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The Daily Tar Heel for March 21, 2011

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The Daily Tar Heel
Serving UNC students and the University community since 1893
monday, march 21, 2011VoLUmE 119, ISSUE 14
dth/ERin hull
Spmre dexer Srck es r  yp s Ws’s terrece Rss  Sy. Srck, w’sbe  kee jry s ses,  w ree rws  e  15 secs  exe unC’s e  ree.
Dancing into newark
Governor’sSchool may be up forelimination
Ross says30 percent cut possible
Legislts ul vte tstp fuig pgLegislts s Setet sieig estite
by tarini parti
StatE & national EditoR
A Facebook message regarding the possibleelimination of a high school summer programspurred strong reactions from many UNC studentswho describe it as a life-changing experience.N.C. Governor’s School, a six-week summerresidential program for high school students thatprovides academic and fine arts classes at SalemCollege in Winston-Salem and Meredith Collegein Raleigh, might be axed by the Republican-ledN.C. General Assembly after almost 50 years.The program, which was founded in NorthCarolina, was funded entirely by the state legis-lature until 2009. But a $475,000 cut to the pro-gram’s budget that year forced officials to startcharging students $500 in tuition.A state budget shortfall of about $2.4 billionthis year has made the program vulnerable onceagain. And this time, legislators are consideringeliminating the program entirely even thoughGov. Bev Perdue proposed maintaining funding.“That’s been the information coming from dif-ferent places,” said Joe Milner, president of theN.C. Governor’s School Foundation.“It’s been very hard to get details becauseGovernor’s School is such a small part of the bud-get. We don’t know for sure what’s happening.”A legislative proposal, which lists education bud-get reductions, calls for ending state support of theprogram by cutting its entire funding of $849,588.“Hopefully, they won’t go after that smallamount of money,” said Michael McElreath, sitedirector for Governor’s School East.Jim Hart, president of the Governor’s SchoolAlumni Association, who first informed alum-ni about the program’s possible elimination viaFacebook, said the state would benefit more frominvesting in the program.“The students who go to Governor’s Schoolhave a lot of potential, but in many ways thatpotential hasn’t been energized. Governor’s Schoolcan really wake them up and make them strong
by daniel wiser
Staff WRitER
Fearful administrators can only speculateabout the impending damage universities willsustain as the N.C. General Assembly deliberatesfunding cuts for the UNC system.At a Sunshine Week conference Thursday about government transparency, UNC-systemPresident Thomas Ross said in a keynote addressthat the state might reduce funding for the systemby as much as 20 or 30 percent — a significantincrease from Gov. Bev Perdue’s budget proposalof a 9.5 percent cut.But legislators said any statement about thestate’s allocation of funds for the UNC systemwould be premature.Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Buncombe, co-chairmanof the N.C. Senate appropriations subcommittee oneducation, said a 30 percent cut would be “extreme”and is not being considered in the Senate.The State House and Senate subcommitteesare in the process of reviewing measures to closea state budget shortfall of at least $2.4 billion.“I don’t doubt that President Ross and peoplemay have heard those numbers,” said Rep. HughBlackwell, R-Burke, and co-chairman of the N.C.House appropriations subcommittee on educa-tion. “At this point the fact that you hear some-thing is not significant in my judgment.”
