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Archive for October, 2011

Family of al-Qaida propagandist issues statement

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The Charlotte family of the al-Qaida propagandist killed last week in a US airstrike in Yemen says the 25-year-old was a law-abiding US citizen who was assassinated by the American government.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the family of Samir Khan issued a statement Wednesday in which they said the government hasn’t contacted them with any news about the recovery of his remains or offered condolences. They said they’re appalled by the government’s indifference.

Khan’s family moved to Charlotte from New York in 2004.

A few years ago, Khan moved to Yemen to produce “Inspire,” an English-language magazine for al-Qaida. In one early edition, he wrote that he was proud to be a traitor to America.

On Friday, he was killed along with radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

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

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Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival hits the stage this weekend

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

FORT FISHER, NC (WWAY) — It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend. What better way to enjoy it than at the beach, with some tasty seafood and a little music?

Actually, make that a lot of music. The 18th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival is this weekend.

Families can enjoy a free kids zone, check out arts and crafts and enjoy a wine garden. The big draw is the music There will be 15 bands plus the main attraction Saturday night.

“We have a blues stage. We have a jazz stage,” Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce President Gail McCloskey said. “They’re both going all day long. The music starts at 12:30 p.m. on both stages. Jimmy Vaughn is our headliner. He’ll be appearing at 8 p.m. on Saturday night.”

Tickets are $30 for both Saturday and Sunday if you buy them in advance. At the gate it’s $30 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday. The festival is at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area.

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ONLY ON 3: Leland cop hits driver, other officers ruin investigation

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

EDITOR’S NOTE: As an isolated incident, we understand that this story does not rise to the level of a major news story. However, as we continue to investigate allegations of misconduct and corruption inside the Leland Police Department, we feel that it’s another example that paints a picture of significant problems within the department.

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — It doesn’t happen very often, but it can happen; a police officer is involved in an accident. It happened back in August to Lt. Rick Dellapia of the Leland Police Department.

According to an accident report by the Highway Patrol, Dellapia was on Village Road trying to take a left into the Citgo from the right hand lane, when he clipped another driver who was in the left hand lane turning left. The report says Dellapia was driving a brand new unmarked 2011 Chevy.

The driver, who wishes to keep her name out of the media, says Dellapia jumped out of his vehicle saying he was sorry, asking if she was okay, and saying he didn’t see her making the left.

She says about half a mile down sat an unmarked LPD Charger who saw the wreck. She says that officer came to the scene and while she was trying to call a friend to let them know about the fender-bender, started asking her questions like, “Don’t you think you were speeding?” She answered that if he was clocking her, he should tell her how fast she was going making the left hand turn. He replied that he didn’t have his radar gun out, but knew she was speeding.

Then she says while she was on the phone with a friend, one of the Leland officers got in her car without her permission and moved it into a parking lot.

The driver tells us so many officers showed up on the scene and crowded around her she felt very uncomfortable.

The Highway Patrol was eventually called in to write up the wreck, but the investigating trooper says in the report because the car was moved, because of conflicting statements and a lack of evidence, he was, “unable to determine the sequence or contributing circumstances for the collision.” The driver claims most cops know that moving a car after an accident can make it very difficult to figure out who’s at fault.

We’ve put in a call to the Leland Police Department for a comment. So far they have not returned our call.

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Incentives considered to bring HondaJet to NC

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Guilford County commissioners are considering whether to ask state legislators to contribute $250,000 for incentives to convince company officials to bring a HondaJet business to Piedmont Triad International Airport.

The High Point Enterprise reported that commissioners will discuss Thursday whether to ask the General Assembly for the money. In August, commissioners approved a $771,000 incentives package.

The Greensboro City Council also has approved incentives of more than $500,000 for the $80 million project to expand on to 30 acres and construct two new buildings.

The project has three parts: a service center for major maintenance and repair, a parts warehouse, and a center where the company would make components such as wings, doors and windows.

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

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One year after brain surgery 11 year old Zion Kinlaw takes bating practice at UNCW

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Zion Kinlaw underwent brain surgery in Chapel Hill on October 5th, 2010. During his stay in Chapel Hill he became friends with several members of the UNC Tar Heel baseball team.

WWAY caught up with Zion in Chapel Hill at a Duke-UNC baseball game last March.
“God has blessed with this experience,” Kinlaw said. “I just hope he will bless others too.”

Zion has an even tighter connection with the UNC Wilmington baseball team. Over the last year he’s become close friends with several of the coaches and players. In fact he threw out the first pitch at a Seahawks game this past spring. “Whenever I came back from the hospital I wanted to raise $10,000. That’s $1,000 for every year I’ve been born. That’s $10,000 and now they’re going to be able to fix other kids and give blessings to other kids.”

Josh Abshire is a catcher for UNCW. He may be a bigger fan of Zion than Zion is of him.
“We met Zion last year. He came out to the field and talked to us about what he had been through, Abshire said. “We automatically clicked, being two catchers. He got under my wing and here we are.”

On Wednesday afternoon Kinlawi was invited to attend baseball practice at UNCW to commemorate the one year anniversary of his successful brain surgery, but he did more than just watch. The fifth grader put on his cleats, grabbed a bat and took batting practice with the Seahawk baseball team.

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