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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Verizon Offers Union its 'Last, Best, and Final Offer'

In a statement released Thursday, Verizon said that it had met with union leaders and presented them with a contract after more than 10 months of negotiation.

The news comes more than two weeks after 36,000 workers went on strike -- the largest since 2011.

According to Verizon, the proposal includes a 7.5% wage increase and protection from layoffs.

The plan stipulates that the layoff protection is guaranteed so long as Verizon gets more control to manage and deploy workers. This would include "voluntary retirement incentive offers and other workforce flexibility changes."

It also features increased healthcare contributions from the company and will continue to provide workers with a 401K company match and a pension plan.

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Atheist Group Bribes Students with Pizza to Protest ‘Jesus Lunches’

MIDDLETON, Wis. – Members of the radical Freedom From Religion Foundation are determined to keep harassing the students of Middleton High School who participate in weekly “Jesus Lunches.”

For the second straight week protesters from the FFRF, a self-described pro-atheist group, showed up at Fireman’s Park in Middleton to antagonize students who accept the free lunch and Christian discussion offered by a group of local mothers.

This week the FFRF went even further – offering free pizza to students who are willing to join their anti-Christian demonstration.

“A generous Middleton FFRF member has provided a donation toward providing pizza for the protesting students,” FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor was quoted as saying in a post on the group’s website.

“As noted last week, we don’t think any adults, whether missionaries or atheists, should be allowed to move in upon what is essentially a captive audience of students. But if the ‘Jesus Lunches’ aren’t going to be stopped, the Freedom From Religion Foundation plans to be there too, providing some balance – and some fuel to the protesters.”

The Jesus Lunches, which have been ongoing for several years on Tuesdays, became controversial in recent months when hundreds of students started attending.

The FFRF and some students began protesting the lunches last week, resulting in loud shouting matches between youngsters on both sides.

In a subsequent letter to the Middleton City Council, FFRF attorney Ryan Jayne argued that the discord among students was a good reason to stop the event from happening. He ignored the obvious fact that there would be no arguments if the protesters would leave the children alone to eat and worship as they choose.

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Subject: IRS Destroys Significant Evidence of Targeting Conservatives

The Internal Revenue Service (which isn’t a real government agency, by the way – it’s a private corporation that works for the private Federal Reserve!) is in deep doo-doo for flagrantly violating a court order barring the entity from destroying evidence related to its illegal targeting of conservative groups.

When news about the scandal went public, the IRS found itself in even deeper hot water, after it was revealed that the entity hired an outside trial law firm known as Quinn Emanuel to do its dirty work, which included pursuing software giant Microsoft.

Microsoft responded by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request calling on the IRS to produce data showing what it was up to, data that was stored on the hard drive of its former director of transfer pricing operations at the IRS Large Business and International Division, Samuel Maruca.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered a freeze on all documents and data related to the IRS’s hiring of Quinn Emanuel, which included the hard drive in question. But the IRS recently informed the DOJ that it wiped the hard drive clean back in April of last year, after the hold was put in place.

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Subject: ICE Released 86,000 Criminal Aliens from 2013-2015; 196 Convicted of Homicide in 2015

(CNSNews.com) – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldana provided written testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday that showed over 86,000 criminal aliens had been released back into the United States from fiscal year 2013 to 2015.

According to Saldana’s written testimony, there were a total of 86,288 criminal aliens released from 2013 to 2015 when you add up the number of criminal releases in the past three years – 36,007 in FY 2013, 30,558 in FY 2014, and 19,723 in FY 2015.

“These are people that were here illegally, got caught committing a crime, were convicted of that crime and instead of deporting them, they were just released back out in the United States of America,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said in his opening statement during Thursday’s hearing on illegal immigration crime.

“All told, they had more than 231,000 crimes that they were convicted of – 86,000 of these people. In 2015, 196 of these people were convicted of homicide, and ICE released them back into the public rather than deporting them,” he said.

Furthermore, “124 of those that were released between fiscal year 2010 and 2015 went on to commit homicide,” Chaffetz said.

“They were here illegally. They got caught committing a crime. They were convicted of a crime, and instead of following the law and deporting them, you released them back into the public, and they commit more crimes."

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Subject: Kirk Cameron: 'Wives Are to Honor and Respect and Follow Their Husband's Lead'

"Wives are to honor and respect and follow their husband's lead, not to tell their husband how he ought to be a better husband. When each person gets their part right, regardless of how their spouse is treating them, there is hope for real change in their marriage."

That's advice from actor Kirk Cameron, who was recently interviewed by the Christian Post. Cameron is currently on a tour called "Love Worth Fighting For," a Bible-based event intended "to strengthen and encourage your marriage."

"A lot of people don't know that marriage comes with instructions," Cameron told reporter Samuel Smith. "And, we find them right there in God's word."

Cameron, an evangelical Christian, was a teen star in the 1980s sitcom "Growing Pains." More recently he has starred in Christian films such as "Fireproof" and "Saving Christmas." He is married with six children.

Cameron offered the Christian Post some other advice about marriage:

Ruritarian club in Powellville selling bbq chicken today!

Ruritarian club in Powellville selling bbq chicken today.  Please stop by the firehouse and support them!

LYBIAN ‘REFUGEE’ EXTORTED, THREATENED TO HARM HOST FAMILY

PLATTE COUNTY, MO – A 25-year-old Libyan man, who Platte County prosecutor alleged is part a terrorist organization, pleaded guilty to two felonies Thursday.

Ali Swei pleaded guilty to aggravated stalking and attempted stealing by coercion.

Prosecutors say he threatened to kill the family that was sponsoring him and threatened their relatives in Libya. Prosecutors add that Swei threatened to harm the Libyan immigrant family he was staying with if they did not pay him $30,000.

A member of that family, who did not want FOX 4 to show his face because he has been threatened since Swei’s arrest, says he believes the guilty pleas will result in Swei’s deportation.

“I am so relieved for my family, it`s really been a roller coaster especially for my wife,” the man said. “It`s really heartbreaking it`s nervousness she doesn`t sleep she has nightmares. She`s worried all the threats hopefully are never-never no family will ever go through what we have gone through.”

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Elks Lodge holds ceremony for hometown heroes, Thurs.

Before raising 40 banners along the Boardwalk, the Ocean City Elks Lodge will be dedicating each one to active duty and former service members in a ceremony Thursday afternoon.

The lodge will be holding a Hometown Heroes Military Banner dedication ceremony on May 5 at the firefighter memorial on the boards. The program typically is reserved for 20 active service members. But this year, it has doubled its size to include World War II veterans. In all, 23 World War II veteran and 17 active military personnel honored on the banners this summer.

“I’ve never been involved in something that has such an ecstatic response from the public,” said Pat Riordan of the Elks’ Veterans Committee. “Last year, we had more than 100 people at the ceremony, and we have half the banners we have now.”