cetes, istitutes fe uts t peseve eis
by Josh Clinard
Staff WRitER
Administrators are trying to protectthe academic core of the University from looming budget cuts. But formany of the 84 on-campus centers andinstitutes, their classification has prov-en detrimental.These centers were not considered partof the academic core during budget con-siderations — a decision that has thembracing for cuts in response to a study by the global consulting firm Bain & Co.The centers and institutes — a mix of curricular, extracurricular and co-cur-ricular groups that receive state funding— offer instructional, public service andresearch programs ranging from lecturesto service-learning programs.The leaders of the organizationsexpressed concern that the cuts wouldreduce their ability to bring in outsidespeakers and conduct research.Funded through an anonymousdonation for an undisclosed amount toimprove UNC’s spending efficiency, Bain’sstudy looked to the centers and institutesas places to cut because they are only supplemental elements of the academicexperience, said Carol Tresolini, associateprovost for academic initiatives.“I tell you, it’s rough,” Tresolini said.“We don’t want to lose valuable pro-grams and people.“Essentially, we’ve been trying toprotect the instructional core of theUniversity, so naturally these centersand institutes have borne a larger shareof the budget cuts.”The team assigned to set guidelinesfor the allocation of state funds to cen-ters and institutes was led by Dr. RonStrauss, the University’s executive asso-ciate provost. The team, which finishedbefore its March 31 deadline, was one of many that has contributed to more than
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by louie horvath
CHARLOTTE — John Hensondoes not always use his length forthe benefit of his teammates, but hedid in the last 7.4 seconds of NorthCarolina’s 86-83 third-round winagainst the Washington Huskies.Henson, the sophomore forwardfor the Tar Heels, has been knownto use hand motions with his armlength as an excuse to playfully hitfellow team members in the face.On Sunday, he used that length toknock out the opposition.Henson’s tip of an attempted in-bounds pass served as the final blowto the Huskies, who struggled to cre-ate anything in the last five and a half minutes of the game.For those final minutes,Washington went 3-for-11 with twoassists and five turnovers.For coach Roy Williams, it wassomething from the practice court.“We work on getting stops on onepossession, we call it ‘must stop,’”Williams said. “We must stop themright now to have a better chance towin the game. With four minutesleft, that’s what we started talkingabout, ‘We need a stop right now.’”Many of those stops could beattributed to the fast hands of the TarHeels, as UNC recovered five stealsand two blocks in that span. Three of those turnovers led directly to UNCpoints in the next seven seconds.Three turnovers came fromHarrison Barnes just taking the ballfrom a Husky.“In all of our close games we’vehad, win or lose, our defense has beenwhat defines it,” Barnes said. “There’ssuch a fine line between winning andlosing. A turnover here, a bad passthere, there was a stretch down thelast couple minutes that we playedthe best defense we’ve had all year.”Of those eight misses, only onecould have been called open, dueto the lockdown defense of the TarHeels.Henson chipped in two blocks,including a volleyball spike of DarnellGant’s layup that led directly to aBarnes 3-pointer and swung momen-tum to the Tar Heels for good.And there was that tip.With 7.4 seconds left, the Huskiesdidn’t have the luxury of throwing
dth/ERin hull
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by Jonathan Jones
SPoRtS EditoR
CHARLOTTE — The second time around,John Henson made sure his hands ended thegame.Henson had a chance to secure a North Carolinavictory with one second left against Washington,but a half-court heave slipped through his graspand out of bounds for one last Husky try.When Isaiah Thomas hoisted a long two-pointer in a three-point game, Henson knew hecould swipe at the ball as it fell just short of therim in UNC’s 86-83 win against Washington inthe third round of the NCAA tournament.“I told John in the lockerroom I wish he’d have justcaught that ball,” UNC coachRoy Williams said. “It wouldhave made it not quite asexciting.”The back-and-forth affair saw 12 lead changesand UNC (28-7) hold the lead for only 6:31 of the entire match. The Tar Heels bumped theirlead to as many as six points with two minutesleft, but Washington (24-11) cut it to one with 17seconds remaining.Freshman point guard Kendall Marshall, whoscored 13 points and dished an NCAA tournamentteam-record 14 assists, missed the front-end of his 1-and-1 attempt with 15 seconds left to extendUNC’s lead. But a failed Huskies in-bounds play forced UW to send Dexter Strickland to the foulline, where he sank both of his shots.“Down the stretch like that, you have to haveconfidence,” Strickland said. “You have to believein yourself and take those big shots. You workon them all the time in practice, you just got tobe ready.”The shooting guard had been stricken withthe cold-shooting bug recently, missing every shot he took in the ACC Tournament beforegoing 3-for-6 against Long Island on Friday.Strickland has played through a knee injury suf-fered against Florida State earlier in the season andwill require surgery after the year is complete.“Dexter is taking a lot of criticism because allthe other four games are getting so much atten-tion and everybody’s saying, ‘Well Dexter’s aweak link,’” Williams said.“To be honest with you, when he went to thefree-throw line I said, ‘This youngster’s going tomake this. I couldn’t be happier with anyone onour team stepping up there.’”Washington entered halftime with a 45-44advantage after fighting with the Tar Heelsthroughout the first half in a game of runs.Washington went on a 12-0 run in just morethan a minute to take an 11-point lead midway through the half. But UNC finished the half on a7-2 run to tighten the Huskies’ lead to one.
