Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Bill Clinton: If I Wasn't Married to Hillary, 'I Could Say What I Think'

Former President Bill Clinton told a crowd of his wife's supporters he sometimes wishes they weren't married — because then he could say whatever he wants.

"Sometimes when I am on a stage like this, I wish that we weren't married," the former president said in New Hampshire on Monday night, according to the New York Daily News, referring to the tweet of a journalist on the scene.

"Then I could say what I think."

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Congress Gives Final OK To Banning Local Internet Taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

On a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final congressional approval to the wide-ranging bill, which would also revamp trade laws. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it.

“The Internet is a resource used daily by Americans of all ages,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who brokered an agreement with a Democratic leader earlier this week that helped clear the way for passage. “It’s important that they be able to do all of this without the worry of their Internet access being taxed.”

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Did Donald Trump Call Ted Cruz A “Pussy?”

SORT OF …

We’ve reached the point in the 2016 “Republican” presidential campaign where pretty much anything goes … especially if your name is Donald Trump.

Which is a good thing, in our opinion …

Among the forces fueling Trump’s front-running, anti-establishment candidacy is his not-so-thinly-veiled contempt for political correctness – the sort of whiny, “stay out of my safe space” bitching and moaning that hypocritical politicians like to invoke when it serves their needs.

Trump’s disdain for the PC police was on display again this week in New Hampshire, when one of his rallies was interrupted by a woman who referred to his closest competitor – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas – as a “pussy.”

“She just said a terrible thing,” Trump said, pretending to be offended.

“Shout it out, because I don’t want to … I never expect to hear that from you again!” he yelled, breaking into a wide grin.

What did the woman say about Cruz?

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College Student Publicly Threatens to ‘Smash This B***h’s Computer’ Over Trump Sticker — When She Sees His Tweet, Things Get Nasty

A St. John’s University student threatened to smash a fellow student’s laptop because it displayed a Donald Trump campaign sticker — and now the victim apparently fears for her safety.

The student who made the threat — Clifford Durand, 18, according to the New York Daily News — posted a photo of the student and her laptop affixed with a “Trump: Make America Great Again” sticker during what appeared to be a class Wednesday morning.

The post from the now-suspended account read, “7000 retweets and i’ll smash this b***h’s computer.” The Daily News reported the post was retweeted 16,000 times within four hours — although Durand’s friends claimed it was a joke.

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Update: Sears closing at least 50 Unprofitable Stores

Retailer plans to improve apparel sales by adjusting prices

Sears doesn't want to waste any time.

The retailer announced on Tuesday that it planned to "accelerate" the closing of at least 50 "unprofitable stores."

Sears, which also owns Kmart, originally planned to close the stores over the next few months, but poor sales have sped up the timeline.

In its earnings report Tuesday, Sears said it expects total revenue to hit $7.3 billion for the fourth quarter -- down from $8.1 billion last year.

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Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release 2-11-16

On February 8, 2016, a Worcester County Sheriff's Office Deputy stopped a vehicle in the area of Worcester Highway and Kepler Lane, Bishopville, Maryland for speeding. The operator initially identified himself with a false name. The driver’s true identity was Shaquil Juwan Turnage, age 23, of Seaford Delaware who had two active warrants in Delaware. Mr. Turnage was arrested and a search was conducted of his vehicle. Several Items of alleged controlled dangerous substances were found. Mr. Turnage was also charged with the following:

CDS Possession-Not Marijuana
CDS Possession Drug Paraphernalia
Fraud-Person Assume Identity to Avoid Prosecution
False Statement to a Police Officer
CDS Possession-Marijuana L/T 10 Grams (Civil Citation)
Driving Vehicle without License or Authorization
Fail to Display License Upon Demand
Exceeding Maximum Speed Limit

Mr. Turnage is currently being held at the Worcester County Detention Center on No Bond

On 02/08/2016 Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputies made a traffic stop for speed in the area of Old Virginia Road, near Rt. 13. During the course of the traffic stop it was determined the driver Christopher Lamont Brittingham, 41 of Pocomoke City, Md. was suspected to be under the influence of Alcohol, Mr. Brittingham was and was arrested and charged DUI. He was released pending trial.

On 02/08/2016 Deputies along with the Maryland State Police responded to a report of a domestic assault located on New Quay Road. During the course of the investigation it was determined Wesley Robert Pollitt, 29 of Ocean City had allegedly assaulted his live in girlfriend. Mr. Pollitt was arrest and charged with 2nd degree assault and reckless endangerment.

OC Strikes Deal Aimed At Increasing Concert Bookings At Performing Arts Center

OCEAN CITY — The Performing Arts Center could see an expansion of the number and quality of concerts over the next two years after town officials this week approved a cost-sharing contract with a popular special events promoter in the resort.

The Mayor and Council on Tuesday agreed to enter a Memorandum of Understanding with Special Event Productions-TEAM Productions and Bob Rothermel to pool resources on drawing more concerts to the Performing Arts Center (PAC) in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Under the terms of the MOU approved on Tuesday, the Town of Ocean City will provide $40,000 in each of the next two years to bring two concerts to the PAC in fiscal year 2016 and four in fiscal year 2017.

Through the contract, Rothermel and TEAM Productions will supply the talent-buying and event management services and Ocean City will provide the funding to bring as many as six significant concert events to the PAC by the end of fiscal year 2017, including two as soon as the end of this June. In simplest terms, the MOU hopes to take advantage of Rothermel’s expertise on drawing major acts to the PAC in a partnership that allows both parties to share in the profits of the events.

