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Codington students learn about influential Americans

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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Can you name at least five influential people who shaped our country? Well, some students at Codington Elementary School can name three times that amount.

For the past nine weeks, Codington’s first graders have been learning about famous Americans who helped shape our country.

On Monday, students hosted their annual American’s parade. The parade was held inside because of the rain, but it didn’t stop the celebration.

There were some famous names like Alexander Graham Bell, and even some people not as notable like Snowflake Bentley. “Snowflake Bentley is a person who really likes snow flakes. He was the first person to take a picture of a snowflake,” said first grade student Carter Walters.

More famous faces were Sally Ride, Amelia Earhart and Michelle Obama.

“They spent a lot of time researching their person. They created circle maps about their person. They wrote reports about them and painted portraits of them and then the finale was to get to dress up as them,” said Codington teacher Diane Fowler.

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Can you name at least five influential people who shaped our country? Well, some students at Codington Elementary School can name three times that amount.

For the past nine weeks, Codington’s first graders have been learning about famous Americans who helped shape our country.

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Millions filling out brackets in anticipation of NCAA Tournament

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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March Madness is here once again, and with UNC and Duke at the top, people are scrambling to fill out their brackets.

Some choose to participate in small pools within their office while others enter enormous pools online. You don’t have to be a sports fanatic to join in the NCAA basketball fun.

Sports betting pools are nothing new, especially the bracket betting here in North Carolina during basketball playoffs. But this year many are going after the winning pot of cash, by filling out brackets online.

Sportsbook.com has a $12 million pot for the perfect bracket winner to take home. Espn.com offers a $5,000 prize for the top 30 brackets. Yahoo is running a similar competition with $1 million grand prize.

You can always find a tourney to join on Facebook. The social-networking site has more than five hundred groups dedicated to the tournament.

Some are searching the net for tips on how best to fill out their bracket. ESPN’s fantasy basketball, for example, gives advice on how many upsets you should pick and the worst kept secret of the tourney.

ESPN also has what’s called the bracket optimizer. It predicts all the possible ways your competition might fill out their brackets and highlights the favorable picks.

CBS is featuring the “bracket manager” for free. Once you sign up your team, it automatically updates points and standings. You can talk trash to your friends on the message board and watch the games live on the site.

Tip off for round one is this Thursday, so all of your choices have to made by then.

But the big question, besides who will win the championship, remains if all of this is legal?

A check of several websites this afternoon leads to more questions than answers. If it’s online, and it doesn’t cost anything, apparently it is legal.

But what about those office pools? According to legalzoom.com and North Carolina statutes, social gambling or office pools are illegal.

Enforcement is another question. One local attorney said as long as pools aren’t abusing the law, they will look the other way.

Tell us what you think by voting on our poll question… “Should office pools on sporting events be legal?”

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videoMarch Madness is here once again, and with UNC and Duke at the top, people are scrambling to fill out their brackets.

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Southport officer fired; convicted murderer released

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Cases are being dismissed and a convicted murderer is back in the streets after a former Southport police officer was deemed not credible for failing to produce evidence and show up for court.

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Wet roads cause slick driving conditions

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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The wet roads caused some problems for drivers today.

Police said 19-year-old Bianca Justafort of Rocy Point hydroplaned while traveling on Martin Luther King Parkway in Wilmington. Her Jaguar spun around and landed in a ditch.

The Wilmington Fire Department used the jaws-of-life to get her out.

She was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

Police say her seat belt essentially saved her life.

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The wet roads caused some problems for drivers today.

Police said 19-year-old Bianca Justafort of Rocy Point hydroplaned while traveling on Martin Luther King Parkway in Wilmington. Her Jaguar spun around and landed in a ditch.

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Update: N.C. 211 reopens after fatal crash

Monday, March 16th, 2009

A two-vehicle crash this afternoon on N.C. 211 near Sunset Harbor Road killed one person and shut down the road for part of the day, according to the state Highway Patrol and a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office alert.

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