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Laverne Burton, city crisis unit counselor, poses for a portrait in front of the Chapel Hill Police Department on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

'It's really powerful': Chapel Hill Police Department Crisis Unit hires first peer support specialist

The Chapel Hill Police Department Crisis Unit recently hired Laverne Burton as its first peer support specialist. She began in the role on June 13. The new position is designed to help those who need mental health support connect with someone with lived experience. Burton works mainly with unsheltered people and often meets them in the street to provide them with support and resources. 

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The Drive-in at Carraway Village, a drive-in movie theater, will close on July 27.

The Drive-In at Carraway Village to close on July 27 for construction expansion

The Drive-in at Carraway Village, a drive-in movie theater located off of Eubanks Road, will close on July 27 – although it may not be a permanent closure.  The drive-in is set to close because Carraway Village, the apartment complex near the theatre, is expanding into the lot where it is located. With the construction putting more than half of the parking spaces behind a wire fence, Randi Emerman, a founder of the Drive-in at Carraway Village, said it was time to take a pause.

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Ben Folds speaks with North Carolina's First Lady, Kristin Cooper, at the Keys For Kids livestream at Osceola Recording Studio in Raleigh, NC on Monday, July 11, 2022.

N.C. native Ben Folds founds initiative to provide music lessons for children

Ben Folds' initiative Keys For Kids is supporting seven non-profit organizations in North Carolina to provide little-to-no-cost keyboards and music lessons to children. Born and raised in Winston Salem, Folds is an American singer-songwriter and the frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, which was formed in Chapel Hill. Keys For Kids is currently focusing exclusively on organizations in North Carolina, and several of the seven non-profit organizations are based in the Research Triangle.

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Atlas Rodgers (he/they) stands in the Coker Arboretum on July 9th, 2022. Rodgers is in the process of correcting his sex on his birth record.

Per new court ruling, transgender people can change sex on N.C. birth records without surgery

Transgender people born in North Carolina will now be able to change the sex designation on their birth certificates without the requirement of gender-affirming surgery per a decision by the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in late June.  The change is a result of a lawsuit filed in November 2021 on behalf of adult plaintiff Lillith Campos and two minors identified as C.B. and M.D who were all born in the state and identify as transgender. 

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B3 Coffee team members Lauren Winnix and Alex Martel (left to right) work the kiosk on opening day at the Chapel Hill Public Library on Saturday, July 9, 2022. Photo courtesy of B3 co-founder Jacklyn Boheler.

Being, belonging, becoming: B3 Coffee holds grand opening at Chapel Hill Public Library

B3 Coffee held a grand opening for its first permanent kiosk in the lobby of the Chapel Hill Public Library on Saturday, serving about 150 customers throughout the day.  Jacklyn Boheler founded the nonprofit B3 Coffee with two other UNC graduate students to use coffee to help bring people together and work towards the destigmatization of disabilities.  For the past two years, B3 has been holding pop-up coffee events and catering services across the Chapel Hill community.

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Still Life Entertainment Complex held its soft opening on July 5, 2022. Photo courtesy of Still Life.

Still Life hosts soft opening for rooftop, freshens nightlife on Franklin Street

Still Life held soft-opening events on Friday and Saturday, showing off its rooftop area for the first time and adding a new nightlife spot for the Chapel Hill community.  The rooftop is the only area that is open as of the soft opening. However, Still Life has plans to open more rooms in the future.  The Chapel Hill location is the second Still Life venue to open, with the original located near the East Carolina University campus in Greenville, NC.

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	“I voted today” stickers are displayed at the polling center at the Center for Dramatic Art in Chapel Hill.

The new UNC students' guide to voting on campus

Voting in a new city, or even a new state, can be confusing. Among other things, you must register to vote in the area and figure out where the closest voting location is. These obstacles might be part of the reason that college student voter turnout has historically been lower than other demographics.

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