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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Legislation before Senate to require titles, insurance and safety gear for mopeds and scooters

Mopeds and motor scooters may soon require titles filed with the Motor Vehicle Administration and their operators could be required to carry liability insurance.

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Publisher's Notes: Will bicycles be next?


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GE's New Turboprop Engine FAA Certified

GE's H80 turboprop engine, which has been in development for several years in the Czech Republic, is now certified by the FAA, the company said last week. The engine was certified by EASA in December. The engine's launch customer is the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft. According to GE, the engine "combines the elegant, robust design of the M601 engine with GE's 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a more powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine with no recurrent fuel-nozzle inspections and no hot-section inspection." The H80 also will power the Aircraft Industries L410 twin-engine commuter aircraft, built in the Czech Republic, which has been flying since 1969, with 1,100 units produced. The new H80 version of the L410 is expected to be certified later this year.


The H80 engine will feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight-hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls, GE said. It will provide the option of a single- or dual-acting governor, allowing customers to have flexibility in propeller selection. GE Aviation said it expects to produce 70 of the H80 engines this year. The H80 is the first GE engine to be manufactured outside the U.S., and the first to get its initial certification from EASA.

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Va. To Sell Naming Rights For Roads, Bridges

RICHMOND, Va. - Want to get your name on a Virginia road or bridge? You will be able to do it soon, for a price.

Legislation approved recently by the General Assembly allows the state to sell naming rights for roads and bridges.

Names that are vulgar, obscene or socially, racially or ethnically offensive are prohibited. Also barred are names that condone or encourage violence or that describe illegal activities or substances.

Naming rights could generate $27.3 million in revenue in the first five years. Over 20 years, the state could reap about $273 million to help pay for building and repairing roads, the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research estimates.

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Court Rejects Voter Suppression Efforts

Almost 47 years to the day after a peaceful voting rights march in Selma, Alabama, ended in violence on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a federal court in Philadelphia struck a major blow against modern day voter intimidation tactics.

Last Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a long-standing consent decree prohibiting the Republican National Committee (RNC) from engaging in underhanded campaign practices aimed at depressing voter turnout in communities of color. The consent decree, which arose out of a 1981 voting rights lawsuit against the RNC, bars the organization from using voter challengers, poll watchers, and vote caging plans to target and intimidate voters of color. It specifically precludes the RNC’s poll watchers from overstepping their role as election observers and prohibits them from asking voters for identification, filming or recording voters, and distributing literature about voter fraud penalties. After a federal district court denied the RNC’s request to dissolve the consent decree in 2009, the RNC appealed to the Third Circuit.

In unanimously rejecting the RNC’s appeal, the Third Circuit highlighted the continuing threat that voter intimidation poses to our election system. The court’s opinion described how poll watchers and poll challengers have the potential to disenfranchise lawful voters by causing delays, crowding, and confusion inside the polling place and creating a charged partisan atmosphere that can intimidate many new voters. The Brennan Center has highlighted these problems in the past and applauds the court for upholding this important safeguard against voter suppression.

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Pakistani Parliament Demands End to US Drone Strikes

A Pakistani parliamentary commission demanded on Tuesday an end to American drone attacks inside the country as part of proposed new terms of engagement with the United States.

The demand could complicate efforts to rebuild U.S.-Pakistani ties that were all but severed by U.S. airstrikes in November along the Afghan border that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The attack also led to Pakistan's closure of NATO supply lines to Afghanistan.

The parliament commission suggested Tuesday that the supply lines would not be permanently cut, as many Pakistanis would like, though it did not explicitly link the issue of the drones and the border closure.

America's Crimes Of War

A decade into the Afghan War, the atrocities by U.S. forces - whether accidental or intentional - keep piling up along with assurances from American leaders that “this is not who we are.” But the unwillingness to impose serious penalties and the failure to adopt less violent strategies say something else to many Afghans, writes John LaForge.

A U.S. Army Staff Sergeant walked through two villages in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, around 3 a.m. March 11, methodically shooting 16 people that he’d dragged from their beds with single shots to the head. Then he dragged corpses outside and set some on fire. Eleven were reportedly from one family. Nine were children.

The Taliban has promised revenge against “sick-minded American savages.” Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta appeared to confirm this characterization when he callously told the press later the same day, “War is hell. These kinds of events and incidents are going to take place. They’ve taken place in any war. They’re terrible events. This is not the first of those events, and they probably won’t be the last.”

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State Department to announce new search for Amelia Earhart's plane in Pacific

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is wading into one of the 20th century's most enduring mysteries: the fate of American aviator Amelia Earhart, who went missing without a trace over the South Pacific 75 years ago.

Clinton will meet Tuesday with historians and scientists from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, which is launching a new search in June for the wreckage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra plane off the remote island of Nikumaroro, in what is now the Pacific nation of Kiribati. Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared July 2, 1937, while flying from New Guinea to Howland Island. Searches at the time uncovered nothing.

The group believes Earhart and Noonan may have managed to land on the island, then known as Gardner Island, and survived for a short time. Other historians believe they crashed into the ocean. But conspiracy theories, including claims that they were U.S. government agents captured by the Japanese before World War II, abound despite having been largely debunked.

AARP Back In Bed With Effort To Cut Social Security And Medicare

Wow, the AARP must be taking lessons from the Democratic Party, that you can afford sell out your putative base if you do the bidding of really big moneyed interests.

In case you missed this saga (it wasn’t one we posted on till now) in June last year, AARP’s board approved supporting Social Security cuts. That followed a multi million dollar ad campaign against the very same stance. They planned to sell the future of old people living off dog food to the membership via a series of town hall meetings.

The backlash from the membership led to the purge of the policy chief John Rother, who was made a scapegoat.

The latest development, reported in the Huffington Post, shows the housecleaning didn’t go far enough. AARP members need to demand resignation of all directors who are behind this scheme, which is probably all of them. Protests at their homes might be necessary to rein in an board which is so insistently defying its members wishes and interests.

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Chinese Hack Microsoft

Chinese hackers apparently have gained access to Microsoft problem details even before a company patch was released and security researchers are worried the leak came directly from Microsoft’s secured website.

It relates to the Microsoft Security Response Center, which states the Microsoft Active Protections Program is: “a program for security software providers. The program gives members a head start to reproduce the vulnerabilities and program [anti-hacking] tools in advance of Microsoft’s official security updates.”

And it states, “The amount of time between the release of a Microsoft security update and the release of exploit code (vulnerability) for that update continues to shorten. MAPP gives security software providers early access to vulnerability information.”

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After Six Months, a Look At What Occupy Wall Street Has Accomplished

Since its beginning, Occupy Wall Street and the protests it spawned across the country have faced critics who say it has no goals and wouldn’t achieve any substantial accomplishments. “In fact, the sum total of what Occupy Wall Street has accomplished is zero,” a New York Post columnist wrote in November. “Inspiring chat around the national watercooler is not an achievement.”

The movement turned six months old last Saturday, and a closer look at its record of achievement reveals that it has done more than spark conversation around Wall Street’s watercoolers. Occupy groups have shifted the national debate on taxes and inequality, helped homeowners stay in their homes, forced major policy issues to the forefront of debate at the state and federal level, and gotten the attention of the institutions they’ve challenged most forcefully. With that in mind, ThinkProgress compiled a brief list of Occupy Wall Street’s accomplishments over its first six months:

Income Inequality: The 99 Percent movement refocused America’s political debate, forcing news outlets and eventually politicians to focus on rising income inequality. While debt and deficits were the primary focus of the media before the movement started, their attention after the movement began shifted to jobs, Wall Street, and unemployment. By the end of October, even Republicans were talking about income inequality, and a week later, Time Magazine devoted its cover to the topic, asking, “Can you still move up in America?”

Occupy Our Homes: The movement has drawn attention to many of the predatory, discriminatory, and fraudulent practices perpetrated by banks during the foreclosure crisis, and across the country, Occupy groups, religious leaders, and community organizations have helped homeowners prevent wrongful foreclosures on their homes. Activists in Detroit are working to save their fifth home, and similar actions have taken place in cities like Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Atlanta. The movement has drawn so much attention that local political leaders and even members of Congress have stepped in to help homeowners facing foreclosure.

Move Your Money: On Bank Transfer Day, activists helped more than 40,000 Americans move their money from large banks to credit unions, and more than 650,000 switched to credit unions last October. Religious groups have taken up the cause as well, moving $55 million before Thanksgiving. This year, a San Francisco interfaith group moved $10 million from Wells Fargo and other groups marked Lent by moving more money from Wall Street. As a result, analysts say the nation’s 10 biggest banks could lose $185 billion in customer deposits this year “due to customer defections.”

