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Monday, May 21, 2012

Today's Survey Question 5-21-12

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Ireton's Way Of Thinking

His way to make money from parking downtown instead of listening to you!

Bennett Class Of 1992 Reunion

James M. Bennett High School Class of 1992 will hold its 20 year class reunion on Saturday, July 14. Three events are planned - a tour of the new JMB at 10 a.m., a picnic at Leonards Mill Park at noon and the main event at Black Diamond Lodge in Fruitland at 7 p.m. The reunion committee is still looking for several classmates. If you graduated from Bennett High School in 1992 and you have not been following our Facebook page or receiving group emails from the reunion committee, email your information to The committee would also like to invite teachers and administrators who were at JMB from 1988 to 1992. Interested teachers and administrators may send their information to the same email address.

Be Frugal With Your Mail

The Postal Service needs more money, but it may not come from federal customers. The General Services Administration is asking agencies to be frugal when it comes to mail. A new GSA bulletin encouraged agencies to use the Postal Service's flat-rate boxes and envelopes, schedule mail in advance to take advantage of USPS discounts and go electronic whenever possible. Executive orders geared toward making agencies less wasteful, more efficient and more green prompted the bulletin. Meanwhile, the Postal Service said it was losing billions of dollars in part because customers, including agencies, are turning away from snail mail and toward e-mail.

Main Street Gym Has A Silver Weekend In Ohio

The four Main St Gym boxer that won their way to the Regional Junior Olympic Tournament in Chesapeake Ohio this past weekend, did themselves, Team Maryland and Salisbury's Main St Gym proud.

All four boxer, Kobe Moore, Rudy Calixto, Ivan Calixto and Corey Moore, brought home Silver medals. “I know they were a little disappointed that they did not grab Gold, but they all fought very well and all their bouts were very close. That means they were suppose to be there” said Coach Hal Chernoff. Lots of bouts were stopped either due to a coach feeling his boxer was outclassed or one boxer stopping another during the bout, or the referee believing the safety of a boxer might be in jeopardy. All four of our kids were in close fights and neither corner could be sure of who pulled out the win when the final bell rang. It would have been great for one of the kids to grab a gold, especially Corey, where he would have advanced to the nationals, but their performance taught them that the hard work is paying off and harder work will pay off even more. The experience was something that will motivate these kids to train harder because they see what they are fighting for and they see how slim the margin can be between a win and a loss. As always I have every reason to be proud of each of them. Not only did they perform well, they took the process of making weight very serious and that takes a level of maternity not all kids have. We will continue to compete at club shows and get ready for the next tournament which will be the Silver Gloves “ added Chernoff

House Tackles Human Trafficking

The House approved language to prevent agencies from working with companies involved in human traffickers. It was an amendment to the 2013 defense authorization bill, which passed the House Friday. The provision would require all contracts to allow for termination and penalties if the contractors engaged in trafficking. It would also require large overseas contracts to have compliance plans and force agencies to investigate complaints of trafficking. The measure was aimed at contractors working in the Middle East. Last year, the government uncovered some firms allegedly holding back employee passports, forcing people to stay on work sites. There have also been allegations that some companies have lied about compensation.

Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards: Romney Puts Women’s Lives at Risk

A Romney presidency would decimate health care for 5 million poor and uninsured people a year, writes Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. 

If you want to see what women’s health care in America will be like if Mitt Romney becomes president, just look at Texas and Arizona.

 Both states are in the news these past few weeks for trying to prevent women from getting health care at Planned Parenthood. It’s wrong, and it will have devastating consequences for women for years to come—and Mitt Romney wants to do it in all 50 states.

Romney said in November that he wants to eliminate the nation’s family-planning program, which was signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1970 and provides essential preventive health services to more than 5 million people a year, the vast majority of whom are poor and uninsured.


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America's Best High Schools 2012

This year, our ranking highlights the best 1,000 public high schools in the nation—the ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads. The list is based on six components provided by school administrators: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered  per student(5 percent).

List of schools HERE


10 Reasons Why Some Don't Care About Eligibility

1) Some people don’t care about Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility because they value his presidency higher than they value the Constitution.

2) Some people don’t care about Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility because they believe it would be dangerous to the stability of the country to pursue it.

3) Some people don’t care about Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility because they understand it is dangerous to do so.



Behavioral Health Summit II Focuses On Caring For Service Members & Families

Salisbury, MD – The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center has been selected as the location for the second annual Behavioral Health Summit, entitled “Caring for Service Members, Veterans and Their Families: A Summit for Healthcare Providers and Clergy.” The all day event which will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, is being presented in collaboration by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland National Guard and various other community partners.

Target audience for the event includes Behavioral health and primary health care providers, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, substance abuse counselors, and occupational therapists. Members of the Clergy and others currently working with or who want to work with Service Members, Veterans, and their Families are also encouraged to attend.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend sessions focusing on:Military Culture Neurological IssuesPost Traumatic StressSuicide PreventionTraumatic Brain InjuryReintegration Issues (Including School, Employment Marriage & Family Life)Homelessness
And More

Registration is $30 in advance or $40 the day of the Summit. Registration for the event is available online at Questions can be directed to Mr. Archie Wallace at 410-767-8691.

