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Thursday, May 05, 2016

AUDIO: Conservative Radio Legend Goes Berserk After Trump Victory

Talk radio legend Mark Levin went off on Fox News just hours before Donald Trump declared victory. As Breitbart reports:

Talk radio host Mark Levin, who has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz, blasted the Fox News Channel as “not a news channel” and a “Donald Trump super PAC” that will be “rubbing their own faces in their own feces” after the GOP gets “our a**es kicked in the general election” on Tuesday.

Levin began by saying to the Fox News Channel, “You’re not a news channel anymore. You’re the Fox Channel.”

He then turned to that day’s tiff between Trump and Cruz, and criticized the FNC program “Outnumbered” for not giving the context of the fight between the two, that Trump had accused Cruz’s father of being linked to JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. He further said that, according to a friend of his who contacted him, another program, “The Five,” didn’t bring up Trump’s Oswald-Rafael Cruz theory until over 20 minutes past the hour. Levin continued, “Donald Trump is bringing up a National Enquirer story that accuses Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, of being in cahoots, in one way or another, with Lee Harvey Oswald.” Levin further stated that, according to his source, “several of the people on ‘The Five’ thought this was hilarious. As a matter of fact, they were defending the National Enquirer. … That’s why it’s not the Fox News Channel, it’s the Fox Channel, and the Donald Trump super PAC.”

Here's the problem. Months ago, Levin heaped praise on Donald Trump, maintaining a tone of neutrality throughout the campaign until it was clear that Trump would be the nominee. For this, Levin was subject to heavy ridicule from conservatives who opposed Trump, but he continued to maintain an air of positivity towards the man he now says is going to destroy the GOP, perhaps pandering to his audience. It was only after Trump surrogate Roger Stone attacked Levin personally that the talk radio host decided to join the #NeverTrump campaign.

This begs the question: if Levin truly believes Donald Trump is such an existential threat to the GOP, why didn't he use the considerable resources at his disposal to warn voters earlier?

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Michele Fiore on the right to aim guns at cops

Comcast “Cares” On Twitter. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

If there is one lesson that large corporations really, really need to take to heart about the 21st century, it is this: unless you are universally beloved (and maybe even then), probably don’t self-promote with Twitter hashtags. It will not end well for you. And who would be the latest business to fall for this trap? It’s Comcast, the cable company America loves to hate.

Like many other large corporations and conglomerates, Comcast participates in corporate philanthropy. Among their outreach efforts is an annual volunteer day, where Comcast and NBCUniversal employees don branded t-shirts and go serve meals, clean playgrounds, paint schools, and do a thousand other small good-works projects in targeted areas around the nation.

Corporate volunteer events are fairly common, and they’re usually a good way both to generate some positive PR for the business as well as to get some local projects completed with a small army of free labor — a win/win. And of course, in 2016, how else quickly to push images, video, and short statements but on social media? And naturally organizers unify the social media presence with a hashtag… something quick and easily searchable, like #ComcastCaresDay.

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Half of Immigrant-led Households Skirt Welfare Rules

Immigrants are supposed to be beneficial to the U.S. — so much so that federal law requires them to prove they won’t end up on the public dole if they are legally admitted.

But it’s a stricture honored more in the breach than in compliance, according to statistics obtained by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which found that of the millions of legal immigrants living in the U.S. and collecting welfare or other public benefits, only a single person was kicked out of the country over the last three years for becoming a public burden.

That seems to fly in the face of federal policies that, dating back to the very first broad immigration law in the 1880s, have demanded that immigrants prove they will be able to support themselves.

New immigrants can be denied if they can’t show their financial means, and those already in the country can be deported if they fail to live up to the bargain — but that hardly ever happens, according to FAIR’s data.

The group had asked the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which hears the cases, for data on five countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba and Colombia. EOIR said it found just three cases brought between 2013 and 2015, all of them against Mexicans, and only one of those charges was sustained.

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Is Ben Carson on the Fast Track to the White House?

This is interesting. In 2000, George W Bush named Dick Cheney as head of his VP selection committee. Cheney selected himself. It also makes sense for Trump strategically. Carson's popularity with social conservatives could help Trump gain the support of Cruz voters he may have alienated over the last two months, and Carson's standing in the black community could help Trump make inroads into one of Hillary's strongest constituent groups.

