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.
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.
Wilmington, NC – The accident involving a Leland Fire Department fire engine and civilian vehicle resulted in no fatalities. That's the word from Leland Fire Chief John Grimes, who says one firefighter is expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday.
The Star-News reports that the firefighter driving the fire truck told police on the scene that his brakes gave out. But Chief Grimes says the truck was up to code.
Wilmington, NC – BellSouth is asking the state Utilities Commission to deregulate its retail services.
The phone company says regulation is no longer necessary now that residents can choose from cell phone, internet and cable services.
The Public Utilities Commission says BellSouth is the largest phone service provider with 85% of the market. The Commission's executive Director for Public Staff, Robert Gruber, says a deregulated BellSouth can lower or raise rates at will.