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Archive for June, 2014

Documents: Blackwater guards were out of control

Monday, June 30th, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A newly disclosed memo reveals a warning by a State Department investigator that contractors for Blackwater Worldwide saw themselves as above the law and that the contractors, rather than department officials, were in command.

The warning to State Department officials came just weeks before shootings in Nisoor Square in Baghdad that killed 14 people and wounded 18 others on Sept. 16, 2007. A trial in the shootings is underway for four former Blackwater security guards.

The New York Times first reported on the memo.

The memo and other State Department documents make clear that the department was alerted to serious problems involving Blackwater and its government overseers before the Nisoor Square shooting.

Blackwater had a contract with the State Department to protect American diplomats.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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18-wheeler crash prompts detour near Southport

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Drivers were being told this afternoon to avoid the area of Bethel Road and River Road (N.C. 133) near Southport

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Man charged with assaulting an officer during altercation at hospital

Monday, June 30th, 2014

A man was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly assaulted a police officer during an altercation at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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STORMTRACK 3: Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigates system, not a Tropical Depression yet

Monday, June 30th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigated a weak disturbance off the Florida coast this afternoon.  The concentration/organization of thunderstorm activity is not yet sufficient to officially classify the system as a tropical depression. So far, a combination of wind shear and dry air has kept the system very weak. However, proximity to the Gulf Stream waters could allow the system to become a tropical depression or tropical storm by mid-week. 

The system will remain near Florida through mid-week, but an approaching cold front will eventually turn the system toward the northeast- and out to sea. The big question is how close to the North Carolina coast will the system track as it pulls away from the United States. Some models have the system brushing the North Carolina coast late Thursday or Friday. Other models keep most of the active weather offshore. In any case, an approaching cold front may join with the system to increase our chance of showers/thunderstorms on July 4th. The system will exit our area early Saturday, leaving us with typical summertime weather for most of the weekend.

 Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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Investigation: WPD not following own policies on public information

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Wilmington Police Department has not only not become less transparent, but in some instances is delaying the process of releasing information that is already subject to public record.

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