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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: MACIARELLO & DUNCAN COMPLETELY CHANGE CHARGES IN SU STUDENT CASE

Maciarello changed the charges today, from obstructing and hindering to failure to obey a lawful order. 

They knew they couldn't prove the original charges so now, 5 months later, they come up with something new.

The Mayor doesn't want to eat crow and lose the case because HE MUST PROVE JOE ALBERO AND THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION WRONG, so change the rules mid stream. 

I guess when you are so used to changing Part 1 crimes to Part 2 and part 2 crimes to part 3 and so forth and so on, now we can just expect our States Attorneys Office to change the CHARGES after 5 months. 

I'm sorry Folks, is this still called the United States of America? It sure feels like the USSR.

Missouri Teen In Coma After Being Hit By Police Stun Gun

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Doctors were trying Tuesday to awaken a suburban Kansas City teenager who was put in a medically induced coma after a police officer critically injured him with a stun gun in an incident the FBI is investigating.

Bryce Masters, 17, of Independence, is being treated for a lack of oxygen to the brain that occurred when his heart stopped after he was shocked Sunday afternoon, his family members said Tuesday in a statement released through their attorney, Daniel Haus.

"The FBI Kansas City division has initiated an investigation into the allegations of excessive force by a member of the Independence, MO Police Department in reference to an altercation that occurred Sunday," according to the FBI press release issued Monday.

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FBI facial recognition database that can pick you out from a crowd in CCTV shots is now 'fully operational'

The FBI's facial-recognition surveillance system that can pick out suspects from a crowd is now 'fully operational', officials announced today.

Programmers have been working for three years to install the Next Generation Identification system in 18,000 bureaus across the country and compile more than eight million mug shots.

By 2015, detectives will be able to use its in-built Interstate Photo System (IPS) to trace at least 52 million people - including innocent citizens.

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STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION WIDENS AND RESURFACES MD 349 INTERSECTION IN SALISBURY

Project Adds Bicycle Lanes on MD 349 at Crooked Oak Lane Intersection

(September 17, 2014) – The State Highway Administration (SHA) will widen and resurface the MD 349 (Nanticoke Road) and Crooked Oak Lane intersection in Salisbury beginning early October. The $840,000 project will improve the operating efficiency of traffic at the intersection and provide bicycle lanes on MD 349, which is a designated state bicycle route.

Project improvements include resurfacing the pavement and widening the roadway at the intersection. Other work includes:

• Constructing dedicated left turn lanes on MD 349;

• Reconstructing road side ditches; and

• Upgrading drainage and lighting at the intersection.

When construction is complete, the intersection will have one 12-foot through lane, one 12-foot left-turn lane, and one 11-foot right turn lane in each direction on MD 349, as well as 10-foot outside shoulders with five-foot bike lanes.

During construction, motorists will encounter single-lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor will use variable message boards, temporary signs, arrow panels, flaggers, cones and barrels to guide motorists through the work zone. Motorists should plan extra commute time during the construction project, which should be complete spring 2015, weather permitting. SHA awarded the contract to David A. Bramble, Inc., of Chestertown.

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. Saver Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone!

State Department orders 5,000 BODY BAGS and 160,000 hazmat suits for African Ebola outbreak as Obama sends 100 CDC experts

The U.S. Agency for International Development ordered 5,000 body bags from a Florida company last month as part of its planned response to an outbreak of the Ebola virus in western Africa.

And as President Obama prepares to enlarge America's aid to affected countries, a company that makes protective clothing says the State Department, which oversees USAID, has invited bids for 160,000 hazmat suits.

The body-bag purchase came on August 19, just after the World Health Organization said the epidemic had killed 1,000 people. That death toll is now greater than 2,400.

The size of the contracts indicates how seriously governments are taking the threat, especially considering that all 5,000 body bags were destined only for Liberia – one of three countries whose citizens have been hammered with new disease cases and paralyzed with fear.

And the purchase says nothing about what resources might be coming as part of other nations' contributions.

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Motorcoach Tours Return To Worcester County Recreation & Parks

Worcester County Recreation & Parks (WCRP) is excited to resume offering motorcoach tours and is offering four separate, fun-filled, family-friendly day trips to New York City in time for the 2014 winter holiday season. 

Saturday, November 22, make a memory for you and your special young lady at the American Girl Place. Bring your favorite doll to join you for dinner at the American Girl Cafe. Also, there will be time to shop in rooms filled with beautiful dolls, books, accessories and outfits for both girls and dolls at the American Girl Shop. The cost is only $85 per person.


Thursday, December 4, catch the famous Radio City Rockettes. This show will be a delight for the whole family, as you watch the Rockettes perform their signature high kicks and precise choreography. The cost is $120 per person, which includes motorcoach transportation and a ticket to the show. Time is built into this trip to catch the show and still fit in a little sightseeing.
Saturday, December 13, spend six hours exploring the sights in New York City on your own. You could catch a Broadway show, ice skate or take a carriage through Central Park, view the Christmas trees on display at the Rockefeller Center, visit the museums, shop-till-you-drop at Macy's, Saks, Toy's R Us, FAO Schwarz, or tour historic sites, like the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. This one-day trip with your personalized itinerary is $60 per person.


Thursday, December 18, WCRP offers a day trip to New York with two options from which to choose: explore New York City on your own at a cost of $60 per person for motorcoach transportation; or see the Radio City Rockettes perform at a cost of $120 per person, which includes motorcoach transportation and a ticket to the show.
 

For more information or to register for a motorcoach tour trip, contact Lea Cataggio at 410-632-2144 x109 or lcataggio@co.worcester.md.us. Visit www.WorcesterRecandParks.org for a complete list of all WCRP programs or to sign up for email announcements.

Gunfight Rules

"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading"

In a gunfight, the most important rule is ..... HAVE A GUN!

These are shooting tips from various Concealed Carry Instructors.
If you own a gun, you will appreciate these rules...
If not, you should get one, learn how to use it and learn these rules.

RULES:

A : Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians.

B : It's always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

C : Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.

D : Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arm's length.

