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Archive for November, 2009

PPD expands presence in China with acquisition

Friday, November 6th, 2009

From staff reports

PPD Inc. said Friday it has acquired Excel PharmaStudies Inc., a contract research organization based in China.Wilmington-based PPD said in a news release that the acquisition “positions it to capitalize on the trememdous growth of the outsourcing market in Asia Pacific.”

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Wilmington police investigating home invasion, robbery

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Wilmington | Police are investigating a reported armed robbery in the 500 block of Cobblestone Drive.The victim, a 23-year-old male, reported that he woke up at about 4 a.m. Friday to find three men wearing ski masks in his apartment and standing over him. Two of the robbers were armed with handguns, according to police.

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Kefi restaurant closing doors due to credit crunch

Friday, November 6th, 2009

The popular Kefi restaurant in Wilmington says it may close because it is unable to get financing. The restaurant is on Eastwood Road at the approach to Wrightsville Beach, and is across the street from Crocker’s Marine, which closed last week because of the bad economy.

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Retailers report sales increases

Friday, November 6th, 2009

From staff and wire reports

Sales at stores open at least a year rose 2.1 percent in October, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs tally, compared with a 4.2 percent drop in October 2008. Locally, some retailers saw that glimmer of hope in September and October.

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Carolina Beach native Kim Munley credited with stopping Ft. Hood shooting

Friday, November 6th, 2009


The carnage might have been even worse at Fort Hood, had it not been for civilian police officer Kim Munley. Upon arriving at the scene, she saw Hasan and started firing. Munley’s boss said Hasan spun and charged her with a gun in each hand, but Munley was able to stop him with a shot to the torso. She was wounded as well.

Who is this woman? It turns out she’s one of ours.

Linda Barbour found out about her daughter, Kim Munley’s involvement in what happened at Fort Hood Thursday after her own mother saw a story about the shootings on WWAY. But it wasn’t until early Friday morning that Barbour got to talk to Kim.

“Emotional. Very much like what I’m feeling right at the moment. I am thankful that she was alive and that she would get well,” said Barbour.

All of 5’ 3”; friends and coworkers said Munley packed the courage and bravery of a lion.

Wrightsville Beach police officer John Carey said, “She was a very small in stature officer, but she was very brave.”

“Kim acted very courageous, and she is a fine example of a law enforcement officer and the country should be proud to have law enforcement officers like her on duty,” added Detective Shaun Appler.

Munley and Shaun Appler started with the Wrightsville Beach Police Department in 2000, and worked side by side for two years. Appler said Munley was always there when he needed her. He remembers a time she came to his rescue, just in the nick of time. “Together, with her help, we were able to subdue the suspect. After the fight was over, realized that my gun was actually on my back, and the suspect was going for my gun. I have to give Kim a lot of credit, she probably saved my life that night,” he said.

A Hoggard High grad, Munley got her basic law enforcement training at Cape Fear Community College. After two years with Wrightsville Beach, she became a guard at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Born and raised in Carolina Beach, her family is still a big part of the Cape Fear region. Her dad, Dennis Barbour, used to be mayor of Carolina Beach, and owns and operates True Value Island Tackle.

Her mom works for the Cape Fear chapter of the American Red Cross, which helped her get in touch with Kim after the shooting.

Munley’s friends and family are proud of their hometown hero. Now their priority is making sure she recovers, after the tragic events at fort hood.

“She is an everyday hero, and she’s my daughter. I am very, very proud of her,” Barbour said.

Kim Munley’s mom, Linda Barbour told WWAY she was able to speak with her daughter late Thursday night.

Right now, Munley’s father is on his way to Texas. Munley is in stable condition at a hospital in the Fort Hood area.

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videoThe carnage might have been even worse at Fort Hood, had it not been for civilian police officer Kim Munley. Upon arriving at the scene, she saw Hasan and started firing.

Who is this woman? It turns out she’s one of ours.

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