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Archive for March, 2009

Supreme Court refuses to expand minority voting rights

Monday, March 9th, 2009

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case from North Carolina that electoral districts must have a majority of African-Americans or other minorities to be protected by a provision of the Voting Rights Act.

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NC author in court on various drug, fraud charges

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Best-selling author Kaye Gibbons will appear before a North Carolina judge on prescription drug fraud charges.

The “Ellen Foster” novelist is expected to go before a judge Monday in Wake County District Court. The 48-year-old was expected to appear in January, but the judge delayed her case. She has declined comment on the charges.

Gibbons was charged in November with obtaining property by false pretense and illegal possession of a controlled substance after an officer said Gibbons tried to pick up a prescription including the painkiller hydrocodone at a local pharmacy. Gibbons was released
from jail in November after posting $5,500 bail. She faces similar charges from an incident last summer, when she was accused of falsely identifying herself as a doctor to get a prescription filled.

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

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Best-selling author Kaye Gibbons will appear before a North Carolina judge on prescription drug fraud charges.

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Wilmington Youth Orchestra celebrates spring

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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Spring is still a couple of weeks away, but the Wilmington Youth Orchestra kicked off the celebration a little early Sunday with its annual spring concert.

It was the seventh concert season for the group. It took place at Kenan Auditorium on the UNCW campus. They played a variety of tunes, including music from Les Miserables and classics from composers like Ricard Wagner.

Violinist Maggie Radack said she expected a diverse turnout. “A lot of families, of course all the families from our students playing and people with kids who like music.”

The Wilmington Youth Orchestra is an educational and outreach program for 9th through 12th graders.

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Spring is still a couple of weeks away, but the Wilmington Youth Orchestra kicked off the celebration a little early Sunday with its annual spring concert.

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Anthony Pierce expected to be indicted Monday

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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The district attorney’s office is expected to indict Anthony Pierce Monday.

Pierce was the driver of the vehicle that Officer Richard Matthews chased the night he crashed his car and died.

Pierce is charged with two felonies; fleeing to elude arrest and possession and intent to sell marijuana. District Attorney Ben David said more charges may follow.

Officer Richard Matthews died last month. He was responding to a call for back-up when he swerved to avoid a box in the roadway, lost control, and hit a tree.

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Pierce was the driver of the vehicle that Officer Richard Matthews chased the night he crashed his car and died.

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Wrightsville Beach channels to be dyed to check currents

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Starting Tuesday, Wrightsville Beach officials will dump powdered dye into the water as part of an effort to map the way currents flow in and between the Banks and Motts channels.

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