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Archive for March, 2009

N.C. wine prices shift lower, but sales stay steady

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

While some people may be less willing to buy expensive wine, dedicated wine drinkers haven’t stopped drinking wine – and the number of them is on the rise.

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Can social networking save the environment?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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A Pew Research Center survey shows fewer young people are keeping up with current events. Instead, many are spending time online – not reading the news, but chatting with their friends on social networking sites.

Worldwide, 175 million people spend a combined three billion minutes a day on Facebook. Researchers and journalists are joining forces, and using the power of Facebook to help save journalism and the environment.

With a $250,000 grant, they launched a project called Hot Dish. It is a contest encouraging 16 to 25 year olds to engage in important issues like the environment.

Environmentally-friendly teacher, Kevin Murphy, signifies the importance behind the project. “Obviously, our kids are the future. They are the ones who are going to grow up and be our political leaders, they’re going to be our environmentalists, they’re going to be our athletes and the more they know about the environment, the more they care about the environment the more they’re going to get the message out to help out the environment,” he said.

Hot Dish focuses on climate change. By completing planet-saving challenges both on and offline, participants rack up points. The grand prize is an expedition to the Arctic for two.

Points are earned when members post and share articles related to climate control. Real-world challenges include switching to energy-saving light bulbs, and using lunchboxes instead of paper bags. Getting involved in community activities like cleaning up litter will get you points too.

“It’s going to get out to millions of kids. It’s going to be the not-dorky thing to do – to go pick up and help clean up trash. It’s going to be the cool thing to do,” Murphy said.

The project is part of a research study, looking at the impact social media can have on important issues. The contest runs through May 3rd and is open to any one 16-25 years old. You can keep track of your progress on a leader board posted on the Hot Dish profile page. Prizes are given out weekly and include a Macbook computer, gift certificates, and organic t-shirts.

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videoResearchers are using the popularity and power of Facebook to get young people involved in the issue of climate change.

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Bald Head beach shrinks as dredged sand goes to Caswell

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

An old dispute is getting a new airing as the Army Corps of Engineers cleans out the Cape Fear River shipping channel adjacent to Bald Head Island.

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Cape Fear Pride looks at prize winning publication

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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Cape Fear Pride takes us to a very proud moment in Columbus County history. Central Middle Schoolers, Carly and Margaret High, give us the scoop on a prize winning publication.

Carly: The News Reporter and the Tabor City Tribune won the Pulitzer Prize in 1954 for their fight against the Ku Klux Klan. The KKK was a group of white supremacists throughout Columbus County and the south who’d burn crosses and beat people who had views different than their own…such as Catholics, blacks and Jews.

Editor of the news reporter, Willard Cole, and the editor of the Tabor City Tribune, Horace Carter, wrote articles and editorials about the KKK. With many threats in their professional and personal lives, they kept reporting through the three-year battle.

Margaret: Willard C. Cole did not intend to win the Pulitzer Prize, but gladly accepted it. Same for Carter. The KKK became even more publicized with the news articles. Same as it was for our great grandfather, Leslie S. Thompson, who let them be published.

The News Reporter and the Tabor City Tribune were applauded and were given hard response to the articles. Some people stopped advertisement and stopped subscriptions to the NR and the Tribune, for they were supporters of the KKK. The NR and the Tribune were the first small town newspapers to wind the Pulitzer Prize. The investigation of the KKK by the News Reporter and the Tabor City Tribune shows the roles that newspapers can have in righting some of the wrongs in our communities.

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Cape Fear Pride takes us to a very proud moment in Columbus County history. Central Middle Schoolers, Carly and Margaret High, give us the scoop on a prize winning publication.

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NC Commission to discuss reimbursing crime victims

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A state commission may pay out about $1.4 million to reimburse crime victims for out-of-pocket expenses they incurred related to crimes committed against them.

The Crime Victims Compensation Commission will hear a total of 116 claims at its meeting Wednesday in Raleigh.

Seven of the claims, worth about $162,000, were held over from December’s meeting, pending further investigation. Victims get money soon after a reimbursement request has been approved.

Established in 1983, the Crime Victims Compensation Commission reimburses victims for medical bills, lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses related to the crimes against them.

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

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A state commission may pay out about $1.4 million to reimburse crime victims for out-of-pocket expenses they incurred related to crimes committed against them.

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