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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

BREAKING: Stabbing In Salisbury

900 block of Hanson Street in the area of Monticello Ave


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Jeb Spends $2,884 Per Iowa Vote

Florida governor Jeb Bush received 5,165 votes in Iowa. His vote total constitutes 2.8 percent of the Republican turnout, placing him in sixth place in the Iowa caucus.

Yet no candidate in either party spent more in the race than Bush.

According to MSNBC, Bush spent $14.9 million in Iowa, all coming from Bush's super PAC. (In fact, if one were to consider national ads and money from the campaign, the total would be significantly more.)

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'The People V. O.J. Simpson' Bursts With Sharp Scenes, Powerful Performances

Back in the early 1960s, Philip Roth wrote a famous essay declaring that modern American life had gotten so delirious that it dwarfed fiction's ability to match it. Never did his words seem truer than in 1994, when O.J. Simpson — football god, mediocre movie actor and amiable pitchman for Hertz — was charged with butchering his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

From the discovery of the bodies in well-heeled Brentwood to the rapid verdict of "not guilty" — which flabbergasted white America — the 15-month saga was an explosion of tabloid surrealism in which horror played hopscotch with hilarity.

The Trial of the Century, as it was known, comes to enthralling life in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, an irresistible 10-part FX series that marks a new high for its creator, Ryan Murphy. Adapted by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski from Jeffrey Toobin's nonfiction book, The Run of His Life, this fictionalized show is bursting with sharp scenes, pungent performances and a sense of America running amok. It could easily be titled Un-making a Murderer.

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Farm Subsidies Persist And Grow, Despite Talk Of Overhaul

Farm subsidies don't lack for critics. Free-market conservatives and welfare state-defending liberals alike have called for deep cuts in these payments to farmers. After all, farmers, as a group, are wealthier than the average American. Why should they get tens of billions of dollars each year in federal aid?

Two years ago, when the most recent Farm Bill emerged from Congress, the measure's authors proudly announced what sounded like bold cuts in these controversial programs. The Senate Agriculture Committee noted in a press release that the new law would eliminate one big subsidy altogether and save taxpayers a total of $23.3 billion over the following 10 years.

Those projected savings, it turns out, were a mirage. According new estimates for Farm Bill spending over the next few years released by the Congressional Budget Office, total government aid to farmers will swell to $23.9 billion in 2017.

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Berlin, Utility Consultant Working On ‘Fair’ Compensation After Major Error

BERLIN – Town officials say they’re working with their electric consulting firm responsible for last year’s $435,000 mistake to recoup some of the funding.

In the wake of the news of the generation error that cost the town $435,876, Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said this week officials were working with Booth and Associates, the consulting firm reportedly responsible for the error, to recover some of the money.

“Ultimately we’re hopeful we’ll find a level of financial compensation from Booth and Associates we can all agree is fair,” he said. “As with any contractual conflict, there’s always the potential it could end up in litigation.”

In late December, the town was charged by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) with recovering $435,876 in power costs. According to Town Administrator Laura Allen, Berlin officials meet with the regulatory body each December to review the Berlin Electric Company’s Power Cost Adjustment (PCA). The recent review revealed that the town had failed to generate during a peak period in February 2015. The PSC said the missed peak, because it was one of five the town should have generated during 2015, meant the town would need to recover $435,876 during the next three years.

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Preventing Veteran Suicide

The Department of Veterans Affairs is leading a summit on mental health and preventing veteran suicide. The summit will bring together community partners, veteran service organizations, veterans and families. The summit will also invite clinical leaders in suicide prevention and mental health from the VA, the Defense Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The purpose of the summit is to share knowledge and determine clearer paths forward to preventing veteran suicide. 

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The Art of Balancing Rocks



Balancing Rocks . . . by Michael Grab

There is a man near Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.) who stacks rocks, some pretty big, that just seems to defy gravity.

Michael Grab is better than the fellow at Stanley Park. He’s also from British Columbia.

The vertical ones you can possibly write off as a balancing act, but how he does the arches truly defies gravity!

This is so hard to believe; so impressive. How does he do it?

Not even a drop of Crazy Glue!!


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AP survey: Concussions not most NFL players' chief concern

During a 15-year NFL career that sent him pinballing over the middle of the field too many times to count, absorbing hits as wicked as they come, former Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley endured injuries that literally ran from head to toe.

And while, by his own estimate, that included at least a dozen concussions, the only health issue that made him seriously contemplate quitting the game was a problem with a small bone in the middle of his foot in his fourth season.

"I told my wife, 'This is it. I'm done. I can't deal with this pain every day,'" Stokley said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Yet he pressed on. Eventually the foot pain subsided. The concussions? Those kept accumulating. Stokley, essentially, shrugged them off, despite the seemingly unending drumbeat of news about the dangers of head injuries. During his playing days, he was more worried about short-term effects than later-in-life ones.

"The thing with concussions is, usually, you're out a week or two, and then you're back fine," said Stokley, 39, who caught passes from one of this week's Super Bowl quarterbacks, Peyton Manning, while both were with the Broncos and, before that, the Indianapolis Colts. "But you mess your knee up, you're out a year. You mess your shoulder up, you're done for a year."

