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The Fried Chicken From Mama Dip's Kitchen Is So Good That The Recipe Hasn’t Changed Since 1970

With $40 for food and $24 for change, the late, great (Mama Dip) opened her restaurant determined to succeed. Since then she created two cookbooks; was featured on several national TV shows, such as "Good Morning America" and "The Food Network;" and many local and national publications. She also created her own food line. (Only In Your State)

10 people, including 3 football players, face charges for Chapel Hill crash that killed UNC student

North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) agents believe that alcohol was a contributing factor to the January 21, 2024 single-car crash at the intersection of Raleigh Road and West Barbee Chapel Road. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student Molly Elizabeth Rotunda, 20, of Greensboro, a passenger in the car, died in the crash. (

UNC alum, NASA astronaut Zena Cardman to be speaker for spring 2024 commencement

NASA astronaut Zena Cardman will be the keynote speaker at the University of North Carolina’s spring 2024 Commencement, the University announced Thursday morning. Cardman earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and Master of Science in marine sciences from UNC in 2010 and 2014, respectively. She was elected as a NASA astronaut in 2017. (Daily Tar Heel)

Reflecting on 100 years of the live Rameses mascot: "A wild history"

For the past 100 years, a live Dorset Horn Sheep has stood on the sidelines of UNC football games at Kenan Memorial Stadium bearing the name Rameses, its horns painted Carolina blue. The tradition began in 1924 when UNC cheerleader Vic Huggins suggested that the Tar Heels needed a live mascot to compete with other schools, like the Georgia's bulldog. (Daily Tar Heel)

Green Beret veteran returns to civilian life as a UNC club hockey player

Throughout UNC’s club hockey season, a camo helmet with flashes of gold can be seen moving in and out of the goal. Under the mask is Joel Hughes, an Army veteran and junior at UNC. Hughes enlisted in the Army out of high school, following the 9/11 terrorist attack. Now 39, he’s earning his college degree, playing hockey, and running a household. (UNC Media Hub)

What’s missing from Franklin Street these days? Do any UNC fan favorites remain?

Alumni from distant decades may no longer recognize the Franklin Street blocks they haunted as UNC students in a long-gone era.Recent years in Chapel Hill have claimed a string of favorites, mainly due to pandemic slowdowns but also thanks to the heavy cost of renovating old buildings and the lack of parking or affordable housing to generate foot traffic. (

Black History Month at Carolina: The pioneers who broke down barriers in Chapel Hill

Throughout Carolina's history, there have been several pioneers who have broken down barriers for the generations of students to follow. Their courageous examples moved UNC closer to the ideal of the University of the people. As UNC celebrates Black History Month, learn more about Tar Heels who paved the way for a more inclusive university. (

UNC sophomore Molly Rotunda remembered for compassion, loyalty and love

UNC sophomore Mary Elizabeth “Molly” Rotunda is remembered by friends as a force. "She walked into a room and everyone knew it. Everyone knew her," lifelong friend of Rotunda, Greyson Rainwater said. "She went nowhere that she wasn't known, and the way she made herself known was admirable.” Rotunda died in a single-vehicle accident Jan. 21. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Alum Zena Cardman Is Headed to Space

A Carolina alumna has been named mission commander for a NASA flight to the International Space Station. Zena Cardman ’10 (MS ’14) will lead the mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with crewmembers Nick Hague, Stephanie Wilson and Aleksandr Gorbunov. The mission is scheduled for no earlier than August. This is Cardman’s first mission. (Carolina Alumni Review)

'Amazing every single time': UNC fans rush Franklin Street after rivalry win

As the UNC men's basketball team claimed a 93-84 victory against its rival Duke in the Dean E. Smith Center, UNC fans from across campus and Chapel Hill began rushing toward the intersection of Franklin and Columbia streets. Resounding chants of "Tar! Heels!" echoed through the crowd of an estimated 20,000. "It's amazing every single time." (Daily Tar Heel)
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