Kelly Fahey

Police Vehicles Experiencing Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Police departments nationwide are taking action over defective Ford Explorer patrol vehicles. Carbon Monoxide fumes from the vehicles are seeping inside, potentially sickening the officers and sometimes causing them to lose consciousness. According to a CBS report, Vermont State Police and other departments in the Northeast have installed carbon monoxide monitors in their vehicles, and two departments in Texas have pulled all of their Explorers off the road. Austin, Texas Police Association President Ken Casady said on CBS This Morning that the issue is of upmost concern. “If this is not done by the end of the week, we’re...

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NC House Reps Meet to Discuss Rural Broadband Access

North Carolina House Representative Graig Meyer and a representative from the State’s Office of Digital Infrastructure will speak tonight on the State’s effort to improve rural access to broadband internet across the state. The meeting, which will take place at the Schley Grange Hall, will focus on the state of broadband access in rural Orange County. Meyer claims that despite agreement on the issue across the political aisle, the General Assembly still hasn’t been able to make any leeway on legislation. “Every rural representative in the state wants to see an expansion of rural broadband access for economic and...

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UNC Announces Fellowship Recipients

UNC has announced eight incoming freshmen and two rising juniors as this years Global Gap Year Fellowship recipients. The fellowship allows the students to defer a year of university enrollment to travel internationally for a combination of study, work and volunteer service. While the fellowship is generally exclusively awarded to incoming freshman, a collaboration with student run The Meantime Coffee Co. enabled the program to grant two inaugural Bridge Year Fellowships to rising juniors Araseli Valverde and Kaitlin Galindo. The Meantime’s co-founders Keegan McBride and Scott Diekema started the company in hopes to provide students with these types of...

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UNC Alum named Ambassador to Spain

The White House announced last week its intent to nominate Duke Buchan III as Ambassador to Spain. Buchan, a Henderson, North Carolina native, graduated from UNC with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish in 1985. After graduating from Carolina, Buchan founded a highly successful private investment management firm called Hunter Global Investors and soent time at several large financial and Wall Street firms including Merrill Lynch. Buchan serves on Carolina’s Arts and Sciences Foundation Board of Directors and on the Chancellor’s Philanthropic Council. His family also established the Buchan Excellence Fund, which the University called “the largest single endowment...

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UNC Climate Change Study Estimates 60,000 Deaths by 2030 Due to Air Pollution

A new study out of UNC calculates the number of premature deaths that will be caused by future climate change’s effect on global air pollution if left unaddressed. According to the study, which appeared in the July 31 issue of Nature Climate Change, global air pollution is expected to result in roughly 60,000 deaths globally in the year 2030 and 260,000 deaths in 2100. The study is the most comprehensive look yet on how climate change will affect health via air pollution. Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences and reaserch supervisor on the study Jason West claims that climate change’s...

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Lease Agreement Reached for Prospective Police Station Site

The Town of Chapel Hill is one step closer to building a new police station on land owned by UNC. The UNC Board of Trustees voted on a tentative lease agreement last week for the land, which is located on Estes Drive Extension between Airport Drive and Seawell School Road, to serve as a prospective site for the new station along with other town and university offices. “We have struck a partnership to put a number of town services on that property,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue, “with room for some UNC services to perhaps join us...

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Orange Correctional Center Announces New Superintendent

Larry Marion has been named the new superintendent at Orange Correctional Center in Hillsborough according to the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice. Marion served as the assistant superintendent at Orange Correctional Center since 2011 and has been with the Department of Public Safety for 26 years. Prior to his time with Orange Correctional Center, Marion worked at the former Polk Youth Correctional Institution, Umstead Correctional, the Dan River Prison Work Farm, and served as correctional lieutenant at Wake Correctional Center. He was also correctional captain at the N.C. Correctional Institution for Women. Orange Correctional Center employs a...

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Construction on West Franklin Street

West Franklin Street will be reduced to one travel lane in either direction in front of the new Carolina Square project site today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to road resurfacing. Work will continue on Monday, August 7 through Wednesday, August 9, weather permitting. For more information, visit the town of Chapel Hill’s traffic...

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Chapel Hill Sees Spike in Larcenies

Chapel Hill has seen an increase in reported larcenies this month according to Police Chief Chris Blue. “This is that time of year when people are travelling, students are not here, and we have seen a dramatic spike in larcenies in the month of July,” said Blue. “A significant percentage of those are from cars.” Blue claims that many of these larcenies occurred while the car was unlocked. Nearly $25,000 worth of stolen items has been taken from unlocked cars in the month of July, including three guns. Blue calls the spike in larcenies “concerning.” “One of the most...

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New Ephesus-Fordham Development Sees Roadblocks

Designs for a new 273-unit apartment building near the corner of South Elliot Road and Fordham Boulevard have been met with concerns by Chapel Hill’s Community Design Commission. The development, which is controlled by Ram Realty Services, is drawing comparisons to the Berkshire Chapel Hill – formerly known as the Alexan – which was the first development to come to the Ephesus-Fordham district under form-based code. Projects in the district require approval from the CDC and town manager, rather than going before the Town Council. CDC member Christine Berndt believes that moving slowly and carefully adhering to guidelines for...

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