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Archive for December, 2012

More requests for Wilmington 10 pardons delivered to Perdue

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Benjamin Chavis and three other living Wilmington 10 members led more than 40 people to present petition names.

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Looming strike would impact Port of Wilmington

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a big employer in the Cape Fear region, but this weekend some workers could hit the picket lines and impact how things move through the State Port of Wilmington. It would be the first longshoremen work stoppage since 1977.

Each day tons of imported and exported goods come in and out of the port.

“Agricultural products, steel products, paper products, forged products, as well as containers that contain a variety of different commodities and goods,” NC Ports Authority Deputy Executive Director Jeff Miles said.

Since the introduction of automated cargo in the late 1960s the International Longshoremen’s Association has been paid a fee based on container tonage. Over the next 25 years the United States Maritime Alliance, which represents the shipping industry, wants to eliminate that fee. It’s a proposal that has longshoremen ready to jump ship and hit the picket lines.

“It was intended to be an offset to the lost wages the longshoremen experienced when they transitioned from break-bulk to containerized cargo,” Miles said. “Those rates have been escalating over the years, and the disagreement right now is about the rate of escalation and whether or not they might be subject to capping in terms of total expense.”

If the two sides cannot come to an agreement by the Sunday deadline, about 250 longshoremen could walk out of the Port of Wilmington.

“The short-term effect would be minimal, and it will only affect the container operation, which is about one third of what we do here at the port in terms of overall volume,” Miles said. “The long term effects would be that cargo that comes in from Asia that goes into the consumer market might be constrained in its availability.”

We tried contacting both the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance for this story, but both declined comment.

The White House is calling for the two sides to meet and workout a deal to avoid a strike.

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New Hanover Co. property tax deadline quickly approaching

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

New Hanover County property and real estate taxes are due no later than Monday, Jan. 7 in order to avoid an interest charge, according to a news release.

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My Turn: Why we can’t get the economy back on track

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

WECT's General Manager Gary McNair talks about the fiscal cliff.

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Record year revives Hollywood East

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A record-breaking year for the film industry in North Carolina put Wilmington back on the map for everyone from comic book fans to Nicholas Sparks fans searching for a good old-fashion love story.

It’s been a blockbuster year for Hollywood East with the filming of the Marvel blockbuster “Iron Man 2” soaring into town over the summer. The colossal flick brought A-list stars Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow to Wilmington. Weekly casting calls gave locals a chance to be seen on the silver screen. The movie is set to be released in theaters in May.

But that wasn’t the only film that brought major celebs to Wilmington. The comedy “We’re the Millers,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, set up shop just blocks from the WWAY studios in downtown Wilmington. Folks gathered behind barricades on what we call Front Street, but in the movie it was transformed to Miller Street. You can catch the flick in theaters in August.

But before that, how about a sappy love story on Valentine’s Day? That’s when you can catch “Safe Haven,” the Nicholas Sparks book turned movie that shot around Southport over the summer with leading lady Julianne Hough and her on-set beau Josh Duhamel.

The Cape Fear even attracted two-time oscar winner Hilary swank. The Port City was transformed into Washington, DC, for the HBO series “Mary and Martha,” about two women fighting to eradicate malaria.

Not too bad of a year in film for our small town on the coast. Many are hoping next year is just as big of a production.

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