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Saturday, May 24, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Calif. campus gunman stabbed 3 at home before rampage, police say

The suspected gunman behind a mass killing near a Santa Barbara university stabbed three people to death at his apartment before embarking on the shooting rampage in which he killed three more people before apparently turning the gun on himself, authorities say.

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Md. Senator Ben Cardin Among Those To Monitor Ukraine Presidential Election

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin is part of a congressional delegation that left for Ukraine Friday to monitor the country’s presidential election. It’s taking place amid the country’s tense standoff with Russia.

Mary Bubala reports the violence continues.

Overnight fighting continued near the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk on Friday, with houses in a small village damaged by shelling from Ukrainian army positions.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin acknowledged it’s dangerous for him to visit Ukraine, but he’s headed there anyway
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Guns, bayonets, and the Destruction of Private Property

Why is it that some people – most people, unfortunately – short-circuit when the idea of roads built by other-than-coercive methods comes up?

McDonald’s doesn’t need to force people to buy Quarter Pounders. Those who want them, buy them. Those who don’t – don’t.

My gym has a membership fee. If you want to use the facilities, you pay the fee. People not interested in using the facilities aren’t forced to buy memberships they don’t want or use.

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This Has to Be One of the Most Extreme Body Piercings Out There

Joel Miggler knows people look at him strangely.

“For sure people judge me for my body mods — mostly bad — but I don’t care what they say,” the body modification artist told Australia’s Daily Telegraph.

One of Miggler’s most notable features are the gauges he has put in the sides of his cheeks, exposing his molars and sometimes his forked tongue, should he choose to stick it out. His stretched cheeks are already 36-mm wide, but he’s going for 40 mm.
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The women of a Mexico City retirement home for former prostitutes

A French photographer curious to know what becomes of sex workers once they retire spent years hanging around a Mexico City facility created just for women of a certain age and background and the result is fascinating book of the ladies and their stories called Las Amorosas Más Bravas, or The Toughest Lovers.

Bénédicte Desrus spent six years with the women of Casa Xochiquetzal, where around 26 former prostitutes aged from 55 to as old as 86 live out their golden years with like-minded ladies.

Their stories are as diverse as their looks: Canela the 72-year-old from Oaxaca; Norma, who's worked all the red light districts; or Paola, who lived at Casa Xochiquetzal but still worked the streets.

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Feds Force Oklahoma to Overturn Anti-Sharia Law & Pay Islamists $303,333

The US government has forced the state of Oklahoma to overturn its anti-Sharia bill, after a Muslim man named Muneer Awad sued the state for supposed violations against “freedom of religion.”

CAIR also played a role in subverting the bill. Adam Soltani of CAIR said:
Sharia is the moral code of conduct for Muslims, and that includes certain aspects of laws, like marital laws, divorce, inheritance, wills…it encompasses part of that, but it’s also the moral code of conduct
The state of Oklahoma must now pay $303,333 to Awad for legal fees, costs and nontaxable expenses. The money is going into the hands of Muslims because the lawsuit was done by CAIR, a Muslim jihadist organization of Islamic lawyers. Awad himself is a lawyer and the executive director for CAIR. The state of Oklahoma is paying money right into the pockets of Muslims. The Muslim heretic Awad boasted the victory:
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FBI chief: 2009 Fort Hood shooting WAS inspired by al-Qaeda

FBI Director James Comey testified Wednesday that he believes the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas was inspired by al-Qaeda.

Major Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, opened fire on his fellow servicemen and women on November 5, 2009, killing 13 and injuring 30 others. He was shot and paralyzed from the waist down in the resulting hail of gunfire, and was sentenced to death in 2013.

The federal government has termed the attack an incidence of 'workplace violence,' saying that the home-grown Hasan didn't meet the legal definition of an international terrorist.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, however, elicited the first confirmation from the Obama administration that the 'terror' label might apply.

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Bill That Could Compromise J-1 Program Put On Indefinite Hold

A federal proposal designed to combat human trafficking – but which could have an onerous effect on the J-1 visa program – appears to be on indefinite hold in anticipation of further federal immigration reform.

Local leaders have recently expressed concern over House Resolution 3344, titled the Fraudulent Overseas Recruitment and Trafficking Elimination (FORTE) Act, which among other provisions would prevent any type of visa sponsor from charging incoming workers a fee for services.

