Kelly Fahey

Attorneys Working to Continue Work of UNC Center for Civil Rights

The future of the UNC Center for Civil Rights remains uncertain after its power to act in litigation was stripped by the UNC System Board of Governors earlier this fall. Mark Dorosin, the center’s managing attorney, was effectively relieved of his position in the move. He technically will maintain that post until January 12. “In an effort to figure out how best to transition the advocacy work and continue the client-community representation away from UNC, we’re looking at a bunch of different options,” said Dorosin. Those options include setting up a non-profit organization to serve as a placeholder for...

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New Memorial to Celebrate Veterans, Raise Awareness

The Orange County Veterans Committee held an event last Friday to commemorate the completion of the first phase of the planned veteran’s memorial at the Southern Human Services Center. The event also corresponded with Veterans Day. Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Larry Hall spoke at the  event about the responsibility that veterans have to make their voices heard. “We are a part of the community, not apart from the community,” said Hall. “We should never let our communities forget that, and we should never sit down on the job, as we were responsible...

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Students, Staff, Community Speak on Silent Sam at Public Comment Session

UNC students, faculty and community members were given the chance to directly address the university Board of Trustees today at a public comment session held at the Chancellor’s Ballroom at the Carolina Inn regarding Silent Sam. The session was called by board chair Haywood Cochrane, at the urging of Chancellor Carol Folt, who stated that campus safety is a priority along with delivering an accurate depiction of the university’s history. “We are committed, as we’ve said many times in the past, to sharing the full and accurate story of our university’s history, and continue to work with Chancellor Folt...

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CHCCS Provided With Fire Truck for Firefighting Academy

The Chapel Hill Fire Department has rewarded Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools with a fire truck as part of their new district-wide Firefighting Academy at Chapel Hill High. The fire truck and the academy are a result of a partnership between CHCCS’s Career and Technical Education Department, the Chapel Hill Fire Department and Durham Tech Community College. CHCCS Board Chair James Barrett called the unveiling of the fire truck a “historic day”. “The piece of equipment that we have here has served our community well; it has protected property; it has even saved lives in its’ past career,”...

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Silent Sam Protesters Identify Undercover UNC Police Officer Amid Demonstrators

UNC is receiving backlash from students and community members after a video surfaced late last week showing student protestors confronting a uniformed police officer that was previously seen dressed in plain clothes taking part in the Silent Sam protests. UNC students claimed to have seen and spoken to officer Hector Borges at Silent Sam protests dating back to August when a large rally was held to coincide with the first day of the fall semester protesting the Confederate soldier monument. Protesters allege that at the time he introduced himself as Victor, an auto mechanic from Durham who was sympathetic...

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Study Shows School Nurses Want More Opioid-Related Training

According to a recent study out of UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy, school nurses in the Carolinas are vying for more access to Naloxone, a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, and more training in dealing with opioid overdoses in general. The study shows that about 40% of school nurses in North and South Carolina have encountered a student with an opioid persription, but only 4% have had access to Naloxone. Assistant Professor at the Eshelmen School of Pharmacy Delesha Carpenter believes that reaching school-aged children can be instrumental in fighting the opioid crisis. “Around middle school is when...

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Challengers See Big Night in Chapel Hill Town Council Election

Voters called for a shakeup on the Chapel Hill Town Council this year as both incumbents, Ed Harrison and Maria Palmer, were unseated in last night’s election by challengers. Hongbin Gu, a political newcomer endorsed by CHALT, the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town, and Indy Week, came in first place with 5,883 votes. Gu was followed by Karen Stegman with 5,684 votes, Allen Buansi with 5,410 and Rachel Schaevitz with 5,076, all of whom were also CHALT endorsed candidates. The top three candidates were separated by a slim margin, making for a highly contested race. Incumbents Harrison...

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New Rainbow Crosswalk Coming to Carrboro

Carrboro will install North Carolina’s first rainbow crosswalk in support of the LGBTQ community. The crosswalk, which will replace a preexisting crosswalk on East Main Street, will also include a black and brown stripe to include communities of color, a design which was introduced in Philadelphia earlier this year. Carrboro’s Arts Commission has pointed to crosswalk designs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as examples of how local artists can get creative with this project, which Alderwoman Bethany Chaney agrees with. “As much as everyone was supportive of the flag’s stripes, I felt like there was opportunity to think about Carrboro...

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Chapel Hill Approves Plans for New Wegmans

The Town of Chapel Hill approved the plans for the construction of a new Wegmans grocery store last Wednesday. The site of the 130,000-square-foot grocery store will be 15 acres and located between 15-501 and Old Durham Road – the current location of Performance AutoMall. The new Wegmans adds to a multitude of growth and construction in the area, including the nearby Blue Hill District and the remodeling of the intersection at 15-501 and Scarlett Drive. “That whole corridor is going to be changing, and we want to make sure that it’s a pleasant experience for people,” said Chapel...

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Child Fatality Statistics Released for 2016

The North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force released new numbers and a detailed report on the child death rate in the state from 2016. The report says 59.2 children between the ages of zero and 17 died per 100,000. Even though this number has stayed relatively stable since 2010, executive director of the task force Kella Hatcher believes that is not good enough. “The other way of looking at it is that it’s stagnant, and that stagnant is not acceptable,” says Hatcher. “We were on a downward trajectory for quite some time, even if it was a little bit...

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