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Wednesday December 8th

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Easley Eliminates Vinroot

RALEIGH - "We like Mike, we like Mike" were the words that greeted Governor-elect Mike Easley when he pressed his way through a rowdy crowd of about 250 supporters to give his victory speech at the North Raleigh Hilton on Tuesday night. With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Easley snagged 52 percent of the vote, Republican candidate Richard Vinroot received 46 percent and Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe had 2 percent.

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Memorial Service Held for Sole Victim of Fire

A small group of family and friends gathered Monday to remember Roger Vanden Dorpel, who died in a fire Halloween night at Brookstone Apartments. The memorial was held at United Church of Chapel Hill UCC for Dorpel, 51, who worked at UNC Hospitals as an X-ray technician.

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Easley, Vinroot End Race With Rallies

RALEIGH-DURHAM - Everyone from N.C. political candidates to higher education bond referendum supporters spent Monday prepping for today's election by using their remaining hours in a last-ditch effort to win. N.C. gubernatorial candidates spent the last day before the election presenting their platforms to potential voters one last time. Republican gubernatorial candidate Richard Vinroot started his whirlwind tour of the state in Asheville before visiting Greensboro, Raleigh, Greenville and Wilmington.

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Groups Protest Planned Execution

A dummy outfitted in a red jumpsuit will lie lifeless on a gurney on Franklin Street today in protest of the state's scheduled execution of Michael Earl Sexton on Thursday. The Charles M. Jones Peace and Justice Committee, the UNC Campaign to End the Death Penalty and People of Faith Against the Death Penalty will convene at the Franklin Street post office to hold a mock execution. The groups will display banners asking passers-by if they could personally put someone to death.

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Tar Heels' Outlook Helps to Keep Bowl Hopes Alive

PITTSBURGH - Carl Torbush didn't want to accentuate the negatives. Sure, if his North Carolina football team would have picked up its sixth loss of the season against Pittsburgh, its bowl hopes would have been dashed. But Torbush wanted to focus on what the Tar Heels could still accomplish with a victory. A win would elevate the UNC's record to 4-5 with two games remaining.

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Students Experience Hunger Firsthand at Banquet

Ever wondered what it would be like to go hungry in a Third World country? Several UNC students got the opportunity to take on this role Monday night at the Hunger Banquet, a dinner sponsored by the Campus Y as part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. As participants arrived, they were given a notecard detailing their personas for the evening. The cards named a country and specific economic situation. Four different groups represented the wealthy, middle, lower and extremely poor classes.

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UNC Gives Doherty 1st Win

The game won't count in the final standings, but Matt Doherty will take it. Doherty picked up a victory in his first game as North Carolina men's basketball coach as the Tar Heels defeated the CBA's Yakima Sun Kings 96-87 at the Smith Center on Monday night. "It's a relief," Doherty said. "I felt like my lungs were going to explode this afternoon - I was just anxious to get on the sidelines and coach a game.

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Smith Center In Red for 13th Straight Year

The Smith Center has endured another year in the red, with the sports and entertainment venue falling nearly $1 million short of breaking even in the 1999-2000 fiscal year. The Smith Center cost the University about $1.4 million to operate last year, but the amount is being audited, said Martina Ballen, director of business and finance for the center. Angie Bitting, managing director of the Smith Center, said that since its opening on Jan.

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Islamic Awareness Week Promotes Muslim Understanding

To be a Muslim means knowing God through his revelation. "Say, He is God, the One; The Self-Sufficient and whom all creatures need; He begets not, nor was He begotten; And there is none co-equal or comparable to Him." To be a Muslim means knowing that God is part of one's life. "And when my servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed near; I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me; so let them obey Me and believe in Me that they may be led aright." To be a Muslim means understanding that the purpose of one's creation is to worship and serve God.

