Friday, October 26, 2012

ANOTHER SALISBURY NEWS EXCLUSIVE: NO TESTS ON FRIDAY IN WICOMICO COUNTY

Our Schools are now regulated by the NAACP and the Muslim Council, or so it would seem. 

Harry Reid Hospitalized After Las Vegas Car Crash

After a multi-car crash outside downtown Las Vegas, Senate Majority Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) was taken to the hospital Friday afternoon as a precaution, his office said. The 72-year-old senator walked into University Medical Center Hospital under his own power. 
Reid suffered from rib and hip contusions and has been cleared for release by the doctors, according to the statement from his office. Some members of his security detail, along with a staffer, also experienced minor injuries and were evaluated at UMC.
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Terrified Reaction At Haunted House




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Jeep, An Obama Favorite, Looks To Shift Production To China

In another potential blow for the president's Ohio reelection campaign, Jeep, the rugged brand President Obama once said symbolized American freedom, is considering giving up on the United States and shifting production to China.
Such a move would crash the economy in towns like Toledo, Ohio, where Jeeps are made and supplied, and rob the community of the economic security they thought Obama's auto bailout assured them.
Obama is such a fan of Jeep that he included a picture of himself speaking at the Toledo plant in his newly released second term agendabinder. In his address to the plant in 2011, Obama said, "I just took a short tour of the plant and watched some of you putting the finishing touches on the Wrangler. Now, as somebody reminded, I need to call it the 'iconic' Wrangler. And that's appropriate because when you think about what Wrangler has always symbolized. It symbolized freedom, adventure, hitting the open road, never looking back."
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Ted Turner on More U.S. Soldiers Dying by Suicide Than Combat: ‘I Think It’s Good’

Appearing on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight on Wednesday's evening, CNN founder Ted Turner said it is "good" that more U.S. soldiers are now dying by suicide than in combat.
Morgan said: "You made the point to me in the break there that more American servicemen are--
Turner interrupted: --are dying now from suicide over there than are dying in combat."
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JOE BIDEN TO FATHER OF FORMER NAVY SEAL KILLED IN BENGHAZI: ‘DID YOUR SON ALWAYS HAVE BALLS THE SIZE OF CUE BALLS?’

The father of one of the former Navy SEALs killed in the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya says President Barack Obama wouldn’t even look him in the eye and Vice President Joe Biden was disrespectful during the ceremony when his son’s body returned to America. He also says the White House’s story on the attack doesn’t pass the smell test.
Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, called into “The Glenn Beck Program” on TheBlazeTV Thursday and recounted his interactions with the president, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Biden at the ceremony for the Libya victims at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He told host Glenn Beck that what they told him, coupled with new reports that indicate the Obama administration knew very good and well, almost immediately, that a terrorist attack was occurring in Benghazi, make him certain that the American people are not getting the whole truth.
Vice President Biden, as he has become known to do, reportedly made a wildly inappropriate comment to the father who had just lost his hero son.
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MEAT LOAF ON MENU FOR ROMNEY'S OHIO CAMPAIGN STOP

Ann Romney likes to say her special meatloaf recipe is her husband's favorite.

Earlier today in Defiance, Ohio, GOP presidential candidate got the next best thing.
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OC Police Officers Honored For Heroic Actions

OCEAN CITY -- The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) this week announced several officers have been recognized with commendations for their actions during several serious incidents and arrests throughout 2012.

Each year, the OCPD meets to review the performance of its sworn personnel along with its civilian personnel and issues commendations and recognitions. This week, several officers were recognized for their actions in 2012.

Sgt. Dennis Eade was recognized with a Silver Star, awarded to any member of the OCPD who distinguishes himself or herself at the risk of their own lives. On Sept. 2, several citizens advised the OCPD of a fire in the rear of a crowded nightclub in the 18th Street area. When officers arrived at the rear of the establishment, they observed flames as high as 20 feet engulfing the business.

