Ran Northam

Top-Ranked UNC Baseball Team Opens ACC Schedule Against Wake Forest Friday

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 North Carolina baseball team opens conference play Friday evening with the first of a three-game series on the road against Wake Forest. The Tar Heels closed out pre-conference action with another dominant win against the Davidson Wildcats on Wednesday, 10-2. In the first 11 games which Carolina completed undefeated, UNC outscored its opponents 107-29. Wake Forest is 9-5 on the season and coming off two losses to New Mexico State 4-0 and Charlotte 5-4. Freshman outfielder Skye Bolt continues to lead the team with a .487 batting average. Junior left-hander Kent Emanuel will begin on the mound for Carolina. Emanuel is 2-0 and holds a 0.78 ERA. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The series continues Saturday and Sunday with game times at 4:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. respectively. Game...

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Kleinschmidt Vs. Bell: The Bet Is On

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill’s and Durham’s mayors understand just how much Saturday’s game means not only to its fans but for the municipalities as well. “(It will bring) excitement as always,” Durham’s Bill Bell says. “It takes on sort of an atmosphere of its own. I’m looking forward to it. Looking forward to Duke winning, that’s what I’m looking forward to.” “It’s been such a great experience watching the team grow over the course of the season,” Chapel Hill’s Mark Kleinschmidt says. “When we played at Cameron, it was unfortunate that we weren’t able to come back with a victory, but I remember thinking how proud I was, and I know many people in town were, about the kind of fight that they showed.” Many years Carolina and Duke have both been ranked while playing in the regular season finale; it’s also been for the regular season title a number of times. However, this year doesn’t fall into either of those categories. Duke is ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches Poll; Carolina is just outside the top 25 with the hopes of making it back in before the ACC tournament for the first time since the December 17 poll. And Mayor Kleinschmidt says that, along with a six-game winning streak, plays a major role in the expectations of...

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Larry Fedora: Successful First Day Of Spring Practice Wednesday

CHAPEL HILL – The second season under the leadership ofLarry Fedora is underway as the UNC football team kicked off spring practice Wednesday afternoon. “We wanted to come out here and get everything we possibly could out of the day, and I thought the guys did that,” Coach Fedora says. “I thought they moved around well; the energy was great; our tempo was good throughout the entire practice.” Coach Fedora started the season with a blank slate last year as far as knowing the team and the team knowing him. He says this year started on a more productive note for one plain and simple reason. “We know their names,” Coach Fedora says. The reporters laugh. “I mean really, you know the guys’ faces; you know their names,” Coach Fedora says. “They know what to expect from us also, and I think that’s big.” Last season, the Tar Heels finished 8-4, 5-3 and in a three way tie with the best record in the Coastal Division. Due to NCAA sanctions that prohibited Carolina from playing in the post season, the ACC ruled that any team with that kind of blemish would not be eligible for a conference title, regular season or championship game. The Tar Heels are not under a bowl ban this season. Fedora and his coaching staff brought in their first recruiting class this year as well. He says now is the...

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News Around Town: Carrboro Citizen; Roger Goodell On Campus; CHT Forum

CHAPEL HILL – The Carrboro Citizen is gone but not forgotten. Visitors to CarrboroCitizen.com can view an archive edition of the paper. Each week an image of the front page will be displayed from the paper from that day five years ago. You can see the full paper just by clicking on the image. The paper ended production in early October after six years. Publisher Robert Dickson said his search for a new owner came up unsuccessful. XXX NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visits UNC’s campus Wednesday to talk about safety in the sport of football. Goodell is scheduled to deliver the Department of Exercise and Sport Science’s annual Carl Blyth Lecture at Alumni Hall at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. He’s expected to discuss how recent safety measures have already been taken and improved the sport, and there’s more on the horizon. The Carl Blyth Lecture by Roger Goodell will take place at 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall. XXX Chapel Hill Transit will hold its annual public forum Thursday night to allow patrons and residents the chance to tell the transportation provider just how its doing. The forum will also allow them to give input on what areas Chapel Hill Transit should focus on in the future. All the input given will be gathered along with feedback received throughout the year. CHT officials will then review the information and make...

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Collins Crossing Management To Vote On Steep Assessment Fee Wednesday

CARRBORO – Property management at Collins Crossing (formerly Abbey Court) will vote on a repair assessment that has the owners of the apartment complex searching for an answer. The $5,000 assessment comes after the complex was sold to Aspen Square Management of Massachusetts and required major upgrades to outside stairwells and minor repairs inside the buildings. The assessment would be an all-at-once fee. emPOWERment manages 33 units and owns three units—including one at Collins Crossing—and is one of the area companies that provides to low income families in Orange County. As these companies are non-profits and don’t have major cash flow, a $5,000 one-time assessment fee could cause major financial problems. Management has since been discussing lowering the fee to $3,548 and accepting monthly installments. That decision will be made tonight when the management entity will vote on the new...

