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We asked people to send us their beach photos from NC's Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. Here are just 5 of the great pics we got. See 'em all at http://bit.ly/2b89Pdc. Send yours to starnewsmultimedia@gmail.com & we'll post them, too!
You can't be everywhere at once. That's why you follow us! Check out these events from the past weekend in Wilmington and Carolina Beach. What did we miss? Share your list of the weekend's best!
  1. Carolina Beach Boardwalk
    Can't go wrong with the people-watching at the beach. Especially when it comes with Britt's doughnuts. Photos: http://bit.ly/29ZNwlc
  2. Inside OTH
    Relive the days when the TV series "One Tree Hill" filmed in and around Wilmington with this convention that brought back the show's stars, including Hilarie Burton, Chad Michael Murray and Shantel VanSanten. Photos from Day 1: http://bit.ly/2as4OwB. Photos from Day 2: http://bit.ly/2ac9fKl
  3. NC HBCU alumni cookout
    Alumni of historically black colleges and universities across North Carolina gathered for a cookout Saturday at Ogden Park. Photos: http://bit.ly/2aqKhWu
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With the Friends of the Library's annual "Beach Reads" sale at the Northeast Library in mind, we contacted local authors, librarians and booksellers for their suggested beach reads.
Given that July is National Hot Dog Month, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate the region's doggy diversity.
  1. Paul's Place Famous Hot Dogs
    Perhaps best know for its distinctive relish reminiscent of chili — owners say the recipe harkens back to wartime beef rationing — this Pender County institution has been in business since 1928. Details: 11725 U.S. 117 South, Rocky Point. 910-675-2345.
  2. Trolly Stop
    day at the beach without a nosh at this local favorite. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Wrightsville Beach bastion has since expanded into four additional locations, but the original is still our favorite. Details: 94 South Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. 910-256-3421 or www.TrollyStopHotDogs.com.
  3. Concession stands everywhere
    Is there really another reason to endure the blazing sun at your local ball park? Details: We’re big fast of the Winter Park Optimist Club’s weenies at Hugh MacRae Park, 1799 S. College Road, Wilmington.
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Happy National Doughnut Day! For years, Britt's was the only name in doughnuts in the Cape Fear region, but my how the times have changed.
  1. Dat Ghost Fire at Wake N Bake
    Tradition schmadition. This is easily the most unorthodox, yet enjoyable, entry on our list. And you’ll have to haul down to Wake N Bake Donuts at 1401 N Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach to sample this scorchingly sweet number. Filed with a silky chocolate cherry cream, this doughnut drops any pretense of politeness with the ghost pepper-infused glaze and candied jalapeño topper.
  2. Raspberry white chocolate at One Belle Bakery
    If you don’t love One Belle Bakery Anna Echols enough for being the only contender in the mix to insist on the grammatically correct spelling of “doughnuts,” then perhaps this classic flavor profile presented as an elegant glaze on her new line of yeast doughnuts will seal the deal. Check her sweets out at 1616 Shipyard Blvd. in Wilmington.
  3. Sea salted caramel at Loops
    The salted caramel schtick has been hot for nearly a decade now — the New York Times featured the combination way back in 2008 when Starbucks and Häagen-Dazs jumped on board — but the Wrightsville Beach-based Loops Homemade Donuts at 32 N. Lumina Ave. has made it their own with the addition of Brownie Brittle crumbs to the mix.
Pat McCrory and Barack Obama have a testy relationship. McCrory, since taking office as North Carolina’s 74th governor in January 2013, has repeatedly and publicly thumbed his nose at the 44th president of the United States. Here are four times McCrory has bucked the Obama administration.
  1. Unemployment benefits
    The unemployment benefits were pushed by the Obama administration as the country continued to recover from the 2008 Great Recession. In 2013, McCrory signed legislation that cut off emergency unemployment benefits to the state’s long-term jobless. McCrory and the General Assembly cited the need to pay down nearly $3 billion in debt as its reason to cut off benefits.
  2. No Medicaid expansion
    McCrory and Republican leaders cited concerns of rising state costs. But critics said the refusal of states to expand Medicaid, which left hundreds of thousands of state residents without health insurance, was politically motivated. The state to this day has not expanded Medicaid for low-income adults, according to the federal government.
  3. Syrian refugees
    Last year, McCrory asked the Obama administration to stop sending refugees fleeing the war in Syria to North Carolina, citing security concerns based on the state not receiving enough information about the refugees. His stance was similar to those taken by Republican governors across the country. While security was the stated concern by those governors, critics again called the moves politically motivated.
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On April 9, 1941, the battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) was formally commissioned at the New York Navy Yard. It was the height of technology in its day. For its 75th anniversary, we thought we’d compare it to the height of fantasy film tech in 2016: BB-8, the real star of “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens."
  1. BB-55: 728.8 feet long. BB-8: 2.2 feet (0.67 meters) tall.
  2. BB-55: weighs roughly 37,000 short tons unloaded. BB-8: estimated 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds)
  3. BB-55: has radar, analog computers, a machine shop and a scout=plane launcher. BB-8: equipment includes arc welder, welding torch and holoprojector.
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A number of Wilmington-area eateries have been featured in movies and TV shows filmed in the area. All are must-visit establishments for serious local film buffs.
  1. Buzz's Roost
    In 1995 film "Empire Records," this eatery doubled as the music shop.
  2. Flying Pi Kitchen
    This palace of pastry played Arlene's Diner in David Lynch's disturbing "Blue Velvet."
  3. Two Fat Ladies
    Rebadged as burger joint Topper Jack's for the 2013 Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon comedy "Tammy," this top soul food spot retained some of the renovations after the movie wrapped.
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