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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Should Black People Tolerate This?

Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94 percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation’s population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. Nationally, black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it’s 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation’s homicide victims, blacks are most of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery.

The magnitude of this tragic mayhem can be viewed in another light. According to a Tuskegee Institute study, between the years 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites. Black fatalities during the Korean War (3,075), Vietnam War (7,243) and all wars since 1980 (8,197) come to 18,515, a number that pales in comparison with black loss of life at home. It’s a tragic commentary to be able to say that young black males have a greater chance of reaching maturity on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan than on the streets of Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, Newark and other cities.


Angry Senate Votes to Cut Aid to Pakistan

In a rare show of bi-partisan unity, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 30-0 to withhold $33 million in military aid to Pakistan as a result of Islamabad’s conviction of the doctor who assisted the CIA in finding Osama bin Laden. The panel cut $1 million for each year that Dr. Shakil Afridi was sentenced for treason and stipulated that the money would not be released until Afridi was pardoned.

Republicans and some former intelligence professionals expressed anger at the administration for failing to protect Dr. Afridi. Representative Peter King (R-NY) suggested that the White House “put him [Afridi] out there,” but the administration immediately denied the charge, suggesting that it was Pakistan that leaked Afridi’s name.

While the cut may be small, it comes on the heels of a re-examination of aid to Pakistan by Congress. In light of the closing by Pakistan of the primary truck route into Afghanistan last November following a friendly fire incident, the subcommittee on foreign aid voted recently to cut military assistance to Pakistan by 58%. And the anger expressed by senators over the treatment of Dr. Afridi suggests that a sea change may have occurred in congressional opinion regarding support for Pakistan, as members appear tired and frustrated with Islamabad’s double game of supporting terrorists while reluctantly assisting US intelligence in tracking down members of al-Qaeda.

Mormons, Catholics, Baptists & Jews Come Together to Plot Defense Plan for ‘Religious Liberty’

Conservative faith leaders of all stripes gathered on Thursday in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future of religious freedom in America. This event is the latest in a series of developments that were sparked by the Obama administration’s controversial contraceptive mandate. What started as a Catholic protest against the regulatory structure has expanded to include people of all faiths.

Little did the federal government suspect that its new regulations forcing religious groups to provide birth control free of charge would create such a wide-ranging firestorm among divergent faith communities. Religion News Service has more information about the collaborative effort that is underway:

Like-minded religionists of several denominations — including Southern Baptist leader Richard Land and Baltimore Archbishop William Lori — gathered in Washington Thursday (May 24) to organize a response to what they see as the sorry state of religious freedom in America today.


Fallen Heroes and The 'Flavor of Freedom'

Meet Sgt. James McIlvaine of Olney, Md. – a handsome 26-year-old U.S. Marine, devoted husband, loving father of two young children and dedicated man anyone would want the privilege of calling a friend.

McIlvaine, known for having a splendid sense of humor that could make a room full of people roar with laughter, served in the U.S. military for nearly eight years – including combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A natural leader, he knew a thing or two about loyalty, love of his country, service and sacrifice.

In fact, he sacrificed his own life for your freedom.


Question Of The Day

Do you have a favorite branch of the Military?

Less Housework to Blame for Womens' Bigger Waistlines

Oh yeah, they went there. A new British study says extra elbow grease spent doing housework kept women more trim in the 1950s as compared with the modern woman's measurements.

Women's waistlines have grown six inches over the past 60 years because they don't do as much housework as their grandmothers, the researchers say. Housewives in the 1950s housewives used to burn 1,000 calories a day by doing the chores, but modern appliances make those chores easier. Now, many more women work full-time and have a more sedintary lifestyle.

The research, completed by Saga to mark the Queens' Diamond Jubilee, surveyed 8,000 men and women on their waist sizes, calorie intake and lifestyle and then compared those results with the average statistics for adults in 1952.


