VOLUME 116, ISSUE 44
UNC set for Super Regional
Tar Heels take on Coastal Carolina
BY POWELL LATIMER
When Rob Wooten’s final pitch
Sunday night sent North Carolina
to a third straight super regional,
coach Mike Fox didn’t even have
time to celebrate
wins in the
“Well 1 know they beat us like
a drum last time we played them,’
PLAYING THE WAITING
GAME (AND WINNING)
Durham native fills
UNC recruiting class
BY DAVID ELY
DURHAM He strolls into the
gymnasium at Jordan High School
dressed the part.
A white pair of Xikesyvithout the
ic pant and a white T-shirt effortless
ly drape Justin Watts' 6-foot-4-inch
frame, almost turning an otherwise
imposing athletic specimen into just
another brooding high-schooler.
“Isn’t your name Justin?” one girl
inquires as her class files out.
on Ely at
alone at the top of the key. He takes a
few dribbles, steps back and launches
an arching shot from 20 feet
That’s where it’s obvious he isn’t
a stereotypical high school senior.
No normal senior can dear a gym
for an impromptu shoot-around in
the middle of a Thursday afternoon.
To do so, one must carry a cer
tain amount of weight.
For Watts, the Player of the Year
for both the Pac-6 Conference and
District 6, that comes in the form of
a Letter of Intent to the University
of North Carolina.
On May 21, less than a week
after Alex Stepheson transferred to
be closer to his family in California,
Watts committed to the Tar Heels,
becoming the fourth member of
UNC head coach Roy Williams’
2008 recruiting class joining the
SEE WATTS, PAGE 6
UNC Hospitals to receive s6l million award
Money will put research into practice
BY BRIAN AUSTIN
The National Institutes of Health
has awarded the UNC School of
Medicine s6l million to bring cut
ting-edge medical research to the
The University joins 37 other
schools across the country to
receive a Clinical and Translational
The award recognizes and
encourages medical providers who
are focusing their efforts on deliv
ering the results of their research
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he said. Coastal defeated the Tar
Heels 11-7 earlier in the season.
In that game, the Chanticleers
racked up six runs in the first
inning, totaling 11 hits on the night
and taking advantage of three
errors from the Tar Heels.
But teams can change drastically
between the start of the season and
NCAA play. Fox himself frequently
mentions that fact.
So with time to scout out the
last remaining obstacle between
his team and Omaha, Fox and his
team have a more complete picture
of the Chanticleers.
“They’ve got speed; they’ve got
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Jordan High School senior Justin Watts will join UNC's basketball team next year after signing with
coach Roy Williams on May 21 . Watts took on DTH senior writer David Ely in a pick-up game May 29.
to people who have unmet medical
“We believe there ought to be
a quicker way to translate today’s
laboratory breakthroughs into the
practice of medicine for the popu
lation," said Bill Roper, dean of the
The grant program is designed
to draw on the research already
being done and tailor it into clini
cal practice based on demonstrated
needs around the country. This
marks a change in the mindset of
medical research, connecting inno-
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The county commissioners will
hold a work session Thursday
to discuss the 2008-09 budget.
Several departments currently
are facing cuts.
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some really good hitters, as you
can tell from some of those scores
down there in Conway,” shortstop
Ryan Graepel said. “They’re just a
well-coached ball club.’
Much like the Tar Heels. But
unlike UNC, which advanced on
three business-like wins, Coastal
vation with application.
“We’re very good at writing
papers and getting them into jour
nals," said Paul Watkins, UNC phy
sician and program director of the
newly-formed Translational and
Clinical Sciences Institute, which
the NIH grant partially funds.
“We’re not so good at taking
those discoveries and seeing them
go all the way through to benefit
people," he said. “The buzzword is
Potential studies could range
from research on the health effects of
flooded hog farms to investigations
into the incidence of AIDS across the
state, from studies of the factors con
is riding a 24-11 defeat of ECU in
the final regional game, including
a 13-run second inning. Coastal on
the season is averaging 7.9 runs
scored per game.
That kind of swinging will test the
SEE SUPER REGIONAL. PAGE 6
tributing to the high occurrence of
stroke in the black N.C. population
to an analysis of the effects of race on
certain types of breast cancer.
Watkins emphasized that UNC
won the grant by showing its com
mitment to partnering with local
communities to find and address
“We’re going to work with the
citizens of North Carolina to lis
ten to what they see as their health
problems and refocus research on
problems they identify,’ he said.
