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Archive for October, 2009

Sluggish economy, commercial growth face Wrightsville Beach candidates

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

By Patricia E. MatsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

Candidates in the November election will surely face more challenges and controversies, including the sluggish economy and the usual tensions between those who want more commercial growth and those who wish the island were more of a “best-kept secret.”

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Woman accused of using credit card stolen from 77-year-old

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Detectives need help identifying a woman who reportedly used a stolen credit card to get cash from an ATM, according to a news release from Lucy Crockett with the Wilmington Police Department.

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Public showers on Riverwalk – welcome sight for boaters or homeless attraction?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

On Tuesday night, city council will decide whether to award a $101,152 contract to Integrity Builders of Wilmington to build two restrooms and showers for use by transient boaters at the existing Tour Information Center at Riverfront Park near Water and Market streets.

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Here Now – Formerly homeless, Wilmington mom settles into a better life

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

Kristi Lee didn’t get many breaks in life before she moved into Good Shepherd Center. Her options ran out in June. Pregnant and the mother of three, she was thinking about giving her baby up for adoption.

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Atmosphere Academy: Cold and Warm Fronts

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009


If you watch a typical weathercast today, you will hear common terms like “cold front” and “warm front”. Did you ever wonder where these names originated?

The world is filled with different air masses, regions of similar temperature. On a large scale, we know that air near the equator is much warmer than air near the poles – common sense. But we also get smaller scale variation in temperature due to moving storm systems or changes in wind circulation.

A “front” is defined as the leading edge separating these air masses. The term itself was coined through the work of a team of researchers, including Norweigien meteorologist Wilhelm Bjerknes. He theorized that active weather often organizes in narrow zones or lines, drawing analogy with the battles of World War I, hence the term “front”.

Along a cold front, cool air wedges in underneath warmer air, essentially lifting it. This lifting motion helps clouds to reach great height, often leading to thunderstorms – the front line, if you will, of advancing weather. The name stuck, and we still use it even today.

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videoEach week in we take a few minutes to learn about weather terminology. Sometimes, the origin of the word is even more interesting than the term itself. Meteorologist Jerry Jackson has more in the Atmosphere Academy.

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