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Law enforcement cracking down on school zone violations

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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Highway patrol wants to remind you to take extra precaution when driving through a school zone, or near a school bus.

Nationwide, the number of school zone violations has gone up, and that has local law enforcement agencies cracking down. Highway patrol wants drivers to know these are serious violations that can lead to serious consequences.

“We’re out here protecting out most precious commodity, which is the children,” said First Sgt. Morris. “That is why we put the extra effort out here, especially during the school year and around these school zones.”

A violation, like passing a school bus, could mean five points on your license, plus court costs.

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Highway patrol wants to remind you to take extra precaution when driving through a school zone, or near a school bus.

Nationwide, the number of school zone violations has gone up, and that has local law enforcement agencies cracking down.

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Are you ready for Windows 7?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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Less than three years ago, Microsoft came out with Windows Vista. It has been hit with a lot of criticism and frustration. Computer experts say the new Windows 7 addresses Vista’s problems in a faster and more user-friendly operating system.

“Windows 7 is probably the best operating system Microsoft has put out since Windows ’98. It’s fast, it’s robust, it gives you all of the newest features, and latest of technology, without having a slow CPU, slow hard drive, slow internet,” says Manny “Papageek” Lloyd of Geeks in a Flash.

Lloyd says if you’re using Windows XP or Vista and you can afford to do so, switch over to Windows 7. He says Windows 7 uses a lot less memory than Vista, which helps keep your computer from getting bogged down.

One of the features Papageek likes best is the user interface. You can see a miniature version of all the windows you have open on the bottom of the screen, without having to click on anything. The biggest change visually is the taskbar, where you can hide programs you would normally keep on your desktop.

While Windows 7 is a more secure system, it doesn’t mean your computer is immune to viruses. You will still need to be protect your PC with anti-virus software and run regular updates.

Papageek says Windows 7 offers two networks which can actually be more confusing than helpful to the average consumer.

Despite it’s disadvantages, Papageek says Windows 7 is a winner. “Windows 7 is Vista done the right way.”

Some applications that were a part of previous versions of Microsoft, like Windows Movie Maker, photo gallery, and Windows mail will not be included in Windows 7. They will instead be offered as a separate free download, called the Essentials Pack.

Windows 7 costs $200 and will be on shelves Thursday.

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videoThe latest version of Microsoft Windows is coming out on Thursday. WWAY’s Hailey Winslow gives us the low-down on what to expect from Windows 7.

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Leland Police warn residents of rise in car break-ins

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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Residents of Leland are being asked to be pro-active in order to put a halt on a recent rise in car break-ins.

There have been dozens of vehicle break-ins in Leland in the last few months. In every case, the vehicle was left unlocked.

NewsChannel 3 followed Leland police detectives around several Leland neighborhoods Tuesday. Magnolia Greens, Snee Farm, Waterford, and Stony Creek have been the targeted neighborhoods so far.

“Almost all of the cases are preventable. In fact all of our cases involve vehicles that have not been locked,” said Detective Robert Ernest of the Leland Police Department. “They’re looking for GPS’s, Game Boys, video cameras, little TV monitors, cell phones, anything electronic, essentially anything the thieves can get a hold of. They then go to the pawn shop and sell it for a quick buck.”

Leland Police recommends removing all items of value from your car, or keeping them locked in your trunk.

The police department recommends you give them a call if you see a suspicious vehicle in your neighborhood late at night.

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Residents of Leland are being asked to be pro-active in order to put a halt on a recent rise in car break-ins.

There have been dozens of vehicle break-ins in Leland in the last few months.

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Update – Suspect charged in Pender County ax assualt

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

A Pender County teenager was rushed to the hospital Monday night after he was allegedly hit in the head with an ax by another 18-year-old.

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Wilmington hosts climate conference

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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More than 70 scientists are in Wilmington this week to talk climate.

The National Weather Service of Wilmington is hosting the Regional Climate Conference. It features more than two dozen presentations over two days. Most of the talks focus around the future of the climate here in North Carolina.

“Where is the climate of North Carolina going to be going over the next hundred years? Obviously sea levels could be rising, temperatures could be rising,” said conference organizer Tim Armstrong. “What does that mean in terms of not just the numbers on the weather map, but in terms of diseases, salt water intrusion into some of our well systems? There’s a lot of factors that are being discussed today.”

One of Tuesday’s sessions warned of damaging effects that forecasted sea level rise would have on beaches along our coast.

The conference wraps up Wednesday.

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The National Weather Service of Wilmington is hosting the Regional Climate Conference. It features more than two dozen presentations over two days. Most of the talks focus around the future of the climate here in North Carolina.

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