He pointed out the successful
implementation of a community
SEE GRANT, PAGE 6
university | page 7
The University held its annual
summer blood drive June 3.
Several UNC athletes came by
the Smith Center to support the
donors and volunteers.
to up training
BY STEPHANIE METZEN
STAFF WRITER *
Mental health patients on the
waitlist for treatment might find
themselves waiting even longer
Dempsey Benton. Department
of Health and Human Services
secretary, said in a press release
that the opening of the Central
Regional Hospital in Butner has
The opening, which was slat
ed for June 15, has been pushed
back a month to allow more time
for staff training.
Patients at John Umstead
Hospital will move into the new
facility between July Wand July 18.
followed 10 days later by patients
from Dorothea Dix Hospital.
“Hiring of staff will continue
and should be at an improved
status by these dates,’ Benton
said in the release.
Dante Strobino. a field organizer
for the N.C. Public Service Workers
Union, said the delayed opening is
a small victory that could provide
momentum as the union urges for
a one-year postponement.
Some hospitals are at approxi
mately 110 percent of capacity,
Strobino said. He added that work
ing under those conditions contrib
utes to injuries for the workers.
“A worker needs to know the
patient," Strobino said. “If they
are rushing through treatment.
The delay will allow more time
to hire more staff and address some
concerns brought up by a May 13
inspection of the hospital.
Some bathroom doorknobs
and guardrails installed at the
hospital pose risks for suicidal
patients who could hang them
selves from the fixtures.
Manzoor Cheema. a member of
the N.C. Public Service Workers
Union, said the resources for the
soon-to-be-open hospital are not
sufficient to provide proper care.
“Opening early will be devastat
ing," Cheema said. “It is more work
on the shoulders of workers’
The hospital also received
criticism when it was discovered
that director Patsy Christian took
funds from vending machines
cause shop s move
BY SARAH LAMORTE
3Cups coffee shop will relo
cate to 227 S. Elliott Road in the
fall after its property owner filed
eviction papers against the busi
ness last week.
It officially moved out of its
location in The Courtyard of
Chapel Hill at 431 W. Franklin St
on Sunday morning after an ongo
ing parking dispute.
“We have to have parking for
our business to survive," said Lex
Alexander, owner of 3Cups.
He said the dispute has been
going on with the landlord of
the business' property, Spencer
Young, for almost a year.
Young, who owns The
Courtyard, in turn is feuding with
P.H. Craig, who owns the parking
lot next to the property.
Craig told the Chapel Hill
Town Council in February that
Young has not paid for the park
ing spaces he rents in more than
two years, leading him to close off
the lot to Courtyard patrons.
Young did not respond to e
mails sent Tuesday.
In the lease between Alexander
and Young. “Young is responsible
for paying the lease on the park
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"Hound Dog," on The Milton
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audience with his suggestive
THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2008
The series of
delays for Central
November 2007: A fire on
the roof of the hospital delays
January 2008: The open
ing is delayed again to allow
enough time to smooth out
operations and leave sufficient
time to address any construc
May 13, 2008: An inspection
of the hospital reveals a list of
construction issues that pose
safety risks to patients who
could use some of the door
handles to hang themselves
among other problems.
June 2,2008: Hospital open
ing delayed again, it is now
expected to open July 31.
that were intended to be used for
She used the funds to commis
sion a 5250 portrait of herself for
the hospital, though it since has
been announced that state funds
will not be used for the painting.
N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-
Orange. said S4OO million already
has been lost due to ineffective
reform of the state mental health
It w r as decided that the new
hospital needed to become more
modem. Kinnaird said. But in her
view, the hospital doesn’t yet live
up to those expectations.
She said the building was
downsized and given fewer beds.
Kinnaird said she thinks people
see the need for more beds as con
struction enters the final stages.
Kinnaird also criticized the
hospital’s location. She said some
people have to drive long distanc
es to reach the hospital, which is
difficult for some who need help
but are unable to drive that far.
"Perhaps it is a good idea,’ she
said “But so far, there is no proof
that it has been.’
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ing" provided to the coffee shop,
“We are leaving because we basi
cally can’t operate the business with
no parking,’ he said. “They have
instituted an all-valet parking strat
egy, and no one wants to valet park
to get a cup of coffee."
He said originally there were
79 parking spaces available to
customers when 3Cups opened in
The Courtyard, but now there are
only 23 available parking spaces.
“The only thing for us to do is
SEE 3CUPS, PAGE 6