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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Dow Jones Plunges 512 Points; But Don't Worry, President Obama's Birthday Parties Unaffected

Uh, what in the world is going on here?

That humongous hard-fought debt ceiling deal that was supposed to settle things down in D.C. financially and politically seems to be doing precisely the opposite there and now around the world. And all within 48 hours.

Europe isn't buying the deal.


Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

After the Salisbury Police contacted Mr. Robinson today, his Son was out taking down the stickers that were all over the Downtown area and I just happened to be there with my camera.

My hat is tipped to this young man for doing the right thing. Of course Sr. was nowhere to be found, as most clean up the dirty work for him. It's nice to see his Son being the bigger man.

'Grease' Actress Annette Charles dies at 63

Just a few months after her "Grease" co-star Jeff Conaway died, actress Annette Charles, known to "Grease" fans as Cha Cha, passed away at age 63, CNN has confirmed.
Her rep says that she died at her home in Los Angeles on Wednesday night due to complications from cancer. According to TMZ, she'd learned of her condition just a few months ago.


My children were on their electric scooters about a half an hour ago and I was jogging behind them.  They were a little bit ahead of me, but still pretty close and a small silver suv slowed.  The man inside asked if they wanted a ride and my daughter said "no" and turned around to get back to me.  We live in a neighborhood off of Crooked Oak Lane.  There are several neighborhoods around here where children are outside playing.  I doubt he was just trying to be nice because my daughters were on electric scooters in daylight and didn't look like they were in need of a ride.  I just want to warn everyone to be on the look out.

Jury Finds Sect Leader Guilty Of Sexual Assault

San Angelo, Texas (CNN) -- A Texas jury on Thursday found polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs guilty of two counts of sexual assault on a child.

Jeffs, who represented himself after firing his defense team, remained stoic as the verdict was read. Jurors will decide his fate after hearing additional witness testimony in the penalty phase of the trial, which began Thursday evening.


So The Mayor Doesn't Want To Believe There's A Problem On The Plaza, Eh?

No sooner did I tell the Mayor I'd start keeping tabs on what's going on down on the Plaza I ran across this gentleman drinking alcohol on one of the park benches. Mind you Folks, this guy stunk to high heaven as well.

If the Mayor ever had any conversations with Public Works he'd very quickly learn of all of the alcohol collected daily on the Plaza as well.

The homeless are urinating all over the place and while I'm paying some $7,000.00 a year in taxes, I'm NOT going to stand for it.

The Mayor may have blind eyes by claiming he hasn't seen anything, I will promise all of you this. I will be his eyes and ears, (since he can't seem to OPEN his) and will provide my findings right here on Salisbury News.

More to come...

Can You Name All The Things Wrong With This Picture?

How Much Worse Can It Get

Well, I guess we should just start getting used to this kind of blight when the Mayor and City Council continue to remain blind as to what's going on right in front of their eyes.

Graffiti, stickers, trash, a stolen Welcome To Salisbury Sign, homeless living on the Downtown Plaza, prostitutes soliciting themselves in front of the Government Office Building.

The Mayor is too afraid of lawsuits from the homeless to do anything about it, stating they have a constitutional right to live wherever they want. UNBELIEVABLE! Yet the City can't afford to house the larger volume of homeless people on the streets every day because of his hero Obama and their liberal ways.

So, get used to this Folks because the pictures I provide simply don't lie.


Markets in free fall. Military training in Boston. Self immolation on courthouse steps not reported by MSM. DHS calling Ron Paul supporters potential terrorists. And here is a disturbing list of troop movements across the country. I think this Fourth Turning is about to get real interesting real soon.

Footage of Mass Troop Movements Across U.S. – Are They Getting Ready?

Editor’s Note: We’ve long reported about the training of US military personnel for domestic deployment in the event of large scale economic breakdown, civil unrest, terrorism, and catastrophic natural disasters like asteroids.   It is clear based on historical precedent that the government would hold off as long as possible before alerting the American people of an impending disaster or emergency. We strongly believe that if an ‘event’ was imminent, details and clues would emerge through alternative news reports across the internet – most of which would trickle in from user comments, forum postings, video uploads, and independent research groups like The Intel Hub. Most, if not all, of that information would be ignored and/or discredited by mainstream media, especially if the government knew of such an event and expected pandemonium and hysteria as a result. Nonetheless, it has been our mission to report on the out-of-the-ordinary occurrences in the world in the hopes of alerting our readers to fan hitting scenarios. Non-traditional news reporting may be the only preemptive warning system we have. While we urge readers not to panic, we suggest, as always, to be aware of what’s going on around you and consider the possibilities – and to plan accordingly.

In the last month and a half, The Intel Hub has received hundreds of credible tips from citizens who witnessed and or photographed domestic military/foreign movements within The United States.

While some of the reports can be written off as normal troop movements, the sheer amount of reports indicates something possibly more sinister.

To top it off, a large majority of military vehicles that have been spotted were not painted for desert conditions, rather they were sporting digital and city camouflage.

We now have reports and video evidence of multiple military convoys traveling in and around Portland Oregon.

This comes just days after The Intel Hub released photos sent to them by a concerned citizen that showed a military convoy of tanks, humvees, and jeeps, in the same type of camouflage and a week after multiple sightings of black helicopters throughout The United States.

