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Sunday, January 31, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Shot Fired In Ocean City

Ocean City Fire/EMS has been dispatched to the Four Seasons Trailer Park on Rt. 50. 

It's been reported one person has been shot and it is possible it may be self inflicted. 

Second Maryland teen charged in death of Blacksburg, Va., girl

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A second Virginia Tech student has been arrested in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl who disappeared earlier this week.

Natalie Marie Keepers, 19, of Laurel, Maryland, was arrested Sunday morning. Police claim that she helped another Virginia Tech student, David Eisenhauer, 18, dispose of the body of Nicole Madison Lovell,

Lovell had been missing from her home in Blacksburg since the middle of last week. After a four-day search, police discovered her remains along a North Carolina highway on Saturday.

Eisenhauer, who is from Columbia, Maryland, has been charged with murder in the case.


Laurel Man Charged with Vehicular Assault and 8th Offense DUI

Millsboro, DE - The Delaware State Police arrested a Laurel man early this morning and charged him with 8th offense DUI.

The incident occurred around 11:54 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2016, as William J. McGeehan, 42 of Laurel, was operating a 2003 Ford Ranger eastbound on (SR 24) John J. Williams Highway near the intersection of Layton Davis Drive east of Millsboro. McGeehan drifted across the center line and struck a 2015 GMC Sierra operated by Olga Kilian, 22 of Millsboro, which resulted in a head on collision. McGeehan's vehicle spun in a counter clockwise direction and faced in an eastward direction and the GMC Sierra vehicle was also facing east after the collision.

William J. McGeehan, who was seat belted, was transported to the Beebe Medical Center. He sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and was admitted.

Olga Kilian, who was seat belted, was transported to the Beebe Medical Center where she was treated for her minor injuries.

Upon contact William J. McGeehan exhibited signs of being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. A DUI investigation ensued and a computer check also revealed he had seven previous DUI convictions on the following dates (11/12/93, 12/11/95, 8/29/97, 4/13/98, 4/30/99, 7/9/03, and 12/17/04); this arrest would make #8.

Along with the Felony DUI offense, William J. McGeehan was also charged with Vehicular Assault 2nd degree - Driving Under the Influence Negligence Causes, Failure to have Insurance in Possession and Failed to Remain in Single Lane. He was committed to the custody of Sussex Correctional Institution on $12, 101.00 cash bond.

Game Day Favorites: Rootbeer Chicken Wings

Slow Cooker Root Beer Chicken Wings

Posted by Tasty on Sunday, November 22, 2015


3 lbs of wings
2 tsp of salt
2 tsp of pepper
1 cup of bbq sauce
16.9 fl oz of root beer
more bbq sauce
brown sugar

Season chicken wings with salt and pepper. Spray your slow cooker pot with cooking spray, add chicken wings, bbq sauce and root beer. Cover, cook on low for 4 hours. Remove wings from slow cooker, place on parchment lined tray. Brush more bbq sauce onto wings, sprinkle some brown sugar. Put under broiler for 8 -10 minutes. Enjoy!




Ireton For Congress

Friends, I’ve just announced that I will be running for the House of Representatives for Maryland’s 1st District. We have a long journey ahead, and I’m glad we will share it.

What follows is the speech I gave in Crisfield this morning. I chose to be in Crisfield because Andy Harris wasn’t there when he was needed most. I hope you’ll support my effort to be a Congressman who does his job for the people who sent him to Washington.

I can’t do this alone. I will need your help. Please take a moment to donate to our campaign.


Wicomico County Board Of Ed Cries The Blues Once Again

Here we go again, the Board of Ed is crying the blues once again claiming there's not enough money to give the children a good education. 

A representative of the BOE said they are "one of the poorest Counties per student" in the state. 

I just LOVE how these Liberals can twist words. "One of the poorest". Well, do tell us all how many OTHER Counties are poorer? Let's start with Somerset County. Then there's the question of, PER STUDENT. 

Look, we are NOT in Montgomery County, PG County, Anne Arundel County and so forth and so on.

It always amazes me how things are never good enough here. I'm going to be very blunt on a couple of issues here. 

ONE, if you wanted the best education for your child, why don't you move to these other Counties that does have more funding for education. Did you really believe that you'd get the BEST education here on the Shore over every County in the state? Did you ever wonder that perhaps it's the fact that you might just have poor educators/teachers here? Have they not been getting more and more money every year, yet the grade averages have not gone up?

When you take hundreds of thousands of dollars "for the children" and spend that money on Gift Cards on staff and not the children. When you spend millions of dollars on RENT over spending those millions on better Teachers, perhaps our children would get a better education.

However, instead of addressing this BEFORE they commit to being so poor, they wait until they've signed contracts on renting space they come back after the fact crying the blues there's not enough money.

Any good business person see's right through their load of crap. They should be punished for making such mistakes. They should be held accountable for spending "for the children" money on trips to restaurants and bars. 

It's not about the children, ladies & gentlemen. It's about Liberals trying to trick you. They are proving unless you pay a hell of a lot more money in property taxes it's a given your child will not get a good education here. 

Prove me wrong!

Today's Poll Question 1-29-16

Do you believe crime is 
in Salisbury?


