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Archive for November, 2009

St. James opponents pursue larceny charges against clerk

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Opponents of St. James’ forced annexation are not letting up on criminal charges filed last month against the town clerk for allegedly stealing their protest signs.

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Can what you do when you are young affect your hearing when you get older?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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Gwen Robinson has suffered from allergies all of her life, so she suspected congestion may be part of the reason why she has pressure in her ear, making it hard for her to hear. But she also wondered if time was taking its toll on her hearing.

“Sometimes I have to have people repeat what they say to me,” 54-year-old Robinson said.

Turns out, many of us gradually do experience hearing loss as we age. But the way you treat your hearing in your younger years affects its function later. Prior to mid-life, nerve hearing loss usually is not an issue. But Dr. Paul Atwater suggests if things seem muted – get to the doctor to see if the problem is wax buildup. Also, don’t use a cotton swab to clean out your ears. It only pushes the wax further inside. Don’t smoke. Also, turn down the volume.

“Noise exposure is the most common cause of a hearing loss in a younger person,” said Dr. Atwater.

That noise, certain medical conditions, and your family history can contribute to hearing loss as you age. You may inherit the tendency towards losing your hearing as you get into your late 50,’s, and beyond.

As for Robinson, it doesn’t appear that she has hearing loss due age, so she is trying allergy medications, hoping to find some relief.

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Hearing loss can be a normal part of aging, but what you do when you are younger can often affect how well you hear in your golden years.

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Vocal coach, accompanist honored for her dedication to students

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By J.J. KnightSpecial to the StarNews

“One of my former students had such a natural gift, every time she opened her mouth it would be like, ‘Oh, this feels so good,’ ” said Patricia Ainspac, vocal coach and accompanist in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. “And it’s a different feeling when it’s someone you’ve really…

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Chilling 911 calls from slain NC family home

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Police have released 911 recordings that contain the sounds of a gunshot and a relative pleading for ambulances to get to the scene of a quadruple murder-suicide in Fayetteville earlier this week.

On one, a voice can be heard quietly moaning before the sound of a shot. A 911 operator tries in vain to get someone to speak.

On the second recording, a relative urges police and ambulances to get to the house. The relative says he can see blood and bodies, but he can’t get inside.

In the background, a woman can be heard wailing, “I knew it. I knew it.”

Authorities say William Maxwell killed his wife and two teen children before shooting himself Monday night. Friends say Maxwell’s behavior changed in the weeks before the shootings.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Police have released 911 recordings that contain the sounds of a gunshot and a relative pleading for ambulances to get to the scene of a quadruple murder-suicide in Fayetteville earlier this week.

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Associated poll

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NC Sen. Hagan drops backing for judge

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan has withdrawn her support for a possible lifetime federal appointment for a state judge who ruled in favor of a company that includes Hagan’s husband.

The Greensboro News & Record reported Thursday that Hagan three weeks ago recommended Superior Court Judge Calvin Murphy to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. District Court for Western North Carolina.

Nine days later, Murphy signed a ruling favoring the owners of five small hydroelectric plants on the Deep River, one of them belonging to Hydrodyne Industries. That company lists Hagan’s husband as a managing member.

The first-term Democratic senator said she didn’t know Murphy had ruled in a case in which her husband had a stake until the newspaper asked her to comment.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan has withdrawn her support for a possible lifetime federal appointment for a state judge who ruled in favor of a company that includes Hagan’s husband.

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