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Archive for March, 2013

City Council – You can keep your fracking wastewater

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The council voted to oppose any changes to the state law prohibiting wastewater injection from fracking

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Sheriff looks into allegations of theft at Pender’s animal shelter

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The sheriff in Pender County is starting to look into allegations of theft at the county animal shelter.

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Questions on credibility surround NCAA on eve of tournament

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the ball drops on this year’s edition of the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA itself continues to deflect criticism.

“I don’t think they do the right thing often enough,” says Jay Bilas. The former Duke Basketball player is an analyst for ESPN and a practicing attorney. He’s also been a high profile critic of NCAA actions and policy in recent years.

While the NCAA often makes headlines for passing down penalties against its member schools for violations, it recently admitted to wrong doing of its own.

It its investigation into alleged violations at the University of Miami, the NCAA now says it inappropriately hired a lawyer with intimate knowledge of the key informant in the case, giving it access to privileged information it had no right to in the first place; essentially sidestepping the group’s lack of subpoena power.

“That was an egregious violation of ethics by the NCAA, and there was no accountability,” argues Bilas. “The NCAA office is always telling schools that they're accountable for everything that happens on their watch, but yet when the NCAA is caught with ethical violations they just kind of say, 'Well nothing to see here.'”

The argument being, that while the NCAA expects high level compliance from its institutions, it doesn’t play by the same rules. This has some like Bilas calling for a big shake-up within the NCAA office.

“I think the NCAA president Mark Emmert has lost credibility and he's lost his ability to lead,” says Bilas. “I don't take pleasure in saying that, but if we're going to do this and do it right, it starts at the top and it starts with quality leadership and to this point I don't think we've gotten that from the president.”

Since the scandal within the NCAA came to light, they issued a statement of allegations to the University of Miami even though some of the information was obtained improperly. They’ve also issued a statement of support for President Mark Emmert, and consider the matter closed.

This latest stain on the NCAA seal isn’t the first threat to the organization in recent years. There are multiple high profile lawsuits from across the country pending now against the NCAA. Perhaps most notably is one filed by Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania.

He claims the NCAA overstepped its bounds by levying penalties on Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The suit claims that criminal acts committed by Mr. Sandusky in no way gave Penn State a competitive advantage on the football field, therefore falling outside the NCAA’s jurisdiction. 

For now the world of college athletics watches and waits, but the fire continues to get hotter for the NCAA.

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Ohio Marine killed in Nevada training exercise

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Associated Press

HAWTHORNE, Nev. (AP) — A 21-year-old Marine from Ohio was among the seven who died after a mortar shell explosion during mountain warfare training in Nevada’s high desert.

Marine Lance Cpl. Josh Taylor’s grandfather, Larry Stephens, confirmed Wednesday that he was killed in the training exercise Monday night.

Stephens says his grandson fulfilled a nearly lifelong dream when he joined the military right after graduating from high school in Marietta, Ohio in 2010.

Stephens says his grandson had talked about being a Marine since he was about 5, watching the History Channel and studying the military. After joining, he worked with mortars and served tours in Afghanistan and Kuwait, and was preparing for another tour in Afghanistan.

Stephens calls Taylor “polite, respectful,” and says he would “do anything for anybody.”

Taylor was engaged to be married, with a wedding planned for May.

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

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INVESTIGATION: WPD vice & narcotics van burned; WFD suspects arson

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The Wilmington Fire Department is investigating a case of arson to a van that was being used by the Wilmington Police Department's vice and narcotics unit.

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