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North Arlington ghost: Construction worker quits after Margaret Febrey sighting

An eerie encounter recently brought work at a North Arlington construction site to a complete stop.

Two months ago, an old Victorian house sat on the site, but as crews began demolishing the property to build a new club house, one of the workers spotted a young girl inside of the building.

The girl is thought to be Margaret Febrey, who was laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery almost 100 years ago.

"He said he saw this little girl in the window ... and he went in and couldn't find her, and on his way out he saw her on the steps and turned around and didn't see her," said Jeff Schreiner, construction supervisor.

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Study: Eat White Rice, Up Your Risk Of Suffering Type 2 Diabetes

If you're concerned about contracting type 2 diabetes, you may want to consider laying off white rice. That's according to Harvard School of Public Health researchers, who released a study that collected data from loads of other research to posit that people whose diets rely on white rice tend to be more at risk of being diagnosed with the condition.

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COUNTY EXECUTIVE POLLITT REQUESTS .1% INCREASE IN THE INCOME TAX RATE

The increase is a direct response to HB 1412 and SB 848 Maintenance of Effort Legislation

March 20, 2012 – County Executive Rick Pollitt, Director of Administration, Wayne Strausburg, and Director of Finance, Andy Mackel addressed the County Council today requesting an increase of the income tax rate from 3.1% to 3.2%. This increase is a direct result of pending school funding and maintenance of effort (MOE) legislation currently being reviewed in Annapolis.

The bills – HB 1412 and SB 848 – are of major concern to Wicomico County because it creates strict and harsh funding requirements that cannot be met without dramatic tax increases and/or severe cuts in core services. The legislation alters the reset of MOE retroactively and subjects the County to an increase in the MOE level for FY2013 in excess of $14.2 million above the current base (not including an additional $200,000 already required for FY2013). It also allows the state to intercept income tax revenue from counties that fail to make MOE and sends those funds directly to the state Board of Education. These punitive penalties would be unsustainable for the county.

"Wicomico County is being taken to task by the State for what is perceived as a failure to adequately support education funding,” said County Executive Pollitt, “While I do not quarrel with the basic concern, the impact of the proposed 'cure' far exceeds the nature of the disease. However, if we do not increase the income tax rate, the millions of dollars the State will confiscate could very well put us out of business."

Andy Mackel, in his presentation, outlined the services that would be in jeopardy without the .1% increase in the income tax rate. In order to reach $14.4 million, 100% of the budget for Corrections, States Attorney and the Circuit Court would need to be eliminated; or 79% of the budgets for both the Sheriff and Department of Corrections.

According to Mackel, no other combination of cuts in other county functions would come remotely close to equaling the amount.

Another provision in the bill that has already passed in the Senate, SB 848, allows counties that missed MOE in FY2012 and have a local income tax rate of 3.2%, to rebase at the 2012 level in FY2013 only. Wicomico County’s current income tax rate is 3.1%.

In order to allow Wicomico to retain the current FY2012 MOE base of $36.2 million and avoid the additional and recurring expense of $14.2 million, County Executive Pollitt has requested immediate action from the Council.

A decision is expected this week on HB 1412. Both bills were introduced as ‘emergency’ legislation. Therefore, they will take effect when enacted. Councilwoman Gail Bartkovich repeated Pollitt’s sentiment that the legislation was paramount to “blackmail.” The County Council, voted unanimously to accept Bill No. 2012-02, regarding an income tax increase, for first reading. Aware of the severity of the proposed legislation, the Council will vote on the County Executive’s proposal at their April 17th meeting. Again, this increase, as outlined in SB 848, is expected to help the County avoid an annual $14.2 million expense.

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More Data Centers Coming to Maryland

Beltsville-based AiNet is preparing to open a data center in Glen Burnie, setting it up for cross-state competition with traditional data center hotspot Ashburn.

Deepak Jain, the company’s president and founder, said the company plans to open by July the first phase of a 300,000-square-foot data center on 15 acres. The center will be housed in an existing building that used to be home to a Boscov’s department store.

The data center will be AiNet’s third — the first two are in Beltsville and Laurel — and Jain said it will fill a geographic gap in the company’s portfolio while also allowing it to accept companies whose needs previously outstripped AiNet’s capacity.

“We are building on a strategy where customers will be able to operate from each of our buildings interchangeably,” said Jain. The new center “lets us do some deals that we couldn’t do.”

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'Foreign-Born' Obama! Postman Finally Comes Forward

Claims he met young Barack who boasted he would someday be president

CHICAGO, Ill.
– Did the parents of former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers help finance Barack Obama’s Harvard education?

Did Ayers’ mother believe Obama was a foreign student?

And was the young Obama convinced at the time – long before he even entered politics – that he was going to become president of the United States?

A retired U.S. Postal Service carrier who delivered mail to Tom and Mary Ayers in a Chicago suburb in the late 1980s and early 1990s and claims to have met Obama in front of the Ayers home emphatically says yes to all three questions.

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5 Reasons Socialism Is Inferior To Capitalism

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries." -- Winston Churchill

Saying that capitalism is better than socialism is like saying that winning a million dollars is better than being in a high impact car crash. In other words, if you have an open mind, a good grasp on human nature and economics, and a passing knowledge of world history, there's absolutely no question that capitalism is superior to socialism.

Unfortunately, this lesson has been lost on a lot of people because our school systems have become so mediocre, there are no pure capitalist and socialist systems, and there are a lot of people who promote socialism for reasons that have nothing to do with economics. Is it surprising, for example, that politicians prefer an economic system that concentrates power in their hands as opposed to a system that makes them less relevant? Would anyone be shocked to find out that there are people who like the idea of making money based on whom they know and where they put their campaign contributions as opposed to slugging it out in the free market?

So with all that in mind, it is worth explaining, once again, why capitalism is absolutely, undeniably, unquestionably superior to socialism.

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What To Do When You Find Out The Dope Who Sits Next To You Is Making More Than You Are

If the corporate world functioned fairly, pay would be commensurate with the amount of experience and ability employees have. But fairness has little to do with the way pay scales tip. Factors such as nepotism, politics and timing can all add up to confirming your fear that your cubicle neighbor makes more than you do, and will probably always out-earn you unless you try to dare to make a power play.

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Food Police: Bloomberg Bans Home-Cooked Meals for the Homeless

Hey homeless people, no soup for you.

So says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has banned private food contributions to homeless shelters because he's afraid they won't meet his exacting nutritional standards:

In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.

DHS Commissioner Seth Diamond says the ban on food donations is consistent with Mayor Bloomberg’s emphasis on improving nutrition for all New Yorkers. A new interagency document controls what can be served at facilities — dictating serving sizes as well as salt, fat and calorie contents, plus fiber minimums and condiment recommendations.

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How Giving To Charity Can Be Like Getting Your Name And Number Scrawled On A Bathroom Wall

Gifts to many charities can backfire, placing you on hit lists for other organizations that share information about their networks of benefactors. A donation can place you in the crosshairs of other companies in need of donations, bombarding you with cold calls and mailings and making you feel like the object of one of those "for a good time, call XXX" messages etched on bathroom stalls.

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Chicken Debate Heats Up In Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Chicken coops aren't just for the farm anymore.

Raising chickens in the city is a practice that's becoming more common nationwide.

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen has proposed an ordinance to allow city residents to keep as many as five hens, but no roosters, on their properties.

"In Annapolis, and I think all across the country, there's a renewed push toward sustainability. And people want to know where their food comes from, and they want to support restaurants that source their food locally.

"And it also extends to our own backyards, where people are not only doing much more gardening themselves, but they want to do backyard chickens," Cohen says.

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Fair? Married Father Charged for Offering Girls a Ride Home During IL Snowstorm

A married father of three has been charged with disorderly conduct after offering two girls a ride home during a snowstorm in suburban Chicago. Though he maintains that it is all a misunderstanding, he faces a $750 fine if convicted.

Rodney Peterson said that on March 2, after getting gas, “I just noticed these girls, that they had no umbrella, no coats or hood or something of that nature and I just felt like I should help.” He said he rolled down his window, asked if they needed a ride, and after one of the girls said “We’re OK,” he continued driving.

Peterson said he thought nothing of it until three days later, when the police came knocking. According to the CBS 2 report, Peterson listened in disbelief as he was told that the girls had reported their encounter, and he was being charged with disorderly conduct for alarming and disturbing the girls.

