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Friday, June 21, 2013

Is Your Job Secure?

5 jobs were posted on Career builder for the City of Salisbury today. I hear you can find the listings on the walls of the Ladies Room at MoJo's. 

THE KNOCK-DOWN, DRAG-OUT TEXT FEUD OVER A WEDDING PRESENT YOU HAVE TO READ TO BELIEVE

We’re guessing you’ve attended your share of weddings and perhaps have walked down the aisle yourself.

Which is to say, you probably have an idea of what makes a good wedding gift…and how the etiquette surrounding the giving and receiving is supposed to go.

So here’s what one couple chose as a present for recent newlyweds:

A wicker box with a hinged lid filled with “tri-color pasta, salsas, Balsamic vinegar and Olive, Gourmet croutons, Panko Breading, Pesto, some baking ingredients, Biscuits from Godiva and a few ‘Fun’ items like Marshmallow Fluff, Sour Patch Kids and Butterscotch sauce.”

On the accompanying card was this message: “Life is delicious….Enjoy”

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A Letter To The Editor By Steven Rumney 6-19-13

PRMC executives receiving million dollar salaries, huge raises and profit incentives at “Not-for-Profit” hospital!

GO HERE to view.

Publishers Notes: Because this letter is so long I am providing this link to bring you directly to the article throughout the day. New Posts will fall below.


Gas Company Places Lien On Philly Mayor’s House Over Unpaid Bill

Philadelphia Gas Works apparently doesn’t care who you if you’re not paying your utility bill. Just ask Philadelphia Mayor Michael “Yes My Last Name Is Actually” Nutter, who saw PGW place a lien on his home after his gas bill apparently went unpaid.
The Philadelphia Daily News reports that the mayor received a three-day shutoff notice on May 3 because PGW claimed his account was more than $500 overdue. Two weeks later, PGW — which also happens to be owned by the city — placed a lien on Casa Nutter. The Daily News says that lien wasn’t satisfied until last weekend.

Study: 70 Percent Of Americans On Prescription Drugs

Researchers find that nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half receive at least two prescriptions.

Mayo Clinic researchers report that antibiotics, antidepressants and painkiller opioids are the most common prescriptions given to Americans. Twenty percent of U.S. patients were also found to be on five or more prescription medications.

The study is uncovering valuable information to the researchers about U.S. prescription practices.

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Female Veterans Get Boost From Labor Department

Women veterans are getting extra attention from the Labor Department. It's launched a website to help them find jobs. And it's looking for an expert manager to lead the way. The department says unemployment among female vets is higher than among male veterans. Women veterans are more likely to have service-related disabilities. They're nearly twice as likely to be divorced or single parents. And, while overall veterans tend to make more money than non- veterans, female vets make less than their male counterparts.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Prostitution Pledge

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday said the government cannot force private health organizations to denounce prostitution as a condition to get taxpayer money to fight AIDS around the world.

Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the court, said the anti-prostitution pledge in a 2003 AIDS funding law improperly restricts the groups’ First Amendment rights.

Four organizations that work in Africa, Asia and South America challenged the provision in the law, arguing their work has nothing to do with prostitution.

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Guardian Newspaper Publishes More NSA Classified Documents

After a brief pause, The Guardian newspaper has done it again. It's published more classified documents about the National Security Agency's handling of information about U.S. citizens. The two documents are submissions to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court signed by Attorney General Eric Holder. They outline how the NSA must target a foreigner and limit data collected on U.S. citizens and residents. But, the rules say, the NSA may store data from or about Americans for years if that material contains significant intelligence or evidence of crimes.

Annual Sidewalk Sale Planned For Next Weekend

BERLIN -- White Marlin Mall will hold its annual Super Summer Sidewalk Sale from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30 at the mall located in West Ocean City.

According to Matt Mittenthal, vice-president and assistant director of asset management at Greenberg Gibbons Commercial, the mall’s leasing and property management firm, the three-day sale is scheduled to run all day until regular close of business at participating merchants.

"The White Marlin Mall Sidewalk Sale gives late June and early July shoppers an opportunity to find a wide range of values just as the resort season shifts into high gear," Mittenthal said.

