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Archive for October, 2011

Appeals court upholds Pierce’s murder conviction, vacates gun charge

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Less than a month after a Wilmington man appealed his murder conviction, the North Carolina Court of Appeals has made its ruling.

The justices upheld Anthony Pierce’s second-degree murder conviction. A jury found him guilty in causing the death of Wilmington Police Ofc. Rich Matthews as Matthews joined a pursuit of Pierce’s SUV in 2008.

READ THE NC COURT OF APPEALS OPINION IN STATE V. PIERCE

The court, though, vacated Pierce’s possession of a firearm by a felon conviction for a gun found along the route of the chase. The court ruled the trial judged erred by not dismissing the charge.

No word yet on whether pierce will appeal to a higher court.

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BSA Eagle Scout project to benefit Thalian Hall

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) – TJ Carter, a 15-year-old, aspiring Eagle Scout from Troop-19 in Wilmington, NC, has chosen Thalian Hall-Center for the Performing Arts, to be the beneficiary of a concert he is producing with legendary North Carolina singer/songwriter Mike Cross on October 21st, 2011.

An Eagle Project is required of any Boy Scout who wants to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting. It must be an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, and manages for for the benefit of a non-profit organization, religious group, or the community.

For his Eagle Project, TJ is donating a life-size bronze sculpture called “Comedy & Tragedy” by Colorado artist Bets H. Lundeen, that will be featured in the main lobby of the theater. “I wanted to do something special for this incredible concert hall for my Eagle Project,” said TJ. “Thalian Hall is celebrating it’s 153rd anniversary this month, and when I found this bronze sculpture I knew I’d discovered a piece of art that really captured the spirit of this historic theater,” Carter said.

Thalian Hall, built in 1858, is listed on the National Register for Historic Places, and is the only surviving theater designed by John Montague Trimble, one of America’s foremost 19th-century theater architects. It is home of the oldest continually operating theater company in the country.

To fund the purchase of the bronze sculpture, TJ approached renowned musician Mike Cross, who had played Thalian Hall numerous times in the past thirty years. The offer to perform was enthusiastically accepted by Cross, who recorded his live album at Thalian Hall during four back-to-back concerts thirty years ago in 1981.

“I’ve played a lot of halls around the country–Symphony Hall in Boston–wonderful facilities that have international reputations,” Cross said, “and I’ve never been in a more beautiful place than Thalian Hall.”

Mike’s song “Carolina Calling” was featured by the NC Department of Tourism for a “Visit North Carolina” TV and radio ad campaign. A song he wrote in 1973 called “The Scotsman” gained notoriety as the theme for the Dr. Demento Radio Show, and “Leon McDuff” was recorded and performed by the Dirt Band for the first Farm Aid Concert.

“The bronze sculpture will be presented to Thalian Hall after the intermission on the night of the concert. I think everyone will be amazed when they see it in person.” TJ said.

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Soles court date set for Friday

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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Beach town officials divided about building skateboard park

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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“Super Size Me” filmmaker talks about new documentary to UNCW crowd

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you saw “Super Size Me”, it probably made you think twice about eating a Big Mac or buying your kid a Happy Meal. Some even say it completely changed the way people view fast food. The mastermind behind the documentary, Morgan Spurlock, has a new film that he hopes changes how people view the consumer industry.

Spurlock came out to UNCW to talk about his new documentary, titled “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.” In it, he examines the increased use of product placement and branding in almost all aspects of our lives.

“We live in a culture that is incredibly disconnected from all these things,” said Spurlock. “Until it affects us personally, it is never something that we think about. It’s never something that we are bothered about. “

To further illustrate his views, the funding for the movie had a very significant role.

“So, what I wanted to do was make a film about product placement and advertising, where the entire film was funded completely by product placement and advertising,” said Spurlock.

Spurlock called hundreds of corporations, even going so far as to ask McDonalds, which big surprise, did not wish to participate. All in all, 22 brands signed on to fund the movie.

Spurlock hopes his new documentary will open viewers eyes to how product branding and advertisements have forever changed the way people view television and movies.

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