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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Worcester County Sheriff's Office Press Release 7-12-15

On 07/10/15 at approximately 1240 hours WCSO responded to 5600 East Market Street in Snow Hill for a report of a woman thrown out of a moving vehicle. Investigation revealed that the victim had been thrown out of a moving vehicle in the 7400 block of Shockley Road. The suspect was identified and a lookout for the suspect and his vehicle was broadcast. The vehicle was observed in Snow Hill and a traffic stop was attempted. The vehicle, driven by the suspect, failed to stop and a pursuit then took place. WCSO assisted by Snow Hill Police and the Berlin Police Department pursued the suspect. The vehicle fled to 7438 Shockley Road where the suspect fled from the vehicle to a wooded area and was apprehended shortly thereafter. The suspect was then placed under arrest, processed and taken before the District Court Commissioner where he was held on a $75,000 bond in Worcester County Jail.

Suspect:
Rodnelle James Copes
46 year old male
7438 Shockley Road
Snow Hill, MD

Charges:
1st Degree Assault
2nd Degree Assault
Reckless Endangerment
Assault on Law Enforcement
Resisting Arrest
Various Traffic Charges

A Viewer Writes: A bad deal for all

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SBYNews Exclusive: How the MSM and Government are deceiving us about data breaches


I'm former Air Force intelligence, but it goes back far enough that all my files should be sitting in archives.. but I'm also relatively sure the gummint has current info on me (and everybody else.. I can imagine what kind of file they have on YOU.. :-)

We're on our way down the tubes. I'm not a big conspiracy theorist, but you don't have to be to see what's happening. This HAS to be intentional. Some say incompetent, but it's too focused and successful (in a negative way) to be caused by bumbling idiots.

I don't know if there will be another election, or what will happen if there is, but I'm pretty sure there will be a tsunami of conservative voters at least making a final try to save the Republic.

God help us.

ANGRY GRANDPA'S NEW HOUSE!

Notice of Closed Session 7-13-15

Salisbury City Council Agenda & Packet for 7-13-15

Daily Times Continues Campaign Against Bob Culver, Even More Outrageously

In it latest assault on Mr. Culver, in a recent editorial the Daily Times has portrayed him (falsely, of course) as the Godfather of the request made by the manager of the County's Airport for a special $14 million capital appropriation for the purpose of attracting larger planes. According to Bob Bryant, that sum Is needed to build a hangar large enough to accommodate Boeing 757 Aircraft, which he apparently feels would attract more passenger service.

With its typical blather, the Daily Times suggests that Culver must be behind this plan because he "has taken steps to bring the airport back into the fold of County government" and, although he "has not approved the investment, he also has not vehemently nixed the idea." The editorial also reiterates the Daily Times' rant about Culver's very sensible positions on the West Salisbury Elementary School farce and the Northwest Collector road to nowhere.

Beginning almost the day after the general election last year, the Daily Times has berated and belittled Bob Culver for the change that he promised as a candidate – which most voters supported – and for making changes and other prudent actions after he took office as Wicomico County Executive. This time the editor has entirely jettisoned all ethical standards and resorted to extreme, biased and unfounded mudslinging at Mr. Culver, who has not been a catalyst for or sponsor of the proposal made by the airport manager. He has simply received but not acted upon it.

Apparently, the Daily Times feels that Mr. Culver should not bother to evaluate anything that it feels should be rejected, such as the hangar proposal, or, like the demolition of Bennett Middle School, endorsed without further discussion.

It is truly amazing that for eight years the Daily Times rarely, if ever, criticized anything that Rick Pollitt either did or did not do or say as the Wicomico County progressively deteriorated during his tenure as its County Executive, but has castigated Culver constantly and carpingly since he dethroned Pollitt. It is also outrageous that it does so in a manner that misrepresents the facts and misleads its few remaining readers.

Yes, Wicomico, elections do make a difference. Thank goodness.