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Non-Muslims Have 'Sex Like Donkeys' And Deserve To Be Blown-Up, Said 'Terror Plot' Leader

The leader of alleged suicide bomb plot said non-believers deserved to be attacked because they “have sex like donkeys”, orgies and took drugs, a court heard.
Ifan Naseer said the whole world was **** and people deserved to be terrorized.
The al-Qaeda inspired gang is accused of plotting to use eight suicide bombers detonating rucksacks packed with explosives in crowded places to cause “mass death” and carnage on the streets of Britain.
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‘YOU SLIT HER THROAT!’: NANNY ARRESTED IN FATAL STABBINGS OF TWO CHILDREN

NEW YORK (AP) — A mother returned home to her luxury apartment building near Central Park on Thursday to find two of her small children stabbed to death in a bathtub and their nanny, with self-inflicted stab wounds, lying near them, police said.
The nanny, who was found near a knife, was hospitalized in critical condition and was in police custody, and authorities said she is suspected of killing the children, who were pronounced dead at a hospital.
The children’s mother entered the dark apartment with her 3-year-old and thought her other two children were out with the 50-year-old nanny, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. She went downstairs and asked the doorman at her building, La Rochelle, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, whether he’d seen them leave. When he said no, she went back upstairs and discovered her 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter in the bathroom, Kelly said. It’s unclear how many times the children were stabbed.
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Berlin Flooding Fixes Estimated To Cost $8.3M

BERLIN -- After a year of investigating Berlin’s stormwater issues, the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center (UMEFC) recommended this week the town establish “dedicated funding” to tackle problems through a new stormwater utility.

“It is very important to generate adequate revenue for this,” UMEFC Director Joanne Throwe told the council.

Last year, UMEFC offered to conduct the stormwater evaluation for free in the belief that what it found in the town would also apply to many other municipalities on the Eastern Shore. Throwe confirmed Monday that this was the case.

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New York City Police Officer & Univ. Of Md. Graduate Charged With Planning Cannibalism Attacks

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Kidnapping and cannibalism. A University of Maryland graduate and now New York City police officer is accused of plotting to torture, cook and eat the body parts of dozens of women.
Kai Jackson has details of the deeply disturbing case that’s still unfolding.
A man responsible for upholding the law is charged with a plot to violate it in a most gruesome way.
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DEMOCRATS ILLEGALLY TRANSPORT VOTERS IN NORTH CAROLINA

On Monday of this week, Democrats in North Carolina clearly violated North Carolina state law in their efforts to turn out the vote for Barack Obama. 

At roughly 10 a.m., two vans of students who worked at the North Carolina Jobs Corps location in Oconoluftee were transported from that location to the Swain County Board of Education one-stop voting location in order to cast their votes. The vans used to carry the passengers were Job Corps vans driven by Danny Muse, the son of O’neal Muse, a Democrat Swain County Board of education election official.
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Vick’s Flat Tire In Berlin Gives Local Kids A Thrill

BERLIN -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick made an unscheduled pit stop in Berlin late last week after getting a flat tire on Route 113 on his way to Virginia and provided a brief thrill for dozens of local young athletes while he waited for a repair.

Vick was with his wife and two girls late last Friday afternoon when he got a flat tire on his Lexus SUV on Route 113 in Berlin. Fortunately for the Vicks, the flat tire occurred across the street from John’s Auto Body and the NFL star walked over to the Berlin body shop to seek assistance.

At first, the body shop employees did not know who Vick was, but owner John Derrickson, an Eagles fan, came over and quickly identified him. While employees worked to get the Lexus back on the road, Carmella Solito, owner and operator of Twisters Gymnastics nearby, came over to see what was going on and why the vehicle was blocking her driveway. When Solito learned it was Vick, she invited the family into her gym to visit around 100 young athletes while they waited for the repair.

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Obama Campaign Admits Romney Team Outraised Them

I'm asking you to dig deep, Joe:

We just found out that Mitt Romney and the Republicans outraised us in the first half of this month, putting us $45 million behind during these crucial final days.

The math here is pretty simple: With that cash advantage, they can outspend us by $4 million per day, every day, for the final 11 days.

We know what that means -- more and more misleading, negative ads trashing the President, you, me, and everything we've accomplished together over the past four years.

And we know what we have to do. It's time for you to get on board.

After a year and a half of building and fighting and getting ready for Election Day, we cannot allow ourselves to be outdone at the very end. 

On November 7th, when this campaign is behind us, you'll be glad you stepped up now.

