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Friday, October 16, 2015

The American civil warthen and now

The women who dug the graves, the kids who watched the largest battle in US history – and the slaves forced to help fighters at the front. 150 years after the last shots were fired, Guardian photographer David Levene travelled across the US photographing the sites scarred by the American civil war.

Wicomico Recreation’s Annual Turkey Trek Returns to Pemberton Park on Thanksgiving Day

Registration Open Now

Salisbury, MD – Gear up for your Thanksgiving feast with Wicomico Recreation’s 7th Annual Turkey Trek 5K on Thursday, November 26 at Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury. The race will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and wind through Pemberton's beautiful forests, meadows and wetlands. The course is mostly flat, with one or two small hills - a perfect run (or walk) for participants of all levels.  

Awards will be given to top-finishing males and females in multiple age groups. Participants can enjoy holiday pie and other refreshments after the race - it is Thanksgiving after all!

Early registration is open now through November 23 for $25 per person. Register before November 9 to guarantee a race t-shirt. On-site registration will also be available for $30 per person the morning of the event beginning at 7:30 a.m.

All proceeds from the race will go directly towards Pemberton Historical Park's environmental education programs.

Registration is available at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.) or online at www.PembertonPark.org. For more information, contact Allen Swiger at 410-548-4900 x108 or aswiger@wicomicocounty.org.

Delaware State Police will Host - 1st Annual Public Safety Trunk or Treat Event

 
The Delaware State Police Community Outreach Unit is inviting everyone to the First Annual Public Safety Trunk or Treat Event at the Browns Branch County Park located at 1415 Killen’s Pond Road, Harrington, Delaware, on Saturday, October 24th, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm.
 
This free community event is hosted by the Delaware State Police in partnership with local police departments, fire and EMS agencies to provide a safe and informative trick or treat event for youth of all ages. Please come dressed in your Halloween costumes and enjoy an interactive afternoon with your public safety friends. Troopers assigned to the Community Outreach Unit and our public safety partners are working with organizations in their communities to ensure your Halloween is safe and memorable. 
  
If you need to contact any of the Troopers in the Community Outreach Unit their information is listed below or visit us at:
 
 Master Corporal Mike Austin
(New Castle County)
302-365-8466
 
Corporal/1 Heather Imhof
(Kent and Southern New Castle County)
302-672-5431
 
Senior Corporal Matt Blakeman
(Eastern Sussex County)
302-752-3855
 
Corporal/1 Juanita Huey-Smith
(Western Sussex County)
302-232-3459

**Traffic Advisory**

Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash with Bicyclist

Long Neck -
The Delaware State Police are currently on the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Pott Netts Road that occurred around 7:50 p.m. this evening.

Preliminary investigation indicates the crash involved a bicyclist and a vehicle. One person has died at the scene while another was transported to the Beebe Hospital with undetermined injuries. The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently on scene and will assume the investigation.

Pott Netts Road in the area of the crash is currently closed between Long Neck Road and Half Shell Road. Commuters are advised to slow down in the area and if possible seek alternate routes of travel.

Further details will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation.

What is the Federal Reserve?

The Federal Reserve is America's Central Bank. It is a private bank created in 1913 a few short years after a group of like minded individuals met in secret on a small island off the coast of Georgia called Jekyll Island. The Federal Reserve controls our money supply and every US dollar in existence was at one time created by The Fed.

This power was granted to the fed when Congress enacted the Federal Reserve Act on December 23rd 1913. With the passing of the Federal Reserve Act, Congress required that all nationally chartered banks become members of the Federal Reserve System. And in one night, Congress handed over their Constitutional responsibility to coin money to a private, secretly owned banking cartel. They continue to maintain that power today.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."

Henry Ford
The Truth about The Federal Reserve
10 Facts about the Federal Reserve that every American citizen must know.​

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10 Signs of Adult ADHD

ADHD was once considered a “childhood” disorder - something that went away as you reached adulthood. Today, we know different. We know that many adults continue to struggle with symptoms of ADHD, in their personal lives and in the workplace. For many, ADHD has gone undiagnosed, discovered only after their children are diagnosed. While the main symptoms of ADHD - inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness - remain the same, how they show up may be different.

Lack of focus

The typical inattention symptom of ADHD often continues into adulthood. You may find you are always starting a project - but never finishing. You may find it difficult to follow along in conversations or find you are easily distracted. You may miss important details - or details in general.

Restlessness

Hyperactivity in children shows up as overly energetic and has often been described as “driven by a non-stop motor.” In adults hyperactivity appears as restlessness or feeling fidgety. You may remember being a “high-energy” child.

Frequent job changes

Job changes occur for two different reasons. You may have a history of being fired - your lack of attention to detail, making mistakes, or personality conflicts can lead to being fired. Or, you are bored with your job and constantly searching for a more interesting job. While many adults with ADHD do end up with successful careers, it can take time to find the right job to fit your skills and personality.

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Oil slide means 'almost everything' for sale as deals accelerate

More than $200 billion worth of oil and natural gas assets are for sale globally as companies come under renewed financial pressure from the prolonged commodity price rout, according to IHS Inc.

