Student-Led 'March For Our Lives' This Saturday In Wilmington

March For Our Lives , an event to push for gun law reform, is Saturday in Wilmington. Across the country, hundreds of thousands of students are expected to march to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that there is an end to gun violence in the nation’s schools and communities.

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Sarus-Light, Water, Darkness is underway in Wilmington. Listen to Founder and Executive Director Karola Luettringhaus talk about the experimental, site-specific festival above. Events are scheduled for Wabi-Sabi Warehouse, Cameron Art Museum, Union Station, Bottega Art & Wine, Community Arts Center, and more.

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Junior’s life and work, CoastLine will pre-record a conversation with local civil rights leader and former Williston Librarian / Media Specialist Bertha Todd.

The day of his assassination, Dr. King was scheduled to speak at the historically black Williston School in Wilmington.  But he was called back to Memphis to help with a worker’s strike on that fateful day.  

A letter full of racist invectives addressed to the Minister / Head Pastor arrived at Speaks Temple AME Zion Church late last month.  Postmarked February 14th from Charlotte, North Carolina, the same day as the Parkland, Florida school shooting and Valentine’s Day, no one seems to know who wrote the letter or why they sent it to a small church in Wilmington. 

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A Royal Pest Solutions facility, that’s a fumigation plant near the Wilmington Port, is changing ownership. TIMA Capital is taking the location over, and wants a Title V Air Permit from the state’s Department of Air Quality. Such a permit would allow TIMA to release 90 tons of Methyl Bromide into the air.  Currently, the permit is for 9 tons per year.


There are now 173 charter schools in North Carolina.  After the General Assembly lifted the cap of 100 in 2010, the number of public charter schools soared.  In the past four years, four new charter schools opened in Wilmington alone putting the total at six.  If approved, a seventh, the Wilmington School of the Arts, will open in the fall of 2019.


The talents of over a dozen university musicians come together for UNCW's 4th New Music Festival March 21-22. This is a unique opportunity to hear music in the company of the composers: David Kechley, William Neil, Jeffrey Van, and Andrew York.

National Symphony Orchestra Cuba

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba makes its North Carolina debut this week as it makes its 2nd tour of the United States since 1960. The musicians will only perform in one location in NC--Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

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The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has added two more weeks for public feedback on coal ash disposal and recycling.  DEQ held a meeting on that topic in Wilmington last month. The agency decided to extend the comment period after citizens said they wanted more time to provide feedback on the rules.


Wilmington native Meira Warshauer premieres a workshop production of her new work, the opera Elijah's Violin on Sunday, March 18 at 4:00pm at Temple of Israel's Reibman Center on 10th & Market Streets in Downtown Wilmington.   


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The Trump administration announced new rules that would disqualify certain transgender people from military service.

The White House made the announcement late Friday evening:

We dodged another government shutdown

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We avoided a government shutdown today, folks. President Donald Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, even after he said he’d veto the bill. Catherine Rampell of The Washington Post and Rachel Abrams of The New York Times join us to talk about this week’s business and economic news. After the budget talk, we switch gears to trade. Trump asked China to reduce the U.S. trade deficit by $100 billion. But perhaps he should be complaining about intellectual property violations instead. We discuss it.

Key health care measure left out of federal spending bill

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Congress jammed a lot into its $1.3 trillion spending bill, and we’ll be going through the bill’s 2,000-plus pages for some time. But there was one thing noticeably left out: a last-ditch compromise amendment on health care sponsored by Republican senators Susan Collins and Lamar Alexander. The so-called “stabilization” package was designed to keep health insurance premiums on the individual market from skyrocketing and would have restored billions of dollars in federal subsidy money for insurance companies that the Trump administration cancelled out last year.

Investigators with Britain's information commissioner searched the London headquarters of Cambridge Analytica on Friday amid reports that the firm harvested the personal data of millions of Facebook users as part of a campaign to influence the U.S. 2016 presidential elections.

There is no greater burn than pretending you've never heard of something when that thing has 2.2 billion monthly active users. And Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, lobbed a fiery zinger at the world's leading social-media behemoth Friday when he asked on Twitter: "What's Facebook?"

He added fuel to the flame when he later deleted both company pages, becoming another tech billionaire jumping on the #DeleteFacebook movement.

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