E : Never say "I've got a gun." If you need to use deadly force,
the first sound they should hear is the safety clicking off.

F : The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes;
the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.

G : The most important rule in a gunfight is:
Always Win - there is no such thing as a fair fight;
Always Win - cheat if necessary.

H : Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets ...
You may get killed with your own gun, but he'll have to beat you to death with it because it will be empty.

I : If you're in a gun fight:
(a) If you're not shooting, you should be loading;
(b) If you're not loading, you should be moving;
(c) If you're not moving, you're dead.

J : In a life and death situation, do something ....
it may be wrong, but do something!

K : If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. Nonsense!
If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?

L : You can say 'stop' or any other word, but a large bore muzzle
pointed at someone's head is pretty much a universal language;
and, you won't have to press 1 for Spanish/Mexican or 2 for Chinese or 3 for Arabic.

M : Never leave an enemy behind. If you have to shoot, shoot to kill.
In court, yours will be the only testimony.

N : You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself
and your family.

Supreme Court To Hear UPS Pregnancy Case

It was 2006 when Peggy Young of Lorton, Virginia discovered she was pregnant.

The former part-time air driver for the United Parcel Service in Landover, Maryland said the company asked her to get a doctor's note listing her restrictions.

She got the note and when she turned it in, she said her building manager told her she couldn't work.

"I was willing to do any job that they would let me do and they basically told me you're too big of a liability, you can't come back until you are no longer pregnant," Young said

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The U.S. National Debt Has Grown By More Than A Trillion Dollars In The Last 12 Months

The idea that the Obama administration has the budget deficit under control is a complete and total lie. According to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government has officially run a deficit of 589 billion dollars for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2014. But this number is just for public consumption and it relies on accounting tricks which massively understate how much debt is actually being accumulated. If you want to know what the real budget deficit is, all you have to do is go to a U.S. Treasury website which calculates the U.S. national debt to the penny. On September 30th, 2013 the U.S. national debt was sitting at $16,738,183,526,697.32. As I write this, the U.S. national debt is sitting at $17,742,108,970,073.37. That means that the U.S. national debt has actually grown by more than a trillion dollars in less than 12 months. We continue to wildly run up debt as if there is no tomorrow, and by doing so we are destroying the future of this nation.

The chart that I have posted below shows the exponential growth of the U.S. national debt over the past several decades. Anyone that would characterize this as "under control" is lying to you...

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A Cleaner, Greener and More Prosperous Future

With over 3,000 miles of coastline, Maryland is one of the most vulnerable states in the nation to climate change, extreme weather, and sea-level rise. So combating climate change isn’t just good for the life in our ecosystems, it’s necessary for our future prosperity and livelihood.

If we’re going to carry Maryland forward, we need to be propelled by ideas, not ideology.

That’s why we set a goal to reduce both per capita peak demand and per capita electricity consumption in Maryland by 15% by 2015.

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VA SUPERVISOR GETS SLAP ON WRIST AFTER PLEADING GUILTY To Stealing Up To $20,000 From VA To Renovate Her Home

Why is the mainstream media ignoring this story? Why are images of and information about Venita Godfrey-Scott, who admitted in court on May 14, 2014, that she stole up to $20,000 in funds from the VA unavailable to the public? She stole money that should have been used to care for the health needs of our U.S. Veterans and she's put on PROBATION? According to NBC Connecticut, the name of Venita Godfrey Scott's attorney is also unavailable. Is the super secret handling of this criminal case the norm for what should be considered a major news story?

Maybe Obama really didn't mean it when he said about the VA scandal: "If somebody's mismanaged or engaged in a misconduct...I want them punished."

A New Haven woman who admitting to stealing at least $15,000 worth of government property while working at the Veterans Affairs medical center in West Haven was sentenced to four years of probation Thursday.

Venita Godfrey-Scott, 48, who was a supervisor in the facilities management service at the facility, will serve the first six months of her probation in home confinement with electronic monitoring, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly. She was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny to perform 120 hours of community service and pay $15,000 in restitution.

Godfrey-Scott faced up to 10 years in prison. She had no prior criminal convictions. Godfrey-Scott no longer works for the VA.

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BREAKING NEWS: Man Dies At Hospital After Ocean Rescue Today

BREAKING NEWS: Man Dies At Hospital After Ocean Rescue Today
This just in from Town of Ocean City ....
'The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) and public safety partners responded to two unrelated water rescues this afternoon that occurred within blocks of each other, less than 30 minutes apart. The first swimmer in distress call came into Ocean City Communications at approximately 12:34 p.m. in the area of 17th Street and the beach. Only minutes later, at approximately 12:50 p.m., a second call was received by dispatchers for assistance in the area of 20th Street and the beach.
The first rescue occurred after three swimmers entered the ocean in the area of 20th Street and the beach and became caught in a rip current, which resulted in them drifting toward the area 17th Street. Upon observing swimmers in distress, Beach Patrol Surf Rescue Technicians (SRT) immediately entered the water and were able to reach all three of the swimmers.
Ocean City police and fire departments, including the OCFD’s rescue swimmers, also respond to assist. Two of the victims required medical attention and were transported to Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) by Ocean City EMS. The first victim, a 19-year-old male, was transported with non-life threatening injuries; however, the second victim, a 52-year-old male victim from Huntingdon, PA, was pronounced deceased at approximately 1:30 p.m. at AGH.
As the first incident was stabilized, SRTs responded to a separate water rescue in the area of 20th Street. The second incident was also a result of a rip current. The two victims were brought back to shore by lifeguards and did not require medical attention.
In all, five victims were rescued. Due to rough surf and strong rip currents, swimming restrictions are currently in place. Beachgoers should check in with the lifeguard on duty every time you come to the beach and are reminded to keep your feet in the sand until a lifeguard is in the stand. After Labor Day, lifeguards are strategically located along the 10 miles of Ocean City beaches with multiple mobile patrols on duty as well. Please take the time to walk to and swim in front of the lifeguard. Lifeguard service continues until Sunday, September 21st.'