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every moment counts
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Calling For peaCe
Protesters took tofrnkn Street to opposete unted Sttes’ wrn irq frdy to cttenton to te egtnnversry o te wr.
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“Every Moment Counts” is astudent government initiativeto honor former Student Body President Eve Carson.
monday, march 21, 2011
Fancy dance
ay Hill, of the Washington, D.C. area, participates inthe Men’s Fancy Dance competition at the 24th AnnualCarolina Indian Circle Powwow on Saturday. Hill, 52,has danced at powwows since the age of 10.
Visit dailytar-heel.com for the full story and a video of the event.
dth/Ben Berry
Police log
Someone reached into anunsecured vehicle and took itemsbetween 9 a.m. Thursday and10:45 a.m. Friday at 114 MiltonAve., according to Chapel Hillpolice reports.Stolen items include food vouch-ers worth $200 and baby formulaworth $80, reports state.
Someone tried to pass a forgedcheck between 12:30 p.m. and 3:11p.m. Friday at 100 N. Elliott Road,according to Chapel Hill policereports.
Someone broke the passen-ger window of a vehicle and stolea backpack between 5:30 p.m.Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday at 204Carver St., according to ChapelHill police reports.Damage to the white 1995 FordTaurus was valued at $100, reportsstate.
Someone exposed his or herbuttocks to a complainant at 12:22p.m. Friday on Weaver Dairy Roadnear Silver Creek Drive, accordingto Chapel Hill police reports.
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British man had his stereo and CD collection confiscated after repeatedly blasting Whitney Houston’s song “I’m Every Woman,” disturbing otherresidents in his apartment complex and keeping them awake.The man had ignored the noise abatement notice police gave him, forc-ing officers to break down his door and confiscate the stereo and CDs.One officer described the situation a “nightmare” for the other residents.The man’s reportedly tiny music selection also contained 50 Cent songs.
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Peae corps paes:
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loa siness speaer:
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5:30 p..
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Entreprenership ta:
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5:30 p.. o 6:30 p..
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jewish sties etre:
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5:30 p.. o 7:30 p..
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3:30 p.. o 4:30 p..
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Due to a reporting error,Friday’s page 3 story “Innovationfunds trickle in” incorrectly stat-ed the span of time in which theInnovate@Carolina programhopes to reach its fundraising goal.The goal is to raise $125 million by June 30, 2013.The Daily Tar Heel apologizesfor the error.
Campus Briefs
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George Rabinowitz, a politicalscience professor known for hisgroundbreaking work in the fieldof American politics, died thisweekend from a heart attack.Evelyne Huber, chairwoman of the political science department,was notified Saturday morningof Rabinowitz’s death in an emailfrom his wife, Stuart Macdonald,said John Stephens, a political sci-ence professor.Rabinowitz and his wife were inTrondheim, Norway conductingresearch.He taught a large variety of polit-ical science courses for decades atthe University, including POLI100, Introduction to Governmentin the United States.He began teaching at theUniversity in 1971.Rabinowitz was known for histheory of directional voting, whichchallenged the traditional medianvoter theory by arguing individualsprefer candidates who are furtherto the right or left — depending onthe individual’s affiliation — ratherthan the center.But his personality was the oppo-site of polarizing, Stephens said.“He’s the total opposite of apolarizer, almost to a fault,” he said.“He is so likable.”Stephens said he was shocked tolearn of Rabinowitz’s death.“He was in extremely goodphysical shape,” Stephens said.“He swam on a regular basis, andhe was a golfer. He was very fit, soit’s very shocking.Rabinowitz was an ideal col-league, Stephens added.“He was an incredibly magnani-mous person.”
