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Archive for August, 2012

Robert Downey Jr. injured, ‘Iron Man 3’ stops shooting

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Robert Downey Jr. injured his ankle today on the set of “Iron Man 3” causing the production to stop shooting for now.

In a statement, Marvel Studios said, “Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury on the set of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington, North Carolina while performing a stunt. There will be a short delay in the production schedule while he recuperates.”

No word on when the film will be back up and running.

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Cucalorus passes on sale online

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Passes for the Cucalorus Film Festival are now on sale online.

The festival, held here in Wilmington, is a non-competitive showcase of features, shorts and documentaries from around the world.

Passes to the 18th annual event are available until the first ever Cucalorus Launch Party on September 30.

The festival runs November 8-11.

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Y’s Princess Program promotes daddy-daughter bond

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When you think princesses, you probably think ball gowns and tiaras. But the Wilmington YMCA paints a different picture. It’s one centered around the bond between girls and their fathers.

To be a princess, you have to scream like one. Not what you expected?

The young ladies in the YMCA’s Princess Program make up the Y’s Wacamaw Nation. Their “tribes” include girls and their dads.

“We do everything from camping canoeing and fishing, skating, sailing, we do community service,” YMCA Princess Program coordinator Emily Foster said.

The activities this build better relationships.

“I get a lot more time with my dad,” Avery Jones said. “I can get away from my brother, because, well, he always steals my dad.”

“I like to build with him, and I like to mess around and play jokes,” McClain McIntyre said.

“I like to spend time with my dad and meet new people and have fun,” Alex said.

The girls clearly agree, and as one father puts together a torch, he knows he’s really making lasting memories.

“In this day and age you’re almost always in contact by cell phone,” John Alan Jones said. “So when you can get away somewhere alone, you really do have an incredibly high quality time you can have with your daughter, and it is wonderful.”

It only take a few tools — drills, bolts and paint to name a few — to build everything from picnic tables to torches and so much more.

“When we had our first overnight we went out of town for two nights, and on the way up there she chose to ride with her friends,” John Alan Jones said. “But on the way back she could have ridden with her friends, but she wanted to ride with her daddy alone and spend some time in the car.”

you can attend an informational meeting about participating in the Princess Program tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the YMCA on Market Street.

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Bidder now wants out of hospital purchase

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Jacobs Real Estate Advisors to withdraw offer

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Locals vigilant after NC West Nile Virus death

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re in peak mosquito season. Now, West Nile Virus has arrived in fatal fashion in North Carolina.

Howard West, 84, died Thursday from the West Nile Virus.

“You’ve been with someone 65 years, and you put him in the ground, part of you goes in there with them, too,” West’s widow Betty said.

It’s believed a mosquito bit the Wayne County man while he was in his garden.

Nationwide, the number of West Nile cases is on the rise. More than 390 have been reported this year. That’s the most since 2004.

David Jenkins with the New Hanover County Health Department uses the CDC’s website to keep up with all reported cases of West Nile.

“We were able to monitor that and look at the different incidences of cases there and watch it kinda migrate, so eventually we knew it was coming to North Carolina, just a matter of time, did our best to kinda prepare,” Jenkins said.

That means spraying for mosquitoes, killing larva in the water and testing their sentinel chicken flock in Castle Hayne. Every other week a blood sample is drawn from the chickens to see if they test positive for West Nile or Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

“We’ve only seen three tests have come back positive for EEE,” Jenkins said. “West Nile Virus, even though we’re testing for it, has not shown up in our sentinel flock at this time.’

In the meantime, you can help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by removing standing water from things like flower pots, gutters and kiddie pools. Also, clean ornamental ponds and make sure the filters are working.

The county’s mosquito trucks will be out over the next two to three weeks spraying pesticide to try and control the mosquito population.

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