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Archive for November, 2009

“Collect a Million Minds” initiative looks to help students with science, technology and math

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Groups of middle school students got a dose of science up close Thursday afternoon in Wilmington. It was part of Time Warner Cable’s “Connect a Million Minds” initiative, an effort to connect students with learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Thursday on the riverfront, students learned about gyroscopes; devices used in lots of machinery.

“They’ll also be riding Segways, learning about the science behind them. And then they’ll also be using remotely operated vehicles with MarineQuest from UNCW and learning about the gyroscopes and how that works. And then they’ll finish over at the battleship talking about gyroscopes over on the battleship and how they use gyroscopes there,” said Andi Curtis from Time Warner Cable.

A recent North Carolina study found only one in three students met standards in math, with only one in five meeting standards in science.

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Groups of middle school students got a dose of science up close Thursday afternoon in Wilmington. It was part of Time Warner Cable’s “Connect a Million Minds” initiative, an effort to…

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Leland Police and Fire play ball to collect toys

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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The Leland Police Department is challenging the Leland Fire Department to friendly game of softball. The two teams will face off on Saturday to help collect toys for Operation Santa Cop.

The police department won last year, and told WWAY they feel confident they will win again this year. The game will be dedicated to the late Wilmington Police Officer Rich Matthews.

“Its always good to pay your respects to the fallen officer. And whether it be an officer, or a deputy or a fireman, its good to come out and honor his memory,” said Robert Ernest of the Leland Police Department.

In order to get into the event, you have to bring one unwrapped toy per person.

The event is sponsored by Toys for Tots and the Leland Police Association and will take place at the Northwest Ball Field off 74/76.

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The Leland Police Department is challenging the Leland Fire Department to friendly game of softball. The two teams will face off on Saturday to help collect toys for Operation Santa Cop.

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Seafood sellers running out of shellfish

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Thursday marked day number eight of the temporary ban on shellfishing in our area.

The ban remains in effect in all coastal waters, preventing the harvesting of any oysters, clams, or mussels. Increased levels of bacteria due to runoff from last week’s heavy rains prompted the ban.

Seafood sellers are quickly running out of local oysters to sell for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Department of Marine Fisheries will continue to test the water quality and will reopen the waters once they clear.

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Thursday marked day number eight of the temporary ban on shellfishing in our area.

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Prisoner accidentally released from Brunswick County Jail arrested

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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A man who escaped from the Brunswick County Jail is on his way back to North Carolina, after being arrested in Baltimore.

Jail officials said Rosher Rodriguez-Aguilar stole the identity of another inmate last month, and was inadvertently released from the Brunswick County Jail.

The sheriff’s department searched high and low for Rodriguez-Aguilar, only to find out he had skipped town, landing in Maryland.

He will be brought back to the Brunswick County Jail.

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A man who escaped from the Brunswick County Jail is on his way back to North Carolina, after being arrested in Baltimore.

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Sen. Boseman won’t seek re-election

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State Sen. Julia Boseman says she won’t seek a fourth term in the Senate next year, citing family responsibilities.

The New Hanover County Democrat announced Thursday her decision to leave the Senate when her term ends at the end of 2010.

Boseman was the first openly gay person elected to the General Assembly in 2004.

Boseman said in a statement she wanted to be closer to home because her partner is having a baby in January.

The Wilmington attorney helped push through legislation this year that requires all school districts to approve detailed anti-bullying policies. Conservatives opposed the bill because they argued it would give special rights to gays and lesbians.

Her departure gives an opportunity for Republicans to win back the swing district seat.

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

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The New Hanover County Democrat announced Thursday her decision to leave the Senate when her term ends at the end of 2010.

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