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Archive for June, 2010

A look at PPD as company turns 25

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

PPD Inc. turns 25 years old next month. The StarNews sat down last week with Fred Eshelman, the company’s founder and executive chairman, and CEO David Grange to discuss the future of one of Wilmington’s biggest employers and its relationship with the area and its institutions.

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Progress Energy asks N.C. regulators about rate cut

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A power company has asked state utility regulators for permission to lower rates for customers in North Carolina.

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Here Now – Employment ministry focuses on finding people work

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell.StarNewsOnline.com

The morning after Michelle Fairbanks made an impassioned address at the spring Phoenix Employment Ministry fundraising luncheon, she was back at work as its lead job coach.

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Former coach facing new sex charges

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Once a role model and respected coach who ran a youth basketball program locally, Freddie Wilson’s name can now be found on the state’s sex offender registry.That’s because Wilson was convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old autistic girl in his program.

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Editor’s Note – Sixth-grader successful in spite of challenges

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

By Robyn Tomlinrobyn.tomlin@starnewsonline.com

Everywhere I go, regular readers of this column ask me about Avery, my 12-year-old son, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism, when he was 4.

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