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Friday, November 18, 2011

Frederick County Council Decides To Cut Excise Tax Rate to Zero

The Frederick County Commissioners have decided to reduce their excise tax fee on builders and developers to zero as a result of a dramatic decline in building. By a vote of 3-1 the Frederick County Commissioners felt that by temporarily eliminating the excise tax might encourage and thus stimulate what can be described as a lifeless construction economy.

Commissioners President Blaine Young said cutting the excise tax will encourage economic growth. And the county could recoup some of the funding losses by attracting jobs and businesses to the area and broadening the overall tax base.

"It (lowering the excise tax) makes us look a little more business-friendly," he said Tuesday. "We're going to benefit all around."

Now - if we could just get the Wicomico County Council to take up a similar cause and thus abolish Wicomico's impact fee - we might just see a few more construction jobs. If they don't take action - well there is a good possibility that more than just 84 Lumber and Allied Building Supplies will disappear from our landscape.

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Washington Post: Ron Paul Is For Real In Iowa

The Washington Post is coming around, the Washington Post!

With a headline that says "Ron Paul is for real in Iowa. Seriously". WaPo writes:

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, long dismissed by the GOP establishment as a fringe candidate, has broadened his electoral appeal and emerged as a major player in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, according to several recent polls and conversations with a handful of longtime Hawkeye political operatives.

“He has certainly broadened his coalition from the ‘rage against the machine’ types that primarily comprised his supporters in 2008,” said one senior Iowa Republican operative granted anonymity to speak candidly about Paul’s prospects. “The expanded coalition includes more traditional activists — as a number of GOP county chairs have endorsed his campaign, as have a handful of legislators.”

Two recent polls confirm Paul’s momentum in the state...

The composition of the caucus-goers, too, could help Paul whose appeal — much more so than his GOP rivals — expands beyond the typical Republican rank and file.

“[Paul] will benefit more than other candidates from our registration rules as independents, Libertarians [and] Democrats can effectively become Republicans for a night and caucus for Paul,” said one veteran Iowa Republican operative. “Anecdotally, I have encountered more than a few self-described liberals who will caucus for Paul due to his anti-war stance.”

...Paul is an emerging Iowa force in a race that remains as wide open as at any time in recent memory. That means that Paul’s rivals ignore him at their own peril.

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Preserving The Status Quo With Artifice And Lies Leads To Systemic Collapse

Suppressing dissent, transparency and fact inevitably leads to systemic collapse-- exactly what we're seeing in the European financial system.

Fortunately for us, when our immune system identifies a cancer cell, the cancer cell can't demand to be saved by threatening to kill the entire system. You see the irony here, of course; the cancer cell will destroy the entire organism/system if it is spared, so its threat to bring down the entire system if it is eradicated is pure self-serving artifice.

This is a precise analogy for the "too big to fail" banks in the U.S. and the Eurozone: once again we are hearing the heavy-breathing threats that a systemic bank failure would destroy civilization. The truth is that preserving the cancerous banking system will inevitably bring down the entire system, so the only way to preserve the global economy is to eliminate the financial cancer now, before it triggers systemic collapse.

The best way to understand this is to consider the economy as a system. All sustainable, stable systems require a free flow of information: multiple pathways of communication, experimentation/mutation and transparent feedback. This essential activity generates the low-intensity instability of volatility and fluctuation.

A system which suppresses information and the low-level instability of dissent and negative feedback thus suppresses the information the system needs to remain stable. Suppressing dissent, facts, transparency and feedback inevitably destabilizes the system. It is ironic, isn't it, that the suppression of dissent, facts and transparency creates the surface illusion of stability, but it is only a facade. Beneath the surface, the lack of information and low-level fluctuation/volatility builds up system instability which is suddenly released as non-linear, chaotic volatility and collapse.

What Europe, the U.S., China and Japan have now are leaderships that substitute lies for fact, obfuscation for transparency, artifice for feedback and propaganda for communication. The essential negative feedback of dissent has been choked off, leaving only self-reinforcing positive feedback loops in the system, feedback that inevitably leads to runaway collapse.

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The Police State vs. Occupy Wall Street: This Is Not Going To End Well For Any Of Us

Right now, we are watching the early rounds of a heavyweight fight between two extremely determined opponents. Occupy Wall Street has no plans of losing this fight and neither do law enforcement authorities. Perhaps those running the show actually believed that raiding Zuccotti Park and more than a dozen other "Occupy camps" around the nation would end these protests, but that is just not going to happen. Whatever your opinion of Occupy Wall Street is, everyone should be able to agree that this is one dedicated bunch. They are absolutely obsessed with their cause and in response to the recent raid on Zuccotti Park organizers are calling for “a national day of direct action” on Thursday. But if Occupy Wall Street protesters want to take things to "the next level", they should not underestimate the resolve of the police state. Over the past decade, the homeland security apparatus of the federal government has been slowly but surely turning this country into a "Big Brother" police state. Today, our law enforcement authorities are obsessed with watching us, listening to us, tracking us, recording us, and gathering information on all of us. We are constantly reminded that we live in a prison grid (just think about what they do to you before you are allowed on an airplane) and they are not about to put up with anyone challenging their authority or their control. Have you even known parents that constantly feel the need to prove that they are "the boss" of their children? Well, that is essentially what the homeland security apparatus in this country has become. All over the United States, law enforcement personnel are taught that every American is a potential terrorist and they are actually trained to "act tough", to bark orders at us and to not let anyone question their authority. If Occupy Wall Street believes that it can get the police state to "back down", they are sorely mistaken. Hopefully everyone will cool off a bit as the temperatures go down this winter. But if we do see a "cooling off", it probably will not last for long. As the U.S. economy continues to get worse, these kinds of protests are going to keep growing and they will become even more intense. Eventually, mass civil unrest will cause the streets of many of our major cities to closely resemble war zones. When it is all said and done, this is not going to end well for any of us.