Here's the good news: Any donation you make today automatically enters you for a free trip to Chicago where you'll meet the President and have front-row tickets to his speech on Election Night.

Don't wait any longer. Please make a donation right now:

Walking And Texting Causing Thousands Of Injuries Nationwide

8,803,335: Another New Record for Disability—Up 975 Per Day Under Obama

The number of American workers collecting federal disability insurance benefits hit yet another record high in October, according to the Social Security Administration.
This month 8,803,335 disabled workers are collecting benefits, up from the previous record of 8,786,049 set in September.
In February 2009, the first full month after President Barack Obama took office, there were 7,469,240 workers collecting federal disability insurance. Thus, so far in Obama’s term, the number of workers collecting disability has increased by 1,334,095. That works out to a net increase of about 29,646 per month (1,334,095 divided by 45 months), or an average increase of about 975 per day (1,334,095 divided by 1,369 days).
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4 Simple Changes To Stop Online Tracking


In less than 10 minutes, you can drastically improve your privacy online and protect yourself against unwanted and invisible tracking.

Note that these privacy safeguards will also be blocking some ads. EFF is working with online advertisers to try to convince them to provide real privacy protections for users, but until they agree to meaningful standards about online tracking, these steps will be necessary for users to safeguard their browsing privacy. Aside from removing ads, these changes won't affect your browsing experience on the vast majority of websites. It's possible, however, that a tiny fraction of websites may behave differently or break, in which case the easiest solution is to temporarily use a "private browsing" mode without the settings enabled, or a fresh browser profile/user with default settings.

Ping-Pong Summer Filming Wraps This Weekend

OCEAN CITY -- After a little over a month at locations all over the Ocean City area, the shooting of the independent film Ping-Pong Summer is expected to wrap up this weekend.

In September, the coming-of-age film, set in Ocean City in the mid-1980s, started shooting at locations all over the resort area. The film’s plot involves a teenager vacationing in Ocean City with his family when he discovers a love of ping-pong and rap music. The film’s leading stars include Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson and John Hannah, for example, but the main characters are relatively unknown including lead actor Marcello Conte and Ocean City’s own Emmi Shockley, who plays Conte’s summer teen crush.

The film’s photography is expected to wrap tomorrow with just a handful of scenes still to shoot. On Wednesday, film crews set up shop at the intersection of 33rd Street and Coastal Highway to shoot a scene involving Conte, Shockley and other young cast members near Anthony’s Beer Wine and Deli.

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Live Music This Saturday At The Riverside Arts & Crafts Market


Enjoy live music this Saturday, Oct. 27th at Riverside Market and get a head start on holiday shopping. Local musician Dallas Banks will perform from 11-1 with Contemporary Jazz, Blues, old R&B classics.

Eighteen artists and artisans will offer original work including stained glass, jewelry, baskets, handcrafted wooden toys and unique birdhouses, tie-dyed and hand-painted clothing, handmade cloth bears, pet items like crate mats and pillows, baby mats, sport-theme pillows, handcrafted wood cutting boards and other gift items, prints, paintings, loom-knitted goods, hand-forged items for the home, and photography, and pottery by Go Getters. L&B Blacksmiths will be creating their work onsite. Peter the Breadman will be back with his homemade Artisan Breads! 

The Arts - A Positive Force for Economic Development

Artists interested in participating as vendors must apply in advance by contacting riversidearts1@gmail.com.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, College Student Leaders Talk Education Affordability

Gov. Martin O’Malley hosted student leaders Thursday during an informal discussion on higher education, the cost of which has risen.
Student government presidents and members of the University System of Maryland Student Council met with the governor to talk about tuition and the importance of investing in higher education to build Maryland's highly-skilled workforce and prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.
In August, two student leaders wrote a letter to the governor on the importance of keeping college affordable. The governor told the students that tuition at Maryland's in-state four-year colleges and universities had decreased from the eighth highest to the 27th highest in the nation.

9 Reasons You Shouldn't Retire

If anything has been a casualty of the Great Recession, it's America's traditional vision of retirement–– clocking out at age 65, cruises every other month and a condo in Florida.
Instead, workers today are coming to grips with the very realistic notion that they may work well into their 70s.
But is that really such a bad thing? 
"Yes, for some people continuing to work is an economic necessity due to shrinking nest eggs and rising medical costs," Ken Budd, executive editor of AARP The Magazinetold Business Insider

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Sandy Could Dump 6 Inches Of Rain on Eastern Shore

Hurricane Sandy (track on interactive radar) -- blamed for as many as 11 deaths-- could make landfall anywhere from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to New England by Monday.

