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The Rant: May 27, 2011

Americans celebrate the Memorial Day weekend in many different ways, but beneath it all is the real meaning of the holiday. WWAY's Kevin Wuzzardo has more in tonight's edition of The Rant.

Seahawks fall to JMU Friday afternoon

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The UNC Wilmington will play Old Dominion on Friday evening in the CAA baseball tournament at 7pm. The loser will be eliminated from the double elimination tournament. ODU picked up their first tourney loss on Thursday. UNCW lost on Friday afternoon to JMU. Full story...
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"And the Winner is..." BEST BEACH

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video Spring is in the air, and it's starting to feel like summer. That means it's time to hit the beach. So in this week's edition of "And the Winner is..." we want to know which of the natural treasures along our coast is the best? Which has the softest sand and the wildest waves? Which is the best strand to soak in some rays, build a sandcastle or just frolic in the sun? Let us know which is the BEST BEACH in the Cape Fear. Here's how the votes are washing in (9 a.m. Thurs.):
Ocean Isle Beach - 57%
Carolina Beach - 11%
Sunset Beach - 9%
Wrightsville Beach - 9% Full story...

Nursing assistant accused of having sex with patient

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video A nursing assistant is in jail charged with having sex with her patient at an assisted living facility. What's more, she allegedly paid the man. Full story...
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Beach businesses hope Memorial Day sparks hot summer

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video With Memorial Day weekend being one of the biggest beach weekends of the year, Carolina Beach businesses prepare for the crowds and hope for the best. Full story...
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House, Senate budget deal would save teaching assistants

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The chief budget-writer in the North Carolina House says a potential deal to finalize a budget with the Senate would preserve funding for teaching assistant positions in the public schools. Full story...
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Wilmington pools not affected by drain recall

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When wilmington city pools open this weekend, there's no need to worry about a nationwide recall of pool drains. A city spokeswoman says the pools are not affected by a voluntary recall by eight manufacturers including a North Carolina-based company. Full story...
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Arboretum certified as wildlife habitat

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The New Hanover County Arboretum is about more than just plants. It's also about protecting wildlife. Full story...
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Children's Museum opens toddler treehouse

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Thanks to a grant from the Landfall Foundation the Children's Museum of Wilmington held the grand opening of the Forest Friends Toddler Treehouse this morning. Tots and families came together to test it out. Full story...
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Wilmington area unemployment down slightly

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The unemployment rate in the Wilmington area dropped slightly last month. The rate was 9.5 percent in April, which kept pace with the state rate. Both were down two-tenths of a point from March. Full story...
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