Trooper Involved Shooting with Suspect Wounded, Hartly

 Hartly - The Delaware State Police continue to investigate a Trooper involved shooting that occurred this afternoon in Hartly, which has left a 47 year old male suspect with non-life threatening injuries.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:54 p.m. this afternoon in the 3000 block of Judith Road, Hartly in which a 47 year old male suspect was shot by a Delaware State Trooper. The 47 year old male suspect was transported by Delaware State Police Aviation Helicopter to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries from a gunshot wound. The Trooper was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries from the altercation.

Troopers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident, withfurther details to be released as the investigation progresses.

Md. Reaching Out For Health Care Re-Enrollment

State officials plan to contact tens of thousands of Maryland residents who need to re-enroll in health insurance plans under the federal health care law as the state transitions to a revamped system, replacing its flawed website for the next open enrollment period that starts in November.

Carolyn Quattrocki, director of Maryland's health exchange, told a panel of lawmakers that the state will begin an intensive outreach Wednesday with email and letters to make sure people who initially enrolled under the state's troubled health care exchange website understand their options on how best to re-enroll.

Chet Burrell, president and chief executive officer of the Maryland-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, said the company that serves about 95 percent of the people who enrolled through the exchange, also will reach out to customers who need to re-enroll.

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House Set to Vote on Audit the Fed

Late Friday night, Campaign for Liberty received confirmation that H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, or Audit the Fed as it’s better known, sponsored this Congress by Rep. Paul Broun will receive a vote as soon as this Tuesday!

Now, with the bill coming up “under suspension of the rules,” it will take 2/3rds of the House (or roughly 290) to vote YES in order for this to pass.

This is a large hurdle to clear, but it’s one we’ve done so successfully in the past. When Audit the Fed came up under suspension of the rules in 2012, it passed by a vote of 327-98.

Campaign for Liberty encourages all of our members and readers to call their representative today at 202-224-3121 and urge them to vote YES on H.R. 24!

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HS Students Told They Cannot Fly the American Flag on 9/11

On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, four students at one South Carolina high school decided to fly American flags from their trucks.

The principal at Woodruff High School, however, confiscated the flags, saying it was against school policy for students to "draw an unusual amount of attention" to their vehicles,according to WSPA-TV.

The decision outraged parents and locals and sparked a protest at the school over the apparent zero-tolerance policy.

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DENTON — Nine More People Have Been Indicted On Charges

DENTON — Nine more people have been indicted on charges related to an ongoing investigation into heroin in Caroline County, the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

The release said all nine people were indicted Sept. 4 by a Caroline County grand jury. In addition, four more people were indicted in July and subsequently arrested, after 10 people were indicted and arrested in June, bringing the total number of people indicted to 23.

The July indictments included Samantha Mitchell of Denton for possession of a large amount of heroin, conspiracy to distribute heroin and conspiracy to distribute oxycodone; Gary Kess of Owings Mills for drug kingpin, possession of a large amount of heroin and conspiracy to distribute heroin; Andrew White of Denton for multiple counts of theft, possession of a large amount of heroin, conspiracy to distribute heroin and conspiracy to distribute suboxone; and Edward Blanch Jr. of Greensboro for conspiracy to distribute heroin.

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PRMC’S Drive-Thru Flu Clinic Is October 16 & 17

Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s “Drive-Thru” Flu Clinic is returning on Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17, 2014 at Arthur W. Perdue (Shorebirds) Stadium at the intersection of Route 50 and Hobbs Road in Salisbury, Maryland. Vaccinations will be administered to individuals 13 years of age or older. A physician’s order is not necessary. A donation of $15.00 per vaccination is requested (cash only; exact amount is appreciated) and PRMC, for the first time, will be offering the quadrivalent vaccine this year.
 

“We chose to offer the quadrivalent flu vaccine for our Drive-Thru Flu Clinic because it’s designed to provide broader protection against the flu,” said Karen Mihalik, RN, Infection Prevention Specialist at PRMC. “The quadrivalent vaccine, which is more readily available this year than in years past, protects against two influenza type A and two influenza type B viruses.”
Previously flu vaccines were trivalent, and made to protect against two type A viruses but only one type B. The quadrivalent flu shot, like the trivalent, is still an inactivated vaccine meaning it protects you against the flu but it cannot cause the flu.

PRMC’s Drive-Thru Flu Clinic will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on both days. Flu vaccinations are encouraged for persons over the age of 65, people with heart or lung disorders, immunosuppressant diseases or diabetes. Participants are encouraged to wear a short sleeved shirt that will provide easy access to the upper arm. For additional information, please visit the PRMC website at www.peninsula.org.

Army's Combat Leaders Prepare for New War

Some of the U.S. Army's sharpest minds warned young combat leaders of what they should expect as America enters a new chapter in its war with Islamic extremists.

Seasoned leaders such as retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal met with young Army officers and sergeants at Fort Benning, Ga., just hours before President Obama outlined his strategy for destroying the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

"We are at a period where our enemies respect us, but they don't fear us," McChrystal told his audience at the 2014 Maneuver Conference Wednesday. McChrystal is the former commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan.

"The specter of American power is no longer enough to get somebody just not to do something."

The United States will lead a broad coalition to "downgrade and destroy" ISIL in what will be a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy, Obama announced Wednesday night.

Obama said he would approve the expansion of airstrikes into Syria.

"I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as in Iraq," Obama said. "This is a core principle of my presidency - if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven."

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Princess Anne Police Department Advisory: Incident in the area of Junior's Wines.

The Princess Anne Police Department is currently investigating an incident reported as an armed robbery in the area of Junior's Wines. The is no immediate threat in the area at this time. More information will follow as it becomes available.

‘We Pray For You’: Children Of Gun Instructor Killed In Tragic Accident Offer Powerful Message Of Love


Late last month, shooting instructor Charles Vacca was tragically killed after a nine-year- girl lost control of the automatic weapon he was showing her how to use. The 39-year-old father of four was an instructor at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona. Less than a month after the tragic accident, Vacca’s children have released an incredible message of love and forgiveness to the nine-year-old girl.

