CITY & COUNTY


6/8/2020 9:22pm

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'It’s not on us': From UNC to the courts, restraining order enforcement raises concerns

Both the North Carolina court system and UNC offer differing forms of no-contact orders — commonly called "restraining orders" — to victims of harassment, stalking, abuse or assault when they seek protection from their perpetrators. While each type of no-contact order varies by degree of enforcement and consequences, they all establish, on paper, measures prohibiting contact between involved individuals. But in reality, many victims have found that enforcement of these protective measures can fall on their shoulders alone, leaving them no more sense of protection than they felt before seeking official action. 


6/7/2020 11:22pm

Protestors gather outside the Peace and Justice Plaza on Friday, June 5, 2020 to protest against police brutality after the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other Black Americans.

Demonstrators gather in Chapel Hill to honor the life of Breonna Taylor

On Friday, UNC students and community members gathered to honor the life of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman fatally shot by Louisville police officers as she slept in her apartment — one of many demonstrations that have taken place in the Triangle over the last week to protest racial injustice in America.


6/1/2020 9:18am

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Heel Talk episode eight: Tackling food insecurity, hurricane preparation during COVID-19

Evely Forte and City & State reporter Elizabeth Egan talk about the NCDHHS's Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program and the work of local organizations attempting to feed families impacted by the economic effects of the pandemic. Summer Online Editor Meredith Radford also breaks down how the state is preparing for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins today, and what residents can do to individually prepare. 


6/1/2020 1:28am

Social justice activist Kerwin Pittman speaks out against police brutality in reponse to George Floyd's death at the #RaleighDemandsJustice protest in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, May 30, 2020. This Saturday, many local organizations came together to hold a non-violent protest in Raleigh in solidarity with the other protests happening across the country.

Protest over death of George Floyd escalates in Raleigh as police deploy tear gas

Thousands gathered in Raleigh this Saturday to peacefully protest. The next morning, downtown was decimated. After a peaceful protest that began around 5 p.m. and lasted for approximately two hours, tensions escalated through the night as police deployed tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators and multiple buildings were damaged in the aftermath.   


5/25/2020 8:26pm

Volunteers help with food distribution at Chapel Hill Public Library on Friday, May 22, 2020. Photo courtesy of Tom Simon.

Chapel Hill's drive-thru food distribution adapts in the wake of COVID-19

For the past five years, the Town of Chapel Hill has worked with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to distribute food to families in the Town's public housing facilities.   However, as the pandemic has caused food demand to increase significantly, the traditional walk-up distribution didn't seem safe anymore, said Public Housing Director Faith Brodie. To continue to serve the local community through the pandemic, the Town and the Food Bank have collaborated with PORCH, a hunger relief organization in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area that is familiar with large-scale distribution and volunteer recruitment.