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Answers To Today's Puzzle 2-3-16

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Can you find the 6 hidden words
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Food Truck Proposal Raises Questions In Pines

BERLIN – Questions regarding the food truck proposed by Ocean Pines Association management dominated a public hearing on the homeowner’s association’s budget this week.

On Saturday, Ocean Pines Association (OPA) General Manager Bob Thompson hosted a public hearing on the coming year’s proposed $11 million budget. When it came to questions from the residents in attendance, the $55,000 food truck came up again and again.

“We’ve been taking bullets about this all week,” Thompson said.

Though he didn’t include it in his main presentation to the public, upon being asked he explained that he’d proposed purchasing a food truck to operate primarily at the Yacht Club. The idea, he said, was in response to the news from the Worcester County Health Department that the facility could no longer offer the “grab and go” food they’d been making on the Yacht Club’s outdoor grill.

“The only way we’re allowed to do it is if we build a permanent station,” Thompson said.

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From Slavery Reparations to Voter-ID Laws, UN Experts Slam U.S.

(CNSNews.com) – A trio of U.N. human rights experts ended a fact-finding visit to the United States Friday with a sharp critique of the conditions faced by African-Americans today, and decried the fact that “there has been no real commitment to recognition and reparations” for slavery.

Members of the so-called “U.N. working group of experts on people of African descent” drew a connection between controversial incidents of police shootings of African-Americans to lynching of past years.

“Contemporary police killings and the trauma it creates are reminiscent of the racial terror lynching of the past,” they said a lengthy statement, parts of which were read out at a press briefing in Washington, D.C.

“Impunity for state violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

In another present/past equation, the experts compared slavery to the incarceration of large numbers of blacks for drugs offenses.

“The devastating impact of the ‘war on drugs’ has led to mass incarceration and is compared to enslavement, due to exploitation and dehumanization of African Americans,” they declared.

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WCSO Monthly Crime Statistics January 2016

 
Sector 1- Salisbury, Allen, Deer Harbour, Fruitland, Fox Chase

Sector 2- Parsonsburg, Delmar

Sector 3- Delmar, Log Cabin Road, Adkins Road

Sector 4- Nanticoke, Waterview, White Haven, Tyaskin

Sector 5- Booth Street, Reservation

Sector 6- Hebron, Mardela Springs, Sharptown

Sector 7- Pittsville, Willards, Powellville


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Governor Larry Hogan: We Cannot Afford to Leave Anyone Behind

Governor Larry Hogan: Let's Work Together For Our Children

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release 2-3-16

On February 1, 2016 a Worcester County Sheriff's Deputy was given a lookout for a suspected intoxicated driver on Racetrack Rd. The vehicle was located and stopped. Upon contact with the driver, Stephanie Christine Smith, 45, of Ocean City, the deputy noted signs of suspected intoxication. After conducting field sobriety tests Ms. Smith was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Smith was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. She was released pending trial.

President Obama to propose 1.6 percent pay raise for feds, military personnel

President Barack Obama’s 2017 budget will include a proposal for a 1.6 percent pay increase for military and civilian federal personnel.

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Governor Larry Hogan: Together We Are Stronger

Governor Larry Hogan: Our Path is Set and Our Eyes are Clear

DOJ: Former Md. Judge Violated the Civil Rights of Uncooperative Defendant

(CNSNews.com) - The Justice Department announced on Monday that a former circuit county judge in Charles County, Md., is guilty of violating the civil rights of a defandant in his courtroom who twice refused the judge's order to stop reading a statement.

Robert C. Nally (who is white) pleaded guilty to one count of "the deprivation of rights under color of law" for ordering a deputy sheriff to administer an electric shock to defendant Delvon King (who is black) during a pretrial hearing in July 2014.

The federal government stepped in after the Charles County Sheriff's department declined to bring charges.

King was representing himself on gun possession charges when Judge Nalley asked him if had any questions for the jury pool.

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Governor Larry Hogan: Together We Answered the Call

WCSO Press Releases February 3, 2016

Ayres, Tashia

Incident: Assault 2nd Degree
Date of Incident: 27 January 2016
Location: 2700 block of N. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Tashia Ayres, 32, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 27 January 2016 at 6:40 PM a deputy arrested Tashia Ayers following a complaint that she assaulted another woman in a parking lot of a retail store. According to the victim, Ayers has been repeatedly threatening to inflict bodily harm and carried out those threats during this incident when she started striking the victim in the head as she was attempting to get into her car.
Upon arrest Ayers was transported to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Ayres on $20,000.00 unsecured bond.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree and Harassment


Meadows, Donnie
Incident: Assault 2nd Degree
Date of Incident: 27 January 2016
Location: 200 block of Gordy Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Donnie Lee Meadows, 50, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 27 January 2016 at 9:20 PM a deputy arrested Donnie Lee Meadows in connection with an assault he allegedly perpetrated in his residence. According to the complainant in this case, Meadows was repeatedly trying to choke her while the pair were inside the residence. The complainant reportedly told Meadows multiple times to cease trying to choke her and when he didn’t she left.
Upon arrest the deputy transported Meadows to the Detention Center where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Meadows on $30,000.00 unsecured bond.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree and Reckless Endangerment 