Police maintain that if Peterson was worried about the welfare of the girls, he should have called 911.

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Doctors Insist Woman With 24-Pound Tumor Is Just Pregnant

In a story that seems like the exact opposite of those shows where women don't think they're pregnant and yet, oops, out comes a baby, a woman in Barcelona was pretty darn sure she wasn't pregnant, and yet doctors insisted she was. Really, she had a 24-pound cancerous uterine tumor.

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‘I’ll be Fine. I‘ll Do It’: Helmet Cam Video of Fourth-Grader’s First Ever Ski Jump Will Pump You Up

It’s getting to be that time on a Monday where you just may need an inspirational pick-me-up. This viral video that began spinning around the Web last week is just what the doctor ordered.

If you think you have a daunting week ahead of you, this youngin’ can provide you with the perfect metaphor to help you overcome looming challenges. A fourth grader, according to the YouTube description, is standing at the top of her first ever ski jump — there is actually debate on whether it‘s a he or she but we’ll go with she. She’s whimpering, unsteady on her legs and her tone of voice doesn’t boast much confidence in her abilities.

Watch as she psyches herself up to take the jump, giving us a helmet-cam point-of-view (Note: Sound is a must for this one):

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Let's Look Back And Laugh At Retail Gas Prices Over The Last Decade

Retail gas prices are currently hovering just a few percentage points shy of the all-time high set back in 2008. So we couldn't think of a better reason to go for a (rather expensive) drive down memory lane to gawk with fondness at the last decade of gas price volatility.

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Dire finances leave Detroit stalled

Despite assurances from Clint Eastwood and Eminem, Detroit’s rebirth may be on hold, as the city is on a Greece-like track to run out of money before summer, and things are getting increasingly testy between the state’s Republican governor and the city’s Democratic mayor.

Although the automotive sector and some other parts of the city’s business picture have bounced back in recent years, Detroit city government finances are still on an unsustainable course, and the city does not have a viable fiscal plan to avoid running out of money in May.

Last week, the city rejected a proposed consent agreement that would have given a nine-member state-appointed oversight board a voice in city government and started a war of words with the state government, which has its own deadline set for next week.

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Environmentally-Friendly Toilet Paper Is Just The Right Shade Of Brown

In an attempt to go green, Cascades tissue company is browning up their toilet paper with a 100% recycled, unbleached offering. They're peddling the brown bath tissue to businesses now and hope to bring it to consumers' bathrooms later this year. But yeah, brown toilet paper! Interesting.

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Study: Md., Va. Flunk For Openness, Accountability

WASHINGTON - A new report on openness and accountability at state capitals doesn't do much to help the perception that "government ethics" is an oxymoron.

An eight-month investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International gives most state governments low marks when it comes to tackling corruption. Governments in much of the WTOP listening area rank among the worst.

The Old Dominion is one of eight states to receive an "F" grade and ranks 47 out of 50 in the report.

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May I Offer You A $200 Cup Of Organic Green Tea Grown With Panda Dung?

Pandas are prized all over the world, and now a Chinese entrepreneur is banking on that adorable appeal to sell $200 cups of green tea grown with the aid of panda poo. Of course, the man behind the dung tea is doing it all for the environment. And because he loves pandas, probably.

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BREAKING NEWS: Delmar Tom McGuire Out On Bond

Property Bond posted by Robert N. Brenner, III for $50,000.00, Release 3/19/12.


Property Bond posted by Sandra G. Thomas and Jeanne W. McGuire for $246,960.00,
and Property Bond posted by Robert N. Brenner, III for $53,040.00 (total bond $300,000.00), Release 3/19/12.



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Statement On School Status For March 20

The decision not to delay the opening of school on Tuesday, March 20 was based on early morning weather conditions. While the Maryland School Assessment testing schedule for today would have been impacted by a fog delay, the MSA testing for students in grades 3-8 was not considered when deciding whether to delay the opening of schools. Had there been a delayed opening or even a closing on a testing day, the testing schedule would have been adjusted accordingly.

Knowing that there was a potential for fog on the Lower Shore this morning, Wicomico transportation staff began looking at conditions throughout Wicomico County at 4 a.m. At 5:15 a.m., when a decision had to be made on whether to delay the start of school, conditions were fairly clear throughout Wicomico, so no delay was recommended. (Had there been a delay, ParentLink calls to Wicomico school families would have been made around 5:30 a.m.) Buses were already on the road and some students and many staff were already on their way to school when the fog set in after 6 a.m. Based on the early morning weather conditions, there was no fog delay this morning for public schools in Wicomico, Worcester or Somerset.

Dear Mr. Fredericksen,

This morning you made a huge mistake and risked the lives of not only the children in Wicomico County but the drivers and teachers as well.

I know I can be quite vocal with Salisbury News but really, you can't be serious in your above message. The conditions had to be some of the worst I have ever seen here on the Shore, especially this year.

Obviously our Post this morning left quite an impact on your Office or you wouldn't have published the above information. That being said, shame on you and all of those involved in making such a horrible decision. (Stop watching WBOC and look out the window for once, they're not always right, you know)

Being that I am as vocal as I am, speaking for myself, of course, I do not believe your decision had nothing to do with today's testing. I think it had everything to do with it and again, the idea you even went public with such a statement seals my impression on this matter.

But hey, your in charge, right. Your accountable to no one, right. As we used to say in professional pool, "You Can't Beat Luck." Lucky no one was hurt today.


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BREAKING NEWS: WE TRIED TO WARN YOU WEEKS AGO...

At 10:00 this morning County Executive Rick Pollitt made a rare appearance in front of the County Council to propose emergency legislation to increase the County Income Tax Rate from 3.1% to 3.2% by April 17th.

Based on the information only Salisbury News delivered on House Bill 1412 your beloved Governor, Delegate Norm Conway and others are BLACKMAILING Counties throughout Maryland to meet Maintenance of Effort with the Board of Education OR in Wicomico County's case be fined $14,000,000.00, in which the state would remove the proper funding to fully finance the BOE by taking those funds immediately out of the County's income taxes.

Now, there's no guarantee that by raising the income tax rate to 3.2% that the state will accept those funds as they are saying the legislation is retroactive, but there's hope it will work.

According to Mr. Pollitt, (in which he is correct)"the timing is critical" Councilman Bob Culver said, "this is legislative blackmail."

Mr. Pollitt went on to say that he doesn't think there's any doubt this is heading to court. In other words, the County will more than likely have to sue the state. The state is proving, (once again) its power over each County, similar to the Highway User Tax Funds that the state robbed years ago from the County.

Again, Salisbury News was the very first in the state to break the news on this legislation and we warned you it was coming. Today simply proved we were not only right, unfortunately the County, (you taxpayers) WILL be forced into paying more income tax to fund the Board of Education.

Rick Pollitt stated at one point that this is what elected officials do. They support the Board of Education when they run for office and in some cases pay MORE money above and beyond maintenance of effort to show their support. However, Council President Joe Holloway immediately stated, that's what got us into this mess, because we paid too much into it and the state can see we CAN do it.

He went on to say this emergency legislation takes away any incentive to ever consider doing more for the BOE down the road.

County Executive Rick Pollitt closed with this statement. We can't meet the $14,000,000.00 without shutting down the Sheriff's Department.

Some have wondered if this increase includes a property tax increase. The answer to that is NO. This is strictly based on an increase to your income tax. In my honest opinion, better they go after your INCOME than try playing the game with your property tax. What I mean by that is, (to me, anyway) your property values aren't expected to go UP in many years and its easier for them to go after your income instead.

In closing, Bob Culver threw out a very interesting question. He said, If we were to dissolve the County Council and let the state take over, what would happen. Wayne Strausburg replied, a bankruptcy appointee would come in and evaluate the dealings of Wicomico County. In other words, the County would go bankrupt.


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Mark Levin Dares Media Matters to Take Legal Action Against Him

On his Monday broadcast, syndicated conservative radio host Mark Levin offered his take on a Daily Caller report that tied Media Matters for America to the al-Jazeera network. TheDC reported that the organization’s foreign policy fellow MJ Rosenberg has made some ill-advised statements about the Jewish community and the United States.

Levin called on the Internal Revenue Service to review Media Matters’ tax status and called the organization, as he has often done in the past, a “criminal front group.”

“Media Matters is a key political operative entity for the Democrat Party and for this president,” Levin said. “I don’t care if it covers itself in the charitable, non-profit, non-partisan mode, part of the Internal Revenue Code. That’s for the IRS to sort out and the IRS ought to be looking at them, quite frankly, as I’ve said many, many times. That’s why I call them a ‘criminal front group.’”

