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Archive for August, 2012

Fired BSL chief ordered officer to drive his son to work

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The police chief of Boiling Spring Lakes was “relieved” of his position, according to a news release.

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ONLY ON 3: Nat’l Weather Service clears air about UNCW ‘tornado warning’

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The National Weather Service is clearing the air about yesterday’s funnel cloud over Wilmington.

UNCW alerted students by issuing a tornado warning, even though one was never issued by the NWS.

The storm cell caused a lot of ruckus in Wilmington monday, but with the wild weather there was some confusion.

No warning from the National Weather Service, but a tornado warning from UNCW? So what happened?

“We had our radar operator interrogate the storm,” NWS Meteorologist in Charge Michael Carapolo said. “We did notice some rotation basically at the base of the cell. It wasn’t a thunderstorm, so that was our first clue to indicate whether it was tornadic or not. So the radar operator, he’s in touch with the Doppler radar, and he’s using all the tools available to him to make that decision. So in his mind, it was going to be pretty much not a threat.”

Because the meteorologist did not believe a tornado would touch down, the National Weather Service instead issued a statement alerting the public of possible funnel clouds, which do not touch the ground.

At UNCW, they went for a pre-scripted tornado message, in order to get out a message ASAP. In the essence of time, the NWS says that’s OK.

“The events of yesterday, as far as them putting out a tornado warning for the campus, we don’t have an issue with that,” Carapolo said.

Still, this disconnect may have created some confusion around town. Now, the weather service is working with UNCW to create more of these “ready-to-go messages” for situations like funnel clouds, so that they can alert the public quickly and accurately.

The National Weather Service says you should always use caution when spotting a funnel cloud like yesterday. Even though they may be weak, they can still produce winds as high as 60 mph, which is enough to produce minor tree damage.

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Vintage plane has new life as a star of air shows, patriotic events

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Only about 2,400 A-26s were ever built. About a dozen or so survive – including the Spirit of North Carolina.

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Fmr. Rep. Etheridge says Ryan ‘not a conservative, a radical’

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Since Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate over the weekend, attention has shifted to the Romney-Ryan plan.

Today, a former North Carolina Congressman came to Wilmington to say Ryan and his budget are not right for America.

Rep. Bob Etheridge says he is surprised Romney adopted Ryan’s budget plan so easily.

“I’m surprised he endorsed it” Etheridge said. “What he’s saying is he wants to take the $700 billion, give that to tax breaks, to the wealthiest people in this country, then say to the seniors, ‘You’re on your own.'”

Etheridge, a Democrat, who served with Ryan in the US House, including on the Budget Committee, says under the Ryan plan, Medicare will be cut and seniors will have to pay.

Ryan says that’s not the case.

“Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because the government made promises that they organized their retirements around,” Ryan said in an interview with CBS “60 Minutes” over the weekend. “In order to make sure we can do that, we have to reform it for those of us who are younger.”

Etheridge says there’s more to the story.

“He’s not being totally candid and honest,” Etheridge said during his rally with Democratic voters. “The truth is he is not a conservative. He is a radical, because if you’re conservative, you pay for what you do. He’s not talking about paying for it. He’s talking about adding trillions of dollars to the national debt.”

Ryan says he is ready for the scrutiny that comes along with the race to the White House. He says now is the time to stand firm in his plan.

“This is not the time to go wobbly,” Ryan said earlier this week. “They are going to run these attack ads at us regardless. This is the time for leaders to be leaders.”

Etheridge says voters should learn more about Ryan’s plan and really look at the details behind the ideas. He says the details define what the Romney-Ryan White House would look like.

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Ashton Farm Summer Day Camp offers history, country-style fun

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The camp, now in its 37th season, offers kids more than just a taste of country life.

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