Sleep Apnea Linked to Higher Cancer Death Risk

Sleep apnea has already been linked to a host of adverse health problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Now, new research suggests that in people who already have cancer, the sleep disorder may raise their risk of dying from cancer.

People with the most severe sleep apnea -- those who have 30 or more episodes of low or no oxygen in an hour of sleep -- had almost five times the risk of cancer death compared to someone without sleep apnea.

"Sleep apnea is the periodic pausing of breathing during sleep that results in drops in oxygen levels in your blood. It causes snoring and sleepiness during the day," explained study author Dr. Javier Nieto, chair of the department of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in Madison.


'Political correctness' is totalitarian mind control

A major engine for the left’s insatiable quest for power goes under the strange name of “political correctness” – an insidious frontal attack on common sense and conscience through language manipulation.

Many people mistakenly regard political correctness as just a nutty liberal fetish for not hurting people’s feelings. Words and phrases are continually decreed to be “insensitive” to various “minorities” and therefore replaced with euphemisms so as to avoid real or perceived offense.

People who are mentally retarded used to be called “idiots,” “imbeciles” and “morons” – psychological terms that correspond to different IQ ranges (0-25 for idiots, 26-50 for imbeciles, 51-70 for morons). But as those words gradually came to be considered offensive, the euphemism “retarded” came into vogue. When “retarded” came to be regarded as insensitive, new-and-nicer euphemisms like “intellectual disability” and being “intellectually challenged” emerged, culminating with “special.” It’s hard to be offended over being “special.”


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China's Dalian Wanda Group Co. to buy AMC Entertainment Holdings

A Chinese conglomerate has announced it will buy U.S. cinema chain AMC Entertainment Holdings for $2.6 billion to create the world's biggest movie theater operator.

Dalian Wanda Group Co. said Monday it is willing to invest an additional $500 million to fund AMC's strategic and operating initiatives.

Wanda said AMC's headquarters will remain in the Kansas City area and day-to-day operations will remain unchanged.

Privately owned Wanda operates hotels, department stores, tourism and other businesses. Its assets include 86 theaters in China and film production and distribution businesses.


Now You Can Get Pricey Blood Thinning Drug Plavix In Cheaper Generic Form

The Food and Drug Administration has given the go ahead to seven companies to begin producing Plavix in generic form. As someone who has to shell out over $100 for about 10 pills to quarter and force an unwilling, yet sick cat, to take, I am pretty darn excited about this whole situation.

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‘Eat the Rich and Smash the State!’: Up to 1,000 Protesters March Through Chicago

Up to 1,000 protesters flooded the streets of Chicago Saturday night, protesting NATO and spreading an Occupy Wall Street message.

The Chicago Tribune reported protesters and police clashed repeatedly, resulting in 18 arrests, according to the Associated Press. Still, the night was relatively peaceful and without reports of major damage as demonstrators marched and chanted for hours.

Large contingents of police officers were on hand, some in riot gear and others on bikes, but they generally let protesters remain in the streets, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:

At one point, a police van with sirens flashing drove down the middle of Jackson, forcing the marchers to disperse. A protester jumped on the front fender of the van, then got off, and someone screamed, “They hit him! They hit him!”


Report: Judges Collect More Than $1 Million In Traffic Fines By Calling Them 'Court Costs'

Imagine you're caught speeding — or driving recklessly, or driving without a license — and you appear in traffic court all set to pay the fine. But then the judge tells you that he's not only knocking your offense down to a warning, but also discounting your penalty and collecting the lesser amount as "court costs." You'd probably be very happy. Only problem is, it's probably illegal and it keeps bad drivers on the road.

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Alex Guerrero, A Champion In My Eyes

Today Alex Guerrero faced Judge Wade in one of the most ridiculous cases Wicomico County has ever seen. Under pressure, Alex plead guilty but Judge Wade saw right through the political crap in his case and only gave Alex a 90 day PBJ, UNSUPERVISED.

All along I had thought Alex was pulled over for not wearing his seat belt, not true. Alex was wearing his seat belt. He was just pulled over for that reason. The K-9 Dog never came out of the Sheriff's Deputies vehicle and get this, Alex was finally served with his ticket IN JAIL.

Chalk one up for the all mighty Sheriff Lewis on this one. He must be so proud of his Department. Then again, if you talk to any one of the Deputies there that Department has become somewhat of a laughing stock. No drugs were ever found, go figure. I'm amazed the Sheriff didn't insist on a DNA test. Then again, look at what happened the last time he pulled that one on the public.

I better hope my cigars don't smell like a joint or I'm in deep trouble, if you know what I mean. But its whatever.

16-Year-Old Ping Pong Phenom Ariel Hsing to Star For U.S.

With the London Olympics at the end of July, many hopes are riding on a young American contender who just happens to have some very famous fans.

CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports that for 16-year-old Ariel Hsing, the road to London runs through a converted garage in San Jose, California.

This daughter of Chinese immigrants is hoping to do what no other American has ever done: Win a medal in table tennis.

Ariel's dad said he "still cannot believe it."

Erik Ellefsen, Ariel's school's counselor, says she has a deal with her parents.

"If she keeps A's, she can keep playing table tennis," Erik said.


