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Archive for January, 2013

Pain clinic agrees to settle HIV complaint

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) – The US Justice Department is settling a claim against a North Carolina pain clinic that refused to treat a woman because she has AIDS.

The Fayetteville Pain Clinic has agreed to pay $10,000 to the patient and $5,000 to the government for violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

The complaint says the woman was suffering from back pain from a car accident and went to the pain clinic for help. But she says the doctor at the center refused to treat her because she had AIDS.

Thomas Perez of the Justice Department says people with HIV and other disabilities deserve equal access to medical treatment.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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School bus tires slashed Topsail High

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Some students in Pender County got a late start to their school day after vandals apparently targeted school buses.

A statement from Pender County Schools says at 5:15 a.m., bus drivers arrived to begin their routes and found flat tires on 15 buses parked at Topsail High School. The school district says the damage led to a disruption of bus service for the five Topsail area schools.

Crews replaced 32 tires by 9:45 a.m., and  buses began their normal routes. Tardies for students affected are excused.

The district does not yet know the total cost of the vandalism. The Pender County Sheriff’s Department is assisting with the investigation.

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Red Dress Luncheon raises heart health awareness for women

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ladies, listen up. The number one killer of women is on the loose, and the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Red Dress Project looks to bring it to justice.

“The first week in November I had an episode at home, and it really got my attention, because women tend to ignore a lot of symptoms, and I think we multitask so much that we just ignore things,” heart patient Jean Cherry said.

Cherry says heart disease runs in her family. She had her first episode 15 years ago, but in November, her worst fears were realized once again.

“I had some back pain when I arrived home, and I put that to the side,” she said. “Then I was reading the newspaper and my arm began to throb, and I massaged it saying, ‘I wonder what’s wrong with it.’ Just massaged it out. And then I thought – something happened in the chair where I thought I was going to pass out. It was a very uncomfortable feeling, and I thought, ‘I’m going to die here.'”

Cherry was having a heart attack, and she almost did not seek treatment, because her symptoms did not present like a normal attack.

“Women in the community need to be educated to know that when they are having symptoms that are just sort of vague,” cardiologist Dr. Trip Meine said. “Shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, pain in the back, a vague pressure in the chest that that can be a heart attack.”

Friday the 8th Annual Red Dress Luncheon and Accessories Show will raise money to help women learn the signs and symptoms of heart disease, get screened and take steps to keep their heart healthy.

“The focus is on women, and the focus is on heart disease,” Cherry said. “And the focus is on how we can do to eradicate it.”

Cherry says the most important thing for women to remember is to never ignore warning signs that come in groups.

Last year’s Red Dress Luncheon raised more than $30,000. Proceeds go toward communitywide cholesterol screenings, cardiac disease risk assessments and educational materials for women.

For more information on the Red Dress Luncheon, visit nhrmc.org/reddress

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Part of Tiffany’s Motel open for business despite fire

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

An overnight fire destroyed half of a hotel in Surf City, one home, damaged another, and sent at least one person to the hospital.

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Controlled burn at Halyburton Park

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The city of Wilmington is planning to burn around 30 acres at Halyburton Park on Friday.

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