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La Residence to reopen in January after kitchen fire

Final preparations are underway for La Residence to reopen for the new year. La Residence has been a Chapel Hill landmark since 1976, but the restaurant had to temporarily close in June after sustaining smoke and fire damage when an air conditioning unit in the kitchen short-circuited and caught fire. (Daily Tar Heel)

A Million Dollar Prize For UNC alum Raj Panjabi, A Doctor Who Goes The Extra Mile

Dr. Raj Panjabi is a physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and the founder of Last Mile Health, which trains people from the community to provide health care in isolated parts of Liberia — a country where doctors are in short supply and some 1.2 million people live in rural areas far from any health clinic. (NPR)

Carolina graduate Raj Panjabi named winner of 2017 TED prize

Dr. Raj Panjabi — who graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and sociology from Carolina and is also a UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine graduate — has won the 2017 TED Prize, awarded annually to a leader with a bold wish to spark global change. (

Q&A with Katherine Fitzgerald, a UNC alum raising money for the Flint water crisis

Katherine Fitzgerald, a UNC graduate and current graduate student at Arizona State University, made the news this week after tweeting that she would donate to the Flint water crisis in Michigan for every point that Miles Bridges scored in Duke’s game against the Michigan State Spartans Tuesday night. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Receives $18 Million to Develop Mobile Technology to Prevent and Treat HIV in Adolescents

Recognizing adolescents’ connection with mobile technology, a research team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with colleagues at Emory University, has secured $18 million in funding over the next five years from the National Institutes of Health to form the UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology or iTech. (

Campus Quips and Pop-Culture Blips Coded in UNC’s Digital T-shirt Archive

In UNC's Wilson Library, the thick quiet makes you nervous to drop a pen. But the history department's most recent archival initiative might be more appealing to the T-shirt-clad students swarming campus than to traditional historians. The UNC T-Shirt Archive hosts an ever-growing digital photo album of important—and not so important—moments in UNC student history. (Indy Week)

The Embattled First Generation of Black Students at UNC Speaks Through History and Theater Project

UNC-Chapel Hill has long enjoyed a reputation for progressivism. But between 1952 and 1972, the first generation of black youth permitted to enroll as undergraduate students encountered a campus and a culture all but unrecognizable to us today. "At basketball and football games, the bands would play 'Dixie,'" recalls Walter Jackson, from the class of 1967. (Indy Week)

UNC's Housekeepers’ Settlement Agreement was made 20 years ago

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the UNC Housekeepers’ Settlement Agreement, an action that secured more rights for workers. The agreement was signed on November 26, 1996 and won UNC housekeepers increased wages, better training and educational opportunities among other things. (Daily Tar Heel)

Rocking around the Tar Heel tree: Chapel Hill kicks off annual Christmas tree lighting

This year was the 10th time the church held a tree lighting ceremony in the Memorial Garden, located at the intersection of Columbia Street and Franklin Street. Families, students and town residents gathered to sing carols, visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, and drink hot chocolate before kicking off the holiday season by tuning the tree’s lights on. (Daily Tar Heel)

Increasing need for health care means expansion for UNC Health Care

The stretch of Manning Drive where UNC Hospitals is located is the densest mile in North Carolina by population, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said. “It is almost impossible for them to squeeze yet another body into that campus,” Hemminger said. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Unveils Carolina Hall Contextualization

A lot of work has been put into the entryway at Carolina Hall on the UNC campus. It was last May that the university’s Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the building from Saunders Hall after protests by student groups over the building’s namesake. (

Carolina and Disparate Visions of the Future

A year and a half after a spring punctuated with the protests that students of color were not whole students of Carolina and the demand that everybody else face up to it — the University has set out in words and pictures an accounting of the regrettable events and turbulent politics that defined race relations in North Carolina in the 19th and early 20th centuries. (UNC General Alumni Association)

How to Beat the Line at Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen

Some of the most notable people to pull up to the drive-thru: Michael Jordan, Dean Smith and some of the UNC basketball players. Julius Peppers would come by a few times a week. The line is longest on… Sunday mornings and football gamedays. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Mama Dip celebrates 40 years in the restaurant business

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this month, Mama Dip’s Kitchen is a Chapel Hill institution and so is its founder, Mildred “Mama Dip” Council, 87. The granddaughter of a slave, Council cooked for others – in the Carolina dining hall, in fraternities, in the homes of faculty members, in the hospital and in restaurants – for decades before getting the opportunity to open her own place. (

Video: Operation Coming Home

U.S. Marine Corps Purple Heart recipient Recon Sergeant Brandon Temple and his wife, Eloni, were surprised with keys to their new home thanks to Operation Coming Home. View Video...

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