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Archive for March, 2012

Woman collects over 40,000 butts off beach; says ban is necessary

Friday, March 9th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The warmer weather means it’s finally beach season, and that means thousands of people will make their way to Wrightsville Beach. As the town prepares for the 2012 tourist season, the Board of Aldermen are also considering a new smoking ban. Locals say they plan to speak out about this ban tonight at a public hearing.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s freezing cold in December or 90 degrees in July, it’s the same thing,” said smoking ban supporter Danielle Richardet. “It’s always cigarette butts. So I think it’s time we start fixing that.”

For more than a year, Richardet has been collecting cigarette butts off of Wrightsville Beach. So far, she has collected more than 40,000. She says a smoking ban is necessary for the beach and she hopes it will soon be passed. Richardet says cigarettes are different from other litter, because they trap toxins, causing a much more severe threat to the environment.

“Toxins such as nickel, cadmium, lead and arsenic, those are in the filters,” said Richardet. “So as soon as those filters hit water, they begin leeching into our environment. Essentially, it’s no longer litter, it’s toxic waste and we have that on our beach.”

Richardet says if the ban is not passed, the problem will only get worse.

“It’s never ending and if it doesn’t get passed, I guarantee I will have picked up 50,000,” said Richardet. “I will have picked up 100,000.”

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Smoking ban fails in Wrightsville Beach

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Second time in two years ban rejected

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Movie theater won’t be built at Myrtle Grove

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Reciprocal easement agreement restricts use of property.

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Jury gets sex abuse case in Brunswick

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Ocean Isle Beach man accused of molesting 13-year-old

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Federal probe finds NC courts discriminate

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A federal investigation has determined the North Carolina court system routinely discriminates against those who do not speak English, resulting in harsher penalties and longer jail sentences.

The finding regarding the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts was issued Thursday in an 18-page report issued by the US Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Investigators concluded the court system violates federal law by discriminating on the basis of national origin.

Though state courts often provide translators to non-English speakers, the federal review said that having courthouse employees aid criminal defendants presents a conflict of interest. In other cases documented by investigators, no translator was provided for those whose limited familiarity with English impeded their ability to understand complex legal proceedings.

There was no immediate comment from officials from AOC.

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

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