There are about 400 buying opportunities as of September, IHS Chief Upstream Strategist Bob Fryklund said in an interview. Deals will accelerate later this year and into 2016 as companies sell assets to meet debt requirements, he said. West Texas Intermediate crude has averaged about $51 a barrel this year, more than 40 percent below the five-year mean.

Low prices have slashed profits and as of the second quarter about one-sixth of North American major independent crude and gas producers faced debt payments that are more than 20 percent of their revenue. Companies have announced $181.1 billion of oil and gas acquisitions this year, the most in more than a decade, compared with $167.1 billion the same period in 2014, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

“Basically almost everything is for sale,” Fryklund said Oct. 8 in Tokyo. “Low cycles are when a lot of these companies can rebalance their portfolios. In theory, this is when you upgrade your existing portfolio.”

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Wisconsin gun shop ordered to pay nearly $6 million to injured police officers

MILWAUKEE – Jurors ordered a Wisconsin gun store to pay nearly $6 million on Tuesday to two Milwaukee police officers who were shot and seriously wounded by a gun purchased at the store.

The ruling came in a negligence lawsuit filed by the officers against Badger Guns, a shop in suburban Milwaukee that authorities have linked to hundreds of firearms found at crime scenes. The lawsuit alleges the shop ignored several warning signs that the gun used to shoot the officers was being sold to a "straw buyer," or someone who was buying the gun for someone who couldn't legally do so.

Jurors sided with the officers, ruling that the store was negligent in selling the gun.

Officer Bryan Norberg and retired Officer Graham Kunisch were both shot in the face after they stopped Julius Burton for riding his bike on the sidewalk in the summer of 2009. Surveillance video shows that the officers scuffled with Burton and slammed him into a wall before he shot both officers.

Investigators said Burton got the weapon a month before the confrontation, after giving $40 to another man, Jacob Collins, to make the purchase at the store in West Milwaukee.

One bullet shattered eight of Norberg's teeth, blew through his cheek and lodged into his shoulder. He remains on the force but said his wounds have made his work difficult. Kunisch was shot several times, resulting in him losing an eye and part of the frontal lobe of his brain. He said the wounds forced him to retire.

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Lightning strikes again for Apple, as new accessories go their own way

Apple's newest Mac accessories use the same proprietary connection as its iPhones and iPads, dashing hopes the company would embrace a common alternative.

Microsoft's new smartphones have it. Google's new tablet has it. Even the upstart OnePlus 2 is on board. Apple, at least when it comes to its new accessories, would rather not commit.

The object of affection outside Apple is USB Type-C, which is quickly becoming the go-to connection port for this year's top-shelf devices, bringing the new charging standard tantalizingly close to becoming universal for your household's smartphones, tablets and laptops.

And what's not to love about this blandly named flavor of USB? It's one port that can be used for charging, running video to a TV and downloading files. It's also reversible so folks don't have to fumble to orient cords properly. With lots of devices using that standard, people won't need to fill a drawer with different cables; they'll just need a USB-C cord or two for PCs, phones and tablets.

Yet things are rarely simple in the tech world, especially when Apple is involved. The Cupertino, California, tech giant on Tuesday unveiled a new keyboard, mouse and trackpad that charge using Apple's proprietary Lightning port, the same type found on the iPhone and iPad. For now, at least, that dashes the hope that Apple may move to a standard everyone else is slowly embracing.

People can be forgiven for thinking Apple, the most valuable company worldwide, may shift away from Lightning to USB-C: In March it introduced a new MacBook laptop that uses a headphone jack and just one port, which happens to be USB-C. But with the new accessories supporting Lightning, it now seems less likely Apple will make such a change anytime soon, forcing many users to keep swapping different cords.

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In Courts, Running Out the Clock on Obama Immigration Plan

WASHINGTON — The prime-time assertion of executive power was audacious and far-reaching. Nearly a year ago, President Obama vowed that his administration would provide up to four million undocumented immigrants the ability to live and work in the United States without fear of immediate deportation.
It almost certainly will not happen for the vast majority of them.

The conservative legal campaign against the centerpiece of Mr. Obama’s immigration overhaul has largely succeeded in running out the clock, blocking the president’s executive actions from taking effect while judges consider their legality. Now, even if Mr. Obama ultimately prevails in the legal battle — which would occur next summer at the earliest — there will probably be time for at most a few hundred thousand of those immigrants to qualify for protection before the end of the president’s term.

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Live-In Boxes in Oakland Redefine Housing Squeeze

OAKLAND, Calif. — This summer, the median rent for a one-bedroom in San Francisco’s cityscape of peaked Victorians soared higher than Manhattan’s, sent skyward by a housing shortage fueled in part by the arrival of droves of newcomers here to mine tech gold.

And so, as the story of such cities goes, the priced-out move outward — in New York City, to Brooklyn and, increasingly, to Queens. For San Franciscans, the rent refuge is here in Oakland, where the rates are increasing as well — so much so that young professionals are living in repurposed shipping containers while the homeless are lugging around coffinlike sleeping boxes on wheels.

