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Archive for November, 2011

Judge OKs $410M settlement in Bank of America overdraft fee case

Monday, November 7th, 2011

By CURT ANDERSON
AP Legal Affairs Writer

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge in Miami has approved a $410 million settlement in a lawsuit claiming Bank of America charged excessive overdraft fees.

The decision Monday by Senior U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King affects more than 13 million current and former bank customers who used debit cards over the past decade. Most will get only a fraction of the overdraft fees they paid.

The class-action lawsuit claimed that Charlotte-based Bank of America processed its debit card and check payments in a way
that triggered more overdrafts and therefore more fees. The bank insists the system was proper despite the settlement.

The settlement includes an estimated $123 million in legal fees for plaintiff’s lawyers.

New bank regulations prohibit this type of debit card fee unless customers approve.

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

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ADHD patients struggling to fill Adderall prescription

Monday, November 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many people with ADHD are having a hard time getting their prescription for Adderall filled.

For about a month now, pharmacies have had very little to no supply of the drug. Some patients are turning to desperate measures to get a hold of the pills.

Pharmacies across the country are experiencing a shortage of Adderall.

“There is a problem,” said Hal King, owner of King’s pharmacy in Wilmington.

King says patients prescribed the immediate-release version of the drug have been frantically trying to get a hold of the pills.

“A lot of people are just not on their game,” King said. “Sometimes they have to gather their thoughts.”

King says he gets about 30 to 50 calls every day and says it has gone on for about a month.

“I didn’t realize that their were so many people taking this product to have a normal life, and it’s just been amazing,” King said.

Unlike many pharmacies in Wilmington, King’s gets a shipment of about four bottles of Adderall a week, which King says is no where near enough.

“Some pharmacies, like CVS for example, will find out that we have some, and they’ve sent all of their patients over to us, so we’ve just had a deluge of people come to us and try to get this product,” he said.

Jacob Schnexnayder does not use the drug, but says many of his friends that do have been suffering.

“It’s hard. People can’t function like they normally do, so they’ve got to find another way to get it,” Schnexnayder said.

He says because they can’t obtain the pills legally, they sometimes have to get the drug off the streets.

“If they get caught doing that, they could be arrested, because it is technically illegal, but nobody has any, so what are they going to do,” Schnexnayder said.

King says he believes the problem is most likely due to a shortage in raw materials and the increased demand of the drug.

King says he has started to advise patients to have doctors prescribe them Ritalin or the extended release capsules to help them with their ADHD.

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Persistent neighbor helps family escape housefire

Monday, November 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Despite losing half of their home to a morning fire, a Wilmington family is thankful. The Fultons say a neighbor woke them up and alerted them about the fire. Everyone made out safely, but the family says it could have been worse.

While firefighters worked on the fire in the on Yorkshire Lane in the Landsdowne neighborhood, the Fulton family watched. All made it out safely thanks to a neighbor.

“He was either driving by or going to work,” Julian Fulton said of the man who knocked on his door this morning. “He just kept beating on the door until somebody got up.”

Fulton, his wife, two daughters and their dog were asleep when the man knocked on their door around 8:30 a.m. Fulton says his wife had just come home from working the night shift.

“We were all so tired we just didn’t get up,” Fulton said. “The guy kept beating persistently until we all got up, and he said the house was on fire. We really couldn’t tell from where we were in the bedrooms going toward the kitchen and all. He was the guy who basically saved our lives.”

The family made it out of the house quickly grabbing their cell phones and wallets before firefighters arrived minutes later.

“We had heavy fire conditions on the inside of the house with flames coming through the roof,” Wilmington Fire Department Capt. Don Ragavage said. “The first engine company initiated an attack; put the fire out.”

Firefighters saved half of the home, but the fire destroyed the garage and part of the roof. Despite the loss the Fultons thank God everyone made it out ok. They are also thankful for the alert neighbor who first spotted the fire.

