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Archive for January, 2012

Nearly 89K Minis may have faulty water pump

Monday, January 16th, 2012

PORTLAND, OR (AP) — BMW of North America is voluntarily recalling nearly 89,000 Mini vehicles because of a water pump malfunction that could cause a fire.

The company says in a regulatory filing Monday that the water pump that cools the turbocharger in some of its cars has a circuit board that can malfunction and overheat. That could cause smoldering and potentially a fire.

No accidents or injuries have been reported. BMW will replace the pump at no cost to owners.

The recall applies to 2007-2011 models of the Mini Cooper S, 2008-2011 Cooper S Clubman, 2009-2011 Cooper S Convertible and 2011 Cooper S Countryman. It also includes the 2009-2011 models of the Mini JCW, JCW Clubman and JCW Convertible.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Crowds turn out for annual MLK Day Parade in Wilmington

Monday, January 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — People of all races and ages joined together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. in Wilmington at the annual parade in his honor.

Before the parade, a group of people led by Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous prayed together for the unity of our city.

The parade made its way up Castle Street at noon. It was full of elected officials, bands, fire trucks, community groups and businesses.

Organizer Hollis Briggs said he’s proud of the progress society has made and thinks Dr. King would be, too.

“I think he’d be extremely excited right now, because, I think, believe it or not, I think the economy is actually drawing people closer together, because we all really need each other right now,” Briggs said.

Briggs said teaching our youth about influential people like king is so important, because if we don’t know where we came from, we surely won’t know where we are going.

“I’d say thank you (to Dr. King) for bringing white people and black people together,” parade spectator Brandon Munn said.

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Park builders wait for pay

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Subcontractors who worked on Wilmington’s Empie Park are still waiting to be paid.

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Park subcontractors wait for pay

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Subcontractors who worked on Wilmington’s Empie Park are still waiting to be paid.

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Outer Banks center seeks Civil War memorabilia

Monday, January 16th, 2012

MANTEO, NC (AP) — The Outer Banks History Center is seeking letters, diaries, photographs and artifacts of from the Civil War for an exhibit that’s part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war.

The Manteo museum is especially interested in items from Roanoke Island in the early 1860s for the exhibit titled “The Civil War Comes to Roanoke Island: Fishers, Fighters and Freedmen.”

When the exhibit opens March 2, it will tell the story of how a sparsely populated Roanoke Island became an important engagement early in the war and paved the way for additional Union control of North Carolina. During this period, Roanoke Island became home to thousands of blacks. Representatives of the national Freedman’s Bureau worked at settling, educating and employing the freedmen.


Online: http://www.obhistorycenter.ncdcr.gov/

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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