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Downtown Wilmington

WDI looks to other cities for downtown models

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Wilmington Downtown Inc. Is trying to revitalize our the area by learning from other cities with similar downtowns. WDI executive director John Hinnant said while downtown Wilmington is unique, we face similar trials with other city centers like New Orleans. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Wilmington Downtown Inc.'s "MAJOR" announcement... clinical trial company moving from S. College to Downtown

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Wilmington Downtown, Inc called together the media this afternoon to make a "major" announcement regarding the "future of Downtown Wilmington." The news is that inclinix, a local company that specializes in clinical trials, is moving from their offices on South College Road to downtown. Full story...
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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Neighbors react to Rhino's liquor license suspension

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video The suspension of the Rhino Club's alcohol permits has some neighboring businesses talking about the future of downtown. Full story...
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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Mayor Saffo's answer... bar owners should take more responsibility

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The community is at odds over who should step up and help fight the ongoing violence downtown and it seems everyone is pointing a finger at someone else to come up with solutions. Full story...
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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Rhino Club patron stabbed to death overnight

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According to witnesses, a large crowd from the club exited at closing time and a fight broke out. Witnesses said 30 – 40 people were involved. Three men were stabbed. All three victims were driven to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center by people at the scene. One of the men, age 20, had been stabbed in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other two victims are being treated for stab wounds that do not appear to be life-threatening. Full story...
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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Rhino Club owner refuses interview opportunity to talk about murder outside his club

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We called owner Sean Tobin and invited him on our 5:30 newscast to talk live and unedited about the history of his club and what happened last night. He told us that because of the "slanted" way we've covered the club in the past, he would never talk with us. According to Wilmington Police, they've been called to the Rhino Club almost 200 times in the last three years. Full story...
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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: City leaders react to murder outside Rhino Club

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video Violence tied to bars in downtown Wilmington has been making news for years. It's sparked a lot of debate but little action. Many folks say this proves downtown Wilmington needs a serious logistical makeover, but what exactly needs to be fixed? Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Downtown Violence - Homeless man stabbed Saturday night

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Witnesses reported that the victim had been panhandling near 20 N. Front Street, and that he became involved in an altercation within an hour before he was found stabbed. Full story...
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"And the Winner is..." BEST DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON RESTAURANT

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video Last week we headed downtown. In the Port City's hub of activity, we asked where is the best place to eat? Is it a fancy sit-down restaurant or a more casual spot? Is it a place for steaks or for a sandwich? The winner of BEST DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT was ... The Copper Penny. Full story...
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The state steps in to help protect the safety of community college students

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The North Carolina Community College board is giving schools the thumbs up to discuss ways to refuse admission to students they consider a threat. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Downtown store owner gives shoppers free parking

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video A struggling economy can make it hard for small businesses to stay afloat, especially for beach areas that consider the winter months their off-season. The owners of two downtown clothing stores are providing easy access to their stores in hopes of boosting their sales. Full story...
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Greenpeace ship headed to Port City

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Later this month, Wilmington will welcome a new ship to its downtown port - reports the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. Only this ship will not sail into town under a military banner, rather the Arctic Sunrise comes to town on a Greenpeace mission. Full story...
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Cartmen still driving despite downtown conditions

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For those who were too worried to drive themselves today, Cartmen to the rescue. Full story...
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WPD: Drop in downtown crime in 2010

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The Wilmington Police Department's 2010 crime stats also looked specifically at Downtown Wilmington. The police department says violent and property crimes were down 19 percent downtown during 2010, compared to the year before. Full story...
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New year, old problems downtown

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video Downtown Wilmington safety is back in the spotlight, as the start of the new year saw several fights as bars closed their doors. Police say numerous fights broke out around closing time early Saturday morning. Full story...
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