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Archive for November, 2012

Statement expected from Rouzer after Duplin recount finishes

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

With the final recount underway in Duplin County, a statement is expected from the campaign of David Rouzer, who remains more than 660 votes behind Mike McIntyre in the Seventh Congressional District race.

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TONIGHT ON WWAY: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The ABC Television Network will celebrate the joy of the holidays with the the full, uncut version of the holiday Peanuts special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, tonight at 8 p.m. The hour will also include “Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa,” the seven-minute animated short featuring the voice of Betty White as Mrs. Claus.

In the digitally-remastered 1965 special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant, and Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is.

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A little history behind Christmas favorite poinsettias

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — ‘Tis the season to set up those holiday decorations. And whether you say poin-setta or poin-set-ia, one thing is for sure: you’ll see the red and green plant everywhere. But why?

“it is poinsett-i-a not poinsetta,” said Scott Childs at Airlie Gardens.

Now that we’ve got that settled, on to tougher questions. Like why the red plant pops up during the holiday season year after year.

It all starts with Joel Poinset.

“He was the first US ambassador to Mexico and was also an amateur botanist and he discovered the poinsettia down in Mexico,” Childs said.

It was the 1820s when he brought it back to cultivate in his own nursery in the Carolinas. But its ties to the holidays began with Catholicism and stories told in Mexico and South America.

“They had a story about a poor child that had nothing to bring to Jesus, so he picked some weeds on the side of the road and when he brought them to Jesus they opened up and they were poinsettias,” Childs said.

As the plant became more and more popular, so did myths. The flower widely thought to be poisonous to kids, really is not deadly. To actually get sick from eating poinsettias, a 60-pound child would have to eat a pound and a half of leaves.

That doesn’t mean you should start snacking on these plants. They’re harmful to pets, and they taste awful, Childs said. So keep them off the table and in the garden. And keep them warm. When temperatures drop below 48 degrees at night, Airlie Gardens turns on heaters to keep its poinsettia display warm.

And the biggest mistake people make: watering them too often.

“You basically want to let them dry out before watering them,” Childs said.

Another misconception: the red part of the plant is not the flower, those are actually the leaves. The flowers are the tiny bud-like part in the very center of each plant.

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Local companies with new iPad game

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Thanks to two Wilmington companies, you now can turn your iPad into a foosball table.

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Babies Hospital site may house 4-story buildings

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Developers envision three buildings on a 4.5-acre site on the 7200 block of Wrightsville Avenue.

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