Reynolds, Charles
Incident: Fugitive
Date of Incident: 27 January 2016
Location: Wango Road, Powellville, MD
Suspect: Charles Arthur Reynolds, 45 Pittsville, MD
Narrative: On 27 January 2016 at 9:58 PM a deputy located a wanted subject, Charles Reynolds, at a residence in Powellville. Reynolds was being sought on three separate warrants:
Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued after Reynolds failed to appear for Jury Trial in a Burglary case.
District Court Bench Warrant issued after Reynolds failed to appear for a Driving Revoked and Suspended Case.
District Court Bench Warrant issued after Reynolds failed to appear for an Assault 2nd Degree and False Imprisonment Case.
Reynolds was detailed without bond on the Circuit Court case and a total of $8,000.00 on the District Court cases
Charges: Failure to Appear 


Mays, Lawrence
Incident: Fugitive
Date of Incident: 27 January 2016
Location: Eden, MD
Suspect: Lawrence Darryl Mays, 21, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 27 January 2016 at 11:22 PM a deputy arrested Lawrence Mays at a location in Eden on four separate arrest warrants.
District Court Bench Warrant was issued after Mays failed to appear for a Driving Without a License and No insurance case
District Court Bench Warrant issued after Mays violated the terms of his pre-trial release in a Disturbing the Peace case.
District Court Bench Warrant issued after Mays violated the terms of his pre-trial release in a theft case.
District Court Arrest Warrant for Handgun on Person
Mays was initially detained on a total bond of $105,000.00 in the Detention Center


Johnson, Day'mour
Incident: Possession of a Firearm by a Minor
Date of Incident: 27 January 2016
Location: 7000 block of Cromwell Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Day’mour Lahrese Johnson, 18, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 27 January 2016 at 11:45 PM a deputy arrested Day’mour Johnson in connection with the theft of a shotgun from inside a vehicle. Johnson was found to be in possession of the shotgun during an unrelated crime at which time the weapon was discovered to have been stolen.
Upon arrest Johnson was processed at the Central Booking Unit and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Johnson in the Detention Center in lieu of $25,000.00 bond.
Charges: Possession of a Firearm by a Minor and Theft under $1,000.00


Hayward, Trevon
Incident: Attempted Robbery / Burglary 1st Degree
Date of Incident: 28 January 2016
Location: 26000 block of Walnut Tree Road, Eden, MD
Suspect: Trevon Lamar Hayward, 25, Fruitland, MD
Narrative: On 28 January 2016 at 10:00 AM a deputy arrested Trevon Hayward in connection with an incident that reportedly occurred on Walnut Tree Road. In this incident, Hayward is accused of entering the residence without permission at which time he began striking a female subject and began struggling with her for possession of her car keys. The female victim told the deputy that she was unable to get Hayward off of her so she threw her car keys which prompted Hayward to release her, claim the keys and leave in the victim’s vehicle.
The deputy transported Hayward to the Detention Center where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissar. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Hayward in the Detention Center in lieu of $100,000.00 bond.
Charges: Attempted Robbery, Burglary 1st Degree, Motor Vehicle Theft and Assault 2nd Degree
Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson Date:  3 February 2016

Soros Gives $6 Million To Save Hillary On Eve Of Iowa

Last May, Hillary Clinton said, “I will do everything I can to appoint Supreme Court justices who protect the right to vote and do not protect the right of billionaires to buy elections.” Yet on the eve of the Iowa caucus, liberal billionaire George Soros is hoping a $6 million donation to a super PAC supporting Clinton’s candidacy will be the difference maker in the Hawkeye State.

The Soros donation was given to Priorities USA Action, a Clinton-alligned super PAC. The PAC reported $36 million in the bank at the beginning of 2016.

The $6 million check from the billionaire follows a $1 million donation he previously gave the the group and another $1 million donation to another pro-Clinton super PAC American Bridge 21st Century, bringing the billionaire’s total to $8 million given to help elect Hillary Clinton.

Just under two weeks ago, Clinton condemned “big-money donors” in politics and pledged to overturn the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. On January 21, 2016, she wrote:

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Governor Larry Hogan: Working Together for a Better Tomorrow

ELECTION 2016 - MARYLAND HAS A NEW VOTING SYTEM!



ELECTION 2016 - MARYLAND HAS A NEW VOTING SYTEM! The Worcester County Board of Elections will present a demonstration of the new voting system which will be utilized during this election year on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9th, at the Ocean Pines Association Community Center East Room from 4-5:30 pm. Please take this opportunity to acquaint yourself with the new voting system. Board of Elections staff will explain the new system and hands-on demonstrations will be available.

