Thursday, February 14, 2013

Radio Host Delilah Knows Nearly Every Love Song Ever Written

Do Immigrants “Drain” Society?

Two of the most common canards about immigrant families are that they don’t really want to become American and that they’re a drag on the rest of us. But a fascinating new Pew report gives lie to both fears. In the process, it reminds us why immigration matters.

The study shows first of all that Americanization is proceeding as inevitably now as during previous great waves of migration. Yes, today’s immigrants are Hispanic and Asian rather than European. But that hasn’t made a difference. Today’s 20 million adult sons and daughters of immigrants have learned English, advanced economically, and intermarried far more than their parents did and no more slowly than the Italians or Irish or Poles did a century ago. Nearly six in ten — almost double the percentage of their parents — consider themselves “typical Americans.”

DR. CARSON TELLS THEBLAZE HOW OBAMA REACTED TO HIS BOLD PRAYER BREAKFAST SPEECH: ‘I FIGURED HE WOULD JUST BE FUMING’

Since delivering his headline-grabbing speech at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast, Dr. Benjamin Carson has been a busy man.

The neurosurgeon, renowned for his stellar medical career, is now receiving an elevated level of attention. Carson’s pointed speech addressed a plethora of social and political issues from a conservative perspective — and it was delivered just feet away from President Barack Obama. In an interview with TheBlaze on Wednesday, Carson shared his motivation for delivering the message, the president’s reaction to it and his views about the purportedly unspoken rule that African Americans should refrain from criticizing Obama.

Considering the subjects he covered in the keynote address — political correctness, health care, taxation and education policy — some observers wondered whether Carson was using the address as a platform to launch a future political career. When asked about this, he skirted a discussion about future political prospects, but he did say that the motivating factor behind his message was an intense love for America.

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Will ‘Stalking Apps’ Be Stopped?

Last year, owners of the Leaf, Nissan’s hot new electric car, got an unfortunate surprise along with their phenomenal 99 miles per gallon: a sharp-eyed security blogger revealed that Leafs secretly reported their owners’ location, speed and direction to websites that other users could then access through a built-in RSS reader. Nissan did not warn customers that this information was being passed on to various third parties without their consent. Leaf owners are hardly alone. In the past few years, there have been reports that iPhones and Android smart phones have been secretly sending Apple and Google information on users’ whereabouts.
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Panetta Announces Medal For Drone Pilots

They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.

But the troops that launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now their battlefield contributions may be recognized.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that for the first time the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it from afar.

"I've seen firsthand how modern tools, like remotely piloted platforms and cyber systems, have changed the way wars are fought," Panetta said. "And they've given our men and women the ability to engage the enemy and change the course of battle, even from afar."

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POLICE ARREST LARGE SCALE DRUG DEALER ON EASTERN SHORE

(Salisbury, MD) - A combined law enforcement effort on the Eastern Shore results in the arrest of a large scale drug dealer, yielding seven and a half pounds of marijuana, a kilogram of cocaine, and over $550,000 in drug money.

The accused is identified as Kevin Crockett Dykes, 29, of the 100 block of Centenary Drive in Salisbury, Maryland. Dykes is charged with several counts of drug possession with the intent to distribute. Dykes is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.

In early February, members of the Wicomico County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) unit, which consists of the Maryland State Police Gang and Firearms Enforcement Units, the Salisbury Police Department Safe Streets Team and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force began an investigation into the criminal activities of Dykes. Police investigators received information indicating Dykes had been operating a large scale cocaine and marijuana business for several years out of a residence in Salisbury.

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, Dykes was stopped for a traffic violation in Salisbury, Maryland. An officer from the Salisbury Police Department and his K-9 responded to the scene to conduct a scan of the vehicle. The K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs, resulting in the seizure of four grams of marijuana from Dyke’s pants pocket. Dykes was immediately placed under arrest and transported to the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack for processing.

Police obtained search and seizure warrants for Dyke’s residence and vehicles. Further investigation led police to larger amounts of marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms and money which were being stored in the Salisbury residence and in two different vehicles.

The Wicomico HIDTA unit is being assisted by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency in Salisbury and the Wicomico County State’s Attorney. The investigation continues…

School Bus Crash

Driver # 1/ Veh. #1: Erik Thomas Mezick W/M 40 yoa, of Fruitland, Maryland2013 Blue Bird School Bus 
Not Injured
Driver # 2/ Veh # 2: Benigno Flores Morales, H/M, 25 yoa, of Salisbury, Maryland 
2004 Chev Silverado Truck
Not injured

LOCATION: E/B Old Ocean City Road @ Benita Avenue, Salisbury, Wicomico Co. MD.


