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FBI Opens “Parallel Inquiry” Into Triple Shootings

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened a “parallel preliminary inquiry” into the Chapel Hill triple homicide, earlier this week, where three Muslim college students were killed, according to a statement from the FBI. The federal inquiry will work to determine whether or not any federal laws were violated related to the case. The statement also states that the FBI is “continuing to provide assistance to the Chapel Hill Police Department.” The full statement is below: “The FBI is continuing to provide assistance to the Chapel Hill Police Department to process evidence related to a triple homicide investigation. The...

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Muslim Youth Association Responds to Shootings

The investigation into the shooting that left three Muslim college students dead on Tuesday night is still in its early stages. The preliminary investigation from police points to an ongoing parking dispute that triggered the incident. Others are questioning whether religion was a factor in the shooting. WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with Seidu Malik from Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association about the feelings among Muslims in our community right now....

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Parking Rage or Hate Crime: Does Motive Affect Punishment?

Law enforcement authorities are continuing to investigate the triple murder from earlier this week in Chapel Hill. Three Muslim college students were shot and killed, and 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks is in custody and charged with three counts of first-degree murder. The preliminary investigation from police points to an ongoing parking dispute as the motive for the shooting. Others wonder if racial bias played in to the incident. Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about the implications of the crime being prosecuted as a murder over a parking dispute or as a hate crime....

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UNC Announces Fund to Honor Coach Smith

UNC, in consultation with the family of the late former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith, has announced the creation of the Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund, according to a statement from the university. The release states that the fund will honor the legacy of Coach Smith by providing access and opportunities to Carolina students for generations to come. The fund is aimed at helping support undergraduate students in need of significant financial assistance to attend UNC. The fund will also support graduate students in education and social work, two fields that were close to Coach Smith’s heart. The...

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Funerals Set for Victims of Chapel Hill Triple Murder

The funeral arrangements for three Muslim college students shot and killed, on Tuesday night, have been set. The service will be conducted following prayer at 1:35 Thursday afternoon, in Raleigh. The facebook page set for the students says that the prayer will take place on the Method Road soccer fields across from the Islamic Association of Raleigh. Anyone is welcome to...

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Stories Continue to Honor Coach Smith

Thoughts, stories, and memories are still coming in honoring of the late legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith. Listen below for a conversation with Smith’s longtime Pastor Bob Seymour: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/10/Bob%20Seymour.mp3 Listen below for reflections from Barry Jacobs: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/10/Barry%20Jacobs_RAW.mp3 Listen below for a conversation with UNC Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/10/Hatchell%20on%20Dean.mp3 Listen below for memories from Director of Public Policy Polling, and avid UNC fan, Tom Jensen: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/10/Tom%20Jensen%20on%20Smith.wav Listen below for a great story from Elizabeth Fritz, who scheduled the birth of a child around the 1982 National Championship game: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/10/E%20Fritz%20on%20Smith.wav Listen below for the story of a monk...

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Donation Means No Adoption Fees at Orange County Animal Services

You can add a new pet to your home this Valentine’s Day from Orange County Animal Services, for FREE. In the true spirit of the season, The Animal Hospital of Carrboro made a donation of over $5,300 to Orange County Animal Services to sponsor adoption fees. As a result, when the center opens on Valentine’s Day, this Saturday, visitors will be able to take home their choice of 48 adoptable animals, at no charge. In addition to the adoption fees, the remaining funds will go into the department’s Community Spay/Neuter Fund, according to a press release. Those animals sponsored...

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Former Carrboro Assistant Boy Scout Master to Appear Before Judge on Child Porn Charges

Former Boy Scout Troop 845 Assistant Scout Master Brian Burnham will appear in federal court in Durham, on Thursday. The 36-year-old Burnham has been indicted on charges of knowingly receiving child pornography from early 2009 through November 2014, according to court documents. Burnham’s arrest warrant shows he was arrested on February 3, at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Burnham was heavily involved in troop 845, which is based in Carrboro; he was one of two adults who led ten local teens on a cross-country bicycle trip in 2013. The investigation began in November 2014 with a cybertip from The National Center...

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WCHL Remembers Dean Smith

Everyone at WCHL, and throughout the Chapel Hill community, is better off for living in a place so heavily influenced by Dean Smith. Listen below for our tribute to the great coach, including comments from former players and colleagues, as well as “877,” a segment that originally aired following Coach Smith’s record-setting victory  – airing in cooperation with the Tar Heel Sports Network. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/08/WCHL%20SPECIAL-Dean%20Smith-full%202%20hours%20for%20chapelboro-020915.mp3 You can find additional audio from individuals, including current Head Coach Roy Williams,...

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Roy Williams Remembers Dean Smith

As Chapel Hill and the nation mourns the passing of former UNC Coach Dean Smith, tributes from notables are pouring in from far and wide. Current Tar Heel Head Coach Roy Williams reflected at a press conference on Sunday....

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