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Wilmington Police Participate in a Recent Conditional Rezoning Case

Land rezoning can be a balancing act between a project’s design and competing political interests. In a recent Wilmington case, the Planning Commission denied a request to allow office and institutional use in a residential district. But as WHQR reports, things got complicated when the police intervened.

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  Paul Gauguin, the French artist of the late 19th century, routinely had sexual relationships with children and painted nude portraits of his victims.  The New York Times reports that museum curators, other artists, and social activists have, over the last several years, asked the Woody Allen question about Gauguin:  can you abhor the person and appreciate the art? 


On Wednesday’s CoastLine, we unpack some of the bigger stories that broke in 2019 – especially those stories that are now just beginning to unfold.  It’s a reporter round table with Port City Daily.

On Thursday’s CoastLine, James Beard-nominated Chef Dean Neff answers your holiday food questions – and offers some new ideas for holiday dishes this season...

There will be two special broadcasts of the Soup to Nuts LIVE! November 21st show featuring Jared Michael Cline. Tune into 91.3fm Friday, December 6th at 7pm and Saturday, December 7th at 9pm. To learn more about the original show, click here. 

Eleven people diverse in age, ethnicity and political leanings are engaged in a year long experiment in civil discourse. Each month we bring you a conversation with members of the group. 

Vince Winkel

More jobs are coming to the Pender Commerce Park just north of Wilmington. Gov. Roy Cooper and Wilmington Business Development officials made the announcement Tuesday afternoon at the facility off Highway 421.

Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Anne Brennan, executive director of Cameron Art Museum, to discuss Illumination 2019 and other programs and exhibits at the Museum.

Vince Winkel

November’s Bottega Live features two exciting bands from the Cape Fear Region. The Yard Doggs, and the Blarney Brogues. WHQR's Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.

Vince Winkel

New Hanover County’s Partnership Advisory Group (PAG), charged with evaluating the future of the Regional Medical Center, has released its meeting schedule for the next five months. The PAG held its third public meeting last night.

Vince Winkel

The potential sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center appears to have a new roadblock. It’s a nonprofit corporation launched today called, “Save Our Hospital.” The organization is not in favor of selling the healthcare system.


Caroll Spinney, the actor and puppeteer who portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street over five decades, died Sunday at age 85.

The Sesame Workshop said Spinney had died at home in Connecticut, and that he had long lived with dystonia, a disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions.

The FBI is investigating the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday as an act of terror.

Rachel Rojas, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Jacksonville Field Office, said in a news briefing Sunday that investigators are working with "the presumption that this was an act of terrorism."

Doing so, she said, "allows us to take advantage of investigative techniques that can help us more quickly identify and then eliminate any additional threats to the rest of our community."

There is currently no evidence of such a threat, she added.

Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET

The fast-rising rapper Juice WRLD has died at age 21 after a medical emergency at Chicago's Midway Airport. TMZ first reported the death, saying that witnesses saw him having a seizure after disembarking from a private plane.

The Cook County medical examiner's office confirmed his death to NPR, saying that the autopsy for Juice WRLD — whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins — will most likely take place on Monday.

A fire broke out at a factory in India's capital New Delhi early on Sunday morning. At least 43 people have been reported dead.

Many of the victims were asleep in beds in the factory, resting between shifts, when the fire began.

Investigators say the blaze was sparked by an electrical short circuit. Most of the deaths were caused by people inhaling poisonous gases in the cramped factory, The Associated Press reports.

Guides hand out knee-high rubber boots before leading visitors on hikes around Gorgona National Park, an island 21 miles off Colombia's Pacific coast. The boots provide traction in the mud — and protection from poisonous snakes.

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