Fcut counc expnnvotn n representton
The UNC faculty council passeda resolution Friday to allow fixed-term faculty and retired faculty vot-ing and representation privileges inthe council meetings.One amendment will require atleast two retired faculty membersbe present at each faculty councilmeeting and allow them to speakon behalf of retired faculty.The second amendment willallow all fixed-term faculty to voteon issues which pertain to fixed-term faculty members, such as thehiring or promotion of a fixed-termfaculty member.
Fcut cottee to sensurve out to eprtents
The council committee on fixed-term faculty has prepared a ques-tionnaire to distribute to all UNCdepartment chairs within the nextmonth.The questionnaire has two aims:to find out if departments are follow-ing University policies and to find outif they have implemented guidelinesthe council has suggested.The results will be included inthe committee’s annual report, dueout next month.The provost’s office is support-ing the project and will be sendingan email with a link to the survey to the department chairs.
CiTy Briefs
Orne Count sees neweers for cosson
Orange County is recruitingapplicants for the Human RelationsCommission.The commission seeks to elimi-nate problems of bias and discrimi-nation in the town through educa-tion, persuasion, conciliation andenforcement.The commission will providerecommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on its find-ings and investigate discriminationcomplaints.The Board is especially interest-ed in candidates who have a pas-sion for women’s issues.Visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/apply.asp for anapplication.
Roser Street us stopto ove for constructon
The bus stop near the closedparking lot at 141 W. Rosemary St.will be temporarily relocated due toconstruction on the lot.The closing will affect buses onthe CW and JN routes.The relocated bus stop will beon Rosemary Street directly acrossfrom Pritchard Avenue until fur-ther notice.
-From staff and wire reports
ABC stores may open Sundays
counil to waitto vote on move
by Emily bOOkER
staff writer
Panicked Saturday night ABCstore runs in preparation forSunday game days might be athing of the past.Senate Bill 277, proposed ear-lier this month, would allow N.C.Alcoholic Beverage Commissionsto have the option to remain openon Sundays, revoking a blue lawthat has been in place for morethan 70 years.N.C. Sen. Clark Jenkins,D-Edgecombe, who is sponsoringthe bill, cited accessibility as moti-vation behind the legislation.“The addition of Sunday hasbeen requested by different munic-ipalities, groups, and we want toprovide convenience to the con-sumer,” Jenkins said.The bill would allow each ABCboard — run by the individualcounties in the state — to makethe decision to remain open onSunday and to decide their hoursof operation.It makes no difference whetherthe store is open Sunday as opposedto any other day of the week, andthe change would not have a signif-icant impact on college campuses,Jenkins said.“Students who are 21 can buy liquor already in a bar. What’s thedifference between buying it in aglass or buying it in a bottle?” hesaid.But groups such as the ChristianAction League of North Carolinaare lobbying against the bill andbelieve the benefits of convenienceor the possibility for state revenueare outweighed by the risk to pub-lic health.Rev. Mark Creech, the executivedirector of the Christian ActionLeague, cited several studies thatshowed increases in alcohol-relat-ed accidents and fatalities after therepeal of Sunday liquor bans.“The repeal on the sale of Sunday sales in places like New Mexico wasfollowed with 29 percent increasein alcohol-related crashes and 42percent in alcohol-related trafficdeaths on Sundays,” Creech said.“Binge drinking and excessivedrinking is typically somethingthat occurs during the weekends.“This 24-hour break has beenknown to disrupt the cycle of bingedrinking.”North Carolina ranked 6th inalcohol-related traffic fatalities in2009, according to a report by theCentury Council, a nonprofit orga-nization created to prevent drunkdriving and underage drinking.Creech said studies have alsoshown states with a repeal haveencountered a decline in churchattendance.“The juice isn’t worth thesqueeze,” he said. “Churches provideunprecedented aid with the poor,with those with drug problems.“Legislators — like they draftbills to help businesses thrive —should take churches into accountas well,” Creech said.But some students say if the billpasses it will eliminate prior incon-veniences.Ariana Rowberry, a sophomorepolitical science and peace, warand defense double major, saidshe thought a repeal of the bluelaw would increase accessibility tostudents at UNC.“I think students would really enjoy and take advantage of this,”she said. “Also, it could increaserevenue for the state.”
