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Archive for February, 2012

Report: RI-based sport institute under investigation bought Bald Head properties

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) — A Rhode Island-based sport institute under investigation for how it spent taxpayer money reportedly bought nearly $3 million worth of resort property in North Carolina.

The Providence Journal reported Wednesday that the nonprofit Institute for International Sport bought two homes and four lots on Bald Head Island in 2004 and 2005.

The newspaper also reports the institute’s founder and chairman, Daniel Doyle Jr., bought nearly $1.4 million in property on the island under his name or that of his investment company beginning in February 2004.

Rhode Island state police are investigating how the institute spent a $575,000 state grant it got in 2007, and the organization owes the University of Rhode Island $380,000.

An institute spokeswoman has said the properties were bought as an investment. Doyle declined to comment.

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

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New Hanover News & Notes – Literacy tutor training; electronics recycling rally

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Cape Fear Literacy Council is offering free monthly orientation sessions.

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NC man mistakes gas for drink, causes fatal fire

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man is dead after police
say he accidentally drank from a jar of gasoline and then smoked a

Havelock police received a 911 call about 9:55 p.m. Monday after
43-year-old Gary Allen Banning set himself on fire. Banning was
transported to UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill, where he died early
Tuesday morning.

City spokeswoman Diane Miller said investigators believe Banning
was at a friend’s apartment when he apparently mistook a jar of
gasoline sitting by the kitchen sink for a beverage. After taking a
gulp, he spit the gas out and got some on his clothes.

Sometime later, investigators say Banning went outside to smoke
a cigarette and burst into flame.

Havelock police and the city fire marshal are continuing their
investigation into the accident.

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

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NC congressman wants to overturn Hatteras beach driving

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina congressman has filed a
bill to overturn new rules on beach driving along the Cape Hatteras
National Seashore.

Republican Rep. Walter Jones filed the bill Tuesday, saying the
federal government should remember that Cape Hatteras was
established as a recreational area for people who need access to
the beach.

Under rules established last month by the National Park Service,
off-road vehicles are allowed year-round on 28 miles of the
seashore and on 13 additional miles between mid-September and
mid-March. The remaining 26 miles are off limits to vehicles.

Permit fees are $50 a week or $120 a year for beach drivers.
One Cape Hatteras group has sued to rescind the rules, which
were adopted to protect sea turtles and birds.

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

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Residents booming with big bang theories

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Big booms and shaking were felt along the North Carolina coast Tuesday that have some people worried. Now, folks are booming with big bang theories on what they say causes the mysterious rocking and rolling along the coast.

“Anything that can shake the houses, not just one or two houses, but a whole neighborhood and it can be heard from Southport to Bolivia and Sunset Harbor, it has to be something big,” said Bolivia resident Erick Myles.

Folks across the Cape Fear say the mysterious booms are back and this time they seem stronger than ever. People say they had different experiences depending on where they were at the time.

“It’s kind of freaky to me because I heard it but I didn’t see anything,” said Southport resident Jamie Hoffmann.

“I didn’t hear the booms but I felt shaking twice,” said Boiling Spring Lakes resident Ruth Finley.

Everyone we talked to said this was not the first time they have experienced the unknown sound and shaking. Some folks even say they hear the booms every week. One thing is for sure, people say they want answers.

Seismologist say nothing registered on the Richter Scale Tuesday in our area and the military says it is not responsible for the sounds or shaking.

Although scientists and authorities can’t seem to pinpoint where the noise is coming from, residents have their own theories.

“I know that there’s an explanation and it has to be military,” Myles said.

“The ocean,” said Hoffmann. “Something with the ocean.”

“I think they’re earthquakes,” said Finley. “Tremors.”

Some people we talked to said they were very concerned with the booms now that we’re nearing the end of the Mayan calendar which some people believe marks the end of the world. They say the confusion surrounding the booms only builds up their theory that we’re nearing the end of days.

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