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Archive for September, 2009

Here Now – Volunteers recognize ‘hunger doesn’t take the weekend off’

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

For nine years, Phyllis Lee’s family has gotten up on the second Saturday of every month to carry meals to elderly shut-ins.

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NC city fined $35,000 for large sewage spill

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina has fined the city of Thomasville more than $35,000 for a sewage spill recorded as the largest in the state in at least a decade.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported that City Manager Kelly Craver said his staff is researching how and when the spill of almost 16 million gallons of untreated wastewater occurred.

The city’s public service staff initially reported the spill started Aug. 3, lasted one day and dumped almost 386,000 gallons into a tributary that feeds into High Rock Lake.

On Sept. 10, they changed the report to show the spill started in mid-July and dumped almost 16 million gallons. After reviewing plant records and interviewing employees, local officials think the figure might be closer to the smaller amount.

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

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North Carolina has fined the city of Thomasville more than $35,000 for a sewage spill recorded as the largest in the state in at least a decade.

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NC CEO speaks to students on Hudson River miracle

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — The CEO of a North Carolina company that sells note pads with a touch of style says he’s learned important lessons from surviving the emergency splashdown on the Hudson River.

Carolina Pad president and CEO Clay Presley speaks Tuesday to graduate business students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Presley bought Carolina Pad in 2000 and shifted it from a traditional paper manufacturer into selling notebooks with a touch of design and fashion. He has a new book about how business
executives can excel.

Presley was also a passenger on US Airways Flight 1549, which made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York City after it struck a flock of Canada geese and both engines were knocked out.

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

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The CEO of a North Carolina company that sells note pads with a touch of style says he’s learned important lessons from surviving the emergency splashdown on the Hudson River.

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Losing weight can help in stopping sleep apnea

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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More than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing stops for short periods of time during sleep. It can cause snoring, poor sleep quality and reduced quality of life, as well as lead to heart disease.

Sleep apnea is most common among those who are overweight, because excess weight can cause the airway to collapse during sleep.

Now researchers have shown in a large clinical trial that patients who lost an average of 24 pounds, or about 10% of their body weight, were 3 times more likely than those who didn’t lose weight to have complete remission of their apnea. Those that didn’t have complete remission still had their episodes of severe sleep apnea cut in half.

Patients were able to achieve this weight loss using a combination of a group behavior modification program, a portion-controlled diet, and by exercising for 3 hours a week.

Studies have also suggested that sleep apnea can lead to putting on extra pounds, so gaining control over the problem provides health benefits in the short and long-term.

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Snoring can be caused by sleep apnea, but new research proves that losing weight can be a cure.

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Driver crashes car into doctor’s office on 17th Street

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Linda McFadyen and her son, Tavis, were leaving a doctor’s appointment at Spectrum Laboratory Network, 2032 S. 17th St., when a woman driving a red Toyota Corolla drove the car into the glass facade of the building.

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