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CoastLine Canceled Wednesday & Thursday

Sep 10, 2018

In anticipation of the impending storm, CoastLine is canceled. The CoastLine Candidate Interviews with John Johnson, D and Carson Smith Jr., R (N.C. House District 16) will be rescheduled for a later date.  Also, Local Traffic, Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety will be rescheduled for a date in November. 

DUE TO HURRICANE FLORENCE, WE ARE POSTPONING WHQR DAY...STAY TUNED FOR THE NEW DATE.

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Hurricane Florence is strengthening as she moves across the Atlantic.  While it’s not yet a fait accompli  that she’ll ram the Southeastern North Carolina coast, she will bring impacts.  Here are some preparation guidelines.

Photo by Gerard Collett

Chrisopher O'Riley has hosted NPR's showcase of young classical musicians, From the Top, for nearly 20 years. But his latest performance was in a hit off-Broadway show, Symphonie Fantastique. O'Riley's theatrical debut has launched other career aspirations, opening up an opportunity for the show's star alumni - along with some the greatest classical musicians before the public - to share the host duties.

**Due to the weather, Cinematique has cancelled all screenings of Sorry To Bother You. We hope to be back up and running soon!**

 

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Caring for animals brings reward and heartbreak. If you care for wild animals, you have little control over the strong hand of nature and her logic; there will be losses. But then again, nature's surprising resilience shows itself as well.

Katelyn Freund

North Carolina Senate District 8 covers 100% of Brunswick, Bladen, and Pender Counties.  Also included in Senate District 8 is a tiny part – 2.6% -- of New Hanover County. 

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Sonny Liston, heavyweight boxing champion in the early 1960s,  died near the beginning of 1971.  The reason listed on the death certificate:  natural causes.  But nearly 50 years later, the question of whether he was murdered is an open one for some.  It’s a question Shaun Assael set out to answer with his book, The Murder of Sonny Liston:   Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights. 

On Thursday in Washington D.C., the House of Representatives held a hearing on perfluorinated chemicals in the environment. GenX is such a chemical. One of the speakers was Emily Donovan of Brunswick County. 

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When a child experiences a significant health condition or other life-altering challenge, the family is focused on survival. That's where Welcome Home Angel can step in to think about practical and aesthetic fixes for the child's living space.

Emily Donovan, the co-founder of Clean Cape Fear, is en route to Washington DC. A House subcommittee invited her speak during a hearing looking into PFAS and GenX contamination in the water supply.  The issue is now receiving more national attention.

Professor Louie and the Crowmatix are making their first visit to Wilmington this Friday 9/5 at The Rusty Nail.  Showtime is 8:00pm. These Grammy-nominees have been called "Roots Music Royalty" and are consistently noted in reviews for their talent and music heritage. 

Vince Winkel

Marine biotechnology is a growing field in Wilmington. One of the leaders is MARBIONC - a program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington - that develops and markets new products. One of their latest discoveries, a potential medication derived from algae, has just been approved for further testing. 

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Director Katherine Vernon says chase scenes, flashy dance numbers, and glittering sets are not required for a riveting night of theatre--just mix a well-crafted story with talented performers. The particular play she's talking about has spectacle aplenty ... it's just all inside the hearts, minds, and souls of the characters.

There will be a Q& A following Cinematique’s September 10th 7pm screening of Leave No Trace at Thalian Hall’s Main Stage Theater.

UNCW Creative Writing professor Wendy Brenner’s short story "I Am the Bear" will be nationally podcast and broadcast on NPR's "Selected Shorts" program this upcoming Thursday, August 30 (locally on Sunday). "I Am the Bear" is performed by actor Kate Walsh (Grey's Anatomy, 13 Reasons Why), with guest hosts Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre.

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You may have never heard of the award-winning show Violet, though it premiered off-Broadway back in 1997. The musical has received more attention and increased production in the last few years after a 2014 Broadway revival. Opera House Theatre Company brings it to Thalian Hall.

Edward Hawfield

Edward Hardin joined the U.S. Army in the summer of 1917 when he was 24 years old.  Despite getting expelled from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for fraternity pranks that involved laxative-laced hot dogs and cows inside buildings, the native Wilmingtonian earned his undergraduate degree in pharmaceutical chemistry and a graduate degree in Pharmacy by 1914.  Both before and after World War I, Edward worked as a pharmacist at his family’s business, Hardin Pharmacy.

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The news of a well-organized band of protestors pulling down Silent Sam last week has launched another round of emotional debate over the handling of Confederate monuments.  University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt says the eyes of the nation are upon her institution, and that she and her Board of Trustees are now charged with finding a lawful, lasting way to protect the monument by November 15th. 

Oak Island Art Guild

Oak Island Art Guild throws its 29th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival this Saturday, September 1. Work by over 130 artists will be on sale, along with hotdogs, funnel cake and kettle corn. The event runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm and is free.

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A U.S. Senator from Michigan, has introduced bipartisan legislation that could help with the investigation and clean-up of the chemical compounds currently in the Cape Fear River. It’s called the PFAS Detection Act.   

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WHQR Commentator Nan Graham is excited about sound effects-especially the really big (and really old) one at Thalian Hall.

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Horror stories abound of homeowners’ associations nitpicking over paint colors, dinging people for landscaping choices they never submitted for approval – even fining property owners to the point of bankruptcy.

TeamLab

Cameron Art Museum holds Community Day on Saturday, August 25, an art celebration for all ages. In addition to activities for young people (and a discount for fall classes), the interactive, mega-technical exhibit A Time When Art Was Everywhere from TeamLab in Japan opens. 

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Lauren Collins has investigated the precise number of roses that go into a bottle of Chanel No. 5.  More recently, she covered the gender pay discrepancy scandal that has rocked the BBC and spurred new questions around salary secrecy and reporting requirements in the UK, Iceland, and other parts of the world. 

Vince Winkel

The Wilmington City Council has passed new regulations for horse-drawn carriages and their owners. By a unanimous vote last night, the council approved new rules on where tours can go, the health of the horses, and who can operate the tours.  PETA, meanwhile, is opposed to the use of horses for such businesses.

New York singer, songwriter, and record producer Paul Loren performs a free concert at Gravity Records Thursday. He's vacationing in the area and fell in love with the record store when he saw the classic albums on the shelves.    

James Bowling / Panache Theatre

Panache Theatrical Productions presents the classic cowboy tale of Liberty Valance onstage at North Front Theatre in downtown Wilmington. Actor Robin Dale Robinson relishes playing the outlaw, Liberty, against Bradley Coxe's law-and-order hero from the east, Ransom Foster.

Vince Winkel

In Navassa, between the Brunswick River and Navassa Road, there’s a Superfund site. It sits behind a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire and no trespassing signs. It’s a heavily wooded area today. However after the cleanup it may look a lot different.

Duo Soreño / Ravello Records

Together, Soprano Nancy King and guitarist Robert Nathanson form Duo Soreño. While they are both classically trained musicians, they've been commissioning new classical music for nearly 20 years. The latest collection is Waking the Sparrows.

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