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Years later, Carolina North timeline still up in the air

UNC has yet to finalize plans for the 250-acre plot of land it purchased in 2009. At the annual Carolina North town meeting Thursday, attendees discussed new developments and future plans for Carolina North, a multi-use campus located along Airport Drive near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Estes Drive. (Daily Tar Heel)

Mipso, band formed at UNC, hits the top of Billboard's bluegrass charts with new album

Released last week, Mipso’s new album Old Time Reverie has already left its mark on Billboard’s sales charts. The album debuted at the top of the music industry trade magazine’s Bluegrass Chart, and notched No. 20 on the Folk Chart and No. 23 on the Heatseekers Chart—all on the strength of an album on a local label. (Indy Week)

Scott Van Pelt's One Big Thing: Stuart Scott honored by North Carolina (video)

SVP’s One Big Thing is Roy Williams inducting Stuart Scott into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame and Scott’s daughters, Taelor and Sydni, accepting the Tar Heel Trailblazer Award at the school in his honor. (ESPN.com)

UNC honors late ESPN sportscaster, alumnus Stuart Scott

UNC spent Friday honoring late ESPN broadcaster and alumnus Stuart Scott. The school inducted Scott into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, based in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. The school later honored Scott during Friday's annual "Late Night with Roy" event, which is the ceremonial start to the basketball season. Scott first hosted the event in 2001 and did so 10 times. (Associated Press)

Multi-use development designed as Chapel Hill's new city center

With a Thursday groundbreaking, Chapel Hill kicked off the development of a $123 million renovation to University Square on Franklin Street. The updated, live-work-play space is being re-christened Carolina Square and is set to open in August 2017. Carolina Square will include retail shops, office space for university groups, 246 apartments, an 8,500-square foot performing arts facility and a park. (WRAL.com)

Chapel Hill's Southern Season celebrates 40 years

A mother and her young daughter scurry past the coffee beans and croissants and goat cheese and truffles. The little one’s legs are half as long, but she moves twice as fast. “I think they have cheese straws,” the mother says. Actually, Southern Season has a whole cheese straw section. Fresh produce aside, you’d be hard-pressed to find a food (or product or appliance) that the gourmet superstore doesn’t stock in its 59,000-square-foot flagship in Chapel Hill. (Our State Magazine)

Carolina Boxing Club teaching inexperienced boxers the ropes

It’s a small, hidden stairway on the side of Eddie Smith Field House. With just a few punching bags, jump ropes and four wooded posts stuffed in a dusty corner, the room looks like any other storage closet. But at night, when the posts are combined to create a makeshift ring on the facility’s artificial turf and the bags are chained up, the room becomes the hub to one of the UNC’s ever-growing clubs. (UNC.edu)

Charles Kuralt and 'North Carolina is My Home'

It started with a series of telephone calls in early 1983 when North Carolina governor Jim Hunt was planning for the state’s 400th birthday. Ten years earlier the North Carolina General Assembly created the America’s Four Hundredth Anniversary Committee. Hunt activated the committee in 1978. The governor called lots of Tar Heels seeking input for the birthday celebration. One of those called in 1983 was Charles Kuralt. (A View to Hugh)

How "Ant-Man" Director, UNC Alum Peyton Reed Went From Bringing It On To Marvel's Weird Superhero

Although the Marvel Cinematic Universe has its humorous moments—recall the Hulk-punch at the end of Avengers or nearly everything Chris Pratt says in Guardians—its specialty is spectacular setpieces. In assembling Ant-Man, the studio had to find a director capable of changing the ratio, and that's exactly what they found in Peyton Reed. (Fast Company)

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center receives $10 million commitment

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today announced a $10 million gift commitment to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from Ken and Cheryl Williams of Burlington, N.C. The couple has designated their gift for the Ken and Cheryl Williams Fund for Venture Initiatives at UNC Lineberger, the state’s only public comprehensive cancer center. (UNC.edu)

$100 million gift prompts innovation in Pharmacy School

In December 2014, UNC alumnus Fred Eshelman made a $100 million commitment to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. In May, the pharmacy school launched the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, which uses the Eshelman money to encourage students, faculty and staff to take risks in research. (Daily Tar Heel)

Extended coverage of Nobel laureate Aziz Sancar

A week ago, in the town of Savur, in Turkey’s Mardin province on the border of Syria, a Turkish flag hung outside the boyhood home of Aziz Sancar. It was here that relatives gathered with townspeople to celebrate the news that Sancar had won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Six thousand miles away, during another celebration in Chapel Hill, Sancar took time to remember the plight of the people of Savur who were celebrating him, with a passionate appeal for peace. (University Gazette)

Jeff Varner's Survivor Adventure Is Over, But His Midlife Quest Has Just Begun

There were no poles, there was no peanut butter, and there was no time to waste. Jeff Varner hit the beach of Survivor: Cambodia — Second Chance running at a speed that can only be described as “balls to the wall,” in his own words. But the tank finally ran out of gas and bit him in the you-know-what on Day 12. (Parade Magazine)

UNC Environmental Studies major Larisa Bennett lives her dream and gets to tag a shark

Every fall, the Institute of Marine Sciences welcomes UNC undergraduate students to study at the coast for the term through the Institute for the Environment Field Site program. As part of her Independent Research project, Environmental Studies major Larisa Bennett will be sharing weekly blog posts on her semester by the sea. (Under The C Blog)

As you like it: Mipso, string band composed of four UNC grads, caters to the fan experience

Chapel Hill-based string band Mipso became enamored with Honda’s version of a minivan while traveling to 37 U.S. states this year. The group learned, though, that the roomy auto doesn’t fit their needs for overnight rest. “We are all totally converted to soccer mom life. We love the Odyssey. We think it’s amazing,” says mandolin player and singer Jacob Sharp. (Mountain Xpress)

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