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The Steep Canyon Rangers are performing where it all began

North Carolina always has had a reputation for birthing great bluegrass bands. But it’s remarkable what Steep Canyon Rangers have done musically over the nearly 18 years they’ve been performing, especially for an outfit created inside a dorm room at the University of North Carolina. "Our first public gig was at Linda’s Bar & Grill,” lead vocalist Woody Platt said. (Raleigh News & Observer)

UNC Alumna Robyn Tomlin replaces John Drescher as N&O's Top Editor

The Raleigh News & Observer and the Durham Herald-Sun will have a new top editor starting next month. Robyn Tomlin, managing editor of The Dallas Morning News, has been chosen by McClatchy to become the first regional editor for the Carolinas. Tomlin replaces N&O Executive Editor John Drescher, who will take on a new role at the paper as Opinion and Solutions Editor. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC scientists and colleagues just solved a major piece of the opioid puzzle

"The idea in the field for many years has been to make an opioid that provides beneficial analgesic properties without the harmful side effects," says pharmacologist Bryan Roth, a physician researcher at University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Design a drug that kills pain, not people. To build that drug, though, researchers need to know the shape of its receptor. (WIRED.com)

Davie Poplar Fire Suspect Indicted

A former UNC student has officially been indicted on felony charges in connection with a fire and small explosion on the UNC campus late last year. Joshua Daniel Edwards was charged in connection with setting a fire at the iconic Davie Poplar tree on the Chapel Hill campus. A professor was trying to stamp out the fire when the small explosion occurred. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC School of Medicine: Serving North Carolina’s rural areas

The UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and Asheville is among the medical training programs in the state encouraging graduates to practice medicine in rural areas. In the 1970s as national concerns about rural healthcare came to the forefront, the state, in partnership with UNC School of Medicine, established Area Health Education Centers. (UNC.edu)

A homecoming for UNC grad, award-winning sculptor Patrick Dougherty

“Step Right Up” is a fitting name for Patrick Dougherty’s latest outdoor sculpture at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill. That’s essentially what he’s been inviting the public to do for the last 30 years. The experience has been a homecoming of sorts for Dougherty, who received a bachelor’s in English from UNC-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1967. (UNC.edu)

Local Lore: Morehead Planetarium

Morehead Planetarium opened in 1949, as the first planetarium in the South and the sixth built in the United States. A modern marvel and piece of sophisticated technology when it was built, the Morehead Planetarium was used for more than just star-gazing and educational field trips. In the ’50s, the planetarium served as a training center for celestial navigation. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina scientists take a big step toward building a better opioid

For the first time, scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and collaborators solved the crystal structure of the activated kappa opioid receptor bound to a morphine derivative. They then created a new drug-like compound that activates only that receptor, a key step in the development of new pain medications that relieve pain without causing severe side effects. (UNC.edu)

Video: First snowfall of 2018 at Carolina

The University of North Carolina's first snowfall of 2018 didn’t pack a huge punch in Chapel Hill, but it didn’t look too shabby either. Read More...

Video: ESPN honors Stuart Scott with ‘This Is SportsCenter’ mashup

It’s been three years since SportsCenter anchor and legendary ESPN personality Stuart Scott passed away after a bout with cancer and the company he helped turn into a behemoth beginning in the mid-90s honored Scott on multiple platforms on Thursday. A proud alum of UNC, Scott spent 28 years in broadcasting before he passed in 2015. Read More...

Carolina pioneer LeRoy Frasier passes away at 80

Carolina has lost one of its historic pioneers. LeRoy Frasier, one of the first African-American undergraduates to attend UNC, passed away at the age of 80 on Dec. 29. Frasier, his brother Ralph and John Lewis Brandon were the first undergraduate students to integrate the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1955, challenging racial segregation in North Carolina. (UNC.edu)

How a UNC grad uncovered sexual misconduct allegations against Fox’s Bill O’Reilly

The woman was reluctant to speak on the record about O’Reilly. “You are making very serious allegations against really powerful people,” the reporter, Emily Steel of The New York Times, told me last week. But Steel, a 2006 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate from East Lyme, Conn., persisted. After all, as one writer noted, she has a name from a James Bond movie. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC 2017: The Year in Video

It’s been a busy year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We’ve had national championships, launched a $4.25 billion fundraising campaign and brought the arts to every corner of campus. We met new students in August and reflected on the journeys of our graduating Tar Heels in May. Take a look back at some of our favorite and most popular videos of 2017. (UNC.edu)

Still searching for the real Andy Griffith

Before he died five Julys ago at his Manteo estate on the Outer Banks, Andy Griffith might have realized he’d leave the world guessing about what he was really like. He might have gotten a kick out of that. He’d made quite a journey since being born into modest means 86 years before in Mount Airy. One of the most amazing parts of it was that he managed to remain a private person. (Winston-Salem Journal)

The Last Great Investment Of UNC Alum, Banking Legend Hugh McColl

Hugh McColl wielded more influence than any banker in the country during the last quarter of the 20th century, turning a small North Carolina bank into Bank of America, a financial colossus that transformed the city’s skyline. In recent years, McColl made a decision that he would devote his remaining years to Charlotte’s black community and west side neighborhoods. (Politico)

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