Daniela Ocampo

Light Rail Project on Track According to GoTriangle Update

The Orange County Board of Commissioners received a quarterly update from GoTriangle on the Durham-Orange Light Rail project at last week’s meeting. According to government affairs manager at GoTriangle, Matthew Clark, the light rail engineering will approach the 50 percent design milestone in March. “Our region is on track for a federal investment of over $1.2 billion,” Clark told commissioners. “And we’re still on track.” The capital costs of the project is set at $2.47 billion, while the costs exceeds $3 billion when financing the project is included. “So, about half of that is that over $1.2 billion in...

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Orange County Makes Efforts to Improve Broadband in Rural Parts of County

Orange County is requesting proposals from broadband providers interested in improving service in rural parts of the county. Orange County Information Technologies was tasked with working to improve broadband technology and access for Orange County residents in 2014. Orange County chief information officer Jim Northrup updated the Board of County Commissioners last week on initiatives taken and gave a timeline of past and future tasks to improve broadband access in the county. During the meeting, Northrup spoke of county broadband initiatives such as the WiFi-to-Go pilot at the county library and the free public WiFi network available now in...

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Orange County Deputies May Soon Have Body Cams

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office partnered up with Wireless, NC for a presentation to the Orange County Board of Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting about possibly getting body-worn cameras made by Motorola. Sheriff Charles Blackwood said during the meeting that there are several benefits of body-worn cameras for Orange County deputies. “The two major benefits that we realized really quick was the benefit of technology. The other obvious thing that you’ve already seen is we’re about $200,000 less than we thought we’d be,” said Blackwood. Solution expert specialist for southeast Motorola Mike Costa described the body cameras at the meeting....

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Orange County Hosts Mental Wellness Seminar for Internet Crimes Against Children Police Officers

In January, Orange County hosted North Carolina’s first Shift Wellness Conference, training officers in the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, or ICAC, on mental wellness tips. Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said he was immediately on board when his deputy George Wilson suggested they host the one day training. “All these officers and legal professionals came in from all over the state and trainers come in from as far away as New Jersey and California to help with this programing,” said Blackwood. Special agent in charge of computer crimes for the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation Alan Flora...

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UNC Journalism Professor Wants to Change How Olympic Success is Measured

The way Olympic medals are reported among media outlets is inconsistent throughout the world. Some countries count only gold medals when reporting, but the US lumps gold, silver and bronze medals all into one number. Senior associate dean for Undergraduate Studies at the UNC School of Media and Journalism Charlie Tuggle wrote an article published to CNN about a new method developed to report winners with more accuracy. “Either you’re going to go the way that most of the rest of the world goes and its only gold, which I think really shortchanges the second or third best athlete...

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UNC Receives National, International Recognition for Sustainability Efforts

UNC has improved its sustainability efforts in the past two years, and it seems to be paying off. The university received recognition from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, AASHE, and from the University of Indonesia’s Green Metric. Chief sustainability officer and associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises Brad Ives defined sustainability as living in a way that allows future generations to enjoy the same standard of living and said UNC’s standing has much to do with an initiative launched in 2016. “We think this recognizes our long history as an environmental leader here at...

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Apple, UNC Health Care Collaborate for New Health Records iPhone Feature

UNC patients will soon be able to check their health records on a new feature made by Apple and UNC Health Care. Apple recently announced collaboration with UNC Health Care, adding a Health Records feature on the iPhone Health app. UNC Health Care is among only 12 institutions nationwide, and the only health system in North Carolina, to initially be a part of the iOS 11.3 beta. Though still in its beta phase, UNC Health Care chief information officer Tracy Parham says the new app will use the online my UNC Chart portal to access patient medical records. “The...

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Reopening of Riverwalk Section Delayed

The reopening of the Hillsborough Riverwalk greenway section located near the South Cameron Street access trail has been further delayed. The section of the greenway closed for the replacement of a crumbling 20-inch concrete sewer line but work has slowed due to wet soil at the site, following recent snow and rain. Additionally, asphalt needed to repair pavement at the site is unavailable as area plants undergo winter maintenance. The town originally estimated the section to reopen early this month but the contractor performing the work estimates the section of the greenway will reopen in two or three weeks....

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UNC Receives Record Number of Applicants 13th Year in a Row

For the thirteenth consecutive year, UNC has received a record number of first-year applicants for fall of 2018. 43,384 students applied, a six percent increase from last year. UNC offered admission to 5,125 in state students and 2,742 out-of-state students, and students were notified of their admission decisions on January 26. Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions at UNC said he was honored that so many wonderful students gave him the chance to get to know them through their applications. “In reading these applications one by one, we never forget that each one represents an individual,...

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Chapel Hill Declares February 10 ‘Our Three Winners Day’

The Chapel Hill Town Council proclaimed February 10 of this year as ‘Our Three Winners’ Day at Wednesday night’s meeting. Our Three Winners refers to Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, three victims of a fatal shooting in Chapel Hill in February 2015. Barakat was a UNC dental student, his wife Yusor was soon to also begin dental school at UNC and Razan, Yusor’s sister, was an undergraduate student at NC State. The shooting of the three Muslim students in Chapel Hill made national news overnight with advocates calling the murders a hate crime. Police said at the...

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