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SBA Loans

The Small Business Administration has finalized rules raising the size limits of companies in a variety of industries. That means 17,000 more companies now qualify for federal set-aside contracts and access to SBA loan guarantees. SBA raised the ceilings in four sectors — agriculture, finance, management, and arts and entertainment. It also raised them for mining support industries. The SBA says it's reviewing size standards in all industries. That's required by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. It says the task will take several more years to complete.

Summer Solstice and Super Moon


President Bush's Opening Pitch At Yankee Stadium After 9-11

**Traffic Advisory**

Troopers Investigate Serious Crash Involving Bicyclist, Bethany Beach

Location:
Coastal Highway (SR 1) northbound, south of the Indian River Inlet Bridge, Bethany Beach, DE

Date of Occurrence:
Friday, June 21, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

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Bethany Beach-Troopers are currently on scene of a serious crash involving a bicyclist struck by a vehicle, Coastal Highway (SR 1) northbound, south of the Indian River Inlet Bridge, Bethany Beach. There is a report of serious injuries.

Troopers are advising that Coastal Highway (SR 1) northbound and southbound are restricted to one lane of travel at this time while the crash is investigated and cleared.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and plan alternate routes of travel. An updated release will follow as information becomes available.

Ostrich And Camel Races At Vernon Downs Tonight

Camels, ostriches and horses, oh my.

That’s right, exotic racing featuring camels and ostriches comes to Vernon Downs in a pair of exhibition races on Friday night.

The ostrich race featuring three birds will take place following the 4th race of the evening (approximately 7:45 pm) and the camel race featuring four camels will take place following the 8th race (approximately 9:15 pm). The camels will be ridden by jockeys while the ostriches will be driven by people in chariots, similar to the horse races. The races will be approximately 1/16th of a mile down the Vernon Downs stretch.

“We held races like these at our sister properties last year for the first time and they were smashing successes,” said Justin Horowitz, Regional Racing Marketing Manager. “We had so many fans buzzing about the races so we can’t wait to bring them to Vernon for our fans to enjoy.”

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Defendants Seek Wrongful Death Suit Dismissal

BERLIN -- Just days after the trial for accused murderer Matthew Burton was postponed for a second time, the defendants in a separate civil suit filed against the church where the victim worked and its pastor filed a motion to dismiss that parallel case.

Last August, a Worcester County grand jury indicted Burton, 29, of Dagsboro, on eight counts including first-degree murder and first-degree rape in the death of Nicole Bennett, 35, of Millsboro, whose body was found on a roadside embankment in Whaleyville in Worcester County on the morning of June 15 last year. Burton was scheduled to stand trial in February, but the trial has been postponed twice.

Meanwhile, the defendants in a separate wrongful death civil suit filed against the Bay Shore Community Church in Millsboro, where Bennett worked, and the church’s pastor Danny Tice filed a motion to dismiss the case this week although no action has been taken on the motion.

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Another Very Tough Week Ahead For Governor O'Malley

GOVERNOR MARTIN O'MALLEY'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE

June 22, 2013 through June 28, 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013-Friday, June 28, 2013
NO PUBLIC SCHEDULE

Missing Person


New Teacher Evaluations Don’t Fully Match New Common Core Curriculum

Teachers could face salary freezes or eventual firing under a new evaluation system based on results of old tests that don’t match up with the new curriculum they are teaching.

Maryland’s school districts are revamping their teacher evaluation guidelines as required by the Maryland State Department of Education. The new standards were required to finish receiving $250 million in federal Race to the Top Funds, which call for greater teacher accountability.

At the same time, the state is implementing a new curriculum – Common Core, a state-led effort to make curriculum across the United States more uniform. (See separate story) It has been controversial in some states because of objections to a national curriculum, but Maryland educators seem to be embracing the new curriculum.

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THE "KINGS AMBASSADORS"

THE  "KINGS AMBASSADORS"  WILL BE SINGING AT:
 
ST Andrews Methodist Church---400  E. Vine St.---Salisbury
       Saturday, June 22nd at  6.p.m.

