The gift of access

Ashley Thomas, a working mother of three from Durham, N.C., is the newest member of the United States National Para Canoe Sprint Team. Born with spina bifida, she has some leg use but can stand for only a few seconds. She cannot train without help loading and unloading her kayak, and it is impossible to get…

UNC athletes, third-graders in win column

A chant of “Ollie, Ollie, Ollie” rises after the third-grader grabs the flag and sprints off for his leg of a relay race. It’s almost the end of a special time at Chapel Hill’s Glenwood Elementary School.

Connecting to North Carolina’s clay

In art professor Yun Nam’s studio, ceramic tea bowls stack on every surface. In the throwing room, bowls crowd the shelves. Outside amid toasty kilns, bowls sit on ware carts, nested into tiny towers.

Wilson: world needs graduates’ smarts

Dr. Edward O. Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, asked Carolina’s newest graduates to pay attention to an imbalance in how the world is turning “at least pastel green” Sunday during the spring Commencement ceremony in Kenan Stadium.