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Archive for October, 2009

N.C. inmates being freed have 256 prison infractions

Friday, October 16th, 2009

By Mike BakerAssociated Press

The violent North Carolina criminals set to be freed later this month because of a court ruling and good conduct credits have racked up more than 250 infractions in prison for offenses such as fighting and theft.

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Port City makes a great spot for small business

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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Fortune magazine ranked Wilmington number 14 on it’s list of Best Mid-Size Cities to Launch your Business. With concerns over growing unemployment, rather than looking for a job people are choosing to create them.

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and UNCW’s Entrepreneurship Center provide Fortune with information about economic and population growth in the Port City. Growing population means more goods and services are needed to support those people, and businesses are popping up to fill those needs.

Between 2004 and 2007, small businesses grew by almost 13 percent each year. Continued small business growth should mean good news for unemployment.

“The majority of new jobs that have been created in the US have not come from corporations, but instead have come from small businesses. So the more of those we have the better off we’re going to be economically long-term,” said Jonathan Rowe of the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center.

Rowe said part of the attraction is that Wilmington offers small businesses plenty of commercial real estate, an educated workforce, and a lower labor rate.

To help foster the entrepreneurial spirit, UNCW created the Entrepreneurship Center. The center helps promote high growth businesses in southeastern North Carolina by bringing them together to learn from one another.

The hope is growing those smaller businesses will help create more jobs.

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If you are thinking of starting a small business, you are in the right place. A national magazine ranked the Port City one of the best places to start a business.

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Fear associated with post-vaccine fever

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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Fever is part of the body’s normal reaction to vaccination shots. Fearing the negative effects of this post-vaccine fever, many parents give their children fever-reducers, such as acetaminophen, as a preventative measure before, or soon after vaccination.

This may not be a good, idea new research shows, because while these drugs do reduce fever, they can also reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.

In a group of infants receiving a number of routine vaccinations, researchers randomly assigned some of the children to receive three doses of a fever-reducer within 24 hours of being vaccinated.

They found that, for several types of vaccines, the protective immune response generated by the vaccine was significantly lower in those children taking the fever-reducer.

Their research also suggested that a fever-reducer given before or very soon after vaccination interfered more than if the drug was used later, in response to a child actually having a fever.

Researchers concluded that parents should not give their child acetaminophen before or at the time of vaccination.

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Though some parents fear the post-vaccine fever that sometimes accompanies immunization shots, new research shows that giving fever-reducing drugs can reduce those effects.

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Area teenager drowns while surfing near Hatteras

Friday, October 16th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

A 15-year-old teenager from the Wilmington area drowned Friday while surfing at the Outer Banks.The teenage boy was surfing with a group of eight other teenagers on Hatteras Island when the current dragged him into Avon Fishing Pier sometime around 11:30 a.m., said Bob Helle, the assistant chief with the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad.

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UNCW works efficiently to make campus more green

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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At a university the size of UNCW, keeping the campus up and running is a big job. “The energy costs for the campus are eighteen to twenty thousand dollars every day, to operate the heating and cooling costs on campus,” said Tom Freshwater, director of the UNCW physical plant.

Progress has been made to cut costs and become ‘greener’ in the last several years. A Senate bill mandated a 20 percent cut in usage to all state buildings. UNCW beat the 2010 deadline by more than nine months.

“This year, our energy bill was six and a half million dollars, and without the reductions that we’ve made in the last year or so it would have been closer to nine million dollars,” added Freshwater.

A lot of the savings methods the school is using, are things we can do at home. Freshwater said, “Similar to what you might do at home, when you go out of town you cut your thermostat back. Well we’re doing that automatically at night, on weeknights, to save energy when the buildings aren’t being used. And when you have as many buildings as we have on campus, a little bit makes a big difference.”

In addition to lowering thermostats, the school has invested in motion sensor lights in classrooms, built central power substations, and is looking to tie air conditioning to light usage in the future.

University leaders said they are committed to further cutting costs in the future. “It’s very important to continue finding ways to curtail energy costs, and there are lots of opportunities,” Freshwater said.

Not only has the university saved money on energy, but it has also cut its water usage by fourteen percent by installing more efficient fixtures in bathrooms, as well as making improvements to the campus irrigation system.

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videoThe campus of UNCW is a little bit greener than in years past, and energy costs are way down. The Seahawks have cut energy costs by over 28 percent over the last six years; an effort that benefits both the environment and the university’s budget.

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