Bruce Rosenbloom

UNC-Chapel Hill Partners with CDC on Zika Virus Research

The teratogenic virus known as Zika remains a threat to expectant mothers, but researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill are getting closer to a cure with the help of a recently awarded federal grant. That grant was offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to a virology laboratory staffed by Dr. Matt Collins, whose research focuses on mosquito-borne diseases. “It’s both a contract and also really a partnership to work side-by-side with the CDC,” he reported. “It’s kind of a nice partnership to be in; they are clearly on the front lines in terms of the public health response.”...

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UNC Virologists Discover New Strategy to Treat HIV Infections

HIV has infected over 70 million people according to the World Health Organization, but virologists at UNC-Chapel Hill are now one step closer to stopping the spread of the insidious pathogen. The effective but temporary nature of current HIV treatments was the impetus for Dr. J. Victor Garcia and his team to consider how the pathogen circumvents eradication in the body. “We have very, very good, reliable, robust therapies that suppress the virus from growing in patients, and these individuals can lead virtually normal lives for many, many years,” he explained. “Despite the success of therapeutic interventions, we cannot...

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Flood Advisories Issued for WCHL Listening Area

A rising tide may lift all boats, but not to the pleasure of homeowners in the WCHL listening area who are under various flood advisories from the National Weather Service. The federal agency has issued a flood watch until April 25 for counties in central North Carolina that include Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake. A flood warning was also issued for Haw River in Chatham and Alamance counties until April 26, with water levels expected to peak between 12 and 20 feet. The deluge of wet weather is the result of mid-level low pressure systems interacting with a southern...

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Distinguished Award Presented to Six Employees at UNC-Chapel Hill

Six nominees have been selected from a campus-wide pool of faculty and staff at UNC-Chapel Hill to receive the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award. The winners comprise a diverse group that represents nearly every operational facet of the university, from undergraduate teaching to information technology. Each member of that group will receive a stipend of $10,000 from the Massey-Weatherspoon Fund, which was established by C. Knox Massey in 1984. Massey was an advertising mogul who intended for his award to recognize “unusual, meritorious or superior contributions” from employees at UNC-Chapel Hill. According to Chancellor Carol Folt, the honorees...

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Individual Phone Numbers Assigned to Hillsborough Officials

Town officials in Hillsborough are now only a call away after a municipal telephone system replacement assigned direct numbers to key personnel. The replacement eliminates the need to dial both a main number and an extension in order to reach officials in all departments of the municipal government. A list of over 40 numbers for elected leaders and government employees that include the mayor and police chief has been posted online at hillsboroughnc.gov. Photo from...

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Approval Process Begins for Chapel Hill High School Expansion

The academic year is winding down at Chapel Hill High School, but town officials are gearing up to consider the demolition and expansion of buildings on its campus. According to Kay Pearlstein, a local senior planner, the proposed project would raze two antiquated structures and replace them with modern academic facilities. “The high school project includes demolition of two of the buildings and an addition that would include two buildings,” she cited. The Chapel Hill Town Council heard a presentation from Pearlstein on Monday along with comments from Ashley Dennis, a representative of Moseley Architects. “We are proposing to...

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Three Men Arrested on Burglary Charges in Orange County

Three men were recently arrested in Hillsborough after allegedly committing a series of residential burglaries and transporting stolen property across county lines. Stanley Washburn, Kyle Dobson and Bruce Faulkner have been charged with multiple counts of breaking, entering and causing injury to real property. The names of the suspects were announced by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday along with the type and amount of bonds set for them. Faulkner was issued a secured bond of $5,000, which was smallest bond set among this particular trio of suspects by the Orange County Magistrate. Washburn and Dobson received much...

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Chapel Hill Resident Charged With Felony Assault Against Former Spouse

A local man in Chapel Hill is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly breaking into the home of his former spouse and committing a series of violent crimes. According to Capt. Joshua Mecimore of the Chapel Hill Police Department, the incident occurred last Friday when Zaw Zaw broke a restraining order filed against him. “Mr. Zaw came to his ex-wife’s residence,” he reported. “He came inside — it looks like he broke inside — and assaulted her and then also, it looks like, kept her from calling 911, stole some things inside, took some jewelry.” Police reports state that...

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Carrboro Officials Consider Policies for Accessory Dwellings

A plan to bolster the affordable housing market in Carrboro through the construction of accessory dwellings is being discussed by town officials ahead of meetings on revisions to zoning laws. According to Mayor Lydia Lavelle, freestanding rental units and other property additions that provide cost-effective living spaces for residents have piqued the interest of local policymakers. “Some of us have been on some site visits to see some tiny homes around the area and we know that the county also has been exploring this, and so I think the general consensus coming out of the observation was, ‘Yeah, we’re...

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Hillsborough Officials Announce Temporary Water Pressure Increase

Town officials in Hillsborough are advising residents to be aware of pressure changes in the water system that are likely to manifest during a utility transition period scheduled for this week. Due to recent water line improvements, a shift in service sectors will take place beginning on Monday for customers in the Forest Ridge subdivision and Meadowlands business park. According to a news release from the municipal government, water pressure for customers in those areas may temporarily increase by a maximum of 40 pounds per square inch. The release also states that the shift will be carried out in...

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