Hi Joe

As you can see below ----I'd sent  this ad  to the papers    Jun 9th,  to be published for our church  this coming Saturday night, the 22nd.       It didn't happen   for some unknown reason  & I am    so  disappointed !!!  I  was planning on putting the information  on your blog  Friday.   However ,   with this happening----I am asking you if you would possibly  post it Friday & Saturday  for us?  ( I do realize you don't normally do this ) 
 
We are working  to raise money for a  new roof  for the church .   Much more damage was discovered  when  the contractors come to give their bids  &  amounted to  over  $70,000 ---- for  church  members  to raise.  Most of us being seniors  it's  harder for us  to do things requiring laboring work to make the money.      This group ,  The Kings Ambassadors ,   is kind enough to come to  sing at our church  to help raise money----with all the "good will " offering  being  given back to our church.
 
With this understanding,  I  hope  you'll see  how important it is to our church  to have this posted more then once  &  hoping   you will  do that  for us.
 
Thanks for the good  you do for others in getting truths out there on your blog site   and -----of course -----  the  good works you do for the animals !  ( I  also am a strong  advocate for  them! )

Mayors Push To Stop Food Stamps From Being Used To Buy Sugary Drinks

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Waging war against obesity. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and more than a dozen mayors across the country, are making a push to stop food stamps from being used to purchase sugary drinks and snacks.

Last year, about 47 million Americans were using food stamps, or the SNAP assistance government program. Some of that money was used to purchase not-so-healthy items. And that’s something this group of mayors wants to change.

Behind the bubbles and fizz are what Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake calls a sugary drink linked to health risks.

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Woman In Hot Air Balloon

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below.

She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican.

"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "Everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be an Obama-Democrat."

"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"

"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem.

You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault."

Ramadans To Appear In Court

OCEAN CITY -- Two local residents, indicted by a New York grand jury in May for allegedly being the ringleader and enterprise treasurer of a vast cigarette smuggling and money laundering operation with possible links to terrorism, are scheduled to be back in court Monday for the next step in what will likely be a lengthy legal process.

In mid-May, federal officials concluded an investigation into a vast, multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling operation with raids on two locations in and around the Ocean City area including the West Ocean City homes of local residents and business owners Basel Ramadan, 42, who has been called the operation’s “ringleader,” and Samer Ramadan, 40, who is being called the “enterprise treasurer” of the operation. Also indicted were 14 other alleged co-conspirators, from transporters to distributors to resellers, who were also rounded up at locations all over the mid-Atlantic region on the same day in May.

On Monday, Basel and Samer Ramadan and each of the alleged co-conspirators are scheduled to appear in King’s County, N.Y. Supreme Court for a hearing characterized this week by the New York Attorney General’s Office as a “control date.” Essentially, the hearing is another step in the legal process when bond review appeals can be heard, pre-trial motions can be filed and other business of the court related to the prosecution can be handled.

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Maryland Schools Prepare For Common Core

Maryland public schools plan to move ahead with a new curriculum next school year, undeterred by opposition to the Common Core curriculum standards in other states.

Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards, but some states are reconsidering or slowing implementation due to opposition. Much of that opposition comes from conservative and Tea Party groups concerned about the federal government taking over the education system.

Yet it was the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers — not the federal Department of Education — that coordinated the creation of the new state standards.

In Maryland, the new curriculum is moving forward with little controversy. It was adopted in 2010 by the state and is being rolled out over a three-year period.

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WCTP Monthly Meeting - Stop ObamaCare

Monthly meeting Thurs., 6/27/13 at 7 pm., Ocean Pines Community Center.

Guest speaker: Dr. Mark Edney is an expert on ObamaCare. He will update us on ObamaCare as well as healthcare reform & their implication for individuals, businesses and taxpayers. He will also discuss local healthcare forecasting. Dr. Edney has testified in front of Congress & the Senate as lead of the AUA legislative task force. He serves as Chief of Surgery at PRMC and a Lt. Colonel in the US Army Reserve.

Bring a friend to this informative discussion that will change healthcare in the U.S. forever.

Howard County Delaying "Rain Tax" Collection

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman says the county won't begin collecting the so called "rain tax" next month as scheduled.

