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Friday, July 25, 2014

Prosecutor’s Probe Finds Fatal Shooting ‘Justified’

SALISBURY — The Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office this week announced an investigation into the shooting death of a Salisbury man by Maryland State Police troopers in March was justified under the circumstances and no charges will be filed against the officers.

Around 8:15 p.m. on March 18, Winfield C. Fisher, 32, of Salisbury, entered the MSP Salisbury barrack and asked the duty officer, Cpl. Anthony Myers, to check a vehicle repair after he had received a safety equipment repair order. During what was otherwise a routine task completed several times throughout most days at the MSP barrack, Myers noticed the strong odor of marijuana coming from Fisher’s person and even from the paper repair order he had just slid under the window.

Myers later testified he questioned Fisher about the odor of marijuana and asked if he could search him. Fisher agreed and the search of his person revealed nothing, but Fisher became increasingly agitated, sweated profusely and had his pulse visibly accelerated, according to Myer’s testimony.

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Fan Poll: 65% Do Not Want Redskins To Change Team’s Name, Only 30% Favor Changing It


Via Politico:

A majority of D.C.-area residents do not want to see the Washington Redskins name changed, according to a new poll.

Sixty-five percent of those polled rejected calls for the NFL team to change its name, according to a poll by the Republican-leaning firm Vox Populi, released Wednesday. Thirty percent said the name should be changed. [...]

However, the pollster said that of those polled, 71 percent said the team’s name is not offensive.

‘GOVERNING FOR RESULTS’ TOUR HIGHLIGHTS COMMITMENT TO REDUCING OVERDOSE DEATHS IN MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, MD   Governor Martin O’Malley today unveiled new data on overdose deaths occurring in the first half of 2014. Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, the state has committed to drive down overdose deaths by 20 percent by 2015 and has added drug and alcohol overdose deaths to the Administration’s 16 strategic goals. 
Overdose deaths represent one of the most compelling public health challenges facing the nation. Locally, here in Maryland, there were more overdose deaths than traffic fatalities in 2013. As one of the strategies to address the overdose epidemic in Maryland, Governor O’Malley signed an executive order establishing the Overdose Prevention Council just last month. The Council will advise and assist in establishing an unprecedented effort among multiple State agencies to reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal overdoses in Maryland. 
“The Overdose Council represents a new level of coordination, data collection, analysis, and information sharing among State agencies. Together, as One Maryland, we’re breaking down silos to collect up-to-date statistics, better target resources and empower citizens to combat this epidemic and save lives,” said Governor O’Malley. “With this data guiding us, we will continue to fight to keep Maryland families and communities safe while also developing innovative strategies to reduce the number of overdose deaths in Maryland.” 

Governor Rick Perry: Illegal Aliens in Texas Behind 3,000 Homicides & 8,000 Sexual Assaults

HHS: 96% of 45,157 Illegal Alien Children ‘Discharged’ to ‘Sponsor’ in the U.S

(CNSNews.com) – A spokesperson for the Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration of Children and Families (ACF) said 96 percent of the 45,157 unaccompanied alien children who were in the custody of HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) have been “discharged” to a “sponsor” in the United States.

Kenneth Wolfe, deputy director for the Office of Public Affairs at ACF, told CNSNews.com that in 2014 (through the month of June), 96 percent of the 45,157 children -- or 43,341 of them -- who were transferred from the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to the ORR have been placed with sponsors inside the United States, including with family members.

“Over half of the sponsors are parents of the child,” Wolfe said, citing the percentage of children with this placement status at 55 percent.

As reported earlier by CNSNews.com, some of the families that are receiving these children aliens are themselves in the country illegally.

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Veteran Bypass


Woman in Labor ‘Not Allowed’ to Cross Street to Hospital Because of Obama’s Impending Motorcade


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Salisbury On Track For Veterans Preference Program

SALISBURY — A small business and veteran-owned small business procurement preference program will likely see implementation in Salisbury following a successful review in work session this week.

If adopted, the program could be a stepping stone for related initiatives in veteran hiring and minority business preferences.

Under the suggested guidelines, the preference program would give what amounts to a slight score bonus to bids for service submitted by qualified companies for city projects. For example, if a veteran-owned small business and a larger business submitted identical bids for the same Salisbury construction contract, then under the proposal the former would receive a small percentage bump to their bid score.

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Boy, 4, banned from local doughnut shop by owner after mistakenly asking a customer if she has a baby in her belly

A Connecticut mother was left red-faced with embarrassment and then burning with rage after her four-year-old son was banned from a doughnut shop for asking if a lady was pregnant on Tuesday.

Rebecca Denham said when her son mistakenly asked a customer in Monroe’s Doughnut Inn on Monday if she was carrying a child – she was understandably mortified. However, the next day when they tried to walk back in, they ‘were screamed at in front of the door,’ said Denham. They said her son, Justin Otero, was not ‘allowed in here’ because he ‘is rude.’

Recalling her inquisitive son’s error on Monday, Denham said that when the woman said ‘no’ to being pregnant, her son said sorry but she was suitably shocked. ‘My response was ‘Oh my goodness, I’m so embarrassed, I’m so sorry’, Denham said to WFSB. The lady in question even said it was okay, but the managers at the Doughnut Inn apparently did not see it the same way when they tried to walk in on Tuesday.

‘She said, ‘he’s not allowed in here,’ and I looked around, and said, ‘him?’ and she said ‘yeah, he’s rude’,’ Denham said to WFSB.