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1 Dead, 1 Injured In Shooting Outside Prince George's County School

BELTSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Officers are looking for a male suspect who shot and killed a woman and wounded a man outside a high school in suburban Washington, police said.

The Prince George's County Police Department said on its Twitter account that the shooting appears to be domestic related.

The county fire department said the shooting took place at High Point High School in Beltsville.

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Philly Mayor Rejects Obama’s Request to End ‘Sanctuary’ Status for Immigrants

The city of Philadelphia, which will host the Democratic National Convention in July, rebuffed a request from the Obama administration Tuesday to end its status as a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants.

Mayor Jim Kenney rejected the appeal by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who said the move would aid public safety.

After their meeting at city hall, the mayor said in a statement that he “stressed the need for federal immigration reform.” He said he’s committed to preventing immigrants from being unduly targeted by law enforcement in Philadelphia.

Mr. Johnson told reporters later that he had a “good dialogue” with Mr. Kenney.

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RNC Chairman: ‘It’s Time to Unite.'

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday it’s now time for the GOP to unite, saying it’s “pretty obvious” that likely nominee Donald Trump will win the delegates necessary to clinch the party’s presidential nomination.

Mr. Priebus said Mr. Trump still has to get to 1,237 delegates to be the nominee, but that it’s “pretty obvious” he’ll get there with Sen. Ted Cruz’s exit from the race.

Mr. Cruz announced Tuesday he was suspending his campaign after Mr. Trump rolled to a big win in Indiana, and Mr. Priebus said on Twitter Tuesday evening that Mr. Trump will be the “presumptive” GOP nominee.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign said Tuesday that the governor will stay in the race, and Mr. Priebus said he would leave that up to Mr. Kasich.

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Iranian Threatens to Close Strait of Hormuz to US

TEHRAN, Iran — The deputy commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they “threaten” the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported on Wednesday.

The comments by Gen. Hossein Salami, carried on state television, follow a long history of both rhetoric and confrontation between Iran and the US over the narrow strait, through which nearly a third of all oil traded by sea passes.

The remarks by the acting commander of the Guard also follow those of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who on Monday criticized US activities in the Persian Gulf. It’s unclear whether that signals any new Iranian concern over the strait or possible confrontation with the US following its nuclear deal with world powers.

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Bernstein: There Will Be ‘Very Damaging’ Leaks From Hillary Email Investigation

On Wednesday’s “CNN Tonight,” Journalist and author Carl Bernstein stated that there would be “very damaging” leaks from the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email, and described her conduct as “what she did was an act of recklessness, and entitlement, that there’s no excuse for.”

Bernstein began by stating that in the general election “all bets are off,” including the usual GOP-Dem breakdown as an important factor, celebrity might be more important than ideology, and “TMZ, Drudge, new media, [are] going to have a huge role in this, much more than the usual, fact-based media.”

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State Dept. Admits Withholding Key Benghazi Email

The State Department admitted last week that it had withheld a key email from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the 2012 Benghazi attacks for more than a year in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch, President Tom Fitton said Tuesday.

"Had the department disclosed the email when first supposedly found, Clinton’s email server and her hidden emails would have been revealed before she authorized the alleged deletion of tens of thousands of emails," Fitton wrote in an op-ed on Brietbart News.

The State Department disclosed in a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth that was released last week that it had found the 2012 email in 2014 but withheld it.

"Also, upon further review, the department has determined that one document previously withheld in full in our letter dated November 12, 2014, may now be released in part," the State Department told the court in an April 18, 2016 letter.

However, the November 2014, letter does not discuss any withheld emails, Fitton said.

"A search declaration suggests the hidden email was found in September 2014 as a result of a search in response to Judicial Watch's lawsuit," he said.

"The result of all this is that we now know that the Obama administration consciously refused to give up key information about Hillary Clinton’s email in 2014," Fitton concluded. "It covered up this email both from the court and Judicial Watch."

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Subject: CDC: Americans Over-medicating Preschoolers With ADHD

Too many preschoolers with ADHD still are being put on drugs right away, before behavior therapy is tried, health officials say.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that three in four young kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are put on medicines. New CDC data shows that's continued, even after research found behavior therapy is as effective and doesn't give children stomach aches, sleep problems or other drug side effects.

Why? Health insurance coverage for behavior therapy may vary from state to state and company to company. And in some areas, therapists are in short supply, some experts said.

