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Madoff explains scheme from NC jail

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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NEW YORK — A lawyer for victims of Bernard Madoff’s fraud says Madoff told him during a 4½-hour jailhouse interview in North Carolina exactly how the fraud took place.

The San Francisco lawyer, Joseph Cotchett, said he planned to use what he learned Tuesday to add defendants to a lawsuit to be filed in Manhattan on behalf of investors harmed by the fraud.

The 71-year-old Madoff was brought two weeks ago to the Butner Federal Correctional Complex about 45 miles northwest of Raleigh to begin serving a 150-year sentence.

Cotchett said Madoff was “very candid” and repeatedly apologized to victims.

Authorities say Madoff cost thousands of investors at least $13 billion, telling them it had grown to about $65 billion.

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

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A lawyer for victims of Bernard Madoff’s fraud says Madoff told him during a 4½-hour jailhouse interview in North Carolina exactly how the fraud took place. The 71-year-old Madoff was brought two weeks ago to the Butner Federal Correctional Complex about 45 miles northwest of Raleigh to begin serving a 150-year sentence.

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N.C. senator introduces bill on Lejeune water

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

By Kevin MaurerAssociated Press

North Carolina’s senior U.S. senator wants the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide health care to those who were exposed to contaminated water at the Marines’ Camp Lejeune.

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Parents voice concerns about school redistricting at Tuesday’s meeting

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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As the New Hanover County School Board prepares to redistrict the county’s middle schools, some parents are very upset with where their kids are tentatively going to attend.

Parents from the Echo Farms and River’s Edge communities gathered Tuesday night to learn about middle school redistricting plans for the 2010-2011 school year.

Since a new school is being built in the northern part of the county, about 2,400 students will be moved around, and these parents aren’t happy about where their kids might go.

“It’s just unfair that they’re asking Echo Farms to do this, cause they are asking no one else, no other neighborhood in the county is being asked to bus their children, to not only the fourth farthest middle school, but the third farthest high school,” said John Hirchak.

The two options currently on the table both move the kids from this area from Myrtle Grove Middle to Williston, in the heart of Wilmington.

The planning process is still in the early stages and the board has requested to see other maps drawn.

Board members say everyone’s voice will be heard.

“There are many, many variables that we have to look at but we’re trying to be as fair and consistent as possible,” stated Jeanette Nichols.

Still, these parents say they’re concerned about sending their kids to low performing schools that are nowhere near home.

“My son went through Williston School and the programs were fine at that point in time, and now everything has gone down hill,” said Kyle Zupan.

Parents will have a chance to speak up at the August 4th school board meeting at Codington, as well as other public forums.

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videoParents from the Echo Farms and River’s Edge communities gathered Tuesday night to learn about middle school redistricting plans for the 2010-2011 school year.

Since a new school is being built in the northern part of the county, about 2,400 students will be moved around, and these parents aren’t happy about where their kids might go.

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$2 million grant lets Wilmington police replace officers

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

By David Reynolds,Dave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

The Wilmington Police Department learned Tuesday it will receive $2 million in stimulus money to replace positions which were cut during the recent economic downturn.

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Verizon to add 50 jobs in Wilmington

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

From staff reports

Verizon Wireless’ Wilmington call center plans to hire 50 additional employees as it becomes the sole provider of internal customer service to the company’s 86,000 employees.

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