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Archive for October, 2012

ABC: Romney takes lead on economy; white men are the movers

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Mitt Romney has advanced to a slight lead over Barack Obama in trust to handle the economy, and Obama has slipped beneath a clear majority in who better understands the public’s economic problems – two key metrics of the 2012 presidential race.

These trends in the latest ABC News/Washington Post daily tracking poll aren’t strong enough to change current preferences, nor is the 2-1 view that Obama won Monday night’s final debate. But they’re among the underlying dynamics making the race seem closer now than a month ago.

The candidates remain essentially tied, with 49 percent of likely voters for Romney, 48 percent for Obama in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. That includes vast and sharpening gaps among some groups, with highs for both candidates among core supporters.

Click here to read more about the ABC News/Washington Post daily tracking poll at ABCNews.com

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Hybrid of Sandy, winter storm threatens East Coast

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters warn that much of the eastern US has a good chance for several sloppy days of weather mayhem early next week. They predict heavy rain or snow, persistent gale-force winds, storm surge and flooding from an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm.

Meteorologists predict that Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean will collide with an early winter storm from the West and a blast of arctic air from the North, sloshing and parking over the country’s most populous coastal corridor starting Sunday. The worst of it should be early Tuesday, but it could stretch into Halloween on Wednesday and beyond.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns it will hit around the full moon, increasing the potential for flooding.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Bolivia man’s invention stops time

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Bolivia man has mastered the art of making time stand still. Mike Costabile’s invention allows a basketball referee’s whistle to travel at the speed of light to stop the game clock.

Basketball is a game where every second counts. The game clock is the ultimate authority in who wins and who loses. Its importance sparked Costabile’s mission to invent a technology that would change the game of basketball forever.

"When the ref blows the whistle, the clock needs to stop," Costabile said.

It was after a controversial call he made refereeing in the NBA when Costabile saw a need for a big change.

"When a human being is working, it’s at the speed of sound," he said. "This works at the speed of light."

So he tapped into his knowledge of operating a ham radio, and Costabile invented Precision Time System, which is designed to stop the clock as quickly as possible. It is now the industry standard in timekeeping and is used in all levels of play from the NBA to high school.

"When they’re fouling to stop the clock because they want to stop it, because the team is behind, that’s when this thing comes into play," Costabile said.

Its superiority is in its speed. A small microphone attaches to the ref’s whistle. When the ref blows the whistle, the frequency runs through his belt pack to a base station and stops the clock.

Traveling at the speed of light, the whistle wins every time stopping the clock at merely tenths of a second and making a game like basketball even more thrilling.

Costabile’s Precision Time System is used at schools across the Cape Fear, including New Hanover High School and UNCW.

If you know an extroardinary person in our area, e-mail Cacky Catlett at ccatlett@wwaytv3.com.

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Pundit moves 7th District race from ‘toss-up’ to ‘leans Democrat’

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre and his Republican challenger David Rouzer continue to ramp up the rhetoric in their race for McIntyre’s seat in the US House, at least one political pundit sees the race starting to tip toward the incumbent.

Sabato’s Crystal Ball has moved the 7th District House contest from the “Toss-up” column to “Leans Democrat.”

The website says North Carolina is the state where Republicans should pick up the most net seats, but Crystal Ball predicts the GOP will pick up three seats with McIntyre holding his.

“McIntyre has run ads emphasizing his conservatism, and while the district is heavily Republican, his message seems to be getting through,” wrote Crystal Ball’s House Editor Kyle Kondik, who predicts Republicans will retain a majority in the House.

ABCNews.com and RealClearPolitics.com still have the McIntyre-Rouzer race listed as a toss-up.

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ONLY ON 3 & WHQR-FM: The only ‘official’ baseball stadium debate TONIGHT at 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/WHQR) — WWAY NewsChannel 3 and WHQR-FM 91.3 are excited to announce that we will be co-hosting Wilmington’s only “OFFICIAL” baseball stadium debate featuring Mayor Bill Saffo and City Councilman Kevin O’Grady along with “Vote No Stadium Tax Referendum” spokesperson Scott Harry and Jim Rafferty, who is also with the group.

This will be the only debate featuring both the mayor and the anti-tax funded stadium group.

It will be TONIGHT beginning at 7 p.m. on WHQR-FM 91.3 and on RTV, as well as streamed live at whqr.org and at WWAYTV3.com. On Time Warner Cable RTV is channel 106, on ATMC channel 903, on Charter Cable channel 145 and over the air at 3.2.

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