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Archive for June, 2013

Host families form lasting bonds with Sharks players

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Alison Linkner and her family are in their second year hosting players from the Sharks.

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Wilmington Pride celebrates Supreme Court decisions

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “This wonderful day not only for Wilmington pride but for the LGBT community and the nation as a whole,” Ryan Burris Of Wilmington Pride told us. “ This a gigantic step forward.”

Clarice Rodriquez and Sharon Cleary were married one year ago in Holland, they are celebrating their anniversary and this decision.

“We were just excited and shouting and dancing in the living room . We just feel free again, it feels like a beaurocratic obstacle has been removed, it feels normal again.” The couple said.

While many countries in the world accept same sex marriage, this does not apply across the US. This is one battle, for benefits, the Defense of Marriage Act still stands.

“This has been in the works for a while now with the supreme court but I believe we will continue to go further along this path and continue with equality for all.” Ryan Burris said.

While supporters at the vigil are certainly happy with Wednesday’s Supreme Court decisions, they vow to continue until same sex marriage is enforced equally across the country.

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Local reaction mixed to Supreme Court decision on DOMA

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The rulings underscored how socially and politically polarizing the topic of same-sex marriage remains.

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BUILDING HISTORY: Liberty Ships

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Battleship North Carolina is our most famous monument to World War II but it is not our only connection.

“Without the liberty ship we would not have been able to supply our troops or allies for the first two years of the war,” explained local author, historian and former Naval Officer Wilbur Jones.

Liberty ships meant food, weapons, everything for those fighting. But for the Merchant Marines aboard, liberty ships were no pleasure cruise.

“They were uncomfortable and they were slow, if you could get ten knots out of them with a push you were going ok. They were lightly armed so you were almost a sitting duck,” Jones said.

Liberty ships were Wilmington’s contribution to the war. That infamous date, Pearl Harbor day December 7, 1941 was one day after our first launch the Zebulon Vance.

“The first ship came off the ways on Dec 6, 1941 a total of 126 liberty ships were built here,” Jones told us with pride.

The ships made a vital contribution to the war and the economy of our city. Rosie the Riveter worked here.

“At the peak of the war the employment population at the ship yard was about 23 thousand people towards the end of 1943. It took about 280 days to build the first one the Vance, and by mid-1943 at the peak of the liberty ship construction here we were cranking them out in 42 days about a month and a half,” Jones said.

While liberty ships were famous for their contribution to the war effort, their construction was limited.

“They were replaced by faster ships with more capacity but they were absolutely vital,” Jones concluded.

For more information, pictures and displays visit Wilmington’s Home Front Museum at the Hannah Block Historic USO.

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Local clergy ask for cease fire in city

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The pastors will be joined by Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous and other community supporters

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