CITY & COUNTY


9/8/2020 10:44pm

Flicka Bateman, director, and Eh Moo, administrative assistant, pose for a portrait with members of a refugee family outside of the Refugee Support Center in Carrboro on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The family members are holding bags of diapers, which Bateman said the Center distributes monthly that families can spend up to $80 a month on.

Local organizations assist refugees through COVID-19 pandemic

The Refugee Support Center serves approximately 900 refugees who primarily primarily come from Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Syria. Flicka Bateman, the center's director, said many refugees work in industries that have lost a lot of business and have laid off employees, such as hotels, restaurants and housekeeping. 


9/7/2020 9:12pm

A sign at the proposed site for Research Triangle Logistics Park (RTLP) on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 advocates against the construction of the RTLP buildings on the 161-acre lot in Hillsborough, N.C.

Hillsborough group fights proposed development, cites health and environmental concerns

Sarah Shore, who lives along Old NC Highway 86, said her property and livelihood would both be impacted by the development. “It would be 250 feet from my back porch to this six-story warehouse,” she said. “And it would directly impact the safety of my children. I wouldn’t be comfortable having them play outside when semi-trucks are constantly going in and out of the park.” 


9/3/2020 9:55pm

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.


9/2/2020 11:23pm

Delivery driver Daisy Otutuoloro prepares for a food delivery through Shipt in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Many unemployed workers in the Triangle have been turning to gig economy platforms such as these to supplement income lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chapel Hill food delivery app economy sees influx of student workers amid pandemic

UNC students are flocking to delivery platforms for employment after COVID-19 put their other job opportunities on hold, but it works better for some than for others. One UNC senior transitioned between delivery companies, from driving to taking on a marketing position. Another UNC graduate took a delivery job after his full-time position was delayed. “As more people have turned to these applications or nontraditional work more generally, it has definitely had impacts on those who have already been reliant over a longer period of time on gig work,” Hilary Greenberg, a research associate for the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative, said.


8/31/2020 9:46pm

The Pine Knolls Community Center sits on Johnson St in Carrboro on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Empowerment, Inc., a Chapel Hill-based organization, is looking to repurpose the Community Center and use the land for affordable housing.

The need for affordable housing in Orange County rose during the pandemic

Several low-income households struggling to afford rent during the pandemic are facing the threat of eviction as legal protections expire and governmental financial cushions run out. “COVID just intensified the panic if you were already financially worried for your family,” said Delores Bailey, executive director of EmPOWERment Inc.