The Hometown Hero program began honoring local service members in 2014 by hanging banners on Boardwalk light posts from the inlet to Fourth Street. The banners are five-feet long and display the service member’s name, rank and military photograph. Last December, the City Council approved expanding the program to former World War II soldiers and personnel.

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Bids Accepted For OC Boat Ramp

OCEAN CITY — The on again, off again public boat ramp at 64th Street in Ocean City appears to be back on track this week after the Mayor and Council on Tuesday accepted a handful of contractor bids for the project.

Back in 2012, the Mayor and Council approved a new public access boat ramp at 64th Street in an area acquired by the town adjacent to its vast Public Works complex. The project includes dredging the channel in the surrounding area and constructing a two-lane boat ramp with access for the public. The project also includes a 50-space parking area for trailers and small comfort station and other amenities.

The new boat ramp at 64th Street will replace the town’s only other existing public access boat ramp in the Little Salisbury area. After years of wrestling with an outdated and over-utilized public boat ramp in the Little Salisbury residential area, along with complaints of traffic, parking, noise and litter, the town identified the site at 64th Street as a more appropriate location for the city-owned boat ramp because it’s surrounded by commercial and governmental uses and is centrally located.

Once the 64th Street site was identified as the best location for the boat ramp, the town purchased additional space adjacent to the boat ramp to accommodate the trailer parking and other amenities. However, acquiring all of the property needed for the project became difficult and was complicated by conflicting appraisals for the lots during the purchase negotiations.

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Salisbury MSP Press Release 4-30-16 Possession of Fire Arm- Drug Trafficking/ Possession of CDS with intent to distribute

Will the Pentagon Restart the F-22 as the F-35 Continues to Underwhelm?

A U.S. congressional committee is planning to ask the Air Force to assess the cost and feasibility of restarting production of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-22 fighter jet in the face of greater security threats around the world.

The radar-evading jets formally entered service in December 2005, but then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates canceled the program in 2009 amid efforts to control Pentagon spending and orient the department toward the wars it was then fighting.

Only 187 of the stealthy, high-tech jet fighters were produced, about a quarter of the 749 originally planned. The last was delivered to the Air Force in 2012.

In its portion of the National Defense Authorization Act, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces has included a provision directing the Air Force secretary to carry out a comprehensive study of the cost of resuming production of the F-22.

Congressman Mike Turner, chairman of the subcommittee, said restarting production should be considered because of threats to U.S. air superiority.

The committee is asking for the report by Jan. 1, 2017. Consideration of the NDAA, the annual defense policy bill, is still in its early stages. The defense bill must be approved by the House Armed Services Committee, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate before going to the president for his signature.

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Despite Syria Chaos, No Shift in U.N., U.S. Policy on Golan Heights

(CNSNews.com) – The U. N. Security Council, U. S. government and others are giving no ground on a decades-old dispute over Israeli control of the Golan Heights, despite the civil war in Syria, the country’s fragmentation and influx of Sunni and Shi’ite terrorists into the area.

The chaos in Syria has underscored Israel’s long-held determination to hold onto the strategic plateau, which it captured from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War and formally annexed in 1981.

Last week Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a symbolic cabinet meeting on the Golan Heights, for the first time, and used the opportunity to declare that “the time has come for the international community to finally recognize that the Golan Heights will remain under Israel’s sovereignty permanently.”

But after a closed Security Council discussion Tuesday the council’s president, Liu Jieyi of China, told reporters that council members “expressed their deep concern over recent Israeli statements about the Golan, and stressed that the status of the Golan remains unchanged.”

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Navajo Nation Slams EPA on Response to Gold King Mine Spill Response

At a congressional field hearing in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the EPA has not fulfilled its promise to pay for damages done to Native American lands from the toxic spill of mine waste into waterways in Colorado, which eventually polluted water in that state, New Mexico, and Utah, and Navajo Nation land in New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

“EPA has not lived up to its word,” Begaye said in a video posted on the Arizona Republic website. “ It’s been empty promise after empty promise.”

“We’ve had numerous meetings where promises were made and none of it EPA has lived up to,” Begaye said.

The Navajo-Hopi Observer reported on Tuesday that the Navajo Nation has requested more than $2 million in reimbursements. The EPA has offered $157,000, which totals less than 8 percent of expenses incurred, according to Begaye’s office.

The amount was offered as a grant and not recognized as reimbursement, the news outlet reported.

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Open the Door to Christian Refugees From Syria

"Today, Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world."

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas said that on the Senate floor March 17 after he explained what had happened six months before to a Syrian man and his 12-year-old son.

"This boy was a Christian and standing above him were Islamic State terrorists holding knives," said Cotton.

"In the crowd was the boy's father, a Christian minister," he said. "Methodically, the terrorists began cutting off the young boy's fingers. Amidst his screams, they turned to the minister, his father. If he renounced his faith and in their terms 'returned to Islam,' the boy's suffering would stop."

The incident ended when the Islamic State murdered both father and son.

"They did so by crucifixion," Cotton told the Senate.

Three weeks before Cotton spoke these words, Secretary of State John Kerry had testified in a House subcommittee that he needed to see an "additional evaluation" before he could decide if the Islamic State was committing genocide.

Then, on the same day Cotton gave his speech, Kerry met a congressionally-imposed deadline by declaring that the Islamic State, which he called "Daesh," was committing genocide against Syrian Christians and other minorities.

Yet, even as they face genocide at the hands of the Islamic State, very few Syrian Christians are being admitted as refugees to the United States.

Between March 17, when Kerry declared that "Daesh" was committing genocide, and April 27, the United States admitted 489 refugees from Syria.

Only 1 was a Christian.

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Bankruptcy filing delays OC Jamboree property auction

A voluntary filing of Chapter 13 bankruptcy by a co-owner of the former O.C. Jamboree, Michael Weatherholtz, of Trenton, New Jersey has forced the delay of the auction of the site originally scheduled to take place today.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows an individual with a regular income to determine a repayment plan to cover some or all of their debts in an installment plan over a period of three to five years.

The court is pondering a default judgment against the listed owners: David Weatherholtz Jr., who is currently imprisoned awaiting trial on multiple charges, Michael Weatherholtz, Elaine Weatherholtz and OC Entertainment Group Inc.

The mortgage holder, U.S. Bank, is seeking the property in exchange for non-payment of bills. The court has already appointed a receiver, Gray and Associates, to prepare the property for sale.

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ILLEGAL ALIEN SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR MURDER OF OHIO WOMAN

LAKE COUNTY, OH (WKYC) – The man who murdered a Lake County woman in her home last July will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

After labeling Juan Emmanuel Razo, 35, as “evil personified,” Lake County Judge John P. O’Donnell sentenced him to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $180,000.

Last month Razo, an illegal immigrant, pleaded guilty to the charges against him regarding the murder of 60-year-old Peggy Kostelnik. She was killed in her Ravenna Road home.

