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Hundreds attend funeral for Chapel Hill baby killed by gunfire

Saturday, family and friends laid to rest a one-year-old girl who died after a shooting on Christmas day at a Chapel Hill apartment complex. Three men now face murder charges in the death of Maleah Williams. While they wait in jail for their next court appearance later this month, family and friends of Maleah gathered for her funeral. (WNCN)

60 Minutes producer, UNC alum Draggan Mihailovich remembers his dad, UNC professor Vasa Mihailovich

Back in Chapel Hill, my parents thrived. Dad taught Serbo-Croatian, Russian and Russian literature at UNC. Chapel Hill’s friendliness, relaxed pace and intellectual environment suited him....And in 1965 he began a love affair that would last until the day he died. He purchased his first season ticket to Carolina basketball games which in those days were played in creaky Woollen Gym. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC 2015 Year in Review: Photos and stories

From graduation and the Nobel Prize to groundbreaking research partnerships and championships, 2015 marked another memorable year at Carolina. Take a look back at what the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was up to this year with some of our favorite photos and the biggest stories from UNC.edu. (UNC.edu)

The Lives They Lived: Stuart Scott

People tend to be oblique when they remember how Stuart Scott talked. ‘‘The way he spoke,’’ Suzy Kolber, a longtime ESPN host and reporter, told me, ‘‘hadn’t really been done before.’’ In its obituary for Scott, USA Today praised his ‘‘unique phrasing.’’ In a White House statement, President Obama mourned Scott and said the anchor brought to television ‘‘a new way to talk about our favorite teams.’’ (New York Times Magazine)

UNC researcher working to help coastal NC towns cope with pesky saltwater

Todd BenDor, whose research was recently cited by President Obama, works as part of a team studying saltwater intrusion — the movement of saltwater from the ocean to the freshwater coastal plain — around North Carolina’s Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula. Saltwater intrusion can affect the drinking water, lead to flooding, and change the composition of the ecosystem. (UNC.edu)

How the UNC brand has changed since 1790

Crafting and selling a brand comes with time. Founded in 1789, the University of North Carolina witnesses its seal change as it moves forward. The original seal, first spotted in the University’s official documents in 1790, featured the face of Apollo in the center and an inner wreath with words “Sigil Universitat Carol Septent,” with rays of sun streaming. (Daily Tar Heel)

Brother Honors Legacy Of Relatives Lost In Chapel Hill Shooting

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Farris Barakat, who lost relatives in the Chapel Hill, N.C., shooting. He recently visited a Syrian refugee camp to honor his brother's legacy. (NPR)

Chapel Hill's Allen & Son Barbecue a 'top pick' on Southern Living's 'Top 50 Barbecue Joints'

Allen & Son Barbecue in Chapel Hill has been named the one of the best barbecue joints in the South by Southern Living magazine. It's one of 10 "top picks" on an impressive list of 50 of the best Southern barbecue restaurants. "Allen & Son bridges the contentious divide between the Eastern and Piedmont styles of North Carolina barbecue," writes the magazine. (Triangle Business Journal)

Most Inspirational of 2015 - Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott was one of the most joyful broadcasters you’ll ever witness on television. Not only did he change the way we talk about professional athletics on television but he constantly challenged the thoughts and news that was reported. (Beliefnet)

UNC alum brings Christmas spirit to White House

The White House is aglow with the vivid colors of the holiday season and a Raleigh woman was among the decorators from 35 states who helped create the holiday display. Carnella Renee Hill knows how to bring the holiday spirit. She’ll be home for Christmas, but had to miss Thanksgiving after being summoned to the White House. (WRAL.com)

UNC's Joseph DeSimone to receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The White House on December 22 announced the latest recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation — our nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees include Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry....at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (UNC.edu)

The 20 colleges with the most school spirit: No. 20 UNC

Tar Heel fans are extremely passionate about their basketball team and its storied rivalry with neighboring Duke University. Games tend to draw huge crowds of students and Chapel Hill-area families alike. (Business Insider)

ALS won’t stop UNC professor Steve Reznick from making the world a better place

UNC psychology professor Steve Reznick assumed that the problem with his finger was a simple muscle problem. It was not until October that a neurologist told him the cause: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig disease. The progressive lethal illness was confirmed in November. He resolved to waste no more precious time with fear or self-pity (UNC.edu)

ESPN Host, UNC Alum Bomani Jones Is More Than Just the Smartest Person in Sports

Bomani Jones likes to talk. Not just in the selfish manner of someone who likes to hear himself, but as someone interested in sharing ideas with anyone who’ll listen. He’s hardly predictable, rarely brief, and full of elongated vowels. His cadence is too quick to diminish as a drawl, yet distinctly relaxed and unmistakably southern. He’s both common and unique; the approachable man with the unattainable intellect. (Complex.com)

Nobel winner Aziz Sancar to donate prize money to Chapel Hill foundation

Aziz Sancar, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, is under contract with the Nobel Foundation to donate the entire share of his 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry award money to the Aziz & Gwen Sancar Foundation of Chapel Hill. Sancar’s total prize money exceeds $310,000, one-third of the total prize amount. (UNC.edu)

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