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Archive for December, 2011

NTSB recommends ban on driver cell phone use

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

By JOAN LOWY
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal accident investigators recommended states ban the use of cell phones and other electronic devices by all drivers except in emergencies.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation followed a finding by the board that the initial collision in a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the accident.

The pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on one of the school buses were killed. Thirty-eight other people were injured.

The NTSB’s recommendation makes an exception for use of phones and other devices in emergency situations.

The board doesn’t have the power to impose regulations, but its recommendations carry significant weight with lawmakers.

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

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Swamp Loggers’ returns to Discovery Channel tonight

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

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Family says baby buried in yard after miscarriage

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A strange start to the day for Wilmington Police. They began looking into a suspicious death of a child at a Wilmington home they quickly said was not suspicious. After a having a miscarriage, relatives says the mother buried the child in the front yard.

Police on the scene Tuesday were looking at a patch of dirt, which is where we later found out that the baby was buried. The parents of the mother tell us that the couple was just confused about what to do with the baby.

“We just found out yesterday that the baby was dead still inside, and yesterday she went to the bathroom and the baby went out, dead, so they buried it,” Pablo Rosario, the woman’s father, said.

Police say a woman, who we later found out is Sueling George, showed up at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after 6 a.m. Tuesday claiming she was pregnant. After she talked with law enforcement at the hospital, police responded to the house at 120 S. 13th Street. There officers checked out a patch of dirt. That’s where George’s parents say the baby was buried.

“They buried the baby because they didn’t know,” Rosario said. “They are still young. They didn’t know they had to take it to er. It never happened in the family before. So probably that’s why.”

Rosario says that the police dug up the baby and took it to the hospital for an autopsy. He says his daughter is also still there because she’s lost a lot of blood.

“We were doing plans. We started looking for a name and everything was happy, but just gone,” Rosario said.

Police say there is no criminal investigation and that it has been considered a medical emergency.

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Battleship bow repairs and finished

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Bow repairs at the Battleship North Carolina are done.

Taylor Brothers Marine Construction finished the project within the contract time frame and under budget. The company replaced steel plates at the “wind-water” line on the starboard bow.

As that project ends, a new project starts.

Taylor brothers will now repair the main and forward mast. The project is expected to wrap up in 30 to 60 days and paid for using the ship’s general operations fund.

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Back Then – In 1961, editorial predicted four-year college for Port City

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Looking back 50 and100 years ago in the StarNews archives.

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