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Archive for April, 2013

Hwy. 210 East reopen following crash

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Surf City Police are on the scene of a two-car crash involving a motorcycle at the intersection of Highway 17 and 210 East, according to Pender County Sheriff's officials.

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Fate of old Leland town halls up in the air

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Construction on the new facility is on track for a Nov. 25 completion date

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‘Iron Man 3’ set for Hollywood premiere tonight

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After spending several months flying high in harnesses over the Cape Fear River, roaming the streets of downtown Wilmington and swimming to the depths of Screen Gems Studio’s water tank, the stars of “Iron Man 3” are suiting up once again… in black ties and dresses that is. The world premiere of the Marvel saga is tonight in Hollywood, and the film’s stars are coming clean about the movie’s main man.

“I think Tony (Stark) has had a very human journey for someone who’s part of this Marvel universe,” star Robert Downey Jr. said of his title character Iron Man/Tony Stark.

“In this movie, you really see his cracks,” said Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Stark’s love interest Pepper Potts. “You really see the psychology behind why he is going through, in a way, the metamorphosis he needs to go through.”

“Seeing him be able to flex as he goes through all of these different challenges and maintain his wit and integrity in some way,” Downey said. “He didn’t really have integrity when we first met him and then he gained it as he used technology to save his own skin.”

Paltrow credits the fame of Iron Man to her leading man.

“I think the reason that ‘Iron Man’ is so successful is because… it’s that classic archetypal figure of somebody with incredible light and darkness, and that’s the story of all of us,” she said.

Paltrow says that although she is a hard customer to please, she was pleasantly surprised by how this movie turned out.

“The stunts are all great, and the CGI and the bells and whistles, done. We know that’s amazing,” Paltrow said. “But the bones of the movie, it’s a really good movie, and again, the emotional life in the movie is real and deep and it’s romantic and I was really amazed by it when I saw it.”

Click this link to watch all the excitement from the red carpet at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood starting at 9 p.m.

And you won’t have to wait much longer to see our beloved city on the big screen. “Iron Man 3” opens in theatres next Friday, May 3.

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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Office of Management and Budget says algorithms reason Brunswick Co. moving to Myrtle Beach MSA

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Federal Office of Management and Budget now says the reason the Census Bureau is considering moving Brunswick County into the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area is based on algorithms.

An OMB official sent this explanation after the office refused to offer any answers and we posted a press office workers email address offering others to try.

She said, “The Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of the Delineations of these areas can be found at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/bulletins/2013/b-13-01…. For your reference, The recently-released 2013 metro and micro area delineations are based on the application of the 2010 OMB standards, available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/fedreg_2010/062… to Census Bureau data.”

“The first step in the delineation process is to identify the central counties of an area, the counties associated with the urban core. A county that contains at least 5,000 people in an urban area with at least 10,000 total population qualifies as a central county. If a county contains multiple urban areas, the county is associated with the urban area that accounts for the largest portion of that county’s population. 20,279 people in Brunswick County live in the Myrtle Beach–Socastee, SC–NC Urbanized Area; 19,636 people in the county live in the Wilmington, NC Urbanized Area; and 11,226 people in the county live in the Oak Island, NC Urban Cluster.”

“Under the 2010 standards, therefore, Brunswick County qualifies to be a central county because it has at least 5,000 people in an urban area of 10,000 or more total population. Furthermore, the urban area that accounts for the largest portion of Brunswick County’s population is the Myrtle Beach–Socastee, SC–NC Urbanized Area, the core of the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. In other words, Brunswick County is associated with the Myrtle Beach urban core, and therefore is part of the Myrtle Beach metro area.”

“OMB delineates metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas to provide a nationally consistent set of areas for the collection, tabulation, and publication of Federal statistics. Consistent with longstanding practice, the delineations that were issued on February 28, 2013, were based on the application to statistical data of previously-established standards that themselves were the product of an open and transparent process that included requests for public comment [see, for example, Federal Register 74:7172-7177]. The delineations published on February 28, 2013, are final determinations for the applicable period beginning with their issuance and extending through 2018, except as they may be modestly updated annually in circumstances specified by the standards.”

Many in Wilmington, New Hanover County and Brunswick County feel moving Brunswick into the Myrtle Beach MSA will hurt recruiting efforts.

Politicians from all those areas, including Rep. Mike McIntyre and Sen. Kay Hagan have either signed or approved resolutions asking OMB and the census not to make the move.

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NC House Dems ask for changes on immigration bill

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are asking the architects of a North Carolina House immigration bill to tone down some of its enforcement measures.

The bill up for discussion in a House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday would grant restricted driver’s licenses to those living in the country illegally. It also would authorize police to detain anyone they suspect lacks legal residency. The bill also includes restrictions on bond release for those living in the country illegally. It also includes requirements to reimburse the state for incarceration.

Democrats questioned how officers can enforce the Arizona-style detainment rule without drawing lawsuits.

Chief sponsor Rep. Harry Warren of Salisbury said he’s open to changes that keep the focus on arresting serious felons.

The committee is expected to take action on the bill next week.

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

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