“I’d like to tell him thank you,” Fulton said. “I’d like to get to meet him and shake his hand. I’d like to thank him from the bottom of my heart for being a persistent neighbor and really helping us through this time to get us out of the house.”

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire.

The Red Cross is helping the Fultons for a few days. The family says they will search for the neighbor who saved their lives.

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Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center seeks artist submissions for January exhibition

Monday, November 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The Vision of the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is to restore and maintain the historic Second and Orange Street USO as a permanent home for the arts in the Wilmington area, to facilitate activities of community arts organizations and to promote the arts and arts education.

The purpose of the HBHUSO/CAC Gallery Exhibition is to showcase the talents of community 2D & 3D artists who are under-represented in traditional gallery venues and student artists from New Hanover, Pender & Brunswick Counties.

All formats of art work will be considered for this exhibition.

Application Guidelines

* Only original artwork completed within the last two years will be considered for exhibition. An original artwork is the artist’s sole creation and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any other persons work or photograph. Preference is given to artists from New Hanover, Brunswick & Pender Counties.

• Exhibits rotate on a bi-monthly monthly and may feature two or more artists. Selections are made by a Review Panel.

• The Review Panel requires a minimum of 10 digital images for consideration. Images must be in a JPEG or TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Additional support material including resume, exhibit history, and artist’s website will aid in the selection process.

• Images will not be returned until after the show. Artist may submit additional images for publicity.

• Works must be suitable for viewing by the general public.

• Works previously exhibited at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center Gallery are ineligible for future shows.

•The artist is responsible for providing any specialized display equipment needed -pedestals, easels, lighting, etc. Three-dimensional works will be considered for wall installations only if hung from a bracket system as the walls, USO exhibits and furniture cannot be damaged or altered in any way.

• The HBHUSO/CAC reserves the right to select particular pieces for the show.

• By submission of an application, the artist accepts all conditions set forth in this prospectus. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

• Artists who will not be dropping off their work in person are responsible for all costs associated with the shipping to and from the HBHUSO/CAC.

• Applications must be received by December 2nd . Submissions received after that date will be reviewed for future exhibitions.

• Notification of the review panels’ decisions will be emailed no later than December 16th.

For more information or to download a full set of submission guidelines and application, please visit our website at www.wilmingtoncac.org, or email Jennifer Coxe, Managing Director at Jennifer.Coxe@thalian.org

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Atmosphere Academy: StormTrack 3 gets a new look

Monday, November 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Weather forecasting has changed by leaps and bounds in the past few years. It’s now time for broadcast technology to change with it.

For five months, WWAY has been planning a new state-of-the-art weather center. It’s essentially a rebuilding from the ground up, with the latest technology for TV, the web and mobile devices. You’ll notice the new look right away: clean, vibrant high definition maps, photo realistic graphics, 3D environments.

But the biggest change will be the improvements in forecast accuracy. Computer models rely on grid points to analyze weather features. Increase the number of grid points, you increase the accuracy. Introducing Futurecast 3.0, which gives you model ling resolution down to four kilometers, showing you which communities may experience storms days in advance.

And remember: fine details like terrain can have huge implications on precipitation forecasts, especially during the winter. All of our products are now built on a virtual earth that allows us to adjust for terrain variation, to give you unmatched detail in temperature forecasts and better storm tracking.

Speaking of storms, our new storm tracking tools allow us to clearly label and define storms based on type with street level, tracking, clearly showing which storms are severe, where they are headed, and provide detailed analysis such as tornado formation probability, hot spots for hail, and up to the minute rainfall estimates.

And these changes are really just the beginning. Later this month, we’ll be announcing a brand new resource that will change the way you receive forecasts online and on your mobile devices.

These required a tremendous amount of training by our staff, but over the next few months, I think you will see a much better product evolve. However, nothing beats experience, and the best computers in the world are nothing without an experienced forecaster on duty. Our weather team has more than 17 years forecasting experience right here in
southeastern North Carolina, and when severe weather threatens, you’ll always get our best effort

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