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Archive for October, 2009

3 men, 1 teen arrested on drug charges

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Three men and one teenager were arrested Wednesday by the Wilmington Police Department and charged with possession of various drugs, including psychedelic mushrooms, LSD and marijuana.

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Former Williston Middle School teacher files for bankruptcy

Friday, October 9th, 2009

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A former teacher accused of an inappropriate relationship with a boy has filed for bankruptcy.

Wilmington Police arrested Jessica Wishnask back in May after they found her in a parked car with a 15-year-old former student.

After the boy’s family filed a civil lawsuit against Wishnask, the former Williston Middle School teacher filed for bankruptcy. Because bankruptcy is a federal matter, it automatically puts all civil cases on hold.

The alleged victim’s attorney, Troy Slaughter said, “In Ms. Wishnask’s case, I’m sure she is concerned about any potential judgment that may be rendered against her in the New Hanover County Superior Court case.”

Slaughter has filed a motion for the boy and his family to reverse the hold and proceed with the civil case against Wishnask.

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A former teacher accused of an inappropriate relationship with a boy has filed for bankruptcy.

Wilmington Police arrested Jessica Wishnask back in May after they found her in a parked car with a 15-year-old former student.

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Defense attorneys try to limit liability in parasailing tragedy

Friday, October 9th, 2009

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Friday brought new information in an parasailing accident that killed two women in Ocean Isle Beach.

Attorneys defending the parasailing company have filed a motion in federal court to essentially limit liability in the case.

Ocean Isle Beach Watersports says its liability should be the same amount as the value of the boat the two women were on when they died.

These are likely the last documents Cynthia Woodcock and Lorrie Shoup signed before they were carried over rough seas and died from what medical examiners determined as blunt trauma. But like all extreme sports, the fine print has some risks attached to it.

“Having read the fine print, the operator of an inherently dangerous activity still has a duty, in my opinion, to give some proper instructions on what to do,” said attorney Duke Lineberry.

Lineberry is not connected to this case, but he explained “assumption of risk,” which typically applies to anyone choosing to take part in an extreme sport. Lineberry said because the deaths of happened in the water, it’s now a federal case; that means, state laws like assumption of risk, don’t apply.

“Skydiving, hang-gliding, parasailing, jet skis, skateboard park, the kinds of things where people know you can get injured doing those things, that’s the defense available to them, because the person engaging in and inherently dangerous activity should know or does know, that they could or would be injured,” He explained.

Ocean Isle Beach Watersports wants its liability in this case, to be set as the amount of money it believe its boat is worth.

An attorney representing the families of the women killed, says $100,000 does not cover the death of two people, plus a significant amount of emotional stress for their survivors.

A request for this liability limit can be refused in federal court, if there is proof that the parasailing company knew about the risks that ultimately caused the death of these two women.

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videoFriday brought new information in an parasailing accident that killed two women in Ocean Isle Beach.

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Topsail students create culinary masterpieces

Friday, October 9th, 2009

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Some restaurants would envy this commercial kitchen, but it’s students doing the cooking inside the new Topsail High School and they stay busy.

“We’re involved in catering for events. We’re involved in catering for plays and things that go on in our auditorium. That’s pretty awesome as well,” said Kelly Painter.

She would have been called a home-ec teacher long ago; these days it’s called family and consumer sciences, and these budding chefs get their share of math and science:

“Culinary math,” Painter said. “Guys, we got to triple the recipe. How much is that going to be? They’re learning that. We just did a whole unit on culinary math. Just this week we were doing science as we talked about salad dressings and emulsions, permanent and temporary, what are they, what causes them and why. The food science behind it, so they’re getting lots of science. They’re getting lots of math in a fun and practical way.”

As the program grows, the students are transforming an open classroom into a coffee shop, which they will run and design.

“The purpose is for students to come in and study. So it needs to be very flowy looking for students to come in,” said Emily Painter.

Meantime, back in the kitchen, it’s lunch day at the Pirate’s Den, where a part of another classroom is converted into a restaurant.

The culinary students prepare lunch for the faculty on Fridays. The money they make helps fund the program, and the teachers like it.

“The food is always wonderful. And what’s amazing is the kids prepare all the food, and they also serve it,” said Topsail teacher Matt Perkins.

Friday’s menu… bruschetta chicken, Italian potatoes, and sautéed beans.

Mrs. Painter is looking for donations of furniture and rugs for the coffee shop. You can contact her at Topsail High School.

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UNCW students discuss healthcare reform

Friday, October 9th, 2009

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The healthcare debate came to UNCW Friday. The College Republicans sponsored “Hands Off my Healthcare”. Speakers, including radio host Curtis Wright, talked about details of the proposed healthcare reform.

Organizers said college students need to be more involved in the healthcare reform. They hoped the event would spark debate and discussion throughout the campus.

“If we brought it to them, instead of maybe just handing out flyers, which is also what we’re doing, but having actual speakers – they could just come by on the way to class and learn something in passing,” said Ryan Ivey of College Republicans. “We know they probably won’t just come to a forum or come to a conference.”

Some students signed a petition to stop the government’s healthcare reform; others spoke in favor of the proposal.

No matter how students felt about the issue, the event helped start the discussion.

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The healthcare debate came to UNCW Friday. The College Republicans sponsored “Hands Off my Healthcare”. Speakers, including radio host Curtis Wright, talked about details of the proposed healthcare reform.

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