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New Hanover schools plan Gang 101 meetings for parents

Monday, November 9th, 2009

A series of information sessions to teach parents and school officials about gangs begins at 6 p.m. Thursday with a meeting at Ashley High School.The meeting will explain how to recognize gang signs and symbols. The Gang 101 meeting is put on by the New Hanover County Schools and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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Ida could bring welcome, drenching rainfall

Monday, November 9th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

By the time what remains of Ida reaches North Carolina sometime Tuesday, the storm system is expected to have lost all of its tropical characteristics.But the system could still bring significant rain to the region, with more than 3 inches falling in some areas a possibility.

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Long last diplomas

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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Some North Carolinians who didn’t graduate from high school, may now be eligible to receive their high school diplomas after all. A change in state law affects students who did not pass competency tests in reading and math, and/or the computer skills tests.

This law affects former students from as far back as the class of ’81. To be eligible, applicants must have passed all other graduation requirements.

Latasha Allison says not having a high school diploma has made it tough to find a job. “The math competency test, that’s what held me back.”

But a change in state law will help her dream of getting that diploma come true.

“The only students that are eligible for this are those who met graduation requirements, other than passing the competency test in reading, math, or computer skills,” said Rick Holliday, NHC Schools Asst. Superintendent.

The competency test examines reading, math, and basic computer skills at an eighth grade level. From 1981 to July of this year, passing the test was required to get a high school diploma.

Under the new requirement, high school students still have to pass five end-of-course exams in subjects like algebra and English, but the competency test has been eliminated.

The law is retro-active, meaning some former students will finally get their high school diploma.

“Oh, it was a blessing for me, it was a doorway to open definitely and I just feel like I have an opportunity now to pursue my career,” Allison said.

Allison had been taking GED classes in hopes of passing the math portion of the competency test. She says now she can focus on earning her culinary degree, and maybe one day open a restaurant. “That was my dream, and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me. I was determined.”

Students who dropped out of high school are not affected by the rule change. Former students can contact their high schools to see if they’re eligible. Students have through July 2014 to petition their schools.

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videoSome North Carolinians who didn’t graduate from high school, may now be eligible to receive their high school diplomas after all. A change in state law affects students who did not pass competency tests in reading and math, and/or the computer skills tests.

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1898 riot book to be unveiled at Cape Fear Museum

Monday, November 9th, 2009

By Ben SteelmanBen.Steelman@StarNewsOnline.com

Exactly 111 years after the fact, a new book about the 1898 Wilmington race riot will be unveiled Tuesday night at the Cape Fear Museum.LeRae S. Umfleet, author of “Day of Blood,” will speak about the book and answer questions during a program at 7 p.m. in the museum at 814 Market St.

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Murder trial gives glimpse into night at Nesbitt Court

Monday, November 9th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

On Oct. 28, 2007, two gunshots broke the stillness of a Sunday night, waking some people during the waning days of a now-shuttered public housing development on the city’s south side. When witnesses looked outside, they saw a young man dead on the curb.

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