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[An additional factor-- some schools have insisted that parents medicate their child, under threat of expulsion. That can certainly limit the options. --Editor]

Trump Praises Cruz's Courage: 'Smart Guy'

Donald Trump Tuesday praised Ted Cruz as a "smart guy" after the Texas senator quit the Republican presidential race in light to the developer's landslide victory in the Indiana primary.

"I have met some of the most incredible competitors that I have ever competed against right here in the Republican Party," Trump said to cheering supporters at his victory speech at Trump Tower in New York City.

"We started off with 17 — and just so you understand, Ted Cruz, I don't know if he likes me or if he doesn't like me, but he is one hell of a competitor.

"He is a tough, smart guy," Trump continued. "And he has got an amazing future. He's got an amazing future.

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Hillary Clinton May Be Ordered to Testify on Private Email Server

A federal judge says he may order Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server as secretary of state to evade public records disclosures.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on Wednesday signed an order granting a request from the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch to question six current and former State Department staffers. The list includes some of Clinton’s closest aides from her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat.

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Israeli Planes Strike Hamas Targets in Gaza After Mortar Attacks

Israel launched air raids Wednesday on the Gaza Strip after a day of mortar attacks by targeted IDF forces on the Israeli side of the border.

Air strikes hit around Gaza's derelict international airport near the southern city of Rafah and in nearby farming areas, said the territory's Hamas-run Interior Ministry.

Security sources in Gaza said the jets fired two missiles at the airport but said no one was hurt in the strikes.

Israel's army said its warplanes had hit five sites operated by Hamas.

"The (IDF) will continue to operate in order to protect the civilians of Israel from all Hamas terrorist threats above and beneath ground,” spokesman Peter Lerner said via Twitter.

The raids followed a bout of violence on the Gaza-Israel border Wednesday, with exchanges of fire that put a 2014 ceasefire agreement to the test.

Israeli tanks fired in response to mortar attacks at least twice, while the army designated an
Israeli border town a closed military zone.

A military official said up to five mortar shells in total were fired at Israeli territory on Wednesday, while forces were fired upon near the small border community of Nahal Oz.

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Somerset Townhouse Fire 12184 Queens Grant Drive

NOTICE OF INVESTIGATION

Date:  5/4/16
Time:  6:23 p.m.
Location / Address:  12184 Queens Grant Dr., Princess Anne, Somerset Co.  
Type of Incident:  Fire  
Description of Structure / Property:  Two story wood frame townhouse  
Owner / Occupants:  Yasir Yousif / Renae Corbin
Injuries or Deaths:  None  
Estimated $ Loss: Structure:  $90,000.00    Contents:  $10,000.00
Smoke Alarm Status:  Present and activated 
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  n/a  
Arrests(s):  None  
Primary Responding Fire Department:  Princess Anne 
# of Alarms:  1     # Of Firefighters:  30  
Time to Control:  20 minutes 
Discovered By:  Neighbor 
Area of Origin:  Kitchen stove  
Preliminary Cause:  Accidental, unattended cooking 
Additional Information:  The family was displaced by the fire and being assisted by the Red Cross. 

US Government: North Carolina LGBT Law Violates Civil Rights

RALEIGH, N.C. – A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can't be enforced, The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday.

The Justice Department's intervention puts the state in danger of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal school funding.

In a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory, the Justice Department put the state on notice that federal officials view the state law as violating federal Civil Rights Act protections barring workplace discrimination based on sex. Provisions of the state law directed at transgender state employees violate their anti-discrimination protections, the letter said.

McCrory has defended the state law, which limits legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It also requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that conform to the sex on their birth certificate.

"The State is engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees and both you, in your official capacity, and the state are engaging in a pattern or practice of resistance" of their rights, the letter said.

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The Biden-Warren Warning

There has been some chatter in recent weeks that Hillary Clinton isn’t actually the Democratic Party’s intended 2016 nominee. That chatter was amplified last week when the ever-inebriated former House Speaker John Boehner, the quintessential “establishment Republican,” endorsed Donald Trump while maligning Trump’s conservative opponent, Ted Cruz. (No small irony that Boehner’s abject failure as speaker has largely fueled Trump’s populist appeal.)

Amid the fratricidal mayhem, you may have missed this Boehner prediction: “Don’t be shocked if two weeks before the convention, here comes Joe Biden parachuting in and Barack Obama fanning the flames to make it all happen.”