BREAKING: Cardinal Dolan Of NY, Cardinal Wuerl Of D.C., Notre Dame--And 40 Other Catholic Dioceses And Organizations--Sue Obama Administration

( - The Archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., headed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the University of Notre Dame, and 40 other Catholic dioceses and organizations around the country announced on Monday that they are suing the Obama administration for violating their freedom of religion, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

The dioceses and organizations, in different combinations, are filing 12 different lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country.

The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has established a special explain its lawsuit and present news and developments concerning it.

"This lawsuit is about an unprecedented attack by the federal government on one of America’s most cherished freedoms: the freedom to practice one’s religion without government interference," the archdiocese says on the website. "It is not about whether people have access to certain services; it is about whether the government may force religious institutions and individuals to facilitate and fund services which violate their religious beliefs."


GM Says It'll Pass On Advertising On TV During The Super Bowl

First General Motors was all like, "Facebook advertising? That's for nerds, it doesn't work!" and now the automaker has announced it's not going to go for Super Bowl ads in 2013, either.

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Mayor Ireton Makes It Up As He Goes Along

Over the weekend Mayor Jim Ireton was published as saying no longer with certain Blogs say there's a parking problem Downtown. He suggested that Salisbury News had claimed there was no parking and went on to say he wanted to surplus the parking lots because there's so much open space in the parking garage.

Now, considering I am not a POLITICIAN and I tell the TRUTH, let's get a few things straight here. The ONLY parking problems I suggested was for those handicapped people only having ONE parking spot in lot 15 at the west end of the Plaza. You all do remember that, right? I did mention that on Thursday's there's an issue with metered parking spots being available when the Opportunity Shop opens. I went on to explain how many people are being ticketed because there isn't enough available parking IN THAT LOT.

You have to love it when a politician twists your words and makes his entire speech revolve around false facts. I guess we'll see a lot more of that down the road from him but the cool part will be, in those debates I'll be able to confront each and every one of those lies head on and he will look like a fool.

Nevertheless, look at the photos above. OK Jim, you want everyone to park at the parking garage. What about the elderly or handicapped? I know, you couldn't care less because that's the selfish kind of guy that you are. IF you had thought about it I'm sure you would have mentioned them but now we can all know you've been called out and you'll now have a plan for them as well. IF you cared you would have already FIXED the parking problem for the handicapped weeks ago after we exposed it.

Salisbury can no longer afford to have a child who speaks well running the City with bogus lines and borrowed money. Downtown will get revitalized without section 8 housing and government grants. My plan rebuilds Downtown with private funds in which businesses will be lining up to make offers for properties above and beyond their asking price. Yes, that's right, it will get done. If you want to know how, come by 300 W. Main Street like hundreds of other people have and I'll tell you how. You'll walk out of my Office with your jaw on the ground amazed at how no one ever thought of it.

I have shared it with young people as well as old people and not one person has said a negative thought. Everyone said they thought it was the greatest idea anyone has ever come up with. My plan is to remove a majority of parking meters Downtown without ever losing a PENNY. My plan is to beautify Downtown without costing the taxpayers a PENNY. My plan is NOT a fantasy. Its not election words. My plans are REALISTIC and fiscally responsible.

Now, if you want affordable housing, if you want to give away valuable riverfront property and create an inner city within 10 years, well, you'll vote for Jim Ireton, should he actually choose to run. I'll not subject you to such falsehoods. Politicians want to sell you on stuff like Ireton is proposing and figure they'll be gone in a few years. Then they'll point the finger at whomever is in office 10 years down the road, just like the Fire Boat, as an example.

I say eliminate all of the parking meters as long as I can show you and prove to you there's another way to raise that money. Stop by and let me show you how it can be done. Again Mr. Ireton, I have a platform to counter your BS in the Daily Times. We'll just see who wins in the end.

NC Teacher Screams at Student: It’s Criminal to Criticize Obama

A YouTube video uploaded on Monday afternoon apparently shows a schoolteacher from the Rowan-Salisbury school district in North Carolina informing a student that failing to be respectful of President Obama is a criminal offense. Breitbart News has uncovered that the student is a high school junior, and that the teacher is apparently one Tanya Dixon-Neely.

The video shows a classroom discussion about the Washington Post hit piece about Mitt Romney bullying a kid some five decades ago. One student says, “Didn’t Obama bully someone though?” The teacher says: “Not to my knowledge.” The student then cites the fact that Obama, in Dreams from My Father, admits to shoving a little girl. “Stop, no, because there is no comparison,” screams the teacher. Romney is “running for president. Obama is the president.”


Progressive Delegates Objected To The Income Tax Hikes Too

As Republican delegates railed against the proposed state income tax hike Wednesday afternoon, a lone freshman Democrat from one of the most liberal and affluent districts inside the Capital Beltway got up to explain why she too could not vote for the taxes. “I believe this discriminates against two-income families with children at home,” said Del. Ariana Kelly, a Bethesda mom with two young children at home.

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Udder Nonsense: Raw-milk Confiscations Begin

The founder of the Organic Pastures business in California is reporting that government health officials have begun tracking down the names and addresses of natural-foods customers and showing up at their homes, demanding to confiscate any raw milk they might have.

The dispute over raw milk has reached a fever pitch in recent weeks, with a judge ruling that owners of cows have no right to the milk their herds produce, and protests being staged by mad moms whose access to such foods is being threatened.

The latest report is documented at, which interviewed McAfee.

