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Archive for November, 2009

Kure Beach seaside park attracts grants

Friday, November 20th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Kure Beach is turning into the little beach town that could.The Pleasure Island community has secured yet another grant for its Ocean Front Park.The N.C. Division of Coastal Management has awarded the town $200,000 out of its coastal access program.

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Where’s the money? Forms mishandled after poker raid

Friday, November 20th, 2009

By David Reynolds Dave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Non-specific record keeping, legal experts say, limits defendants’ ability to reclaim their property, and leaves authorities open to accusations of wrongdoing.

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Oak Island allows mixed-use development near new bridge entrance

Friday, November 20th, 2009

By Amanda WilsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Although Oak Island’s second bridge has not been completed yet, the face of the second bridge corridor is already starting to take shape. The Oak Island Town Council voted Friday to approve a conditional use permit for the Island Passage mixed-use development planned for property there, on the mainland side of the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Rondo Words: A Troubling Story

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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Try as we might to personally distance ourselves from the stories we read on the air, some cut through the emotional armor and grab us by the heart. And so it has been this week for me with the story five-year-old Shaniya Davis in Fayetteville.

Shaniya was by all descriptions a sparkling little girl who enjoyed doing those things that five year olds do. If you’ve spent time with a five year old you know how much fun that can be. But now she’s dead.

There is much more to be learned in this case but police say the essence is that after growing up in the care of her father, Shaniya went to live with her mother. Within weeks, Shaniya came up missing. Police accuse her mother of selling Shaniya into a sex slavery arrangement. A five year old.

Mario McNeill was charged with kidnapping after he was caught on a hotel’s surveillance camera carrying Shaniya into a room, the last pictures we see of this five year old girl alive. Now he’s been charged with raping and asphyxiating her. A five year old.

The human mind can work in tortuously strange and twisted ways; especially if it’s fueled by drugs. In some small way this story would be easier to take if the allegations against Antoinette Davis, Shaniya’s mother, somehow prove untrue. To me there is no earthly bond more sacred or stronger than that of mother and child. To have that belief so fundamentally shaken is what makes Shaniya’s story so unsettling.

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videoTry as we might to personally distance ourselves from the stories we read on the air, some cut through the emotional armor and grab us by the heart. And so it has been this week for me with the story five-year-old Shaniya Davis in Fayetteville.

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Tamiflu-resistant swine flu cluster found in North Carolina

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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ATLANTA (AP) – Health officials say four people in North Carolina have tested positive for a type of swine flu that’s resistant to the drug Tamiflu.

It’s the first cluster of that many cases seen in the U.S.

Health officials said Friday the four cases were reported at Duke University Medical Center in Durham over the past six weeks.

Tamiflu is one of two medicines that help against swine flu. Health officials have been closely watching for signs that the virus is mutating, making the drugs ineffective.

About 52 resistant cases have been reported in the world since April, including 15 in the U.S. so far. Officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say almost all the U.S. cases have been isolated.

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

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Health officials say four people in our state have tested positive for a type of the H1N1 virus that’s resistant to the drug Tamiflu.

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