Ulman says the county will now being collecting what is officially known as the Watershed Protection and Restoration Plan fees with property tax bills that are distributed in December.

Ulman today introduced legislation that would lower the fees for homeowners, and provide assistance for businesses and non-profit organizations.

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Chris Tomlin With Giglio

Salisbury, MD’s Wicomico Youth & Civic Center added to Burning Lights Tour

Salisbury, MD
– Chris Tomlin’s Burning Lights Tour is stopping in Salisbury, MD at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Sunday, November 3rd. The show begins at 7:00pm with special guest Louie Giglio.

Chris Tomlin is an American contemporary Christian music artist. Tomlin believes that no matter where he goes in the world, we all seek connection to know that we are part of a bigger picture and, “a special story in the exquisite design of creation.” The Burning Lights Tour was created around this concept, and Tomlin now dedicates his life and career to singing in an effort to bring people closer to God. He has had ten No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY ® Award and eight additional nominations, 21 Dove Awards, one platinum album, and four gold discs.

The Burning Lights Tour’s special guest Louie Giglio is the pastor at Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to his pastor duties, Louie Giglio is also a speaker and the founder of Passion Movement. Passion Movement is known for its annual spiritual meetings of young adults specifically college students.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21st at 10am and can be purchased online at www.WicomicoCivicCenter.org , via phone at 410.548.4911 or in person at the WY&CC Box Office (500 Glen Ave. Salisbury, MD).

WHAT IF…….

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.” ―Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Those who forget the past are condemned to relive it.


Snow Hill Hosts Chicken Festival This Weekend

SNOW HILL -- The Delmarva Chicken Festival, an annual celebration of the importance of chicken on the Delmarva Peninsula, is set for its 64th run on June 21 and 22, in Snow Hill.

When the two-day family fun event gets underway at Byrd Park in downtown Snow Hill, there will be attractions for all ages. Highlights will include the event's trademark giant fry pan that will be cooking tons of mouth-watering chicken throughout the festival. There will be many other chicken dishes, along with a tasty variety of traditional festival foods.

The youngsters won't want to miss the carnival rides and games, baby chicks and other children’s activities, while the adults will enjoy an arts and crafts show, home and trade show and a custom car and truck show.

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France Threatens To Fine Google

France says it will fine Google unless it stops violating privacy… and warns five other countries including Britain plan to follow suit.

The legal action accelerates a Europe-wide fight against Google over its use of personal data and puts pressure on the company following recent criticism over providing the U.S government with data.

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CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION HEAD: 'RICH WHITE PEOPLE' TO BLAME FOR FAILING MINORITY SCHOOLS

On Wednesday, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewisplaced the blame for Chicago’s failing schools right where it belongs: on “rich white people.” Speaking to a luncheon on education reform, Lewis said that Chicago is the most segregated city in America, and that the educational failures in certain areas of Chicago are attributable to the “fact that rich white people think they know what’s in the best interest of children of African-Americans and Latinos, no matter what the parents’ income or education level.” She added that there needs to be “an honest conversation about poverty and racism and inequality that hinders the delivery of an education product in our school system.”
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Man Pleads Guilty To Polluting A Tributary Of Chesapeake Bay

State prosecutors say a Crisfield man has been convicted of polluting state waters by abandoning a dilapidated and sinking boat in a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

According to state prosecutors, 56-year-old Gregory Sterling pleaded guilty to the charge in Somerset County District Court and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Prosecutors say the case against Sterling began when a homeowner reported a boat tied up at his dock without his permission.

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A Letter To The Editor By Steven Rumney Gets TRIPLE The Volume Of Hits


That Letter To The Editor has received, (so far) triple the volume of traffic than ANY other article we've provided so far this year. 

The comments, (so far) are at 135 comments and growing.

Thank God Its Friday 6-21-13

What will you be doing this weekend?

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY ON PRELIMINARY MAY JOBS REPORT

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 21, 2013) – Governor Martin O’Malley today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor’s release of preliminary employment data for the month of May:

“Last month, 4,600 new jobs were created in Maryland. As a state, we have now recovered over 95 percent of the jobs lost during the Bush recession - another step toward our goal to recover every job we’ve lost during the downturn by the end of 2014.