Let me fill you in on a little secret. While we do our very best to bring you up to date information on crime on a daily basis, trust me, we're not being told everything. Quite frankly, you should be scared, even in your own homes.

While Liberals are doing their very best to try to take away your guns, Salisbury is the perfect example of how we Americans should have every right to defend ourselves. 

Let's just look at the last two days. 

7-11 robbed 
Domino's Pizza robbed
McDonald's robbed
Shooting investigation
Shoplifting reports like there's no tomorrow
Unattended death investigation

Now this is what we KNOW. How many press releases, (seriously) have we delivered showing you all of the bank robbers who have been caught robbing all the Banks in Salisbury, ONE? He was a teenager. It seems to me Salisbury is the best place to commit a crime. 

New Mayor, same Police Chief, same results. Each and every one of you need to look at the Chamber of Commerce and ALL of the businesses that continue to support and endorse the leadership you've had for the past 25 years. I mean, really, how's it working for you people?

Or perhaps now you'll realize that this is exactly the environment they want to put you in while these very same people live OUTSIDE the City of Salisbury and know that most of the crime is at night, so they are safe during the day while they're running their businesses. 

You know what's really sad though. You people can't even stand up for yourselves. You sit back like little puppets and watch these special interests tear apart everything you've ever worked for your entire lives and then bitch and complain about Obama and Hillary. You sit on the fire escape and watch the world go by while all these people take every penny you've earned and laugh at you when you turn your backs and walk out the door.

"It was your election to lose", think long and hard about that because their only answer is, oh no, crime is actually down. Remember people, you actually believe them. 

BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump: "I Won't Be Doing The Debate."

Donald Trump says he will not participate in the Fox News debate on Thursday.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Iowa on Tuesday, Trump said, “I’m not a fan of Megyn Kelly [one of the moderators]. I think she’s a third-rate reporter. I think she frankly is not good at what she does and I think they could do a lot better than Megyn Kelly and so I’m going to be making a decision with Fox but I probably won’t bother doing the debate.”

According to The Washington Post, Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Trump is “definitely not participating in the Fox News debate… His word is his bond.” 


Donald Trump Campaign Rally in Des Moines, Iowa

In case you missed Donald Trump's campaign rally last night you can watch it by clicking HERE.


OREGON - In a statement, Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon, described the events depicted in the video below that lead to the death of LaVoy Finicum:
As the white truck approaches the roadblock, there is a spike strip across the road but it appears Finicum missed it as he attempted to drive around the roadblock. He nearly hits an FBI agent as he maneuvers to the left. The truck gets stuck in the snowbank.

Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow. Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.

At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.


You can see both videos by clicking the 'More' button.  

A Viewer Writes: City of Salisbury Employee Gets DWI & Other Multiple Charges

Citation Number:0000001HX0G1NCase Status:ACTIVE CASE
Violation Date:01/28/2016Violation Time:12:24 AM
District Code:02Location Code:03
Officer Name:SMITH, B
Officer ID:6083

Defendant Information
Address:30665 E RUSTIC DR
City:SALISBURYState:MDZip Code:21804

Charge Information
Contributed to Accident?:NOPersonal Injury?:NO
Fine:0Related Citation Number:01HY0G1N

Vehicle Tag:6AT7721State:MDVehicle Description:


Dru Bragg who is Ireton's drinking buddy from the fire department. The guy that was an assistant chief and got fired by Jeff Simpson then Ireton made Simpson hire Dru Back. Then he went out on Medical disability for a shoulder injury. Then while Still mayor Ireton hired him as Housing Supervisor at NSCC. It's listed as John D. Bragg, Jr. age 50. He is listed on the City's NSCC page as J. Dru Bragg, Housing Supervisor. I wonder what will happen with his City job. He needs his license to drive NSCC's code enforcement cars.

We published the press release at 5:30 AM HERE

Puzzle For Today 1-26-16

How many locks do you see open?

Answer will be posted at 6:15pm

Salisbury News Will Not Cover Upcoming Fox News Debate

Based on Presidential Candidate Donald Trump's decision to not participate in the upcoming Fox news Debate, Salisbury News will not cover ANY news from that debate.

We, (Salisbury News) are a strong part of eliminating the Main Stream Media and the games that are played to sway public influence to their favor by not being fair and balanced.

Should Fox News make changes and Mr. Trump changes his mind we will reconsider. 

Today's Survey Question 1-27-16

Do you really give a crap about 
what celebrities have to say?

A Viewer Writes: Credit Card

Walston Switch Sunoco has charged my credit card $30.00 dollars for gas I did not get. I put my credit card in the pump and lifted the nozzle and put it back because I needed non ethanol gas for my generator and it was not. I got home that night to check my bank account and saw where they charge me for gas. I have talked to the manager several times and she tells me the boss said he will give me credit. Just thought your readers might want to know.

Do You Ever Wonder...

Do you ever wonder who is in one of these huge helicopters when they fly over your homes on the Shore?

WBOC Continues To Prove They Have No Journalistic Integrity

WBOC once again went on the attack against Donald Trump for his decision to not participate in the upcoming Fox News Debate. 

The people that were interviewed ADMITTED they wouldn't be voting for Trump anyway and they never once allowed a Trump supporter to BALANCE the story. 