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Trey Gowdy vs Irs Commissioner John Koskinen 7/23/14 Irs Hearing

If you want to prove you don't hate gays, all you have to do is worship at their feet

I have never in my life encountered a religion as oppressive, cold, and stiff as Progressivism. I’ve never known a faith more eager to burn heretics at the stake. Even a fundamentalist Iranian Muslim would flinch if he came face to face with a western liberal’s rigid dogmatism. I imagine that even a Saudi Arabian Islamic cleric would take one look at how American left wingers react when anyone deviates ever so slightly from their established orthodoxy, and say to himself, “man, these people REALLY need to chill.”

The Cult of Leftism has many tenets, and it demands full compliance with all of them, but nothing in its creed compares to the sanctity of their two great sacraments: child murder and sodomy. You must not question these, but tolerance alone will not be good enough. You must celebrate them, too. You must worship at their altar. You must sing hallelujah at the mention of their names. You must fight for a society where infanticide and gay sex are awarded a protected and privileged position. When a man decides to kill babies for a living, you must call him a ‘health care provider’ and a ‘healer.’ When a man decides to announce to the world that he enjoys sex with other men, you must call him a ‘hero’ and a ‘pioneer.’ You must quite literally give him awards for his courage.

Nothing less will be allowed.

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Petulant President

Salisbury Seeking Five-District Voting System

SALISBURY — A plan to split Salisbury into five voting districts advanced out of work session this week despite opposition from a minority of the City Council.

Opponents argued that the city is attempting to fix what isn’t broken, while supporters feel that Salisbury’s current two-district system isn’t a fair representation of all of the area’s diverse neighborhoods.

Debate has been lively about re-districting in Salisbury for better than a year and continued hot this week. One of the major points of contention for some on the council is how the five-district system proposed by the administration would slice the city into smaller pieces. This would give individual votes more power, which Councilman Tim Spies noted carries both benefits and risks.

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Thank God Its Friday 7-25-14

What will you be doing this weekend?

8,000 BUSINESSES FLEE MARYLAND

A company whose roots in the firearms industry dates back nearly 500 years, to 1526 when Mastro Bartolomeo Beretta was paid 296 ducats for 185 barrels, is joining the rush to abandon Maryland.

Beretta has announced plans to move its complete production facility, and the 160 jobs, out of Maryland, over a gun control law passed in 2013 by the state in reaction to the Newtown school shooting, officials say.

In announcing plans to relocate production to Tennessee, Beretta said that the Firearm Safety Act of 2013 “would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the state products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world.”
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Yard Sale 7-25-14


The state of Illinois standing up for students

A pair of companies in that state targeted student loan borrowers in a scam promising help with college debt. Rather than providing any help with loans, the companies ripped students off for a few hundred bucks, and left them worse off financially than they were to begin with. So, the state of Illinois has filed a lawsuit against these companies for fraud, and they may not be the last state to do so. The Consumer Financial Protection Agency has issued warnings about these debt relief scams, and other states are looking in to them. These companies often pretend to be affiliated with the government, and they trick indebted students into shelling out hundreds of dollars. One company made up a completely fake program called the Obama Forgiveness Program, and other companies just offered services that borrows were entitled to for free from the federal government. It's bad enough that students are stuck with mountains of debt, but it's even worse that companies would use it as an opportunity to make a buck. Illinois is putting a stop to it, and hopefully more states will do the same.

FEMALE DISGUISE FAILS TO FOIL POLICE - CECIL CO. BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED

Maryland State Police Press Release

FEMALE DISGUISE FAILS TO FOIL POLICE - CECIL CO. BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED
RISING SUN_ A Delaware man was charged by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division after being accused of dressing up as a woman and holding up a bank branch here Wednesday.

Kent Hunt Buckson, 34, of the 600 block of Lochaven Court in the Bear community near Newark, was charged with armed robbery, robbery, theft: $10,000 under $100,000, first-degree assault and second-degree assault late Thursday. He is accused of robbing the National Penn Bank branch robbery at 5 Maple Heights Lane in Rising Sun the day before. Buckson was taken into custody without incident by detectives from the Delaware State Police – Troop 2 shortly after 9 a.m. at the Rodeway Inn on South College Avenue in Newark, DE.

Rising Sun Police Department was called to the bank branch at approximately 4 p.m. Officer Dallas Herbert was told by tellers that the robber walked into the bank branch wearing a dress, a turtle-neck sweater, other ladies clothing accessories and a wig. The suspect presented a note demanding cash and threatening to shoot the bank employees. He did not display a weapon at the time of the robbery. After receiving an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency, the suspect fled the bank on foot. Rising Sun Police Department subsequently requested the assistance from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and Crime Scene Unit.

Following Buckson’s arrest, detectives with the Delaware State Police, Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Pennsylvania State Police – Media Barrack and the FBI executed search warrants on the motel room rented to Buckson, his Lockhaven Court home and a Kia Sedona mini-van. Investigators recovered items linking him to the Rising Sun robbery and four similar bank robberies in Delaware and Pennsylvania, in which the culprit was dressed as woman. 

During the investigation Thursday, Delaware troopers connected Buckson to a spree of eight convenience store heists in Elkton, MD, New Castle (DE) County and Chester County in Pennsylvania. Charges in connection with related bank robberies and the convenience store capers are pending by the respective investigating agencies.

