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Probe: Miscommunication over barriers preceded statue's fall

Jan. 17, 2019 6:20 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — University of North Carolina police didn't put up portable barricades around a Confederate statue the night it was toppled because of administrators' concerns that the barriers would be unsightly, according to an investigative report by the statewide university system. WBTV, which...

North Carolina university leaders depart amid culture war

Jan. 17, 2019 5:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Carol Folt gave her first big speech as head of North Carolina's flagship public university, she praised lawyer Julius Chambers, who battled segregationists in court, and she lauded legendary basketball coach Dean Smith's civil rights advocacy. The Tar Heel titans "worked across...

The Latest: Activists celebrate Confederate marker's removal

Jan. 15, 2019 9:52 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the debate over what to do with a Confederate statue that stood at North Carolina's flagship university (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Activists held a "victory party" on the campus of North Carolina's flagship public university to celebrate the removal of the last...

University head yanks Confederate marker, is forced out

Jan. 15, 2019 3:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hours after the last remnants of a Confederate statue were removed overnight from North Carolina's flagship public university, the state university system's governing board pushed out the official who ordered them gone. UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt had said Monday that she...

UNC leader announces plan to remove Confederate pedestal

Jan. 14, 2019 8:27 PM EST

North Carolina's flagship public university plans to remove the pedestal where a now-toppled Confederate statue once stood on a main campus quad, its chancellor said Monday. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt also announced she will step down at the end of the school year. Folt's...

The Latest: Confederate base removal order surprises board

Jan. 14, 2019 7:58 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the debate over what to do with a Confederate statue that stood at North Carolina's flagship university (all times local): 8 p.m. The board that oversees North Carolina's public universities says it was taken by surprise when a university leader ordered the removal of...

County: Put crumpled Confederate statue in indoor display

Jan. 8, 2019 2:51 PM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A crumpled Confederate statue that was damaged when protesters toppled it would go back on display inside a historic courthouse under the latest proposal by North Carolina officials to deal with monuments increasingly decried by protesters as racist symbols. A Durham city-county...

Confederate statue supporters to rally over removal request

Jan. 4, 2019 2:08 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Supporters of a Confederate statue in North Carolina are planning a rally after the city where it stands ordered its removal. The Winston-Salem Journal reports a new group called the Heirs to the Confederacy plans to meet Jan. 13 at the spot where the now-toppled "Silent Sam"...

UNC system rejects $5M plan to house Confederate statue

Dec. 14, 2018 5:34 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's public university system rejected a proposal Friday to build a $5 million structure to house a toppled Confederate statue, opting instead to "go back to the drawing board" to figure out what to do with the monument. University of North Carolina System Chairman...

The Latest: Coach OK with players signing anti-statue letter

Dec. 14, 2018 4:54 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a meeting by a North Carolina statewide university board to consider the fate of a toppled Confederate statue (all times local): 4:50 p.m. University of North Carolina's basketball coach says he's OK with several of his players signing a letter opposing the return of...