Aug. 30, 2007

Carolina in the News

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

National Coverage

Dole billionaire Murdock funds food agenda as income slows
Bloomberg News

... The answer was the North Carolina Research Campus, now being built by Castle & Cooke under Safrit's supervision. The project, whose first building will be completed by next year, consists of a million square feet of office and laboratory space, plus another 350,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and 1,100 homes and condominiums. Construction alone will cost $1.25 billion. Murdock then plans to jump-start actual research by funding a foundation with a donation of $150 million. Murdock's research partners in the project include four local schools -- the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and Duke.

Regional Coverage

Some are working longer
The State (Columbia, S.C.)

As Labor Day approaches, why does it feel like we’re working harder every year? ... Moreover, the labor force is now dominated by two-worker families, leaving less time for child rearing and housekeeping duties that haven’t gone away. People report working almost 10 hours more per week than their ideal, said Arne Kalleberg, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Married employees “are working three jobs — two in the workplace and one at home,” he said.

Women, Wisdom & Wealth: Will the sub-prime mortgage business push the country toward recession?
The Marco Eagle (Marco Island, Fla.)

In Southwest Florida and across the country, the sub-prime lending industry’s troubles have been dominating the headlines in recent weeks. ... A study by the University of North Carolina Kennan-Flagler Business School found that 20 percent of sub-prime refinancing ended in foreclosure compared to just 1.1 percent of conventional mortgages or refinancing.

State & Local

Stress often a factor in child abuse cases
WRAL (Raleigh)

Every five minutes in North Carolina, a child is reported abused or neglected. ... There is a study underway at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to better explain to parents why children cry and how to better meet a crying child's needs.

It's town vs. gown on Carolina North
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The Town Council will do the negotiating with UNC-Chapel Hill on how to develop the Carolina North satellite campus. But activists who gathered Wednesday night think individual citizens, neighborhoods and other municipalities must band together to back the council.
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UNC botanist discovers plant grown in Carolinas

One of the newest plants known to man is a spindly perennial with woody stems and tight clusters of white flowers. UNC botanist Richard LeBlond is credited with the discovery of the plant, which grows only in North and South Carolina.
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Lactation rooms provide flexibility for new mothers

In the Student Union at UNC-Chapel Hill, you'll find the usual - a place where students can buy sodas and snacks. But this year, you'll find a place for nursing mothers. ...Lactation rooms are common in corporations across America and the trend is catching on at college campuses like Chapel Hill. "I know we're not the only school in the country doing this," Scott Hudson said. He is the associate director at the Carolina Union. "There's a real need for grad students and undergrad students."

Sources aid calorie counting (Commentary)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Is anyone counting the calories? As of last month, a new law requires most chain restaurants in New York City to prominently display the calorie content of menu items alongside their prices. The restaurant industry opposed the change, citing the hassle and expense. But surveys have shown most people want the information. Other states are considering similar legislation. ...Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a licensed, registered dietitian. She holds a doctorate in health policy and administration from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she directs the doctoral program in health leadership in the School of Public Health.

Bills for sewer plant design scrutinized
The Charlotte Observer

Mooresville town staff is reviewing expenses incurred by the engineering firm designing the town's sewer plant expansion, at the request of Mayor Bill Thunberg. ... If a contract calls for a municipality to pay its consultants' lodging, travel and meal expenses, renting an apartment and paying for groceries is probably a "better use of public funds" than hotel fees and meals out, said Fleming Bell, a professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government.

Issues & Trends

Nifong faces judge today
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Fallen prosecutor Mike Nifong, who spent the past 30 years accusing people of crimes, knows now what it is like to be the accused. ... Some longtime court observers said they could not recall another case in which a judge filed contempt charges against a prosecutor. "I've never heard of it," said Jim Drennan of the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Local briefs
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

The Durham County Library system is adjusting its schedule so that one facility in each area of the county will be open Sunday afternoons year-round. ... The schedule change is supported by research conducted in fall 2006 by UNC-Chapel Hill public policy students who studied the library's hours of operation for a senior project.

Colorado State Approves Online University
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Yet another state university is hoping to strike gold with online education for working adults. Colorado State University’s Board of Governors on Friday approved $4.5-million for the creation of an online university, according to an article Sunday in the Coloradoan. ... The University of Illinois and the University of North Carolina announced their own distance-education spinoffs earlier this year.

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