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Occupy Wilmington explores options to set up camp at City Hall

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Members of Occupy Wilmington have gone from the streets to the steps of City Hall and, as recently as yesterday, behind bars. Shelby Lentz, 16, was arrested after police ordered the group off of the City Hall lawn. Other occupiers say they just want their rights back.

Some members of Occupy Wilmington have spent the past couple of weeks trying to get their camping equipment back on the lawn at City Hall. Monday their lawyer received notice that their request for a permit was denied by the city. Now the group is looking into its options.

“We can appeal to City Council, and maybe they will pass a motion allowing us to encamp on City Hall lawn. Several cities have done that for their occupations,” Occupy Wilmington member Denny Best said.

Best has been part of Occupy Wilmington since its inception. He says he is in charge of the group’s effort to get a permit to sleep on the City Hall lawn. He says all options are open, including possibly getting an injunction against the city.

The city says its decision was based on a current ordinance and multiple safety reasons.

“The facilities are not lighted. They aren’t manned 24/7. We’re really not set up to be equipped to ensure public safety at night, because the parks are not designed for that. They are designed for day-time use,” city spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said.

Early Monday morning members of the group were asked to leave the lawn after police found them sleeping there again. Police arrested Lentz when he refused to leave.

“They threatened to arrest anyone who did not leave, and I was the one who was vocal with my opinion and asked everyone, ‘Are we going to walk away?'” Lentz told WWAY last night. “That’s when they were not happy with me any longer, and I continued to ask them questions in a respectful manner, and they still wanted to escalate the situation to an arrest.”

Both Lentz and best believe that the city is taking away their constitutional right to assembly and free speech.

“We want to be able to be a visible presence in the city hall lawn 24/7, and without the ability to camp, it’s almost impossible to do that,” Best said.

Occupy Wilmington will decide how they will combat the latest city restriction at its next General Assembly meeting.

The group’s next picket will be Thursday in Monkey Junction.

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Turkey Trot raises $7,000 for fitness trail

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Hampstead Kiwanis Park was hopping on Nov. 19 with more than 500 runners.

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Perdue’s campaign: She’s still running in 2012

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Bev Perdue’s campaign staff has dismissed a comment by a North Carolina state House member who
predicted she won’t run for re-election next year.

Rep. Bill Faison of Orange County – a Democrat like Perdue – said Tuesday her current campaign organization doesn’t look like one that’s seriously aiming for another four-year term for governor. Faison said Monday’s indictments of two workers from Perdue’s 2008 campaign and a close family friend on campaign finance-related charges also are a distraction for her office.

Perdue campaign manager Fiona Conroy responded by saying the governor is running for re-election.

Faison says he would consider running for governor if Perdue stepped aside, but he said no decision has been made.

Senate Democratic leader Martin Nesbitt said he supports Perdue’s re-election campaign.

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

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FIRST ON 3: Deputies search for man who robbed Calabash bank

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

CALABASH, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of a bank robbery in Calabash. It happened about 12:35 p.m. at the Security Savings Bank at 10231 Beach Drive SW.

Investigators are looking for a white male, with black hair wearing a black coat. They say may be driving a silver, four-door, 2003 Chrysler Sebring with some tint on windows.

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Facebook settles with FTC over deception charges

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it is settling with the Federal Trade Commission over charges it deceived consumers.

The FTC had charged that the social network told people they could keep the information they share private, then allowed it to be made public.

The charges go back to 2009, when Facebook changed its privacy settings to make public information that users may have deemed private. This included their list of friends, for example.

The FTC says the settlement requires Facebook to get people’s approval before changing how it shares their data.

In a blog post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company has made a “bunch of mistakes.” But he adds that this has often overshadowed the good work Facebook has done. He says Facebook has addressed many of the FTC’s concerns already.

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

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