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Archive for April, 2009

UNCW, CFCC facing even tighter budgets

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

A spending freeze straight from the governor’s office earlier this month will affect operations at Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington on a grassroots level.

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Special Olympics held at UNCW

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

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Hundreds of Special Olympians gathered for the annual spring games Wednesday at UNCW.

They took part in track and field events like dashes, jumping events, and wheelchair races.

More than 100 volunteers from businesses and organizations helped out.

Wednesday’s games served as a qualifier. Twenty-five of the top athletes will be selected to join a travel team to go to Raleigh.

It was a fun time for athletes and spectators alike.

“It’s a great feeling just to see all the children out here participating in it and it gives you great joy that they put something like this on so the community can get involved, it’s just great, it’s excellent,” said Billy Wines, parent of a Special Olympian.

The Special Olympics continue Thursday with the adult athletes competing.

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Hundreds of Special Olympians gathered for the annual spring games Wednesday at UNCW.

They took part in track and field events like dashes, jumping events, and wheelchair races.

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Trash concerns: Hot Dish encourages young adults to get involved in global issues, St. Mary’s students help pick up

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

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Researchers have been using the popularity and power of Facebook to get young people involved in the issue of climate change. Students have been taking on a similar challenge locally.

A recent survey shows fewer young people are keeping up with the news so researchers and journalists joined forces and used the power of Facebook to help revive journalism and protect our planet.

Last month, with a $250,000 grant, they launched a project on Facebook called Hot Dish. It’s a contest encouraging 16 to 25 year olds to engage in important issues like global warming.

By completing planet-saving challenges both on and offline, participants rack up points. One member earned 500 points creating a video to promote protecting the planet year-round, not just on Earth Day.

The incentive, besides helping the planet, is a trip to the Arctic. In six weeks, the project has grown to nearly one thousand members.

Students at St. Mary Catholic School have been working on an earth-saving challenge of their own, picking up trash.

“It helps the Earth and environment so animals can’t die in the ocean,” said second grade student Nick Spetrino.

“It helps the Earth, and it helps God, and it really helps everybody in the world so they don’t get sick,” said kindergartener Jane Spetrino.

Teacher Kevin Murphy put them up to the test. The goal is to see who can collect the most trash by Earth Day and collect more than Mr. Murphy.

The top prize is a new surfboard and a week of surf lessons.

“My hat goes off to the contestants, it was so close they all collected a ton of trash, they did amazing reports, they ranged from first grade to eighth grade and I was just really impressed at how well they did,” Mr. Murphy said.

The winner of the trash challenge is eighth grader Megan Durns from Myrtle Grove Middle School.

You can still get involved in the Hot Dish project. The contest runs through May 3rd.

Researchers will analyze the data collected from the challenge. They’re looking for patterns on what inspires people to share news and get involved in their local community. Results will be released this summer.

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videoResearchers have been using the popularity and power of Facebook to get young people involved in the issue of climate change. Students have been taking on a similar challenge locally.

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Update on Whiteville crash that killed groom and two others

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

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There is more Wednesday on the crash that killed a groom and two others on the way to a wedding in Whiteville this past weekend.

Columbus County Highway Patrol confirmed today that 43-year-old John Daniel Kelly, the driver who hit the car carrying the wedding party, is being charged with driving while impaired.

Several open containers were found in his car on the scene of the crash. More charges related to the deaths are pending.

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There is more Wednesday on the crash that killed a groom and two others on the way to a wedding in Whiteville this past weekend.

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Marino on Money: April 22

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

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This week we are talking about all of the money our government borrows. Let’s revisit yesterday’s question.

How will we ever repay it?

Good question. I don’t know if we can. But if we could repay it, here are some ways it may happen. It’s up to you to decide if its possible.

First, our government could start making more money than they spend, or running a surplus. Then, they could use that surplus to pay down the debt instead of spending it on another program. Do you think that will happen? If our deficit is almost $1 trillion now, the government would need to increase tax revenue, decrease spending, or a combination of both to make up the $1 trillion.

Or, we just refinance. Maybe we won’t have the money to pay back the debt. But, if investors will keep loaning us money, we can just keep borrowing. How does that sound? What face are you making now? Do you think investors around the world will continue to loan money to us at really low interest rates? If not, they may demand a higher interest rate in order to loan us money. That would hurt our budget and have a negative impact on other interest rates in our economy.

The last strategy is to print money. The fancy term is quantitative easing, meaning the government increases the quantity of money. They don’t actually use the printing press, but the Fed can purchase investments with money they created. This creating of money can lead to inflation, and that hurts everyone as the cost of living goes up for all types of goods and services.

Will these any of these strategies work? We’ll try and answer that tomorrow.

Ross Marino will be answering questions during WWAY’s 5:00 news every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

To submit questions, click on Marino on Money.

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