Late Thursday, Buckston was in the custody of the Delaware State Police pending commitment to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution near Wilmington, DE.

The Rising Sun robbery investigation continues by Trooper First Class Robert Hagan. 

Contact: Lt. J. DeCourcey (443) 945-2135

Technically, it is not a crime to be poor in this nation, but it sure may feel like that for the homeless

According to a new study from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, in more than half of the cities in the US, it is illegal for someone to sit or lay down on a side walk. You don't have to be living on the street to know how and when such laws are enforced. Other cities use laws prohibiting camping or sleeping in public to keep homeless people off of their streets. This new report studied nearly 200 cities, and found an increase of anti-homeless laws since it's last 2009 study. Three decades of Reaganomics, deregulation and NAFTA from Clinton, and two illegal wars and an economic collapse from Bush have all come together to form a perfect recipe to leave more and more Americans on the street. Rather than offering a hand up, lawmakers treat social programs like a hand out, and they use laws like these to hide the end results of their policies. It shouldn't be a crime to find yourself without a roof overhead, and it's time these cities changed these shameful laws.

MSP Press Release (Salisbury Barrack) 7-25-14

Maryland State Police
Salisbury Barrack “E”
2765 N. Salisbury Blvd.
Salisbury, Maryland 21801
(410) 749-3101

On July 25, 2014 at 12:33 AM, Maryland State Police stopped a 2004 Oldsmobile for a traffic violation on US Rt. 13 and North Division Street in Wicomico County, Maryland. The Trooper observed Marihuana inside the vehicle. The driver was identified as Wilbur Lee Doughty of Georgetown, Delaware. After a search of the vehicle, Doughty was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, 665.2 grams of Heroin, $7,012 dollars in cash, and 1.7 grams of Marihuana.

INVESTIGATING TROOPER: Tpr. Pollmeier
COMMANDER: Lt. J. Pilchard
ASSISTANT COMMANDER: F/Sgt. T. Davis

Police Brutality and the Failure of Liberal Democrats

Let me ask, should we care?

Federal auditors warn: NASA will miss a deadline for launching its new $12 bllion rocket program because it doesn't have enough money. The Space Launch System is scheduled for an initial test flight in 2017. The Government Accountability Office, citing NASA officials, says the agency has just a 10 percent chance of meeting the date. GAO says Congress hasn't given the space agency enough funds for the massive project. It needs $400 million more. The space launch system will consist of massive rockets designed to send astronauts to asteroids and Mars.

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10 Amazing Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Although the U.S. FDA has attempted to create a spice scare, the history of cinnamon use spans thousands of years among disparate cultures, rendering FDA claims as nothing more than a ham-fisted desire to assert severe regulatory control over this natural product.

The fact is: quality cinnamon, such as organic Ceylon, is one of the most diverse and inexpensive ways to boost your overall health. Taken moderately it is far safer than what the FDA continues to approve on a daily basis as over-the-counter drug consumption for adults and children.

Cinnamon is a fantastic source of fiber, flavanols, calcium, iron, manganese, and powerful antioxidants. It’s ease of consumption offers a pleasing range of dietary compatibility. Cinnamon can also be used topically and even added as a natural fragrance to boost health and sharpen the mind!

The following 10 amazing health benefits of cinnamon have been documented, and clearly demonstrate why this is one spice that needs to be defended instead of eradicated.

1. Gut health - This is key, as gut health is increasingly being shown as the center of a multitude of other problems that formerly have been treated in isolation. Ailments such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diarrhea, acid reflux, indigestion and even chronic pain such as arthritis have all shown the potential to be alleviated through cinnamon consumption.

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Absolutely Incredible

A $300 million new computer system at the Social Security Administration doesn't work. Officials say they aren't sure when it will. 

Six years after embarking on the project, it's still in the testing phase. 

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday asked Social Security for all documents related to the Disability Case Processing System. Members want to know if the agency tried to suppress a report commissioned from McKinsey & Co. to give an independent view of the project. McKinsey found that no single person was in charge from the beginning.

Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

Earlier this year, I wrote about teaching empathy, and whether you are a parent who does so. The idea behind it is from Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, who runs the Making Caring Common project, aimed to help teach kids to be kind.

I know, you’d think they are or that parents are teaching that themselves, right? Not so, according to a new study released by the group. (Chat with Weissbourd here.)

About 80 percent of the youth in the study said their parents were more concerned with their achievement or happiness than whether they cared for others. The interviewees were also three times more likely to agree that “My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my classes than if I’m a caring community member in class and school.”

Weissbourd and his cohorts have come up with recommendations about how to raise children to become caring, respectful and responsible adults. Why is this important? Because if we want our children to be moral people, we have to, well, raise them that way.

“Children are not born simply good or bad and we should never give up on them. They need adults who will help them become caring, respectful, and responsible for their communities at every stage of their childhood,” the researchers write.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Doctor Had Gun, Wounded Hospital Shooter, Prosecutor Says

DARBY, Pa. - A doctor wounded by a patient in a deadly shooting Thursday afternoon at a suburban hospital campus in Darby, Pa. returned fire and wounded the patient, authorities said.

Investigators believe the doctor had his own gun and acted in self-defense, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.

The patient, who had psychiatric problems, opened fire after entering the doctor's office with a caseworker Thursday afternoon, Whelan said. The female caseworker was killed. The doctor appears to have suffered only a graze wound and was expected to be released from treatment later in the day.