This is what makes me sick to my stomach with this local Liberal news station. The MAJORITY of Republican Americans support Donald Trump. So what are they trying to do, create a cult of Liberals because THEY are afraid Donald Trump makes more sense then any other Presidential candidate?

We will NOT be converted and WBOC will continue to fail. Won't it be amazing how one guy will ultimately bring them to their knees just like I did with the Daily Times. 

By the way WBOC, don't think everyone isn't noticing how local businesses are no longer advertising with you. Now we get to see infomercials of dining room table pads just like grandma used to have. You're going down and you better believe I'm going to pound my chest along the way.

Police Fatally Shot 12-Year-Old Girl While Serving Eviction Papers — Her Father Is Now Charged With Homicide in Her Death

Earlier this month The Blaze reported a 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl was fatally shot by a constable serving her father an eviction notice. The girl’s father is now facing homicide charges.

Ciara Meyer, who was home from school sick that day, was standing behind her father when the constable shot him in the arm. Constable Clark Steele fired his weapon only after Ciara’s father, Donald Meyer pointed a loaded gun at Steele.

Meyer, 57, was charged Thursday for homicide and involuntary manslaughter in the killing of his daughter.

Perry County District Attorney Andrew Bender said Thursday that Meyer’s “extremely reckless actions” in pointing a rifle at Steele’s chest led to his daughter’s death.

The prosecutor said Steele shot at Meyer in self-defense and will not face charges. Meyer was already facing aggravated assault and other charges in the case when he was charged Thursday.


Back In The Day

So many young people today have no clue what we old folk had to deal with in snow storms.

Not only did we deal with much larger snow storms, they came more frequently and guess what kids, most of us had to actually have spare sets of "snow tires".

We didn't have radial all purpose tires, we had bias ply tires, which were a joke. 

We also had nothing but rear wheel drive and there was no weight in the rear end.

With all due respect, when I see a 4x4 vehicle on the side of the road I can't help but laugh. 

Come on Folks, would you agree the younger generations have no clue how much better they have it today when it comes to driving in the snow and inclement weather?

Wicomico Sheriff Mike Lewis and Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen talk about school safety

Wicomico Sheriff Mike Lewis and Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen talk about school safety and the importance of collaboration and communication, on PAC 14.

SPD Press Release 1-30-16 (Gun and Drug Arrest-Traffic Stop)

A Viewer Writes: Delmarva Power Usage Increases~File Complaint

Hi Joe,

I read your blog daily and thoroughly enjoy it!

I remember reading your post regarding Delmarva Power and the increase in our electric bills. However, I cannot remember the date.

Even before you posted it, I had noticed such a dramatic increase and I have since realized that DP is definitely price gouging us. I am permanently disabled and receive SSDI and am on a fixed income. My budget was $40.00 a month which was doable...In October 2015, they changed my budget to $163.00 without notice given to me! Now, January 2016's bill, they increased it to $222.00!!! I only receive $1254.00 a month Disability!!! My housing (rent) is almost $400.00; how does DP think I am able to pay this RIDICULOUS amount?? I have already received help from Shore Up for the MEAP program.

I called DP and spoke to a rep and she kept repeating to me, "The amount was increased b/c it's "Based ON USAGE."" WHAT? I have lived at my residence for 3 I have previous history to compare. When I audited MY invoices against each other, believe me...the statistics do NOT add up!

I sent an email to the Department of Energy yesterday. I received an email this morning from them and they have provided me with the phone numbers and link of whom to contact.

Please share this information with the rest of your readers!

I am sending my complaint to them TODAY! Delmarva Power NEEDS to be investigated/audited by the Public Service Commission especially since they implemented a "new" billing system last January. If you remember, our first bill in 2015 was based on 43 or 45 days due to the wait time. This would affect your annual usage amount and it would NOT be accurate!!!

I hope that we can overload the Maryland Public Service Commission with enough complaints AGAINST Delmarva Power to initiate a deep and thorough Audit of their "Insufficient" and "Price Gouging" billing policies towards the residents in Wicomico County!!!

Thank you so much for ALL you do to keep us honestly informed!

Here is the link to FILE a Complaint:

This Celebrity Just Called Trump A Diva For Skipping The Fox Debate

Cher mocked Donald Trump after he decided to skip the Fox News debate because of Megyn Kelly.

In a series of tweets this week, the singer made fun of the Republican front-runner and called him a prima donna.

“Trump not doing Fox debate because of Megan [sic] Kelly,” she tweeted. “How can he face ISIS? He can’t face a chick on TV.”


O’Malley: ‘I Banned the Box,’ Decriminalized Marijuana, and Reduced Fatal Police-Involved Shootings

( - When asked how he plans to ensure racial equality, Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday that he decriminalized marijuana, “banned the box” for those with criminal records seeking state employment, and reduced the number of fatal police-involved shootings.

“I drove down fatal police-involved shootings to three of their four lowest years in Baltimore history, and as governor, I restored voting rights to 52,000 people. I ... decriminalized the possession of marijuana. I banned the box on people who are applying for state employment,” O’Malley said during the Democratic presidential town hall in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday.

