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Archive for January, 2010

Convenience store on S. Kerr robbed of cigarettes

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Wilmington | A clerk at a Scotchman store on Kerr Avenue made due when a robber demanded four cartons of Newport cigarettes early Sunday, police say.

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Former ABC board member Wells resigns post on utility authority board

Monday, January 11th, 2010

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

Charles Wells, who resigned as chairman of the New Hanover County liquor board last week, had also resigned from the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority board in December.On Dec. 16, Wells hand-delivered a terse, one-sentence letter to Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo announcing his resignation.

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Reality show about Fantasia starts on VH1

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fantasia Barrino talks about how she got sidetracked financially in the first episode of a VH1 reality series about the “American Idol” winner from North Carolina.

The show, “Fantasia for Real,” debuts at 10 p.m. Monday. The Charlotte Observer reported Monday that the 25-year-old singer acknowledges that her extended family of six can be a financial burden.

The 2004 “American Idol” winner had financial problems after moving from High Point to Charlotte – despite a successful autobiography, a made-for-TV movie, a Broadway role in “The Color Purple” and a platinum album.

The newspaper says liens were filed against her first home in Charlotte over unpaid homeowner association fees and creditors sued for her $240,000 Mercedes. Her second home was saved from auction after fees were paid on back taxes in 2009.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Fantasia Barrino talks about how she got sidetracked financially in the first episode of a VH1 reality series about the “American Idol” winner from North Carolina.

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Marshall gets endorsements for US Senate race

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The mayors of two of North Carolina’s largest municipalities have endorsed Secretary of State Elaine Marshall in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht are on a list released Monday by Marshall’s campaign of more than 20 current and former Wake County elected officials supporting her nomination.

Meeker cited what he called Marshall’s network of statewide support in endorsing her to challenge Republican incumbent Richard Burr this fall. Marshall has won four statewide elections since 1996.

The endorsement list also included county commissioners, Cary and Raleigh council members and other mayors.

Marshall’s top rivals for the May nomination are former state Sen. Cal Cunningham and Chapel Hill attorney Kenneth Lewis.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The mayors of two of North Carolina’s largest municipalities have endorsed Secretary of State Elaine Marshall in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

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Another Democrat won’t run in 2010

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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Rep. Sandra Spaulding Hughes says she will not run for the 18th District seat in the May primary. Hughes says she will not seek another term in the House of Representatives for “personal and family reasons.” The announcement is the latest in a line of Democrats saying they will not seek re-election this year.

Local Democrats appointed Hughes to the House in 2008 to replace Thomas Wright, who was kicked out of the General Assembly. In November 2008 she won re-election. Now the former Wilmington City Council member will join senators Julia Boseman, Tony Rand and R.C. Soles on the list of Democrats who will not seek re-election.

“Certainly it does have an impact when you have a legislator who has been in office for a long time to resign,” said New Hanover Democratic Chair Jim Morgan. “But it also presents opportunities for other people who may be interested in running.”

The 18th District seat currently serves New Hanover and Pender Counties, but the district was ruled unconstitutional. So last year, the lines were redrawn. Parts of Pender County, currently in the 18th District, are moving to the 16th District starting with this election.

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Rep. Sandra Spaulding Hughes says she will not run for the 18th District seat in May’s Democratic primary.

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