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Archive for June, 2009

Kids get a chance to do some sleuthing

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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Kids at a Wilmington anatomy and physiology camp turned into young detectives for the day. Campers at Cape Fear Community College’s Bones and Remains Camp had a visit from Crime Scene Investigator Nathan Smoots.

They took their own fingerprints and used special goggles and a flash light to look for evidence in the bathroom. After the week-long camp, the campers all have their favorite part.

Camper Jordan Thomas said, “Probably to learn about dissection and stuff because I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up.”

Samantha Taylor also attended the camp and said, “I really like how we’re pulling out finger prints. I didn’t know they just use like regular tape, I thought they used like this special kind.”

The campers were 9 to 12. The camp is part of CFCC’s Kids College Program.

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Kids at a Wilmington anatomy and physiology camp turned into young detectives for the day. Campers at Cape Fear Community College’s Bones and Remains Camp had a visit from Crime Scene Investigator Nathan Smoots.

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Local music lovers remember Michael Jackson

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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Fans across the globe are mourning the death of the King of Pop. Michael Jackson’s career spanned decades, reaching people of all ages, from all parts of the world. Here in Wilmington, music lovers remember his legacy.

Radio stations across southeastern North Carolina paid tribute to Michael Jackson’s life’s work. Jammin’ 99.9 DJ Stanley B remembers his brief encounter with the King of Pop. As a record producer in the seventies, and a DJ during the early eighties, Stanley B followed the performer’s skyrocket to icon status. His career is unmatched. Thriller is still the best selling album of all time.
“The beat was really good, everybody was in to the beat, he hit right on time, the disco era was going, every body was dancing. That’s what it was all about,” said Stanley B.

Well known for his moon walk, it was his ability to mesh music with dance during the dawn of MTV that made him a music legend. UNCW music appreciation professor Mike Waddell said, “He understood. I think he was pioneer, in that genre, understanding the importance of video of self expression.”

Fans flocked to Wilmington music stores. At Gravity Records, there was Jermaine and Janet, but no Michael to be found. “We had a CD in, but someone came and grabbed it this morning. I know a lot of our distributors are running low. Everybody’s just grabbing what they can,” said Jheri Evans. Whether it is through buying his music, or remembering his moves, fans are still rocking out to the king of pop.

The Los Angeles County coroner said it could be six to eight weeks before we know what caused Jackson’s death. He was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center Thursday, after collapsing at his rented home in Los Angeles.

Jackson was 50 years old.

For more on Michael, tune in to WWAY Friday night at 9:00, for a special edition of 20/20 called Michael Jackson: The Man and his Music.

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videoFans across the globe are mourning the death of the King of Pop. Michael Jackson’s career spanned decades, reaching people of all ages, from all parts of the world. Here in Wilmington, music lovers remember his legacy.

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County employment numbers headed in the wrong direction

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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These are busy times for job hunters. No matter how you cut it, unemployment numbers are going in the wrong direction.

Brunswick County 10.8 – Up six-tenths from April
Pender County 11.2 – Up three-tenths
New Hanover County 9.4 – Up six-tenths.

The metro average for the three counties – ten percent; that is up half a point. That’s below the state average, but not Columbus County which was unchanged at 13 percent. Bladen County was up half a point to 12.3.

State employment security offices have been busy. Extended unemployment benefits have taken some of the worst pressure off job hunters in a tight market and there are signs of a recovery on the horizon.

That said, the numbers may get worse as several announced closings, like the Coty facility in Rocky Point unfold.

Walker Biggs said his agency is working with community colleges to focus on re-training. Some of the jobs that have gone away simply won’t be coming back. Those workers need to be ready to step into new fields like health care and high tech.

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videoThese are busy times for job hunters. No matter how you cut it, unemployment numbers are going in the wrong direction.

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Boating under the influence

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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Area agencies are teaming up for a national program called Operation Dry Water, in an effort to keep our waters safe.

“Sometimes we just leave the boat in the boatslip, and sit there and have our toddy’s right there,” said Wilmington’s Trip Speight.

It is people like Speight that law enforcement want to see enjoying a hot day on the water. But the minute boat drivers start drinking, they are ready to show them the law. “If we run into someone who is impaired, we are prepared to take them to jail. We take it seriously,” said NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s Todd Radabaugh.

Friday kicks off Operation Dry Water; a program where area agencies join forces to crack down on drunk boaters. They say boating is a lot different than driving a car. “It actually takes less alcohol to impair someone who is operating a boat, than it would a car, because of the sun and the wind,” added Radabaugh.

Boater Gregory Jacobs added, “They don’t see the sandbars, the low tides. People can run up on anything.”

Jacobs remembers a scary time when his good friends were drinking on their boat. “They were out there having a good time and fell off the boat. The prop about cut his head off.”

“There are so many people who have young kids they are pulling on skis, or tubing, and we’ve got to be careful about those youngsters,” Speight said.

People we spoke with told us on the weekends, the Intracoastal in Wrightsville Beach looks like I-40. Even more reason to stay sober on the water.

The blood alcohol testing trailer or the BATT mobile will be standing by at the Wrightsville Beach boat ramp. Law enforcement will be checking boaters as they get on and off their boats.

Inside the BATT mobile are portable breathalizers and a magistrate, so if it turns out the suspect is intoxicated and boating, they can be sent straight to jail.

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videoWhen the heat is on in the summer, a lot of people in this area beat it by spending time on their boat. This weekend, law enforcement will be keeping a close eye on them, to make sure they’re practicing safe boating skills.

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Storms force tree protester down from oak

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Charlie Joyce Jr. said he got down from the large oak in his father’s North Kerr Avenue yard late Friday afternoon when severe thunderstorms moved into the region.

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