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A Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day

If you or your Valentine are gluten sensitive, dining out when you’re gluten-free can seem difficult. Meet Hadassah, the owner of Triangle Gluten-Free, a new gluten-free only business. Triangle Gluten-Free is a start-up that focuses on local, seasonal, organic and sustainable food as much as possible. “We really have to focus on farm-to-table cooking and dining to avoid GMO’s which wreak havoc on the digestive system,” says Hadassah. On February 7th,  Triangle Gluten-Free will be hosting a Sweetheart Social at Midway Community Kitchen.  Come and enjoy an array of appetizers, a 3-course dinner, plus dessert and wine! This is a...

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The Commentators: Unity Through Opposition

Commentary by Sharon Hill Have you ever heard that every curse is followed by a blessing? I believe we are experiencing the blessing that follows the curse of the dreaded national election result. Not since the 1960’s have Americans exhibited such an uprising against unpopular aggression. Back then the sit-ins, demonstrations and marches against racism and the Vietnam War forged a bond across the country. People stood up to our leaders to let them know that change was needed. Now we are seeing marches, not just in the USA, but across the world against what could be called tyranny....

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The Commentators: The Magic of Living

Commentary by Jane Salemson Those of you who know me either personally, or from commentaries I have recorded over the years, know that I live with a foot on either side of the Atlantic. It is not an easy way to live, loving both sides, always thinking about what is going on in two similar countries, separated only by the same language and the Atlantic Ocean. Bonuses of this double life can often be a surprise, and one in particular came during the recent New Year’s weekend. My family, now living in New Jersey, had come down to Chapel...

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The Commentators: The Roads More Travelled

Commentary by Wesley Hyatt There’s good and bad news in the State transportation improvement program proposed for the next decade. The good news is that the NCDOT plans to widen NC-54 from Glen Lennox to the Parkwood neighborhood in Durham. Hallelujah, even if construction won’t start for another eight years. The bad news is that there are no plans to widen I-40 between Hillsborough and 15-501. Are you kidding me, NCDOT? I-40 is at least six lanes for more than one hundred miles between Winston-Salem and Raleigh, except for about eleven miles in Orange County. Long backups already are...

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Chapel Hill Named U-Haul Growth City for 2016

Chapel Hill, N.C., ranks No. 15 among the U-Haul Top 25 U.S. Growth Cities for locations with a population of more than 50,000. U-Haul locations in Chapel Hill saw 55.5 percent of one-way truck rental customers coming into the city as opposed to leaving. Chapel Hill had a 12 percent increase in one-way truck arrivals year-over-year, while departures rose 7 percent over the same span. Growth rankings are calculated by the net gain of arriving U-Haul one-way trucks over departing one-way U-Haul trucks for the calendar year. While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth,...

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Hometown Heroes: Laurie Paolicelli

Laurie Paolicelli has served as the executive director for the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitor’s Bureau for 11 years. Deb Stroman, who nominated Paolicelli for this week’s Hometown Hero award, says that Paolicelli “exudes energy, creativity and kindness.” As the executive director for the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitor’s Bureau, Paolicelli has worked to make a difference in the way Chapel Hill and the surrounding area is seen by both visitors and long-term residents. “Tourism is strengthened by community pride,” said Paolicelli. “When the community knows all the happenings in town and how visitors look at our community, it helps actual...

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The Commentators: Will Duke University Rise to Become a Climate Hero?

Commentary by Jim Warren Duke University can help slow the climate crisis – or make it worse at a critical time. The University is considering a plan by Duke Energy to build a power plant on campus that burns fracked gas. NC WARN’s technical review led to these findings: The power plant would increase campus greenhouse emissions by 61 percent – not reduce them, as Duke Energy claims. The Duke Energy plant would perpetuate the fracking boom, which is now the key driver of the accelerating climate crisis. That’s because super-potent methane is leaking along the entire natural gas supply chain. Because Duke...

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Adopt-A-Pet: Ginger Rogers

Meet Ginger! She’s a two year old female Plott Hound, and North Carolina’s State Dog has never looked better or been friendlier. An immediate sweetheart who enjoys contact with humans, Ginger is alert, intelligent, and stronger than she looks. Always excited for belly rubs and walks, Ginger also enjoys car rides and active play outdoors. Plott hounds are known for their loyalty and courage, and Ginger certainly isn’t a skittish dog. Upon meeting you, she’s not shy about walking over and saying “hello” personally. She’s known to live up to her namesake by being quite the “singer,” but we didn’t...

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