Jeanna Smialek


	Rosario Dawson leads a panel discussion at the DNC on Tuesday.

Democrats use DNC to woo Latino vote

Prominent Latinos such as actress Rosario Dawson and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are sharing a common message at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week — that Latino voters represent a rising political force.

NC rape cases rarely see courtroom

Five years ago, Stevie Schlessman was raped, but she never considered telling police. Alcohol was involved. The rapist was her boyfriend. And though she knew her story to be true, she thought authorities would doubt it.


Chapel Hill again defers cell phone ban

Chapel Hill Town Council members just can’t decide what to do about cell phone use on town roads. The council could have voted Monday on a measure that would have banned residents older than 18 from talking on cell phones while driving. The measure, which would punish violators with fines, has graced town agendas starting in early 2010.

Town council pushes back food truck vote again

A number of often-aired issues found their way into the Chapel Hill Town Council’s discussion again Monday night. The council decided that the town’s proposed food trucks ordinance, which would have allowed the trucks to vend in town, will come to a vote this January after months of discussion and multiple public hearings.