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Archive for October, 2009

Rondo Words: Wash Your Hands!

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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I do think the skin on my hands is about to shrivel up and perhaps fall off. I haven’t washed my hands this much since kindergarten. Call it flu phobia.

Anywhere you go in the building we have bottles of anti-bacterial hand wash standing by at the ready. Go into the break room or bathroom and you’re treated to a taped up primer on proper hand washing technique.

I remember Nurse Larry from the health department telling us it was all about the soapy friction getting the better of those evil germs. It seems there is an art to proper hand washing.

When somebody sneezes in the newsroom, the rest of us duck. We’re hoping they remembered to bury it in their sleeve, regardless of the potentially messy consequences. We try to breath air from the opposite direction. And then we go wash our hands just for good measure.

Between the swine flu and the flu flu, this promises to be one long paranoia laden season.
We’re told to get the shot and the mist, if it’s available; then hope for the best.

And wash your hands.

Maybe you carry your own personal bottle of sanitizer.

You know, I think I can see bone peeking through the wrinkled up skin on my fingers.

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videoI do think the skin on my hands is about to shrivel up and perhaps fall off. I haven’t washed my hands this much since kindergarten. Call it flu phobia.

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Titan America accused of charging artificially high prices

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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The company that wants to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne is being sued in a class action lawsuit. Titan America is among nine companies accused of anti-competitive practices in Florida.

A group of cement and concrete companies, and companies that buy their products filed the suit. They claim Titan and its co-defendants conspired to control competition in Florida in various ways, including charging artificially high prices.

A Titan spokeswoman said this is “disturbing news,” but would not comment further, because she said the company has not been served with the suit.

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The company that wants to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne is being sued in a class action lawsuit. Titan America is among nine companies accused of anti-competitive practices in Florida.

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Southeastern N.C. seafood merchants react to FDA’s proposed oyster regulations

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

This week the federal Food and Drug Administration announced plans to adopt new regulations in spring 2011 requiring post-production processing for oysters taken from the Gulf of Mexico during summer months.

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One of Wilmington’s oldest charities is lifeline for many

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

By Amanda GreeneAmanda.Greene@StarNewsOnline.com

For most of the past 121 years, 50 women in The Ministering Circle have raised many thousands to help the medical community focus much of its efforts on supporting nursing education and area nonprofits.

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Sale of stolen lawn mower leads to breaking and entering arrest

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

After several break-ins in the area of Market Street and Kerr Avenue, officers named a suspect and arranged to buy the lawn mower undercover, Crockett said.

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