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Archive for April, 2012

‘I had an abortion’ shirts spark controversy at UNCW

Monday, April 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW students held a silent protest this afternoon against the sale of some controversial t-shirts.

The UNCW Women’s Studies Department and the university’s LGBTQIA Resource Office held a panel today selling shirts for $15 that read “I had an abortion.”

Three students stood outside the panel room wearing what they say were equally shocking t-shirts. One read “I haven’t killed a baby” and another reading “I euthanized my grandpa” They say the abortion t-shirts are out of line and embarrassing to the uncw student body.

Jimmy Eastman, spokesman for the student protest, says he hopes people realize how serious abortion is and see how unpraiseworthy it is.

“It’s still a very controversial issue,” he said. “It’s not about the abortion or pro-choice. It’s about ending a human life and that’s the real issue here. That’s what we’re trying to get at.”

Those who support selling the shirts say they are simply trying to destigmatize the word abortion in hopes people realize that it is OK to talk about it.

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Brush fire closes street near Monkey Junction

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Firefighters are responding to a small brush fire Monday afternoon that is causing a lot of smoke over parts of 17th Street and Carolina Beach Road.

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Pender official’s drunken driving charge dismissed

Monday, April 16th, 2012

District Court Judge Matthew Osman dismissed the driving while impaired charge on the grounds that the traffic stop and subsequent arrest violated William’s constitutional rights.

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City Council members question potential deal with Ripken Design

Monday, April 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington may strike out when it comes to selecting Ripken Design as the project manager for the proposed ballpark.

The project manager would evaluate the feasibility of building a baseball stadium. But a couple of council members have some serious questions.

Last week Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham proposed the city hire Ripken Design to determine if a baseball stadium would be a home run or a strikeout. That was a surprise to Councilwoman Margaret Haynes.

“The staff has worked very hard, and I don’t believe they had any intention of disrespecting the council,” Haynes said. “I just think the way it sorta came down we should’ve been given the info, and then we as a body make a decision.”

Councilman Kevin O’Grady says the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties also have some concerns.

“They had felt perhaps that the Ripken group was trying to bring a team here over their exclusive,” O’Grady said at an agenda Monday morning. “What I heard today is quite the contrary.”

Even so, O’Grady still has some questions about using Ripken Design, although he wouldn’t go into detail as to what they are.

Haynes, however, is worried about the competitive nature between the Ripken group and the Braves/Mandalay.

“We all know in business you’re not going to hire your direct competitor to analyze your own business,” she said.

Haynes is not discounting the group, nor is she downplaying how important this decision is.

“This group is going to help us decide whether we’re gonna move forward or not, and this is a huge commitment if we decide to go in that direction, and I, for one, have not decided whether I’m going to be or this or not,” Haynes said.

Wilmington City Council will vote on a project manager at its meeting tomorrow night. If Ripken Design is not chosen, there are five other proposals council can consider.

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Ferry runs cut for boat inspection

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The Southport-Fort Fisher ferry will run an abbreviated schedule Wednesday.

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