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No. 25 UNC Softball Heads To Kentucky For Spring Break

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 25 UNCsoftball team takes it four-game winning streak on the road for Spring Break with a mid-week game against No. 17Kentucky and closes the trip to with five opponents in three days over the weekend. North Carolina is 18-6 and coming off its conference sweep of Boston College this past weekend. The Tar Heels have already faced four top 25 teams this season. UNC split two games with No. 10 LSU, dropped two to No. 10 Texas A&M, lost to No. 3 Arizona, and defeated No. 20 Baylor. The Wildcats are 18-4, 2-1 in the SEC,...

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Men’s Basketball: Regular Season In The Books, Postseason Countdown Is On

CHAPEL HILL – After the UNC men’s basketball team was blown out on senior night by rival Duke to end the ACC regular season, Head Coach Roy Williams, P.J. Hairston, and Marcus Paige talked about what happened Saturday night. “We have to congratulate Duke—I thought they were sensational,” says Williams. “As I said after the game, their offense beat our defense, their defense beat our offense, they out played us, and better than we were. It had a lot to due to our poor play, but also I was not pleased with the way we played. The good news...

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Notre Dame To Join ACC In 2013

CHAPEL HILL – It’s official. Notre Dame will play basketball as a member of the ACC next year. Big East presidents gathered Tuesday morning to vote on allowing the Irish to depart the conference effective July 1. This announcement comes amidst the deterioration of the old Big East, but while it’s making a major shift, it’s not going away. Seven schools within the conference—known as the ‘Catholic Seven’—have agreed to take the Big East name and create a new basketball-dominated conference. According to ESPN, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Villanova will possibly be joined by...

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News Around Town: Progress Energy; Economic Briefing; Racial Justice Awareness

CHAPEL HILL – Opponents of Progress Energy rate hikes will literally hand over their shoes to the North Carolina Utilities Commission Members to ask them to walk in their shoes. Late last year, Progress Energy proposed a rate increase that would raise the average home’s annual electric bill more than $175. Those against the proposed rate hikes will pile their shoes in front of the Dobbs Building in Raleigh on Wednesday before the public hearing of the Commission. The hearing begins at 6:00 p.m. Companies in attendance that are publicly opposing the increase include AARP, Greenpeace, the NC Justice Center, NC WARN, the North Carolina Housing Coalition, and North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light. XXX Renowned economist and William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of economics at NC State, Dr. Michael Walden will give the keynote address at Wednesday morning’s Economic Outlook Briefing. The 2013 edition of this address will describe to Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber members the latest economic issues and trends facing our area. Those in attendance will also hear the results of the Chamber’s annual Economic Conditions Survey. The event takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill. XXX Chapel Hill High School will host Racial Justice Awareness Day Thursday for tenth-grade students to point out how issues of racial justice impact the ever-growing school-to-prison pipeline. County Commissioner Mark Dorosin, members of...

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Name Released Of “Money Man” Behind UNC Football Scandal

RALEIGH – The man behind the UNC Football “money scandal” that led to the firing of head coach Butch Davis and the resignation of athletic director Dick Baddour was announced Monday morning. WRAL reports the North Carolina Secretary of State found that Terry Shawn Watson of the Watson Sports Agency in Marietta, Georgia sent money to former UNC football player Marvin Austin and other players nationwide. At the time, Watson was not a legal agent in North Carolina as his attempt to register was rejected due to a bounced check. Austin told investigators he received the money via FedEx...

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CHCCS Names New Principals For Carrboro, Rashkis, and Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools announced the placement of three new principals to fill vacancies at Carrboro Elementary, Rashkis Elementary, and Chapel Hill High. The Board approved Jillian La Serna to take over at Carrboro once Emily Bivins takes the position of principal next year at the new Frank Porter Graham Dual-Language Magnet school. La Serna has served as assistant principal at Carrboro since July 2011 and was an administrative intern the year before that. She is currently working on her doctorate from UNC and expected to finish that program by May 2014. She will take over as principal...

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News Around Town: Carrboro Parking Deck Construction Begins; CHPL-UMall To Close

CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO – The majority of the construction of a parking deck at 300 E. Main Street in Carrboro will begin on Tuesday after three weeks of delays. One delivery of pre-cast concrete will occur between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Monday, and all-day deliveries will begin on Tuesday. The deliveries will take place once every 45 minutes or so and stop traffic on E. Main Street to allow one truck to exit the transfer space and another to back into place. Connecting streets could also see delays including West Rosemary, South Merritt Mill, Greensboro, Franklin, Jones Ferry, and others....

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Emanuel, North Carolina Baseball Opens ACC Play With Shutout

WINSTON-SALEM – Just as it did to open the regular season, the No. 1 North Carolina baseball team shut out its opponent Friday night in its ACC opener. The Tar Heels took down the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 4-0 in Winston-Salem. Junior Kent Emanuel pitched a shutout and allowed five hits, no runs, three walks, and threw seven strikeouts. Only four Tar Heels saw a hit Friday night and freshman right fielder Skye Bolt once again led the way. With a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, Bolt connected for his first homerun of the season. He...

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North Carolina Women Advance With 62-57 Win Over Boston College

CHAPEL HILL – The three-seed UNC women’s basketball team held on for a 62-57 win in the second round of the ACC tournament over 11-seed Boston College Friday night. BC took its hot shooting from the first round of the championship into the game against North Carolina. The Eagles shot 36 percent from behind the arc in the first half and were within two at halftime, 25-23. Boston College capped an 11-0 run with 8:42 on the first half clock and took the game over at 17-14. However, UNC quickly took back control and took the two-point lead into...

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No. 25 UNC Softball Hosts BC In ACC Opener Saturday

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC softball team returns to the top 25 after a 15-6 start and begins ACC play Saturday in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have won nine of their last ten contests including all games in the Carolina Classic for which they played host and all but one game in the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational. The only loss came by the bats of No. 3 Arizona which handed Carolina a 7-4 decision. The Eagles are 4-8 on the season and are coming off six straight defeats. The chance to redeem those losses was halted when the last three...

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