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LGBTQ community fights HB2

LGBTQ community fights HB2

   North Carolina’s newest legislation—known as HB2—reverses a Charlotte ordinance, which extended rights to people who are gay or transgender. Carrboro’s LGBTQ community plans to fight this bill until laws are changed. On Feb. 22, Charlotte passed a law that granted protection to LGBTQ people in places of public accommodation. In response, on March 23, North Carolina’s General Assembly proposed… Read more →

CEF: An opportunity for the homeless

CEF: An opportunity for the homeless

There is a certain standout building at 108 W. Rosemary St., a stone’s throw away from He’s Not Here and the Yogurt Pump. Bright blue paint and simple signage declare it to be the home of the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF). At first glance, the inside of the small brick structure gives the same feel as any other office space:… Read more →

Pauli Murray Award honors commitment to social justice

Pauli Murray Award honors commitment to social justice

“True community is based upon equality, mutuality and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together.” These are the words of the late Rev. Dr. Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray, a civil rights activist from Durham. On Sunday, Feb. 28, the Orange County Human Relations Commission recognized four Orange County… Read more →

Carrboro seeks to improve downtown parking situation

Carrboro seeks to improve downtown parking situation

The town of Carrboro prides itself on its walkability; however, there are times when both visitors and residents need to drive. With driving comes the need for parking. According to town officials, Carrboro currently has five municipal lots, with a total of 600 parking spaces downtown that are for public use. Of the 600 public spots, 350 spots are a… Read more →

Carrboro buzzing with mural plans

Carrboro buzzing with mural plans

Six years ago, Manhattan artist Matthew Willey was working in his studio when a bee flew into the room. Willey soon began painting bees and researching the problems they face. Now, his passion for bee conservation has reached Carrboro. A muralist for more than 20 years, Willey completed the first mural for “The Good of the Hive” series in LaBelle,… Read more →

Even after death, Dean Smith continues to make a difference

Even after death, Dean Smith continues to make a difference

It’s hard to go out on top. It’s even harder to imagine anything bringing Duke and UNC fans together. There have been too many heartbreaking loses, elbows thrown, trash talked and mutual hatred to imagine the two shades of blue ever teaming up. But thanks to one man’s unparalleled legacy, a couple young entrepreneurs and the creativity of a Duke… Read more →

Former Tar Heel fosters a love of lacrosse at Chapel Hill High School

Former Tar Heel fosters a love of lacrosse at Chapel Hill High School

Back when high school lacrosse barely existed in North Carolina, Brent Voelkel was on two men’s lacrosse national championship teams at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since Voelkel was in school in the 1980s, he’s watched the sport grow. “When I was in college down here, there wasn’t high school ball,” Voelkel said. “Now there’s got to be well over 100 teams playing… Read more →