“Today we bring you a story of something that you never think of being good. Out of the ashes grow the roses of success,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “This is one of the most tragic things ever, not just for the man, not just for the man’s family, but for the little girl. She will forever carry [that] around.”

The Vacca family’s attorneys – Marc Lamber and James Goodnow of Fennemore Craig – released the video message from the children late last week.

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Joan Rivers's doctor 'took a SELFIE' with the comedian as she was under anesthesia and just moments before she went into cardiac arrest that killed her

Rivers, 81, had checked in for a routine throat procedure at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic in Manhattan on August 28, when her condition took a shocking turn for the worse.

First the clinic's medical director Dr. Lawrence Cohen carried out a scheduled endoscopy.

The procedure was intended to help diagnose her hoarse voice and sore throat and it involved the insertion of a camera down her throat.

After Cohen had finished his work, a biopsy was allegedly done on Rivers without her prior consent.

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Happy Constitution Day! On This Day In 1787, The Founding Fathers Signed The U.S. Constitution

“I’m not a Constitutional scholar, I just play one on television.”

That might be a fitting disclaimer for recent article by David Wheeler, an Asbury University journalism professor, calling on the United States to rejoin the United Kingdom, were Scotland to go its own way.

Wheeler begins: “In the past few years, as America has degenerated into political and economic chaos, it has become increasingly clear that we would be far better off if we apologized for our revolt against the Crown and requested to rejoin the United Kingdom.”

Yes, my jaw also hit the floor.

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SPD Press Release 9-17-14 (Attempt to Identify Burglary Suspect)


BREAKING NEWS: Ocean Rescues In Ocean City

The Dispatch

BREAKING NEWS: Ocean Rescues In Ocean City
Three people have reportedly been rescued by the Ocean City Beach Patrol in the area of 17th to 20th streets in Ocean City this afternoon. The individuals have been transported to area hospitals. More details will be reported on their conditions when available. The Ocean City Beach Patrol concludes its coverage season on Sunday.

U.N. to dump flood of Muslim refugees on U.S.

'Several thousand in the pipeline, and that number will go up'

Displaced Syrians will likely make up the next big wave of Muslim refugees coming to America.

Since the early 1990s, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees has selected 200,000 to 250,000 refugees from Islamic countries to be resettled in the United States. Most of them have come from Somalia and Iraq.

Syria could soon be added to the mix in the midst of that country’s brutal civil war. The Obama administration has been greasing the skids for the Syrian refugees for months, WND has learned, and the refugees will soon be dumped on American cities throughout the U.S.

In February, the State Department moved to ease the rules that protect the U.S. from accepting refugees with potential ties to terrorist organizations. The rules were seen as “too strict” by the refugee-resettlement groups that lobby Congress and the administration to continuously let in more Muslims from the war-torn Middle East.

Then on Sept. 4, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman hinted at her daily press briefing that a new wave of refugees will soon be coming from another predominantly Muslim nation – Syria.

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Worcester County Health Department advises rabid cat found at the Pocomoke River State Park - Milburn Landing Area Campground

Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department has confirmed that an adult was bitten by a rabid cat at the Pocomoke River State Park - Milburn Landing campground area on Monday, September 15, 2014. The cat was located, euthanized and sent for rabies testing. Rabies was confirmed by the State Laboratories Administration Rabies Lab. The cat was described as a medium adult male, dark gray with white under its chin and belly with four white feet.

Health department officials warn that any person, pet or other animal that may have had contact with this cat could be at risk for rabies exposure. To report any contact with or exposure to the cat, call the Worcester County Health Department immediately at 410-641-9559. If you call after hours or on the weekend, call Worcester County Emergency Services at 410-632-1311 to reach health department on-call staff.

If a person has been bitten or scratched, he or she should seek immediate

WICOMICO FAMILY PORTAL NOW OPEN FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR

Wicomico County’s popular Family Portal -- for families with students in grades 3-12 – opened Monday, Sept. 15 for the 2014-2015 school year. Family Portal is an online resource for parents and guardians to monitor their student’s grades, attendance and other information. Students can track their own progress using Family Portal.
Parents/guardians and students will have access to the Family Portal through the end of the 2014-2015 school year to view demographic data, academic progress, attendance, schedules, assignments and grades.
To use the Family Portal, go to www.wcboe.org and click on the Family Portal box on the lefthand side. All passwords from the previous school year have been reset, for security purposes. Instructions are below for logging in for the 2014-2015 school year. Please check with your student’s school if you have any questions about using Family Portal or wish to discuss the information you find there about your student.
Family Portal supports the goals of the school system and the Wicomico County Board of Education to engage families and provide opportunities for communication. Providing timely information for parents, guardians and students about student performance serves the school system’s Bridge to Excellence Master Plan strategic priorities of High Student Achievement, Safe Learning Environment, and Effective & Efficient Operations.
Family Portal for Parents/Guardians:
Login ID: student’s full last name (all lower case, special characters and spaces removed, not to exceed 14 characters) + first initial of student first name + the last 4 digits of the student’s Social Security Number.
Password: Student’s 5-digit lunch number (available from your student, or call the school). This is temporary; the parent will choose a new password the first time they log on. 
Example: Your student is John A. Smith-Jones with the social security number xxx-xx-1234. John’s lunch number is 98765. The login id will be smithjonesj1234 and the temporary password is 98765. As soon as you are logged in, you will be prompted to set a new password.
Family Portal for Students:
Login ID: student’s last name (all lower case, special characters and spaces removed, not to exceed 14 characters) + first initial of student first name + the student’s 5 digit lunch number.
Password: Student’s 5-digit lunch number. This is temporary; the student will choose a new password the first time they log on. 
Example: The student is John A. Smith-Jones with the lunch number 98765.  The login id will be smithjonesj98765 and the temporary password is 98765.

Food Stamp Sign-Ups Outnumber Jobs Created in Obama's Illinois

Among the many metrics that show Obama's home state is struggling to break the Great Recession, a new report shows that applications for food stamps in Illinois is greater than its creation of jobs.

