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Archive for February, 2009

What’s open and closed Monday for Presidents Day

Friday, February 13th, 2009

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Couples that clicked, thanks to the internet

Friday, February 13th, 2009

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This week, the i-Desk has covered all aspects of internet dating, from dangers to safety precautions.

We heard the frightening stories of one woman’s quest to find true love online, now we have the story of two successful online romances. One couple met on the internet a decade ago and the other crossed the globe to be together after a year of chatting online. Both are very happily married.

Pauline and Bill fell in love nine years ago from opposite sides of the equator in a place they never expected… a Yahoo chat room.

They talked online almost every day and night for a year not knowing what each other looked like. From Indonesia, Pauline flew to Wilmington to meet her mystery man, and it was love at first flight.

Lynnette and Scott Higgins are smiling because they’ve been happily married for thirteen years, all thanks to an internet chat room run by the University of Iowa back when the World Wide Web didn’t even exist.

After five months, they decided to meet in person. Scott came to North Carolina from Indiana to meet Lynnette who he had only chatted with through the University of Iowa chat room.

“He was the tallest one who got off the plane, and that’s how I knew who he was,” said Lynette.

While they owe their initial meeting to the internet, these two couples say they just clicked.

Lynnette actually doesn’t recommend internet dating these days because now, she says it’s a whole different ball game.

Pauline says before she met her honey, she had a bad experience with a man who flew to see her in Indonesia and was not who he said he was.

We’ll continue to report on internet love and we’d love to hear from you. If you have a story to share whether it be good, bad or cautionary, contact Hailey Winslow at hwinslow@wwaytv3.com.

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videoThis week, the i-Desk has covered all aspects of internet dating, from dangers to safety precautions.

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Police and prosecuters work together

Friday, February 13th, 2009

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Repeat offenders and crowded jails are problematic for our criminal justice system, but a partnership between police and prosecutors is slowly making a difference.

Chronic offenders are now more likely to have a higher bond set during a first appearance, keeping them in jail and off the streets before trial.

Armed with all the facts, the DA’s office makes its recommendation for an alleged criminal’s bond. “We’re seeing a lot more people who used to be out of jail that are now in custody pending their trial because they’re first appearance has the effect of raising their bond,” said District Attorney Ben David.

But it wasn’t always that way. Many times those who are bonded out, offend again.

Brian Pettus of the WPD said, “There are plenty of times when we’ve arrested people over and over again while they’re pending trial.”

Allan Rickenbacker is one of those examples. He pleaded guilty this week to more than seventy felony charges, ten of which were for breaking and entering. He committed many of these while out on bond.

An intentional side effect of the program is also freeing up over-crowded jails. While the prosecutor can determine who is a danger to society and up their bond, the DA’s office takes a suspect with a low bond out of the jail, and the more dangerous suspect behind bars.

The need for this program was brought on by an overcrowded system. Too often small details of a case slip through the cracks, the DA’s office doesn’t know about them, and a suspected criminal can bond out only to repeat offend. But Ben David said, it’s one of the most effective programs and partnerships that have been created in the past several years.

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Dementia destroys brain structure, leading to loss of function and memory

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Imagine if you forgot how to walk. Now think about losing the ability to express yourself as words slip from your mind. What if you couldn’t take care of yourself because you didn’t know how? For people living with dementia, this is an all-too familiar reality.But why does this happen?

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More NHC cuts announced

Friday, February 13th, 2009

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New Hanover County has to tighten its belt more than its been doing for the past several months.

County Manager Bruce Shell announced today that further measures will be taken to ensure the county avoids financial trouble. By the end of June, the county has to cut three million dollars from its budget.

For months, travel and training have been cut, and of the county’s 1500 jobs, about 50 open positions haven’t been filled.

Shell said that has saved about one million dollars, but the county now needs to take it a few steps further. Starting today, long-time employees have two weeks to decide whether to accept an early retirement package. Depending on how many accept that offer, layoffs may come next.

“With this downturn, it was really a proactive approach to take steps now rather than wait until all the numbers come in and then being in a reactionary mode,” Shell said.

It was also announced today that all county employees will have to take five unpaid days off between now and the end of June.

This could affect the county’s emergency services like the 911 center and the fire and sheriff’s department. Shell said they’re very limited in where they make cuts there, but they will work to see where they can save.

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County Manager Bruce Shell announced today that further measures will be taken to ensure the county avoids financial trouble. By the end of June, the county has to cut three million dollars from its budget.

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