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The Carolina Coffee Shop in Chapel Hill Offers Meals with a Side of Memories

Jeremy Ferry is the general manager of the Carolina Coffee Shop, the longest continuously operating restaurant in North Carolina, and a Chapel Hill institution since 1922. Just a few months ago, a couple returned to the Coffee Shop and sat in the exact same booth where they had their first date in 1942. On this corner of Franklin Street, this happens all the time. (Our State Magazine)

When the astronauts came to campus: Morehead Planetarium's life-saving history

From 1960 to 1975, 62 NASA astronauts studied celestial navigation at UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The training ensured that the astronauts would know what to do in case their automatic navigation systems failed while they were in space. The training saved lives on three occasions — the Mercury Atlas 9 mission, Apollo 12 and Apollo 13. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC working to end children's peanut allergies

Childhood food allergies have dramatically grown over the last two decades, and one out of every 13 children under age 18 now has a food allergy. Peanuts are among the foods that cause the most severe reactions, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is working on a solution to the problem. (WRAL.com)

Introducing the UNC T-Shirt Archive

We are pleased to announce the release of the UNC T-Shirt Archive. This digital collection of Carolina T-shirts past and present provides a unique window into all aspects of student life at UNC. The website is available now, but it’s far from complete: for that, we need your help. If you have a UNC shirt that is fun, interesting, important, or just looks good, we’d like to preserve a photo of it in the University Archives. (UNC.edu)

UNC student-created documentary on North Carolina state parks to air on UNC-TV

Over the past four years, students have worked under the guidance of Tom Linden, professor of medical journalism and director of the Medical and Science Journalism Master’s Program, to compile stories of North Carolina’s state parks into a documentary. “North Carolina State Parks: Environmental Jewels,” will air on UNC-TV at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill Lands High on List of Smartest Small Towns

Chapel Hill is filled with educated people. That is not breaking news to local residents. But, a couple of impressive statistics regarding the amount of education received by residents of Chapel Hill led to a high spot on a recently released list of the 20 Smartest Small Towns. Chapel Hill is No. 6. The list was compiled by TopValueReviews.net. (Chapelboro.com)

How Tim Crothers First Met the 'Queen of Katwe' Phiona Mutesi

The stranger approached, proffering nothing more than a tattered clipping from a religious newsletter and a hackneyed opening line: “I have a good story for you.” Tim Crothers knew better than to swoon at those words. A former senior writer at Sports Illustrated, Crothers had spent decades listening to suggestions that he should write about the gramps who shot a hole-in-one or the amputee who’d run a 5k. (Newsweek)

UNC-Chapel Hill named to President’s Honor Roll for Public Service

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The honor roll recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of best practices in campus community partnerships. (UNC.edu)

The movie inspired by a UNC professor's book is premiering today

From a slum in Uganda to the silver screen, UNC professor and author Tim Crothers has brought the story of chess and a young girl’s dream across the world. A Disney and ESPN film based off of his book, “Queen of Katwe,” will begin showing Friday, Sept. 30, at Silverspot in Chapel Hill. (Daily Tar Heel)

New leads pour in on Faith Hedgepeth murder after television special

Chapel Hill police say they have received hundreds of tips after granting ABC's 20/20 exclusive and unprecedented access into their investigation of murdered University of North Carolina sophomore Faith Hedgepeth. Investigators are now following up on the potential new leads that continue to pour in from across the country. (ABC 11)

From Chapel Hill to Africa, Tim Crothers Writes to Inspire

For Tim Crothers, what started as a “good story” from a stranger in a crowd at Squid’s in March 2010 blossomed into an ESPN The Magazine article. It then became a book and now, a much anticipated, star-studded film, “Queen of Katwe.” Tim, a UNC School of Media and Journalism lecturer, has made a career writing about sports culture. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

UNC ranks 3rd among public universities in new measure of graduate success, student learning

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked third among U.S. public universities and tied for 30th overall in a new list based on graduate success and student learning published by The Wall Street Journal and the London-based Times Higher Education. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2017 were posted Wednesday. (UNC.edu)

UNC professor training internet to recognize images

Computer science professor Jan-Michael Frahm is teaching computers to see. Frahm is the head of the 3D Computer Vision group at UNC. Computer vision focuses on teaching computers to learn and gain information from images. “The goal is to make the computer see, to understand the images as we would understand them when we look at them,” Frahm said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Legacy of Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha lives on in service

Four hundred and twenty-three people volunteered Thursday for the second annual Deah Day, a service day that honors former UNC School of Dentistry students Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha. Barakat and Abu-Salha, along with Razan Abu-Salha, Yusor's sister, were killed at a Chapel Hill apartment in February 2015. (Daily Tar Heel)

Police release photo rendering that could identify suspect in Faith Hedgepeth murder

Officials with the Chapel Hill Police Department have released a composite sketch and report that they believe could help identify the man responsible for the 2012 murder of Faith Hedgepeth. Now, more than four years after her murder, a "snapshot tool" created by Parabon NanoLabs has created a 3-D sketch of the suspect based on his DNA traits. (WRAL.com)

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