Marine found dead at Fort Meade

FORT MEADE, Md. -A Marine was found dead in his barracks room Wednesday afternoon at Fort Meade, according to a statement released by Col. Sean Gibson.

Fort Meade emergency crews pronounced the Marine dead at the scene.

The Marine, identified Friday as 19-year-old Anthony Romano-Caruso, was assigned to the Marine Corps student training detachment at Fort Meade's Defense Information School.

A question for Law Enforcement Officers

First, you guys who support law abiding citizens carrying a concealed weapon for self defense should follow "Big City Cops" on facebook. They support concealed carry for ALL law abiding citizens - WITH or WITHOUT PERMISSION! The techonologly exists for most officers to check the status of a handgun and the criminal history of citizens either right on the scene or very quickly via radio. The discretion to arrest or not arrest is in the hands of the officer. More and more officers are recognizing that it's the spirit of the law and not the letter of the law that is important to enforce. They are hoping to get more officers on the same page. Think about this, officers......if your wife, daughter, mother, or son were walking away from an ATM and a thug tried to escort them into a dark alley to rob them, knowing that the odds are strong that they would be shot if they could identify the suspect......would you rather them have a concealed firearm and the skill to use it - or a cell phone to call police? Why would any lawmaker intend to strip the good law abiding citizen of the right to defend themselves? Can you really be everywhere to defend everyone? Soul searching time. Would YOU arrest a law abiding citizen for carrying a concealed firearm for personal protection without a concealed carry permit?

NJ Judge: Texter Not Liable for Driver's Car Crash

A woman who texted her boyfriend while he was driving cannot be held liable for a car crash he caused while responding, seriously injuring a motorcycling couple, a judge ruled Friday in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country.

A lawyer for the injured couple argued that text messages from Shannon Colonna to Kyle Best played a role in the September 2009 wreck in Mine Hill. But Colonna's lawyer argued she had no control over when or how Best would read and respond to the message.

State Superior Court Judge David Rand sided with Colonna's lawyer, dismissing claims against the woman in a lawsuit filed by crash victims David and Linda Kubert, who are also suing Best. David Kubert had his left leg torn off above the knee, while his wife eventually had her left leg amputated.


Westside Historical Society

Westside Historical Society is a 501 c 3 organization....(non Profit status) goal = to help preserve the history

Hello everyone! Just a reminder to save your shopping for gifts for Father's Day, Graduation, and summer reading program -- as well as your beach reading -- for JUNE 2, SATURDAY at Barnes & Noble!! Westside Historical Society's Book Fair is that day !
I think I said that Videos did not count but that was an error on my part -- the only thing that doesn't count toward our donation is gift card purchases.

So come out and support WHS with your purchases! We will be there from 10 to 3 but purchases count up all day. The Northwestern Elementary chorus will be singing in the morning, we will have story time reading for the kiddies also in the AM, story time by Newell Quinton about the Rosenwald schools after lunch, and Peg Rider will be modelling some of her vintage clothes.

If you can't get in on June 2, then shop online all the next week through THURSDAY -- IT STILL COUNTS!


I have attached a sheet of 6 coupons above-- use one yourself and pass the others on to friends.

The Rape Of Delaware County, Oklahoma

In Oklahoma’s Delaware County, Sheriff’s deputies were too busy figuratively raping motorists in the village of Bernice to supervise guards who were literally raping inmates in the county jail. As a result, the County Commission has put the screws to the entire county in the form of an 18 percent sales tax increase in order to pay the victims a $13.5 million settlement.

Bernice, which has a population of about 600, is bisected by Highway 85A. For the past quarter-century, the town has been one of the most notorious speed traps in the Midwest. Until recently, the town didn’t have a police department; instead, it contracted with the Delaware County Commission, paying $5500 a month to rent sheriff’s deputies to write speeding tickets and other citations.

A recent investigation conducted by Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Gary A. Jones discovered that since 1977, the municipal government had never published its ordinances as required by state law – which meant that its schedule of fines and court fees was invalid: The trustees never published the ordinances, as required by state law.