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Worcester County Sheriff's Office Weather Alert 2-11-16


Weather Alert! We are going to see a sharp decline in temps tomorrow with snow in the forecast. Tomorrow is expected only to hit 30 degrees and lows in the 20's. Our last weather briefing indicates potential snowfall starting tomorrow evening with less than 1inch predicted in our immediate area. However, the roadways may become hazardous during the snowfall. Please plan accordingly tomorrow evening. We will see some of our coldest temps Saturday and Saturday night. Our Animal Control Folks remind you to check on your outside pets and make sure they have adequate shelter and water. The beginning of the week shows a snow/rain mix on Monday followed by warming temps. Fingers Crossed.

Target Launches Gender Neutral Kid Collection

Target is launching a new gender-neutral home collection for kids called Pillowfort, a move it says is based on customer feedback, according to a press release.

The line features bold designs and colors with a look that mimics the handmade quality shoppers see while browsing Etsy or Pinterest. It features bedding, furniture, wall decor and other home goods that can be mixed and matched.

Target said in a press release that items in the collection will fall under 12 themes, including “Tropical Treehouse,” “Stellar Station” and “Ocean Oasis.”

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Halfway around the world, Virginia Beach WWII vet reunites with long-lost sweetheart

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA

Together again, at last.

It was a hot, dry morning on the southern coast of Australia when Norwood Thomas and his son, Steve, reached their destination halfway around the world.

After 70 years – and four flights, including one 16-hour marathon over the Pacific – the 93-year-old Army veteran from Virginia Beach was about to see his long-lost World War II sweetheart.

He and his son finished the final leg at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, Adelaide time – 15½ hours ahead of the clocks back home.

Weary but grinning, they climbed into a waiting vehicle and drove to a beachfront hotel, where 88-year-old Joyce Durrant Morris was waiting.

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Maryland State Police Remind Motorists to Use Caution As Arctic Temperatures Move In



(PIKESVILLE, MD)— Troopers are urging drivers to use caution and to think twice before heading out during this expected blast of cold weather across the state.

Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, has ordered all troopers to be on high alert for disabled vehicles with the anticipated extremely low temperatures. Troopers, along with the State Highway Administration’s Coordinated Highway Action Response Team, (CHART), will combine their efforts to assist disabled motorists as quickly as possible.

With cold weather advisories across the state and weather forecasters predicting bone chilling temperatures, state troopers are reminding motorists to make sure their vehicles are prepared and properly equipped. Keeping a survival bag in their car is encouraged. The survival bag should include a blanket, a flashlight (with batteries) or flares, jumper cables, an extra bottle of antifreeze and windshield washer fluid.

The cold weather can take its toll on a vehicle, so check the following before traveling:
  • Check the tire pressure and tread
  • Check the battery
  • Check the car’s fluid levels
  • Make sure you have a good spare tire
  • Keep jumper cables handy
Drivers are reminded their cell phones can be used to call 9-1-1 in emergencies or #77. Additional personnel have been reassigned to assist with road patrol duties to supplement regular patrol forces across the state.

Winter Storm Warnings And Advisories


More Drivers Falling Behind on their Car Payments

More people are falling at least two months behind in making payments on their auto loan, a new report showed Tuesday.

As more borrowers have qualified for loans amid higher national employment rates, and with new-car sales booming as a result, the total amount of auto loan debt climbed to $987 million in the fourth quarter, up 11.5% from the same quarter in the previous year, reports Experian Automotive. The credit-reporting service says that the total is the highest since it began keeping track in 2006.

Along with the rising auto loan tallies has come growth in serious delinquencies. The percentage of people who are at least 60 days behind on their payments rose to 0.77%, up from 0.72% in the same period in 2014. Experian says it's still short of a record. Sixty-day delinquencies reached 0.94% in 2009.

And the rate of those who are 30 days behind on payments fell in last year's fourth quarter to 2.57%, down from 2.62%

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Attention all Crisfield residents:

Attention all Crisfield residents:

Tonight and this weekend will be very cold! The temperature tonight will be low 18°; with winds ranging from 10-20mph. Friday night’s temperature will be low 22°; with winds at 5-10 mph, increasing to 20-30mph. Saturday night’s temperature will be low 11°; with winds ranging from 15-25mph. Finally Sunday night’s temperature will be low 13°; with winds light and variable.


Due to the very cold temperatures, we ask that if anyone is in need of shelter in the Crisfield area and have nowhere else to go; you may come to the police station and a police will assist you. Also we ask that you please make sure your pets are inside.


In addition, if anyone has relatives or friends that are shut-ins, elderly, disabled or just needs someone to check on their loved ones during this frigid weather, please call the Crisfield Police Department at 410-968-1323 and we will send an officer to check on them.

Hey Albero, The Weather Reports Are Going To Get Better

Tonight, Dan spent a good bit of time explaining how the new weather system they plan on using down the road will be "revolutionary". 

While much of what he said will change are basically graphics, I'm confident WBOC will continue to claim we live in a very unique area where weather is unpredictable. Time will tell. That is, when and if that new system ever comes about.

Clearly their tails are between their legs right now because quite frankly, they've been screwing up for far too many years. Now that they are being called out and now that they know they have a competitor who is going to call them out, something has to be done because I have not been wrong. They also know that when a Blogger can do a better job calling out the serious weather threats, their viewers are losing TRUST and who can blame them.

They also started the show tonight saying. "Dan said it was going to be like this," cold. OMG, you guys can't be serious, right? You said yesterday and the day before that no snow would stick to the roads and look what happened, (below). Yeah, it's cold outside, thanks Dan. 
Hmmmm?

