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  • Businesses work to curb panhandling in downtown Wilmington

    Businesses work to curb panhandling in downtown Wilmington

    Thursday, September 7 2017 1:14 PM EDT2017-09-07 17:14:21 GMT

    Downtown businesses own prime real estate for welcoming visitors and locals, but crowds of guests have also become attractive to a different kind of money making enterprise.

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    Downtown businesses own prime real estate for welcoming visitors and locals, but crowds of guests have also become attractive to a different kind of money making enterprise.

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  • Panhandling: a strategic business plan

    Panhandling: a strategic business plan

    Friday, September 1 2017 1:58 PM EDT2017-09-01 17:58:21 GMT

    “They know exactly what they're doing. It's a business, it's working for yourself,” said Detective Allison Jahreis. "They're smart. They're going to work when they can make the most money - when they can be seen and when there's a lot of traffic.”

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    “They know exactly what they're doing. It's a business, it's working for yourself,” said Detective Allison Jahreis. "They're smart. They're going to work when they can make the most money - when they can be seen and when there's a lot of traffic.”

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  • Panhandling is an easy crime

    Panhandling is an easy crime

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 1:38 PM EDT2017-08-29 17:38:13 GMT

    When it comes to the law enforcement side of panhandling there are two types flying a sign: the new to the corner and oblivious versus the experienced “eagle eyes.” The longer they’ve been out there, the more times they been warned or given a ticket and subsequently, the better they are at avoiding the police.

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    When it comes to the law enforcement side of panhandling there are two types flying a sign: the new to the corner and oblivious versus the experienced “eagle eyes.” The longer they’ve been out there, the more times they been warned or given a ticket and subsequently, the better they are at avoiding the police.

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  • Fly a sign: These may be props

    Fly a sign: These may be props

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 1:15 PM EDT2017-08-29 17:15:00 GMT

    After a few months of shooting surveillance video, it became clear that few of the signs panhandlers hold spell out any truth.

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    After a few months of shooting surveillance video, it became clear that few of the signs panhandlers hold spell out any truth.

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  • Addiction is a driving force to panhandling

    Addiction is a driving force to panhandling

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-08-29 17:40:54 GMT

    The panhandlers we met over the past seven months often had good families, educations and careers before they ever worked a corner. As they told us, they didn’t find their poison after finding the streets. Instead, it’s the reason they’re there in the first place.

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    The panhandlers we met over the past seven months often had good families, educations and careers before they ever worked a corner. As they told us, they didn’t find their poison after finding the streets. Instead, it’s the reason they’re there in the first place.

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  • Fly a sign: Go get a job

    Fly a sign: Go get a job

    Friday, September 1 2017 2:34 PM EDT2017-09-01 18:34:57 GMT

    The day we first saw the unnamed woman standing on a median in Monkey Junction it felt impossible not to get frustrated at the sight of her very pregnant belly and her significant other casually watching her from a far. But frustration turned to anger after noticing he was leaning up against a fast food sign that said: “Now Hiring.”

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    The day we first saw the unnamed woman standing on a median in Monkey Junction it felt impossible not to get frustrated at the sight of her very pregnant belly and her significant other casually watching her from a far. But frustration turned to anger after noticing he was leaning up against a fast food sign that said: “Now Hiring.”

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  • What should you give to panhandlers to help?

    What should you give to panhandlers to help?

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 1:41 PM EDT2017-08-29 17:41:58 GMT

    All of these people need some kind of help but they are unlikely to find it on a corner. Your money, good will, prayer and food donations are very much needed, but how you give them makes the difference between bettering someone’s situations versus paying away a problem?

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    All of these people need some kind of help but they are unlikely to find it on a corner. Your money, good will, prayer and food donations are very much needed, but how you give them makes the difference between bettering someone’s situations versus paying away a problem?

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  • Should panhandling be legalized?

    Should panhandling be legalized?

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 1:42 PM EDT2017-08-29 17:42:53 GMT

    Some cities have tried to address the panhandling issue by legalizing it all together. We traveled to Greensboro and Raleigh to see how it worked and if it was effective.

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    Some cities have tried to address the panhandling issue by legalizing it all together. We traveled to Greensboro and Raleigh to see how it worked and if it was effective.

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  • Meet the panhandlers: Steve Barton

    Meet the panhandlers: Steve Barton

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 3:41 PM EDT2017-08-29 19:41:10 GMT

    Steve Barton was as rough around the edges as you might expect for a man who had been sleeping on the sidewalk for years. But three things stuck out within seconds of his hello.

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    Steve Barton was as rough around the edges as you might expect for a man who had been sleeping on the sidewalk for years. But three things stuck out within seconds of his hello.

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  • Meet the panhandlers: Elizabeth and Michael

    Meet the panhandlers: Elizabeth and Michael

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 1:25 PM EDT2017-08-29 17:25:14 GMT

    Once upon a time, Elizabeth was a working woman, making $98,000 a year with a company car, gas card, computer and tablet. It’s hard to believe the mother sitting in front of you now with a criminal history is the same person she’s describing.

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    Once upon a time, Elizabeth was a working woman, making $98,000 a year with a company car, gas card, computer and tablet. It’s hard to believe the mother sitting in front of you now with a criminal history is the same person she’s describing.

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  • Meet the panhandlers: Grover White

    Meet the panhandlers: Grover White

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 3:42 PM EDT2017-08-29 19:42:13 GMT

    Grover White knows that the intersection of New Center and Market is the best of two worlds for panhandlers: long lights and lots of cars. That gives him plenty of time to make it down the long row of vehicles, and it seems to be paying off.

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    Grover White knows that the intersection of New Center and Market is the best of two worlds for panhandlers: long lights and lots of cars. That gives him plenty of time to make it down the long row of vehicles, and it seems to be paying off.

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  • Billy Graham's casket was hand built by inmates at Angola

    Billy Graham's casket was hand built by inmates at Angola

    Casket built for Billy Graham by Angola inmates (Source: WAFB)Casket built for Billy Graham by Angola inmates (Source: WAFB)

    Inmates at one of the country's most well-known prisons will have a hand in laying Reverend Billy Graham to rest. At his request, Angola inmates built his casket back in 2006.

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    Inmates at one of the country's most well-known prisons will have a hand in laying Reverend Billy Graham to rest. At his request, Angola inmates built his casket back in 2006.

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  • Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

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    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.  Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

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    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

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  • Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

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    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

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    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

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