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Archive for June, 2009

Cyclist’s widow forgives husband’s killer

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

By Thursday, the wife of Phil Tidmarsh – killed by a car while riding his bike on River Road – had accepted that she could not choose the fate of the driver who killed her husband. So she embraced him.

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City now says Pandora’s Box violates zoning

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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A Wilmington adult entertainment store may have to close its doors. The city zoning board says Pandora’s Box is violation of its ordinances.

Despite the fact the business has been licensed and operating within city limits for four years, on Thursday, the assistant city attorney, and an attorney for the adult shop, presented their respective cases before the Board of Adjustment.

The city says an adult establishment isn’t zoned for the area of Oleander Driver where Pandora’s Box operates.

The store’s attorney argues that only a small percentage of the store’s merchandise falls within the “adult” category.

A nearly identical situation forced the owner of Intimate Bliss to close his store on Market Street in March.

He attended today’s hearing. “We were informed that we were fine. Other businesses were informed. And there’s a lot of money spent on our part when if the city is in error, well then they just walk away from it and say city officials can make errors. I’m sorry. In business people would be fired,” said Greg Sakas.

This wasn’t the first problem Greg Sakas ran into with a municipality. He recently won $175,000 in a lawsuit against the city of New Bern after the city was found guilty of wrongly confiscating adult videos from his store there.

The Wilmington Zoning Board’s hearing for Pandora’s Box was continued until June 30th.

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Despite the fact Pandora’s Box has been licensed and operating within city limits for four years, on Thursday, the assistant city attorney, and an attorney for the adult shop, presented their respective cases before the Board of Adjustment.

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Keeping the inlet open in Carolina Beach

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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The Carolina Beach inlet is a popular passageway to the Atlantic Ocean for many area fishermen and pleasure boaters.

It may not seem extraordinary, but the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers does plenty of work to make sure boats are able to pass through the inlet each day.

“The deeper the channel is, the wider the channel is, the safer it is going to be for the average and commercial boater to use,” said Captain Mitchell Tillyard.

Every few months Captain Mitchell Tillyard and the crew of the dredge vessel fry search the inlet for shoaling, mounds of sand that form under water creating shallow conditions.

“We’ll literally make passes back and forth across the shoal with our dredging gear until we get that sand removed and back down to the project depth we want it to be at,” Tillyard said.

Before the captain and crew go trolling for shoaling a research team surveys the inlet to find the shallow spots.

The crew then uses those surveys and a GPS to locate the shoals.

Finally, the boat sucks up the sand and moves it to another side of the channel so boats don’t get stuck.

It may sound complicated, but the crew says it’s really a simple concept.

“Our job is just to make sure that when the survey says there’s a high side we take it out,” said crewmember Vince Cucina.

“Weighted boxes drag along the bottom, they suck the sand up, bring the sand aboard the vessel and then discharge it out our pipe,” explained Ed King, drag operator.

Once crews are done dredging the only thing fishermen have to worry about is their catch for the day.

While the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers dredge vessel returns back to port for the day, it won’t be the last time they return to the Carolina Beach inlet. It can take up to two weeks of dredging before the entire inlet is safe for boats.

No matter how long it takes, Carolina Beach commercial fishermen we spoke with say it’s worth it. On average the clear inlet saves them about $100 and a couple of hours on each trip. If one of the fishing boats did get stuck, the cost could be a lot higher.

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videoThe Carolina Beach inlet is a popular passageway to the Atlantic Ocean for many area fishermen and pleasure boaters.

It may not seem extraordinary, but the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers does plenty of work to make sure boats are able to pass through the inlet each day.

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Wilmington woman who died in crash might have had medical condition, police say

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Authorities are waiting for testing to see whether a medical condition killed a woman who died after a car crash Wednesday night.At 9:13 p.m. Tara Silver Moore, 37, of Wilmington veered off a southbound lane on North Kerr Avenue and crashed into a ditch.

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No vote made, but medicinal use of marijuana in N.C. discussed in Raleigh

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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The House Health Committee met Thursday in Raleigh to discuss the issue of whether to legalize medical marijuana. Some medical professionals say marijuana has its benefits, but others aren’t so sure.

Jane Albers is well aware of the effects marijuana has on the mind and body. She works as a substance abuse counselor.

In her opinion, alcohol and tobacco products are much more dangerous than marijuana. “There are more deaths from alcohol than all the other substances,” she said.

Albers says marijuana should be legal for those who need it.

David Warren started growing marijuana, and smoking it, in 2005 to help treat symptoms of hepatitis C.

That same year, he was arrested. “It’s time we come out of the dark ages and look at marijuana as it is… a medicine, and not a hard core drug,” Warren said.

Jane Albers said, “Maybe, if there was a small step made toward legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, we would see a decrease in some of the criminal activity.”

But one area undercover detective says legalizing marijuana is a bad idea. “If they start prescribing marijuana, obviously the kids are going to have access to it, just like they do prescription medication, and it will be more readily available, and you’ll have problems.”

“There is a fear that about little kids, being able to easily smoke marijuana if it were legalize, but i think that’s just fear,” Albers said.

If passed, House bill 1380 would protect seriously ill patients from getting arrested and going to jail for smoking marijuana, if it’s recommended by their doctor.

The law would tax those who grow marijuana, but even if it’s legal in North Carolina, it still breaks federal law. Until the national Drug Enforcement Agency gives it their approval, anyone who chooses to use marijuana as medicine is still running the risk of federal prosecution.

The proposal considered Thursday would exempt from prosecution, patients who possess a small amount of marijuana or grow it for themselves.

No vote was made today, and committee members say they don’t expect a vote this late in session.

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The House Health Committee met Thursday in Raleigh to discuss the issue of whether to legalize medical marijuana. Some medical professionals say marijuana has its benefits, but others aren’t so sure.

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