Levin challenged Media Matters to take action against him for the moniker he has given the group, and said he would use a lawsuit as an opportunity to investigate the organization.

Sheriff Mike Lewis Gets His Way, Speed Cameras Are Coming All Over Wicomico County

Big Government just got bigger this morning as the County Council agreed to allow the Sheriff's Department to place speed cameras in school zones throughout Wicomico County.

Next on their list will probably be registrations and tags for bicycles in Wicomico County. Oh shoot, did I just give the Sheriff another idea to run with?



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Public School Principal Declares Public Schools Helping to Destroy America’s Foundation

Conservatives and Christians have been saying for years that America’s public school system has been destroying our children and thus destroying America’s foundation. Most educators deny the charge and say they are doing their best to educate and prepare today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders.

However, one brave public school principal has finally seen the light and has come public with his accusations against the public school system and how it is negatively impacting the country.

Jeffery Wick, a principal in Bowling Green, Virginia has just published a new book, Public Education: The Final Solution in the Conquest of America’s Ideals, in which he urges America to get back to its greatness and Christian foundations. In speaking about the nation, Wick said,


“I think we’re at a state in our country where we are on that precipice, as a lot of us believe, and part of the reason we’re in this problem is what the public schools do. It’s not necessarily what the teachers are doing, but it’s the philosophy that’s guiding the system.

“[America’s greatness] which is its Christian foundation, freedom that we were founded upon, sacrifice, hard work, rugged individualism and all those traits that our founders based our Constitution and our nation upon,”


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Obama Silent While Saudi Grand Mufti Targets Christianity

If the pope called for the destruction of all the mosques in Europe, the uproar would be cataclysmic. Pundits would lambaste the church, the White House would rush out a statement of deep concern, and rioters in the Middle East would kill each other in their grief. But when the most influential leader in the Muslim world issues a fatwa to destroy Christian churches, the silence is deafening.

On March 12, Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” The ruling came in response to a query from a Kuwaiti delegation over proposed legislation to prevent construction of churches in the emirate. The mufti based his decision on a story that on his deathbed, Muhammad declared, “There are not to be two religions in the [Arabian] Peninsula.” This passage has long been used to justify intolerance in the kingdom. Churches have always been banned in Saudi Arabia, and until recently Jews were not even allowed in the country. Those wishing to worship in the manner of their choosing must do so hidden away in private, and even then the morality police have been known to show up unexpectedly and halt proceedings.

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US Government Spent At Least $945M On Advertising In 2010

Federal agencies spent at least $945 million on contracts for advertising services in fiscal year 2010, and that sum doesn't include all public communications expenditures in the agencies reviewed or even all of the executive branch, a congressional report out last week shows.

Congressional Research Service reported that the calculation was incomplete since the total sum may never be fully known.

"It is unclear how much the executive branch, let alone the federal government as a whole, spends on communications each year," the CRS report found.

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Bret Baier Strikes Back At President's Alleged Claim Fox Says 'Obama Is a Muslim 24/7'

Politico reported Monday that a new book by Mother Jones's David Corn claims President Obama blamed his 2010 midterm elections defeat on Fox News constantly calling him a Muslim.

Fox News's Bret Baier struck back on Monday's Special Report saying, "For the record, we found no examples of a host saying President Obama is a Muslim" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

BRET BAIER: Corn also writes President Obama blamed this network for his midterm political woes. He told labor leaders he was “losing white males” because in part “fed by Fox News, they hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7, and it begins to seep in.”

For the record, we found no examples of a host saying President Obama is a Muslim.

Yeah, but that doesn't matter, Bret.

Corn wrote it, Politico cited it, and now it's going to be blast all over the Obama-loving media until large portions of the nation believe it.

Makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?

Attack Dogs Used On A High School Walkout In MD, Four Students Charged With 'Thought Crimes'

BREAKING NEWS: Quarterback Peyton Manning Signs With Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos announce they have signed star free agent quarterback Peyton Manning to a $96-million five-year deal.

From Fox News

Hillary Whistleblower: 'I'm a Political Prisoner'

Calling himself a hidden political prisoner, a former business partner of Spider-Man creator Stan Lee who sued Bill Clinton for fraud and accused Hillary Clinton of hiding nearly $2 million in Senate campaign donations claims Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department are obstructing justice by reneging on a sentencing agreement that would have released him from federal prison nearly two years ago.

“Hillary is carrying out her promise to finally destroy my family to punish me for exposing the corruption that elected her to the Senate,” Peter F. Paul contended to WND in an email from the La Tuna federal facility in Anthony, Texas, near El Paso.

An Internet petition posted this week by Hollywood private investigator Becky Altringer, who has examined Paul’s case, calls on Holder to “keep his promise and release Mr. Paul immediately.”

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The Five Tax Hikes In Obamacare That Most Hurt Seniors

The jobs-killing Obamacare law contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and employers. Many of these tax increases fall on families making less than $250,000 — a direct violation of candidate Obama’s promise not to raise “any form” of taxes on these families. In less than a week, the third anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law will take place. The Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments about the constitutionality of Obamacare next week.

Out of the 20 new or higher taxes in Obamacare, there are five that fall most directly on seniors.

The first is the excise tax penalty for failure to comply with Obamacare’s individual mandate. Many seniors face a coverage gap between retirement and Medicare eligibility. Obamacare raises taxes on these younger seniors by punishing them if they don’t purchase “qualifying health insurance.” Set to go into effect in 2014, the excise tax penalty for mandate non-compliance will in 2016 rise to 2.5% of adjusted gross income for a senior couple (or $1,390 for those making less than $55,600).

Why does Obamacare raise taxes on seniors just as they are entering retirement? Many of these seniors will face this “stick” but find themselves with too much income to qualify for the “carrot” of tax credits to purchase Obamacare health insurance plans in an exchange. Many will be forced to keep working just to avoid paying this tax.

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Romanian Brothers Strongest in the World?

WASHINGTON - Two brothers from Galati, Romania are becoming Internet sensations for their reported strength. Both have been weight training since the age of 2, and can accomplish impressive physical feats despite their young age.

Giuliano Strobe is 7 years old and has a growing fan base, according to the number of views of his YouTube videos. His 5-year-old brother Claudiu Strobe is working to become as popular.

Their father is responsible for the boys two-hour daily training sessions. In the following video, it states their father is hoping they will soon be stars.

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HOW I DESTROYED THE REAL ESTATE MARKET - BY BEN BERNANKE

If you were head of Central Planning (howdy, Ben!) and were tasked with crippling the real estate market, here’s what you would recommend.

1. Choke the market and banking sector with zombie banks.Central Planning creates zombie banks in one easy step: it allows insolvent banks to mark their impaired “real estate owned” to fantasy rather than to market. This enables the banks to survive in a deathless state, propped up by free money from the Federal Reserve and lax regulations that enable fantasy accounting and all sorts of off-balance sheet trickery.

Zombie banks have no incentive to auction off their holdings of real estate with defaulted, underwater or otherwise impaired mortgages, for having the market discover the price of these properties would immediately reveal the insolvency of the bank as properties it held on its books at (say) $400,000 were actually only worth $200,000. Since the mortgage is (say) $350,000, then the bank would be forced to recognize a $150,000 loss (actually more with transaction fees, repair of the derelict property, etc.).

If the bank’s entire portfolio of phantom-value properties was auctioned off or its price discovered by the market, the bank would be declared insolvent and closed.

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BREAKING NEWS: Magnitude 7.9 Quake Reported In Mexico

USGS says a magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck near Acapulco.

From Fox News

AFP Story on Obama Daughter’s Mexico Trip Scrubbed From Internet

An AFP report that President Barack Obama’s 13-year-old daughter, Malia, is spending spring break in Oaxaca, Mexico appears to have been completely scrubbed from the Internet news sites that first reported it. Pictures have appeared in Mexican magazine QuiĆ©n.com allegedly showing Malia visiting Oaxaca.

AFP, the French news agency, first reported around mid-day Monday that Malia Obama was vacationing in Mexico with 12 friends under the protection of 25 Secret Service agents and a number of local police officers.

The International Business Times reported that “the group arrived in Oaxaca on Saturday and reportedly visited the architectural site of Mitla.”

The Department of Public Safety, a Texas law enforcement agency, issued a warning on Tuesday against students celebrating their spring breaks in violence-torn Mexico. The Huffington Post reported that in February, the United States State Department “recommended that Americans avoid travel to all or parts of 14 or 31 Mexican states. It’s the widest travel advisory issued by the U.S. since Mexico stepped up its drug war in 2006.”