These two improvised housing arrangements have emerged in an industrial pocket of Oakland where the median rent has gone up by 20 percent over the past year. One, in a warehouse, is called Containertopia, a community of young people who have set up a village of 160-square-foot shipping containers like ones used in the Port of Oakland. Each resident pays $600 a month to live in a container, which can be modified with things like insulation, glass doors, electrical outlets, solar panels and a self-contained shower and toilet.

Iran's Guardian Council passes nuclear bill into law

Iran's Guardian Council ratified a bill on Wednesday approving the nuclear deal reached by Tehran and six world powers, state news agency IRNA and other agencies said, allowing the government to implement the agreement.

Parliament on Tuesday approved the bill with a strong majority, in a victory for President Hassan Rouhani's government over conservative opponents of the July 14 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The Guardian Council, made up of six Muslim clerics appointed by the Supreme Leader and six lawyers elected by parliament, is charged with ensuring draft laws do not contradict religious laws or Iran's constitution.

"The majority of the Guardian Council did not find the bill... to be against religious law and the constitution," the council's spokesman Nejatollah Ebrahimian was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.

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Parents charged with fatally beating son in New York church

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (AP) — The fatal beating of a young man and the savage attack on his younger brother by relatives and fellow members of an upstate New York church was intended to get them to confess their sins, investigators said, but they still haven't determined what those supposed sins were.

Police said spiritual "counseling" at the Word of Life church turned into an hours-long attack Sunday night in which Lucas Leonard, 19, and his 17-year-old brother, Christopher, were pummeled with fists and kicked. They suffered injuries to the abdomen, genitals, back and thighs.

Eventually, Lucas Leonard stopped breathing and relatives took him early Monday to a hospital, where he died, police said. Authorities went to the church and found his younger brother, who was hospitalized in serious condition.

"Both brothers were subjected to physical punishment over the course of several hours, in hopes that each would confess to prior sins and ask for forgiveness," Police Chief Michael Inserra said Wednesday.

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The Man Who Refused to Sign the Constitution

“Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Thus began the first of the Ten Amendments, or Bill of Rights, which were approved Sept. 25, 1789.

“The father of the Bill of Rights” was George Mason of Virginia. George Mason was the richest man in Virginia, owning 15,000 acres. When George Washington was chosen to be the commander of the Continental army, George Mason was drafted by the citizens of Virginia to fill Washington’s place in the Continental Congress. George Mason wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights, from which Jefferson drew from to write the Declaration of Independence.

George Mason stated before the General Court of Virginia: “The laws of nature are the laws of God, whose authority can be superseded by no power on earth.”

This phrase of Mason’s was mirrored in the Declaration of Independence as: “The laws of nature and nature’s God.”

George Mason was one of 55 founders who wrote the U.S. Constitution, but was one of the few who refused to sign it because it did not end the slave trade and did not put enough limits on the federal government’s power.

On Aug. 22, 1787, George Mason stated: “Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven upon a country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins, by national calamities.”

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These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Maryland

Is there anything really wrong with being called a Maryland redneck? Sure, every state has them. While they might be defined with a different criteria in other states, there’s plenty of them all over the upper midwest.
I mean, you guys have more guns than kids.
Wait. What is a redneck anyways? Well, according to the official bible of literature, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a redneck is:
“A white person who lives in a small town or in the country especially in the southern U.S., who typically has a working-class job, and who is seen by others as being uneducated and having opinions and attitudes that are offensive.”
Plus, we thought why not add in a few stereotypes? Cause, you know, rednecks like to hunt, fish, drink, smoke and shoot things. And shop at Walmart.
Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where the most members of the Maryland redneck family tree most likely live. Most of these places probably won’t surprise you.
Because, the data never lies, does it?
So, hold our beers and watch this. After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The Most Redneck Cities in Maryland:
  1. Edgewater
  2. Shady Side
  3. Frostburg
  4. Grasonville
  5. Deale
  6. Pocomoke City
  7. Berlin
  8. Huntingtown
  9. Lexington Park
  10. (tie) Taneytown and Oakland
Read on below to see where your town ranked.

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The secret surveillance of ‘suspicious’ blacks in one of the nation’s poshest neighborhoods

It was nearing closing time in March last year when a manager at Boffi Georgetown dispatched a series of alarmed messages. Observing two men yelling outside the luxury kitchen and bath showroom, Julia Walter reached for her phone and accessed a private messaging application that hundreds of residents, retailers and police in this overwhelmingly white, wealthy neighborhood use to discuss people they deem suspicious.

“2 black males screaming at each other in alley,” Walter wrote. “. . . Help needed.”

One minute later, a District police officer posted he would check it out, and Walter felt relieved. But as weeks gave way to months and the private group spawned hundreds of messages, Walter’s relief turned to unease. The overwhelming majority of the people the app’s users cited were black. Was the chatroom reducing crime along the high-end retail strip? Was it making people feel safer? Or was it racial profiling?

