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Archive for October, 2011

Netflix kills plan to split off DVD rentals

Monday, October 10th, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) – Netflix is abandoning its widely panned decision to separate its DVD-by-mail and Internet streaming services.

CEO Reed Hastings says in a Monday blog post that subscribers will be able to use both services under one account and one password.

Less than a month ago, Netflix Inc. said it would split the DVD rental business off onto a new website, to be called Qwikster.

Subscribers howled at the move, saying they saw Netflix as a destination for movies in general and didn’t want to manage two accounts.

Hastings says in the blog post “it is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.”

Netflix shares climbed 9 percent to $128.05 on premarket trading.

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Family mourns NC firefighter who died in marathon

Monday, October 10th, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Family members and colleagues are mourning the loss of a Greensboro firefighter who died while running the Chicago marathon.

Capt. William Caviness collapsed about 500 yards from the race’s finish line Sunday. Paramedics were able to get his heart beating again, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Bill Britt said Monday his son-in-law was a wonderful husband and father who seemed to be in excellent physical health. Britt says Caviness would occasionally run the 18 miles or so between his home and the fire station where he worked.

Caviness’s union local says he was running to raise money for a charity that helps burn victims. A statement from the union says Caviness was a leader in the fire department.

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

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UNCW student shines in professional video training with YouTube

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Jeffrey Wolz can trace his career aspirations back to a Game Boy Camera a friend gave him in the seventh grade.

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NC residents debate underground gas fracking

Monday, October 10th, 2011

SANFORD, NC (AP) – The public debate begins in earnest over whether natural gas trapped in Piedmont North Carolina’s shale rock formations is a promising energy source or a serious threat.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources expects a big turnout Monday in Sanford, the first of three public meetings on the issue.

The agency is studying the pros and cons of drilling into the shale and must prepare a report for the General Assembly by May.

The drilling process called fracking isn’t allowed in North Carolina, but speculators have already leased more than 9,000 acres in Lee County for future drilling and exploration rights.

Critics say the method results in chemical spills, polluted underground aquifers, and earthquakes caused by the subterranean blasts.

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

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WWII veteran from NC takes 1st tandem jump

Monday, October 10th, 2011

RAEFORD, NC (AP) — A World War II veteran from Laurinburg who took his first tandem parachute jump at the age of 95 says the experience was “lovely.”

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Dr. Winston Tornow jumped Sunday at PK Air Park in Raeford. His tandem partner and instructor was Mike Elliott, a retired soldier and former member of the Golden Knights, the U.S. Parachute Team.

As a Golden Knight, Elliott had jumped with former President George H.W. Bush.

Tornow is a retired veterinarian and says he never felt scared as he fell 12,500 feet at the Raeford Parachute Center School.

He says he decided to jump after his wife, Martha Jane McNair, died last year. Their son, McNair Tornow of Beech Mountain, arranged the jump.

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

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