Razo, who doesn’t speak English, sat with a translator who dictated the court proceedings as sentencing was underway.

The judge declared he’s seen no remorse from Razo, while adding he’s never seen his eyes despite several previous court appearances.

The same day Kostelnik was killed, Razo shot another woman.

She survived.

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Seven Years Of Obama.......


FEMA error spikes OC flood insurance rates

At least one condominium in north Ocean City is facing spiked insurance rates because of a flood mapping error, and several other properties between 93rd and 123rd Streets are poised for similar increases.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has incorrectly included segments of some ocean front properties in a high-risk zone on an online interactive flood insurance rate map. Since several third-party analysists use the website, property owners are now seeing thousand-dollar increases in their flood protection.

“We have one condo, the Rainbow [near 112nd Street] that was quoted at a premium of $460,000 for the year,” Delmarva Condominium Managers Association President Joe Groves told the Ocean City Council during Tuesday’s work session.

The Rainbow, or rather the dunes placed between it and the ocean, is the source of misunderstanding between the city and FEMA. When the structure was built in 1993, officials required that a dune be built for protection. In the last two decades, the Army Corps of Engineers added a second dune.

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3 Tied to San Bernardino Shooters Accused In Marriage Scam

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people closely tied to the couple responsible for the San Bernardino terror attack were arrested Thursday in an alleged marriage fraud scheme involving a pair of Russian sisters.

The accused include Syed Raheel Farook. His brother and sister-in-law, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, died in a shootout with police after killing 14 people and wounding 22 others on Dec. 2.

Also arrested Thursday were Syed Raheel Farook’s wife, Tatiana, and her sister, Mariya Chernykh. Prosecutors say Mariya’s marriage to Enrique Marquez Jr., the only person charged in the shootings, was a sham designed to enable her to obtain legal status in the U.S. after overstaying her visitor visa in 2009.

Marquez confessed to the green card scheme when authorities questioned him about the shootings, and acknowledged getting $200 a month to marry Chernykh, according to his criminal complaint, filed in December.

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Arbitrator Rules For Paramedic In Call Dispute, Finding Ocean City Used ‘Wrongful Disciplinary Action’

OCEAN CITY — The resort’s Fire/EMS union this week wants to use a favorable arbitration ruling in a disciplinary action against a paramedic for a delayed response last summer as leverage in the ongoing debate about the elimination of the 24-hour shifts, but city officials are saying not so fast.

Last July, a three-member paramedic team did not immediately respond to an early morning call involving an assault victim at a mid-town nightclub, triggering a one-day suspension without pay for the crew’s only full-time paramedic. According to the agreed upon facts in the case, the first call came in at 1:36 a.m. and was not immediately answered by the Paramedic 3 team. A second call came in at 1:45 a.m. and the Paramedic 3 team did respond.

However, the response was nearly 10 minutes later, or well outside requisite two-minute response time. The fire department disciplined Firefighter-Paramedic Mark Lloyd, the only full-time member of the crew. The other crew members were part-time employees and not subject to discipline under the collective bargaining agreement. The fire department contended the three-member crew slept through the initial call, while the paramedics contended they never received the first call at 1:36 a.m. through the usual protocols including a radio, pagers and a station alert loudspeaker. This week, neutral arbitrator Homer La Rue ruled in favor of the paramedics, essentially opining the outdated call alert system failed and was responsible for the delayed response and cleared Lloyd of any wrongdoing.

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LEGENDARY COMMENTS BY GEORGE CHEVALLIER 4-30-16


I recently had someone inquire about the stores in the old Salisbury Mall. It seems as if a lot of people grew up in the old Mall and have fond memories of it. They just can’t remember all the stores that were there. The stores were numbered according to a map of the entire Mall. The following may just bring back a memory or two. Some are still with us in other locations, some have faded into history. How many do you remember?

SALISBURY MALL - 1974
(Information from the1974 Salisbury City Directory and the old map)

1. Hecht Co. 31.
2. Sears Roebuck & Co. 32. Radio Shack
32A. Crafts International
3. Pantry Pride 33. Hooks Pastry Shop
4. McCrory Variety Stores 34. Chester Uniforms
5. Read Drug & Chemical Co. 35. Buddy Dale Shops
6. Lerner Shops 36. Mall Barber Shop
7. Sherwin-Williams 37.
8. English’s Cafeteria 38. Cinecom Mall Cinema
9. Dannemann’s 39. Cinecom Mall Cinema
10. Ralph & Gaskill’s 40. Brooks Co.
40A. General Nutrition Center
11. First National Bank 41. Salisbury Book Store
12. Kinney Shoes 42. Richards Hair Fashions
13. Singer Co. 43.
14. 44. Wig Haus of Maryland
15. 45. Wig Haus of Maryland
16. Holiday Shoes 46.
17. 47.
18. Hanover Shoes 48.
19. Barett Shoes 49. W. J. Ahtes Real Estate
20. Carousel Shop 50. Aetna Life & Casualty Co.
21. 51. Weight Watchers of Delmarva
22. Russell Stover Candies 52.
23. Parklane Hosiery 53.
24. Barclay’s Jewelers 54. J. R. Freeny II (insurance)
25. Card Mart 55. Orange Julius
26. Phillipsborn 56. Bresler’s 33 Flavors Ice Cream
27. Household Finance, Inc.
28.
29.
30. Buck’s Buster Brown no # Bavarian Soft Pretzels
(kiosk in aisle)

A Viewer Writes: Subject: Salisbury Speed Cameras - Be careful out there - The City may be looking to raise revenue

Below is the citation I received from a (new?) speed camera on Route 50 Westbound. Note that my speed was only 7 mph over the apparent posted limit. The road going W from Salisbury has a varied set of speeds up to 55 mph depending where you are so I was obviously within a reasonable range and not zooming across the Earth trying to reach orbit. The claimed posted speed was 40 mph.
Can anyone define the range for a speed violation on the City’s roads or is it something their speed camera contractor does?

I do openly admit that I WAS over the posted limit but am simply trying to understand what Salisbury’s rules are with regard to their camera generated revenue since the State Police generally uses 10 mph (?) over as a violation.

Maybe too many drug mules are getting run over?

Clinton Melts Down Over Arguing About Votes

100% Evidence The Daily Times SUCKS

The editorial below, (published today) has got to be one of the most incredible pieces of crap I have ever seen in my entire life. 

I love how Ireton and now the Daily Times screamed and cried calling foul on alleged gerrymandering in District 1 but hey, THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE and let me explain why.

When you voted as a Democrat in District 1, you could only vote for DEMOCRATS! It's a PRIMARY, not a general election. Please, do tell me how it is physically possible how Ireton can even claim the district is rigged in a PRIMARY? What an Idiot/Liar.

The editorial below clearly explains how Ireton's opponent did NOTHING. He didn't raise any money. He didn't have any campaign signs. He didn't knock on any doors. Yet he beat the crap out of Ireton by 2,000 votes! Gee, you don't think I had anything to do with that, do you? I sure as hell hope so anyway. 