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Maryland is sending emergency repair trucks to the Bay Bridge and the Rt 50 bridge in Ocean City as we speak


CNBC Agrees to Two-Hour Debate: This Is Why Donald Trump Is Winning

Our corrupt Washington DC/New York media again tried to mess with the Republican presidential field.

While every other Republican remained publicly silent, frontrunner Donald Trump got his closest rival, Dr. Ben Carson, to join with him and together they stood up and said, “No.”

This kept Trump in the headlines and at the top of the news cycle throughout yesterday afternoon and this morning. And now we’ve learned that Trump and Carson won. The DC/NY media agreed to the frontrunners’ demands.

Does anyone in the weak-kneed Republican Establishment, or among the bubbled-morons in the Punditocracy, have any more questions about why The Donald appears to be coasting to the Republican nomination for President of the United States?

Anyone?

Anyone?

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Conservatives Organize to 'Fire Paul Ryan'

Rep. Paul Ryan has so far deflected calls to be the next House speaker, but there is already a group of conservatives ready to kick him out that job.

Several right-leaning organizations have formed a new coalition called "Fire Paul Ryan," calling the Wisconsin Republican a RINO, or a Republican In Name Only.

"We forced Boehner to step down. Cantor was defeated. McCarthy withdrew ... and yet the establishment keeps pushing RINO after RINO after RINO. If Ryan is chosen, we'll see that he's fired. Add your name to the list of Americans who Demand a Conservative Speaker," said the coalition's website FirePaulRyan.com, which is paid for by the Constitutional Rights PAC.

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Female student reports Wicomico Hall voyeurism incident At UMD

A female University of Maryland student reported a voyeurism incident occurred Friday at Wicomico Hall at about 9 p.m., according to a University Police safety notice.

Officers responded at 10:09 a.m. Tuesday to Prince Frederick Hall and met with the student who made the report.

The student was in a shower stall in the Wicomico Hall women’s bathroom when she turned and saw a cellphone taking video over the top of the stall. She yelled at the man filming her to leave, and he did so.

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St. Stephens UMC Fall Festival This Saturday


Community Yard Sale

The Centennial Village HOA is hosting a neighborhood yard sale, this Saturday, October 17th, from 7am til Noon. Rain date the following Saturday, the 24th.

Willards VFD CA$H BA$H Is Tomorrow!


Operation Cross Country

Recovering Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

Operation Cross Country, a nationwide law enforcement action that took place last week and focused on underage victims of prostitution, has concluded with the recovery of 149 sexually exploited children and the arrests of more than 150 pimps and other individuals.

The FBI, in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), conducted the annual action—the ninth and largest such enforcement to date—as part of the Bureau’s Innocence Lost National Initiative.

“Our mission is to protect the American people—especially our children—from harm,” said FBI Director James Comey.” When kids are treated as a commodity in seedy hotels and on dark roadsides, we must rescue them from their nightmare and severely punish those responsible for that horror. We simply must continue to work with our partners to end the scourge of sex trafficking in our country.”

“Human trafficking is a monstrous and devastating crime that steals lives and degrades our nation,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “As a result of the FBI’s outstanding coordination and exemplary efforts alongside state and local partners during Operation Cross Country, more children will sleep safely tonight, and more wrongdoers will face the judgment of our criminal justice system.”

Since its creation in 2003, the Innocence Lost program has resulted in the identification and recovery of approximately 4,800 sexually exploited children. And prosecutors have obtained more than 2,000 convictions of pimps and others associated with these trafficking crimes, including at least 15 cases that have resulted in life sentences.

Rising sea levels put over 400 US cities 'past the point of no return' study claims

Say goodbye to Miami and New Orleans.

No matter what we do to curb global warming, these and other beloved US cities will sink below rising seas, according to a study released Monday.

But making extreme carbon cuts and moving to renewable energy could save millions of people living in iconic coastal areas of the United States, said the findings in the October 12 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.

Scientists have already established that if we do nothing to reduce our burning of fossil fuel up to the year 2100, the planet will face sea level rise of 14-32 feet (4.3–9.9 meters), said lead author Ben Strauss, vice president for sea level and climate impacts at Climate Central.

The big uncertainty is the issue of when.

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Here’s what happened when Venezuela imposed gun control laws

I just got back from Caracas, Venezuela, a city so dangerous that every time I left my hotel, the staff would warn me against even going outside.

It’s an incredibly difficult reality to reconcile. People hate the fact that they may get robbed or killed just steps from their front door when they leave the house every morning.

And nobody wants that.

After all, everyone wants to be safe. Even wild animals seek out safety in nature.

A few years ago, in response to national outcry, the government of Venezuela took steps to fix this problem.

There was too much death, too much crime. So they imposed strict gun control laws to stop the murderers and thieves.

