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Archive for October, 2009

Budget Bites – Food from around the world available at local restaurants

Monday, October 26th, 2009

The influx of people moving to the Wilmington area from other parts of the country and world has given rise to a diverse selection of ethnic eateries that offer local diners fun choices.

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Easley is expected witness at NC elections hearing

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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RALEIGH — More details will be out this week about Mike Easley’s campaigns and flights he received from supporters while North Carolina’s governor.

The State Board of Elections planned to start Monday a public hearing investigating whether Easley’s campaign committee or the state Democratic Party broke campaign finance laws.

The board ultimately could issue fines, refer the case to prosecutors or determine no wrongdoing occurred.

Easley and nearly 30 others have been subpoenaed by the board, which is expected to look at more than the flights in the next few days.

Also ordered to appear is McQueen Campbell, a former North Carolina State University trustee who has acknowledged providing flights to Easley. Federal prosecutors also have sought information about Campbell related to a land deal involving Easley.

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

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More details will be out this week about Mike Easley’s campaigns and flights he received from supporters while North Carolina’s governor.

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Man shot to death at his Willard Home

Monday, October 26th, 2009

An intruder fatally shot Harry Lee Tate after forcing his way into his residence at 5601 N.C. 11, according to a press release from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

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Atmosphere Academy: The study of meteorology

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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Let’s start with the term meteorologist. Do you know where it came from?

After all, a meteorologist does not study meteors; that job is reserved for a meteoriticist. A meteorologist studies weather, and the most common tools used through the ages are the human senses.
In the year 340 BC, the philosopher Aristotle published one of the first known works on weather called Meteorologica, perhaps the origin of the modern-day title of meteorologist. But Meteorologica was not just simply about weather. Aristotle included lessons on geology, hydrology, and even physics.

Needless to say, his work was very crude, based largely on simple interactions between the 4 elementals- fire, water, air, and earth. But his work was largely based on observation, simply recording what he saw. For example, Aristotle noted that frost formed more easily on calm, clear nights; again, the simplicity of observation.

And let’s face it, the best way to see what the weather is doing is not to look at a computer. Just stick your head out the door. Of course, I need to be able to see the weather in Tennessee today if I want to know what kind of weather to expect around here tomorrow. Enter the radar.

Weather radar, like many advancements in meteorology, was initially a military application. During World War II, operators of aviation radar noticed that certain kinds of weather, like snow or heavy rain, produced noise in their echos. As the years progressed, the ability to detect this noise gave way to the weather radar.

Combined with advancements in satellite technology in the 1960’s, meteorologists had new eyes for spotting weather. Today, we combine these tools with a few old fashioned devices- thermometers, barometers – sprinkle in a few new toys like computer models, and we get a much more complete picture of the weather.

The history of meteorology: science, pseudo-science, luck, and a healthy dose of humility. Even today, it’s still a work in progress.

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videoDo you remember learning about weather in elementary school? Chances are, you studied weather in science class. But there’s a lot of history involved in the study of weather.

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Leland candidates split on Skyway

Monday, October 26th, 2009

By Ana RibeiroAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

Like his two opponents, Mayor Walter Futch is open to consolidation if residents of the towns involved agree to it. But unlike them, he is strongly against the Skyway.

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