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3:11 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Not Too Hot to Watch Soccer

Wilmington, NC – Players and fans from across the country brave this week's heat and humidity as Wilmington hosts the 2006 U.S. Amateur Soccer Association's Veterans Cup.


Sweaty fans guzzle water and slop on the SPF at Wilmington's Veterans Park and they're just sitting on the sidelines.


Nearly 2,000 players will battle the heat on the field this week, but most are keeping their spirits as high as the temperatures.

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Local Interest
12:00 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Film Incentive Fix Stalls in State House

Wilmington, NC – Just about a year ago, Governor Mike Easley signed a state budget that authorized North Carolina's first film incentive package. The deal gave productions a 15% tax rebate on dollars spent in North Carolina on goods, services and labor.


New Hanover County Democrat Senator Julia Boseman sponsored the legislation.

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Local Interest
7:22 am
Tue July 18, 2006

DeLair, Hearne Ready to Run for City Council

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington City Council hopeful Pat Delair has filed her candidacy for a special election that will take place on October 10th.


This marks the second time Pat Delair has signed on to run for a seat on the City Council.


Delair came in fourth last year in a three-seat Council race and was overlooked in last month's appointment of a replacement for Bill Saffo.

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Local Interest
7:16 am
Tue July 18, 2006

Hearing on Living Together Lawsuit

Burgaw, NC – Oral arguments were heard Monday in Pender County superior court in a lawsuit filed by the North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union.


Emergency dispatcher Deborah Hobbs was living with her boyfriend in 2004 when Sheriff Carson Smith advised her that this did not comply with a 200-year-old state law making it a criminal offense for unmarried couples to cohabitate.


The ACLU filed a case on Hobbs's behalf last year.

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Thursday Commentary
12:32 pm
Mon July 17, 2006

The Elizabeth Town Lich Gate

There's a church gate in Elizabeth Town that commentator Ede Baldridge says is worth the drive.

Wilmington, NC – Ede Baldridge writes about memorable people and places in the southeast.

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Local Interest
1:32 am
Mon July 17, 2006

Wilmington Carpool Program Gets State Funds

Wilmington, NC – A program promoting carpooling in Wilmington will get thousands of dollars from the state to encourage alternative forms of transportation.


With the help of new state funding, Wilmington Cape Fear Breeze program hopes to get more drivers using alternative transportation.


Breeze coordinator Lawless Bean says the program has a comprehensive website offering a carpool database.

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Local Interest
1:26 am
Mon July 17, 2006

Wrightsville Litter Crackdown

Wilmington, NC – Police at Wrightsville Beach are cracked down on littering and drinking alcohol on the beach.


Town officials past measures last week giving police authority to make random sweeps to enforce littering laws and check for alcohol consumption, which is prohibited on the beach.


Town manager Bob Simpson calls excessive littering a brewing problem that came to a boil after the 4th of July weekend.

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Thursday Commentary
12:31 pm
Sun July 16, 2006

The Visiting Orchard Spider

About two weeks ago, commentator Andy Wood had a small yet very colorful spider take up residence right outside his front door.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

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Local Interest
6:31 am
Fri July 14, 2006

Ready Reserve Ships Leave Region

The Cape Lambert is left without its twin.

Wilmington, NC – The U.S. Maritime Administration retired the two ships. The Cape Lobos left the region Friday. The Cape Lambert will follow in early August.

The ships are part of the government's Ready Reserve fleet. They're known as roll-on, roll-off' vessels: ramps in the stern allow them to load and unload vehicles. But the ships can't handle the latest generation of tanks. Instead of upgrading, they're going into retirement in Beaufort, Texas. The ships may still be called up for emergencies.

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