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Conference presents array of speakers, science research

WASHINGTON, D.C, Feb. 19 - Over 5,000 scientists, 500 journalists and 50 student "session aides" like myself gathered this past weekend for the 152nd annual meeting of "Science in an Uncertain Millennium," and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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Intruders rob students in Lambeth apartment

Early yesterday morning, two masked men walked into a Lambeth Field Apartments suite, tied up its four male occupants and robbed them of their wallets and a watch, according to University Police. The victims described the two suspects as stocky, six-foot tall black males.


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Commerce School receives $7.3 million gift

The Commerce School has received the largest gift in the school's history - a $7.3 million donation. The donation will finance a system of real-time software and equipment that will enable Commerce School students and faculty to observe and analyze changes in economic markets instantaneously. Bridge Information Systems, based in New York, is the largest provider of financial information services in North America, and is donating the technology to the Commerce School to finance the Bridge Center for Financial Markets. This gift represents the largest contribution ever given to the Commerce School and will be distributed over five years, with a value of at least $1.5 million annually.


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Legislature amends Gilmore's funding bill

Both houses of the Virginia General Assembly amended Gov. James S. Gilmore III's (R) budget bill Sunday, which included a proposal to fund Virginia colleges based on "performance agreements." One major change to the bill stipulates the performance agreement proposal will not be considered until next year so the General Assembly can have more time to develop the program.


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Senate approves bill for student board members

The Virginia Senate voted 22-16 yesterday to pass a bill requiring all state-supported four-year colleges and universities to appoint one or more students to their Boards of Visitors. The bill amended a House bill by eliminating the exemption of the Virginia Military Institute from the requirement, according to Maj.


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McCain defeats Bush in Arizona, Michigan

Arizona Sen. John McCain defeated Texas Gov. George W. Bush by a slim margin in yesterday's Michigan open Republican primary, prompting the Bush camp to make claims of a Democratic hostile takeover.


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City strengthens ties with Albemarle county

The City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County have one of the strongest city-county bonds in the state of Virginia, and it is growing even stronger, said Charles Martin, chairman of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors. But it has not always been that way.


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Duke belatedly notifies public of cause of death

Today Duke University administrators attempted to explain why they did not inform the public until last week about the real cause of death of a Duke junior who died last November, maintaining that it was not a conscious effort to cover up the facts surrounding his death. After a night of heavy drinking, Raheem Bath threw up and then inhaled his own vomit, a process known as aspiration. A few days later he checked into a hospital, having developed bacterial pneumonia.


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Court rejects Cobb lawsuit against Honor

The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia dismissed claims made by the parents of Jonathan Cobb, a former University student, in their $1.05 million suit against the Honor Committee. Jonathan Cobb, along with his parents Darryl and Annette Cobb, brought suit against the University following his dismissal in the fall semester of 1997, alleging denial of equal protection under the law, denial of procedural due process and defamation. The Court dismissed each of Cobb's claims and ruled that Cobb's parents could not file suit because Cobb is a legal adult.


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Education School studies effects of daycare

The National Institute of Child Health and Development awarded a $2.5 million grant to the Education School to allow it to continue in a nationwide long-term study on the effects of childcare on childhood development. The study started in 1991, observing 1,364 children at 10 research sites spread across the country, with the University as one of these sites.


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Phi Delta Theta files appeal of UJC ruling to revoke FOA

Following the University Judiciary Committee's decision to ask the Office of the Dean of Students to revoke Phi Delta Theta's Fraternal Organization Agreement, the fraternity has filed an appeal with the Judicial Review Board, a panel of students, faculty and administrators. Phi Delt President Brendan Dignan confirmed that he filed an appeal Friday afternoon with the Board. William W.


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Participants praise symposium success

University students and administrators agreed that this weekend's diversity symposium was extremely successful and was a valuable first step towards addressing the sometimes-thorny issue of diversity at the University. Black Fraternal Council Co-Chairman Michael McPheeters praised the scope of the event, saying, "the conference addressed a lot of pertinent issues regarding diversity and race relations." Asst.


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Seriousness clause to face referendum vote

The Honor Committee voted 14-2-1 last night to put a referendum on the spring ballot for a constitutional amendment which would eliminate the seriousness clause in cases of academic dishonesty. The proposed amendment would remove the seriousness clause from the trial stage for the honor offense of academic cheating, yet it would remain in the Investigative Panel stage.