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Sewage spill brings warning against swimming near Williamson Road

The Iredell County Public Health Department has posted a warning against swimming in the coves near the Williamson Road, State Road 1109 Bridge in Mooresville, after a recent sewage spill resulted in higher bacteria levels. Read the full story

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Teen challenges Seventeen’s message about body

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Alice Wilder

Listen to the interview with Alice Wilder below.

By MARSHALL TERRY
WFAE

Fashion magazines are under a lot of scrutiny for the distorted view of beauty they portray. Photo editors often significantly airbrush the imperfections of models and celebrities. There’s growing concern this contributes to body image and other self-esteem problems in impressionable young girls.

And then there’s the “advice” they give girls to improve their body image. Seventeen-year-old Alice Wilder, a senior at Northwest School for the Arts, found the advice in Seventeen so silly that she decided to follow it for one month. She blogged about her experience for a group called SPARK and also spoke to WFAE’s Marshall Terry about it. Listen below.

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N.C.: Don’t eat striped & large mouth bass from lake

By DAVID BORAKS
DavidsonNews.net

State health officials say striped bass in Lake Norman have been found with elevated levels of PCBs, a suspected cancer-causing chemical. In an announcement Tuesday night the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services advised against eating the fish, as well as large mouth bass, which may have dangerous levels of mercury.

The warning does not affect other kinds of fish in the lake, state officials said. And boating, swimming or other water activities are still considered safe, they said. Read the full story

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Outside reading: Rape is real, even at beloved Carolina

UNC Chapel Hill student Andrea Pino never thought she’d find herself a rape victim. As a student educator who had taught peers about violence prevention, it couldn’t happen to her, or so she thought. She writes about her situation, and the broader problem of rape on college campus, in an article on the Huffington Post titled “The “R” Word: Why Do Colleges Struggle With Talking About Rape?”

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Classes offered for pregnant women, new mothers

The Solomon House, which is part of Presbyterian Healthcare, is offering free classes for pregnant and new mothers this month at Gethsemane Baptist Church of Lake Norman, in Davidson. Classes run Thursdays, Feb. 21 to March 28 at the church, 565 Jetton St., Davidson. Read the full story

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Health dep’t reports possible hepatitis A at 2 restaurants

The Mecklenburg County Health Department has issued an alert warning people of possible exposure to the Hepatitis A virus at two restaurants earlier this month. The alert is related to a case of Hepatitis identified in an employee who works at both the Hooters in Concord and the Whiskey Warehouse in Charlotte. Read the full story

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Building a community of mind, body and spirit

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Lori Ives-Godwin runs Your Community Connector and founded the alternative expo Shift Charlotte, which is coming up March 1-2 in Cornelius.

By DAVID BORAKS
DavidsonNews.net

Davidson resident Lori Ives-Godwin spent 25 years as a project manager in the corporate world until about five years ago, when she gave it up to start a new business focusing on alternative medicine and spirituality.

Now, she’s someone “who really believes there’s a different way to live on this planet,” she said this week.

Her web-based business, Your Community Connector, is a place for people who share that outlook to find “everything you ever wanted to know about mind-body-spirit events, services and goods found in the Charlotte area.”

Ms. Ives-Godwin also is the founder of Shift Charlotte, a regional annual expo devoted to “health, well-being and a more natural and empowered way of living.” It’s scheduled March 1 and 2 at The Palace, at Kenton Place in Cornelius. Read the full story

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He maxed out, with 7 blood donations in 1 year

Sam Spencer gave blood the maximum 7 times in 2012. (CBCC photo)

Sam Spencer gave blood the maximum 7 times in 2012. (CBCC photo)

By DAVID BORAKS
DavidsonNews.net

In September, Sam Spencer IV of Davidson found himself up against an unusual deadline – to make a blood donation. It turns out you can give blood every 56 days under federal health rules, and Mr. Spencer, 27, had set a goal of donating the maximum seven times during the year.

He had missed chances to give earlier in the month because he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Read the full story

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