The report said Los Angeles County health department officials have “unleashed door-to-door raw milk confiscation teams to threaten and intimidate raw dairy customers into surrendering raw milk products they legally purchased and own.


NAACP Support Of Gay Marriage Reaction

MARYLAND (WUSA) -- The issue of gay marriage has divided black churches. Some say it's pitting religious philosophy against equal rights.

Same Sex marriage in Maryland has been signed into law and takes effect next year. But opponents are working on a petition to force a referendum on same sex marriage on the November ballot.

Karen Artis, a member of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton Maryland has talked to her 11-year-old daughter Sydney about gay marriage.

"As far as explaining it to her, she's aware of it and we are fine with it. With the NAACP supporting it, may be people will be more open to discussing it or at least think about it."


Obama: Slaughter of Christians a Misunderstanding

The violence in northern Nigeria is mistakenly viewed as a religious conflict rather than simply a tribal dispute over land, according to the Obama administration.

Despite the ongoing Muslim destruction of churches and the slaughter of Christians – including many murdered during worship services – the U.S. Agency for International Development claims that the misunderstandings make it difficult to administer aid programs.

USAID, therefore, has launched a program titled Project PEACE – an acronym for Programming Effectively Against Conflict and Extremism.

PEACE says it will hire contractors to help the agency analyze the “true” causes of conflict and consequently provide more effective humanitarian and conflict-resolution assistance, according to planning documents that WND located via database research.



Montclair, N.J. - Trinity wins its first NCAA Women's Lacrosse title in its first appearance in the NCAA Final Four, finishing the season with a best-ever 21-1 final record. Hildebrand, senior co-captains Liz Bruno (Andover, Mass.) and Liza Beckler (Potomac, Md.), junior goalkeeper Olivia Whitney (Danvers, Mass.), and sophomore attackmer Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) were named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, and Bruno took home Most Outstanding Player honors. Salisbury ends its year at 22-1.

Trinity scored the only four goals of the first half, as the defensive unit of Beckler, junior Mallory Hinman (Longmeadow, Mass.), and sophomores Lyndsey Shepard (Hamilton, Mass.) and Midge Daniel (Wellesley, Mass.) held Salisbury to just five shots and Whitney made saves on all three shots on goal.

Hildebrand scored the first goal of the game 2:04 into the contest on a wrap around the back of the goal, beating Salisbury sophomore goalie Ashton Wheatley (Cambridge, Md.) who had left the crease. Bantam rookie midfielder Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.) scored on a free position with 10:43 on the clock, and junior attacker Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) scored on a spin move followed by a bouncing shot past Wheatley for a 3-0 Trinity lead with 7:12 remaining.

Kusiak completed the first-half scoring with just under five minutes left before the break, darting through the Sea Gull defense up the middle. Salisbury junior midfielder Kara Koolidge (Annapolis, Md.) hit the post on a shot from close late in the first half to account for the closest Sea Gull chance of the opening stanza. The Sea Gulls committed 11 turnovers in the first half and faced a four-goal deficit for the first time this spring.

Salisbury answered in a big way after intermission, scoring five unanswered goals beginning with an unassisted tally by senior midfielder Alyssa Fowler (Odenton, Md.) just 48 seconds into the second half. Sea Gull junior midfielder Lauren Feusahrens (Solomons Island, Md.) fed rookie Bethany Baer (Westminster, Md.) on the second Salisbury goal and scored twice more to tie the game at 4-4 with 19:14 on the clock.

Senior midfielder Amanda Holsclaw (Abingdon, Md.) scored from junior attackman Katie Bollhorst (Severna Park, Md.) at the 17:11 mark to give Salisbury its first and only lead at 5-4.

Just over one minute after falling behind for the first time of the weekend, Hildebrand drew a foul on an attempt from the left side and converted the ensuing free-position shot with a shot high and to the left of Wheatley. Hildebrand, who scored the game-winning goal with four seconds left in Trinity's NESCAC finals win against Middlebury and the game-tying goal to force overtime in the semifinal win against Hamilton two weekends ago, netted the clincher in this game with 13:07 remaining, as Bruno found her cutting down the middle from the right wing.

Duncan tallied Trinity's third free-position goal of the game with 11:16 left, and Bruno powered through the Sea Gull defense and scored to give the Bantams a three-goal cushion at 8-5 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the contest. Baer scored a minute later and again with 2:28 left to close the deficit to one, but Trinity was awarded the draw on a violation and Trinity held possession until the final seconds. Salisbury pressured the ball aggressively in the final two minutes, but Duncan hustled down a pair of loose balls to help preserve the win.

Trinity doubled Salisbury's ground ball total, 14-to-7, and held an 18-to-14 edge on shots, while Salisbury led on draw controls, 11-to-6, but committed 16 turnovers and came up empty on two free positions. Hildebrand had a hat trick, while Bruno totaled one goal, one assist, and a game-high five ground balls, and junior midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) won four draw controls.

Publishers Notes: GREAT SEASON, Congratulations!

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Victim Improving

Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old Georgia woman who lost both hands and feet to a bacterial infection, is now breathing on her own, her father said.

"Aimee is being Aimee. She's cracking jokes, speaking frankly, displaying her usual early morning grumpiness and she has been off of the ventilator for over 10 hours," Andy Copeland said in a blog post Sunday night.