BRIEF RESUME:

On the above date and time, MSP investigated a vehicle crash at the above location involving a Wicomico County School Bus. Veh. # 2 (2004 Chev Silverado), being operated by a Benigno Morales, was stopped on E/B Old Ocean City Road just prior to Benita Avenue attempting to mae a left hand turn into a private driveway. Veh #1 (2013 Wicomico School Bus), being operated by Erik Mezick, was E/B Old Ocean City Road just behind the Chev Silverado. Mezick failed to see the stopped Chev and struck the Chev in the rear. The school bus had approximately 32 students. There were no reported injuries. The driver of the school bus was cited for the crash and the driver of the Chev was found to be operating a vehicle while not licensed in any state.
Charges: Veh #1 Driver at fault - Failure of vehicle operator to control speed to avoid a collision.

Veh #2 Driver – Driving without a license.

Top Opinions About Pope Benedict’s Resignation

Pope Benedict’s surprising abdication inspired some thoughtful commentary on his legacy and the papacy in general. Did we miss one? Share those that caught your attention in the comment section.
“The Pope’s Legacy” in America: The National Catholic Review

Who: Rev. James Martin, Jesuit priest and editor-at-large

The Idea: While John Paul II felt that staying in his position in the face of his declining health was a testament to the suffering of the human condition, Pope Benedict XVI determined that his advanced age was preventing him from doing his job properly in a time of “rapid changes.” Neither decision is wrong, but just a different interpretation of God’s plan. Father Martin goes on to say that while Pope Benedict will likely be remembered for his “newsworthy” acts — most notably his efforts to strengthen the orthodoxy of the church — his books on Jesus will provide his “lasting legacy.”

Sum-it-up Quote: “Far more people will most likely read those moving testaments to the person who is at the center of his life—Jesus of Nazareth—than may read all of his encyclicals combined.”

Morning-After Pill Use Up To 1 In 9 Younger Women

NEW YORK (AP) — About 1 in 9 younger women have used the morning-after pill after sex, according to the first government report to focus on emergency contraception since its approval 15 years ago.

The results come from a survey of females ages 15 to 44. Eleven percent of those who'd had sex reported using a morning-after pill. That's up from 4 percent in 2002, only a few years after the pills went on the market and adults still needed a prescription.

The increased popularity is probably because it is easier to get now and because of media coverage of controversial efforts to lift the age limit for over-the-counter sales, experts said. A prescription is still required for those younger than 17 so it is still sold from behind pharmacy counters.

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Pelosi: ‘We Avow The First Amendment’ Because ‘People Have a Right To A Gun’

As Nancy Pelosi appeared on Fox News Sunday with host Chris Wallace, she didn’t seem to know the difference between the First Amendment and the Second Amendment.
During her February 10 segment, Pelosi premised her conversation by pointing out that Japan has, “the most violent games and the rest and the lowest mortality from guns.” This, Pelosi imagined, was because Japan “might have good gun laws.”

The Democrat House Minority Leader then went on to tell Wallace that the First Amendment gave Americans the right to have a gun and that was a thing she and the Democrats want to “avow.”


We’re talking about no further sales of assault weapons. What is the justification for an assault weapon? No further sales of those, no further sales of the increased capacity, 30 rounds in a gun. We’re talking about background checks which is very popular, even among gun owners, and, hunters.

We avow the First Amendment. We stand with that and say that people have a right to have a gun to protect themselves in their homes and their jobs, where ever, and that they–and their workplace–and that they, for recreation for hunting and the rest. So we’re not questioning their right to do that.


Proposal To Webcast Senate Committee Voting Shot Down

Maryland citizens will have to wait at least another year to get remote access to one of the most important but least accessible parts of the legislative process: committee voting sessions in which bills are amended, killed or sent to the floor.

The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday voted down a proposed amendment to Senate rules by Sen. Allan Kittleman, R-Howard, that would have required Senate committees to webcast the crucial voting sessions, as the committee hearings already are. The recordings of the hearings are also archived, for later listening.

When he introduced the proposed change four weeks ago, Kittleman said he had heard from constituents who wanted to listen to committee votes over the Internet. “I think it would be another way to make it more transparent,” Kittleman said.