Illinois has had the worst recovery from the recession of any state in the country, the Illinois Policy Institute reported this month: "There are nearly 300,000 fewer Illinoisans working today than in January 2008, and 170,000 fewer payroll jobs. "

"For every post-recession job created in Illinois, nearly two people have enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps," the Institute wrote. “In the recession era, the number of Illinoisans dependent on food stamps has risen by 745,000."

While Illinois sits about in the middle of the pack for a percent of the population on the SNAP assistance program, this new report is consistent with reports last year that found that Illinois was the only state to see a double-digit increase in SNAP enrollments.

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Obama Loses the Left

Events have forced the president into embarrassing reversals that have alienated much of his base.

Iraq, immigration, inversion. On all three of the issues referred to, President Obama finds himself forced by events to do something he dislikes — and he’s in trouble with much of his Democratic-party base for doing so.

Obama seemed ill at ease before the camera and teleprompter on the evening of September 10th. Sending troops into Iraq and Syria is probably the last thing he expected to do when he set out running for president in 2007.

He still insists that he will send in “no ground troops,” though it appears that hundreds of U.S. military personnel are literally on the ground in Iraq. He seems still not to understand that publicly ruling out an alternative means that your enemies know your plans — and can take advantage of them.

But that’s not enough to propitiate at least some Democrats who supported Obama fervently because they believed he would remove U.S. troops from the Middle East and never send them back there.

One of his chief advantages over Hillary Clinton in 2008 was her vote for the Iraq War resolution in 2002 and Obama’s opposition to it, albeit as a state senator from an overwhelmingly Democratic district.

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WCSO Most Wanted 9-17-14 (Part 2 of 2)


Hubert Rivers II
• Black Male, 6’04” 290 lbs
• DOB 12/06/1973 40 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Rivers’ last known address was Salisbury MD
• Rivers is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued in July 2014 for Violation of Probation on the charge of Con CDS Distribute Narcotics
• And on three Circuit Court Bench Warrants issued in August, all for Violation of Probation on the charge of Criminal Child Support
• The total preset bond is $103,000
• Rivers has history of Drug Abuse


 Michael McKinley Mann
• Black Male, 5’11” 197 lbs
• DOB 11/09/1959 54 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Mann’s last known location was Homeless in Wicomico County
• Mann is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Arrest Warrant issued in September 2014 for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Since he has registered as homeless, he is required to register weekly however he has not
• Mann should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION


Joseph Everette Domneys
• Black Male, 5’11” 170 lbs
• DOB 10/20/1963 51 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Domneys’ last known address was Baltimore MD
• Domneys also uses the names Malcolm Joseph Black and James Marcus Williams
• Domneys is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on two Circuit Court Bench Warrants, both issued for Failure to Appear in July for Violation of Probation Hearings on the charges of CDS Distribute Narcotics and Fake CDS Distribute
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• Domneys may be ARMED and has history of DRUG ABUSE


Tyreka Lashon Chandler
• Black Female, 5’09” 200 lbs
• DOB 04/09/1978 36 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Chandler’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Chandler is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in August 2014 for a Violation of Probation Hearing on the charge of Forgery
• There is no preset bond, she must be brought before the court
• Chandler should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION


Michael Wayne Carey
• White Male, 6’02” 230 lbs
• DOB 05/08/1979 35 years of age
• Brown hair, Blue eyes
• Carey’s last known address was Eden MD
• Carey is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on two Circuit Court Bench Warrants, both issued in August 2014 for Violation of Probation on Credit Card Fraud charges
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• The state will extradite him from DE and VA
• Carey may be ARMED, should be considered DANGEROUS, and has history of DRUG ABUSE

WCSO Most Wanted 9-17-14 (Part 1 of 2 )


Heather Renee Bennett
• White Female, 5’00” 120 lbs
• DOB 07/24/1986 28 years of age
• Blonde hair, Green eyes
• Bennett’s last known address was Federalsburg MD
• Bennett is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued in August 2014 for Violation of Probation on the charge of CDS Possess with Intent Distribute Narcotics
• The preset bond is $25,000
• Bennett is a DRUG ABUSER
• The state will extradite her from DE and VA


Jason Lee Vance
• White Male, 5’10” 210 lbs
• DOB 10/27/1983 30 years of age
• Brown hair, Brown eyes
• Vance’s last known address was Snow Hill MD
• Vance is wanted by the Sheriff's Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in August on the charge of Burglary 1st degree
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• The state will extradite him from DE and VA
• Vance should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION


Shane Leonard Hanson
• White Male, 5’09” 165 lbs
• DOB 10/28/1981 32 years of age
• Brown hair, Brown eyes
• Hanson’s last known address was Owings Mills MD but he is believed to be back in the Salisbury area
• Hanson is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued in August for Violation of Probation on Burglary charges
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• Hanson should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION and has history of DRUG ABUSE 



Jordan Stephon Dupont
• Black Male, 6’00” 185 lbs
• DOB 11/15/1991 22 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Dupont’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Dupont is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in July 2014 on the charge of Assault 2nd
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• The state will extradite him from DE and VA
• Dupont should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION


Keith Allan Dale Jr.
• Black Male, 5’10” 145 lbs
• DOB 12/06/1984 29 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Dale’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Dale also uses the name Keith Deal
• Dale is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued in July 2014 for Violation of Probation on the charge of CDS Possess with Intent to Distribute
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• Dale has history of DRUG ABUSE
• The state will extradite him from DE and VA 



Joan Cuffee (NMN)
• Black Female 5’03” 158 lbs
• DOB 06/19/1960 54 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Cuffee’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Cuffee also uses the name Joan Brown
• Cuffee is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Bench Warrant issued for Violation of Pretrial Release Conditions on the charge of Failure to Obey Reasonable and Lawful Order
• The preset bond is $10,000

U.S. lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms

(Reuters) - Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY), said she plans to introduce new legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to collect data on “farm-level antibiotic use.” The pledge was part of a letter Gillibrand sent Tuesday to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. In the letter, Gillibrand said that “the scale of injudicious use” of antibiotics in poultry production documented by Reuters “was staggering.”