Clyde Lewis, a veteran radio host, has had multiple callers report military movements seen in both Portland and Oregon City, Oregon.
As reported on Ground Zero, troop movements and or military movements have been reported on Ground Zero for several nights now. A caller phoned in that she witnessed that largest movement of Military vehicles, (Tanks, cannons, and other vehicles) through Portland and then southbound.
Another listener Jim sent us three known videos of this train From You Tube and the shots from witnesses are nothing short of breathtaking. Each video shows the movement of Military vehicles not painted for desert operations, but with digital or city camouflage. The question is where are these hundreds of vehicles going and for what reason?


Rate On 15-Year Mortgage Falls To Record Low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average rate on a 15-year fixed mortgage has fallen to a record low, leading to an increase in refinancing applications. But cheaper loans are unlikely to lift the struggling housing market or boost the weak economy.

The rate on the 15-year loan, a popular refinancing option, dropped to 3.54 percent this week from 3.66 percent last week, Freddie Mac said Thursday. That's the lowest since the mortgage buyer began tracking it in 1991. Analysts say they believe it is lowest rate of all time.

The average rate on the 30-year fixed loan fell to a yearly low of 4.39 percent from 4.55 percent the previous week.


Teacher Of The Year

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. -- She was congratulated by the President of the United States in May for being named the teacher of the year.

Now, Michele Shearer is recognized as the first teacher from Frederick County to ever reach this level.

The Urbana High School chemistry teacher has had a whirlwind summer and a lot of recognition, but she keeps a level head about it all.


Bank Tries To Foreclose On Gas Station Owner For Being One Day Late With Mortgage Payment

A gas station owner in Florida's monthly mortgage payment bounced on October 12th. The next day he put the money required into the bank account. In November and December he tried to make his mortgage payments as normal, but BB&T wouldn't take his money. 10 months later, they still won't take it. Instead, they want to foreclose on his gas station. All for being one day late.

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(York, PA) Police have charged a Pennsylvania man with the assault of a woman on Interstate 83 in Baltimore County after rear-ending her vehicle.

The accused is Michael Henshaw, 30, of the 400 block of Old Stone Way in York, Pennsylvania. He is charged criminally with second degree assault, reckless endangerment and robbery. Additionally, he is charged with driving on a suspended, out-of-state license, reckless driving, negligent driving, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

On August 2, Maryland State Police issued a composite sketch of Henshaw and a description of his vehicle, which had sustained front end damage during the incident. After receiving numerous calls from residents who recognized the drawing, Maryland State Police investigators, assisted by Pennsylvania State Police in York, were able to locate Henshaw at his residence. Henshaw was taken into police custody without incident. Currently, he is being held at Central Booking in Pennsylvania, awaiting extradition to Maryland.

On Friday evening, July 29, 2011, at approximately 10:00 p.m., a woman was driving north on I-83, near York Road, when her vehicle was struck from behind. Both vehicles pulled over and both drivers exited their vehicles.

Henshaw, believed to be driving the Jeep at the time, allegedly pleaded with the woman and offered money to settle the incident without police involvement. When the woman attempted to dial 9-1-1 from her cell phone, Henshaw knocked her to the ground. He reportedly grabbed her phone, and assaulted her, punching her multiple times.

During the altercation, she was eventually able to break away. Once free, she ran back to her vehicle and fled the scene.

The investigation continues…

Two Years Ago Today

Former Congressman Frank Kratovil stood in front of a heated crowd for a Town Hall Meeting. The message on the wall says a lot, doesn't it.

Bill Gordy Is History

Bill Gordy, Deputy Fire Chief of the Salisbury Fire department is history, gone, see ya.

While many have been awaiting such an announcement for many, many years, Bill Gordy is no longer in charge of the Volunteers. He resigned his position and the SFD is aggressively looking for his replacement from within.

This is a volunteer position and while we wish Bill Gordy well, the taxpayers can finally feel a sense of relief from the overspending and know the Good Ol' Boy system is finally done and over with.

Let's just hope the attention/funding now turns to the Salisbury Police Department instead.


Short-Term Yields Going Negative As BoNY Announces It Will Charge 13 bps Fee On Deposits

The stunner in this morning’s newsflow (the long, long overdue market collapse which is a much needed catalyst for QE3 should not surprise anyone), comes out of the WSJ which has just reported that the Bank of New York has informed institutional clients it will begin charging a fee of 13 bps on deposits in excess of 110% of the client’s monthly average. This is nothing short of outright terrorism to get everyone out of cash and into fiat-based ponzi products. Such as Short Term Bills. Indeed, as was reported earlier the 3 Month bill just hit zero. But you ain’t seen nothing yet. As Credit Suisse strategist Ira Jersey reports, courtesy of Bloomberg,  “If this is true then we’re likely to see short-end interest rates actually go negative. By what degree depends on who else follows and how much money is involved.” Cue unpredictable consequences of a totally broken bond market. What happens next will likely make the market dislocations following Lehman like a breezy walk in the park.


