Kelly Fahey

Attendees Celebrate 50th Anniversary of End of Segregation in Orange County Schools

Fifty years ago this month, the final graduating class of Hillsborough’s Central High School received their diplomas. The closing of Central, the school designated for the youth of color in Orange County at the time, marked the official end of segregated schools in the county. Thomas Watson, who attended the school and co-founded Free Spirit Freedom, recalled the drastic move from Central to desegregated Orange County High School. “It was a big move to go from Central to Orange for the black community,” said Watson. “It’s a two-sided thing. The white community had it’s own problems with it, but...

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UNC Study Looks Into Cigarillo Packaging

A new study out of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center shows that health warnings on cigarillos and little cigar packaging does little to curtail the appeal of bright colors and flavor descriptors. While the FDA banned flavors other than menthol in cigarettes in 2009, cigarillos feature flavors such as sweet, grape, wine and tropical. Social and Clinical Research Specialist in the UNC School of Medicine Clare Meernik said that it could be these flavors and the descriptions of them on the packaging that is attracting young people to buy them. “Flavors are a big draw for young people,”...

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North Carolina AG on Opioid Epidemic: ‘We Don’t Imprison People for Other Illnesses’

There has been a paradigm shift in how law enforcement is handling the opioid crisis in North Carolina. According to Carrboro police captain Chris Atack, this is a shift from punishing addicts to, in some cases, saving their lives. “I think the opioids have kind of given us a window to shift our paradigm a little bit,” said Atack. “Law enforcement can have more of a direct role in actually helping people in the medical crisis.” Nowhere is this paradigm shift put into practice more clearly than through Coordinated Opioid Overdose Reduction Effort, or the COORE program. The COORE...

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Chapel Hill Installs Two New EV Charging Stations

The Town of Chapel Hill held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week for a new electric vehicle charging station at the Homestead Aquatic Center. The two charging stations, which were the result of a $10,000 grant from Duke Energy, count as the town’s fifth and sixth electric vehicle charging stations. Mayor Pam Hemming says these stations will come in handy due to the concentration of electric vehicle users in Chapel Hill. “We have the highest concentration of electric vehicles in the state,” says Hemminger. “An electric-vehicle user spends on average $400 a year on energy for their car, and...

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Portion of Hillsborough Street to Close Through Friday

A portion of Hillsborough Street between Bolinwood Drive and Mill Race Drive in Chapel Hill will be closed from today until 5 p.m. on Friday. The closure is the final step in Orange Water and Sewer Authority’s water and sewer line replacement under Hillsborough Street, according to the utility. Chapel Hill Transit will detour the A route beginning Wednesday along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Franklin Street to resume the normal route. The following bus stops on Hillsborough Street will not be served: Delta Zeta, Townhouse Apartments, Brookside Condos, North Street, Rosemary Street, Martin Luther King Jr. BLVD...

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Orange County Commissioners Weigh Flag Regulations Tuesday

The public has a chance to voice their position to Orange County Commissioners Tuesday night on possibly amending the unified development ordinance in the wake of a Confederate flag being raised on private property along a highway in the county. Commissioners have been considering the ordinance amendment after Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County, which the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as a hate group, raised the large Confederate flag along Highway 70 just outside Hillsborough. The group has plans to raise additional Confederate flags along major thoroughfares in the county. Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners...

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President of Local NAACP Recognizes Starbucks Response as ‘First Step’

After a troubling incident in which two black men were recently arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia while waiting for a friend, the company announced that it would be closing all of its stores nationwide to hold “implicit racial bias” training. President of the Chapel Hill – Carrboro NAACP Anna Richards said that despite the incident, she is not surprised by the company’s response. “I’m not surprised by them taking that step, even though it is a costly step from an overall corporate management standpoint because they have long been in the forefront of progressive movements and progressive issues,”...

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ESPN Analyst, Duke Grad to Deliver UNC Law School Commencement Speech

ESPN college basketball analyst and professional attorney Jay Bilas will deliver the 2018 commencement address for UNC’s School of Law. Bilas, a Duke University graduate and member of the Duke Blue Devils basketball team from 1982-1986, has been practicing law at Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte since 1992, specializing in commercial litigation. He is also a New York Times bestselling author for his book “Toughness: Developing True Strength On and Off the Court”. The commencement ceremony is set to take place Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. in Carmichael Arena. Photo via...

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UNC Lineberger Announces Plans to Expand Teen Cancer Care

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has announced plans to team with national nonprofit Teen Cancer America and First Citizens Bank to enhance its Adolescent and Young Adult, or AYA, cancer program. These plans include expanding its research initiatives and developing a new space to serve this age group. Teen Cancer America executive director Simon Davies said growth in this field is real, which is important because teens with cancer require unique care. “Young people with cancer have unique needs that differ from both children and older adults,” said Davies. “They face unique medical and psychological challenges.” Chief strategy...

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Carolina Square Named “Best Development Project”

Franklin Street’s new Carolina Square has been awarded Best Development Project Award by Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women. Construction on the $120 million development began in the summer of 2012. It now boasts 43,000-square feet of retail space and nearly 160,000-square feet of office space, along with 246 apartments. Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women, or Triangle CREW, is a forum for meeting and building relationships in the real estate field that focuses on networking and promoting opportunities among women. NC Farm Bureau policy director Lynda Loveland presented the award, who called the development a “vibrant, new, vertically integrated, mixed-use...

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