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Archive for November, 2011

Toy safety report find some dangers

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Associated Press

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — Consumer advocates are out with a holiday-season warning about some toys that could be dangerous to children.

A report found that just over a dozen toys on store shelves that violate federal safety standards for lead and chemicals called phthalates or could present a choking hazard to small children. The toys deemed potentially dangerous included a whirly wheel, a plastic book for babies, a wooden blocks set and a Sesame Street Oscar doll.

The consumer organization, known as the US Public Interest Research Group, warned about toys that are too loud and could lead to hearing damage as well as balloons, which cause more choking deaths than any other children’s product.

The toy industry downplayed the report and pointed to government figures showing sharp declines in national toy recalls.

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

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Winston-Salem latest taking stand on guns in parks

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

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StarNews Editorial: Turmoil in Leland Police Dept. cause for concern, deeper look

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

LELAND, NC (STARNEWS EDITORIAL) — Is Leland’s police department in shambles, or are a few malcontents stirring the pot? Whatever the case, Police Chief Timothy Jayne is at the heart of the problem.

He either has lost control of his department or has an iron-fist management style coupled with a lackadaisical work ethic, depending on which side you believe.

And that should be a signal to Jayne, to the town manager and to the town council that his days as chief are numbered.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE STARNEWS EDITORIAL: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20111121/ARTICLES/111129949/1108/e…

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Electric company adding 41 jobs in Marion

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

MARION, NC (AP) — A company that makes roller bearings says it will expand its plant in Marion, adding 41 jobs.

Baldor Electric Co. says it will invest nearly $18 million over the next three years to expand the McDowell County plant.

The company already has about 750 employees at plants in Marion, Weaverville and Kings Mountain.

The average annual salary is expected to be about $35,000.

The company also makes industrial electric motors and generators.

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

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Cape Fear Festival of Trees returns, joins ‘Nutcracker’

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a Port City Christmas tradition is making its way back to town

The Cape Fear Festival of Trees is back and better than ever this holiday season. The longtime event ended three years ago, but returns in conjunction with the Nutcracker ballet.

Organizer Elizabeth Hester says she’s excited about reinventing the event that benefits the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center.

“It’ll include beautiful trees, exhibits by Cape Fear Model Railroad Society, Ducks Unlimited, there’ll be a kids village, including Santa and make your own from Home Depot, from Cameron Art Museum, from the Cape Fear Museum, so kids will have their own whole room,” Hester said. “There’s all these giant structures that come from the Nutcracker that create beautiful holiday scenes.”

The Festival of Trees runs December 3 and 4 at the Minnie Evans Art Center at Ashley High School.

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