Blake Hodge

UNC Board of Governors Receives Briefing on Open Records Laws

The UNC System Board of Governors heard a briefing on North Carolina open records laws on Thursday. The UNC Board of Governors has been under fire throughout the year for different reasons: firing Tom Ross, how they handled that firing, the secretive search process for Ross’ replacement and possible violations of open records laws, to name a few. Board vice chair Lou Bissette said he was hopeful that a 90-minute briefing on North Carolina open records laws would be helpful to the 32-member board, especially because so many of the members are coming from the private sector. “It’s a very...

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UNC Volleyball Player Named Academic All-America for 1st Time

Carolina senior volleyball middle hitter Paige Neuenfeldt has been named to the Academic All-America First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The honor was announced on Thursday. Neuenfeldt is one of six student-athletes in Division I Volleyball to earn a spot on the first team, and she is the first Carolina volleyball player in program history to be named Academic All-America, according to the university. Neuenfeldt was named first team All-ACC for the fourth time in her career this season and became the first Tar Heel in program history to earn All-Region recognition four years in...

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3 UNC Men’s Soccer Players Named All-Region

The members of the UNC men’s soccer team were named to the All-South Regional Teams. Seniors Jonathan Campbell, from Greensboro, and Raby George, from Sweden, were named first team All-Region. Campbell was named first team All-ACC this season and was voted third-team All-Region as a sophomore. George started all 20 matches for the Tar Heels in 2015, scoring four goals and adding in two assists. Two of his goals were game winners for Carolina. Jordan McCrary, a senior from Marietta, Georgia, was named to the third team. McCrary was tied for the team lead with five assists. Carolina reached...

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UNC Baseball Signs Nation’s No. 1 Class

UNC baseball has signed 16 newcomers to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Mike Fox announced Wednesday. The class includes six of the nation’s top 100 prospects, according to Baseball America. The class is scheduled to enroll at UNC in August 2016 and will take the field for the Diamond Heels beginning with the 2017 season. Perfect Game has ranked the group the number one recruiting class in the nation. The class includes out-of-state players from Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York. Five North Carolinians are in the class, including...

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UNC Field Hockey Coach Named Regional Coach of the Year

UNC field hockey head coach Karen Shelton has been named the South Region Coach of the Year. The National Field Hockey Coaches of America announced the regional selections on Wednesday. Shelton finished up her 35th year leading the Carolina field hockey team this season. The 2015 Tar Heel field hockey team finished 21-3 on the season, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and finishing as the NCAA runner-up. UNC made a record 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance this year and its seventh consecutive trip to the final four, according to the university. Shelton accumulated her 600th coaching win of her...

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Matt Hughes Joins Race for Orange County Commissioners

Matt Hughes, chair of the Orange County Democratic Party, has officially filed to be a candidate for the at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners up for election next year. Board vice chair Bernadette Pelissier announced earlier this year she would not seek re-election to the seat. Andy Cagle, who ran unsuccessfully for Sheriff in 2014, has also filed for the at-large seat. Mark Marcoplos has announced his intentions to run for the spot on the county commissioners but has not officially filed. Three other seats on the board will be voted on next year. Mark Dorosin...

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Lawsuit Filed to Challenge Senate Bill 2

A lawsuit has been filed challenging one of the most controversial pieces of legislation from this year’s long session in the General Assembly. A group of plaintiffs has filed a lawsuit in the Asheville Division for the Western District of North Carolina District Court challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 2. The law allows magistrates and employees of county register of deeds offices to opt out of performing same-sex marriages; the state employees would also not be able to perform traditional marriages, if they chose to opt out. Former Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt is an attorney with the...

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False Positive Mammogram May Increase Cancer Risk

Women with a history of a false positive mammogram result may be at an increased risk of developing breast cancer for up to 10 years after the result. That is the finding of a study published this week. Dr. Louise Henderson is the study’s lead author and is an assistant professor in the department of radiology at UNC. Henderson says they chose to look at this area because of the frequency of false positives. “False positives are fairly common,” Henderson says. “About 50 percent of women will experience a false positive after undergoing about 10 screening mammograms. “And so...

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East Chapel Hill High School Student Charged with Multiple Felonies

A student at East Chapel Hill High School is facing two felony charges in connection with multiple incidents on school grounds. 16-year-old Infinite Taylor, of Legion Road, was arrested last Wednesday after he was found with 2.6 grams of marijuana in his possession at East Chapel Hill High School. Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says another student alerted a security guard that Taylor had the marijuana, and Taylor was charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Mecimore says Taylor was also charged with a felony larceny that occurred on campus just before Thanksgiving. “That...

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UNC Defensive Coordinator Loses Out on Broyles Award

UNC football defensive coordinator Gene Chizik was honored as finalist for the Broyles Award, on Tuesday. Chizik was one of five finalists for the award, which is given annually to the top assistant in college football. Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley won the 2015 Broyles Award for the job done leading the offensive attack for the fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Riley is in his first year at Oklahoma after working as the offensive coordinator at East Carolina University. The 32-year-old Riley is the youngest ever recipient of the award. The other finalists included Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, Alabama defensive coordinator...

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