Blake Hodge

UNC Choosing Not to Bring Silent Sam Petition to NC Historical Commission on Friday

UNC is not petitioning the North Carolina Historical Commission to relocate the monument known as Silent Sam when the state body meets on Friday. Protesters have been calling for the removal of the Confederate monument on UNC’s campus since a rally against the statue on the first day of classes in late August. Some of those protesters remained at the statue in rotating groups for more than a week after the initial protest. UNC Police eventually removed furniture and other items that had been brought to assist the protesters in their stated goal of having a presence at the...

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Chapel Hill Police Arrest Breaking and Entering Suspect

Chapel Hill Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a breaking and entering report from Wednesday. Authorities say police were called to a home in the 2500 block of Buxton Court just after 12:15 Wednesday afternoon. Police then located the suspect walking west on Weaver Dairy Road near Silo Drive approximately an hour later, according to a release. Police have charged Stephen Ryan Rafferty, of Chapel Hill, with three felonies – breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods. Rafferty is being held in the Orange County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond, as of Wednesday night....

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UNC Students Call for Boycott Until Silent Sam Removal

Protesters have continued calls for the removal of the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam, which stands on UNC’s McCorkle Place. A new phase of this protest was launched on Monday in the form of a boycott of commercial goods on the Chapel Hill campus. Alexander Peeples is the co-president of the Campus Y at UNC. Peeples wrote in an article in the Daily Tar Heel that the boycott would include UNC Student Stores, the bottom of Lenoir Dining Hall, Alpine Bagel, Wendy’s, Starbucks and Blue Ram Café. Peeples wrote that “Silent Sam is not simply a history lesson,...

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Chapel Hill Police Investigating 2 Armed Robberies

Chapel Hill Police are asking for public assistance identifying and locating a suspect allegedly involved with armed robberies at two local businesses Monday. Police say the armed robberies occurred between 8:30 and nine o’clock Monday night. Police were first dispatched to 405 West Rosemary Street – the location of La Nueva Guadalupana – at 8:37, before a second dispatch of officers to the Sheraton Hotel on Europa Drive just before nine o’clock. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, dressed in a black shirt and either black or khaki pants with a small green...

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NC ABC Launches New ‘Talk It Out’ Campaign Messages in Chapel Hill

The North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission introduced a new campaign in Chapel Hill to combat underage drinking across the state. The Talk It Out campaign has been underway across the Tar Heel state since 2014 with an ambition to curb underage drinking in the state. And a new phase of the campaign was launched in Chapel Hill just before Labor Day. ABC chairman Zander Guy said the initiative was an important piece of work to continue from the previous administration of Jim Gardner. “It’s a no-brainer. We’re going to keep right on moving,” Gardner said while recalling a...

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Stein: Office Lawyers to Oversee Redistricting Cases, Not Me

North Carolina’s top elected government attorney is staying out of legal spats over redistricting. Attorney General Josh Stein said Friday he will delegate oversight of the cases to career lawyers in his office so he can speak out against what he considers illegal partisan gerrymandering. Stein’s office says his recusal will apply to all gerrymandering litigation against the state. Several lawsuits are pending against legislative and congressional districts drawn by the Republican-led General Assembly. Stein says his decision is designed to avoid any questions about the professionalism of the Department of Justice defending the state. He says partisan gerrymandering...

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Search Leads to Chatham County Narcotics Arrest

A Chatham County man has been arrested on a dozen narcotics charges. A release from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested 55-year-old Robert Case after a search of his Goldston residence led to the seizure of drug paraphernalia, 748 grams of marijuana, approximately two grams of methamphetamine, 12 dosage units of a Schedule IV controlled substance, seven dosage units of amphetamine and $320 in cash. Case is facing 12 charges, including six felonies – felony possession of marijuana, felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony possession of methamphetamine and three counts of felony possession...

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Firm Threatens Federal Lawsuit Against UNC Over Silent Sam

Notice that a federal lawsuit may be brought against UNC if no action is taken to remove the Confederate monument Silent Sam from the Chapel Hill campus was sent to the university on Wednesday. A letter was sent to officials at UNC – Chapel Hill and the UNC System on behalf of 12 students, the UNC Black Law Students Association and Professor Erika K. Wilson. The notice came from Hampton Dellinger of the Boies Schiller Flexner law firm, which has offices across the United States. Dellinger, a Chapel Hill native who splits his time at the firm between North...

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UNC Student Stores Reopens After Controversial Transition

University administrators held a ribbon cutting at the UNC Students Stores in the middle of campus on Tuesday along with personnel from Barnes & Noble College. The ceremony followed a months-long renovation costing approximately $4 million to the facility after Barnes & Noble College entered into an agreement with the university in April 2016 to take over operations of the Student Stores. That proposal was met with protests on the campus from those who felt like this was a step toward privatization of the university. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt said at Tuesday’s ribbon cutting that the partnership is helping...

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UNC Celebrates ‘Extraordinary’ Gift for Performing Arts

UNC has received the largest single gift by a living individual for the performing arts. A crowd gathered at the Center for Dramatic Arts on Monday morning as the university announced a $12 million gift for PlayMakers Repertory Company and the department of dramatic art at UNC. Chancellor Carol Folt said she was proud of the history of the department and the work of PlayMakers, adding that this gift would open up new opportunities moving forward. “It’s going to increase performing arts programming,” Folt said. “It will expand educational opportunities for our students, and it will enhance the performance...

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