Blake Hodge

UNC Moves Up to No. 17 in AP Poll

The North Carolina Tar Heel football team is coming off a drubbing of rival Duke on Saturday and moved up four spots in the Associated Press College Football Poll. UNC moved from 21 to 17 in the new poll, released on Sunday. Clemson moved up to the top spot in the AP Poll after beating the Florida State Seminoles in Death Valley over the weekend. With that win, Clemson clinched the Atlantic Division of the ACC. Carolina could clinch the Coastal Division next week with a win over Miami coupled with a Duke victory over Pittsburgh. Regardless of other...

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UNC Field Hockey Wins ACC Championship

UNC is heading into the home stretch of the college football season, while basketball is just getting started. But other Carolina teams spent their weekend in the midst of conference tournament action. The Carolina Field Hockey team can now add ACC Champion to their introduction. The third-ranked Tar Heels knocked off the top seed Syracuse 2-1 in overtime, in Charlottesville on Sunday, to claim Carolina’s 19th ACC title, and its first since 2012. The NCAA tournament begins on Saturday, where the Tar Heels are the number two seed. Carolina will play the winner of the Fairfield-Boston University play-in game....

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Chapel Hill Police Arrest Suspect in Attempted Kidnapping

Chapel Hill Police arrested a Durham man, on Saturday, in connection with an attempted kidnapping late Friday night. An Alert Carolina message was sent to the campus community just after two o’clock Saturday morning warning students of the incident. The victim reported that she was approached by a heavyset black male in his mid-20’s to mid-30’s, who was armed with a silver handgun, near the intersection of Kenan Street and West Cameron Avenue just before 11 o’clock Friday night. The victim reported that the suspect attempted to force the victim into a white 2000 Mitsubishi Galant, but the victim...

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Orange County Vaccination Rates High Throughout Schools

Outbreaks of preventable diseases across the country in recent months prompted debate over childhood vaccinations. Nearly 150 Americans, most of them Californians, were sickened earlier this year in a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland. California Governor Jerry Brown has now signed legislation that bans non-medical exemptions for parents. In North Carolina, parents can opt out of vaccinating their children through medical or religious exemptions. Orange County health officials released immunization records this week detailing vaccination rates in public and private schools. Judy Butler is the community health services supervisor for the Orange County Health Department, and she says...

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Launch Chapel Hill Named No. 4 Best University Business Accelerator

A business incubator at UNC-Chapel Hill has been named one of the top programs in the country. Launch Chapel Hill reached rarefied air this week when UBI Global named Launch the number four best performing university business accelerator in North America. Dina Rousset is the program manager for Launch. She attended the award ceremony in Toronto, on Tuesday. “It’s an amazing honor for us,” Rousset says. “Some of the other awardees were groups like the MassChallenge, which is huge – millions of dollars in budget and, I think, about 50 employees, [and] 1871 – another huge organization. “So that, in...

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Marcus Paige Fractures Hand in Practice

UNC senior guard Marcus Paige will be sidelined for the next three to four weeks with a fractured hand, the university announced Wednesday. A release from Carolina reports Paige fractured the third metacarpal on his right hand in practice on Tuesday. The left-handed Paige will definitely miss some regular season action. Through his first three seasons, Paige had only missed one game for the Tar Heels. Head coach Roy Williams said, “I hate it for Marcus. He’s such a wonderful young man – one of the most outstanding people I have been lucky to coach. I know he’ll handle...

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Election Day: Chapel Hill ‘At a Crossroads’

Municipal elections will be decided at the ballot box Tuesday. In Chapel Hill, there appears to be a clear delineation among residents – those voting for the incumbents and those voting for candidates backed by the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town, or CHALT. Tom Henkel is one of the founders of CHALT. Henkel says the PAC is concerned about transparency and development decisions made by the current Council. “We’re concerned about the recent level of development,” Henkel says. “We have got some major development projects going on all over town and there has been no, let’s say,...

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Secrecy Surrounding Chancellor Raises Draws Criticism

The UNC Board of Governors decided in closed session on Friday to give pay raises to several chancellors across the UNC System. Now that information is finally being made public. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt and NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson were two of 12 recipients of a pay increase, according to information released on Monday. Folt will now have a base salary of $570,000 and Woodson will make $590,000 per year as his base salary. The chancellors who did not receive a pay raise were among the most-recently hired chancellors in the system or had received a pay raise...

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UNC Men’s Basketball Slated No. 1 by Associated Press

Carolina men’s basketball will enter the 2015-2016 season ranked first in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The preseason poll was released Monday. This is the ninth time that UNC has been named the top team in the country heading into a new season and the first time since the 2011-2012 season. This marks the fourth time that Carolina has been ranked number one during Roy Williams’ 13 years leading the program. Williams said in a press release, “I do feel like we’re going to be a good basketball team. I’m excited for our kids, because this is one...

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UNC Football Ranked 21st

The North Carolina Tar Heel football team has cracked the Top 25. UNC is ranked 21st in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 college football poll. This is the first time Carolina has been ranked among the top 25 since being ranked in the 21st spot in the poll on September 2, 2015. This marks the latest point in the season where the Tar Heels have been ranked since checking in at number 23 on November 22, 2009. Carolina is also slotted in the 21st spot in the Amway Coaches Poll. UNC is undefeated in Coastal Division play and...

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