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Archive for February, 2012

ONLY ON 3: DA’s school talks leading to crime tips

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Middle and high school students are learning lessons from a different type of teacher. District Attorney Ben David is speaking to students around New Hanover and Pender Counties encouraging them to make good decisions. Sometimes the DA takes away just as much as his audience.

“We’ve had three different arrests that have taken place recently based upon information that school resource officers and others have learned after I’ve left talking to these young people,” David said.

David is going from the courtroom to the classroom trying to get local students involved in their own safety at an early age. The school talks started back in 2004. David says they are making some serious strides.

“The most recent example I had of real leadership was a young person who came up to me right after the talk to report that there was a drug dealer in his neighborhood that was dealing to children,” David said. “I’ve had young women come forward to say they’ve been sexually assaulted at home or by a total stranger.”

Many students at Cape Fear Academy, where David spoke Wednesday, have been hearing the district attorney speak for years. They say his message truly makes a difference.

“I’ve had a few friends that I’ve stopped from doing things because of the speeches he’s given,” student Ben Tiller said. “I was like, ‘Listen: the DA, he comes to talk to us every year. Don’t do it. I don’t want to lose you.'”

David tailors each of his speeches based on problems a given school or community has recently been dealing with. This year his focus is on new driving laws and the use of prescription drugs.

“I had lost one of my friends to something, which was exactly what he was talking about, so it was nice to hear him remind us that we are able to look out for each other within the community,” Olivia Tucker said.

David continues his talks at Murray Middle School and Ashley High School next week.

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Renovations done on Battleship masts

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Work is done fixing up part of the Battleship North Carolina.

As part of its continuous preservation, the Battleship got repairs on its forward and main masts. The 30-day, $110,000 project helped repair and strengthen the masts’ yardarms and struts leading up to the platforms. Handrails were replaced, and the structure holding the forward mast’s radar was rebuilt.

Renovating the Battleship is a constant process. Renovations on the admiral’s cabin and ward room are next on the list.

“We need to keep her looking nice, so part of the elements of keeping the upkeep of the ship is doing things that people might think aren’t necessary, but it is for the safety of our guests and maintenance staff,” Battleship Promotions Director Heather Loftin said.

Crews are also working on the forward mast’s radar. They hope to have its motor fixed by this summer.

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Witness details events of night of drive-by shooting

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Hours before the drive-by shooting death of James Murdock in 2008, the man on trial in his killing threatened him with an AK-47, a witness says.

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Sheriff volunteers begin patrolling

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

New Hanover Sheriff Ed McMahon said they have collectively served 1,000 volunteer hours.

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Ash Wednesday marks start of Lent

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With Fat Tuesday over, that means the beginning of Lent for Christians around the world. And it all starts today with Ash Wednesday.

For Christians, today starts the 40 days of the Lenten season. Lent is the lead-up to Easter. It recalls Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness.

For Catholics, it is a season of penance, reflection and fasting that prepares them for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Today at St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington, as well as churches around the world, worshipers received a cross of ashes on their forehead.

“It’s sort of like a spiritual renewal,” Fr. Bob Kus said. “What we do is we put a little ashes on the forehead and say, ‘Repent and be faithful to the gospel,’ and then during lent people do something special.”

Many give up things for lent, like junk food or chocolate. It is also encouraged to make a commitment during the 40 days, like reading the gospel or donating to charity.

The ashes are theoretically made from palms from last year’s Palm Sunday celebration. Fr. Bob says St. Mary’s buys its ashes rather than preparing their own because the palm ashes are too rough on skin.

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