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Archive for September, 2009

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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NBA star urges volunteerism in NC hometown

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — NBA star Chris Paul is returning to his North Carolina hometown to assemble care packages for American troops overseas.

It’s the fourth year Paul has used his “Winston-Salem Weekend” to stimulate city residents to volunteer to work on community projects.

Paul is asking people to help on Friday by assembling the military care packages and donating any of the items that would go in them. They include beef jerky and dried fruit, baby wipes and sunscreen, or magazines and AA batteries.

Paul attended Wake Forest University after graduating from West Forsyth High School.

His visit home includes a youth basketball clinic and gala honoring the late Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser on Saturday, then a community church service and social at Benton Convention Center on Sunday.

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

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NBA star Chris Paul is returning to his North Carolina hometown to assemble care packages for American troops overseas.

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N.C. plastics ban can save jobs, money and the environment, officials say

Friday, September 25th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.Com

Instead of recycling plastic simply because it’s the right thing to do, the state is banning plastic bottles from the waste stream because it’s the economic thing to do.

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