Publishers Notes: Also see today's article, 

Poll: 70 percent of Americans believe news media is intentionally biased

Proof Jake Day Intends To Announce He Is Running For Mayor of Salisbury Tonight


Salisbury News Editorial

The Chief Has No Clothes

Chiefs of Police come and go as do most department heads in local government. We see the heads of State and Federal government change on a regular basis and no one raises an eyebrow. Recently the Chief of Police for the Princess Anne Police Department was terminated when his employment contract expired. Most chiefs know it is simply part of the job.

When you are classified as an “at will” employee who “serves at the pleasure” of your employer, being terminated can come at any time. It is certainly not altogether pleasant, but most folks who take on the challenges of these jobs will tell you when you take your first position as a chief of police, “make sure you save a couple months salary in the bank”. Political winds can often shift and turn.

So begs the question, “why would this not apply in Pocomoke City?”

The reason the former chief of police was dismissed is found in the word, “pleasing”. His service was no longer found to be pleasing to the Mayor and Council who are his employer, and that is where it should end.

Instead, the former chief has chosen to hide behind an invisible wall which he refers to as “racism”. It ultimately provides him with no cover, but deception knows no bounds. Much as the emperor who was deceived into strolling naked through his kingdom by crafty “tailors”, the same can be said of the racism arguments that are rolled out in defense of conduct which, in simpler times, was often referred to as: inept, ineffective, incompetent, or even corrupt behavior.

Today through overuse and false accusations, charges of “racism” are often more akin to the old emperor’s clothes.

Telling lies to your employer and to those with who must make critical decisions based upon your words has nothing to do with the color of one’s skin. Misappropriating assets and deploying staff based upon false information which you provided on the record is not impacted by one’s race. Refusing to comply with directives provided to you by your employer simply does not cut the mustard no matter what color or creed you hail from in this life.

Pocomoke’s former chief, based upon his conduct in office, came up short at the end of the day. As a personnel matter, these things cannot be publicly discussed or addressed and common sense should prevail. A mayor, 4 council members, and the city attorney all reached the same conclusion. One council member did not see it the same way.
In the end, it did not matter if the emperor was black or white…he simply had no clothes.

Where Is Salisbury Headed In The Local Political Arena

Clearly from yesterday's Post stating Jake Day was in fact going to announce he was running for Mayor of Salisbury, comments started pouring in and many of them were negative. Not one of them, (negative wise) meant anything because no one stated just what Jake has done wrong.

You've got Mark Kilmer putting out information on Facebook and just as soon as it gets out there, Mike Dunn goes on the attack.

Jim Ireton, well, he's just been a complete waste of time from the very beginning.

Then you've got Bob Culver who has been eaten alive by the local main stream media until Greg Bassett recently started playing nice and my guess is that Greg did so in order to go after Bob down the road. The Daily Times does an article one day, (recently) stating Culver is flat out against funding a $5 million hanger at the Airport and then two days later in an editorial stating Bob is considering it. 

Here's what I see...

I personally think Jake Day is by far one of the best candidates to run for Mayor then I've seen in many years. Yes, those of us in our 50's and older might find some of Jake's visions a bit hard to swallow but let's go back to the last election when Jim Ireton stated to the Chamber of Commerce, (in a forum referencing the lockout ordinance) if you can't police your own business, we'll police it for you and if we can't police it, we'll shut you down. 

So for those of you attacking Jake Day, take this opportunity in comments to say exactly what he has done to hurt Salisbury.

As for Kilmer, we need 5 more just like him. I say 5 because you've already got Joe Holloway. 

As for Culver, you talk about walking into a hornets nest without any protection and someone locking the door behind you! The man is giving it his all and considering the local media went right after him right out of the gate, well, we all knew things were not going to change and for what it's worth, I wouldn't trust a thing these liberal outlets say anyway. 

The same might be said for those negative comments about Jake Day. The man hasn't even offered up his platform and people are lining up to attack him. That's just as stupid as the local media attacks. So, is Ireton's crew on the war path with such negativity? Is Mike Dunn trying to line himself up to run for County Executive? 

Finally, could Jake Day be the perfect person to represent the old "Dream Team", kinda of like when Ireton first ran for Mayor and once elected he turned on all of his supporters, possibly. However, for now he's your best shot at moving Salisbury forward. That's just my opinion. Now let's see who's man enough to put their name behind the attacks against all of the names mentioned above. If you remain anonymous we'll know you are one of Ireton's lap dogs. 

