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Archive for November, 2011

Boater killed after boat hits rocks near Masonboro Inlet

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

MASONBORO INLET, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard says one man is dead after a boat accident at the Masonboro Inlet near Wilmington.

A crew-member aboard the boat contacted the Coast Guard at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday stating that they had hit a rock and one of the three people aboard had been severely injured.

A response boat arrived on the scene and towed the boat back to Wrightsville Beach. A coroner arrived on the scene and pronounced the boater dead. No names have been released so far.

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Jacksonville will revise rules after abortion foes sue

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) — The city of Jacksonville will change its rules on public demonstrations to resolve a lawsuit filed by anti-abortion protesters who say their free-speech rights are violated by the current ordinance.

The decision comes after a Monday ruling by US District Court Judge Terrence Boyle granting a temporary injunction against the ordinance.

City spokesman Glenn Hargett told The Daily News of Jacksonville that the current ordinance will be revised. The current ordinance requires a police permit for protests that involve three or more people.

City officials had denied the protesters a permit to picket a clinic where abortions are performed, saying the area was unsafe because it lacked sidewalks.

The Thomas More Society filed the lawsuit on behalf of protesters and says the decision is a victory for free speech.

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

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StarNews tackles Black Friday

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

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Battleship documentary nominated for regional Emmy

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A documentary about the Battleship North Carolina is up for a regional Emmy Award.

Rob Hill of Common Sense Films has been nominated in the Best Editor/Program category for “Battleship North Carolina: The Showboat Legacy.” The half-hour documentary premiered back in May on UNC-TV. It explores the history of the Battleship and what it takes to maintain it as a National Historic Landmark.

The 26th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards will be awarded in March.

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Burlington company faces fines for worker deaths

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Labor Department has fined a Burlington construction company for safety and health violations in the deaths of two workers in Durham.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Triangle Grading and Paving Inc. is being fined $16,000 for the deaths of two company employees June 7.

Thirty-four-year-old Luis Castaneda Gomez of Durham and 32-year-old Jesus Martinez Benitez of Clayton died inside an 11-foot-deep manhole while working on Durham’s water system.

The Labor Department cited the company for four serious violations. The citations say the men suffocated, and the company had not taken proper precautions to ensure there would be enough oxygen in the hole.

There was no immediate reaction from the company, which has 15 working days to respond.

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

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