July 11, 2002
Carolina in the News
Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina
people and programs cited recently in the state and local media:
State and Local Coverage
Traffic at Horace Williams Airport is declining
University officials have agreed to grant extensions to more than two dozen private pilots based
at Horace Williams Airport. But they still plan to close the airport soon. Carolyn Elfland, UNC's
vice chancellor for campus services, said this week that the number of privately owned planes at
the airport has dropped from 25 to 17 since the school announced in late April that it plans to
close the airport.
Passion: Keeping government records open
Every day, documents from the federal government trickle into UNCís Davis Library to be stored
and available for the publicís scrutiny. Whether a mundane U.S. Department of Agriculture annual
report, or a riveting transcript from Richard Nixonís impeachment hearings, it is all, in the eyes of
Ridley Kessler, valuable historical record. For more than 30 years, Kessler has been one of the
universityís gatekeepers of this public information.
Breathing should feel better today
A snap in the heat streak today -- with a possibility of thunderstorms on the way -- is just what the
Charlotte area needed for better air... "I hesitate to say `Don't go outside and exercise,' but you have
to monitor activity closely on bad ozone days," said Dr. David Peden, pediatrics professor at
UNC Chapel Hill and director of the Center for Environmental Medicine and Lung Biology.
New technologies help hospitals keep track of their beds
It wasn't so long ago that hospitals had decidedly low-tech ways of managing the constant churn
of patients moving in and out of their inpatient beds. Until a few years ago, UNC Hospitals in Chapel
Hill kept track of occupancy in its roughly 750 beds with tiny scraps of paper marked with each
patient's name, gender and other pertinent information.
Issues and Trends Affecting Carolina
Lottery votes coming up shy
The winning numbers on Wednesday were 6 and 1 -- the 61 votes needed to pass a state lottery
referendum. And lottery proponents didn't have them. House Speaker Jim Black postponed a vote
on a Nov. 5 advisory lottery referendum after supporters came up at least three votes short of
enough to pass the bill.
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