It Just Goes To Show You, No One Can Touch Salisbury News

County Executive Bob Culver: ‘We’re making a positive change’

Even if you give away a free newspaper, very few people will follow. 

Newspapers are disappearing and even after I went to their on line version to read this article at 8:00 am this morning, there's not one comment. 

I can assure you from experience, on line presence/comments holds far more traffic, yet no one cares because very few go to this paper.

So why do we do what we do here at Salisbury News. Well, IF we didn't get the traffic we do, IF we didn't get the comments we do, we'd absolutely shut down. WHY, because there'd be no influence.

Our primary goal is to get information out to the public. Our second goal is to involve the public through comments. How can you really know the pulse of the community if you can't get them to agree or disagree?

The rest of your local media, (including the paper mentioned here) simply feeds you information they want you to believe. Think about it Folks. This paper has been attacking Bob Culver since day one. Now all of a sudden they are pampering Culver. Could it be they are hungry for advertising, I don't know. 

What I do know is, I've been well aware of a new Economic Development Department for the County. Heck, I even know where they intend to put it. However, we were asked not to say anything yet and I have honored that, now we know why. 

The article that was published makes me seriously wonder why Bassett didn't take it a step further. In one breath Culver stated that Dave Ryan is doing a fantastic job. In another Culver states that he just recently, (last week) decided to create an independent division. So if Dave Ryan has been doing such a bang up job, WHY does the County feel the need to recreate the wheel?

Perhaps you might want to go back to MY platform when I was running for Mayor. Perhaps you might want to look at my very recent articles on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. Don't think for a second I hadn't already confronted many elected officials about their own campaign promises and what they said to get elected. They knew those articles were coming. 

So, let's look at how the County will handle a new Economic Development Division. Will they know HOW to go about attracting new businesses to Wicomico County? From what I read in the article, I'd be very scared if I were you as a taxpayer and here's why. 

Politicians who don't have large scale corporate experience only know that the easy way out is to simply reduce taxes and fees. Well, you have the state of Delaware right next door. Can Wicomico County compete, no. I can tell you that one of your newly elected officials is putting forth a proposal, (a really great idea) that will help Wicomico County businesses compete with businesses in Delaware. However, it would only be on municipal projects. Still, without giving things away, it's a step in the right direction.

Creating and running a new Economic Development Department takes a lot more knowledge and experience then I believe Culver can deliver. Does it look and sound good, yes. However, saying you are going to ask for help from other influential and local business owners will NOT cut it. Heck, in fact you might say these influential people might be looking to pad their own pockets with more major advantages.

No, you have to do this right. While I have personally shared SOME ideas on how to make things better, Culver will need someone with past experience and know how to make it work WITHOUT it hurting YOU the taxpayer. Remember, IF they start reducing fees and taxes, SOMEONE has to fill the gap and you can only hide it for so long before it comes back to bite you.

Culver kept stating in the article he'd need more than one term to make his visions work. Well, let me assure you of this. It will take his first term just to figure out how to go about attracting businesses to the area without hurting existing taxpayers. It will take several more years, (after learning from numerous mistakes) to actually bring businesses here. 

In the end, could they hire Joe Albero and save a ton of time and money, absolutely. However, does Bob have the stones to actually do the right thing?????

Bystander Throws Water On Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A bystander threw water on Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake during an event at Mondawmin Mall on Saturday.

Our media partner the Baltimore Sun reports a woman ran up to the mayor and poured a large cup of liquid over the mayor’s head.

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SBYNews Exclusive: How the MSM and Government are deceiving us about data breaches

How the recent OPM Data Breach really hurts America, including people who have never applied for security clearances…

            In June 2015 the United States Federal Government discovered that the Office of Personnel Management’s background investigation database(s) had been compromised and that approximately 21.5 Million current, former and prospective (both those who were/are still being considered as well as rejected applicants) employees and contractors “sensitive” information was obtained by a still unknown entity. Since then I have scrutinized the media coverage of the incident as well as our government’s response (or lack thereof) and find myself to be in a state of disbelief regarding the way this breach is being downplayed by officials and our national news media.