This would include the agents who arrange for foreign students to come to the resort under the J-1 work-travel visa program, which saw 4,518 students from 44 countries employed in the resort last summer.
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Red-faced VA cancels BONUSES paid to Phoenix health system director

The director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System received an $8,500 performance bonus in April while the agency's inspector general investigated the deaths of 40 veterans there due to mismanaged waiting lists.

Sharon Helman also got a $9,345 bonus in 2013. A red-faced VA was forced to rescind the bonuses on Wednesday after a member of Congress blew the whistle on national television.

As the scandal deepens, two Democrats have broken a partisan logjam by demanding the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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Just A Reminder!

Queen Anne's County Office of the Sheriff
With warmer temps on their way..please remember the temp OUTSIDE Of your car is not what it is INSIDE Of your car. DO NOT leave pets inside your vehicle.
 

Remember, even if it's nice outside, your car can quickly become an oven for your dog.

Clintons Exposed: New Bill And Hillary Scandal, This Time In Haiti

There’s over $100 million dollars misspent in Haiti
under your management with your wife’s approval.
Wanna comment???????


Hang on to your hats, ya’ll. America’s most famous grifters may well have bilked Haiti out of hundreds of millions of dollars raised to rebuild Port-Au-Prince after the BIG earthquake four years ago:

The news website Tout Haiti reported last month that two prominent lawyers have petitioned Haiti’s Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes, demanding an audit of Bill Clinton’s management of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). There are powerful interests that won’t want to see the petition succeed and it may go nowhere. But the sentiment it expresses is spreading fast. In the immortal words of Charlie Brown, Mr. Clinton has gone from hero to goat.

Four years after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake toppled the capital city of Port-au-Prince and heavily damaged other parts of the country, hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), allocated to the IHRC, are gone. Hundreds of millions more to the IHRC from international donors have also been spent. Left behind is a mishmash of low quality, poorly thought-out development experiments and half-finished projects.

Haitians are angry, frustrated and increasingly suspicious of the motives of the IHRC and of its top official, Mr. Clinton. Americans might feel the same way if they knew more about this colossal failure. One former Haitian official puts it this way: “I really cannot understand how you could raise so much money, put a former U.S. president in charge, and get this outcome.” SOURCE – WSJ

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Project To Impact Motorists Through Late Autumn, 2015

A months-long transportation project will limit motorists to just one lane of traffic while crossing the Route 113 bridge that is a major connection between Worcester and Somerset counties.

The State Highway Administration is replacing the existing decks for the two northbound lanes of the Route 113 bridge and resurfacing the two southbound decks crossing the Pocomoke River.

Earlier this spring, preliminary work on the project began underneath the bridge. On May 5, SHA closed both southbound lanes and switched traffic using a temporary median crossover just north of the Pocomoke River. After the southbound bridge decks are resurfaced in late fall, SHA will reopen the southbound lanes and northbound traffic will use a second temporary single lane to cross over the median just south of the bridge.

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GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ISSUES STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF WATER RESOURCES REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT ACT

Annapolis, Md. - Governor O’Malley released the following statement in response to the final passage in the U.S. Senate of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which will enable the Port of Baltimore to continue key dredging projects and environmental initiatives:

“I want to congratulate and thank our hard-working Maryland Congressional team for their efforts to pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Thanks to the leadership of Team Maryland, this Act passed the House and Senate and will now be sent to President Obama for his signature. Two projects crucial to the Port of Baltimore and our efforts to protect jobs and the environment will now be able to move forward: the continued development and expansion of Poplar Island as well as future development of Mid-Chesapeake Bay Islands.

“This law is key to keeping the Port’s channels properly and safely dredged, which will allow us to accommodate some of the largest vessels in the world and safeguard good-paying, family-supporting jobs here in Maryland. Along with supporting these jobs, this legislation strengthens Maryland’s ongoing environmental protection efforts by continuing to fund and expand our nationally-recognized program to rebuild long-eroded islands and create wetlands that serve as wildlife sanctuaries. After decades of erosion, Poplar Island has been restored to its original capacity of 1,100 acres using dredged material. Today, many different species of wildlife and waterfowl inhabit Poplar Island.

“Thanks to Maryland’s Congressional Delegation, today’s good news will further strengthen Maryland’s efforts to create jobs, expand economic opportunity, and protect our environment.”

