing. Onstage is a great gray castle built from paper and cardboard and an unidentified object with a safari-print blanket draped over it, displaying a blown-up likeness of Shakespeare's face.

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Pinchbeck Overcomes Adversity

Any given afternoon at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, Kate Pinchbeck's singles match will grab your attention.Pinchbeck, who has played No. 2 and No. 3 seed singles for North Carolina this season, will usually be in the midst of a third set or a tie-breaker.You'll notice her talking to herself in her Australian accent, urging herself to play better, smarter and harder. You'll hear her teammates chant, "Rudy! Rudy!" from the sidelines, likening her to the main character of her favorite movie. Most often you'll hear someone in the stands yell, "So tough, Kate.

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Men's Tennis Defeats\Tigers, Earns No. 2 Seed

CLEMSON, S.C. -- North Carolina senior Chad Riley outlasted Kevin Gottfried 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) to clinch North Carolina's 5-2 victory at Clemson on Sunday. The win clinched the Tar Heels the No. 2 seed in this weekend's ACC tournament in Orlando, Fla. Clemson won the doubles point with victories at the No. 1 and 3 positions. The Tar Heels posted straight-set victories at the middle three positions in the singles lineup to take a 3-1 lead.But Clemson freshman Lee Taylor Walker rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the first set to defeat Greg Archer 7-6, 6-3.

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Bill Aims to Upgrade Low-Performing Schools

Smaller classes, a longer school year and increased teacher incentives would aim to upgrade the state's lowest-performing elementary schools, under a bill proposed last week in the N.C. Senate. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange, would give the state's 38 lowest-performing public schools an additional $33.6 million during the next two years.

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Marshall Describes Post, Goals

Working for the people of North Carolina as secretary of state is a goal for Elaine Marshall every day, she told UNC Young Democrats on Monday night. Her dream, she said, is to work for North Carolinians in the U.S. Senate -- a seat she plans to run for in the 2002 elections. "It's time to send Jesse Helms home," Marshall said to an applauding crowd of more than 20 students.

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Commissioners Upset Over Role in UNC Plan

Some Orange County commissioners say they have been excluded from participating in UNC's Master Plan, which county officials fear will affect more than Chapel Hill and Carrboro.The Orange County commissioners will have a chance to air their concerns about UNC's blueprint for campus growth tonight at the Southern Human Services Center. University officials will present their plan to the commissioners."We have tried to get them to show us the Master Plan, but they have postponed it," said Commissioner Margaret Brown.

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State Struggles to Bring Equal Access to Rural Area

For many North Carolina residents, logging onto the Internet on a daily basis has become almost second nature.But for countless others in the state, access to the World Wide Web is extremely limited -- dividing many rural communities from technologically rich areas like the Triad and Triangle.Many states across the nation struggle to provide equal access to technology for all of its residents.In North Carolina, the digital divide, as this phenomenon is known, poses a problem for those needing to meet daily personal and business needs and for N.C.

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Town Gets Fast Japanese Food

The Kurama Japanese Seafood and Steak House -- Sushi Bar opened an express location on Columbia Street last week. The Kurama Express in Chapel Hill is a spin-off of the Kurama Japanese steak house near South Square Mall in Durham.But unlike the Durham location, there will not be any hot griddles and flames at the tables in Chapel Hill."Right now, it's just sushi and noodles," said Mimi Scarborough, manager of Kurama.The restaurant, located at 105 Columbia St., has a counter and five booths.

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Expansion Concerns Residents

Some Orange County residents expressed worries about Chapel Hill's expansion into their neighborhoods at a joint meeting Wednesday between three local governments.At the public hearing, the Chapel Hill Town Council introduced five amendments to an area land use plan that the Town Council, Orange County Board of Commissioners and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen created in 1986 to control the area's rapid growth.The amendments would give local officials the option to use five pieces of land between Eubanks and Homestead roads near the Orange County Regional Landfill for alternate purposes.

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Mom-and-Pop Business Practices Can Be Applied to New Economy

I traveled home this Easter weekend in an effort to garner some relaxing hours trout fishing and to spend some time with family and hometown friends. I was stressed out after having spent my previous week at UNC engaged in discussions concerning the plight of the nation's economy during economics class and wondering if I would even be able to find a job after graduation.I returned home to western North Carolina to find similar discussions and concern.

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