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Archive for November, 2009

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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$114,985 forfeited without criminal charges in gambling raid

Friday, November 20th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

In February 2008, a judge signed $114,985 and a 2007 Chrysler 4S over to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office to be used at the sheriff’s discretion.

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Wilmington woman thankful, angry after robber shot at her

Friday, November 20th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington | When Donna Craig stepped out of her car after sunset Wednesday, a man in dark clothing emerged from the shadows pointing a gun at her face.“Give me your cash!” he demanded, pointing a revolver at arm’s length. At first, Craig wasn’t scared.

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Fort Fisher dig uncovers pre-Civil War lighthouse

Friday, November 20th, 2009

By Amy HotzAmy.Hotz@StarNewsOnline.com

Test dig finds the remains and a few artifacts left behind from what was once a 40-foot tall structure in what is now called Battle Acre at Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

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Local companies recognized for green efforts

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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This going green thing is more than just a fad. Businesses and developers across the Cape Fear region are using nature friendly materials and styles in their buildings to save money and save the environment.

The Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s new facility is top of the list, and received the Lower Cape Fear Outstanding Stewardship Award. Recycled carpet and geo-thermal heating & cooling, are just some of the things that make the building green.

“All of our staff, every office has some sort of natural light that they can get, which is really neat because we came from rental spaces where we didn’t even see the sun, or know what the weather was doing,” said Lower Cape Fear Hospice President and CEO Laurie Bystrom. “Most of us don’t even turn lights on in our offices because we have enough natural lighting to not need that.”

There are many aspects about the green building that you don’t really even notice. For instance, the river in the gardens takes recycled storm water from the slanted roof and re-uses it in the river.

Earl Worsley’s Masonboro Lodge received a significant achievement award. It is built around a large oak tree to keep a taste of nature on the property.

“It was developed around the tree behind us, once we set that in stone – we looked at other architectural features and engineering features that we could incorporate in the green type building area,” said Worsley.

Developers and business owners agree that going green benefits the environment, and their bottom line.

“Well, I think it’s the right thing to do,” said Worsley, “I think a lot of people are embracing the green building alliance movement and I think that we’ll probably see more and more of that in Wilmington.”

Other stewardship award winners include the new Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal in Southport, the City of Wilmington Street Sweeper Complex, and Brunswick Forest.

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videoGoing green in a big way: a number of local projects are being recognized for their efforts to be environmentally friendly. The Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Awards were given out Thursday night.

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