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Sarah Palin Takes To Twitter To Mock Washington Post Reporter Who Fell For Parody Story

Former governor of Alaska and the Republican Party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, became the focus of a skewering on the satirical news site Daily Currant last week when they ran a parody account of Palin being hired by Al Jazeera to host a news show. OneWashington Post contributor, Suzi Parker,jumped on the story and reported it as news, prompting conservatives across the internet to do some mocking of their own. It did not take long before Palin got into the act, taking to her twitter account to ruthlessly mock the Washington Post blogger’s incorrect story and subsequent corrections. After re-tweeting a Twitchy story which chronicled the journalist’s mistake, Palin made fun of the reporter by pitching an outlandish scenario which just begs investigation:

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Older Drivers Involved In Fewer Crashes, MVA Report Says

Elderly drivers are sometimes viewed as hazards on the road due to poor eyesight and diminished reflexes, but a preliminary report by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration found that drivers between the ages of 75 and 89 actually had the lowest crash rate of all other age groups.

The report, prepared at the request of the budget committees in the House and Senate, compared the crash statistics of drivers from the ages of 16 to 100 and analyzed crash reports to determine age-based driving behaviors.

“While the number of older drivers continues to grow, the total number of accidents caused and the crash rate per licensed driver is lower than any other age demographic,” the report found.

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Happy Valentine's Day! John 3:16


Why The Liberal Hatred Of Citizens With Guns

You’re snug in your cabin in the mountains outside of Big Bear, California. Snug, but fearful. They’re searching for a killer near you. A terrifying, heavily armed former cop from Los Angeles who has gone on a killing rampage.

Suddenly you hear gunshots. You part the curtains to look outside ... and there’s the man whose picture you’ve seen countless times on TV over the past few days running toward your house as he returns fire to police officers in pursuit.

Just a few weeks ago you had been considering buying an AR-15 just in case it might be needed to defend your home from predators of the two and the four-legged variety. They don’t call the place Big Bear for nothing. You couldn’t buy one, though, because private ownership of these weapons had been outlawed. That didn’t stop the killer. He was carrying one ... that along with several pistols. The law didn’t seem to deter him at all. The murderer was still far enough away that you could stop him with one shot through your window, but that option had been taken away by anti-gun zealots.

Somehow you don’t feel comfortable with only your handgun and it’s seven-shot magazine to protect you from this approaching danger. You know the killer, who is rapidly nearing your door, is much more heavily armed than you. Things aren’t looking all that rosy for you and your family right now.

Why did this have to happen? Why were these liberals -- these Democrats -- so hell-bent on reducing your capacity to act in your own self-defense in a situation just such as this?

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Reward Up To $25,000 For Eastern Shore Arson Info

ACCOMACK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INCREASES REWARD FOR TIPS ON ARSONS

The Accomack County Sheriff’s Office is putting forth funds to increase the reward related to the Accomack County arsons. As of Thursday, persons coming forward with information that leads to an arrest and conviction in these cases could be eligible for a reward of up to $25,000.

To notify the Eastern Shore community about the reward increase and a new Accomack County Arson Tip Line number, state police and the sheriff’s office are also distributing and posting new printed fliers throughout the Eastern Shore. Anyone with information about the arsons and/or individual(s) responsible is encouraged to contact law enforcement via a new Tip Line dedicated to these investigations. Text, call or email at 757-655-1437.

“The sheriff’s office and state police have received an overwhelming response from the public with tips and information, but there are still residents out there who know something about the persons involved in setting the fires,” Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin said. “I hope the increase in the reward will help persuade these residents to now come forward. These fires must be stopped – for the safety of our property owners, for the safety of our volunteer firefighters, and for the safety and wellbeing of our close-knit community.”

From Nov. 12, 2012, through Feb. 11, 2012, there have been 48 structure and debris fires intentionally set in Accomack County. On Feb. 13, 2013, it was discovered that someone tried to burn down the Leatherbury United Methodist Church in Onancock, Va. The church building suffered only minor damage. No one, to date, has been injured in any of the arsons.

“As we have stated before, state police are aggressively pursuing all leads related to these arsons,” Capt. T.A. Reibel, Commander of the BCI Chesapeake Field Office. “We are also confident, based on the evidence collected at the scenes, that the majority of the arsons are the work of a collaboration of individuals. The information needed to put a stop to these fires and effect an arrest is out there – we just need the right people to text us, call us or email us with what they know.”

