Mecklenburg and beyond ...



Health: Reports of stomach flu are up. (Wilmington Star-News)

Airlines: US Airways improves rate of on-time arrivals; now it's second only to Southwest. (The Charlotte Observer)

Environment: Vast ocean vortexes are filling up with garbage. (Wilmington Star-News)

Law: Myrtle Beach is considering a tougher "thong ordinance" against indecent exposure. (WBTV)

Religion: Holocaust-denying bishop loses his seminary post. Pope XVI had recently rescinded this bishop's excommunication from the church. (The New York Times)

Economy: High Point University has been approached to buy a struggling nearby mall. The college says it isn't buying. (The News & Record)