Editor's Note:
Business at the Port of Baltimore generates about 14,630 direct jobs, while about 108,000 jobs in Maryland are linked to port activities. The Port is responsible for $3 billion in personal wages and salary and more than $300 million in state and local taxes.

Biker Claims Old Glory 'Wind Resistance' Prompts Harley-Davidson To Void Warranty

A hog-riding former lawmaker from Wisconsin claims that Harley-Davidson voided his motorcycle's repair warranty because of the patriotic flags he let fly from the back of his chopper.

However, Harley-Davidson says the warranty is still in effect and just his warranty claim has been denied.

David Zien, who served in the State Senate from 1993 to 2006, said he was told by the motorcycle behemoth it would not honor the warranty after the clutch and transmission failed on a recent ride to Dallas, claiming that that the American flag-- as well as other banners-- caused unneeded wind resistance, according to theJournal Sentinel of Milwaukee.

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Florida prosecutor tells 'crack hoes' to 'tie your tubes' on Facebook

A state prosecutor in Florida has come under fire after offensive posts dating back months were found on his personal Facebook account.

Kenneth Lewis wrote about 'crack hoes' should get their 'tubes tied', how a young man who broke into a Florida home deserved to be killed by the homeowner, and how Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was an example of the dangers of affirmative action.

The Orlando-based prosecutor has not publicly commented since the offensive posts were revealed but his boss, the state attorney, has put out a statement hinting at their veracity.

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Huey Veterans Memorial to be Dedicated Memorial Day

The Town of Ocean City will host the Huey Veterans Memorial dedication ceremony at the Ocean City Municipal Airport at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 26. Dedicated “In Honor of Those Who Served,” the memorial was created by the Town of Ocean City as a tribute to those veterans who served their country in times of armed conflict, past or present, especially those who made the supreme sacrifice.
“The Huey Veterans Memorial is a constant reminder of times, friends, and loved ones, past and present, who served to preserve those freedoms we so much enjoy but oftentimes take for granted,” said Tom Oneto, president of the Ocean City Aviation Association.  “Each piece of military equipment has its own distinct characteristics and the Huey was no exception.  Its distinct rotor sound generated a feeling of reassurance to ground troops and comforted the wounded.”
The Huey has served every branch of the military, and a number of government agencies, over its 48 year operational life.  When notified by the Army of its availability, the Ocean City Mayor and City Council readily endorsed obtaining the historic aircraft to represent the town’s memorial to its veterans.  Restored by the Ocean City Aviation Association (OCAA), the Huey now sits upon its cradle for all to see.

Senate Democrats block bill to give Eric Shinseki more power to fire at Veterans Affairs

Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a bill designed to give Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki more leeway to fire senior department executives he believes are responsible for long wait times and care problems at VA medical facilities.

The bill, which passed the House a day earlier on a bipartisan vote, was blocked by Democrats who said it was premature to call for firings, and that while problems in the department extend back for years, most veterans find the VA provides good care.

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New Television Show, ‘What A Wonderful World,’ Launched

FENWICK ISLAND — Highlighting food, fun, sports and health, a local television show, “What a Wonderful World,” visited Fenwick last week to showcase Nantuckets Restaurant.

Hosted by Robert Hammond, “What a Wonderful World,” is a mix of travelogue, health education and foodie’s dream. Best described by Robert Hammond’s son Bobby Hammond as a “variety show,” the cast and crew might find themselves up and across the country with short notice.

“Dad says, ‘hey man, I want to go to California,’ then we’re going to California,” said Bobby Hammond. “We’re packing up the cameras and going out to see what California does best.”
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Man killed wife for making vegetarian dinner: prosecutors

A Pakistani immigrant beat his wife to death in their Brooklyn home after she made the mistake of cooking him lentils for dinner instead of the hearty meal of goat meat that he craved, according to court papers.

Noor Hussain, 75, was so outraged over the vegetarian fare that he pummeled his wife, Nazar Hussain, 66, with a stick until she was a “bloody mess,” according to prosecutors and court papers.

“Defendant asked [his wife] to cook goat and [his wife] said she made something else,” the court papers indicated as Hussain’s murder trial opened on Wednesday.

“The conversation got louder and [his wife] disrespected defendant by cursing at defendant and saying motherf- -ker, and . . . defendant took a wooden stick and hit her with it on her arm and mouth.”

