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Archive for February, 2014

Fourth time fracturing fairy tales

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Journey Productions is performing its fourth installment of Fraktured Faery Tales for a Mid-Winter's Eve.

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Lead prosecutor out in US Army general sex case

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The lead military prosecutor in the case against a US Army general facing sexual assault charges has resigned, two weeks before a court martial is set to begin.

Fort Bragg spokesman Benjamin Able said Lt. Col. William Helixon was removed from the case last week for “personal reasons.” Base officials would provide no further explanation or comment on how that might impact the trial scheduled to start March 3.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair has pleaded not guilty to eight counts, including forcible sodomy, indecent acts and conduct unbecoming an officer. Sinclair faces life in prison if convicted.

Helixon’s departure comes after a hearing where he appeared visibly frustrated with testimony from the female captain who is Sinclair’s primary accuser. Defense lawyers say the woman perjured herself on the stand.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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2014 Azalea Festival Home Tour announces available homes

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

The Historic Wilmington Foundation announced Thursday the nine homes and one historic church that will be available to tour for the 2014 Azalea Festival Home Tour.

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NC high school student dies from disease

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — Orange County health officials say a 14-year-old student at East Chapel Hill High School has died from an illness linked to meningitis.

Officials said the student was in school Tuesday and died Wednesday.

Health department officials said the student appears to have died from meningococcal disease that can cause several illnesses, including meningitis.

The child’s name has not been released.

The health department sent letters to parents stating transmission of the disease in a classroom setting is rare. The letter says the bacterium can spread when people kiss or share drinks, food or cigarettes.

Health director Colleen Bridger says the student may have been infectious and was in school Feb. 11, 12, 17 and 18.

Fourteen people who may have had contact with the student are being treated with antibiotics.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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New Hanover school committee budget plan seeks $4M more from county

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

New Hanover school board’s budget committee wants to ask the county for about $4 million more next fiscal year

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