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Silver Alert Issued for Carrboro Man

***UPDATE: Carrboro Police have canceled the Silver Alert. Burton has been found in Durham and transported by EMS to the Durham VA for evaluation, according to authorities.*** Carrboro Police are asking for assistance locating Sammy Lee Burton, of Crescent Green of Carrboro. A silver alert has been issued for Burton, who was last seen Saturday afternoon. Burton is described as a 6’ 2” black male weighing 220 pounds. He is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, according to police. If you encounter Burton or have any information as to his whereabouts, you are asked...

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ABC Commission Rejects Offer in Compromise with La Res

The board of the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission has rejected a proposal with a Chapel Hill bar over punishment stemming from the triple-fatal wrong-way crash on I-85 in July. Ownership of La Res had agreed to an offer in compromise proposed by staff at the ABC Commission which included a $5,000 fine or a suspension of the restaurant’s alcohol permits for 50 days. But, in a rare move, the Commission Chairman Jim Gardner rejected the offer in compromise saying that he wants to see a stiffer penalty. Gardner ordered the ABC staff to return to negotiation with...

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‘F*** Gays’ Spray Painted on East Chapel Hill High School Targeting Queer-Straight Alliance

**UPDATE: Petition Requests Action on Homophobic Graffiti at East Chapel Hill High School   Homophobic graffiti was spray painted on East Chapel Hill High School targeting a school club. Profanity-laced homophobic slurs were spray painted on parking lot signs and a building at East Chapel Hill High School in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 26. The spray painting occurred just hours before students in the Queer-Straight Alliance at East Chapel Hill High were scheduled to meet up to carpool to the NC Pride Parade in Durham. A report from Chapel Hill Police documents the spray painting but does...

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Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Candidate Forum

It is election season and candidate forums are helping voters decide who they will cast their ballot for this year. Eight candidates are running for four open seats on the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Board of Education; two incumbents are not running for re-election. A CHCCS debate on Monday night presented by the PTA Council, Chapel Hill – Carrboro NAACP and the Special Needs Advisory Council was aired live on WCHL. Listen to the debate below: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/10/12/CHCCS%20Forum.mp3   Municipal races in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough will also be on the ballot this fall. Early voting begins...

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3 UNC Men’s Basketball Players Named to Preseason Watch List

Three members of the UNC men’s basketball team have been named to preseason watch lists by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The preseason lists came out on Tuesday, with Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson placed on the rundown of the top players in the country at each of their positions. The senior Paige was named to the Bob Cousy Point Gurad watch list, while senior forward Brice Johnson was named for the Karl Malon Power Forward position and Justin Jackson singled out for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year positional award. Each list contains...

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UNC Tight End Samuel’s Football Career Over Due to Heart Condition

UNC has announced two injuries to members of the football team. A release from the university says freshman defensive tackle Aaron Crawford will have season-ending surgery to repair a left foot fracture, on Thursday. He suffered the injury in practice last week. UNC will apply for a medical redshirt on his behalf. The university also announced that redshirt freshman tight end Caleb Samuel’s football career has ended due to ongoing concerns related to a heart condition. Samuel played in all five games this season and scored on a two-point conversion against North Carolina...

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Dean Smith and Bill Thorpe Added to Social Justice Memorial

Under a perfectly Carolina blue sky on Sunday, the UNC Gospel Choir sang to a crowd of citizens, community leaders and local elected officials gathered at Peace and Justice Plaza where two new names were being added to the granite stone that celebrates local leaders for their work on social justice issues. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt alluded to some of the history of the location. “With community support, we believed it was appropriate to honor some significant members of our community members in this space,” he says. “Members who have participated in the demonstrations and the speak outs, who have...

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UNC Football Rallies to Support the ‘Save the Fox’ Campaign

The UNC football team is joining in on the “Save the Fox” campaign aimed at helping Superior Court Judge Carl Fox. Fox is a UNC alumnus who was diagnosed in April with cancer where the bone marrow fails to make enough healthy blood cells. Thousands of community members have participated in bone marrow drives to register new donors into the bone marrow database, hoping to find a donor match for Fox. After football practice on Tuesday, more than 70 Carolina players and coaches voluntarily participated in the registration process, according to the university. Coach Larry Fedora said in his...

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Compass Center Holds Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Compass Center for Women and Families is holding events throughout the month of October to raise awareness for domestic violence victims. Mary Parry is the development director at the Compass Center, and she says the organization offers many forms of support to the community. “Through our programs with career and financial services, access to legal resources,” she lists. “We work with local public schools in the health classrooms, working with prevention. “And we also are Orange County’s primary resource for domestic violence crisis services.” Parry says it can be hard initially for victims of domestic violence to come...

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Chapel Hill Police Charge Durham Man with 7 Felony Counts

An arrest has been made in connection with a string on break-ins. Keith Demetrius Wright is facing seven felony charges after being taken into custody by Chapel Hill Police. An Alert Carolina message that was sent to the campus community on Tuesday recounts incidents dating back to September 21, with the majority taking place near Greek housing. Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says the 20-year-old from Durham was taken into custody early Wednesday morning at 303 East Franklin Street, the address of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity House. “He was attempting to commit another break-in,” he says. “Officers...

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