Another member of Congress, Rep. Louise Slaughter, (D-NY), introduced legislation in February 2013 that would require drug makers, livestock producers and the FDA to release more data on antibiotic use in food animals. On Monday, she urged fellow lawmakers to address the issue at a hearing on antibiotic resistance scheduled Friday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on health.

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Baltimore Police Suspend Officer Who Punched Man

The Baltimore police commissioner announced Tuesday that he has suspended an officer with pay after a months-old video was made public showing the officer repeatedly punching a man outside a liquor store before arresting him.

Anthony Batts said Vincent Cosom was placed on leave Monday, the same day Kollin Truss, 32, filed a $5 million lawsuit against the officer alleging assault, battery, and other damage in his June 15 arrest.

Batts said he was "shocked, outraged and disgusted" by the footage.

"Nothing I saw on that video is defensible," Batts said, "and most importantly, it's unacceptable and will not be tolerated within this organization."

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Obama administration forcing new gun buyers to declare race, ethnicity

ATF policy irks dealers, risks privacy intrusion, racial profiling: critics

The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling.

With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its Form 4473 — the transactional record the government requires gun purchasers and sellers to fill out when buying a firearm — to identify buyers as either Hispanic, Latino or not. Then a buyer must check his or her race: Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.

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7 ISIS Facts Every American Should Know

In January, President Barack Obama dismissed the Islamic State (ISIS) as merely a “JV team.” Last week, Obama reversed that position and told NBC News ISIS is “not a JV team.” Similarly, two weeks ago Obama said the Islamic State can be shrunk to “a manageable problem.” Then on Friday, as NBC News reported, “The Obama administration said for the first time Friday that the United States is ‘at war’ with ISIS militants.”

Given the Administration’s contradictory and muddled messages, here, then, are seven ISIS facts:

1. ISIS Began in the 1990s

While the Islamic State may be new to some Americans, as The Atlantic notes, “The group that recently renamed itself simply ‘Islamic State’ has existed under various names and in various shapes since the early 1990s.” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy notesthat in its 1999 incarnation, ISIS was known as Jamaat al-Tawhid wa-l-Jihad (JTWJ).

2. ISIS is Led by a Man Released from a U.S. Detention Camp in 2009

The leader of ISIS is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Baghdadi was released from the U.S. detention camp named Camp Bucca near the Kuwaiti border in 2009. When he was freed, Baghdadi reportedly told U.S. Army reservists from Long Island, New York, “I’ll see you guys in New York.”

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Salisbury South Wawa Being Proactive

Salisbury's south end Wawa convenience store and gas station has long been plagued by non-customers, many of them from the North Camden/Smith Street area, neighborhoods known to be the home of illicit drug users, addicts and dealers. It was often the case that paying Wawa customers would be approached by panhandlers or beggars and greeted with "do you have a dollar for some food" (offers of actual food were usually refused) or told a story about a bad car alternator or a need to collect bus fare for a trip to Norfolk or Wilmington. The stories were widely varied but the message was the same. Customers were tired of it and many took their business elsewhere. Wall-mounted signs advising against loitering were ignored. Police were called, often several times daily, to move the offenders on and encourage them to utilize social services in the area, even supplying them with a list of those services and their contact information. But as one panhandler left the premises, often for another high traffic south end business, another would take his or her place, necessitating yet another police call, responded to by officers already overtaxed by high call numbers, another call paid for by each and every one of the taxpayers of Salisbury. The strategies weren't working. Too much effort and private and public funds were being spent, too much business was being lost, and the area was threatened by further deterioration.

After long consideration, Wawa came up with a simple, yet effective method to discourage panhandlers from loitering on their property. Using maintenance cones and homemade signs, displayed at strategic points of their walkway, panhandlers who approach the area are warned of trespassing and encouraged to move on. Grammar suffers, but the message is clear: if you're not a customer, you don't belong here. Wawa managers and staff say that the simple signage has been very effective. Customers have openly expressed their gratitude to Wawa staff. Many customers have returned and even more are expected. Sales are up. Police calls are far fewer.

Salisbury News commends Wawa management for coming up with and implementing this simple strategy. It encourages others to follow suit in thinking out of the box to address this increasing local problem.

Vehicle Stolen In Delmar

2000 Dodge Durango SLT stolen in Delmar De. 

If you have seen this vehicle please call 443-235-8995 or 443-783-2500.

A long-shot bid in 2016 may suit Martin O’Malley

Martin O’Malley’s pollster had sobering news. Despite extensive time in the public eye and strong statements on controversial issues, the would-be candidate barely registered in a new survey.

The year was 1999, and O’Malley (D), a brash white city councilman in majority-black Baltimore, was contemplating a long-shot bid for mayor.

“To a lot of friends, even my closest friends, it seemed like a pretty outlandish idea initially,” he said. He won that election, and the next, and two terms as Maryland governor after that.

Now he is contemplating an odyssey with even steeper odds. By late January, when his time in Annapolis ends, O’Malley says he “probably” will have decided whether to run for president in 2016, a bid that would be likely to pit him against Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state.

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The U.N. To Dump Flood Of Muslim Refugees On The U.S.

Since the early 1990s, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees has selected more than 250,000 refugees from Islamic countries to be resettled in the United States. Most of them have come from Somalia and Iraq.

Syria could soon be added to the mix in the midst of that country’s brutal civil war. The Obama administration has been greasing the skids for the Syrian refugees for months, WND has learned, and the refugees will soon be dumped on American cities throughout the U.S.

In February, the State Department moved to ease the rules that protect the U.S. from accepting refugees with potential ties to terrorist organizations. The rules were seen as “too strict” by the refugee-resettlement groups that lobby Congress and the administration to continuously let in more Muslims from the war-torn Middle East.

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Walter E. Williams

"Conservatives and liberals are kindred spirits as far as government spending is concerned. ... Since government has no resources of its own, and since there’s no Tooth Fairy handing Congress the funds for the programs it enacts, we are forced to recognize that government spending is no less than the confiscation of one person’s property to give it to another to whom it does not belong -- in effect, legalized theft."

