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6:00 am
Wed January 2, 2013

This, that, and the other thing

Caricature artist Bill Smith at work
Sara Wood

Caricature artists are usually found along boardwalks, places like Atlantic City and Myrtle Beach. But most Saturdays in Wilmington, you can find Bill Smith at the Cotton Exchange. The 77-year-old caricature artist grew up in Long Island, New York. He worked as a sign painter for more than 50 years until computers put him out of business.

Smith believes sketching the good side of people is more important than making fun of them.

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6:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

At 65, James Tramble Casts His First Ballot

Cathy Webb and Jimmy Tramble

The trip to the polls for millions of Americans is quick and easy. The hardest part may be enduring long lines. But for those who struggle with literacy, it can be hard to find the courage to stand in that line at all. New Hanover County resident James Tramble dropped out of school in the fourth grade. He learned to navigate the world without reading or writing. At 65 years old, Tramble’s never voted. But this year is different. WHQR's Sara Wood brings us his story, and what it means to vote for the first time.

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6:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

To Stand on Their Own Two Feet: Wilmington's Burmese Community

Four generations of Eh Nyoe Paw's family now live in Wilmington. In this photo, she's outside her Wilmington apartment with her three sons and her younger brother. (From L-R: Tah K'Paw, Tha K'Taw, Eh Moo Wah, Eh Nyoe Paw, and Saw Ta Blu.)

Imagine having to run from your home, for your life, never stopping to look back or to return. 

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5:58 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

The Golden Years: Aging in Our Region (Part Four)

Karen Daniels and Jeff Toth both work for UNCW's psychology department, studying the effects of mental stimulation and aerobic exercise on cognitive function.

Right now, 1 in 8 Americans aged 65 and older has Alzheimer’s, and the disease affects nearly half of all people who are 85 and up.

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5:46 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

The Golden Years: Aging in Our Region (Part Three)

Ann Deveny holds a photo of her husband Dan, an impromptu shot in a German poppy field. Dan now suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's.

The facts are staggering: 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease today; by 2050, that number could triple to up to 16 million; the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America and will cost the nation $200 billion this year.

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5:06 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

The Golden Years: Aging in Our Region (Part Two)

Annette Murphy embraces her mother Julia Devane while celebrating Devane's 100th birthday at the Elderhaus PACE facility in Wilmington.

Three times a week, Dr. Mark Williams visits half a dozen geriatric patients at The Davis Community, a nursing home and rehabilitation center in Porters Neck.

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5:13 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

The Golden Years: Aging in Our Region (Part One)

The memory care unit at Stonebridge has two roundabouts to help guide wandering Alzheimer's patients back to walking areas. Wandering is a dangerous phase of this terminal disease.

Right now, 1.2 million seniors age 65 and up live in North Carolina. That number could trump 2 million by 2030.

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