Initially, a $5,000 reward was made available through the International Association of Arson Investigators (http://www.vaiaai.com/). The Sheriff’s Office is allocating the additional $20,000.

Pa. Grad Student Sues, Says C-Plus Cost Her $1.3M

EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- Talk about grade inflation.

Graduate student Megan Thode wasn't happy about the C-plus she received for one class, saying the mediocre grade kept her from getting her desired degree and becoming a licensed therapist -- and, as a result, cost her $1.3 million in lost earnings.

Now Thode is suing her professor and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, claiming monetary damages and seeking a grade change.

A judge is hearing testimony in the case this week in Northampton County Court. Lehigh and the professor contend her lawsuit is without merit. Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano declined to dismiss the suit Wednesday, ruling that there was enough evidence for the suit to proceed, according to The (Easton) Express-Times.

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BREAKING NEWS

SENATE REPUBLICANS TEMPORARILY BLOCK VOTE ON HAGEL NOMINATION FOR DEFENSE SECRETARY.

A Message To Obama, Served Cold

Born in crushing poverty to an illiterate single mother dedicated to seeing her children succeed, Carson became the head of the department of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins medical institutions when he was 33. He’s been a black celebrity role model ever since.

Even if you didn’t like the substance of what Carson had to say at the breakfast, his speech made for great political theater. President Obama was seated on the stage, just a few feet away, and he didn’t look like he was having a good time.

Intellectual historians of black America might make a great deal out of the image of a frowning Obama listening as Carson inveighed against a culture of victimology and dependency. It’s too trite to say that the president is the incarnation of W.E.B. DuBois and Carson of Booker T. Washington. After all, DuBois renounced his American citizenship, became a communist and moved to Ghana at the end of his life. Obama, the son of a leftist (if not an actual communist) from Africa, went on to become the president of the United States — a significantly different story, to put it mildly.

But as Mark Twain allegedly said, history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. The great argument between DuBois and Washington is often boiled down to integration versus self-help. Washington believed that blacks should emphasize education and self-advancement first and worry about integration later. DuBois favored a civil-rights-first strategy combined with reliance on the leadership of technocrats, including what he called the “talented tenth,” or the best African-Americans.

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STATEMENT RE: MARYLAND STATE POLICE INVESTIGATION INTO BALTIMORE POLICE ACADEMY SHOOTING

This statement is issued in response to inquiries regarding the status and scope of the Maryland State Police investigation into the shooting that occurred February 12, 2013 in Owings Mills, during a Baltimore Police Academy training exercise.
This criminal investigation is being conducted by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, which also conducts criminal investigations into all police shootings involving Maryland state troopers and allied police departments when requested. Homicide Unit investigators are being assisted by State Police investigators from the Criminal Investigation Bureau and crime scene technicians and scientists from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division. 

State Police investigators have conducted and are continuing to conduct interviews with persons who were at the shooting scene, as well as anyone who may have information related to what occurred. In addition, evidence collected from the scene will be analyzed and reviewed in an effort to corroborate witness information. State Police investigators are receiving full cooperation from Baltimore Police Department personnel.

The Maryland State Police investigation is being conducted as a criminal investigation with the purpose of determining if a crime occurred and who was responsible for that crime. The Maryland State Police is not conducting an administrative investigation. An administrative investigation examines the adherence of personnel to department policies and procedures.

Maryland State Police investigators will conduct a thorough, detailed, and appropriate criminal investigation. As a result, a prediction of when the criminal investigation will be complete cannot be made. Based on the circumstances known at this point, there is no doubt the criminal investigation will take at least weeks.

When the State Police criminal investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for review. That office will determine any action taken based on the results of the criminal investigation.

To maintain the integrity of this criminal investigation, the Maryland State Police will not make further public comment or provide developing details as the investigation progresses. This is State Police policy regarding ongoing criminal investigations.

Former Zynga Exec Eyes New Baltimore County Video Game Venture

Baltimore County may be in store for another video game maker.

Former Zynga East developer Brian Reynolds left his job as chief game designer for the FarmVille creator at the end of January and now is considering launching a new mobile gaming company in Baltimore County.

Reynolds has been seeking interest from potential investors for the new company that could be headquartered in Lutherville or Timonium. The company would focus on games for mobile devices and tablets.