BREAKING NEWS: Stocks Plunge In Near-Panic Selling As Dow Drops 512 Points

A day in front of the July employment report, stocks plunged across the board Thursday on worries about the health of the global economy. The 512.76-point selloff was the 9th worst on record for the Dow, on a points basis, and all three of the major market indexes are now lower on the year.
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Salisbury Police Department Press Releases

On August 3, 2011 at approximately 4:30 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police received a call to respond to the area of Barclay Street for the report of a trespasser. Upon arrival the officers found the below listed suspect involved in an altercation with an adult male. Officers tried, without success, to calm the suspect who attempted to assault the male in the presence of the officers.

ARRESTED: Kasiane (nmn) Apostolopoulous, 47 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland
CHARGES: Disorderly conduct
Attempted second degree assault
Failure to obey a lawful order
DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking
CC # 201100030306

On August 3, 2011 at approximately 9:30 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police received a call to respond to a residence on the four hundred (400) block of Lake Street for the report of a domestic altercation. Upon arrival the officers made contact with the below three (3) suspects who advised that they had become involved in a domestic argument. The argument resulted in each suspect assaulting each other.

ARRESTED #1: Mary Emma Williams, 49 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland
ARRESTED #2: Christopher Eric Williams, 23 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland
ARRESTED #3: Mechelle Janee Fields, 20 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland
CHARGES: All charged with second degree assault
DISPOSITION: All released to Central Booking
CC # 201100030328

On August 3, 2011 at approximately 10:42 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police Department received a call to respond to the Wawa Food Store on South Salisbury Boulevard for the report of a trespasser. Upon arrival the officers found the below listed suspect who had received a previous warning regarding trespassing at the Wawa store. The suspect was arrested and during a search of his person, incident to arrest, the officers located a smoking device containing suspected marijuana residue and a quantity of suspected marijuana.

ARRESTED: Joseph Hamilton Brown, 27 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland
CHARGES: Trespassing
Possession of marijuana
Possession of CDS/Paraphernalia

DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking
CC # 201100030340


Youth mob’s victim: Attackers “were laughing and making comments”

Jeremy Schenkel was trying to catch a train home when he became the first victim of last Friday night’s Center City youth mob attacks.

The 23-year-old Northeast Philadelphia resident had just left his job as a building engineer at the 1500 Locust Apartments around 9 p.m. and was walking north on 15th Street near Sansom Street.

It was a normal summer weekend night. People were out and about, but, overall, it was quiet, he said.
Then he saw a mob of young people running towards him. About two dozen males were out front and a large group of girls behind them, he said.

For a split second, he thought, “flash mob.” But the youths did not look angry.

“They were laughing and making comments,” he said. “I just figured they were a group of kids running around doing something stupid.”

He moved out of the way, trying to let the crowd pass. A shirtless youth led the pack.

“One of them said something to get my attention, but I barely looked over,” he said.

That’s when the shirtless youth punched him in the head, he said, the first blow in a rampage that would make headlines, prompt city officials to load Center City with police officers this week, and draw a pledge for a comprehensive response from Mayor Nutter.


USCG 221st Birthday

On August 4, 1790, President George Washington put pen to paper and created the Revenue Cutter Service. That service of “a few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws” has grown into America’s maritime first responder. For 221 years, the United States Coast Guard has protected Americans on the sea, protected America from threats delivered by sea and protected the sea itself.

As the only military service with the ability to enforce laws within our borders and the only law enforcement agency authorized to enforce them outside our borders, the Coast Guard has evolved from its early beginnings but perhaps never so much as it has over the past decade. As America prepares to recognize the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Coast Guard men and women are deployed throughout the world sharing their expertise in border protection, drug interdiction and counter-terrorism with our allies while their Shipmates stand a taut watch protecting the homeland.

“Every day I am sustained by the enthusiasm, excitement and pride of being a member of our Service,” said Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp in his annual Coast Guard Day address. “As we celebrate Coast Guard Day, I encourage the entire Coast Guard Family – active, reserve, civilian, retired, auxiliary and contractors – to take a moment and honor those who served before us to make the U.S. Coast Guard the premier maritime service it is today.”

Each week, Coast Guard Compass takes the opportunity to honor an individual throughout – and occasionally outside of – the service as Shipmate of the Week. On this Coast Guard Day, we invite all of you to share the story of a Coast Guardsman who has made a positive difference in your community in the comment section below.

Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Release

Terri Lashay Jones of Crisfield, arrested 7-28-11 on a warrant regarding failing to appear in court. Jones was held on a $500.00 bond.
Juvenile arrested 7-28-11 regarding stolen county road signs. On 7-28-11 the Somerset County Sheriff's Office received information that a residence on Byrdtown Rd, Crisfield had stolen county road signs in there garage. Deputies arrested a male juvenile who addmitted to removing the road signs from different locations in the county. The juvenile was charged with theft under $500.00, and later released to his parents pending juvenile court actions. The signs were returned to the Somerset County Roads Department. 
Nichole Marie Albrecht of Crisfield, arrested 7-29-11 on a warrant regarding violation of probation. Albrecht was held without bond.
Jack Graham Shelton of Salisbury, arrested 8-1-11 on a warrant regarding harassment, and telephone misuse. Shelton was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
Jackie Lynn Crockett of Crisfield, arrested 8-2-11 on warrants regarding failing to appear in court, and violation of probation. Crocket was held on a $30,000 bond.
Brandon Lamar Maddox of Baltimore, arrested 8-3-11 on a warrant regarding failing to pay fines in District Court. Maddox was held on a $3,150.00 bond.