Though the University of West Georgia student is still receiving an oxygen "mask," Andy Copeland wrote, "the important thing is that she is getting zero breath per minute (bpm) assists. In other words, she is breathing completely on her own! How cool is that?"

"Bottom line: Aimee is doing great today."


Towson Hotel Hosts Maryland's First LGBT Wedding Show

NAACP announces support for same-sex marriage

Same-sex couples in Maryland may not be able to marry, but they can certainly plan their celebrations for when a state law might take effect allowing the unions.

The first-ever wedding show in Maryland catering to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people attracted couples from throughout the region to Towson on Sunday. The event comes three months after Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law the Civil Marriage Protection Act that would allow same-sex marriages in Maryland. That law is delayed from taking effect to allow for a potential referendum question.


BREAKING NEWS: Ex-Rutgers Student Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail in Webcam Spying Case

Dharun Ravi is sentenced to 30 days in jail and then probation after using a webcam to spy on his roommate, who later committed suicide.

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Salisbury: Here’s A Second Chance

If you missed last week’s City Council meeting, try to catch the rebroadcast on PAC14 today, starting at 6 PM.

It runs for several hours, including the discussion of the proposed City election redistricting at the end. And you can watch another meltdown by Jim Ireton near the start of the show.

Here's the link -- the meeting is also available there on demand for the next couple days:

Babe Ruth Jersey Sells for a Record $4.4 Million at Auction

Babe Ruth equals big bucks.

A baseball jersey worn by The Bambino sold for more than $4.4 million Sunday, a record for any item of sports memorabilia, according to the buyer and seller.

SCP Auctions, based in California, said the circa 1920 New York Yankees uniform top is the earliest known jersey worn by Ruth and it fetched $4,415,658 at the company's April auction, which ended Sunday. That price broke the previous record of $4,338,500 set in 2010 for James Naismith's founding rules of basketball. said it submitted the winning bid for the jersey, which had been displayed for years at The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore. The road top has "New York" written across the front and the Hall of Fame slugger wore it shortly after he was sold to the Yankees by the Boston Red Sox for $100,000 following the 1919 season.

Keep Cooling Costs Down As The Mercury Rises

After two of the hottest summers on record, homeowners are now assessing their cooling needs for the coming months and budgeting ways to pay for them. Cooling accounts for nearly 20 percent of a home's utility bill, according to Energy Star. And if you have a leaky central air conditioning system or a window unit that's the wrong size for the room, you'll spend even more and get less cooling. But there are ways to save even on hot summer days.

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CURL: Hillary Clinton Will be the 2012 Veep Candidate

Show of hands: Who here still thinks Vice President Joseph R. Biden will be on the 2012 ticket?

Really? All of you? So wrong. The Great One, Sir Barack Hussein Obama, will replace the bumbling, buffoonish Mr. Biden with Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, maybe at the Democratic convention, maybe just before, in a last-ditch effort to win re-election.

The wild and crazy move is all the talk outside the Beltway. One state Democratic leader even tells me the bumper stickers are already printed, sitting in a warehouse in (where else?) Little Rock, Ark. Another party bigwig says she is “99.9 percent sure” the increasingly desperate president planned the whole thing from the beginning. (“C’mon, Hill, be Secretary of State for one term and I’ll make you veep the next!”)


Dear Abby

My husband has a long record of money problems. He runs up huge credit-card bills and at the end of the month, if I try to pay them off, he shouts at me, saying I am stealing his money. He says pay the minimum and let our kids worry about the rest, but already we can hardly keep up with the interest. Also he has been so arrogant and abusive toward our neighbors that most of them no longer speak to us. The few that do are an odd bunch, to whom he has been giving a lot of expensive gifts, running up our bills even more. Also, he has gotten religious. One week he hangs out with Catholics and the next with people who say the Pope is the Anti-Christ, and the next he's with Muslims.. Finally, the last straw. He's demanding that before anyone can be in the same room with him, they must sign a loyalty oath. It's just so horribly creepy! Can you help?



Dear Lost,

Stop whining, Michelle. You're getting to live in the White House for free, travel around the world, and have others pay for everything for you.

You can divorce the jerk any time you want. The rest of us are stuck with the idiot for nine more months!



Long-Term Benefits Of ADHD Drugs In Kids Are Uncertain

If your child takes medications such as Ritalin or Adderall to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you should reconsider after two years or so whether the medications are still helping, according to a new CR Best Buy Drugs report. We found that while those drugs help most children and teens with the condition at first, it's unclear how long the benefits last.

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Preying On The Poor

How Government and Corporations Use the Poor as Piggy Banks

Individually the poor are not too tempting to thieves, for obvious reasons. Mug a banker and you might score a wallet containing a month’s rent. Mug a janitor and you will be lucky to get away with bus fare to flee the crime scene. But as Business Week helpfully pointed out in 2007, the poor in aggregate provide a juicy target for anyone depraved enough to make a business of stealing from them.

The trick is to rob them in ways that are systematic, impersonal, and almost impossible to trace to individual perpetrators. Employers, for example, can simply program their computers to shave a few dollars off each paycheck, or they can require workers to show up 30 minutes or more before the time clock starts ticking.

Lenders, including major credit companies as well as payday lenders, have taken over the traditional role of the street-corner loan shark, charging the poor insanely high rates of interest. When supplemented with late fees (themselves subject to interest), the resulting effective interest rate can be as high as 600% a year, which is perfectly legal in many states.


