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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Orange County races over

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Incumbents coasted and a few plucky newcomers were winners in last night's elections in Orange County. In the race for four seats on the Chapel Hill Town Council, the clear winners were current Mayor Pro Tem Ed Harrison, Councilwoman Sally Greene and two challengers in local pastor Maria Palmer and Duke University pathologist George Cianciolo. In Carrboro, the three incumbents—Jacquelyn Gist, Randee Haven-O'Donnell and Sammy Slade—were the victors. In Hillsborough, Jenn Weaver and Kathleen Ferguson won seats on the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners. And in the race for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, information technology specialist Andrew...

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

UNC advisory board eyes university curriculum

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM

A plus-sized UNC advisory board—beset with controversy before the first gavel—convened for the first time Wednesday, mulling over the state universities' curriculum and changing demographics. The UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions, which includes 31 leaders in education, business and politics, is expected to consider the future of the state's 17 public universities, but its makeup garnered more headlines than its actual charge before Wednesday's session. Critics are fired up over a handful of appointments, including the selection of publicly right-tilting businessmen like Art Pope and Fred Eshelman. UNC Board of Governors Chairman Peter Hans and UNC President Tom Ross...

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Friday, September 21, 2012

UNC-CH employees call on chancellor to stay

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Chancellor Holden Thorp—beset by academic and athletic scandal in his short tenure at UNC-Chapel Hill—seems to at least have a chunk of the university's employees in his corner. The school's Employee Forum, a group representing university staff, is holding a "peaceful" rally supporting the troubled chancellor this morning in front of South Building, the school's administrative HQ. Thorp announced Monday that he would step down from his post at the close of the 2012-13 academic year after two years of an athletic scandal that began with the school's football program and expanded into the academic sphere. In a statement Tuesday,...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp to resign

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Embattled UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp is on the way out. WRAL reported Monday morning that Thorp will step down at the close of the 2012-13 academic year, ending a watch that has been plagued by allegations of academic improprieties, primarily associated with the school's football program. The school confirmed the news in a press release later Monday morning. This comes after Thorp met privately Friday with the UNC Board of Governors, the panel in charge of the state's public universities. The release said Thorp on Sunday told UNC President Tom Ross of his plans to resign. "I will always...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Lee charter school unlikely to open this year, applies for 2013

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 3:59 PM

The Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter School is a long shot to open in August. Its founders are struggling to find a suitable temporary location for the school as they navigating the zoning approval process for a permanent site. Amid opposition from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools board and the local NAACP, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved fast-track status for the Lee School in February, clearing the way for the group to open later this year. But now, as a backup plan, they say, the school’s brass has submitted a request to the state to open...

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Raleigh charter school applicant arrested for missing traffic court date

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Wake County City/ County Bureau of IdentificationKenan Gundogdu An N.C. State University professor who wants to start a new charter school in Raleigh was arrested earlier this month for failing to appear in court on earlier charges. Kenan Gundogdu, 34, has applied to start the Triangle Math and Science Academy, which would be a spinoff of the Triad Math and Science Academy in Greensboro. The physics professor serves on the Greensboro school's board. According to court records, a Raleigh police officer cited Gundogdu on Dec. 3, 2011, for driving without insurance and for driving with a canceled, revoked or suspended...

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Number of dropouts declines statewide and in Wake, Durham, Orange

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released reports today on school discipline and high school dropouts. The rate of dropouts decreased statewide and in Durham, Orange, Wake and Chatham counties. The rate increased slightly in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools. Statewide, the numbers of suspensions and expulsions of students decreased, as well, according to a statement from N.C. DPI....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Durham County to levy 1/4-cent sales tax in April

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 4:02 PM

With the approval of almost 57 percent of voters, Durham County Commissioners officially adopted a resolution Monday night to begin collecting a new quarter-cent sales tax on April 1, 2012. The tax will apply to the sales of goods, but not food, medicine, housing, gas or utilities. Voters approved the tax, which will benefit public education in Durham County, through the Nov. 8 ballot. That ballot also included a new half-cent tax for mass transit, which voters also approved by 60 percent. But the transit sales tax won't be levied until Durham leaders see whether leaders and residents in Wake...

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Monday, November 14, 2011

State considers five new Triangle charter schools

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Matty Symons/ Dreamstime.com State education officials are reviewing 27 applications for new charter schools across the state, including two in Durham County, two in Wake County and one in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district. A new state law passed this year raised the limit on charter schools in North Carolina, which previously had been capped at 100. The applications were due last Thursday, and will be reviewed by the N.C. Public Charter School Advisory Council (CSAC) before being submitted to the State Board of Education. The applicants are aiming to have their schools up and running in August 2012. This...

