Daniela Ocampo

Chapel Hill Launches Free App to Report Non-Emergencies Around Town

A new free app called Chapel Hill Connect has launched that residents can use to report non-emergencies they see within town limits. Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said the app will take some calls out of the Orange County Emergency Services system. “There are plenty of things that folks need to share with us, because they may see it and we don’t know about it, but they don’t feel like it rises to the level of a 911 call. This is a really cool way for people to get us information about a big pot hole or blocked...

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Duke Professor Article: False News Stories More Likely to Be Shared Online

Fake news and the spreading of misinformation have existed as long as journalism itself. Throughout American history, the most common remedy to combat dissemination of lies has been what professor of Public Policy at Duke Philip Napoli calls “counter speech.” “Counter speech is the idea that the truth is inherently capable of winning out over falsities, so the idea is that essentially more speech is always the best solution to overcoming false speech,” said Napoli. “It has a long tradition in our first amendment, decision making; it has a long tradition in how we’ve actually regulated media and speech,...

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Former Chapel Hill Council Member Presents Petition Regarding Removal of Silent Sam

A former Chapel Hill Town Council member brought a petition to the council earlier this month with the goal of keeping Chapel Hill police from helping with UNC sporting events until Silent Sam comes down. The petition was presented at a town council meeting earlier this month by former town council member Maria Palmer, who said she was inspired to make the request by UNC grad student Maya Little. Little was arrested last month for pouring a mixture of what she said was red paint and her own blood on the Confederate monument on the Chapel Hill campus. “It...

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Chapel Hill-Carrboro High Schools Take Top 3 Spots in New Rankings

East Chapel Hill High, Chapel Hill High and Carrboro High finished as the top three traditional high schools in North Carolina on the U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best High Schools ranking, receiving gold medals. “I’m proud of our students and our team of educators,” Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools superintendent Pam Baldwin said in a release. “They are committed to ensuring every child has an excellent school experience. It is a privilege to work with them as we pursue this goal together. ” In North Carolina, 582 schools were eligible for evaluation and 17 of the...

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Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Honors 2018 Teacher of the Year

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools held their Annual Recognition Reception last week where several teachers in the schools were honored with awards, including the 2018 Teacher of the Year, Jasmine Johnson. “It is quite the honor; it’s been an absolutely phenomenal school year,” Johnson said. Johnson has been at Mary Scroggs Elementary School for five years, where she teaches fifth grade. She says she knew she wanted to be a teacher from a young age. “We have such a great support system within the building, in the district level, and our parents are absolutely phenomenal. We have students that are relatively...

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Chapel Hill Preparing for Large Crowds for UNC Graduation

Crowds of students dressed in Carolina blue robes and their families will be walking the streets of Chapel Hill this weekend, as students celebrate their graduations. UNC’s Spring Commencement ceremony is this Sunday, Mother’s Day, at Kenan Stadium. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger calls this a big weekend for Chapel Hill that brings many people to the area. “We’ll have the banners out along Franklin Street; we do an extra effort to clean up and get ready and to make sure there aren’t traffic congestion places; we have the directional signs out; we have a lot of our staff...

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State Fire Marshal Praises Orange County for Firefighter Volunteer and Recruitment Efforts

North Carolina fire marshal and insurance commissioner Mike Causey visited fire departments around Orange County, including the New Hope Fire Department, and praised Orange County for its numbers of volunteers and high school recruitment efforts. “From what I’ve seen so far, Orange County is ahead of the majority of our counties in numbers of volunteers, and that’s thanks to the population in Orange County. You go to some of the rural parts of the state where they have very low populations; they struggle to find people that they can bring in as volunteers,” Causey said. Currently, New Hope Fire...

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Carrboro Discusses Possible Installation of ‘Truth Plaque’

The Town of Carrboro was named after Julian Carr, a prominent local historical figure who owned a textile mill in the town in the early 1900s. At last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting, members discussed installing a plaque somewhere in town to acknowledge Carr’s racist history and the remarks made in his 1913 speech at the unveiling ceremony of Silent Sam, the confederate soldier statue on UNC’s campus. Alderwoman Jacquelyn Gist said the purpose of the plaque will be for the town to acknowledge the truth publicly. “The plaque can’t have a million words on it, but like 100...

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League of Women Voters Launches Election Information Website

The last day to vote early in midterm elections in Orange County is tomorrow with general election day being next Tuesday. Voters looking for non-partisan information about elections and their candidates for office can check out the League of Women Voters’ website vote411.org. Co-president of the League of Women Voters, Janet Hoy said the website is a one stop shop for all of your voting and election needs. “One of the most important things, we think, is you can get information on candidates,” Hoy said. “In this state, there doesn’t seem to be many sources of getting non-partisan information...

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60 New US Citizens Naturalized at UNC

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Raleigh-Durham Field Office held a naturalization ceremony at the FedEx Center on UNC’s campus last Friday where residents from 30 different countries across the world were sworn in as American citizens. UNC – Chapel Hill’s executive vice provost and chief international officer Ron Strauss said in his ceremony introduction that UNC’s extensive history as one of the nation’s best public universities is interwoven with the experience of immigrants. “This is our fourth time doing it,” Strauss said of the naturalization ceremony. “We love it; we love the idea that we’re here to help...

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