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Bowman Gray Memorial Pool's history isn't forgotten

As it nears its eighth decade, the Bowman Gray Memorial Pool’s future is uncertain.Director of Campus Recreation Bill Goa said the campus recreation master plan is currently being reviewed, along with the functions of all indoor and outdoor facilities.The master plan will assess if the 78-year-old indoor pool still fits the needs of students and whether it should be renovated or replaced with a more modern facility. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill to join AT&T's smart city program

Chapel Hill is collaborating with AT&T as a spotlight city to build a smart city framework that will better connect residents to the town through the Internet. AT&T has teamed up with Cisco, IBM and other leaders in technology to work with several spotlight communities across the country to develop a plan that will use technology to make the community more safe and efficient. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC researchers make groundbreaking discovery, use skin cells to kill cancer

In a first for medical science, UNC-Chapel Hill pharmacy researchers turn skin cells into cancer-hunting stem cells that destroy brain tumors known as glioblastoma – a discovery that can offer, for the first time in more than 30 years, a new and more effective treatment for the disease. The survival rate beyond two years for a patient with a glioblastoma is 30 percent. (UNC.edu)

UNC climbs to first place in U.S. public college rankings

The University of North Carolina has earned first place in Business First's 2016 academic rankings of 477 U.S. public colleges, newly released this morning. Right behind UNC on this year's list of elite public schools are the University of Michigan, University of Virginia, University of California-Los Angeles and University of California-Berkeley. (Buffalo Business First)

UNC center to use $1 million investment to increase financial health in under-resourced communities

Through the support of a $1.05 million grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co., the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Community Capital (CCC) will develop innovative strategies and solutions to help under-resourced communities become more vibrant and economically inclusive across the nation. (UNC.edu)

Two UNC students named 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholars

UNC-Chapel Hill students Larry Han and Matthew Leming have been awarded prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarships, which provide full support for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. This is the first time Carolina has had two people selected as Gates Cambridge Scholars in the same year. Carolina now has a total of five Gates Cambridge Scholars. (UNC.edu)

UNC Professor Receives Grant for Diabetes Research

Praveen Sethupathy, an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics in the UNC School of Medicine, is one of six scientists to receive a prestigious 2016 Pathway to Stop Diabetes grant award. The award, given by the American Diabetes Association, comes with $1.625 million over a five-year grant term, along with career support and resources. (Chapelboro.com)

Chapel Hill police, TV crime show dispute voicemail of slain UNC student

A nationally-syndicated crime show aired a voicemail Tuesday it says may have recorded the final moments of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth’s life. But Chapel Hill’s police chief says investigators have had the recording since the beginning of the case and think it records Hedgepeth and others earlier that night in a downtown club. (Burlington Times News)

Remembering Bryan Crocker, a UNC alum and avid Tar Heels fan

After a long dinner, the check arrived. I don’t remember the name of that restaurant at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. I don’t remember how much the bill was. I do remember that Bryan Crocker reached for the check and put down his credit card. He was dying, he said, years into his fight against esophageal cancer, and so it only made sense for him to pick up the tab. (Charlotte Observer)

Dream gig: Alums in Steep Canyon Rangers perform at UNC-Duke game

Graham Sharp of the Steep Canyon Rangers has played at sold-out arenas, played with Steve Martin, even won a Grammy. But there were more than the usual butterflies Wednesday night when Sharp, a Greensboro native, and the Steep Canyon Rangers played the national anthem before the tipoff of the North Carolina-Duke basketball game. (Greensboro News & Record)

Carolina, West Point to partner together to study changing concussion culture

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers have received a $400,000 award to partner with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to study changing the culture of concussion disclosure among military personnel and college athletes. They will develop an online interactive platform that provides a series of immersive training vignettes for those populations. (UNC.edu)

Schoolkids Records to replace CD Alley on Franklin Street

Schoolkids Records, a record store founded in 1974, will return to Chapel Hill on March 1 as the company’s third location within the Triangle. The original Chapel Hill store was under different management and closed its doors in the mid-1990s.Schoolkids owner Stephen Judge said the company had up to six stores at a time, but it was the most difficult to watch the Chapel Hill store close. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill Police Chief speaks out a year after 3 murders

"This is a senseless tragedy that had international repercussions,” Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue says. “We were dispatched to a call about shots fired, and our officers responded. That’s not a real common call.” That evening, almost all of the police department showed up for the call. “We realized we had something very serious and tragic,” Blue said. (WNCN)

Potential pancreatic cancer treatment developed by UNC researchers could increase life expectancy

Pancreatic cancer cells are notorious for being protected by a fortress of tissue, making it difficult to deliver drugs to shrink the tumor or stop its growth. Now researchers at UNC have developed a device that could change all that: By using electric fields, the device can drive chemotherapy drugs directly into tumors, preventing their growth and in some cases, shrinking them. (UNC.edu)

He’s Not Here, but will be back soon

He’s Not Here will close its doors for three weeks — including for the UNC-Duke game — starting today. The closure comes as part of the bar’s punishment for being one location where authorities say a former student, Chandler Kania, consumed alcohol underage on July 19, 2015. Authorities say Kania then drove drunk and hit a car head-on, killing three people and injuring a fourth. (Daily Tar Heel)

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