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Archive for May, 2012

Judge gets note from juror in John Edwards trial

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — The judge in John Edwards’ campaign corruption trial says she has received a note from a juror on the eighth day of deliberations.

US District Judge Catherine C. Eagles did not say what the note was about but she met with attorneys behind closed doors as the jury took a lunch break.

The jury’s behavior has garnered attention. The four alternate jurors have at times worn the same color shirts. They wore shades of purple and lavender Wednesday. One woman alternate juror had also been smiling at Edwards, but she is no longer making eye contact with him.

The former presidential candidate faces six charges involving nearly $1 million provided by two wealthy donors to help hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Edwards judge again meets privately with attorneys

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — The judge in John Edwards’ campaign corruption trial has again closed the courtroom to talk to attorneys about the jury.

US District Judge Catherine C. Eagles was meeting with the lawyers Wednesday, the eighth day of jury deliberations. The judge has received a note from a juror, but she has not talked about its contents. She also gave no reason why she was closing the courtroom.

The jury’s behavior has garnered attention, in part because the four alternate jurors have at times worn the same color shirts.

The former presidential candidate faces six charges involving nearly $1 million provided by two wealthy donors to help hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Marina closure leaves businesses, residents high and dry

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — A marina in Surf City is closing, but the tenants are not the only ones affected. As the Pender-Topsail News & Voice was first to report, Wells Fargo, which owns Surf City Beach House Marina, delivered the news to people who keep their boat there yesterday.

“It’s been a pleasure being able to promote our entire village,” business owner Capt. David Luther said. “That’s gone now.”

For Luther and other tenants of the Beach House Marina, the past few days have been a whirlwind. Luther found out Tuesday he has to move his boats, one of which he lives on, by June 19. It’s a tough situation for him as he runs entertainment cruises from the Belle of Topsail and the pirate ship Raven.

“We’ve gotten very involved with all the businesses around here, because surprisingly enough, this marina feeds business,” Luther said. “We get back in at 8 p.m. because we do a sunset cruise, and at 8 p.m. you have been out having a good time, what do you want to do? Go somewhere else.”

Capt. Luther and his business are not the only ones affected by the closure of the marina. There are also those who own and live on boats here that will have to relocate.

“I really don’t have any plans,” tenant David Avery said. “We’re looking and trying to find out. We’ll probably have to moor here for a while until we find another place to go or figure out what’s going on… at least till my daughter gets done with school.”

Tenants have signed leases, and Capt. Luther even bought $30,000 worth of advertising promoting the location. They say it’s a nightmare they wish was not happening.

“I put everything I had into this, and then for them to come and give me 20 days to get the hell out, that’s painful,” Luther said.

Surf City Mayor Zander Guy says he does not want to see this happen. He says the town is looking into alternate options for the boats.

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Pender schools opening an hour late Thursday

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Former Lynchburg leader has advice as Wilmington persues his city’s baseball team

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As Wilmington moves on in discussions to build a ballpark, a former councilman in the city who’s team we may get sat down with us to share his thoughts on this big decision.

If city council approves the plan, the Lynchburg Hillcats will find a new home here in Wilmington.

Bert Dodson served as a Lynchburg Councilman for more than a decade, including helping decide to renovate the city’s ballpark a few years ago. He says five franchises have come through lynchburg in the past 30 years, with the Braves being the most recent. Though baseball is very popular in Lynchburg, he is not sure it would be in a tourist town like Wilmington.

He did have some advice for Wilmington City Council members.

“My advice is to ask the hard questions,” Dodson said. “You’re not irritating anybody. This is not a real estate deal. This is not a building development deal. This is dealing with tax payer money and they will be known for the right decisions they make.”

Dodson says he does not think a new stadium is possible without using taxpayer dollars.

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