University of North Carolina

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UNC Student: Tar Heels Football Player Raped Me

Warrant issued for Allen Artis' arrest

(Newser) - A magistrate issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a North Carolina football player accused of sexual battery and assault on a female student in February, the AP reports. The warrant charges Allen Artis, a 21-year-old junior linebacker from Marietta, Georgia, with two misdemeanors and says he had sex with the... More »

'Moral Symbols' at Work Can Keep Bad Bosses in Line

'Righteous' quotations, religious items can help workers avoid unethical requests

(Newser) - Could the whole subprime mess have been avoided if bankers had some inspirational Gandhi quotes laying around? That's the question the Chicago Tribune asks after reviewing a study that shows employees who display "moral symbols"—an "ethically righteous quote" or religious item like rosary beads—are... More »

Kids' Health Clinic Renamed After Krispy Kreme Doughnut Binge

But it's for a related charity race, not the doughnut chain itself

(Newser) - In the grand tradition of Jobing.com Arena and the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, the University of North Carolina's NC Children's Specialty Clinic was just rebranded as the Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Specialty Clinic, Gawker reports. The website points out the irony: "A place... More »

UNC Coach Leaves $200 to Each Player in His Will

The late Dean Smith wants them to go out to dinner, on him

(Newser) - Before longtime North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith died last month, he made an unusual arrangement in his will: All of his former players are getting $200 to go out to dinner, reports ESPN . The letter to one such player, Dante Calabria, surfaced today on Twitter . "Enjoy a dinner... More »

NC Suspect Had Appeared Armed at Victim's Door

Craig Stephen Hicks described as angry, gun-obsessed

(Newser) - Craig Stephen Hicks, charged with the murder of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, was known for having arguments with his neighbors—sometimes with his handgun visible. A friend who lived with victim Deah Barakat until Barakat's December wedding says Hicks complained regularly—roughly once a month—that the... More »

NC Victims' Dad: It Was a Hate Crime

He says daughters were killed because they're Muslim

(Newser) - Police in Chapel Hill, NC, have cited an "ongoing neighbor dispute over parking" as the trigger for today's triple homicide , but the father of two of the victims says the real reason goes deeper than that. “It was execution style, a bullet in every head,” Mohammad... More »

Cops: 3 Young Muslims Shot Dead Near UNC

Suspect Craig Stephen Hicks reportedly a vocal atheist on social media

(Newser) - Deah Barakat, a second-year dental student at UNC-Chapel Hill, had scheduled a trip to Turkey this summer to provide dental care to Syrian refugees there. Those dreams were cut short yesterday when the 23-year-old, his 21-year-old wife, and her 19-year-old sister were shot dead in an apartment complex near the... More »

Investigation Unveils Huge Cheating Scandal at UNC

1.5K athletes over 2 decades were steered to cakewalk courses

(Newser) - The scale of an academic scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was far more widespread than previously reported and included about 1,500 athletes who got easy As and Bs over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released today.... More »

Professor: I've Got Proof Black Holes Don't Exist

Math just doesn't add up, argues UNC physicist

(Newser) - Massive stars don't just fade away, they collapse into black holes, right? Even non-scientists have at least a vague notion of these mysterious forces of nature out there in deep space. Well, sorry to spoil everybody's fun, but a physics professor at the University of North Carolina says... More »

Grade for UNC Athlete's 146-Word Essay: A-

Was part of fake class scandal, says tutor

(Newser) - A series of investigations into University of North Carolina athletics, including one by HBO's Real Sports this week, has revealed an alarming practice at the school that allowed athletes to skate through college with only "a second- or third-grade [reading] level," campus tutor Mary Willingham tells ESPN... More »

UNC Journalism School Ditches Spelling Test

School bows to technology

(Newser) - You can stop studying those dictionaries, prospective journalism students at UNC, because the school has finally acknowledged the existence of spell check. The University of North Carolina school of journalism has officially retired the spelling portion of the spelling and grammar test all students must take, reports the Daily Tar ... More »

Ex-Olympic Gold Sprinter Found Dead

Pettigrew lost gold medal after doping scandal

(Newser) - Former world champion sprinter Antonio Pettigrew has been found dead in the backseat of his car in North Carolina. Pettigrew, 42, was part of the American 4x400-meter relay squad that won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, only be be stripped of their medals after Pettigrew confessed to being part... More »

WNBA Next on Marion Jones' To-Do List

Disgraced track star helped North Carolina to '94 title

(Newser) - Marion Jones is taking another shot at professional sports—but this time it’s basketball, a sport she played well enough to earn a scholarship to the University of North Carolina. “I missed competitiveness,” Jones, 34, tells Kevin Blackistone at the Texas gym where she’s been training... More »

Neighbors Cool But Polite to 'Icky' John Edwards

Some North Carolinians would rather forget scandal

(Newser) - The national attitude toward John Edwards may be a mixture of mockery and fading recognition, but in his hometown of Chapel Hill, NC, the situation is more complex. Elizabeth Edwards is still a hit across the state, and the 2004 VP candidate is more than just a passing curiosity—he’... More »

HIV Genome Decoded, Raising Hopes for Treatment

(Newser) - The entire structure of the virus that causes AIDS has been decoded for the first time, a breakthrough that may eventually lead to effective treatments for the disease and others like it, Reuters reports. University of North Carolina researchers, using a new method they liken to zooming out on a... More »

Tar Heels Trample Spartans to Take Title

(Newser) - Now Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green can head to the NBA feeling good about their decision to return to school. The upperclassmen led North Carolina to its fifth national championship with an 89-72 blowout of Michigan State tonight in Detroit, reports the AP. "We've been... More »

Don't Dismiss Spartans in UNC Rematch

(Newser) - Rationally, Michigan State shouldn’t have prayer in tonight’s NCAA basketball title game, writes Chris Dufresne in the Los Angeles Times. Earlier this season, North Carolina didn’t just beat the Spartans, it demolished them 98-63—and the Tar Heels have only gotten better since. “Cold hard facts... More »

Big East Dominates Top Seeds

North Carolina joins Louisville, Pitt, UConn at top of bracket heap

(Newser) - Big East powers Louisville, Pittsburgh, and UConn helped the league that was created for hoops become the first conference to earn three No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament in the field announced tonight. North Carolina, the regular-season ACC champ, was the other top seed. The coup comes 24... More »

Skin Cancer of Scalp, Neck Deadlier

Tumors' location indicates survival chances

(Newser) - Melanoma is the rarest, deadliest form of skin cancer, but new research shows that a tumor's location is an indicator of survival chances. An analysis of 50,000 cases over a decade shows patients with lesions on the scalp and neck died twice as quickly as patients with lesions elsewhere,... More »

Police Charge 2 in UNC Murder

Chapel Hill cops make first arrest, second is underway

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina have charged two men with the murder of a UNC student whose death drew national attention, the AP reports. One suspect, a 21-year-old, is in custody while the other, a 17-year-old, remains at large. Eve Carson, student body president at UNC-Chapel Hill, was found shot to... More »

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