Reynolds left Zynga to pursue a new company to satisfy a creative itch.

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Dumb and Dumber: Why Does Washington Have No Learning Curve?

You could, of course, sit there, slack-jawed, thinking about how mindlessly repetitive American foreign and military policy is these days. Or you could wield all sorts of fancy analytic words to explain it. Or you could just settle for a few simple, all-American ones. Like dumb. Stupid. Dimwitted. Thick-headed. Or you could speak about the second administration in a row that wanted to leave no child behind, but was itself incapable of learning, or reasonably assessing its situation in the world.

Or you could simply wonder what’s in Washington’s water supply. Last week, after all, there was a perfect drone storm of a story, only a year or so late -- and no, it wasn’t that leaked “white paper” justifying the White House-directed assassination of an American citizen; and no, it wasn’t the two secret Justice Department “legal” memos on the same subject that members of the Senate Intelligence Committee wereallowed to “view,” but in such secrecy that they couldn’t even ask John O. Brennan, the president’s counterterrorism tsar and choice for CIA director, questions about them at his public nomination hearings; and no, it wasn’t anything that Brennan, the man who oversaw the White House “kill list” and those presidentially chosen drone strikes, said at the hearings. And here’s the most striking thing: it should have set everyone’s teeth on edge, yet next to nobody even noticed.

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Measure Would Create Funding Stream For Exchange And Expand Medicaid

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and state health officials on Wednesday outlined some of the final steps in a three-year effort to create a health benefit exchange in Maryland as part of the federal health care overhaul.

Brown, who has been working on health care legislation for Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration, testified on a bill to create a funding source to pay for the state’s health benefit exchange. The exchange is a new insurance market that will offer residents a choice of private health plans. The measure would pay for it by using money from an existing 2 percent tax on insurance plans that are state regulated.

The measure also includes an expansion of Medicaid to give more poor people access to government care. The federal health care law gives states the option to accept the expansion, refuse it, or postpone a decision. The federal government will pay the entire cost of the expansion in the first three years and 90 percent after that. 

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To Obama: Close The Deal With Iran

Dear Mr. President: As you put the final touches to your State of the Union Address, I urge you to avoid overstating the “threat” from Iran. Indeed, I hope you might take this august occasion to declare your willingness to lift sanctions on Iran as a final step toward a deal permanently constraining Iran’s nuclear program and to begin normalizing relations with this important country.

In recent months, Iranian leaders have signaled a readiness to reach a nuclear accord and open a broader dialogue with your administration on other pressing regional issues – if only the United States would start treating Iran with some respect, rather than endlessly buffeting the country with insults, threats and punishments.

People often criticize Iranians for interminable haggling, part of their “bazaar culture,” but this looks like a moment when it is the Americans who won’t take yes for an answer. Iranian officials have repeatedly disavowed a desire to build nuclear weapons, have insisted that they are only interested in nuclear energy and have expressed a willingness to transfer much of their enriched uranium out of the country. But what they want in return is meaningful relief from economic sanctions and a repudiation from U.S. policymakers that their real goal is “regime change.”

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Source: Instructor Grabbed Wrong Weapon, Shot Police Recruit

BALTIMORE —Sources have told the 11 News I-Team that the shooting Tuesday of a police recruit during a training exercise shows there's a "total lack of institutional control" in the Baltimore Police Department.

The recruit was shot and critically wounded Tuesday afternoon during a training session at the site of the former Rosewood State Hospital in Owings Mills.

Sources told I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller that the veteran Baltimore police instructor mistakenly grabbed the wrong weapon during the session -- his service weapon instead of a training gun -- and fired a 40-caliber bullet through a window, striking the recruit in the forehead.

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Census Of Agriculture Deadline Extended; Farmers Have Until March 15 To Respond

DOVER – Delaware farmers are encouraged to complete theCensus of Agriculture by the recently extended deadline of March 15, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee said Tuesday.

“The Census is a valuable tool for farmers, agribusinesses and policymakers, and it is vital that farmers complete and return their forms,” Secretary Kee said. “I thank those who have already completed their forms, and urge all others to do the same. We need the critical information the Census gathers to tell the story of agriculture’s contributions and successes.”

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Family Grateful Remains Of Missing Korean War Vet Returned Home

CUMBERLAND — Pfc. James R. Hare, U.S. Army, Battery B, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, was lost Feb. 13, 1951, near the Korean town of Hoengsong. On Feb. 13, 2013, exactly 62 years after he was classified as missing in action, the memory and service of a beloved son and brother will be honored, and he will be laid to rest near his parents with full military honors.