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Salisbury Police Department Press Releases 11-18-11

On November 17, 2011 at approximately 6:55 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police Department responded to the Walmart Department Store on North Salisbury Boulevard for the report of a shoplifter. Upon arrival the officers met with store security who advised the officers that store employees had observed the below listed suspect take make up items from the store without any attempts at payment. The property was recovered and returned to the store.

ARRESTED: Tyvonne Decheryl Taylor, 22 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland

CHARGES: Theft (Under $ 100)

DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking
CC # 201100045440

On November 17, 2011 at approximately 9:30 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police received a call to respond to the Target Department Store on North Pointe Drive for the report of two (2) shoplifters. Upon arrival the officers met with store security who advised the officers that store employees had observed the below listed suspects take clothing from the store without making payment. The property was recovered and returned to the store.

ARRESTED #1: Adeidra Deanne Parker, 23 years of age
Laurel, Delaware

ARRESTED #2: Juvenile, 17 years of age
Laurel, Delaware

CHARGES (Both): Theft (under $ 100)

DISPOSITION: Suspect # 1was released to Central Booking
Suspect # 2 was released to a guardian
CC # 201100045461

Jobseeker Killed After Responding To Bogus Craigslist Ad

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A jobseeker from Florida who responded to a bogus Craigslist ad for a job on a southeast Ohio cattle farm was found dead, buried in a shallow grave, and another from South

Carolina was shot but escaped by running away through the woods, a sheriff said Thursday.
Noble County Sheriff Stephen Hannum said two men were taken into custody after cadaver dogs found the body of the Florida man this week in a grave in a remote area outside Caldwell, a small village about 80 miles east of Columbus.


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Fake Terror Plots, Paid Informants: The Tactics Of FBI 'Entrapment' Questioned

Critics say bureau is running a sting operation across America, targeting vulnerable people by luring them into fake terror plots

David Williams did not have an easy life. He moved to Newburgh, a gritty, impoverished town on the banks of the Hudson an hour or so north of New York, at just 10 years old. For a young, black American boy with a father in jail, trouble was everywhere.

Williams also made bad choices. He ended up going to jail for dealing drugs. When he came out in 2007 he tried to go straight, but money was tight and his brother, Lord, needed cash for a liver transplant. Life is hard in Newburgh if you are poor, have a drug rap and need cash quickly.

His aunt, Alicia McWilliams, was honest about the tough streets her nephew was dealing with. "Newburgh is a hard place," she said. So it was perhaps no surprise that in May, 2009, David Williams was arrested again and hit with a 25-year jail sentence. But it was not for drugs offences. Or any other common crime. Instead Williams and three other struggling local men beset by drug, criminal and mental health issues were convicted of an Islamic terrorist plot to blow up Jewish synagogues and shoot down military jets with missiles.

Even more shocking was that the organisation, money, weapons and motivation for this plot did not come from real Islamic terrorists. It came from the FBI, and an informant paid to pose as a terrorist mastermind paying big bucks for help in carrying out an attack. For McWilliams, her own government had actually cajoled and paid her beloved nephew into being a terrorist, created a fake plot and then jailed him for it. "I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone," she told the Guardian.

Lawyers for the so-called Newburgh Four have now launched an appeal that will be held early next year. Advocates hope the case offers the best chance of exposing the issue of FBI "entrapment" in terror cases. "We have as close to a legal entrapment case as I have ever seen," said Susanne Brody, who represents another Newburgh defendant, Onta Williams.

Some experts agree. "The target, the motive, the ideology and the plot were all led by the FBI," said Karen Greenberg, a law professor at Fordham University in New York, who specialises in studying the new FBI tactics.

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Rock Fan Kills Himself After Concert Left Him With Tinnitus

A British rock music fan stabbed himself to death after a night out watching U.S. band Them Crooked Vultures left him with severe tinnitus, a coroner's investigation reported.

Robert McIndoe, 52, was unable to sleep for three months after seeing the band – made up of former band members from Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age – at the Brixton Academy, south London.

His psychiatrist, Dr. Helen Stinson, said, "He accepted death as a side-effect of stopping the noise," the Daily Mirror reported Friday.

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Community Calendar Event Mt. Pleasant Church

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
36536 Mt. Pleasant Road
Willards, MD 21874

All You Can Eat Fried Chicken Dinner
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
11:00 a.m. Til ??

Price: Adults $11.00, Children $5.00,
Children 6 and Under are Free

Bring an Unwrapped Toy for Toys for Tots and
Receive $1.00 Off of the Dinner Price

Includes All You Can Eat Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, Greens, Cole Slaw, Applesauce, Beets, Biscuits, Drinks and Homemade Desserts

Carry out is available

Homemade baked goods will be available for purchase.

For additional information, please feel free to contact
Beth Palmer at 443-366-9184

We Look Forward to Seeing You There!!

Directions:
From Salisbury Take Route 50 East to Willards.
Turn Right on Route 354 South (Powellville-Willards Road) and Proceed 2.8 miles
Turn Left onto Mt. Pleasant Road
Go 1 mile and the church will be on the left.

From Ocean Pines and Ocean City Area Take Route 50 West to Willards.
Turn Left on Route 354 South (Powellville-Willards Road) and Proceed 2.8 Miles
Turn Left onto Mt. Pleasant Road
Go 1 Mile and the Church Will be on the Left.

Lawyer: Mom Starved 28-lb. Teen Girl To Death

(AP) CINCINNATI - A mother and a nurse were charged Thursday in the death of the woman's 14-year-old daughter, who had cerebral palsy and weighed only 28 pounds, a prosecutor said.

