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Archive for October, 2011

Tattoo artist helps women regain confidence after breast surgery with her artwork

Friday, October 14th, 2011

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City schedules meeting on downtown sign rules

Friday, October 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In the wake of public outcry over an ordinance restricting signs at downtown businesses, the City of Wilmington has called a public meeting.

Business owners say they’re only now finding out about the regulations passed in 2008 as the city starts enforcement. The city admitted it dropped the ball in adequately notifying businesses.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

A news release from City Manager Sterling Cheatham says the city is asking for help and input to improve downtown sign regulations. The public is invited.

The release says anyone interested is encouraged to attend to:
·Increase your understanding of the city’s policy regarding signs and fliers in windows;
·Discuss and provide input about alternatives to the city’s policy regarding signs and flyers in windows;
·Help identify ways the city can better communicate with downtown stakeholders in the future.

For more information about the city’s sign regulations or the upcoming meeting, call (910) 342-2782 or e-mail brian.chambers@wilmingtonnc.gov.

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UNC hires new Athletic Director from Tulsa

Friday, October 14th, 2011

TULSA, Okla. (WTVD) — North Carolina’s trustees unanimously approved the hiring of Tulsa athletic director Bubba Cunningham as the school’s next athletic director Friday.

Cunningham replaces Dick Baddour, who is stepping down after 14 years amid the ongoing NCAA investigation into the football program. Chancellor Holden Thorp has said Baddour would remain on at least until the school’s appearance before the NCAA infractions committee on Oct. 28.

Cunningham’s contract runs from Nov. 14 through June 20, 2017. His base salary of $520,000 includes incentives if the men’s football team is invited to a bowl game, if the men’s and/or women’s basketball teams make the NCAA Tournament, and if the school’s players achieve set academic targets.

Cunningham was atop a short list of candidates forwarded to Thorp by a 13-member search committee that had met several times since late August.

Cunningham has the immediate job of hiring a new football coach after the abrupt firing of Butch Davis the week before training camp began in July. He will decide whether interim coach Everett Withers should be the permanent choice.

It’s not the first time Cunningham has been the target of a BCS program. He appeared close to taking over as athletic director at Kansas in December and had even begun contract discussions there before reversing course and agreeing to a contract extension to stay at the Conference USA program.

Cunningham took over at Tulsa in 2005.

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Sixth rabies case found in New Hanover County

Friday, October 14th, 2011

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Another raccoon has tested positive for the rabies virus after the animal tangled with two dogs in the dog owner’s yard. Animal Control officers were called to a Johns Creek Road residence on Wednesday. Both dogs were current on their rabies vaccinations, however since the owner handled the pets without protective gloves, he may have been exposed. This is the 6th confirmed rabies case of 2011 in New Hanover County and the 133 case since the disease reappeared in the early 1990s.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend animals that are not current on their rabies vaccinations be destroyed. Pets with up to date vaccinations should be re-boostered within five days. Pets should never be handled without protective gloves after being exposed to wildlife, due to the potential for carrying residual saliva from the infected animal. All pets should be vaccinated as a primary defense against the spread of rabies.

There are three primary routes of transmission of the rabies virus, which is carried in the saliva of the infected animal: 1) the primary route of transmission is through a bite which breaks the skin of the victim, 2) salivary contact to an open, fresh wound, or, 3) salivary contact to the mucous membranes of a potential victim.

When dealing with primary rabies vectors (raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats) or unknown animals, such as wildlife, it is recommended that the animal be handled with protective gloves to prevent viral transmission. People should stay away from any animal that they have not been cleared to hold or pet, including owned dogs or cats, and especially wildlife.

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2 dogs abandoned in NC park are recovering

Friday, October 14th, 2011

ROCKY MOUNT, NC (AP) — Two poodle mixes found in a Rocky Mount park are recovering with a foster mom.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reported that veterinarians estimate that Marley is about 8 years old and Charley is about 5 years old. Vets shaved about 7 pounds of fur from each dog after they were found Oct. 1 in Sunset Park.

The president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Alliance of North Carolina says their exact breed isn’t known, but she thinks they’re poodle mixes. President Shelley Milburn says neither dog is malnourished.

About $6,000 has been raised for the dogs’ care. The Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for the dogs’ conditions.

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

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