Secret Docs: Obama Misled Congress On Debt Crisis

Federal Reserve Bank of New York officials secretly conducted real-time exercises during the 2011 and 2013 debt-limit crisis that demonstrated the federal government could function during a temporary shutdown by prioritizing spending, even as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew publicly claimed many times that such efforts were “unworkable,” according to a new report by the House Financial Services Committee obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The staff report, to be released Tuesday, charges that Lew and other Obama administration officials deliberately misled Congress and the public during the federal budget and debt limit showdowns in both years. The committee will convene a public hearing on the report Feb. 2.

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Countdown To The Superbowl: Cheesy Spinach And Artichoke Bread Ring Dip



Cheesy Spinach And Artichoke Bread Ring DipPIN IT FOR LATER: http://bit.ly/chzydip
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What you Will Need
12 Frozen Dinner Roll Dough Balls
- 8 oz Cream Cheese - Softened
- 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Grated Romano Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
- 1 14 oz Can (1 1/2 Cups) Artichoke Hearts - Drained and chopped
- 3/4 Cup Frozen Chopped Spinach - Thawed and drained of excess water
- 2 Cloves Garlic - chopped
- 1 tsp Basil
- 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Olive Oil


Directions
Coat a 10 inch oven-safe skillet with olive oil. Place the Dinner Roll Dough Balls in a ring around the skillet. Cover and let rise until thawed and doubled in size.

In a medium bowl, combine Cream Cheese, Parmesan, Romano, Mozzarella, Sour Cream, Artichokes, Spinach, Garlic, Basil, and Red Pepper Flakes.

Once dough has thawed, uncover and scoop the dip into the center of the skillet. Brush the rolls with olive oil, and top with an additional sprinkle of cheese (optional). Bake in a preheated oven at 375˚F (190˚C) for 25 minutes. (If the bread browns too quickly, lower oven temperature to 350˚F or cover the bread with a ring of foil). Remove and let cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

“A Middle Temperament”

State of the State Address
“A Middle Temperament”
As Prepared for Delivery
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Maryland State House, Annapolis


Speaker Busch, President Miller, members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests, fellow Marylanders:

A year ago I stood before you, confident in our collective ability to usher in a new era of cooperation and prosperity for Maryland, while mindful of the challenges facing us and the uncertainties that we shared.

In spite of political mindsets that might drive us apart, could we find middle ground?

Could the growing discord between our citizens and their government be repaired?

Would we as elected leaders choose serving the people over serving government?

Yet none of us could have foreseen just how much we would be asked to overcome:

The riots and lawlessness that threatened to tear Baltimore City apart;

For me personally, a life-altering diagnosis requiring me to publicly wage what is normally a very private battle;

And last week a historic winter storm that left a season’s worth of snowfall in just two days.

Together, we have been tested.

But in the face of adversity, we were not Democrats of Republicans looking backward. We were Marylanders with our eyes fixed forward, working together for a better tomorrow.

By working together we have put Maryland on a new path, and we are changing Maryland for the better.

I want to extend my sincere thanks to your presiding officers, who have risen up to help us meet the challenges of the past year.

Court: Illegal Immigrants Can't Sue State Agency Over Tuition

Georgia's highest court on Monday ruled against a group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and wanted access to in-state tuition at the state's colleges and universities.

However, the court decision hinged not on their immigration status, but on whether they were legally allowed to sue the state.

The roughly three dozen young immigrants have temporary permission to stay in the U.S. under a 2012 Obama administration policy. Their lawsuit asked a judge to instruct the university system's Board of Regents to allow them to qualify for in-state tuition.

A Fulton County judge had dismissed the lawsuit, saying it was barred under the doctrine of sovereign immunity, which shields the state and state agencies from being sued unless the General Assembly waives that protection. The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the lower court ruling.

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Hillary's Emails Contain Names of Undercover CIA Spies

U.S. intelligence officials say "top-secret" emails Hillary Clinton kept on her private email server when she headed the State Department include the real names of CIA spies serving undercover overseas — a violation of federal law that has put the agents in harm's way, The Observer reports.

And, The Observer's John Schindler writes, those emails also include the names of foreigners on the CIA payroll, possibly endangering their lives.

"At a minimum, valuable covers have been blown, careers have been ruined, and lives have been put at serious risk. Our spies' greatest concern now is what's still in Hillary's emails that investigators have yet to find," Schindler, a former National Security Agency analyst, says in his report.

He also quotes a senior intelligence community official as saying the security breach is a "death sentence."

"If we're lucky, only [foreign] agents, not our officers, will get killed because of this," the official says.

The Observer report comes four days after the State Department said it was withholding 22 emails from Clinton's server because they contained "top-secret" information, although the agency gave no hint about what that classified information was.

The FBI has been investigating Clinton's use of a private server to determine whether it is a criminal matter.

The Observer calls the breach a clear violation of federal law, citing the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, voted into law following the murder of the CIA spy in Greece after his identity was disclosed in the media.

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Was Zika Outbreak Caused By Genetically Modified Mosquitoes?

The Zika virus outbreak currently gripping the Americas could have been sparked by the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in 2012, critics say.

The insects were engineered by biotechnology experts to combat the spread of dengue fever and other diseases and released into the general population of Brazil in 2012.

But with the World Health Organisation(WHO) now meeting in Geneva to desperately discuss cures for the Zika virus, speculation has mounted as to the cause of this sudden outbreak.