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Rand Paul Rips Obama As Immigration Becomes Major 2016 Issue

President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other executive orders is a “magnet” for illegal immigration, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News on Tuesday.

“All of that is a magnet and a beacon for people to come,” Paul said when asked about Obama’s executive immigration orders during a brief interview outside the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) headquarters. “You can’t have any kind of beacon without securing the border first. It really illustrates what conservatives have been saying all along, myself included: You can’t vote for immigration reform, you can’t have immigration reform without first securing the border.”

Paul added that the “whole idea that the president unilaterally offered these areas of forgiveness for the kids—this DREAM kind of forgiveness—the problem is if you do that with an open border, then the whole world will come.” Paul called for the border to be secured, and said that no immigration legislation should be considered unless the border is secured.

“So I think if we’re going to do immigration reform, what we really need is to have the border secure first,” he said. “What it really illustrates for me is that you can’t fix things by offering forgiveness without securing the border first. It’s a big problem. I think we should humanely clothe, feed and give water and sustenance then send them back home to unify them with their families.”

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Iraq: 'Islamic State' Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Orders Female Genital Mutilation of Two Million Girls

The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham has asked all families around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to circumcise their daughters or face severe punishment.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-declared Islamic State, has ordered the female genital mutilation of two million Iraqi girls to "distance them from debauchery and immorality".

The "fatwa" issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect four million women and girls, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva by video from Irbil.

"This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed," she said.

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Video: Hamas Terrorists Fire at IDF Forces From Inside Hospital — Israel Makes Them Regret It After Confirming No Civilians Inside


The Israeli military released a new video on Wednesday reportedly showing Hamas terrorists firing at IDF forces from inside a hospital that they had turned into a “command center and rocket-launching site.”

Going directly against claims from Israel’s critics that the Jewish nation is unconcerned about the deaths of civilians in Gaza, Israel reportedly “repeatedly conveyed warnings to the hospital staff and urged civilians to leave the area.”

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The Stealing Of America By The Cops, The Courts, The Corporations And Congress

“What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.” —Author Tom Clancy

Call it what you will—taxes, penalties, fees, fines, regulations, tariffs, tickets, permits, surcharges, tolls, asset forfeitures, foreclosures, etc.—but the only word that truly describes the constant bilking of the American taxpayer by the government and its corporate partners is theft.

We’re operating in a topsy-turvy Sherwood Forest where instead of Robin Hood and his merry band of thieves stealing from the rich to feed the poor, you’ve got the government and its merry band of corporate thieves stealing from the poor to fatten the wallets of the rich. In this way, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. All the while, the American Dream of peace, prosperity, and liberty has turned into a nightmare of endless wars, debilitating debt, and outright tyranny.

What Americans don’t seem to comprehend is that if the government can arbitrarily take away your property, without your having much say about it, you have no true rights. You’re nothing more than a serf or a slave.

In this way, the police state with all of its trappings—from surveillance cameras, militarized police, SWAT team raids, truancy and zero tolerance policies, asset forfeiture laws, privatized prisons and red light cameras to Sting Ray guns, fusion centers, drones, black boxes, hollow-point bullets, detention centers, speed traps and abundance of laws criminalizing otherwise legitimate conduct—is little more than a front for a high-dollar covert operation aimed at laundering as much money as possible through government agencies and into the bank accounts of corporations.

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BREAKING NEWS: HOY TO STAY AT WOR-WIC

All,

I have informed the Boards of Delaware Technical Community College and Wor-Wic Community College that after much personal deliberation, I have decided to decline the offer to become the next president of Delaware Tech.

The Delaware public meetings law led to a process where the Board had to make a public selection and announcement before candid conversations, expectations, and agreements could be developed with the selected candidate. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach consensus on the terms of employment. I regret the disruption that this has caused both institutions.

I have nothing but respect Delaware Tech, its Board and employees, many of whom I had the pleasure of meeting during the search process. It is an impressive institution with talented employees who work effectively to serve the education and training needs of all Delawareans. In fact, the greatest compliment I can give them is that they remind me, a great deal, of us.

I am sure this raises questions with you regarding my status at Wor-Wic. I have spoken individually with each Wor-Wic Board member and they have all welcomed me in my continuing role at the college. One of the reasons that the Wor-Wic Board did not meet last Thursday in the Special Session was because I had not yet submitted a letter of resignation. Without that to act upon, there was no reason for them to meet. The meeting this Friday is canceled as well, since the only purpose was to develop a transition plan.

I reached this decision with the total support of my family. Through this process and the introspection that takes place when one contemplates such an important change, I have come to realize that I belong here. As I emphasized when I wrote to you about my decision to participate in this search, I continue to be committed to the success of Wor-Wic.

This has already been enough of a distraction. I’d like to put this behind us, and with your help and support, focus on moving Wor-Wic forward. I promise that you, our students and the college, have my complete attention and dedication.

Ray

Dr. Ray Hoy
President
Wor-Wic Community College
32000 Campus Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
410-334-2810
www.worwic.edu


Originally posted at 5:30 PM

‘We’re Coming For You, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. Official Discloses Threat From ISIL

High-ranking U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al Qaeda,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.”

Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state, told lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that ISIL may have “changed its name,” but that it’s still al Qaeda.

“In fact, it is worse than al Qaeda,” he said, The Hill reported.