Hare was born in Cumberland in 1932, the first of 15 children to James and Opal Hare. He was just 19 years old when he joined the U.S. Army. After completing training at Camp Lejeune, he joined thousands of soldiers fighting in the Korean conflict in 1949.

While sporadic, his parents received letters from James, but soon the letters stopped and the fate of the eldest child was unclear.

After nearly two years of waiting, the Hares received a letter that indicated James had been captured by the North Koreans and had died.

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Forest Service Seeks Young Artists For Arbor Day Poster Contest

Attention: calling all young artists who love trees!
The Delaware Forest Service invites students in grades K to 5 to enter its 2013 Arbor Day Poster Contest, which is open to all public, private, charter, and home schools in the First State.“Trees are Terrific…in all Shapes and Sizes!” is this year’s theme, which highlights the importance of tree diversity in our community forests. The annual poster contest is a fun way to celebrate Arbor Day with your school, and every class that participates in the Arbor Day Poster Contest will receive free loblolly pine seedlings. Teachers or school personnel must register for their seedlings by March 8, 2013 athttp://2013arbordaypostercontest.eventbrite.com.
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As Gas Prices Rise, Savings In Febraury For Public Transit Riders Increase

Riding public transportation in the Philly area saves individuals $11,768 a year

Washington, D.C. For those dealing with the 30 cent increase in gas prices from last month, taking public transportation instead of driving can be your Silver Linings Playbook. According to the February Transit Savings Report of the American Public Transportation Association(APTA), Philly area individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, more than $981 this month, and $11,768 annually.

These savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle which includes the February 12, 2013 average national gas price ($3.60 per gallon-reported by AAA) and the national unreserved monthly parking rate.

The quickest way to avoid rising gas prices is to include commuting by public transit into your daily routine, said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. Riding public transportation translates to large savings to the family budget.

APTA releases this monthly Transit Savings Report to examine how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

State of the Union: Fireside Hangout with President Obama

On Thursday, February 14th, President Obama will join the latest in a series of "Fireside Hangouts" – a 21st century take on FDR’s famous radio addresses – to talk about his State of the Union Address.

During the +Google+ hangout, the President will answer questions from Americans across the country about the issues and policies laid out in the speech.

How you can join:
Right now, you can submit a question for the President and vote on your favorites on the White House +YouTube Channel: http://at.wh.gov/hC22N

On Tuesday, February 12th at 9:00 p.m. ET, watch President Obama's State of the Union Address on the +The White House Google+ page and at http://youtube.com/whitehouse

Fireside Hangouts on Google

GALLUP: AMERICANS DISAPPROVE OF OBAMA POLICY ON NEARLY EVERY ISSUE

President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday to a nation that disapproves of the way he is handling nearly every issue, including gun control and the federal deficit.

According to a Gallup poll, 42% of Americans approve of Obama's gun policies while 54% disapprove.

On taxes, 41% approve and 57% disapprove. On the economy, 39% approve and 60% disapprove. On "the situation in the Middle East between the Israelis and the Palestinians," 36% approve and 55% disapprove.

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Raising The Medicare Eligibility Age

If you were delighted to hear that raising the Medicare eligibility age was off the table in the economic debate, you may want to hold off on celebrating just yet. In a White House press conference yesterday, Jay Carney confirmed that the President "would consider the hard choice that included the so-called chain CPI" to calculate cost of living adjustments for Social Security recipients. He says that the chain CPI is on the table, but will only be considered as part of a comprehensive package that "asks the burden to be shared." Chain CPI slows the growth of Social Security benefits paid to seniors over time. It would effectively reduce benefits by about $250 over three years, and could mean about $15,000 less for retirees over time. Sen. Bernie Sanders calls it "an economic and moral disaster." There is no economic reason to even balance the budget, much less should it be done on the backs of seniors and the disabled. Call the White House and demand that chain CPI is taken off the table now!