BREAKING NEWS: Deal Reached To End FAA Shutdown

Sen. Harry Reid says a bipartisan agreement has been reached to end the partial shutdown of the FAA
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BREAKING NEWS: Stocks Headed For Massive Losses As Close Approaches

With 30 minutes remaining in the session, the Dow is staring at a loss of more than 400 points, and has now erased all of its 2011 gains. Oil plunged, gold is lower by $12 an ounce and the yield on the 10-year Treasury has fallen to 2.45%.  The Nasdaq Composite is off 109 points, or 4.1%.
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Reward For Vandalism Of Two Salisbury City Council Members Properties

Isn't This The Same As Graffiti?

When a local business owner has a bunch of kids patronizing his business and those kids possibly take these stickers and place them on the fronts of local businesses illegally, as well as structures like light poles and power boxes, should the business owner be held responsible?

John Robinson always seems to take the I'm innocent route in whatever he does but now the Downtown Plaza is subjected to his new stickers all over the Downtown area.

To me, it's no different from graffiti and he should be warning his customers to stop and or local law enforcement should start writing citations for this illegal activity.

Funny thing is, if Joe Albero or SBYNews had our stickers all over buildings and structures Downtown, I'd get arrested, fined or sued. Think about that first before you comment.

BREAKING NEWS: Virginia Tech Lifts Campus Alert

Virginia Tech says the campus alert has been lifted and the university can resume normal activity following reports that a person on campus may have been carrying a gun.
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In Fear For Their Life In Downtown Salisbury, Maryland

Scared, disgusted, appalled in disbelief! These are some of the words that would describe my experience last night while drive through the Downtown Plaza of Salisbury, Maryland.

I live outside the city and can honestly say it has been years since I have been near the Downtown area in the late evening hours. However last night, do to a family emergency, I found myself driving through the city around 11:15pm and I was shocked.

I have heard people talk about how the area has gone downhill and the amount of homeless people that have taken up residency and I can tell you it is the truth.

I drove by the court house and I notice a woman (prostitute) standing on the corner of the flashing stop light. I have to stop and when I do she starts to approach my car. Call me sheltered by I am not accustom to this. I then turn down the road that WMDT is on and I see 2 men sleeping on the sidewalk in front of their building. I also notice as I am leaving the area that their are several people standing outside the area of the old Feldman's building.

The one thing I didn't see was any sign of the local police department, and I find that very sad.

I know that a lot of those building Downtown have apartments in them and I truly feel for the residents and their safety.

I will end with this, I have heard people refer the the City of Salisbury as "Little Baltimore" now I can honestly say they are 100% correct.

Should Pediatricians 'Fire' Patients Whose Parents Don't Vaccinate?

Recently, my 4-year-old got poked five times, and vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella, diptheria, tetanus and pertussis — among other nasties — coursed into her loudly protesting body.

Within hours, she'd spiked a fever, one of the potential side effects of some immunizations, and complained about sore thighs where the injections were delivered. Once she calmed down, she was curious about the source of her misery: “Why I got to get shots to make me healthy?”

Parton Apologizes For Dollywood T-Shirt Incident

After a woman was asked to turn a T-shirt reading "Marriage is so gay" inside out while attempting to visit Dollywood's Splash Country in early July, Dolly Parton has issued a personal apology for the incident.
The woman, who according to the Atlantic was attending the park along with her wife and the children of a friend, was asked by the host at Dollywood's Splash Country to turn her shirt inside out at the park's entrance.


BREAKING NEWS: Stocks Fall Further, Dow Down 400 Points

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to its low for the day, down 400 points in a broad-based selloff that spared no corners of the stock market. The Dow, Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 were all down more than 3% and are on pace for their biggest drops in more than a year.

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Democrats Turn To Online Sales Tax For New Revenues Following Debt Battle

While the nation was captivated by the debt crisis – and whether tax increases would be part of any deal to reduce federal deficits – a group of Democratic senators and congressmen have rolled out legislation that would raise new revenues by targeting online sales from retailers like Wal-Mart and Best Buy.

These lawmakers say that states are losing billions in uncollected state and local sales tax on Internet sales and are touting the support of online retailers like Amazon who say they’re fine with an across-the-board system that would make tax collections simple.


BREAKING NEWS: Steep Selloff In Stocks Not Letting Up

With about two hours to go in the trading day, stocks remained mired in a steep selloff, battered by growing concerns over the health of the global economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was lower by 335 points, having fallen by as much as 372 points earlier in the day. Oil was off sharply, as was gold, while Treasuries rallied.

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Black Student Sues Minnesota High School For Celebrating 'Wigger Day'

A black student is suing her former Minnesota high school for celebrating "Wednesday Wigger Day," where white students pretended to be black during homecoming week, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday.

Quera Pruitt, who graduated from Red Wing High School last year, filed the lawsuit last week, saying the "wigger" celebration caused her to be so depressed that she almost dropped out of school.


Guatemalan Judge Orders U.S. Couple To Return Adopted Child

A Guatemalan judge has ordered a U.S. couple to return their adopted daughter to her birth mother, siding with a human rights group that says the girl was stolen by a child trafficking ring and put up for adoption.

