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Archive for November, 2009

Official: NC offshore oil potential is overstated

Monday, November 16th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.Mcgrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Some officials have floated the idea of using royalties from offshore oil and gas drilling to help fund coastal projects, such as beach nourishment and dredging, since political and financial support in Raleigh and Washington can often shift like the sand.

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Support Gunny Pearl surpasses original goal

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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More than six hundred runners and walkers gathered in Hugh MacRae Park Sunday to raise money for an injured Marine.

A group of UNCW nursing students came together to support a classmate whose husband was critically injured while serving in Afghanistan.

They organized the Support Gunny Pearl 5K walk/run to raise money to benefit the Pearl family. ‘Gunny’ Eden Pearl is currently in intensive care at a facility in Texas.

Organizers were overwhelmed with the support. They said they hoped to bring in around twenty thousand dollars. Originally they were shooting for more like five or ten thousand, so they were pleased just to have surpassed that.

All of the money raised at the walk will go directly to benefit the Pearl family. Many of the runners were fellow Marines, who were stationed alongside Pearl at Camp Lejeune.

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More than six hundred runners and walkers gathered in Hugh MacRae Park Sunday to raise money for an injured Marine.

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Curtain closes on Cucalorus

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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With more than 1,000 entries from 35 different countries, Cucalorus brought together a colorful mix of global and local filmmakers.

Organizers say Cucalorus offered people a chance to create life-long relationships in an environment not tainted by competition.

“But here at Cucalorus it’s really about sharing stories and getting to know each other. Well you know, Cucalorus from the very beginning has been non-competitive. We truly believe that when you take away the tension and that sort of energy that goes along with giving out awards, that something very special happens,” said organizer Dan Brawley.

“It might not be competitive, but I think it’s more competitive to get into then maybe the Charlotte Film Festival or other festivals,” said Mike Kennedy, director of Keeping Up with the Jetsons.

The sold out showing of Port City, the closing-night feature, had a line for rush tickets circling the hallway. The majority of the crew for Port City was from, well, the Port City, but the cast was made up of actors from Wilmington and the west coast.

“We had Jodi Sweetin and she is from L.A. and John Wesley Shipp who lives in L.A. even though he shot Dawson’s Creek here,” said director Andy Brown.

Each year the festival gets more recognition, with bigger names attached to each project.

This year the festival did include a film with whispers of Oscars all over it; that’s not far-fetched.

Through the years, Cucalorus has screened four Oscar winning films. Not bad for a festival that began in 1995 with the screening of just sixteen films in a restaurant along the Cape Fear.

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With more than 1,000 entries from 35 different countries, Cucalorus brought together a colorful mix of global and local filmmakers.

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Interview with Congressman McIntyre

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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Kevin Wuzzardo talked to Congressman Mike McIntyre about Afghanistan, among other things, last week during a one-on-one interview. Please click on video icon to view the interview.

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videoKevin Wuzzardo talked to Congressman Mike McIntyre about Afghanistan, amongst other things, last week during a one-on-one interview.

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Carolina Beach Boardwalk tries to extend summer success

Monday, November 16th, 2009

By Judy RoyalJudy.Royal@StarNewsOnline.com

Christmas by the Sea is the first-ever Christmas celebration on the Boardwalk, an area that in previous years has been all but barren during the off-season.

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