"A front moving east will combine with Sandy coming from the Bahamas, and where these two collide, that's where you get a really energized storm," 11 Insta-Weather PLUS Chief Meteorologist Tom Tasselmyer said Thursday.
"The front goes through here Saturday night into Sunday morning; and Sandy comes Sunday evening into Monday ... Mainly, Monday would be the worst day around here."

Two Big Shifts In This New Poll Should Frighten Obama

A new Associated Press/GfK poll released Thursday shows some disconcerting signs for President Barack Obama just 12 days before Election Day
Republican nominee Mitt Romney has flipped two crucial issues in the poll and is gaining in another measure, driving an overall 47% to 45% lead among likely voters. 
Last month, Obama led on both crucial questions of which candidate voters trust more to handle the economy and the federal budget deficit. This month, Obama trails Romney in both measures. Among registered voters, Obama has lost 13 and 10 points to Romney on the two issues, according to the poll.

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Obama Asked For I.D. At Chicago Polling Place

President Obama, who has criticized Republicans for passing laws requiring voters to show ID, presented his driver's license at a polling place in Chicago Thursday to vote early.
A pool reporter traveling with the president said the president voted on a touch-screen machine after "signing forms and showing his driver's license" as required by Illinois state law for early voting.
"Now ignore the fact that there's no gray hair on that picture," Mr. Obama told the elections official. "I'm just glad I renewed my driver's license."
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HURRICANE SANDY COULD IMPACT EARLY VOTING



ANNAPOLIS, MD (OCTOBER 26, 2012) - Governor Martin O’Malley today issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency with respect to Hurricane Sandy.  Depending on how the storm develops, Hurricane Sandy may have an impact on early voting, which is scheduled to take place between Saturday, October 27 and Thursday, November 1.  

The Election Law provides that "[i]n the event of a state of emergency, declared by the Governor in accordance with the provisions of law, that interferes with the electoral process, the emergency proclamation may:  (1) provide for the postponement, until a specific date, of the election in part or all of the State; (2) specify alternate voting locations; or (3) specify alternate voting systems."  Md. Code Ann., Election Law Article, Sec. 8-103(a).  

The Governor’s Office and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency are actively monitoring weather developments in order to determine whether changes to the early voting schedule may be necessary to protect public safety.  In the meantime, the State Board of Elections, the local boards, and all early voting locations should continue their preparations for early voting and ensure that all voting sites remain open and that all election staff report for duty.

TROOPERS PREPARED FOR STORM RESPONSE


(PIKESVILLE, MD) -- In coordination with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and local emergency officials, Maryland State Police personnel are prepared to respond when and where they will be needed during and after the impending storm. 

Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus Brown has ordered all troopers within the Field Operations and Special Operations bureaus to be prepared for deployment to areas of need throughout the state. These bureaus include the road patrol force, as well as specialized teams such as the Underwater Recovery Team, the Aviation Command, and the Special Operations Division. Troopers not normally assigned to road patrol duties have been notified of possible patrol assignments if needed. All troopers are subject to immediate recall to duty if needed.

All barrack commanders have ensured four-wheel drive vehicles are available for use. They have tested their barrack generators and ensured they are operational in the event of a power failure. Troopers have replenished their supply of road flares and other equipment needed for storm response. Troopers in Western Maryland are prepared for a cold weather response should the storm cause snow in that region.

Barrack commanders will also be ready to assign a trooper to each local emergency operation center that opens, in order to provide state assistance if needed. State Police command staff will also be present at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency Statewide Operations Center to coordinate response efforts there in cooperation with other state agencies.

In the event of power failures, motorists are reminded of Maryland’s new law concerning non-functioning traffic lights. The law requires all drivers approaching an intersection with a non-functioning traffic signal to stop. Drivers may proceed only after they have yielded to any vehicles or pedestrians already in the intersection. They must remain stopped until the intersection is clear and it is safe to proceed.

