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Orange County receives grant to help dementia patients like Dean Smith

On Wednesday, Linnea Smith spoke publicly for the first time since the passing of her husband, former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith. Smith spoke about her husband’s experience with dementia at a press conference celebrating a $900,000 federal grant that will fund Orange County’s Dementia-Friendly community initiative. (Daily Tar Heel)

Top of the Hill named one of 'Top 10 brewpubs in the U.S.'

Top of the Hill, a longtime favorite venue in Chapel Hill, has been named on of the 'Top 10 brewpubs in the U.S.' by international restaurant review site Gayot. Cited for its "outstanding beer and delicious food," the website – named for French travel writer Henri Gayot – gives Top of the Hill a shout-out for being "consistently good since opening about 20 years ago, before anyone used the term 'brewpub.'" (Triangle Business Journal)

Mipso, string band that formed at UNC, tied to North Carolina by family, past and music

Mipso formed in Chapel Hill five years ago when all its members were students at UNC. The band is still officially based there, though the group’s real home these days is on the road. “We pay rent in Chapel Hill, but I think it’s a stretch to say we live there,” Terrell said. “We’re only there about one third of the time.” (Greensboro News & Record)

Master bell ringer plays Morehead’s tunes

When the tones of “Carolina Victory” or “Hark the Sound” emanate from the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower after a UNC victory, a student is playing the music by hand. The bells once rang through a system of levers that had to be pulled by the master bell ringer, said Ben Lee, the current president of music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha. Lee said now the system is run through a 14-key electronic keyboard. (Daily Tar Heel)

ABC Commission ratifies offer of suspension, fine for La Residence

The ABC Commission ratified the offer in compromise for La Residence at their November meeting today. In the offer, the ABC permits for La Residence will be suspended for 50 days, beginning on Dec. 18. But the restaurant can avoid the final 36 days of the suspension, if they pay a $5,000 fine by Dec. 11. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina continues ascent as a global research powerhouse

UNC is continuing its decade-long rise as one of the world’s top universities for sponsored research, climbing to eighth nationally among private and public research institutions in overall research and development (R&D) expenditures and sixth nationally in federal R&D spending. This is the second year in a row that UNC-Chapel Hill has placed in the top 10 for both categories. (UNC.edu)

UNC School of Social Work receives $1 million gift to support students, faculty and innovation

The School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $1 million gift from philanthropists Prudence F. and Peter J. Meehan of Chapel Hill, longtime supporters of the school. The gift will support student scholarships, assist in the recruitment and retention of promising junior faculty, and fund new innovation initiatives to meet emerging needs in the field. (UNC.edu)

Carrboro: Best City For Singles

Are you single? Move to Carrboro. Evidently it is the best city for singles in the United States. Livability ranked Carrboro at the top of their list of “10 Best Cities for Singles.” The website “explores what makes small-to-medium sized cities great places to live.” (Chapelboro.com)

UNC's Nobel Prize winner celebrates Turkish roots

When Aziz Sancar’s wife woke him up at 5 a.m. on Oct. 7, he feared something terrible had happened to one of his family members in Turkey.But the call was from Stockholm, the home of the Nobel Center. Sancar had just been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on DNA repair.Sancar, a professor of biophysics and biochemistry at UNC, has a deep affection for the UNC community. (Daily Tar Heel)

Alexandria Johnston named School of Education’s first Dean Smith Scholar

Alexandria Johnston, a student in the UNC School of Education’s school counseling program, has been named the school’s first Dean E. Smith Scholar. The scholarship was established to honor Dean Smith, UNC’s head men’s basketball coach for 36 seasons. Johnston, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., joined the Master’s of Education program in school counseling this year. (UNC.edu)

Remembering the late U.S. Senator, UNC alum Paul Wellstone

It’s been 25 years since Wellstone won an historic against-all-odds victory for the U.S. Senate seat from Minnesota in 1990....At the University of North Carolina, he won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in his 126-pound weight class. Wellstone earned his undergraduate degree in 1965 and stayed at the University of North Carolina to earn a Ph.D. in political science in 1969 with a dissertation about black militants. (Salon.com)

60 Minutes: Football and the Brain

Concussions are sort of like snowflakes, there are no two alike. And none of them good according to Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz who has been researching the link between football and brain trauma at the University of North Carolina for more than a decade. His studies indicate that players are five times more susceptible to dementia later in life if they've sustained three or more concussions. (CBS News)

Thrill City makes brief return for UNC's season opener

Those who never got around to purchasing the unmistakeable "Thrill City" T-shirt before the store closed will have another crack at it Sunday. Though Thrill City, the Chapel Hill-based clothing brand, officially closed in May, co-owner Ryan Cocca said he chose to put a few items up for sale to celebrate the start of basketball season and clear unsold merchandise. (Daily Tar Heel)

Pop stars Ed Sheeran, Joe Jonas make trips to Chapel Hill

On Tuesday night, Ed Sheeran was seen at 'He's Not Here' and a UNC fraternity....On Wednesday night, Joe Jonas and his band, DNCE, performed at Local 506, a Franklin Street music bar, and later bought food for concert-goers next door at Italian Pizzeria III.

A Foodie Who Plays Cello Standing Up: Meet Avett Brothers Cellist, UNC alum Joe Kwon

As a kid, Joe Kwon spent all of his time doing two things: practicing the cello and eating delicious food. His family had recently immigrated to North Carolina from South Korea so his house was always filled with family and lavish Korean cooking....He failed to get into a college music program, so he ended up at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied computer science. (WUNC)

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