Since the story was first reported, it appears to have been scrubbed from a number of news outlets. The Huffington Post, International Business Times, The Australian, The Telegraph and Global Grind have all removed the article. AFP, which initially reported the story, now links to an unrelated story on “Sengalese superstar Youssou Ndour.”

SAFE KIDS LOWER SHORE MARYLAND FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK

WHO: Safe Kids Lower Shore Maryland

WHAT: FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK
Have a certified child safety seat technician inspect your child’s safety seat for free!

WHEN: Tuesday March 20, 2012
9:00 am- 11:00 am

WHERE: Wicomico County Health Department (WIC Office)
801 N. Salisbury Blvd. Unit 103
Salisbury, Maryland 21801

WHY: While 96 percent of parents and caregivers believe their child safety seats are installed correctly, research shows that seven out of ten children are improperly restrained.

US Census Covering Great Depression to be Released

It was a decade when tens of millions of people in the U.S. experienced mass unemployment and social upheaval as the nation clawed its way out of the Great Depression and rumblings of global war were heard from abroad.

Now, intimate details of 132 million people who lived through the 1930s will be disclosed as the U.S. government releases the 1940 census on April 2 to the public for the first time after 72 years of privacy protection lapses.

Access to the records will be free and open to anyone on the Internet _ but they will not be immediately name searchable.

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Poison Prevention Week

Salisbury, MD — Just as children are active and quick, poison also acts fast. Every year, over 1.2 million children ages 5 and under are poisoned nationally, accounting for approximately 50% of calls reported to poison centers. Every year, the Maryland Poison Center reports approximately 60,000 calls ranging from poisoning emergencies to poison information requests and have approximately 38,000 poisonings and overdoses. In 2010, the center reported that Wicomico County accounted for 2.3% of human exposure calls. Out of the total 827 human exposures, 490 were ages 12 and under, and 625 of the total poisonings were unintentional. The top three common causes for exposures for children under 6 years old are: (1) analgesics (pain relievers), (2) cosmetics and personal care products, and (3) household cleaning products.

Common items such as medicines, personal care products, and household cleaners found in all areas of the home can put children and grandchildren at risk for poisoning. Around 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home. Although it may be inconvenient to keep medicines and cleaners in locked cabinets, this action may save a child’s life.

Follow these suggestions to help keep your children safe: Leave the original label on all containers. Read them before use and follow directions. Store potentially poisonous medications and household products out of your child’s sight and reach. Do not leave these supplies unsecured or unattended. Use child safety locks or child resistant packages when available.

Talk to your children and teach them never to touch or put anything in their mouth unless they ask a grown-up. Never tell a child that medicine is candy. Frequently wash the child’s hands, toys, and pacifiers to reduce risk of lead or lead contaminated dust.

The toll-free nationwide poison control center number is 1-800-222-1222, where pharmacists and nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to give effective and confidential medical help in English and 150 other languages using interpreters. In case of an emergency or for information, keep the number handy by placing it near all phones and programming it in cell phones. With the help of the poison center, approximately 70% of calls can be managed on site without the need for additional medical care. However, call 911 immediately if your child is not breathing or has collapsed.

For additional information, visit: www.safekids.org/, www.poisonprevention.org/, or www.mdpoison.com.

Airline Passengers May Get a Break on Electronics

The government is taking a tentative step toward making it easier for airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices such as tablets, e-readers and music players during takeoffs and landings.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is "exploring ways to bring together all of the key stakeholders involved" _ including airlines, aircraft manufacturers, consumer electronics makers, and flight attendant unions _ to discuss whether there are practical ways to test devices to see if they are safe for passengers to use during critical phases of flight.

Technically, FAA rules already permit any airline to test specific makes and models to determine if they generate enough power that they could interfere with sensitive cockpit radios, navigation instruments and other critical equipment. But few airlines have done that kind of extensive testing because there are so many devices, and testing them all _ or even many _ isn't practical.

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CRAZY TALK

These two crazy guys should be branded domestic terrorists and thrown into prison without charges. How dare they suggest diplomacy, when everyone knows that war with Iran is the only thing that can save us from imminent nuclear annihilation. These libertarians and ex-marines must be stopped from talking so reasonably. The American people can’t be told the truth. That would spoil all the fun.

Nuclear Iran Is an Exaggerated Threat
by Malou Innocent and Jonathan Owen

Malou Innocent is a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute. Jonathan Owen is a former Marine infantry officer.

Added to cato.org on March 8, 2012

This article appeared in New York Daily News on March 8, 2012.

The Republican presidential hopefuls, Ron Paul excepted, would prefer a more bellicose response to Iran’s nuclear aspirations than President Obama’s current stance.
But a more aggressive policy could lead to another war in the Middle East, or at least a regime in Tehran more committed to seeking a nuclear bomb.

The assumption that a short war of limited strikes will keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is flawed. Damage to Iran’s nuclear program from such a strike would be modest, likely requiring more strikes in another few years or a longer-term presence on the ground.

James Clapper, U.S. director of national intelligence, said an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities would set back its nuclear program by one to two years. U.S. military action every few years is an unmanageable strategy.

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A Dangerous Verdict in New Jersey

New Jersey jury on Friday convicted a Rutgers freshman of “bias intimidation,” among several other charges. Dharum Ravi had set up a webcam in the dorm room he shared with Tyler Clementi, and then posted footage online of Clementi being intimate with another man. Three days later Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. Ravi faces up to ten years in prison or deportation to India.

This verdict promises to have malign effects beyond the problems of hate-speech laws already long recognized. Most important, it will make it easier for Muslim organizations to achieve in the United States what they have in Europe: criminalizing legitimate and fact-based criticism of Islam by disguising it as “hate speech,” thus enlisting our criminal justice system in the enforcement of shari’a-based blasphemy laws.

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Bernanke: "I Want To Bring Back Irrational Exuberance"

On January 25th we got word from the Fed that ZIRP would be extended until at least 2014. Bernanke's guarantee of another two years of cheap-cheap money has lifted the market's animal spirits. Since the Fed announcement (33 trading days), the S&P got a 7% lift. But that's not the measure of Ben’s success. I’m seeing it in deal flow:

*There have been 29 IPO's that raised $3.3B

*Another 35 deals got inked for secondary issuance of common, preferred and/or convertible stock totaling $3.7B

*The visible calendar for both IPOs and secondaries is big. $4.3B is registered for sale; another boatload of paper wants to get sold on top of that.

*The High Yield market blew out $70B of paper.

*Leveraged loan activity has totaled $75B.

I want to focus on six deals (of the 22 that got completed) from last week that I find troubling. These are referred to as Dividend Deals. The borrower takes on new debt in order to pay a stock dividend to common shareholders. (I prefer to see dividends paid from cash flow from operations, not new debt.)

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QUOTE OF THE DAY 3-20-12

"We’re not moving toward Hitler-type fascism, but we’re moving toward a softer fascism: Loss of civil liberties, corporations running the show, big government in bed with big business. So you have the military-industrial complex, you have the medical-industrial complex, you have the financial industry, you have the communications industry. They go to Washington and spend hundreds of millions of dollars. “That’s where the control is. I call that a soft form of fascism — something that’s very dangerous.”

Ron Paul – 2007

The Friends Of Wicomico Public Library Book Sale

WHAT: Used Book Sale

WHO: Everyone is welcome to attend.

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Wicomico Public Library, lower level, Room 1

SALISBURY, MD – March 19, 2012 – The Friends of Wicomico Public Library book sale will be held on Friday, April 13 and Saturday April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Main Library in downtown Salisbury. No strollers please, for safety's sake.

Proceeds will benefit the library's collections, programs and services.

The Friends are dedicated to strengthening support for the library, enriching resources and services in partnership with the staff and trustees and promoting awareness of library services and needs.

For more information on the book sale or on joining the Friends, please contact them at Friends@wicomico.org.

Wicomico Public Library: Supporting Learning, Building Community, Enriching Lives

Today's Fill In The Blank 3-20-12


I have been a victim of crime _____ time/s in my lifetime. I live in _______ MD/DE/VA.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SHORE SUSPECT WANTED FOR ASSAULT ON POLICE

(CAMBRIDGE, MD) – The search is continuing for the suspect who was shot at after he apparently attempted to drive at a Cambridge police officer when he fled from a traffic stop early yesterday morning in Dorchester County.

The suspect is identified as Demetrice D. Demby, 39, of the 700-block of Douglas Street, Cambridge, Md. Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators have obtained an arrest warrant charging Demby with first degree assault, second degree assault, attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree murder and second degree assault upon a law enforcement officer.

The Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team is coordinating the search for Demby. They are being assisted by state troopers from barracks on the Eastern Shore, as well as allied law enforcement agencies, including the Cambridge Police Department. Lookouts have been broadcast to police departments throughout the region.

Anyone with information about Demby or his current location is urged to call police immediately. Persons with information should call the Cambridge Police Department at 410-228-3333, or the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack at 410-822-3101, or 911. Callers may remain anonymous.

Demby has been sought since he fled a traffic stop shortly after 12:30 a.m. yesterday in the 500-block of Leonards Lane, Cambridge, Md. Demby had been stopped in a 1995 Chevrolet truck by Cambridge Police Department officers for a traffic violation. The observations and investigation by officers during the stop led officers to request a K-9 unit to respond to scan the vehicle for possible drug violations.

While that scan was being conducted, Demby accelerated the truck and is believed to have driven directly at one of the officers in front of the truck. That officer, in fear for his life, fired his pistol at Demby. A second officer, fearing for the life of his fellow officer, also fired his pistol. The officer in front of the truck sustained injuries that required hospitalization, including a broken ankle.

Officers found Demby’s abandoned truck several blocks away. The truck had been struck by gunfire from the officers, but at this time it is not apparent that Demby was hit.

Cambridge Police Department Chief Kenneth Malik requested that the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit conduct the investigation into the police shooting. The investigation is continuing.
Hi Joe,

These are the 2 senior Labs found on Mt Herman Circle in Delmar Delaware back on
March 4th. We have been searching for an owner but still no luck. If you lost
these girls please call Sherry at 443-669-4277 or email crazyforcritters3757@yahoo.com.

Thank You!!!

COMMUNITY FORUMS ON WICOMICO COUNTY’S FY2013 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

A presentation will be given on the County’s current fiscal health and will include a spending and revenue trend analysis

County Executive Rick Pollitt is calling on all citizens to attend one of the upcoming community forums as we present an overview of the economic factors affecting the county and hear from constituents regarding their priorities. The County Executive has developed this outreach series to better engage community members from around the county as part of the annual budget process.

WHO:
OFFICE OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE

WHAT:
COMMUNITY FORUMS – FISCAL 2013 OUTLOOK

WHEN:
(1) THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 @ 7:00 PM, WICOMICO YOUTH & CIVIC CENTER – FLANDERS ROOM
500 GLEN AVENUE, SALISBURY

(2) THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012 @ 7:00 PM, HEBRON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT 200 S. MAIN STREET, HEBRON (parking/entry behind the fire hall)

Today's Advertiser Of The Day 3-20-12

Republicans Want Bigger Cuts In 2013 Budget

House Republicans are releasing a 2013 budget plan today that could produce even bigger spending cuts. The plan is expected to reduce agency operating budgets below levels negotiated last summer. Many of the $19 billion in cuts would hit the departments of Education, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development. Republicans also wanted House committees to scrub programs for savings that could prevent $100 billion in automatic spending cuts next year. Those cuts are set to happen, because of Congress' failed attempt last year to agree on a deficit-reduction plan.

Free Health Screenings At PRMC Healthfest

Free health screenings will be made available to anyone who attends the Peninsula Regional Medical Center's HealthFest at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury on Saturday, March 31 from 7:30am to 1:30pm. The screenings will be performed by PRMC health care specialists and will include vision and hearing, stroke assessment, height, weight and body fat, skin cancer awareness, bone density, balance, oral and diabetes testing. For more information visit www.peninsula.org

FEDS Spent More Than $850 Million In Raises Last Year?

Federal agencies may have spent as much as $850 million on raises last year, the first year of the pay freeze. Federal Times reported big raises came through career ladder promotions. That's when employees jump a whole General Schedule rank. It can net them raises of up to $10,000. One-thousand-and-eight employees received career ladder promotions, which represented a third of all promotions and a big jump since 2008.

China Aiming to Disable U.S. Defenses

China’s quest to develop a cyberwarfare capability is designed to cripple the national defense infrastructure of the United States in a potential pre-emptive attack, according to a new report from the bi-partisan congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Commission, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

In a 136-page report titled “Occupying the Information High Ground: Chinese Capabilities for Computer Network Operations and Cyber Espionage,” the commission asserted that Chinese advances in cyberwarfare were specifically targeting U.S. military systems.

“Chinese capabilities in computer network operations have advanced sufficiently to pose a genuine risk to U.S. military operations in the event of a conflict,” the commission said.

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Consistent Attire Program

Board Considering Consistent Attire Program (CAP) Proposal for 11 Elementary Schools;

Input Welcome Before April Board Meeting

Policy Draft

Presentation: November 2011

Presentation: Feb. 29 Parent Information Meeting

Library Board Seeks Trustee Applications

The Library Trustees for the Wicomico Public Library are looking for residents of Wicomico County to fill vacancies on the Library Board. Terms for the Board begin July 1, 2012. The term of office is five years, with the eligibility of being appointed for a second five-year term. The Library Board meets from 4 PM to 6 PM on the second Tuesday of the following months: August, October, December, February, April, and June. Applications are available at the Main Library in Downtown Salisbury, on the Bookmobile, at the Centre Branch, the Pittsville Branch, the Bivalve Station and at http://www.wicomicolibrary.org/ and are received at an ongoing basis.

High School Health Curriculum DVD Resource, "Straight Talk-The Truth aAbout STDs" Approved For First Reading

Based on the recommendations of both the Health Advisory Council and the Curriculum Council, the Wicomico County Board of Education approved for first reading a 30 minute DVD resource to support the Grade 10 health education curriculum. The video, Straight Talk - The Truth about STDs, is now available for previewing and comment by any member of the community. Those interested can schedule a time to view this resource at the Central Office by calling Ruth Malone, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at 410-677-4560 or Michael Charlton, Supervisor of Health and Physical Education at 410-677-4540. The Board of Education members will be considering this resource for final approval at their next monthly meeting scheduled for April 10, 2012.

Today's Survey Question 3-20-12


Wicomico County is considering a new property tax increase. Can your household handle a tax increase?

House Committee Slashes Tax Increases

The House Ways and Means Committee on Monday approved its own tax package slashing many of the tax hikes approved by the Senate last week. Voting along party lines, the committee approved 16-6 a tax proposal that would raise $190 million for state coffers — about half of the $415 million that would be raised by the Senate’s version.

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St. Patty's Day Steak And Lobster Dinner

Holly Community, Inc. proudly announces our St. Patty's Day Steak and Lobster Dinner to be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Meuse VFW Post #194. A little past St. Patty's Day but we didn't want you to miss out on 2 delicious meals. You can still enjoy the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage if you choose then join HCI at their Steak and Lobster Dinner.

Call Lee Lewis at 443-260-0822 to get your tickets. Tickets are limited! All proceeds benefit individuals with disabilities

WEDNESDAY MARCH 21, 2012 IS NATIONAL KICK BUTTS DAY

Stand Up, Speak Up, and Seize Control over Tobacco

(Salisbury, MD)
- National Kick Butts Day is a day of tobacco prevention where youth all across the country are encouraged to stand up, speak up, and seize control over tobacco. “This will be the 17th year we celebrate this event, and thousands of events will be held throughout the country,” said Jennifer Johnson, Tobacco Coordinator at the Wicomico County Health Department. “Teachers, parents, youth group leaders and friends can all help as we stand up in the fight against tobacco by educating our youth on the dangers of cigarette smoke and tobacco.”

Wicomico County has a youth tobacco coalition consisting of teens who live an alcohol, tobacco and drug free life, and are working to encourage others to do the same. “These youth act as positive role models to demonstrate healthy bodies and healthy lifestyles,” said Mrs. Johnson. Teens interested in spreading a positive message in the community by becoming a part of the coalition may contact Tanya Selby or Jennifer Johnson at (410) 334 – 3480.

“If you are a parent who is a smoker, set a good example for your children and let them know that you are making an effort to quit,” said Mrs. Johnson. Free cessation classes are offered at the Wicomico County Health Department at 108 E. Main St. every Thursday at 12 pm. Additional stop smoking resources are available at www.smokingstopshere.com or 1 (800) QUIT-NOW.

Study: NJ doing Best on Anti-Corruption Measures

State governments lack transparency and accountability to citizens and remain at high risk for corruption, according to a new study of all 50 statehouses. The state doing the best? New Jersey.

Not a single state received an A in the State Integrity Investigation ranking, a product of the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and Global Integrity.