Judge Angelica Noemi Tellez Hernandez confirmed Wednesday that she ruled in favor of the mother, who is represented by the Survivors' Foundation.


Make It, Spend It: Debt At 100% GDP

Debt ceiling lifted and Uncle Sam's IOU soars another $238 billion, reaching 100 percent of the nation's gross domestic product — the total market value of America's goods and services.

David Cassidy Goes After 'Partridge Family' Fortune

LAS VEGAS -- A CNNMoney and CNN Special Investigations Unit exclusive report. "Hollywood Hustle?" will be part of a CNN Presents hour on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET.

In a hotel suite just hours before going on stage, David Cassidy is signing the famous lunchbox from "The Partridge Family," the 1970s television show in which he starred and performed his hit records.

Today, 37 years after the show went off the air, Cassidy is still filling showrooms with hits like "I Think I Love You."

But he won't be singing that song to Sony, which owns "The Partridge Family."

Cassidy told CNN that Sony Corp. (SNE) has failed to pay him "a fortune" for what he's owed for merchandise from the show.

"It's just ludicrous and unfair and wrong. It's greed," the 61-year-old actor said.


How To Unlock A Car With A Text Message

Las Vegas (CNN) -- Don Bailey says he can unlock thousands of cars across the United States simply by sending a few texts from his Android phone.

And that's not even the scary part.

Bailey, a senior security consultant with iSEC Partners, said in an interview with CNN at the Black Hat security conference here at Caesars Palace that the same hack he has used to demonstrate unlocking and even starting a car via text message also could be used to attack industrial systems, the power grid and the water system.

"I could care less if I could unlock a car door," he said. "It's cool. It's sexy. But the same system is used to control phone, power, traffic systems. I think that's the real threat."


Getting Serious About Recovery

This is how economic recovery can be encouraged by all levels of government in the U.S.:

1. Remove all preemptory government regulations of all the professions and businesses.

2. Cut taxes to the bone, when possible totally abolish them.

3. Cut all subsidies and protectionist measures.

4. Eliminate all minimum wage laws.

5. Close down all the alphabet soup agencies (a corollary of #1).

6. Sell off all government properties that do not relate to the military defense of the country.

7. Abolish the war on drugs.

8. Abolish all blue laws, everywhere (including states, counties, and municipalities).

9. Stop all non-defensive military endeavors.

10. Basically and most generally, follow the edict of the  Declaration of Independence where it assigns to government the job of securing the basic rights of the citizenry.
It is by freeing up human productivity and creativity that economies are most likely to grow. Apart from natural calamities, governmental interventions are the worst obstacles to economic development. Makes perfectly good sense. Government is no good at picking winners and losers. Bureaucrats and politicians have no more wisdom and virtue than do the rest of us, so they must not take over the direction of our lives, including our economic affairs. The top down regimentation of economic affairs is perverse and will surely prolong our economic wows.
If these measures aren't followed, the country will continue to struggle and decline.


Major Announcement At 5:00 PM Today

Salisbury News will deliver a major story at 5 PM today.

Jerry Lewis Out As Muscular Dystrophy Association Chairman

(CNN) -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced Wednesday that comedian Jerry Lewis is no longer serving as the organization's national chairman.

Lewis, 85, and MDA had announced in May that he was retiring as host of the MDA Labor Day Telethon in September. But he said then in a statement that he was planning to continue to serve as the organization's national chairman.


Obama, LaHood Call On Congress To Solve FAA Funding Dispute

Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday urged Congress to immediately pass a temporary funding measure for the Federal Aviation Administration to put nearly 4,000 federal employees back to work and restart more than 200 airport construction projects.



On August 2nd, 2011 - SBYnews posted a warning to our readers about the delusional state of affairs in Washington regarding the recent decision to raise the debt ceiling. We issued an official warning that a major correction was imminent.

Well - I hate to be the one to say I told you so - but this was not a hard call to make. Our Congress has been out of control for so long that the recent decision to raise the debt ceiling is more like putting chewing gum in a leaky hole at the base of Hoover Dam.

The stock market is currently down 324 points as of this writing. It is down 558 points in the past two days alone. So much for Congress's assertion that the debt ceiling legislation's passage was crucial for maintaining calm markets. What is presently transpiring has proved otherwise!

10 Secrets About Store Brands

Sure they cost less, but the quality in many goods is equal to their more recognizable competition

Store brands — those generic labels we often equate with bargain quality — are among the fastest growing and most popular items for sale today. They provide more choices, help us save money and have come a long way from the bottom-shelf, hokey-labeled products from decades past. But not all store brands are created equal. You may be surprised to learn that an in-house brand isn’t always what it seems.

A typical generic product (also called “private label”) yields a higher profit for the store, even when it sells for a lot less than the similar national brand. That’s because there are no marketing or advertising costs involved and why companies invest a good amount of money in creating private labels. Name-brand consumers pay for those Superbowl ads in the form of higher per-item prices.

“Private label provides value and it’s higher margin,” says Natalie Berg, Global Research Director at Planet Retail, a retail intelligence agency in London. “In a down economy, it really ticks two boxes — boosts the bottom line and drives loyalty.”


BREAKING NEWS: Dow Plunges 370 Points As Fear Spreads

Traders fled equities in search of safer havens like Treasury bonds and gold, igniting a chain of selling that sent the major market averages plunging more than 3%.

