Blake Hodge

Blue Blood Facing New Blood in National Championship

There are many familiar faces for the UNC Tar Heels hoping to exact some revenge Monday night after losing last year’s national championship on a buzzer-beating three pointer. That team lost its two best players in seniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson. But many of the same faces from last year’s squad are hoping to complete this journey with a national title. UNC, the top seed in the NCAA Tournament’s South Region, will take on fellow number-one seed Gonzaga in Monday night’s championship matchup. A Gonzaga team that Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams evaluated as the best team...

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ACC Will Consider North Carolina After HB2 Deal

The Atlantic Coast Conference will once again consider allowing North Carolina to host championship events after a deal regarding the state’s anti-LGBT law was agreed to this week. House Bill 142 was passed and signed into law on Thursday. The deal was agreed to by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper and Republican leadership in the state House and Senate. The law repeals House Bill 2. But it then gave sole authority to regulate multi-occupancy restrooms, showers and changing facilities going forward. The proposal also says local governments cannot “enact or amend” nondiscrimination ordinances that regulate private employment practices or public...

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Chapel Hill Police Investigating Early Morning Shooting

Chapel Hill Police are investigating an overnight shooting at a parking deck. Authorities confirmed officers responded to a shooting around 2:20 Friday morning at 144 East Rosemary Street. Police are investigating and Captain Josh Mecimore said the victim’s injuries were non-life-threatening. WRAL is reporting the Chapel Hill shooting was one of three reported across the Triangle overnight, but the Raleigh TV station adds “there is no indication that any of the shootings are...

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I-40 West Reopens in Orange County After Friday Morning Wreck

****UPDATE: All lanes are now open and traffic moving at a normal pace.**** Multiple lanes of westbound I-40 in western Orange County are closed on Friday due to a wreck. North Carolina Department of Transportation officials reported the wreck just before 11:40 Friday morning. The lanes are closed due to a crash near exit 157 on I-40 west, approaching the Alamance County line. There is no word on the cause of the crash or injuries as of 11:45 Friday. But several crashes have been reported across the Triangle on Friday while heavy rain has been falling throughout the morning....

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HB2 Deal Signed by Governor

The proposal agreed to by state leaders over House Bill 2 on Wednesday night has now been signed by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. The proposal, House Bill 142, passed from the Senate Rules Committee through the full Senate relatively easily on Thursday morning. But debate in the House called the future of the HB2 deal into doubt momentarily. The discussion was focused on the legislation that was billed as a compromise between Republican General Assembly leaders and Cooper. HB142 proposed repealing House Bill 2. But it then gave sole authority to regulate multi-occupancy restrooms, showers and changing facilities going...

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Federal Judge Dismisses UNC as Defendant in Lawsuit

A federal judge has granted the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s request to dismiss the school from a lawsuit filed by two former Tar Heels athletes tied to its multiyear academic scandal. In a Wednesday ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta C. Biggs stated the school had 11th Amendment immunity as an arm of the state that prevented it from being sued in federal court. The plaintiffs were former football player Michael McAdoo and former women’s basketball player Kenya McBee. Jeremi Duru, an attorney on the case, didn’t immediately return a call for comment. UNC spokeswoman Joanne...

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Lawmakers Say House Bill 2 Deal Reached

After hours of negotiation on Wednesday, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger held a press conference Wednesday night saying they had “reached an agreement” with Governor Roy Cooper regarding House Bill 2. No details were given at the press conference and Berger and Moore said they had agreed with Cooper to not take questions Wednesday night. Cooper issued the following statement just before 11:30 Wednesday night: “I support the House Bill 2 repeal compromise that will be introduced tomorrow. It’s not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair...

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Event Recruiter: NCAA Deadline Over HB2 in 48 Hours

If North Carolina’s House Bill 2 is not repealed or modified to a level that satisfies the NCAA in the next 48 hours, the organization will exclude the Tar Heel state from hosting championship events through 2022. That is according to the executive director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance Scott Dupree. Dupree issued a statement on Tuesday saying a source close to the NCAA had confirmed the deadline. Dupree’s full statement is below: “I have confirmed with a contact very close to the NCAA that its deadline for HB2 if 48 hours from now. If HB2 has not...

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Barbara Foushee Running for Carrboro Board of Aldermen

Barbara Foushee announced her candidacy for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen in the 2017 election on Tuesday morning. “I am running for the Board of Aldermen because I want to use my knowledge and my community activism experience to continue to promote positive change and growth in Carrboro,” Foushee said in a release. “I also believe that if you really want to be a part of change, you have to have a seat at the table where the changes are being made.” Foushee says she will focus on “promoting and advocating for justice; affordable housing; economic growth & development...

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Michelle Johnson Resigning from Carrboro Board of Aldermen

Michelle Johnson is resigning her post on the Carrboro Board of Aldermen at the end of May. Johnson announced the move in a release Tuesday morning saying that she will be relocating in June 2017. The release says Johnson “has enjoyed her time serving the Carrboro community and is excited to see how town goals and priorities will progress in the future.” Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in adolescent and adult psychotherapy. Johnson was first elected to the board in 2011 and was reelected in 2015. Her current term was set to run through 2019. Carrboro...

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