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For Raleigh’s sake, I hope Jeff Taylor doesn’t see this


Raleigh’s “public living room” will get a little interior decoration.

Sculptures by three North Carolina artists will be installed Monday …

The sculptures will be the artistic centerpiece to the $15 million plaza of the 500 block of Fayetteville Street. With glass retail pavilions, light towers and water fountains, the plaza is intended to be a gathering place that also hosts public events like concerts.

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Yes, Students, You Can Solve This Problem Yourselves

Duke University is cutting costs by suspending Saturday cleaning service for dorms. The move is generating complaints from some students, who seem unwilling to clean up after themselves. From the Duke Chronicle:

Still, many students said they thought it was an unwise decision to leave remnants from section parties and concerts to sit for 48 hours, given the general increase in social activity across campus on weekend nights.

The absence of Saturday cleaning has taken its toll on both East and West Campus residence halls.

“Someone threw up in the water fountain on my hall, and it sat there from Friday night to Monday morning,” said Aubree Dinning, a freshman living in Gilbert-Addoms Dormitory.

The new schedule has raised cleanliness and health issues. Gonzalez said a primary complaint has been concern regarding the H1N1 virus and its spread across campus.

“Bathrooms are disgusting on the weekends,” said Tian Yuan, a sophomore living in Craven Quadrangle. “The shower drains get clogged so water rises, and toilet paper runs out all the time.”

Evidently these students are unaware of an amazing and inexpensive product called Comet, and the old-fashioned approach of planning in advance for things like, oh, toilet paper.

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Change Coming to Liberal Chapel Hill?

Last week, forces for change prevailed in the race for Wake County school board and some in the establishment reacted with surprise. Could something similar be coming to the Chapel Hill town council? This News & Observer story concludes the races are shaping up as Chapel Hill’s liberals vs. a slate of pro-business candidates. This will be fascinating to watch.

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