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Selloff On Wall Street Heats Up; Dow Plummets 250 Points

Tumbling energy and materials stocks launched the markets to session lows, with the Dow sinking more than 200 points and the broad S&P 500 sliding 2.4%, as traders grappled with economic fears and a soaring greenback.
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Why Companies Aren’t Hiring More Workers

They're scared — and you're working so hard they don't have to

With more than 14 million people seeking work in this country, economists would really like to be seeing employers adding hundreds of thousands of jobs to their payrolls each month.

Instead, we’ve had to settle for just a small fraction of that.

The economy added a paltry 18,000 jobs in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The government will report employment figures for July on Friday, but already many are fretting that job growth will again be anemic.

Woman Arrested For 2 Bank Robberies

Police arrested a Fairfax woman accused of robbing two northern Virginia banks, but her husband says it’s a case of mistaken identity.

Police arrested Angela Fitzhugh-Hill for the bank robberies at Apple Federal Credit Union's Kingstowne branch and the Springfield Plaza branch. Police released the surveillance video and posted it on Youtube.
Police said they tied Fitzhugh-Hill to the crimes through her car, which they found parked outside her job.

Her husband, Raynard Hill, said she is a hard-working and robbery would be totally out of character.


Youth Program Supervisor Pleads Guilty To Sex Abuse

A Washington D.C. youth supervisor pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually accosting a 17-year-old girl, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Thomas Nelson, 54, supervised the female victim and other youths as part of the District’s Summer Youth Jobs Program, said the Justice Department.


Today's Survey Question 8-4-11

Do you fear the U.S. economy is slipping into a new recession?

Will The White House Call Back Congress?

Unless Congress heeds White House calls to come back from recess, the FAA semi-shutdown will last into September. Senate negotiators were unable to reach agreement before they left for their home districts Tuesday, which means 4,000 FAA workers will remain furloughed and some 200 airport construction projects will stay idled. An FAA engineer in Renton, Wash., told Federal News Radio employees have been unable to access their offices or agency computer systems.

Breaking News-Virginia Tech on Lockdown After Reports Of Gunman Near Campus

DEVELOPING: A person with a gun has been reported near the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., according to an alert on the school's website.

The school is asking all students and faculty to "stay inside" and secure all doors.

Emergency personnel is responding to the scene.

Melissa Etheridge To Hold Fundraiser For Del. Heather Mizeur

The good news for fans of Melissa Etheridge and state Del. Heather Mizeur: The Grammy-winning artist will help the Montgomery County Democrat raise money next week at a $1,000-a-head fundraiser that includes a concert ticket, backstage pass and meet-and-greet reception.

The even better news: One lucky person will get in on all that for a low, low $5.


BREAKING NEWS: Dow Tumbles At Opening

Stocks slide more than 140 points after opening bell as economic woes slam Wall Street.

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Delaware Officials Eye Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

DOVER, Del. (AP) -- State officials are holding a series of public forums to speak about Delaware's progress in improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

State environmental secretary Collin O'Mara is scheduled to speak Thursday night at the Delaware Tech campus in Dover, with agriculture secretary Ed Kee appearing a week later at a forum in Seaford.


Breaking News-10 Charged In $60 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

The FBI has arrested 10 people for allegedly participating in a $60 million mortgage fraud ring early Thursday morning in the New York area, has learned.

Three more suspects are expected to be in custody by the end of the day, an FBI official said.

The 13 alleged members of the mortgage fraud ring include real estate attorneys, title closers, appraisers and straw buyers. They were arrested on conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud charges.

TSA Begins Training For Israeli-Like Questioning

ARLINGTON, Va.  (WUSA)  -- At airport security checkpoints across the country, Americans are used to taking off their shoes, going through body scanners and even submitting to embarrassing body pat downs. But, now, they may face a round of questions... similar to the procedures in Israel.

"The Israeli approach is a smart approach," said Ray Leone after he just landed at Reagan National Airport from Maine.  Like many, Leone is applauding the new training going on at Boston's Logan International Airport. The two-month pilot program will be put into action at one checkpoint at Logan on August 15th.


Virginia Judge Won't Allow Sniper Malvo To Change Name

WISE, Va. (AP) - Washington-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo wants to change his name, but a Wise County judge won't allow it.

Malvo filed a motion to legally change his name to Joseph Lee Ostrierre. The Washington Post ( reports that Wise County Circuit Court Judge Tammy McElyea rejected the request Friday.


Debt Ceiling Vote Creates Strange Bedfellows

The votes on the debt ceiling deal in Congress made strange bedfellows in Maryland’s congressional delegation.

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9/11 Memorial Short On Funds, Foundation Offers Help

WASHINGTON -- With five weeks left until the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, organizers of a national memorial to the passengers and crew of United Airlines flight 93 are still $10 million short of a $62 million fundraising goal.
Now, the National Park Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Park Service, has announced a $2 million challenge grant to try to close that gap.
The foundation will match donations made through the Flight 93 National Memorial's website, dollar for dollar, up to $2 million.



The Salisbury City Council has scheduled a meeting with Wicomico County Board of Education representatives for Monday, August 8, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss options for the Onley Road/Bateman Street/S. Division Street intersection.

