Jessica Coates

A Day Without Women Means No Classes in Chapel Hill – Carrboro

Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools are closed on Wednesday – a day being nationally recognized as the “Day Without Women.” This event was created to highlight the vital role of women in workforce and, although the school system has made clear that is does not support the political nature of the protest, it has said that it supports its female employees. Jeff Nash – the executive director of community relations for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools – said he first began to hear from female employees several weeks ago. “We began hearing from some employees that they had intended...

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Forum Helps Immigrants Know Their Rights

  In light of recent changes to federal immigration policy, lots of immigrants are living in fear. That’s why El Centro Hispano – a Triangle-area Latino advocacy group – decided to organize a series of events dedicated to answering questions and addressing concerns from the immigrant community. For Jenny Doyle, a speaker at the event and an immigration lawyer for the last five years, she said her job has changed since President Trump took office. “Unfortunately we’re having to look a little more closely so that we adequately represent any of our clients who may find themselves in removal...

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Our Three Winners Food Drive Brings Town Together

The third annual Interfaith Canned Food Drive is underway. The first one was put together just one month after the murders of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, to honor the “three winners” legacy of public service. Now, with the help of businesses from across the Triangle, organizers are hoping to collect more food than ever before. Shadi Sadi is the outreach coordinator for Project Lighthouse, a nonprofit created in honor of Deah, Yusor and Razan. He said that he’s had to store mountains of cans in his living room because of the many organizations that have donated to...

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UNC School of Nursing Welcomes New Dean

A new dean of the UNC School of Nursing took over last Thursday. Among the many things she hopes to accomplish – reducing the shortage of nurses in the state. After more than 13 years serving as a dean at the University of Miami, Nilda Peragallo Montano has joined UNC as its new dean of the School of Nursing. It’s an opportunity that she says she’s excited to take on. “It’s a different environment, but very welcoming,” the new dean said in an interview just before Thursday’s ceremony. “There’s a lot of things to do and to move forward...

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Hansbrough Brother Tours For New Book

There’s a Hansbrough in town. No, not that one. Greg Hansbrough, the eldest of the three Hansbrough brothers, is touring Triangle bookstores to advertise his new autobiography, “Enduring Strength: The Story of the Other Hansbrough Brother.” Greg, who is a triathlete and ultra-marathon runner, was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was seven years old. “The doctors said I’d never be able to walk normally again. Running would be a dream goal for me,” Greg said. “Riding a bike would be impossible.” In spite of that, Greg went on to become the captain of his cross-country team in...

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UNC Dental School Gives Kids a Smile

Just before 10 AM last Friday, several large commercial buses pulled up in front of the UNC Dental School. It was the moment that Give Kids a Smile co-chair Natalie Dunlop had been waiting for – the kids had arrived. “I think for three-year-olds, and for lots of kids, going to the dentist is just really scary,” Dunlop said. “People don’t like to come see us. So the earlier we can sort of remove that stigma of the dentist being scary I think is only going to help these kids in the long-run.” Dunlop and her peers did everything...

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Chapel Hillians Protest President Trump’s Immigration Ban

People of all ages gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza in Chapel Hill Sunday afternoon with a unified mission – to make their Muslim neighbors feel welcome. The rally was sparked by President Donald Trump’s recent executive action, which put a ban on people entering the U.S. if they are travelling from any of seven countries in the Middle East. Although the president’s action says nothing specific about banning Muslims, it targets countries that are primarily Muslim. It also says that its purpose is to ensure that those who come to the US “do not bear hostile attitudes...

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Historic Airport Road Designation Removed from Chapel Hill’s Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard

Chapel Hillians will likely notice a change on one of the town’s major thoroughfares this week. Town manager Roger Stancil wrote in an e-mail to the Town Council that post-mounted and overhead streets signs along Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard would be changed throughout this week. The new signs will no longer have “Historic Airport Road” listed on the bottom portion of the street sign. The change was approved at last week’s meeting of the Chapel Hill Town Council. “I want to make sure that we understand the importance of what’s happening here. There was a large discussion that...

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New Year, New You

It’s usually difficult to keep the New Year’s resolutions. But Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, a Kenan Distinguished professor of psychology at UNC, is offering an opportunity to get paid to work on your 2016 goals. “Sometimes people spend money to try to achieve their new year’s resolutions,” Fredrickson said. “Members of our community have a chance this season to make good on some of their goals for being healthier and happier and get paid to do so if they qualify for one of our studies that we’re enrolling for right now.” These studies are just part of the work Fredrickson...

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