Elissa Slotkin, the acting principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for policy, added that ISIL also has its eye on the president, threatening “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama,” The Hill reported.

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WBOC Tells Viewers to threaten Direct TV

WBOC is asking viewers to call Direct TV and tell them if they drop WBOC you will drop Direct TV. 

SERIOUSLY? I have Direct TV and TRUST ME, the $2.00 fee per month is NOT a large expense, (for ALL local stations) as WBOC suggests. Even Craig Jahelka states it only cost their viewers a few cents per day.

NO, we will NOT call Direct TV to save WBOC's, well, you know what. I will not threaten Direct TV as I am NOT a follower. Yes, I truly enjoy Football and NCIS but come on now, there are other channels that carry the games and programs. 

If you want to fall for this crud simply because WBOC needs you, call WBOC and tell them that IF they want to pay your local fee each month, fine. If not, you'll drop WBOC. 

Remember, WBOC makes a small fortune on commercials and THAT is why they need you. No, I do NOT feel sorry for WBOC. You have to PAY to PLAY. 

Time to send the CDC to the IRS

Where are the Centers for Disease Control and their QUARANTINE! tape when you need them the most. The reason? Well, there’s a wild virus afoot at the IRS and it’s killing off computers at an unprecedented rate.

First, it was Lois Lerner’s computer. Then it was the IRS’ email servers. Then it was the email backup tapes.

And today!! Well, it’s still running rampant.

IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere.

There may be 20 or less computers involved in the crashes, but they all seem to be connected to Lois Lerner’s email chain.

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More Than 10 Million People Got Insurance Because Of Obamacare, Feds Say

The number of Americans without health insurance declined by 10.3 million because of Obamacare enrollment, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Harvard School of Public Health, published in The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.

That represents a reduction in the uninsured rate for adults aged 18 to 64 from 21 percent last September to 16.3 percent this April, the HHS analysis concludes. The lower rate remained stable through June. The first open enrollment period under Obamacare began Oct. 1, 2013, and officially ended March 31, 2014.

The adult uninsured rate has declined across all ages, racial and ethnic groups, and among men and women, according to HHS. The report is based on previously reported Gallup survey data and a comparison to health insurance exchange enrollment numbers compiled by HHS.

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Hey Salisbury - How About A(nother) TIF?

SALISBURY — The city of Salisbury is looking for creative ways to address debt and future finances, including establishing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) locations or the flexible use of bonding.

The City Council began a preliminary dialog with brokerage firm Davenport and Company, LLC last Monday, looking for long-term solutions and ideas on how to re-energize Salisbury’s economic drivers.

“The purpose of our conversation today is primarily education to discuss our future as it relates to our debt,” said Council President Jake Day. “We realize that we have a rather significant item in our wastewater treatment plant coming on very soon, and I thought that it would be wise for us to start to have some educational conversations about our debt and our financing structures and options into the future.”

There are a number of different paths that Salisbury could take, according to Joe Mason, a representative from Davenport. Currently, there are several different irons in the fire in terms of projects that could be used to re-vitalize and re-develop Salisbury’s downtown. There could be a window open for witnessing strong growth in the near future if the city chooses to be active in pursuing development, by Davenport’s estimation.

“Construction costs are still relatively favorable,” noted Mason, “as are interest rates.”

TIFs are one possible avenue that could be explored to give the downtown area a jumpstart. In layman’s terms, a TIF uses anticipated future revenue to subsidize the same projects that would trigger said revenue increase. Once completed, TIF projects, either private or publically initiated, are expected to raise the property value and therefore property tax revenue of the surrounding area.

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O’Malley Struggles With The Sandman

Anyone who has had to sit through a meeting that lasted all day knows that sometimes it can be hard to stay focused.

Such was the case Wednesday, when during a long and unusual Board of Public Works meeting Gov. Martin J. O’Malley appeared to have trouble keeping his eyes open.

O’Malley, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp were all part of six hours of public meetings that began in the State Treasury Building at 10 a.m. with the exciting world of state bond sales and ended up the street until about 4 p.m. in the Governor’s Reception Room in the State House.

The timing of O’Malley’s struggles with the sandman — those early afternoon, right-after- lunch hours — came during a more than two-hour portion of the meeting set aside for discussion of wetlands permits for the controversial Cove Point liquid natural gas export facility in Lusby, Calvert County.

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The Rot Within, Part II: Inflation Is Not “Growth”

Consumption necessarily declines as prices go up and purchasing power goes down

Just as the Federal Reserve cannot directly force you to stick the needle of monetary heroin (debt) into your arm, it also can’t force employers to pay employees more.

The official policy of the Central Bank (Federal Reserve)/government is: inflation is necessary for “growth,” i.e. economic expansion. The unstated reason for this official support of inflation is that it’s easier for borrowers to service their debts as their income inflates.

To take an extreme example: let’s say a homeowner has a mortgage of $100,000, an annual wage of $40,000 and annual mortgage payments of $10,000. At 100% annual inflation in both prices and wages, the home mortgage remains fixed at $100,000, the payment remains fixed at $10,000 but his earnings double to $80,000.

Where the mortgage payment initially took 25% of his earnings, now it only takes 12.5%. Yippee Skippy, the homeowner has an “extra” 12.5% of his earnings to support more consumption and debt: thanks to inflation, the homeowner can now buy a car on credit and use the “extra” 12.5% of earnings to pay the auto loan.

