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'We're a part of the campus:' UNC's long-term plan for Cosmic Cantina

After media reports detailed a UNC plan to recreate a stretch of its Franklin Street property — which would make beloved late-night eatery Cosmic Cantina the site of a grand campus entryway — the cantina’s owner emailed the University asking for details. Cosmos Lyles said he was caught off guard when stories about his restaurant’s future came out. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC researchers and students discover 1,600-year-old mosaic in northern Israel

A 1,600-year-old mosaic depicting a scene from the book of Exodus was uncovered by researchers and students in northern Israel. It was uncovered recently by a team of research specialists and students from UNC, overseen by Professor Jodi Magness, at the site of a fifth-century synagogue in the ancient village of Huqoq in the lower Galilee. (Jewish Telegraphic Society)

It’s no surprise this UNC professor is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

History professor Fitzhugh Brundage was named as a finalist for a 2019 Pulitzer Prize. Brundage, former chairperson of the history department and current Distinguished Professor, teaches and advises in addition to writing. He was shocked by his nomination. The Pulitzer releases its finalists and its winner at the same time. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC gifted millions for research into motherhood health

The Duke Endowment has awarded $5 million to the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute to expand their ENRICH Carolinas project. ENRICH Carolinas aims to ensure all maternity care hospitals and birthing centers in both North and South Carolina are working toward earning their Baby-Friendly designation, as established by the World Health Organization. (Daily Tar Heel)

Beloved breakfast spot Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen could reopen this month after fire

The sun will rise again, and soon so will Sunrise Biscuits in Chapel Hill. The biscuit-making landmark suffered a fire last month on June 21 and has been closed ever since. Owner David Allen said the building is in the midst of repairs and could be opened by July 20 if permits and renovations go according to schedule. Sunrise was closed at the time of the fire. (Durham Herald-Sun)

2 workers rescued after beam fell on them at UNC construction site

Two construction workers were pulled from a trench at a construction site on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after a beam fell on top of the workers Tuesday morning, authorities said. The incident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. at the site on South Columbia Street near Medical Drive and the university's Mitchell Hall. (

Owners closing Al's Pub Shack in Chapel Hill, reopening as Al's Burger Shack

Al's Pub Shack in Governor's Village has shut its doors for the week but will reopen on Monday as Al's Burger Shack, according to owners. Al's, located in Governor's Village, will be closed through Sunday. On July 8, the restaurant will reopen, serving the full menu found at other Al's locations. Al's Pub Shack opened in April as a new concept. (

Franklin Street shopkeepers, customers hoping historic structures stay put amid demolition plans

Shopkeepers and customers at historic buildings by UNC hope the school will not demolish the century-old structures. The Board of Trustees recently approved a Campus Master Plan which “addresses the role of all University landholdings over the next 10-20 years.” One recommendation includes tearing down several businesses on East Franklin Street. (CBS 17)

Carolina startups notch awards for medical devices, food accessibility

KickStart Venture Services has awarded four Carolina-based startup companies with commercialization awards that will enable them to complete high-impact projects as they translate and commercialize UNC-owned intellectual property and innovations. The commercialization awards are part of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Innovate Carolina initiative. (

UNC plan could raze Carolina Coffee Shop, other Franklin Street buildings

Carolina Coffee Shop will celebrate a century on Franklin Street in 2022. What happens after that depends on how UNC acts on a new campus master plan. UNC’s plan calls for demolishing three buildings on East Franklin Street in the next seven years, including one that contains the storied coffee shop that’s been popular with students and alumni for decades. (Durham Herald-Sun)
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