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Pigs, Plagiarism, Politics Top Agendas Of Monday Meetings

Posted June 13, 2004

— Monday night will be active for several area city councils, each of whom will hold meetings to discuss compelling and controversial topics.

Town leaders in Chapel Hill are expected to vote Monday night on a controversial request to rename Airport Road. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP wants to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by renaming the road for him.

Supporters have said the name change is the proper way to honor King. Critics have said the costs to businesses associated with changing the address are too big of a burden.

Meanwhile, in Hillsborough, a man who admitted to plagiarizing his commencement speech is not finished answering for it. Orange County School Board member Keith Cook will be the subject of a special board meeting Monday night.

A board member raised questions about Cook's behavior by pointing to the Code of Ethics, which states that no board member should take private action that will "compromise the board."

Last week, Cook resigned his position as chairman but not his seat on the board.

In yet another meeting Monday night, The fate of 55 potbellied pigs could be decided.

Pigpals of North Carolina is the state's only potbellied pig rescue. The non-profit organization is run from a home in a Fuquay-Varina subdivision. In February, after neighbors complained, the town's planning department ruled that Pigpals was a business and violated the home-occupancy ordinance.

Last month, Pigpals appealed to the town's Board of Adjustment. After three hours of debate, the board delayed its decision until Monday night's meeting.

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