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by ERiC PESalE
staff writer
After years of debate, the ChapelHill Town Council will hear fromresidents in a public hearing onwhether a local homeless sheltershould get a new address.Residents will weigh in on theInter-Faith Council for SocialService’s application for a specialuse permit to build a new men’sshelter near Homestead Road.Chapel Hill Town Council mem-ber Sally Greene said the councilwill not vote on the shelter tonightbut will determine based on thepublic’s response whether to putthe issue up for a vote at the nextbusiness meeting or hold anotherpublic hearing.The IFC is attempting to movethe shelter out of its current loca-tion on 100 W. Rosemary St. into asite at 1315 Martin Luther King Jr.Blvd. near Homestead Road.The land used for the proposed16,250-square-foot, 52-bed facility would be leased to the IFC fromthe University for $1 a year andwould provide a 16-bed increasefrom the Rosemary Street loca-tion.Chris Moran, executive directorof the IFC, said his organizationhas already given presentations toseveral committees and the townplanning board.“What we’ll do … is present thefacts and present all the informa-tion we can on why this site is agood site and why we believe it’sa good application,” Moran said.“It’s up to the town to make a deci-sion.”Council member Penny Richsaid she expects a lot of questionsto be raised at the meeting.“It gives the opportunity forpeople to speak what’s on theirmind, question the developmentpros and cons, and if there areconcerns on anyone’s behalf, thoseconcerns are answered at the time,”Rich said.Resident Mark Peters helpedcreate abettersite.org, a compi-lation of arguments against theproposed site. He said his group of neighbors is among those present-ing against the relocation.He said one of his group’s pri-mary arguments is that the pro-posed site is within one-fifth of asquare mile from other transition-al housing facilities and is adjacentto pre-schools, public recreationalspace and neighborhoods.Peters also said the public hasbeen left out of the site selectionprocess.“If … this public hearing con-stitutes a replacement for a publicsite search or even publicly-vettedcriteria, the answer is absolutely not,” Peters said on whether thepublic hearing could be consid-ered a step forward in allowingresidents to have more say on therelocation.But Moran said more than 300people participated in the IFC’sthree community discussions lastspring, where participants pro-vided comments and recommen-dations to consider.“As you’ll see on Monday eve-ning, we’ve made changes based onthose discussions,” Moran said.Rich said she expects the dis-cussion of the IFC’s special usepermit application to attract atten-tion from many residents.“The chamber will be packed, Iguarantee you.”
