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11:09 am
Fri September 22, 2006

Rabies Test Negative for "Bald Bill"

Wilmington, NC – Rabies test done on a hooded seal came back negative. The young, male seal bit an employee at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science center who was trying to help him.


A spokesperson for the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center says the employee has several stitches and is recovering, although upset about the seal's death.

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Local Interest
11:06 am
Fri September 22, 2006

Sounds of Slide Guitars

Wilmington, NC – "Slide-Stock 2006 , a festival that showcases the art of the slide guitar now eight years running, will be making its Wilmington debut this weekend.

Wilmington blues man, Mojo Collins, along with others will showcase their talents during the two-day festival.

It's got a pretty thriving blues scene here and I think it will help it out a lot and will expose a lot of people to this particular art, it is kind of a lost art to be truthful with you.

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Local Interest
4:28 am
Fri September 22, 2006

Castle Hayne Hosts Election Candidates

Wilmington, NC – The Castle Hayne Steering Committee is holding a B-B-Q this weekend to give candidates a chance to tell voters where they stand on the issues.

Organizers say this will be a non-partisan event with an expected 25 candidates ranging from local seats to the U.S. Senate.

Event organizer, Tom Radewicz, says this is an opportune time to for voters to get some one-on-one time with the candidates.

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Movies
9:18 am
Wed September 20, 2006

The Blue (Velvet) Side of Wilmington

Isabella Rossellini as Dorothy Vallens in Blue Velvet.
(c) DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Wilmington's most infamous location shoot - Blue Velvet. With the movie briefly back on the big screen, WHQR's Megan Williams went looking for the film's local legacy...

Wilmington, NC – Two decades after director David Lynch chose Wilmington to represent his idealized American town... two decades after he drenched its sunlit surfaces in noir and nihilism... reminders of the film are often just around the corner.

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Classical
9:07 am
Wed September 20, 2006

Classical Season Look-Ahead Part 1

Maestro William Henry Curry
(c) the North Carolina Symphony

The humidity's dropping, the kids are back in school: It's time to turn away from the beach, and turn back to the concert hall. WHQR's here to help you decide what to put in your ears, with previews from the North Carolina Symphony and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR sits down with conductors and artistic directors from some of the region's main performing groups to give you a leg up on the coming classical music season.

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Local Interest
4:38 am
Wed September 20, 2006

Stranded Seal Put To Death

Virginia Beach, VA – The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center put down the arctic ice seal to conduct a rabies test after the animal bit a staff member.

Stranding Response Program Coordinator Susan Barco described the bite as a public health issue.

Barco said staff briefly lost control of the seal while they were trying to move the animal, leading to the bite. And although she defended the Aquarium's current handing techniques, Barco said that the staff has little experience with ice seals.

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Thursday Commentary
4:12 pm
Tue September 19, 2006

Planning Ahead

Garden commentator Barbara Sullivan says there's nothing more important than planning ahead.

Wilmington, NC –
Barbara Sullivan lives and gardens in downtown Wilmington

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Local Interest
10:40 am
Tue September 19, 2006

Hooded Seal Doing Great

Wilmington, NC – Researchers at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher say the young hooded seal found stranded on Wrightsville Beach last Friday is doing well.


Police found the juvenile male seal by the Oceanic Pier early Friday morning. Bob Schoelkopf is founding director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in New Jersey.

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Local Interest
10:04 am
Tue September 19, 2006

New Laurels for Wilmington's Notable Trees

The ancient live oak at Tileston school.

Wilmington, NC – Under the Heritage Tree Program, the Wilmington Tree Commission will have the power to confer landmark status on the city's historic and noteworthy trees. Nominated trees will have to meet criteria for size, age, rarity, or historic value.

The program requires property-owner consent and has no power to prevent the removal of designated trees. However, Wilmington Environmental Planner Philip Preet, an ex officio member of the Tree Commission, says he hopes the program someday takes on a more binding role.

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Local Interest
10:00 am
Tue September 19, 2006

McIntyre Votes for Border Fence

Wilmington, NC – Congressman Mike McIntyre says while a lot more needs to be done on U.S., immigration policy he voted for a Mexican border fence to beef up border protection.


The House passed legislation Thursday that authorizes but does not fund 700 miles of fencing along the U-S Mexican border.


Nine other members of the North Carolina delegation joined McIntyre while three voted against the bill.

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