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Archive for February, 2009

Breaking news: New Hanover Sheriff Sid Causey announces retirement

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey announced his retirement today, which will take effect July 1, 2009, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Once homeless and desperate, New Hanover woman offers up gratitude

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Gwendolyn Brinn wants to say thanks. Thank you to New Hanover County’s Department of Social Services, thank you to Good Shepherd Center, thank you to Community Support Professionals, thank you to Guardian ad Litem.

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Coalition forms to fight NC human service cuts

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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RALEIGH — More than 50 non-profit organizations and service providers have formed a people’s coalition to pressure the Legislature against balancing the budget with service cuts alone.

The group called Together NC on Tuesday is urging lawmakers to reform tax laws and take other measures as they balance a $3 billion budget gap in the year starting in July. Together NC is a coalition of groups ranging from the United Way and AARP to advocates for children and teachers.

Rob Thompson of Covenant with North Carolina’s Children says the coalition believes relying too much on budget cuts would have serious human consquences. He said one step should be forcing corporations to give a combined report of their entire taxable operations, instead of them shifting money to states where taxes are lowest.

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

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More than 50 non-profit organizations and service providers have formed a people’s coalition to pressure the Legislature against balancing the budget with service cuts alone.

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Trees’ removal angers downtown Wilmington residents

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Crews were carving up a mature magnolia tree underneath one of Progress Energy’s transmission lines, the chopped-up limbs stacked like firewood along the sidewalk.

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Man sentenced to die for 1984 death of NC woman

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A man convicted in the death of a North Carolina woman 25 years ago has been sentenced to die.

A jury in Charlotte deliberated less than three hours before returning the death sentence Monday for Michael Wayne Sherrill.

The same jury last week found Sherrill guilty of killing 23-year-old Cynthia Dotson, who was raped and stabbed 13 times before her mobile home was set on fire in 1984.

The Charlotte Observer reported that authorities obtained a match on DNA in 2004 from material extracted from under Dotson’s fingernails that had been preserved.

Sherill’s lawyers said he had straightened out his life after a difficult childhood and drug addiction that may have played into the killing. They say he had become a truck driver and took care of his parents before they died.

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

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A man convicted in the death of a North Carolina woman 25 years ago has been sentenced to die.

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