Son Of Deceased Suspect In Shooting Of The Two Harford County Deputies Speaks Out

Two Harford County Sheriff's deputies have succumbed to their injuries after shootings at an Abingdon Panera Bread, officials said.

The deputies, one a 30-year veteran and the other a 16-year veteran, were killed in a standoff and pursuit that began at 11:46 a.m., when deputies were called to the Panera Bread in the 3400 block of Merchant Boulevard. One deputy was shot when confronting the suspect in the rear of the restaurant, and the other was shot during the pursuit. At least two--not the deputies who were killed--opened fire on the shooter.

The alleged gunman, who was killed in a pursuit, was identified as David Brian Evans, a 67-year-old white male. Evans had an outstanding warrant in Florida, and a civil court warrant in Harford County.

Jeremy Evans, David Evans estranged son, spoke with WBAL-TV’s lead I-Team reporter Jayne Miller. Jeremy Evans told Miller that his father shot his mother in a domestic incident 20 years ago.

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Surround Israel With Barrier ‘To Defend Ourselves Against Wild Beasts’

TEL AVIV – In sentiments that seem to echo one of the main policy aims of Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he is working to surround the entire country with fences and barriers “to defend ourselves against wild beasts” that surround the Jewish state.

Netanyahu made the comments during a tour of a barrier being erected on the country’s eastern border with Jordan.

“We are preparing a multi-year project to encircle Israel with a security fence, to defend ourselves in the Middle East as it is now, and as it is expected to be,” Netanyahu stated.

“At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all,” said Netanyahu. “I’ll be told, ‘This is what you want, to protect the villa?’ The answer is yes.

Will we surround all of the State of Israel with fences and barriers? The answer is yes. In the area that we live in, we must defend ourselves against the wild beasts.”

He said the plan would take several years to complete and that besides the fence around the country his government will also work to close the breaches in the security barrier that straddles the West Bank.

“This thing costs many billions, and we’re working on a multi-year plan of prioritization so it would be spread out over years in order to gradually build it, but to complete it to defend the State of Israel,” Netanyahu added.

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Pocomoke City Police Press Release 2-11-16

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PRESS RELEASE

January 14 – February 8, 2016

1-21-2016 Tracy Houston, age 37 of Pocomoke, MD was arrested for Violation of an Ex Parte. She was held on $3,000 bond.

1-22-2016 Alex Dewaal, age 26 of Parksley, VA was arrested for Theft $100-$1,000. He was held on $5,000 bond.

1-22-2016 Catherine Glaser, age 23 of Quinby, VA was arrested for Theft $100-$1,000. She was held on $1,000 bond.

1-24-2016 Lauren Cherrix, age 18 of Chincoteague, VA was arrested for 2nd Degree Domestic Assault. She was held on $3,000 bond.

1-26-2016 Donnease Sturgis, age 35 of Pocomoke, MD was Cited for Trespass. She was issued a Criminal Citation and released.

1-27-206 Maranuita Holland, age 51 of Snow Hill, MD was arrested on an Outstanding Warrant for CDS Possession of Paraphernalia and Theft. She was held on $5,000 bond.

Supreme Court Puts Obama's Power Plant Regs On Hold

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday abruptly halted President Obama's controversial new power plant regulations, dealing a blow to the administration's sweeping plan to address global warming.

In a 5-4 decision, the court halted enforcement of the plan until after legal challenges are resolved.

The surprising move is a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations "an unprecedented power grab."

By temporarily freezing the rule the high court's order signals that opponents have made a strong argument against the plan. A federal appeals court last month refused to put it on hold.

The court's four liberal justices said they would have denied the request.

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JUST IN: State Health Officials Report Maryland's First Confirmed Case Of Zika

State health officials have confirmed Maryland's first case of the Zika virus.

The infection was confirmed via a blood test. The infected person had recently traveled to a country where Zika transmission remains active. No further information was provided about the infected person.

The mosquito-borne virus has led to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue travel warnings for women who are or may be pregnant. The virus has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly.

“Our department will continue to actively partner with the CDC, Maryland healthcare providers, laboratories, and health departments to provide support to Marylanders at risk of Zika infection – especially to pregnant women,” Van T. Mitchell, secretary of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. “As CDC guidance has evolved, we actually have expanded access to testing for people who had not met that agency's initial testing criteria.”

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Maryland Casinos Generate $88.36 Million in Revenue During January

Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced January 2016 revenue numbers for the state’s five casinos – Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County. January 2016’s combined statewide revenue totaled $88,361,884.

Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $5,513,627 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $181.96 for slot machines, $1,770.08 for banking table games and $293.91 for non-banking table games. Hollywood Casino’s January 2016 revenue decreased by $489,577, or 8.2%, from January 2015. Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 844 slot machines and 22 (12 banking and 10 non-banking) table games.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $23,652,019 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $180.59 for slot machines, $2263.82 for banking table games and $906.03 for non-banking table games. Horseshoe Casino’s January 2016 revenue increased by $494,231, or 2.1%, from January 2015. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 176 (151 banking and 25 non-banking) table games.

Maryland Live Casino generated $52,145,821 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $253.16 for slot machines, $3,937.37 for banking table games and $1,320.11 for non-banking table games. Maryland Live’s January 2016 revenue increased by $2,693,600, or 5.5%, from January 2015. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,974 slot machines and 206 (154 banking and 52 non-banking) table games.

