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Archive for January, 2012

Work on Wilmington seeking volunteers

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

The group’s goal is to have more than 2,000 volunteers participating from 8 a.m. to noon April 21.

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Volunteers clean up NC battlefield after Irene

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

NEW BERN, NC (AP) — Volunteers are working to make sure that last year’s big storm won’t spoil the events planned to mark the 150th anniversary of a North Carolina Civil War battle.

The Sun Journal of New Bern reports that volunteers have worked to remove downed trees, broken branches and other debris at the New Bern Civil War Battleground three times since Hurricane Irene struck last year.

The most recent cleanup was Saturday, when volunteers used chainsaws, lawn tractors and other equipment to get the battlefield ready.

The Battle of New Bern was fought on March 14, 1862, and a series of events to mark the anniversary are planned starting March 9.

Volunteer Peter Meyer says that even without the anniversary, it’s important to make the area safe for recreation purposes.

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

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Rembrandt exhibit draws 150,000 to NC art museum

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Museum of Art says its three-month exhibit of Rembrandt paintings collected by Americans pulled a big crowd.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the show of works by the Dutch master and others once attributed to him drew more than 150,000 people to the Raleigh museum at $18 per adult ticket.

The museum says that ranks an all-time third behind shows highlighting French painter Claude Monet and sculptor Auguste Rodin with his “Thinker.” The Rembrandt exhibition of nearly 50 paintings beat earlier shows of works by Picasso and Norman Rockwell.

The exhibit gathered more than $1 billion worth of artwork loaned by private collections and other museums. It now moves to museums in Cleveland and Minneapolis.

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

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DOT to soon choose Topsail bridge design

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

One design would impede access to the town’s popular Soundside Park.

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NC city votes on rules making DNC protests harder

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Charlotte leaders are looking at rules to restrict political demonstrations ahead of this year’s Democratic National Convention.

The city council in North Carolina’s largest city plans to vote Monday on changing ordinances to give officials a broader leeway to decide what is appropriate for protests or parades.

Another law would make it illegal to camp on public property, forcing Occupy Charlotte members to pack up and leave its site in front of the old city hall that it has called home for months.

Opponents of the ordinances say Charlotte city council’s approval would stop people from voicing their concerns in front of a world audience as they have a right to do.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the ordinances would give police too much leeway.

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

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