Kelly Fahey

Meyer: Wave of Dem Candidates Combination of Trump and NCGA Issues

North Carolina Democrats announced nine new candidates for state legislature on Monday. The new slate includes six female candidates. This follows a rising trend of women running for political office nationwide since Donald Trump was elected president. North Carolina State Representative for Orange and Durham counties Graig Meyer sees a definite correlation between the two. “The response to Trump has been a lot of women becoming politically engaged,” said Meyer. “The #MeToo movement has encouraged women to speak out in powerful ways on not only sexual harassment and assault but on all kinds of topics, and we’re really seeing...

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Carrboro Resident Prepares to Walk Across America

Carrboro resident Tom Griffen plans to start out 2018 with a journey that not too many people have set out on before. “On January 2, I am beginning a cross country journey afoot,” said Griffen. “I’m starting in Santa Monica, California, and then heading eastward.” His six-month walk across the country will eventually take him back to the east coast. The inspiration for this journey isn’t philanthropic or competitive in nature, it simply comes from a desire to challenge himself, Griffen explained. “The driving force for me doing this six-month adventure is because I’ve got a hot fire burning...

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Chapel Hill Police Prepare for Spike in Holiday Break-Ins

The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking extra precautions this holiday season to combat the rising number of holiday break-ins that Chapel Hill sees each year. Among those extra precautions is a house check program, which CHPD assistant chief Jabe Hunter says made a significant difference during last year’s holiday season. “We had a significant increase of [house checks] last holiday season and we saw a 20 percent decrease in our historical average for break-ins during that time,” said Hunter. Hunter says that merely increasing police presence in neighborhoods with higher rates of crime has helped to lower these...

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UNC Research Exceeds $1 Billion Annually for the First Time

For the first time in its history, UNC has surpassed $1 Billion in annual research expenditures, according to the annual Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey. UNC is ranked 11th nationally among all research institutions in research and development expenditures. Vice Chancellor of Research at UNC Terry Magnuson says this spending only serves to benefit the community at large. “I think the story really is the growth of research here at UNC and how it benefits the people of North Carolina,” said Magnuson. “Our research enterprise really has been growing dramatically.” Magnuson says that the research being done...

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After Early Firing, UNC Center for Civil Rights Attorneys Looking To New Project

As of last Thursday, managing attorney for the UNC Center for Civil Rights Mark Dorosin and his colleague Elizabeth Haddix were relieved of their positions by the university. This move came ahead of schedule, as the two were expecting to maintain their positions until January 12, but after a letter from the State Bar claimed they should have never had the ability to provide legal services under the umbrella of the university in the first place, the law school determined that their terminations should be accelerated. Despite the Bar’s claims, Dorosin feels that this move was uncalled for. “I...

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Phoenix Academy Preaches Equity in Practice

Chapel Hill’s Phoenix Academy is an alternative school that is reimagining the ways to work with students that may experience more traumas than others outside of school. John Williams, Phoenix Academy’s Principal who was named Chapel Hill/Carrboro’s Principal of the Year, says that the school’s focus on “equity in practice” is a catalyst for closing the achievement gap that many high schools experience. “Too many times we hear people talk about equity, but for us, equity is an action verb,” says Williams. “It means actually putting things to work, and in order to close the achievement gap it takes...

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Hillsborough Police Department Receives Praise for Good Deeds

Two acts of goodwill by Hillsborough Police have the community feeling the holiday spirit. The most recent of those came on Thanksgiving Day when Officers Blackwell and Wilson were on patrol and spotted some children playing on a broken trampoline. “Our officers noticed some kids playing on a damaged trampoline, saw that it was unsafe and went out and find what they needed to repair the trampoline and make it safe for the kids,” said Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens. The officers’ actions were recorded on the police department’s Facebook Page. This came weeks after Officer Keith Bradshaw and his...

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Community Meetings on Possible New Chapel Hill Police Station Begin Thursday

Chapel Hillians will have a chance to provide input on a proposed joint project with the Town of Chapel Hill and UNC on Thursday. The town will be hosting the first in a series of community meetings to discuss the proposed Municipal Services Center off of Estes Drive Extension. The site has been viewed as a possible location of a new Chapel Hill Police station, among other uses. The meeting will take place on Thursday, November 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Phillips Middle School. The town and UNC are pursuing an agreement to allow the development to take place...

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Carrboro Approves Paid Parental Leave

Carrboro’s Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an ordinance to provide paid parental leave to town employees on Tuesday. A maximum of 240 hours of paid parental leave will be provided to any employee who qualifies for the Family and Medical Leave Act, and coverage includes a child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement. Alderman Sammy Slade says that he believes this ordinance will help the town stay competitive as an employer. “One of the struggles we have as a town is to retain very good employees,” said Slade. “We lose them many times to larger institutions that tend to...

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UNC Grad Named to Forbes 30 Under 30

UNC graduate Patrick Mateer has been named to Forbes 30 under 30 List for Social Entrepreneurs, a list that recognizes young entrepreneurs leading businesses as a way to create positive change throughout the world. Mateer’s business, Seal the Seasons, makes local, seasonally grown crops such as strawberries and blackberries available year-round by freezing them and selling them regionally. His focus has always been local, and he has no plans of changing that regardless of the international recognition. “We see that doing things locally can reduce the carbon footprint and create jobs for our local economy, as well as having...

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