The end result? Violent crime actually increased. And Caracas is now one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

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Liar, Liar, Pantsuit on Fire: 27 Hillary Fibs and Lies

Tuesday night’s debate featured a master class on lying from the lying liar who lies about her lies, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
She spoke for approximately 24 minutes, and aside from her opening statement – “I’m Hillary Clinton” – virtually every word that exited her mouth was untrue. But because Hillary appeared to be lady with mild socialist depression in a full-blown socialist insane asylum, nobody laid a glove on her.
Thus it is left to us to debunk her various obfuscations and untruths. Here we go.
“I have spent a very long time – my entire adult life – looking for ways…to find the ways for each child to live up to his or her God-given potential.” Well, unless you’re an unborn child. Then, get ready for a trip down the sink.
“Yes, finally, fathers will be able to say to their daughters, you, too, can grow up to be president.” Technically, you’ll have to marry a president first, however.

FATCA: the dumbest law in history just went to the next level

The Road to Ruin, as they say, is paved in good intentions.

So I suppose the road to hell is paved in the best of intentions.

And that’s how most laws often start: with the BEST of intentions. That was certainly the case when Barack Obama signed the HIRE Act into law in 2011.

It was intended to spur job growth in the Land of the Free while the wounds of the financial crisis were still fresh.

But always remember the rule of thumb with legislation: the more noble-sounding the name of a law, the more destructive its consequences. The HIRE Act did not disappoint.

Deep within its bowels fell the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA for short. It was a sort of ‘law within a law’, and one of the dumbest in US history.

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Illinois To Delay Pension Payments Amid Budget Woes: "For All Intents And Purposes, We Are Out Of Money Now"

By now, Illinois' budget problems are no secret.

Back in May, after the State Supreme Court struck down a pension reform bid, Moody's move to downgrade the city of Chicago thrust the state's financial woes into the national spotlight.

Since then, the situation hasn't gotten any better and despite hiring an "all star" budget guru (for $30,000 a month no less), Bruce Rauner was unable to pass a budget in a timely fashion leading directly to all types of absurdities including everything from the possibility of shortened school years to lottery winners being paid in IOUs.

Now, as Bloomberg reports, pension payments are set to be delayed. Bond payments, apparently, will still be made.

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Whey Jennings Live At Oasis This Saturday Night

Appearing LIVE at the Oasis on Saturday, October 17th.....
WHEY JENNINGS & THE UNWANTED!!
The Grandson of Country Legend and Outlaw, Waylon Jennings....Live on the stage at the "O"....
This is a "Can't Miss" appearance!! Slip on Down....

  •  Oasis Bar & Grill
  • Address: 7539 Old Ocean City Rd, Whaleyville, MD 21872
  • Phone:(410) 641-2100
 

Army Secretary: Women Will Likely Have To Register For The Draft

As female soldiers are becoming more integrated into combat roles in the Army, Congress will eventually have to decide whether women will have to register for the draft, Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday.

Mr. McHugh argued that if “true and pure equality” is the goal in the U.S. military, then the possibility of women registering for the draft, is likely.

“If your objective is true and pure equality then you have to look at all aspects” of the roles of women in the military, Mr. McHugh said on the first day of the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting in Washington, Military.com reported.

Registration for the draft, “will be one of those things that will have to be considered,” he added.

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EPA Spends $75 Million to Equip 200 Special Agents With Drones, Night Vision Goggles, Guns and Assault Ships

The Obama administration is spending $75 million a year arming EPA special agents with drones, night vision goggles, guns and assault ships.

The EPA special force was formed to take out US polluters.
The Spectator reported:

According to a report released last week by a watchdog group called Open the Books, the EPA has spent millions of dollars recently on guns, ammo, body armor, camouflage equipment, and even night-vision goggles to arm its agents in the war on polluters.

The Illinois-based investigative group examined thousands of checks totaling more than $93 billion from 2000 to 2014 by the EPA, and its auditors indicate that about $75 million is authorized each year for “criminal enforcement” of America’s clean air and water laws. This includes cash for a cadre of 200 “special agents” that engage in SWAT-style ops.

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Woman Searching For Long-Lost Sister After Finding Note At Father's Grave

A woman from Birmingham, England, is searching for someone who could be her long-lost sister after finding a note at her father’s grave in London.

Sue Gallagher, 65, said she found the note while visiting her father’s grave. It was written by a woman named Jodi and partly damaged by rain, the Mirror reports.

One decipherable portion of the note revealed what Gallagher believes is Jodi’s family relation.

“I would really like to know as much about Victor as possible as I believe it is important to know where you come from,” the note read. Jodi’s contact details had been washed away by rain.

Gallagher’s father, Albert Victor Edwards, was killed in 1965 on Christmas Day at age 37.

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NYC Woman Sues Nephew Over Broken Arm After He Jumped Into Her Arms At His Eighth Birthday Party

A New York woman is suing her 12-year-old nephew for accidentally injuring her four years ago.

Jennifer Connell, a 54-year-old human resources manager from Manhattan, is seeking $127,000 in damages from her young nephew, Sean Tarala, for allegedly breaking her wrist in 2011. She is asking for a six-member Superior Court Jury to hold the boy accountable for the alleged incident, the CT Post reports.

Connell claims her injury occurred when she visited the youngster's Westport, Connecticut, home for his eighth birthday party on March 18, 2011. According to her testimony given on Oct. 9, the boy had just received a red two-wheeler bicycle for his birthday and was riding it around the home when she arrived.

