Joel Pagan

Transit Tax In Effect In Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY – It’s no joke, the half-cent transit tax approved in November went into effect Monday at midnight. By a vote of 59 to 41, Orange County residents approved the tax placed on the ballot by the County Commissioners that will supply funding for improved county transportation. The County has plans for services totaling $661.1 million. Those plans include $131.1 million in new and enhanced bus service, express bus lane improvements on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd ($24.5 million), an Amtrak rail station in Hillsborough ($8.9 million), and a light rail system together with Durham County totaling $496.6 million. To see a complete breakdown of the plans and some frequently asked questions, click...

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UNC Softball Wins Weekend Series Over VT

CHAPEL HILL- The North Carolina softball team bounced back to win the weekend series over Virginia Tech 2-1 at Anderson Stadium. The teams played in a double header Saturday. Going into Saturday’s games the Tar Heels were up 1-0 on the series after winning 3-2 Friday night. North Carolina fell 6-7 in game two, but recovered with a third game win 5-1. The Tar Heels improved to 25-13 on the season and 6-3 in the ACC. The Hokies now stand 19-8, 1-4. In game one Saturday the Tar Heels were down early 2-0, but countered with two runs in the bottom of the first. After battling with a close score throughout the game, North Carolina wasn’t able to close out on top. Sophomore catcher Amber Parrish led the Tar Heels with three RBIs and four at bats. Parrish, senior first baseman Constance Orr, and freshman shortstop Kristen Brown each had three hits. Orr had two runs. Parrish, sophomore third baseman Stephanie Krider, senior catcher Haleigh Dickey, and senior second baseman Elisha Elliott each added one run for the Tar Heels. Junior pitcher Lori Spingola pitched through all innings and gave up nine hits and six walks. She struck out three. In game two the first two innings were scoreless, and in the third freshman second baseman Erin Satterfield and Dickey each scored a run to put North Carolina ahead 2-0. The fourth inning was scoreless. During the fifth freshman outfielder Aquilla Mateen, sophomore catcher Kati Causey, and Satterfield each...

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Fox Suspected Of Biting Two In Southern Chapel Hill Tested Positive For Rabies

CHAPEL HILL – Orange County Animal Services announced Thursday that tests of a fox likely responsible for biting two people in southern Chapel Hill came back positive for rabies. The fox was caught and killed when it was trying to attack a person’s car in the Dogwood Acres area of Chapel Hill on Wednesday. While it can’t be certain, Animal Services is confident that this was the fox that bit two people, including one it had to scale part of a ladder to reach. No additional reports have been made since this fox was captured, but people are still advised to use caution until more time has passed. Wild animals are naturally afraid of people and will likely run away. One with rabies or a similar disease will act friendly or aggressive. Anyone who witnesses a situation like that is urged to call 911 immediately. An Animal Control officer will then be...

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UNC SB President Says Charges Against Gambill Weren’t Started By Honor Court

CHAPEL HILL – UNC’s student body president Will Leimenstoll says the charges brought against sophomore Landen Gambill have gained lots of attention on campus. “People are definitely frustrated, and understandably so,” Leimenstoll says. “(They’re) concerned about some of the allegations that have been put out there and kind of asking a lot of questions. I think that that’s completely reasonable. I think there’s definitely issues about sexual assault and safety on both UNC’s campus and pretty much campuses all across the country.” Gambill has been charged by the UNC Honor Court with engaging in disruptive or intimidating behavior. The person who allegedly filed the complaint against Gambill was her ex-boyfriend who she says she has not named publicly throughout the entire process. When she presented her original case to the Honor Court in the spring of 2012, she named her assaulter, but all cases are private. Leimenstoll says it’s important to know from where exactly the Honor Court charges come. “The Attorneys General staff does decide whether the charge is worth investigating, but it’s my understanding they are not the ones who write up the charge or decide to charge someone,” Leimenstoll says. The person who accused Gambill says she damaged his or her character by continuing to express it to the public. Late last month, Gambill and others who claimed to be sexually abused, held a press conference...

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Shoop Heads For Purdue

When Everett Withers and the remains of the Butch Davis coaching regime were not retained, only one member of the old staff stayed in Chapel Hill. John Shoop was still under contract for the 2012 season at UNC, so for the first time since grade school Shoop spent an autumn off the football field. Besides a completely new experience, he said it turned out to be one of the best years of his life. He grew a beard and wore cool, outdoorsy clothes. He watched his son and daughter in their school activities, like a normal parent. The Shoops actually took weeks and weekends off to travel, see the world and visit family and friends. While the early morning meetings and late-night game-planning were not part of his life and he barely stepped on a football field, the game he has loved forever was never far from his mind. He wrote a weekly column for Chapelboro, previewing the local college and high school games of note. He called Friday night prep games on WCHL radio with play-by-play sidekick Paul Connell. And, as the only member of Davis’ staff who still lived in Chapel Hill, Shoop unobtrusively remained an advocate for the players he had recruited and coached at Carolina. He wanted them to succeed under new coach Larry Fedora and he supported the players who had been through two...

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