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Archive for September, 2009

Legal issues questioned involving internet cafes

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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Internet cafes have been around since the early nineties, but recently, they’ve found a new way to lure people… with cash.

Some internet cafes are offering sweepstakes where customers can gamble for cash payouts. There’s a gray area when it comes to the legality of these establishments.

“We’ve been worried since day one… they’ve been after us, they’ve tried to shut us down,” said Internet Café and Sweepstakes manager Ben Korb.

Law enforcement is putting some new aged-internet cafes under the microscope.

“You can get on the internet, you can fax, you can copy, you can do whatever you want to in terms of business services, but most people come in and play the games, which are sweepstakes games, like bingo, or lottery, or Powerball,” Korb said.

Customers who win walk out with cash prizes. The biggest jackpot so far at the Internet Cafe and sweepstakes in Leland is $4,000.

But the legality of this type of gambling is still not clear.

“If there are some narrow exceptions that allow it, of course we’re going to allow them to peacefully exist while that is on the books, but we have real concerns with the violence that’s associated with illegal video gambling or gambling. We’ve had several homicides in our district over the last several years related to this activity,” said New Hanover and Pender District Attorney Ben David.

Manager Ben Korb says he has a business license and his services are legal. “It’s legal the same way Publisher’s Clearing House is legal, the same way Powerball is legal, because it’s all predetermined and whenever you hit the button, if it’s your turn to win you win.”

While Korb’s business isn’t within District Attorney Ben David’s jurisdiction. There are several similar cafes in New Hanover and Pender counties.

“I’m hopeful that we’ll have some clarification soon from higher courts on this issue, because it’s one that affects many communities,” Korb said. He added his business helps boost the economy by creating jobs and potentially providing income for winners.

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videoInternet cafes have been around since the early nineties, but recently, they’ve found a new way to lure people… with cash.

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Local man vying for national attention with H1N1 commercial

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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A local man is hoping to win big in a nationwide contest about stopping the spread of H1N1.

This commercial was made by Leland resident, Chris Cymbalak. He is one of ten finalists vying for $2,500 and the chance to have their commercial air across the country.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is sponsoring the YouTube based contest.

Viewers get the pick the winner by voting for their favorite.

Cymbalak, a freelance videographer, said the idea just came on a whim. “Honestly a friend of mine we just put it together in like a day,” said Cymbalak. “We just said listen, I think we can do this. It’s thirty seconds and its not too hard. The hardest part was just going from location to location.”

You can vote for his commercial, called “be aware of the invisible” and view the other finalists by going to www.youtube.com/usgovhhs

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A local man is hoping to win big in a nationwide contest about stopping the spread of H1N1.
He is one of ten finalists vying for $2,500 and the chance to have their commercial air across the country.

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Wilmington Police keep busy downtown with several weekend arrests

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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Wilmington Police kept busy managing an unusual number of unruly crowds this weekend.

There were seven arrests in downtown Wilmington, including charges of disorderly conduct, assault on a law enforcement officer and animal cruelty.

There were several fights after the bars closed.

Two men were knocked unconscious outside the Rhino Club early Sunday morning.

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Wilmington Police kept busy managing an unusual number of unruly crowds this weekend.

There were seven arrests in downtown Wilmington, including charges of disorderly conduct…

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Confidential government information to be shared at UNCW Monday night

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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The Deputy Director of the National Security Archive will share confidential government information and discuss the Freedom of Information Act Monday night at UNC-Wilmington.

Malcolm Byrne worked for two decades to make the secrets of the federal government public. He will speak in the Randall Library Auditorium tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Byrne’s talk, “Phantoms of Lost Liberty: The National Security Archive and the Politics of Freedom of Information,” is part of UNCW’s celebration of US Constitution Day.

It is free and open to the public.

The archive is a non-governmental research institute and library founded in 1985 to obtain, publish and preserve declassified documents acquired through the FOIA and other methods. Now housed at George Washington University, the non-profit archive fights for access to the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. Documents excavated by the archive are quoted in international and national newspapers, books and documentary films. The Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam War, the fall of the Soviet Union and the war with Iraq are a sampling the world-changing situations of which the Archive has uncovered details. More information about the National Security Archive: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/the_archive.html

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The Deputy Director of the National Security Archive will share confidential government information and discuss the Freedom of Information Act Monday night at UNC-Wilmington.

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Pleasure Island, Bald Head beaches to get $2.25 million in federal funding

Monday, September 14th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

Pleasure Island beaches will get more sand after all.U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre announced that $2.25 million in additional federal funding has been allocated to nourish the beaches on Pleasure Island and Bald Head Island. Pleasure Island will get $1.5 million while Bald Head Island will see an additional $750,000.

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