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Lawsuit To Prevent Seismic Testing In Atlantic Ocean Filed In South Carolina

Today environmental groups sued the federal government to prevent seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. The process is used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface, and is the first step toward offshore drilling. Scientists find it can also be quite harmful to marine life.

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If you believe the holiday movies, songs, and Charlie Brown Christmas specials, the holidays are a time for rejoicing, for family and friends, and for introspection.

But it’s also a time for over-the-top consumption.  

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The Great Wilmington Nutcracker is onstage at the Wilson Center Saturday, 12/15 at 6:00pm and Sunday, 12/16 at 3:00pm. In addition to 30 professional dancers, the show includes a choir, aerialists, stiltwalkers ... and for the first time, an intermission performance by dancers from the Special Olympics.

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Two holiday harumphers are onstage at Thalian Hall--Ebeneezer Scrooge (played by Tony Rivenbark in A Christmas Carol for the 13th, 14th, or possibly 15th time) and Crumpet (from the show Santaland Diaries, which is being performed for the 14th time in Wilmington, this year by Kevin Wilson). 

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority officials say they welcome the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Draft Toxicity Assessment for GenX and PFBS in the Cape Fear River. But, they also say the EPA’s work doesn’t go far enough.

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On Thursday’s CoastLine… local traffic initiatives – and how pedestrian and cyclist projects are faring. Joining us is a Wilmington traffic engineer and the head of the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization...

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Jose Sartarelli, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, took the helm three years ago – in 2015. 

The University of North Carolina Wilmington plans to launch a new school – thanks to the largest gift in the history of the institution.  The highest donation amount so far was $5 million -- given last year by Dr. Yousry and Linda Sayed.  

Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts

The Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts and Turning Pointe Dance present a performance of music, dance, and drama designed to be a "worshipful Christmas experience." Over 70 performers fill the stage of the Wilson Center this Sunday, December 9 for two performances of this show, titled Hope Has Come, at 2:00pm & 6:00pm.   

Art in Bloom Gallery

Art in Bloom Gallery holds an opening reception for a new exhibit this Friday, December 7, 6:00pm-8:00pm. The exhibit, titled Colors of Expression, features paintings of abstract artist Bradley Carter. One of his pieces, "What it Feels Like," is being raffled to raise money for the Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital. 

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The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners now has new leadership. The Board voted unanimously for Jonathan Barfield Jr. to replace Woody White as board chairperson, with newcomer Julia Olson-Boseman winning a split vote for vice-chair. The majority has changed. What does that mean for the county? 

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Fentanyl is now the drug most frequently involved in overdose deaths in the U.S., according to a National Vital Statistics System report published Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report sheds a bright light on the changing nature of America's drug landscape – and the devastating number of overdose deaths that have occurred in the U.S. in recent years.

The Arctic has experienced the "most unprecedented transition in history" in terms of warming temperatures and melting ice, and those changes may be the cause of extreme weather around the globe, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2018 Arctic Report Card.

The Vatican announced Wednesday that two cardinals have been let go from a papal council, the day after one of them was reportedly convicted of sexual abuse by an Australian court.

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