Wilmington police rule out crash, say teen found in road was murdered

UPDATE: Wilmington police have identified the victim in the Thursday night homicide on Sebrell Avenue as 17-year-old Raymond Kain, according to a Tweet by the Wilmington Police Department on Saturday. The cause of the teen’s death is still unknown.  —- WILMINGTON — Wilmington police are investigating the murder of a 17-year-old boy Thursday night. Detectives opened […]

‘This numbs pain’ – The connection between mental health and opioids

"The desire to push things away, to not deal with it, to forget is powerful. Sadly, opioids are probably the best thing for forgetting.”

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Author’s note: Anecdotes and statistics agree, Wilmington is suffering an epidemic of opioid drug use. What remains unclear –– and what this series hopes to clarify –– are fundamental questions about the epidemic. The epidemic does not have one single narrative but, instead, intertwining threads. Street heroin has a different, but related, story to prescription drugs. Likewise, […]

Update: Wilmington chief, New Hanover County sheriff say filming police is legal after Uber incident

Can you shoot video of your interactions with police in North Carolina? Both a Wilmington Police officer and New Hanover County Sheriff's Department deputy told Uber driver Jesse Bright it was illegal recently. Their respective departments later said it was not. (Courtesy of Jesse Bright)

WILMINGTON, North Carolina — Leaders of both the Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office have issued statements regarding a video of a late February traffic stop in Wilmington. The video, shot by a local Uber driver who is also an attorney, shows a traffic stop in during which the attorney claims authorities lied […]

Wilmington police officer orders Uber driver to stop filming traffic stop, prompts internal investigation

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina — At least two police officers recently claimed it was illegal to take video of  police officers. Those claims appear to have been misleading, resulting in an internal investigation at the Wilmington Police Department. Follow up: Wednesday, March 8, 12:50 p.m.:  Wilmington chief, New Hanover County sheriff say filming police is legal after incident […]

‘Hands on the elephant’: Who are the people using opioids around Wilmington?

"There are types, but there isn’t a type. There's no simple answer."

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Author’s note: Anecdotes and statistics agree, Wilmington is suffering an epidemic of opioid drug use. What remains unclear –– and what this series hopes to clarify –– are fundamental questions about the epidemic. The epidemic does not have one single narrative but, instead, intertwining threads. Street heroin has a different, but related, story to prescription drugs. Likewise, […]

‘Wilmington is a heroin town’ – the rise and return of heroin in the opioid crisis

"[T]he real story is that a lot of good doctors who were simply ignorant about addiction started cutting back. And a lot of people who were already hooked suddenly were left in the lurch.”

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Author’s note: Anecdotes and statistics agree, Wilmington is suffering an epidemic of opioid drug use. What remains unclear –– and what this series hopes to clarify –– are fundamental questions about the epidemic. The epidemic does not have one single narrative but, instead, intertwining threads. Street heroin has a different, but related, story to prescription drugs. Likewise, […]

Revamping a business concept leads to a successful ‘family’ tradition at Wilmington’s Cousins Deli

Cousins Italian Deli welcomes groups of all sizes to its dinner on Friday's and Saturday's. Photo courtesy- Cousins Italian Deli.

WILMINGTON – Do your childhood memories include playing under the dining room table while grandma whipped up something tasty in the kitchen so that the family could feast on the many courses throughout a Sunday afternoon? Then the Italian-style dinner at Cousins Deli in downtown Wilmington is a must. Since he began opening his doors after […]

All Aboard: Riverboat cruises are ‘the next big thing’ for travelers from Wilmington

As opposed to typical ocean cruise ships, which usually have long buffet lines and jam-packed pool decks, riverboat cruises offer a more intimate experience. Which is something desired by the older crowd.

“Riverboats are more inclusive and more of a luxury line, so naturally, it attracts more older and accomplished travelers,” said Jessica Rendall, owner of AnyCruise Travel in Wilmington. (Photo courtesy Pat Kirkman)

With exciting international itineraries, high-tech amenities provided onboard and extra time to explore, riverboat cruises are catching on among the travelers from Wilmington. This is not a new phenomenon — river cruises have been in business for decades — but more modern ships are now visiting more locations around the world that ocean-going vessels cannot […]

Opioids, ‘one of the most frightening issues of our time’

“It’s one of the most frightening issues of our time. It’s also one of the most important." --- Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo

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Author’s note: Anecdotes and statistics agree, Wilmington is suffering an epidemic of opioid drug use. What remains unclear –– and what this series hopes to clarify –– are fundamental questions about the epidemic. The epidemic does not have one single narrative but, instead,  intertwining threads. Street heroin has a different, but related, story to prescription drugs. […]

Europe? Check. Asia? Check. Former UNC-Wilmington students are now driving across Africa

Cameron Seagle and Natasha Alden bought a truck and started their African adventure last July with no end in sight. “We will continue to travel until we find a place to call home,” they wrote on their blog.

Wilmington resident Cameron Seagle, right, and his girlfriend Natasha Alden, airborne, have been traveling the world for the past four years. (The World Pursuit instagram)

That moment when adventure, vacation and escapism becomes normal life. For Cameron Seagle and Natasha Alden, it happened more than four years ago. Shortly after graduating from UNC-Wilmington, they did not frame the brand-new diploma and start that typical young-professional job hunt. Nope. Instead, they went online and booked the cheapest airfare to Europe they […]