Automaker Tests Show Damage To Older Car Engines From Running On E15 Ethanol

A 2010 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow the sale of gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (called E15) has come under fire from many groups. The latest is the Auto Alliance, an auto industry lobbying group representing several major automakers. The Alliance has published a new study saying that up to 5 million cars on the road today may be damaged by the higher concentrations of ethanol.

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Traditional Marriage: One Man, Many Women, Some Girls, Some Slaves

Jay Michaelson
Jay Michaelson, a Religion Dispatches associate editor and founder of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture & Spirituality, writes regularly for the Forward and Tikkun. He is completing his Ph.D. in Jewish Thought at Hebrew University and his most recent book is God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality (Beacon, 2011).

Well, it’s been quite a whirlwind week for same-sex marriage, from North Carolina to Obama to Colorado—and, of course, to the many outraged conservatives concerned with preserving traditional marriage, i.e., the time-honored sacred bond between one man and one woman. Why, just last week, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said that marriage has meant just that for over five thousand years.


Time to break out your Bible, Mr. Perkins! Abraham had two wives, Sarah and her handmaiden Hagar. King Solomon had 700 wives, plus 300 concubines and slaves. Jacob, the patriarch who gives Israel its name, had two wives and two concubines. In a humanist vein, Exodus 21:10 warns that when men take additional wives, they must still provide for their previous one. (Exodus 21:16 adds that if a man seduces a virgin and has sex with her, he has to marry her, too.)


Today's Advertiser Of The Day 5-21-12

Skechers Settlement Underscores Why Toning Shoes Aren't A Good Deal

We've told you before to stay away from so-called toning shoes because of apparent safety risks. Yesterday's settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Skechers over the company's deceptive and unsupported claims gives you another reason to consider other fitness footwear.

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How to Cut $600B Not on The Radar at Pentagon

For Pentagon planners, automatic spending cuts slated to begin in January have become the $600 billion contingency they can’t plan for.

Military planners are under strict orders not to devise scenarios for meeting the demands of “sequestration,” as the automatic, across-the-board spending reductions are called. Such paperwork, if leaked, would tell Congress there might be a way to deal with such drastic cuts.

“The department is not currently planning for sequestration,” Air Force Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told The Washington Times. The White House budget office “has not directed agencies, including [the Defense Department], to initiate any plans for sequestration.”


The Best Air Conditioning For The Hot Summer Ahead

With some of the warmest months on record, folks took to calling 2012 the year without a winter. But we're certainly going to have a summer. Three-quarters of the nation will experience temperatures that are higher than normal from June through August, according to the federal Climate Prediction Center. To help you beat the heat, Consumer Reports has new Ratings of window air conditioners. We also have the results of our central air reliability survey in which readers told us which systems worked for them, as well as energy-saving tips so you can run your A/C without running up your utility bill.

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Supporting Business Growth In Delaware

DOVER – In his weekly message, Governor Markell focuses on promoting business growth in Delaware and supporting entrepreneurs. This week, the Governor helped celebrate the success of a small businessperson who cut the ribbon on his eighth location, after starting his business twenty years ago as a way to pay the rent.

“He liked it so much, he’s built a thriving business through talent, training and an entrepreneurial spirit, “ said Governor Markell. “Chris Arnold illustrates the kind of small businessperson that makes Delaware a great place to work, live, raise a family and build a business. Whether budding entrepreneurs want to find their future in science or technology, in manufacturing or retail, in service, or in trades, we want Delaware on their location list. Wherever I go, I say small, medium and large businesses will find in Delaware a talented workforce, strong institutions of higher learning, a great quality of life and a culture where government leaders and government agencies work together to create an environment for business success.”

At noon every Friday, the Governor’s office releases a new Weekly Message in video, audio, and transcript form. The message is available on:
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Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu Reportedly Ignoring Pentagon Rules in Plan to Sell Military Equipment

An Arizona sheriff has allegedly ignored a Pentagon rule, collecting millions of dollars’ worth of surplus military equipment that is intended for law-enforcement use and distributing some of the gear to non-police agencies.

During the past two years, the office of Sheriff Paul Babeu has received more than $7 million worth of Humvees, fire trucks, guns, defibrillators, barber chairs, underwear, thermal-imaging scopes, computers, motor scooters and other items, The Arizona Republic reports.

According to the paper, the merchandise – secured through the Defense Logistics Agency -- is made available to more than 17,000 police and sheriff's departments nationwide.  Last year, nearly $500 million worth of new and used items were distributed by the agency -- more than double what was requisitioned in fiscal 2010.

Our Most Important Asset

During the 2011 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly, we passed a bill that will educate more of our children and help us keep the best and brightest living, working and innovating in Maryland.

The DREAM Act says that students can be eligible for in-state tuition, regardless of their parents’ immigration status, provided they pay state taxes, graduate from a Maryland high school, and commit to legalizing their status as soon as they are eligible.

As the Washington Post editorialized, “It makes no sense for Maryland to educate bright, ambitious youngsters through high school, then deny them a realistic shot at higher education.”

Over the past few years, even when we have cut from nearly every other priority, we have chosen together to invest in education. As a result, we have built what Education Week has named the nation’s best school system for four years in a row now.

Let’s continue to invest in our greatest asset.