Predictions indicate there is a high risk for flooded roads and downed trees as a result of the pending storm. Drivers are urged to be alert for unexpected hazards, such as trees across roadways or downed power lines. Drivers should reduce speeds in order to reduce the risks of hydroplaning. Drivers should not attempt to drive through standing water. Motorists are reminded that Maryland law requires headlights to be on whenever wipers are activated.

For the latest statewide emergency information, citizens are urged to visit the Maryland Emergency Management Agency website at www.mema.state.md.us. Up to the minute statewide traffic information, including the locations of roads that may be closed due to flooding, is available on-line at www.511md.org, or by calling 511. Road conditions and views of live traffic cameras are also available on the State Highway Administration website at www.roads.maryland.gov. Citizens are urged not to call Maryland State Police barracks simply to check on road conditions. Calls to police or 911 centers during the storm should be for emergency situations only.

The State Police Aviation Command helicopter fleet will be ready to fly as soon as weather permits. State Police helicopter crews have conducted extra hoist rescue training in recent weeks, which included training with the Los Angeles Fire Department. If aerial rescues are needed, State Police helicopter crews will be ready to respond.

Engineers and inspectors from the Office of the State Fire Marshal are on standby to assist with building inspections if needed. Deputy state fire marshals are also on alert and will be dispatched through MEMA if needed.

Colonel Brown urges citizens to heed the Governor’s advice and the instructions of local emergency officials. That advice includes staying off the roads during the storm and not driving into flooded roadways and risk being stranded.

“Use common sense,” Colonel Brown said. “Do not go out unnecessarily and risk creating an emergency rescue situation. The men and women of the Maryland State Police will be on patrol and ready to respond in coordination with our state and local partners.” 

Troopers Continue Preparations For TS/Hurricane Sandy


 
The Delaware State Police continue to plan and make preparations for the possible arrival of TS/Hurricane Sandy. We are working with all local and state agencies to monitor and assess the most current weather forecasts as to determine potential issues which may negatively impact the motoring public, and to establish the most efficient means to mitigate any preventable problems.

The Delaware State Police are urging the public to exercise caution during Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sandy. Prior to the storm, make sure to store drinking water, canned food and nonperishable items; secure your pets indoors and any loose items around homes (as they travel onto the roadways and impede traffic); have vehicles in good working order with sufficient fuel; and adhere to advisories issued by authorities.

Additional safety tips include:

Stay Put- Avoid driving in heavy storms unless absolutely necessary. Often, injuries and deaths occur during and in the aftermath of such storms. Sightseers impeding roadways cause obstacles for emergency personnel responding to those in need.

Slow Down- Decrease your vehicle speed during inclement weather to avoid hydroplaning and to account for increased stopping time. Periods of heavy rain may necessitate traveling at speeds below the posted speed limits.

Be cautious of high winds – Windy conditions adversely affect all vehicles, particularly high profile vehicles, such as buses and trucks, as well as smaller vehicles such as motorcycles. Gusty wind makes driving difficult, especially when it is rapidly changing in speed and direction.

Pay attention. – You may come up on an intersection that is no longer controlled by a functioning traffic control device. If a law enforcement officer is directing traffic, follow their directions. Otherwise, treat the intersection as you would treat an intersection governed by a four-way stop sign.

Suicide Is Killing More Troops Than Combat

A startling statistic was released by the Army on Friday: the number of soldiers who have committed suicide between January 1 and September 30 is 247, while the number killed in combat is 222.
In September alone, it's believed 15 active-duty and 16 reserve or Guard soldiers committed suicide. That's a huge number. And this is just the Army.
All branches of the military are losing troops to this particularly sad enemy, and all have worked to create programs to relieve the stigma of getting mental health treatment. The Department of Veterans' Affairs is conducting a study to see if fish oil-spiked smoothies will ease depression.

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Worcester Authorities Make Large Heroin Bust

OCEAN PINES -- Two Ocean Pines residents were arrested on heroin distribution and other charges last week after a months-long investigation into the trafficking of the drug in the north end of Worcester resulted in the largest heroin bust in recent history in the county.

Over the last several months, the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team, in partnership with the Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit, has been conducting several joint heroin investigations in the north end of the county. During the course of the investigation, a suspect identified as Leck Lyons, 38, of Ocean Pines, was identified as a source of the heroin being distributed in the north end of Worcester.