When the boy saw Connell, he reportedly dropped the bicycle to the ground and shouted, "Auntie Jen, Auntie Jen!" He then leaped into her arms, causing her to fall and break her wrist.

“All of a sudden he was there in the air,” Connell testified before Judge Edward Stodolink in court. “I had to catch him, and we tumbled onto the ground. I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen, I love you,’ and there he was flying at me.”

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Can You Tell Who Attended This Important Meeting

Thanks to all of the community members, elected officials, and employees who participated in yesterday's Stakeholder Input Sessions for the Wicomico Superintendent Search.

I see, (from right to left) John Cannon, Jake Day, Jim Ireton, John Hall, Jim Mathias and I believe that's the back of Marybeth Carosa, (sp) and TWO others. 

The County/City is dead. Remember Folks, I can only REPORT it. I cannot be your VOICE in these meetings. While so many people constantly commented about their displeasure in John Fredericksen, this image is disgusting.

Leave it to a politician to actually believe it was well attended. From the looks of the politicians who attended, they must have had an OPEN BAR afterwards. 

Donald Trump Says Hillary Clinton Should Be Disqualified From Presidential Race

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email scandal should disqualify her from the presidency. Taking it a step further, Trump says that if she were a Republican, she would already be serving jail time.

In March 2015, it came to light that Clinton had used a private server to send and receive emails while Secretary of State, Huffington Post reports. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been investigating the content of Clinton’s emails to determine if there had been an intentionally illegal passing of classified information. The State Department has been releasing her emails for the public record in large installments.

Trump spoke about the scandal during a campaign rally in Norcross, Georgia, on Oct. 10. According to CNN, the business mogul thinks that Clinton’s private server was criminal.

"I can tell you this: If that were a Republican that did what she did with the emails, they would have been in jail 12 month ago," he said. "It is a very unfair system."

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US Retail Sales Tumble Most Since January, Signal Sustained Recessionary Environment

One year ago the abysmal retail sales data crushed the market's hope that the recovery from the 7th half of 2012 was imminent. It also unleashed the Treasury flash crash, where the 40 bps plunge in yields was according to Jamie Dimon was a 1 in 3 billion year occurence. It only ended when Bullard hinted at QE4.

Moments ago, in a stark deja vu to precisely one year ago, retail sales disappointed even more than in October 2014, when 27 out of 27 economists thought the control group would be positive. It came at -0.1%.

The details: Retail Sales (ex Autos) dropped 0.3% in September, the 2nd drop in a row, the biggest drop since January (at the heart of the weather-driven economic weakness).

This is the 7th miss in the last 10 months...

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September Home Sales in Salisbury, MD

September 2015 Salisbury MD Home Sales Statistics

In September 2015, the median single family home sales price in Salisbury Maryland and Wicomico County was $162,500, up 2% from Salisbury MD real estate and homes for sale the median sales price last September. There were 75 home sales, up 4% from last September.

The average time on market was 3.7 monthscompared to 4.0 months for home sales in the Salisbury MD area last September.

Currently, there are 7.0 months of supply of homes in the Salisbury MD area.* This is determined by how many homes are available divided by how many homes sold the previous month.

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Illegal Immigrant Fights For Pay As Student Body President

Politics pays in college, but not quite as well for illegal immigrants.

Student government representatives at most public universities collect money for their service, including stipends as high as $15,000 per year. But Jose Salazar, the student body president at California State Long Beach University, is barred by university bylaws from collecting because he is an illegal immigrant. He’s using his political talents to find a loophole.

“I’m up for the challenge. I love challenges,” Salazar told CBSLA.com.

School President Jane Close Conoley is on his side, and “searching for more permanent solutions for the undocumented students” in student government, according to reports.

The story of Salazar, who did not return repeated requests for comment, is inspiring to many. Elected president with 52 percent of the vote, the aerospace engineering and physics double major crossed into the U.S. from Mexico a decade ago with his mother and siblings. The family moved to Long Beach, where Salazar told school newspaper the Daily 49er he began middle school as one of just a few students who spoke only Spanish.

“Everyone used to bully me and push me around,” Salazar recalled.

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Democratic Debate Post Mortem

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Democrats Don't Care About Hillary's Email Scandal

Hillary Clinton's national poll numbers have been falling for months, and pundits are quick to blame her ongoing email scandal. So are Republican politicians. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy lost his chance to become majority leader by connecting the email scandal and the Benghazi committee to Clinton's dropping numbers, fueling even more talk that emails are a major cause of Clinton's decline.

But the evidence points to a different culprit: The rise of Bernie Sanders.

Events at the first Democratic presidential primary debate on Tuesday highlighted just how unimportant the email scandal is for Democrats.

"The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails," Sanders said to raucous applause from the Democratic audience. "Enough of the emails. Let's talk about the real issues facing America." That comment earned more noisy applause from the audience.

Most Democrats don't care about Clinton's emails. Fewer than 30 percent of Democrats said the email matter will be very or somewhat important in deciding their vote, according to a CBS poll conducted last week.

