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Archive for March, 2013

Crews battle overnight fire in Wilmington

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Crews with the Wilmington Fire Department battled a fully involved structure fire in the early morning hours on Tuesday in the 700 block of South 9th Street.

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Keep track of your NCAA brackets with the help of WECT

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

This year WECT is making it easy for you to keep track of your brackets. Be sure to text “Slam Dunk” to 910-66 to get bracket updates showing winners and losers of each game.

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ONLY ON 3: Jay Bilas talks Bracketology

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For college basketball fans, it's the most wonderful time of the year as March Madness gets in full swing this week. Here in North Carolina, five teams are in the big dance – with the big three, NC State, UNC, and Duke all involved. 

But is this year's bracket stacked the way it should be? ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas thinks there are some problems. He told Good Morning Carolina anchor Tim Buckley in an interview yesterday that teams like North Carolina and Duke have a legitimate beef with the selection committee.

Bilas thinks you could make the argument that Duke, or ACC Champion Miami could have been a #1 seed instead of Gonzaga. "These are arguable points" says Bilas. "But both Duke and Miami won more games against quality competition."

This year, both NC State and UNC received a #8 seed in their region. Bilas says that means it'll be tough for either team to advance, "You'd rather be obviously a 7 or even a 10 rather than an 8 or a 9 because you're playing the 1 in the second game of the tournament if you're fortunate enough to win the first game."

ACC teams like Virginia and Maryland were left out of this year's field altogether, which has some fans upset. Instead, smaller schools like La Salle, Middle Tennessee, and St. Mary's made the tournament. There's always an argument over whose resume is better, but Bilas thinks this year the smaller schools recieved preferential treatment. 

"If we want a balanced national tournament and you want to say 'Tie goes to the mid-major' that's fine," added Bilas. "We just need to say that. What we're saying is, 'Who did you play? Who did you beat?' Well if [that's] the issue, than Virginia should have gotten in."

Bilas is teaming up with Dove Men+ Care for their "Real Moments" campaign during this year's tournament. To learn more about that you can visit http://www.dovemencare.com/

The first four games of the NCAA happen Tuesday night, while the main action gets going Thursday and Friday.



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FIRST ON 3: House fire sparks with residents, infant inside

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Flames destroyed a Wilmington home with residents inside after a pot was left unattended in the kitchen.

It happened at 709 S. 9th St. just after 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.

According to fire crews, the house was fully engulfed when they arrived, but the 3 residents managed to get out before anyone was hurt.

Battalion Chief Born says a woman told firefighters she went to tend to her baby after she began cooking in the kitchen, and that’s what caused the fire.

Born says the man, woman and infant are staying with friends.

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WEATHER: Cold for the first week of spring

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Still a tricky forecast for the next couple of days as a strong cold front moves through this afternoon driving temperatures down for the remainder of the week. Breezy westerly,

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