A Montgomery County grand jury in Dayton indicted the mother and the nurse on involuntary manslaughter charges. Two other nurses were indicted on lesser charges of failing to report child abuse or neglect. All were being held in the county jail, prosecutors said.

At 5:45 PM The Crowd Is Slim At The GOB



Come on people, get in the spirit. The festivities will be going on for several hours. Pack up the kids and come down to meet Santa.

Congressman Harris Statement On The Obama Administration’s Refusal To Enforce Immigration Law In Maryland

“Illegal immigrants already cost the State of Maryland $1.3 billion annually. Even more worrisome is President Obama’s picking and choosing from among the acts of Congress the Administration and Attorney General Eric Holder will enforce. If the President doesn’t like the current law, he should have come back early from his vacation in the tropics and worked with Congress to change it, not doing yet another unconstitutional end run around our immigration law.”

Brain Imaging Captures Female Orgasm In Action

Rutgers researchers have peeked inside the brain during one of the body’s most private sensations – orgasm.

Psychology professor Barry Komisaruk and colleagues captured the crescendo of brain activity in a series of functional magnetic resonance imaging snapshots taken over seven minutes. They then transformed the images into a colorful animation – the brighter the color, the more activated the brain is.

“We’re looking at the sequence of brain regions that get recruited at increasing intensity leading up to orgasm,” said Komisaruk. “It’s such a compelling behavioral and sensory phenomenon with so many implications and so little understanding.”

"Pain Is Coming"

Just over a month ago we wrote in depth that while many of the supposed smartest men in the room believe we are set for a muddle-through economy that will 'maintain' asset values with no tail-risk expectation, we believed there are only 'painful' ways out of this crisis [4]. Furthermore, we noted (and BCG agreed) that a tax-the-wealthy (and the wealth explicitly) haircut is coming. Today, the venerable Howard Marks of Oaktree, has his own inimitable take on the issue of taxing - and, just like us, sees that "Whatever action is taken now, it will not be pain-free. The unpayable debts run up in the past will have to be dealt with.". Marks sees three (simple and obvious) possibilities for our future:the promises will have to be scaled back, the tax burden will have to grow, and/or the deficits will have to be permitted to increase.

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Is The Obama Administration ‘At War’ With Catholics?

While the nation’s Catholic bishops were gathered in Baltimore for their annual meeting this week, Washington Post columnist and former Bush adviser Michael Gerson wrote an op-ed declaring that part of the Obama Administration “is at war with Catholic leaders and Catholic belief.” Echoing the words of New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Gerson wrote that “the conscience protections of Catholics are under assault” and predicted that Obama would suffer a loss of support from Catholic voters in next year’s election.

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Alcohol Could Be Permitted On Berlin Streets And Sidewalks

Council to hold public hearing for proposed ordinance on Nov. 28 (Nov. 11, 2011) The drinking of alcoholic beverages on public property in town limits in Berlin could be permitted if the Town Council passes a proposed ordinance.

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Authorities Reopen Probe Into Natalie Wood's 1981 Drowning Death

Los Angeles (CNN) -- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office is reopening its investigation into the death of movie star Natalie Wood, who drowned in 1981 while boating off Catalina Island near the California coast, authorities said Thursday.

Homicide investigators are taking a new look at one of Hollywood's most enduring mysteries after they were contacted by people who claimed they had "additional information" about the drowning, the sheriff's department said in a statement.

O'Malley Voices Disapproval Of Law School Clinic's Pollution Suit

Governor calls action against Eastern Shore farmer and Perdue 'costly litigation of questionable merit'

Gov. Martin O'Malley has revived a simmering political dispute over the University of Maryland law school's role in a lawsuit accusing an Eastern Shore farm and the Perdue poultry company of polluting a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

In a letter that became public Thursday, O'Malley wrote to law school Dean Phoebe Haddon this week to complain about the "ongoing injustice" of the environmental law clinic pursuing "costly litigation of questionable merit" against Alan and Kristin Hudson, who raise chickens for Perdue on their Worcester County farm.

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Romaine Lettuce Packs Recalled Over E. Coli Fear

(CBS News)

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warned on Thursday about bagged salad products from Ready Pac Food Inc. containing romaine lettuce that is possibly contaminated with E. coli.

The voluntarily recalled romaine lettuce is packaged in 9 oz., 9.25 oz., 10 oz., 10.25 oz., and 16 oz. bags under the Ready Pac, Trader Joe's, Safeway and Dining In Classic labels. Products have a Use by Date of November 18, 2011.

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Governor Calls Lawsuit By Environmental Group Against Hudson Farm An “Injustice”

SaveFarmFamilies.org Thanks Maryland Governor
Martin O’Malley for Support in Waterkeeper Alliance Case

Willards, Md. (November 18, 2011)
SaveFarmFamilies.org today thanked Maryland Governor O’Malley for supporting Alan and Kristin Hudson, the owners of a small farm family near Berlin, Md., who have been the target of misguided environmental litigation brought by the Waterkeeper Alliance.

In a letter to Phoebe Haddon dean of the University of Maryland School of Law, which joined the Waterkeepers in its lawsuit against the Hudsons, Governor O’Malley expressed concern about the University’s involvement in the litigation and stated that the case “perpetrates a great injustice”.

In his letter, the Governor questions whether the environmental group’s claims can be substantiated. He also suggests that Maryland Law clinic should have in fact been helping the Hudsons, not the well-funded out-of-state environmental group which is benefitting from “the economic weapon of unlimited litigation resources”. The New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance raised more than $3.5 million in 2009 according to tax records available online.

Governor O’Malley states: “Corporations can defend themselves against such questionable suits even from deep-pocketed litigants. But the Hudsons must retain their own representation and, due to extensive legal fees, they now face possible bankruptcy and loss of their land. They face this possibility even if, as is quite possible, they are ultimately exonerated from the environmental wrongdoing alleged by this suit–a suit that persists notwithstanding the facts found by the Maryland Department of the Environment.”

