Blake Hodge

UNC Communication Department: University Has ‘Moral Obligation’ to Remove Silent Sam

The chorus of voices calling for the removal of the Confederate monument Silent Sam from the UNC campus is continuing to grow with faculty from the Department of Communication. A statement was posted on the department’s website on Thursday. “We understand ‘Silent Sam’ to be a symbol of the history and legacies of racial slavery, anti-black racism, and white supremacy that persist in the state of North Carolina, the university, and our country,” the statement reads. The faculty argue that the “presence of a confederate monument on our campus is contrary to the values, expectations, and practices that we have worked hard to implement...

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Lane of I-40 West Reopened in Orange County

****Delays are still heavy as of 3:30, but the DOT website now shows that the center lane has reopened after being closed following a wreck.**** Traffic delays are adding up on I-40 westbound in eastern Orange County due to a crash closing one of three lanes. The wreck was reported by officials at the North Carolina Department of Transportation shortly after 2:30 Friday afternoon. The DOT websites estimates it will be close to four o’clock before traffic is back to normal. There is no word on the severity of the crash or any injuries as of this posting. Photo...

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UNC Police Address Use of Undercover Officer at Silent Sam Protest

UNC Police are responding to criticism over use of an undercover officer at the ongoing protest of the Confederate monument on the Chapel Hill campus known as Silent Sam. “The recent use of an undercover officer on our campus was limited in both time and scope and was necessary because of extraordinary circumstances that included the very real potential for a violent outbreak at any time,” officials said in a Thursday evening release attributed to associate vice chancellor for campus safety and risk management Derek Kemp and UNC Police chief Jeff McCracken. The use of an undercover officer came...

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Another UNC Department Calls for Removal of Silent Sam

Faculty from another UNC – Chapel Hill department are joining some of their colleagues, students on the campus and other community members calling for the removal of Silent Sam from McCorkle Place. It was the Department of Geography’s turn to join the chorus of protests of the Confederate monument on Thursday. The faculty issued a statement saying that as geographers “we challenge our students to consider the importance of cultural landscapes and built environment in reflecting and shaping our identities, social reactions, and communities.” The statue has been a lightning rod of controversy over the years, but the calls...

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Hillsborough Honoring Retiring Police K-9

Hillsborough officials are honoring a retiring K-9 officer from the town’s police department. Viper has been with the Hillsborough Police Department since early 2012, according to a release, and the policing pup will be recognized for his service at the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, November 13. Viper has served as a “scent-tracking, suspect-locating police dog” during his tenure in Hillsborough helping to assist the State Highway Patrol locating a suspect who ran from a vehicle stop in Orange County, assisting Hillsborough Police by locating firearms that a suspect had buried and locating narcotics “several times in...

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Man Charged in Durham 2005 Incident Arrested in Hillsborough

A man charged with multiple felonies in connection with a 2005 incident in Durham has been arrested in Hillsborough. Officials with the United States Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force arrested 41-year-old Marco Antwan Parker Wednesday morning at an apartment on Orange Grove Road in Hillsborough. Durham Police charged Parker with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, first-degree sexual offense and attempted first-degree sexual offense after an incident in February 2005. Parker also had outstanding warrants from Chapel Hill Police for failure to appear and second-degree sexual offense, according to law enforcement. Parker had been eluding arrest since July 2016, according to...

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Controversial Ex-Trump Aide to Speak at UNC

A former deputy assistant to President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at UNC next week. Sebastian Gorka, who the New York Times described as “an outspoken adviser to President Trump and lighting rod for controversy,” was forced out of his White House role earlier this year. Prior to his stint in the Trump administration, Gorka was an editor at the right-wing website Breitbart. Gorka joined former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon in making the move from Breitbart to the White House. Bannon has since also been forced from his role in the presidential administration and has returned as...

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Mix of Newcomers and Incumbents Take CHCCS Seats

Two newcomers and two incumbents were elected to the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Board of Education Tuesday night. Newcomers Amy Fowler and Mary Ann Wolf led the results with 9,486 and 8,719 votes respectively. Incumbent Joal Hall Broun will join Fowler and Wolf in filling out four-year terms on the board. Incumbent and board chair James Barrett finished fourth in the voting, meaning he will finish out the term vacated when Annetta Streater stepped down from the board earlier this year. Former elementary school teacher in the district Kim Talikoff finished fifth in the voting, followed by...

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Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens Cruises to Re-Election

Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens easily won election to another two-year term on Tuesday night. This was the first contested mayoral race in Hillsborough since Stevens knocked off the incumbent in 2005. Stevens defeated challenger Cindy Talisman on Tuesday night while gaining nearly 91 percent of the vote. Two incumbent Board of Commission members – Kathleen Ferguson and Jenn Weaver – ran unopposed seeking another term in their respective...

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Record Set for Early Voting in Orange County Municipal Elections

Orange County residents turned out in record number to early vote in the municipal election ahead of Election Day on Tuesday. The county Board of Elections reports that 4,428 votes were cast during the early voting period from October 19 through November 4. It took a strong finish to break the previous odd-year early voting record and the two highest vote totals came on the last two days of early voting. The vote total surpassed the 4,243 votes cast during early voting in 2011. Races on the ballot in Orange County include town governing boards in Carrboro, Chapel Hill...

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