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Archive for April, 2009

U.S. government disavows toxic water study at Camp Lejeune

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Feds disavow toxic water study on Marine baseIn an abrupt reversal, the U.S. government is disavowing a report that had reassured Marines and their families there was little or no increased cancer risk for adults who drank contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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Sheriffs meet at Wrightsville Beach

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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North Carolina’s top cop was in Wrightsville Beach today. Attorney General Roy Cooper met with sheriffs from across the state.

The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association gathered in Wrightsville Beach to talk about statewide trends in crime and crime prevention.

“We see a lot of the same people coming back in to our jail, and even when they get sent to prison, they come back in to the community, and what have they learned to change,” said Ed McMahon of the NHC Sheriff’s Office.

But re-habilitating convicted criminals is not an easy fix, especially now with the economy forcing departments to cut back.

The tightening of the belts makes a tough job even harder for the badges.

“Many if not all of the sheriff’s offices are looking at either maintaining the level of funding they had last year or decreasing from what they had last year,” said Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith.

With the idea that a pound of prevention is worth an ounce of cure, Cooper said in the next few weeks, he’ll announce a statewide co-coordinated effort to prevent crimes before they occur.

Other community outreach programs include a Badges for Baseball initiative, a successful program in mid-Atlantic states that builds self esteem and relationships between kids and officers.

Mr. Cooper also stressed the need for new technology to help officers solve crimes. He’s calling for legislative funding for updated DNA labs and finger printing programs.

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videoNorth Carolina’s top cop was in Wrightsville Beach today. Attorney General Roy Cooper met with sheriffs from across the state to talk about statewide trends in crime and crime prevention.

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Teen gets life prison term for murder

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

An 18-year-old Wilmington man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting death of a 23-year-old man killed during a botched attempt to rob marijuana.

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The First 100 Days

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

People around Wilmington weigh in on how President Obama has handled his first 100 days in office.

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Text a question, get an answer

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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We all have random questions we’d love to know the answer to… Why is the sky blue? Did Jared really lose all that weight from eating at Subway? Who sings a particular song? Sometimes Googling a question just won’t work.

There’s no great and powerful Oz with all the answers but there are two companies that come close.

One calls itself the Knowledge Generation Bureau or KGB. Simply text any question you’d like answered to 542-542. Within minutes, you’ll get an answer. Each question and answer costs 99 cents.

The man behind this curtain is a team of thousands of agents who specialize in different subject areas.

Only about twenty percent of people have internet access on their phone, so searching the web isn’t always an option. That’s where services like this come in.

But for a buck, some say it’s not worth it. “I don’t think I’d pay a dollar for that service, I could probably get the information some place else,” said David Hardin.

Cha Cha is a similar service, offering four free questions per week.

You can send a text to 242-242 to get your answer. If you’ve got a bunch of questions, and texting won’t do, you can call 1-800-2-cha cha, and they’ll text you the answers.

As for the free service, David Hardin said he might give in, but under stiff stipulations. “We would need someone to input the text for people like me that cannot text very quickly and then also to give you the answer to the question, and then it would be worth paying nothing for it.”

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videoWe all have random questions we’d love to know the answer to… Why is the sky blue? Did Jared really lose all that weight from eating at Subway? Who sings a particular song? Sometimes Googling a question just won’t work.

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