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Archive for November, 2011

Aircraft deal good news for GE

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

A huge deal for Boeing could be good news for GE Aviation.

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Judge sets start of John Edwards trial for Jan. 30

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — A federal judge has set the trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards to begin Jan. 30, a week earlier than the date prosecutors and defense lawyers had sought.

US District Court Judge Catherine Eagles signed an order Tuesday setting the schedule for Edwards’ trial on charges of campaign finance violations at the federal courthouse in Greensboro.

Edwards is accused of asking two wealthy campaign donors to provide nearly $1 million in secret payments used to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the Democratic Party’s nomination for the White House in 2007 and 2008.

Edwards says he knew nothing of the checks, cash and private jets used to fly the woman, Rielle Hunter, across the country and put her up in luxury homes and hotels.

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

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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington man who was Sandusky’s teammate shares perspective on scandal

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A day after former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky spoke out about the allegations against him, the reactions continue. Among them a Wilmington man who was Sandusky’s teammate at Penn State in the 1960s.

“It is a great institution. There is an expression that kids use at football games and what have you is that we are Penn State and in truth we are and always will be,” said former Penn State football player Joe Yermal.

Yermal first put on pads at the state college of Pennsylvania in the fall of 1963. Yermal played defensive back and wing back as part of Rip Engle’s Wing T offense.

As a walk on practice player he often impersonated the opposition. Sometimes he lined up across from then defensive lineman Jerry Sandusky.

“Jerry wasn’t the biggest guy, obviously far bigger than me, but he wasn’t huge,” said Yermal. “He was very abrupt. I like to think he was very abrupt. When he tagged you, you knew it, even though it was in practice. On those sessions for whatever reason you were going to go, what they call this is going to be live, there was no fooling around. He was tough, he was very, very good.”

Nearly half a century later Yermal found out about the sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky watching ESPN. He says when he read the news on the screen he almost fell out of his chair.

He says that although Sandusky gave no indication as a college player that he was the kind of person capable of the allegations, he was different than the rest of the players on the team.

“He was a very, very good ballplayer. A nice guy, kind of a practical joker, had a good sense of humor but at the same time had sort of a serious side I felt,” said Yermal.

Joe Paterno was an assistant coach when Yermal was on the practice squad. He says Coach Paterno always cared about academics first and recalls his intensity on the field. Yermal can only guess how Paterno reacted to the news.

“He’d known this guy since the early 1960’s. Either coached him or coached with him, or been his boss. I suspect he was almost in a state of denial, he just could not believe that this had occurred. I truly believe that if he weren’t in as good of shape as he was in that he’d of had a stroke,” said Yermal.

Although Yermal says his initial concerns are for the alleged victims, he also feels for his former coach and university.

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Structure fire on 13th Street

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to New Hanover County dispatch there was a structure fire at 1215 South 13th Street, near the intersection of 13th and Kidder Streets Tuesday night.

Dispatch believes a transformer blew causing the fire.

The fire is under control and no one is believed to be hurt.

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Brooks elected chairman of Lumbee Tribe

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

PEMBROKE, NC (AP) — A member of the North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs has been elected chairman of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

Unofficial returns show Paul Brooks of Pembroke won the post in Tuesday’s election with almost 1,800 of the approximately 4,000 votes cast for the four candidates.

Brooks told The Fayetteville Observer that he thinks voters supported him because of his experience. He’s been a member of the North Carolina commission since 1991 and has served as its chairman. Brooks also was a member of the Lumbee Regional Development Association for 19 years.

The tribal government administers federal and state programs to 55,000 Lumbees, most based in southeastern North Carolina. The tribal government also represents their interests to state and federal governments.

His term runs until January 2013.

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

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