For the record, I don’t think Biden is the intended nominee, but I do believe he — not Sanders — is the default candidate in the event that Clinton is indicted on felony charges. The calculus that this indictment is coming may mean that she is already presumed to be a mere placeholder for Biden — unless, of course, Bernie Sanders continues to flank that strategy. Let’s hope he does!

In a profile on Warren two years ago, I noted that a Clinton indictment “would open the door for Warren or Biden, or perhaps a Biden-Warren ticket.” Indeed, Joe Biden is an affable candidate who has none of Clinton’s negatives, and Warren is the ideological heir apparent for Obama’s “Imperial Presidency.” Like Obama, she is a certifiable socialist — a rising star among the statists who have infested the once-noble Democrat Party.

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Romanian hacker Guccifer: I breached Clinton server, 'it was easy'

EXCLUSIVE: The infamous Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer,” speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013.

"For me, it was easy ... easy for me, for everybody," Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker "Guccifer," told Fox News from a Virginia jail where he is being held.

Guccifer’s potential role in the Clinton email investigation was first reported by Fox News last month. The hacker subsequently claimed he was able to access the server – and provided extensive details about how he did it and what he found – over the course of a half-hour jailhouse interview and a series of recorded phone calls with Fox News.

Fox News could not independently confirm Lazar’s claims.

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New federal rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.

Under the plan announced Wednesday, wind companies and other power providers could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty — nearly four times the current limit. Golden eagles could only be killed if companies take steps to minimize the losses, for instance, by retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of electrocution.

Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said the proposal will “provide a path forward” for maintaining eagle populations while also spurring development of a pollution-free energy source that’s intended to ease global warming, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s energy plan.

Ashe said the 162-page proposal would protect eagles and at the same time “help the country reduce its reliance on fossil fuels” such as coal and oil that contribute to global warming.

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Howard County sheriff improperly used tax dollars, audit finds

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. —An audit has found that Howard County Sheriff Jim Fitzgerald improperly used tax dollars, and the county is taking an unusual step to recoup the money, the 11 News I-Team has learned.

A county audit found that Fitzgerald used tax dollars to pay five employees of his office to work on his 2014 re-election campaign.

"I met with the sheriff to discuss his budget for this year. I explained to him that 'I don't have control over your office. You are a separately elected official, but I believe I owe it to the citizens of Howard County that we reduce your budget that we planned to put in by $7,100,'" Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said.

The 11 News I-Team learned that the State Prosecutor's Office is seeking information from the county auditor.

"Clearly, they were taking the time that is supposed to be used for union activities to campaign both in the primary and general election. That was determined not to be appropriate," Kittleman said.

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Aeropostale Closing 113 Stores, Including Two In Maryland

NEW YORK (AP) — Aeropostale, once the vibrant epicenter of the U.S. mall scene, is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closing 20 percent of its stores in North America.

The New York company said Wednesday that it is closing 113 of its 739 U.S. stores and all 41 locations in Canada. Going-out-of-business sales at those U.S. stores will begin this weekend.


In documents obtained by Fortune, two of the 113 stores closing are here in Maryland:
  • #751 | Marley Station | 7900 Govenor Ritchie Highway | Glen Burnie
  • #1015 | Ocean City Outlets | 12741 Ocean Gateway | Ocean City, Maryland
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MD FLAG STATUS FOR FRIDAY MAY 6, 2016

This is to advise you that Governor Larry Hogan has ordered the Maryland State Flag be lowered to half-staff effective at sunrise, Friday, May 6, 2016 and returned to full-staff at sunset, Friday, May 6, 2016. This is in honor of Fallen Heroes who have lost their lives in service to our State during the last year.

Hometown Hero Banner Program On Boardwalk Expands To Include World War II Vets

OCEAN CITY — Weather permitting, an expanded Hometown Heroes military banner program including for the first time this year living World War II veterans from in and around the resort area will be officially dedicated with a special ceremony at the Fireman’s Memorial on the Boardwalk at North Division Street on Thursday.

In 2014, the Ocean City Elks Lodge 2645 launched the first Hometown Heroes military banner program honoring active members of the armed forces from the resort area serving in various branches and in various areas around the world. For the last two years, the popular banners have returned each May and proudly display pictures of active servicemen and women throughout the summer and into the early fall.

The banners are affixed to brackets attached to light poles along the concrete section of the Boardwalk from 4th Street south. This year, however, the Ocean City Elks Lodge has expanded the program to include living World War II veterans from the resort area and throughout Worcester County.

