Tim Carnes

News Around Town: National Humanities; Medicine Drop; 140 West Grand Opening

CHAPEL HILL – The second annual conference on Human Rights and the Humanities will take place at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park this Thursday and Friday. The keynote address on Thursday evening will be from historian, author and Canadian politician Michael Ignatieff. Following this address about human rights, sovereignty and globalization, NHC trustee emerita Jean Bethke Elshtain will respond. On Friday, the conference continues with speakers from leading universities in Israel, Germany, China, and throughout the United States. The conference will be free to the public on Thursday evening starting at 7:00. On Friday afternoon, $20 for adults and $10 dollars for students and seniors provides entry to the full conference, including meals. XXX Operation Medicine Drop is from 3 to 6 p.m. today, at the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 501 Hampton Pointe Blvd. in Hillsborough. The Hillsborough Police Department is partnering with Safe Kids North Carolina, Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth, and Wal-Mart to sponsor the event, which is offering residents a safe and secure way to get rid of old or unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications. Almost 4500 people have died from prescription drug poisoning since 1999 in North Carolina, making unintentional poisonings the second leading cause of injury death in the state. The service is free and anonymous and will help prevent accidental poisonings, drug abuse, and water contamination from flushing medicine. XXX The Grand...

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Tar Heels Look To Continue Boosting NCAA Resume Against Florida State

CHAPEL HILL- As NCAA tournament time draws nearer, the Tar Heel men’s basketball team is looking to defeat the Seminoles for the second time this season Sunday at the Dean Dome. Florida State comes into Chapel Hill with a 15-13 record, 8-7 in the ACC. The Seminoles are struggling more this year than they have in the past, but the Heels will have to play to their fullest ability to make sure they aren’t upset for the third time in the last four meetings of the teams. Both teams are fresh off of victories—FSU defeated Wake Forest in Tallahassee on Tuesday, and UNC won in Clemson on Thursday. At 10-5, Carolina is tied with Virginia at third place in the ACC and has won ten of the last thirteen games. The Heels have been thriving with the smaller line-up featuring PJ Hairston, but they will need to watch senior Florida State guard Michael Snaer, who has been averaging just less than fifteen points a game and is considered one of the better defenders in the nation. The Tar Heels shot 47 percent from the floor and held the Tigers to under 35 percent in the last game and will look to keep the momentum moving. Roy Williams’ offense and fast-pace play focused around turnovers is starting to click with the new line-up, and Hairston, along with Reggie Bullock, will...

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Students Speak Out Against Honor Court Charges On UNC Sophomore

CHAPEL HILL – Students hanging out in “The Pit” on UNC’s campus Wednesday reacted with disappointment and shock at Landen Gambill being charged with the Honor Court infraction of engaging in disruptive or intimidating behavior. Funmi Solar, a graduating senior who knows Gambill personally, notes that the charges bring the silencing and alienation of those who are oppressed on campus into the public eye. She mentions that this victim-blaming system will leave a scar on UNC’s reputation. “It’s just really sad—I’m a graduating senior this semester—to know that when I say UNC, people are going to say ‘Oh, the school that a woman got sexually assaulted in and now she’s getting punished for it’,” Solar says. Solar says that Gambill’s case shows the misogyny that occurs within rape culture. “Because it’s such a high crime against women, it’s kind of victim-blaming, and that comes from misogyny,” Solar says. “Because if I say I was robbed, I don’t think that people would not believe me. But if I said that I was raped, people would question what I was doing wrong.” On a similar note, senior Katie Womble mentioned that the Honor Court case could discourage other assault victims from speaking out. “It shows a lot of factors that you would see at other colleges across the country: that even if there’s some basis for investigating whatever Gambill did, it’s going to...

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Former UNC Employee Charged With 47 Counts Of Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor

CHAPEL HILL – Charged with 47 separate counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, Charles Hitlin, a former UNC employee, was arrested at his home in Pittsboro on Monday. “Chatham County Sheriff’s officers arrested Mr. Charles Hitlin just before 10:30 Monday night on warrants that were issued by our department, UNC Public Safety,” Information Specialist Randy Young says. Hitlin, who worked in UNC’s School of Public Health, was placed in the Chatham County Jail with a $250,000 secured bond. His first court appearance is at 2 p.m. today at the Orange County Court House. The investigation that led to Hitlin’s arrest was executed by an extensive joint task force put together by ICAC, or Internet Crimes against Children. “We (are) in it; I believe the SBI is a part of it; Morrisville’s in it,” Young says. “So, there’s a number of different agencies in the area that form this joint operations task force.” Hitlin was first arrested in November 2012 after police found a gun in his campus office. However, Randy Young explains that the gun was simply a by-product of search warrants conducted. Hitlin received charges last month with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor using a UNC email account before the most recent accusations. Young says that no further information is available, as the investigation is still on-going. – See more at:...

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Chapel Hill Police Offers Email Address Tipline

CHAPEL HILL – Last week, theChapel Hill Police Department released new information in their investigation of the murder of Faith Hedgepeth last September. With the new information, the police department also created a new email address for tips. Police already had a tip line for people to call with additional information, but Sgt. Josh Mecimore says the email address will be helpful as well. “Sometimes people don’t feel comfortable talking to somebody,” Sgt. Mecimore says. “They don’t want somebody asking them questions; they just want to say what they’ve got to say, and that’s it. So we thought that was a good way to give people place to do that. I’m sure we’ll probably keep that email long term so that if people have information they want to pass on, they can shoot us an email and say what they have to say.” Mecimore says police did not receive very many additional tips after last week’s release, but information is still coming in. Using recently discovered DNA evidence and aid from federal agencies, Chapel Hill police announced last week that the suspect is a male—likely someone who knew Faith, whose whereabouts are unaccounted for on the morning of Friday, September 7, and who might have been acting strangely immediately thereafter. If you have any information, call the tip line at 919-614-6363 or Crimestoppers at 919-942-7515, or you can email the...

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