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Archive for September, 2009

Man struck and killed along MLK Parkway identified

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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WILMINGTON – Authorities released the name of a 24 year-old man who was struck and killed on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Thursday night. According to Highway Patrol, Christopher Allen Stephens, of Wilmington, was walking along MLK Parkway and walked into the path of a pickup truck, which struck and killed him.

Stephens is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, which happened around 8:45 p.m. near the Highway 133 exit.

According to Highway Patrol, Stephens had been riding in a car with his mother and started arguing with her. She let him out of the car and he started walking.

The driver who hit Stephens does not face charges.

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Authorities released the name of the 24 year-old man who was struck and killed on MLK Parkway Thursday night.

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Editor’s Note – ‘Our turtles’ could hatch any time now

Friday, September 11th, 2009

By Robyn TomlinStarNews Executive Editor

I feel a little like an expectant father waiting for a call telling me the contractions have started.In this case, though, the babies we’re expecting will emerge from a sandy nest down at Carolina Beach.

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Local custom home builder files for Chapter 11

Friday, September 11th, 2009

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

A well-known Wilmington custom home builder has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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‘One Tree Hill’ actors, athletes to sign autographs for police memorial fundraiser

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Several actors and former professional sports players are signing their names for a fundraiser to benefit Wilmington’s Officer Down Memorial Fund.The Wilmington Police Recreation Association is sponsoring the celebrity autograph fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Independence Mall’s Belk wing.

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Jordan soars into the Hall of Fame

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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You might say it is a mere formality. Friday night in Springfield, Massachusetts, Michael Jordan, the man many people consider the greatest basketball player ever, will enter the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Of course, Jordan’s career started as a school boy in Wilmington. And as his Airness officially achieves basketball immortality, we talk to a couple guys who knew him when he was just a kid named Mike.

Fred Lynch saw how special Michael Jordan was three decades ago, when Lynch was an assistant basketball coach at Laney High School.

“When he was in the ninth grade, he was the best ninth grader. When he was a sophomore, he was the best sophomore,” Lynch said.

But as a sophomore, Jordan missed out on the varsity team when Coach Pop Herring decided the guard would get more playing time on the JV squad and instead filled the varsity’s need for size with Jordan’s taller, best friend Leroy Smith. Many people believe it was a decision that inspired Jordan to greatness.

“Michael was always a tremendous competitor anyway, and I guess that was enough to say, ‘you know what? I really don’t like this feeling, and I’m going to push and push and push,'” remembered Smith.

Jordan pushed his way to varsity, filling gyms and earning a scholarship to UNC, exceeding the expectations of many as he led the Tar Heels to the national championship as a freshman, hitting the game-winning shot in the finals.

“We kind of took bets with people saying he’ll come off the bench at Carolina. We’d say there’s no way. And watching him in college, we knew that he’d be a better pro than a college player, because the game’s different,” said Lynch.

Jordan was different than most everyone else; leading the Chicago Bulls to six world championships and transcending the sport.

He became a sight to be seen for fans, and especially for a friend who knew Jordan way back when he was a kid shooting hoops in the driveway of his family’s Gordon Road home.

“In some aspects, it’s surreal,” said Smith. “Michael was not just a great player. He’s iconic.”

Today, Jordan’s icon adorns the court at his high school alma mater. The gym bears his name. Now Laney’s athletic director, Lynch said despite all that and what Jordan’s achieved, his legacy does not cast a large shadow over today’s players.

“Now their heroes are Kobe, Lebron and those guys, so it’s a little bit different for the younger generation,” Lynch added.

Still, Lynch said he uses Jordan’s story as motivation for young people. “Here is somebody who could’ve not worked as hard, and he still would’ve been better than most people. But he wanted to be the best, so he worked hard at it.”

Both Lynch and Smith said they are very proud of Jordan’s enshrinement tonight. They are also proud of whatever small part they played in his success.

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videoYou might say it is a mere formality. Friday night in Springfield, Massachusetts, Michael Jordan, the man many people consider the greatest basketball player ever, will enter the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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