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The ice sheets that blanket Antarctica and Greenland are melting faster, and that fact is a source of concern and intense study by climate researchers. 

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More legal support for the state’s poor. That was a point made by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin in Wilmington on Friday. He was addressing the North Carolina Bar Association’s annual meeting. 

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They are everywhere … Buy This! See That! We're bombarded with signs, but we often miss some of the most interesting ones, according to commentator Nan Graham.

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Elise Seifert kind of stumbled on music when her parents won an auction for piano lessons. It's hard to imagine this young composer's life without music now. She's a Wilmington native, but making a break for Los Angeles this summer to pursue her passion for film scoring.

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When #METOO went viral last October, no one could have predicted how many women and men would add their voices to what has become the name of a movement. 

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By the year 2100, sea levels could rise three to six feet.  That’s according to a study published in the scientific journal Nature just this month.  One of the major contributors:  ice melting in Antarctica.

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The City of Wilmington now has a short-term rental policy. After batting last night over specific conditions, the council passed the ordinance 4-2 with Councilman Kevin O’Grady walking out before the vote. 

WHQR's MC Erny Gallery is undergoing renovations! That being said, this also means that we will be taking a brief break from our monthly Prologue with Ben Steelman. We look forward to resuming Prologue in a beautifully renovated Gallery space later this year. We will keep you all updated on the upcoming Prologue dates and guests as we get closer to project completion.

We'll see you in a few months!

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It’s been a hot few days. Heat indices in the Cape Fear Region have been over a hundred degrees most of the week.  Summer doesn't officially begin until Thursday.  People still tend to underestimate the effects heat can have on a person.

A main component of our transmitter failed on Sunday night. The replacement should be here by the end of the week. In the meantime, please listen to WHQR 91.3 (and, in Myrtle Beach, both 98.9 and 102.3) on your Smart Speaker, the WHQR App or streaming anytime at whqr.org.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience and hope to have our strong signal back soon!

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Tuesday night the Wilmington City Council will hold a public hearing on short-term rental regulations. For more than two years, city staff and stakeholders have debated and studied the issue.  

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Stories by humor columnist and author Celia Rivenbark have been adapted for the stage before - but the latest play with her name on it was written as a play from the start, and with a co-author: Kevin Parker. Southern Fried Bitch is onstage at Theatre Now through July 28.

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Guest Commentator Donn Lashley considers the significance of holding hands with his son - and with his father. Listen above, and see Donn's extended commentary below. Donn is the father of two children and the son of one father; he lives in Wilmington. 

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Blockchain. It’s the platform that Bitcoin runs on. So what’s the basic premise? It’s a decentralized ledger system that keeps track of data points or “blocks” in real time.  Advocates for the emerging platform say it allows for personal transactional control over information shared on the blockchain.

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This week the North Carolina Economic Development Association held its annual conference in Wrightsville Beach. It brought those in the state and international economic development community together for a series of workshops. Here in the Cape Fear region, economic development is a high priority -- especially with the 421 Corridor now ripe for new development. The various groups involved here are not always on the same page.

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EXPO 216 Gallerium on Front Street in Wilmington presents  Mediums (as in, those who connect with the dead) on Saturday, June 16 for the Evidential Mediumship Demonstration. This event is offered twice-at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.  

New Hanover County Department of Environmental Management

Food waste and other organic material accounts for more than half of New Hanover County’s landfill stream.  That’s why a new food waste collection program starts July 1st.

More than half of all waste that heads to the landfill in New Hanover County is food waste or some other compostable material.  Local environmental management officials estimate the real number is between 65 and 70%. 

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Some like it hot ... and according to Cal Chang and Christine Martinez, you might love this Hot Mikado regardless of how you feel about the operetta it's based on.

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Chemours, the company responsible for the unregulated, possibly dangerous, chemical compounds in this region’s water supply, held a town hall meeting for the first time.  Tuesday night in St. Pauls, near the company’s Fayetteville facility, concerned citizens gathered to hear about plans for how the chemical giant plans to clean up its operation.  

Yellow Submarine will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre from Monday, July 9th, to Wednesday, July 11th. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its release, Cinematique is pleased to bring Yellow Submarine to Wilmington. In this special remastered rerelease of the 1968 film, The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies in an animated journey filled with puns and dry British humor. The swirling animation is a mixture of pop-culture images and modern artistic styles brought together with an antiwar message and some clever political commentary.

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The Cape Fear Independent Film Festival started off with 8 films in one night. It now lasts for 3 days and screens nearly 50 films. The Festival celebrates its 18th anniversary this week, June 14-16 at the Community Arts Center.

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Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) holds its 9th annual Literacy Luncheon this Thursday, June 14. Students will present a Readers' Theatre performance, and best-selling author Wiley Cash offers the keynote address.

Alchemical Theatre Company is focused on the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries-including the authors of the King James Bible. On Saturday, 6/9, the Gospel of St. Mark will be presented as a dramatic reading at St. Jude MCC Church. Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" follows in July.

Surfrider Foundation, Cape Fear Chapter

We are now into year two of the public’s awareness of GenX and other compounds in the Cape Fear region’s water supply. Health studies are currently underway to study the impact these chemicals might have on humans. Meanwhile experts are piecing together other available data to better understand the threats. 

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New Jersey decided late last year on a regulatory first:  to establish stringent standards for two types of perfluorochemicals in their environment.  According to a November press release, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection is the first to set maximum contaminant levels for perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, and perfluorononanoic acid, or PFNA.  GenX is one of more than a dozen similar compounds found in the Cape Fear River, the source of drinking water for hundreds of thousands of southeastern North Carolina residents. 

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Alison Bechdel's award-winning graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy was adapted for the stage a few years ago. After a successful run on Broadway, Fun Home the musical (also award-winning, including 5 Tonys) is making its debut across the county-mainly in big cities. Wilmington is lucky to be on the list.

Should teachers carry weapons onto school grounds?  That’s a question one recent North Carolina poll attempted to answer.  And a bill that would allow teachers to have firearms in the classroom is now in the Rules Committee of the North Carolina General Assembly.   Republican Representative Larry Pittman of Cabarrus County filed the School Self-Defense Act last month. 

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Teachers held walkouts this year in at least six states:  West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina. The reason often cited in news headlines is salary.  But take a deeper dive, and you hear concerns about pension funds, funding for K-12 curriculum, and intangibles – like the lack of respect for the profession.

Lower Cape Fear Historical Society

For one night only, the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society (LCFHS) displays its entire fashion and textile collection at the Latimer House in downtown Wilmington. "Ladies of Style" showcase is open Friday, June 8th, 6:00pm-8:30pm. 

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