What is OPM?

            OPM functions as the top level Human Resources Department for the Federal Government. One of the divisions within OPM, FIS (Federal Investigative Service), conducts background investigations on individuals in consideration for security clearances for more than 100 different agencies. Over 90% of all government background investigations are conducted by OPM-FIS and total more than 2 million investigations per year. Once all of the investigative inquiries have been completed the results are published in a coherent report and sent to an adjudicator who will determine, based on the full report, whether the individual meets the requirements to hold the level of clearance requested. Additionally, OPM-FIS is responsible for training the employees of subordinate agencies on their systems and processes. To give you an idea about the relative workload of the FIS division by itself, their FY 2013 expenses exceeded $1 Billion and FY 2014 was approximately $998 Million respectively.     

What are SF-85/SF-85P/SF-86 forms?

            OPM’s SF-85/SF-85P/SF-86 are applications that must be completed in conjunction with an agency request for an individual’s security clearance. Each form corresponds to a different type of clearance and have varying lengths. SF-85 is used for “Non-Sensitive Positions” which includes pertains to any information that is NOT classified but is also not considered public information and at 8 pages is the shortest of the 3 different forms. SF-85P is used for “Public Trust Positions” which typically applies to people in elected positions including their employees that do not require access to any classified information and is 11 pages long.

            The SF-86 is a behemoth all it’s own at 127 pages and is used for several different investigation types depending on the clearance level requested by the individual’s agency. This is the form that a government employee would be required to complete to initiate an investigation for access to classified information including SECRET, TOP SECRET and TOP SECRET/SENSITIVE COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION.

The investigative process and final report…

Caption This Photo 7-11-15


O’Malley Defends Sanctuary Cities After San Francisco Illegal Immigrant Murder

In a statement Friday, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley defended sanctuary cities in the aftermath of the death of Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who was deported five times previously.

“It’s lamentable that the senseless and tragic act of violence that occurred in San Francisco is prompting a rush to judgment and finger pointing: we can and should do better,” O’Malley said in the statement.

“Local governments should not be blamed for the Federal Government’s inability to fix our broken immigration system nor should they be held responsible for doing the Federal Government’s job,” he added.

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O’Malley Says Nation Needs Tougher Oversight Of Wall Street

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Martin O’Malley is making tougher oversight of Wall Street a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, outlining steps to bring more regulations to large banks and tax high-frequency trading.

The former Maryland governor was releasing a series of policy proposals Thursday aimed at regulating large banks and cracking down on financial industry excess.

O’Malley says he would seek to reinstate the Glass Steagall Act, which required Wall Street firms to separate their commercial and investment banking practices, until it was repealed in 1999. Liberals contend its repeal helped contribute to the 2008 financial crisis.

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14-YEAR-OLD MALE IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER SKATEBOARDING ACCIDENT

OCEAN CITY, MD – (July 10, 2015): On July 9, 2015, at approximately 7:37 p.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of Oyster Lane and South Ocean Drive for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a person riding a skateboard. The victim, a 14-year-old male of Timonium, MD, was treated on the scene by Ocean City EMS and transported via Maryland State Police Trooper 4 to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, MD where he is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

After an initial investigation, Ocean City Traffic Safety Unit investigators determined that the male had been riding a skateboard while holding on to the rear of the vehicle which was traveling west on South Ocean Drive. The male suddenly lost his footing and fell off the skateboard resulting in serious injuries.

Alcohol was not a factor. At the time of the incident, the victim was not wearing a helmet or any protective safety gear.

Details Of Proposed Apartment Community In Berlin Outlined

BERLIN – The Berlin Planning Commission got its first look at the expansive apartment community planned for Seahawk Road this week.

Several representatives from Rinnier Development presented a concept plan for the first phase of the 700-plus unit apartment community to be built on Seahawk Road called Oceans East.

“We felt it best to come in early and often and get as much guidance as we can,” engineer Brock Parker said.

The development, which was able to move forward after the Town of Berlin approved annexation of the site, will be located on Seahawk Road behind the former Harley Davidson building. The first phase of the project will consist of the construction of a 4,000-square-foot community center as well as 144 apartments.

