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Archive for May, 2013

Former presidential yacht makes stop at Bald Head Island

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — It served as a patrol boat in World War II and later a presidential yacht. Now the Honey Fitz is making her way up the east coast on a good will tour.

The crew stopped briefly at Bald Head Island.

“It’s an iconic piece of history and a national treasure,” Honey Fitz event planner and executive chef Francis Pavlov said.

This historic 93-foot long yacht is now retired from its presidential duties and on a good will tour up the East Coast. The four-man crew’s voyage began May 4. They plan to work with charities that benefit veterans and children.

This journey is the Honey Fitz’s maiden voyage since restoration. It is making her way up to Massachusetts at the request of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy.

“She asked us if we could take it to the Kennedy compound in Hyannis to take anyone in the family who wants to come along,” Capt. Mark Glasser said.

The presidential yacht was made famous by John F. Kennedy in the 1960s, but it also served four other American presidents including Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson and Nixon

Although the boat has been called many different names, JFK’s Honey Fitz, a nickname shared by his grandmother, stuck.

After her goodwill tour, Honey Fitz will sail back to Florida, where she is available for charter and dinner cruises. Her next stop is Beautfort.

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Equipment failure may have caused power outage in Columbus Co.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

More than 3,000 customers are without power right now in the Whiteville and Lake Waccamaw areas. 

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After seeing our report, post office apologizes to bride-to-be

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

After her original wedding invitations were damaged in a fire on a postal truck, the post office picked up the tab for the postage for a bride-to-be's new set of invitations.

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Bill restarting executions advances in NC House

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A bill repealing a procedure for condemned North Carolina inmates to challenge death sentences on racial grounds is headed to the full House.

A judiciary committee approved a measure Wednesday that repeals an act passed by Democrats four years ago. It had been weakened by Republicans last session.

The Racial Justice Act allows a judge to reduce a death sentence to life in prison if race is found to be a significant factor in the original sentence. Four inmates have successfully appealed for life sentences.

Supporters of the original law cite studies concluding racial bias has played a role in death sentences in the state. Those wishing to repeal the law say the measure has created a costly logjam that has been abused.

The bill has already passed the Senate.

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

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NC bill banning e-cig sales to minors advances

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A bill banning sales of electronic cigarettes to minors in North Carolina is headed to the full House.

A judiciary committee approved a bill Wednesday outlawing the sale of the nicotine product to anyone under the age of 18. E-cigarettes emit a vapor that includes nicotine but without many of the harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke.

Health groups feared e-cigarettes would be freely available in locations where they’re currently banned because the bill originally did not include them in the definition of tobacco products. The latest version of the bill includes them in the same category. With that change, the bill passed the committee unanimously.

The Senate passed the bill earlier this month. The bill would take effect in August if it is signed into law.

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

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