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Republicans Demand More Lousy Loans For Black People

WASHINGTON -- A congressional hearing to examine the legacy of President Barack Obama's 2010 Wall Street reform law quickly devolved into a partisan mess Wednesday, with Republicans demanding more loans to low-income minority borrowers, decrying mergers of small banks and pitying the regulatory burden of a community banker who's exempt from the new law's key mortgage rules.

Raising the stakes for this bizarre battle was the testimony of former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the only Democratic witness called for the hearing. Frank pounced after current panel Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and other Republicans decried the decline in loan availability for low-income and minority borrowers.

"I was very struck by the frankly schizophrenic approach that the majority seems to be making on subprime loans -- loans to poor people," Frank said. "There's a criticism that under the bill, fewer loans are being made to low-income people -- yeah! That was part of what I thought everybody wanted to do. I thought there was a consensus that too many loans were being made to those people."

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Study: Record-low Turnouts Seen in Some Primaries

More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released this week. That perhaps is a sign of widespread apathy within both political parties ahead of November's midterm elections.

Of the almost 123 million voters who were eligible to cast ballots in primaries, only 18 million have done so, and states with same-day voter registration actually saw their turnout rates drop, according to the Center for the Study of the American Electorate. Despite heavy campaign spending that is poised to make history, 15 of the 25 states that have held statewide primary elections each reported a record low percentage of voters who cast ballots.

The low turnout comes amid high stakes. Republicans are driving for the six-seat gain required to control the Senate.

Nonetheless, Democrats saw a 29 percent decline from 2010's primaries, the 11th consecutive midterm elections to see a drop in participation.

Republicans posted a 15 percent decline in participation from 2010. But their rate was closer to historical norms after tea party enthusiasm in 2010 led to a turnout spike.

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Ben Carson on Illegals: 'Remove the Goodies,' Charge Employers Who Hire Illegals

Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and the author of six best-selling books, said the way to curtail illegal immigration is to reduce the incentive to come to the United States by removing “all the goodies,” and particularly by charging employers who hire illegal aliens, for a second time, with a “criminal offense.”

Currently, employers who hire illegal immigrants can face a variety of fines, ranging from $200 to $2,000 per illegal worker on a first offense, and $2000-$5000 on a second offense. For a third offense or more, the fines can range from $3,000 to $10,000 per employee.

In remarks at the Western Conservative Summit on July 19, Dr. Carson touched on illegal immigration, saying, “You have to reduce the incentive for people to want to come here. That’s how you fix the problem. I guarantee you that if you remove all the goodies, people will find a way to get out of here just like they found a way to get in here.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military targets

Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites, pointing to escalating Russian involvement in the deadly conflict, Obama administration officials say.

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City Refuses to Pay For Obama Fundraising

The city of Medina, Wash. says it won’t be paying for President Obama’s Tuesday evening fundraising visit.

According to Medina City Manager Mike Sauerwein, prior presidential visits have cost local residents as much as $35,000 due to security related issues; but not anymore.

“We love welcoming people to what we think is one of the most attractive communities in Puget Sound,” Sauerwein told Komo 4 News. “We just don’t feel that we should be passing the costs of the events to our citizens.”

Sauerwein says the bill will instead be sent to former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, the host of the President’s $25,000 per plate Democratic fundraiser.

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Maryland Jiffy Lube Owner Becomes Veterans Crusader

It was Veterans Day 2013, a chilly November morning, when John Way was approached by a young job seeker. The applicant was a veteran and Way, who owns two Jiffy Lube locations in the Baltimore area, immediately identified with him.

“I have a sign on my building that says ‘Veteran Owned and Operated.’ He felt that he would get a chance from me,” Way said. “I wasn’t going to create bad karma by not hiring a veteran on Veteran’s Day. He told me his story and absolutely, I helped him out.”

This experience led Way to launch a goal in January 2014, that at least 50 percent of his new hires would be veterans by the end of the year.

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Security on the border between USA and Mexico

STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION TO PAINT AND CLEAN FIVE BRIDGES ON MARYLAND’S LOWER EASTERN SHORE



Work Begins July 25th and Will Continue Through Mid-August
 
Beginning Friday, July 25, 2014, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will start a project to paint and clean five bridges on state-maintained roads in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.   The work will occur seven days-a-week during daytime hours only and is expected to be complete by mid-August, weather permitting.

Motorists should see painting crews on site at each of the bridges this Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, setting up equipment and doing prep work at each of the five locations. The cleaning and painting, primarily on the structural steel underneath the roadways, will be done on the following bridges:

• Somerset County - MD 413 (Crisfield Highway) over the Big Annemessex River just north of Marion Station.  Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

• Wicomico County - Two bridges on US 13 Northbound and Southbound at the crossing of MD 12 (Snow Hill Road) at Nutters Crossing. Crews will work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

• Wicomico County - MD 353 (Gumboro Road) Northbound and Southbound over Aydelotte Branch just south of Rounds Road  in the Town of Pittsville.  Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

• Worcester County - MD 12 (Snow Hill Road) Northbound and Southbound over Nassawango Creek just west of Old Furnace Road. Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

These are the first five of a total of 10 bridges in the three counties that will be cleaned and painted in the three lower Eastern Shore Counties this year.  The total contract for the maintenance work for all of the bridges is $1,025,400 and was awarded to Reglas Painting and Construction, Baltimore.

