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Brother Honors Legacy Of Relatives Lost In Chapel Hill Shooting

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Farris Barakat, who lost relatives in the Chapel Hill, N.C., shooting. He recently visited a Syrian refugee camp to honor his brother's legacy. (NPR)

Chapel Hill's Allen & Son Barbecue a 'top pick' on Southern Living's 'Top 50 Barbecue Joints'

Allen & Son Barbecue in Chapel Hill has been named the one of the best barbecue joints in the South by Southern Living magazine. It's one of 10 "top picks" on an impressive list of 50 of the best Southern barbecue restaurants. "Allen & Son bridges the contentious divide between the Eastern and Piedmont styles of North Carolina barbecue," writes the magazine. (Triangle Business Journal)

Most Inspirational of 2015 - Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott was one of the most joyful broadcasters you’ll ever witness on television. Not only did he change the way we talk about professional athletics on television but he constantly challenged the thoughts and news that was reported. (Beliefnet)

UNC alum brings Christmas spirit to White House

The White House is aglow with the vivid colors of the holiday season and a Raleigh woman was among the decorators from 35 states who helped create the holiday display. Carnella Renee Hill knows how to bring the holiday spirit. She’ll be home for Christmas, but had to miss Thanksgiving after being summoned to the White House. (

UNC's Joseph DeSimone to receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The White House on December 22 announced the latest recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation — our nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees include Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (

The 20 colleges with the most school spirit: No. 20 UNC

Tar Heel fans are extremely passionate about their basketball team and its storied rivalry with neighboring Duke University. Games tend to draw huge crowds of students and Chapel Hill-area families alike. (Business Insider)

ALS won’t stop UNC professor Steve Reznick from making the world a better place

UNC psychology professor Steve Reznick assumed that the problem with his finger was a simple muscle problem. It was not until October that a neurologist told him the cause: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig disease. The progressive lethal illness was confirmed in November. He resolved to waste no more precious time with fear or self-pity (

ESPN Host, UNC Alum Bomani Jones Is More Than Just the Smartest Person in Sports

Bomani Jones likes to talk. Not just in the selfish manner of someone who likes to hear himself, but as someone interested in sharing ideas with anyone who’ll listen. He’s hardly predictable, rarely brief, and full of elongated vowels. His cadence is too quick to diminish as a drawl, yet distinctly relaxed and unmistakably southern. He’s both common and unique; the approachable man with the unattainable intellect. (

Nobel winner Aziz Sancar to donate prize money to Chapel Hill foundation

Aziz Sancar, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, is under contract with the Nobel Foundation to donate the entire share of his 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry award money to the Aziz & Gwen Sancar Foundation of Chapel Hill. Sancar’s total prize money exceeds $310,000, one-third of the total prize amount. (

Rudd Media Takes Over WCHL and Chapelboro, Announces New Local Ownership Group of Four

Rudd Media, LLC, has closed on ownership of WCHL Radio and, and principal Mr. Leslie Rudd has announced a partnership agreement with four local businessmen who have formed an owner/operator group that has bought into the two local media properties, pending their approval by the FCC. (

UNC No. 1 best value among public schools for 15th year in a row

For the 15th year in a row, the nation’s first public university is first in value. UNC-Chapel Hill is once again the best value in public schools across the country and also number one for best out-of-state value, a new category added this year by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Carolina also moved into the top ten ranking of public and private universities. (

“Visions of Tomorrow With Computers of Today”: UNC’s First Computer in 1959

UNC decided to acquire a UNIVAC 1105 from the Sperry-Rand Corporation in 1959 due to a 50% educational discount and being able to own the machine outright versus renting one from IBM. The computer weighed 19 tons and had an estimated value of $2.4 million, which, adjusting for inflation, would today be over $20 million. The Phillips Hall Annex was chosen to house the computer. (

Meet Aziz Sancar, the Turkish scientist who won a Nobel prize for cancer cure breakthrough

The winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, Aziz Sancar who has become the pride of Turkey did not have it all when growing up as one of the eight children of an impoverished family living in a small southeastern Turkish town. Sancar received his primary education near his hometown of Savur in southeastern Turkish province of Mardin. He then completed his M.D. degree in Istanbul University before moving to the U.S. (Daily Sabah)

Black pioneers share their UNC experiences

Bill Cooper, who graduated in 1968 and was the first African-American basketball player on the junior varsity team at UNC, said he experienced adversity on and off the court. “The ref wouldn’t let me go near anybody. I’d get a foul,” he said.Cooper was part of a panel of four UNC black pioneers who described what it was like to attend the University as a black student half a century ago. (Daily Tar Heel)

December commencement held at UNC

On an unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon, December Commencement speaker Kelly Hogan began her talk unlike most people at a podium. Instead of requesting her audience to put away their smartphones, she asked the Class of 2015 and the estimated 4,000 members of the crowd to keep their phones out and within reach. (

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