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3:09 am
Fri September 29, 2006

Wilmington Police Search for Drowned Man's Identity

Police sketch of the drowned man.

Wilmington, NC – Police say they have no identifying information for the man whose body was recovered south of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Wednesday night.

The body is a black man, estimated between the ages of 30 and 50. The John Doe was found wearing khaki pants and black shoes. Officers say his only identifying mark is a US Marines tattoo on his left upper bicep.

An autopsy revealed the man drowned, with no sign of foul play. Officers say it will take a month to get results from toxicology tests.

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Local Interest
12:00 am
Fri September 29, 2006

Delair and Hearne Square Off

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington City Council candidate J. C. Hearne says he thinks it's too early to tell if the proposed convention center design is on the right course.


Hearne made the remark last night at a WHQR, Star-News city council candidate debate with challenger Pat Delair.

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Local Interest
5:04 am
Wed September 27, 2006

Helping Victims of Violence

Wilmington, NC – North Carolina Victim Assistance Network, know as NC VAN, held its training conference yesterday in Wilmington.


North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, District Attorney Ben David and other state law enforcement figures thanked service providers for their service and sharing strategies to best serve victims of serious crimes.


David says providing proper representation for victims is the goal of NC VAN.

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Local Interest
4:50 am
Wed September 27, 2006

Horry County Mosquito Spraying

Wilmington, NC – In South Carolina, officials in Horry County are itching to rid the area of an increase in mosquito hatchings.


Horry County spokesperson Lisa Bourcier says the county is working to close the mosquito season with another phase of aerial spraying.


The county pays for the aerial mosquito spraying and Bourcier says this is the fourth year it has done this.

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Local Interest
4:42 am
Wed September 27, 2006

Fifty Cats Seeking A New Home

Wilmington, NC – The Robeson County Humane Society is looking for homes for more than 50 cats that have been living with an elderly St. Paul's woman.


A code enforcement officer alerted the Humane Society earlier this month that Lessie Smith had been taking care of 60 cats.


Shelly Carey is Adoption Coordinator for the Robeson County Humane Society. She says the cats are well feed and in generally good condition because Smith bought food for them before feeding herself.

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Local Interest
1:34 am
Tue September 26, 2006

UNCW's Black Freshman Enrollment Down

Wilmington, NC – The University of North Carolina, Wilmington says while black freshman enrollment has dropped from last year to this year, overall the campus is bringing in more people of color.


In this year's freshman class of 1,987, 105 of those students are African-American. That's eight less than in last year's freshman class.


Associate Provost Terry Curran says the university needs to work harder to reach out to the black community and high school counselors.

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Local Interest
1:30 am
Tue September 26, 2006

Pender County Gets Development Grant

Wilmington, NC – Governor Mike Easley announced yesterday Pender County will get a nearly $300,000 development grant.


The money will go toward renovating and equipping a facility at Cape Fear Community College in Burgaw that teaches entrepreneurs commercial food preparation.


The facility will also help the develop product lines from produce grown in the area such as blueberries.


Pender is one of seven rural counties that received Community Development Block Grants.

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Local Interest
11:12 am
Sun September 24, 2006

Costume Designer Prepares for Exhibit

William Ivey Long's costume design and completion for Harvey Fierstein in the musical 'Hairspray.'
(c) Richard Kornberg and Associates and William Ivey Long

Wilmington, NC – William Ivey Long has created costumes for movies, ballets, and more than fifty Broadway shows, including Guys and Dolls and Hairspray. He toured the Cameron's galleries last week to begin designing the exhibit. Having grown up in the Carolinas, Long says he's honored to be asked to display at the Cameron.

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Local Interest
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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