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cut’ fit tep it tx i iig vte
by miChEllE ZayEd
staff writer
The Orange County Board of Commissioners is redesigninga plan for informing residentsabout the importance of a salestax increase.After voters rejected the quarter-cent sales tax increase in Novemberby a 51-49 percent margin, com-missioners are considering revisit-ing the issue in hopes of avoidingan increase in property taxes.Commissioner ChairwomanBernadette Pelissier said the pri-mary reason the increase failedwas because residents did not havethe right information, especially inthe county’s rural areas that aremore skeptical of tax increases.“We didn’t have a good timewindow in order to educate citizensabout how the sales taxes wouldwork,” she said.While talking to residents afterlast year’s election, Pelissier said shefound many people who said they would have changed their voteshad they been better informed.For example, she said many resi-dents were concerned their grocery bills would increase, but the taxwould not affect these items.“We need to do a better job of educating people about where thecounty budget is going to in gen-eral,” Pelissier said.She said there are not yet con-crete plans on how the board willbetter inform the public. The boardwill hold a second public hearingon April 6 to garner more residentinput before deciding whether toinclude the referendum on thisyear’s ballot.Retired resident John Hinsonsaid he would vote for a secondtime should the referendum makethe ballot.“We cannot afford a quarter of acent,” Hinson said, “Social security has not gone up in two years, andthey want to raise taxes.”Hinson said, he doesn’t thinkthe county needs the money asmuch as they say they do.“They didn’t sound like they needed the money,” he said. “They were looking for projects to use iton.”Pelissier said the annual $2.5million the sales tax is projectedto generate would be split betweeneconomic development, education,libraries and emergency services.Economic development andeducation were both slated toreceive 42.5 percent of the tax rev-enue from last year’s referendum,although the percentages associ-ated with the latest effort aren’tfinalized.Economic Development DirectorGary Shope said he hoped the rev-enue from the tax increase wouldallow future construction projectsto be sustainable.He said the county needs toinvest in long-term infrastructureprojects.“We have to have a vehicle to beable to support the funding for themajor work,” he said.If the increase fails again, Shopesaid the county’s other optionsinclude raising the property tax ordeveloping utility districts.But, because state cuts have notcome in yet, Pelissier said it is dif-ficult for commissioners to makealternative plans.
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Ppet tx t ie i e tx i
by JOdiE SiNgER
staff writer
Jean Chapman celebrated her grand-son’s birthday Friday by standing in frontof the post office on East Franklin Street,holding a sign and asking for peace.“War begets war begets war begets war”was written on her sign, along with a list of conflicts the U.S. has been involved in.Chapman, a member of Women’sInternational League for Peace andFreedom, was one of six participants of apeace rally put on by the local group Eldersfor Peace.Hoping to call attention to the eighthanniversary of the beginning of the war inIraq, the protestors held anti-war signs andinteracted with students and community members to gather signatures on a petitionto end the war.“Our point is quality, not quantity,”said Lois Hobbs, a member of Elders forPeace.The group, founded in 2002 and basedout of a retirement community, has about20 active members and more than 100subscribers on an e-mail list, said VivianPlonsey, co-founder of the group.Plonsey said many members are unableto participate actively because of their age,but they contribute financially and partici-pate by writing letters to congressmen andprinting petitions, she said.Hobbs said Elders for Peace has metevery week since 2002, a year before thewar in Iraq began, and focuses on promot-ing peace in general.“We don’t miss a week because we feelthe issues are current,” she said.Twice a month, the group also hostsspeakers or views films, events that attractmany participants, Hobbs said.And the group has seen results fromtheir efforts, Hobbs said.She said they helped influence Rep.David Price, D-N.C., against voting for theIraq War, but the group should not receiveall the credit.“There was an outpouring of supportagainst voting for the Iraq War,” she said.The group holds demonstrations whenthe members feel there is a reason to callattention to something, Hobbs said,Whenever they plan a vigil, they sendout an e-mail to all the peace organiza-tions that belong to the Orange County Peace Coalition, and they are joined by other groups.Chapman, though not a member of Elders for Peace, described herself as afriend of the organizations and said thelocal peace groups often work together.Chapel Hill resident Wes Hare was alsonot a member of the group, but he partici-pated with a shirt and a sign calling forpeace.He said he attends many of the organiza-tion’s demonstrations.“When they’re out here, I come,” hesaid.
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EldErs for PEacEProTEsT 8 yEars of war
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Peae groups gatherpetition signatures
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