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Archive for August, 2012

Back Then – 1942: Pennies got you cigarettes, food

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Looking back at stories from the StarNews archives.

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Market Street lanes to close for road work

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The NC Department of Transportation says lanes on Market Street/US 17-Business in Wilmington will close beginning next week while contractors perform construction work on a 3.5-mile portion of the highway.

Workers will replace traffic signal detectors and adjust utility fixtures, such as water and sewer castings, while performing milling, repaving and remarking of lanes from the CSX Railroad tracks to just north of the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway/US 74 in New Hanover County.

The project will require closing one or two of the highway’s four lanes at various times. These lane closures may take place between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. during the week and at any time, day or night, on weekends. The work is expected to conclude in mid-October, weather permitting.

No marked detours are planned, but motorists are urged to use other routes whenever possible as travel time delays are anticipated during the work period.

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Families share summer fun on a pontoon boat

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Pontoon boats have always been thought of as the party barge or the family boat, but the Collier family has another use for theirs – a floating playground.

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NC inmates sentenced to life could be released

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled that a handful of inmates sentenced to life prison terms more than 30 years ago should be released because of a quirk in the law.

In a 2-1 decision, the ruling Tuesday applies to two men sentenced in the late 1970s to life terms for second-degree murder and second-degree burglary. But it could set the stage for the release of at least 13 other inmates with similar cases.

At the time, state law defined a life term as 80 years, but rules allowed for inmates to earn sentence reductions through classes or working while behind bars.

State lawyers argued the men should remain incarcerated until they die. The case is now likely to head to the North Carolina Supreme Court.

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

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Burr joins in calling for Missouri candidate to quit after rape comments

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — A North Carolina senator has joined the growing number of Republicans asking the party’s candidate in a race for a US Senate seat in Missouri to quit after making controversial statements about rape over the weekend.

Many of Rep. Todd Akin’s fellow Republicans, including NC Sen. Richard Burr, are urging him to drop out, in the aftermath of his statement that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.”

“Congressman Akin’s comments about rape were outrageous, offensive, and, simply put, wrong,” Burr said in a statement. “I urge him to do the right thing and withdraw from the Missouri Senate race now.”

The Associated Press reports Akin just has a few hours left before a significant deadline. If he’s going to drop out of his Senate race against incumbent Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill, he has to do so by day’s end. After that, a court order would be needed to remove a name from the ballot.

Akin today posted a video online, apologizing for his remarks.

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