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Archive for October, 2011

Neiman Marcus Christmas book has $1M water fountain

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

DALLAS (AP) — Luxury shoppers browsing this year’s Neiman Marcus Christmas Book can get a dancing water fountain for $1 million, a $420,000 trip to European flower shows on a private jet or a handcrafted mahogany boat for $250,000.

The Dallas-based retailer unveiled the “fantasy items” in the 85th edition of its famous catalog Tuesday.

John E. Koryl, president of Neiman Marcus Direct, says almost half of the 600 items on this year’s list are under $250. But that doesn’t include a limited edition Ferrari FF. Just 10 will be available, at $395,000 a pop.

Artist Tom Burr has created a $45,000 piece that doubles as a ping pong table.

The department store chain is part of Neiman Marcus Group Inc.

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

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Jogger hit and killed identified

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

UPDATE: The State Highway Patrol says the man hit and killed by a car last night is Georg Peter Anderl. The 53-year-old just moved to Wilmington from Cedar Rapids, IA for his job.

Investigators say Anderl missed a 10 am meeting this morning and that when his company alerted police.

Anderl’s wife and two children still live in Cedar Rapids.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Highway Patrol is investigating an accident after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car Monday night. Investigators say a silver Chevrolet SUV ran a red light at Gordon and North College Road, hitting a jogger. The driver has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Troopers could not identify the man who was hit and are asking for your help. They describe him as a white man in his 40s or 50s. He is about six feet tall, was wearing a visor, blue shirt and a gold wedding band.

Police say the victim did not have any form of identification on him at the time of the accident and does not have any scars or tattoos. Anyone with information on who this man is should call the Wilmington Police at 910-343-3600.

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Candidate profile: Frank Meares

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Election Day is less than a month away, and WWAY wants you to meet the candidates for Wilmington City Council.

We sat down with Frank Meares, who says it is time for someone who truly represents the people.

Meares grew up in the Cape Fear. He has seen Wilmington grow and is proud of the city his family has called home for decades.

“I’m a Wilmingtonian,” Meares said. “I’m one of the very few that was born and raised here. I went to Forest Hills (Elementary School), went to Roland-Grise (Middle School) and then graduated from Hoggard (High School).”

The self-proclaimed conservative says he knew at a young age that he would one day run for office. Meares says he felt compelled to run for city council while on a “Cut Spending Now” trip, a conservative grassroots bus ride to the nation’s capital against overspending.

“My heart was touched on that ride,” he said. “I saw more than I can ever imagine as far as the connections between Wilmington’s spending habits and the federal government’s spending habits. Not only that, but the neglect of the people.”

Meares describes himself as an average citizen who wants to serve his community. Currently, the City Council hopeful works for the American Red Cross as a supply clerk.

“Basically what I do there is that I set them up so they can go out on their blood drives. When they get back I go through the mess and make sure it’s all sorted out so they can go on to the next one,” Meares said.

Meares says his top priorities are on public safety, infrastructure and business. He says local government has grown too big and is hurting the future of wilmington.

“Government is getting too strong and is pushing its way through,” Meares said. “It tears my heart to see free market leaving Wilmington. When I see what a lot of what people don’t want in Wilmington appearing, we just need to release the reigns on all businesses, and if someone sees the opportunity to come here — that’s what government is supposed to be. They’re supposed to release the reigns, make it safe, make it structurally sound.”

With Election Day quickly approaching Meares says he’s working hard to make sure voters know who he is and what he stands for. He hopes voters will see that this race is important and that each vote really does count.

“To those neigh sayers that believe that your vote does not count, please get that out of your head, because your vote does count; it will always count!” Meares said.

Our Wilmington City Council candidate profiles continue tomorrow, when we meet Margaret Haynes.

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Buying in – Restaurant owner top contributor in city council race

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Tom Harris had a strategy in mind when he gave $6,500 this election cycle to various candidates that cross ideological lines."I like contributing to winners," he said.Harris’ motive is to get people in office who he feels will work for his causes – improved public safety and communication with downtown stakeholders."Proactivity is what has been lacking in Wilmington," he said.

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Auction raises money for Sea Turtle Hospital

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (AP) — A sea turtle rescue group now has enough money to buy a digital radiograph machine,
thanks to an auction of fiberglass versions of the real animals.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported 22 fiberglass turtles sold last month at an auction to raise money for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

Officials say the auction raised more than $40,000 for a refurbished X-ray machine that they say costs about $34,000, not including supporting equipment and training.

The hospital will be relocating to a new building under construction in Surf City. The center is now located in Topsail Island.

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

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