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Archive for May, 2009

Wilmington man one of five Americans gunned down in Baghdad

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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Navy Commander Charles Keith Springle, was one of five Americans gunned down in a military counseling clinic in Baghdad by a fellow American. Springle was based at Camp Lejeune but called Wilmington home, according to the Defense Department.

Keith Springle posted pictures to his Classmates.com profile Saturday. Two days later, he was dead.

Springle grew up in Beaufort, North Carolina, next door to Al Dudley. “I saw it on the news yesterday. It was tragic just listening, knowing it happened to a stranger. But then at 8:30 last night when we found out it was one of our own in the neighborhood, it was like getting struck by lightning,” described Dudley.

During a tour of the combat stress center that Lt. Col. Beth Salisbury took ABC News on just days ago, she introduced us to one of her clinical staff at Camp Liberty. “This is Commander Springle, one of our providers. He is PhD social worker that works here,” she said. It was in this office where Commander Keith Springle treated soldiers for combat stress, anger management and suicidal tendencies, and it is this very office where he likely died; shot to death by a patient.

The 52-year-old Navy commander was married 26 years, with a son and daughter. In a web posting from January, Springle said, “I have begun another deployment, this time to Iraq, where I will work in a combat stress center. Our son returned from Iraq in October…”

Charged with Springle’s murder and four others Tuesday was Sgt. John Michael Russell, with just six weeks left in his third deployment to Iraq.

Russell’s father said his son had gotten into a dispute with two superior officers in April and was then taken against his will for treatment at the combat stress center. “When the military turned against him, he didn’t have any recourse,” said Wilburn Russell. “I guess he thought his life was over. I guess he just broke, he didn’t know how to ask for help.”

Help that Keith Springle was trying to give.

The US military command is now looking into whether it offers adequate mental health care to its soldiers who are fighting wars on two fronts.

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videoNavy Commander Charles Keith Springle, was one of five Americans gunned down in a military counseling clinic in Baghdad by a fellow American. Springle was based at Camp Lejeune but called Wilmington home.

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Sailor from Camp Lejeune among 5 killed in Iraq by U.S. sergeant

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

A Camp Lejeune sailor is among five comrades shot and killed Monday by a U.S. sergeant finishing his third tour of Iraq.

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Report: Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton leaving ‘One Tree Hill’

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton are leaving “One Tree Hill,” the Wilmington-based TV series, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

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Boseman says committee members caved to Titan lobbyists

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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An effort to slow down Titan America’s plans for a cement plant in Castle Hayne may be on hold itself.

Tuesday, Senator Julia Boseman withdrew her bill calling for a moratorium on cement plants in the state until next fall. Instead she wants a federal review before the state issues permits for any industry.

A Senate committee was supposed to discuss for a second time Tuesday a bill to stop cement plants until September 2010.

After a delay, sponsor Julia Boseman replaced her bill with a new version, calling for state agencies to wait for a federal environmental impact statement before deciding on any new industries in North Carolina.

“We thought that would be a more inclusive approach, not just targeting one business, but doing what’s best for all businesses,” Boseman said.

But before debate could begin, Boseman realized she did not have support from the Agriculture Committee, and Chair Bob Atwater ended the meeting. Atwater said later there was concern over how the bill would impact other economic development projects across the state in the future.

Boseman said committee members caved to Titan’s lobbyists. “I’m very disappointed in the Senators on the committee to do what a lobbyist says is best. This is my district.”

It’s also Sandra Spaulding Hughes’s district. She sponsored a bill in the House that is the same as Boseman’s original moratorium plan, but Hughes said the House version has been, in her words, ‘on the shelf’.

There’s a chance it could move through the House and onto the Senate on its own, but the legislature faces a Thursday deadline to approve bills and move them into the other chamber, thus hurting the chances of a moratorium passing.

“Right now, with crossover within two days, I doubt it, because of the fact it has to go through committee, and there’s a possibility that it will not,” said Sandra Spaulding Hughes.

Still, some lawmakers think there is a chance it could pass through last-minute committee hearings and procedural maneuvering on the floor of the house or senate.

Before the committee hearing, a Titan representative said the company is playing by the rules already in place and plans to meet any and all environmental standards no matter how tough.

He would not comment afterwards about what happened in the meeting.

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videoAn effort to slow down Titan America’s plans for a cement plant in Castle Hayne may be on hold itself.

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Boseman says committee members cave to Titan lobbyists

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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An effort to slow down Titan America’s plans for a cement plant in Castle Hayne may be on hold itself.

Tuesday, Senator Julia Boseman withdrew her bill calling for a moratorium on cement plants in the state until next fall. Instead she wants a federal review before the state issues permits for any industry.

A Senate committee was supposed to discuss for a second time Tuesday a bill to stop cement plants until September 2010.

After a delay, sponsor Julia Boseman replaced her bill with a new version, calling for state agencies to wait for a federal environmental impact statement before deciding on any new industries in North Carolina.

“We thought that would be a more inclusive approach, not just targeting one business, but doing what’s best for all businesses,” Boseman said.

But before debate could begin, Boseman realized she did not have support from the Agriculture Committee, and Chair Bob Atwater ended the meeting. Atwater said later there was concern over how the bill would impact other economic development projects across the state in the future.

Boseman said committee members caved to Titan’s lobbyists. “I’m very disappointed in the Senators on the committee to do what a lobbyist says is best. This is my district.”

It’s also Sandra Spaulding Hughes’s district. She sponsored a bill in the House that is the same as Boseman’s original moratorium plan, but Hughes said the House version has been, in her words, ‘on the shelf’.

There’s a chance it could move through the House and onto the Senate on its own, but the legislature faces a Thursday deadline to approve bills and move them into the other chamber, thus hurting the chances of a moratorium passing.

“Right now, with crossover within two days, I doubt it, because of the fact it has to go through committee, and there’s a possibility that it will not,” said Sandra Spaulding Hughes.

Still, some lawmakers think there is a chance it could pass through last-minute committee hearings and procedural maneuvering on the floor of the house or senate.

Before the committee hearing, a Titan representative said the company is playing by the rules already in place and plans to meet any and all environmental standards no matter how tough.

He would not comment afterwards about what happened in the meeting.

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videoAn effort to slow down Titan America’s plans for a cement plant in Castle Hayne may be on hold itself.

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Associated poll

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