The meeting will be held in the Training Room of Fire Station #16 located at 325 Cypress Street. This is an open meeting of the Council, and the public is welcome to attend and observe.

Make Sure The Nursing Home Isn't Dosing Grandma Into Submission

A pill is just so much easier. Drug 'em up and shut 'em up. Rather than deal with all the individual needs of elderly persons with dementia in their care, some nursing homes are dosing them with powerful antipsychotics. Not only have the folk not received a diagnosis that the medicine was designed to treat, not only does the drug turn them into zombies their families don't recognize, but the FDA has warned that using antipsychotics on older patients with dementia nearly doubles their risk of death.

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President Obama Celebrates 50th Birthday With Re-Election Campaign Fundraisers

Trying to make up lost time, President Barack Obama plunged back into the search for money for his re-election campaign Wednesday with a coast-to-coast series of parties marking his 50th birthday after he was forced to cancel fundraisers because of the debt-ceiling crisis.
Lowering expectations, Obama's campaign said it would raise tens of millions of dollars less this summer than it did in the spring because it had to scrap 10 fundraisers headlined by Obama and others in California, New York and elsewhere and now faced a sluggish time of the year to raise campaign cash.


Just cause it's so  hard for us to get together for a cup of coffee


AUGUST 8, 2011 6:00 p.m.
Government Office Building Room 301

Times shown for agenda items are estimates only.
6:00 p.m. CALL TO ORDER
6:08 p.m. CONSENT AGENDA – City Clerk Brenda Colegrove
June 18, 2011 work session minutes
July 25, 2011 closed session minutes separate envelope
July 25, 2011 regular meeting minutes
August 1, 2011 closed session minutes separate envelope
Resolution No. 2083 - authorizing the Chief of Police of the City of Salisbury to sign a memorandum of understanding between the Maryland State Police as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Systems Agency (CSA) and the Salisbury Police Department in conjunction with the institution and utilization of a license plate screening technology
Resolution No. 2084 - accepting funds awarded from the Maryland Historical Trust through a Certified Local Government grant
Resolution No. 2085 - reappointment of Jeff Smith to the Historic District Commission
Resolution No. 2086 - appointment of Caryn S. Morris to the Friends of Poplar Hill Mansion Board of Directors
Resolution No. 2087 - reappointment of Aleta Davis to the Friends of Poplar Hill Mansion Board of Directors
6:12 p.m. RESOLUTION – City Administrator John Pick
Resolution No. 2088 - prohibiting parking on the south side of Pinehurst Avenue from the northwest property corner of the Clairmont Shopping Center to South Salisbury Boulevard and establishing a 30-minute commercial loading zone on the north side of Pinehurst Avenue from South Salisbury Boulevard to the southwest property corner of the Delaware Tire Center
6:20 p.m. ORDINANCES – City Attorney Paul Wilber
Ordinance No. 2165 - 2nd reading - amending the cable television franchise ordinance to provide a percentage range of the cable television franchise fee that is dedicated for the public, educational and governmental channel
Ordinance No. 2166 - 2nd reading - amending Chapter 15.26 Rental of Residential Premises, of the Salisbury Municipal Code, to require allleases for rental dwelling units within the City, whether such leases are verbal or written, to have a written copy of the City of Salisbury Tenants’ Rights Lease Addendum signed by both the landlord and all tenants of majority age
Ordinance No. 2167 - 1st reading - bond ordinance for Waverly Drive water quality storm drain inlets
Ordinance No. 2168 - 1st reading - amending Ordinance No. 2152 Section A - Lot Rates to add a parking permit rate for parking lot #14 effective September 1, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Weekly Jobless Claims Fall Slightly

New claims for unemployment benefits fell to 400,000 last week from 401,000 the week prior, better than the increase to 405,000 economists had been expecting.


Yikes! Look Who Just Endorsed Obama For 4 More Years

Accuses GOP of 'racism, lies, economic sabotage'

It may be early in the campaign season, but the Communist Party USA already has seen fit to endorse Barack Obama for the 2012 election.

While noting he is disappointed with "some aspects" of the Obama administration's domestic and foreign policy, Sam Webb, chairman of the Communist Party USA, threw his support behind Obama's re-election bid.

In an article last week at People's Weekly World, the official newspaper of the Communist Party USA, Webb discussed the need for a third party consisting of the so-called working class and labor as well as "racially and nationally oppressed people, women, youth, immigrants, seniors, gay and straight."


Debt Deal: What the World Thinks Of Us Now

The debt deal out of Washington may have averted a big sell-off of U.S. Treasury bonds.

But even though big Treasury holders like China and Japan haven't run for the hills, the response of foreign countries to the deal has been pretty tepid. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, for one, said the deal was "not that great overall because it simply delayed the adoption of a more systemic solution."

Indeed, the political turmoil leading up to the debt deal, along with the deal's remaining uncertainties, may have tainted foreign perceptions of our trusty currency for good.

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This will touch your heart.....
An incredible story of luck and inspiration!
Can you believe it? This guy wins $181 million in the lottery last Wednesday, and then finds the love of his life just 2 days later.
Talk about LUCK!

Feds Indict Former Children's Beach House Director

A retired executive director of Children’s Beach House in Lewes has been indicted on federal child pornography charges.