“The entire Maryland farming community appreciates the Governor’s support of the Hudsons,” said Lee Richardson, president of the Wicomico County (Md.) Farm Bureau and a SaveFarmFamilies.org member. “We hope the Governor’s support will help increase awareness of the immense harm this misguided litigation has caused the Hudson family and the implications it has for the entire Maryland agricultural community,” Richardson added.

Because of the suit, the Hudson family is facing possible bankruptcy because of enormous legal bills and has had a hard time securing the credit they need to keep their farm running.

“We are truly grateful to the Governor for his support,” said Alan Hudson. “This farm has been in my family for four generations and the thought of losing it is devastating. We want to thank the Governor and all of our friends and family who have stood by us during this ordeal,” Hudson added.

SaveFarmFamilies.org was founded by the Wicomico Young Farmers & Ranchers, Perdue Farms, and the Maryland Farm Bureau to raise funds for the Hudson’s legal defense and to increase awareness of the bankruptcy-by-litigation tactics employed by the Waterkeepers.

SaveFarmFamilies.org has been fighting to increase awareness about the threat that reckless environmental litigation poses to family farms around the country. Having the support of Governor O’Malley, in addition to our nearly 1,000 individual donors and supporters’ means a lot,” said Andrew Mclean, a SaveFarmFamilies.org member and president of Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.

To learn more about the Hudson’s situation view their YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJDjDjypnFY

New Hampshire Wakes Up To Obama's Alleged Social Security Fraud

Hearing Friday as state lawmakers also probe president's eligibility

A hearing, with the apparent support of two state lawmakers, is scheduled before the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission to hear a complaint filed by Orly Taitz that alleges Barack Obama has used fraudulent documents and a fraudulent Social Security number.

The hearing is scheduled Friday at 2 p.m. in Room 307 of the New Hampshire Legislative Office Building, and Taitz is encouraging the public to be present.

The state holds the first presidential primary Jan. 10, 2012.

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Jessica Simpson Says She'll Give Birth In Heels

No need to sacrifice style during childbirth!

Fashion empress Jessica Simpson plans to keep on wearing heels up until the moment — literally! — she welcomes her and fiance Eric Johnson's baby to the world.

"I'm probably going to deliver my baby in these (4-inch YSL heels)," she joked to the new Us Weekly, on stands Friday. "I went to the doctor yesterday and he said, 'You're gonna need to get out of those heels!'"

Mayor Ireton Enjoys An Afternoon With Staff At Sam's Club



Mayor Ireton invited more than a dozen department heads to join him at Sam's Club this afternoon for a food sampling invitation.

Its good to see the staff getting a break away from the Office on a Friday afternoon. Many have been working overtime preparing for tonight's festivities.

Mike Krieger Exposes The Three Card Monti

Just like the con (confidence) game Three Card Monte through which people have been swindled out of their hard earned money in alleyways and street corners all over the world for half a millennium, the previously sovereign nations of Greece and Italy have now officially been placed into the receivership of “technocratic governments” and are now in the final phase of their looting. It truly is sad to watch these proud nations whose histories form the very core of Western civilization be taken down one by one but what is even more nauseating is watching the corporate media pundits, Wall Street analysts and financial experts cheer the news because it is ostensibly “good for markets.” First of all, it doesn’t take a genius to see that the people that screw up the most get promoted and advanced in the Western world’s current political/economic structure. The primary reason for this is that there is a very serious agenda of TPTB and that consists on using crisis to consolidate power in a one-world government, headed by a global central bank that issues a global fiat currency. People have been saying this on the fringe for decades and have been called conspiracy theorists the whole time but if you look at how things are progressing today you’d have to be asleep to not notice that the guys in charge are completely and totally determined to bring this sick, twisted dream into place. That is why the agenda moves forward despite the repeated, desperate cries of the citizenry for them to stop.

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Balanced Budget Amendment Fails In House

House votes down an amendment to the Constitution mandating balanced budgets.

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Resort Business Community Grills Politicians On Taxes

The 2012 legislative session is coming and Ocean City business leaders are keeping the pressure on elected representatives to fight the General Assembly for lower taxes and higher state funding.

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Organizer: 50,000 Signatures To Recall Wis. Gov.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A spokeswoman for the coalition working to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the group has collected 50,000 signatures in 48 hours.

United Wisconsin spokeswoman Meagan Mahaffey told The Associated Press on Thursday that the numbers are slightly ahead of their expectations.

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Socialism Is A Philosophy

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.." -- Winston Churchill

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read: Unfortunately, most voters don't know this .


1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them; and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Obama Urges Americans To Quit Smoking

President Barack Obama recently gave up smoking, and he’s recorded a video urging others to do the same.

The President made his video for the 36th anniversary of “The Great American Smokeout,” an American Cancer Society campaign designed to help smokers quit or make a plan to quit.

"The fact is, quitting smoking is hard," Obama says in the video. "Believe me, I know.”

According to Fox News, Obama started smoking when he was a teenager. He quit with the help of nicotine gum last year, and his latest medical report, released Oct. 31, declared him “tobacco free,” The Associated Press reported.

Trek Up An Appetite With The 3rd Annual Turkey Trek 5K

(Salisbury, MD) On Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 24 at 8:30am, Pemberton Historical Park will host its 3rd Annual Turkey Trek 5K. Over 200 runners and walkers came out last year to enjoy the mostly flat course through the Park’s beautiful wetlands, forests and meadows. Participants will receive pie, ice cream and healthy snacks after the race. Awards will be given in several age categories. Dress the part by wearing a Thanksgiving costume. The person that participates in the run with the best costume will receive a prize.

