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UNC desegregation pioneer John Lewis Brandon dies at age 80

Two of the three men who successfully challenged racial segregation as undergraduates at North Carolina’s flagship university have now died in less than a month. John Lewis Brandon, 80, died Tuesday at a hospital outside Houston of complications from cancer. The three applied to UNC in 1955. They were rejected until a federal court judge ordered their admission.

Local Lore: Sutton’s Drug Store

Gone are the times when local drug stores pulled triple duty as soda fountains and burger joints, but Sutton’s Drug Store in Chapel Hill has been keeping the tradition of a hot grill and cold drinks right behind the aisles alive and well since 1923. A storied landmark on Franklin Street, every inch of Sutton's is covered in photos of regular patrons and Chapel Hill royalty alike.

Jeopardy streak comes to an end for UNC grad, Raleigh high school teacher Lee Quinn

Broughton High School's very own Lee Quinn won $42,800 in a dominating performance Wednesday and Thursday nights. That streak unfortunately came to an end Friday night. His first appearance on Wednesday night, the Raleigh teacher garnered $22,400 and Thursday night, he brought in $20,400. Quinn teaches a class called 'Theory of Knowledge' at Broughton.

Video: UNC Students Sing School Song in Snow at Kenan Stadium

UNC students celebrated a snow day by singing on the school’s football field in Chapel Hill on Wednesday, January 17. Orange County recorded ten or more inches of snow from the storm. Classes at the university were cancelled on January 17, as well as January 18, as a result. Students can be heard singing the school's alma mater, Hark the Sound, in this video.

Video: Snow days at Carolina

Winter weather canceled classes at Carolina on Wednesday and Thursday, but the campus was still buzzing with excitement for the snow. Take a look at Carolina's campus from the air after several inches of snow fell on January 17, 2018.

Photos: Winter Comes To Blue Heaven

The winter storm that arrived in central North Carolina on Wednesday brought out the inner child in many Tar Heels, including Argyle Report writers and photographers. Our Alex Kormann captured a snowball fight (that some of our staff were party to), and Caleb Jones snuck over for some great shots of the Old Well.

Like Mike: UNC student sets world record in Space Jam Pinball

Michelle Liang of the University of North Carolina put up a mind-boggling 148,280,430 in Space Jam Pinball— besting the world record of 110,011,080 — at the Baxter Bar & Arcade on North Graham Street in Chapel Hill. According to, this gives Liang the world wide record in Space Jam Pinball. She was able to accomplish the feat in a span of two hours.

UNC students share what drives their activism

Senior Sarah Wright is a co-director of Nourish UNC, a campus organization that seeks to address social and economic justice through social entrepreneurship and community partnerships. For five weeks, Nourish UNC provided low-cost lunch options for those participating in the Boycott UNC movement. Later, Nourish switched to a pay-what-you-can model.

January 15, 1795: UNC Holds Its Opening Ceremony

UNC held its opening ceremony on January 15, 1795, and soon after became the first state university to enroll students. The winter of 1794-1795 had been rough, and the roads were a muddy mess. It was a cold, windy, rainy day and the area looked more like a construction site than a college campus. Only the East Building and the unpainted wooden house of the Presiding Professor had been completed.

The Steep Canyon Rangers are performing where it all began

North Carolina always has had a reputation for birthing great bluegrass bands. But it’s remarkable what Steep Canyon Rangers have done musically over the nearly 18 years they’ve been performing, especially for an outfit created inside a dorm room at the University of North Carolina. "Our first public gig was at Linda’s Bar & Grill,” lead vocalist Woody Platt said.

UNC Alumna Robyn Tomlin replaces John Drescher as N&O's Top Editor

The Raleigh News & Observer and the Durham Herald-Sun will have a new top editor starting next month. Robyn Tomlin, managing editor of The Dallas Morning News, has been chosen by McClatchy to become the first regional editor for the Carolinas. Tomlin replaces N&O Executive Editor John Drescher, who will take on a new role at the paper as Opinion and Solutions Editor.

UNC scientists and colleagues just solved a major piece of the opioid puzzle

"The idea in the field for many years has been to make an opioid that provides beneficial analgesic properties without the harmful side effects," says pharmacologist Bryan Roth, a physician researcher at University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Design a drug that kills pain, not people. To build that drug, though, researchers need to know the shape of its receptor.

Davie Poplar Fire Suspect Indicted

A former UNC student has officially been indicted on felony charges in connection with a fire and small explosion on the UNC campus late last year. Joshua Daniel Edwards was charged in connection with setting a fire at the iconic Davie Poplar tree on the Chapel Hill campus. A professor was trying to stamp out the fire when the small explosion occurred.

UNC School of Medicine: Serving North Carolina’s rural areas

The UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and Asheville is among the medical training programs in the state encouraging graduates to practice medicine in rural areas. In the 1970s as national concerns about rural healthcare came to the forefront, the state, in partnership with UNC School of Medicine, established Area Health Education Centers.

A homecoming for UNC grad, award-winning sculptor Patrick Dougherty

“Step Right Up” is a fitting name for Patrick Dougherty’s latest outdoor sculpture at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill. That’s essentially what he’s been inviting the public to do for the last 30 years. The experience has been a homecoming of sorts for Dougherty, who received a bachelor’s in English from UNC-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1967.

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