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Tuesday May 30th

Community Members Attend Inaugural Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Events

Packages of Mifepristone tablets are displayed at a family planning clinic on April 13, 2023, in Rockville, Md. A Massachusetts appeals court temporarily blocked a Texas-based federal judge’s ruling that suspended the FDA’s approval of the abortion drug Mifepristone, which is part of a two-drug regimen to induce an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy in combination with the drug Misoprostol. 
Photo Courtesy of Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images/TNS.

Josh Stein files briefs to U.S. Court of Appeals, Supreme Court regarding medication abortion

On April 10, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and two dozen other attorney generals filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit regarding the recent district court order that suspended the approval of mifepristone, an abortion pill. The district court's order will be paused until Wednesday, April 19 at 11:59 p.m. while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to grant the Biden administration’s emergency request to preserve the FDA’s approval.  “Abortion is a deeply personal decision and is an issue that people have wide-ranging opinions. But, ultimately, that's a decision that women should have the freedom to make for themselves,” Stein said. “And that's why I'm in court fighting to ensure women can continue to access this medication.”

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Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson speaks during the women in law enforcement event at the Historic Durham County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.
Photo Courtesy of Carly Breland.

'The future of law enforcement': Bill introduced in U.S. House to incentivize women in policing

On Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Deborah Ross (D-2nd) and Rep. Valerie Foushee (D-4th) introduced the Supporting Women with Career Opportunities in Policing Services (COPS) Act at the Historical Durham County Courthouse. N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein and four female police chiefs from the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Zebulon Police Departments joined Ross and Foushee on the courthouse steps during their announcement. 

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North Carolina Teaching Fellows Alexa Tomlinson and Jackie Stoehr participate in an activity to learn about using makerspaces in STEM classrooms on Thursday, April 13, 2023.
Photo Courtesy of Cheryl Bolick.

North Carolina Teaching Fellows program sees largest class since relaunch in 2017

The North Carolina Teaching Fellowship program accepted 132 applicants this year — the largest class of students since the program was reinstated by the N.C. General Assembly in 2017. The program is designed to recruit, prepare and support students attending North Carolina higher education institutions to become teachers in the high-need areas of science, mathematics and education of exceptional children.

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DTH photo illustration. Orange County has increased reliance on behavioral and mental health disciplinary resources, which provide options for adolescents and children who would otherwise enter the juvenile court system. 

Orange County programs reduce juvenile criminal justice involvement, address root issues

In 2021, 64 percent of reviewed allegations against North Carolina juveniles were approved by a juvenile court counselor for court. Instead of sending youth who commit low-level, nonviolent offenses into the juvenile justice system, law enforcement can send them to the Youth Deflection Program, where students are further supported and connected with community resources.

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UNC students and staff celebrate Pride in the Pit with the LGBTQ Center on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. The event — part of University Pride Week — included various activities, giveaways and resource information. 

Pride in the Pit puts queer community at the center of campus

UNC's LGBTQ Center and student volunteers celebrated “Pride in the Pit,” as a part of a series of events for UNC's Pride Week. The week is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community at UNC and is celebrated in tandem with the 20-year anniversary of the Center’s opening.  “Visibility matters, so we want to make sure we’re here and we’re seen,” J Stockett, the assistant director of the LGBTQ Center, said. 

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This is a word cloud of the most common responses to the survey question "What part of your identity / perspective do you feel is not represented (in the DTH)?"

Reflecting on the results of The Daily Tar Heel's community representation survey

An anonymous survey of the greater Chapel Hill community revealed varying viewpoints regarding The Daily Tar Heel’s representation of race, sexual orientation and gender identity. The general public opinion of the paper was largely positive. However, separating respondents by race, gender and sexuality revealed disparities between subgroups for questions about representation. 

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Orange County sees highest life expectancy in North Carolina due to abundant resources

Orange County residents lead the state's average life expectancy by almost four years.  According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s 2019 U.S. health map, the average life expectancy for a North Carolina resident is 78.2 years, while the average in Orange County is 82.1.  Social determinants, such as health care access and housing, contribute to the higher life expectancy in Orange County. 

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