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Archive for August, 2012

Popular Bumbo infant floor seat recalled

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — About four million Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled after nearly two dozen reports of skull fractures.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says babies can wiggle out of the floor seats.

About one million of the molded foam seats were recalled in 2007 for additional warning labels against placing the seats on raised surfaces.

Since the first recall, CPSC and Bumbo International have learned about at least 50 incidents in which babies fell from Bumbo seats while they were being used on raised surfaces. CPSC says another 34 babies fell from the seats while they were being used on the floor or at an unknown elevation. In all, there were 21 reports of skull fractures.

Consumers can get a free repair kit that includes a restraint belt.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Romney, RNC chairman expected in NC for fundraiser

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Mitt Romney is visiting North Carolina to get help from NASCAR notables holding a drive to raise money for the Republican presidential candidate and other GOP campaign efforts.

Romney and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus planned to attend an event Wednesday at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte. NASCAR Chief Executive Officer Brian France, car owners Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress and driver Jamie McMurray were among the featured organizers.

The invitation asks donors to give $2,500 to attend a luncheon. Those who give or raise $15,000 can go to a photo perception, while a private round-table meeting awaits those who give or raise $50,000.

Romney and newly-picked vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan visited North Carolina last weekend, holding one event at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Texas soldier faces NC court-martial in death

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — A platoon sergeant from Texas faces court-martial at Fort Bragg this week in the death of a New York soldier in Afghanistan last year.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Staff Sgt. Blaine G. Dugas Jr. of Port Arthur, Texas, is scheduled to face a court martial Thursday.

The 36-year-old Dugas is accused of failure to prevent the mistreatment and abuse that officials say led to 19-year-old Pvt. Danny Chen’s suicide.

Defense attorney Guy Womack says Dugas had no knowledge of the hazing and mistreatment of Chen, who shot himself on Oct. 3.

Two other soldiers already have been tried.

Spc. Ryan J. Offutt of Greenville, Pa., was sentenced to six months in prison. Sgt. Adam Holcomb was sentenced to 30 days in prison.

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

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Local author discusses best seller

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Author Jennifer Kostyal lives in Wilmington, but she’s been on the road a lot promoting her new book, Finally Free: Living in Peace by Releasing Your Past.

She outlines her tough childhood – to include being raised in a religious cult, as well as sexually abused and raped. However, she’s able to put her past behind her and move on with an optimistic outlook on life.

Kostyal has had a largely positive response from readers; the book stayed Amazon’s bestseller new release list for books on dysfunctional relationships for more than 12 weeks, hitting #1 during Mother’s Day weekend.

She spends a lot of time talking to prison inmates as well, because statistically many women inmates have been abused. She hopes to help them turn their lives around. Check out her interview with Good Morning Carolina anchor Ashley Jacobs and get details on her Saturday book signing at Barnes & Noble.

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Churches, volunteers help clothes program

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The Threads program has become a popular lifeline for locals trying to make ends meet.

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