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bower bows out of CHCCS race

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Brian Bower, who said his top priority if elected to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board would be “to pick my jaw from off the floor,” removed that possibility Wednesday night by dropping out of the race. Bower, a UNC graduate student who was running primarily to establish in-state residency and earn lower tuition costs, is withdrawing from the race both because of the “remote possibility that my candidacy might jeopardize the re-election of Ms. (Jamezetta) Bedford,” he wrote in a statement, and because UNC recently approved his application to be an in-state student....

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bedford no longer running unopposed, faces seven competitors in CHCCS race

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Chairwoman Jamezetta Bedford thought she had no opponents in her re-election bid. Today, eight days before the polls open, she learned she has to contend with seven other candidates also running for school board seats. Photo courtesy of Jamezetta BedfordJamezetta Bedford now finds herself fighting for one of five seats instead of easing her way to victory in an unopposed race.Bedford thought she was running unopposed for a rare two-year term that opened when board member Joe Green moved out of town. Seven other candidates, including three other incumbents, filed for four seats, all four-year terms....

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Constitutional law center withdraws controversial NCCU proposal

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

NCCU School of Law A controversial proposal to bring a center for the N.C. Constitution to the N.C. Central University law school is now off the table. The proposal was withdrawn in a letter Tuesday from Bob Orr, a former state Supreme Court justice and director for the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law. In the letter to NCCU School of Law Dean Raymond Pierce, Orr said he had a change of heart. "...for the past several months it has become increasingly clear that my time and efforts can be best spent elsewhere," Orr wrote in the letter (PDF). "Starting a...

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UNC housekeeping report reveals "lack of trust, overall frustration," Thorp offers changes

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Update: Former Director of Housekeeping Services Bill Burston "is no longer employed" by UNC as of Wednesday, a campus spokeswoman confirmed Friday. Burston was removed from his director role in June amid employee complaints and reassigned to a new role. University Mail Services Director Lea Holt was named interim. The school will begin a search for a new full-time director immediately. PRM Consulting, the Washington, D.C., firm UNC hired in March to investigate claims of discrimination, harassment and other poor working conditions in its housing department, released 45 recommendations for change Thursday, including a new performance evaluation for managers and...

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

NCCU law alum implores dean, faculty to oppose Pope-funded constitutional law center

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 6:02 PM

NCCU School of Law Shortly after reading the news that the N.C. Central University law school could potentially host a constitutional law institute funded by conservative politico Art Pope, law school alumna Sarah Farber sent a letter to Dean Raymond Pierce, imploring him to vote against the proposal. An affiliation with the Pope name would tarnish the NCCU brand, Farber wrote in her letter, which she also sent to the Indy. "I want the Law School to continue its storied tradition of producing not just lawyers, not just legislators, but social engineers who fight for the rights of under-served and...

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

NCCU law school faculty to vote on whether to accept Pope-funded constitutional law center

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Photo courtesy NCCUNCCU School of Law An N.C. Central University spokeswoman confirmed late Thursday that the director of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law has proposed locating a center at NCCU's law school with money from conservative Raleigh businessman Art Pope. Faculty at the law school are scheduled to vote on the matter in the next few weeks, said Cindy Fobert, a spokeswoman for the university. (Read a copy of the Aug. 19 proposal, submitted by former N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Bob Orr, the Institute's director (PDF). The website for the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law describes itself as...

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Challengers join the fray in Orange County elections

Posted By on Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM

The candidate-filing period opened with a flourish Friday in Orange County as mayors from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough all signed up to defend their seats and challengers emerged in the Chapel Hill Town Council and Board of Alderman races. In Chapel Hill, Lee Storrow and August Cho filed as expected, and Laney Dale, a tech entrepreneur who moved to town four years ago, joined the race for the four open positions on the nine- member, including the mayor, council. Photo courtesy of Laney DaleDale, a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee, says he wants to make a bigger...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Together N.C. holds send-off party for North Carolina's progress

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Cloaked in Hawaiian T-shirts with tongues planted firmly in cheeks, leis around necks, cone-shaped party hats on scalps and noisemakers in mouths, members of the progressive Together N.C. coalition threw a send-off party to North Carolina on Wednesday morning on the Halifax Mall, bidding adieu to the state’s ability to thrive, they said. Photo by Joe SchwartzTogether N.C.'s Rob Thompson apologizes to South Carolina for mocking the state's level of public education funding and says with the North Carolina budget now, "The joke is on us."Standing around a table with a banner reading “Farewell to NC’s Progress,” members of the...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Barrett announces run for CHCCS board

