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Archive for April, 2013

Wilmington VA Health Care Center finally open to veterans

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

It's been a long time coming, but veteran's can now receive an array of health care services in Wilmington.

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Fire department looking at ‘preemption’ technology

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

System would help fire trucks move through busy intersections quicker

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Guilty pleas close two 2011 Pender Co. murder cases

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County man will face life behind bars for killing his neighbor.

Michael Grant accepted the district attorney’s plea deal of life in prison without the possibility of parole Monday. He says he’s now a changed man.

It was an emotional day at the Pender County Judicial Annex, but the family of victim Anthony Edens says they finally have closure.

In August 2011, investigators say, Grant shot Edens seven times and killed him. It happened in the Summit Ridge neighborhood in Rocky Point.

According to family, two men were neighbors and had a friendship. The district attorney’s office said Grant was under the influence of bath salts when he fired at Edens.

Grant says he’s found God in this process, which brought Edens’s family relief as they too are people of faith.

Grant will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In a separate hearing, another Pender County man pleaded guilty to killing his stepfather also in 2011, according to the StarNews. James Gorby is set for sentencing Tuesday to life in prison without parole.

Gorby is accused of shooting and killing his stepfather Roger Mock on September 28, 2011, in Hampstead. Gorby was also charged at the time with breaking and entering and larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of stolen property.

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NBA player’s decision to come out sparks discussion nationally, locally

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “I am a 34-year-old NBA Center. I’m black, and I’m gay,” Jason Collins told Sports Illustrated in its May 6 issue. Collins is the first active, professional male athlete to be openly gay.

“Hopefully this will pave a path for many other athletes out there,” said Ryan Burris, president of Wilmington Pride, a gay activism group.

WWAY basketball analyst Brett Blizzard, a former UNCW and professional basketball player, said it doesn’t matter to him how a person identifies himself. However, he does not think Collins’s choice to come out will make it easier on others given the nature of the game.

“There is a lot of physical contact, so it’s going to be hard for players to come out. I don’t think this is necessarily going to open the flood gates,” Blizzard said.

Regardless, Blizzard says it’s the way a player performs on the court and what he brings to the team that really matters.

“His off-the-court, that’s his personal decision,” Blizzard said. “He doesn’t get paid off the court to be a certain way.”

Collins told SI, “I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I am raising my hand.”

“People shouldn’t have to be scared to be who they are,” Burris said.

Fellow NBA players have come to Collins’s defense of his coming out.

“Whether there’s a free country or not, you should be free to act and do as you want to do,” Meta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers said.

Collins says he will march in Boston’s Gay Pride Parade June 8 with his former college roommate and Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Cape Fear Memorial Bridge expected to go up Tuesday morning

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is expected to go up at 10:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 30.

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