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Friday June 2nd

Community Members Attend Inaugural Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Events

J Cole headlines Dreamville Festival on April 2, 2023 at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh.

Thousands flood Raleigh to see Drake, J. Cole, Usher at 2023 Dreamville Festival

Dreamville Festival, put on by rapper J. Cole’s record label of the same name, claims to be “one of the most anticipated annual events in the state of North Carolina," according to its website. The event drew a crowd of over 50,000 people to Raleigh's Dorothea Dix Park, where they got to see several popular rap, hip hop and R&B music acts including J. Cole, Drake and surprise guests like Lil Uzi Vert.

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The Orange County Sheriff's Office, located in Hillsborough, is pictured on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.

NC House passes bill to require sheriff's departments to work with ICE

On March 28, the N.C. House passed House Bill 10, which would require all sheriffs in the state to comply with U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement. The purpose of the bill is to encourage communication with ICE in identifying illegal immigrants, uphold retainer requests from ICE and to report annual criminal ICE involvement data to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety.

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UNC graduate student Abbey Forbes serves the ball during the women's tennis match against the University of Miami on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

'Coming home': How her brother's battle with cancer brought tennis standout Abbey Forbes to UNC

While Luke Forbes finished up chemotherapy in August of last year, graduate transfer tennis player Abbey Forbes wanted to be at her brother’s side during the final stages of his treatment. Playing at the highest level in her home state lets her do just that and more. “I'm really glad I stuck it out at UCLA because I had a really great time there too, and because I've lived (in North Carolina) my whole life,” she said. “I got to experience something new, and I think that I'm a better person now because of that experience.”

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DTH Photo Illustration. Child care, mental health services, job training, and teacher raises are some of the focuses included in the budget.

NC House leaders and Gov. Cooper propose budgets for next two fiscal years

Increasing state employee and teacher pay are major tenets for both the House Republicans' and the governor's budget proposals. The House budget is a total of $60.7 billion, whereas Gov. Roy Cooper's proposal would invest over $67 billion over the next two years. “Let’s take advantage of our unlimited potential to make sure every North Carolinian can thrive,” Cooper said in a press release.

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Narcan, distributed through a free vending machine in Orange County Detention Center, is used to reverse an opioid overdose.

'You have no idea what’s really in there': Explaining the dangers of fentanyl

More than 150 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, a drug that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use as a pain reliever and anesthetic. Naloxone — often called Narcan — is a injectable or nasal spraymedication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. On Wednesday, the FDA approved naloxone for use, without a prescription, nationwide.

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Chapel Hill community members playing pickleball at Ephesus Park in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2023.

Chapel Hill tennis and pickleball players debate about new shared-use plan for courts

After the end of a pilot tennis and pickleball shared-use program on Friday, March 24, the Town of Chapel Hill announced a  plan to increase outdoor public pickleball courts from 11 courts to 21 courts. During the shared-use plan, temporary pickleball lines were marked on two tennis courts at Ephesus Park. The Town gave tennis and pickleball players priority to use the courts at different times.

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Austin O'Connor celebrates during his 157-pound national championship match against Levi Haines of Penn State. O'Connor defeated Haines 6-2. Photo Courtesy of Dave Crenshaw and UNC Athletic Communications. 

'It's going to be hard to forget me': Austin O'Connor's second national title cements his place in UNC history

Austin O'Connor topped the podium for the second time in his collegiate career after defeating Penn State's Levi Haines by a 6-2 decision on Saturday, March 18. For a feat that on the surface appears to be the pinnacle of a near year-long recovery, O'Connor sees it as the ultimate reward of a two-decade long career. “I’d definitely say my career was successful, but it wasn’t what I set out to do — I wanted to be a four-time national champ,” he said. “I came here and accomplished a feat that not many people in their lifetime get to accomplish.”

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