As a result, a search and seizure warrant was authored for Lyons’ home in Ocean Pines and his vehicle. Last Friday, Lyons was observed in his vehicle at the intersection of Worcester Highway and Bishopville Rd. near Bishopville. Lyons was in the company of a female passenger later identified as Jayna Lynn Griffith, 27, also of Ocean Pines. The vehicle was stopped and Lyons and Griffith were taken into custody.

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Analysis: Americans To Face Tougher 2013 On Rising Prices, Taxes


(Reuters) - Consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets next year to pay for costlier healthcare, more expensive grocery bills and higher taxes, an extra drag on the country's already slow-moving economy.
The additional outlays look set to test the resilience of consumers, whose spending accounts for around two-thirds of the U.S. economy.
"We think it's going to be a difficult six to nine months," said Scott Hoyt, senior director of consumer economics for Moody's Analytics. "If anything, conditions are likely to get worse, particularly at the start of the year."
The strength of consumer spending has surprised some economists, given unemployment near 8 percent and anemic wage growth. Consumer spending has cushioned the blow to the United States from slower foreign demand for its goods.
U.S. households have shed about $880 billion in debt since the peak in the first quarter of 2008, according to Federal Reserve data. That has put many consumers on a path back to financial health.
But an expiration of payroll tax cuts in early January and a spike in food prices could wipe 0.8 percentage points off U.S. economic growth next year, according to some economists.

Charges Filed in Pa. Halloween Costume Shooting

ROCHESTER, Pa. (AP) - Charges have been filed against a Pennsylvania man who shot what he thought was a skunk but was really his 8-year-old cousin in a black-and-white Halloween costume.

Twenty-four-year-old Thomas Edward Grant of Jackson Center, Mercer County, was charged Thursday with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and simple assault.

The girl was hit in the shoulder, arm, back and neck. She remained in critical condition from the shooting in rural Rochester, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

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Before The Election Was Over, Wall Street Won


Before the campaign contributors lavished billions of dollars on their favorite candidate; and long after they toast their winner or drink to forget their loser, Wall Street was already primed to continue its reign over the economy.

For, after three debates (well, four), when it comes to banking, finance, and the ongoing subsidization of Wall Street, both presidential candidates and their parties’ attitudes toward the banking sector is similar  – i.e. it must be preserved – as is – at all costs, rhetoric to the contrary, aside.

Obama hasn’t brought ‘sweeping reform’ upon the Establishment Banks, nor does Romney need to exude deregulatory babble, because nothing structurally substantive has been done to harness the biggest banks of the financial sector, enabled, as they are, by entities from the SEC to the Fed to the Treasury Department to the White House.

In addition, though much is made of each candidates' tax plans, and the related math that doesn’t add up (for both presidential candidates), the bottom line is, Obama hasn’t explained exactly WHY there’s $5 trillion more in debt during his presidency, nor has Romney explained HOW to get a $5 trillion savings. 

For the record, both missed, or don’t get, that nearly 32% of that Treasury debt is reserved (in excess) at the Fed, floating the banking system that supposedly doesn’t need help. The ‘worst economic period since the Great Depression’ barely produced a short-fall of  an approximate average of $200 billion in personal and corporate tax revenues per year, according to federal data [36].)

Consider that the amount of tax revenue since 2008, has dropped for individual income contributions from $1.15 trillion in 2008 to $915 billion in 2009, to $899 billion in 2010, then risen to $1.1 trillion in 2011. Corporate tax contributions have dropped (by more of course) from $304 billion in 2008 to $138 billion in 2009 to $191 billion in 2010, to $181 billion in 2011. Thus, at most, we can consider to have lost $420 billion in individual revenue and $402 billion in corporate revenue, or $822 billion from 2009 on. The Fed has, in addition, held on average of $1.6 trillion Treasuries in excess reserves. That, plus $822 billion equals $2.42 trillion, add on the other $900 billion of Fed held mortgage securities, and you get $3.32 trillion, NOT $5 trillion, and most to float banks.

Beach Maze Returns This Weekend

OCEAN CITY -- The free family Halloween fun continues this weekend with the giant Halloween Beach Maze and a race the likes of which Ocean City has never seen before.