-- Walter E. Williams

(1936- ) Columnist, Professor of Economics at George Mason University

Come One, Come All, Come By Land or Come By Sea to support our VETS and PETS

On Oct 4th, Hogs and Heroes Foundation MD Chapter 8 will be supporting 2014 VSCOA PAWS Surf & Turf Poker Run of Ocean City, MD. Many folks are just starting to learn who VSCOA Veteran Support Centers of America is and what their VSCOA PAWS program is all about. This short video and written description under the video will help give greater insight to the work this organization is doing. PLEASE consider coming out and supporting 3 charities at the same time. If you can't make the poker runs ( bikes and boats, thus surf and turf ), maybe stop by at 3:00PM at Castaways RV OC for the after party and fundraiser or make a small donation at http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/help-save-a-veterans-life/218366
PRE-REGISTRATION is open at www.vscoapaws.org/events


Find out what VSCOA is by watching the video below

 

Another Horse Struck By A Car On Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National Seashore

Yup. It happened again. On Monday, September 15th, another wild horse was hit by a car on the causeway from the bridge to island. Just after 10pm, a driver witnessed a horse being struck by a small sports car. The sports car left the scene, so the witnessing driver immediately called 911 to report the incident. According to the witness, after being hit, the horse fell down and then got up and walked away. Based on the witness’ description of the horse, we think that N2BHS-CK (Johnny’s Star) was struck.

After the incident, the law enforcement officers who responded to the scene searched the area and could not find any injured horses. On Tuesday morning, we accounted for and assessed the health of all of the horses in the area. All horses were accounted for and none appeared to be injured. Johnny’s Star [middle] was spotted grazing on the marsh with N2BHSX (Jester) [left] and her dam, N2BHS-C (April Star) [right]. There appeared to be nothing physically wrong with Johnny’s Star. We will continue to monitor all of the horses in the area to watch for any signs of injury.

Drivers – you must be alert at all times when driving on the island and especially around wild horses! This is the third wild horse/vehicle collision this year; we’ve been lucky that no horses were killed. However, since 1982, 29 horses have been killed by vehicles. Help us ensure that this number never climbs to 30. Please do your part by obeying all posted speed limits and driving SLOWER than the posted speed limit when approaching horses in or on the side of the road.

Obama urges Scotland not to ruin America's 'special relationship' with Britain by voting for independence

Barack Obama tonight urged Scottish voters not to break apart ‘one of the closest allies we’ll ever have’ by voting for independence on Thursday.

The dramatic intervention, just three days before Scotland goes to the polls, will infuriate Alex Salmond - with the battle for independence set to be decided by the smallest of margins.

Up to half a million voters remain undecided - with concerns over the future of Scotland’s place in major international organisations like the EU, Nato and the UN still hotly debated.

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Late-Talking Children

Anyone who knows what anxiety, and sometimes anguish, parents go through when they have a child who is still not talking at age two, three or even four, can appreciate what a blessing it can be to have someone who can tell them what to do -- and what not to do.

That someone is Professor Stephen Camarata of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, whose recently published book, "Late-Talking Children" gives parents information and advice that they are not likely to find anywhere else. And it does so in plain English.

Professor Camarata has been researching, diagnosing and treating children with speech problems for decades. Moreover, he knows from personal experience what it is like to be a parent of a late-talking child, and he himself was three and a half years old before he began to speak. So he has seen this problem from many angles.

A child can be years behind schedule in beginning to speak and yet go on to have a perfectly normal life. Some children with delayed speech may even be noticeably brighter than other children their age. But, for other late-talking children, the delay in beginning to speak can be a symptom of much deeper and long-lasting problems, including mental retardation or autism.

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This Seems To Be Going Well...

Gallup released a new poll late last week [4] showing how many (or few, as it were) Americans are ‘satisfied’ with the direction of the country. 23%. That’s it. 76% are NOT satisfied. Only 1% aren’t sure.

The chart below shows the astounding, long-term decline since 2000.

OBAMA COVERED MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TRACKS TO BENGHAZI

Dodged political damage weeks before presidential election

Almost immediately following the Benghazi attack, the Obama administration possessed information indicating some Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood participation in the assault, yet the Obama administration kept this critical piece of information from the public, reveals a new book, “The Real Benghazi Story,” by New York Times bestselling author Aaron Klein.

The attack took place less than two months before the November 2012 presidential election. Klein notes Obama could have found himself in a political quandary if it were determined the Muslim Brotherhood had been involved in the Benghazi attack in any way.

After the U.S. president called for the resignation of Egypt’s long-time secular leader, Hosni Mubarak, Obama helped to support the election of the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi and then proceeded to open ties to Morsi’s group.

The possible involvement of Egypt could be central to understanding the motivation of some of the attackers. The attack could be linked to Morsi’s campaign to free the so-called blind sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, who is serving a life sentence in the U.S. for conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Rahman’s release was a central foreign policy issue for Morsi.

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OC’s Sunfest Kicks Off Thursday; Fireworks Planned To Celebrate 40th Year

OCEAN CITY — Sunfest, which recently ranked number one on Sunshine Artist Magazine’s annual 200 best shows list for 2014, will celebrate its 40th year next week as it takes over the Inlet Lot and beach.

Set for Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 18-21, the town kicks off its “second season” with four days of music, food, arts, crafts and just plain fun. Admission to Sunfest is free.

Earning the top spot for “traditional arts and craft shows in the nation,” Sunfest boasts over 180 crafters, along with live music, hayrides on the beach and a wide and delicious offering of food. Opening day on Thursday, Sept. 18 begins with a parade down the Boardwalk beginning at 9:30 a.m. at 12th Street and the Beach Plaza Hotel and ending at the festival grounds with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

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Social Security: Which Political Party Drained it Dry?

Obama Civil Rights Nominee Withdraws

President Barack Obama's pick to be the government's chief civil rights attorney withdrew his nomination for the post Monday.

Obama tapped Debo Adegbile for the Justice Department job last year. But a bipartisan group of senators blocked his nomination earlier this year because he had sought to get the sentence of a convicted cop killer overturned.