"Any ordinances (other than those pertaining to the appropriation of money) that are not published within 15 days of their passage are not in force," notes the audit. As a result, "the municipal court should not have collected fines of more than $50. The court has over-collected approximately $106,308 in fines through the end of June 2011"; in addition, the court also "over-collected" nearly $8,000 in court costs. The auditor directed the Bernice Town Board to reimburse those who had been subjected to illegal fines (in one instance, a motorist was given a ticket for $545). More importantly, from the perspective of those higher up in the tax-feeding chain, the auditor slammed the Town Board for withholding a cut of ticket revenue and court fees from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and state Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.



Mystery Ring

Recently, a ring came into my possession that has left me with a nagging question. It is a graduation ring from Peninsula General Hospital School of Nursing – class of 1925. It belonged to Mrs. Martha B. Harrington and has a red stone in a gold setting. Engraved on the stone is “P G H’ and the year “25”. Also on the stone, in the middle, is a skull and crossbones. I haven’t found anybody that can tell me what this signifies. The only one close to that date that I know of is from the class of 1934 and theirs didn’t have a skull and crossbones. I could understand if it was a caduceus or some other medical emblem. The skull and crossbones is the symbol for poison, something that would not correspond to the healing vocation this lady had.

I found her picture in the 1954 volume put out by the Peninsula General Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association and there was no indication she was any different than the other six graduates that year. In fact, by 1954, when the book was published, she was a housewife.

The history of the ladies that graduated is quite interesting. The graduating classes numbered much lower than today’s classes. The classes of today graduate from Salisbury University with a specialized degree in whatever field they chose. By 1954, they listed the current whereabouts of all known graduates. Five of the seven graduates in Mrs. Harrington’s class were, like her, housewives by 1954. Another was a private duty nurse and the other was an industrial nurse at Armour Chesapeake. This was only 29 years after they graduated. I imagine that is a long time when you see so much sickness and dying on a daily basis. But, still, these ladies were all around 50 years old and had so much more to give to humanity. They probably all got married and had a family they wanted to spend more time with. According to the book, they all got married, but unlike school teachers in the early days, they could get married and still practice their profession.

The ring or its identity are not the mystery, the skull and crossbones are, as yet, still to be explained. Does anyone know?


In order to join the effort by communities and law enforcement agencies to prevent the abuse of unused prescription medication, the Ocean City Police Department recently became the first location inWorcesterCountyto offer a permanent drug take back drop box. Donated by the Ocean City Elks Lodge, the drug take back drop box is mounted in the lobby of thePublicSafetyBuildingand available for public access around the clock.


Press conference to discuss the Ocean City Police Department‘s new 24 hour drop box donated by the Elks Lodge and the department’s commitment to get unwanted, unused and expired prescription medication out of people’s cabinets and off the streets.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2:00 p.m.


Ocean City Public Safety Building, 1st Floor Lobby

6501 Coastal Highway

Ocean City,Maryland21842


■Chief Bernadette A. DiPino, Ocean City Police Department
■Charlie Cichon, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI)
■Pete Peterson,OceanCityElks Drug Awareness Program
Interviews will be available after news conference. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Ocean City Police Department’s Public Affairs Office at 410-520-5395 or 410-723-6665.


OCPD Officers Participate in Statewide Torch Run Relay in Support for the Special Olympics Maryland 25th Annual Summer Games

On June 4, 2012
, law enforcement officers representing all of WorcesterCountywill be taking part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Relay for Special Olympics Maryland. Last year, over 60 officers escorted and protected the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” as it made its way from 27th Street and the Boardwalk to North Division Street. The “Flame of Hope” will continue to travel toward the opening of the 42nd Anniversary Summer Games atTowsonUniversity, June 8-10.