The Zika virus was first discovered in the 1950s but the recent outbreak has escalated alarmingly, causing birth defects and a range of health problems in South and central America.

The first cases were reported in Brazil last May with up to 1.5 million people now thought to be affected by the virus which is spread by mosquitoes endemic to Latin America.

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Cummings won’t run for Senate, will seek House re-election

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings said Tuesday he won’t run for Senate and will seek re-election to a 12th term in the House.

The Maryland Democrat said he has been weighing a potential run since Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced 11 months ago she would not seek another Senate term. Cummings said he’s mindful that serving in the Senate presented a great opportunity, but the broader consequences of the 2016 elections are more important than his own future. The congressman cited the elections for U.S. president, the Maryland Senate seat and the Baltimore mayor’s office.

“With all of these challenges in mind, it is critical that we all work together to elect strong, progressive leadership up and down the ticket in 2016 — and I believe that I can best serve the people of our city, our state and our nation by continuing my work in Congress, by continuing to touch people in every part of our great nation and by leading an united effort to elect progressives across the board — rather than by focusing upon one single Senate race,” Cumming said.

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Costco is becoming one of America's favorite places to buy a car thanks to one huge perk

Costco's power in the auto industry is growing.

The warehouse retailer sold 465,000 vehicles through partnerships with auto dealers in 2015, a 16.8% increase from the previous year.

That's not far behind the No. 1 auto retailer in the US, AutoNation, which sold 533,000 vehicles in 2014.

Costco has one major perk that traditional car dealerships lack: fixed prices. That means customers can skip the bargaining and upselling that is expected at traditional auto dealers.

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EXCLUSIVE– Maryland Delegate To Introduce Bill Targeting Terror-Tied Mosques

Maryland Delegate David Vogt, a veteran of a combat unit within the U.S. Marine Corps, will be introducing a bill targeting the tax-exempt status of radical mosques while the Maryland General Assembly is in session on Tuesday, Breitbart News has learned.

His bill, The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, was drafted to “restrict and revoke” the tax-exempt status of any “mosque or organization that is found, through cooperation with [Department of Homeland Security], to have direct or indirect ties to terrorism,” Vogt’s office said.

The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act will target the “prohibition on exemptions and credits for organizations having known ties to terrorism,” a draft of the bill obtained by Breitbart News reads. The bill covers not only religious institutions, but also any other 501(c)(3) organization, according to its text.

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Eyewitness: Oregon Militiaman Murdered by Cops; “He Had His Hands in the Air”

The daughter of LaVoy Finicum, the Oregon militiaman shot dead by police during a traffic stop on Highway 395 yesterday, claims that her father was “murdered” execution-style with his hands in the air, an account backed up by an eyewitness to the incident.

Protesters involved in the weeks-long occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, including leader Ammon Bundy, were apprehended by law enforcement as they traveled to the city of John Day to attend a community meeting set up by local residents.

“Everyone obeyed orders to surrender except two people: LaVoy Finicum and Bundy’s brother, Ryan Bundy,” a law enforcement official told CNN.

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WICOMICO SCHOOL ENROLLMENT GROWS: SECOND-HIGHEST INCREASE IN STATE

Wicomico County Public School System is part of statewide growth trend in public education
Maryland’s public school enrollment is at an all-time high this year, and the Wicomico County Public School System is clearly part of the statewide growth trend in public education.
Wicomico’s official Sept. 30, 2015 head count enrollment total was 14,790 students, up from 14,545 the previous Sept. 30. That 1.7% increase was well above the statewide increase of .6%, and was the second-highest jump in the state (Howard County experienced 2.2% growth).
“We’re growing in Wicomico County, and that’s exciting because it means we’re helping even more students achieve and work toward the goal of readiness for college and career,” said Dr. John Fredericksen, Superintendent of Schools. “The challenge will be providing a high quality education to a student population that is growing more rapidly than our resources. We stand ready to meet that challenge.”
Earlier this school year, in response to higher than anticipated kindergarten enrollment at some schools, Wicomico added four new kindergarten teachers – a rare mid-year adjustment. A grant-funded prekindergarten class was also added at Pemberton Elementary.
Maryland public school enrollment hit a new record this year, with nearly 880,000 students filling elementary, middle, and high school classrooms across the state. Overall, 12 of Maryland’s 24 local school systems increased in enrollment over the 2014-15 school year. Maryland’s public schools have gained 35,740 students since 2008.
Maryland public school systems collect official enrollment numbers for each school year on September 30.  Complete enrollment data can be found here
The official report on Maryland Public School Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity and Gender and Number of Schools (Sept. 30, 2015) also details enrollment by race/ethnicity for each school system. Wicomico’s student population head count of 14,790* is:
45.1% White
35.8% Black/African-American
8.6% Hispanic
6.9% Two or More Races
3.1% Asian
A small number of students are American Indian/Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.

STROLLING THE SHIFTING SANDS OF ASSATEAGUE ISLAND

This gorgeous barrier island lies on the Atlantic coast right where Maryland meets Virginia. It’s the kind of place where in the course of your wanderings you are quite likely at some point to take a look at your camera and say something like, “Geez, did I really just take my 374th picture of a horse?”

