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How UNC alum Chris Blue became Chapel Hill's police chief

I try to get out to Franklin Street at least once a week. Often, I am transported back to my time as a UNC undergraduate, a young person trying to find a path, wondering what the world holds and my place in it. I entered UNC as a freshman in 1986. I had grown up with pictures of Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Mike O’Koren and Rich “Chickie” Yonakor on the walls of my room. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

UNC graduate programs receive high rankings by U.S. News & World Report

UNC received high ratings on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Following are the complete UNC rankings and specialty listings that will be available in the “Best Graduate Schools 2018” guidebook on newsstands in April. (

National Security Adviser a two-time UNC graduate

H.R. McMaster, a two-time UNC graduate and the lieutenant general President Donald Trump has chosen to be national security adviser, often has been described as a scholar-warrior, earning his hard-charging reputation on the battlefield and on the best-seller list. The New York Times, The Washington Post and other national media have recounted McMaster’s military triumphs. (

These universities are poised to overtake Harvard and Cambridge

Oxford has been around for 900 years, Cambridge for 700; and some say the prestigious Ivy League is so-called because it refers to the old, leaf-covered institutions of the United States. What chance, then, do other universities have of crashing this illustrious party? Here is the list of universities we think could, over time, become the new elite. No. 56: UNC-Chapel Hill. (World Economic Forum)

Time-Out wants to share its famous chicken and biscuits...for a fee

Chapel Hill restaurant Time-Out’s chicken n’ cheddar biscuits have earned national acclaim in recent years — but until now the only way for fans to purchase its food was to travel to Chapel Hill. That could soon change, though, as the restaurant has recently decided to make its signature food items available to other restaurants through licensing agreements. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Carolina student earns Luce Scholars Program Fellowship

Martha Isaacs, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named a recipient of the 2017 Luce Scholars Program Fellowship. Carolina boasts more Luce Scholars than any other college or university in the United States, including eight recipients in the last five academic years. (

Video: "Glitter Girl" cheers on the Tar Heels

Alex Koszeghy is a Tar Heel like no other. The UNC senior coats herself in Carolina blue glitter for nearly every home sporting event. But Koszeghy's reasoning for sparkling up goes far beyond her love for Carolina sports. The "Glitter Girl" rather embodies the importance of individuality and self-love. View Video...

History Makers: Stuart Scott

In 1993, Stuart Scott landed the job of a lifetime with the launch of ESPN2, a pre-eminent sports network that aimed for a younger, hipper audience. He started with assignments on “SportsSmash,” “SportsNight,” and the station’s flagship show, “SportsCenter.” He later followed Keith Olberman as anchor of “SportsNight” and eventually became a regular anchor on “SportsCenter.” (Winston-Salem Journal)

It takes a neighborhood

When the UNC chapter of Habitat for Humanity pledged to build 10 homes in the Northside community, co-chair Alex Mitchell knew that the Heels for Homes project meant lots of labor and long hours. Throughout the fall, the project has mobilized a growing army of volunteers: student athletes, sororities and fraternities, students, staff and faculty. (

UNC’s win over Duke brings business to Franklin Street bars

UNC fans rushed Franklin Street after the UNC men’s basketball team’s win over Duke Saturday. Along with their Carolina blue apparel and loud, cheering voices, they brought plenty of business to restaurants and bars along the street. “At 4 o’clock we had a line all the way down to close to the Varsity of people wanting to sit,” Sup Dogs manager Lindsey Ewing said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Granddaughter continues 'Mama Dip's' sweet NC legacy

One of Tonya Council’s earliest memories involving food is spending time in the kitchen "watching my grandmother prepare breakfast.” Her grandmother is Mildred Council – better known as Mama Dip – and if you’ve ever had her down-home cooking, you wouldn’t forget it either. Tonya recently opened Tonya’s Cookie Company on Rosemary Street. (

UNC study findings could help treat autism before symptoms begin

UNC researchers have identified a brain abnormality in infants with a strong link to later symptoms of autism, which could provide a target for earlier therapeutic interventions. MRI images of babies taken at 6 months, 12 months and 24 months of age showed a difference between infants at high risk and low risk for the disorder, according to study author Dr. Mark Shen. (

The outdoors come alive inside North Carolina Children's Hospital

The outdoors are coming alive inside the North Carolina Children's Hospital, thanks to a new machine designed to help kids cope with long hospital stays. "I have always loved creeks, and I thought if I was stuck in the hospital, one thing that would make me feel better would be to do that," said Katie Stoudemire, the creek's project manager. (ABC 11)

Gwendolyn Harrison Smith helped pave way for blacks to attend UNC

Sixty-five years ago, Gwendolyn Harrison Smith was told because of the color of her skin she could not attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But Smith fought for her right to an education, and in turn became the first black woman to take classes at UNC. Smith, who lived most of her adult life in Bessemer City, died Tuesday at age 91. (Gaston Gazette)

UNC Students, Organizations Help with Hurricane Matthew Relief

It’s a sunny, 75 degree day in Chapel Hill in the middle of February. But some UNC students and organizations aren’t enjoying the weather. “I mean, it’s nothing major. We’re cutting things out, putting little board games together: game pieces, dice, stuff like that,” said UNC sophomore and football player Mason Veal. (

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