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Archive for July, 2012

New Hanover commissioners honor Montford Pt. Marines, retiring reps

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners took their turn to recognize the dedication the Montford Point Marines made to their county.

The first black Marines received the Congressional Gold Medal last month. Today county commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to recognize their sacrifices and service on a local level.

The commissioners personally thanked each Marine, who say they hope today’s military can learn from their historic service.

“I sure hope they’re understanding and watching and understand what we had gone through for the first seven years of segregation in the Marine Corps for African American Marines,” retired Gunnery Sgt. F.M. Hooper Jr. said.

Also at today’s meeting, commissioners recognized retiring state representatives Carolyn Justice and Danny McComas for their dedication to New Hanover and Pender Counties.

The two Republicans are both retiring after several terms serving the region in the state House of Representatives.

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New Hanover board tables decision on downtown building

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The question of what to do about the county-owned building at 320 Chestnut St. remains unanswered

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Free golf clinic teaches children life lessons

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Junior Golf Academy sees more than a recreational sport when it comes to golf.

Founder Jake Hunt explained to ‘Good Morning Carolina’ Anchor Ashley Jacobs that golf is a "vehicle to teach young people the true values of life and life skills."

The FREE clinic is open to all children. His youngest participant right now is 4-years-old and his oldest is 16-years-old. To learn more about the year-round programs, watch his entire interview with Ashley.

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World gets first look at Colo shooting suspect

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Associated Press

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado movie theater shooting suspect is making his first court appearance with reddish orange hair.

James Holmes was wide-eyed and unshaven as he sat staring down.

He appeared Monday after being accused of the shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater that killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

Authorities say the 24-year-old former graduate student is refusing to cooperate and it could take months to learn what prompted the horrific attack on moviegoers at a midnight screening of the latest Batman film.

Investigators say they found a Batman mask inside Holmes’ booby-trapped apartment after the attack.

Holmes has been held in solitary confinement since Friday. Prosecutors say they may consider the death penalty but will make that decision after consulting with victim’s families.

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

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Colo. massacre suspect mum as he heads to court

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Police in Aurora, Colo., say James Holmes has been the silent suspect as he prepares for his first court appearance today following the theater shootings which left 12 people dead and 58 injured.

Holmes has been held in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County detention facility but will be moved to a next-door courtroom where the charges against him will be read. He may also learn whether he faces additional counts.

Authorities have disclosed that he is refusing to cooperate and that it could take months to learn what prompted the horrific attack on midnight moviegoers at a Batman film premiere. Holmes has been assigned a public defender.

Police have said that Holmes began buying guns at Denver-area stores nearly two months before Friday’s shooting and that he received at least 50 packages in four months at his home and at school.

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

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