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Archive for October, 2011

One year after brain surgery 11 year old takes batting 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. It’s been one year to this day that he went through what he went through. For him to come out here today is very special. It’s been a great day.”

On Wednesday afternoon Kinlaw 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.

Randy Hood is the pitching coach for UNCW. His daughter attends the same school as Zion Kinlaw. “Once this situation arose it felt like an opportunity where we as a baseball team could get involved because of his love for baseball and hopefully try to help him through this ordeal.”

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Suspect in fatal Brunswick shooting in custody

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The suspect in a fatal Brunswick County shooting is in custody after turning himself in Wednesday night.

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Offshore wind energy forum brings to light new job opportunities

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC — With it looking likely that North Carolina will not get project soccer a major question for the state remains how do we produce more jobs? The answer to that question could be blowing in the wind. A public forum on offshore wind energy was held Wednesday night at UNCW.

Panelist from the forum say that developing wind energy off our coast that matches the output of a nuclear plant would create about 10,000 construction and manufacturing jobs and about 2,000 permanent operations jobs.

That is one of the reasons that states up and down the east coast are competing to attract the industry.

“States like New Jersey, Massachusetts, Delaware, all of these states are kind of out there saying we want to be the center of the world for offshore wind and frankly a lot of those states don’t have then natural advantages that North Carolina has,” said Brian O’Hara, President of the N.C. Offshore Wind Coalition.

Experts say that the state has the largest wind resource on the east coast to go along with the lowest construction costs.

“I think North Carolina is taking a lot of the right steps to do the right studies,” said Rob Propes, Development Manager of APEX Wind Energy. “They’re really taking a close and careful look at it.”

The crowd at UNCW’s Warwick Center went out the door to hear these experts talk about the technology and to ask questions about it.

Some of the issues with the turbines are that they could be an eyesore to our coast, what would be the effects of a hurricane on them, and their expensive costs.

“It’s going to be more expensive than that old technology but it’s certainly going to be more competitive with a brand new energy facility that will have to be built,” said Propes.

They also have a number of environmental advantages. They emit no harmful pollution, their foundations become artificial reefs and they require no water usage.

This domestic, clean energy is part of a long term effort that North Carolina is looking at.

“I think the chances are good if we get our house in order and can approach this very proactively,” said O’Hara.

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies at 56

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Steven P. Jobs, the charismatic technology pioneer who co-founded Apple Inc. and transformed one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies, has died. He was 56.

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Apple says company co-founder Steve Jobs has died

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Apple says the company’s co-founder Steve Jobs has died. He was 56. In a brief statement the company said Jobs died Wednesday. He had been battling pancreatic cancer.

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