The diminutive ponies that the 37-mile-long Assateague is famous for really are that compelling a sight. Nobody knows for sure how they got here. There is one legend about a herd swimming ashore from the distant wreck of a Spanish galleon. There is another about Blackbeard the Pirate delivering horses to the island home where one of his dozen wives lived. Then there is the more mundane likelihood that regular old European settlers brought the ponies to the island and for some reason lost in the mists of time the animals were allowed to become wild.

The ponies now roam freely along beaches and roadways, chomping up grasses all day long and generally looking as adorable as all get out. I say generally because there was one not-so-adorable pony a few years back who marched up to my parked car and commenced trying to stick his head in the driver’s side window. A word of caution, then: Cute though they may be, these are wild animals.

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HERE’S WHY TRUMP LOST IOWA—AND WHY IT DOESN’T MATTER

Everything will change during the primaries in open voting states

Don’t put too much credence is Trump’s loss in the Iowa caucus.

It really isn’t significant.

Why?

Because the votes in Iowa were restricted to registered Republican voters and a lot of them are sticking to the party line.

Trump’s support among Republicans is out on the periphery.

The Democrat establishment knows a lot of registered Democrats favor Trump. According to The Upshot by Civis Analytics, a Democratic data firm, Democrats in the South, Appalachia and the industrial North support Trump.

In early January Mercury Analytics, a research company with clients that include MSNBC and Fox News, conducted an online poll. It revealed a full 20% of Democrats said they would go against the party line and vote for Trump in a general election.

Independents are a large factor as well.

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Governor Larry Hogan's State of the State Address to Stream Live

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Governor Larry Hogan will deliver his second State of the State Address today, Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The address will stream live at 12:00 PM.

To watch live, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MtYKK-nsvQ&feature=youtu.be

DC Blizzard Parking Tickets Exceed $1 Million; More Than 600 Cars Towed

Washington, D.C., has issued more than $1 million in parking tickets since a blizzard pummeled the city over the weekend, with another $65,000 in fines.

Since D.C.'s snow emergency began on Friday, the city has towed 656 cars and issued $1,078,000 worth of parking tickets, NBC Washington reported. The towed vehicles were either parked illegally, in the way of snowplows, or considered road hazards, the local station said.

"Don't park your car illegally, and that includes parking it kind of in the middle of the street next to the snow bank," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Tuesday, according to NBC. She had said that vehicles parked more than 12 inches from the curb are at risk of getting tickets.

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Sundance Winners List Includes 'Weiner,' the Sex Scandal Doc

The Sundance Film Festival's winners list handed down Saturday included "Weiner," the sex scandal documentary about Anthony Weiner's failed bid for New York Mayor.

According to Deadline Hollywood, "Weiner" won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize while "Jim: The James Foley Story," which chronicles the life of a journalist who was killed by the Islamic State, won the category's Audience Award.

"Weiner" features not only an inside look at the disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, but also his wife, Huma Abedin, who is Hillary Clinton's top aide.

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Judge OKs Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans

A federal judge's ruling Tuesday allows the city to move ahead with plans to remove prominent Confederate monuments from the city's streets, and delivers a blow to preservationists and a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled against a collection of groups seeking to block the removal of four monuments, including a towering marble column and bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, a landmark on the cityscape.

In December, the City Council voted 6-1 to remove the monuments. The move is one of the boldest statements yet by an American city to sever ties with its Confederate past, and it has sparked strong emotions in this Deep South city where tensions over the Civil War still run deep.

Barbier, though, said his ruling was based on the law, not on passions.

"The Court is well aware of the emotion and passions that are involved in this case," Barbier wrote in his 62-page ruling. "The Court does not judge the wisdom, or lack thereof, of the actions taken by the Mayor or the City."

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Report Finds Issues In State’s Response To Baltimore Unrest

BALTIMORE (AP) — Weaknesses in Maryland’s response to last year’s civil unrest in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray included the inexperience of some emergency management staff and reliance on inaccurate information, according to a new state report.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency report, released Monday to The Baltimore Sun (http://bsun.md/1Sqa2I2 ), said the rioting last spring “presented unique public safety challenges” and “many opportunities for improvement.”

The report also said it found that the State Emergency Operations Center was relying on inaccurate information from media coverage during the riots because it received few details from official channels. It also discovered that there was a general “lack of understanding” about the various functions of the state operations center, particularly who was in charge of decision-making in some areas.

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It Was That Close


93% of Investors Lost Money in January

It wasn't just you. Virtually all investors lost money during the atrocious month of January.

Over 93% of investors were in the red last month, according to data shared exclusively with CNNMoney by Openfolio, an app that allows people to see how their investment portfolios stack up with others.

Deep fears about the crash in oil prices and turbulence in China took hold of the stock market in January. The Dow lost 5.5% of its value, the index's deepest monthly drop since the market freakout in August.

But the typical investor fared even worse, losing 6.3% of his or her portfolio in January, according to Openfolio.

