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Ashley Osment, a senior attor-ney at the UNC School of Law, diedFriday after battling ovarian cancersince 2007. She was 46.Osment, a civil rights lawyer who recounted her struggle withcancer regularly in a column withthe Chapel Hill News, was marriedto Al McSurely, also a civil rightslawyer. Their daughter, Sunny Osment, 13, attends McDougalMiddle School.Osment graduated from UNC in1987 and went on to receive her lawdegree from UNC in 1995.Her memorial service was held11 a.m. Wednesday at the ChapelHill Bible Church.
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A Hillsborough man who wasshot early Wednesday morningis in stable condition, the OrangeCounty Sheriff’s office said.Someone placed a 911 call at 5:53a.m. Wednesday morning, sayingthat someone fired two shots from2716 Hayes Drive in Hillsborough,and hit a man named RobertGattis, reports state.Durante Turan Davis, a neigh- borhood resident, was apprehend-ed about a mile from his residenceand was arrested. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill resulting in seri-ous injury.
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Students of Chapel HillHigh School’s Tobacco. Reality.Unfiltered. program counted ciga-rette butts on Franklin Street andfound 5,866 on sidewalks, in gut-ters, and around tree grates andflower beds.Students were surprised thatafter the smoking ban the num- ber went up by 82 from the countin May 2008 by the Chapel HillDowntown Partnership. According to the Center forMarine Conservation, cigarettes arethe most littered item in America. Although the paper and tobaccoused in cigarettes are themselves biodegradable, the cellulose acetatefilter (the “butt”) is not.Cigarette butts can leach harm-ful chemicals into the ground and water and be ingested accidentally.
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The Orange County VisitorsBureau is launching an 11-week radiocampaign in Charlotte promotingthe county for summer tourism. At the end of the 11 weeks, a grandprize winner will be selected to wina trip to Chapel Hill, with hotel, res-taurant and football tickets.The Visitors Bureau is part-nering with radio station WSOC103.7, a Charlotte station that hasa 100,000-watt signal reaching 32counties in the metro. The morningshow draws an average of 14,100listeners per 15 minutes.
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A battle that began in 1986 cameto an end Tuesday when the U.S.Supreme Court decided that NorthCarolina doesn’t owe anything forpulling out of an old deal to build anuclear waste disposal site in WakeCounty.Seven states and North Carolinacreated a compact in 1986 to sharethe costs of disposing of their nucle-ar waste, leaving North Carolina with a possible $80 million in pen-alties for being the last to withdrawfrom the compact once other stateshad pulled out in fear of the envi-ronmental consequences.North Carolina has claimedsince 1999 that it isn’t responsiblefor cancelling the project.
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Carrboro Town Hall will play host to Organizing for America,the post-election continuation of Obama’s grassroots efforts as they begin mobilizing democratic votesfor the 2010 interim election.Kick-off voting events are tak-ing place around the country to getthose who canvassed in 2008 backon the streets to knock on doors,register voters and promote demo-cratic candidates.“These voters turned out forthe first time to support BarackObama. Now we need to make thecase that their votes in 2010 areessential for continuing the historicchange that has been accomplishedover the last year and a half,” volun-teer Sarah Starnes stated in a pressrelease. All volunteers will meet at 10 a.m.Saturday in Carrboro Town Hall.