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Police Roundup

<b>Police Seek Suspects In Bomb Threats</b> Chapel Hill police responded to bomb threats Monday at around 8:45 p.m. at University Square, located on Franklin Street. Capt. Everette Johnson said several suspicious packages had been found by security officers on several shops in the center and cars located near Granville Towers. One suspicious package was pulled off the door of Fine Feathers. Police have no suspects yet, but will continue to investigate the source of the packages. <b>University</b> <b>Sunday, Nov.

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Poll: Students Support Bond, Democrats

Democrats appear to have the UNC campus vote, according to a recent student survey conducted by The Daily Tar Heel. The DTH conducted a written survey of 270 students in late October which shows that Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore has the majority of the student vote. The survey, distributed mainly in the Pit, included questions about candidates for president, N.C.

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Activists Inform, Encourage Voters

Across the nation many college students allow themselves to be dismissed by politicians as apathetic, ignorant and uninterested. But not at UNC. The visual bombardment of signs around Chapel Hill, the registration drives in the Pit and the door-to-door canvassing on campus are evidence of the effort many UNC student groups have dedicated to the elections throughout the fall - and campus activists don't feel it has gone to waste. Liz Gardner, vice president of the UNC Association of Student Governments, said groups' efforts have made a difference in how students view the electio

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Building Preparations Begin on New UNC Housing

The first phase of the Master Plan began Monday morning with the start of construction on four new South Campus residence halls, leaving fallen trees, mounds of dirt and concerned students in its wake. Backhoes and chain saws cleared out the vegetation in front of Ehringhaus and Craige residence halls, while asphalt and fences covered the area surrounding Hinton James and Morrison residence halls. The new halls will be adjacent to the current halls on campus, and each will be a maximum of four stories high. They are being built as part of the campus Master Plan, a blueprint for

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Politics Will Not Eradicate Racism

Racial politics can be a brutal and dirty business - especially during election season. For years, conniving and opportunistic politicians have gained power by using racial scare tactics to divide whites from blacks. For example: Two years ago, Democrats ran targeted television advertisements in black neighborhoods. The ads instructed black voters that Republican victory in national elections would result in "church burnings and lynchings." This assertion was offensive and ridiculous - but the ads worked.

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Election 2000

As voters across the United States took to the polls Tuesday, presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore made last-minute dashes through swing states and then home to cast their own official ballots. Gore, exiting a Tennessee polling site, said he had no doubt he would emerge victorious from this election. And Bush, voting in Austin a block from the Texas Governor's Mansion, proclaimed he was "calm about what the people are going to decide." The Daily Tar Heel will keep you informed tonight on that presidential decision as well as provide the latest news on the N.C.

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GPSF Approves Funding Requests

The Graduate and Professional Student Federation held its monthly Senate meeting Monday evening, appropriating money to several organizations with little argument or debate. Larry Kimmel, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the GPSF has spent an average of $2,500 a month. The GPSF allocated $2,780 on Monday night by granting the funding requests of seven organizations.

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Mejia Advances to ITA Nationals

North Carolina sophomore Marlene Mejia defeated Maren Haus of Wake Forest 6-0, 6-4 in the semifinal round of the ITA Southeast Regional Championships at Wake Forest to advance to the ITA National Championships in Dallas. "Marlene had a fantastic tournament," UNC coach Roland Thornqvist said. "Her game has matured. She knows where to go on offense and when to change it up, and that has made her a better player." The ITA National Championships will be the first weekend in February at the Brookhaven Country Club.

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UNC Basketball Museum Opens For Devout Fans

By Ben Gatling Staff Writer Though not as loud or hot as the original "Blue Heaven," Carmichael Auditorium, true Tar Heel basketball fans can still reminisce of days gone by at Chapel Hill's latest tourist attraction. Blue Heaven, a historical museum of Carolina basketball, opened Friday amid a sea of sky-blue and fading basketball memorabilia. Museum owner and former UNC basketball manager David Daly said he opened the museum so fans could fully experience Carolina basketball, which has been a part of his life for the last 25 years. "(Blue Heaven) is especially for the Carol

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