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Parents protest decision not to air Obama’s speech live on Tuesday

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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Kids in Brunswick County had the day off from school, but that didn’t keep many parents and even some teachers from showing up at the school district offices Monday afternoon.

They were there to protest the decision not to air President Obama’s speech in school tomorrow.

Other than one person, the Brunswick County citizens want Brunswick County school children to be able to watch President Obama’s speech live during school hours on Tuesday.

“It is sending a horrible message to students because it says don’t respect the President, don’t respect the Commander in Chief, don’t listen to him if he’s not with your political party and that’s very scary,” said Michael Burke, a retired professor.

Brewster Hewett is president of the Brunswick County NAACP. He says this is not a race problem, it’s a school board problem. “You’re sending the wrong message to these students and to the parents. You’re telling these people what’s going to happen before time. They must be fortune tellers.”

Not everyone at Monday’s protest was complaining. There was one parent which supports the school board’s decision to show the speech later this week if the parents deem the speech appropriate.

“I think people should have a choice in the matter, the parents that is. I think we should always have the choice with anything political,” said Joe Lawson.

Carolyn Jenkins Blue wants her children to watch the speech live. They will do that at home. “My children will not be in school on Tuesday. I hope nobody in this county will have their children attend school on Tuesday,” she said.

New Hanover County schools sent home a letter informing parents they can opt-out of having their children watch the speech.

Pender County also sent parents a letter allowing them to opt their children out.

Columbus County schools did not send a letter home, but will make the speech optional for kids.

Parents who want to read the transcript of the president’s speech can do so online at whitehouse.gov.

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videoKids in Brunswick County had the day off from school, but that didn’t keep many parents and even some teachers from showing up at the school district offices Monday afternoon.

They were there to protest the decision not to air President Obama’s speech in school tomorrow.

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Brunswick man shot and killed by authorities

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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A domestic dispute in Supply turned deadly last night. A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed a man, and the SBI is now investigating.

Parents of the shooting victim question whether or not an argument between the couple should have led to the death of their son.

Family members say Alton Lawrence Walters and his girlfriend had been in an argument for several days leading up to Sunday’s shooting.

“She called me afraid, and we were coming back from Ocean Isle and she said I’m so afraid, he’s come in, he’s wrecked his moped right there and he was blood on his knee cap,” said the sister of Walters’ girlfriend.

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Bradley Hardee responded to the call at 2370 Captain’s Wheel Avenue in Supply.

After he arrived, at around 7:30, neighbors and family say they heard a gun shot inside the house where Walters lived with his girlfriend.

Walters’ girlfriend’s sister said, “I thought maybe they shot him where it wouldn’t kill him or something, but I guess, I don’t know what he did.”

Lawrence Walters has a criminal record that includes a felony conviction from 2000 for indecent liberties with a minor.

Despite several calls to law enforcement for past domestic disputes, and a restraining order, Walters’ girlfriend had the order dropped so the two could live together.

The shooting victim’s father, Alton George Walters, lives only about a mile from the home where his son was shot. “Something had happened to Lawrence, with a phone call that was made by a neighbor down there, and she told us that we ought to go down there, because she believed Lawrence had been shot,” he said.

Alton George Walters, went to the home, but Sheriff’s Deputies would not let him see his son. “He was a good boy, he’d made a lot of mistakes drinking and having fun, and we’ll miss him a lot.”

Friends, family, and neighbors say 49-year-old Alton Lawrence Walters and his girlfriend had a contentious relationship dating back to 2000.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office would not comment on any details surrounding the shooting or Deputy Hardee’s status.

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videoA domestic dispute in Supply turned deadly last night. A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed a man, and the SBI is now investigating.

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Web site offers ability to listen to health care bill online

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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The proposed health care reform bill making its way through Congress is stirring quite a bit of debate. A new website is helping people stay informed.

The bill is more than 1,000 pages long; finding time to read it in our hectic lives is unlikely, but we can still stay educated. A group of voice actors made it possible for us to hear the bill on the go.

As a multifaceted voice actor for nearly twenty years, Chris Mezzolesta jumped at the chance to voice-over part of the health care bill working its way through Congress.

He’s one of 80 actors worldwide who volunteered to create an audio version of the proposal so Americans can form educated opinions about our government at work.

Unlike some characters he’s played in the past, this is a serious role, and one Mezzolesta finds especially important.

“We’re wondering how many people who are doing the screaming have really read the bill. So we thought it was a good idea to get it out there in a non-judgmental form, with no opinion, no agenda, no politics, no nothing, here is the information,” Mezzolesta said.

Two voice actors pitched the idea in a Facebook conversation and posted it on their voice-acting forum to rally the troops.

You can read along to the audio version of the bill on HearTheBill.org or download it to a media player and listen to it on the go.

“We’re trying to make it easier for people who may not be able to take it in other ways to get that information and really digest it and just put it out there and hopefully we’ll have more informed decisions and more informed discourse,” Mezzolesta said.

As the bill is amended in Congress, the voice actors will be updating the changes on the site.

In just three weeks, Chris Mezzolesta says the website has already gotten more than 200,000 hits.

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videoThe proposed health care reform bill making its way through Congress is stirring quite a bit of debate. A new website is helping people stay informed.

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Carolina Beach celebrates amusing summer

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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With this year’s addition of amusement rides, there was lots of fun to be found in Carolina Beach this summer. It was part of a larger effort that’s working to revitalize the boardwalk.

The bright lights and glow of amusements rides on the boardwalk has become a symbol of revitalization in Carolina Beach.

“You know, just a few years ago locals wouldn’t come down here, I wouldn’t bring friends and family here when they visited. It was pretty dismal,” said Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wilcox.

But this year, an effort to restore the family fun atmosphere of the past got a boost when amusement rides arrived at the boardwalk.

About fifteen temporary rides have called the boardwalk home for the summer months, the first rides on the boardwalk in over ten years.

As the summer unofficially comes to a close, town officials and business owners can agree that having rides like this one here has been an investment in fun that’s really paid off.

“You know, the locals that have lived here for years are now able to come down here and walk around in a clean, attractive, friendly environment and have an ice cream or some doughnuts, listen to some music, play some bingo, its just been great to see the locals come back,” Wilcox said.

In fact, even in this economy, the boardwalk has been home to many success stories in business this summer. Wilcox added, “Many that I’ve talked to and at least half of them, not even on the boardwalk, in the business district, have had their best year since they’ve been in business.”

Town officials say they plan to welcome the rides back to the boardwalk next summer for an even longer stay, starting before Memorial Day.

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videoWith this year’s addition of amusement rides, there was lots of fun to be found in Carolina Beach this summer. It was part of a larger effort that’s working to revitalize the boardwalk.

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My Reporter – What’s the history of Long Leaf Mall?

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Talk about ups and downs. Long Leaf Mall, at Shipyard Boulevard and South College Road, Wilmington, has had plenty of both during its 37-year history.

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