Originally created 12/15/03

Across the southeast



Rain, wind dampen Wright celebration

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -Driving rain, wind and the threat of thunderstorms threw a wet blanket over events Sunday at the celebration of the Wright brothers' first flight.

Still, like the brothers themselves - who braved Outer Banks weather for four autumns before they found success - aviation enthusiasts were drawn to Kill Devil Hills by the magic of flight.

The foul weather brought a flood watch for the region, and pathways and fields in the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park turned into small streams.

The dedication of a new sculpture - a gift from the state to the national park - was put off until Tuesday. Air shows were canceled, and other outdoor events were moved inside.

But festival visitors donned ponchos and parkas to see indoor exhibits by groups including NASA, the Air Force and the Experimental Aircraft Association, which is organizing a re-enactment of the Wrights' first flight for Wednesday, the 100th anniversary.

Report finds computer jobs moving abroad

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -Big companies ranging from financial giant Bank of America to Matthews discount-store chain Family Dollar are increasingly exporting white-collar jobs to countries where labor is cheap, a survey by The Charlotte Observer found.

Nearly two-thirds of the largest companies based in the Carolinas - 17 of 27 - say they have sent computer tasks abroad, mostly to India, The Observer reported Sunday.

Among 100 of the largest public companies in North Carolina and South Carolina, the newspaper found that 25 say they have used the strategy.

Charlotte-based Bank of America eventually expects to employ about 1,000 people at the center it plans in India. Family Dollar has programmers in India modifying sales software.

Senator, socialite plan discreet wedding

WASHINGTON -They might not be Trista and Ryan of The Bachelorette fame. But today, in Washington's National Cathedral, Virginia's most eligible bachelor is to tie the knot with an Alexandria real estate agent and longtime Washington socialite.

Far from a televised spectacle, however, the marriage of U.S. Sen. John W. Warner and Jeanne Vander Myde will be a private, low-key affair.

As he weds for the third time, Virginia's senior senator has planned a small, private ceremony for close family and friends.

"I do not look upon this as a celebrity event," Mr. Warner said. "We have no intention of becoming a power couple."



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