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Archive for August, 2012

NC Marines host NASA leader Bolden at celebration

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (AP) — NASA administrator Charles Bolden is the scheduled guest speaker at the annual Montford Point Marine Association convention at Camp Lejeune.

Marine Corps spokeswoman 2ndt Lt. Sara Burns says Bolden is slated to speak Saturday evening at a black-tie banquet.

The event honors the Montford Point Marines who are the recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos is attending, along with Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla.

In June, members of the 400 Montford Point Marines were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their service in World War II and pioneering role in the Corps. The men went through a segregated boot camp known as Montford Point and later served in all-black units.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies at 82

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

The former astronaut died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, a statement Saturday from his family said.

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Missing NC doctor, husband found dead in Texas

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC (AP) — Authorities say the bodies of a Henderson County doctor and her husband have been found in a hotel room in Galveston, Texas, nearly a week after they disappeared.

Investigators with the Galveston County Medical Examiners Office said a hotel employee found 53-year-old Leslie Cargile and her 58-year-old husband William on Friday. The room was locked from the inside.

Authorities say the deaths don’t appear to be homicides, but are awaiting autopsy results. Investigators say a number of medicine samples were found in the couple’s room.

The couple was last seen on Aug. 18, and they were reported missing Monday morning when Leslie Cargile didn’t show up at her clinic to see patients.

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Thousands expected at NC gay fest days before DNC

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Downtown Charlotte is expected to host thousands for a gay pride festival a week before the country’s Democrats come to town.

Charlotte’s annual Pride Charlotte Festival wraps up this weekend with organizers saying they expect big crowds for activities which include a concert, a poker tournament and a basketball competition.

Thousands of people annually attend the festival, which also draws dozens of protesters.

This year’s festival comes after voters decided to add a prohibition against gay marriage to the state constitution, effectively slamming the door shut on same-sex marriages.

The Democratic National Convention opens in Charlotte next week to officially nominate President Barack Obama as the party’s presidential candidate this year.

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

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1st man on the moon Neil Armstrong dies

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH (AP) — The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82.

A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn’t say where he died.

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of “one giant leap for mankind.”

An estimated 600 million people – a fifth of the world’s population – watched and listened to the landing, the largest audience for any single event in history.

Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says “as long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them.”

Bolden issued a statement on Saturday on the famed astronaut’s death at age 82. He says Armstrong will be “remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own.”

Bolden says Armstrong was “one of America’s greatest explorers” who readily accepted President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to send an American to the moon.

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

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