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Md. police mum on growing use of cellphone tracking technology

BALTIMORE — Police were waiting for Deon Batty when he stepped off a Baltimore City bus traveling along a commercial strip near the public Douglass Homes on Valentine’s Day three years ago.

When authorities asked Batty to empty his pockets, he pulled out a cellphone and handed it over.

An officer dialed the number of a 77-year-old woman who had been robbed of her phone and other items at gunpoint the night before. The phone in the officer’s hand rang.

The seamless chain of events baffled Batty’s public defender, Janine Meckler. How did police know he was on that particular bus? Why had they stopped him without a warrant? How did they know he had the woman’s phone?

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Senator Intercedes In Ocean City Flood Insurance Map Snafu

OCEAN CITY — Just one week after Ocean City officials learned an apparent error in federal flood zone mapping has left some oceanfront property owners facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in flood insurance premiums, State Senator Jim Mathias (D-38) has reached out to the state’s congressional leaders to intercede on the resort’s behalf.

Last July, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued new flood insurance rate maps for the Town of Ocean City that recognized the value of the dune system constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of the ongoing beach replenishment project by locating the VE Flood Zone, or the most onerous flood insurance rate designation, “seaward of the landward toe of the primary frontal dune system.” In simpler terms, FEMA concluded the eastern edge of the long-established dune line should be the line of demarcation of sorts for the higher flood insurance rates and any properties west of the primary dune would fall into a lesser flood zone designation.

However, in a few areas of the resort, particularly along condo row from 93rd to 123rd streets, FEMA has determined through its new maps an existing secondary dune, built in front of several oceanfront properties in the early 1980s is now the standard by which the VE Flood Zone is determined. As early as 1983, the town mandated certain new oceanfront projects construct a dune in front of the properties to protect them somewhat from storms, coastal flooding and beach erosion.

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Baltimore Misses Police Body Camera Deadline

Baltimore this week blew through its deadline to begin deployment of police body cameras.

The cameras, as announced in March, were supposed to be deployed starting Sunday. But Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that instead, the cameras provided by Taser International will arrive this week, with the first 60 officers to be trained on May 23.

When they are deployed, Rawlings-Blake said, the plan is still to deploy them to all nine districts and all officers at the same time. Originally, the plan was to deploy the body cameras in five installments of 500 each, ending in January 2018.

Rawlings-Blake offered no apology or explanation on the reason for the delay.

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Will Donald Trump impact down-ticket races in Maryland?

BALTIMORE —Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee for president presents a fork in the road for other Republican candidates in Maryland.

The name at the top of the ticket does matter in a presidential election cycle as GOP candidates for office must consider whether they embrace Trump or distance themselves from him.

Republicans, like U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga, are outnumbered 2-1 in the very blue state of Maryland. Going into the general election, Maryland Republicans need Independents to win.

"They can either embrace Donald Trump as part of their narrative, as their guy, as their nominee, or they really try to re-center their attention on just their districts, just the state, and really try to run a localized campaign and take Washington, D.C., politics out of it," Goucher College pollster Mileah Kromer said.

Kromer said for Democrats, like Szeliga's opponent Rep. Chris Van Hollen, it is also decision time on a Trump strategy.

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Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development to host small and minority business enterprise forum at the WY&CC on May 13

Salisbury, MD – Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development will host Connections, a small and minority business enterprise forum, on Friday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury.

The forum is free and will be held in the DaNang Room. The agenda is as follows:

9:30-10 a.m.: Registration and networking

10-10:05 a.m.: Welcome

10:05-10:35 a.m.: Small Business Financing

10:35-10:45 a.m.: Employment Update & What the Marketplace is Telling Us

10:45-11 a.m.: Break

11-11:45 a.m.: Panel Discussion: Connecting People to Jobs & Training

11:45-Noon: SWED video release and adjournment

To RSVP, call 410-749-1251 or email info@swed.org. To register online, visit http://swed.org/connections/.

London About To Elect Muslim Mayor — Who Defends Islamists, 9/11 Terrorists, Endorsed By Anti-Semites

Londoners go to the polls on Thursday to choose a replacement for the outgoing Mayor, Boris Johnson MP. Despite the fact the Labour Party is currently mired in an anti-Semitism scandal, if all things remain equal, expect the party’s candidate Sadiq Khan MP to be confirmed in the early hours of Friday morning.