All of the bridges are fixed spans and no lane closures or detours will be required.  All staging areas for equipment will be on the road shoulders of each bridge maintenance project.

Cleaning and painting the bridges  preserves existing steel sections and protects them from  corrosion which could cause expensive and time consuming repairs and bridge closures in the future. Early this fall SHA will announce the locations and work hours for the remaining five bridges to be repainted in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safe driving. Safe work zones. For everyone!

Aerial Pictures Of Tornado Damage At Cherrystone Campground

WAVY News’s Chopper 10 flew over parts of the Eastern Shore after severe weather, and a reported tornado, swept through the area Thursday.  Click HERE to see the pictures taken by Chopper 10

Confirmed: State Dept. Refused Protective Barrier at Benghazi Consulate

National Night Out 2014


SFD Calls For Service 7-23-14

  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 13:28Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 13:26Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 13:02Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 12:01Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 10:57Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 08:32 Nature: Structure FireAddress: 115 Second St Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 08:32 Nature: Structure FireAddress: 115 Second St Salisbury, MD 21801

Cherrystone Campground (Video and Photos)



WAVY.COM has posted pictures of some of the damage done by the tornado. You can see those pictures by clicking HERE

SPD Press Release 7-24-14 Missing Person Located


Michigan Dept of Agri Forces Farmer to Dump 248 Gallons of Organic Milk and Break 1200 Free Range Eggs

While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water, the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op in Standish for having the utter audacity to provide milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought shares in the organic dairy.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture must be so proud of their deeds, after they forced Joe and Brenda Golimbieski, the owners of Hill High Dairy and Jenny Samuelson, the owner of My Family Co-op, to dump out 248 gallons of milk, to break 100 dozen eggs, and to destroy an undisclosed amount of fresh cream, butter and cheese.

According to a post on the Hill High Dairy page on Facebook, the agents from the MDA stood over the family, watching as the food was destroyed.

100 dozen eggs… Each egg had to be broken. 248 gallons dumped in a sprayer that had to be witnessed by MDA being dumped and sprayed on the field.

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[Graphic] Terrorist’s Funeral Ends With Unexpected Surprise: “Allahu Akbar”

Islamists love violence and s their ther they’re holding their child in front of gunfire to blame Israel for killing their children, or detonate a car bomb in a busy public square, no task is too gruesome for a devout Muslim terrorist.

Perhaps the most honorable means of fighting infidels is to strap a suicide bomb vest to their chest and take as many non-Muslims with them as they can, which is exactly what one of their own did.

At the fallen terrorist’s funeral, however, there was an “unexpected surprise,” leaving many of the late bomber’s fanatics in the same position as their dear hero.

Apparently, the person who prepared the body to be carried through the streets forgot one very important detail – removing the suicide vest.

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The Strange Case of Jonathan Reich

Jonathan Reich, a 22-year-old man residing in Avon, New York was arrested in May 2013 for several phone calls he made in January 2013 to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver II and other parties involved in the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As most readers of Memory Hole are aware, Carver was Connecticut’s controversial chief medical examiner who allegedly oversaw the autopsies of the Sandy Hook shooting victims, then guffawed through a brief press conference with reporters from national media outlets and hasn’t been heard from since.

Alongside calls placed to Carver’s office, Reich, who went by the name “Scotty Walker” on YouTube and other online forums, called the Allison Wyatt Foundation for Allison (victim, 6 yrs old) to point out that on the organization’s Donations page the photo alleging to be Allison was in fact one Lily Gaubert. Reich inquired whether the foundation was aware of the anomaly and asked if it would be changed. The wrong image stayed on the donation page for a few additional weeks.

In another instance, Reich politely asked several questions to the Carver’s receptionist concerning the state coroner’s involvement in state legislation related to child autopsies as well as the shooting’s aftermath. I have examined Sandy Hook police reports related to the case, which note that “Jonathan Reich was investigated for calling the [Office of the Connecticut Medical Examiner] and it was determined that no criminal actions had taken place and that no action to press charges will be taken.”

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The Future Is Smaller - That's The Only Way This Works

Leopold Kohr was a rather obscure Austrian economist from the early 20th century who spent the better part of his career railing against the ‘cult of bigness’.

Kohr’s fundamental premise was simple: Big doesn’t work. Big corporations. Big governments. Big countries. There are just too many problems from size.

Think about ancient Rome. As the empire expanded, Rome’s imperial government had to create layers and layers of bureaucracies. Municipal levels, provincial levels, regional levels, etc.

They had to maintain a massive standing army to secure their constantly-growing borders. Tax collection was a nightmare. Infrastructure constantly needed expansion and maintenance.

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Health-care Group Says 111 Md. Legislative Candidates Support A Higher Tobacco Tax

A health-care advocacy group continued a push to raise Maryland’s cigarette tax to $3 a pack next year by touting a list Wednesday of 111 legislative candidates on the fall ballot who support the idea.

Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, said the numbers suggest that a majority of members in the both the House and Senate will likely be on board when lawmakers return in January.

A tax rate of $3 a pack would be among the highest in the nation. Maryland last increased its tobacco tax in 2007, when lawmakers voted to double it to $2 a pack.

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Wall Street Journal’s Story On Wall Street Journal Hack May Be The Strangest Thing You Read Today

As unpleasant as it is to read about another hack attack on a big-name company, there is something strangely amusing about the way in which the Wall Street Journal is reporting on a data breach of its own network.