Casino at Ocean Downs generated $3,721,728 from slot machines in January, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $149.84. Casino at Ocean Downs’ January 2016 revenue increased by $342,097, or 10.1%, from January 2015. Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines, and does not have table games.

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Fear Not, My Secular Friends

It amuses me that certain people are convinced that Christians are angry scolds but totally miss the humorlessness and angst of certain Christ-ophobic secularists.

When I wrote the book "Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity," secularists panned the notion that Christians, being in the majority, could be the subjects of systematic discrimination. I found that an odd argument, especially from people who routinely argued that women are victims of gender discrimination.

Their argument may have a superficial attraction, but it does not square with the evidence. I marshaled 400 pages of proof to substantiate my case. Since the time the book was published in 2005 this pattern of discrimination and mistreatment of Christians has continued unabated. I could write an update with twice as many pages.

Our universities are teeming with atheist professors, many of whom express their antipathy toward Christianity as anti-science, superstitious, bigoted,and Neanderthal. The same message permeates our culture, from Hollywood to popular music to the mainstream liberal media.

President Barack Obama himself, while touting his authentic Christianity, doesn't miss an opportunity to ridicule Christians as Bible-toting bitter-clingers whose Scripture contains many horrific divine commands and whose ancestors during the Crusades were every bit as evil as modern Islamic jihadists. He has also gone out of his way to promote the very secular cause of abortion-on-demand and to trample the conscience rights of faith-based institutions.

Yet with all this "progress," the appetite of militant secularists cannot be satiated. The most recent example is an editorial by Susan Jacoby in The New York Times, "Sick and Tired of 'God Bless America.'"

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'HILLARY FOR PROSECUTION, NOT PRESIDENT'

New campaign to stop her combines investigative journalism, legal action

WASHINGTON –
With the possibility fading of Barack Obama’s Justice Department prosecuting the inevitable Democratic Party presidential nominee, a new independent campaign has arisen to expose Hillary Clinton’s criminal actions and prosecute her at the state level.

It’s called the Hillary Clinton Investigative Justice Project, and it was conceived by two veteran investigative journalists who plan to take their findings to state attorneys general in jurisdictions in which the nonprofit, tax-exempt Clinton Family Foundation does business.

“The Clinton Family Foundation is effectively a criminal, money-laundering operation principally established to enrich the founders with political payoff money, including millions from foreign donors,” said Joseph Farah, founder and chief executive officer of WND. “It’s a racketeering enterprise protected by the Democratic Party dons – including the president of the United States and his attorney general.”

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BREAKING NEWS: CLINTON FOUNDATION SUBPOENAED, HUMA IN CROSSHAIRS

Hillary camp silent on State Department investigation

State Department investigators subpoenaed the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation last fall and made sure to include former “special government employee” Huma Abedin in their crosshairs.

State IG spokesman and representatives of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign had no comment for the Washington Post after its story broke Thursday afternoon. At issue are projects the organization engaged in that may have required approval from the federal government prior to going forward.

The ‘Stop Hillary’ campaign is on fire! Join the surging response to this theme: ‘Clinton for prosecution, not president’

News of the subpoena further undercuts the Democrat candidate’s repeated claims that she never violated a subsection of the Espionage Act related to “gross negligence” in handling government documents during her time as President Obama’s secretary of state. Clinton said just one week ago she was “100 percent confident” the FBI’s investigation into her “home brew” email server would turn up no wrongdoing on her part.

Agents are also trying to determine whether co-mingling of the Clinton Foundation and State Department business violated public corruption laws.

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Interactive Movie Screening will Connect Law Enforcement with Community

(Snow Hill, MD)- Engaging with the police can sound intimidating, particularly for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder or developmental disabilities. BE SAFE the Movie presents a unique opportunity for community members to get to know local law enforcement and learn valuable tips on how to follow instructions, ask for help, and how to act in scenarios that involve the police in general.

BE SAFE The Movie uses video modeling to show viewers how to interact with the police in everyday encounters. Positive models help viewers of all abilities learn what to do and say when meeting the police. Hosted by the Worcester County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), BE SAFE will be screened at the Worcester Technical High School on Wednesday, March 30th. Along with the screening of selected scenes from BE SAFE there will be interactive games and time for attendees to speak with members of local law enforcement.

The event is designed for self-advocates ages 12 and older who have an autism spectrum disorder or intellectual/developmental disabilities. The first 20 self-advocates to register will receive a free DVD of BE SAFE the Movie.

For more information on the interactive screening or to register contact Stephanie Yanez at stephanie.yanez@maryland.gov or 410-632-1100, Ext. 1146 by March 21, 2016. The event is a collaboration with Pathfinders and local law enforcement. Pathfinders is an autism resource that provides timely, accurate autism-specific information to families. Their website can be found at pathfindersforautism.org/.

Williams: Sloppy Language and Thinking

George Orwell said, "But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, "As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate." And John Milton predicted, "When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation."

These observations bear heeding about how sloppy language is corrupting our society.

The Atlantic magazine reported that public schools are nearly as segregated in 2012 as they were in the late 1960s. An Education Next series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report includes an article by Steven Rivkin, "Desegregation Since the Coleman Report," that holds that American schools are still segregated. In 2001, Harvard University's Civil Rights Project press release stated, "Almost half a century after the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that Southern school segregation was unconstitutional and 'inherently unequal' ... racial and ethnic segregation continued to intensify throughout the 1990s."

