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Archive for January, 2012

Judge considers voiding NC inmate’s death sentence

Monday, January 30th, 2012

GOLDSBORO, NC (AP) — A judge is considering whether North Carolina can keep a convicted killer on death row after nearly two decades.

A Wayne County Superior Court judge on Monday hears evidence on whether 50-year-old Marvin Williams is mentally retarded. North Carolina law forbids mentally retarded defendants from being executed. Sixteen inmates have had their death sentences suspended since the law passed in 2001.

A judge can declare a person mentally retarded if he or she scores 70 or below on an IQ test and shows poor basic life skills before the age of 18. Williams has taken multiple tests and has scored above and below 70.

WRAL-TV reports that Williams killed Theron Price during a robbery in 1989. Price was a security guard at the Goldsboro company where both men worked.

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

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Congressmen kick off Black History Month

Monday, January 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two United States Congressmen were in Wilmington Sunday for a celebration to kick off Black History Month. Rep. Mike McIntyre and Texas Rep. Al Green were joined by hundreds of local residents and political figures at Wilmington City Hall for the 16th annual commemoration.

“This is a special occasion,” Rep. McIntyre said. “Every year we have anywhere form 300 to 400 people come from all over southeastern North Carolina. There’s no event quite like it.”

From honoring those who made history to celebrating those who are making history, event host Rep. McIntyre says Sunday’s black history commemoration sets a precedent for a very important month.

“We want to make sure that, from all across the nation, we have the kind of input and excitement to say this is an important time in our country’s history to celebrate,” Rep. McIntyre said.

Along with Rep. McIntyre was the keynote speaker Rep. Green His message to the audience was to acknowledge and appreciate the other side of black history.

“Life is an inescapable network of mutuality as Dr. King put it,” Rep. Green said. “We’re all tied together and we didn’t get here by ourselves. It took efforts of many people of different hues and different religions for us to make it this far.”

There was also a special emphasis on African-American women at the event.

Local political leaders were moved by the words of Rep. Green.

“I thought it was a very powerful message,” said Wilmington Mayor Pro-Tem Earl Sheridan. “A message about those that have brought us to where we are thus far in our nation and that it was both blacks and whites that have fought for the rights that we enjoy here today.”

The Southeastern North Carolina Black History Month Commemoration is one of two events nationwide being held by a Congressman.

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Passion reigns on both sides of Titan fence

Monday, January 30th, 2012

News of job creation is usually welcomed. In Wilmington the proposed plant is being met with opposition.

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“Be the Match” and save a life; easy registry aims to help find donors

Monday, January 30th, 2012

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The gift of life is a gift that keeps on giving and you have the opportunity to do just that. This February, you can “Be the Match” with a on-location donor registry.

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Congressmen kick off black history month downtown

Monday, January 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two United States Congressmen were in Wilmington Sunday for a celebration to kick off Black History month. North Carolina Congressman Mike McIntyre and Texas Congressman Al Green were joined by hundreds of local residents and political figures at Thalian Hall for the 16th annual commemoration.

“This is a special occasion,” said Rep. McIntyre. “Every year we have anywhere form 300 to 400 people come from all over southeastern North Carolina. There’s no event quite like it.”

From honoring those who made history to celebrating those who are making history, event host Rep. McIntyre says Sunday’s black history commemoration sets a precedent for a very important month.

“We want to make sure that, from all across the nation, we have the kind of input and excitement to say this is an important time in our country’s history to celebrate,” said Rep. McIntyre.

Along with Rep. McIntyre was the keynote speaker, Rep. Al Green of Texas.

His message to the audience was to acknowledge and appreciate the other side of black history.

“Life is an inescapable network of mutuality as Dr. King put it,” said Rep. Green. “We’re all tied together and we didn’t get here by ourselves. It took efforts of many people of different hues and different religions for us to make it this far.”

There was also a special emphasis on African-American women at the event.

Local political leaders were moved by the words of Rep. Green.

“I thought it was a very powerful message,” said Wilmington Mayor Pro-Tem Earl Sheridan. “A message about those that have brought us to where we are thus far in our nation and that it was both blacks and whites that have fought for the rights that we enjoy here today.”

The Southeastern North Carolina Black History Month Commemoration is one of two events nationwide being held by a Congressman.

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