An audience member asked, “How are you planning to ensure racial equality when your history in office contradicts your current platform to fight structural racism?”


Michael Moore Talks 2016 Race, Obama's Legacy and More With Megyn Kelly


* You know how to pronounce 'Towson', 'Wicomico' and 'Worcester'

* You remember the Inner Harbor as that horrible place with polluted water and rat infested old warehouses.

* You ate at Haussner's and enjoyed the delicious strawberry pie and the nude pictures in the Stag Bar.

* The Morris Mechanic Theatre was built downtown to attract Broadway plays.

* You remember Friendship Airport and how close you could park to the airport and how simple it was to check in and board the plane.

* You were amazed when the 'Balmer'
Harbor Tunnel opened downtown.

* You remember driving over the old Kent Narrows Draw-Bridge that snarled weekend traffic coming home from downy ocean, Hon.

* Chuck Thompson was the voice of the Orioles and the Colts.

* His famous sayings: "Ain't the beer cold" & "Go to war Miss Agnes!"

* You love the Domino Sugar sign you can see across the harbor.

* You remember the rotating restaurant on top of the Holiday Inn on Light Street.

* Blaze Starr was the reigning queen of the "Block"

* You enjoyed a drink at the Owl Bar.

* You know the Naval Academy and Hopkins are national treasures and you get a kick out of hearing them named in movies or TV.

* You know B&O is not body odor.

* You remember the local beers: National Bohemian, Gunther and American, and loved Mr. Boh...

* The popular restaurants were the Chesapeake, Danny's, Miller Brothers, Prime Rib, Pimlico Hotel, Jimmy Wu's.

* The Bethlehem Steel plant at Sparrows Point was the region's largest employer. Other big employers were Bendix, Black & Decker, Westinghouse, Crown, Cork & Seal, and Continental Can

* The downtown smelled great near McCormick's.

* Every kitchen had a can of Old Bay and you used King syrup on your pancakes.

* You refer to your state as "Merlin,"
and Baltimore as 'Balmer Merlin'

* Your Mom shopped at Brager Gutman?s, Hutzler?s, The Hub, Stewart's, The May Company or Hochschild-Kohn

* Jim Rouse built the 'city of the future' when he developed Columbia (after he built Cross Keys)

* You remember the Civic Center and the ice hockey team the Clippers and the Baltimore Bullets who played there.

* You know Pam Shriver, Al Kaline, Garry Moore, Jim McKay and Spiro Agnew are from Maryland.

* You love those Barry Levinson movies about Baltimore (Diner, Tin Men, and Avalon)

* You know how to eat steamed crabs, but also know how to tell the males from the females.

* You don't think that Assawoman Bay is a strange name.

* M R Ducks makes perfect sense.

* You have fond memories of Memorial Stadium and Rex Barney saying "Give that fan a contract" when someone would catch a foul ball, or Wild Bill Hagy in Section 34 leading cheers.

* You still love watching the old black & white tape of the "Greatest Game Ever Played" - when the Colts beat the NY Giants in sudden death for the NFL Championship, 1958.

* Everybody knows what a "zink" and "payment" are.

* When out of town, you can only laugh when you see signs saying "Maryland Crab Cakes!"

* You say, " Blare" Road for Bel Air Road and "Lumberd" Street - not Lombard.

* You remember Jerry Turner, Al Sanders, Capt. Chesapeake and Rhea & J.P.

* Charlie Eckman had the best radio sports show and had such sayings as, "Give that man a saliva test" or "Call that man a cab"

* You remember Oprah and Richard Sher together in the mornings on Ch-13. Oprah lived in Cross keys (another Jim Rouse development).

* You remember Gwynn Oak Park with the Dixie Ballroom and the boat lake with the swans.

* You enjoyed the humor of Artie Donovan & Charlie Eckman.

* You remember driving out to Vanderbilt's Sagamore Farm to look at the beautiful racehorses and the incredible long white fence.

* How about Read's Drugstore, Polock Johnny's, Koester's Bread, Hendler's Ice Cream

* Vince Bagli was "the" sports announcer on TV.

* You remember Mayor Schaefer swimming with the seals at the National Aquarium.

* You swore Frank Perdue kinda looked like one of his tender chickens.

* Your kids watched the Romper Room with Miss Sally and the Hodgepodge Lodge on MD Public TV

* You know which bridge they were talking about, when someone says, "The bridge traffic is backed up"

* You revere the names of Johnny U, Brooks, Boog, and Frank!

* You remember when Alan Ameche & Gino Marchetti opened their hamburger places that we cruised every Saturday night...

* You remember Carlin's Park with the big wooden roller coaster and the ice rink.

* Welcome to Bawlmer, Hon!

* You actually understand all of these and pass them on to other Marylanders to enjoy!

A Viewer Writes: English Grill chicken recipe

Hi Joe

I grew up with English's Chicken and miss it greatly since Bay Country closed. I went to school with one of their grandchildren and have lost track of them. So I would like to know if anybody would have this recipe. If so would they email me or meet me in Salisbury. I know the English Family kept this recipe top secret but I surely like to have it. It would be great to have their chicken at least one more time before I leave this world. I have searched all over the internet and cannot find anything.