Let's examine the term "racial segregation." Blacks are about 50 percent of the Washington, D.C., population. Reagan National Airport serves the Washington, D.C., area and, like every airport, it has water fountains. At no time is there anything close to blacks being 50 percent of water fountain users. Suppose it turns out that only 15 percent of the water fountain users are black.

Would the scholars, whose studies say that schools are segregated because of racial differences in attendance, condemn Reagan National Airport water fountains as being segregated? Would they propose bussing blacks in from water fountains in southeast D.C. in order to integrate the Reagan National Airport water fountains?

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Governor Larry Hogan Submits Second Supplemental Budget

Reflects Administration’s Commitment to Deliver $75 Million for Project C.O.R.E. and Blight Elimination in Baltimore City

ANNAPOLIS, MD –
Governor Larry Hogan today introduced a second supplemental budget for FY 2017 that provides $18 million to support the implementation of Project C.O.R.E., Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise. This four-year initiative, announced last month, is in partnership with Baltimore City and the Maryland Stadium Authority and will systemically address blight in city neighborhoods.

Throughout the four-year partnership, total funding for the demolition portion of Project C.O.R.E includes $75 million from the state operating budget and in-kind administrative services from Baltimore City, equivalent to $1 for every $4 allocated by the state.

“This historic multi-year partnership between the state and city to immediately begin the process of demolishing thousands of empty, decaying buildings throughout the city has the potential to deliver lasting change and will pave the way for private sector investment,” said Governor Hogan. “The state’s commitment to provide $75 million over four years for demolition is part of a bipartisan, common-sense effort that will help to make sure Baltimore’s future is better and brighter than its present or its past.”

Under Project C.O.R.E., the elimination of blighted portions of the city will be further supported by more than $600 million in financing opportunities over the next four years from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to encourage private sector developers to revitalize Baltimore’s neighborhoods through housing and commercial investments. Financing for development projects will be made through a range of innovative programs and partnerships, including the Rental Assistance Demonstration program and the issuance of revenue bonds.

Also included in the governor’s supplemental budget is $3.5 million in strategic demolition funds to address blight and lack of investment in Maryland’s small towns and older suburbs in order to make way for new private investment in local redevelopment and revitalization.

Along with Project C.O.R.E funding, Governor Hogan’s second supplemental budget for FY 2017 also includes $3 million for the Maryland Early Graduation Scholarship Program, an initiative that allows eligible students who finish high school to receive a one-time scholarship of up to $6,000 for tuition and expenses at any approved postsecondary educational institution in Maryland.

Also included in the supplemental is nearly $2.3 million for a 2 percent rate increase for providers of substance abuse service for the uninsured, additional funding to support heroin-related criminal investigations, and $11 million for a Watershed Implementation Plan at the Maryland Department of Transportation.

WCSO Press Releases February 11, 2016

Prock, Bianca
Incident: Most Wanted Arrest
Date of Incident: 4 February 2016
Location: 1000 block of Phillips Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Bianca Lachelle Prock, 26, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 4 February 2016 at 3:45 PM a deputy arrested Bianca Prock at a residence in the 1000 block of Phillips Avenue in Salisbury. Prock had been sought since May 2015 following the issuance of a Circuit Court Bench Warrant after Prock failed to appear for a traffic related case. Prock had been featured on local media outlets as one of Wicomico County’s “Most Wanted.”
Prock was detained in the Detention Center without bond pending an initial appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge.
Charges: Failure to Appear
 

Warrington, Kajuan
Incident: Warrant Arrest
Date of Incident: 7 February 2016
Location: 1000 block of W. Isabella Street, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Kajuan Donta Lynel Warrington, 21, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 7 February 2016 at 2:15 AM a deputy arrested Kajuan Warrington on an outstanding Circuit Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Warrington violated the terms of his probation following a conviction in a felony assault case.
Warrington was detained in the Detention Center without bond pending an initial appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge.
Charges: Violation of Probation


Hudson, Brad

Incident: Warrant Arrest
Date of Incident: 8 February 2016
Location: Wicomico County
Suspect: Brad Allen Hudson, 33, Selbyville, MD
Narrative: On 8 February 2016 at 9:50 AM a deputy arrested Brad Allen Hudson on an outstanding District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Hudson failed to appear for a CDS case in the District Court.
Hudson had been arrested twice before after failing to appear for the same case in July 2015 and Oct 2015. With the third failure to appear, the judge issued a no bond bench warrant.
Hudson was detained in the Detention Center pending his next court appearance.
Charges: Failure to Appear 


Miller, Sharmain
Incident: Extradition / Theft Arrest
Date of Incident: 8 February 2016
Location: Accomack County, VA
Suspect: Sharmain Ktyeal Miller, 32, Parksley, VA
Narrative: On 8 February 2016 at 2:20 PM a deputy extradited Sharmain Miller back to Wicomico County to face charges in connection with a theft case. In this case, Miller stands accused of renting a vehicle from a Salisbury area car rental company in May 2015 and failing to return it.
Upon return to Wicomico County, Miller 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 detained Miller in the Detention Center in lieu of $3,000.00 bond.
Charges: Motor Vehicle Theft and Theft $1,000.00 to $10,000.00


