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Archive for February, 2009

Taxi fares may be changing due to economy

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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Taxi fares are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Wilmington City Council meeting.

Taxi drivers want to increase the meter rate by one dollar to help compensate for these tough economic times. That means right off the bat, a rider would see three dollars on the meter, instead of the current two dollar base fee.

City Council will also consider taking away the one dollar fuel surcharge that was implemented back when gas prices were extremely high.

Wilmington City Council’s Kristi Tomey said, “One of the things I would like to see would be a universal rate system for the city, the county, and the airport. And we don’t have that today. If you get in a cab at the airport, that charge will be different than if you get in that cab downtown or at Carolina Beach.”

As the rate stands now, drivers in Wilmington charge a two dollar drop rate, a dollar fuel surcharge, then a 35 cent charge for every one-sixth of mile.

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Louisiana-Pacific plans to cut 91 jobs in Wilmington

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. said Monday that it will curtail production indefinitely at its laminated veneer lumber mill in Wilmington, resulting in the layoff of 91 employees.

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Car strikes bicyclist in robbery attempt off Piner Road

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Authorities say a group of suspects tried robbing a bicyclist Friday night by hitting him with a car and then threatening him with a knife.

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No raises for city workers, but they’ll still have jobs

Monday, February 16th, 2009

The city of Wilmington doesn’t plan to give any of its roughly 1,100 employees pay raises for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. But it also doesn’t plan to let anyone go – at least for now.

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Eating at desk a dirty habit

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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In many of our busy workdays, there’s hardly time to take a lunch break leaving many to eat lunch at their desks, but you may think twice after hearing the next story.

This keyboard looks and functions like a normal keyboard, but there’s one difference, you can put it in the dishwasher. And you may want one when you find out all the germs you’re exposed to during a typical workday.

Jenna Marcum is like many people. She’s got a busy workday, and no time for a lunch break.

“I eat at work usually because I don’t have time to go out and get anything and it helps me to be efficient and to get my work done quicker cause there’s only so much time in the day.”

However, according to a University of Arizona study, the average computer keyboard harbors 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat.

In response, a company called Seal Shield invented a $40 keyboard you can throw in the dishwasher.

Jenna said she’s not sure if she wants to spend the cash on the keyboard, but one thing is for sure, she’ll think twice before she eats at her computer.

You can view the products seal shield offers on their website at sealshield.com.

They also came out with a remote control you can throw in the dishwasher too; it will be available in early March.

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