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Camp introduces adolescents to nursing

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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Some high school students are getting hands on experience in the medical field.

Camp BONES (Brigade Of Nurse Exploring Seahawks) was established four years ago to introduce minorities into the nursing field. The program now has over 40 students from eight different counties.

The campers spend a few weeks every summer learning medical techniques like caring for newborns.

For one week, students work alongside nurses at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

For some, it’s a look at their future career. “I feel like I have the ability to be a nurse, and I just love to be around people. I’m very social,” said Khadijah Campbell.

Registered nurse Sharon Natalicchio was on hand to help the campers. “Nursing is a great career, and we need and desire lots of people that enjoy taking care of others.”

By the time high school graduation comes around for the Bones campers, they’ll get a nursing assistant certification, along with their diploma, for participating in the four-year program.

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Camp BONES (Brigade Of Nurse Exploring Seahawks) was established four years ago to introduce minorities into the nursing field. The program now has over 40 students from eight different counties.

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Burr to vote against Sotomayor

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Richard Burr says he will vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

The North Carolina senator says he is troubled by the judge’s decisions in cases where she “appears to have relied on something other than well-settled law” to make her decision. He says he is afraid she cannot separate her personal beliefs from the law.

He added that he believes she has clearly ignored precedent in several cases, saying he finds “little predictability in her decisions and the implications they may have.”

Burr, who is up for re-election next year, compared his decision with that of President Barack Obama in 2005, when the then-senator voted against Chief Justice John Roberts.

The Senate is expected to vote on the nomination next week.

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

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Republican Sen. Richard Burr says he will vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

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Lightning inside hurricane could predict intensity

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

By Sue Major HolmesAssociated Press

Deceptively simple-looking sensors are the basis of a Los Alamos National Laboratory project studying lightning inside a hurricane to improve the accuracy and timeliness of forecasts for people in a storm’s path.

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Triangle toll road to be toll booth free

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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Raleigh — Construction on North Carolina’s first toll road in modern history will begin next month after a state panel awarded contracts to build the Triangle Expressway.

The North Carolina Turnpike Authority on Wednesday said it awarded a combined $584 million in contracts to build two of the expressway’s three segments. The 19-mile highway will cut 20 minutes off travel time between southern Wake County and Research Triangle Park.

The panel reached the deals after securing $1 billion in toll revenue and state bonds and federal loans.

The expressway should be completely open to traffic in 2012 and have no tollbooths. Drivers will be charged through an electronic transponder in a car or cameras that will bill drivers using license plate information.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Construction on North Carolina’s first toll road in modern history will begin next month after a state panel awarded contracts to build the Triangle Expressway.

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Get Healthy – ADHD support group to meet

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

The local chapter of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder will meet Aug. 10. The family-based organization serves people affected by ADHD, including individuals with the disorder and their family members.

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