Greatly appreciated

JUST IN: FBI Thwarts Mass Shooting Planned At Masonic Temple in Milwaukee

Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Milwaukee man who planned a mass shooting, according to a release by United States Attorney’s Office of Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, has been charged with possessing machine guns and a silencer.

In October 2015, Hamzeh planned to travel to Jordan, enter the West Bank and conduct an attack on Israeli soldiers and citizens living in the West Bank.

Hamzeh later abandoned those plans and began to focus on conducting an attack in the United States.

During recorded conversations, Hamzeh explained that he wanted to commit a domestic act of violence on a Masonic Temple in Milwaukee.

Hamzeh had been under investigation since September 2015.


SU Closed Monday; Classes to Start Wednesday

Due to record snow falls in parts of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic where many Salisbury University students reside, and still dangerous secondary roads on the Eastern Shore, the campus will remain closed on Monday, January 25. Classes will begin on Wednesday, January 27.
Below is the current schedule:
  • Sunday, January 24: Campus closed. Essential personnel report to work.
  • Monday, January 25: Campus closed and no classes. Essential personnel report to work.
  • Tuesday, January 26: Campus reopens but classes are canceled. Residence Hall Move-in is scheduled from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Liberal leave policy is in effect for non-essential personnel. Those wishing to use liberal leave must notify their supervisors.
  • Wednesday, January 27: Campus open with first day of classes.
These precautions have been taken to give students more time to return safely to SU following the storm. The spring semester will officially begin on Wednesday, January 27. Students may move into their residence halls until 8 p.m. tonight (Sunday) or between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Again, please use caution when traveling.

How Do Voters Really Feel This Election?

This week, NPR asked voters around the country how they are feeling about this election, and why so many tell us they are anxious or angry.

There are real issues and shifts behind that anxiety, as National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson reported on Monday, including stalled incomes, fears of terrorism and a changing country. The conversation continued on public radio stations around the country and on Facebook and Twitter.

We heard from listeners who do feel angry, and others who explained why they feel excited, disappointed or hopeful. Here are some of the responses we received:

'Don't have control'

"People feel that they don't have any control over the process. They have this overwhelming sense — whether they're on the right or the left of the spectrum — that elites are controlling the levers of power, and that they don't have a say. Whether they perceive those elites to be political or economic." — Melissa Ross, WJCT in Jacksonville


"The No. 1 thing we heard was Trump. Everybody that we talked to was anxious about Trump and equal to that people were anxious about the media as it pertained to Trump. ... they were anxious about other things that Trump was exploiting, they were anxious about being disconnected from each other." — Carrie Kaufman, KNPR in Las Vegas


Saturday, January 30, 2016


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To Shine A Light On Salary Gaps, Obama Wants Companies To Disclose Pay Data

The proposal would require companies with more than 100 employees to submit data, affecting more than 63 million workers.

The Obama administration is proposing a new rule to address unequal pay practices by requiring companies with more than 100 employees to submit salary data by race, gender and ethnicity.

The announcement comes seven years after President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — his first piece of legislation as president — which makes it easier for women to challenge discriminatory pay in court.

But a stubborn, substantial pay gap between men and women persists — and it affects black and Latina women the most, Obama said Friday as he introduced the proposal. The president said he'd continue to work to reduce the gap as long as he was in office.


MSP Press Release 1-30-16 Alcohol related Motor Vehicle Collision (Berlin Barrack)

At least one killed in shootings, stabbing at Denver motorcycle rally

At least one person was killed after a shooting/stabbing melee Saturday afternoon at the National Western complex.

Denver Health tweeted shortly before 2 p.m. that nine people had been transported to area hospitals.

At a 3:30 p.m. news briefing, the hospital said 7 patients were brought in after the shooting. One died, three are critical and three are stable.

Bob Cook witnessed the shooting. His booth for Quarterchaps, a leather goods company was located across from where the shooting happened.



Words changed so as not to offend Muslims

Parents of 10 year old children at a school in Austria are reportedly fuming after teachers assigned homework to learn the words to a Christian hymn.. except they substituted the word ‘God’ for the word ‘Allah’.

Austria’s largest newspaper Kronen Zeitung reports that school officials claim to have made the change the words to the song ‘Gottes liebe ist so wunderbar’ (God’s love is so wonderful) to ‘Allah’s liebe ist so wunderbar’ in order not to offend the Muslim children in the class.


Feeling any older today?

Our favorite cartoon characters are now seniors !


Similarly, George W. Bush described Bill Clinton as his "brother from another mother"

Chelsea Clinton said Jeb Bush is her favorite GOP candidate, highlighting how the Clintons and the Bush family are very close friends.

She called Bush the “best candidate” on the Republican side during a New York City fundraiser for her mother on Wednesday.

Clinton “talked about how she thinks that Jeb Bush is… the only voice on the other side that is demonstrating strong American values,” according to an attendee speaking to CNN.


DHS let unscreened Ebola carriers into U.S.

When responding to a dangerous disease, speed is important. And when Ebola headed toward U.S. shores in 2014, the Homeland Security Department mobilized quickly. But DHS also had training and coordination issues that may have resulted in unscreened Ebola carriers getting into the United States. That's according to the DHS inspector general. Mark Bell, the assistant inspector general for audits at DHS, joins Federal Drivewith Tom Temin to share more.

