The Chapel Hill Herald: Columnists

Jan. 24, 2015 @ 08:21 PM

People's Pharmacy: Popular drugs linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Are anti-anxiety agents and sleeping pills making us stupid? That is a question that is giving some scientists nightmares.

Jan. 24, 2015 @ 07:29 PM

Jason Hawkins: Getting fit is all about the individual

Beginning in February, the once empty garage space attached to the CarQuest building on Mayo Street (between the Ford dealership and the Social Services offices) will serve as the foundation for support towards fitness and health when Cross Fit Broad Reach, opens in Hillsborough.

Jan. 24, 2015 @ 06:48 PM

Vicki Wentz: Standing ... and standing ... and standing in line

Needed to go to the post office the other day to send something to my daughter which required a big padded envelope, around $400 in postage, and a postal clerk with the personality and patience of Attila the Hun ... only not as warm. And, naturally, I got in the “wrong” line. Because I was in Attila’s line, right behind the person who possibly caused him to lose whatever warmth he had maintained up to that point.

Jan. 24, 2015 @ 06:44 PM

D.G. Martin: Milton Julian’s surprising connections

When Milton Julian died the other day at 96 years, we lost another precious personal connection to the village of Chapel Hill as it was in the post-World War II era.

Jan. 20, 2015 @ 11:19 PM

‘Passing the buck’ not a good business strategy

I was happy to read that Durham Public Schools decided to do the right thing and pay the custodians who worked 50 days without remuneration -- due to a subcontractor going bankrupt.  It would have been easy for the school board to say, "Not our problem!"  I had already started working on this column about “pass the buck” schemes, so I was happy to read of a situation in which an organization owned their responsibility.

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:27 PM

Review: Some truths discovered in the end

Gayle Forman is coming to Flyleaf on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. where she’ll appear with local young adult superstar author, Sarah Dessen. They will be celebrating the release of Gayle Forman’s fifth novel, “I Was Here” (book from Viking, audio from Listening Library, ages 14 and up).

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:09 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: MLK schedule, rural roll carts coming

Curbside recycling will be collected as normally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday. Please have your recycling bins or cart out by 7 a.m.

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

Jason Hawkins: Art delivered by a 'cat' and a 'truck'

If you are in search of Mike’s Art Truck roaming the streets of Hillsborough, don’t necessarily look for vehicle on four wheels. “The truck is imaginary and it is driven by a deceased cat, known as Mike,” says Karen Mack of Mike’s Art Truck.

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 11:48 AM

Two saintly people pilot Kid's Warehouse

Recently, a group of good Samaritans gave a five-star dinner to 50 homeless people.  The dining room was elegantly decorated.  Filet mignon and other fine food was served.

Jan. 10, 2015 @ 06:59 PM

People's Pharmacy: Does anesthesia affect brain function?

Q. I know two senior citizens (in their 70s) who had misadventures with surgical anesthesia. They are both rapidly losing their short-term memory. Do specific anesthesia drugs cause this in genetically susceptible individuals? Or would this result from a lack of sufficient oxygen during surgery or its aftermath?

Jan. 10, 2015 @ 06:56 PM

Jason Hawkins: Fine-tuning the ties that bind

Three years ago Kristal Cloer, along with her friend Kayli Hibbard, established Farm and Filigree as a means to further connect a friendship, grow their vision of vintage wedding settings and to serve as an outlet to exercise a life of observing the sanctity and styles of marriage.

Jan. 10, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Vicki Wentz: Don’t drive for me, Lamborghini

So, I read recently that a group of car scientists got into their new invention — a car that drives itself — and headed from San Francisco to Los Angeles, or somewhere, but a respectable distance, and each took turns at the controls along the way, and it was apparently a complete and total success, or to quote one of the car scientists, “That was cool.”

Jan. 10, 2015 @ 08:16 AM

For all their connectnedness, devices separate us

This was a quiet day here on the farm, though it began with the phone ringing me out of my slumber.  After making coffee I retrieved the phone message, and then heard the soft “ding” that announced a text message’s arrival on my smartphone.  A blinking light let me know I had emails waiting, too.  When I looked closer at the rectangular screen a locket-size circle bearing a friend’s face signaled that she had sent a Facebook message.

Jan. 03, 2015 @ 06:15 PM

Safron vs. Council outcome – the sky won’t fall

In April 2009, Helena Safron, a graduate student at UNC, was riding her bicycle on Dairyland Road.  Behind her, Mary Council was driving her car.  Council saw Safron ahead of her, so she slowed down, and then pulled into the left lane to pass Safron.  While she was passing Safron at about 30 miles per hour, her passenger-side mirror struck Safron.  They both stopped. Council offered Safron a ride, but Safron declined, and told Council she could leave.

Jan. 03, 2015 @ 06:05 PM

People's Pharmacy: Generic drug failure can be life-threatening

Q. My 7-year-old child had not had a seizure in four years. Her epilepsy has been controlled with Keppra and the ketogenic diet. Recently, she was switched to levetiracetam, the generic form of Keppra, and now the seizures have returned. ... How can I get the pharmacy to dispense name-brand Keppra?