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UNC Pharmacy Professor Receives $1.6 Million Grant

Betsy Sleath, Ph.D., has received a grant worth nearly $1.6 million over four years from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to help reduce vision problems in African-Americans caused by glaucoma. Sleath is the George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor and chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. (UNC.edu)

Former Marine, UNC Alum Rye Barcott Beat the Odds to Help Build a Solar Energy Fund

As marines, Rye Barcott and Dan McCready had plenty of experience performing under pressure, but neither had much knowledge about the high stakes world of investing and finance. That didn’t stop them from leaving their well-paying day jobs to start their own firm. Launched in 2013, Double Time Capital invests in utility-scale solar farms in North Carolina. (Fortune)

New UNC Research Could Help Treat ALS

A new discovery made by researchers at UNC School of Medicine and NC State could lead to treatment and prevention for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS is a disease that gained more awareness in the past five years, thanks to the viral online Ice Bucket Challenge. Senior author of new ALS research at UNC School of Medicine, Dr. Todd Cohen agrees. (Chapelboro.com)

No more suds at Bub’s as Chapel Hill bar closes after 30 years

After serving customers for 30 years on Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill, Bub O’Malley’s closed its doors for good last Saturday. Owner James Rippe said the bar no longer had enough customers. “Unfortunately, with the financial climate of this town, it is not feasible to keep this bar open,” Rippe said. “Things in this town are no longer what they used to be.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

The Bookshop Brought Rare and First Editions—and Famous Cats—to Franklin Street for Thirty-Two Years

The Bookshop, a Franklin Street staple since it opened in 1985, announced in January that it would close its doors for good in July. Betty Schumacher, the manager of The Bookshop, says that the store had a consistent customer base, but multiple factors led to the decision to close. The Bookshop represented a unique combination of elements for literary lovers. (Indy Week)

Carolina Brewery, first of its kind in the Triangle, has lasted more than 20 years

The oldest brewery in the Triangle would like to reintroduce itself. Carolina Brewery opened on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill in 1995, at a time when most beer wasn’t craft and certainly wasn’t local. In the beginning, cofounder Robert Poitras said he stocked foreign big-name beers among his own offerings with Newcastle Brown Ale and the like. (Raleigh News & Observer)

UNC Grad’s PT Wired Makes Sure Physical Therapy is a Success

Vikram Sethuraman’s startup journey began in Jim Kitchen’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship course at UNC, where he focused on solving problems he encountered as a physical therapy patient. But it wasn’t until an unsatisfactory experience as a finance intern that he decided to pursue the idea full-time. He enrolled in Kenan Flagler’s Launching the Venture class. (ExitEvent.com)

Former UNC Athletes Among Group Buying Carolina Coffee Shop

Last month, a group of investors bought the Carolina Coffee Shop, a Franklin Street institution, which had been on the market this spring. Among the investors are UNC soccer legend Heather O’Reilly and her husband David Werry, a former UNC lacrosse player. The 95-year-old Carolina Coffee Shop is the oldest restaurant in Chapel Hill still operating in its original location. (Raleigh News & Observer)

UNC alum Hunter Lewis leads 2 of the country’s top food magazines

Chapel Hill native and University of North Carolina graduate Hunter Lewis is continuing his rise in the culinary journalism world. Lewis, who got his start in journalism at The Herald-Sun, was named editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine Friday as Time Inc. announced it is moving Food & Wine from New York City to Birmingham, Ala. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Remember Stuart Scott With His Amazing ESPYs Speech

Stuart Scott delivered one of the most emotional speeches in ESPYs history when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award in 2014. The late ESPN host’s cancer relapsed shortly after, and he passed away just six months later. July 19, 2017 would have been Scott’s 52nd birthday. Scott never sought to have the diagnosis run his life, wanting to live life as best he could. (Daily Caller)

New first-of-its-kind Target store to open in Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill students won't have to go far to shop at a Target store. The company held a ribbon cutting for its first small-format store at 123 Franklin Street in Chapel Hill on Tuesday. The new 22,000 square-foot store is located in the Carolina Square development. It employs about 50 people. The official grand opening is set for Saturday at 8 a.m. (ABC 11)

UNC School of Nursing awarded $2M grant

The UNC School of Nursing is delighted to announce new HRSA grant funding in the amount of $1,997,082* over four years to support a key program developed and directed by Associate Professor Shielda Rodgers entitled Meeting Educational Needs Through Optimization of Retention Strategies for Students, or MENTORS. (UNC.edu)

Day in the life of an orientation leader at UNC

If he has to get up for an 8 a.m. class when the fall semester begins, Ti Grant will have had plenty of practice during his summer break. The summer orientation leader at UNC sets his alarm for 6 a.m. to make sure he is in place for his 7:30 a.m. meetings with his colleagues. Throughout the summer, incoming students come to orientation to get ready for the fall. (UNC.edu)

Chapel Hill businessman helps bring alcohol to Sunday brunch

A local Brunch Bill rule will not only let more people drink at Sunday brunch, but create jobs and more tax money for the town, a local restauranteur said. Scott Maitland, owner of TOPO Distillery and Top of the Hill restaurant, said he was still savoring the brunch he had with his family Sunday morning at Acme in Carrboro. The restaurant was “packed to the gills,” he said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC Horizons program: ‘A light of hope’

UNC Horizons’ new state-of-the-art facility is a place where women and children go to heal, and the program’s intergenerational, multi-disciplinary approach to healing holds the key to help women and children around the world, said Hendrée Jones, the program’s executive director. “I think we have a moral mandate to share what we are doing,” Jones said. (UNC.edu)

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