GO HERE to listen.


Most Americans expect the next great earthquake in the United States to come on the west coast

But what if it strikes right down the middle of the country instead? The New Madrid fault zone is six times larger than the San Andreas fault zone in California and it covers portions of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. Back in 1811 and 1812, a series of absolutely devastating earthquakes along the New Madrid fault zone opened very deep fissures in the ground, caused the Mississippi River to run backwards in some places, and were reportedly felt as far away as Washington D.C. and Boston. They were the strongest earthquakes ever recorded east of the Rocky Mountains, and scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time before we experience similar quakes. In fact, the U.S. Geological Survey has admitted that the New Madrid fault zone has the “potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought“, and the number of significant earthquakes in the middle part of the country has more than quintupled in recent years. Someday, perhaps without any warning, an absolutely massive earthquake will strike the New Madrid fault. Thousands of Americans will die, tens of thousands of structures will be completely destroyed, and millions of people will find themselves homeless.

Unlike on the west coast, buildings within the New Madrid fault zone are typically not constructed to withstand major earthquakes. If we were to see the type of earthquake that we saw a little over two centuries ago, it would be a disaster unlike anything that any of us have ever known. The following comes from WKRN, and it describes what those earthquakes back in 1811 and 1812 were like…


OC Maritime Operations Group recognized for 2015 Air Show Security


Parents slam decision as "totally ridiculous"

Bruce Vento Elementary School has banned Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas to avoid offending its minority student population.

“I have come to the difficult decision to discontinue the celebration of the dominant holidays until we can come to a better understanding of how the dominant views will suppress someone else’s view,” principal Scott Masini wrote in a letter to parents.

Masini said the decision was based on his concerns for “tolerance” and “respect,” prompting a backlash from parents who told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the move was “very sad” and “totally ridiculous”.


Highway safety advocates urge Maryland to toughen drunken driving laws

WASHINGTON — The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released a report on how states are performing when it comes to enacting laws to make highway travel safer.

The title of the report, “Missing in Action,” indicates how the group sees lawmakers’ efforts to toughen road safety requirements. Noting the rise in highway deaths and efforts to rollback highway safety laws in some states, the report summary reads, “Time for State Leaders to Get to Work.”

In the report, each state was given a rating: green, yellow or red, with green being a state with the most “optimal” legislation — stricter rules for graduated licensing for teens, for example. D.C. had a “green” status, Maryland and Virginia each earned the “yellow” designation.


Answer To Today's Puzzle 1-30-16

 Find the panda bear hidden in the picture.  

Click 'READ MORE' below to see the answer

Japan Starts Negative Interest Rates to Boost Economy

The Bank of Japan on Friday said it will charge lenders that leave too much cash on idle deposit with it, introducing a negative interest rate policy for the first time as it seeks to shore up a stumbling economic recovery.

The surprise move rattled stock market investors, with the Nikkei 225 index swinging between gains and losses after the announcement. It closed 2.8 percent higher. The Japanese yen slid, with the U.S. dollar rising to about 120.70 yen from about 118.50 earlier in the day.

The central bank said it is imposing a 0.1 percent fee on some new commercial bank deposits with the BOJ, effectively a negative interest rate. It hopes that will encourage commercial banks to lend more, rather than keeping cash at the BOJ, and stimulate investment and growth in the world's third-largest economy.


Officials: Worcester water safe

Given the broad coverage given the Flint, Michigan lead-tainted water disaster, some people might wonder just how safe this county’s water systems are.

In short, they’re in good shape. Though there may be trace amounts of lead found in county or town water, the amounts are well below tolerance and even then it shows up only because lab tests employed here are so sensitive, according to John Ross, county deputy director of public works.

“We pull water samples from homes, not at our water plants, and while the containment goal is zero it’s harder to get there because the labs are more sophisticated,” Ross said.

Ross said during the most recent round of testing, conducted annually, the county’s water tested in the two-to-six parts per billion range for lead, where the actionable level of the heavy metal is 15 parts per billion.

“It’s about a third of the actionable level,” Ross said.


Erin Brockovich to Investigate Water Pollution in Hoosick Falls

Erin Brockovich — the famed environmental activist portrayed by Julia Roberts in a hit movie — is headed to upstate New York to probe a string of rare cancer deaths and illnesses residents fear were caused by a contaminated water supply.

The Albany Times Union says over decades, a toxic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) may have seeped into the underground wells of Hoosick Falls, when workers at a plastics plant cleaned smokestacks and other equipment and dumped the byproducts in a storm drain.

PFOA, used in non-stick coatings and heat-resistant wiring, has been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, as well as thyroid diseases, The Times reports.


Berlin mural work gets underway

The first section of a planned five-panel public mural took shape this week, as dozens of children at Buckingham Elementary School in Berlin worked with muralist John Donato for several days.

The effort started last Thursday in Melissa Reid’s art classroom, but progress was pushed back by the winter storms. When finished, the panel will go on the north-facing side of the Berlin Visitor’s Center on Main Street.

