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Archive for December, 2009

Strange odor at apartment complex isn’t harmful

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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Residents evacuated from a Wilmington apartment complex Monday night can now rest easy.

A strange chemical odor was reported coming from The Pines apartment complex on Shipyard Boulevard. When the hazmat team went in to investigate, their air-monitoring equipment got really low readings, meaning there were minimal hazardous materials in the air.

After ventilating the building, the equipment got no readings at all. Hazmat officials believe the odor came from a pest-control bomb or mixture of cleaning products.

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Hazmat officials believe the strange odor at The Pines Apartments came from a pest-control bomb, or cleaning products.

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ABC board calls special meeting as it prepares for showdown

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

In anticipation of the public criticism Alcoholic Beverage Control Board members are expected to face Monday at the New Hanover County Commission meeting, the ABC Board will hold a special meeting at 10:30 a.m. today to prepare for the public showdown.

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What’s open or closed for New Year’s Day

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

WILMINGTONOffices — ClosedTrash pickup — Yes (have all items at curb side by 7:30 a.m.)COUNTY OFFICESNew Hanover — ClosedPublic Library — Closed (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)Bladen — ClosedBrunswick — ClosedColumbus — ClosedDuplin — ClosedOnslow — ClosedPender — ClosedSTATE

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911callers thought Rocky Point body was woman sleeping on side of road

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

The passers-by who called 911 after seeing Tiffany Louise Dawkins’ body lying on the side of the road Sunday morning said they thought the woman had been hit by a car or was sleeping.

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Census Bureau: Hispanic participation important

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Roberto Belen is helping determine the politics of North Carolina and South Carolina – and how much money the states receive from the federal government – while working from
a radio booth in Charlotte.

The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that Belen is a specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau who’s encouraging Hispanics to participate in the 2010 Census.

Belen’s job is difficult because some Hispanics fear being deported if the government knows they’re in the United States. And some Hispanic groups are urging a boycott of the census until
Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform.

Belen says he keeps repeating this mantra: Census Bureau information can’t be shared with another agency. A law keeps personal census information private for 72 years.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer

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

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Roberto Belen is helping determine the politics of North Carolina and South Carolina – and how much money the states receive from the federal government – while working from
a radio booth in Charlotte.

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