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COPS TICKET MAN WHILE DRIVING DAD TO HOSPITAL FOR HEART ATTACK

Trooper repeatedly questioned whether he was having a heart attack...

Michael O’Neil was racing his dad to the hospital for a heart attack when he saw a state trooper in the rearview mirror with his lights flashing.

He thought the trooper was going to escort them to Good Samaritan Hospital in west suburban Downers Grove.

Wrong.

He got a $1,500 speeding ticket. After his dad, William O’Neil, stood behind their Ford Taurus on Interstate 355, he was taken to a different hospital in an ambulance.

The next day, his father underwent surgery and received a stent to fix a blockage in an artery.

William O’Neil, who says the trooper repeatedly questioned whether he was having a heart attack, is furious about how he and his son were treated Sept. 27.

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Wal-Mart Stock Tumbles

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. suffered its worst stock decline in more than 27 years after predicting a drop in annual profit, underscoring the giant retailer’s struggles to reignite growth.

Earnings will decrease 6 percent to 12 percent in fiscal 2017, which ends in January of that year, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said at its investor day on Wednesday. Analysts had estimated a gain of 4 percent on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The outlook was “far worse than anyone expected,” Charles Grom, an analyst with Sterne Agee & Leach, said in a note to clients.

Wal-Mart has been pumping money into its workforce and e-commerce capabilities in a bid to reignite stagnant sales growth -- investments that will continue in fiscal 2017. The company raised its base employee wages to $9 an hour in April and plans to boost hourly pay to at least $10 next year. The effort, combined with an expanded training program, added about $1 billion in costs this year and $1.5 billion next year.

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INNOCENT DEATH-ROW PRISONER RELEASED WITH $30 GIFT CARD AFTER 30 YEARS

Prosecutor who convicted him said the mistake had ruined both their lives
After 30 years wrongfully imprisoned for murder on death row, Glenn Ford was released with a $30 gift card.

Under Louisiana law, Ford was entitled more than $400,000 in compensation for the time he spent in solitary confinement at notorious maximum-security facility Angola. Instead, he died penniless on the street.

In an astonishing interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes, the prosecutor who convicted him said the mistake had ruined both their lives. “I did something that was very, very bad,” Marty Stroud told the TV show. “I was arrogant, narcissistic, caught up in the culture of winning.”

Stroud, then 32, helped to convict Ford of robbing and murdering jeweller Isadore Rozeman, for which he was sentenced to death in 1984. Ford had done yard work for Rozeman and was known to be a petty thief. He had even pawned some of the stolen jewellery. But was it enough to convict?

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Alternative Heart Treatment Moving Into the Mainstream

Chelation therapy, an alternative technique long dismissed by conventional heart doctors, has taken a giant step toward becoming a first-line mainstream medical treatment, thanks to a boost from the National Institutes of Health.

The federal health agency’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has awarded $800,000 to Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida and the Duke Clinical Research Institute to begin a follow-up study of chelation that could lead to its use as a standard treatment for cardiovascular disease.

The funding, which will allow the research team to design a definitive study on chelation’s benefits, follows a preliminary clinical trial that showed the technique provides a huge health boost to heart attack survivors that rivals the benefits of standard treatments.

That early study, published online in the American Heart Journal, found the combo treatment cut the death risk for some heart patients by half and is particularly beneficial to those with diabetes.

Lead researcher Gervasio Lamas, M.D., with the Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai, said the results came as a complete surprise to the researchers, who expected the study to prove chelation is a sham treatment.

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Trump, Carson Threaten to Pull Out of Next GOP Debate Over Ground Rules

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson on Thursday threatened to pull out of the third GOP debate in Colorado later this month in a dispute with CNBC and the Republican National Committee over its rules.

Trump took to Twitter to vent his anger after a conference call between RNC officials and top advisers to the candidates erupted into chaos over the issues, Politico reports. The New York real estate magnate was particularly concerned about the contest's length and whether candidates would be allowed to make opening and closing statements.

The 29-minute call was scheduled by RNC officials after several GOP campaigns complained the previous day about the format that CNBC was planning for the debate, Politico reports.

The format would have not allowed candidates to give the statements.

The Carson camp fired off a letter to CNBC Washington Bureau Chief Matthew Cuddy on behalf of both campaigns.

"Mr. Trump and Dr. Carson do not, and will not, agree to appear at a debate that is more than 120 minutes long including commercials breaks. "Further, the debate must include opening and closing statements from all the candidates," the letter said.

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How Heroin is Hitting the Foster Care System

Timothy Dick’s office receives all kinds of reports of child abuse and neglect. Perhaps a child has a broken bone, or is underfed, or has been left home alone for too long.

But when caseworkers drive to the child’s home to investigate, they often discover the same root cause. “What we’re finding more and more is that the parents are addicted to opiates. And more often than not, it’s heroin,” said Dick, assistant director of child protective services in Clermont County, Ohio.