Mr. Khan, 45, has had a successful career in the Labour Party, being elected to parliament in 2005, becoming a Minister of State in 2008 with a promotion in 2009. He was a Shadow Secretary of State for Justice from 2010-15, and has been running for London Mayor since then.

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Americans' shifting drinking habits could change happy hour as we know it

In 2016, Americans are drinking at home more than ever, thanks to new technology and a thirst for budget-friendly options.

While that's bad news for the bar business, other companies are more than happy to cash in.

Americans' favorite place to drink wine is in the comfort of their own homes, according to a recent survey from wine app Vivino.

Forty-seven percent of millennial and 61% of Gen X and Boomer respondents would rather drink wine at home than at social gatherings, restaurants, or wineries, according to the survey of 1,526 US consumers.

Younger wine lovers' preference for drinking at home came as somewhat of a surprise to Vivino.

"One of the theories we had is maybe millennials just like to be at home," Vivino founder Heini Zachariassen told Business Insider. "It could also be ... they are being price conscious."

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Hillary Clinton Weaponizing Anti-Trump Conservatives

Hillary Clinton and her team have begun exploiting the #NeverTrump conservatives who loudly protested Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, now that his strongest rival, Ted Cruz, has exited the presidential primary race.

“Many prominent activists, journalists and elected officials in his own party have figured out what Hillary Clinton has argued all along: Donald Trump is too big a risk for America,” the email read.

“Take a look at the large group of prominent conservatives who are already promising that they’ll never vote for Trump,” said the email.

Here is the list of anti-Trump conservatives sent by the campaign:

Rep. Scott Rigell [R-VA]: “My love for our country eclipses my loyalty to our party, and to live with a clear conscience I will not support a nominee so lacking in the judgment, temperament and character needed to be our nation’s commander-in-chief. Accordingly, if left with no alternative, I will not support Trump in the general election should he become our Republican nominee.”

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Heroin epidemic widespread across Maryland

BEL AIR, Md. —The spreading heroin problem is being described as cheap, powerful and plentiful, and it's probably in your backyard.
 

Pictures from security cameras taken last summer near a methadone clinic in Baltimore show an apparent open-air market for prescription painkillers. Cash and pills exchange hands in the middle of the day around a busy bus stop.

The pictures put the country's opioid addiction crisis in full view, and today's pill abuser is likely tomorrow's heroin user.

"(I) started using prescription pills, which led to heroin, which, you know, put me where I am at now," said a woman who asked the I-Team to identify her as Tiffany.

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A huge ad company just shifted $200 million of its TV money to YouTube — and the reason why ought to terrify TV execs

Ad-buying firm Magna Global has just shifted $200 million of the clients' money it usually reserves for TV ads over to YouTube, The Wall Street Journal first reported.

Known as an "upfront" deal, in total, Magna Global has committed to spending $250 million on YouTube ads over the next five quarters as part of a three-year partnership, the media buying company confirmed with Business Insider.

The first year of the agreement represents the "largest Google Preferred deal ever signed," Magna Global said in a statement.Google Preferred launched in 2014 and allows advertisers to reserve advertising spots from among the top 5% of YouTube's most popular channels.

Magna Global is responsible for around $37 billion in marketing investment, which it manages on behalf of clients including Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Sony, and CVS.

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'A disaster from the beginning': How the 'Stop Trump' movement failed

(Reuters) - Republican John Hammond III had made no secret of his distaste for DonaldTrump and his desire to halt his march to the party's presidential nomination, telling the Indianapolis Star newspaper in March that the mogul was "unfit" to lead the country.

But the Republican National Committee member, a partner at law firm Ice Miller, said no anti-Trump group ever reached out to him, nor did he see any evidence that such groups were in the state until just a few days before voting in Indiana's primary election. By the time some direct mail and TV ads popped up, it was "too late" to make a difference, he said.

"There was never really any early ‘Stop Trump’ effort in Indiana," he told Reuters.

Trump became the Republican party's presumptive nominee on Tuesday with his resounding win in Indiana's primary, which led his main rival U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to drop out and heaped pressure on distant third-place contender John Kasich, the Ohio governor, to do the same.

In the process, Trump dealt a seemingly fatal blow to the high-profile effort known as "StopTrump" or "Never Trump" launched by conservative Republicans.

