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Gay pride hits the streets of downtown Wilmington for annual festival

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

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Saturday marked the Fourth Annual Gay Pride Street Festival in downtown Wilmington.

It’s part of Wilmington Pride, a series of events promoting gay pride.

Almost 40 artists, businesses and service providers gathered at the corner of Water and Princess streets to promote their services.

The street festival has grown since its first edition. ”We’ve gone from the first year having about seven booths, to this year we’ve got 40,” said Amy Horgan of Out Wilmington.

The Gay Pride Street Festival and Wilmington Pride are sponsored by Out Wilmington, a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender support group.

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Saturday marked the Fourth Annual Gay Pride Street Festival in downtown Wilmington.

It’s part of Wilmington Pride, a series of events promoting gay pride.

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Beach is a great spot for surfing, swimming, sunning and… wrestling

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

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Beachgoers are confronted with a lot of options. An obvious choice is surfing. Of course there’s always the possibility of playing in the sand or working on the perfect summer tan. And don’t forget, there’s wrestling too. Yes, wrestling on the beach.

Saturday marked the debut of beach wresting in Carolina Beach. “This is our first state championship ever, and it’s the first sanctioned beach wrestling event in N.C. We’re looking forward to wrestling of all styles and have it grow each year,” said P.J. Smith of NC USA Wrestling.

Wrestlers found out the hard way the footing is a bit uneven. Men wrestled men, children wrestled children, and women were supposed to wrestle women, but most of the females were content to just watch, except Alexis Oakley who wasn’t afraid to mix it up with the boys. “I love the beach. I love wrestling,” said Alexis after winning her first match.

“It’s good for N.C. to have a larger wrestling program. This is like one of the good events they have each year in the summer season to keep wrestling competitive year round,” said wrestling coach Donald Maloy.

Saturday’s competition was more than just wrestling on the beach for bragging rights, as the winner of each division can now call himself Beach Wrestling State Champion.

The turnout was impressive enough that it looks like Carolina Beach will host the Beach Wrestling State Championships again next year.

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videoBeachgoers are confronted with a lot of options. An obvious choice is surfing. Of course there’s always the possibility of playing in the sand or working on the perfect summer tan. And don’t forget, there’s wrestling too. Yes, wrestling on the beach.

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Class of 2009: Hard work pays off for NH senior

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

While many of her peers were hanging out with friends or relaxing at home, Ashley Brown’s high school memories are of late nights as a cashier at Food Lion, long hours of volunteer work and typing class papers until the wee hours of the morning.

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N.C. GOP elects Fetzer new party chairman

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

By EMERY P. DALESIOAssociated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republicans picked former Raleigh mayor Tom Fetzer on Saturday to marshal the state GOP’s message, manpower and money leading up to elections next year headlined by a U.S. Senate race.

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Class of 2009 – Hard work pays off for New Hanover High senior

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

While many of her peers were hanging out with friends or relaxing at home, Ashley Brown’s high school memories are of late nights as a cashier at Food Lion, long hours of volunteer work and typing class papers until the wee hours of the morning.

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