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Archive for June, 2012

Fire tax increasing for Scotts Hill district

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Hampstead fire department to be reimbursed for investment

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ONLY ON 3: As Wilmington 10 seek pardons, former cop wants whole story retold

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Members of the NAACP and the Wilmington 10 rally tonight in support of pardons for the group. More than 40 years after Mike’s Grocery on South 6th Street was fire bombed, a former Wilmington Police officer says there is another side of the story that is not being told.

“If these people didn’t do it, then who did?” former cop John Winecoff said. “I can’t find out an answer.”

Winecoff joined the police department in May 1971, three months after the firebombing and shooting at Mike’s Grocery that led to criminal charges against the Wilmington 10.

Now that the group is asking for pardons from the state, Winecoff feels the full story needs to be retold.

“For them to say they’re innocent, and you just read the press reports of what happened during that period of time from February to October (1971), I don’t know what other conclusion you can draw,” Winecoff said.

Winecoff says over the years police have been portrayed as the bad guys. He says many have never come forward to tell the truth.

“They don’t want to speak up, because that’s what happens when they do speak up. They are portrayed as racist,” Winecoff said. “And a lot of them will say to me, ‘Why speak up? It’s not going to change anything.’

If granted pardons, each member of the Wilmington 10 could be compensated $50,000 for each year they spent in prison, but that’s not why Winecoff opposes the possible clemency.

“It’s not about the money,” Winecoff said. “It’s about what is right and what is the truth.”

NC NAACP President William Barber and members of the Wilmington 10 will take part in a Rally in Support of Pardons at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s AME Church on Red Cross Street in Wilmington.

We will have a recap tonight at 11.

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NC sea level calculation bill protested

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Another version of a bill that controls how North Carolina prepares for climate change along the coast is almost finished.

Republican Rep. Pat McElraft of Carteret County says a committee has almost finished reworking the bill that was unanimously rejected last week.

The new version calls for more study on how much the sea level is expected to rise by 2100. McElraft says the new version will not include a projection by scientists that the increase could be three feet. Nor will it limit the state to using only historical data in calculating future trends.

The bill could determine how much development is allowed and affect insurance rates on the coast.

Protesters presented the signatures of more than 3,000 people who want lawmakers to use the scientists’ estimates.

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

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Fiat dealership coming to Wilmington

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL) — Wilmington’s Neuwirth Motors plans to add a Fiat dealership to its portfolio of Chrysler vehicles, the company’s president said Tuesday. John Gillilan said he expects that the Fiat operation will open in October.

The new dealership will be located on the Neuwirth Motors property at 219 S. College Road, for its first year or so, after which it will move to its own location.

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SAG/AFTRA meeting Tuesday night in Wilmington

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

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