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Archive for August, 2012

Powerball jackpot tops $320 million

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tonight, $320 million is at stake in the Powerball jackpot. That makes it the fourth largest in the game’s history.

The chances of winning are pretty slim: about one in 175 million. But those six little numbers have the ability to change your life, which is why so many are coming out to buy tickets.

The clerk at the Wwrightsville Country Store in Wilmington says sales have been through the roof. Yesterday, Powerball tickets out-sold MegaMillions tickets at the store two to one.

By the way, if a single winner of tonight’s jackpot takes the lump sum cash option, they would get an estimated $213.3 million.

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Charlotte film studio won’t hurt local work

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Officials say Charlotte, Wilmington don’t compete for film productions

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SI.com: A letter to Michael Jordan: Shame on you for refusing to help Pop

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

By Thomas Lake

Dear Michael Jordan,

I heard Pop Herring was in jail so I drove up to see him the other night. You remember Pop, your basketball coach at Laney High in Wilmington. The man who opened the gym at 6 a.m. so you could work on that jumper. The man who let you borrow his car and had you over to his house and treated you like a son. The man who put you on jayvee in your sophomore year. Didn’t cut you, as you always said after that, although at the time it probably felt like a cut. I guess it still does, or did in 2009, when you were inducted into the Hall of Fame, and you addressed Pop directly without actually using his name and said, regarding his failure to put you on varsity, “I wanted to make sure you understood: You made a mistake, dude.”

Well, it was your mistake. You used what should have been a joyful occasion to call out a man for something he did not actually do. A sick and indigent man at that. As we both know, Pop’s life fell apart after you left town. Not his fault. A disease ran in his family, paranoid schizophrenia or some such thing, and he started acting strange, and he lost his job, and his wife, and his daughter, and pretty much everything else. Took to drinking, as you or I might do in similar circumstances.

Did you help him? Not in the past 18 years. He and his friends say the last time you saw him was 1994, and no one from your camp has come forward to dispute this. That was at a celebration of you in Chicago, and you introduced him to your fans as “the first guy to ever cut me,” and they booed.

Click here to read more at SI.com

(Photo by Bill Frakes/SI)

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Confirmed rabies cases in 2012 on rise for New Hanover

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals.

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Hot topics from Pender County

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — Editor-In-Chief of the Pender-Topsail Post & Voice Andy Pettigrew gets you up to speed on today’s headlines. Find out what stories grace his paper’s front page today.

Learn more about the county’s tax rate: how does it compare to the state’s rates. And emotions are all over the board as the American Legion prepares to leave its current building because the rent is too high.

Pettigrew talks with Good Morning Carolina anchor Ashley Jacobs.

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