The White House argued at the time that the decision to reject Adegbile's nomination set a troubling precedent that could dissuade lawyers with aspirations to serve in government from taking on unpopular clients of causes.

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Black Crime in Baltimore High -- but Should be Higher

Crime in Baltimore is dropping like a pile of hot rocks. And Elliott Einbinder knows the reason why: It is hard to get arrested there.

Einbinder is a Jewish dentist who was attacked last week on his way to afternoon prayers near his office -- all in front of witnesses willing to tell police what they saw. Let’s pick up the story from Baltimore Jewish Life:

“One 24-year-old African American female followed him and sucker punched him on the side of his head, swelling his lip and breaking his glasses. She continued to throw punches as Dr. Einbinder tried to swat her away.”

"I thought this was a 15-year old boy. She was half my size and just didn't appear to be a female. I kept asking her why she was doing this to me; I said, 'I didn't anything to you'! She spat on me and according to one witness, she said, "C'mon, fight me Jew.”

“The attacker originally told police that the doctor began the altercation but when witnesses contradicted her story she admitted to the police that she was "just having a bad day."

“He is also upset at the way the laws are written in that the officers on the scene were unable to arrest her even with the tens of witnesses to this attack on hand. Apparently an attack of this sort is considered a 2nd Degree Assault and unless witnessed by a Police Officer, and/or unless any type of weapon is used an arrest cannot be made.”

More than 20 witnesses. A crime scene confession. A shaken victim, willing to press charges. And what happened?

Nothing.

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A Letter To The Editor 9-17-14

Joe,

As you are well aware, I am a frequent contributor to your posts with regard to educational matters. I am quite dismayed by the recent rash of new liberties and abuses I have read about with regard to the Wicomico County Board of Education. The financial particulars are just staggering and coupled with the current testing particulars; we are collectively doing nothing but raising children to be automatons. I can no longer do anything about the first item; however, I can be of service on the second. You see, testing is somewhat of an unknown process to the public. They trust the school system to educate their children. When that trust is broken, as I believe it has been, then it is up to those of us with knowledge of the process to rectify the situation. Specifically I am speaking about the Maryland State Assessments (MSA’s) and the State buy in to the Common Core Standards. Bear with me, as I will attempt to be as succinct as possible, but this is lengthy. First, parents may exempt their children from taking the MSA exams. This is a secret in educational circles, as it would most definitely bankrupt the testing companies and ruin quite a few corrupt careers in public education, including many right here in Wicomico County. In short, a parent of a child in a testing grade provides a letter (attached) and sends it to the school Principal. The Principal will review and copy this, placing said copy in the child’s file and forward it to his/her supervisor who will review it as well. It will be passed up the chain of command to Assistant Superintendent Margo Handy, who will advise the Superintendent, the esteemed (sic) Dr. Freddy. If there are only a very few letters, the Principals will be instructed to respond with a form letter generated by the testing office and from my experience, the matter will be quietly placed away on a back shelf to collect dust. You see, this is the Wicomico Way – don’t draw attention to it, and it will most likely go away on its own. However, if large numbers of letters begin pouring into school offices, a general panic will ensue – here’s why: The State Superintendent EXPECTS that Dr. Freddy play nice and put all of the children in the box – the testing box that is. As the state transitions form MSA to Common Core (which the governor signed off on along with the state superintendent) there will be significant pressure to get his ducks in a row down here on the shore. Now, in laymen’s terms, “significant” amounts to just enough refusals to test to completely INVALIDATE the tests (25% would certainly do it, but 50% or more would just blow the curve). This would most definitely require the Superintendent and the senior leadership to answer to this, most likely at a private meeting in Baltimore. Believe me when I tell you that no county wants to be the first to receive this sort of black eye. Couple that with the upcoming Common Core tests that are expected to blindly be implemented, consider the following:

The process by which the common core was developed and adopted was not a democratic one:

There were exactly 27 people in two work groups involved – their affiliations are: ACT (6), the College Board (6) Achieve Inc. (8), Student Achievement Partners (2), and America’s Choice (2). Only three participants were outside of those five organizations. There was only one classroom teacher involved to review math standards.

There were also just over 10,000 comments submitted to the constructors of the Common Core, but only 24 of the responses were quoted, and we’re left to take these folks at their word that all of the rest of the comments were positive and supportive.

Now, here is the really scary truth – the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is funding this – that is because it is illegal for the government to do so:

Public Law 103-33, General Education Provisions Act, sec 432, reads as follows:

No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, (or) administration…of any educational institution…or over the selection of library resources, textbooks, or other printed or published instructional materials…

Essentially, big government and private industry are driving this to make money – period

The Common Core tests are developmentally INAPPROPRIATE – a joint statement was released by Early Childhood and Education Professionals – over 500 recognized experts in the field – their summary statement included these concerns:

Such standards will lead to long hours of instruction in literacy and math
They will lead to inappropriate standardized testing
Didactic instruction and testing will crowd out other important areas of learning
There is little evidence that such standards for young children lead to later success

Hmmmm….government sanctioned and run, forced down the throats of states with the lure of money (and severe pressure and punishment if they are not compliant) big business footing the bill to avoid legal problems and over 500 experts stating publicly and quite loudly that that there is both no educational benefit and the practice of testing actually is very harmful to children. Of course, the Wicomico County Board of Education is VERY supportive of this – they tout all of the great things the Common Core is supposed to do – level the playing field, close the achievement gap, etc. – all not true – the Common Core is very definitely slanted toward the middle/upper class white students – Special needs students, students with second language concerns and the impoverished will all NOT benefit from this...despite what the President says it will do (or his Ed Mouthpiece, Arne Duncan)

So Joe, what are families to do? It’s simple – I have provided a form letter from “United Opt Out” (unitedoptout.com) for parents to use as a template if they wish. They send in the letters and essentially shut down the MSA in Wicomico County. When the Common Core arrives, they continue to do the same, year after year. The local big wigs at 101 Long Avenue will have a hissy/conniption fit trying to figure out a way to lie their way out of this and keep their jobs.

Respectfully,

Paladin