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Tuesday November 29th

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Peppers' Eye Leads to INT

Julius Peppers said when an OU lineman tried to cut-block him, he knew what play the Sooners were running. NORMAN, Okla. - There are many things you can try to do in life. Cut-blocking Julius Peppers should not be one of them. But that's exactly what Oklahoma offensive lineman Frank Romero attempted near the end of the first quarter of the Sooners' 41-27 win against North Carolina on Saturday night.

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SBI Detonates Device On Campus

Police: Possible Bomb Posed Risk of Injury University police and the State Bureau of Investigation detonated a device resembling a pipe bomb Monday on Cameron Avenue near the center of campus. The suspicious object, described by University police chief Derek Poarch as a "5-inch piece of metal pipe capped on both ends," was reported to University police at11:03 a.m. Members of the SBI bomb squad arrived at the scene at about 12:25 p.m. and, after examination, destroyed the device in two separate explosions.

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Low Turnout for Anti-Tuition Rally Frustrates Leaders

Student Body President Justin Young says only an estimated 200 people stopped by the Pit on Monday to listen to the tuition rally. Student government leaders who organized a rally in the Pit on Monday to protest a proposed tuition increase said they were disappointed with a low student turnout. The N.C. General Assembly is considering a proposal that would result in a $100 tuition increase for in-state undergraduates at UNC-Chapel Hill and about a $900 increase for out-of-state undergraduates.

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Letter to the President on His Vacation

Dear Mr. President, As an upstanding citizen of this great blessed nation and a devoted constituent, I hope you are enjoying your vacation. I hear Texas is quite warm this time of year, but I would never know because like the average American "9 to 5er" I've always been bogged down with menial pursuits like work or school. I am in awe of a leader who can enjoy a cool lemonade with the global political situation heating up like a cow's ass on your ranch in Crawford, Texas in the dead heat of summer.

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Town Council Passes Flat Rents Resolution

The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday that will establish flat rents for families living in public housing units. But the move only will immediately benefit five of the town's 334 families residing in public housing. In accordance with regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, public housing agencies must establish flat rents for their clients based on the reasonable market value of similar private housing units in the area.

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Town Official Claims No Need for More Parking

Students and residents have voiced complaints about the lack of parking on Franklin Street and are getting support from local businesses who say they are tired of towing. But Chapel Hill Town Manager Cal Horton said there is no need for new public parking downtown because existing lots have plenty of open spaces daily. "There is no proposal to expand public parking at this time, nor is there a clearly demonstrated need," he said.

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Police Arrest 2 CDS Employees in 2 Weeks

Aramark's contract with the University does not require that background checks are run on CDS employees. In the past two weeks, two Carolina Dining Services employees have been taken out of the dining halls and into police custody on felony charges. Mary Riggsbee, a CDS cashier, was arrested Aug. 26 and charged with illegal possession of a firearm on campus. According to police reports, coworkers accused Riggsbee of making verbal threats to another worker and keeping a gun in her purse while she was at work in Lenoir Dining Hall.

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Officials Investigating Electrocution Death

For the first time in 60 years, a local electricity company is dealing with the aftermath of a recent worker fatality in Orange County. Larry Oakley, a Piedmont Electric employee of 14 years, died Thursday in a work-related accident while repairing electrical lines in Dogwood Acres. Oakley, a lineman for the company, lived in Hillsborough and is survived by his wife and twin sons.

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Film Captures Spring Break Revelry

"Spring Break" was filmed by Zoom Culture, a local media group, and is a part of the company's ongoing "Digital Diaries" series. With classes just beginning, Spring Break seems to be a far-off prospect. But only a short amount of time passes until throngs of UNC students hit the islands, hedonistically revel and let naughtiness run rampant in the Caribbean streets.

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Bomb Threat Halts N.C. House Session

Bomb Threat Halts N.C. House Session By Alex Kaplun State & National Editor RALEIGH -- Monday was a day most state legislators won't soon forget -- but not for the reason they expected. At 6:34 p.m. -- 30 minutes into the House's legislative session -- House Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg, was alerted to a bomb threat made on the Legislative Building. Black immediately stopped the session and ordered everyone to leave the building. Police searched the building and did not find any kind of explosive device.

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Officials Take Action to Correct Silent Bells, Incorrect Time

After being informed the Bell Tower wasn't working properly, Jeffrey Fuchs said his first step was to check the programming. The Bell Tower hasn't been performing up to par lately. The UNC landmark, known for its four-faced clock and daily bell chimes, has been speeding 20 minutes ahead of schedule and failing to send out 15-minute reminder rings since students returned to campus for the fall semester last week.

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Bill May Extend Police Jurisdiction

Some UNC-system campus police officers are pleased with a bill that could extend their jurisdiction to include other schools in the 16-campus organization. The bill, which was approved by the N.C. General Assembly on Thursday and sent to Gov. Mike Easley for consideration, would allow trustees at any of the UNC-system schools to enter into agreements extending the jurisdiction of campus police officers. The agreements would allow officers at one campus to enforce laws at any other consenting system school. Easley's office did not comment on what action the governor would take.

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Bill Aims to Ease Student Credit Woes

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., introduced the bill to amend the Consumer Credit Protection Act. College offers many students their first taste of financial freedom -- but with that responsibility comes the risk of overstepping set limits and tumbling into debt. As the school year begins and students become the target of many credit card solicitors, UNC officials are warning students to examine any credit card applications before signing.

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Genome Speaker Series Kicks Off

Oliver Smithies, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UNC, discussed his work with mouse genes. The newly formed UNC Center for Genome Sciences launched its inaugural seminar series Tuesday afternoon with a squeak. Oliver Smithies, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, shared his research work -- the alteration of mouse genes to benefit humans -- with a packed audience at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building.

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Aldermen to Vote on Party For Pine Street

Pine Street resident Megan Bahr says she hopes the party will allow student tenants and residents to put tensions behind them. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen will vote tonight on whether to allow a Carrboro street to close for a block party proposed by the Pine Street Homeowner's Committee. The Pine Street block party, which is expected to be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 7, is aimed at rebuilding relationships among long-term homeowners, renters and landlords, said Megan Bahr, a resident and coordinator of the party.

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System Low in Federal Funds

Lawmakers granted a record amount of pork-barrel appropriations to universities nationwide this year -- but UNC-system schools lag behind other recipients of these funds. The UNC system, which will receive $13.7 million in 2001, ranks 31st nationally among public university systems receiving congressionally appropriated funds. Congress provided $1.67 billion in funds earmarked for colleges this year -- $624 million more than last year.

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