Blake Hodge

Carrboro High Students to Visit United Nations Meeting

The United Nations is set to unveil Sustainable Development Goals in New York in front of the Pope on Friday. A group of ambitious teenagers from Carrboro High will also be in attendance. “In 2000, the United Naitons set the Millennium Development Goals, where they want to the world to be in global poverty and global health by 2015,” says Amanda Padden. “Sine they expired this year, they’re setting the next set of goals for the next 15 years, the sustainable development goals. This week they’re going to unveil them.” Padden is not one of the world leaders putting...

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Chapel Hill Motorist Charged After Striking Cyclist

A Chapel Hill motorist struck a cyclist on Rosemary Street near Breadmen’s on Wednesday evening. Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says police responded to a call at 5:19 Wednesday. “The vehicle was making a turn into a parking lot and failed to see that the bicyclist was there,” Mecimore says. “The cyclist was taken to UNC ER, and I don’t know his status at this point.” Mecimore say the driver of the vehicle was cited for unsafe movement. This story will be updated when more information is made...

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Poll Shows Tight Race Ahead for Chapel Hill Municipal Election

Undecided voters will likely determine the Chapel Hill Town Council and Mayoral leadership this November, according to new polling numbers. With a heated campaign season well underway, Public Policy Polling commissioned a Chapel Hill-specific survey and exclusively shared the results with WCHL-Chapelboro. PPP Director Tom Jensen says, with more than a month to go before Election Day, a lot could change between now and November 3. But as it stands, incumbent Mark Kleinschmidt is leading the Mayoral candidates with 37 percent of respondents favoring a fourth term for Kleinschmidt. Challenger Pam Hemminger checked in with 25 percent of respondents...

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UNC Receives High Marks on College Scorecard

UNC came out above average across the board in the newly released federal data grading colleges across the country. On average, college graduates earn $1 million more over their lifetime than those who only completed high school. But with the cost of higher education continuing to rise, the cost versus earning averages for college graduates have caused some to wonder if it’s worth it to continue their education. New data released by the US Department of Education is aimed at helping students make the best decision possible when choosing a school, according to Steve Farmer – the Vice Provost...

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UNC Faculty Chair Bruce Cairns Suffers Heart Attack

UNC has announced that Faculty Chair, and North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center Director, Dr. Bruce Cairns suffered a heart attack last Friday, September 18. The university released a story on Wednesday saying Cairns was visiting the UNC Wellness Center at the time of the incident. Cairns says in the release, “I am recovering well and am eternally grateful to the wonderful staff at the UNC Wellness Center, emergency room, cardiac cath, cardiac ICU and all at UNC Health Care for saving my life.” Cairns was elected to serve as faculty chair in 2014. Deputy secretary of the Faculty Council...

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UNC Joins SGC to Make Research Publicly Available

UNC is the newest member of an international partnership with a goal to finding cures for some of the most widespread diseases of our time. The University of North Carolina has joined the Structural Genomics Consortium, according to the university. Tim Wilson is the chief scientist of the SGC at Carolina, and he says the initial interest in this project came from a realization that most scientific research was occurring on proteins that were known before the human genome had been sequenced in the early-2000’s. The group at UNC set to find out why, according to Wilson. “Largely because...

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Ribbon Cutting Held for New IFC Community House

The new Inter-Faith Council Community House is now officially open. Voices from the United Church of Chapel Hill choir filled the air on a cool cloudy Monday at eight o’clock in the morning, as hundreds of community members gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new IFC at SECU Community House off of Martin Luther King Junior Blvd near Homestead Road. Richard Edens is one of the pastors at the United Church of Chapel Hill. “‘Welcome Home’ are cherished words,” he says. “We hear them at the door when we’ve gone over the hill and through the woods to...

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One Killed in Fiery Wreck on Highway 86 in Cedar Grove

The driver of a tractor-trailer carrying propane was killed in a wreck in northern Orange County just after 6:30 this morning. All northbound lanes of NC 86 near Cedar Grove were closed after the wreck at the intersection of NC 86 and Sawmill Road. State Troopers say a preliminary investigation shows a 2007 Chevrolet sedan was traveling west on Sawmill Road toward NC 86 in Cedar Grove when it failed to stop at a stop sign and traveled into the intersection, striking the right side of the tractor trailer. The tractor trailer then overturned and caught on fire, according...

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UNC Students Honor Shooting Victims with Day of Service

Students in the UNC School of Dentistry gathered last Thursday for a day of service in memory of a fellow student murdered earlier this year. Thursday marked 219 days since three Muslim college students were shot and killed in the Finley Forest Condominiums in Chapel Hill. One of those killed was Deah Barakat, a student in the School of Dentistry at Carolina. The Durham District Attorney’s office is pursuing the death penalty against 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks in the case. Police maintain the shooting was the result of a long-running parking dispute. Others, including the victims’ families, believe the...

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Chapel Hill Business Receives $100K Grant

Vimala Rajendran is the owner and chef of Vimala’s Curryblossom Café on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. And a crowd gathered in the courtyard outside the restaurant on Wednesday as Chase delivered a $100,000 grant to Vimala’s. “I am so humbled. It is just so amazing,” Rajendran says. “The mayor of Chapel Hill said [Wednesday] there is no one more deserving in the entire city of Chapel Hill than me, but I just feel like it was a super surprise. [I] had no idea.” Chase representative Brent Gore was at Vimala’s as part of the celebration, and he says...

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