Blake Hodge

BOG Search Committee Fine Tuning Pitch for Candidates

Input compiled from more than 4,000 responses to identify attributes that should be sought in candidates for the next UNC System President was presented at the Leadership Statement Committee meeting on Thursday. The input was gathered from online surveys, input from public meetings, formal discussions amongst constituent group leaders, and social media. According to the statement, a consensus on what the constituent groups were looking for in a candidate included a demonstrated record of bringing together a broad array of constituencies, being able to work constructively across multiple stakeholder groups, integrity, and maintaining the stature of the UNC System....

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UNC Basketball Two-Man Recruiting Class May Complete Puzzle

Carolina is welcoming two incoming freshmen to the men’s basketball team. Luke Maye and Kenny Williams make up the two-man 2015 recruiting class for the North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball program. GoHeels.com’s Adam Lucas says the two freshmen are eager to get involved. “They’re very respectful. They’re very happy to be at Carolina,” he says. “But they’re not just happy to be at Carolina. They’re looking forward to finding a way to contribute. “They’re not coming here to just sit on the bench and wave a towel. They both believe they can play at this level.” While neither...

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Appeals Over Use of King & King in 3rd-Grade Class Dropped

Both appeals challenging the use of the fairy tale “King & King” in a third-grade class at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School have been dropped, according to the school system. The public hearing scheduled for Thursday has been canceled. Omar Currie says he read the book in late April after seeing a bullying problem in his classroom; the fairy tale depicts two princes falling in love and getting married. Two appeals were filed over the use of the book in the class and, following school board policy, the school-based Media Review Committee reviewed the book challenge. After a public hearing on...

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Chatham County Officials Agree to Deal with Duke Energy on Coal Ash

Chatham County officials have reached an agreement with Duke Energy on parameters of storing coal ash at a clay mine in the county. A deal was struck between the county and the energy giant after weeks of negotiations, according to officials. Chatham County Manager Charlie Horne says the county’s focus was getting the best arrangement it could with Duke. “Given that, no matter what we do, we’re likely going to get coal ash,” he says, “what is the best deal, if you will, we can get from Duke Energy to do other things potentially in Chatham County.” Duke Spokesperson...

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Durham Officer Shoots Robbery Suspect in Face

Durham Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at a McDonald’s at 3117 Tower Boulevard. A Durham officer shot a suspect in the face after responding to a robbery in progress at the restaurant shortly before four o’clock this morning. The suspect had his arm around a female employee’s neck, according to police. The preliminary investigation shows that the suspect repeatedly threatened to kill the employee. The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries but was conscious and alert, according to law enforcement. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting, per normal procedure...

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Allisha Gray Granted Release from UNC

Another member of the 2013 recruiting class is leaving the UNC Women’s Basketball program. Allisha Gray has been granted her release to seek a transfer from Carolina, the university confirmed on Tuesday. Gray led the Tar Heels in scoring last season as a sophomore, with nearly 16 points per game, and was second on the team with 7.6 rebounds per game. The 2013 recruiting class included Gray, Jessica Washington, Diamond DeShields, and Stephanie Mavunga. UNC announced Washington’s transfer last month, DeShields transferred from Carolina last year, and now Gray is joining the exodus. Gray will have to sit out...

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Teacher, Assistant Principal Resign from Efland Cheeks

The third-grade teacher who read King and King to his classroom to solve a bullying problem at Efland Cheeks Elementary School has resigned. Omar Currie told WCHL in mid-May, following the initial controversy over the fairy tale that depicts two princes getting married, that his intention was to resign at the end of the academic year. “I chose to work at Efland because of the children,” he said. “For me, it’s about supporting the children. And it’s really difficult for me to be able to do that if I don’t have the support of my administration.” Currie said at...

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Carjacking Suspect in Custody

A suspect is in custody after a carjacking in Orange County on Friday. Authorities say 45-year-old James Patrick Thompson, of Durham, was arrested on Friday evening in South Carolina after stealing a vehicle in Hillsborough earlier that morning. The victim was visiting from Atlanta to attend a friend’s wedding, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and was traveling on I-85 near the I-40 interchange when she saw a vehicle that had been involved in an accident. According to law enforcement, she then stopped to offer help to Thompson, who threatened her with a broken bottle, took her vehicle, and left...

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Nine Tar Heels Make US Team

Nine current or former UNC women’s lacrosse players led the way at tryouts for the national team. US Lacrosse announced the 36-player roster for the 2015 – 2016 US National Team after three days of tryouts in Baltimore over the weekend. 12 Tar Heels were invited to the tryouts. The nine Carolina players on the roster is the most of any school in the country. Maryland placed eight players on the roster. Current UNC players to make the cut were rising junior Maggie Bill, rising sophomore Marie McCool, rising junior Caylee Waters, and recent graduate Courtney Waite. Former Tar...

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