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Archive for April, 2012

CFCC staff, faculty talk of traits for president

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Public form part of search for new leader

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Mike Wallace: King of the confrontation

Monday, April 9th, 2012

For the last couple of years, you’ve probably noticed a change in the way we do news at WWAY. We decided to do it differently than it’s been done in Wilmington. We decided to keep persuing answers, even when the people from whom we want answers don’t want to cooperate. It’s a style that isn’t always comfortable for the people being questioned, we the questioners or sometimes even for you the viewer.

"They can call it TMZ. The last time I saw something on TMZ they were asking Lindsey Lohan where she was going to party or if they could see Beyonce’s baby bump,” I told the StarNews during an interview last fall about the way we do things now. "Mike Wallace and ’60 Minutes’ follow people to their car and demand answers. Just because somebody doesn’t want to answer a question doesn’t mean they get to walk away."

For some reason, a lot of people in these parts act like what we’ve been doing is somehow new and unusual to TV journalism. It’s not. Mike Wallace, who died over the weekend at the age of 93, made a career of it for half a century. His "60 Minutes" interviews were the stuff of legend, as he asked some a lot of powerful, famous, infamous people question that, at times, made them and us squirm.

Wallace asked the Ayatollah Khomeini, a man not used to being questioned, what he thought of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat calling him a "lunatic." He looked Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the eye and told him he had a sort of "ghoulish" interest in helping people end their own lives. And then there were the countless examples of Wallace and his camera crew barging into offices or charging through the halls of power to confront people who thought just avoiding him, closing the door in his face or walking away sufficient to hide their side of the story.

"Time" called Wallace "The Grand Inquisitor." What a compliment for the man who embodied the lesson I learned in college about good reporters: If someone closes a door, chew your way under it.

What we as journalists should learn from Wallace’s career is that getting the truth isn’t always easy, but it’s essential to keep pushing. It’s important to keep control of your interview by being prepared and smart. And what you as viewers should learn from him is that his style is tried and true. You may not always like it, but imagine what we would have never known if he had never mastered the skill.

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Restaurant looking at Whole Foods shopping center

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Lease negotiations are under way with a chain restaurant to occupy a separate building.

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Business leaders join ballpark push, tax funding opponents continue petition drive

Monday, April 9th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Building a baseball stadium has been a hot topic of conversation in Wilmington. Now, some local business leaders are stepping up to bat to support the city’s effort.

The Wilmington Ballpark Coalition says it is banding together for an idea members think is a home run.

“We feel like economic development is a great boost to the economy, number one. It’s affordable entertainment, number two. And number three, we feel like it can be a multi-use facility, so it’s going to be used for more than just baseball,” WBC chair James Hundley Jr. said.

The variety of business leaders say they share a common vision with Wilmington City Council, and they want the city to know they’re ready to pitch in to push the ballpark plan.

“We are here just to support they city’s efforts and make sure that they understand there’s someone else out there other than the ‘just say no’ crowd,” Hundley said.

Hundley says the “just say no” crowd is the people in protesting the possibility of using tax money to build the stadium. Opposition organizer Ben McCoy says the group does not say no to every idea, just the ones that are not thought through.

“We fully support private investment,” McCoy said. “Mandalay (Baseball Properties), the (Atlanta) Braves, anybody building a stadium in Wilmington, we would openly support that, but taxpayers don’t have the money, and they clearly do not support paying for it.”

McCoy says if the the WBC really wants a ballpark, its members should step up to the plate.

“If these are business owners that are stepping up and saying, ‘Hey, we want this,’ put your money where your mouth is,” McCoy said.

Mccoy says the petition that is circulating opposing the ballpark has upwards of 2,000 signatures. The group now needs anyone with a petition to return it so they can count up and verify the signatures.

Members of the coalition include:
Jim Hundley, Jr., Chairman
Dr. James Hundley Sr., Vice-Chairman
Margaret Weller-Stargell, Vice-Chairman
Tom Babel – Ward and Smith
Dick Blouse – Global Perspectives, LLC
Dr. William Carmichael – Riverside Dental Arts
Ken Dull – McKinley Building Corporation
Chris Fernandez
Matt Henrie – MedTech Associates
Russell Johnson ¬– RJR Productions Inc.
Hal Kitchin – McGuire Woods LLP
Emily Longley – Longley Supply Co.
Capt. Howard Loving – U.S. Navy (Retired)
Connie Majure-Rhett – Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Roy Morgan – Signs by Tomorrow
Dallas Romanowski – Cornerstone Advisory Partners
Jarrett Shearin – Senn Dunn Insurance
Terry Spencer
Mary Margaret Latham-Vann – Parkway Volvo
Bill Vasser – Screen Gems Studios
John Hinnant – Wilmington Downtown Inc
Jonathan Weiss – City Club at deRosset
Rob Ziglar – East Coast Contracting

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73-year-old facing drug trafficking charges

Monday, April 9th, 2012

A 73-year-old Ocean Isle Beach woman was arrested recently on charges of trafficking opium and selling prescription painkillers.

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