“The progress by these kids has been fantastic,” Donato said. “There’s a lot of energy and a lot of good ideas. The staff has been great putting the whole schedule together, and we have volunteers from around the community coming in.

“We’re really moving along,” he added. “Because of everybody’s participating, we’re able to put a lot more paint into this project than we anticipated, so it’s going to be really something to see.”


US Paychecks Showed Little Sign of Accelerating in 4th Quarter

U.S. paychecks increased moderately in the final three months of last year, yet the gain was little changed from the sluggish post-recession trend.

The employment cost index, which tracks wages and benefits, rose 0.6 percent in the October-December quarter, the Labor Department said. That's the same as the previous three months.

In the past year, salaries and benefits have risen just 2 percent, the same annual pace as the previous two quarters. That is below the roughly 3.5 percent rate that is consistent with a healthy economy.


City revises fees for labor, equipment used in events

The Ocean City Council has modified the fees it charges promoters whose events require help from city workers or the use of city-owned equipment.

In a resolution passed last week, the council aimed to simplify what had been a complicated and costly business of charging promoters for virtually everything the city provided.

The new structure has slight fee reductions, such as charging $10 for using the podium per day instead of by the hour or establishing one rental fee for small and large mobile bleachers. But the major changes are slashing the list of equipment, hardware and employees that events would be charged for using.

The structure that was adopted late last year includes rental prices for 66 equipment items from chairs to barricades. There also were 39 entries for heavy equipment, such as buses and forklifts, and their operators.

The new structure only has cost listings for 40 equipment items and 15 employees and large hardware items.


Trump-less Fox News Debate Gets Second-Lowest Ratings

The first Republican presidential debate of the season without front-runner Donald Trump generated smaller viewer interest than all but one of this cycle's prior GOP gatherings, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates — but still drew four times as many viewers as Trump's competing event.

In the metered-market overnights, which represent 56 of the nation's largest markets, Fox News Channel's debate from Iowa averaged an 8.4 household rating. This is up vs. the 7.4 overnight rating for the most recent GOP debate, on Fox Business Network earlier this month, but it stands as the second lowest-rated of the six Republican gatherings this cycle.

Nielsen will issue total-viewer estimates later Friday, but it's likely that last night's debate on FNC averaged in the vicinity of 12 million viewers.

By comparison, the combined viewership of CNN and MSNBC, which covered Trump's competing Iowa event last night, appears to be about 3 million or so, according to an analysis by CNN.


Publishers Notes: Everyone should look at how many ON LINE viewers Trump had of his Veteran gathering/fundraiser. 

Hoverboards no longer welcome on OC Boardwalk

It’s official: hoverboards are now grounded from taking off in Ocean City.

In a unanimous decision, the City Council voted to ban motorized and non-motorized vehicles from the boards, except those already permitted by the city. While the decision is meant to stymie the stream of devices that have the potential to injure Boardwalk pedestrians, the motion targeted the largest issue at hand: “hoverboards,” vehicles best described as miniature Segway look-alikes without the handle.

“The police department has concerns of the proliferations of these vehicles on the Boardwalk, but specifically we would recommend a prohibition on hoverboards,” said Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro.

According to Buzzuro’s research that he shared with the council, roughly 100 colleges and universities have banned hoverboards from their campuses. Disney resorts and New York City as a whole have also prohibited its use.

“It’s not just the construct and the design, it’s the issue as a potential as a safety and fire hazard,” Buzzuro said.


Rick Manning: Big Government Admits Its Economy Stinks … Now What?


The U.S. economy has just suffered through the worse ten-year period in terms of economic growth since the Great Depression. This lost decade of despair and hopelessness has led to more than 6 million more Americans aged 16-64 dropping out of the workforce than would normally be expected.

With the near-disastrous Gross Domestic Product for the fourth quarter of 2015 being announced at 0.7 percent annualized by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and just 2.4 percent for the year, America cannot be allowed to continue down this pathway to the poorhouse.

Yet, rather than help the economy, President Barack Obama’s pen and phone have energized an alphabet soup of federal agencies to enact expensive, job strangling regulations that are turning towns in Kentucky into ghost towns and replacing store clerks with self-help check out stands.


What's For Dinner: Chicken Enchilada Stack

Think outside the "dish." You can enjoy the flavor and texture of enchiladas in a slow cooker; just stack the tortillas instead of rolling them. We suggest lining your slow cooker with a slow-cooker bag so you can easily remove the stack from the cooker.

1 teaspoon canola oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped seeded poblano chile
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce with basil, garlic, and oregano
Cooking spray
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken breast
1 cup frozen baby white and yellow corn
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
5 (8-inch) corn and flour blend tortillas
8 ounces shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)
Cilantro sprigs (optional)

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, poblano chile, and garlic to pan; cook 6 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently.

2. Stir in chile powder, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Place half of tomato mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until almost smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining tomato mixture.

3. Coat a 5-quart round electric slow cooker with cooking spray; place 3 tablespoons tomato mixture in bottom of slow cooker. Combine remaining tomato mixture, chicken, corn, and beans.

4. Place one tortilla on sauce in slow cooker; pour 1 cup chicken mixture over tortilla; sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. Top with another tortilla. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken mixture, tortillas, and cheese. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 hours or until cheese melts and edges are lightly browned. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. Cut into 8 wedges.

