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Archive for February, 2009

Flight with 196 on board diverts to ILM after losing pressure, lands safely

Friday, February 20th, 2009

A US Airways Boeing 757-200 bound for Philadelphia diverted to Wilmington International Airport this evening after a loss of pressure in the aircraft, according to an airport official and the Web site FlightAware.com.

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Sheriff’s office: Deputy followed policy during talent show brawl

Friday, February 20th, 2009

A school resource officer who released pepper spray during an incident outside a middle school talent show Thursday night was following protocol, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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Verizon Wireless employees see a nice boost

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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Employees at Verizon Wireless just got a nice boost to their paycheck.

Verizon planned to distribute bonus checks to employees Friday. The typical bonus will be around 10 percent of the employee’s salary, and starting salaries at Verizon are around $27,000.

Many employees will also receive an additional three percent bonus next month.

Verizon Wireless had a very good 2008, and is now the most profitable wireless company in the country.

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Employees at Verizon Wireless just got a nice boost to their paycheck. Verizon planned to distribute bonus checks to employees Friday.

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Purple Heart recipient shares his story

Friday, February 20th, 2009

When Zachary Carpino ran to the edge of a building broken by the weapons of a suicide bomber, he saw another soldier’s hand moving in the rubble. Under fire, he and another infantryman uncovered the soldier and carried him to safety.

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How bullying is handled at Codington Elementary School

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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A couple of weeks ago, we posted a story on our website, about bullying in a Cumberland County school. The story generated a lot of viewer comments and lead to a heated discussion about an alleged bullying incident at Codington Elementary School in Wilmington.

The discussion was so heated we decided to pull some of the comments off of the internet, but we are not ignoring the issue, instead we are reporting on it.

Some students at Codington Elementary School have the right idea when it comes to bullying.

“At school it shouldn’t be a problem because kids shouldn’t be treated that way. The teacher should be able to handle it,” said 4th grader, Caroline Lemley.

Bryston Davis, also a 4th grader said, “I’m trying to stop that, if I see somebody I’ll go tell them to quit it.”

We have all heard the saying “kids will be kids”, but when does the typical childhood teasing cross the line into bullying?

New Hanover County behavioral specialist, Hanna Griesbauer said the line gets crossed when a student is a constant target for negative behavior. “The imbalance occurs when you have one student, or a group of students, continually target another student without retaliation.”

Some consider bullying a right of passage for children, but Griesbauer said bullying is a much deeper issue of power, impacting every age group.

Each year, New Hanover County schools report fewer than one hundred bullying incidents. On the high school level, most bullying cases involve social ridicule, like the popular kids versus the not so popular.

On the middle and elementary school level, bullying cases involve the bigger kid, picking on the smaller kid. That is when school officials take action.

Codington principal, Budd Dingwall said, “If there is a bullying type incident that is starting up, we investigate, we intervene, we prevent and we reeducate.”

To help, New Hanover County schools have been implementing bullying prevention programs in the classroom; educating students on reporting bullying when it happens and how to solve a dispute, before it goes too far.

At the elementary school level, teachers and students talk about bullying at least once a week. Once the kids get older, bullying education takes place on an as-needed basis.

If you feel there is a bullying problem at your school, students and parents can fill out an incident report form on their school’s website.

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videoA couple of weeks ago, we posted a story on our website, about bullying in a Cumberland County school. The story generated a lot of viewer comments and lead to a heated discussion about an alleged bullying incident at Codington Elementary School in Wilmington.

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