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HEY LOOK, WE PASSED A CHEVY


REPORTS: Rand Paul is pulling the plug on his presidential campaign

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is ending his presidential campaign, CNN and Politico reported Wednesday.

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Pfc. Morgan Named 2015 Officer of the Year

OCEAN CITY, MD – : On Friday, January 29, 2016, the Neighborhood Watch Associations of Ocean City gathered together with Ocean City Police Department employees at the Stowaway Grand Hotel for their annual Officer of the Year Ceremony. Nearly 150 guests gathered to recognize OCPD personnel who had retired or been promoted in 2015, honor the valuable contributions of the OCPD Auxiliary Unit and several other civilian citizens, officers who received commendations and ultimately recognized the 2015 Officer of the Year.

Police Officer First Class Aaron Morgan was named the Ocean City Neighborhood Watch Association’s 2015 Officer of the Year by the eight Neighborhood Watch area coordinators. Also nominated were Pfc. Nathan Kutz, Pfc. Daniel McBride, Pfc. Edward Newcomb and Pfc. Michael Valerio.

Pfc. Morgan began his career as a seasonal officer in 2004 and was hired as a full-time police officer in 2006. He is a member of the Traffic Safety Unit and has earned numerous awards including Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council Award, Knights of Columbus Officer of the Year, American Legion Officer of the Year and many more. Pfc. Morgan was also one of six officers in the State of Maryland to receive the ACE Award for DUI enforcement for arresting more than 100 impaired drivers in a calendar year.

For the first time, volunteers of the OCPD Auxiliary Unit were also recognized at this annual banquet. In 2015, nine Auxiliary Officers contributed a total of 1,911 hours of service to the citizens of Ocean City. Colleen Douglas, of Ocean City, was ultimately named 2015 Auxiliary Officer of the Year for her dedication to public safety in Ocean City. Douglas joined the Auxiliary Unit in 2013 and volunteered over 186 hours in 2015.

Several officers and a citizen were also recognized by the OCPD Commendation Board for going above and beyond their call of duty during 2015. Keegan Mitchell, 15, of Ocean City, was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation. Pfc. Michael Valerio, Sgt. Dennis Eade, Dfc. James Rodriguez and Lt. Mark Pacini were recognized for earning the Excellent Performance commendation. Returning Seasonal Officer John Romeo earned the Meritorious Service award and Pfc. Joseph Zurla and Ofc. James Bird both earned the Silver Star.

Fourteen employees were also recognized for promotions at Friday’s event. Benjamin Berry, Michael Dzurnak, Corey Gemerek, Clifford Goggins, Neshawn Jubilee, Michael Kirkland, Nathan Kutz, Daniel McBride, Philip Paterson, Jennifer Smithhart and Michael Valerio were each recognized for their promotion to Police Officer First Class in 2015. Albert Custer and Charles Green were also recognized for their promotion to Corporal. In addition, Robert Luckett was recognized for completing the training required for promotion to Police Custody Officer.

Chief Ross Buzzuro also took a moment to thank several members of the community that have served the department for many years. Bay Pines Farm in Bishopville, MD was thanked for their many years of service and support to the OCPD Mounted Unit. In addition, Mr. Robert Hammond and Mr. Brad Wells were thanked for their continued support and contributions to the annual OCPD/Santa House Holiday Toy Drive.

Is Cruz a Liar?

“Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have the identical position on health care, which is they want to put the government in charge of you and your doctor,” Ted Cruz said Sunday, attacking his rivals' health care plans.

“Fact checking” site PolitiFact rated this statement false — because Clinton is the least leftist of the three, as she wants to preserve ObamaCare.

The next day, Trump called into ABC to defend his position. “Look, Ted Cruz is a total liar,” Trump said. “I’m so against ObamaCare. I’ve been saying it for two years in my speeches. I’m going to repeal and replace ObamaCare.”

So the question is this: What will Trump replace Obama’s failed policy with? Currently, Trump has not released a detailed health care plan. But if his past comments are any indicator, he will support some sort of single-payer health care system, similar to that of the socialist candidate. In 2000, while Trump was pondering a third-party presidential run, he published a book, “The America We Deserve.” In it, he wrote in praise of single-payer health care systems like the one in Canada: “We must have universal health care. I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one.”

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Ballet Competition From The Shore

Photo by Raine Tucker
L to R: Top row: Kendall Beauchamp (Salisbury, MD), Katie Mae Fields (Seaford), Owen Lawson (Milton), Glory Tucker (Milford).
Middle: Hailie Gampp (Milford), Kyleigh Dunlap (Milford), Cassidy Yiengst(Wyoming)
Bottom: Parker Reb (Dover)


8 students from the First State Dance Academy, Milford competed in the world's largest most elite dance competition this past weekend, Philadelphia, PA. Two students, Cassidy Yiengst (pictured far right in the front) and Parker Reb (on the floor) placed top 12 in their age group. Kendall Beaucahmp was invited by the Artistic Director and Founder of the YAGP to attend a summer program on scholarship! Congratulations to FSDA students for a job well done! For more information on this competition, please visit www.yagp.org.

