July 17, 2002
Carolina in the News
Current National Coverage
Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina
people and programs cited recently in the national media:
Reporters, do your civic duty (Commentary)
At a seminar some years ago, a newspaper editor declared that if he walked out of
his office building and saw a purse-snatcher robbing an unaccompanied woman, he
would take notes for a news story, but neither go to her aid nor call the police
(Note: Professor Philip Meyer holds the Knight Chair in the School of Journalism
and Mass Communication.)
Cigarette giant Philip Morris spends millions on a campaign that tells parents how to
stop their kids from getting hooked on tobacco. "Talk. They'll listen," it advises...
Cigarette marketing undermines such involved parenting. In fact, teen smokers with
the "most authoritative" parents are five times more likely to have been influenced by
tobacco company come-ons than their less-restricted peers. That's one of the major
findings in a study released today by researchers at the University of California-San
Diego and the University of North Carolina who followed the smoking habits of
more than 1,600 teens.
Breast-cancer preventive drug offers hope, risk
The Tallahassee Democrat (Florida)
Millions of women at high risk for breast cancer should consider taking prescription
drugs that can prevent some cases of the feared disease, even though the medicine
may give them other serious medical problems, a prestigious federal panel recommended
last week. It was the second official recommendation on breast cancer in four months...
"These are pretty substantial effects and are worth considering," said Dr. Linda Kinsinger
of the University of North Carolina, the study leader. But the drugs' side effects create
"something of a dilemma for patients and doctors when it comes to decision-making."
National News Note
Dr. Sidney Smith, chief scientific officer for the American Heart Association and professor
of medicine, was interviewed about the new guidelines issued Tuesday by the American
Heart Association by ABC News and NBC Nightly News.
State and Local Coverage
Students to feel N.C.'s pain
When 170,000 college students arrive at UNC campuses next month, they'll find
unwelcome changes along with their higher tuition bills: more crowded classrooms,
canceled courses and fewer teachers. The state's worst budget crisis since the
Depression is quietly downsizing academia across North Carolina. Universities have
laid off staff and nontenured professors while record numbers of students are enrolling.
N.C. teen drivers face another restriction
Heeding a UNC study about the stateís graduated driverís license program, the state
House passed a bill Tuesday that would keep new 16- and 17-year-old drivers from
"packing" their cars with other teens... An extra passenger increases an inexperienced
teen driverís crash risk by 33 percent and for two passengers it increases it by 137
percent, said study author and researcher Robert Foss with the UNC Highway Safety
Research Center. Most teen drivers with Level 2 licenses are alone or with one
passenger nearly 90 percent of the time, Foss said, so the inconvenience to them
would be minimal.
(Note: Other coverage includes The News and Observer
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/nc/story/1560395p-1589719c.html and a related
story by the Associated Press mentioning UNC in The Charlotte Observer
UNC projects get green light; more coming
Town planners have given UNC permission to start two campus building projects
and are likely to OK another four by this time next week. Officials issued permits
for the initial two projects -- a $10.5 million renovation of three dormitories and
the erection of a $64.8 million parking deck and student union -- on Monday.
Last February, shock waves reverberated across the Florida State campus. Devaughn
Darling, a formidable looking Seminoles football player, collapsed and died during an
off-season workout. He had an irregular heartbeat and sickle cell trait, but doctors
gave no official cause for his death. Then in July, University of Florida freshman Eraste
Autin suffered heatstroke shortly after a conditioning session and died in a Gainesville
hospital... Football players are big, strong and durable, but they aren't invincible.
Twenty players from all levels have died in the U.S. since 1995 from heatstroke,
according to Fred Mueller, director of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports
Injuries Research in Chapel Hill.
(Note: Mueller is a professor of exercise and sport science.)
The home front
Robert March Hanes' writings have been read by few North Carolinians since his papers,
including letters home from the front lines in World War I, were placed in the North Carolina
Collection more than 40 years ago. On July 1, the diary and letters of the businessman and
legislator were opened to the world as part of dozens of manuscripts available on the latest
Web site in the university's Documenting the South series.
Switch to marketing helps firms survive
Throughout World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, Mauney Hosiery
made socks the government sent to U.S. soldiers fighting overseas... The shift
toward marketing stems from a growing realization among U.S. firms that American
labor costs are simply too high to sustain labor-intensive manufacturing, said Jay
Klompmaker, a professor emeritus at UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler
Business School who studies marketing and manufacturing.
Leaves of knowledge
In 90-degree heat, Mike Schafale pulled on a long-sleeved shirt to protect his arms,
grabbed a wild rhododendron branch and pulled himself from a hiking trail into the
thicket of Hanging Rock State Park. Fifteen years into a quest to count every plant in
every important wild place in North Carolina, the ecologist was not about to let green
briar thorns slow him down... Taking a plant census, called a pulse, is painstaking
business. In swamps, longleaf pine forests or Appalachian ridges, the pulse ritual is the
same. Schafale, Wentworth and co-organizers, including Robert K. Peet and Alan S.
Weakley of UNC-Chapel Hill, summon volunteers to vacation rentals, out-of-session
summer camps or even vacant migrant worker quarters for spells lasting as long as
Impact of airport closure will be felt (Letter to the Editor)
I continue to be dismayed by the "progress" being made toward the closure of the
Horace Williams Airport. The recent article by Kirk Ross (CHN, July 10) reporting
the decreased use of the airport with fuel sales being less than half of June 2001 sales
is not surprising. Chancellor Moeser's methodical assassination of a viable airport
started when he ejected the Chapel Hill Flying Club from the Horace Williams
Choreographer Betsy Friday dead at 44
Betsy Friday, who grew up in the shadow of the UNC Bell Tower before forging a
successful theatrical career in New York City, died Tuesday morning of complications
from leukemia following a bone marrow transplant. She was 44. Ida Elizabeth Friday
was the daughter of William and Ida Friday. Her childhood home was "the big house"
on East Franklin Street, where the former president of the University of North Carolina
system and his family lived for 30 years.
Issues and Trends Affecting Carolina
Senate Panel Proposes Big Increase for NIH, Smaller Ones for Student-Aid Programs
The Chronicle of Higher Education
A Senate appropriations subcommittee voted on Tuesday to provide the National
Institutes of Health with a $3.7-billion increase in the 2003 fiscal year, $25-million
more than President Bush had proposed. The Senate spending plan would also raise
the maximum Pell Grant award by $100, to $4,100. The bill was the product of close
negotiations between Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Appropriations
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.
(Note: The Chronicle of Higher Education requires free registration to access articles.)
Abuse Is Feared as SAT Test Changes Disability Policy
The New York Times
The College Board has agreed to stop flagging the scores of disabled students who
take the SAT under special conditions, such as extra time, in a legal settlement that
could send tremors through the college admissions process. About 2 percent of the
two million high school students who take SAT's each year get some accommodations
ó almost always including extra time ó because of their documented disabilities.
To make sure college admission boards know this, the College Board marks these
tests with a notation that says, "Scores Obtained Under Special Conditions."
(Note: The New York Times requires free registration to access articles.)
Plan aims at business loopholes
Democratic leaders of the state House plan to roll out their own tax package today
that would raise about $530 million to help close the gap between revenues and
expenditures. The new twist in the House package, which will be presented in the
House Finance Committee today, is the proposed closing of four corporate tax
loopholes that together are estimated to generate about $150 million a year in new
revenue. Most of the tax package resembles the plan endorsed earlier by the Senate,
including delaying some tax breaks from going into effect and boosting various fees
and costs such as seat-belt citations.
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