Registration is $20 per person. Check in and registration will begin at 7:30am. You can register online at www.WicomicoRecandParks.org via Active.com until November 22nd or in person at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (500 Glen Ave.). Participants can also register at the race. All proceeds will benefit Pemberton’s Environmental Education Programs.

The Economy May Be Killing Your Sex Life

The fertility rate is dropping, statistics say. People are simply having fewer children. Experts think the reason can be traced to financial planning by would-be parents wary of their futures.


But is that really the case? Do couples really behave this rationally? A large percentage of all pregnancies are unplanned, so isn’t it also possible that stress, anxiety, boredom, and damaged relationships brought on by economic gloom and doom are simply killing the national sex life?


Blue Dog Democrats Endorse Balanced Budget Amendment That Would Double Unemployment, Gut Social Safety Net

Congressional Republicans are still trying to persuade Americans that they are focused on job creation, but each time they propose another piece of legislation, it is exposed as a gimmick that will do little, if anything, to create jobs. Such was the case with their anti-regulatory policies, their attempts to repeal health care reform, and virtually every other policy proposal they have brought forth.

Next up in that line, unfortunately, is a rehashed form of a radical Balanced Budget Amendment, a plan that according to recent analyses would actually cost America 15 million jobs. But thanks to the conservative wing of the Democratic Party, the Republicans won’t be alone in their chase for a radical budget amendment that could help push the country back into the throes of recession.

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Private Prison Charges Inmates $5 a Minute For Phone Calls While They Work For $1 A Day

Last year the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest private prison company, received $74 million of taxpayers’ money to run immigration detention centers. Their largest facility in Lumpkin, Georgia, receives $200 a night for each of the 2,000 detainees it holds, and rakes in yearly profits between $35 million and $50 million.

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Come Have Breakfast With Santa

Help Us Fund Fruitland’s Recreational Park


Saturday, December 3, 2011
from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.


Menu


"All You Can Eat"
Eggs, Sausage, Scrapple, Bacon, Hash Browns, Biscuits, Coffee and Tea or Juice.


Tickets are $ 7.00 each


Tickets can be purchased in advance at Uno’s and Fruitland City Hall


All proceeds to benefit the
Fruitland Recreational Park
For more info, call 410-548-2800

Diversity And The Rise Of Majority-Minority Schools

In the “Historical Notes” conclusion of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the reader discovers through a darkly biting satire of academia that the world of the novel’s main character, June/Offred, developed in part through the shifting proportion of races in the U.S. and throughout the world. The shift in majority and minority status among races resulted in cataclysmic events, including the creation of a bible-based nation, Gilead, that also sought to preserve the Caucasian race through the subjugation of fertile women as handmaid’s.

Atwood explains in “Writing Utopia” that every event in her dystopian novel has already happened in human history—explaining that speculative fiction serves as warnings about what is as much as what may come to be.

Race and power have a long and complex history in the U.S., from the institution of slavery clouding the first century of the nation to Reconstruction segregation to the Civil Rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. And that social history has often been reflected as well in the history of U.S. education.

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Why Do Cigarette Boxes Have More Free Speech Rights Than Protesters?

A hard lesson was learned in NYC over who has speech rights in America.

New York City’s Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park were chanting, “Whose park? Our park,” as they were being evicted.

But according to the New York City judge who signed an order hours after the police raid saying the encampment had to go, the legal question came down to the question of whose speech rights were being taken away.

The answer was not what you might think.

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Verizon Wireless Will Watch Everything You Do If You Don't Opt Out

Verizon Wireless is sending emails to customers this week informing them that the company will now begin storing their browsing history, location, app usage data and more, in the name of providing "more relevant" mobile ads. The company says it won't "share any information that identifies you personally," and the email includes instructions for customers who want to opt out of the tracking program.

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Occupy Epidemic! Brace Yourself For United States Of Chaos

'Direct action' confrontations now set for cities across America

The Occupy movement is set to launch nationwide chaos today as part of a new, revolutionary phase of the anti-capitalist campaign.

The New York division aims to deploy a "three-course meal" of so-called direct action that apparently includes the blocking of subways and bridges as well as shutting down the stock market, as WND was first to report earlier this week.

Such confrontational tactics are now set for cities across the U.S.

Occupy Pittsburgh says it will march to the city's Greenfield Bridge while Occupy sites around the country call for similar bridge- and transportation-blocking actions.

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New West OC Hotel Plans OK’d

SNOW HILL -- Though there’s no timeline for construction in place yet, the approval process for a new hotel in West Ocean City has all of the t’s crossed and i’s dotted. In authorizing the hotel, questions were raised amongst the Worcester County Commissioners about the current 45-foot height limitation for buildings in the area’s zoning. The new hotel, which has not been identified, is designed to have 81 rooms and will be located off Route 50 west of the Alamo.

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BREAKING NEWS: FDA Rules Against Use of Avastin In Treatment Of Breast Cancer

The Food and Drug Administration has revoked approval of the drug Avastin, saying there is no proof it extends patients’ lives and that it causes dangerous side effects.

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Before Leaving Office, Romney Staff Wiped Records

Just before Mitt Romney left the Massachusetts governor’s office and first ran for president, 11 of his top aides purchased their state-issued computer hard drives, and the Romney administration’s e-mails were all wiped from a server, according to interviews and records obtained by the Globe.

Romney administration officials had the remaining computers in the governor’s office replaced just before Governor Deval Patrick’s staff showed up to take power in January 2007, according to Mark Reilly, Patrick’s chief legal counsel.

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Liberty And Willpower


"We're just showing the rich people that we can do what we want." – London rioter, in August


This quote, and the people who acted it out – and who are acting it out presently in the "occupy" demonstrations right now in the US – show what liberty disconnected from self-responsibility looks like.