In the best of the rest of the news... The departing Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, just gave a clear directive to his successor – stop the discrimination against same-sex couples in the military. At his direction, the Department of Defense has issued a memorandum granting many new benefits to LGBT partners of our service men and women. Some of the new benefits include child care, legal assistance, and dependent ID cards for spouses. However, because of the Defense of Marriage Act, there are still many benefits LGBT military family members don't receive – including healthcare, hospital visitation privileges, and presentation of the Flag at military funerals. But it appears that the DoD is gearing up to extend those benefits as well, when DOMA is finally repealed – which could happen next month when it comes before the Supreme Court. The memorandum regarding new benefits clearly states that when DOMA is "no longer applicable to the Department of Denfense, it will be the policy of the Department to construe the words 'spouse' and 'marriage' without regard to sexual orientation." OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson praised Panetta's decision saying, "We thank him for getting us a few steps closer to full equality – steps that will substantively improve the quality of life for gay and lesbian military families." Kudos to Leon Panetta, and let's hope the Supreme Court overturns DOMA next month.

Troopers Arrest Two For Theft Of Copper From Irrigation System

Location:
Farm on Deer Forrest Road, east of State Forrest Road, Georgetown, DE

Date of Occurrence:
Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 2:50 a.m.

Defendants, Charges, and Bail Information:
Minos J. Wilson, 36, of Georgetown, DE
Chad A. Wilson, 27, of Georgetown, DE
Criminal Mischief Over $5,000
Conspiracy Second Degree
Theft Under $1,500
Criminal Trespass Third Degree
Released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Resume:
Georgetown – Detectives have arrested two Georgetown men after they stole copper parts from an irrigation system.

The incident began on January 24, 2013, at 2:50 a.m. when Troopers responded to a report of the noise of a chainsaw in a farm field on Deer Forrest Road. Responding Troopers discovered two empty pickup trucks under an irrigation system. One of the vehicles belonged to Minos J. Wilson, 36, of Georgetown. The other vehicle was not properly registered.

A canine responded to the scene and performed a track from the pickup trucks to the residence of Minos J. Wilson, at which no one would answer the door. Through further investigation, detectives were able to determine that Minos J. Wilson and his nephew, Chad A. Wilson, 27, of Georgetown, had cut several pieces of copper wire from the irrigation system before fleeing as Troopers arrived.

Both defendants came to Troop 4 on February 12 and were charged with criminal mischief over $5,000, conspiracy second degree, theft under $1,500, and criminal trespass third degree. They were released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Theft of copper from irrigation systems is a continuing problem, and Troopers ask anyone who may have any information in reference to these crimes to contact the Troop 4 Property Crimes Unit at (302) 856-5850, extension 211. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES), or through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Information can also be submitted through the internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

Dover Man Arrested After Receiving Large Shipment Of Marijuana

Location:
100 block of Midessa Crossing, Dover, DE

Date of Occurrence:
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 7:25 p.m.

Defendant, Charges, and Bail Information:
Larry Feldman, 63, of Dover, DE (photo attached)
Attempted Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 2 Quantity
Possession of Marijuana
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Released on $5,500 unsecured bail.

Resume:
Dover – An investigation conducted by the Delaware State Police, Dover Police Department, Tracy (California) Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration resulted in the seizure of a large amount of marijuana yesterday.

At 7:25 p.m. a search warrant was executed at a residence in the 100 block of Midessa Crossing. Detectives made forcible entry into the residence after the occupants refused to answer the door. Recovered from the residence were over four pounds of marijuana from a box that had just been delivered from California. Also recovered were 12 grams of marijuana stored in a freezer, a digital scale, and a marijuana pipe.

Detectives determined that the resident of the home, Larry Feldman, 63, had shipped the marijuana from California to himself. He was taken into custody and transported to Troop 3, where he was charged with attempted possession of a controlled substance in a tier 2 quantity, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $5,500 unsecured bail.

PREGNANT TEEN SUES PARENTS, CLAIMING PRESSURE TO ABORT BABY

A pregnant 16-year-old girl known as R.E.K. and hailing from Texas is suing her parents. But she’s not suing because her parents are trying to prevent her from getting an abortion. She’s suing because she says her parents are trying to force her to get an abortion.

According to the complaint, “R.E.K., plaintiff, is a 16-year-old girl, who is nine (9) weeks pregnant. She does not want an abortion but her mother and father are attempting to coerce her to have an abortion.” 

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Fortune Cookie Maker Nixes Romantic Messages After Parents Complain

Perhaps no one gets more delight out of reading a fortune cookie’s message than a kid — “I’m going to triumph in all my endeavors today! What’s an endeavor?” — which is exactly why one company is changing its cookies’ tune. Apparently parents have been complaining that some of the romantic messages are a wee bit too adult for the younger set, so the world’s largest fortune-cookie maker is ditching any phrase with a hint of romance.

