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Tuesday February 7th

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Charlie Farris, the new owner of Al's Burger Shack, poses with his family outside of the restaurant on Sunday, Jan. 8 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Al's Burger Shack changes hands, UNC graduates serve as new owners

Charlie Farris and Jason Kesler, franchise owners of Jersey Mike’s Subs and 2004 UNC graduates, purchased Chapel Hill’s Al’s Burger Shack in December from Al Bowers, the founder and former owner of the popular joint.  Farris said they have no plans to change the name or ingredients, and they want customers to keep coming for the burgers they have grown to love since Al’s first opened in 2013. Although the restaurant remains popular among the Chapel Hill community, it has been the subject of scrutiny. The acquisition follows 2020 allegations of sexual harassment against Bowers, according to Chapelboro.

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The Supreme Court of the United States pictured on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.

U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in case on redistricting and NCGA power

The U.S. Supreme Court is to decide whether the Republican gerrymander of North Carolina districts should continue to be subject to judicial review in state courts.  If the Court rules in favor of N.C. state legislature Republicans, the checks and balances at the state court level would be harshly restricted. The Court’s ruling would apply to every state in the country. "I think what might strike a person is that this is a proposal that gets rid of the normal checks and balances on the way big governmental decisions are made in this country," Justice Elena Kagan said. 

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DTH Photo Illustration. Broadband internet access in rural Chapel Hill has continued to develop.

Rural residents to gain high-speed internet after year of initial work by Lumos Fiber

This past April, Orange County began a partnership with Lumos Fiber to bring broadband or high-speed internet service to homes and businesses that previously struggled with internet access. Since then, Lumos has begun initial work to increase access to residents throughout the year. The project is expected to reach 28,000 homes and businesses, including 6,400 locations that previously had little to no internet service. 

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