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Archive for September, 2009

NC residents to learn about offshore wind power

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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BUXTON, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue and other state leaders are on hand as an Outer Banks community is introduced to the idea of massive offshore wind farms.

The governor and state Senate leader Marc Basnight of Dare County are attending a public meeting Friday in Buxton on the potential for coastal wind energy.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are expected to describe a new study that found parts of the coast and Pamlico Sound could generate industrial-scale wind energy. UNC researchers are expected to discuss the potential impacts of a wind farm on the coast’s economy, quality of life, and environment.

Wind generates about 1 percent of the country’s electricity, but is the fastest-growing type of renewable power.

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

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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue and other state leaders are on hand as an Outer Banks community is introduced to the idea of massive offshore wind farms.

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Hacker hits UNC-CH study data on 236,000 women

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Computer specialists at the University of North Carolina’s flagship campus say a hacker may have accessed the personal data of 236,000 women in a mammography research study.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that the Social Security numbers of more than half of the study participants at UNC-Chapel Hill may have been exposed.

The unauthorized access was detected about two months ago, but computer forensics experts say it may have happened up to two years ago.

University Radiology Department chairman Matthew Mauro say there’s no evidence that any information has been removed, but no one is sure.

Computer forensic experts don’t know who did the hacking or whether data was downloaded.

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

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Computer specialists at the University of North Carolina’s flagship campus say a hacker may have accessed the personal data of 236,000 women in a mammography research study.

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Oak Island Pier rebuilds business in first year back in operation

Friday, September 25th, 2009

By Amanda WilsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

On the last official day of summer, the fishermen were scarce and gray skies seemed to signal the coming of fall at the Oak Island Pier.

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NC high school guard hurt after breaking up fight

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina high school security guard required surgery for an eye socket injury in an attack by a student.

The Charlotte Observer reported that John Robbins was attacked Tuesday while breaking up a fight at the city’s Myers Park High School.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools law enforcement head Bud Cesena says Robbins was hit in the head by a 17-year-old male student. Cesena says officers are investigating whether a ring or something in the student’s hand increased the severity of the injury.

Cesena says a sharpened screwdriver was found in the student’s book bag after he was arrested.

Cesena says the incident began as an argument among four girls.

Robbins and others stepped in and the boy joined the dispute and hit Robbins.

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

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A North Carolina high school security guard required surgery for an eye socket injury in an attack by a student.

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Hundreds make strides toward a cure for cancer

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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Whether walking to raise money for cancer research or to remember a loved one who died from the disease, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night event started and finished at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington.

The goal of the event is to help find a cure for blood cancers, by funding research.

Light the Night walker Nancy Campbell said, “My best friend that worked for hospice died in May, at 43 years old, so it is personal. My mom died in a care center in Pittsburgh last year.”

Close to 400 people walked the two mile route, and there are nearly as many stories of those whose lives have been changed by cancer. Richard Turel is a survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia. He had his final chemo treatment last Friday; less than a week later, he’s in remission and walking to stop the disease.

“I could cry. I could cry right now,” said Richard Turel.

“Yeah, he cries easy, but it’s touching,” added Anita Turel. “And until you’ve been touched by it you don’t know what it’s like, but we’ll always be involved in this in the future.”

Walkers carry balloons; white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost. Each year, these events take place across the country. Some walk in teams and others in families; each person, hoping to fight cancer one step at a time.

Light the Night raised $40,000 for cancer research. Together with planned walks in Raleigh and Durham next month, organizers hope to raise more than $400,000.

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videoWhether walking to raise money for cancer research or to remember a loved one who died from the disease, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night event started and finished at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington.

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