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Carolina Football Takes Early Kickoff Opening Night On ESPN

GREENSBORO – The North Carolina football team will play in part one of a double-header for the Thursday night of opening weekend of the 2013 football season at South Carolina. ESPN announced Tuesday that the August 29th contest will kick off at 6:00 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. That marks the first of two Thursday night games for Carolina this season. The Tar Heels will host a mid-week game against Miami on October 17—also on ESPN. That game will be just the second time in school history that UNC has hosted a Thursday night game. Ole Miss and Vanderbilt will kick off in the night cap at 9:15 p.m. from Tennessee. This announcement comes just a day before spring practice kicks off for North Carolina. Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels hit the gridiron Wednesday at 3:50 p.m. on the Navy Practice Field. For a complete schedule of UNC’s 2013 football campaign, click...

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Planning Board Chair Responds To Call For Resignation

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Planning Board Chair Del Snow says she’s not going anywhere despite a second call for her resignation. “Quite honestly, I don’t want to get into a battle of words with Mr. Pease over this,” Snow says. “So, I guess I’m not going to go through it like a teacher correcting an essay. If other people want to point out his errors, he can discuss it with them.” She says the errors can be found in a letter Town Council member Gene Pease wrote to Snow in response to a letter she previously wrote to the Council. She says the letter expressed the concerns the Planning Board had over last week’s approval of the Bicycle Apartments. “They’re not just my opinions, and to suggest somehow I can influence a very self-confident group of diverse people is silly,” Snow says. “These are people all appointed by the council and they’re professional.” Pease responded to her letter with a lengthy reaction that ended in a call for her resignation. “I waited and this thing was festering with me,” Pease says. “The email she sent last week just kind of was the tipping point I guess. I felt I needed to speak up.” Snow says the points he addressed in his response were not completely correct. “I thought it was unfortunate, but I will leave that to other...

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UNC Nausea Outbreak Linked To Norovirus, Limited To Students

CHAPEL HILL – Results are in for the cause of the outbreak of nausea on UNC’s campus late last week that affected more than 80 students. “Of the five samples we sent in, three of them did come back positive for norovirus,” Orange County Health Department’s Public Information Officer Stacy Shelp says. Norovirus is fecal-based but can be transferred through touch as well as food. Shelp says symptoms are often like those of the flu. “It does call gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, etc.,” Shelp says. And despite investigation into the source of the cause, Shelp says they were not able to find it. “We worked very closely with campus Health Services on UNC’s campus and surveyed the students who had come in with the illness,” Shelp says. “Out of the 85 that we surveyed, 50 responded, and we did not have a single source, no single meal or venue that indicated as being the likely source of the exposures.” She says the patients were limited to college students. It affected 85 people that they know of, but luckily only lasted about 24...

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Five Years Later, The Pain Is Fading But The Memories Are Still Strong

CHAPEL HILL – Five years have come and gone since UNC Student Body President Eve Carson was killed, and the University’s former Chancellor James Moeser says though the pain is still there, it gets easier each year to focus more on the good things rather than the loss. “I think for most of us, and especially for the students that didn’t really know her, there’s not that kind of visceral, emotional reaction so mush as there is a recognition of what a beautiful person she was and how much she contributed,” Moeser says. Hardly any of the students who walk the campus now were here that tragic day on March 5, 2008. Even though she was the Student Body President, memories can fade over the years. Moeser says Carson was special, though. “The fact that we’re still talking about Eve says it all,” Moeser says. “She was such a vibrant personality. She really was a transformational student on this campus, and (therefore) I think she lives on in the causes that she supported.” One of those causes is a scholarship that Moeser says Carson was in favor of during her time at UNC. “The scholarship program continues to go,” Moeser says. “It’s a public service scholarship (and) really was Eve’s idea to create that scholarship. After she was killed, we named it for her. But, it was really her...

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Landen Gambill’s Ex-Boyfriend Speaks Out

CHAPEl HILL – Landen Gambill’s ex-boyfriend has spoken out about the accusations he has faced and says UNC “forced (him) out.” Gambill’s ex remained anonymous when he spoke to the Daily Tar Heel in an article that was posted on Monday, but told the University newspaper that the school did not give him a chance to present his case against the accusations before he was forced to leave the school. He says he received a letter from the University saying he was suspended indefinitely. In the Spring of 2012, Gambill accused her ex-boyfriend of sexually assaulting her. He was found guilty of verbal harassment but was found not guilty of two counts of sexual misconduct by a University Hearings Board. The board—consisting of two students, two faculty members, and one administrator—heard the case after sexual assault cases were removed from the Honor Court’s jurisdiction. It took Gambill’s ex-boyfriend six months to be readmitted to North Carolina. He says during that time he suffered psychological damage including a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. Gambill’s ex-boyfriend’s lawyer John Gresham says he has taken extra steps while on campus to be sure his actions are not misunderstood. Gresham says his client makes sure someone else is with him while walking on campus in case their path’s cross and it doesn’t look as if he is stalking her or trying to contact her....

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