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Frederick delegate submits bill to change Maryland state song

Delegate Karen Lewis Young submitted legislation this week to change the words of Maryland’s state song after several of her constituents sent her emails about the song’s “inappropriateness.”

Young, D-District 3A, said after looking at the words to “Maryland, My Maryland,” it was clear the song celebrates the Confederacy and disparages the Union government.

“The Civil War was the most divisive period in America's history,” Young said Thursday. “I don’t think our state song should be based on a battle hymn that celebrates that.”

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BREAKING NEWS: South Carolina lowers Confederate flag from State House


Breaking News: The Confederate flag has been lowered from the South Carolina State House. fxn.ws/1LZOY7p
Posted by Fox News on Friday, July 10, 2015

MIKULSKI INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO PUT HARRIET TUBMAN ON TEN DOLLAR BILL

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced that she introduced new legislation with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to redesign the ten-dollar bill with a likeness of abolitionist and Underground Railroad “conductor,” Harriet Tubman. The Harriet Tubman Currency Tribute Act of 2015 will direct the Secretary of the Treasury to ensure that all newly issued ten-dollar Federal Reserve Notes bear Tubman’s likeness by the year 2021. The law will make Tubman the first woman ever to be featured on American paper currency. The new $10 bill would come out in 2020, which is the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.

“Women’s history is American history,” said Senator Mikulski, Dean of the Senate Women. “Women have been trailblazers in shaping our nation, using grit, passion and determination to seize the day and make a difference. Harriet Tubman was brave beyond measure in fighting for those who could not fight for themselves. Featuring her on the ten-dollar bill will be a fitting tribute, recognizing her lasting legacy while inspiring future generations of women and girls.”

A Viewer Writes: SPEED

Did I miss something important in Salisbury? Why is the speed limit 25 sign flashing in front of Bennett and Parkside at 4pm in the middle of July?

SFD Fights Early Morning House Fire With Four Subjects Reported Trapped


SFD Fights Early Morning House Fire With Four Subjects Reported Trapped Friday, July 10, 2015AT approximately 0130 on...
Posted by Salisbury Fire Department on Friday, July 10, 2015

RNC asks Trump to tone down immigration remarks

The head of the Republican National Committee, responding to demands from increasingly worried party leaders, spent nearly an hour Wednesday on the phone with Donald Trump, urging the presidential candidate to tone down his inflammatory comments about immigration that have infuriated a key election constituency.

The call from Chairman Reince Priebus, described by donors and consultants briefed on the conversation and confirmed by the RNC, underscores the extent to which Trump has gone from an embarrassment to a cause for serious alarm among top Republicans in Washington and nationwide.

But there is little they can do about the mogul and reality-television star, who draws sustenance from controversy and attention. And some fear that, with assistance from Democrats, Trump could become the face of the GOP.

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Jeb Bush: ‘People need to work longer hours’

According to ABC News, Bush was asked a question about tax reform during an interview live streamed on Periscope, and said he believes the U.S. can achieve 4 percent growth.

“Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows,” Bush continued. “It means that people need to work longer hours.”

The Democratic National Committee said Bush’s remarks were “easily one of the most out-of-touch comments we’ve heard so far this cycle,” according to ABC.
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Gun control becomes an issue in Md. Senate race

Federal gun control has emerged as an issue in Maryland's Senate contest, with the two Democratic candidates pushing a series of proposals after last month's massacre at a South Carolina church.

Rep. Donna F. Edwards called for a sweeping overhaul of federal gun laws in an opinion piece in The Baltimore Sun. The Prince George's County lawmaker says she supports a ban on assault weapons and a prohibition on domestic abusers purchasing firearms.

The latest addition to Edwards' platform comes after her opponent, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, introduced a bill to toughen handgun licensing requirements and make it harder for people to buy firearms from private dealers and at gun shows.