Plaskon, Daniel
Incident: Trespass / Theft
Date of Incident: 10 February 2016
Location: 7000 block of Pine Street, Pittsville, MD
Suspect: Daniel Michael Plaskon, 36, Pittsville, MD
Narrative: On 10 February 2016 at 1:57 PM a deputy responded to a residence in the 7000 block of Pine Street in Pittsville for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, the deputy identified a subject as Daniel Plaskon on the property. During the investigation into this incident, the deputy learned that Plaskon was the ex-husband of the resident and he was at the residence upset that his ex-wife had a new boyfriend. It was also reported that before the deputy arrived, Plaskon entered his ex-wife’s vehicle and stole her cell phone. The deputy told the ex-wife to call her phone at which time the deputy observed it on the rear seat of Plaskon’s vehicle. The deputy also discovered that Plaskon had been previously told to stay off the property and that was reinforced by visible “No Trespassing” signs.
The deputy placed Plaskon under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Plaskon on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Trespassing and Theft under $1,000.00


Hall, Robert
Incident: Possession of CDS
Date of Incident: 10 February 2016
Location: Boundary Street, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Robert Earl Hall, 68, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 10 February 2016 at 3:32 PM a deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Robert Hall for a traffic violation on Boundary Street. Upon making contact with Hall, the deputy was provided with a driver’s license with a photo that looked nothing like Hall. Further inquiry by the deputy prompted Hall to admit that he gave the deputy someone else’s license in an attempt to stay out of trouble.
The deputy discovered that Hall’s driver’s license was currently suspended and revoked. During a records check that deputy discovered that Hall’s license has been suspended since 1986. The deputy placed Hall under arrest and discovered post arrest that Hall was in possession of what was identified as oxycodone without a prescription.
The deputy transported Hall to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Hall in the Detention Center in lieu of $10,000.00 bond.
Charges: Possession of CDS, Driving While Revoked and Driving While Suspended

Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson Date:  11 February 2016

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House Border Security Caucus: Obama Not Allowing Agents to Do Their Job, ‘Putting Every American at Risk’

(CNSNews.com) – Members of the Congressional Border Security Caucus visited the Rio Grande Valley, Texas sector of the U.S.-Mexico border last week and issued a press release expressing concern about border insecurity, the continued influx of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and families, and policies put in place by the Obama administration that hinder Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and encourage illegal immigration.

“To be here and see firsthand, to talk to the agents face-to-face, it is clear the administration is not giving agents the tools they need to do their job effectively and safely,” said Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) about the tour, noting that those breaking federal immigration laws are not being prosecuted by the Obama Justice Department.

“Border security should be a top priority for this president, but is not,” Farenthold said. “The president is not allowing our Border Patrol agents to do their job and that is putting every American at risk.”

“Today we had the opportunity to see firsthand the challenges our border patrol agents and Texas Department of Public Safety officers face as they deal with the continuing surge of illegal immigrants on our Southern border,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who created the caucus in 2014. “Their jobs have been made harder by this administration’s policies that have undermined our immigration laws and continue to encourage illegal immigrants.”

According to CBP statistics, the number of unaccompanied alien children (ages 0-17) entering the United States is up 102 percent in fiscal year 2016 (Oct. 1, 2015 to Jan. 31, 2016) compared to the same period in fiscal year 2015 – 10,105 and 20,455 respectively.

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What's For Dessert: BANANA PUDDING FROM SCRATCH


BANANA PUDDING FROM SCRATCH

1/2 c. sugar
2 tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. milk
4 separated eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla flavor
1 box of Nilla Vanilla Wafers
4 med. ripe bananas

Mix flour, salt, and sugar; add milk slowly. Stir constantly over low heat until thickened. Stir and cook for about 15 minutes. Beat egg yolks in bowl and stir into mixture slowly stirring constantly. Cook about 5 more minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Line bottom of casserole dish with vanilla wafers, bananas (sliced) and custard mixture. Repeat layers, ending with custard on top. Beat egg whites until stiff. Add 1/4 cup sugar; whip until it peaks. Spread on top of custard and bake in oven at 450 degrees for about 5 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven and serve.

Judge Orders State Dept. To Speed Up Clinton Emails

A federal judge told the State Department to speed up the final release of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, saying the voting public has an interest in seeing them as the primaries are underway.

Judge Rudolph Contreras said the government is taking an “unreasonably long” time processing the messages and is already more than a week overdue on making them all public — and said he didn’t like being told speeding up could hurt national security.

“Government has me between a rock and a hard place,” he said.

The judge said he will order at least some emails to be released by Feb. 18, and showed little patience with the department’s delays.

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Marco Rubio Is Not the Only Candidate Repeating Himself — Watch This Chris Christie Montage

Satellites Suggest Iran Hid Atomic Activities Amid Nuclear Deal Talks

Recently released satellite images of Iran’s top-secret military complex suggest that the Islamic Republic was engaged in efforts to hide its atomic program-related work from the past while nuclear deal negotiations were ongoing.

The satellite photos of Iran’s top-secret Parchin military site, located an estimated 20 miles southeast of Tehran, were obtained by private intelligence firm Stratfor.

Stratfor analyst Sim Tack spoke to the Daily Beast about the series of images taken from space.

“We’re not saying they’re cheating on the nuclear deal,” he said, adding, “The images show Iran was going through the motions to hide what it’s done before, and it is still … developing facilities that the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] may or may not have access to.”

Tack reportedly indicated that “the progression of satellite images tracking construction at Parchin from 2012 to 2015 show how Iran’s leaders apparently worked to keep regime hardliners happy by moving forward with weapons programs, even as the leadership worked to erase signs of an illegal nuclear weapons program.”

He described the construction of a tunnel entrance to the military complex as new information. Stratfor says the images reveal that Iran is digging a tunnel into a heavily guarded mountain complex inside the Parchin facility.

