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Archive for September, 2011

Robot finds no bomb in package at NC courthouse

Monday, September 12th, 2011

GOLDSBORO, NC (AP) — A suspicious package left outside a North Carolina courthouse and jail that were evacuated as a precaution was not a bomb.

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said Monday an Air Force bomb squad robot tore into a suspicious package left outside an entrance to the Goldsboro building that houses the courts, county offices, and the jail.

Winders says the package was made to look like a bomb and is being checked for evidence that could point to who was behind it.

The sheriff says some of the jail’s more than 200 inmates were moved to a section protected by a thick wall and hundreds of people who work in the county buildings were prevented from entering.

Winders says neighboring Seymour Johnson Air Force Base provided its bomb squad.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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NC beach sees unusual jump in stingray strikes

Monday, September 12th, 2011

COROLLA, NC (AP) — Ocean rescue workers along one Outer Banks beach say swimmers have suffered an unusual number of injuries from stingrays that lurk in the sand below their feet.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, VA, reports that during one week last month there were at least two injuries each day from stingrays, something that Corolla rescue chief Sylvia Wolff says generally occurs fewer than five times a year.

Wolff says Corolla Ocean Rescue reported 238 major medical incidents from June through August, with about a third of those resulting from stingrays.

Stingrays strike back when they’re stepped on by swimmers. Their tail is armed with a poisonous barb, which can break off in the flesh.

Other North Carolina beaches have not reported an increase in stingray stings.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Both sides in Monkey Junction annexation struggle gear up efforts

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Both sides of the Monkey Junction annexation debate are scrambling to get information to residents and business owners as the deadline to scuttle the city’s land grab approaches.

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Duke sued over cancer trials

Monday, September 12th, 2011

DURHAM, NC (ABC NEWS) — A lawsuit filed in North Carolina’s Durham County Superior Court accuses Duke University, Duke University Heath System and five doctors of exposing patients to unnecessary chemotherapy during fraudulent clinical trials.

The trials, which began in 2007 and 2008, were based on work by Dr. Anil Potti — a former Duke cancer researcher who claimed to have developed a test that could predict which lung cancer patients would benefit from chemotherapy.

The trials were temporarily halted in 2009 when other researchers couldn’t replicate Potti’s results. But the trials resumed after an internal investigation. The lawsuit alleges the findings were withheld.

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New blog to talk traffic and other local transportation issues

Monday, September 12th, 2011

From road closures to traffic backups to transportation news, the Backseat Driver blog will be a one-stop shop about how folks get around in Southeastern North Carolina.

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