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East Franklin Street’s Evolution

Since 1793 when it was founded, the only thing that hasn’t changed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is its name. Imagine, for instance, what Chapel Hill was like before the Danziger family arrived in the early 1940s. Danziger brought a taste of the Old World to Chapel Hill and launched a fine-dining empire that educated local palates and championed civil rights. (The Local Reporter)

At the University of North Carolina, two shootings 30 years apart show how much has changed

Three decades ago, as a North Carolina student, he covered a deadly shooting for the school newspaper. Last month, as a journalism professor at the same school, Ryan Thornburg kept his students safe during a lockdown — after another shooting. Other UNC alumni who remember the 1995 tragedy now have children enrolled at their alma mater. (Associated Press)

UNC Celebrates Opening of Roper Hall, New Home of School of Medicine

UNC-Chapel Hill officially unveiled Roper Hall, the new 172,000 square-foot home of the university’s School of Medicine, in a special ceremony on Monday night. The building is named for Dr. Bill Roper, dean of the School of Medicine from 2004-2019. Roper also formerly served as both the interim president of the UNC system and CEO of UNC Health. (

'Everyone starts bolting': UNC community reacts to second lockdown of semester

UNC sophomore Michael Mesa made his first trip to Alpine Bagel, located in the Student Union, on Sept. 13. Mesa was eating a breakfast sandwich as he and a friend discussed how they'd both "had a hard first year" and were hopeful for their sophomore experience. They sat at a table next to the front entrance. "Out of nowhere we hear arguing,” he said. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Researcher Seeks to Reduce Plastic Waste Through Molecular Changes

Frank Leibfarth, a University of North Carolina chemistry professor, says one of his lab’s goals is to make the plastics economy more sustainable. His research studies the materials that make up plastics, specifically polyethylene and polypropylene. Those are byproducts of refining crude oil and can be found in everything from packaging to bottles to toys. (

'Classic Carolina' family ripped apart after crash kills father, son

A popular store on Franklin Street that became a staple for UNC fans is mourning the loss of its owner and his son who was set to take over the family business. Flowers were placed by Classic Carolina where a time of celebration turned to a time of mourning for the family of Kris and Dhruva Chellani. Since 1993, the store was Dhruva Chellani's labor of love. (WTVD)

UNC listed as No. 4-ranked public university in the country

UNC is the No. 4-ranked public university in the country and No. 22 overall in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings. Carolina, which has been among the top 5 public universities for more than 22 years, moved up one spot from last year. UNC tied for 22nd among public and private institutions – up seven positions from a year ago. (

UNC professor Zijie Yan remembered as gentle mentor, loving father

A note in Zijie Yan's oldest daughter's penmanship declaring "Zijie is my dad!" greeted visitors at his office door. Monika Kataria, a postdoctoral research associate who worked in Yan's research group, said that Yan sometimes would bring his two young daughters to the lab. She said that his love for his daughters was obvious by the way he spoke to them. (Daily Tar Heel)

Born & Bred: Keepers Of The Ram

Magnolia View Farm, located five miles from Kenan Stadium, is home to one of the longest-running traditions in UNC athletics history—a Dorset horned sheep with painted-Carolina blue horns named Rameses. For four generations, the Hogan family have been caretakers of the live Ram mascot, which first appeared at a UNC sporting event in 1924. (Rams Club)

The Carolina Inn Kicks Off Centennial Celebration in Chapel Hill

While live music and food trucks can be found at The Carolina Inn at the end of every week from the beginning of April through the middle of October, this specific Friday marked the launch of inn’s new celebratory lager. The beer was made in conjunction with the Carolina Brewery to commemorate the inn’s 100-year anniversary and is named "1924." (
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