"It's telling that no state received an overall grade of A," said Caitlin Ginley, a staff writer for the Center for Public Integrity and a project manager on the study. "In every state, there's room to improve the ethics laws, the level of transparency on government proceedings, the disclosure of information, and _ most importantly _ the oversight of these laws.

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Wicomico County Sheriff's Office Press Releases 3-20-12

Incident: DUI Enforcement
Date of Incident: 17 March 2012
Location: Wicomico County

Narrative: On 17 March 2011
beginning at 9:30 PM, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office coordinated a multi-jurisdictional DUI Enforcement Initiative. Personnel operated a stationary sobriety checkpoint along with dedicated patrol efforts seeking impaired drivers. During the operation, 427 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at southbound Salisbury Boulevard south of Dogwood Drive in Salisbury. An additional 56 vehicles were stopped by the roving units.

Arrested for DUI:
1. Aaron Lee Walker, 21, Salisbury, MD
2. William Drew Bevard, 20, Newark, MD
3. Arlene Hughes, 55, Salisbury, MD
4. William Owens, 46, Inman, SC
5. Valerie C. Angstadt, 22, Salisbury, MD
Driving While Suspended
1. Jean R. Renelus, 42, Salisbury, MD
Driving Without a License
1. Mario Martin Sanchez-Hernandez, 46, Salisbury, MD
These are in addition to numerous warning and citations issued for various infractions of the Maryland Transportation Article.

The Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack, Salisbury Police Department, Fruitland Police Department and the Natural Resources Police participated with this operation.

Incident: Theft
Date of Incident: 17 March 2012
Location: 8700 block of Rum Ridge Road, Delmar, MD
Suspect: Jordan J. Kent, 42, Delmar, MD

Narrative: On 17 March 2012
at 1:50 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported theft of scrap metal in the 8700 block of Rum Ridge Road. Upon arrival, the deputy met with the property owner who advised that he caught a subject stealing old metal tractor parts valued at several hundred dollars. The property owner advised the suspect fled from the scene but the property owner was able to record the license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle. This led the deputy to Jordan Kent of Delmar, MD.

After an investigation during which Kent admitted to the theft, the deputy placed Kent under arrest. The deputy transported Kent to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Kent on Personal Recognizance.

Charges: Theft under $1,000.00

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 16 March 2012
Location: 1700 block of Samuel Lane, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Bryan E. Reynolds, 52, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 16 March 2012
at 9:57 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported physical altercation inside a residence in the 1700 block of Samuel lane in Salisbury. Upon arrival, the deputy learned that the resident, Bryan Reynolds became upset when he could not find his headphones which led to arguing between him and a 15 year old and 4 year old. During the incident Reynolds is accused of striking both of the juveniles which left signs of injury.

The deputy placed Reynolds under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Reynolds in the Detention Center in lieu of $20,000.00 bond.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree

Blind Industries & Services Of Maryland Big Bash

BISM is having their 4th annual big bash on Saturday, March 24th from 6pm to 10pm at the Mardela Springs Fire Station to support their rehabilitation programs. The doors will open at 5:15pm and are $25 in advance and $30 at the door which include dinner, beverages & live music with chances to participate in auctions, win prizes and play black jack and dice games. To purchase a ticket, call Blind Industries at 410-749-1366.

Salisbury Police Department Press Releases 3-20-12


Robert Maurice Polk 4th, 29yo of Salisbury, MD was arrested and charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marihuana, Possession of Marihuana, Possession of Paraphernalia (4 counts).

On March 18, 2012
at approximately 2:20pm, officers were conducting a stop sign enforcement detail in the area of Zion Rd and Centre Rd. During this detail, officers observed a vehicle being operated by Polk fail to make a complete stop at the intersection. Polk was stopped in the area of Kiley Dr and advised of the reason for the traffic stop. During the contact with Polk, a strong smell of raw marihuana was detected. Polk was also extremely nervous during his contact with the officers.

Permission to search the vehicle was obtained from Polk. During the search, a large quantity of marihuana was seized. The amount seized was indicative of distribution. Polk was released to the custody of central booking.

The Costly United Nations

The U.N. headquarters is getting a facelift — at our expense

Behind schedule and over budget — and still the U.N.’s Capital Master Plan (CMP) is getting high grades. “The first major renovation of the 60-year-old headquarters has been slowed by extra security measures,” the Associated Press reports, noting that “The final cost will be nearly $2 billion — about 4 percent over the original budget.” Still, the article leaves the general impression that the CMP has done a heckuva job of cost containment.

Really?

That 4 percent overrun amounts to real money — more than $80 million. But that’s chump change compared to the real stakes in this story.

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‘The Road We’ve Traveled:’ A Misleading Account Of Obama’s Mother And Her Insurance Dispute

Narrator Tom Hanks: “He knew from experience the cost of waiting [on health care reform].”

President Obama : “When my mom got cancer, she wasn’t a wealthy woman and it pretty much drained all her resources”

Michelle Obama: “She developed ovarian cancer, never really had good, consistent insurance. That’s a tough thing to deal with, watching your mother die of something that could have been prevented. I don’t think he wants to see anyone go through that.”

Hanks: “And he remembered the millions of families like of his who feel the pressure of rising costs and the fear of being denied or dropped from coverage.”

--series of statements with images of Obama and his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, in the Obama campaign film “The Road We’ve Traveled”

“The Road We’ve Traveled” is a very slick and impressively produced campaign film—sheer catnip for Obama fans. There are a number of facts and figures that could be challenged, but for now we are going to focus on this sequence. The series of words and images is an excellent example of how such films can create a misleading impression, while skirting as close as possible to the edge of falsehood.

The sequence, in fact, evokes a famous story that candidate Obama told during the 2008 campaign—that his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, fought with her insurer over whether her cancer was a pre-existing condition that disqualified her from coverage.

But the story was later called into question by Dunham’s biographer. The fact that Obama’s initial claim is not directly repeated suggests the filmmakers knew there was a problem with the campaign story, but they clearly wanted to keep some version of it in the film.

The Facts

During the 2008 campaign, Obama frequently suggested his mother had to fight with her health-insurance company for treatment of her cancer because it considered her disease to be a pre-existing condition. In one of the presidential debates with GOP rival John McCain, Obama said:

“For my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment, there’s something fundamentally wrong about that.”

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New Video On Homeland Security Goal

The way we approach homeland security has drastically changed since September 11, 2001. Perhaps the most lasting and lifesaving tribute we can give to those who died on 9/11 is to better prepare our State – and therefore our nation – for the possibility of another attack, and the inevitability of the next hurricane or tornado.

Last week, I joined together with members of our Cabinet, local law enforcement and emergency personnel for one of the many homeland security training exercises we host every year. We ran through a possible scenario and discussed how we would deploy resources, disseminate information to the public and work together with local and federal partners to assess, address and mitigate the situation. These drills are one of the many ways we’re working to prepare ourselves for emergency situations and make Maryland a national leader in homeland security.

Watch this new video on our homeland security goal and share it with your friends and family.



As Maryland’s own Frederick Douglass said, “We are one, our cause is one and we must help each other if we are to succeed.” Please share this video and help us in our goal to make Maryland a national leader in homeland security.

Obama Raises $45 Million In February For Campaign

President Obama raised $45 million for his re-election bid in February, bringing his total to about $300 million for this election cycle, his campaign said Monday.

Obama increased fundraising efforts during the month, collecting nearly twice as much as the $23 million per month average he raised during the final three months of 2011 and more than the $29.1 million he raised in January. The money was spread among Obama's campaign, the Democratic party and two campaign funds.

Obama's campaign said nearly 350,000 people contributed in February, and the average donation was about $59 for the entire election cycle. Nearly 98 percent of the donations were $250 or less.

The fundraising reports were being filed ahead of a Tuesday campaign finance deadline for presidential campaigns.

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Oprah Network Layoffs: OWN Lays Off 30 Employees, Aims to Restructure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Oprah Winfrey's struggling television network, OWN, said Monday it is laying off one-fifth of its workers and restructuring its operations in New York and Los Angeles.

The decision to let 30 employees go is a "tough" one, but the economics of a start-up cable network didn't fit with OWN's cost structure, Winfrey said in a statement.

"As CEO, I have a responsibility to chart the course for long-term success for the network. To wholly achieve that long-term success, this was a necessary next step," Winfrey said.

The responsibilities of the laid-off workers will be distributed among people with the network and its venture partners, Discovery Communications and Winfrey's Harpo Studios, according to OWN.

