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Archive for February, 2009

Myrtle Beach may adjust thong ordinance

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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Myrtle Beach leaders are considering a tougher indecent exposure law that would allow officers to issue tickets, or make arrests if they see someone baring too much skin.

As it stands now, the so-called “thong ordinance” requires officers to issue a warning before issuing tickets. Myrtle Beach has banned thongs on the beach for 16 years.

The Myrtle Beach City Council will consider the tougher restrictions for the first time Tuesday.

Here in our area, Topsail Beach allows women to go without their tops, and Bird Island in Brunswick County is known for nude sunbathing.

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Myrtle Beach leaders are considering a tougher indecent exposure law that would allow officers to issue tickets, or make arrests if they see someone baring too much skin.

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PPD aquires business overseas

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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PPD is stretching its assets further into Europe.

On Monday, the company announced it will acquire Ab.C.R.O., a contract research organization operating in central and eastern Europe.

A spokesperson for PPD said the acquisition will strengthen its foothold in the area and enhance their ability to conduct global trials.

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PPD is stretching its assets further into Europe.

On Monday, the company announced it will acquire Ab.C.R.O., a contract research organization operating in central and eastern Europe.

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Introduction to on-line dating

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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In preparation for Valentine’s Day this Saturday, our i-Desk will be taking a week long look at one of the internet’s most traveled routes; on-line dating.

Before technology ruled the world, we used to rely on our families, friends, churches to help us find love. The internet has opened up a world of opportunities to search for Mr. or Ms. “Right”.

For some it can be a living nightmare, but for others it’s love at web site.

We’ve heard the romantic love stories advertising dating websites, stating so-and-so met on the internet, fell madly in love, and live happily ever after.

Is this a realistic way to find true love? One thing’s for sure, it has become an acceptable way to search for that special someone.

Shelby Wyatt has been internet dating for years because she says, it’s hard to find time to meet people elsewhere. “As people’s lives have gotten busier, corporate America demands more and more of us. We find less and less time for ourselves and the little black box upstairs, the computer, allows me to interact with people, whether it be local, in the next town, within the state, a couple towns over, or even all across the world if I want to.”

The internet has turned what was once a dating pool, into an ocean of possibilities.

So where do you start?

The big dogs in the computer-dating world are E-harmony and Match.com.

Research firm Harris Interactive reports nearly 250 E-harmony members marry every day in the United States as a result of being matched on the site.

Match.com promises you’ll find the love of your life in six months, or your next six-month subscription is on the house.

But Wyatt said the company makes you e-mail a ridiculous amount of users every week or the deal is off.

Once you fill out a lengthy profile on both sites, you can view your matches for free. But as soon as you want to contact any of them, be prepared to pull out your credit card.

Although pioneers in online dating, these two aren’t necessarily the best or the most likeable.

Of all the internet daters WWAY interviewed this past week, the name that constantly came up is Plentyoffish.com. With more than ten million singles signed up, this one’s a catch because it’s completely free.

OK Cupid is another free matching service; one attraction to the site is users can create their own questions for potential love interests rather than be limited to a pre-set list of questions. Created by the same guys who invented spark notes, OK Cupid is similar to social networking sites and is geared towards college students.

Internet dating may not be for everyone, but Wyatt said, don’t knock it ’til you try it. “It’s the new, the new way of meeting people and if you go about it in the right way and you’re smart about it, you can have a lot of friends. And it’s like I tell people, I said even if we don’t click, you never can have enough friends.”

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videoBefore technology ruled the world, we used to rely on our families, friends, churches to help us find love. The internet has opened up a world of opportunities to search for Mr. or Ms. “Right”.

For some it can be a living nightmare, but for others it’s love at web site.

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Places to find free tax preparation help

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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BOILING SPRING LAKES SENIOR CE
9 E BOILING SPRING RD
SOUTHPORT NC 28461
Brunswick 02/01/09 04/15/09 AARP Tax-Aide Yes (910) 575-7654 Languages- English Yes

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NC troopers step up enforcement against speeders

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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RALEIGH — State troopers are stepping up enforcement of speed limits on interstate and major four-lane highways across North Carolina for the next two weeks.

The Highway Patrol said Monday the effort dubbed “Operation Slowdown” was aimed at encouraging motorists to drive the speed limits and help reduce highway fatalities.

Reuben Young is secretary of the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety and said speed was the leading cause of 359 traffic deaths in the past four years.

Officials also said speed was the cause of more than 14,000 injuries sustained in more than 50,000 collisions. The enforcement runs through Feb. 22.

Troopers said speeders can be reported to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP on cellular phones.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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State troopers are stepping up enforcement of speed limits on interstate and major four-lane highways across North Carolina for the next two weeks.

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