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Archive for October, 2014

Commercial supply rocket explodes at liftoff

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (AP) — A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station has exploded moments after liftoff.

Orbital Sciences Corp.’s unmanned rocket blew up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, VA, just six seconds after liftoff.

The company says no one was believed to be hurt and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities.

Flames could be seen shooting into the sky as the sun set.

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The Cygnus cargo ship was loaded with 5,000 pounds of gear for the six people living on the space station. It was the fourth Cygnus bound for the orbiting lab; the first flew just over a year ago.

NASA is paying the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences and the California-based SpaceX company to keep the space station stocked in the post-shuttle era. This is the first disaster in that effort.

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Longtime district worker challenges Brunswick Co. School Board chair

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There are two seats up for grab on the Brunswick County School Board in this election.

It’s all about schools in the race between Republican John Thompson and Democrat Leonard Jenkins for the District 5 seat on the board.

Jenkins says he always has the best interests of Brunswick County at heart.

“First of all I graduated from here,” he said. “I grew up here.”

Incumbent board chair Thompson says that his focus is on the development of the students.

“Success for our students means to future success of our community,” Thompson said.

Jenkins says that teacher morale is an important issue for the school board to address. According to the climate survey that the state requires teachers and staff members take every two years, morale has dropped drastically since 2010.

“In 2010 most ratings were at 90 percent,” Jenkins said. “In other words, they were favorable. In the last four years some of them have gone down to 75 percent.”

Jenkins, who worked for the school district for 20 years, says teacher pay is to blame for part of that decline, as teachers are being forced to find other sources of income.

“I did a survey that showed that at least 59 percent of the people that took the survey had a part time job,” Jenkins said.

Thompson says during his time on the board Brunswick County Schools have been improving.

“And I believe we are building a strong foundation in education in Brunswick,” he said.

And while he does agree that money is an issue, he says the students should be the most important part.

“We have many needs on the capital side, but I think our focus right now is on the academic side; on the student growth side,” Thompson said.

Tomorrow we’ll meet the candidates for the District 3 seat: Republican incumbent Charlie Miller and Democrat William Flythe.


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Wilmington man to serve one year for tax evasion

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Jeffrey Wayne Scott pleaded guilty to one count of willfully attempting to evade his personal income tax for 2007.

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WPD bomb squad keeps up skills to protect Cape Fear region

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Explosions, stress, pressure — all in a day’s work for the six-member Wilmington Police Department’s bomb squad. The group, with the help of a robot called Sheila, keeps up their skills in frequent trainings to prepare for anything in the region. Anything — including two calls in the past two weeks.

Bomb technician Joe Dolan said when Sheila joined the unit three years ago, their job became a little safer.

“The robot keeps us from having to put on the bomb suit and go down and actually kneel over the package,” Dolan said.

But Dolan said sometimes Sheila can’t be used. That’s what’s called a remote operation. One member of the unit has to put on a 95-pound suit and do what they call “The Long Walk.”

“It’s a team effort when you get back to the truck with whatever equipment you need, but operating on a package … You’re all on your own. So they call it the long walk,” Dolan said.

Dolan said to keep up their skills, they do basic training with the FBI for six weeks, then continue training days every couple of weeks.

Just two weeks ago, the bomb unit was called to a report of a suspicious device inside a home in Surf City. On Monday, called out again to a location in Leland. In the instance in Surf City, police said the device turned out to be a Halloween prop — not a bomb. To the bomb unit, however, it doesn’t matter.

“To us everything is live until it’s not. So, we handle everything with the utmost safety and what we find out later is what we find out later,” Dolan said.


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Carolina Beach to discuss camping changes at Freeman Park

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Carolina Beach Leaders will consider making changes to Freeman Park’s camping policies at a public workshop Monday at 6 p.m. in the Government center atrium.

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