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August 11, 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

Pushing MBAs Beyond the Books
Business Week

Scott Miller, a recent alum of the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, has created the kind of impact not many B-school students have. ..."Getting better involves learning by doing," says Steve Jones, dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. That's why UNC recently developed the Kenan Leadership Institute.

Capital: Aid to Workers Hurt by Trade Comes in Trickle
The Wall Street Journal

When congressional leaders renewed President Bush's authority to negotiate free-trade deals in 2002, they wrote an intriguing idea called "wage insurance" into law to help workers dislocated by trade. ...The collapse of Pillowtex cost 4,800 jobs in North Carolina, but Mrs. Hicks, now 61 years old, is one of only 41 workers who actually got a wage-insurance check, University of North Carolina researchers say.

Alcohol Tolerance May Be Genetic
Health Day News Services

Hard-drinking fruit flies have helped US and German scientists uncover a gene that may shed light on humans' tolerance to alcohol. ...The finding may be important because, "identifying the genes you inherit that relate to your tolerance to alcohol helps us understand how genes set you up for a vulnerability to alcoholism," said Dr. James Garbutt, a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina.

Regional Coverage

City Attacks Trans Fat as Hazardous to Your Health
The New York Sun

The city's health commissioner, Thomas Frieden, who was widely portrayed as the mastermind behind Mayor Bloomberg's smoking ban, has a new target: partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. ...A professor at the University of North Carolina's Public Health School, Boyd Switzer, said the initiative, which also includes an education component for consumers on the science of trans fat, sounded like a "wonderful" and bold attempt to tackle a serious health risk.

State & Local Coverage

Budget may cause more UNC enrollment
The Chapel Hill Herald

UNC Chapel Hill will have to enroll enough extra students to make up nearly $1 million in lost revenue if a state budget provision allowing the university to count non-resident scholarship students as in-state students is approved.

Budget, lottery nearly there
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Having a baby might cost you another $14 for a health screening fee. ...It devotes $206 million to cover growing attendance at public schools, universities and community colleges. ... (Sidebar) State employees will get a 2 percent or $850 flat increase, whichever is greater. They also will get an additional week of vacation. Teachers will get an average increase of 2.24 percent, although the budget includes a pool of money that Gov. Mike Easley can use to give teachers bigger raises.
Related Links: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/jenkins/story/2710679p-9147879c.html

N.C. Senate gives its tentative approval to budget
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

The General Assembly gave near final passage to the $17.2 billion budget plan Wednesday, avoiding a threatened veto by Gov. Mike Easley over additional pay raises for state workers.
Related Links: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/12354079.htm
http://www.herald-sun.com/durham/4-635424.html

Hodding Carter to join UNC-Chapel Hill
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

A former Carter administration spokesman and award-winning journalist and commentator is joining the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty. Hodding Carter III will begin his position as university professor of leadership and public policy in January. He recently stepped down as president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a Miami-based group that promotes excellence in journalism and invests in quality-of-life improvements in 26 communities.

UNC owes debt to civil rights pioneer (Editorial)
The Chapel Hill Herald

So many people from other areas have moved to this community in recent years, changing its essence and profile, that it's difficult to remember that this was once a small southern town. ...It happened because of Harvey Beech and four other black students who persevered through adamant refusals and legal challenges and personal animosity. Before the civil rights revolution even truly began, Beech, who died last weekend, made an indelible mark.

New Procedure Being Used To Treat Acid Reflux Sufferers
WRAL-TV (CBS, Raleigh)

One of the biggest-selling medications are those that treat acid reflux. When the condition gets worse, some people develop cancer of the esophagus. For those patients, a new procedure offers hope. ..."Immediately when you take and walk out of that hospital, you have to wear gloves. Be totally covered up as much as possible," said UNC gastroenterologist Dr. Nicholas Shaheen.

Thirteen schools meet ABCs
The Brunswick Beacon

Thirteen of Brunswick County's 16 public schools met their expected growth standards on the 2004-05 end-of-grade and end-of-course tests, up from last year's 12. ... McGee said that having UNC-Chapel Hill's Destiny program in the high schools has helped will continue to help inspire students to excel in science.

Issues & Trends

Memorial Hall's reopening raises bar for downtown
The Chapel Hill Herald

When the new and improved Memorial Hall has its grand reopening next month, will the downtown next door be spiffed up as well? ...Although it's on the UNC campus, the hall is just a short walk from the heart of downtown. Residents from university and town officials to local business people have pointed to the reopening of Memorial Hall and other arts-related efforts on campus as one of the factors that should give downtown a boost in the years to come.

Fired UNC-Chapel Hill cop fights his dismissal
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Ed Swain, a former lieutenant in the UNC-Chapel Hill police department, will appeal a Tuesday ruling upholding his dismissal. A judge with the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings ruled that Swain's firing was justified, siding with Chief Derek Poarch, who said Swain let officers he supervised abuse their break time.

Easley gets edge in naming elections board
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The chairmen of the state Democratic and Republican parties are upset by a move backed by Gov. Mike Easley to give him more power over North Carolina's election machinery. ...U.S. Sen. Richard Burr said Wednesday he would have no problem working with the man he defeated last year, Erskine Bowles, if Bowles was appointed president of the University of North Carolina. Burr, a Republican, said he had received calls from several members of the UNC Board of Governors asking whether he could work with Bowles, a Democrat.

Dorm decor a growing demand
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Forget about back-to-school. An increasing number of retailers this time of year are honed in on a related but even more lucrative market: back-to-college shoppers. ...Amanda Baker of Fuquay-Varina, an incoming freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, picked up a set of "bed lifts" -- which lift a dorm bed higher up off the ground to create storage space -- Wednesday at Bed Bath & Beyond at Crossroads in Cary. Baker said she has inherited hand-me-down bedding and other dorm room essentials from older friends and won't be spending a lot of money on new items.

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