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90-Year-Old Woman Critically Injured In Home Invasion

Northwest District
Home Invasion

On May 4, 2016, at approximately 12:30pm, officers were called to a home in the 4500 block of Garden Drive for a report of a possible home invasion. When officers arrived they spoke with a neighbor who told them the door to the home was open and they were concerned for the well-being of the elderly woman inside. Officers entered the home and found a 90-year old woman inside suffering from multiple injuries to her body. The victim was unable to move or call for the police. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. She is currently listed in critical, but stable condition.

Investigators believe that an unknown suspect or suspects entered the home and assaulted the victim before leaving. At this time it is unclear if any property was taken from the home. Detectives from the Northwest District are asking anyone with information to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.

'El Chapo' Guzmán had more airplanes than the biggest airline in Mexico

Before he was recaptured in January, Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán ran the largest air operations in Mexico.

Between 2006 and 2015, Mexican authorities seized 599 aircraft — 586 planes and 13 helicopters — that the cartel used to ship drugs throughout Mexico and Latin America, according to information from the Mexican defense ministry (Sedena)obtained by Mexican newspaper El Universal.

The largest legitimate airline in the country, Aeroméxico, has 127 planes.

If Guzmán’s cartel were a legal business, El Universal notes, it would likely be one of the most successful in the country, based on its 4,771 clandestine landing strips — between 550 yards and 1,100 yards in length — dotting Mexico’s northern states.

"I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world,” Guzmán said in a Rolling Stone interview published in January.

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IBM just beat Google to a brand new type of computing

On Wednesday, IBM scientists will make a quantum computer available to the public as a cloud service for the first time.

Though the cloud service is geared mostly toward scientists and students, anyone interested in this strange new computer will be able to give it a try, Jerry Chow, one of the scientists leading the project, tells Business Insider.

A different kind of computer


A quantum computer is different from today's digital computer.

A digital computer thinks in two states: zero and one (or off and on). A quantum computer uses "combinations of zeroes and ones" to creates multiple states. It can be a zero, a one, both at the same time, something in between them, or it can be a mysterious zero/one state that you can't really determine, Chow says.

These messy states are called "entanglement," and there are some well-known algorithms, or mathematical formulas, that use them, Chow tells us.

Because quantum computers think differently, they can quickly solve tasks that regular computers can't do, such as working with billions of variables at the same time, like the interaction between molecules in chemistry.

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7 Uncommon Allergy Triggers

For once, there seems to be no major onslaught of pollen and you know your house is free of dust and mold, but you are still sniffling and itching. What's to blame?

Most people automatically blame pollen for allergy symptoms, but many allergens that aren't very well-known could be causing you grief. Check out the list below to see if one of these uncommon allergy triggers could be the guilty culprit.

Spices: According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's (ACAAI), spice allergies account for about 2 to 3 percent of food allergies, but are probably undiagnosed. Hot, spicy seasonings, especially those used in Middle Eastern and Indian dishes are the most common offenders, and include garlic, cinnamon, paprika, cumin, saffron, coriander, mustard, caraway, fennel, poppy seeds, and dill.

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White House to Create Monument to Gay Rights

President Barack Obama is set to declare the first national monument recognizing the contributions of the U.S. gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, the Washington Post said on Tuesday.

The monument would designate a sliver of green space and part of the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood in New York City as the birthplace of America's modern gay liberation movement, the Post said. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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CDC: Americans Overmedicating Preschoolers With ADHD

Too many preschoolers with ADHD still are being put on drugs right away, before behavior therapy is tried, health officials say.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that three in four young kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are put on medicines. New CDC data shows that's continued, even after research found behavior therapy is as effective and doesn't give children stomach aches, sleep problems or other drug side effects.

Why? Health insurance coverage for behavior therapy may vary from state to state and company to company. And in some areas, therapists are in short supply, some experts said.

On Tuesday, CDC officials doubled down on its previous recommendations, calling on doctors and families to try behavior therapy first.

ADHD makes it hard for kids to pay attention and control impulsive behavior. More than 6 million U.S. children have been diagnosed with it.

"By the time a parent comes to meet with me, they are tired and worried," Dr. Georgina Peacock, a CDC developmental pediatrician who works with ADHD families. "They are concerned their child might jump down a flight of stairs, that the child could get lost in a grocery store, or that the child could be kicked out of preschool."

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Period Policy: Paid days off for women during their period?

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -We might be seeing the beginning of a new attitude regarding women and the menstrual cycle.