This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Maryland Torch Run, a movement that began in 1986 with a handful of officers raising $5,000, and has grown into a year-round effort that involves officers from all 50 states and numerous countries. In 2011 alone, $3.3 million was raised by officers and sponsors in a true year-round effort to benefit Special Olympics.

Since its inception, the law enforcement community worldwide has taken very seriously its role as “Guardians of the Flame,” and the Relay is an important and celebrated part of every Special Olympics competition. The local portion of the Torch Run Relay is part of a much larger effort. Statewide, the Maryland Torch Run Relay consists of four different legs – Eastern, Western, Central and Southern – and throughout the entire week, thousands of Torch Run volunteers will cover hundreds of miles, eventually converging on Towson where the individual flames will be united in the Final Leg Ceremony and then officers from around the state will travel the final 2.5 miles to the Opening Ceremony at Towson University. It is there that the flame is handed off to the Special Olympics athletes who have the honor of taking the final lap with the torch and then lighting the cauldron and officially declaring the 2011 SOMD Summer Games Open.

“Our goal is to raise both funds and awareness for the athletes who train and compete in Special Olympics Maryland,” said Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette A. DiPino. “The Torch Run Relay is really just a small piece of what the dedicated officers from around the state do for the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland on a year-round basis.”

The schedule for Ocean City/Worcester County’s portion of the Torch Run is as follows (all times are approximate and subject to change):

Monday June 4, 2012
■8 – 8:30 a.m.: Pre-Event Ceremonies,27th Street and the Boardwalk,Ocean City,MD
■8:30 a.m.: Torch Run Relay Begins. Run will proceed from27th Street toN. Division St.
■9:15 – 9:30 a.m.: Run Concludes at N. Division Street with Photo Opportunity and Refreshment (Following this, buses will be available for interested participants to proceed to Historic Downtown Berlin, for the second leg of the relay. Those who do not wish to participate in the second leg of the relay are free to leave)
■10:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Meet atWorcesterPreparatory School for Pre-Run Pep Rally
■10:15 a.m.: Begin Second Leg through Historic DowntownBerlin
■10:45-11:00 a.m.: Conclude Second Leg at Berlin Fire Department (approx. 1 mile run)
In addition to the Torch Run, the Ocean City Police Department will be celebrating Torch Run Relay Week throughout the week leading up the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games. To find out how you can participate in the Eastern Leg of the Torch Run relay or to be a supporter, please contact Sgt. Dennis G. Eade, Ocean City Police Department, 410-520-5309.

The 42nd Anniversary SOMD Summer Games are set for June 8-10 at Towson University. During this celebrated weekend, 1,200 athletes from around the state will go for gold in aquatics, athletics, bocce, equestrian, cheerleading and softball. For more information about Special Olympics Maryland, the Torch Run Relay and the 2011 Summer Games, visit

Bacon Lover In Piggly Wiggly Rampage

Meet Lonneshia Shafaye Appling.
The Georgia woman, 26, was so determined to shoplift beer, bacon, cheese, and chicken wings from a Piggly Wiggly that she punched, spit at, and pepper-sprayed store workers who confronted her as she tried to flee the supermarket Wednesday afternoon, according to cops.

Appling, pictured in the adjacent mug shot, allegedly hid items worth $88.27 in a canvas bag. She “attempted to check out, only putting one item on the counter,” according to a worker quoted in an Athens-Clarke County Police Department report.

When a Piggly Wiggly employee--who had been tipped to the pilfering by a shopper--asked Appling about the concealed items, she tried to exit the store. After worker Jonathan Orr tried to stop Appling, she “pulled out some pepper spray and sprayed him in the face.”


Theft Investigation: REWARD

The Fruitland Police Department is currently investigating a theft from Aaron’s Furniture Rental, 206 N. Fruitland Blvd. Fruitland, MD. The female in the attached picture is wanted for stealing over $1000.00 in electronics on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Aaron’s will pay $300 for information which leads to the arrest of this individual.

Please contact Det. Beaver with any questions regarding this investigation.

Case #2012-0710