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UNC police: Device detonated at Davie Poplar tree; person in custody

One person was in custody Thursday after authorities said a small device detonated at the Davie Poplar tree on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Cameron Avenue is closed between South Columbia Street and Raleigh Street as crews investigate, the university said. Video footage appears to show a small explosion at the base of the tree. (WRAL.com)

"Homegrown Halloween" shrinks due to safety concerns

Halloween in Chapel Hill has become more tame in recent years due to collaborative efforts to make the town’s celebration more local. “People were coming from all over the place for Halloween,” Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said. “It became a public safety issue, so we’re trying to make it more homegrown, keep it lower key here.” (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Researchers: Football position, length of play affect brain impact

Researchers have found that damage to white matter in the brains of former college and professional football players due to recurrent head impacts can be related to playing position and career duration, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. This is the first neuroimaging study to compare former football players with no evidence of cognitive impairment. (UNC.edu)

From UNC to Hollywood: Tar Heel Couple Love Scary Things So Much It’s Spooky

Katherine Canipe Wells never pined to be Cinderella or Snow White this time of year. Thanks to her mother introducing John Carpenter’s Halloween and her father employing the dark arts of makeup, the chill winds of October blew her spirit more toward zombies. Meanwhile, Alec Wells had more of Great Pumpkin vibe. That was before fate brought them together at UNC. (UNC.edu)

UNC crossing guard gets cross-country trip thanks to students' generosity

For nine years, Joann, a crossing guard at UNC, has helped students get to and from class safely. But she never realized what an impact she was making until the community came together to help her fulfill a lifelong dream. "I'm at a loss for words. I just can't find the words to explain it. You know, they really care," Joann, who asked that her last name not be used, said Thursday. (WRAL.com)

Remembering Charles Kuralt, legendary creator of "On the Road," as segment turns 50

The "On the Road" motor home wasn't the fastest way to find a news story. But Charles Kuralt wasn't looking for fast, or even news, for that matter -- at least not in the traditional sense. Kuralt was a different kind of journalist. He didn't investigate people. He simply admired them. The legendary creator of "On the Road" died 20 years ago. (CBS News)

Military families see benefits of new UNC fundraising campaign with $20 million donation

Thanks to a $20 million donation from Steve and Debbie Vetter of Greensboro, the children of veterans and active military service members will be provided with need-based aid in conjunction with the Carolina Covenant Scholarship Program. This campaign, known as the Red, White and Carolina Blue Challenge, is a part of the larger “For All Kind: The Campaign for Carolina." (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC professor Mohit Bansal receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Mohit Bansal has received the prestigious Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — becoming only the second UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member to do so — for his work on natural language processing and machine learning. (UNC.edu)

Q&A with MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, UNC alum Nikole Hannah-Jones

UNC alum and The New York Times magazine writer, Nikole Hannah-Jones, was named a MacArthur Genius Grant fellow for her work and documentation on resegregation of the United States, particularly rooted in housing and education. Her work has received vast recognition, winning her a National Magazine, Peabody Award and George Polk Award. (Daily Tar Heel)

15 years after his death, US Senator and UNC alum Paul Wellstone's legacy lives on

Tucked among pines and aspens off an out-of-the-way road near Eveleth, Minn., there's a small memorial to Sen. Paul Wellstone about a half-mile from where his campaign plane crashed 15 years ago. It's quiet and simple, featuring a ring of polished slabs of rock, in memory of Wellstone and his wife Sheila, his daughter, and three campaign workers who also died in the crash. (Minnesota Public Radio News)

Feelin’ DNA, started by UNC students, inspires the visually impaired with 3D-printed models

Feelin’ DNA, founded by UNC biology and biomedical engineering students, is inspiring the visually impaired by providing tactile learning tools for STEM subjects. STEM curricula often focus on visual aids, textbooks and online images that are largely inaccessible to visually impaired students. The Feelin’ DNA team works to translate those images into 3-D models. (UNC.edu)

UNC Researchers Receive $3.6 Million Award to Improve Mental Health Treatment in Malawi and Tanzania

A collaborative, international team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a multimillion dollar award to study the mental health of people in Malawi and Tanzania living with a non-communicable disease, like diabetes or hypertension. Non-communicable diseases are the second leading cause of death in Malawi, according to the World Health Organization. (UNC.edu)

Tift Merritt, On the Fabric of Her Life

A lot has happened in the last year and a half for singer-songwriter Tift Merritt. A new baby, a new album, and a new creative outlet - textile design. Almost none of it has come easily. Her work in textiles emerged when she was eight months' pregnant, though her interest goes back years. So Merritt started sewing the ribbon onto leather and making her own guitar straps. (WUWM)

UNC grad, ex-UNC cancer center chief Norman Sharpless sworn in as National Cancer Institute director

Dr. Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless was sworn in as the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute on Tuesday. Sharpless, who served as director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from 2014 to 2017, succeeds Dr. Harold E. Varmus. Sharpless is internationally recognized for his research into how normal cells age and undergo malignant conversion. (UNC.edu)

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences marks 70 years of discovery

For 70 years, the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, located in Morehead City, has provided a home for Carolina scientists — from undergraduate students to tenured professors — to study the complex marine and coastal systems of North Carolina and beyond..The Institute of Marine Sciences began in 1947 as the Institute of Fisheries Research. (UNC.edu)

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