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Breaking News: 2 People Killed In Boating Accident Off Kent Island

MD NRP

Two boaters dead in accident off Kent Island this morning. NRP investigators on scene.

MARYLAND LOOKS TO OTHER STATES TO HELP IMPROVE AIR QUALITY

COLLEGE PARK — A large percentage of Maryland’s air pollution could be reduced after the Supreme Court ruled last month that the EPA has the authority to regulate emissions that cross state borders.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, part of the federal Clean Air Act, aims to hold power plants accountable for their emissions that are blown to downwind states. The rule requires that they lower emissions of sulfur dioxide, which can form fine particulate matter, and nitrogen oxide, which can form ozone and fine particulate matter.

The EPA created the rule in 2011, but it was blocked from enforcing it in 2012 by a federal appeals court decision. The Supreme Court decision tasked the federal appeals court with determining how the rule will be implemented, said Josh Berman, staff attorney for the Sierra Club.

Up to 70 percent of Maryland’s ozone pollution comes from out of state, according to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.\
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Congress Passes Gutted Anti-NSA Spying Bill Beyond Recognition; Original Co-Sponsor Votes "No"

It’s shameful that the president of the United States, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the leaders of the country’s surveillance agencies refuse to accept consensus reforms that will keep our country safe while upholding the Constitution. And it mocks our system of government that they worked to gut key provisions of the Freedom Act behind closed doors.

- Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, original cosponsor of the USA Freedom Act

In what will come as no surprise to any of you, there are very few members of Congress I have even the slightest degree of respect for. However, Justin Amash is one of them.

Rep. Amash is 34 years old and was first elected to Congress in 2010. He has been on my radar screen for several years now as one of the few elected representatives who act more like statesmen than politicians. He has been on the right side of many civil liberties related issues, including his opposition to the NDAA’s provision that allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without a trial. More recently, last summer he authored an anti-NSA amendment known as the “Amash Amendment,” which was defeated by establishment authoritarians in both political parties. I covered that story in my post: NSA Holds “Top Secret” Meeting to Stop Powerful Anti-Spying Amendment.

Being the fighter that he is, Amash regrouped and came back with an anti-NSA spying bill with some teeth to it: The USA Freedom Act. This bill concerned the establishment to such a degree that Senator Feinstein launched her own competing bill [6], which believe it or not, intended to codify the NSA’s unconstitutional practices into law.

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Dew Tour Can Give Out Samples

City Council eased up considerably this week regarding free food samples given out at beach events, rescinding last year’s prohibition on sampling at the Dew Tour.

But some council members continued to make the same argument as previous, which had resulted in the 2013 iteration of the extreme sports festival being prohibited from giving away samples from one of its primary sponsors, 7-Eleven.

“I don’t like sampling being given out next to the Boardwalk,” said Councilwoman Margaret Pillas. “The merchants are up there fighting for every penny they get, and they pay the taxes.”

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Jim & Norm's Pro-Abortion Ratings 2014

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VA workers serving unions instead of veterans

'They're almost impossible to fire under civil service rules'

The crisis of delayed care through the Veterans Administration is triggering close examination of the federal bureaucracy and the competence of VA management, but some senators and other taxpayer advocates fear the influence of organized labor is also adding to the time veterans must wait for treatment or to have their claims processed.

The issue at hand is known as “official time.”

“Official time is the euphemism for government employees doing the business of their labor union rather than doing the work of the government. Different departments allow different amounts, but even an hour of your time shouldn’t be funded by tax dollars if they’re doing the work of the union. That’s what the union dues are supposed to pay for,” said Fred Wszolek of the Workforce Fairness Institute.

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‘Ping Pong Summer’ Premiere Set For Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — The producers and marketing agency for “Ping Pong Summer,” the coming of age independent film shot entirely in Ocean City, are holding a special red carpet premiere at the Sun and Surf Theater next Saturday for invitees and local dignitaries.

Written and directed by noted independent film producer and Maryland native Michael Tully, “Ping Pong Summer” is a coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1985 about a ping-pong and hip-hop obsessed teenage boy on a family vacation to Ocean City. Tully wrote the story and directed the film based on his own experiences on summer family vacations in the resort while growing up in Mount Airy, Md.