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Maryland appeals FEMA denial of riot disaster aid

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland is appealing the federal government’s denial of disaster aid to help the state and Baltimore recover millions of dollars in riot-related costs.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Maryland’s request for a major disaster declaration last month, saying aid “is not appropriate for this event.” But in a letter Tuesday, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said he believes providing assistance is consistent with prior decisions, citing a declaration after riots in Los Angeles sparked by the acquittal of officers in the Rodney King beating.

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Woman Completely Destroys A Convenience Store Because They Were Out Of Skittles

South Carolina House approves removal of Confederate flag

The South Carolina House has approved taking down the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds.

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Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner

BALTIMORE – Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she has fired Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, 2 1/2 months after the city broke out into riots following the death of a man who was injured in police custody.

Rawlings-Blake announced her decision in a three-paragraph news release that also noted she has named Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis as interim commissioner.

The mayor scheduled a news conference with Davis for later Wednesday afternoon.

Rawlings did not give a reason, but the move comes amid a spike in the city's homicide rate.

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Mayor's press conference on police command

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Judge upholds cancellation of Redskins trademark

WASHINGTON – A federal judge on Wednesday upheld the cancellation of the trademark of the Washington Redskins, which Native American groups and others have long argued is offensive.

U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee upheld an earlier ruling by the federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which ruled last year that the name is offensive and therefore ineligible for a federal trademark.

The cancellation won’t go into effect immediately and the Redskins intend to appeal the ruling, said team President Bruce Allen, in a statement.

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House voted to ban Confederate flags at Vicksburg cemetery

WASHINGTON —The House has voted to ban the display of Confederate flags at historic federal cemeteries in the deep South.

The low-profile move came late Tuesday after a brief debate on a measure funding the National Park Service, which maintains 14 national cemeteries, most of which contain graves of Civil War soldiers.

The proposal by California Democrat Jared Huffman would block the Park Service from allowing private groups from decorating the graves of southern soldiers with Confederate flags in states that commemorate Confederate Memorial Day. The cemeteries affected are the Andersonville and Vicksburg cemeteries in Georgia and Mississippi.

Pressure has mounted to ban display of the flag on state and federal property in the wake of last month's tragic murders at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Marc Kilmer: Last Night's Council Meeting


At last night's council meeting, we had a good work session on an elected school board with a variety of interested...
Posted by Marc Kilmer, Wicomico County Council on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hebron Savings Bank On Riverside Drive Robbed

O'Malley to Lay out Plan for Debt-Free College

Democrat Martin O'Malley is calling the high cost of college a "crisis" as he lays out a goal of debt-free tuition for all students at public colleges and universities within five years if elected president.

O'Malley, a former governor of Maryland, will outline his plan Wednesday at an event in the early-voting state of New Hampshire. O'Malley is struggling to catch fire with Democratic voters who are preoccupied with rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Focusing on college costs could help him make inroads with younger voters in New Hampshire, where the average student loan debt burden is the highest in the nation. But he's not alone in addressing the problem. Sanders is calling for free college tuition and has introduced legislation in the Senate to tax financial transactions to pay for it. Clinton has emphasized the need to lower college costs but has yet to be specific on policy.

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Jake Day Writes: Join me July 8th

(Salisbury, MD) On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Jake Day will be making a special public statement in front of Headquarters Live in Downtown Salisbury; a project which embodies the renaissance of Salisbury's spirit and one Jake is most proud of.

"I am excited to announce the beginning of a new journey for our city. I invite all of Salisbury to join me Wednesday evening as we take this next step together," says Day.

Please plan to attend this special announcement at Headquarters Live, 115 S. Division Street, Salisbury, MD 21801 at 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

For further information, contact (443) 235-6233 or jacob@jacobday.com.

Baltimore police: 3 dead in shooting near university campus

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say four people have been shot, three fatally, near the University of Maryland, Baltimore, campus.

Detective Rashawn K. Strong said in a statement early Wednesday that officers responded around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to a reported shooting a few blocks from UMB.

Strong says officers found a woman and two men with gunshot wounds. One man and the woman were taken to a hospital, where they died. The second man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A Viewer Writes To All City Council Members: Whats the sense?

Whats the sense in having any ordinances at all when City employees are breaking the law too?