If we want to promote and live in a free society, enough of us have to develop the skills of self-control, self-discipline and willpower to earn it.


Willpower is a term that used to be considered a mighty virtue. Among some of the colleagues that I have known in the world of psychotherapy (most of whom were liberal), willpower has been considered, to a large degree, as something of a mistake. This is, I believe, part of the fallacy of the left.


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NYC Waiters Held Over Alleged $1 Million Credit Card Scam

More than two dozen current and former waiters and their associates from some of New York City's top steakhouses have been arrested for allegedly stealing credit card numbers from wealthy customers, NBC New York has learned.

Several suspects are from top city restaurants like Smith and Wollensky, Capital Grille and Wolfgang Steak, as well as Morton’s in Stamford and the Bicycle Club in New Jersey, sources said.

BREAKING NEWS: HIT AND RUN IN SALISBURY

Hit and run Salisbury giant right now.

$15 Trillion Spent And No Parade?


Last night the United States National debt passed the $15 trillion dollar mark. Mr. Obama, neither members of Congress nor the mainstream media made mention of this historic milestone. The tax payer’s great grandchildren continue to pay for these individuals to live and work with self-centered pageantry and regal lifestyles. So the spending continues without any of our elected leaders, unconfirmed czars or unconstitutional super committees willing to take responsibility for this irresponsible destructiveness.

America, it’s time to elect a common man for President as we did for the first 150 years of our countries history. Someone whose ideology is not based upon a political party, greed and political self-preservation, but to the Constitution, the American people and our Creator. Someone who is not a career politician and is elected directly from Main Street U.S.A. into the Oval Office. Someone who will re-empower the American people with the freedoms they need to rebuild our economy, to restore the American dream and to give our children an America that is better and stronger than was given to us.

One Nation, Under God,

Thomas J. Miller
http://www.millerforpresident.com/

AAA Expects More Travelers This Thanksgiving Than In '10

Triple-A Mid-Atlantic says more of us will be driving 50 miles or more to see loved ones this Thanksgiving weekend than last.

Spokesman Jim Lardear says now's a good time to get behind the wheel, because gas prices won't be going up--yet.

Hospital Plans Progressing

EASTON Plans for the new Shore Health System regional medical center off U.S. Route 50 in Easton are progressing, with the site design concept for the first phase of construction complete and more details on the hospital design expected to be released early next year.

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Today's Survey Question 11-18-11


Do you trust the upcoming electronic health record system with your personal medical records?

Missing Kitten In Pittsville

Lost kitten it is missing from Pittsville, on Old Ocean City Rd., right by Pittsville Ford. Last seen on Monday. Please call 443-359-5441.


Tampa Woman Lines Up 9 Days Early For Best Buy's Black Friday Sale

While thousands of people her age are busy camping out in various Occupy movements around the country, a Florida woman decided last night to occupy the sidewalk outside her local Best Buy in order to be the first person to be disappointed by the Black Friday offerings on Nov. 25.

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Prettiest Tree Salisbury Has Ever Had


This has to be the prettiest Christmas Tree Salisbury has ever had.


Don't miss the lighting ceremony tonight.

Major Tobacco Companies Drop Legal Challenge To Delaware’s Enforcement Of Tobacco Settlement

The major tobacco companies who make millions of dollars in annual payments to Delaware, as part of a landmark 1998 settlement between the states and tobacco manufacturers, have dropped a legal challenge to Delaware’s enforcement of that settlement.

The legal challenge, which began in 2005, claimed that in 2003 Delaware did not satisfy its obligation to regulate smaller tobacco companies that were not participants in the settlement agreement. If the companies had prevailed in the dispute against Delaware, the state had faced a potential loss of between approximately $4.5 million and $24 million.

Medical Pot Could Be Coming To A Dispensary Near You

WASHINGTON -- They're lining up to grow and sell pot in the nation's capital.

The District's Department of Health has received 17 applications to sell medical marijuana. The deadline for applicants was Tuesday at noon. The city will only award up to five licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries.

In addition to the five retail sites in D.C., there will be up to 10 cultivation sites where the marijuana will be grown. Twenty-eight applicants are vying for those permits. Applications are due Sept. 16.

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Syracuse University Head Basketball Coach Defends Assistant Accused Of Molesting Ball Boy

Syracuse police are investigating an allegation that long-time Syracuse University assistant men's basketball coach Bernie Fine molested a team ball boy for more than a dozen years.


The alleged victim, Bobby Davis, now 39, told ESPN's Outside the Lines that the molestation started in 1983 when he was in seventh grade.


Davis said the alleged abuse took place at Fine's home, Syracuse basketball facilities and on road trips, including the 1987 Final Four.


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Regis Retires Today


Today is Regis Philbin's last day on "Live! With Regis and Kelly."

Authorities: Tons If Drugs Went Through Cross-Border Tunnel

(CNN) -- A nondescript white warehouse building in southern California hid a sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel that traffickers used to transport tons of marijuana from Mexico into the United States, authorities said.
Investigators on both sides of the border seized more than 14.5 tons of marijuana in connection with the tunnel's discovery this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Wednesday.

Thank God Its Friday

What will you be doing this weekend?


Salisbury News will be attending this months 3rd Friday Event in Downtown Salisbury. There are many special events taking place Downtown, such as the tree lighting ceremony, Santa, Festival of Trees and even Salisbury News will be present in our own building this evening. We hope you'll take the time to celebrate our City and enjoy the festivities.

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Delaware Looks To Increase Small Business Exports

STANTON, Del. (AP) -- State officials are offering help to small businesses in Delaware in an effort to increase exports.

The state's International Trade and Development Group is using a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to host a small business export seminar.

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‘How Not To Marry The Wrong Guy’: Authors Of Self-Help Book Offer Women Advice

Have you ever said “I do” when deep down you really meant “I don’t”? Did you say “yes”even though you knew the guy popping the question was Mr. Wrong?

