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Records show Campus Health employees monitored private Facebook group Babes Who Blade

Emails obtained by The Daily Tar Heel suggest that a Campus Health Services employee joined at least two private Facebook groups since September 2018. These emails also reveal that the employee has been sharing some of the posts with health care administrators. One of the private Facebook groups joined is Babes Who Blade — a group shut down in May 2020 after accusations of toxic posts by its members. 

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Numbers show over-policing in historically Black areas, and history tells more

Historically Black neighborhoods in Chapel Hill have experienced disproportionate policing, but the numbers only tell part of the story. Gentrification over the past decade has changed the demographics of neighborhoods and therefore who commits crimes.  Longtime residents say they've seen a double standard in how the law is enforced, but Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said the police department works hard to avoid that.   “I’ve seen the positive side of the police department and the negative side of the police department,” Northside resident Delores Bailey said.

University

Records from before reopening show experts warned UNC of COVID-19 outbreaks

Documents obtained by The Daily Tar Heel unravel the discussions and predictions issued to UNC before the announcement of the fall 2020 roadmap reopening plans.  Health experts predicted outbreaks of COVID-19 on campus.  UNC administration was in communication with leaders at other universities, also working on its plans for reopening for the fall 2020 semester.  “There are several other AAU schools about to do the same. I think we will be in like with many other universities. I think we will have one of the best roadmaps to help guide us," Guskiewicz said in an email on May 27. 

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We talked to a social psychologist about why social distancing is so hard

The Daily Tar Heel talked with an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience to answer all your questions about the psychology of wearing a mask: Sometimes it can feel awkward and unnatural to wear masks and physically separate yourself from people. From a psychological standpoint, why is that? Does wearing a mask insinuate that other people are unhygienic? What's the dynamic surrounding people policing the behavior of others?

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N.C. public service workers seek relief from officials as COVID-19 risks escalate

The expansion of COVID-19 continues raising risks for essential state employees, with the death of a Raleigh sanitation worker last week marking a new level of urgency. UE local 150 — a union representing North Carolina public service workers, including many at UNC — sent individual letters to Gov. Roy Cooper, Raleigh city leaders and the UNC System Board of Governors earlier this month.  The UE150 letters called on each authoritative body to implement new, "commonsense" measures that increase support for these workers, as the coronavirus shutters them off from working for needed wages and endangers them in their day-to-day duties. “Something like this kind of shows where there’s a lack of resources, supplies, a lack of personnel,” UE150 President Bryce Carter said, “so it brings those points out even more in these times.” 

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Stephanie Terry, a Chatham resident and one of the event organizers, marches with the "Pittsboro: No Place For Hate" event on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. “We got to get these Confederate flags, and this racism and hate, symbols of terror in front of our middle school, down," she said. "This is a new day. It’s a new time, and the symbols and vestiges of hate and racism that live in people’s hearts and minds, it needs to come to an end. At the end of the day, we are all God’s children, and we are one human race.”

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