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Salisbury Police Department Press Release 3-20-12

On March 15, 2012 at approximately 9:56pm, officers responded to the 900 block of Johnson St for a reported Armed Robbery of a cab driver.

On arrival, officers learned that the cab driver (victim) had responded to a residence in the 900 block of Johnson St to pick up a fare. When the victim stopped in front of the residence a black male entered into the vehicle, demanded money from the victim while holding a knife to his neck. The black male was able to steal an undetermined amount of U.S. Currency from the victim as well as the victim’s wallet and the keys to the cab. The victim was not injured.

On March 16, 2012 at approximately 10:08am, officers responded to the Family Dollar located at 1527 N Salisbury Blvd for a reported Armed Robbery.

On arrival, it was learned a black male had entered into the business brandishing a knife and demanding money from the cash register. The black male was wearing a distinctive white “hoodie”, a covering over his face, and a baseball style hat. As
the clerks were trying to obtain the currency for the black male, a customer entered into the store. The black male ordered the customer to leave which he did. Several seconds later, the customer drove his vehicle up to the business doors in an attempt to block the black male inside the business. The black male was able to struggle his way out the doors from the business, minus the money. The victims were not injured.

Detectives were able to obtain evidence that led them to a residence in the 600 block of Decatur Ave. Detectives were able to obtain a search and seizure warrant for the address. During this process, evidence was located linking a resident to both
Armed Robberies. James Lee Mikel Webb, 22yo of Salisbury, MD was arrested and charged with 2cts of Armed Robbery, 2 cts of Robbery, 1st & 2nd degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Possession of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony. Webb was released to the custody of Central Booking.

Dr. Dane Foust Named SU Vice President Of Student Affairs

SALISBURY, MD--A seasoned administrator who has played a leadership role in campus developments such as the new Sea Gull Square complex and strategic enrollment planning has been appointed Salisbury University’s Vice President of Student Affairs.

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Dover Mortuary Whistleblower Update

The Office of Special Counsel found the tone for retaliation against whisteblowers at the Dover Mortuary came from the top. It blamed Air Force Col. Robert Edmonson, the former commander, for an atmosphere that led to prohibited personnel practices. The retaliation hit employees who protested the mishandling of slain servicemembers' remains. Edmonson has already been reprimanded. An Air Force statement said more action would come. The Office of Special Council's final report noted that corrective actions for the whistleblowers have been completed.

Chicago Cops Arrest Local Journalists: ‘Your First Amendment Rights Can Be Terminated’

Chicago police arrested WGN reporter Dan Ponce and WMAQ photographer Donte Williams Saturday, saying that they were “creating a scene” outside of Mount Sinai hospital.

The two were covering the fatal shooting of a six-year old girl and, though they were already across the street, the officer demanded they go another street over.

“F*** news affairs, I don’t care about news affairs. Forget news affairs,” he said.

When the journalists spoke to their rights, the officer replied, “Your first amendment rights can be terminated, if you’re creating a scene, or whatever. Your first amendment rights have limitations.”

After the journalists responded, “how have we created a scene? This is what we do for a living,” the officer replied, “Your presence is creating a scene.”

More HERE including video

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Update

The Navy said repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has not hurt the force like some had expected. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said he hasn't seen a real difference since the policy ended last fall. Some people had worried letting gay and lesbian service members be open about their sexual preferences would hurt force cohesion. But Greenert said so far, so good, and that it was a non-story. He also said the change hasn't affected recruiting, and that the Navy is still making 100 percent of its goal. But the Navy isn't calling it a success story just yet. Greenert said leaders need to remain vigilant for any signs of trouble.

Iran Cleric: 'Obama is a Deceitful Fox'

A prominent Iranian cleric is calling President Obama a “deceitful fox” for the way he started off his presidency with promises of change and a more flexible approach toward Muslims, then employed an anti-Iran policy.

Hojatolislam Kaabi, in a speech days ago touching on the recent burning of the Quran and the massacre of Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier, called on Afghans to rise up against American and NATO forces, according to Hawzah news, the media outlet for the Islamic seminaries in Qom, Iran.

“The crimes and insults committed toward the Muslims in Afghanistan are a sign that (the West is) weak and that the proud people of Afghanistan have the ability to kick out the Americans and NATO forces from their country,” said Kaabi, a member of the Assembly of Experts in charge of choosing the supreme leader.

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Bill To Nullfiy NDAA In VA On Gov McD Desk

HB 1160 Unlawful detention of U.S. citizens; prevents any agency, etc., from assisting in investigation

Unlawful detention of United States citizens. Prevents any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the conduct of the investigation, prosecution, or detention of a United States citizen in violation of the United States Constitution, Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or regulation.

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Afghan Shooting Suspect Called to Duty Repeatedly

(Reuters) - Robert Bales built a life around a call to arms. A call that emanated from the ashes of the World Trade Center in New York and took him to the mayhem of faraway Iraq and Afghanistan. A call he may have heard one time too many.

The 38-year-old U.S. Army staff sergeant suspected of gunning down 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, had struggled to make financial ends meet and was disappointed at being sent back into a war zone for a fourth time rather than an easier posting in Germany or Hawaii.

Bales was a high school football star from Ohio who enlisted in the Army after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. He married Karilyn Primeau in 2005 and soon they moved into a four-bedroom house near a clear Seattle lake. The couple had two children, but Bales was absent for three tours in Iraq, where he was commended for valor. His wife, a public relations executive, blogged enthusiastically about their life.

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Here's What I Mean About The Board Of Education

You see, TODAY they have the below information published at the very top of their Website. It wasn't there yesterday, but it's there now. They do this often. Publish information AFTER the fact so they can claim they informed the public.

MD Business Roundtable for Education - Parent Survey
Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Research indicates that "lack of time" is the primary reason that limits parent involvement in their child's education – but what do YOU say?

You are invited to participate in an important survey of Maryland parents. Your input – which will take approximately 3-5 minutes – is critical to inform our understanding of parent needs and guide the development of programs and tools that support your efforts.

Your help is needed, through the survey, in identifying and developing strategies related to:

• Information you would find helpful in supporting your child's education
• Parent recommended tools/resources
• Current/Preferred channels through which you prefer to receive education information

We hope you will take 3-5 minutes to complete the survey – linked below – by March 15, 2012.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MDParentsCount

Thank you for your help with this project!

Sincerely,

June E. Streckfus
Executive Director
MD Business Roundtable for Education

Wicomico County Schools

All Schools are operating on a regular schedule.

The fog is unbelievable outside, yet they have all schools on a regular schedule. I'll add, Delmar Middle & High School are on a 2 hour delay, go figure.

Happy 1st Day Of Spring - The Earliest Vernal Equinox In Over 100 Years!


There's a big debate between the StormWatch7 meteorologists on the date of the "official" start to Spring. Some of us think it's the first day of March, which is the meteorological start to the season - when all of the weather and climate data for Spring begins. Other members of the team say it is the date of the vernal equinox. What do you think? Take the poll on WJLA.com.

Regardless of your thoughts, the vernal equinox arrived earlier this morning at 1:14 AM. It's the earliest start to spring since 1896! One of the reasons for the early start to the season has to do with the leap year. If it wasn't a leap year, spring would start on March 21st. The equinox occurs at the point when the sun crosses the celestial equator from South to North. Here's a way to visualize this:

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2012-13 Calendar For Wicomico County Public Schools Approved

The Wicomico County Board of Education at its March meeting approved the calendar for the 2012-2013 school year, after gathering input and making minor changes to the version approved on 1st reading in February.

The approved calendar is posted at www.wcboe.org in the home page Spotlight.

The 2012-13 school year will begin Monday, Aug. 27 and end June 6, 2013. Students will be off Nov. 21-23 for the Thanksgiving break, Dec. 24-Jan. 1 for the winter holidays (schools close at the regular time Friday, Dec. 21 and reopen Jan. 2), and March 28-April 2 for the spring holidays. (In response to input, the spring holidays were shifted by one day to have three days of instruction each week, instead of two days one week and four days the next.) June 4, 5 and 6 will be half-days.

Schools will also be closed Sept. 3 (Labor Day), Oct. 19 (Maryland State Education Association Convention), Nov. 6 (General Election), Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday), Feb. 18 (Presidents’ Day) and May 27 (Memorial Day). Schools will be closed for students (but open for teachers) for professional days on Sept. 28, Nov. 5 (changed from Nov. 2 after input), and Jan. 22 and 23.

The 2013 commencement dates are as follows: May 21, Evening High School; May 28, James M. Bennett High; May 29, Parkside High; May 30, Mardela High; and May 31, Wicomico High.