NATIONAL-POLITCS


5/21/2020 9:53pm

A student puts on a mask before leaving his house on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

UNC community considers implementation of face masks in fall

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced Thursday the initial logistics of returning to campus for the upcoming fall semester. As a part of Carolina’s Roadmap for Fall 2020, the University is planning to adopt new safety standards to reduce risk of transmission, which include asking community members to wear face coverings.


5/20/2020 7:38pm

An empty Franklin Street on Monday, May 18, 2020. With the new petition, Franklin Street may see a return of people and life without breaking social distancing orders.

Proposal aims to accommodate social distancing, increase foot traffic on Franklin Street

The executive director for the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership proposed making temporary modifications to the area during the state's phased reopening, such as using the sidewalk for dining, transforming street lanes into pedestrian lanes and designating spots along streets for curbside pickup. A Chapel Hill resident also created a petition with over 500 signatures to transform Franklin Street's two outermost traffic lanes into a protected pedestrian lane.


5/20/2020 6:05pm

UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz speaks at a webinar with other University leaders on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 to discuss planning for UNC’s re-opening in the fall with changes in response to COVID-19.

'We’re not in a race to be first': Guskiewicz and UNC leaders discuss return to campus

UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and other University leaders hosted a webinar Wednesday to discuss UNC’s options for safe re-entry in the fall in response to COVID-19. The options under consideration are part of a framework called the Carolina Roadmap, which is expected to officially launch next week.  Under the Carolina Roadmap, students may expect modifications to on-campus housing, shifts to the academic calendar and the implementation of social distancing and other safety measures.


5/19/2020 9:00pm

El Pueblo Inc., located in 2321 Crabtree Blvd., Raleigh, N.C., focuses in working with the Latin community from the Triangle and the greater North Carolina area. In response to the latest Immigration and Customs Enforcement  raids the organization has commed the agency actions.

Survey finds Latinx immigrants lack unemployment benefits, housing security amid COVID-19

Local advocacy group Siembra NC found Latinx immigrants' main concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic include accessing unemployment benefits, finding masks and continuing to pay rent, especially in more expensive areas.  The group surveyed 309 Latinx immigrants from 11 North Carolina counties to learn how to help immigrants and inform policymakers about Latinx communities' needs. Durham City Council member Javiera Caballero said the report also shows how Latinx people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including in infection rates.


5/18/2020 11:06pm

A student watches the Netflix show "Outer Banks" on his computer on Monday, May 18, 2020. This hit show, created by two UNC alumni, was released on April 15 and has since risen to the top of Netflix TV ratings.

'Outer Banks' co-creators talk Netflix, the UNC-Duke rivalry and the ferry to Chapel Hill

Co-creators Shannon Burke and Josh Pate of the hit Netflix series, "Outer Banks," have their roots and found their inspiration in North Carolina and UNC. The show tells the story of teenagers living on the fictional Kildare Island, North Carolina who embark on a treasure hunt to find the shipwreck of The Royal Merchant. Add class conflict, star-crossed lovers and plenty of narrow escapes, and you’ve got the hit Netflix series.  


5/18/2020 11:04pm

Memembers of the community protest in front of the coal power plant on Cameron Avenue on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The protestors have gather here every Friday morning since May 2019 to complain that the plant is still operating. In 2010, former Chancellor Holden Thorpe said that UNC would stop using the plant by 2020.

Coal protest returns to Chapel Hill amid COVID-19 concerns

Protests in front of UNC's cogeneration facility restarted Friday morning after concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic had halted these events. One protester said the plant's release of greenhouse gases could exacerbate medical conditions that make people prone to COVID-19.


5/18/2020 7:00pm

Contrib from Media Relations

Meet UNC's new vice chancellor for student affairs

After 10 months, the University has announced that Amy Johnson will serve as the new vice chancellor for student affairs. Johnson is set to take over the position from interim Vice Chancellor Jonathan Sauls in August.