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Archive for February, 2009

Universal cell phone chargers will make a positive change

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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Old cell phone chargers generate 50,000 tons of waste a year, not to mention the fact that it’s a hassle to have to get a new charger every time you get a new phone. However, there may be relief in site.

Cell phone industry leaders are working on a plan to create a universal charger by 2012, which would help the environment and make things more convenient for cell phone buyers.

Cell phones companies are constantly coming out with the newest model and the latest features which means you probably have several old phone chargers lying around your house that you no longer have use for.

GSMA is the mobile phone industry group that represents 750 mobile operators worldwide. The company announced a plan to standardize chargers by 2012, and 17 mobile phone companies and handset makers have hopped on board including Motorola and T-mobile.

Phone companies will be manufacturing the chargers, but they will be interchangeable. All of the chargers will use the same type of USB connector.

With this plan, GSMA predicts the number of chargers manufactured every year would be cut in half, thus reducing greenhouse gas emission and waste.

Nokia isn’t waiting until 2012 to save energy. It has a charger out now that beeps when the phone is fully charged, reminding people to unplug it. Other companies are setting 2012 as their goal.

It’s unclear whether car phone chargers will be mandated to be universal.

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videoOld cell phone chargers generate 50,000 tons of waste a year, not to mention the fact that it’s a hassle to have to get a new charger every time you get a new phone. However, there may be relief in site.

Cell phone industry leaders are working on a plan to create a universal charger by 2012, which would help the environment and make things more convenient for cell phone buyers.

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Market Street public forum continues Thursday night

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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You still have the chance to voice concerns about traffic on one of the area’s busiest roads.

The second of two public forums addressing congestion, safety and general appearance of Market Street is Thursday night.

The city will present it’s conceptual design for Market Street. It includes adding a median from Colonial Drive to the New Hanover/Pender county border.

Senior traffic planner, Mike Kozlosky said, “What we’re doing is presenting those ideas to the public. We will then take that feedback we’ve received last night and tonight, and go back and revise the plans to go back to include the vision of the community.”

Dozens of folks showed up Wednesday night to talk about planned improvements. Some of the concerns brought up included limited access to local businesses and placement of u-turns.

If you would like to give your input, the meeting runs from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Ogden Elementary on Middle Sound Loop Road.

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The second of two public forums addressing congestion, safety and general appearance of Market Street is Thursday night.

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Follow up on Officer Matthews’ death

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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District Attorney Ben David said there’s a possibility the box Officer Matthews swerved to avoid, had been tossed from the suspect’s car.

Anthony Pierce was driving the vehicle police were chasing. He was in court Thursday. Matthew Hendy and Eric Smith were passengers. All three are charged with fleeing to elude arrest and possession and intent to sell marijuana.

In court today, police asked to put protective custody on the evidence to possibly use in a future investigation into Matthews’ crash.

Ben David said since this incident involves a fellow law enforcement officer, his team needs to tread lightly. “This is an emotional time, these decisions cannot be made in an emotional way, we are going to look at the facts, and look at the law to see what we can do. And we are going to look closely with the Wilmington Police Department, and any state and federal agencies in doing that.”

Wilmington police are working with other agencies to re-create the accident in order to obtain proper evidence if they do decide to investigate further.

This tragedy brings to light the risk police officers take daily to keep our streets safe. Police officers take an oath to serve and protect their community, and most stand by that to the end.

“Responding in that selfless manner is what took his life,” said Captain George Hickman.

In his short time with the WPD, Officer Richard Matthews lived up to the oath serve and protect, words Captain Bruce Hickman thinks of everyday. “I took an oath before I was even sworn in as an officer, and I took an oath to go after criminals.”

The death of Officer Matthews shook the Wilmington Police Department. This is the first time in 30 years, one of their officers was killed in the line of duty.

Law enforcement agents are looking into the possibility Matthews’ death was related to the incident he was responding to.

Captain Hickman thinks about what goes through his mind when responding to a call. “The thing that goes through my mind is, I want to get there as quickly as possible, but safely.”

It’s not known exactly how fast Officer Matthews was driving at the time of the crash, but law enforcement officers point out they go through extensive driving training. Officer Matthews was wearing a seat belt.

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videoThis tragedy brings to light the risk police officers take daily to keep our streets safe. Police officers take an oath to serve and protect their community, and most stand by that to the end.

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Dad comes home from Iraq to surprise of son

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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A Brunswick County first grader got the shock of his life when his father paid a surprise visit to his school.

It was a surprise because his father just made it back from a 22-hour flight from Iraq.

For weeks, 6-and-a-half-year old, Brennan Kosmeh has been communicating with his father by phone. Six months ago, his father John Kosmeh left for Iraq.

So every Wednesday, Brennan was allowed a couple minutes to speak with his dad on the phone.

Kosmeh had been aiding troops at a medical clinic in Iraq. After delays because of sand storms, and nearly a full day on a plane, he made it home.

“I’ve always had a respect for the military, but to go over there and see what these guys go through every single day and for them not to have a choice to be able to come home,” said Kosmeh. “I could be able to pack up and go home any day I wanted, those guys are out there doing this every single day without a choice of coming home.”

This visit was the idea of Brennan’s first grade teacher who has been helping him cope in his father’s absence. For weeks, Brennen kept pictures of his father in his special backpack that had been sent to him from overseas.

After getting over the initial shock, Brennan started planning for a day with his dad. “Go to Chucky Cheese’s with him, and go to Jungle Rapids with him, that’s the first thing I want to do.”

When it comes to dad’s plans, all he has on the agenda is spending time catching up. When John Kosmeh is home in Wilmington, he serves as a paramedic for New Hanover County.

There is a happy ending to the story. John Kosmeh is home to stay.

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videoA Brunswick County first grader got the shock of his life when his father paid a surprise visit to his school.

It was a surprise because his father just made it back from a 22-hour flight from Iraq.

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Pender to unleash dangerous dog laws?

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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Other counties may be using New Hanover County’s dangerous dog laws as an example.

Pender County commissioners are discussing stricter animal control ordinances after two pit bulls recently killed a small dog.

New Hanover County animal control services manager Jean McNeil says the county’s Dangerous Dog Law has been in place since 1990. It uses a set of criteria to deem a dog dangerous. “I feel like what we have in place is very effective if people are willing to do the follow up work we need for them to do.”

McNeil says Brunswick County is also looking to follow New Hanover County’s guidelines. She encourages people to take advantage of the dangerous dog law by contacting animal control when they first have a complaint with a dog, and not waiting until several incidents happen.

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Other counties may be using New Hanover County’s dangerous dog laws as an example.

Pender County commissioners are discussing stricter animal control ordinances after two pit bulls recently killed a small dog.

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