The movie was shot entirely in Ocean City in 2013 and wrapped up shooting on the day before Hurricane Sandy arrived in the resort in late October 2012. The film features many prominent and historic locations in Ocean City including, of course, the Boardwalk, Trimper’s, Old Pro Golf, Paul Revere’s Smorgasbord, Phillips, the King’s Arms Motel, the Greene Turtle, Hooper’s and many others. Also featured prominently in the film are many locals who served as extras, while Worcester Prep student Emmi Shockley has a prominent role as the main character’s love interest.
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Architects and Engineers Respond to CNN's Jake Tapper Slander of 9/11 Truth

U.S. Special Forces, Foreign Troops Practice Invading Tampa

News groups promise invasion is not "Russians" or "New World Order."

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Board of Education gives OK to Showell Elementary plans

The Worcester County Board of Education Tuesday approved Becker Morgan Group’s feasibility study for Showell Elementary School, voting to proceed with designs for a replacement for school built in 1976.

“It’s long past due,” Board Member Robert Hulburd said of the overhaul of the space-stretched school. “I think it got put on the backburner and I’d like to put it on the front.”

While Becker Morgan’s Ellis Hammond said Showell’s structure is well maintained, the group found a number of deficiencies during its study ranging from aged roofs and deteriorating tiles to substandard lighting and insufficient facilities to house the student body that attends school there.
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Police use cellphone spying device

The Erie County sheriff says he's done making public comments about a cellphone surveillance device used by his police agency to gather information on persons of interest.

Sheriff Tim Howard told WGRZ Thursday that he won't publicly discuss the matter any longer because doing so could adversely impact investigations.

A stingray is a device that mimics a cell tower and thereby tricks all wireless devices on the same network into communicating with it.

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Council Moves Forward With $3 All-Day Bus Option, Eliminates Buck-A-Ride Fee

OCEAN CITY – Effective Friday, the town’s bus system will be charging a $3 ride-all-day fare as the Mayor and City Council voted to eliminate the $1 per boarding this week while passing the upcoming fiscal year’s operating budget that sets the tax rate at the constant yield level.

A public hearing was held on Monday evening concerning the proposed bus fare change. At the work session on April 15, the council voted to move forward with a fare change for the town’s municipal bus service, eliminating the $1-per-boarding fare option. This results in a single fare system of $3 ride-all-day with an implementation date of Friday, May 23, at 6 a.m.

Ocean City resident John Adkins, who drove a city bus for seven years, recommended implementing a local bus pass during the hearing.
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How America Treats Illegal Aliens vs. Veterans

A government that fails to secure its borders is guilty of dereliction of duty. A government that fails to care for our men and women on the frontlines is guilty of malpractice. A government that puts the needs of illegal aliens above U.S. veterans for political gain should be prosecuted for criminal neglect bordering on treason.

Compare, contrast and weep:

In Sacramento, Calif., lawmakers are moving forward with a budget-busting plan to extend government-funded health insurance to at least 1.5 million illegal aliens.

In Los Angeles, federal bureaucrats callously canceled an estimated 40,000 diagnostic tests and treatments for American veterans with cancer and other illnesses to cover up a decade-long backlog.

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WARNING: This Video Showing Marine Surprising Sister on Her Wedding Day Will Likely Bring You to Tears

Board of Education Gives OK To New Discipline Guidelines

To reflect new Maryland State Department of Education regulations guiding school discipline, the Worcester County Board of Education approved a new discipline policy at its Tuesday meeting.

The county’s policy clarifies discipline guidelines and charges the superintendent to establish a code of conduct that will “enhance the learning opportunities of the students in its charge and… ensure a safe environment which provides equal opportunities for all individuals.”

“This policy was developed keeping in mind the importance of keeping students enrolled and attending school so they may graduate college and career ready,” said Dr. Aaron Dale, Supervisor of Student Services.

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One Killed in Single Vehicle Crash in Seaford

Seaford - The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a single vehicle crash that has left an 18 year old man dead earlier this morning in Seaford.

Preliminary investigation has determined that the incident occurred on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at approximately 3:08 a.m. as a 2001 Jeep Cherokee, operated by Adrian J. Holt-18 of Seaford, DE was traveling Sussex Highway (US13) just north of Bethel Concord Road in the right lane of travel at an apparent high rate of speed. For undetermined reasons, the Jeep exited the right side of the roadway (east edge), onto the grass roadside. The vehicle then veered to the left, crossing the northbound lanes of US 13 onto the grass median, overturning multiple times. Holt was ejected from the Jeep and thrown into the southbound lanes of US 13.

