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in the media:
Mo., Shawn Comes Home a Different Boy
The Associated Press (International)
More than four years ago when Shawn Hornbeck was snatched near his home,
he was known as a spunky little boy who liked to ride his bike, play
basketball, draw cartoons and spend time with his stepfather. ..."Most
11-year-olds taken from their support systems are in a state of shock,"
said Dr. Sharon Cooper, a pediatrician on the faculty of the University
of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
Best Values in Public Colleges
Saturday Today (NBC)
Well, parents will tell you there's no question college is a major expense
now however kiplinger's magazine has selected it's top 100 values in
public institution and here to share with us the top five is viera gibbons.
...Let's run through the top five University of North Carolina Chapel
Hill. ...This has topped our list priced well below average. The classes
are small. The faculty have an excellent reputation and kids leave with
less than $14,000 debt.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/kiplinger010807.htm
Ties Ex-Players Suicide to Brain Damage
The New York Times
Since the former National Football League player Andre Waters killed
himself in November, an explanation for his suicide has remained a mystery.
...Studies of more than 2,500 former N.F.L. players by the Center for
the Study of Retired Athletes, based at the University of North Carolina,
found that cognitive impairment, Alzheimers-like symptoms and
depression rose proportionately with the number of concussions they
poll seen as flawed
Two experts on public opinion research are criticizing as technically
flawed a poll purportedly showing that 67 percent of Long Islanders
favor Broadwater Energy's proposal for a liquid natural gas terminal
in Long Island Sound. ...Philip Meyer, a journalism professor at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a nationally recognized
expert on polling, said, "It's common to present a controversial
issue in polling, but it's usually framed on the basis of, 'Some people
say this, some people say that.' That gives it some balance."
Much Information? (Opinion-editorial column)
The Chronicle of Higher Education
"The wiki is evil," said one of the other graduate students
in my department, referring to the Web site where job candidates share
information about the status of various searches. ...Nora L. Corrigan
is a doctoral candidate in Renaissance literature at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
State and Local
hits Mayan pay dirt
"The State of Things," WUNC-FM
University of North Carolina archaeologist George Stuart and Wilson
Library rare books curator Charles McNamara were featured on today's
(Jan. 18) edition of "The State of Things." Thanks to Apocalypto,
interest in ancient Mayan culture has swelled. But if youre looking
for information on this fascinating civilization that goes beyond the
bloody rituals depicted in the movie, you dont have to dig deep.
UNC-Chapel Hill has recently acquired a world class collection of scholarly
texts on the Maya that will be on display to the public for the first
time in a new exhibit opening at Wilson Library this week.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/maya010907.htm
stresses King's triumphs
The Herald-Sun (Durham)/The Chapel Hill Herald
People tend to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day without thinking
about the man they are commemorating, a well-known scholar of religion,
philosophy and African-American studies told an audience at UNC Wednesday
night. ...West spoke at UNC's Memorial Hall Wednesday night, the keynote
lecture in the university's weeklong celebration of the Martin Luther
King Jr. holiday.
Related link: http://media.www.dailytarheel.com/media/storage/paper885/news/2007/01/18/
UNC Event brief: http://www.unc.edu/news/briefs/2006/121806.htm
produces more Peace Corps volunteers
The Daily Tar Heel
The call to international service is gaining strength at UNC, as the
University now has the eighth most Peace Corps volunteers among large
universities. ...Brian Pedersen, a Peace Corps recruiter at UNC, said
the popularity of international service is increasing across the U.S.
He said students at UNC are becoming more aware of the world around
them and are looking for ways to get involved.
alderman profits from land sale to town
Smoky Mountain News (Waynesville)
An elected board member in Maggie Valley has collected $6,500 in commission
from the town after acting as the towns real estate agent in the
purchase of land for a small park. ...The board member in question might
be the only such supplier of that service within some appreciable distance
and it is really inconvenient for the town not to be able to contract
with that person, said David Lawrence with the Institute of Government
at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Issues and Trends
time to execute (Editorial)
The Charlotte Observer
When Erskine Bowles stepped up as UNC system president last January,
nobody knew exactly what to expect with a former investment banker and
former White House chief of staff at the helm of North Carolina's public
may steal RTP's thunder
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Research parks in Kannapolis and Winston-Salem are catching the attention
of consultants who help companies pick sites for expansions and relocations.
...Research Triangle Park has probably brought about as many jobs to
the area outside its boundaries as it has to companies inside the park,
said John Kasarda, director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
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