Nevertheless, read the editorial, it will blow your mind. When you are done, IF you still have a subscription to that piece of crap, left wing, one sided rainbow flag newspaper, cancel it immediately. You can thank me later. 

Tip of the hat to Jim Ireton

THE DAILY TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD7:02 a.m. EDT April 29, 2016

After a mighty effort and an impressive showing, Ireton deserves congratulations

It's not customary to congratulate the loser in a primary race, but after Salisbury City Councilman Jim Ireton narrowly lost his bid to be the Democratic candidate for Maryland's 1st Congressional District in November, that's exactly what he deserves – a tip of the hat, a big pat on the back and hearty congratulations.

Why?

Because his opponent, Joe Werner, is a candidate who, it's fairly safe to say, many Eastern Shore voters were unaware existed, for one thing.

Ireton worked the campaign exhaustively, pounding the pavement and creating a constant presence on social media. He made sure everyone knew his name. He attended events. He shook hands, stumped and was involved in every way possible.

Werner, on the other hand, posted on social media, and that's all – no fundraising, no stumping, no meet-and-greets. He was not, by his own admission, not expecting to win. Yet win he did, against an energetic, motivated candidate who worked hard to get his message out.

What we know about Werner is mostly that he did not seem motivated, and he didn't bother to amass money, make appearances, shake hands or meet and greet potential voters.

It is a mystery. Why did so many people vote for Werner, the unknown? Is it a rigged game after all?

Top Dem: Trump Will Trample Hillary

It's starting. The grim reality that this election will come down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has set in. The Bernie kids are going back to their parent's basements, and the Washington establishment is probably headed to the bar, wondering where they went wrong.

So here we are; Trump vs. Hillary. So far, polls suggest that the former First Lady has the significant edge, with Trump significantly underwater with women and minorities. Some are predicting a landslide.

But one high level Democratic strategist thinks they're wrong. Here's why:

Democratic strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders believes Donald Trump will beat Hillary Clinton like a “baby seal,” and that working class whites who haven’t already left the Democratic Party for cultural reasons will due so now for economic ones.

“I know a ton of Democrats — male, female, black and white — here [in southern Virginia] who are going to vote for Trump. It’s all because of economic reasons. It’s because of his populist message,” Mudcat told The Daily Caller Wednesday.

Saunders has experience working with Jim Webb, helping getting him elected to the U.S Senate in 2006 and advised his failed bid for the presidency in 2016. Saunders was also an advisor to John Edwards in his 2008 presidential bid. The Democrat strategist is renowned for connecting politicians to “Bubbas” — white, working class Southerners.

“Working class whites in the South have already departed the Democratic Party for cultural reasons. Well the working class whites in the North are now deserting the Democrats because of economic reasons,” Mudcat told TheDC. He added, “this is the new age of economic populism, man. This is about survival for a lot of people.”

Saunders is likely right. Add to the equation the fact that many of the young voters who propelled Barack Obama to victory are incredibly unenthusiastic about Hillary Clinton, who they view as a moderate and a sell out. When you pair that with Hillary's total inability to make a human connection with a single solitary voter, and Trump's showmanship, it's easy to see the New York billionaire pulling a complete 180 in the polls and putting Clinton away.

In this election, anything can happen.

Source: AAN

Criminal Initiative

Date and Time: 04/29/2016 from 1300 to 1900 hours
Location: Worcester County

Arrests: Kamrin Leigh Muscalli 20 year old female from Towson, MD

Randy Mason Carver 58 year old male from Berlin, MD

Joshua Vinson Poper 31 year old male from Greencastle, PA

Thomas Cooper 24 year old male from Willards, MD

Narrative: On 04/29/2016, Troopers from the Berlin Barrack, Deputies from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team performed a Criminal Initiative in and around the area of Worcester County, MD. During the enforcement, there were multiple traffic stops for speeding, seatbelt violations and distracted driving (using cellular device while vehicle is in operation). These traffic stops resulted in 2 CDS Arrests for Possession of Heroin, 1 Civil Citation for Possession of Marijuana under 10 grams and one open warrant apprehension.

Disposition:

Kamrin Leigh Muscalli was charged on a Civil Citation for Marijuana Possession less than 10 grams and released.

Randy Mason Carver and Joshua Vinson Poper were charged criminally with CDS Possession: Not Marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Both subjects were released by the Worcester County District Court Commissioner on their own personal recognizance.

Thomas Cooper was served his warrant for Failure to Appear in Court and taken before the District Court Commissioner where he was held on $5,575 bond.

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Sobo's is OPEN for Mother's Day!


SoBo's Wine Beerstro will be open on Mother's Day!
Sunday, May 8th 2016
Treat MOM to a special lunch or dinner with the family!
Now accepting reservations - Call us today!
410.219.1117

Offering a special Four Course "Supper" 
Only $36 per person*!  
Includes: Your choice of appetizer or soup, choice of salad, choice of entree, and dessert.   

A special "Bar Seating" menu includes your choice of an appetizer and soup or salad for only $19.99 per person*.    
*Tax and gratuity, not included.

SoBo's Wine Beerstro | 1015 Eastern Shore Drive Salisbury, MD | 410.219.1117

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You Can Have It!


Yeah, Me Too...


Caption This Photo 4-30-16


Dorchester County Homicide Under Investigation And Search Underway for Known Suspect


(HURLOCK, MD) – A search is underway for a known suspect as Maryland State Police continue their investigation into the murder of a Dorchester County man who was shot this afternoon in Hurlock, Md.

The victim is identified as Floyd Cain, Jr, 45, of the 4200 block of Railroad Avenue in Hurlock, Maryland. His body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Wilmington, Delaware for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

The known suspect is identified as Brandon Milton, 33, of the 4700 block of Jones Village Road in Hurlock. After consultation with the Dorchester County State’s Attorney, Milton is being charged with first and second degree murder. The Maryland State Police Apprehension Team is attempting to locate the suspect at this time.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m. today, officers from the Hurlock Police Department responded to 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of the 200 block of Gold Rush Lane in Hurlock, Md. Responding officers found the victim inside the residence, suffering from at least two gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Delaware where he was later pronounced dead.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was requested to respond and take the lead on this investigation. Additional assistance is being provided by State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigators, the Dorchester Narcotics Task Force, as well as detectives, officers and deputies from the Hurlock Police Department and Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office. State Police crime scene technicians processed the shooting scene.

The preliminary investigation indicates the victim was outside of the apartment complex when the shooting occurred. Witnesses on the scene informed investigators they observed Milton shoot the victim twice with a black handgun.

Investigators have been interviewing witnesses and residents in the area throughout the night. Crime scene evidence has been transported to the State Police Forensic Sciences Division crime laboratory for analysis.

Anyone with information about this murder or the whereabouts of Brandon Milton is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Easton Barrack at 410-822-3101, or Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore at 410-548-1776. Callers may remain anonymous.

