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Archive for April, 2012

Serial bank robber sentenced

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Jonathan Lee Thompson receives more than 10 years, must pay restitution

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Hobby Lobby coming to old Havertys’ location

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Hobby Lobby offers crafts, hobbies, picture framing, jewelry making, fashion fabrics, and holiday supplies.

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Speculation abounds as Wilmington gets ready for ‘Iron Man 3’

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There’s a lot of buzz in the entertainment world about “Iron Man.” Robert Downey Jr. stars as the super hero in “The Avengers,” which opens next month. Meanwhile, the Port City is getting ready for “Iron Man 3,” one of the biggest motion pictures in North Carolina history, to start shooting this spring.

Many entertainment publications say the film is code named “Caged Heat,” but the Wilmington Regional Film Commission could not confirm any connection. All they could say is that “Caged Heat” is in production in Wilmington, but no information on “Iron Man 3” can be released at this time.

Other sources have new information on the production.

“Variety” reports that Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley is in final talks to be the villain in “Iron Man 3,” but Marvel has not confirmed that. The trade publication says Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johansson have all signed on to reprise their roles.

Open casting calls for extras for “Caged Heat” have circulated on websites like comicbooknews.com with the first this weekend in Raleigh and another next weekend right here in Wilmington.

We tried to confirm this information, but the “Iron Man 3” office at Screen Gems says a publicist has not started yet, but as soon as they do, the casting information will officially be released.

For now though, it seems everyone is staying tight-lipped and top secret about all things Stark Industries.

We called Fincannon and Associates to find out if they knew anything about the casting calls. They said they were not casting the film. Instead another casting agency is handling extras.

The talent search in Raleigh this weekend on Saturday will be held at Crabtree Valley Mall from 10 am to 1 pm. No details have been released yet on the Wilmington casting call.

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Highway Patrol campaign yields 8,388 speeding tickets

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

North Carolina state troopers issued 19,900 tickets for driving violations.

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Reaction varies to ballpark financing plan

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today’s announcement brings many unanswered questions and a lot of reaction.

The anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity says Wilmington taxpayers should be sweating this financing issue, but one county in Pennsylvania with a Mandalay-run minor league team says Wilmington will be OK.

“Progressive communities invest and re-invest in themselves, whether there’s tax dollars there or not,” Lackawanna County (PA) Commissioner Corey O’Brien said.

The City of Wilmington seems to be swinging for the fences with its ballpark plans.

Lackawana County, PA, has been through this with a Mandalay team before. The Mandalay-owned Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees play in a state-taxpayer-funded stadium built in 1989, where there is dwindling attendance and a need for renovations.

“We’re looking forward to the future of baseball here and reinvigorating that fan base and that loyalty and rebuilding the economic development,” O’Brien said. “The stadium has brought a great deal of community pride to our region over the years and economic development dollars.”

Despite what a ballpark has done for the Scranton area, Americans for Prosperity says a ballpark will not necessarily lead to a better Wilmington.

“This is not an economic engine,” AFP’s Chris Farr said. “It’s just not. It’s a very cool amenity. People like to have a baseball stadium, but at the end of the day, in a really rough economy taxpayers do not want to pay for a cool amenity.”

A big difference between a ballpark here and in Pennsylvania is that Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is the New York Yankee’s top level minor league affiliate. Wilmington would host one of the Atlanta Braves’ lower level teams.

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