“A 2014 image Stratfor did not release showed construction equipment outside tunnel entrance,” reports the Daily Beast, adding, “The mysterious subterranean complex could be part of Iran’s ballistic missile program that triggered new U.S. sanctions in January, even as the nuclear sanctions were being lifted.”

“They were still going forward with that construction during the talks,” said Tack.

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Pro-Gun YouTube Star ‘Hickok45’ Sees His Account Terminated Twice Without Warning — Here’s How He’s Responding

In light of his account being suspended multiple times by YouTube, popular gun video creator “Hickok45″ has found a new, more accepting home for his content.

The extremely popular, Tennessee-based video creator has decided to join Full30.com, along with many of the Internet’s other top gun enthusiasts.

According to the Full30 website, the video platform “is dedicated to providing shooting enthusiasts with quality content and a friendly community.” They host videos on topics ranging from sport shooting to self-defense to what Hickok45 is best known for: gun reviews.

According to BearingArms.com, which first reported the news:

Full30 is run by and for gun enthusiasts, and won’t arbitrarily destroy the work of popular content creators on a whim, for political correctness, or because of a faceless, nameless computer algorithm.

While Hickok45 has decided to make Full30 his new home, he will continue to upload and host his content on Youtube as well.

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GOP Establishment Proven Wrong Again: Trump Wins New Hampshire

Donald J. Trump, the man that the establishment said ‘could never’ and ‘won’t ever’ win, has just gotten a hefty victory in New Hampshire. He took home a jaw dropping 35% and beat out almost every demographic across the board, by almost double digits. This is amazing:

Throughout the Republican presidential primary, and we still have a very long way to go, the Republican Establishment has revealed itself to be the nastiest, meanest, smallest group of smugs I have ever come across. I honestly didn’t think people like this actually existed outside of the fictional Omega Theta Pi frat boys in “Animal House.” But exist they do, and these detestable snobs despise their fellow Republicans much more than the likes of a Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

The venomous attacks the GOP Establishment have waged against Trump supporters have been way beyond anything Democrats have ever faced from this same group. Which is why they have lost the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections and get rolled like punks by Obama, even after winning majorities in Congress.

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Maryland Legislator to Introduce Groundbreaking Harm Reduction Drug Policy Bills to Reduce: Addiction, Deadly Overdose, Spread of Infectious Disease, and Incarceration Rates for Drug-Related Offenses

Proposed Bills Would Provide Treatment-at-Need in ER’s and Hospitals, Decriminalize Small Amounts of All Drugs, Set Up Safe Consumption Programs, and More

As deaths from drug overdoses increase nationwide, Maryland Delegate Dan Morhaim, M.D. - also a practicing physician who has been treating patients in emergency and internal medicine for more than 30 years - will introduce four bills to transform drug policy in the state. This groundbreaking legislative package aims to reduce the harms associated with substance abuse disorders, including rates of addiction, deadly overdose, the spread of infectious disease, crime, costs to the general public, and incarceration rates. (See detailed descriptions of all 4 bills below.)

More Americans now die annually from overdose than gunshot wounds or car crashes. Nearly 47,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2014.In Maryland, the Governor’s office has defined the problem as an “epidemic…destroying lives”. There has been a 60% rise in fatal drug and alcohol-related overdoses, and heroin deaths have increased by 186%, from 2010 to 2015 in the state.

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AN EXASPERATED JOHN KERRY THROWS IN TOWEL ON SYRIA: “WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO, GO TO WAR WITH THE RUSSIANS?!”

Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today?

“Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city – Syria’s largest before the war – could soon fall.”

Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “…could soon be liberated.”

While we’ll be the first to admit that Bashar al-Assad isn’t exactly the most benevolent leader in the history of statecraft, you can bet most Syrians wish this war had never started and if you were to ask those stranded in Aleppo what their quality of life is like now, versus what it was like in 2009, we’re fairly certain you’ll discover that residents aren’t particularly enamored with life under the mishmash of rebels that now control the city.

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Senate To Vote On North Korea Sanctions

The Senate is scheduled to vote this week on legislation to increase sanctions against North Korea following a missile launch over the weekend.

The North Korea Sanctions Enforce Act, a bill from Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., passed the House last month and is scheduled for a vote in the full Senate this week after being approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to a release from Royce's office.

"As North Korea works to build a nuclear arsenal capable of hitting the United States it is clear the Obama administration's policy of 'strategic patience' has failed," Royce said in a statement. "This latest aggression underscores the importance of enacting my legislation to strengthen targeted sanctions against this brutal regime."

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Valentine's Weekend


Dine with your Valentine...
at SoBo's Wine Beerstro

Offering our regular menu Friday 2/12 and Saturday 2/13... along with our Special Valentine's Menu! 

Sunday, 2/14 Sobo's will open at 4:00pm!  Valentine's Menu Only.

Four Course Dinner ~ $69.99
Select from Chef's featured options. 

Call now for available seating times. 
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Valentine's Weekend


EVO Public House is still accepting dinner reservations for Valentine's Weekend!  

Chef David Wells will feature delicious dinner options for two as well as a variety of seasonal entrees and house favorites. Our house pastry chef will create a variety of sweet dessert specials to choose from.

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Liberal Columnist: Fox News on 'Suicide Watch' After Rubio Loss

Fox News Channel is on "suicide watch" following the poor showing by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at Saturday's Republican debate, says Jason Easley on the liberal news site PoliticusUSA.

Easley contends in the column that the "depression and gloom over the Fox News anchors could not be contained."

Brit Hume, he says, "sounded like he might cry," while panelist A.B. Stoddard of The Hill "sounded glum" and The Weekly Standard's Steve Hayes "was almost wailing."