I want all the perks of maternity leave — without having any kids

Meghann Foye, 38, was jealous of co-workers clocking out for maternity leave, and decided she needed a break of her own. Here, the author of the novel “Meternity” (Mira, out now), tells The Post’s Anna Davies why she believes every woman deserves mandated “me time.”

I was 31 years old in 2009, and I loved my career. As an editor at a popular magazine, I got to work on big stories, attend cool events, and meet famous celebs all the time.

And yet, after 10 years of working in a job where I was always on deadline, I couldn’t help but feel envious when parents on staff left the office at 6 p.m. to tend to their children, while it was assumed co-workers without kids would stay behind to pick up the slack.

“You know, I need a maternity leave!” I told one of my pregnant friends. She laughed, and we spent the afternoon plotting my escape from my 10-hour days, fake baby bump and all.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Berlin MSP Press Release 4-29-16 Criminal Initiative

State Police to Host 2nd Annual Community Safety Day

Rehoboth Beach - The Delaware State Police Community Outreach Unit will be hosting a Community Safety Day on Saturday May 7, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Jungle Jim’s located at 36944 Country Club Road, Rehoboth Beach.

The event is FREE to the public and will showcase a variety of special units including;

Police K9 Demonstration
State Police Aviation (Trooper 2)
Seatbelt Convincer
Fire Company Trucks and Demos
Conflict Management Team
Explosive Ordinance Disposal
Mounted Unit
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Ted Cruz Gets Call From Republican National Committee: You're Fired


Trump Won Every County in Every State on Tuesday

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump won every county in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut and Rhode Island in what some considered to be another super Tuesday.

Trump now has 949 pledged delegates, compared to 544 for Cruz and 153 for Kasich.

The Republican candidates will set their eyes on Indiana, which votes next Tuesday, for a mostly winner-take-all state with 57 delegates. A win for Trump would only propel him closer to the 1,237 delegate count needed to leave no doubt that he is indeed the Republican nominee.

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Obama Sides with Saudi Arabia, Promises to Block Bill Exposing Saudi Role in 9/11 Attacks

The Obama Administration has been lobbying Congress to block a bill that would allow Saudi Arabia’s government to be held accountable in American courts for any role it played in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

(Sputnik) — In addition to Obama’s efforts to keep information about 9/11 confidential, Saudi Arabia has threatened to sell hundreds of billions of dollars worth of its American assets if Congress passes the bill. In recent weeks, administration officials have been warning lawmakers of the bill’s potential economic fallout.The Obama Administration’s strict opposition to the 9/11 bill has left many family members of the terror attacks’ victims outraged.

​Mindy Kleinberg, whose husband died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, expressed her discontent in an interview with the New York Times.

“It’s stunning to think that our government would back the Saudis over its own citizens,” Kleinberg said.

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Woman Sees Shocking Sign in Target Bathroom Warning her About Men Using the Facilities

The whole Target transgender bathroom policy issue continues to be the talk of the town.

This time, a woman entered a restroom in Keizer, Oregon over the weekend and found a sign hung inside that left her “very shocked.”

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Debt Is Growing Faster Than Cash Flow By The Most On Record

By now it is a well-known fact that corporations have no real way of generating organic growth in this economy, so they are relying on two things to boost share prices: multiple expansion (courtesy of central banks) and debt-funded buybacks (courtesy of central banks), the latter of which requires the firm to generate excess incremental cash. Incidentally, as SocGen showed last year, all the newly created debt in the 20th century has gone for just one thing: to fund stock buybacks.

The problem with this is that if a firm is going to continue to add debt to its balance sheet in order to fund buybacks (and dividends), then it needs to be able to generate enough operational cash flow in order to service the debt. Even if one makes the argument that debt is cheap right now, which may be true, or that central banks are backstopping it, which is certainly true in Europe as of a month ago, the fact remains that principal balances come due eventually also, and while debt can be rolled over, at some point the inability to generate cash from the operations catches up with them; furthermore even a small increase in rates means the rolling debt strategy is dies a painful death, as early 2016 showed.

In the following chart we can see net debt growth skyrocketing nearly 30% y/y, while EBITDA (cash flow) has been contracting for the past year. In fact, as SocGen shows below, the difference in t

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John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz "A Miserable Son Of A Bitch, Lucifer In The Flesh"

Is the establishment's fervent hatred of Donald Trump starting a U-turn? It's still too early to know, however at least one core Republican, former house speaker John Boehner, has made it very clear he is not a fan of Ted Cruz. At all. So much so that according to NBC the former Republican House Speaker told an audience at Stanford University Wednesday that the Texas senator is "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch."

When asked about the 2016 presidential candidate at a forum hosted by Stanford in Government and the Stanford Speakers Bureau, Boehner drew laughter for making a face of disgust, according to the Stanford Daily.

"Lucifer in the flesh," Boehner said cited by the paper. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."

Boehner's shocking statement came because he was urged by the event's moderator, Professor David M. Kennedy, to be frank because the event was not being broadcasted. Perhaps Boehner did not realize people were still taking notes.

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Kenya Builds Wall Along Somali Border to Keep Al-Shabaab Jihadists Out

Kenya has announced it will begin erecting a nearly 435-mile-long wall along its northeastern border with Somalia to stem the flow of jihadists from the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab.

“This wall will help us check on people like al-Shabaab from crossing to and from Somalia. We will not limit movement of other people. There is a need for joint cooperation between both countries and our leaders in dealing with terrorism, which has affected us negatively,” Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery told reporters in Nairobi over the weekend, according to Defense News.

He reportedly added that “the security barrier consists of a concrete wall ringed with a barbed-wire electric fence and trenches. It will also have observation posts where electronic surveillance cameras will be installed to monitor movements on either side of the border.”

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'Suck It Up and Deal With It': Fed's Fisher Warns Next Rate Hike Will Cause Correction

The central bank's next interest rate hike will surely cause market pain, but the Federal Reserve should just get it over with as soon as possible, former Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said Wednesday.

"I would be prepared when they move — and I hope they move some time in June — there'll be a settling in of the market place. There will be a correction. Suck it up. Deal with it. That's reality," he told CNBC.

Fisher said the Fed has been unwilling to tighten monetary policy because it fears the potential resulting market volatility and economic weakness.

"The Fed has the markets on Ritalin, trying to keep the mood very smooth, keep volatility down as much as possible. As soon as they hint that they might remove that, then they create the problems that they're afraid of," he said.

The real economy is doing much better since the Fed's last meeting in March, Fisher said, noting that Argentina has returned to international bond markets, Chinese data looks better and demand for British bonds is strong.

"These are very robust markets. I would take advantage of that right now," he said.

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Trump's Take on Cruz VP Pick

Speaking with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday at a town hall event, Donald Trump said Ted Cruz picking Carly Fiorina as his running mate is a “waste of time.”

