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Archive for April, 2009

School bus runs red light, causes wreck

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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A New Hanover County school bus triggered an early morning traffic crash on Monday.

Around 7:00 this morning, the bus was traveling on Dawson Street when police say it ran the red light crossing 16th Street. The bus broadsided a pick up truck.

No children were on the bus and no injuries were reported.

The bus driver was cited with running a red light.

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A New Hanover County school bus triggered an early morning traffic crash on Monday.

Around 7:00 this morning, the bus was traveling on Dawson Street when police say it ran the red light crossing 16th Street. The bus broadsided a pick up truck.

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Many blogs later, local high school students return from France

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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The Cape Fear Global Club has returned from their trip to France, and they have plenty of stories to tell.

“For many of our students, it was the first time they’d been out of the country, some of them had never been on an airplane before,” said teacher chaperone Kelli Kidwell. “For the first time ever, they realized the world was bigger than Wilmington, or North Carolina, or the United States.”

While traveling through Europe, students documented the details of their adventures in an online blog.

Keith Fraser, a senior in high school, reported, “Going to Paris and picnicking at the bottom of the Eiffel tower and just looking up and seeing the skyline, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre was just so unbelievable and I just think we all couldn’t imagine we’re eating lunch at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower in France.”

The students’ fondest memory was undoubtedly seeing President Obama speak. The President was visiting Strasbourg for the NATO summit.

According to ninth grader Cole Carter, “The police were all over the city we were in for the first week. I think it was three-fourths of the total police force of France in that one city.”

One of the teachers compares blogging to growing up writing about her travels in a journal. “You begin to think what it really meant to you and if someone does read this, what do you need to tell them, as oppose to just telling yourself what you wanted to know or what you wanted to remember. It’s almost like you could teach other people through your journal,” said Hilary Peoples.

The trip had a few challenges, but the biggest challenge for students seemed to be getting used to French technology.

“The keyboards, the letters are all mixed up compared to ours,” said Rianne Whittington. “So we would sit there and we would attempt to type and we would be really slow and they would laugh at us, but you know we tried.”

This wasn’t the students’ only television interview. They were also interviewed about their travels by a national television station in France.

They said this trip was the trip of a lifetime, and they have the blogs to prove it!

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videoThe Cape Fear Global Club has returned from their trip to France, and they have plenty of stories to tell.

While traveling through Europe, students documented the details of their adventures in an online blog.

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Conficker worm not a joke, Stalk Daily worm hits Twitter

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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The worm known as Conficker is believed to have infected nine to fifteen million computers worldwide, including about 800 computers at the University of Utah.

Security experts say the virus is not necessarily after home computers. They believe it is more interested in stealing information from corporate networks, like the one at Utah. The worm is far from being squished so it is important to protect your computer with the latest anti-virus software.

Microsoft offers a full service scan at www.safety.live.com.

A group of computer experts are working together to try and stop this worm from spreading.

You can check to see if your computer has been infected on their website, www.confickerworkinggroup.org.

The popular micro-blogging website Twitter was the target of another computer worm this weekend. The culprit of this one has already been found; a man named Mikey Mooney, the creator of a website called www.stalkdaily.com.

Mikey admitted creating the worms because “he was bored.” The Mikey worm and the Stalk Daily worm took turns attacking Twitter accounts. The worms spread by users clicking on a link advertising the Stalk Daily website.

Twitter’s security team said the attack infected 10,000 Twitter messages, but said no passwords or other sensitive information were compromised.

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The worm known as Conficker is believed to have infected nine to fifteen million computers worldwide, while another worm attack Twitter.

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Laney gets some much needed cleaning

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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It was back to class today for students in New Hanover County.

After low scores on a health inspection and some major spring-cleaning. Students at Laney High School returned to a squeaky clean building on Monday.

After four internal inspections by the school’s maintenance department and one by the health department, Laney got a score of 70.5, citing sanitation problems in the bathroom and even finding roaches.

Because of that, there was a team of custodians doing some much-needed spring-cleaning over spring break.

“It certainly can shine and it is shining right now, and we are going to try and keep it shining. We are proud of where we are and we are trying to keep it that way,” said principal Al O’Briant.

That will be a challenge. With the district facing major budget cuts and a hiring freeze, keeping the school clean will be a test. Laney’s custodian staff has dropped from 12 to 9, and they are responsible for cleaning ten buildings with 90 classrooms.

“Well these are certainly interesting times with budget cuts and positions being frozen and those sorts of things. You do the very best you can with the numbers that we have.”

Administrators say when you add up all the duties the custodians are responsible for, in order to clean the entire campus, they can only spend about ten minutes per classroom.

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videoAfter low scores on a health inspection and some major spring-cleaning. Students at Laney High School returned to a squeaky clean building on Monday.

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Coast to coast in a Model A Ford

Monday, April 13th, 2009

John Knox, who was born in New Jersey and raised in Arizona, has a long-standing love affair with vintage Fords.

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