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Archive for December, 2009

Weak economy fuels CFCC admission, aid rush

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

The troubled economy has sent students flocking to get help paying for college.

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Big Buddy volunteer aims to improve his younger friend’s “journey”

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

Eddie Hardgrove had been talking about becoming a Big Buddy for so long that his wife urged him to go ahead and join.

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USDOT approves airline passenger bill of rights, but will it help?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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There’s a small victory for passengers who are forced to wait out delays on the plane. Airlines will be required to let passengers deplane if they are delayed for more than three hours.

In the first six months of this year, more than 600 planes were delayed on the tarmac for more than three hours with the passengers on board.

“Well I think it’s unfortunate that we had to even do that, but it’s there and someone has to protect the passengers. You can’t leave people sitting on a tarmac for 3-plus hours,” Jon Rosborough, ILM Director, said.

ILM already has a plan in place to keep passengers from being stuck on the plane. The new rule also requires airlines to provide food and water for passengers if a plane is delayed for two hours, and to keep bathrooms open.

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There’s a small victory for passengers who are forced to wait out delays on the plane. Airlines will be required to let passengers deplane if they are delayed for more than three hours.

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NC police searching for suspect in hit-and-run

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Police in North Carolina are searching for a suspect in a hit-and-run accident that injured a police officer.

Multiple media outlets report that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer was driving his patrol car in Charlotte on Sunday when the suspect broadsided his vehicle and drove away. The
suspect’s car was found abandoned a short time later.

The police officer was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. Officials estimate the damage to his patrol car at about $7,000.

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

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Police in North Carolina are searching for a suspect in a hit-and-run accident that injured a police officer.

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Donation doubles endowment of NC cancer hospital

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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CHAPEL HILL — A global drug manufacturer has doubled the endowment of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital by making a $2 million donation.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the U.S. arm of drug manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis donated the money Monday. Officials at the New Jersey drug manufacturer say the gift was given in recognition of strong research at the hospital, which is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The money represents more than half of the hospital’s total endowment which now stands at just under $4 million.

Hospital officials say the money will probably pay for new research and therapies and a support center for patients’ families.

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

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A global drug manufacturer has doubled the endowment of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital by making a $2 million donation.

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