Blair Brown


A "Wownie," a brownie containing valerian root and melatonin, and a "Hippie Chip," a chocolate chip cookie containing valerian root and griffonia simplicifolia (a derivative of tryptophan), are two of the several relaxation products coming out in stores like Expressions on Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill.

Lazy Larry cakes questioned by FDA

A new dessert food sold in Chapel Hill has fueled controversy because of a possibly unsafe additive. Lazy Larry cakes, named for the melatonin added to the brownies’ mix, are marketed as an adult dietary supplement but could be banned by the Food and Drug Administration.

Local US Coast Guard gears up for National Safe Boating Week

Despite the town’s landlocked status, a group of local volunteers is working to prepare others for the upcoming boating season. Flotilla 9-8, the Chapel Hill chapter of the U.S. Coast Guard, is already gearing up for this year’s National Safe Boating Week, which begins May 21.

BOCC to meet with schools

Facing state budget cuts, the Orange County Board of Commissioners will meet with the boards of education of two local school systems tonight to discuss education budgets and how a proposed tax increase could help fill funding voids.

Tours, CTOPS a positive experience

With summer quickly approaching, new and prospective students are appearing around campus. Whether following along on a tour or visiting during CTOPS, they are trying to find a place at UNC. Campus tours, led by Admissions Ambassadors, typically begin in the early spring.