Even if you haven’t, chances are you know someone who has. “Nightline” sat down for an interview with Anne Milford and Jennifer Gauvain, the authors of “How Not to Marry the Wrong Guy,” to talk about women in serious relationships who struggle with the decision to take the plunge into an unhappy marriage or become a runaway bride.

Pets Stolen For Quick Cash

Baltimoreans Seek Safe Return Of Pets

BALTIMORE
-- Some people looking to make quick cash in the tough economy are stealing pets in what has become a booming and disturbing industry in Maryland.

In early November, Joe Thompson had his 3-year-old Toy Shih-Tzu, Diva, in his hands during a routine midnight stroll in the 2800 block of Erdman Avenue in northeast Baltimore.

More Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/29800605/detail.html#ixzz1e3PF81am

Publishers Notes: I provide stories like this on to educate the Eastern Shore to be PROACTIVE. When we see patterns in other areas we not only expose the information, we hopefully provide YOU the opportunity to be cautious in case such practices land here on the Shore.

State Police Detectives Investigating Home Invasion

Location: 8000 block of Nylon Avenue, Seaford, DE

Date of Occurrence: Tuesday November 15, 2011 at approximately 10:15 p.m.

Victim:
26 year old Seaford, DE woman (resident)

Suspect:
2 black males (no further details)

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Seaford, DE- Delaware State Police are actively looking into a home invasion that took place late Tuesday evening in Seaford.

On Tuesday November 15th at approximately 10:15 p.m., Troopers responded to the 8000 block of Nylon Avenue, Seaford after a roommate of a 26 year old female victim alerted 9-1-1 dispatchers she had been held at gunpoint. The investigation revealed two black males entered the residence through the front door brandishing handguns and wearing disguises. The suspects then pointed a gun at the female’s head while they taped her mouth and hands. The suspects demanded money from the victim and made off with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency and two cell phones. The suspects then fled the residence in an unknown direction.

The victim was uninjured in this case.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact Det. Steve Kelly at Troop 4 at 302-856-5850 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Information may also be provided via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com

Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Dover Man Shot After A Verbal Argument


Location: Premier Village Apartments (formally Generals Greene Apts.), 310 Billy Mitchell Lane, Dover, DE

Date of Occurrence: Wednesday November 16, 2011 at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Victim:
38 year old Dover, DE man

Defendant:
Aaron Johnson, 24 of Cheswold, DE

Charges:
Assault 1st Degree
Possession of a Firearm During a Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited

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Dover, DE- Delaware State Police Detectives have made an arrest in an early evening shooting that occurred at Premier Village Apartments.

On Wednesday November 16th at approximately 8:00 p.m., State Troopers responded to Premier Village Apartments for a report that a male subject had been shot in the face. Upon their arrival, Troopers were informed that a 38 year old male victim had been in a verbal altercation earlier in the evening with a group of teenagers. This in turn, led to another confrontation with Aaron Johnson, 24.

Witnesses to the account observed the victim approach Aaron Johnson and exchange words. The victim continued to taunt Johnson who then removed a handgun from his waistband and fired one shot striking the victim in the face.

Johnson initially fled the scene, but was apprehended a short time later at his residence in Cheswold. He was transported back to Troop 3 where he was arraigned on his charges and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $55,000.00 secured bail.

The victim was transported by EMS to Kent General Hospital and admitted with non life threatening injuries.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact the Det. Paul Surowiec at 302-741-2814 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Information may also be provided via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com

Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Tractor Trailer Catches Fire on Coastal Highway

Location: Coastal Highway and Shady Road, Lewes, DE

Date of Occurrence: Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 6:55 p.m.

Operators/Vehicles:
Operator #1 - Philip W. Jones, 62 of Wilmington, DE
Vehicle #1 – 2009 International Harvester Truck pulling a 2008 Great Dane Trailer

Resume:
Lewes, DE- Delaware State Police investigated a tractor trailer fire just south of five points Lewes which impacted early evening traffic.

At approximately 6:55 p.m. Philip W. Jones was operating his 2009 International Harvester Tractor Trailer southbound on Coastal Highway when he observed sparks coming from behind the cab. Mr. Jones was able to pull the 18 wheeler to the shoulder of the roadway and locate flames coming from the refrigerator unit of the trailer. As he tried to get his fire extinguisher from the cab, flames over took the compartment and he was able to escape the truck without any injuries.

The trailer Mr. Jones was hauling, contained non-flammable goods which were being transported to a local Wawa store. Lewes Fire Company responded to the scene and was able to put out the fire.

The roadway was shut down for approximately two and a half hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Mr. Jones was not cited by State Police.

Newark Woman Pleads Guilty To Software Piracy

A Newark woman is facing five years in prison and a $2 million fine after pleading guilty to operating software piracy websites.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 34-year-old Jamie Lynn Snyder pleaded guilty to one count of criminal copyright infringement for her role in operating a group of websites that were unlawfully selling hundreds of popular computer software products at a fraction of their value.

Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges In Undercover Sting At Crofton Library

Maryland State Police arrested a 24-year-old man during a sting at a public library in Crofton and charged him with distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Robert J. Hudson 2nd, of the 1000 block of Christmas Lane in Gambrills, faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted.

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Convicted Laurel Murderer Denied Commutation

Delaware's Board of Pardons has denied a convicted killer's request to commute his life sentence.

James Waller was sentenced to life in prison in 1978 for the kidnapping, robbery and murder of 67-year-old John Horstman of Laurel.

Waller, now 67 himself, told the pardons board on Thursday that he is in poor health and would like to spend his remaining time helping others.

