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Downtown Wilmington

Meeting focuses on safer nightlife

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video Between the streaker and the alleged drunk driver who hit pedestrians at Wrightsville Beach to the violence at clubs in Downtown Wilmington, the bar scene in New Hanover County has created a lot of problems lately. Leaders from around the state and country met in Wilmington today at the Sociable City Forum to try to make their cities safer. Full story...
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Bartender charged with serving teen killed in crash

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video According to an Alcohol Law Enforcement investigation, the bartender, 22-year-old Vincent Murphy, invited 19-year-old Marjorie Whitney to the bar before she crashed her car and died on Carolina Beach Road. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: ALE investigating three Downtown Wilmington bars; "Last resort" says city attorney

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video Three Downtown Wilmington bars are being investigated by the state. Assistant City Attorney Bill Wolak says investigations like these are a last resort and happen only when law enforcement is not effective in keeping the peace at an establishment. Full story...
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New home for Old Books

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The store's owners had to evacuate their previous shop, after the city condemned the buildings at 22 and 24 N. Front St. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Specially trained officers run downtown cameras only on special occassions

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video On weekends, the nine cameras are monitored by one officer. It's only when Downtown Wilmington has special events, such as Halloween or the Azalea Ffestival, when trained officers actively use the cameras. Full story...
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WDI plan to improve downtown comes at a cost

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video Wilmington Downtown, Inc., wants to create a municipal service district in the central business district. The area of downtown that would be affected is between 5th Street and Water Street stretching between Ann Street and MLK Parkway. Full story...
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CFCC opens parking deck

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The deck is on a first-come, first-served basis for students and staff. Starting in two weeks, the public can park for a dollar an hour after 5 p.m. on Fridays until 6 a.m. on Mondays. Full story...
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Christmas comes early at new store

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With Memorial Day two weeks away you probably don't expect to see Santa Claus walking around, but St. Nick made an appearance in Downtown Wilmington for the opening of a new Christmas-themed store. Full story...
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Long-time Wilmington restaurant closes doors

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The New Liverpool Deli served Wilmingtonian's breakfast and lunch for 35 years, but today was the downtown location's last day. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Downtown residents say new crosswalk on 3rd Street isn't safe

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videoA stretch of 3rd Street in Downtown Wilmington home to schools, churches, kids and pets was in desperate need of a crosswalk. A new, state-of-the-art crosswalk is supposed to allow people to cross the street, but so far that's not the case. Full story...
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City to remove scaffolding from leaning building

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The building was condemned back in January after the facade pulled away from the front wall and the southside sidewalk started to cave in. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council makes downtown changes

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Wilmington City Council voted unanimously last night to recommend new criteria for ABC licenses downtown. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Will curfews, plastic cups, etc. help stop downtown violence? Mugging victim says no.

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video"In between Grace I was on the phone and I heard some footsteps behind me so I turned and looked around. It was two guys. One punched me in the face, held me by the shirt and held a gun to my head. He told me if I didn't give him everything I had, he was going to shoot me." Full story...
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Downtown bar owners worried about liquor license changes

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Wilmington City Council is considering changes to ABC licensing to help make downtown a safer place. Bar owners are worried the recommendations could hurt both existing, and future business. Full story...
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Despite challenges, restaurants opening downtown

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videoThe Blue Lotus on Front Street closed after only four months, but one restaurant opened last week and another is gearing up to open its doors next week Full story...
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