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Archive for February, 2009

Update: Double-murder suspect held without bond

Friday, February 6th, 2009

A 33-year-old convict facing two first-degree murder charges in connection with the slayings of his mother and her husband at an Ogden house was denied bond at his first court appearance Friday morning.

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Whats Happening: February 6-8

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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If you live in New Hanover or Brunswick County, it is a sweet weekend to head outdoors. Plus, there is a reason to pamper your pooch on Sunday. Here’s what’s happening.

Valentine’s Day is not this weekend, but you can still satisfy your sweetie’s sweet tooth. The Wilmington Chocolate Festival takes place this weekend. You can sample unlimited chocolates and desserts, hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. Hours Friday are from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m, Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Your chocolate cravings are definitely getting fulfilled this weekend. Saturday, it’s a wine and chocolate pairing at Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach. You can sample four award winning wines paired with hand made chocolates. It runs from noon until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $15. Reservations are limited, so call in advance. The number is 910-287-2800.

The lack of minority bone marrow donors caused two cancer survivors to establish an organization called Driving for Change. A six-day event to raise awareness kicks off Saturday at Independence Mall. You can stop by between 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. A quick cotton swab in the mouth determines someone’s tissue type and gets them on the donor registry.

Your strikes can help make strides toward cancer research. Strikes for Second Base is a fundraiser to raise awareness and money. For a $35 donation, you can bowl for an hour at Tin Pin Alley. You can choose whether the money goes to the American Cancer Society or New Hanover Regional Medical Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Project. It runs from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

In honor of Black History Month, the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans will honor two of Columbus counties black confederate soldiers. A grave marker will be dedicated to Sandy Oliver and Joshua Nichols. The service begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Horace Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Boardman.

You can pamper your pet Sunday. The Monty’s Home Pet Expo will be at the Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center. You can learn more about pet care and pick up gifts for your pet. There will also be a kiddie corner and a silent auction. Admission is five dollars and children under twelve are free. It runs from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Chocolate Festival gala is $25, if you go Saturday or Sunday it is only five.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoIf you live in New Hanover or Brunswick County, it is a sweet weekend to head outdoors. Plus, there is a reason to pamper your pooch on Sunday.

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Colors can affect the way we think

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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New research shows colors can affect the way we think. Scientists tested people with brain teasers set against different colored backgrounds and found blue inspired creativity while red made people more cautious in their answers.

Human vision allows us to see a wide range of colors, and over time these colors take on certain meanings. Blue and green remind us of nature, and thus are welcoming or soothing. Yellow suggests caution, while red means stop – be alert.

New research from the University of British Columbia provides the strongest evidence yet that colors can even change our thinking patterns.

Scientists tested 500 adult volunteers on a variety of mental tasks performed on computers. The computer backgrounds were either blue, red, or white, and the colors affected people’s performance on the tests.

On a test that had people list many uses for a brick, those who had the blue background provided the most answers, suggesting blue inspires creativity.

Another test required volunteers to memorize a list of words – those with the red background performed best on this task, suggesting more caution and attention to detail.

Researchers conclude a blue environment could be useful for brainstorming new ideas, while red is a better color for tasks that require focused attention.

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New research from the University of British Columbia provides the strongest evidence yet that colors can even change our thinking patterns.

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Burned-out boat "suction-cupped" to bottom of harbor

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Kevin Alderman had planned to get married on that boat. But his custom-built aluminum Carolina Striker was one of the three boats consumed in a fire in the South Harbor Village Marina early Thursday morning, and he and his fiancée are having to make other plans.

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NC Board of Transportation hands over authority to transportation secretary

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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The North Carolina Board of Transportation has deferred to Governor Bev Perdue when it comes to approving road-building contracts.

Thursday the board gave Transportation Secretary Gene Conti the authority to decide whether to award 18 million dollars in highway projects in eight counties.

Perdue signed an executive order two days after taking office last month, ordering the panel to delegate to Conti the power to approve the projects.

Perdue said the change would allow decisions to be based more on data and professional staff and less on political influence.

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Thursday the board gave Transportation Secretary Gene Conti the authority to decide whether to award 18 million dollars in highway projects in eight counties.

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