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2:52 am
Tue July 25, 2006

Habitat Building for New Orleans

Wilmington, NC – Dozens of volunteers converged onto a Wilmington parking lot to build a home for New Orleans' Musicians Village.


The projected called Home in a Box calls on volunteers to frame out a house in one day and put it into a big rig truck that will ship it to its destination.


The house built in Wilmington is headed to New Orleans' upper 9th Ward.

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Local Interest
2:48 am
Tue July 25, 2006

Copper Stolen off Greenfield Lake Buildings

Wilmington, NC – Police are still looking for suspects in a copper theft that took place last week at Greenfield Lake Park.


Wilmington's Parks and Landscape Superintendent Nina Johnston says Greenfield Park closes at eleven o'clock each night, so the copper was probably lifted after that hour.


She says security measures will be increased in coming years.

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Local
4:39 pm
Sun July 23, 2006

Film and Music Communities Remember Eddie Blakely

Blakely at last year's Cucalorus Film Festival
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Members of Wilmington's film and music communities gathered over the weekend to mourn the passing of Edgar "Eddie" Blakely III. WHQR's Megan Williams attended the memorial service and has more...

Blakely?s eulogy was punctuated several times by laughter, as friends shared stories, played music, and remembered a man described as a "centrifugal force" in the film community.

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Local Interest
12:12 am
Sun July 23, 2006

Film and Music Communities Remember Eddie Blakely

Blakely at last year's Cucalorus Film Festival
www.cucalorus.com

Wilmington, NC – Blakely's eulogy was punctuated several times by laughter, as friends shared stories, played music, and remembered a man described as a "centrifugal force" in the film community.

More than 200 mourners attended Sunday's memorial service at Screen Gems Studios, which followed a fundraiser at the Bella Festa nightclub the night before. Among his many hats, Blakely did booking and promotion for the Bella Festa and worked with the Cucalorus film festival.

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Local Interest
5:08 am
Thu July 20, 2006

Judge Strikes Down Cohabitation Ban

Pender County Sheriff's office where plaintiff Debora Hobbs worked.

Burgaw, NC – Judge Benjamin Alford's ruling strikes down a 201-year-old ban on cohabitation in the state. Lawyers for both sides are expected to officially sign the ruling in the next few days.

North Carolina's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union brought the lawsuit on behalf of a former Pender county emergency dispatcher, Debora Hobbs, who quit her job in 2004 after sheriff Carson Smith demanded she either marry her boyfriend or stop living with him.

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Local Interest
9:49 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Congressman McIntyre Pushes for Poverty Authority

Wilmington, NC – Congressman Mike McIntyre says he hopes legislation to help alleviate poverty in southern states will hit the House floor this fall.

The measure creates the Southeast Crescent Authority that helps boost economic development in the poorest southeastern states and their most distressed counties.

McIntyre says SECA is modeled after the Appalachian Regional Commission. And says the measure is gaining attention and momentum on Capitol Hill.

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Local Interest
9:46 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Children's Museum gets New Director

Wilmington Children's Museum

Wilmington, NC – New executive director Mark Kesling comes to the Children's Museum from a private school in Indianapolis, IN, where he was Technology Director. Kesling arrives in Wilmington next week and officially starts work in early August.

The museum's been hunting for a new director since last fall. The board's first hire, announced in February, was let go after four days.

Founded in 1997, the Children's Museum opened in its new location on Orange Street in late April.

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Local Interest
3:11 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Not Too Hot to Watch Soccer

Wilmington, NC – Players and fans from across the country brave this week's heat and humidity as Wilmington hosts the 2006 U.S. Amateur Soccer Association's Veterans Cup.


Sweaty fans guzzle water and slop on the SPF at Wilmington's Veterans Park and they're just sitting on the sidelines.


Nearly 2,000 players will battle the heat on the field this week, but most are keeping their spirits as high as the temperatures.

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Local Interest
12:00 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Film Incentive Fix Stalls in State House

Wilmington, NC – Just about a year ago, Governor Mike Easley signed a state budget that authorized North Carolina's first film incentive package. The deal gave productions a 15% tax rebate on dollars spent in North Carolina on goods, services and labor.


New Hanover County Democrat Senator Julia Boseman sponsored the legislation.

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Local Interest
7:22 am
Tue July 18, 2006

DeLair, Hearne Ready to Run for City Council

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington City Council hopeful Pat Delair has filed her candidacy for a special election that will take place on October 10th.


This marks the second time Pat Delair has signed on to run for a seat on the City Council.


Delair came in fourth last year in a three-seat Council race and was overlooked in last month's appointment of a replacement for Bill Saffo.

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