We are a stronger State when we expand opportunity to a greater number of our people, rather than fewer. Greater educational opportunity and better jobs means a stronger economy.

Governor Martin O'Malley

John Robinson Restocks Tee Shirts

Giving credit where credit is due, John Robinson has been more than just kind, he has actually gifted these Mayoral Tee Shirts since day one.

That being said, we had run out of large and extra large shirts but John replaced them over the weekend so now we have shirts in every size from Small to 5XL.

I want to personally thank John for being so kind as well as his support. We have some incredible ideas for the future of Salisbury and once you hear them I'm confident you will be on board with us as well.

Now don't waste any time coming down to 300 W. Main Street and getting your FREE tee shirt and bumper sticker, (one per person). They go out the door extremely fast and I can't expect John to keep printing them at no charge. So get them while they last. Have a great Monday.

New Generation of Medical Implants Vulnerable to Hackers

Pacemakers, brain implants, insulin pumps and other medically implanted and external devices with wireless interfaces are vulnerable to cyber-attacks by hackers.

A recently released Department of Homeland Security bulletin sent to medical and cybersecurity industry professionals warns of possible future attacks.

This vulnerability raises a new security risk for the average person, high profile public figures and world leaders alike


U.S. Department of Justice Slaps Baltimore Police Over Right To Record Issue

The U.S. Department of Justice is coming down hard on the Baltimore Police Department as it prepares to issue a settlement to a man whose footage they deleted after he recorded them making an arrest.

The settlement stems from a 2010 incident at the Preakness Stakes, which prompted the Department of Justice in January to send a statement of interest to the judge presiding over the resulting civil suit, advising him that such blatant action violates the Constitution and should not be tolerated.

That letter provoked the police department into issuing a 7-page General Order to its officers February stating that citizens have the “absolute right” to record cops in public as long as they did not "violate any section of any law, ordinance, code or criminal article."
Baltimore cops simply expanded existing laws to allow them to continue cracking down on camera-wielding citizens, including threatening to arrest a man for loitering.

On Monday, the Department of Justice slapped the Baltimore Police Department with another letter, condemning it for writing such a vague general order and for allowing the harassment to continue.


Job Search Center In Wicomico Public Library

Look for the new Job Search Center room just past the book return in the Main Library. There is now a whole room dedicated to job seekers, with staff trained to help! Since opening, the Job Search Center has helped over 7,000 people. Job Search Center staff help people look for a job, create or update their resume, apply for jobs online and even help with interviewing skills and thank you letters.

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Trayvon Martin’s Mother Speaks To Baltimore Congregation About Her Son’s Death

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in Florida. Martin’s mother comes to Baltimore to talk about her son’s death.

Derek Valcourt has more on Sybrina Fulton’s emotional visit.

Pastors introduced her as the mother of the new civil right’s movement, the Rosa Parks of the next generation– a role Fulton never wanted.

Martin’s mother was overwhelmed by support from Empowerment Temple AME Church.

“It’s so easy for me to cry everyday but I can’t. I’ve got work to do,” Fulton said.


What Is This Debt You Speak Of? Study Says Many Students Are Clueless About Student Loans

Student loan debt is the cause of plenty of headaches in this country, from aspiring nuns to the families of those straddled with a deceased loved one's payments. So it's a bit unsettling that a new study says many students are underestimating how much they owe — and some don't even know they have debt in the first place. Shudder.

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WCSO Press Release 5-21-12

Incident: CDS Distribution
Date of Incident: 16 May 2012
Location: 2700 block of N. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Julia L. Wagner, 20, Laurel, DE

Narrative: On 16 May 2012 at approximately 1230 PM, Julia Wagner initiated a series of text messages to an individual in an attempt to sell a quantity of marijuana. Unbeknownst to Wagner, she was inadvertently texting a law enforcement officer who then continued the text conversation. Wagner told this officer where she would be and what kind of vehicle she would be in. That information was relayed to an on-duty deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office who responded to the parking lot Wagner texted she was en-route to. The deputy entered the parking lot and located the vehicle matching the description that was texted out. Upon identifying the driver and sole occupant as Julia Wagner of Laurel, DE; she then admitted to having the marijuana in her possession.

The marijuana was packaged and in a sufficient quantity to indicate an intent to sell it.

The deputy placed Wagner under arrest and transported her to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Wagner in the Detention Center in lieu of $15,000.00 bond.

Charges: Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute


Senior attackman Lantz Carter ripped a shot into the back of the net in the second quarter to break a 0-0 tie that lasted for the first 26:14 of the game, and No. 1 Salisbury defeated No. 5 Stevenson on Sunday, 7-2, in an NCAA tournament semifinal game at Sea Gull Stadium to advance to the Division III national championship game.

Carter's goal broke the longest scoreless streak of the season for the Sea Gulls to begin a game, and it was the first time that Salisbury did not score a goal in the first quarter.

"I figured that the next time I came in, I would just take what they gave me," Carter said. "Sammy (Bradman) gave me the ball ... I faked and just stuck a shot. I took what they gave me."

The Salisbury defense, led by senior defender Andrew Sellers and sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor, dominated the Mustang offense to hold Stevenson to its largest scoring draught to start a game this season, as well. The Gulls held their opponent scoreless for the first 40:22 of the game.