I ask because its now 9:06pm (3 full hours past 6pm) and there are at least 15 concrete workers on the job site, (at 1400 South Division Street) and even a City truck with City employees there too. Strange how that works....

A Viewer Writes: Landlord Rights

Dear Joe,

My boyfriend and I rented his house a few months ago to a young couple with a small child. Out of the goodness of our hearts we allowed them in without receiving their government assisted security deposit on good faith. Within the first month the house was a wreck trash all over the porch the yard the house you name it even after they had a trash pile of burnt plastic, glass and diapers less than 3 feet from the house. Our first month was a struggle to collect the rent but we finally received full payment after weeks of frustration. By the second month same issue no rent and utter disrespect. In following the law we took it to court. She had her legal aid dismiss the case due to a paperwork glitch and a cost to us of $25.00. So we filed the paperwork again confident we got it right this time only to have our case dismissed once again due to a box on the paperwork not being checked off. We are not lawyers we are hardworking people who tried to do a good deed. Here we are 2 months later no rent a house destroyed and the legal system on their side. It seems the low life’s in Wicomico County get the free ride of legal aid and free housing with our court system giving them all the tools they need to keep the scam going. You can obviously tell they have done this before to avoid paying for housing. I would personally like to fight for the landlord right in this county but have no clue where to begin it is time the squatters of this county realize their free ride is over. Any suggestions????

A Field Of Dreams?

A viewer sent in this picture of former Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt enjoying the summer weather and playing catch in Allen, Maryland. 

Oregon Bakers Fined, Silenced for Hurting Lesbians' Feelings

Not only do Christians who oppose same-sex marriage no longer have their religious liberty, they no longer have the right to free speech. At least that’s what an Oregon judge decided in the case of the bakers who refused to bake the cake for a same-sex wedding. Expect the beatings to continue until morale improves because this is what happens when “love wins.”

In February 2013, Aaron and Melissa Klein, who owned the now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa, declined to bake a wedding cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer. At the time, same-sex marriage wasn’t even yet legal in Oregon, but no matter — the offended couple filed a complaint.

In January 2014, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, which enforces discrimination law, decided the Kleins illegally discriminated.

Last Thursday, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian issued his final decision on the punishment — just in time for Independence Day, and only days after the Supreme Court endorsed “gay marriage.” The Kleins must pay a fine of $135,000 in “emotional damages” to the couple they denied service.

The alleged suffering included — no kidding — “acute loss of confidence,” “doubt,” “excessive sleep,” “loss of sleep,” “felt mentally raped, dirty and shameful,” “high blood pressure,” “impaired digestion,” “loss of appetite,” “migraine headaches,” “pale and sick at home after work,” “resumption of smoking habit,” “shock,” “stunned,” “surprise,” “uncertainty,” “weight gain” and “worry.”

Clearly, this couple needs serious counseling, not $135,000.

And to add gratuitous insult to unbelievably ridiculous injury for the Kleins, Avakian put a gag order on them. That’s not terribly surprising, given Avakian’s previously stated desire to “rehabilitate” the Kleins and his association with “Basic Rights Oregon,” a pro-homosexual group.

Avakian wrote, “The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation.”

The only thing missing was the horse’s head in their bed.

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Florida man gets 2.5 years for having sex on the beach in broad daylight

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - A man convicted of having sex on a Florida beach in front of families was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Monday.

Jose Caballero, 40, and Elissa Alvarez, 21, were convicted in May of two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior in a case that drew international attention for the couple's brazen act. They were videotaped having sex on a Manatee County beach last summer in broad daylight. Witnesses testified that a 3-year-old girl saw them.

Caballero told jurors that he and Alvarez were not having sex and that witnesses were mistaken. Jurors listened to graphic testimony from witnesses and saw a video of Alvarez moving on top of Caballero in a sexual manner in the middle of the day while others watched.

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Entire Staff in Tenn. County Clerk’s Office Resigns Over Same-Sex Marriage

They said they are leaving because the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages clashes with their religious beliefs.

The entire staff at a Tennessee county clerk’s office submitted their resignations this week rather than issue same-sex marriage licenses, reports WBIR.

