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Archive for July, 2013

ONLY ON 3: Groups quiet about local violence holding Trayvon Martin rallies Saturday

Friday, July 19th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman has spawned nationwide protests and rallies. This weekend peace rallies in Trayvon Martin’s name will be held here in our area.

So we asked why the groups organizing the events were not so vocal after a few local murders and the recent rash of violence in Wilmington.

The New Hanover County Chapter of the NAACP and the group No Covers are joining the cause, hosting a peace rally in Martin’s name Saturday at 5 p.m. at the 1898 Memorial downtown on N. 3rd St.

“We have a problem with black males being extinct, their lives being meaningless,” Daawud El-Amin of No Covers said. “So we are going to use this to say, ‘You’re mad at Zimmerman, but what about your brother?'”

Yet, there have been several local murder cases over the last few years, and these organizations have seemed to keep a low profile about the violence. So we posed the question why murders like that of Chinese delivery driver Zhen Bo Liu and CFCC student Joshua Proutey did not provoke groups like No Covers to host a rally.

“We went on record for having a talk show about those murders and condemning those responsible,” he said.

We asked the New Hanover County NAACP where it was during the recent rash of violence in Wilmington.

“Our mission statement is to end political, educational and social discrimination,” president Deborah Dicks Maxwell said.

One person has been killed during this summer’s shootings in the Port City: Jeffrey Henry, who like Martin was 17 and black.

El-Amin says although Martin’s death happened in Florida, its effects transcend borders.

“It has everything to do with us, because now we’re saying it’s ok to pursue an unarmed person walking home and it’s OK to pursue him and shoot him and actually murder him,” El-Amin said.

Another prayer vigil and rally for Martin is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of the Brunswick County Courthouse in Bolivia.

Addressing the recent rash of local violence, Brunswick County churches are joining together Monday to host a meeting about what they can do to make a positive impact.

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Here Now – Former Sunny Point commander recalls early days

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Darrel Smith, now 89, was 18 when he volunteered for the Navy in December 1942

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Kitten survives car engine, loses part of tail

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The kitten was trapped inside a car engine. The driver was unaware and drove with about 45 miles with the kitten in the engine. Once he stopped the car, he heard the kitten and rushed it to the clinic.

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Bill to help pets locked in cars heads to governor

Friday, July 19th, 2013


RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The state Senate gave final approval today to a bill that would help protect pets locked in hot cars.

Senate Bill 626 includes a provision that would allow an animal control officer, animal cruelty investigator or other emergency workers to break into your car if they think a pet locked inside is in danger. The bill requires them to try to find the owner first.

The main purpose of the bill is to improve regulations for animal shelter in North Carolina.

It now goes to the governor for signature.

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Wilmington woman reaches 50 gallons of blood donation

Friday, July 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The American Red Cross believes in donating where the need is greatest, and one Wilmington woman agrees and has for more than 60 years.

“I can’t say what really, truly inspired me,” Carole Bryant said. “I mean, I was in the air force, and maybe it was during that time that I was in the military that I started. I was in my 20s, so you know, apparently, that was it. Just try to help people.”

And that’s exactly what the 79-year-old veteran has done.

A regular trip to the Cape Fear Blood Donor Center Friday was not so regular when employees told Bryant she’s reached a lifetime donation of 50 gallons. It’s a level few people in the entire country can top.

“They don’t let me forget it,” Bryant said of the Red Cross.

Bryant’s family not only support what she does. They’ve joined in to do their part for the community, too.

And this hometown hero does not just inspire and set out to help thousands by blood donations.

“Children that need extra help, just try to give them the extra attention that they need,” Bryant said.

She may be retired, but Bryant manages to keep what seems like a full-time job: Volunteering every week at area schools and the YMCA, but she’s not slowing down any time soon.

“No, it never ends, because I’m a giver,” she said. “So I give, give give. Wherever I can give.”

But she had no idea how much. So when Red Cross employees awarded Bryant with her 50-gallon pin, thanking her for all she does, her response? It all comes down to the people.

“I like to help people,” Bryant said. “I still do.”

To donate blood to the Red Cross you must be at least 17 years old. There is no upper age limit as long as you are well with no restrictions or limitations to your activities.

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