- From staff and wire reports
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By BeCCa BreNNer
Tchaikovsky’s “Polonaise” may not be in theTop 25 Most Played on James Carlson’s iPod, but learning to conduct it is his top priority.“It is really the other end of the spectrumfor me,” said Carlson, a UNC alumnus andguitarist for the local band Modena.“I’m more of an alternative rock musician,and I grew up on listening to Nirvana.”Modena is preparing to record a newalbum in August with Jim Wirt, a producerfor artists such as Incubus and Hoobastank.Before then, Carlson will help lead theNorth Carolina Opera’s June 12 program“Opera About Town: Opera, Broadway, andZarzuela,” at the N.C. Museum of Art.The chance to conduct came as a live auc-tion prize in a February opera fundraiser.“It’s a unique opportunity for anyone whohas the guts and the potential talent to leada full orchestra and enjoy a few minutes of fame,” said Walton Ferrell, communicationsmanager for the North Carolina Opera.Carlson has put that potential talent to work. He’s been playing music for more thanhalf his life.He started young, picking up the trumpetin 2nd grade as a member of his elemen-tary school band program in New York. Heswitched to tuba in 7th grade but remainedintrigued by the guitar.“I’d see pictures of my mom playing,”Carlson said. “I was always curious. Her gui-tar was always sitting around and I wantedto pick it up, but I didn’t know how to doanything with it.”In his first year of high school, though, hefinally started to learn basics from his mom.“She has always supported me, and I’mgrateful for that.” And it was his mother — a board memberof the North Carolina Opera — who placed the winning bid for the conducting gig.In early May, Carlson got what he deemsa “crash course” in conducting from theopera’s artistic director, world-renownedconductor Timothy Myers.Myers is currently touring in Beijing but will return to the state Monday to prepare toconduct the rest of the opera program.“James is already a good musician, which isthe most important part of being a good con-ductor,” he said. “He and I have simply been working on the mechanics of how to expressthe music inside him to the musicians.” While Carlson already knows how to readmusic, conducting the 40-member orchestrain the opera will prove more demanding.“When you look at the score, it has every
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Rising health care costs havecaused Chapel Hill to re-evaluateemployee health care coverage innext year’s budget.Proposed changes include anon-site health care facility andincreases in insurance co-pays.These changes come in responseto an anticipated 13.9 percentincrease in health care costs next year.One major change includes working with UNC Hospitals toimprove health services providedto town employees through well-ness programs.In an e-mail sent to townemployees, Town Manager RogerStancil stated that the increas-ing health care costs have madeit difficult to maintain the town’scurrent health benefit package foremployees.Town employees currently receive health coverage throughBlueCross BlueShield.In the e-mail, he outlined theproposals for creating an on-sitehealth care facility at the TownOperations Center and increas-ing employees’ co-pays for regulardoctor and emergency room visits.Stancil has asked the town councilfor nearly $368,000 to fund thesechanges.Stancil enlisted the help of aforum of town employees from a variety of departments to provideinput about how to combat risingcosts and still provide adequatecoverage to employees. Amy Oland, an accounting man-ager in the town’s business man-agement department, was part of the forum.“We were trying to figure out theshort-term fixes and then look for- ward to the long term to keep costssustainable,” Oland said.Part of these long-term plansinclude enlisting the help of UNCHospitals to evaluate the town’sability to provide health servicesto employees.Karen McCall, UNC Hospitals vice president of public affairsand marketing, said the townapproached UNC seeking adviceon how to reduce health costs.She said while the discussionsare still preliminary, they havefocused on ways to prevent healthissues by encouraging employeesto participate in town-sponsored wellness programs.These programs provide employ-ees with resources and incentivesto adopt healthy lifestyle choices.This helps reduce the number of insurance claims, Oland said. An on-site health care facility would also cut costs by treatingemployees in house for routinedoctor visits and checkups.Chapel Hill Town Councilmember Jim Ward said he agreedthe current health coverage is notsustainable and an on-site facility would help alleviate costs.“The council understands the value a facility like that would havefor employees by allowing easieraccess to heath care,” Ward said.