“Computer systems housing The Wall Street Journal’s news graphics were hacked by outside parties, according to Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co.,” reads the lede of the Journal’s story, which then goes on to quote an unnamed spokesperson for the very paper that is reporting on the matter: “We are investigating an incident related to wsj.com’s graphics systems. At this point we see no evidence of any impact to Dow Jones customers or customer data.”

And rather than writing that “Bonnie in IT says she’s taken affected systems offline,” the Journal report cites the ever-present “people familiar with the matter.”

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Grocery Store Runs On Electricity Generated By Its Own Food Waste

It’s the ciiiiiiircle, the circle of life, but instead of a cartoon lion there’s a grocery store running on electricity generated by the same food waste that store creates. More recycling, fewer anthropomorphic talking animals, but it’s a circle… of science.

The Sainsbury superstore in Staffordshire, England is reportedly the first time a retailer in that country has come off the National Grid to power a store, reports the BBC.

The store already sends all its food waste to an anaerobic digestion plant, which basically feeds the garbage to bacteria that break down the food in many steps, producing primarily carbon dioxide and methane gas, explains Popular Science.

The methane is separated from the carbon dioxide and turned into biomethane gas, which is then used to generate electricity. A 1.5-kilometer-long cable carries the electricity back to the store.

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John Wayne Museum In Bowie, Md., In Danger Of Closing

The one of a kind John Wayne Museum in Bowie, Maryland is in financial trouble and in danger of closing.

Bill Atkins, the owner, joins Maryland's Morning News to discuss the financial situation of the museum dedicated to one of Hollywood's biggest stars.

The eight-year-old museum costs Atkins, who is also a real estate broker, about $20,000 a year. "It's become a little bit of a burden to keep it open," he says.

He hopes to save the collection of John Wayne memorabilia by getting corporate sponsors and rounding up donations.

You can help by calling Atkins' cellphone at: 301-526-3481 to make a donation.

Listen to his story above, or click here.

Minimum Wage Workers Find Budget Tight For Families

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Tomorrow marks the 5th anniversary since the federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 and many workers say their families are barely making it.

"It's very tough, very, very tough," said Verna Matheny. "You can't do anything. You don't have enough money to do anything by the time you get your paycheck it's gone."

Matheny makes $7.95 an hour which supports her - and her 9 year old son Kenneth.

"I might want a new pair of shoes but if he needs a uniform then that money has to go to him," said Matheny. "Then you have gas and electric."

Matheny and her son were waiting in line to receive free fruit and vegetables from a local food pantry. She says to help suppliment her budget she's also working side jobs like babysitting and hair cutting .

"You don't know whether to buy groceries or pay rent," said Matheny. "It's one or the other and you have to have a roof over your head."

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Don't Forget, TONIGHT is $5.00 Burger Night At All Station 7 Restaurants

Take the entire Family out tonight to Station 7 in Laurel, DE., Pittsville and West Ocean City for a 1/2 pound burger, (including fries) for only $5.00!

You can also enjoy a HUGE chicken breast sandwich for the same price, (in case you're not a red meat eater). My Wife loves it with the Cajun sauce. 

El Galeon Andalucia sets sail for Ocean, City, Maryland to kick off the Sail to Sunny Fort Lauderdale 16th Century Ship Tour



OCEAN CITY -- The Spanish tall ship El Galeon Andalucia will be sailing into Ocean City on August 1st, for it’s first port-of-call on a five-month tour of East Coast.  The ship will make nine ports-of-call in five states on it’s Sail to Sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida where it will be featured in the nationally televised Winterfest Boat Parade on December 13th.
     The 170-foot long,  500 ton ship is the only Galeon class vessel sailing today.  Five of the seven decks will be available for the public to tour. It carries an all Spanish crew of 25 sailors, several of which will welcome visitors onboard when they tour this one-of-a-kind vessel.
     El Galeon Andalucia is currently featured in the NBC series Crossbones starring John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard which airs on Friday nights. After visiting Ocean City last summer, the ship spent three months in Puerto Rico where the series was filmed.
     "El Galeon will bring the spirit of discovery and exploration to over two hundred thousand visitors on its Sail to Sunny Fort Lauderdale,” said Bryan Lilley, head of the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation. “When you step onboard the ship it’s like traveling back in time 500 years to experience for yourself what it was like to explore the new World.” 
     El Galeon will spend the month of August in Ocean City, Maryland and will then make seven ports-of-call en route to Fort Lauderdale including Annapolis, MD, Morehead City, NC, Savannah, GA and Port Canaveral, FL.  The ship will also represent Spain at the Star Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.
     The Foundation will invite thousands of public school students on board El Galeon in each port to participate in the Future Explorers Education Program, part of its non-profit mission to educate youth in Air, Sea and Space. 
     “When the ship sails into a port it’s like bringing a hands on learning experience on the scale of a field trip to St. Augustine, Jamestown or Plymouth to the community,” Lilley said.  “The foundation is proud to be able to offer such an opportunity to public school students free of charge.”
     The ship will be open for public tours daily from 10 am to 6 pm in each port-of-call.  The foundation will host an evening event in each port where the public can come on board at night to see the ship. Opportunities to host private events onboard in the evenings are also available to companies and groups.
      For more information or to purchase advance tickets online at a savings of up to 25% visit www.TallShipEvent.com