Harold Love Springer III, 73, of Wilmington who served as executive director of Children's Beach House for more than three decades, was indicted by a grand jury Aug. 2 on charges of transportation, receipt and possession of child pornography in violation of federal law, U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III said.


It's The South

A group of Alabama friends went deer hunting and paired off in twos for the day. That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck. 
"Where's Henry?" the others asked. 
"Henry had a stroke o' some kind.  He's a couple of miles back up the trail," the successful hunter replied. 
"You left Henry layin' out there and carried the deer back?" they inquired. 
"A tough call," nodded the hunter.  "But I figured no one's gonna  steal Henry!"

The owner of a golf course in Georgia was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help. 
He called her into his office and said, "Y'all graduated from the  University of Georgia and I need some help.  If I wuz to give yew $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?"
The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, "Everthang but my earrings."

A senior citizen in Louisiana was overheard saying ... "When the end of the world comes, I hope to be in Louisiana .." 
When asked why, he replied, "I'd rather be in Louisiana 'cause everythang happens in Louisiana 20 years later than in the rest of the world."

The young man from Mississippi came running into the store and said to his buddy, "Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!" 
Bubba replied, "Did y'all see who it was?" 
The young man answered, "I couldn't tell, but I got the license number."

A man in North Carolina had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it.  Then he got back in the car to wait. 
A passerby studied the scene as he drove by, and was so curious he turned around and went back.  He asked the fellow what the problem was. 
The man replied, "I got a flat tahr." 
The passerby asked, "But what's with the flowers?" 
The man responded, "When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back.  I never did understand it neither."

A Tennessee State trooper pulled over a pickup on I-65.  The trooper asked, "Got any ID?" 
The driver replied, "Bout whut?"

The Sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his pick-up into the ditch.  The Sheriff asked, "Why are you dumping garbage in the ditch?  Don't you see that sign right over your head."
 "Yep," he replied.  "That's why I'm dumpin' it here, 'cause it says: 'Fine For Dumping Garbage.' "
Y'all kin say whut y'all want 'about the South, but y'all never heard o' nobody retirin' an' movin' North.
  North Carolina

Extreme Makeover Coming To Sussex

Long Neck — Ty Pennington and his bullhorn will soon make their way to Sussex County.

Rehoboth Beach-based Schell Brothers has been selected as the builder for an upcoming episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The build will take place Aug. 22-29 somewhere in Sussex County.

According to Chris Schell, president of the company, ABC selected five local families who may be featured on the show. No one will know the family or location until the first day of filming.

“This is going to be a great thing for our area,” Schell said. “It will put our area on the map. We’re excited about it. Help us out any way you can, and we encourage others to do the same.”


DelDOT Accepting Brick Orders For The Delaware Highway Memorial Garden

Smyrna -- The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) reminds the public of its Delaware Highway Memorial Garden which is located on the grounds of the Smyrna Rest Area. The garden, dedicated in 2007, contains over 600 engraved bricks. Each one representing a precious life lost on a Delaware roadway. To honor the memories of all those who have perished on our roadways, DelDOT wants to again encourage the public to order a personalized brick in memory of a loved one. Orders are accepted on a year-round basis, with most bricks being ordered and put in place within a 8-12 week period.

There is no cost for the brick, and the death must have occurred on a Delaware roadway. Brick orders are verified through the Delaware State Police and/or the Office of Vital Statistics. Only one personalized brick per deceased individual is permitted.

One of the goals of the Memorial Garden is to educate the public that roadside memorials are illegal under Delaware's Clear Zone Safety Law, and at times pose a safety hazard to motorists. By ordering an engraved brick, the garden provides a personal, safe, and maintenance-free way to remember a loved one.

The garden provides families of lost loved ones the opportunity to enjoy the peacefulness of the garden as they remember their lives together and move forward toward healing.

In addition, DelDOT notes that the garden serves as a daily reminder to everyone to drive safely. The Memorial Garden is just one of the ways DelDOT is increasing awareness and education in an effort to keep Delaware motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists safe.

DelDOT invites the public to visit the 11,000 square foot garden located on the grounds of the Smyrna Rest Area at 5500 DuPont Highway in Smyrna, Delaware to visit the many bricks already in place. The garden contains a creative blend of native trees, shrubs and flowering plants. A concrete pathway outlined with personalized bricks gives the garden significant meaning and character. Also benches are placed throughout the garden for visitors' use. The garden is open 365 days a year.

For those interested in ordering a free brick, please contact DelDOT Public Relations at 302-760-2080 or (in-state) 800-652-5600 or go online to and click on Community Programs and Services and then Delaware Highway Memorial Garden.

April Set Record For Tornadoes

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. set a record for the most tornadoes within a month with April's deadly storms.

The final report for the month shows 753 twisters across the country, including a super outbreak on April 25-28 that killed more than 300 people in the South and Midwest.

While final death statistics are still being studied, the toll on April 27, being called the Dixie Outbreak, set a one-day record for tornado deaths since 1950. It topped the 310 deaths on April 3, 1974. Current estimates for the day range from 313 to 317 and could go higher, according to federal Storm Prediction Center data.


Today's Weather- 08/04/11


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Word Of The Day 08/04/011


Meaning- Our State-Maryland