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Saturday June 10th

Ryan Caron


Triangle's Latino Population Grows, Builds Community

Marcio Antonio Sanchez is watching people dancing from the bar at El Chilango in Carrboro. He comes to the restaurant every Friday night for cultural events like Latin dancing and bluegrass music night. Sanchez came to Durham 15 years ago when a friend said he would be able to find a good job in the Triangle. He is just one of many in a wave of Latino newcomers to North Carolina U.S. Census information indicates that the Latino population in Orange County grew from 1,279 to 4,342 between 1990 and 2000 -- a 239 percent increase.

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Ain't Nothin' But a Number

Karl Zipple, Jonathan Campbell, Sam Buie and William Thornton are seemingly normal UNC students. Zipple immerses himself in a physics class three days a week. Campbell makes it a point to meet with his professor to discuss class material weekly. After studying, Buie heads back to his room in Grimes Residence Hall. And Thornton works hard to maintain the college workload. But all four students differ from the average undergraduate in one aspect: age. Zipple is 11. Campbell is 16. Buie is 33.

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