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Wednesday December 7th

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Local Studio Exploes Chaos of Americans

Beginning tonight, the spotlight is turned on the troubled lives of Americans.Chapel Hill's Wordshed Productions puts on "Outside the Lines: A Performance Festival About American Identity" through Saturday. Featuring artists from the Triangle, the production is composed of four separate pieces presented by different directors and groups of actors.

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Preparation Pays Off for UNC

Virginia could have used a sixth Cavalier on the floor Wednesday night at the Smith Center.After all, North Carolina's Blue team got that luxury in practice this week while preparing UNC for the game."We were practicing the press against the Blue team like two days ago and were turning the ball over a lot," UNC point guard Ronald Curry said."The execution was good tonight. We did have one or two turnovers, but we handled the press well. I think that's the difference in the game."The No.

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Linda Ronstadt Signals Bad Things for Primary Education

Take a trip down memory lane with me, and think back to your days as an innocent youth. You were in elementary school, and you hadn't a care in the world.You eagerly awoke Saturday morning early enough to catch every minute of your favorite cartoons, such as the CBS Saturday Supercade lineup (with such classics as Pac-Man, Q-bert and Donkey Kong).

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Conservative Christians\Should Not Condemn\Over Sexual Orientation

TO THE EDITOR:It intrigues me that those who hold conservative Christian positions focus on a select few moral issues while dismissing others. Ryan Larson exemplified this selectivity in his letter about Biblical morality ("Moral Laws Differ From Ritual Rules in the Bible" Jan. 19). While I agree with him that the Bible is "a source of moral teachings," I question how he and other conservative Christians have brought the issue of sexual orientation to the forefront of their crusade.

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Brown Shines as Tar Heels' New Leader

The North Carolina women's basketball team's season kicked off with a lot of question marks. The biggest of which being what would the Tar Heels do without Nikki Teasley.Now at the midpoint of the ACC season as UNC (10-7, 4-3 in the ACC) hosts No. 4 Duke (18-1, 6-1) at 7 p.m. tonight at Carmichael Auditorium, sophomore Coretta Brown has provided at least one emphatic answer: She runs this team now.During Teasley's seven-game absence in January, Brown took control as point guard and struggled along with her teammates.

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Raimi's Hitchcockian Mystery No `Gift' to Cinema

The Gift In a way, long-deceased director Alfred Hitchcock would be proud of "The Gift."Director Sam Raimi ("A Simple Plan") has crafted a film that can best be described as a Hitchcockian mystery crossed with a CBS murder-movie of the week, with taut direction and solid performances but an entirely predictable script that fizzles out like a flat soda as time ticks by.Hit

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Brassy, Poor Valentino Disappoint; Dark Side Project Wows

Poor ValentinoPoor Valentino 1/2 Poor Poor Valentino, such a great set of lead vocals and so little to play. Too bad a million other bands have already filled that overused slot. Reminiscent of early '90s band Letters to Cleo, Poor Valentino spews forth artsy grunge rock with a touch of righteous and wailing estrogen. While the group has certainly found its groove, the drawback here is that the band never gets out of it.

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Charlotte Scrutinizes Integration

A federal appeals court decision to re-examine a case questioning whether the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education has successfully integrated schools has caused chaos for officials trying to plan where students will attend school next year.The 10-member 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided last week to hear the case that previously was ruled on in November by a panel of three judges. The panel reversed a 1999 court decision ordering the district to stop integration practices -- such as busing.The case questions whether the school board has followed the historic 1971 U.S.

