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OC Health Director Defends Smoking Ban

Additional Reporting by Elizabeth Friend and Ran Northam CHAPEL HILL – The Orange County smoking ban is getting town leaders on all sides of the argument fired up. Last week Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, who says he supports anti-smoking efforts, still had strong words for Health Director Colleen Bridger regarding the smoking ban. It went down at a recent meeting with town and county officials. Mayor Kleinschmidt said: “I personally object to the Board of Health’s extension of jurisdiction over us and commandeering of our police force to handle this, so I will not be telling anyone about this, because my understanding...

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Post Loss To Kansas, What’s Next For The Tar Heels?

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Men’s Basketball team is done after a 70-58 loss to No. 1 seed Kansas in the Round of 32.  And we’re all trying to move on, but let’s recap briefly. “Whatever kind of shots they are, if you don’t make them then you aren’t going to do very well. When Carolina shot 22 of 73 that is not a winning formula,”  said Barry Jacobs of the ACC Sports Journal. The Jayhawks can now relish in the fact that for a second year in a row, they ousted UNC from the NCAA tournament. But in the...

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Saturday Marks 6th Anniversary Of Former UNC Mascot’s Passing

CHAPEL HILL – Saturday is the sixth anniversary of former UNC mascot Jason Ray’s passing. Jason was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in 2007. “It does not get any easier. It feels like when I say he’s been gone six years, it feels like it’s been 60,” said Charlotte Ray, Jason’s mother. Jason was traveling with the men’s basketball team at the NCAA Regional in New Jersey, when a car struck him as he was walking back from getting dinner. Jason died three days after the accident. Because Jason was an organ donor, the Ray family started the...

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‘Girl Playing Flute’ Artist Reacts To Mural Painted Black

CHAPEL HILL – The beloved mural on Franklin Street depicting a girl playing a flute is gone.  All that’s left is a black wall in its place. “I didn’t know anyone was planning that. I was very disappointed. These things are kind of like my little children,” said artist Michael Brown. He says he was on his ladder Wednesday painting a new mural for the Chapel Hill Library when he found out the news. “And I’m very disappointed in the way it was done in an expedient way,” Brown said. Brown explains he painted the mural around 2001. The Lantern...

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CHCCS Facing Tough Decisions With Projected Budget Shortfalls

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education has to make some tough decisions coming up. The district faces a $5 million shortfall for this next fiscal year in addition to potential cuts in state funding. The Board met Thursday night to take public comment and also held its own discussion on the superintendent’s recommended budget. “What we were talking about was if there were opportunities for us to do some cost-savings and looking at us being more cost-efficient with our resources,” said Chair of the Board Michelle Brownstein. The Board discussed consolidating high school classes...

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UNC Hosting Forum To Reduce Violence

CHAPEL HILL – In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the UNC campus and community are coming together with a goal to reduce violence. “Our schools are pretty safe places but we have a steady flow of these mass-casualty events,” said UNC Professor Stephen Marshall. Marshall is the director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at UNC. He wants the community to check-out the forum that’s being held on Wednesday at the Tate-Turner Kuralt Auditorium on UNC’s campus at noon. It’s a discussion that’s open to the public. “We want to bring all of those people together...

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Future of Lee Scholars School in Question

CHAPEL HILL –The National Heritage Academies released a press release today announcing it has backed-out as the management firm for the Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter School. “After much consideration, National Heritage Academies has made the difficult decision not to move forward with the proposed school. ….We have the utmost admiration for Howard and Lillian Lee, the members of the school board, and the many others we have partnered with in the community to try to bring this school to life,” according to a press release issued by the National Heritage Academies. But Joel Medley of the North...

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Ackland Museum Focuses On More Love For Art Enthusiasts

CHAPEL HILL –  If you want some love this weekend check out the Ackland Art Museum. The exhibit, More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s, is open right now through March 31st. “With love, as a theme, as a method, as a strategy to create objects and interactions and participatory events for our audiences,” Amanda Hughes of Ackland Art Museum says. She explains the exhibit explores the idea of love through elaborate crafts, sound environments, and interactive projects.  “When you try to talk about love in serious settings people kind of roll their eyes and say ‘they’re about to get all...

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