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Retired Green Beret shot down by Taliban now studying at UNC to be a surgeon

This month marks the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. After that tragic day, one local man joined the military, and 16 years later, Karl Holt is helping others — even as he still has a long way to go to help himself. “There’s a lot of people who can have courage on the battlefield,” Holt said. “It’s a whole other level of courage to deal with yourself.” (WNCN)

UNC student launches his own clothing line

UNC sophomore Jalon Cooper launched VZN Clothing in early August. Many students have started wearing VZN Clothing on campus and participating in photoshoots to help spread the brand’s name. Members of the UNC basketball team including Seventh Woods, Brandon Robinson and Jalek Felton have also helped Cooper’s marketing by sporting the shirts. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC public health researchers receive $6M+ grant to fight infectious diseases

Two researchers from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded a grant for more than $6 million to accelerate the development of a promising new drug in the fight against deadly coronaviruses. Ralph S. Baric, PhD, professor, and Timothy Sheahan, PhD, research assistant professor, are co-principal investigators for the grant. (UNC.edu)

UNC alumna in the US Virgin Islands gathering medical donations after Hurricane Irma

UNC alumna Jennie Rabinowitz reached out to ABC11 after escaping storm devastation in the US Virgin Islands. She's fundraising for medical supplies and urging medical professionals to help after Hurricane Irma destroyed the only hospital on the island of St. Thomas. Rabinowitz said she escaped the devastation there by boat and is now in Puerto Rico. (ABC 11)

UNC professor Edward Samulski wins polymer chemistry award

Edward T. Samulski, Carolina chemistry professor emeritus and former chair of the applied physical sciences department, has been awarded the Herman F. Mark Polymer Chemistry award for 2017. The Herman F. Mark Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry and recognizes outstanding research and leadership in polymer science. (UNC.edu)

Almanac: Charles Kuralt

A page from our "Sunday Morning" Almanac: Sept. 10, 1934 ... the day Charles Kuralt was born in Wilmington, NC. An award-winning young newspaper reporter, Kuralt rose rapidly to become a CBS News correspondent at just 23 years of age. In the fall of 1967, Kuralt began his longest journey yet -- his years of travel "On the Road" looking for little stories everyone else had missed. (CBS News)

UNC grad picks up an early Emmy Award – his sixth

Scott Jacobson, a 1995 graduate of the N.C. School of Science and Math and a 1999 graduate of UNC, picked up his sixth Emmy Award on Saturday night at the 2017 Creative Emmy Awards Show in Los Angeles. Jacobson won as a writer and co-executive producer on the Fox animated series “Bob’s Burgers,” which won for Outstanding Animated Series. (Raleigh News & Observer)

For a Chapel Hill Native, Being a Tar Heel is Timeless

On the first day of classes, many of the 30,000 students stand in a line that winds from the Old Well to The Carolina Inn, waiting for a cool sip that, according to legend, guarantees a semester of straight A’s. They won’t realize until much later that the lessons learned in Chapel Hill were much larger than what they’d gleaned from their course loads. (Our State Magazine)

Chapel Hill Ranked Among “Best American Foodie Towns”

Living in the Chapel Hill – and Carrboro – area means easy access to find food and drink across a wide spectrum of tastes and price points. RewardExpert, a free service that helps travelers fly for cheap by maximizing their miles and points, recently released rankings of the “Best American Foodie Towns.” Chapel Hill clocked in at number two on the list. (Chapelboro.com)

Students and UNC profit from new Student Stores' renovations

UNC celebrated the grand re-opening of the newly designed student stores with a ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, complete with a colossal, multi-layer cake for the campus community. The re-opening marks the end of the $3.8 million renovation, transforming the store into a communal hot spot. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC student Faith Hedgepeth was murdered 5 years ago. Can you help find her killer?

Five years to the date that 19-year-old UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore Faith Hedgepeth was found beaten to death, Chapel Hill police are still seeking information from the public to help find Hedgepeth’s killer. On that fifth anniversary, Roland Hedgepeth is still hoping someone will come forth with information about his daughter’s murder. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 5th among public universities

UNC once again ranks among the very best universities and colleges in the nation. A leading public research university committed to making its high-quality education accessible and affordable, UNC-Chapel Hill placed fifth among national public universities for the 17th straight year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings. (UNC.edu)

16 years later, 2,076 steps for the first responders of 9/11

Dozens of students and community members gathered at Kenan Memorial Stadium Monday at 6 a.m. to complete the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Runners bounded up and down the staircases for a total of 2,076 steps: the same number that first responders climbed as they scaled the Twin Towers. “Today we remember that fateful day, sixteen years ago, that changed America.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Remembering 9/11: A ‘time to reflect’ at UNC

Brady Miller, a sophomore in Carolina’s Army ROTC, was among the several hundred community members who ran 110 flights of stairs at Kenan Stadium to pay homage to the thousands of lives lost in the terrorist attacks 16 years ago. Hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Army ROTC, the annual run honors the victims and the first responders. (UNC.edu)

$12 million gift to benefit PlayMakers, dramatic art at UNC-Chapel Hill

PlayMakers Repertory Company and the department of dramatic art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received a $12 million gift to significantly increase the University’s performing arts programming. The endowment, from longtime arts patron Joan H. Gillings, is the largest single gift by a living individual to benefit the performing arts at Carolina. (UNC.edu)

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