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Archive for August, 2009

School maps get an ‘F’ from New Hanover County parents

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

After vocal opposition by parents at Tuesday night’s meeting, the New Hanover County Board of Education sent staff back to the drawing board on middle school redistricting maps.

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Brunswick County superintendent receives evaluation

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

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We have some answers from Brunswick County Superintendent Katie McGee. Tuesday night, she received her evaluation from the school board.

Despite being named regional superintendent of the year by the state school board association, McGee’s review by the Brunswick County School Board was not a positive one.

Dr. McGee is also dealing with a grievance filed by her executive assistant, Sherry Dove. The details of the grievance are unknown, but it sparked an investigation by the Department of Justice into the school board’s hiring practices and race relations.

We received a statement from McGee last night stating the board sided with her and denied the grievance in a closed door meeting two weeks ago. She said she will now rededicate herself to running Brunswick County’s schools.

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We have some answers from Brunswick County Superintendent Katie McGee. Tuesday night, she received her evaluation from the school board.

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Beach Plan OK’d by Senate

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Raleigh | Fast-tracked bill to be considered by HouseBy Joe Johnson,StarNews CorrespondentHomeowners covered by the Beach Plan will be paying more in premiums and facing higher deductibles under the latest version of legislation passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.

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Man attacked with knife after reportedly refusing to pay for sex

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Wilmington | A man who was cut several times after allegedly refusing to pay for sex was cited for prostitution after he was treated for his injuries, a Wilmington police report said.

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To re-tweet or not to re-tweet, that is the question

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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The website Twitter is the newest social networking craze. It gives people the chance to voice their opinion, promote their business, or tell others what they’re up to… in 140 characters or less. However, people’s “tweets” don’t always stay on Twitter.

When a person posts on Twitter, they probably expect it to be read by other Twitter subscribers. But a new trend is popping up in which other media outlets are re-posting their ‘tweets’.

When Kimberly Brumsey “tweeted” about her husband finally making his own lunches, she had no idea it was going to end up in the paper.

“I guess all that crappy sandwich making I did paid off, and then I put a little ‘just kidding’, but of course I didn’t think he would ever see it, until it ended up in the Star newspaper, ‘Tweet of the Week’ in the Sunday paper,” Brumsey said.

Brumsey says she didn’t mind, but often people do.

It’s something Star-News writer Shannan Bowen has to be sensitive to. She chooses which ‘tweets’ appear in the paper. “What we really want to do with ‘Tweets of the Week’ is highlight life and what people are talking about here in the Wilmington community. It really is just a way to bring the community together; just another way to cover them in our paper.”

Anyone who signs up can read whatever anyone tweets, as long as they choose to “follow” that person on the site. That means a reporter can sign on someone’s site and see everything they have to say.

For the social butterfly, social-networking sites are a goldmine, but often times we post text and pictures we don’t intend others to see.

A short message to your followers on Twitter can easily be re-tweeted to thousands of others, highlighted in the Sunday paper, and theoretically broadcast across the World Wide Web.

Bowen said, “When you put something online, you’re putting it out there for the world to see. I guess people need to keep that in mind whenever they’re tweeting, whenever they’re blogging, whenever they’re putting anything online.”

Bowen says the Star News has the right to re-publish these messages.

Tweeting comes with the territory. As Brumsey said, “I think if you’re going to put your life out there on the internet, it’s going to be out there forever, and you should be a ware that anybody can pull from that, and mention it, tweet it again, put it in a newspaper, talk about it, I mean it’s out there for the public, that’s something that you should consider before you go on Twitter or Facebook.”

The Star News says whenever they pick tweets for “Tweets of the Week” they always give people credit for their messages. They also try to give people the heads-up so they know their message is going to be published ahead of time, but sometimes they can’t be reached.

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videoWhen a person posts on Twitter, they probably expect it to be read by other Twitter subscribers. But a new trend is popping up in which other media outlets are re-posting their ‘tweets’.

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