April 4, 2005

Carolina in the News

Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina
people and programs cited recently in the media:

National Coverage

A call to slow multiple births
Los Angeles Times

In the early days of in vitro fertilization, doctors routinely transferred four, five or six embryos, hoping to create a pregnancy...."The new guidelines specifically point out that serious consideration should be given to a single-embryo transfer for women in the best prognostic criteria," says Dr. Marc A. Fritz, chief of reproductive medicine at the University of North Carolina and chairman of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine committee that wrote the guidelines.

Some subprime borrowers pay extra for their poor credit report (Commentary)
Syndicated Columnist-The Washington Post Group

There are two lending worlds out there -- the prime market (people who can get loans at the best rates) and the subprime market (people who are offered loans with higher interest rates than prime or "choice" customers)....Prepayment penalties increase the risk of mortgage foreclosure in subprime home loans, even after controlling for the borrower's credit score, loan terms and varying economic conditions, according to a new report by the Center for Community Capitalism at the University of North Carolina.

How safe are other pain relievers?
The People's Pharmacy (Syndicated Column)

Millions of people have taken Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra for pain. These new COX-2 inhibitor drugs were prescribed for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, muscle strains and bad backs....Researchers at the University of North Carolina did a scientific comparison of various soaps and gels for hand-washing.

Regional Coverage

Keep talking to youth about sex and its consequences (Opinion and Editorial Column)
Indianapolis Star

Sex can be the most difficult subject to discuss when talking about kids. But recent data demand our attention and require a response....According to research from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina, there are several protective factors that can discourage or delay sexual activity among adolescents

Edwards back in Wisconsin
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Although many onlookers saw John Edwards' Saturday visit to Wisconsin as a harbinger of a presidential run, the former vice presidential candidate deflected most talk of his political past and future, instead sticking to his post-election stump speech on the ills of poverty....Edwards is tackling the issues as part of his new position as director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Related link: http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/apr05/314823.asp

Edwards' political profile is lower, but active
Des Moines Register

John Edwards says politics have taken a back seat since last year, after a series of setbacks and changes set his life on a dramatically different course.....His wife Elizabeth's treatment for breast cancer and his own work as director of a fledgling poverty think tank at the University of North Carolina consume his energy now, he said.
Related local link: http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2278998p-8658380c.html

What's on your plate?
Herald Today (Sarasota)

When dining out, Bill Houghton only orders seafood if it comes from his Madeira Beach fish company....Last July, graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discovered 77 percent of red snapper samples from stores in eight states were actually other species.

State and Local Note

Local media coverage of men's basketball can be found at http://www.herald-sun.com/sports/unc/ and http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/unc/.

State & Local Coverage

Tuition policy limits future for undocumented immigrant children (Editorial)
The Chapel Hill News

She remembers sitting with her younger brothers in the back seat. The men in the front had told them to pretend to be asleep so the border guards wouldn't ask them questions....The immigration debate is not as simple as some make it. I've attended two lectures by UNC business professor James Johnson.

New vaccine appeals to meningitis mindful
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The what-ifs spew forth on college campuses whenever a meningitis case is reported....In the past school year, UNC-Chapel Hill has seen three students hospitalized with meningitis.

Stith gets to pith, tips power
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Despite a wall's worth of journalism awards, even a Pulitzer Prize, Pat Stith still hopes for another story about a person with no influence who has been wronged....The hall has honored 111 journalists to date, all native North Carolinians or those who have made a deep impact on the state. It is sponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
UNC news release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/mar05/hof031405.html
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The Winston-Salem Journal
The News & Observer
The Charlotte Observer

Tensions heighten between Democratic governor, Legislature
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

For years, North Carolina's Democrats have been skilled at keeping intraparty differences behind closed doors - in contrast to their seemingly ever-bickering GOP counterparts....Certainly, said UNC-Chapel Hill political scientist Thad Beyle, this kind of Democratic infighting is unprecedented in the decades since North Carolina became a true two-party state.

After 86 years, fiddler keeps playing on Southern tradition
The Associated Press (N.C.)

In a small house just four miles from where he was born, Joe Thompson reminisces about performing at Carnegie Hall....Bill Ferris, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for the Study of the American South, said listening to Thompson speak is like reading a book.

Man still in trouble on road 18 years after fatal wreck
The Winston-Salem Journal

Pam Bradley Cutright does a record check each year on the drunken driver who killed her parents and another person in a wreck on March 11, 1987....There could be various reasons why the manslaughter convictions weren't listed on the DMV record, said James C. Drennan, a professor of public law and government at the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an expert in traffic law.

Blame placed in zoning mess
The Daily News (Jacksonville)

Inconsistencies in how zoning laws have been set and enforced at North Topsail Beach likely stretch back six or seven years with some ordinances in use that were never approved by the town's governing bodies, Mayor Rodney Knowles said....[David] Owens, a professor of public law and government at the University of North Carolina, said that state law also demands that North Topsail Beach correct its problem.

County wants more citizens to take part in strategic planning
The Courier-Times (Roxboro)

A fairly large group, consisting of members of the Person Board of County Commissioners and other community leaders, is already onboard in the effort to develop a new strategic plan for Person County.....[James] Johnson is one of the leaders of the Frank Hawkins Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill.

'Metropolis' bustles with gritty gangs (Book Reviews)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Twenty pages into Elizabeth Gaffney's fine first novel, "Metropolis," a masterful cluster of its literary companion emerges from memory to crowd the sordid streets of post-Civil War Manhattan.....David Carr teaches at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Preparation, sailing, UNC all parts of new DA
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

When Carl Fox was district attorney, his courtroom battles with Public Defender James Williams might have been likened to the race between the hare and the tortoise. The hare was Fox, who spoke rapidly and relied on his quick wit during trials, and the tortoise was Williams, who is known for his thorough preparation and measured words....After graduation, he attended UNC-Chapel Hill and obtained both his bachelor's and law degrees there. He met his wife, Linda, while volunteering at UNC Hospitals, and they have an 18-year-old daughter, Handley, who wants to be an actress.

Issues & Trends

Colleges carry a tune; students downloading in the dorm room
The Associated Press (National)

College junior Kyle Taylor is downloading hundreds of songs by No Doubt, Bruce Springsteen and others onto the Compaq laptop in his cramped dormitory room....The University of North Carolina system got $150,000 from Sony BMG in the fall to offer services in dormitories across five campuses, said Thomas C. Warner, UNC's director of coordinated technology management. Warner said roughly 60 percent of students regularly use the download services.

Best odds for lottery? Education
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

When North Carolinians line up for lottery tickets at mini-marts and quick stops across the borders, the talk is about hitting it big and winning easy money.


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