“It should be over, if Indiana treats us right, we’re gonna make America great again. Were gonna get rid of these politicians,” Trump said. “I mean, two days ago it was Kasich. They were gonna form an alliance and they were gonna collude and they were gonna get together, and then all of a sudden Kasich didn’t live up to his side of the deal and they’re fighting with each other. And now he’s doing the Carly thing. I just don’t see it. It’s awfully early, number one it’s very early. You’re not supposed to be doing it very early. But I don’t see it.”

Van Susteren then questioned who Trump had his mind as a VP pick, but Trump said he didn’t want to name anyone yet. “I have a lot of great people … but I’d like to finish the deal first.”

“You have to first get the nomination,” he added. “Here’s a guy picking a vice presidential candidate—he has zero chance, he has no path, it’s sorta crazy.”

Trump noted that after coming off of crushing defeats this week in the Acela primaries, at least the move got him in the news cycle.

Whether or not it will prove to help or hurt Cruz remains to be seen, but Trump seemed certain “people will not like it.”

As Guy noted on Wednesday, the “maneuver has the stench of a 'final throes' spasm from a campaign that fears it is doomed.”

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A Viewer Writes: Class Based Court System

No wonder Salisbury has one highest crime rates in the country and has the appearance of a slum in so many of its communities, and murders and fights are commonplace.

Citizens who are on fixed poverty level incomes can't who at end the end of the month struggle to have a few dollars left to buy bread can't qualify for a waiver of fees as pro se plaintiffs in this Wicomico courts without having to choose between doing without medical care or food.

It's shameful, its not the system most of us grew up with, clearly the system is very broken, if your poor or disabled its designed to be inaccessible, even the court house is handicap inexcusably to the physical barriers in the handicap reserved areas. Even wheel chairs are not made available in that area, and they should be.

Even if one chooses to do without and pay the fees is it worth it, if one can't get a fair hearing on fee waivers can one expect to get a fair hearing in their cause.

The Wicomico court system has shaken our trust, and we are left to fend for our rights without their help. We certainly no longer trust this court system to ask for justice. I guess that solves the fee waiver problem, as we are unlikely to seek justice in Wicomico because it does not appear to exist. Our trust in Wicomico Courts is forever shaken.

Trump Releases His Plan for 2nd Amendment... Leaves Millions Furious

One common criticism of billionaire businessman and presidential candidate Donald Trump is that he far too often speaks in vague generalities and rarely offers specifics about where he stands on the issues.

That is no longer the case, at least regarding his stance on gun rights and the Second Amendment, as Trump just released his official policy position on his campaign website.

“The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period,” the position paper began.

Trump went on to explain that the right to keep and bear arms is a right that pre-exists both the government and the Constitution, noting that government didn’t create the right, nor can it take it away.

He also rightly denoted the Second Amendment as “America’s first freedom,” pointing out that it helps protect all of the other rights we hold dear.

In order to protect and defend that right, Trump proposed tougher enforcement of laws that are already on the books, rather than adding new gun control laws.

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Richard Grenell: Trump's Foreign Policy Tough, Clear and a Challenge to Beltway Elites

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump delivered a 40-minute detailed foreign policy speech today highlighting his views on trade, terrorism, economic freedom, Iran and China. Trump used a teleprompter to articulate a clear vision in which he said he would implement a foreign policy "that replaces randomness with purpose" and where "the American people are first."

"We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Barack Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos, and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper," said Trump.

Trump made five key points, the first of which was that "U.S. resources are depleted." Trump blamed deficits, debt, low growth and open borders, saying America must "regain our financial independence and strength." Trump went on to chastise our allies for not paying enough for their own safety, claiming only four other countries in NATO pay the required 2% of GDP on defense spending. "Our allies must contribute toward the financial, political and human costs of our tremendous security burden or "the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves."

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BREAKING: Norovirus Sickens 159 On Cruise Ship Headed To Baltimore

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Passengers on a cruise ship docked in Virginia have been sickened with norovirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Balmoral, which is docked Friday in Norfolk, reports 159 crew and passengers have reported being sick. The ship operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines left Britain April 16.

A company spokeswoman, Ruth Burton, says conditions have improved and there are currently just seven guests in isolation. There are more than 1,400 passengers and crew aboard.

The CDC says it plans to have staff to evaluate the ship when it arrives in Baltimore on Saturday or Sunday.

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Our Rigged Republic: America Is Getting It

A GROWING NUMBER OF AMERICAS RECOGNIZE THE DECKS ARE STACKED AGAINST THEM

There’s a new Reuters/ Ipsos poll out this week lending credence to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump‘s contention that America’s presidential selection process is “rigged.”

You know … assuming that hasn’t been made abundantly clear by now.

Anyway, Trump’s view of the primary process – echoed by independent socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders – is gaining significant traction among the American electorate.

According to the poll, 47.2 percent of Americans said they agreed with the following statement: The current system of presidential primaries and caucuses are ‘rigged’ against some candidates. By contrast, only 23.6 percent of respondents said they disagreed with that statement. The rest – 29.5 percent – said they were unsure.

For the visual learners among us (red, rigged; yellow, not sure; green, not rigged) …

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Carlson selling Hotel Group to Chinese Company

The company said China's HNA can better handle the industry's competitive pressures.

The Carlson Cos. said Wednesday that it has sold its Radisson chain and the rest of its hotel business to a Chinese conglomerate, as competitive pressures drive an ongoing consolidation of the hospitality industry.

The Carlson Hotel Group is one of the top-10 largest hospitality companies in the world, operating more than 1,400 hotels in more than 110 countries and territories. In addition to various Radisson brands, its portfolio includes Park Plaza Hotels and Country Inn and Suites.

But the company pointed to the “larger economics” of the industry in explaining the decision to sell to HNA Tourism Group, whose businesses span aviation, hospitality, finance and online services. HNA said in a prepared statement that it plans to “accelerate growth by investing substantially in the business.”

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Why in Heaven's Name Aren't Teeth Considered Part of Our Health?

It is estimated that 108 million Americans have no dental insurance.

When we talk about the successes and shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act, and health care in the U.S. in general, little attention is given to dental care. While the ACA defines dental coverage as an essential benefit for those under 18, insurers aren’t required to offer dental coverage for adults. Medicare, the nation’s largest insurer, doesn’t cover routine dental work. And coverage for adults through Medicaid varies from state to state.

It is estimated that 108 million Americans have no dental insurance, and that one in four nonelderly Americans has untreated tooth decay.

Oral health isn’t just about nice teeth. As the surgeon general noted in a 2000 report, oral health is intimately connected to general health and can be implicated in or exacerbate diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and complications during pregnancy.

The absence of comprehensive dental care exacts a toll on millions of Americans in terms of poor health, pain and the social stigma associated with bad teeth.

People desperately need dental care.

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Saudi Arabia and 9/11: The Kingdom May Be in for a Nasty Shock

Authority is shifting, and the current king isn't handling it well.

