Kelly Fahey

UNC Health Care CEO Receives Honors

CEO of UNC Health Care Dr. William Roper was named to Modern Healthcare’s annual list of 100 Most Influential People in Health Care. Roper, who also serves as dean of the UNC School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at UNC, has been included on the list six times. The top slot on this year’s list was awarded to Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona, who each voted against their party’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Roper was previously director of the Centers for Disease...

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Concert Benefiting Teens with Cancer Coming to Cat’s Cradle

The fourth annual benefit concert for the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation is taking place this weekend at the Cat’s Cradle. The foundation, named after Chapel Hill teenager Sophie Steiner who died of cancer in 2013, supports adolescent and young adult cancer patients and their families at UNC Hospitals. Sophie’s parents Niklaus and Lucy Steiner founded Be Loud! Sophie in order to provide support for what Sophie found to be an underserved group of cancer patients: teenagers. “We decided that we would honor Sophie’s life by honoring something that she cared deeply about, which was making sure that other teenagers...

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Visitors Spending Up in Orange County Last Year Despite HB2

Domestic visitors to and within Orange County spent 4.4 percent more money in 2016 than 2015, according to Visit North Carolina. Tourists in Orange County spent over $192 million last year, which represents a tax savings of over $103 per Orange County resident. Orange County Commissioner and Orange County Visitors Bureau board member Penny Rich explains that this increase in tourism benefits the county in a myriad of ways. “It has a snowball effect,” says Rich. “It’s not only people coming to visit, but how people then come back and work for [the tourism industry]. We have an increase...

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Ephesus-Fordham District Renamed

Chapel Hill’s Ephesus-Fordham District is being renamed the Blue Hill District. The rebranding comes after the adoption of Form Based Code in 2014 set new guidelines for developers and investors in the area to move forward with new projects. Town partners began working with then businesses toward a renewal of the district under the new code. The group agreed that calling the area “Ephesus-Fordham” was not appropriate because they are two street names rather than the name of a district. According to a press release, the new name comes from combining Chapel Hill and Carolina blue. The property developers...

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Redistricting May Offer More of the Same

North Carolina Republican Legislators met last week to discuss criteria for redrawing General Assembly Districts which have been ruled unconstitutional. GOP members of the House and Senate redistricting committee voted that while race will not play a factor in redistricting, past election results may. Director of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform Jane Pinsky believes that these criteria may not offer much change from the illegal racial gerrymandering of the districts drawn in 2011. “I think that [the maps] will be slightly less racially gerrymandered than the ones that they did in 2011,” says Pinsky. “I...

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Total Solar Eclipse Approaches: Be Prepared

On Monday August 21 a historically large portion of the country will be able to witness a total solar eclipse, which means that the moon will totally block out the Earth’s vision of the Sun. If you find yourself in the path of the total eclipse, which can be found here, you will experience total darkness for over two minutes in the middle of the day. If you are in the Triangle, according to Sr. Associate Dean for Natural Sciences at UNC Dr. Chris Clemens, you will still witness a sizable portion of the Sun covered by the moon....

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Carrboro Aldermen Pass Resolution Regarding Events in Charlottesville

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen held a special meeting last night to announce a resolution regarding demonstrations by white supremacists in Charlottesville last weekend. A town hall full of tearful and seemingly shell shocked citizens listened on as the Board of Aldermen denounced what they described as “hatred, bigotry and violence” displayed by white supremacists, KKK and Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, the dismissal and misunderstanding of the events by President Donald Trump and the shameful reminders of the less-than-favorable side of Southern history that is the Silent Sam statue on UNC’s campus and other monuments like it. The resounding message...

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First Orange County Sheriff’s Office Community Appreciation Cookout Set for Tuesday

A series of Community Appreciation Cookouts hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office begins today at the Efland Ruritan Club. Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood says he hopes the cookouts will foster goodwill and understanding between the Sheriff’s Office and the community. “This is just an opportunity for us to go to several select communities and, on a different kind of agenda, sit down and talk with our people,” says Blackwood. While the cookouts are meant to be enjoyable, Blackwood says the department will not shy away from discussing serious topics. “When you come out, I want you to...

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Mini Park Coming to Franklin Street

A new mini park will be constructed in front of Chapel Hill Tire near the northwest corner of W. Franklin and Roberson Streets. The park, which is an experiment led by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill with assistance from Chapel Hill Tire, is part of the Town’s Downtown 2020 Work Plan to enhance visitor experiences and add green spaces in downtown Chapel Hill. Executive Director of the Downtown Partnership Meg McGurk says that while the park is temporary, there may be more “pocket parks” coming to downtown in the future. “This is where...

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Construction Continues on UNC Campus as Student Return Nears

With a new academic year approaching, some construction projects at UNC are nearing conclusions. Among the projects underway are a new café and student lounge on the third floor UNC Student Stores overlooking the Pit, replacing pavers, new seating and shade trees on the walkway in front of the House Undergraduate Library, and utility projects on South Road behind Davis Library and Lenoir Hall. The South Road project will be finished on August 11 and the road will reopen. Longer-term projects on campus include a new soccer-lacrosse stadium and an indoor practice facility at Fetzer and Navy fields. There...

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