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Downtown Wilmington

'One Tree Hill' goes back to the future at downtown set

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For years "One Tree Hill" has called a Wilmington storefront home. For the first half of the show's run, the location at the southeast corner of Front and Grave Streets served as the set for the fictional Karen's Cafe. Now, though, the set has gone back in time. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Front Street Brewery owner speaks out against WDI plan for downtown

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It is essential that stakeholders share their concerns about the 4 major flaws in the current WDI MSD Plan and equally important, that stakeholders offer constructive SOLUTIONS on how to fix the problems with the WDI MSD proposal so we can all move forward together NOW to implement a MSD and work TOGETHER in a positive and collaborative manner to solve long-standing problems that have confronted downtown and adversely affected both the downtown economy and our individual businesses. Full story...
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WHQR: The cap on taxis in Downtown Wilmington

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Of the nearly 200 taxis operating in the Wilmington area, 155 are licensed to work within a five-mile radius of downtown. The license, or W-number, means a driver can patrol streets heavy with foot-traffic in search of flag down fares. Full story...
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Wave to test two-way trolley downtown

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After receiving feedback from downtown businesses and organizations, Wave Transit will modify the downtown Wilmington trolley route on a trial basis starting Monday. Full story...
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Man says he's stabbed while standing on downtown corner at 3 a.m.

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The victim told investigators that he was on the corner at 10th and Campbell when a man drove up in a burgundy jeep and asked him if he had anything (drugs) to sell. He said that when he replied he didn’t have anything, the man got out of the jeep, stabbed him several times, took his money, and then drove away. Full story...
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WPD: Drunk driver plays bumper-cars last night downtown

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Responding WPD officers spoke with witnesses who said they saw a vehicle hit a car in the unit block (0 – 99) S. Water Street. The witnesses followed the vehicle, trying to get a license plate number, but the car sped away. The witnesses said they relocated the vehicle after it had hit three parked cars in the 1300 block of Dock Street. Full story...
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Evangelous wants more officers downtown

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video Violence in downtown Wilmington has been making news. Now the Chief of Police has an idea to make things better. Full story...
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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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