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CHCCS Discusses Equity For All Students

The Board of Education chose not to vote on an equity plan designed to help close the achievement gap for students of color in the district. Although no members of the board were against the creation of the plan, some said they thought the plan wasn’t ready to be approved. The plan was initially created to tackle issues of race, but board member Rani Dasi said she thought it should be more inclusive. “There are gaps in gender, there are gaps in LGBT treatment, there are gaps in our English-language learners,” she said. “I’m not prepared to leave this...

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Orange County Commissioners Vote to Move Forward with Light Rail Project

After a long night of discussion and debate, the Board of Orange County Commissioners passed a memorandum of understanding that says the county will look into the possibility of paying an additional 40 million dollars over a 10-year period towards the Durham-Orange Light Rail Project. County attorney John Roberts said the memorandum does not require the county to commit any funding at the moment. “It’s non-binding for the time being,” Roberts said. “If the board agrees to look for additional funding, you’re creating, potentially, an expectation that you will implement that funding. But you are not obligated to implement...

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Chapel Hill Approves Sancar Turkish Cultural Center

The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously approved a plan brought forward by Aziz and Gwen Sancar to create a Turkish Cultural Center at 1609 E. Franklin Street. The building would offer a place to celebrate Turkish culture and house scholars visiting from Turkey. Gwen Sancar said the center would be available for anyone in the community on dates when there are not Turkish events. “We want to build this to a human scale,” she said. “Not a huge palace, but instead a cultural center that is accessible to the community.” Aziz Sancar is a native of Turkey and is...

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Orange, Durham To Face Major Light Rail Decision

Elected officials from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Orange County came together with representatives from GoTriangle Thursday evening to discuss budgetary issues related to the Durham-Orange Light Rail Project. The groups are now hurrying to come up with enough money to fill a gap in the current budget that was created by a recent change in federal policy. The Federal Transit Administration has said it would reimburse 50 percent of the total cost of the project. It was initially expected to pay $125 million dollars per year over an eight-year period, but GoTraingle project director Danny Rodgers said FTA...

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CHCCS Pushes Towards Closing Achievement Gap

According to Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools director of equity leadership Sheldon Lanier, assistant superintendent Rydell Harrison takes a copy of the district’s equity plan to every meeting. “Dr. Harrison has done a great job of referring to the plan every single time,” Lanier said. “I was actually in a meeting with him one time and he said, ‘You can tell I use my plan.’ It was tattered and torn. It was bent in every single corner, and I think there were some pages upside down.” Lanier and Harrison are major parts of the school district’s push to...

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Will Ferrell Campaigns For Clinton In Carrboro

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton picked up a major endorsement from fictitious NASCAR superstar Ricky Bobby. The announcement was made by comedian Will Ferrell during a visit to Clinton’s campaign office in Carrboro Saturday afternoon. Ferrell played the character in his movie Taladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby. “Of course Ricky Bobby is voting for Hillary Clinton,” he said. “All of my characters are going to vote for Hillary Clinton.” Ferrell made a stop in Carrboro as part of a tour across the triangle to encourage Clinton supporters to volunteer for the campaign. He made stops in Raleigh...

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Hemminger: Wegmans Poised to be Among the “Biggest Sales Tax Producers in the County”

The possibility of Wegmans Supermarket coming to Chapel Hill highlights several different milestones. It’s the first time that the Town of Chapel Hill and Orange County have partnered together for economic development work. It would also be the first Wegmans in Orange or Durham Counties. On Wednesday, county and town leaders announced the Orange County Commissioners and the Town of Chapel Hill will consider an incentive package to bring Wegmans Supermarket to Chapel Hill. The Wegmans would open in the 14-acre property on 15-501 that will be vacated by Performance Automall next July. Performance is set to move to...

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Marcus Paige Released by Utah

Marcus Paige has been cut by the Utah Jazz. The former 2nd-team All American was drafted by the Brooklyn Nets 55th overall in the NBA Draft on June 23rd. He was traded to Utah the following day. Paige appeared in two preseason games for the Jazz, scoring eleven points in 18 combined minutes. It’s possible that Paige could sign with Utah’s D-League team, the Salt Lake City Stars. During his senior season, Paige was a first-team Academic All-American for UNC in leading the Tar Heels to the ACC Championship and an appearance in the national championship...

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Chapel Hill Coalition Aims to Reduce High Risk Drinking

A new town-gown coalition is working to reduce high risk drinking in Chapel Hill. In a recent survey, 71 percent of college students and 47 percent of high school seniors here reported using alcohol in the previous 30 days. The Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce the Negative Impacts of High Risk Drinking are taking on the problem of high-risk drinking that exists in Chapel Hill and various communities. The origins of the group started in 2013 when former Chancellor Holden Thorp and former Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt convened a group to tackle the issue of binge drinking....

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Chapel Hill Attempts To Reduce Racial Bias In Policing

The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously passed a resolution that would change town policing policies. These new measures were created by the police department along with local groups to reduce racial bias when it comes to local policing. “Nationally and locally law enforcement is actually waking up to the fact that many of our activities, long thought and taught as good, old-fashioned police work can lead to unintended consequences for some members of our community,” said Chapel Hill police chief Chris Blue. In order to help solve the problem locally, Blue said Chapel Hill police will run a pilot...

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