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Police use pepper spray on downtown crowd

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videoWilmington Police say officers had to use pepper spray after a crowd got out of hand downtown early yesterday morning. WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley says it started at 2:17 a.m. when officers responded to a crowd "being extremely unruly" in front of Pravda at 23 N. Front St. Full story...
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WDI's 'Downtown Sundown' concert series starts in two weeks

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This year, 29 non-profit organizations applied for one of 12 available dates. Because of this overwhelming demand, WDI is seeking help from the community to select the beneficiaries. To participate, people just need to "like" the Downtown Sundown Concert Series on Facebook and then select their favorite charity from the list. Voting ends at noon on Friday Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Walking with Wisdom

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videoThis week's Extraordinary Person of the Week walks with wisdom. Bob Jenkins has been telling the history of Downtown Wilmington in a colorful way for man years. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Sen. Rabon cited for hitting parked car

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videoWilmington Police have cited a state senator for hitting a car in a downtown Wilmington parking lot Sunday night. In a story that was FIRST ON 3, witnesses claimed Sen. Bill Rabon (R-8th District) hit a car in the lot at 2nd and Princess streets Sunday evening. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Witnesses accuse state senator of hit and run

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videoWitnesses say a state senator was behind the wheel of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident in downtown Wilmington last night. The crew of a movie shooting on Princess Street says they saw Sen. Bill Rabon (R-8th District) drive off after hitting a parked car in a parking lot at 2nd and Princess, but the senator says he had no idea. Full story...
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Wanted man charged with breaking into cars

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videoA man wanted on multiple outstanding warrants is in jail after police say he broke into several cars in downtown Wilmington over the weekend. Full story...
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Preserving historic downtown could become more costly

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The old world charm of downtown brings people from across the country to the Port City. With $1.6 billion in investments on the line, the expiration of the historic preservation tax credit could slow that down. Full story...
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See Dennis Hopper's former pad and other downtown apartments and homes this weekend

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The Downtown Lifestyle Tour is set for this Saturday, April 26 from 11am to 4pm. Ten cool homes will be open for the tour including the former residence of actor Dennis Hopper, a studio once operated by actress Linda Lavin, two above the shop apartments and two newly constructed homes. Better still, the weather will be fantastic. Full story...
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NHSO, WPD to move gang, housing, downtown units under same roof

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videoA new initiative is joining some forces of the New Hanover County Sheriff's office and the Wilmington Police Department under one roof. They are transforming the former "Shaw Speaks" building downtown into a "law enforcement fusion" building. Full story...
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Fire destroys historic downtown home

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One woman was hospitalized after her downtown home was destroyed by a fire Saturday morning. The historic Allen-Woodward house was engulfed in flames when the Wilmington Fire Department arrived just before 7 a.m. Full story...
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Business starts to pick up because of Azalea Festival

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videoAzalea Festival is officially underway, now that we are in the second day of festivities. Thousands of people flock to Wilmington every year for the event and businesses are hoping to reap the benefit. Full story...
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Police: Missing woman last seen at downtown bar

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videoWilmington Police say a woman missing since the weekend went to a downtown Wilmington bar Saturday afternoon. Full story...
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Downtown businesses prepare for 67th Annual Azalea Festival

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video The Azalea Festival kicks off Thursday with the Queen’s Coronation. Downtown businesses say they are looking forward to this year’s events, because for them it means an increase in business. Full story...
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New brewery and tap room coming to Downtown Wilmington

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videoDo you like beer, and Venus flytraps? Well this new brewery may be just for you. A new brewery called Flytrap Brewing is moving in to the Brooklyn Arts District of downtown Wilmington, with hopes of providing the Port City with a new choice in craft beers. But that's not all; the owner says he eventually would like to help conserve Wilmington’s native plant, the Venus flytrap. Full story...
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Developer wants luxury apartments, retail along northern riverfront

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videoA $50 million riverside apartment development might be coming to downtown Wilmington. Raleigh-based Dewitt Carolinas says the six-story community near PPD called Pier 33 would have 300 residential units atop more than 30,000 square feet of retail space. Full story...
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