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Gwyneth Paltrow spotted on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, and UNC Twitter goes wild

Actress and Goop creator Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill on Monday, and UNC Twitter lost its mind. Claire Bunschoten said she didn’t realize that the Oscar-winning actress may have been standing in line with her at Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews until she saw people start tweeting about the possible Paltrow sightings. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Carolina 3rd top public university in Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranking

Carolina is the third best public university in the United States, according to a new ranking out this week. The 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College rankings released Tuesday also place UNC-Chapel Hill 33rd among all public and private universities in the United States. The rankings are based on 15 factors across four main categories. (UNC.edu)

Timeline: Nearly a decade later, closure surfaces in Faith Hedgepeth murder

was just 19 years old and a sophomore at UNC when she was found dead in 2012. Nine years later, a seminal moment was reached in her murder investigation as a Durham man was arrested. Hedgepeth was from Warren County. She was a biology major who had talked about becoming a doctor or doing something to help others. (WRAL.com)

Carolina ranks 52nd in 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings

UNC ranks 52nd among the world’s top 1,600 research universities, according to the London-based Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The ranking is based on 13 separate performance indicators designed to capture a full range of university activities. Indicators cover teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. (UNC.edu)

To Drink from the Well: UNC alumna writes book on University history and systemic racism

Geeta N. Kapur, a civil rights lawyer and two-time UNC alumna, concludes her book "To Drink from the Well: The Struggle for Racial Equality at the Nation’s Oldest Public University" with these words: “May the injustices exposed to the light of truth within these pages lead to restorative justice, reparations, and healing..." The book is the first of its kind. (Daily Tar Heel)

Arrest Made in Faith Hedgepeth Homicide Investigation 9 Years Later

The Chapel Hill Police Department announced Thursday that there is a suspect in custody in connection with the 2012 death of UNC sophomore . Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares, 28, of Durham, is in custody, being held without bond. He was arrested with the assistance of SBI Thursday morning and is charged with first-degree murder. (WTVD)

UNC Adams School of Dentistry ranked number two globally

The UNC Adams School of Dentistry is ranked as the number two dental school in the world in the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities, released by the Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The Adams School of Dentistry was not the only Carolina unit to receive high marks. UNC overall ranked 29th in the world. (UNC.edu)

UNC-Chapel Hill ranks fifth among national public universities for 21st consecutive year

For the 21st consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report’s rankings list Carolina fifth for top public schools among national universities. UNC ranked 28th among public and private institutions. UNC also climbed to 10th in the rankings for best value schools. Carolina has held first place among public institutions in the best value category for 17 years. (UNC.edu)

The Carolina community commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9/11

Hosted by UNC’s Army ROTC, the 9/11 Memorial Run has become a yearly tradition in Kenan Stadium. During the early morning event, participants climbed 2,076 steps — the total number of stairs in the World Trade Center towers. Seeing the first responders and community members was motivating for Lt. Col. Daniel Hurd, a professor of military science. (UNC.edu)

Quackenbush Family Perseveres After Tragedy Of 9/11

Some time had passed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks when Gail Quackenbush found herself standing behind home plate at Shea Stadium, where her brother, Chris, had held season tickets. Mets manager Bobby Valentine approached and she handed him a small vial. Then Valentine quietly scattered Chris Quackenbush’s (UNC '79) ashes behind home plate. (MLB.com)
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