While many, especially in the workplace see the topic as taboo one company is trying to change that by offering extra time off once a month.

This is called a 'Period Policy,' and as you can imagine not only is it raising eyebrows, it’s raising some very mixed reaction from all kinds of people.

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Civil Rights Group Says Park Rangers’ Uniforms Are ‘Threatening’ to Latinos for Absurd Reason

A coalition of lawmakers and civil rights groups has a message for the National Park Service: your uniforms and vehicles are “very threatening” to Latinos.

Maite Arce of the Hispanic Access Foundation delivered the “really tough” message during a press conference on Thursday:

“It’s such a shame that something as simple as the uniform and it’s similarity to the border patrol’s uniform — in the coloring — could be very threatening to certain segments of the Latino population. So a discussion about that is going to be really tough.”
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Maryland basketball players do ‘running man’ on ‘Ellen’


WASHINGTON — If you haven’t heard, the hottest dance making the rounds of Instagram these days is the #RunningManChallenge. Started by a couple high school kids from New Jersey, it was popularized by Maryland basketball players Jaylen Brantley and Jared Nickens.

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Dixon Refuses To Concede, Says Pugh Ran Dirty Campaign

Sheila Dixon spoke out on WBAL News Now with Bryan Nehman about what she saw as dirty tricks and a questionable primary election.

Dixon still believes that she has a chance to be mayor of Baltimore and, as of Tuesday, is refusing to concede the race to State Senator Catherine Pugh.

Dixon makes claims that "there is evidence out there" that shows that the Pugh campaign paid people to vote.

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Giant Foods Across Md. Helping To ‘Meat The Needs’ Of The Hungry


BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Hundreds of thousands of pounds of food are wasted each year in Maryland. Expiring meats used to be tossed out, but not anymore. A major area supermarket has teamed up with food pantries to feed those in need.

It’s all part of Giant’s “Meat the Needs’ initiative. The supermarket is sending packaged meats to local food banks instead of being tossed in the trash.

Feeding the fight against hunger and reducing waste across Maryland.

“Instead of this product going into a landfill or being recycled through a meat rendering program, we’re actually able to feed people,” said Terry McGowan, director of food safety, Giant Food.

Giant’s Meat the Needs program diverts more than 1 million pounds of food from being wasted each year.

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After Meeting Reading Goal, Students Turn Principal Into Ice Cream Sundae


SNOW HILL – Students at Snow Hill Elementary School celebrated the culmination of a schoolwide reading project with a sweet treat this week.

The end of the One Book, One School program at Snow Hill Elementary provided students with the chance to turn their principal into an ice cream sundae on Monday.

Principal Mary Anne Cooper sat in a kiddie pool, wearing plastic coveralls and goggles, as kids took turns slathering her with ice cream and chocolate syrup in the cafeteria at the Snow Hill school. In spite of the raucous laughter and squeals of glee as Cooper was coated in dessert products, the children remained aware of why they were being treated to such a good time.

“She wants us to learn fluency,” one second-grader said.

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This Network's Ratings Are Tanking

Fox News has been number one in the ratings for over a decade, at least. It was generally the only channel of choice for those on the center-right. The hard news coverage on the channel was also pretty good as well. 

But Fox News’s dominance is coming to an end it seems. CNN has now beaten Fox News on prime time in five out of the last eight months among the all important 25-54 age demographic. That demographic is preferred by advertisers because they tend to have the most disposable income. 

CNN also claimed victory on weekends. The network beat Fox News in the 25-54 demo, but again was beaten among overall viewers. It also won Acela Tuesday coverage, especially online. 

CNN continues to show impressive growth in its viewership. It has increased its viewership by triple digits. Meanwhile Fox News has largely stayed flat and MSNBC has also seen its viewership skyrocket. 

While CNN is now winning the 25-54 demographic, Fox News continues to win the ratings war with its overall audience. Much of this is because the Fox News viewership is older than other networks. Half of the Fox News audience is 68 or older. 

A possible reason for Fox’s stagnation is the network has become divisive among its conservative base. Cruz supporters have been attacking the network as of late. Before that, Donald Trump waged his own mini-war against Fox News. 

As the right is on the verge of a genuine split over the possible nomination of Donald Trump, it shouldn’t be a surprise that a channel associated with it would be feeling the pressure of it. But ratings ebb and flow so it’s entirely possible Fox could recover.

Source: AAN