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Archive for September, 2011

CFCC’s 9/11 memorial a labor of honor

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Every piece of Cape Fear Community College’s 9/11 memorial has to be perfect for Mike Yablonski.The 21-year-old student said he noticed every scratch Wednesday as he buffed one of the two stainless steel boxes that will represent the World Trade Center twin towers.Yablonski’s need for perfection comes from how close the attacks came to home.

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John Edwards campaign finance trial delayed

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A federal judge has delayed ex-Sen. John Edwards’s criminal trial on campaign finance charges until January.

In a motion filed last month, the two-time presidential candidate’s lawyers said the trial’s scheduled October start wouldn’t give them enough time to study over 400,000 pages of discovery materials turned over by the government.

An order signed by a US District Court judge and filed on Thursday grants that motion. It says that federal prosecutors agreed to a “reasonable” delay.

Edwards was charged in June with using about $1 million in under-the-table payments from political supporters to hide his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter during his 2008 run. He’s also charged with helping to falsify campaign finance reports to cover up the payments.

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

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Saturday is Family Fun Day at Brunswick Nature Park

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Horses, hiking and kayaking… oh, my!

Members of the Eastern North Carolina Trail Riders were at the Brunswick Nature Park this morning to kick off Family Fun Day.

You can bring your whole family for a day full of activities suitable for kids of all ages Saturday.

“At fun day, we’re going to have a lot of activities here for families,” Ann Donaldson said. “We’re going to have face painting, all types of activities for all members of your family, including information on Eastern North Carolina Trail Riders.”

Family Fun Day is Saturday at Brunswick Nature Park off NC 133.

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Cape Fear Watchdog$ – Wilmington approves Parking Day event

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Wilmington Downtown Inc. and other green space advocates will turn a metered parking spot downtown into a fake park on Sept. 16. The stunt is part of a nationwide event called Parking Day, , intended to bring awareness about the lack of green space downtown.

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NC ACLU sues over ‘Choose Life’ license plates

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

By TOM BREEN
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to prevent production of North Carolina’s new anti-abortion “Choose Life” license plates.

The group filed the lawsuit Thursday, claiming the plates violate the First Amendment because pro-abortion rights license plates are not available.

The General Assembly approved the design this year along with 79 other new specialty plates. Nonprofit pregnancy counseling centers opposed to abortion would collect $15 from each plate sold.

One of the plaintiffs in the case, Sue Holliday, says she’s not opposed to anti-abortion license plates in principle, as long as pro-abortion rights plates are also available to drivers.

The ACLU is also seeking a temporary restraining order blocking the manufacture of the plates until the lawsuit is decided.

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

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