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Archive for September, 2009

NC baby beats ambulance, so 6-year-old helps birth

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. — A North Carolina 6-year-old said she was acting like a big girl as she helped her mother deliver a baby at home.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that Briana Johnson of Fuquay-Varina ( Few-KWAY Vuh-REE-nah) gave birth on her bedroom floor with only help from her young daughter Diyana as an ambulance raced to the scene.

Johnson said she felt contractions early Wednesday. Her water broke as she stepped out of bed, so she called her father and then an ambulance.

The 25-year-old nurse knew help would arrive too late, so she told her first-grade daughter to fetch towels and then open the door for the rescue squad.

Diyana says she controlled an impulse to cry while watching her mother in pain as five-pound Madisyn was born.

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

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A North Carolina 6-year-old said she was acting like a big girl as she helped her mother deliver a baby at home.

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Rare shrimp found off NC coast

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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In a discussion about oxymorons, George Carlin pointed to the term jumbo shrimp as a good example. A shrimp found by Southport fisherman Royce Potter Monday would make the late comedian proud.

The shrimp is an Asian black tiger shrimp, and he measures in at almost ten inches. That type of shrimp is rare off our coast. So rare in fact, Potter had to notify the Division of Marine Fisheries when he caught him, and the state may want to keep him as a specimen. Until then, the shrimp is on ice.

Potter said he was pretty surprised when he reeled in the net. “It looked like a baby lobster. So we didn’t know what it was at first,” he said. “Just one little piece of the tail was sticking up out of the other shrimp.”

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In a discussion about oxymorons, George Carlin pointed to the term jumbo shrimp as a good example. A shrimp found by Southport fisherman Royce Potter Monday would make the late comedian proud.

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UNCW, New Hanover County host no-cost rabies clinic

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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You can do your part to stop the spread of rabies by keeping your pets up to date on their rabies vaccine. So mark your calendars, a no-cost rabies clinic is coming up next weekend.

UNCW pre-veterinary students and New Hanover County Animal Control are hosting a no-cost rabies clinic Saturday, September 26th. It will be in Lot K next to Trask Coliseum.

The hours are from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The clinic is for dogs, cats and ferrets.

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You can do your part to stop the spread of rabies by keeping your pets up to date on their rabies vaccine. So mark your calendars, a no-cost rabies clinic is coming up next weekend.

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NC community college heads set immigrant vote

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina community college leaders have had a month to consider a new policy that would allow illegal immigrants into the two-year colleges, and a decision could come this week.

The state Board of Community Colleges’ policy committee on Thursday considers rules that would admit undocumented immigrants if they graduated from a U.S. high school. A vote by the full community colleges board could come Friday.

Immigrant students would have to pay out-of-state rates of about $7,000 a year. Lawful U.S. residents would have priority to crowded classrooms.

The country’s third-largest community college system has changed its illegal immigrant admission policy four times since 2000. The latest look comes as laid-off workers fill classrooms.

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

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North Carolina community college leaders have had a month to consider a new policy that would allow illegal immigrants into the two-year colleges, and a decision could come this week.

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Dog Court: Bear the Rotweiler

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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Brian Kenney owns Bear the Rottweiler. The 3-year-old, 98 pound male got off property and terrorized a person in late July. “He’s never gone after somebody before,” said Kenney. “I’m not sure what happened that morning. I wasn’t there. I don’t know how close he was to my yard, but he doesn’t go after people.”

The 4-foot high fence apparently is not tall enough. That was the main concern for the dog court panelists. “I think maybe we should give him some leeway to get a fence up, because what he has now is not a proper fence at all I think,” said panelist John Boozer.

So what is a proper height? In the panelists mind, it needs to be six feet. “I think a privacy fence is it. He has roommates there. He won’t have to worry about the roommates,” added Joyce Bradley, also a panelist. “I’m not saying they’re not responsible but we see this so often where roommates are involved and all of a sudden you open the door and you say I’ll be out there in a minute, but by the time the minute is gone the dog is gone and you certainly don’t want this to happen again.”

Rottweilers are a protective breed and they are quite territorial. Wednesday night the dog court panelists gave Brian Kenney 60 days to install a privacy fence.

When this is done the dangerous dog label will be removed for Bear the Rottweiler, and the dog will be found not guilty.

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videoNew Hanover County Dangerous Dog Appeals Court was back in session Wednesday night. The case involved a Rottweiler whose owner is appealing the dangerous dog label.

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