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Thursday May 6th

Chapel Hill


A police car parked on Franklin Street flashes its lights on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020.

Numbers show over-policing in historically Black areas, and history tells more

Historically Black neighborhoods in Chapel Hill have experienced disproportionate policing, but the numbers only tell part of the story. Gentrification over the past decade has changed the demographics of neighborhoods and therefore who commits crimes.  Longtime residents say they've seen a double standard in how the law is enforced, but Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said the police department works hard to avoid that.   “I’ve seen the positive side of the police department and the negative side of the police department,” Northside resident Delores Bailey said.

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The bartender with a mask on talks to a customer at Might As Well Bar & Grill on West Franklin Street on Sunday, June 7, 2020. Might As Well is one of the several bars in Chapel Hill re-opening with some changes during this phase of COVID-19 recovery.

Orange County officials aim to quell late-night crowds with new order

If you want a late-night bite in Chapel Hill these days, you'll need to make it at home or order it to go. In response to concerns from residents, University officials and local law enforcement regarding crowds at local restaurants, Orange County restaurants have been prohibited from serving dine-in alcohol or food orders after 10 p.m, as per a declaration added to the county's state of emergency order.

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A stack of books from the Chapel Hill Public Library on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The Library has since decided that it will not be reopening in Phase One of North Carolina's COVID-19 recovery plan.

Chapel Hill Public Library announces it will no longer charge late fines

Chapel Hill Public Library will no longer charge users overdue fines for late items. Under the new policy, users will receive a series of reminders to return the materials before receiving a bill for replacement costs and losing their ability to check out other items. Their ability will be restored once the items are returned or paid for. Town leaders said late fines had a disproportionate impact on “low-income and traditionally marginalized populations.” 

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