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Archive for July, 2012

New hire to lead county’s PR team

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Carey Ricks was hired – with $98,500 in salary – and will begin her position July 30.

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HBO releases details on ‘Mary and Martha,’ filmed in Southport and Wilmington

Monday, July 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (THE EXAMINER.COM) — North Carolina residents have already spotted Hilary Swank, James Woods and Brenda Blethyn in Southport and Wilmington and today HBO released details on the TV movie they are shooting, “Mary and Martha.”

To quote the press release:

Directed by Phillip Noyce (“Salt,” “The Quiet American”) from a screenplay written by Richard Curtis (Oscar nominee for “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” Emmy winner for HBO’s “The Girl in the Café”), “Mary and Martha” depicts the epic journey of two mothers who bond over the mutual loss of their sons to malaria.

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NC candidates reminding people there’s a primary

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s primary runoff campaign is wrapping up with candidates still trying to get the word out that there is voting actually happening Tuesday.

Fifteen pairs of candidates are running for party nominations for Council of State positions and congressional and legislative seats. These candidates failed to get the more than 40 percent of the vote necessary in the May primary to avoid a runoff.

County elections directors say turnout during the early-voting period that ended Saturday was low. Fewer than 37,000 people have cast ballots so far statewide.

Republican candidates for lieutenant governor Dan Forest and Tony Gurley said many people still don’t know there is voting Tuesday. Forest was going door-to-door Monday in Mecklenburg County while Gurley was phoning undecided voters.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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FDA approves first pill to help prevent HIV

Monday, July 16th, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection, a milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus that causes AIDS.

The agency approved Gilead Sciences’ pill Truvada as a preventive measure for people who are at high risk of acquiring HIV, such as those who have sex with HIV-infected partners.

Gilead Sciences Inc. has marketed Truvada since 2004 as a treatment for people who are infected with the virus.

But company studies have shown the drug can prevent people from contracting HIV when used as a precautionary measure. A three-year study found that daily doses cut the risk of infection in healthy gay and bisexual men by 42 percent, when accompanied by condoms and counseling.

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

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Refrigerator blamed for 8th Street fire

Monday, July 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department says a fire this morning at 1022 S. 8th St. started from an electrical short in and around a refrigerator powered by an extension cord.

The fire started a little before noon in a studio/storage building behind the house. Firefighters say the refrigerator was outside, and the fire extended to the studio and caused considerable damage.

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