Rt. 50 West Bound In Hebron Shut Down

A vehicle flipped over and is in the ditch. West bound traffic is being diverted to Memory Garden Lane at the Valero. 

Notice to Harney Co. Sheriff


May The Season Begin


We Do Not Need Another Clinton Administration. If Only Sanders Would Say It

Bernie Sanders has already done more to advance Social Democratic values and policies than anyone in U.S. American history, and for that I treasure him. He has a gut-level passion about inequality, poverty and injustice. He fights for equality with a tenacity surpassing any elected official since the New Deal. He is rightly outraged that the tax system is skewed to make equality worse, that the megabanks have become too-big-to-fail hedge funds trading on their own accounts, and that Republican leaders are bent on destroying Medicare and Social Security.

Sanders is the most morally serious candidate in the presidential race by virtue of pressing so strongly on these issues. There may be a majority out there that will vote for him, or at least consider it. He has already surged far beyond his political base—professional-class white progressives with backgrounds in movement politics, like me. He is reaching young voters and blue-collar whites, and is beginning to reach independents. But Sanders cannot win the nomination without breaking through to black and Latino voters who voted for Obama, and I think he is overgeneralizing his commendable determination to run a positive campaign, which shortchanges his message and his challenge to the party establishment.

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Cops Use Taser on Cleaning Woman After Mistaking Her for Burglar, Then Charge Her with Evading Arrest

Two Tennessee cops are being criticized for excessive force for tasering a 36-year-old middle-school cleaning woman after they confronted her at night in the otherwise empty school.

Juana Raymundo, originally from Guatemala, has been charged with evading arrest after she ran from the police who thought she was a burglar — despite seeing her cleaning supplies in the hallway — reports the Times Free Press.

According to the police report, Sgt. Jamie Heath and Officer Brian Desmond entered Ooltewah Middle School at 8:30pm earlier this month after noticing a door to the school was left open. Inspecting the school with their guns drawn, they spotted the cleaning supplies in the hallway before encountering an empty-handed Raymundo who appeared, “nervous and somewhat reserved.”

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State Tax Credits Help Turn Old Churches Into Taxable Property

HOLYOKE, Massachusetts — In 2002, the regional Catholic diocese decreed that Holyoke Catholic High School, which had operated downtown in this old industrial city for 40 years, would be closed, saying the buildings were unsafe and renovations too costly. Decades of high school alumni, football teams and families wept and railed, but the deed was done.

The school buildings, including a jewel of a chapel, sat vacant and moldering for more than a decade. But now, with the help of the Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, federal tax credits and low-income housing tax incentives, the buildings are being turned into sparkling new apartments, with restored stained glass windows, arches and ornate carvings.

“We labored for years trying to find the right use” for the buildings, said Dave Moore, a Holyoke native who works for Weld Management Company, which now owns the buildings. “The [rehabilitation] tax credit put it over the top; we wouldn’t have done it without tax credits.”

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GE To Phase Out CFL Bulbs In Favor Of LED

Both retailers and consumers are increasingly choosing higher-efficiency LED lights over incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, and General Electric is responding, announcing plans to end CFL production in favor of providing more LED options.

4 Things We Learned About Fake Locksmith Scammers Lurking Online

The moment you realize you’re locked out of your car or your home is never a good one. But now that everyone is armed with a smartphone, it’s an easy thing to search for a local locksmith on Google and have someone show up to the rescue. But not every listing out there is tied to a legitimate business, as scammy fake locksmith companies are hiding in plain sight, waiting to slam customers with pricy bills for their services. 

NBC To Get In On That Thursday Night Football Lovin’

For the last couple of seasons, CBS has been — with the exception of Thanksgiving night — the NFL’s sole dance partner on Thursday nights. But starting next season, CBS will have to get used to the idea of the league spending time romancing another “friend” — NBC.

The NFL announced today that both CBS and NBC will get Thursday night games for at least the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In order to make room on the loveseat for a second partner, it’s increasing the number of primetime network games to 10, meaning NBC and CBS will each get five.

And just to minimize the odds of the two competitors bumping into each other as they swap broadcasting duties, CBS will get the first five games of the season, with NBC picking up the remaining half. Yes, you’ll still need to figure out where the NFL Network is on your cable listings for those other Thursday games that aren’t simulcast on the broadcast networks.

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Polar Bear Plunge raises $2.1 million for Special Olympics Maryland

Thousands of people, shivering and covered with goosebumps, ran into freezing waters at Sandy Point State Park Saturday, the second and culminating day of the Polar Bear Plunge.

As of Saturday night, the frosty swim had raised $2.1 million for Special OlympicsMaryland, which provides sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Erin McNaboe, president of the Rams Head Group, said the company has been involved with the plunge since 2008 and has raised about $300,000 in that time. The company donated all beverage profits and all tips given to the about 50 volunteer bartenders this year.

McNaboe plunged on Friday, the plunge day for law enforcement and corporate groups.

"The winds were nice and gusty," she said. "You get the adrenaline. Your friends are there, and the music gets you going."

McNaboe said the cause is close to her heart because she has a family member with special needs.

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