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6:02 am
Tue November 21, 2006

NEI Leak Repaired

Wilmington, NC – More stormy weather in the forecast for the coming days encouraged crews to push ahead with late night repairs, despite steady rain.

Crews installed a permanent stainless steel band over the three-inch-wide hole, which had opened up in a previously-repaired section of the pipe.

This portion of the Northeast Interceptor has had trouble in the past, and one resident in the surrounding neighborhood says he just wants to see the leak-prone pipe fixed for good.

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Local Interest
2:38 am
Mon November 20, 2006

Sewage Still Leaking After First Repair Attempt

Wilmington, NC – Bad, but not as bad as they'd feared, is the assessment of Public Utilities Director Hugh Caldwell after repair crews got a look at the break which opened up in the Northeast Interceptor sewer Sunday.

However, crews working early in the morning were unable to finalize their repairs, leaving raw sewage still leaking into a tributary of Hewlett's Creek.

The city hopes to complete repairs early Tuesday morning, although Caldwell says that's dependent on the forecasted rainy weather holding off.

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Local Interest
6:42 am
Sun November 19, 2006

Major Sewage Spill on Wilmington's Troubled NEI

Wilmington, NC – All day Sunday, there was little the city could do to keep raw sewage from gushing into Hewlett's Creek.

Low-flow alarms identified the sewer break Sunday morning, but because there is no back-up system for the Northeast Interceptor, the city had to put off repairs until after midnight Monday - when residents create the least amount of wastewater.

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Local Interest
2:05 am
Sat November 18, 2006

Riegelwood Residents Cleaning Up, Remembering Those Lost

Riegelwood, NC – Residents of Riegelwood say almost everyone in the tornado-ravanged neighborhood was related or knew each other.

The storm tore apart dozens of mobile homes and houses in it's mile-long path of destruction, killing eight people, including two children. Twenty others, including four more children, were injured, some critically.

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Local Interest
6:14 am
Fri November 17, 2006

Riegelwood Starts Recovery After Tornado

Riegelwood, NC – Long lines of cars began passing slowly along highway 87 as soon as officials reopened the route through the heart of Thursday's tornado damage.

What they found where piles of debris, clothes wrapped around limbless pines, the cracked shells of mobile homes, and empty foundation pads, all standing starkly in the bright November sunshine.

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Local Interest
5:41 am
Fri November 17, 2006

A Special Look At 1898

Wilmington, NC – Last May the Wilmington Race Riot Commission released an official report chronicling the violent overthrow of Wilmington's elected black government on November 10 1898.

The report came with recommendations, including that some newspapers should publish and education insert of the race riot. The Star-News did just that, Catherine Welch talked with Star-News columnist Si Cantwell about the project.

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Local Interest
5:17 am
Fri November 17, 2006

UNCW Student Robbed Of His Playstation 3

Wilmington, NC – Scattered violence across the county over the new Sony Playstation 3 played out in Wilmington Friday morning when a University of North Carolina, Wilmington student was robbed and assaulted on campus.


UNCW Police Captain G.E. Mathews says a group of four men took approached the student, one beat him repeatedly with a blunt object, then took two Sony Playstations 3 the student had just bought at Wal-Mart.

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Local Interest
6:14 am
Thu November 16, 2006

Tornado Kills Eight in Columbus County

Riegelwood, NC – Ryan Lacewell never saw the deadly tornado that passed a half-mile from his trailer. He did feel it, though.

"I didn't bother looking out the window. Everything in my house started shaking and everything so I got scared," he says, laughing at the memory.

"I knew something bad was happening, but I didn't know what."

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Monday Commentary
12:05 pm
Tue November 14, 2006

A Visit to the No Boundaries Art Colony

Bald Head Island is usually a place where people go to relax and unwind. But for the past week and a half, one set of cabins has been the scene of feverish activity, as the home of the No Boundaries International art colony. WHQR's Megan Williams joined the group for a day last week and brought back this snapshot...

View a photo essay of No Boundaries 2006

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Local Interest
7:44 am
Tue November 14, 2006

A Visit to the No Boundaries Art Colony

Bald Head Island, NC – On a warm afternoon last week, large, brightly painted canvases lean against the wooden posts that mark public beach access #36 on Bald Head Island. The paintings belong to some of the two-dozen artists who've taken over the surrounding cabins. Out here on the dunes, between the scrub forest and the sea, hides the annual No Boundaries art colony.

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