Adrian J. Holt-18, the operator and sole occupant of the Jeep Cherokee was not properly restrained in the vehicle, sustained multiple traumatic injuries and was transported by Delaware State Police Helicopter Trooper 2 to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead. Preliminary determination has indicated that alcohol or drugs does not appear to be a factor in this incident.

US 13 northbound and southbound was closed and detoured for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Troopers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this crash

HISTORICAL COMMENTS BY GEORGE CHEVALLIER 5-24-14

LUNCH TREAT

Back in the mid-1950’s, “fast food” was nowhere to be found in Salisbury. Ifsomeone went out to eat, it was always a special occasion. And you dressed accordingly. There were an assortment of luncheonettes and diners for the working trade to patronize at lunchtime if they didn’t go home for lunch or pack it to take to work. At the diners and luncheonettes, the lunch-time fare was usually a hot roast beef or turkey sandwich or the ever popular grilled cheese sandwich.

In 1956, when I was attending St. Francis de Sales School, I made the discovery of a lifetime – the submarine sandwich. I had attained a level of trust with my parents to the point where I could ride my bicycle to school one day a week. Traffic was not as horrific as it is now and the idea of anyone taking your bicycle was unheard of. Of course, it had a City of Salisbury license plate, which was a 2” x 3” piece of metal embossed with a number which was registered by the City and issued only to you. It was attached to the rear of the seat with a metal band and you just knew that it provided all the security you would need. This was before the bad guys discovered bolt cutters.

So, every Thursday at lunch time, I rode my bicycle to that magical place, Sid’s Subs. It was located on S. Division St. near the hospital, not far from St. Francis. And, so, for 30 minutes and less than a dollar, I savored that marvel of culinary art, the cold cut sub. It was washed down with a cold orange drink. I don’t remember having to make many decisions about what kind I wanted or how I wanted it fixed. Sid Niblett made one kind and it was fairly scrumptious to me. The whole jumble of cold cuts, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and oil was a far cry from the usual orderly sandwiches my Mother used to make. The whole experience was a transition in my life and I have never forsaken my love of a good cold cut sub.

IRS: 318,000 Fed Workers Owe $3.3B in Back Taxes

More than 318,000 federal workers and retirees owe just over $3.3 billion in back taxes, the Internal Revenue Service said.

That works out to nearly 3.3 percent of all 9.8 million federal workers and retirees who are behind on their taxes — significantly lower than the proportion of delinquent taxpayers in the overall population. The IRS estimates that to be at least 8.7 percent.

Those behind in their tax payments include 714 people working for the House and Senate. IRS officials said the data used to compile the report does not indicate whether any of those delinquent taxpayers were members of Congress.

In addition, 821 employees of the nation's federal courts have overdue tax bills. IRS officials said the data did not indicate whether any of them were judges.

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Senator Colburn Honored by MML

Cambridge – Scott Hancock, Executive Director of the Maryland Municipal League (MML), announced today that they have selected Senator Richard F. Colburn (R-Mid Shore) to be a recipient of the 2014 “Outstanding Friend of MML” award from the Maryland Municipal League. The award will be presented at the June 9th Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities MML Chapter meeting in Ocean City.

Senator Colburn, a member of the Budget and Taxation Committee, advocated strongly in favor of retaining the additional $15.2 million in municipal highway user revenue (HUR) grant monies in the fiscal year 2015 budget when it was being debated in his subcommittee. Senator Colburn was steadfast in his strong support for allocation of transportation grant funding specifically for municipalities in the FY 2015 budget. This was similar to what was provided for municipalities in the previous fiscal years. Municipalities have few options when it comes to raising revenues for local road maintenance needs. Senator Colburn did not waver in his support to include the $16 million and made it clear these monies should stay in the budget. As a result, the monies were retained in the budget and will be dispersed to the municipalities.

When Highway User Revenues were first reduced by 96% in fiscal year 2010, municipal transportation funds dropped to their lowest level in history. Since then, municipalities have only received a total of 25% of what they would have received in pre-recession times. As the economy in Maryland continues to improve, it is apparent that a long term solution to local transportation project funding must be found. Municipalities cannot continue to develop budgets based on an unpredictable, year to year allocation with no sustainable revenue stream in place to address increasingly critical transportation infrastructure needs across the State.

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