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Saturday December 3rd

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Helms' Departure Leaves '02 Senate Race Wide Open

Jesse Helms' announcement Wednesday night that he will not run for a sixth term has sent potential candidates and political leaders into a frenzy looking for a candidate to replace North Carolina's longest-serving senator. While few candidates officially have announced their intention to seek the Senate seat, the list of possible names has doubled since Helms' announcement, with a slew of Republican candidates being mentioned as a potential replacement for the man often called "Senator No."

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Residents Oppose Proposed Public Works Facility

Some residents fear moving the Carrboro Public Works Facility to an undeveloped area near Bolin Creek could spell environmental disaster. At a Tuesday Board of Alderman meeting, four Carrboro residents -- backed by Alderman Jacquelyn Gist -- voiced opposition to a resolution stating the town's intent to pursue the 28-acre parcel of land, known as the Adams' Tract, for the new public works facility.

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To Fight the Future: How Our Secret Weapon Backfired

When Jesse Helms first took office in 1973, North Carolina was still a solidly Democratic, largely rural, mostly white state that hadn't produced a political figure of national acclaim since James K. Polk was elected president in 1844. When he finishes his Senate term in 2002, he will return home to a state where technology is big business, the politics are mostly Republican and the population is increasingly Hispanic.

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Pro Tem Among Vacant Seats

The 83rd Student Congress will open its first meeting of the academic year with the position of speaker pro tem among six vacancies in its 37 seats. Congress was left without a speaker pro tem after Sarah Marks, who was elected to the position last spring, graduated at the end of the summer. Congress Speaker Mark Townsend said current Congress member Rose Miller, a junior journalism major, has expressed interest in running for the position of speaker pro tem. He also said several other Congress members have casually mentioned running.

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Plan May Put Neighborhood Buffer at Stake

Residents are anxious about the implications UNC's Development Plan could have on a buffer that shields their neighborhood from University construction and traffic. The Development Plan, which includes portions of the University's Master Plan, details campus growth for the next eight years. UNC officials hope the Chapel Hill Town Council will approve the plan by early October. One immediate worry residents have is the University's desire to drop its special-use permit for the Smith Center.

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`I Love Lucy' Allusions Get Lost in `Rat Race'

`I Love Lucy' Allusions Get Lost in `Rat Race' By Trafton Drew Staff Writer Even die-hard fans of the slapstick humor of movies like "Airplane!" must admit that this brand of humor is hit-or-miss. "Rat Race," very much in the "Airplane" vein, misses more often than not. After brief introductions, the plot is set in motion when an eccentric casino owner randomly chooses six people to race from his Las Vegas casino to a train station in New Mexico for $2 million. Zany high jinks ensue.

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Garza Doles Out Godly Tongue Lashing ; Lang Reaps Reward for Back-To-Basics Live Album

David Garza Overdub 4 Stars A hearty amalgamation of Bowie, Orbison, Rusted Root and Prince, Austin-based singer/songwriter David Garza's fifth album Overdub is an imaginative and intricate journey into the world of alt-country rock. Melding a crooner's voice with extremely catchy guitar-driven tunes, Overdub is an innovative musical achievement. Garza smoothly traverses the span of musical styles, alternately cranking out hard rock and warbling moody love songs.

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Poorly Made `Mandolin' Strikes Sour Note

Captain Corelli's Mandolin< In the latest trend of World War II movies, "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" is a little off-key. It's a mix of boring war-movie formula and an awkward love story and fails to be convincing as either. The film centers on the intertwined lives of villagers and soldiers on picturesque Cephallonia, one of the Ionian Islands off the coast of Greece. The island's peaceful farming community turns upside down during a three-year occupation by Italian troops.

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Are We the Hollow Men? Let's Hope Not

counterpoint In one of my many summer trips to Blockbuster, I rented "Snatch." The movie was good -- funny in parts, and somehow interesting just because it was British -- but the film's glory came when Brad Pitt took off his shirt for his character's fight scenes.

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DPS Starts Awareness Campaign

The first phase of a new UNC pedestrian education and awareness campaign that is launching this fall aims to reduce accidents and increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety on campus roadways. The campaign, run by the Department of Public Safety, is intended to raise awareness about pedestrian safety by combining intersection patrols with educational presentations in residence halls and fraternity and sorority houses. Organizers hope the campaign will be a proactive, preventive step to avoid a repeat of the pedestrian death that occurred two years ago.

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SAD Considerately Plays Low-Key Set

SAD Considerately Plays Low-Key Set By Russ Lane Arts & Entertainment Editor Before local rock powerhouse Sorry About Dresden began its set, bassist Matt Tomich assured Go! management of their intentions. "Don't worry, we'll keep it short," Tomich said as he walked through the sold-out crowd and hopped onto the stage. Sorry About Dresden (SAD) was playing the night of Strunken White's final concert. During the now-deceased band's set, guitarist Nagendra Jayanty thanked Tomich on stage for his long-term support.

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UNC Soccer Kicks Off Against Cornhuskers

The top-ranked North Carolina women's soccer team will open their 2001 season Friday when UNC plays host to No. 5 Nebraska in an exhibition game at Fetzer Field. Game time is at 7 p.m. The Tar Heels return seven starters from last year's NCAA championship team. No. 1 North Carolina was 21-3 last season. Nebraska was 22-2 last season and were upset in the third round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago as the College Cup's fourth seed.

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UNC, Town Address Concerns

Town and UNC officials met Tuesday night to discuss the effect of the Master Plan on traffic and parking. University officials met with the Chapel Hill Planning Board and residents Tuesday night as town officials continue to sift through the University's proposed inch-thick development plan. The main issue of contention at the meeting centered on how the University will handle increased traffic during and after its Master Plan expansion.

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Death Penalty Legislation Stranded in Committee

Legislation calling for a moratorium on the death penalty has not made any significant progress in the state legislature despite the recent success of a bill banning the execution of the mentally retarded. The bill, which was signed into law Aug. 4, prohibits the execution of anyone who has an IQ below 70 and has significant limitations in at least two of the following adaptive skills -- communication, self-care, home-living or work skills. Both criteria must have been demonstrated before the age of 18.

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Advising Feedback Improves

UNC-CH's April survey showed improvements in students' perceptions of academic advising. Recent in-house surveys show marked improvement in student satisfaction with UNC's academic advising system after the program was rated the lowest in the UNC system for 10 years. Since the 1991-92 school year, the Board of Governors' biennial survey has consistently shown that UNC-Chapel Hill sophomores and seniors evaluate academic advising services the lowest among all sophomores and seniors at the 16 UNC-system schools.

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Wake County Likely To Get New District

Legislators speculate that Wake County's rapidly growing population makes it a likely candidate for the location of North Carolina's new congressional district. The 2000 U.S. Census results granted North Carolina a 13th congressional district because of the state's population growth in the past decade. Census results showed that North Carolina's population increased by 21.4 percent. The Triangle's total population increased by almost 50 percent.

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