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Archive for June, 2009

Owners of malnourished horses sentenced to 36 months probation

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.Com

The owners of 10 malnourished horses charged last month with animal cruelty pleaded no contest Tuesday in Pender County District Court in Burgaw and were placed on 36 months of unsupervised probation.

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Death penalty opponents walk NC roads in protest

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Death penalty opponents are planning a 300-mile walk around eastern North Carolina to lobby for abolition of capital punishment in the state.

The group called Sojourners for Abolition and Reconciliation began walking Sunday in Raleigh on a route that will take the walkers to Wilson on Tuesday. The route includes Rocky Mount,
Tarboro, Greenville, Kinston, New Bern, Jacksonville, Goldsboro and Smithfield.

The march is scheduled to end June 30 at the state Legislature.

Organizer Scott Bass said the walk is to remember murder victims, people on death row and all their families.

The march sponsors are Nazareth House and co-sponsored by People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and other groups.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Death penalty opponents are planning a 300-mile walk around eastern North Carolina to lobby for abolition of capital punishment in the state.

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Race for Wilmington mayor starts early, Knight announcement Tuesday

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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The race for Wilmington mayor is getting started early this year.

Paul Knight, vice president and general manager of Sea-Comm Media, which owns several radio stations, is expected to announce Tuesday he will run against Mayor Bill Saffo.

His formal announcement will take place on the steps of City Hall at 6:00 Tuesday night.

Business owner, Justin Lanasa, also plans to challenge Mayor Saffo for the seat.

Lanasa also ran for mayor in the 2007.

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The race for Wilmington mayor is getting started early this year. Paul Knight, vice president and general manager of Sea-Comm Media, which owns several radio stations, is expected to announce Tuesday he will run against Mayor Bill Saffo.

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Stimulant drugs may carry risk of sudden death in children

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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A new study suggests that children who take stimulant medications such as Ritalin, Strattera, or Concerta may have a slight increased risk for sudden death.

Researchers from the New York State Psychiatric Institute compared medical records of 564 children who experienced sudden death with a similar number of children who had died in car accidents. Results showed stimulant use was greater among kids who experienced sudden death – 1.8 percent versus 0.4 percent.

Experts say it’s possible that stimulants may exacerbate hidden, underlying heart disorders. They recommend parents tell doctors if there have been cases of sudden, unexplained deaths in the family, adults included. Physicians may then wish to perform an ECG to look for heart abnormalities in the child.

But doctors also want parents keep these new findings in perspective – only a few dozen children each year experienced unexplained sudden death, and a tiny percentage of these had any link to stimulants. They recommend discussing the risks and benefits of stimulants with your child’s doctor both before treatment and periodically thereafter to ensure proper treatment.

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Stimulant drugs are widely prescribed to children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and they are proven to help kids focus. But a new study suggests the medications may also carry a slight risk for sudden death in kids and teens.

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Blueberries take center stage Saturday in Burgaw

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By K.j. Williams, StarNews Correspondent

Blueberries bind Burgaw together during the yearly one-day festival that runs on volunteer labor and attracts up to 30,000 visitors. The big draw? An array of blueberry goods for sale.

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