On Tuesday, a state judge told the University that it was overusing a federal statute to illegally withhold information from the public. The University should not have denied The Daily Tar Heel and other media organizations certain records they requested during the NCAA investigation into the football team.
Keeping the government transparent and accountable isn’t just the job of journalists. Every person has the opportunity to request public documents and attend public meetings.
Will Pettis thinks he did everything he could to make sure his food truck was legal — he said he has his permits, pays his taxes, meets health code and parks with permission. He still doesn’t understand why police kicked his truck off West Franklin Street on Wednesday.
The company that manages about $2.5 billion of UNC’s endowed funds hasn’t met its performance benchmarks for two fiscal years. Chief Executive Officer Jon King can’t let himself get worried. “It’s human nature that when you’re underperforming you want to do something radical,” he said. “But the worst thing we could do is overreact.”
Students don’t have to worry about the University releasing their grades or academic behavior records to the public without their permission. But the same federal law that protects that information has been broadened and abused by universities to withhold public records — records that if released, could help bring clarity and transparency to government processes.
More than two years since men kidnapped and shot UNC’s student body president, one killer’s legal journey through two court systems has landed him in prison for life. Demario James Atwater, 23, received his federal sentence in Winston-Salem Thursday after pleading guilty to charges related to former Student Body President Eve Carson’s death.
A man who pleaded guilty to former Student Body President Eve Carson’s murder will spend the rest of his life in jail. Demario Atwater, 23, was sentenced in federal court life in prison on two counts and 10 years in prison on three counts.