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Archive for April, 2012

Wilmington writer to appear on ‘Jeopardy’

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Wilmington resident Judy Nichols, with "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, will appear on the show airing April 12.Photo courtesy Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

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Sea whips: Animals that look like plants

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Question: What is the orange plant with thin branches and a small round disk at the bottom that we find washed up on the sound? Does it grow in the water or on land?

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Southport vying for state honor

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

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NCSU researchers predict average hurricane season

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Researchers at North Carolina State University are predicting a relatively average hurricane season,
but say even minor storms can still cause serious problems when they make landfall.

Professors Lian Xie and Montserrat Fuentes said Tuesday they expect between seven to 10 named storms in the Atlantic basin in 2012. That would be about normal for the region, which averages about 10.5 named storms annually.

The researchers say four to seven of the storms may grow strong enough to become hurricanes, with one to three having the chance to become a major hurricane.

They calculate there’s only a 12 percent chance of a major hurricane, defined as Category 3 or above, will make landfall in the southeastern US this year.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

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

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ONLY ON 3: Vice Chair of new Wilmington Ballpark Coalition quits after WWAY asks questions

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We told you yesterday about a new group supporting the City of Wilmington in its plans to bring a ballpark to town. Today, the vice chair of the Wilmington Ballpark Coalition resigned after WWAY started asking questions about his involvement.

James Hundley Sr. was the vice chair of the Wilmington Ballpark Coalition. He also sat on the Board of Directors of Cooperative Bank, which went under in 2009.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporative is suing Hundley, the rest of the board, as well as the bank’s former chief for “neglect of duty” and a total of $33 million, including $4.48 million from Hundley.

The WBC announced today that Hundley is not guilty of the actions he is accused of, but to avoid any distraction he will quit the volunteer group.

Rich Neumann of Mandalay Baseball Properties, which wants to run a team here, was in town today. He said he did not know about the lawsuit or if this affected the coalition’s credibility. He says the group will continue to grow once information is released.

“Once all the information is out there, once all the facts are out there as opposed to opinions or hearsay, rumor, people can make a very educated assessment if it’s a good deal or not a good deal for the City of Wilmington,” Neumann said.

Neumann says his company always faces opposition when proposing ballparks in communities, but he says the Wilmington opposition is louder than they are used to.

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