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Woman beat by husband with hammer is talking

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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Officials say a woman whose husband beat her with a hammer, then staged a robbery in their home, is now conscious and talking to investigators.

Onslow County sheriff’s officials said 26-year-old Erin Gould spoke about the December attack for the first time Tuesday.

Detectives say her husband, 24-year-old corporal Jonathan Gould, stabbed himself multiple times after the attack on his wife and then fabricated a robbery story.

Jonathan Gould later confessed to attacking his wife.

Erin Gould is in stable condition and remains hospitalized at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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Onslow County sheriff’s officials said 26-year-old Erin Gould spoke about the December attack for the first time Tuesday.

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Economic crunch could mean higher costs for UNCW

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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Come fall, students at UNCW may see a change in their tuition. In tough times, it’s a change many students are feeling anxious about.

UNCW sophomore, Kiah McCoy, like many other students, is worried about her future. The cost of UNCW was part of her decision to go there. “The tuition wasn’t too much, that’s what I liked about UNCW. Being that the economy is the way it is right now, I’m not guaranteed all the financial aid that I would need. So it is a worry of mine,” she said.

In this struggling economy, UNCW is trying find ways to cut back. A tight budget could effect the amount of financial aid, scholarship, and grant money there is to go around. Officials are now faced with the possibility of having to increase the cost of tuition and fees.

“We are really here to help as much as we can. We want students to get into school and to stay in school so we are going to work very hard to see what we can do to make sure students do stay,” said UNCW Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs, Charles Maimone.

Students at UNCW currently pay a little over four thousand dollars a year in tuition and fees. That is a price tag of more than 16 thousand dollars for a 4-year education. Maimone said in order to help students with scholarships and grants, a tuition increase may be a necessary evil.

“We know our students are going to be in situations where they are going to need more help, so what we are planning on doing is looking at tuition increases, we are going to dedicate a certain percentage of that. At this point we are recommending 40 percent of any of our increases in tuition go to those who in the most need,” Maimone said.

State legislators will have approved UNCW’s budget before school officials can decide on a tuition increase. The increase WWAY was told is not thousands of dollars. It could only mean a little over a hundred dollars a year extra for each student.

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videoLike other institutions around the country, UNC-Wilmington is also feeling the economic crunch. That could translate into higher costs for students.

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Netflix to offer HBO shows and movies online

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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If HBO is the only reason you’re dishing out more than $100 for your cable bill every month, Netflix’s plan may convince you to pull the cable plug. Entourage, Flight of the Concords, and your other HBO favorites could soon be available online.

Netflix is known for delivering movies right to your doorstep, but have recently added the option of streaming TV shows and movies from the internet onto your television or computer.

Now the company has even bigger plans. Netflix sent a survey to its customers asking if they’d be willing to pay an extra ten dollars a month to watch HBO movies and shows online.

Most customers pay about 15 dollars a month for their Netflix subscription, which already gives them access to a library of HBO shows and movies available by mail on DVD.

The difference with the new feature is that instead of waiting for a disc to show up in the mail, you could get a movie or TV show instantly online. Which begs the question, is the payoff worth the price?

Some people were intrigued, while others were hesitant. “I would if all the HBO programs were offered. I don’t think ten dollars a month is super high so I would pay it,” said Lindsay Snow of Wilmington.

Ivan Silva was in agreement. “It’s better than paying five dollars per movie at Blockbuster.”

However, David Hardin said, “Personally, I would not pay an extra ten dollars to get HBO on Netflix just because you can get a lot of the HBO shows on DVD through Netflix, so to me, it really wouldn’t be worth it.”

A study by the firm ‘In-Stat’ shows the online video market nearly quadrupling over the next three years – from $1.2 billion, to $4.5 billion.

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videoIf HBO is the only reason you’re dishing out more than $100 for your cable bill every month, Netflix’s plan may convince you to pull the cable plug. Entourage, Flight of the Concords, and your other HBO favorites could soon be available online.

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Myrtle Beach asking Atlantic Beach to join them in canceling Bike Week

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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Officials from Myrtle Beach are trying to do away with Bike Week, and they are asking for assistance from the neighboring town of Atlantic Beach.

Myrtle Beach passed 15 laws last year designed to get rid of the Harley-Davidson Spring Rally and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

While town leaders in Atlantic Beach support the ban in theory, Atlantic Beach is in financial trouble, and the Bikefest is a money maker.

Atlantic Beach is asking Myrtle Beach for money in exchange for their support of the ban.

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Officials from Myrtle Beach are trying to do away with Bike Week, and they are asking for assistance from the neighboring town of Atlantic Beach.

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Women become friends battling cancer, start Driving for Change

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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A strong support system is crucial for anyone battling cancer. A friendship between two Wilmington women has blossomed more than they ever imagined.

Mildred Bethea and Courtnay Chase met under unfortunate circumstances; their doctor introduced them, as they both battled breast cancer.

“It was nice to have someone in my age group that was going through the same things and we could bounce off of each other a lot of things about the treatment,” said cancer survivor Mildred Bethea.

Courtnay Chase explained, “When we met it was like we had known each other somewhere before, somewhere in my soul I felt like I already knew her.”

Eventally they both beat the disease and went their separate ways.

Years later, Bethea developed leukemia and when Chase found out, she was devastated. “I could not believe it, and so I called her and when I heard her voice it really scared me because I had never heard her voice sound like that way.”

Bethea was told it would be tough finding a bone marrow match because there are so few African-American donors.

She eventually received an umbilical cord blood transfer and is doing well.

But the lack of minority donors troubled the two friends, leading them to establish the Driving for Change organization. With support from the Community Foundation of Southeastern North Carolina, their efforts are taking off, just like their relationship.

Bethea said, “Courtnay and I are more than just friends. I believe we’ve become sisters.”

Driving for Change is holding a six-day event that kicks off Saturday at Independence Mall. A quick cotton swab in the mouth determines your tissue type and gets you on the donor registry.

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videoMildred Bethea and Courtnay Chase met under unfortunate circumstances; their doctor introduced them, as they both battled breast cancer.

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