Harley Davidson Cuts Shipment Outlook for 2016

Harley-Davidson Inc. on Thursday cut its shipments projection for 2016 as it reported its profit sank 43% in the fourth quarter on sluggish demand.

The earnings, however, still beat Wall Street expectations.

The motorcycle maker now expects to ship 1% to 3% more motorcycles this year compared with 2015, down from its prior projection that shipments would rise 3% to 5%.

The company is expected to unveil new models this year and ramp up its marketing campaign by 65%--about $70 million--in an effort to stir excitement about Harley-Davidson's namesake motorcycles.

Chief Executive Matt Levatich said he expected macroeconomic pressures to continue this year, but was confident the marketing campaign could boost results.

For the three months ended Dec. 31, the company sold fewer motorcycles across its sectors, with the exception of Canada and Asia-Pacific. U.S. sales slumped 3.4%.

Harley nabbed 51.4% of U.S. market share in the quarter, which it said was flat from a year earlier.


The ISIS encryption app that doesn't encrypt at all

Despite widespread media reports to the contrary, an app created for Islamic Statemilitants to send private encrypted messages does not exist, a Daily Dot investigation found.

On Jan. 12, Defense One reported that the Islamic State allegedly built a new Android app called Alrawi for exchanging encrypted messages, based on claims from self-proclaimed online counterterrorism outfit Ghost Security Group (GSG). The claim was quickly reprinted by Newsweek, Fortune, TechCrunch, and the Times of India—the largest English-language newspaper in the world—among many others.

However, it seems as though hype and fear, rather than concrete evidence of a genuine tool for orchestrating terrorists attacks, played the primary role in propagating word of its existence.


Mortgage Rates Fall for 4th Week in a Row

Continued volatility in the financial markets pushed mortgage rates lower again, according to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac.

Investors remain leery of stocks and instead are seeking safety in bonds, which in turn drives down home loan rates. Meanwhile, mortgage rates were not affected by the Federal Reserve’s decision on Wednesday to leave its benchmark rate unchanged. That news came too late to factor into Freddie Mac’s weekly survey. The government-backed mortgage-backer aggregates rates from 125 lenders from across the country to come up with a national average for the most popular mortgage products.


McDonald’s Apologizes For Giving People Fried Air Instead Of Mozzarella Sticks

Facing the righteous indignation of customers demanding mozzarella sticks that actually contain cheese, McDonald’s is doing a dairy apology dance, saying that cheese must have somehow escaped its breaded casing.

Though it can’t go back in time and rescue each customer’s mouth from meeting a cheeseless fate, McDonald’s offered a mea culpa on Thursday.

“We are aware of a low volume of guest concerns about our Mozzarella Cheese Sticks,” a spokeswoman said in an emailed statement to the Chicago Tribune. As it turns out, cooking is tricky.


In Wake Of Freddy Gray, OCPD Tweaks Prisoner Transport Protocols

OCEAN CITY- With the Freddy Gray incident in Baltimore still making headlines, law enforcement agencies all over Maryland are revisiting their prisoner transport policies, including Ocean City, where tweaks and changes to the protocols were approved this week by the Mayor and Council.

The Ocean City Mayor and Council on Tuesday approved a revised general order for the police department regarding, among other things, the safe and secure handling and transport of arrestees and detainees in custody. In April, Baltimore resident Freddy Gray died of complications from the alleged rough handling by city police officers while being transported following his arrest. Gray’s death touched off massive riots in Baltimore and ultimately led to six police officers being charged for their various roles in the incident.

In the wake of that incident, law enforcement agencies all over Maryland, including the Lower Shore, began reviewing their own policies and protocols regarding prisoner transport. Ocean City Police in the weeks after the riots in Baltimore began closely inspecting their own protocols and found the policies generally consistent with state regulations.


WaPo/ABC poll: Hillary’s relative trustworthiness down to 36% … among Democrats

Less than four in ten Democrats think of Hillary Clinton as honest and trustworthy compared to her main challenger for the Democratic nomination, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll. Her honesty numbers fell six points in three months, allowing Bernie Sanders to get within twenty points of her for the first time in this series. However, Sanders falls short on other personal characteristics, such as … better personality? Talk about a burn:
Clinton’s single greatest vulnerability has worsened in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates: Sanders now leads by 12 points, 48-36 percent, in being seen as more honest and trustworthy, vs. 6 points last month and an even split in October. Should Clinton emerge as the nominee, it’s an issue the Republican candidate likely will repeat at every chance.
Further, the candidates are virtually even, 47-43 percent, Clinton-Sanders, on who “is closer to you on the issues,” down from a 17-point Clinton lead just last month. And it’s close (Clinton +7) on who’d do a better job “bringing needed change to Washington.”
On the issues, though, Hillary is blowing Sanders out of the water. She enjoys double-digit gaps in every policy area except for regulating banks, which Sanders only carries with a 48/42 plurality. Hillary gets 58/30 on who has the better personality, which suggests that fewer Democrats are “feeling the Bern” than his coverage suggests.
The honest/trustworthy indicator may be an indirect indicator of a lowered ability to inspire turnout, though: