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Friday December 9th

Public Safety


Students rush Franklin Street for the second time following UNC win against Duke

Following UNC men's basketball defeat of Duke, fans rushed Franklin Street for the second time this year. Last month, officers took over 35 minutes to clear the intersection.  This crowd, which was substantially smaller, dispersed from the intersection for the resumption of traffic within five minutes. The crowd later regrouped for another brief period.

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UNC fans rush Franklin Street after UNC's basketball team triumphs over Duke despite COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021.

Town and University look to avoid Franklin Street rush after Saturday's UNC-Duke game

In an email, Victoria Hudson, the Orange County Director of Environmental Health, said she was unaware of any community spread impacts from the February rush — however, she wrote, this is not an excuse to lose vigilance. “Community transmission and vaccination trends are moving in the right direction,” Hudson wrote. “The recent Executive Order eased some restrictions on businesses. We have to stay vigilant to eliminate any actions that could lead to negative impacts at this time.”

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A shirt depicting an anti-confederate symbol is draped over a banister on the second flood of the Campus Y. The shirts were left there by a vandal who broke in over the weekend of Jan. 23-24, 2021.

'Public display of division': Campus Y vandalized with anti-Semitic, racist symbols

“Every object that was stolen or defaced can be replaced; but this vandalism goes deeper than property damage,” the Campus Y stated in a response on Tuesday. “It is a disturbing public display of division. While we are deeply saddened, we stand firmly in upholding the Y’s 161-year legacy as a space for students to unite, uplift, and act.”

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Customers walk into The Purple Bowl on Nov. 5 2020, one of the businesses that has been a victim to recent break-ins.

Chapel Hill experienced an increase in breaking and entering cases during October

Nine businesses were broken into in Chapel Hill and Carrboro during the month of October. Some of the businesses that were broken into include Breadmen's, The Pig, Chapel Hill Wine Company, Epilogue and Carrburitos, according to Chapel Hill and Carrboro police reports.  Ran Northam, Interim Communications Manager for the Town of Chapel Hill, said a slight spike in the number of forcible break-ins to Chapel Hill businesses is likely an anomaly. 

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