In Ohio and other states ravaged by the latest drug epidemic, officials say substance abuse by parents is a major reason for the growing number of children in foster care. In Clermont County, east of Cincinnati, more than half the children placed in foster care this year have parents who are addicted to opiates, Dick said.

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Troopers Investigate Hit and Run of Bicyclist, Seaford

Seaford, DE – Troopers are investigating a hit and run collision involving a teenage bicyclist that occurred west of Seaford early Thursday evening.

The incident occurred around 7:00 p.m. Thursday October 15, 2015 as Melleca D. Butler Jr., 17 of Seaford, was bicycling southbound on Woodpecker Road approaching Old Carriage Road. An unknown vehicle, possibly a General Motors SUV, was also traveling southbound on Woodpecker Road and struck the bicyclist from behind, ejecting the teen from the bicycle onto the ground and into a cornfield just west of the roadway. The unknown vehicle fled the scene after the collision. A passerby observed a bicycle tire and shoe in the roadway and stopped to check the area when he observed the youth in the field. He then contacted 9-1-1 to report the incident.

Melleca Butler, who was not reported to be wearing a helmet, was airlifted from the scene by Delaware State Police Aviation (Trooper 2) to Christiana Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Troop 5 at 302-337-1090. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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Westside Community Center’s Giant Community Yard Sale Set For October 24

Tables On Sale Now

Salisbury, MD –
The Westside Community Center will hold their annual Giant Community Yard Sale on Saturday, October 24 at Cedar Hill Park (at the corner of Nanticoke Road) in Bivalve, MD. The sale will take place from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tables are available to sellers for $10 each.

For more information or to reserve your table, please call 410-873-2993.

The British Invasion hits the WY&CC on Jan. 9

Salisbury, MD – The British Invasion is coming to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center for a Dinner & Show performance on Saturday, Jan. 9th. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. In this high energy performance, The British Invasion Experience pays tribute to the Beatles from their introduction on the Ed Sullivan show, through their career, to the roof top of Abbey Road Studios.

During the Experience the explosion of well-known hits from other British groups such as The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, The Yard Birds, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Who. The show caps off with the psychedelic era, featuring songs from groups like Cream and Pink Floyd. The members of The British Invasion Experience are dedicated to engaging their audiences as they flashback to the great groups of the 60's and identify their impact on today’s music and culture.

The evening’s themed dinner menu includes garden salad, Irish stew, fish & chips, corned beef & cabbage, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley and a chef’s dessert table. Early bird tickets are available for $35 (plus fees) through Sunday, Oct. 18. Regular admission tickets are $40. Tickets and show information is available online at www.WicomicoCivicCenter.org.

Under-Investigation Educators Still Received $8.1B In Federal Funds Last Year

The federal government has ramped up its efforts to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive for-profit colleges in recent years: implementing so-called gainful employment rules this summer, discharging millions of dollars in student loans for students who were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges and restricting the University of Phoenix’s ability to participate in tuition-assistance programs for active-duty servicemembers. Still, these steps appear to have done little to keep questionable for-profit colleges from getting their hands on billions of dollars in funding straight from the government. 

Wisconsin trial tests gun store’s judgment on illegal sales

WI: Wisconsin trial tests gun store’s judgment on illegal sales

A case brought by two Milwaukee police officers against a Wisconsin gun shop is part of a new wave of lawsuits that focus on gun shops and accuse them of knowingly permitting illegal sales or of being grossly negligent.

AR: State judge orders Arkansas to disclose source of execution drugs

The ruling orders Arkansas to “identify or otherwise object to disclosure” of the manufacturers, distributor, seller or supplier of Arkansas’ three lethal injections drugs. The order gives the state until Oct. 21 to turn over the package inserts, shipping labels, laboratory test results and other information. Death row inmates are challenging the state's execution secrecy law.

MA: Massachusetts insurance companies cancel policies

Insurance companies are sending more cancellation notices to Massachusetts homeowners who filed claims last winter after record-setting snow. The state doesn’t have laws governing when companies can decide against renewing a customer. 

This Barclays exec disliked the way banks treat the poor so he quit to join a startup that 'champions the underdog'

Anthony Watson has held board level positions at Barclays, Citi, and Wells Fargo, and served as chief information officer for Nike.
In short, he is used to dealing with multi-billion dollar balance sheets and huge technology budgets.
But the 39-year-old's latest position is on a very different scale — Watson is CEO and President of 10-month-old Bitreserve, a startup aiming to harness the technology behind bitcoin to create the "internet of money."
Bitreserve is on Wednesday re-branding as Uphold and opening up its platform to the mainstream.
Until today its digital wallets could only be stocked with bitcoin (although this could be converted to 24 currencies). But now Uphold now lets you upload cash from traditional bank accounts and credit cards across 33 European countries, including the UK. US, and Chinese accounts will be available in November.
Aside from storing money online, Uphold's big selling point is it lets you transfer internationally and switch between currencies for free.
Business Insider sat down with Watson earlier this month to hear about the new service, why Watson decided to join the company, how his homosexuality has shaped his approach to the world, and how he hopes Uphold can tackle the "injustices in the financial system."

"Those who can least afford it always pay the most"