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Archive for January, 2014

Six arrested at vigil for man who died in police car

Monday, January 20th, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina arrested six people following a vigil for a teenager who died of a gunshot wound while handcuffed in the back of a police car.

More than 100 people marched through downtown Durham Sunday night in protest of the Nov. 19 death of 17-year-old Jesus Huerta of what an autopsy determined was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The marchers carried banners, banged drums and blocked downtown streets following a memorial service at a nearby church.

Authorities say protesters wearing masks smashed windows and sprayed graffiti at several locations, damaging a police substation and several squad cars. Police arrested four adults and two juveniles. No one was injured.

Arrests were also made after two prior vigils resulted in confrontations with authorities. Huerta’s family blames police officers for his death.

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Wilmington boy featured in film at Sundance Film Festival

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Wilmington boy featured in film at Sundance Film Festival

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Pop-up eatery preps for finale before moving to permanent home

Monday, January 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tonight a pop-up diner is taking over the Dixie Grill in downtown Wilmington for one night only before heading for a new, permanent home in the Brooklyn Arts District.

Two years ago Canape started as a one-night-only dinner in Mana. Throughout the last year it has continued with weekly pop-ups at San Juan Café.

Canape’s goal is to end its pop-up days with a bang and show customers what they can look forward to when the business moves into its new home on N. 4th St. downtown.

For tonight’s dinner they are serving a seven-course meal featuring oysters picked off of Figure 8 Island, locally-caught fish and produce from local farmers.

Canape chef Matthew Gould says pop-ups could add a new spice to downtown Wilmington.

“I think it’s awesome,” Gould said. “The big part of it that we like is that it’s a food culture and a community downtown, and if we can all kind of join together to create a really cool and fun food scene, then that’s really where it’s at.”

Organizers say both seatings tonight are already sold out.


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Store owner turns to social media to help fight shoplifting

Monday, January 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A downtown Wilmington business owner says thieves keep coming to her store and stealing, but she’s caught some of them on camera. Now she’s turning to social media for help.

Kelsey Gibbs owns The Wonder Shop on N. Front St. She says over the past several weeks she has had a few run-ins with some shoplifters.

Friday, Gibbs says a group of young black women came in to her store and stole a $49 dress. She caught the theft on a security camera.

Gibbs says this is not the first time. Just last year someone stole close to $500 worth of merchandise.

“They come in in groups,” Gibbs said of the thieves. “It’s kinda the same ruse every time. They come in about three girls and ask distracting questions, and if there is one person here, and then there is one person distracted, the other one is stuffing their bag with thin dresses.”

In the past several months, the store has installed a number of surveillance cameras to help limit the amount of shoplifting. Gibbs posted video of the most recent theft on Facebook to get the public’s help.

Gibbs says shoplifting is especially a problem during holiday weekends and when festivals are here in the Port City.


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‘The Color Purple’ debate prompts policy revision discussion

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Last month, the board voted to keep Alice Walker's novel, “The Color Purple” in schools even after a hot public debate. But that decision made school board leaders rethink their policies for challenging school materials.

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