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Photos: Carolina in the summer

Many students may have headed out of Chapel Hill when the spring semester ended three months ago, but the campus was far from empty this summer. Students fought the hot Carolina heat underneath the trees of McCorkle Place and battled through fun-filled water balloon fights at the residence halls, while the University welcomed the incoming Class of 2019 at first-year student orientations. (UNC.edu)

UNC project helps save, digitize NC's historic newspapers

Historians often say newspapers are the first draft of history. An ongoing project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is designed to make sure the history in the state's newspapers is preserved for future generations. UNC has been scanning papers for years and sharing digital copies with the world, and the program is now adding another 28 titles – about 100,000 additional pages – of North Carolina's stories since the 1800s. (WRAL.com)

How Julian's Brought Ivy-League Style to the South (With an Assist From Michael Jordan)

The Chapel Hill community long ago adopted a style characterized by neat dress with colors that pop. It is found everywhere: from game day togs to graduation robes to argyle sports jerseys. And one longtime Chapel Hill family is largely responsible: The Julians introduced preppy to the South. Preppy style, of course, was born in New England. And so was Maurice Julian, who moved from Boston to Chapel Hill when his brother attended law school at UNC. (Inc.)

New UNC research reprograms cells to kill cancer

A new research program at UNC seeks to harness the power of the body's immune system to kill cancer, and it’s already helping patients like 7-year-old Phineas Sandi. Phineas’ life has been anything but normal after what appeared to be a lingering cold turned out to be acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “We’d already lost one child to a different kind of leukemia,” said Phineas’ father, Carlos Sandi. (WRAL.com)

UNC researchers find medication therapy that could eradicate HIV

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found the use of a combination of AIDS medications known as antiretroviral therapy can help prevent the transmission of HIV through sexual activity — a finding that could eradicate the virus. Myron Cohen, director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at UNC-Chapel Hill and principal investigator of the study, released the findings of the UNC study on July 20 at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada. (UNC.edu)

US News & World Report: UNC Hospitals Ranks Nationally

US News and World Report has just released its annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals,” and UNC Hospitals were recognized all across the board. The list ranks UNC Hospitals as the no. 3 hospital in North Carolina and no. 2 in the Raleigh-Durham area. (Duke University Hospital ranked no. 1 in the state.) UNC Hospitals also ranked in the top 50 in the nation in five specialties: cancer, gynecology, pulmonology, urology, and ear, nose and throat. (Chapelboro.com)

Murder charges filed against UNC student in wrong-way I-85 crash

Three second-degree murder charges were filed Thursday against a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student accused of killing three people in a weekend crash on Interstate 85. Chandler Michael Kania, 20, of Asheboro, also was charged with three counts of felony death by motor vehicle and one count of felony serious injury by motor vehicle. (WRAL.com)

From Chapel Hill to the World Games

On July 25, Tim Taft, MD, will be on the field at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics World Games. It’s a big stage. An iconic venue. First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to be in attendance. Stevie Wonder will perform. But, in a career that spans four decades, Taft, Max N. Novich Professor of Orthopaedics, is used to big stages and iconic venues. (UNC Health Care)

Hall Of Fame Calls To Jim Lampley, 0-1 As Fighter, The Best Ever As Blow by Blow Caller

Mom to son: "Sit down, you are going to watch the Friday Night Fights, Sugar Ray Robinson versus Bobo Olson. This is what you and your father would be doing if he were still here." Robinson scored a KO win. Don Dunphy called the event. An abiding, over-riding interest was born, in the sport, in the blood of a premier presenter of pugilism, Jim Lampley. (The Sweet Science)

University Mall gets new name, new look

Construction and a name change are reshaping the complex Chapel Hill residents used to know as University Mall. According to a press release from the Madison Marquette marketing company, University Mall was officially named University Place on June 1 and now has a brand new logo. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC gets $20M from Homeland Security for Coastal Resilience Center

With a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, UNC-Chapel Hill launched a new Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) to address “unique challenges facing communities across the United States that are vulnerable to coastal hazards,” according to UNC. The center will concentrate on developing tools to help coastal communities that are vulnerable to coastal hazards, like hurricanes, flooding and sea-level rise, become more resilient to these threats. (Triangle Business Journal)

CLIO Sports Awards Honors Late Stuart Scott

The ceremony also memorialized late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who died in January at age 49 after a long battle with cancer, with a special presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award in his memory. Former ESPN colleague Scott Van Pelt presented the award, which will henceforth be renamed the Stuart Scott Lifetime Achievement Award, to Scott’s sister, Susan Scott, and his daughters, Taelor and Sydni. (Hollywood Reporter)

Early space journeys began at Morehead Planetarium

Before Neil Armstrong made his small step onto lunar soil, his journey to space began the same way as the rest of America’s first astronauts: walking the halls of Morehead Planetarium. For more than a decade, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s planetarium served as the hub for celestial navigation training for 62 members of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs. (UNC.edu)

Marrow donor drive draws young, old, UNC legend

Parents and their children, law enforcement officers, others in the judicial system and a University of North Carolina basketball legend lined up Friday to proffer a DNA swab and join the bone marrow donor registry, all inspired by the fight of Superior Court Judge Carl Fox. Phil Ford, who played point guard at UNC before a nine-year career in the NBA, was on hand to support his friend Fox. (WRAL.com)

Judge Carl Fox uses diagnosis to spur blood donor registry

A special bone marrow donor drive this weekend could save the life of a local superior court judge. Sixty-one-year-old Superior Court Judge Carl Fox is fighting a blood cancer, myelodysplastic syndrome, which has kept him out of the court room and spending more time at the N.C. Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill. Fox said his only hope was to find a matching bone marrow donor, so he decided to keep fighting. (WRAL.com)

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