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Community Members Attend Inaugural Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Events

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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Paula Gilland, the owner and CEO of Purple Bowl, an eatery in downtown Chapel Hill, has run the restaurant since its inception. She came up with the idea to bring California-style açaí to Chapel Hill in 2017.

Women-owned businesses create welcoming spaces for Chapel Hill-Carrboro community

The Purple Bowl, WomanCraft Gifts and Ascension Tattoo are just a few of several women-operated small businesses in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities that residents can support during Women's History Month. Paula Gilland, owner of The Purple Bowl, said being female-run has contributed to the business’s mission to empower women. “We tried to make decisions early on in the business to support and nurture women,” she said. "So, when we’ve hired women, if they’ve needed to take a maternity leave, we’ve helped cover that — which is really rare in the food industry.”

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Trustee Vinay Patel (left) and BOT Vice Chairperson John Preyer (right) are top political donors on the BOT — both have primarily given to conservative campaigns and causes.

Trustees donate near $1 million to political causes, spark partisan concerns

Among the the UNC Board of Trustees' current members, there are six registered Republicans, two registered Democrats and two unaffiliated trustees. Their job responsibility is in part to promote "the sound development of its institution." However, there have been recent concerns over politics potentially playing a role in the creation of a new UNC school. Members of the UNC Board of Trustees have collectively donated roughly $717,000 to Republican political candidates, campaigns and committees, compared to roughly $137,000 to unaffiliated ones and $106,000 to Democratic ones. The Daily Tar Heel looks into how each trustee leans politically though their past donations.

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UNC junior guard Caleb Love (2) looks at the basket during the men’s basketball game against UVA in the Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023.

UNC men's basketball junior guard Caleb Love enters transfer portal

Following three seasons with the North Carolina men's basketball team, junior guard Caleb Love will enter the transfer portal, Love announced Monday via social media. "I've taken some time with my family to reevaluate what's best for me to continue to grow as a player, and I've decided to enter the transfer portal to continue my journey," he wrote. Love is the team's sixth player to enter the transfer portal this season. 

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