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Favorite authors can be met at the North Carolina Literary Festival

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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If you like to read, you may have a chance to meet some of your favorite authors this weekend, when more than a hundred come to the Tar Heel State for the North Carolina Literary Festival.

Books are often turned into movies. Take “Big Fish” for instance. The 2003 film, starring Ewan MacGregor is the brainchild of author Daniel Wallace. You could say he got lucky and reeled in a big one with this book, since it was his very first novel.

“I never ever thought that would happen, the book doesn’t read like a movie so I never considered that,” said Wallace. “It was never an ambition of mine. But of course after it became a

Wallace spoke at the New Hanover County Library recently. He was in town for an “Authors on the Road Tour” to help promote the upcoming North Carolina Literary Festival.

“You get to go places that people don’t have an opportunity to see you all the time, you do tours after book is published, you don’t always come to all places you don’t like to go,” Wallace said.

The festival gets underway later this week in Chapel Hill. More than a hundred authors will be there, many of whom are very recognizable.

Martin Armes said, “On Thursday evening the highlight is going to be John Grisham and Kathy Reichs will appear at Memorial Hall.”

Readers will get to meet some of their favorite authors during book signings. The festival is also working hard to get more children involved, to spark their interest in reading at an early age.

“It’s the bedrock of our society in so many ways in term of quality of life and job creation, etc,” said Armes. “It gets down to core. That’s why so important to add this year the children’s component to get our children interested in reading and writing.”

If you are interested in going to the festival, it begins Thursday and ends Sunday. All events take place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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videoIf you like to read, you may have a chance to meet some of your favorite authors this weekend, when more than a hundred come to the Tar Heel State for the North Carolina Literary Festival.

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Car stolen from NASCAR drivers home

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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Police in Cornelius have released surveillance video of a car theft two weeks ago. The thieves took a car belonging to Denny Hamlin, one of NASCAR’s rising stars.

Video shows two men taking the black Lexus LS 460-l from the driveway. They were followed by a woman driving the car in which they had arrived.

A neighbor said the burglary was especially brazen, considering the car was taken from the very back of the cul-de-sac, which is surrounded by expensive homes with a lot of security.

Police hope releasing the video will help them find the people responsible.

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videoPolice in Cornelius have released surveillance video of a car theft two weeks ago. The thieves took a car belonging to Denny Hamlin, one of NASCAR’s rising stars.

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Atmosphere Academy: Math and Weather

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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Remember when you were in elementary school and you had those crazy math problems about trains? You know, if train a leaves and station traveling at x speed, how long will it take to catch up to point a, etc. In the 1920’s, a British meteorologist named Lewis Fry Richardson tried to do the same type of thing with weather systems. Since the atmosphere is a physical system, it can be represented mathematically.

Think about Physics 101. According to Newton’s basic laws of fluid motion, if a force is applied to the atmosphere, it should accelerate. Sounds like the premise for forecasting the movement of low and high pressure systems, doesn’t it? Richardson was on to something, but he was also in over his head.

You see, the atmosphere has many more variables to consider besides just pressure forces. You have gravity, friction, electrical forces, and thermal variation. And through the years, new equations were needed to take these variables into account. From the ideal gas law to the basic principles of thermodynamics, meteorology is full of equations.

Accurately forming equation models that represent every part of the atmosphere is simply impossible for our human minds to comprehend. For hurricane prediction alone, there are more than a dozen different models, each examining a different set of data. That’s why some models handle certain situations better than others. We need the processing power of the most advanced computer systems in the world to run these models, and even then, the computer’s solutions are only approximations. That’s why meteorologists still err on the forecast, every now and then.

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videoWhen it comes to forecasting, especially hurricane forecasting, computer models are invaluable. But what is a computer model? Class is in session, in the Atmosphere Academy.

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St. James has plans for new buildings

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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The Brunswick County town of Saint James is getting some brand new buildings.

The town plans to build a $3.9 million town hall and community center along Highway 211 across from the main entrance to the gated community.

Saint James is getting a loan from the USDA Rural Development program for the new buildings.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for November.

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The Brunswick County town of Saint James is getting some brand new buildings.

The town plans to build a $3.9 million town hall and community center along Highway 211 across from the main entrance to the gated community.

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Pender High holds massive reunion to help classmates keep in touch

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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Many of us have attended a class reunion of some sort, but this weekend one local high school welcomed more than thirty classes back to school.

Pender High School held a massive reunion for anyone who ever attended the school, which opened in 1976. The event was organized in an attempt to bring together old classmates who have lost touch over the years.

The weekend-long event featured a number of events including an alumni basketball game, a retro dance, as well as an outdoor picnic with plenty of food and music. Organizers said they wanted to make sure people stay in touch.

“We want to try and figure out where everybody’s at. Throughout the course of the years, people have lost loved ones and some of our classmates have passed on. We kind of just want to keep in touch with everybody who ever attended Pender High School,” said organization committee member Sabrina Wooten.

Organizers used the internet to find alums now living across the country and bring them back to Pender County for the reunion.

The event also served as an attempt to raise money for more elective programs at the school.

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Many of us have attended a class reunion of some sort, but this weekend one local high school welcomed more than thirty classes back to school.

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