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Joe Ferrell says farewell after 50 years at UNC

Joe Ferrell’s lifelong career began with a single booze-filled night as an undergraduate at UNC. He overslept for the MCAT the following morning and resigned to take the LSAT instead. “That turned out to be the luckiest thing that ever happened to me,” Ferrell said. More than 50 years later, Ferrell is poised to retire from the career he fell into and the only university he’s ever served. (Daily Tar Heel)

David Bowie’s legacy lives on in UNC history

Nearly 30 years ago, David Bowie rocked the Smith Center — not once, but twice. The first time was in 1987 for his Glass Spider Tour, and the second was in 1990 for his Sound + Vision Tour. Bowie, the rock star who transcended musical boundaries and captivated audiences all over the world, died on Sunday at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. (Daily Tar Heel)

3-D printer built by UNC students gives 13-year-old girl fingers on right hand

Jeff Powell was a junior in biomedical engineering at UNC when a professor approached him in 2014 about a boy named Holden who was missing his fingers. Could Powell make something for the child? “I said ‘Yes, of course.'" Holden’s 3-D hand for the boy made national headlines, and he and other student volunteers formed the Helping Hand Project. (Columbus Dispatch)

UNC study determines effectiveness of physical fitness trackers

The University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health partnered with the research institute RTI International to see if Fitbits and other activity trackers are truly accurate. The study found these devices were most accurate when counting steps and less reliable when measuring sleep quality. (Daily Tar Heel)

He’s Not Here Agrees to Offer with ABC Commission

Chapel Hill bar He’s Not Here has signed an offer in compromise with the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission in connection with violations the night of a triple-fatal wrong way crash on I-85 this summer. The offer in compromise, which will not be official until it is ratified by the ABC Board, calls for a suspension of the bar’s alcohol permits for a minimum of 21 days and a $15,000 fine. (Chapelboro.com)

Video: Roy Williams talks about Stuart Scott on The Rich Eisen Show

On last Monday's edition of The Rich Eisen Show, Roy Williams reflected on the life and legacy of Stuart Scott, including his love for UNC. (Rich Eisen Show)

UNC PhD Candidate Named to ’30 Under 30: Healthcare’ List

A PhD candidate at UNC has been named to the 30 Under 30 in Healthcare by Forbes. Mugdha Gokhale is a 29-year-old drug safety researcher at UNC. Forbes touts Gokhale’s work looking at large health databases to determine how safe medicines are outside of clinical trials. (Chapelboro.com)

Cellist, UNC grad Joe Kwon was ready to give up his dream before joining The Avett Brothers

Joe Kwon was waiting tables when the call came asking him to join The Avett Brothers. “With that phone call, the worst night of my life became the best,” Kwon said. His dream of becoming a professional musician came true. But Kwon’s journey from being a waiter with a computer science degree to cellist for one of the hottest band’s in the country was not always easy. (Associated Press)

The Best Bourbon Bars in the South: The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill

The name alone makes this narrow, inviting bar on Franklin Street worth a visit. But then there’s the gregarious Gary Crunkleton—owner, bartender, entertainer. Not to mention a stellar bourbon list that’s more than a hundred strong, including the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. (Garden & Gun)

A Year After His Passing, Stuart Scott's Journey Continues to Inspire

Scott ­would have been proud to see how his well-spoken, big hearted young daughters, Taelor and Sydni, honored him with a fitting, emotional, video tribute to commemorate the one-year anniversary of his passing. After viewing the breathtaking video, I, too, immediately began to reflect about my dad and how Scott impacted my life outside of the world of sports. (Ebony)

Video: Scott Van Pelt remembers Stuart Scott, sends message to Scott's daughters

"The love never, ever goes away." (ESPN.com)

A year after his passing, Stuart Scott still impacts friends, family and colleagues

Today is a solemn day for ESPN and for sports fans everywhere. It is the one-year anniversary of Stuart Scott’s passing. Throughout the day, ESPN will honor its friend and colleague with a series of tributes, vignettes and remembrances. NFL host Suzy Kolber, who began working with Stuart in 1993 and was one of his closest friends, has written a tribute essay that discusses his legacy. (ESPN.com)

Stuart Scott's daughters film emotional tribute to father one year after his death

In this stunning video from Dear World, Stuart Scott’s daughters, Taelor (20) and Sydni Scott (16), write a letter to their father on the one-year anniversary of his death. Scott, a legendary ESPN announcer and SportsCenter host, passed away on January 4th of last year from cancer, a disease he had first been diagnosed with in 2007. He was 49. (Taelor & Sydni Scott)

UNC Researchers Make ALS Breakthrough

For the first time, scientists at UNC have discovered the structure of toxic clumps of a protein that have been associated with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. “There are quite a few neurodegenerative diseases that we know, such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, they all feature the same aspect, which is a clump of proteins,” said study co-author Nikolay Dokholyan. (Chapelboro.com)

Hundreds attend funeral for Chapel Hill baby killed by gunfire

Saturday, family and friends laid to rest a one-year-old girl who died after a shooting on Christmas day at a Chapel Hill apartment complex. Three men now face murder charges in the death of Maleah Williams. While they wait in jail for their next court appearance later this month, family and friends of Maleah gathered for her funeral. (WNCN)

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