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Archive for November, 2009

Local Web production needs actors

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Southeastern North Carolina | A pilot for what producers hope will become a new TV series is casting for lead roles in the Wilmington area. “Saints & Sinners,” a half-hour dramedy designed for online distribution, is looking “for a cast that has chemistry, confidence, and creativity.”

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New Hanover school board takes another swing at redistricting

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

Fitting together the pieces of New Hanover County middle school districts is harder than it looks.Move the district line a block this way, and three schools are overcrowded. Nudge it back again, and poverty levels in another school skyrocket.

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Trying to stomp out violent crimes

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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There is no pain worse for a parent than losing a child, especially at the hands of a killer. The void and anger can be debilitating, if you let it.

“My daughter was murdered in June of ’94,” Birdie Frink said.

Birdie and Barry Frink’s youngest daughter Amy was murdered in Brunswick County 15 years ago, just shy of her 19th birthday.

It was a brutally cold, heartless killing. “When Amy died, my husband and I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

Citizens have sponsored a billboard along Highway 17 in Leland, hoping to help another family find answers.

On this day, Birdie and other volunteers were setting up for the group’s 14th annual vigil honoring victims of violent crime.

Hip replacement surgery was not about to stop her. The first list of victims had 13 names in 1995, now there are well over one-hundred.

Birdie Frink says that while supporting the survivors of violent crime is important so is standing up for them. “Advocate for victims rights. We try to reach out to the community and let them know about the bills that are about to be passed. Some we support, some we don’t”

And she lets our elected representatives know about it. Birdie Frink still feels the death of her daughter daily. “Part of your body is just ripped out of you.”

But she has filled that void with a mission dedicated to her daughter’s memory. Birdie says her husband Barry is her quiet strength. He’s been waging his own fight with cancer but he too remains committed to justice for citizens and victims rights.

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videoThere is no pain worse for a parent than losing a child, especially at the hands of a killer. The void and anger can be debilitating, if you let it.

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Checking out your car before you leave can save time in the long run

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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Almost 40 million people are expected to travel for Thanksgiving. Many of them will pile into their cars. Spending just a few minutes making sure your vehicle is road ready could have you giving thanks for a safe trip.

If you’re thinking of hitting the road to get to your Thanksgiving dinner, you’ve got to make sure the car is all packed up. Then you get buckled in, make sure you have a full tank of gas and you’re ready to hit the road, right? Well, not so fast.

“Going on long road trips you want to make sure tires are properly inflated, make sure all your fluids are topped off, so you don’t have any minor or major mishaps while your on the road,” said Marc Knight, Midas operations manager.

Start by checking the tires; air pressure guidelines are usually on the inside of the driver’s door. “Keeping your tires inflated properly makes your tires last longer. It’s easier on your suspension and steering components, and it increases your fuel mileage,” Knight said.

Most people know when to change the oil. “Oil you need to have changed every three months or every 3,000 miles,” Knight explained.

But you should also check power steering, brake, and transmission fluids before hitting the road.

Next make sure all the belts are running smoothly and have a fresh set of wiper blades to prepare for whatever weather awaits. “The main reason is safety. It increases your visibility in stormy or wintry conditions,” Knight added.

A quick check can help put your mind at ease. All you’ll have to worry about is the traffic.

To save some money on gas, the Car Care Council says to avoid aggressive driving, follow the speed limit, and avoid idling. Also, replace damaged or loose gas caps to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating.

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videoAlmost 40 million people are expected to travel for Thanksgiving. Many of them will pile into their cars. Spending just a few minutes making sure your vehicle is road ready could have you giving thanks for a safe trip.

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Prepping for the holiday feast begins at Fort Bragg

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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Soldiers at Fort Bragg are already preparing for their holiday feast. This year’s theme at the chow hall is based on food from New Orleans. Seafood gumbo, shrimp and okra, even crab meat.

The only thing that is missing is the family members these soldiers won’t see because they are not back in their hometowns for the holidays.

“It’s going to be hard, but I didn’t get to go home last year either so you get used to it when you’ve been away for a while,” said Fort Bragg soldier Pvt. Chassie Lemieux.

If they can’t get home to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, this has to be the next best thing. It is also a competition between dining facilities. Each facility has it’s own theme, complete with all the trimmings.

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Soldiers at Fort Bragg are already preparing for their holiday feast. This year’s theme at the chow hall is based on food from New Orleans. Seafood gumbo, shrimp and okra, even crab meat.

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