Last night, the Durham County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a 3-percent cut in funding--equal to $3.1 million--to Durham Public Schools, in order to help make up an estimated $14.25 million shortfall. Not present for the vote: Joe Bowser, who the Herald-Sun reports (reg. required) left the room due to a "bad cough," and Chairman Michael Page, who was traveling. Earlier this month, Page voted against a 3-percent cut for all non-profit agencies the county funds, saying that to vote in favor of the cuts would prevent him from sleeping at night. That decision passed 4-1.