Hanover Trucking Firm Shut Down As 'Imminent Hazard'

The federal government has shut down a Hanover trucking company, citing a long list of safety hazards including a fatal crash in August.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, declared Gunther's Transport LLC to be an "imminent hazard to the public" and ordered the company to halt operations.

"This finding means that based upon your present state of unacceptable safety compliance, your failure to adequately establish and maintain safety management systems, your failure to ensure your drivers are qualified, and the condition of your commercial motor vehicles, your motor carrier operation substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death if not discontinued immediately," federal officials wrote in their order.

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Lewes Approves Bay Avenue Traffic Changes


LEWES — Lewes Mayor and City Council have approved changes for Bay Avenue including reducing the speed limit, changing the traffic pattern and designating specific streets for use by emergency vehicles.

The changes will be implemented after road work is complete. The panel voted to approve each change at its Nov. 14 meeting.

The $3 million project is the most extensive road reconstruction work ever undertaken by the city and Lewes Board of Public Works.

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Moore Says She Is Ending Marriage To Kutcher

LOS ANGELES — Demi Moore is ending her marriage to fellow actor Ashton Kutcher, she told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Moore, 49, and Kutcher, 33, were wed in September 2005, but the couple's relationship became tabloid fodder in recent months as rumors swirled about Kutcher's alleged infidelity.

Last Farmers Market Of The Year Tomorrow


Saturday, November 19th is the last day of the Salisbury Farmers Market. Last chance to get local grown, fresh from the farm veggies for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Butternut squash, turnips, greens, celery, lettuce, sweet potatoes and more. Also available are cakes, pies, breads, rolls, jams, chutneys and much more. Prices at the farmers market are much lower than the grocery stores for fall veggies. Not only are you supporting local farmers, you will be saving hard earned
dollars. Come see what is still fresh from the farm.

Thank you, for supporting Shore Fresh Growers farmers markets. See you in the spring.

Obama Court Pick Grilled At Senate Hearing Over Knowledge Of Operation Fast And Furious

Kevin Ohlson served as Attorney General Eric Holder's chief of staff from January 2009 to January this year, but he says he knew nothing about so-called gun-walking operations that were going on during that time through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Getting Ready For Winter

DelDOT employees participate in annual snow plow inspection

Middletown -- Looking like they just rolled off the assembly line, hundreds of trucks and tractors owned by the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) are being lined up and inspected as part of DelDOT's preparations for the snow season.

Statewide, about 450 pieces of equipment are inspected every fall, when mechanics look for everything from tire wear to lights, while also checking to make sure that every part of the truck or tractor works perfectly.

"We ask a lot of our people and our equipment, so it's important to make sure that we keep our equipment in excellent condition," said DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt. "I've visited many of the inspections this year, and I'm pleased to see that our equipment, and our people, are ready for the winter."

Bhatt said he's been impressed by the maintenance of the equipment. "The taxpayers would be proud to see the amazing condition of these trucks," he said. "We take meticulous care of our equipment so that we can operate them for many years. I've seen trucks that look like they drove right from the showroom floor, only to learn that the truck has been through six, seven or eight winters. Our equipment operators and mechanics deserve a great deal of thanks. It's truly a privilege to be their secretary."

The inspections started at the Harrington Maintenance Yard on November 2, and will end November 17th at the Bear Maintenance Yard.

TRAFFIC ALERT

Replacement of Crossroad Pipe Will Require the Closure of Main Street in Gumboro

Gumboro -- WHEN: Monday, November 28, beginning at 7 a.m., complete road closure and ending at 5 p.m. or sooner on Wednesday, November 30, pending weather

WHERE: Main Street between Route 54/Cypress Road and West Road in Gumboro

WHAT: DelDOT's maintenance crews will be removing and replacing the crossroad pipes

DETOUR NORTHBOUND: Main Street to Cypress Road onto Route 26 to West Road and return to Main Street

DETOUR SOUTHBOUND: Main Street to West Road onto Route 26 to Cypress Road and back to Main Street

More Americans Calling it Quits: Another Sign the Job Market May be Better Than it Looks

With 14 million people unable to find work and job prospects seemingly bleak, why are more employees calling it quits?

According to government data released last week, in the first nine months of the year, about 17.3 million people left their jobs by choice. That's up 9% from last year, when just under 16 million people called it quits through September. And that rate appears to be increasing. In September alone, just over 2 million told their boss they were taking a hike - the most since November 2008 - an 11% increase from a year earlier.

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Congress Passes Continuing Resolution, Avoids Another Shutdown Threat

Washington, D.C. (CNN) - Congress passed a temporary spending measure on Thursday that will keep the federal government funded and open for business until December 16. The continuing resolution was necessary because the federal government is set to run out of money by midnight Friday.

The House passed the measure by a vote of 298-121 Thursday afternoon, and the Senate followed suit Thursday evening, passing the measure 70-30.

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Herman Cain First GOP Candidate To Get Secret Service Detail

Herman Cain will soon have a U.S. Secret Service security detail, the agency said Thursday, which would make him the first Republican presidential candidate with such a level of protection.

By law, major presidential candidates and their spouses automatically get Secret Service protection within 120 days of a presidential election. But the secretary of Homeland Security may also grant protective status to other candidates based on recommendations of an advisory committee composed mainly of congressional leaders.

Cain was in New Hampshire on Thursday, without a protective detail. Edwin Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman, would not say when precisely that would begin but that it would be soon.

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Missing Cat: UPDATE



Mr. Albero, I am emailing you for help finding my cat, Kiki. She went missing yesterday in the area of North West Road and Log Cabin Road. She might also have caught a ride in the back of our babysitter’s pickup to Mardela Spring. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Please Call

443-735-9220
443-735-9266

President Obama Announces Secretary Of State Clinton Will Travel To Burma

President Barack Obama announces he will send Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Burma next month, making her the first official in her position to visit in more than 50 years.

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