“In Maryland, we continue to target our skills and investment pipeline to bolster the life sciences, biotech, cyber security, space and aerospace, global trade, and advanced manufacturing because we know that to move forward in our jobs recovery, we must make the better choices to grow our Innovation Economy. Though this jobs report is promising, there are still too many moms and dads out of work. That’s why together, we must continue to give our highly-skilled and educated workforce the tools they need to compete and expand the ranks of our diverse and upwardly-mobile middle class.”

Accord On Salisbury Bike Trail Concept Outlined

SALISBURY -- Outdoor options in Salisbury could be expanding this year now that the Salisbury City Council has agreed to advance a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mountain bike trails in the city park.

Acting Public Works Director Amanda Pollack told the council that the MoU would clearly define the city’s responsibility in regards to mountain bike trails.

“Essentially this MoU is delineating the responsibilities of both the Mountain Bike Association (MBA) and the city as far as the mountain bike trails in the park,” said Pollack. “So, essentially, the Mountain Bike Association would be designing the trails, obtaining all of the necessary permits and approvals to construct them, they would supervise the volunteers during construction as well as the maintenance of the trails in the future. They will be coordinating with the city on any modifications to the trails going forward and they would purchase and install all trail signs.”

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Walter Reed Plans To Furlough Thousands; Soldier Advocacy Groups Worry About Care Despite Assurances

Thousands of civilian workers at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center -- the country’s top facility for wounded combat soldiers -- are facing furloughs this summer, as a result of sequester and other federal budget problems, according to the Defense Department.

Roughly 2,400 workers at the suburban Washington facility were recently notified by letter that the department needs them to take off as many as 11 days without pay this summer to help with “extraordinary and serious budgets challenges.”

The furloughs target a wide scope of non-combat facilities and civilian workers to “provide the war-fighters with what they need to protect national security,” states the May 28 letter, first obtained by Federal News Radio.

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A viewer writes:
Joe,

This is what will happen at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in D.C. while Obama and family are on their $60 million to $100 million vacation in Africa.

NSA: No Such Agency

In June, 1942, the United States Navy achieved one of history’s greatest naval triumphs over the Imperial Japanese Navy, thanks to a combination of brilliant leadership, plain good luck, and code-breaking.

US carrier-based dive bombers led by the intrepid Commander Wade McClusky Jr. swiftly sank three Japanese carriers. A fourth Japanese carrier was sunk soon after.

Midway turned the course of the Pacific naval war and spelled inevitable defeat for Japan in World War II.

US Navy code breakers had secretly deciphered Japan’s naval codes, so US Admiral Nimitz knew the Japanese fleet’s movements and timing. Nimitz positioned three US carriers northwest of Hawaii and ambushed the oncoming Japanese fleet heading for Hawaii.

Code breaking played a key role in the Allied WWII victory. The British and Soviets also broke many German military codes. The decisive battle of Kursk and the U-boat war were primarily won thanks to code breaking. Ever since, the US has made signals intelligence (SIGINT) a key part of military operations.

Fast forward to last week’s furor over electronic snooping under the PRISM program by the US National Security Agency (NSA) into America’s nine big internet providers. We should not have been surprised. Surveillance and spying cannot be stopped unless forcefully constrained. Intelligence, like fire, to quote Ben Franklin, is "a useful servant; but a terrible master."

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Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release 6-21-13

Pictured from left to right:
Assistant Animal Control Chief Glen Grandstaff
Animal Control Officer Wayne Young
Animal Control Chief Sue Rantz 
Worcester County Sheriff’s Office          Assistant Animal Control Chief
Chief Deputy Dale Smack                                  Glen Grandstaff
    
This spring the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division received a grant from the National ASPCA for one thousand five hundred dollars. This grant was used to stock an emergency response trailer with kennels and other supplies that will be used in emergency situations such as hurricanes. The trailer will be deployed to the pet friendly emergency shelter to house community member’s pets during the duration of their stay at the shelter. This grant greatly helps the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division meet the needs of the community in times of emergencies such as hurricanes that impact our County.