The Brooklyn-based company tells the New York Post that messages like “One who admires you greatly is hidden before your eyes,” “Romance and travel go together” and “The evening promises romantic interest” have all gotten the axe.

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Coroner Concludes Woman’s 2 Gallon A Day Coca-Cola Habit “A Substantial Factor” In Her Death

When a New Zealand woman died in February 2010, her family swiftly pointed fingers at her 2.2 gallon a day Coke habit. Not the white powdery stuff, the drinkable, cola-y stuff. And although it’s taken three years, a coroner has found that the beverage was a major factor in her death. Coca-Cola had pointed out last year that too much water is bad for you as well, so it’s not surprising that the company disagrees with the ruling.

The 30-year-old mother of eight guzzled a whole lot of Coke for years before her death, and the coroner said a bunch of her health problems could be connected to the “extreme” amounts she ingested daily. He said that consumption likely played a role in the cardiac arrhythmia that killed her, reports the AFP.

“I find that when all the available evidence is considered, were it not for the consumption of very large quantities of Coke by [the woman], it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died,” he found. He added that her Coke habit ”was a substantial factor that contributed to the development of the metabolic imbalances which gave rise to the arrhythmia.”

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Closed-Door Meetings On Gun Control Criticized In Maryland

When Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s controversial gun-control bill came up last week in the state Senate, lawmakers held an open hearing that drew more than 1,000 people and lasted more than eight hours.

But so far, members of the House have considered the proposal in secret, with the speaker and other key lawmakers meeting with lobbyists, experts and state officials in a closed-door conference room that has been off-limits to the public.

The 16 members of the group — dubbed the House Working Group on Gun Safety — were assembled by House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) to consider what could be some of the nation’s strictest gun-control measures. 

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How Charitable Are Your Colleagues?

If you work at the Defense Department chances are they're pretty generous. The Pentagon is bragging about a record number of Combined-Federal-Campaign contributions for the ninth year in a row. It says nearly 30,000 employees gave more than $15 million this year. That beats all other agencies. Pentagon officials celebrated by delivering a big cardboard check to the CFC of the National Capital Area. The money goes to about four thousand charities, including those helping victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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Rep. Andy Harris To Host Town Hall Event On 2nd Amendment Issues

Townhall to be held in Ocean City, MD on Saturday, February 16 at Noon

WASHINGTON, DC
—Rep. Andy Harris (MD-1) will host a constituent town hall event in Ocean City, Maryland this Saturday, February 16, 2013 starting at noon. The event will focus on Second Amendment rights and gun safety issues. Maryland State Delegates Mike McDermott and Charles Otto will also be attending.

Please RSVP to Matt Sauvage matt.sauvage@mail.house.gov if you plan to attend.

Where: Orlando Room
Holiday Inn
6600 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD

O’Malley Emails Licensed Hunters To Push Gun Control

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley appears to have used his executive power to get the personal emails of citizens with hunting licenses in order to push gun control. The second-term Democrat is using the information in an attempt to divide gun owners to build support for his extremist legislation to abridge Second Amendment rights.

Patrick Shomo, the president of the pro-gun rights organization Maryland Shall Issue, told me that O’Malley “appears to be tapping the state’s Department of Natural Resources database for hunting licenses.”

Hunters in Maryland received an email from their governor on Feb. 7 purportedly to make them aware of the about the Junior Waterfowl Hunting Day on Saturday. Quickly switching gears, he wrote:

“I also want to take this opportunity to address you directly about the proposal we recently introduced to reduce gun violence. Our goal is to enact common sense proposals to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals, and to try to reduce the risk of a mass shooting like the one that occurred in Newtown. Let me be clear: We are committed to protecting hunters and their traditions. That’s why we specifically carved out shotguns and rifles from the licensing requirements of our bill.”

Man Protecting Wife, Kids From Home Invaders Shot Dead, Family Says

A Miami man who tried to protect his wife and daughter from a pair of home invaders was shot and killed early Wednesday, family members said.

Miami Police say they're looking for two heavily armed suspects who ambushed the family inside their home in the area of Northwest 16th Avenue and 44th Street.

"We call these two men beasts," Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said.

Family members said 36-year-old Maurice Harris and his wife and 11-year-old daughter were inside the home when the two men broke in around midnight.

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