The “Halloween Beach Maze” kicked off last weekend and attracted more than 5,000 people on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21. It returns on Oct. 27-28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.

Experience a “pleasant” scream as you meander the sands of the giant beach maze. Wicked witches, pirates of the sand, scary scarecrows, ghouls in the graveyard, zombies and more await your arrival. The beach maze is free for the whole family. Look for the entrance to the maze on the beach near North Division Street.

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Meet James Biden: The Vice-President's Crony Capitalist Brother


An all too common tale of 100% pure unadulterated red, white and blue crony capitalism involving our Vice-President’s brother, James Biden, is described in this excellent article by Fox’s Charlie Gasparino.  This story really sums up all that is wrong with America today.  Not only does it involve insider contracts due to political connections, but it involves building homes in Iraq!  So forget construction in the United States, these cronies would rather go bomb another country into the stone age and then reward political hacks with billion dollar contracts to rebuild the mess they created.  Remarkable.
From Fox:
How was it that HillStone, a newcomer in the business of home building, landed a massive and potentially lucrative contract to build 100,000 homes in war-torn Iraq?
Richter didn’t mince words. It really helps, he said, to have “the brother of the vice president as a partner,” according to a person who was present. 
The “brother” Richter was referring to during the meeting is James Biden, the younger brother of Vice President Joe Biden.
James Biden, for his part, declined repeated attempts by FOX Business to comment on Iraq and his larger role at Hill, which now includes selling affordable housing developments, particularly in third-world countries.

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Glitch With Maryland’s New Online Voter Registration System Will Affect Hundred; Others Are Mailed Incomplete Ballots

Nearly 300 Maryland residents who thought they had successfully registered to vote usingthe state’s new online system actually had not, and the glitch will force them to file provisional ballots on Election Day.
A separate error has resulted in Maryland elections officials mailing to absentee voters in the Washington area at least 15 ballots missing a page to vote on the state’s high-profile ballot measures, including same-sex marriage, an expansion of gambling and in-state tuition breaks for illegal immigrants.
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A Very Busy, Fun-Filled Weekend In Crisfield


Friday - Women Supporting Women Crab Feast - flyer attached, see it for detailed info.  Tickets still available!!  For more info, call 410-968-9131.

Saturday - Kids Halloween Parade hosted by "Crisfield Events".  Starts at City Hall parking lot.  Line up at 10:30, parade at 11:00.  They go to the Somers Cove Marina where they will have prizes for costumes, refreshments and games.

Saturday night - "The Haunted Forest" hosted by the Crisfield Fire Dept., at the Elks Lodge on Rt. 413.  From 7:00-10:00 p.m. This will also be Monday, Tues., & Wed. (29th - 31st), weather permitting!  Admission is only $5.

Sunday - Crisfield Events will be hosting a volunteer party - @ 2:00 p.m. at Brick Kiln Beach!!  This party is for ALL volunteers that have worked with the "Brick Hill" beach, Crisfield Events and/or Crisfield Chamber of Commerce events.  All sponsors of these events are also welcome!!  No charge....very casual....bring a lawn chair....and if you'd like you can bring a covered dish.  Meats & drinks will already be supplied.  (this is also weather permitting)

Mon., Tues. & Wed. (29th-31st) - Somerset County Arts Council will be hosting the "Mildly Frightful Halloween House" from 6:00-8:00 p.m. each night.  Treats & light refreshments.  For more information call 410-968-2787.

Wed., October 31st - Trick or Treat - City of Crisfield - must be done by 6:00 p.m.  Please, only children 12 & under in costumes.

Wed. October 31st - Pizza Shoppe Halloween Bash - 2:00-8:00 p.m.  Free bouncy house, free candy and get your picture taken with the Witch!!

Worst Housing Markets In America

National home prices are expected to rise 1.7 percent from Q3 2012 - Q3 2013, according to Zillow's latest report.
But not all markets are experiencing a recovery. 191 metropolitan areas saw declines in home prices in the third quarter, up from 125 metros in the second quarter. 
“We’re likely seeing home values fall back into the negative range in some markets due to the close of the traditional home-buying season,” said Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries in a press release.

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