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Archive for March, 2012

Experts on both sides of gay marriage debate square off in forum

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C., (AP) — Experts on both sides of the gay marriage
debate in North Carolina are squaring off on the same stage for
what may be the last time before a May 8 vote on a proposed
constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex unions.

The forum at Meredith College in Raleigh brought together legal
scholars and members of the clergy to debate the value of the
amendment and its potential effects on the state.

Maxine Eichner of the University of North Carolina law school
says the law would prevent local governments from giving domestic
partnership benefits and could have other effects.

The Rev. Patrick Wooden of the Upper Room Church of God in
Christ says marriage was created by God to be a union between a man
and a woman.

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

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Chefs square off in “Fire on the Dock” competition

Monday, March 26th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Two local chefs used their best culinary skills as they squared off Monday night in Wrightsville Beach. “Fire on The Dock” kicked off at Shell Island Resort.

Chef Antoine Murray of the Cape Fear Country Club and Chef Pat Green of Elijah’s went head-to-head, each serving up six dishes to diners.

Adding to the competitive edge, the chefs had to incorporate North Carolina flounder in three of their courses.

“They can’t cook from their restaurants menu. They can’t cook their signature items. They have to create off-the-cuff, only with items that we give them off of our truck and create three courses, each of them six blind courses that we, the diner, get to eat and it’s just fun,” event host Jimmy Crippen said.

After the diners’ votes were tallied, Chef Antoine Murray was served up the winning title. Some of his dishes included warm salad of North Carolina flounder and blackened flounder.

Sixteen chefs from across the region are competing to win two thousand dollars. Other regional challenges are being hosted in Blowing Rock, Raleigh and Greensboro.

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New Hanover News & Notes – MedFest; India surf safari; storytellers wanted

Monday, March 26th, 2012

he Special Olympics North Carolina MedFest will be held for the first time in the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at the Coastline Conference and Event Center, 501 Nutt St.

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Wilmington rally to focus on race, justice for slain Florida teen

Monday, March 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tensions are rising nationwide because of the case of an unarmed black teenager shot to death by a Neighborhood Watch captain in Florida. Protests have been held throughout the country. Now a Wilmington man is organizing another for this weekend.

It has been a month since a Neighborhood Watch volunteer claiming self-defense shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Now rallies are calling for the arrest of Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, and to raise awareness.

Trent Redmon is organizing a rally for Saturday here in Wilmington. He has six sons and says what happened to Martin is a wake-up call for all black people and especially parents.

Redmon compares Martin’s killing to the death of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955. He says it is proof we have a long way to go until achieving equality.

“I think it’s important to do this in Wilmington for two reasons. We remember the Wilmington 10, and we also remember the race riots of the 1800s,” Redmon said. “We have to make sure that we stay in check and make sure we know what’s going on in our communities. We don’t want a Sanford, FL, in Wilmington.”

Redmon says protesters plan to all wear black hoodies that say “I am Trayvon” on them, in memory of the teen.

The rally in Wilmington is planned for Saturday at 8th and Red Cross Streets. It starts at 5 p.m.

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Ten days spent dredging Carolina Beach Inlet

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The waterway, which is supposed to have an 8-foot channel, had shoaled to half that depth in places.

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