Foreign leaders visiting King Salman of Saudi Arabia have noticed that there is a large flower display positioned just in front of where the 80-year-old monarch sits. On closer investigation, the visitors realised that the purpose of the flowers is to conceal a computer which acts as a teleprompter, enabling the King to appear capable of carrying on a coherent conversation about important issues.

One visiting U.S. delegation meeting with King Salman recently observed a different method of convincing visitors—or at least television viewers watching the encounter—that he can deal with the escalating crises facing Saudi Arabia. The king did not look at the group but at a giant television screen hanging from the ceiling of the room on which was appearing prompts. Simon Henderson, the Saudi expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who tells the story, writes that off to one side in the room was an aide who “furiously hammered talking points into a keyboard.”

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Oklahoma court: Oral sex not rape if victim unconscious from alcohol

TULSA, Okla., (UPI) -- An Oklahoma court has shocked local prosecutors by ruling that, according to state law, oral sex with an unconscious victim is not rape.

The state's criminal appeals court made the unanimous ruling late last month, setting off fierce opinions about how many of the country's laws have troublingly antiquated ideas about rape.

The ruling stems from a 2014 case of a 17-year-old boy allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old girl after offering to drive the girl -- who witnesses said was drunk and unconscious -- to her grandmother's house.

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Half Of Americans Believe The Presidential Nominating Process Is ‘Rigged’ And In Need Of Urgent Intervention, Claims New Poll [Report]

Half of Americans believe the presidential nominating system that parties use to select their nominees is “rigged,” and more than two-thirds would want the process changed, according to the results of a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

More than 47 percent people said that they believe that the presidential nominating system is “rigged” against particular candidates, according to the poll results, while only 23 percent people appeared to place full confidence in the system. Twenty-three percent of the voters said that they were “unsure” about the credibility of the nominating system.

The results of this new poll come as calls to put the electoral nominating system under increasing scrutiny have gathered pace over the last few days. Allegations of a “rigged” party culture, coupled with constant murmurs of voter suppression in various parts of the country during this nominating season, have called into question the very credibility of the system, and as the current poll shows, this belief is held by a wide share of the American public.

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Here are TWO Similar Stories To The Salisbury University Racial incident, Both Deans Fired

U. Missouri president, chancellor resign over handling of racial incidents

After weeks of escalating student protests and the threat of a football team boycott, the president of the University of Missouri system resigned Monday, forced out amid complaints that he had done too little to address racism and other ugly incidents on campus.

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin — who oversees the university’s main campus in Columbia, Mo. — also will step down, the university system’s governing body, the Board of Curators, announced Monday evening. Loftin plans to leave his position at the end of the year and move to a new role within the university as director for research facility development.


The unseating of two of the university’s top leaders was a swift victory for student activists, who had been railing against what they see as a divisive racial climate on the midwestern campus. They have accused Missouri’s president, Tim Wolfe, of not addressing racist and bigoted incidents this academic year, including when the undergraduate student body president was called the n-word, when a white student climbed onto a stage and shouted slurs as a black group rehearsed a skit, and more recently when a swastika was drawn on a wall with human feces.



Ithaca College president resigns after protests over race issues


After months of protests and no-confidence votes by students and faculty this fall, Ithaca College’s president announced Thursday that he would step down in July 2017.

Student protesters, angered by what they felt was an insufficient response to racist incidents on campus, have been calling for Tom Rochon’s resignation with “die-ins” and other events, mirroring demonstrations over race and bias incidents on many campuses across the country in recent months. From Yale to Claremont McKenna to Princeton to Towson, students marched, occupied administration offices, and presented lists of demands.

At the University of Missouri, the system president and the university chancellor resigned after protests all but paralyzed the public university’s campus, and students at many universities began or amplified their efforts to make changes. The day after that resignation, Rochon, Ithaca’s president, announced he was creating a chief diversity officer position, but hundreds of students gathered, shouting “no confidence!”

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35 bankers were sent to prison for financial crisis crimes

The idea that no bankers went to prison for crimes related to the financial crisis is a myth, according to the watchdog overseeing the federal government's bailout fund.

There have been 35 bankers sentenced to prison, said Christy Goldsmith Romero, the special inspector general for the Troubled Assets Relief Program (SIGTARP), in a report to Congress released Thursday.

More than $400 billion in TARP funds were distributed to banks that were in danger of failing during the financial crisis. The TARP inspector general has been prosecuting cases of fraud in the use of those funds.

Many of the crimes involved relatively small amounts of money at smaller banks, rather than massive fraud at Wall Street banks.

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‘American Idol’ Owner Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

A top reality show producer, Core Media currently has $398 million in debt.

Core Media Group, the company behindAmerican Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York.

Core was founded a decade ago and was recently brought into a joint venture owned by 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management. But as Idol has now aired its last show, it appears as though Core envisions some restructuring. In the bankruptcy filing, the company says it owes $398 million to third parties including from two matured loans from Tennenbaum Capital Partners, Crestview Media Investors, Bayside Capital and Hudson Bay Capital Management.

Idol creator Simon Fuller is the company’s no. 1 unsecured creditor and is owed $3.37 million. A payment demand on April 11 from Fuller is one of the factors cited in the bankruptcy papers as contributing to the decision to file for bankruptcy. A declaration filed in court says that after Fuller left in 2010, he was given a profit share of his shows and money as a consultant. A statutory demand for payment served by Fuller in the U.K. brought the prospect that he could commence winding-up proceedings on Core affiliate 19 Entertainment.

As the second biggest unsecured creditor, former Core chief Marc Graboff, who is now overseeing studio operations at Discovery, is owed $1.32 million in severance.

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Ted Cruz's Carly Fiorina VP Pick Could Backfire--Badly

On Tuesday, Donald Trump crushed the opposition, winning 110 of the 119 bound delegates available in the “Acela primary” of northeastern states. Ted Cruz tried to bounce back by naming former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his Vice Presidential pick. Cruz is hoping that Fiorina’s roots in California could help him compete better in that state’s crucial June 7 primary. But the Fiorina pick could well assure Donald Trump the GOP nomination.

Donald Trump outperformed by 35 delegates in recent states

There’s no other way to put it: Donald Trump has been on a tear, strongly outperforming projections about his late April delegate count.

On March 21, FiveThirtyEight projected that Trump would gain 71, 31, 19, 10, 16, and 15 bound delegates in New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, respectively. Instead, Trump gained 89, 38, 28, 10, 17, and 16, respectively: an outperformance of 35 delegates.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver Announces: Evolution Craft Brewing Company Program ‘PINTS FOR THE PUPPIES’

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and Humane Society of Wicomico County Executive Director Aaron Balsamo were pleased to accept a check in the amount of $1,000 from Evo’s program ‘PINTS FOR THE PUPPIES’.