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Chapel Hill High School alumnus James Barrett announced today his candidacy for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education. “We as a community share a set of goals and values for our school district. Now is the time to do things a little differently to make real progress on those goals,” he stated in a press release. Photo courtesy of James BarrettJames Barrett grew up in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools system and believes he can help close the achievement gap.“The community agrees that these goals include closing the achievement gap and educating every child. But progress has been...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Telecommunications giants 1. People 0. Perdue lets HB129 become law

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Governor Bev Perdue will let House Bill 129, the anti-municipal broadband bill become law today, opting to neither sign nor veto the legislation before the midnight deadline. She issued a statement (full text below) saying she both wants every North Carolinian to have Internet access and seeks rules to prevent cities from having “an unfair advantage over providers in the private sector.” File photo by D.L. AndersonCrews in Wilson installed fiber lines in 2008 for the town-run broadband Internet service. Municipalities such as Wilson, where broadband is already in place, received exemptions in the bill.Her decision is a crushing blow...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bill would ban undocumented immigrants from public higher ed

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 5:05 PM

It's only the second day of the session and already the GOP is ramping up the hate machine: First up, undocumented immigrants.House bill 11, sponsored by state Rep. George Cleveland, a Republican from Onslow County, would prohibit undocumented immigrants from attending North Carolina colleges and universities. Currently, undocumented immigrants may attend these schools, but only under certain restrictions. For example, they must pay out-of-state tuition, which is as much as four times more expensive than in-state rates.You can read the text of the bill here: H11v0.pdf...

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Friday, November 19, 2010

NCCU condemns trashing of student newspaper, the Campus Echo

Posted By on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:25 AM

The N.C. Central University administration has publicly condemned the trashing of hundreds of copies of the student newspaper, done in apparent retaliation over two controversial stories published over the last six weeks. “Attempts to suppress unpleasant news are offensive and contrary to everything we stand for at our university, where the free exchange of information should not be impeded,” wrote NCCU Associate Provost Debbie Thomas in a campuswide e-mail. Campus Echo Editor Ashley Griffin wrote an editorial this week defending the stories, adding, “I am troubled that some of my fellow Eagles would stoop so low as to attempt to...

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Activists share insights during Campus Y celebration

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Decades of UNC students credited the Campus Y with spurring them to a life of service during last weekend’s 150th anniversary celebration of the center. Bill Ferris, senior associate director of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South, described the Y, which organizers say is the longest standing YMCA in the nation and the oldest student activist group, as “the conscience of our campus.” Through a moving oral history performance, students reflected on several political battles, including those supporting women’s rights, integration and literacy, and opposing the Vietnam War and the speaker ban, which barred communists from...

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Millions of research dollars at stake as Price, Lawson compete for Congress

Posted By on Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM

At our packed-to-the-gills debate between U.S. Rep. David Price and two-time challenger B.J. Lawson last week, the two men sparred on, among many other issues, federal research funding. Photo by D.L. AndersonB.J. Lawson, shown here campaigning at Mediterranean Deli in Chapel Hill in 2008, is pro-pita bread and anti-government-funded research.Lawson wants to privatize research and development, essentially cutting the legs of university research. Price questioned how a candidate running to represent the Research Triangle Park, UNC and Duke University district in Washington could hold such a view. Today, coincidentally or not, Duke University—where Price has taught public policy—issued a press...

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Green means go: Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board member resigns one year into four-year term

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Last November, as well documented by the rousing "Green Team" video below, Joe Green won a seat on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Election. "We’re hopefully going to work hard for the school board and do a great job,” he says in the video, a thank you to voters and his campaign team. Today Green announced that he’s going to work hard and do a great job elsewhere. He turned in his resignation letter, leaving a hole on the seven-member board and three years on his term, in favor of a post at Marquette University....

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Monday, August 2, 2010

UNC gives back $14.5 million NIH grant

Posted By on Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 7:37 PM

UNC is relinquishing a $14.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health that would have funded new additions to the Bingham Facility, formerly known as the Farm, the university announced late today. This means expansion of the facility has stopped. Earlier this year, UNC received the grant, which was part of the federal stimulus package. The money was for "shovel-ready" projects that have a short completion time. UNC planned to use the money to erect two new buildings to house additional animals for research on genetic diseases such as muscular dystrophy and hemophilia. "We have concluded that pursuing the...

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