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Orange County Commissioner Mark Dorosin pictured in his office on Tuesday.

Orange County Commissioner Mark Dorosin to step down; Penny Rich considering role

Dorosin was reelected to the BOCC in November after beating Rich in the primary by a seven-vote margin. Rich said she is considering a run particularly because of her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’ll certainly put my name in because there were 12,400 people that voted for me, and I think it would be a letdown to those people who supported me to not put my name forward,” Rich said.

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Baptist Knaven, head chef of Mosaic Cafe and Bistro, poses for a portrait. Photo courtesy of Brian Cansler. 

Former fine dining restaurant Provence to reopen as Mosaic Café & Bistro in Carrboro

Provence of Carrboro is reopening as Mosaic Café & Bistro, a change helmed by chef and owner Baptist Knaven. “We’ve always loved Provence and the French fine dining concept, but we realized it was not the right restaurant for the community,” General Manager Brian Cansler said. “We wanted to do something that was more local, sustainable and affordable for the people in our community.”

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A rainbow flag hangs on Franklin Street on June 3.

Chapel Hill and Carrboro collaborate to host Small Town Pride events throughout June

In honor of Pride Month, the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro are collaborating to host Small Town Pride, a local month-long celebration of the LGBTQ+ community this June. Chapel Hill Town Council member Karen Stegman said this event series is the closest collaboration Chapel Hill and Carrboro have ever had in regard to Pride Month. She said the Towns decided to work together in light of their shared importance placed on uplifting local LGBTQ+ community members.

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University Methodist Church on Franklin Street, as pictured on Tuesday, May 18th, 2021, had its BLM signs torn down.

Black Lives Matter door knocked down again at University United Methodist Church

A display honoring the Black Lives Matter movement outside of University United Methodist Church was knocked down sometime between the evening of Thursday, May 6 and the morning of Friday, May 7. While a restored version was put back on display by May 14, Rev. Justin Coleman voiced concern that the person or people who knocked down the door might be willing to do harm to people either verbally or physically.

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People gather in Raleigh on Saturday May 15, 2021 to protest the Israeli Palestine conflict. Photo courtesy of Nadeen Atieh.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict inspires protests, vigil in Raleigh and faculty statement

People in North Carolina have shown support for Palestinians during the Israeli attacks, from protests in Raleigh to a statement signed by faculty from 23 colleges and universities across the state. “This has been inspiring to the Palestinians on the ground,” said Nadia Yaqub, a professor in the UNC Department of Asian and Middle Eastern studies. “To know in this very difficult time there are hundreds of people, just in one state, who care enough to sign a statement like this."

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Members of the Carolina Black Caucus stand outside of the Carolina Inn to protest the UNC decision to deny tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones on Thursday May 20, 2021 before the UNC Board of Trustees meeting.

UNC and Chapel Hill community members rally in support of Nikole Hannah-Jones

UNC and Chapel Hill community members gathered Thursday morning to show their support for Nikole Hannah-Jones ahead of the Board of Trustees' 9 a.m. meeting at The Carolina Inn. The rally was organized by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and the Carolina Black Caucus in response to the BOT's choice to not take action on approving a tenured position for Hannah-Jones at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

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Dr. Deborah Stroman, a UNC professor, was named the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Woman of the Year. Photo courtesy of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP.

Deborah Stroman named the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP 2021 Woman of the Year

Deborah Stroman, who is a professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, the treasurer of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the NAACP and a social justice trailblazer, was selected as the branch's 2021 Woman of the Year. "I felt very blessed, very honored," Stroman said. "Not of my accomplishments, but to receive it from an organization that has been working tirelessly to make a difference."

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