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Confederate Group Nabs Statue Toppled at UNC

University will create $2.5M trust for preservation of Silent Sam

(Newser) - Descendants of Confederate soldiers will soon get their hands on a statue of one such soldier, torn from the grounds of the University of North Carolina last year. Protesters at the Chapel Hill campus toppled Silent Sam , erected in 1913 and dedicated to "the sons of the university who... More »

Shooting Hero Was Hit Twice, Kept Charging

Riley Howell Foundation to benefit other victims of violence

(Newser) - The chairs still sit side by side in a bedroom decked out in Star Wars gear. But the one previously occupied by Riley Howell now carries a note handwritten by his 14-year-old brother: "Reserved for a hero." Laid to rest Sunday with full military honors , the Reserve Officers'... More »

Motive Unclear, but a 'Cryptic' Comment From UNC Suspect

Meanwhile, Riley Howell's body has been returned to his hometown

(Newser) - Slain UNC Charlotte student Riley Howell was given "a hero's sendoff" Thursday, the AP reports, with a police motorcade escorting his body from Charlotte to the 21-year-old's hometown of Waynesville, NC, 150 miles away. The Mountaineer reports that people who wanted to give Howell "a hero'... More »

22-Year-Old UNC Shooting Suspect Is Named

Police say shooter opened fire in campus building, killing 2

(Newser) - Police have identified the suspect in a fatal campus shooting as a 22-year-old man. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police issued a statement late Tuesday identifying the suspect as Trystan Andrew Terrell. They say he's in custody with charges pending. Authorities say he used a pistol to open fire on students in a... More »

Longtime UNC Coach on Leave Amid Controversy

Sylvia Hatchell accused of making remark about 'nooses,' reportedly pressuring hurt players

(Newser) - For more than 30 years, Sylvia Hatchell has coached women's basketball at the University of North Carolina. Now several players seem ready to defect after parents say Hatchell made "racially inappropriate" remarks and also allegedly forced players to keep shooting hoops even though they were hurt. Per the... More »

University of North Carolina's 'Silent Sam' Statue Toppled

Protesters used rope to bring down Confederate statue

(Newser) - A statue dedicated to the memory of Confederate soldiers 105 years ago came crashing to the ground at the University of North Carolina on Monday night. "Silent Sam," a statue of a Confederate soldier donated to the university by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and erected in... More »

University Text Cuts Claims About Cancer, the Holocaust

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill revises a widely read textbook

(Newser) - The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has revised a textbook for a required fitness course that called cancer "a disease of choice" and included a theory asserting Holocaust victims failed to tap into their inner strength, the AP reports. The university released a statement saying revisions to 21st Century ... More »

Cosby Victim Speaks: 'I Was a Limp Noodle'

Andrea Constand opens up in interview with NBC

(Newser) - "I was crying out inside, in my throat, in my mind, for this to stop and I couldn't do anything," says Andrea Constand, recalling the abuse she suffered at the hands of Bill Cosby in her first interview since the comedian was found guilty of three counts... More »

It Was a Party Bus Celebration —Until a Window Opened

20-year-old UNC Charlotte student Polly Rogers fell, was fatally stuck by cars

(Newser) - Students at the University of North Carolina were out celebrating the end of classes Tuesday. But by 10:30pm, the revelry turned to tragedy on a party bus moving through the streets of Charlotte, NC. Police say UNC Charlotte student Polly Rogers died when she fell out of a bus... More »

5-Year-Old Killed in 'Domestic Incident' on College Campus

The boy's mother is set to be charged with murder

(Newser) - Authorities say a 34-year-old North Carolina woman will be charged with murder once she's released from the hospital following a "domestic incident" on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus that resulted in the death of her 5-year-old son, WNCN reports. According to the Herald-Sun , the incident happened just before midnight... More »

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 »

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