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Archive for January, 2013

UNC-CH officials deny underreporting sex assaults

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — Officials at North Carolina’s flagship public university dispute claims they underreported sexual assaults in 2010 to avoid looking bad.

The top attorney at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill told campus trustees Thursday that the allegations are false. General Counsel Leslie Strohm and Chancellor Holden Thorpe said they had not seen a complaint filed earlier this month with the US Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.

A copy of the report was obtained by the student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. That newspaper reported last week that current and former students and former assistant dean of students Melinda Manning accuse the school of underreporting sexual assaults in an annual report to the federal government on campus crime.

They did not return messages Thursday seeking comment.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Old El Agave building to become new mattress store

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

A building on Oleander Drive that was once a McDonald's and then El Agave will soon transform into a mattress store.

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This Day in NC History: Nuclear mishap in Wayne County field

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

On January 24, 1961, a B-52G Stratofortress Bomber carrying two nuclear weapons crashed in rural Wayne County, ten miles northeast of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. At the height of the Cold War, United States policy was to keep armed aircraft in the air at all times in the event of a conflict.

Internal structural damage had begun inside the right wing during refueling. During preparation for landing at Seymour Johnson, major structural failure of the right wing occurred and the aircraft exploded at 8,000 feet. Three members of the eight-man crew were killed.

As a result of the breakup of the plane, two nuclear weapons were released. Seven of the eight arming, fusing and firing switches and devices in one bomb automatically actuated. Only a crew-controlled switch prevented a nuclear detonation. Since its parachute deployed, one bomb had only minor damage when it fell about a mile from the crash site. The second bomb fell free, without its parachute deploying, and broke apart on impact.

Historians believe that the Goldsboro incident was one of the closest near-disasters related to the Cold War because safety interlocks on the weapons failed, having gone through all of the steps to detonate, save one.

A highway marker commemorating the incident was dedicated in Wayne County in June 2012.

For more about North Carolina’s history, arts and culture, visit Cultural Resources online @ www.ncdcr.gov.

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Police give all-clear after suspicious package shuts down CFPUA, Goverment Center Dr.

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police give the all-clear after Government Center Drive was closed to investigate a suspicious package at the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s office.

Wilmington Police say the package was found leaning against the CFPUA sign.

CFPUA spokesman Mike McGill says the package was noticed just before 8 a.m. He says Wilmington Police, their bomb squad, EMS, and fire crews are all on scene and have instructed CFPUA to evacuate the building.

CFPUA wants customers to know not to try to come to the building. Instead, you can go to the CFPUA office on Chestnut Street, McGill says.

Stay with WWAY for updates.

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Hammerheads to play series with MLS New York Red Bulls

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The Wilmington Hammerheads will host the MLS New York Red Bulls during the 2013 season.

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