SPD Press Release 6-21-13



Troopers Make Arrest In Robbery Of Lewes Cigarette Store

Location:
DOT Discount Cigarette, 20750 John J. Williams Highway, Lewes, DE

Date of Occurrence:
Saturday June 8, 2013 at approximately 6:55 p.m.

Victim:
55-year-old female employee

Defendant, Charges, and Bond Information:
James C. Rogers, 31, Lewes, DE (Photo Attached)
Robbery 1st
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $107,500.00 cash only bond.

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Lewes, DE – Troopers have made an arrest in connection to the robbery of the DOT Discount Cigarette store in Lewes.

The incident occurred around 6:55 p.m. Saturday June 8th when a white male suspect entered the store and approached a female employee demanding money from the cash register. As the 55 year old employee complied with his demands and opened the till, the suspect pulled a knife from the front pouch of his sweatshirt and held it up to the employee while he removed the money. The suspect then fled the business on foot in a westerly direction. The female employee was not injured in this incident.

Surveillance photographs released to the media supplied Delaware Crime Stoppers with numerous telephone tips and James C. Rogers was developed as a prime suspect. On Thursday June 20th, a search warrant was obtained and executed at his home located in the 34000 block of Yoshino Drive in Lewes. Upon conducting the search, detectives were able to locate numerous items allegedly linked to the robbery, including, a baseball cap, white framed sunglasses, and a knife. Also located were several hypodermic needles.

Rogers, who was found hiding in a bathroom, was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown where he was charged with Robbery 1st, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to SCI in default of $107,500.00 cash only bond.

Two 9/11 Survivors In Court For Proceedings Against Alleged Conspirators

Two retired New York firefighters, buried alive on 9/11, confront plot’s self-proclaimed mastermind in Guantanamo Bay courtroom
Seeing Khalid Shiekh Mohammed put a face "on true hate and evil," one of the 9/11 survivors says
WASHINGTON - Firefighters Al Fuentes and Joe Torrillo were buried under the steel and concrete when the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11. Miraculously, both survived.

This week, they are finally getting the chance to stare down the self-proclaimed mastermind of the attack - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

"He looked at me," Fuentes told the Daily News in a telephone interview from the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where pretrial hearings in the case against Mohammed and four co-conspirators are being held

"But I was staring at him. It was a moment in time and something I've wanted to do —- just to be able to look at him, in the same room."

Torrillo called his first glimpse of the defendants "bittersweet."

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GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ADDRESSES IRISH BUSINESS LEADERS, HOSTS ROUNDTABLE ON MARYLAND’S STATESTAT IN DUBLIN

ANNAPOLIS, MD – As part of a five-day European economic development mission, Governor Martin O’Malley met with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, where he addressed Irish business leaders and gave a presentation on Maryland’s StateStat as a model for performance measurement in government. At the Dublin Chamber, – the largest chamber of commerce in Ireland with more than 1,300 members – the Governor discussed the strengths that Maryland and Ireland share in innovation, and encouraged Irish companies to choose Maryland as an ideal U.S. gateway to do business.

The Governor's presentation focused on Maryland’s StateStat as a model for accountability and transparency, a means of measuring progress, and an effective and efficient way of delivering results in government. He spoke to the ‘Activating Dublin’ steering committee, which works to engage businesses, government and the Dublin City Council to launch a number initiatives aimed at generating sustainable business growth and employment. Governor O’Malley previously addressed the Dublin Chamber in 2007, when he gave a presentation on CitiStat as Mayor of Baltimore City.

“The Dublin Chamber is an excellent forum to promote Maryland’s Innovation Economy and our highly-skilled and educated workforce as the key to forming lasting economic and trade partnerships between Ireland and Maryland,” said Governor O’Malley. “I’d like to applaud the Chamber’s leadership for their proactive approach to economic development and their willingness to explore accountability and transparency in government. Whether it’s improving our infrastructure; investing in our workforce; promoting our competitiveness or improving the conditions that allow businesses to grow and create jobs, we share these common goals on both sides of the Atlantic. With greater collaboration than ever before, we can use technology to create common platforms and take action to advance the common good of progress and prosperity for all.”

WCSO Press Release

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