Decatur County Clerk Gwen Pope — along with employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler — said their last day on the job will on July 14, and that they are leaving because the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages clashes with their religious beliefs.

Speaking for the three employees whose resignations take effect July 14, Pope said they were doing it for “for the glory of God,” and not for the publicity.

“It’s kind of sort of like you don’t want to draw attention to yourself for any reason,” Pope explained. “That’s not why we’re doing this. Not doing it in any way to draw attention to us. It’s for the glory of God. He’s going to get all the glory.”

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UFC President Asks Athletes to Stop Thanking Jesus: “Keep It At Home…”

The United States, though founded on Judeo-Christian ethics, has become increasingly hostile to Christianity. From the president to private citizens, secular crusaders have fought to abuse the rights of Christians and now, even the UFC president has joined the crusade against Christians by asking athletes to stop thanking Jesus.

We discussed the controversy of the UFC’s Yoel Romero having the audacity to say the word “Jesus” live on television. Leftists accused him of hate-speech against the gays and called for his job. UFC President Dana White has weighed in on the matter.
“America doesn’t want to hear your thoughts on Jesus. Keep that stuff at home – religion, politics, all the stuff. When you’re fighting and being interviewed, they want to hear about the fight. It’s awesome you love Jesus. Love Jesus all you want. You just don’t have to do it publicly.”

In Dana White’s defense, there was a time where he once caved to political correctness far less than the the heads of most other sports/entertainment organizations. As of late though, he’s been incredibly inconsistent. Both he and Ariel Helwani (the interviewer) agree that it’s was blown out of proportion, and Dana even said “I know for a fact that’s not what [Yoel] meant.” Still, he wants fighters to stop thanking Jesus.

Here’s my view. The fighter earned his speech, he just went through hell and back in a cage-fight and won. He deserves his time on the mic, and as long as he isn’t inciting any kind of violence, the guy should be able to thank whomever he wants.

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Maryland State Police trooper charged with first degree sex offense

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (WJLA) – A Maryland State Police (MSP) trooper was charged with first degree sexual offense and a handgun charge, according to Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD).

Brian Tucker, 43, an 18 year veteran with MSP's Automobile Safety Enforcement Division, was arrested around 2 a.m. early Monday morning in the area of Rochell Avenue and Hazelwood Drive, according to police.

A PGPD officer noticed an SUV in a cul-de-sac in a commercial area and decided to investigate. He discovered Tucker and the victim outside of the vehicle, standing near the passenger side. The female victim told the officer that Tucker had a gun. Tucker then told the officer that he was a Maryland State Police trooper.

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JUST IN: South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

The South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on Statehouse grounds.

The 37-3 vote Monday allows the state to remove the flag and the flagpole where it flies as soon as it passes the House and is signed by Gov. Nikki Haley.

The bill must pass a two-thirds vote, which is likely to be held Tuesday.

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Police: Maine man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly

CALAIS, Maine (AP) - A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities said Sunday.

Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend's home in the small eastern Maine city of Calais, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

Staples, 22, of Calais, placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, he said.

The firework exploded, killing Staples instantly, McCausland said.

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What the government is threatening to do to the “Redskins” is OUTRAGEOUS

The Obama administration doesn’t have enough to do just running the country. ISIS, Middle East chaos, climate change, the Benghazi scandal, the Clinton email scandal, the IRS scandal, the VA scandal, Vladimir Putin trying to rebuild the grandeur of the old Soviet empire, gun control, mass murders, zero water in California, golfing, vacations abroad in every major country, fat school children, and trying to spread the wealth around. I’m exhausted just trying to imagine how he does it.

Now, in a broad and sweeping grand design to control every last aspect of our lives, the United States government, more specifically the National Park Service, is putting the screws on FOOTBALL and the NFL franchise owners.


Washington DC and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder have been working on an agreement to move the Redskins back to their old home stadium — the RFK Stadium. That would mean a makeover for the old stadium, which would mean JOBS! But no, Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, that jewel who is quarterbacking the Park Service, has declared that the Washington Redskins will not be allowed to hike another ball in their old stadium unless the Redskins’ owner agrees to a name change. And coincidentally –Obama thinks the name should be changed too.

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