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Republicans could take both houses in Va. races

Virginians will vote today in a historic election that will decide if the Republican Party gains both houses of the General Assembly for the first time in Commonwealth history, giving them the potential to alter the balance of Virginia politics for the coming decade. The election threatens to sweep away the Democrats' tenuous hold in the House of Delegates, giving Republicans control of the General Assembly for the first time since Reconstruction, when Virginia was a military district. "The stakes are huge," said Mark Rozell, Catholic University professor of politics.


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Man in mask robs store at gunpoint

Following the latest crime in a string of violent incidents in the area, Albemarle County Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred late Sunday night at the Top 100 Video Store on Hydraulic Road. Police received a call shortly before midnight Sunday reporting the robbery and officers responded within a few minutes, Ablemarle County Police Lt.


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Survey reveals Y2K problems in schools

Although the University is already prepared for Y2K, a recent survey of 1,300 colleges and universities by the U.S Department of Education found that nearly 40 percent are not yet Y2K compliant in mission critical systems. During the first week of October, 1,300 colleges and universities were randomly interviewed in a telephone survey, which released the survey's results last week.


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Harris, Wayland trade barbs in race

Today, as Ed Wayland (D) battles incumbent Del. Paul Harris (R-58th) for the spot Harris has held since 1997, both contenders say the defining issues are education, healthcare and the environment. "Our campaign is about three issues: the right to sue HMOs when they make medical decisions that cause harm, the protection of the environment ... and protecting, strengthening and supporting the public schools," Wayland Campaign Manager Michael Diz said. Harris has made similar assertions, emphasizing his stance on the importance of education. "Education is the number one issue," he said. The campaign has not been quite as straightforward as it seems, however.


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IFC asks Rue to move rush to fall in 2000

Citing financial hardships, housing problems and discrimination against their organization, Inter-Fraternity Council executives requested Friday that Dean of Students Penny Rue open negotiations about rush dates for the 2000-2001 academic year. Inter-Fraternity Council President Wes Kaupinen said he wrote a letter to Rue after several fraternity presidents expressed concern about spring rush at the IFC Presidents' Council meeting Thursday.


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Van Yahres stresses education in solo race

Although he is running unopposed this former tree surgeon is still energetically campaigning throughout the 57th district, trying to make sure voters understand his position on the issues he feels are important. For Mitch Van Yahres, a Democrat from New York who has been involved in Virginia politics since 1968, the uncontested election for his seat in the General Assembly has given him the opportunity to draw attention to public school education and Virginia Gov.


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Chudoba participates in e-Education course

Commerce Prof. Katherine Chudoba is going back to school by participating in a new online "e-Education" course sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers. E-education, part of PricewaterhouseCoopers' University Initiative program, is designed to teach interested professors about the latest in information technologies so they can educate themselves and their students with current business practices. "The e-Education program is one of the products that the PricewaterhouseCoopers University Initiative has developed specifically for our academic audience.


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Telephone scam bugs Charlottesville area

Charlottesville citizens and University students ought to be wary of a man on the phone who claims they have won the American Family Publishers sweepstakes. According to a press release issued by the Office of the City Manager, a man calling himself "Bill Stacey" solicited at least two Charlottesville residents for money Tuesday. Charlottesville Director of Communications Maurice Jones said "Bill Stacey" informed each person that he or she had won a $500,000 sweepstakes prize.


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Treasurer details design of currency

U.S. Treasurer Mary Ellen Withrow spoke at a meeting of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society Friday night, discussing recent changes in U.S currency and describing what her job entails. "I have a wonderful job -- I manufacture money," Withrow joked. Withrow was sworn into office in 1994 as the 40th U.S.


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University releases tracking statistics

The University has released figures showing the number of admitted students whose names appear on memos from the College development office - which tracks some applicants by the potential financial contribution their families and friends may bring to the University. According to University spokeswoman Louise Dudley, of the roughly 16,000 applicants for the Class of 2003, 412 were specially referred to Dean of Admissions John A.


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Iota Phi Theta, deans sign FOA

The University welcomed a new fraternity Wednesday when members of the Office of the Dean of Students approved a Fraternal Organization Agreement for Iota Phi Theta fraternity. Iota Phi Theta joins three other fraternities in the Black Fraternal Council - the organization that oversees fraternities with traditionally black membership. An FOA outlines a fraternity's formal relationship with the University. Iota Phi Beta formed on Grounds after students started an informal interest group last spring, hoping to bring another traditionally black fraternity to the University.


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Police to arrest man for Alderman theft

University Police have come one step closer to apprehending the suspect responsible for the Tuesday night burglaries of six University buildings. "A main suspect has been identified, and three felony warrants have been obtained for him," University Police Chief Michael Sheffield said. Police responded to a report of attempted burglary at 7:15 p.m.


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Use of wealth tracking draws mixed reactions

Mixed reaction from University students and faculty members is greeting the University's acknowledgment that a student's potential to donate money to the University has been used as a factor in admissions. According to documents obtained by The Cavalier Daily, the College's development office tracks about 30 applicants based on how much their friends and relatives may be able to donate to the University.