‘PINTS FOR THE PUPPIES’ was a great way to raise funds for the Humane Society during their recent crisis. For every pint of beer purchased, EVO donated $1.00 to the program.

The Humane Society of Wicomico County and the community are very grateful for this thoughtful contribution to the rescued puppies.

SpaceX just landed a coveted $83 million military contract

Watch SpaceX rocket lift off with Jason-3 satellite

Elon Musk's SpaceX has been awarded an $82.7 million contract to send a U.S. Air Force satellite into space, shattering Boeing-Lockheed's long-held monopoly over military launches.

The contract to launch the Air Force's next generation GPS satellite in 2018 opens a lucrative new revenue stream for SpaceX, which plans to keep costs low by re-using its first-stage rockets.

A successful launch would also prove that the military has more than one option for sensitive launches.

Awarding the contract to SpaceX "achieves a balance between mission success, meeting operational needs, lowering launch costs, and reintroducing competition for National Security Space missions," said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space.

Curt Schilling: ESPN employs ‘some of the biggest racists in sports commentating’

Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN last week for “unacceptable conduct,” which was understood to involve his penchant for sharing politically controversial comments and memes via social media. Now the former pitcher is apparently free to train his fire squarely on the network that parted ways with him.

In an interview Wednesday with the “Breitbart News Patriot Forum” on Sirius XM radio, Schilling said, “Some of the most racist things that I’ve ever heard come out of people that are on the air at ESPN.

“There are some of the biggest racists in sports commentating, and you take it for what it is,” the 49-year-old continued. “You know who they are, you know what they are. I like that they are open because then you know who they are. You know that they exist.”

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Subject: Congress Warned Against Sending Taxpayer Funds to Russia for Rocket Engines

Conservative advocacy groups warned members of Congress against lifting restrictions on the government’s purchase of Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines for use during national security space launches.

Leaders at Americans for Tax Reform and the Center for Individual Freedom appealed to members of the House Armed Services Committee ahead of a hearing Wednesday asking lawmakers to not allow the United States to send hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to a Russian manufacturer with ties to President Vladimir Putin.

Both groups reacted to suspicions that some members of Congress would propose lifting restrictions on the Pentagon’s purchase of the Russian-made rocket engines during a markup of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday.

“Besides the fact that America has launch systems more than capable of delivering our hardware into space well into the next decade, lifting the ban is a terrible mistake in terms of boosting one of our main international rivals and undermining the billions that we spend defending against Russia,” wrote Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, in a letter to Rep. Mac Thornberry (R., Tx.), who chairs the House Armed Services Committee.

“Purchasing these engines would only serve to boost Vladimir Putin’s military-industrial complex and put our allies around the globe in further danger,” Norquist wrote.

At the heart of the issue is the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin based in Colorado with a major factory in Alabama that has received government subsidies to launch national security satellites for years. The alliance’s Atlas V rocket uses Russian-manufactured engines.

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Legal Aid Challenges Ban at Maryland Farm

A Maryland orchard and police unconstitutionally prevented a nonprofit from informing migrant workers about their rights and social services, legal aides claim in a federal complaint.

The Legal Aid Bureau Inc, which also goes by Maryland Legal Aid, says its employees make a point of reaching out to migrant and seasonal agricultural workers at least once a year to discuss minimum wage and other rights noncitizens might not know about.
With seasonal workers often living in employer-controlled housing, Legal Aid might be their only access to free legal advice concerning overtime, safe housing, workplace health and safety, and social services, according to the April 20 complaint.


Legal Aid and one of its attorneys, Nohora Rivero, say they ran into an obstacle this past summer, however, while trying to visit Fruits and Vegetables by Lewis Orchard, better known as Lewis Orchards, in Dickerson.


When Rivero and a summer clerk visited the Lewis Orchards on Aug. 18 to speak with its 12 noncitizen workers, farm owners Linda and Robert Lewis "ordered the Legal Aid employees to leave," according to the complaint.


"Linda Lewis immediately called the Montgomery County Police Department, which dispatched Officer Kettering to the scene," the complaint states.


In addition to the Lewises and their farm, Legal Aid's lawsuit names Montgomery County as a defendant, plus Police Chief J. Thomas Manger and Officer Alexander Kettering.


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Networks Blackout Hassan Scandal

National news networks have ignored the sex scandal that has dominated headlines in the New Hampshire Senate race, a Washington Free Beacon analysis found.

The Boston Globe’s March revelation that Gov. Maggie Hassan’s husband Tom hushed up a sexual misconduct scandal while working as principal of the Phillips Exeter Academy has stirred controversy in the Granite State.

The story, published by the newspaper’s Spotlight division—the subject of an Academy Award-winning film of the same name—led to several other allegations of sexual misconduct against teachers. One teacher has been forced to resign. The story has come to dominate headlines and broadcasts of local media, but has so far failed to capture any attention from national outlets despite its role in a key Senate race.

The story appears to have all of the necessary ingredients for significant media attention. Campus sexual assault controversies have dominated headlines in recent years. Hassan is running against freshman Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte in a race that could determine the Senate majority in November. Still, national outlets have failed to cover the story.

The words “Phillips Exeter Academy” appeared in national media markets just three times since the Globe story broke, and zero times in the news division of the largest networks, according to IQ Media, a television-monitoring database. CNBC mentioned the private boarding school in a rerun of Undercover Boss on April 23, while Oprah’s OWN network mentioned it during broadcasts of Undercover Boss: Canada and Family Feud.

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Maryland colleges rank among the most affordable in the country, but that’s changing

Maryland provides some of the most economical college options in the country, but a series of policy changes dialing back financial support for the neediest students is endangering the ability of many families to afford higher education in the state, according to a new study.

The study, a collaboration between the Higher Education Policy Institute, Vanderbilt University and the University of Pennsylvania, examined how dwindling state investment in higher education and the subsequent rise in tuition has pushed college out of reach for low-income and middle-income families across the country. Researchers found that despite the economic recovery, college is far less affordable than it was before the 2008 recession.

The state grants and scholarships that made it possible for the neediest students to obtain a degree have dried up, just as the families of those students contend with stagnant wages that make it difficult to cover costs.

“No state will be able to really meet their projected workforce needs unless they educate these low-income students. That realization just hasn’t hit yet,” said Joni Finney, director of the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-author of the study.

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Ben Carson Hates To See Genocidal Slave Owner Andrew Jackson Replaced On The $20 Bill

He thinks Harriet Tubman should go on the rarely circulated $2 bill instead.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has a pretty terrible suggestion for how to get a woman on U.S. currency without bumping Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill: put Harriet Tubman on the rarely used $2 bill instead.

After news broke that the U.S. Treasury intends to replace Jackson with Tubman, the former GOP presidential hopeful told Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto he disagreed with the decision.

“Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget, where we had no national debt,” Carson said in an interview Wednesday. “In honor of that, we kick him off of the money.”

“I love Harriet Tubman, I love what she did,” Carson continued. “But we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill.”

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