The goal, which came with 4:34 left in the third quarter, ended a scoreless streak that lasted 52:45 for the Mustangs against Salisbury, dating back to the Capital Athletic Conference championship game.

"Defensively today, starting in the back line with Alex Taylor, who was really seeing the ball well, we were forcing them to take shots that a goalie could save," Salisbury Head Coach Jim Berkman said. Taylor turned away a career-best 19 Stevenson shots in the contest. "I think that the defensive effort was truly outstanding today."

After the scoreless first quarter and Carter's go-ahead goal in the second, Salisbury took control of the game in the third frame with two goals each from senior midfielders Sam Bradman and Cory Nowak. The players tied for the team lead in goals for the game, and Bradman led the team with three points.

Despite being outshot 12-10 by the Mustangs in the quarter, the Sea Gulls won 3 of 5 faceoffs and were successful on all seven clears. The defense continued to step up, smothering both of Stevenson's man-up opportunities, and Taylor made seven of his 19 saves in the third. For the game, the defensive unit held Stevenson to 0 for 6 on man-up chances. Defenders, senior Chad Surman and sophomores Danny Sherr and Zeke Smith, all had a hand in holding the Mustang's offense at bay.

"We are fortunate to have a good man-down defense," said Bradman. "Once we get into a man-down situation, we know that we have a good chance to stop them."

Junior midfielder Ryan Clarke and senior attackman Tony Mendes both netted scores in the fourth to cap the game and the trip to Foxborough, Mass. next Sunday, May 27. Senior attackman Matt Cannone registered two assists in the game to lead the team in that category.

Salisbury will move on to its third-straight national championship game to take on the Red Dragons of State University of New York at Cortland. Cortland topped Tufts University, 12-10 in the other semifinal on Sunday. The championship game will take place at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and is set to start a 4:00 p.m.

Preakness Crowd Goes Down in the Record Books

Baltimore, MD - The build up is big, and it's safe to say it all begins with a green neon cup.  Well before the horses hit the track, the party animals take to the infamous infield.

"There is only one infield party and you are here," announced Kegasus, Lord of the InfieldFest.

There’s music, a national volleyball tournament, corn hole, and plenty of drinking.  No dry spot, but the party has calmed down since 2009 when beer from the outside was cut off.

The crowd size went down initially.  This year, headliner Maroon 5 helped make the 137th running of the Preakness a record setter with over 121,000 people.  The more tame setting doesn’t seem to be a problem.
DelDOT Suspends Road Construction Projects for the Memorial Day WeekendDover -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) encourages motorists to plan ahead as the Memorial Day Weekend and summer season gets underway. The department will suspend road construction projects beginning at noon on Friday, May 25. Operations will not resume until Tuesday, May 29.

DelDOT's Transportation Management Center (TMC) will provide continuous monitoring of traffic conditions across the state. Our radio station, WTMC-1380AM offers motorists real-time traffic information throughout Delaware. Motorists can contact the TMC 24/7 to report any travel or traffic related issues at the following numbers: Dial #77 from any cell phone; (302) 659-4600 or 1-800-324-8379.

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Tropical Storm Alberto Expected to Stay Offshore

Tropical Storm Alberto is moving southeastward as it spins off the coast of Florida.

Alberto's maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 kph) early Monday with little change in strength expected.

The storm is centered about 100 miles (165 kilometers) east-northeast of St. Augustine, Fla. Alberto is moving south-southeast near 5 mph (7 kph) but is expected to turn northeastward Monday night and Tuesday.

On its current track, Alberto is expected to stay offshore of the Carolinas and Georgia coast.


A Letter To The Editor 5-21-12

I am very concerned about my son, he is incarcerated at the Wicomico county detention center, he is a 20 year old, being held on a $25,000 bond for violation of probation charge for a drug charge, he is a young man who has never been in jails before, yes he has a drug problem, but not a bad person, a very kind hearted young man with a 2 yr old daughter, struggling with an addiction problem. I went to visit him and found him with 2 black eyes, a razor cut across his nose, swollen lip, bruised mouth, bloodied inside his lip, swollen eyes, he was attacked by a man in his 30's , extremely muscular with a jail house made weapon made with a razor attached to toothbrush, in the bathroom where he was cut and beaten. When I complained to the detention center they told me that shower areas were private. They have female guards and they can't supervise that area. Are you kidding me? What kind of society do we live in when our young men are being caged like animals for drug addiction, there is a drug store on every street corner to buy “legal drugs” but if you possess drugs you get arrested and caged, treated like an animal. Big “Pharma” and our corrupt government gets richer, “peasants and royalty” we slide through time into our new “tech-world” totally oblivious to what is going on around us, nothing ever changes.

Miss. Prison Riot Leaves Guard Dead, 8 Hurt

A prison guard was killed Sunday during a riot that also injured five other correctional officers and hurt three inmates at a privately run facility in Mississippi that holds illegal immigrants, authorities said.

The riot began about 2:40 p.m. CDT and involved dozens of inmates before it was brought under control late Sunday night. Adams County Coroner James Lee confirmed that a guard died, but said he could not provide any other details until the correctional officer's family was notified.

Emilee Beach, a spokeswoman at the Adams County Correctional Center in southwest Mississippi, said the uprising involved multiple inmates but she wasn't sure exactly how many because the investigation was still ongoing.