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CAA President, VP Withdraw From Election

Almost 24 hours after the student elections kickoff meeting, the confusion around the race for Carolina Athletic Association was just beginning to settle Wednesday.The final list of candidates compiled by the Board of Elections late Tuesday night listed current CAA President Tee Pruitt and Vice President Bryan Hart in the running, although Hart officially withdrew from the race early Wednesday morning.Pruitt, who said he considered running for a third term as CAA president after realizing he would have remaining credit hours to fill after May, slept on the issue before officially remo

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Area Awash in Cultural Arts, `Amalgam' of Social Events

Local residents have the chance from now through March to celebrate diversity by participating in the Community Arts Festival.The festival exhibits the diversity of arts and artists in American culture at various locations throughout Orange and Durham counties.In its fourth year, the festival is sponsored by the Cultural Arts Group and the Carrboro Branch Library in conjunction with community cultural organizations. "The festival is an amalgam of different events over the course of three months," said Nerys Levy of Cultural Arts Group.

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Basnight, Black Retain Leadership

RALEIGH -- State legislators decided Wednesday to stick with the status quo, re-electing Sen. Marc Basnight as Senate speaker pro tem and Rep. Jim Black as House speaker.Both votes, on the opening day of the N.C.

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UNC Trauma Program Earns State Funding

The UNC Trauma Outreach and Injury Prevention Program has received a $300,000 grant to promote education and prevention of traffic-related injuries.UNC's status as a Level 1 trauma center prompted trauma program manager Michele Ziglar to seek funding for a trauma-prevention program from the N.C. Governor's Highway Safety Program. UNC's Trauma Center serves 18 counties and handles about 1,700 traumas per year."I went to the Governor's Highway Safety Program and submitted for a grant to develop a safety program," Ziglar said.

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Speaker Addresses Sexual Assault Myths, Anxieties

Students curled up on couches and sprawled on the floor in Joyner Residence Hall Lounge on Wednesday night to dispel myths and share concerns about sexual assault in a candid environment.Feminist Students United! invited Sabrina Garcia, the domestic violence and sexual assault coordinator for the Chapel Hill Police Department, to share her professional experience in dealing with sexual assaults and field students' questions."The main reason we organized this event was because of the rapes that happened at the beginning of the year," said Feminist Students United!

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Locally Run Redeye Makes Mark on Southeast Music

To find one of the biggest, most active outgrowths of the Chapel Hill music scene, you have to head to some warehouse space 30 miles west in Graham.There lies Redeye Distribution, named the 1999 Independent Distributor of the Year in its division by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers.In fewer than five years, Redeye has grown from a regional to a national distributor of more than 3,000 titles, including music by Widespread Panic, Guster and Pat McGee."We started in Chapel Hill," co-owner Glenn Dicker said.

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Ticker Stops Thanking, Starts Informing

While the news ticker in the front of Student Stores is meant to keep students informed about current athletic events, all it has been doing lately is thanking Ed.A message that flashed "Thanks Ed" followed by "Foundation" had been running since Winter Break due to organizational delays within the Carolina Athletic Association.

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UNC Looks for Patience In Face of Virginia Press

The distinction often rests on a few extra seconds ticking off the clock. It might simply mean a couple of other hands have touched the ball before it reaches its final destination.The distinction is an important one to Matt Doherty, though. North Carolina's coach doesn't seem to worry about his offense creating open looks at the basket. Those have come.But good shots won't satisfy Doherty when No. 5 UNC takes on No. 13 Virginia today at 7 p.m. at the Smith Center.

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Cheap Trick Still Thrills Fans Live After 25 Years

"You need to experience Cheap Trick at its full force," said guitarist Rick Nielsen during some technical difficulties Monday at Cat's Cradle. "We're like grain alcohol -- it's got to be 190 proof."Cheap Trick, a band that's been 190 proof since its late '70s beginnings in Illinois, hasn't watered down its sound in 25 years.

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State Grants UNC Building Policy Exemption

RALEIGH - The state Building Commission granted permission Tuesday for 30 UNC-system construction projects to be overseen by construction managers, exempting them from a state law and freeing system officials of their usual oversight role.The current law states that any state building project must have separate bids from individual contractors. The law was designed to assure fair bidding practices among small and large construction companies and empower subcontractors. UNC-system officials might eventually have to petition the commission for all 300 construction projects to be exempt.

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