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Chapel Hill lawyer Ken Lewis went from losing in the NorthCarolina Democratic primary toserving as campaign chairman forthe primary’s winner.N.C. Secretary of State ElaineMarshall added Lewis as her cam-paign chairman for the June 22runoff against Cal Cunninghamand potentially to defeat incum- bent Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.,come November.“This is an important race that hehas to be able to take part in,” saidMarshall’s spokesman Sam Swartz,a former spokesman for Lewis. “Hedidn’t want to stay on the sidelines.”In the May 4Democratic pri-mary, Marshallreceived the most votes with 36 per-cent but needed40 percent to winthe nomination.Cunninghamcame in second with 27 per-cent of the vote,and immedi-ately called for arunoff.Ken Lewis finished third with 17percent and endorsed Marshall.In a recent speech, Lewis saidhe supports Marshall because she will stand up against Washingtoninsiders, will speak for the workingpeople of North Carolina and willappeal to a broad range of voters.The Marshall campaign reaps cer-tain advantages by adding Lewis as asupporter, said Ferrel Guillory, UNClecturer of journalism and director of the Program on Public life.“It certainly benefits Marshall’scampaign that she got the supportof one of her chief opponents,”Guillory said.Lewis, who ran as the main black candidate, adds a large baseof supporters to Marshall’s side.“Black votes make up about onefifth of the electorate, so that couldhave a potentially large effect onthe outcome,” Guillory said.“He was the most importantendorsement. He has strong sup-port among black voters and was amember of the Obama campaign.” Although Guillory said the addi-tion of Lewis is an important vic-tory for the Marshall campaign, hesaid it does not eliminate the pos-sibility of a Cunningham victory.“We respect Ken Lewis’ decisionand think he adds a lot to the cam-paign,” said Cunningham campaignspokesman Jared Leopold.“But this campaign is ultimately about the two candidates in therace right now, and we feel strong-ly that Cal’s the candidate withmomentum.”Guillory said that because bothsides spent so much of their fund-ing and energy on the primary, therunoff could prove to be low-key.But both campaigns said they’relooking forward to the race againstBurr, with the Marshall campaignespecially looking forward to havingLewis on their side at that juncture.“Ken is committed to doingeverything he can to beat Burr,”Swartz said. “He’s not on boardnow because of Cal Cunningham.“It’s not about Cal Cunninghamand never has been. It’s about beat-ing Richard Burr.”
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The Board of Trustees metMay 26 and 27 to discuss anumber of topics, includingthe approval of multiple newconstruction and renovationprojects.The trustees consist of 12members as well as a 13th,ex-officio member in StudentBody President Hogan Medlin.One major topic of discussionwas a review of UNC Greeklife, which Trustee ChairmanBob Winston had taskedto UNC alumnus JordanWhichard in January.Whichard presented thetrustees with a number ofrecommendations regardingrestructuring the InterfraternityCouncil and increasing alumniinvolvement.
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The buildings and groundscommittee made its top priority the relocation of UNC’s School of Law, which is currently situated off of Ridge Road on South Campus.Despite concerns regard-ing costs, the Board of Trusteesapproved planning for the school’smigration to Carolina North — adeveloping research and mixed-use campus located two milesnorth of UNC’s main campus. Associate Vice Chancellor forFacilities Planning Bruce Runbergsaid the school’s current location,on Ridge Road, will most likely beutilized by the College of Arts andSciences, though this is not certain. A 2007 review of the current building estimated renovations would cost $91 million and takefour or five years to completethrough four phases.Lenoir Dining Hall will have anextra section added to its top toaccommodate more seating. Thelayout of the basement will also be increased.The plan would address over-crowding, which Carolina DiningServices officials have called aproblem for several years duringpeak hours at the dining hall. About 200 more seats will beadded to the building’s secondfloor by closing the open-air spacenext to Mediterranean Deli.The Frank Porter GrahamStudent Union will be improvingfood services and will upgrade itselectrical and mechanical systemsto increase safety.The approval in April to make Wendy’s one of those food services was contested by some studentsand community members.The board approved the auditand finance committee’s plan toadd a five-story ‘Carolina Student- Athlete Center for Excellence,’ which will replace the field housein Kenan Stadium.The center will include anacademic support center for allstudent athletes, a home for theCarolina Leadership Academy, anew Olympic sports strength andconditioning room, a visiting teamlocker room and several othercommodities.New Kenan Stadium seats willalso be created in an area to becalled the “Blue Zone,” which willincrease the stadium’s capacity by 2,980 seats. The project isexpected to cost from $70 mil-lion to $85 million.
- From staff reports