David Gregory, the former "Meet the Press" moderator, "accused Rubio of trying to look like a general election candidate."

"There can be no doubt who Fox News is supporting in the Republican primary," Easley said. "Fox will do anything to get rid of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. The fact that the on-air talent on Fox sounded massively depressed after Rubio fell apart made it clear that Fox is far from neutral in this election."

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AMERICAN PICKERS EPISODE TO FEATURE SOMERSET COUNTY

Maryland’s Eastern Shore is about to be featured in a very big way.

Last summer, the hosts of History Channel’s hit show American Pickers rolled through town looking for unique, antique and collectible items. What they found will air in an episode Wednesday February 17th at 9pm.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz visited the site of the former Eastern Shore Americana Museum located near Crisfield in Somerset County. The late Lawrence Burgess founded the museum in 1976 and after his passing the family donated its contents to Somerset County.

The Pickers were reportedly impressed with the size of the collection and spent a large part of the day touring the site. The collection contains pieces Burgess acquired over the years from yard and estate sales that reflect what life was like in rural Maryland over the last century.

“We’re excited that the Somerset County will be showcased on The History Channel tomorrow night,” said Jack Gerbes, Director of the Maryland Film Office. “American Pickers has highlighted many unique Maryland stories this season, and we are sure that Somerset County is ready for their close-up!”

American Pickers has aired on History Channel for 14 seasons and is consistently one of the network’s highest rated shows. Tune in on Wednesdays at 9:00pm.

Episodes are also available on the History Channel’s website the day after airing.

Washington: Muslim Prisoner Tries to Behead Correction Officer Shouting “Allahu Akbar”

This area of Washington State appears to be a hotbed of jihad activity. An ISIS Muslim was apprehended not far from here yesterday.

The Clallam Bay Corrections Center was placed on lockdown after a correctional officer was severely attacked on January 28, 2016.

Correctional officer Terry Breedlove suffered extensive facial injuries and memory loss — “He’s not doing well,” said Breedlove’s mother, Joanne Spaulding.

“Corrections officer remains in Forks hospital, improving,” By Peninsula Daily News, February 10, 2016:

FORKS — A Clallam Bay Corrections Center officer who suffered serious head injuries last week continued to improve but remained hospitalized Monday.

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AFGE: Time to play catch-up with 5.3 percent pay raise

A 5.3 percent raise.

That’s number the American Federation for Government Employees is energetically pushing for civilian and military personnel in fiscal 2017 — well over the the 1.6 percent pay raise President Barack Obama will request in his budget proposal.

AFGE acknowledged it’s setting the bar high this year after six consecutive years of pay freezes orsmall bumps in pay.

“We may or may not get a 5.3 [percent raise],” AFGE National President J. David Cox told reporters at the union’s Feb. 8 legislative and grassroots mobilization conference in Washington. “But we are clearly putting on the record that we are owed the 5.3.”

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A community mourns the loss of two Harford County Sheriffs Deputies


A community mourns the loss of two Harford County Sheriffs Deputies killed in the line of duty yesterday.Just minutes...
Posted by Megan Gilliland WBFF FOX45 Baltimore on Thursday, February 11, 2016
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Nearly 3,500 Acres on Eastern Shore Added to Chesapeake Forest Land

Program Open Space Acquisition to Benefit Maryland’s Natural Resource-Based Economies

In one of the largest acquisitions of its kind, the Board of Public Works today approved funding to secure 3,486 acres of prime forest land on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore for economic, environmental and recreational purposes. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will manage the property as part of its Chesapeake Forest Lands, helping to preserve the state’s sustainable forest products industry.

“This acquisition will help the state solidify its significant progress toward meeting our Chesapeake Bay Agreement goals by safeguarding important natural resources, including land and water within the watershed,” Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Even more, Maryland’s natural resource-based economies and industries, like paper and timber will see benefits, as the new tracts will provide for a sustainable timber harvest and increased hunting and recreation opportunities.”

Purchased at a discount for $6.53 million with funding from Program Open Space, the property is comprised of forested tracts spanning three counties: 623 acres in Somerset, 972 in Wicomico and 1,890 in Worcester. This acquisition was done in cooperation with The Conservation Fund, and will help Maryland meet conservation goals while providing for public recreation opportunities and support for natural resource-based economies. With this acquisition, the Chesapeake Forest Lands will increase to 71,208 acres.

This site will be managed by the Maryland Forest Service in accordance with the state’s duel forest certification through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council.

“Sustainable management means that we will incorporate all components that make up a forest, including living resources, ecological processes and economical uses, so that they remain healthy and productive into the future,” Forest Service Acting Director Don VanHassent said. “This particular site will work to filter runoff in the nearby Wicomico and Pocomoke rivers, and, after uses are decided through a public involvement process, could very well serve as a destination for hunters and anglers.”

Created by the state in 2000, the Chesapeake Forest Lands program on the Eastern Shore now serves as a national model for public/private partnership, sustainable forestry management and ecosystem conservation on public lands. This purchase marks the second largest in Chesapeake Forest Lands history, following behind a 4,900-acre acquisition in 2009.

Seasoned Firewood Being Stolen

People are actually getting that desperate, they're stealing fire wood. A friend contacted me yesterday telling me that his single Sister with three children had a very large portion of their fire wood had been stolen while she was at work. 

My recommendation at this point is to put up a trail camera, (or two) and catch these people. Nevertheless, their interest is to find out if anyone else has experienced the same problem. This happened in Wicomico County.