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Remembering Bryan Crocker, a UNC alum and avid Tar Heels fan

After a long dinner, the check arrived. I don’t remember the name of that restaurant at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. I don’t remember how much the bill was. I do remember that Bryan Crocker reached for the check and put down his credit card. He was dying, he said, years into his fight against esophageal cancer, and so it only made sense for him to pick up the tab. (Charlotte Observer)

Dream gig: Alums in Steep Canyon Rangers perform at UNC-Duke game

Graham Sharp of the Steep Canyon Rangers has played at sold-out arenas, played with Steve Martin, even won a Grammy. But there were more than the usual butterflies Wednesday night when Sharp, a Greensboro native, and the Steep Canyon Rangers played the national anthem before the tipoff of the North Carolina-Duke basketball game. (Greensboro News & Record)

Carolina, West Point to partner together to study changing concussion culture

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers have received a $400,000 award to partner with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to study changing the culture of concussion disclosure among military personnel and college athletes. They will develop an online interactive platform that provides a series of immersive training vignettes for those populations. (UNC.edu)

Schoolkids Records to replace CD Alley on Franklin Street

Schoolkids Records, a record store founded in 1974, will return to Chapel Hill on March 1 as the company’s third location within the Triangle. The original Chapel Hill store was under different management and closed its doors in the mid-1990s.Schoolkids owner Stephen Judge said the company had up to six stores at a time, but it was the most difficult to watch the Chapel Hill store close. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill Police Chief speaks out a year after 3 murders

"This is a senseless tragedy that had international repercussions,” Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue says. “We were dispatched to a call about shots fired, and our officers responded. That’s not a real common call.” That evening, almost all of the police department showed up for the call. “We realized we had something very serious and tragic,” Blue said. (WNCN)

Potential pancreatic cancer treatment developed by UNC researchers could increase life expectancy

Pancreatic cancer cells are notorious for being protected by a fortress of tissue, making it difficult to deliver drugs to shrink the tumor or stop its growth. Now researchers at UNC have developed a device that could change all that: By using electric fields, the device can drive chemotherapy drugs directly into tumors, preventing their growth and in some cases, shrinking them. (UNC.edu)

He’s Not Here, but will be back soon

He’s Not Here will close its doors for three weeks — including for the UNC-Duke game — starting today. The closure comes as part of the bar’s punishment for being one location where authorities say a former student, Chandler Kania, consumed alcohol underage on July 19, 2015. Authorities say Kania then drove drunk and hit a car head-on, killing three people and injuring a fourth. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC grad enters 'The Amazing Race'

Today, UNC class of 2006 graduate Erin Robinson will appear on the season premiere of CBS’ “The Amazing Race.” Robinson was a resident advisor in Granville Towers, and she looks back fondly on her years as an undergraduate. Robinson was inspired to audition for “The Amazing Race” when CBS producers approached her at Comic-Con. (Daily Tar Heel)

A day of remembrance — and light

The untimely deaths of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha in February 2015 shook the Carolina and N.C. State campuses, resulting in gatherings at both universities to mourn. But one year later, it was a day to look at the light — not the darkness. (UNC.edu)

Legacy of “Our Three Winners” Lives on One Year Later

Wednesday is a sad anniversary in Chapel Hill. On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Chapel Hill Police responded to a report of a triple shooting at the Finley Forest Condominiums in Chapel Hill. Police found 23-year-old Deah Barakat, of Chapel Hill, his wife 21-year-old Yusor Abu-Salha, of Chapel Hill, and her sister 19-year-old Razan Abu-Salha, of Raleigh, dead at the scene from gunshot wounds. (Chapelboro.com)

Why Chapel Hill Has a Scene-Stealing Food Scene

Our food scene is a profession, an obsession, a conversation starter at a cocktail party. It begins and ends with the relationships our chefs have with farmers. Here, chefs have their favorite farmer on speed dial. The farmer – more rock star than invisible supplier – brings a boxed- up surprise to a chef’s kitchen door, and the contents inspire an outside-of-the-box nightly special. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Southern Living includes Chapel Hill's The Crunkleton among 'South's Best Bars'

The Crunkleton in Chapel Hill has landed on Southern Living's list of the "South's Best Bars." "Smart riffs on classic cocktails mingle with inventive seasonal offerings, beer via bottle or draft, and thoughtfully selected wine pours to keep just about any seasoned drinker smiling," writes the magazine about Chapel Hill's popular bar. (Triangle Business Journal)

UNC School Of Denstistry Classmates Remember Shooting Victim Through Food Drive

The UNC School of Dentistry has been living by one motto – “Live Like Deah.” “Everything since we’ve done since then has been living like Deah,” said his classmate Kaushal Gandhi. “Every time we think about doing a service project we think about what would Deah have done. The obvious answer is Deah would’ve provided service and given himself selflessly.” (Chapelboro.com)

Excerpt from 'Every Day I Fight': Stuart Scott explains the power of his unique use of words

Remember, the roots of Boo-yah! were back in Winston-Salem, when Fred's neighbor, Mr. G, the oldhead who made bamboo chairs, used it once to describe how loud the previous night's thunder had been. From then on, we'd say it when someone brought a different kind of thunder on the field or court. A slam dunk in your face? Boo-yah! A blindside flattening of the QB? Boo-yah! (ESPN.com)

He’s Not Here Pays $15,000 Fine

He’s Not Here paid $15,000 to the ABC Commission Wednesday afternoon. The fine was part of an offer in compromise. The bar was facing three separate charges of serving alcohol to underage customers. He’s Not Here will also have their alcohol permit suspended for 21 days, starting on February 12. (Chapelboro.com)

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