The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent our advertisers

Sunday, May 15, 2016


Salisbury City Council Work Session Agenda May 16, 2016


I wonder what they'll say about Bruce Jenner?


The Salisbury Fire Department was called to a house on Parsons Rd where SPD found a subject with a gunshot wound to the head. Crime scene investigators are also en route to the scene.  This has been confirmed as a priority 4 patient (deceased).

We are not sure of the details as this story is developing. The Salisbury Police are on the scene as well. 

More to come. 

Today's Survey Question 5-11-16

Do you think the County should pick up the tab/debt of the Salvation Army Youth Center, a non profit charity organization?

Have We Come Full Circle?

Boston (1974)
By Thornton Crowe

Back in the 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in a lawsuit where it was deemed unconstitutional to have segregated school systems that separated white and black students. In an effort to end this racial segregation policy in the spirit of Civil Rights, the courts then (twenty years later) asked for the process of integration within the student bodies to happen 'with deliberate speed.' Hence, the outcome, disastrous as it was, resulted in busing due to the fact that many communities had racially divided enclaves within them; therefore, the segregation was de facto - meaning a matter of circumstance and locale. 

Busing caused many problems in the late Sixties/early Seventies; especially in cities like Boston, where the neighborhoods were divided not by race as much as ethnicity. Irish notoriously lived in South Boston while the Italians were largely in the Northern townships like Malden. During the busing era, children were send miles away from home even though there was a school right down the street, in order to make a concerted effort to desegregate the school system. 

Presidents Nixon & Johnson
Unlike most urban legend, while President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, it wasn't until President Richard Nixon (through the Supreme Court) when it was actually executed by the government. In his attempt to quill the battle cry of the movement era, he deferred the actual implementation within areas reluctant to adopt desegregation to the Supreme Court for enforcement.

Granted, before Brown v. Board of Education, the school systems were vastly different. For example, the white schools got more money and better resources from the Board of Eds in their areas than the black schools. There was a huge imbalance between the two and the quality of education was evident within the two separate systems. More whites went on to achieve higher education while blacks were prone either drop out of high school or not pursue education beyond the twelfth grade level. Hence, because blacks were less likely to pursue a collegiate path, their young men were drafted into the Vietnam War where many black communities lost a lot of them overseas.

What does that mean today? 

Parkside High School (Salisbury)
This last week, a parent sent Salisbury News a disturbing video a group of black kids attacking someone at Parkside High School. One can't see from the video if the victim was white or female; however, the parent stated in their explanation that it was a white girl who was alone at the time of the attack. From other viewer comments made on the post, apparently this wasn't the only 'attack' of this nature during the same school day. Also disturbing was the victim's prior discussions with authority figures at PHS were told by her that she was being threatened. Knowing this attack was imminent, the administration seemed to let the situation occur without any interference before, during or after. Furthermore, the parent states their child was afraid to take the video to the office, in fear of being suspended for having the video in the first place.

Today, we can no longer blame busing for racial violence in schools. However, the anger seems to be ever-present within the student body as if we're back in 1974. Namely the black students are now terrorizing white students over some illusionary grievance. And once again, after all the upheaval over Salisbury University's enabling of reverse discrimination, we are now faced with yet, another act (or potentially more) of same with an schools enabling by inaction. 

Days of Jim Crow (1950s)
Have we come full circle on this grand liberal agenda to the point where it's time to reinstate racial segregation in our school systems?

Many will no doubt retort that this is a preposterous idea as some have bitter memories of the painful movement from segregated to desegregated but do our kids deserve to be in this type of turmoil as they try to get an education in today's public school system?

Sure, there's been bullies all throughout history - especially in high school. Every school has at least one bad apple or two whom finds joy in slamming the skinny kids into lockers and calling those with weight problems, painful names but when a gang of kids beat another person to the point of head contusions, facial injuries and broken arms or worse, like in Delaware, being beaten to death - when is it enough for people to start segregating from each other?

Abraham Lincoln (1863)
Most people today don't realize President Abraham Lincoln had an ultimate agenda for freeing the slaves. He wanted to send them back to Africa and South America. In fact, he did send a few groups to these locations but most died due to their inability to withstand the environment. He expressed many times, he didn't believe black and white people could coexist together in any kind of racial harmony. This was over 150 years ago when he penned this statement in his State of the Union address to Congress, asking to deport the black population out of America.

It seems from the incidents over the last couple of weeks at both Parkside and Salisbury University, perhaps he's right. Maybe this social experiment hasn't worked out so hot after all. More and more white people have relayed to me over the last eight years, they find themselves more cautious and aware of the black people in their presence. It's like they're poised for just about anything - they look at them with suspicion and more scrutiny than even ten years ago. Why? Largely because of all the violent rioting with hate groups like BLM but also it's the way they are treated by black people in stores, restaurants, on the roadways, in the workplace and at local schools by blacks. 

BLM interrupting Sanders Rally (2016)
For example, I had an incident happen just yesterday where I was trying to help a young black man get a clerk's attention. When I asked him if he was having trouble, he couldn't have been more rude. I got this treatment merely because I was trying to HELP him. Incidents like this cause me grave concern over our community's elderly and homeless population who provide easy and defenseless targets for this young black anger.

It's sad that we all can't seem to get along with a shared goal of peace and prosperity, but let's be honest with ourselves, the racial divide in our community is more acute now than the Sixties; however, the hostility of the young black population far exceeds, in spite of the many benefits their forefathers fought for them to enjoy in the Civil Rights Movement era. It's abundantly clear, area schools (including the universities) aren't going to step up to the plate and help with this issue. If anything, they enable its continuance due to their inaction and lack of intolerance.

All I know is this, while today everyone enjoys Mother's Day, one area mother is having to nurse her physically broken child due to a vicious attack in a seemingly 'safe space' in school because of the color of her skin.

So, I ask of you, was Lincoln right after all? Is it time to, once again, segregate due to irreconcilable differences? Unfortunately, it's no longer a question of racism as it's now become a question of prudence and perhaps physical safety.

How say you?

Verizon workers lose benefits during strike

It’s been nearly a month since thousands of Verizon workers went out on strike.

You may have seen union members with picket signs outside Verizon stores around the area lately; several of them were outside the store in Timonium on Monday.

“It's just about a fair contract. We're just trying to hang on to what we have, not even move forward anymore,” said Phil Porter of the Communications Workers of America Local 2100.

The striking workers staff Verizon's call centers, and repair the company's copper land-lines.


State Police Investigate Shooting in Salisbury

May 11, 2016

(SALISBURY, MD) – Maryland State Police homicide investigators are actively investigating the death of a twenty-one year old man in a Wicomico County apartment complex.

The body of Keonte Gaskins, 21, of no fixed address, was found at 6:45 a.m. today, in the outdoor stairwell of the Village of Mitchell Pond Apartment Complex on Parsons Road in Salisbury. Residents from the apartment complex called 9-1-1 after making the discovery. Emergency medical providers pronounced Gaskins deceased at the scene.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit were called to assist the Salisbury Police Department in the investigation. Upon their arrival, Gaskins was found lying in the stairwell, fully clothed, with apparent gunshot wounds. He has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

State police continue to interview residents of the apartment complex and others who may be associated with Gaskins. One witness advised police that shots were heard shortly after midnight last night.

Anyone with information about the death of Keonte Gaskins is urged to contact the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack at 410-749-3101, or Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore at 410-548-1776.

Question Of The Day 5-10-16

MSP: Princess Anne Official Charged With Extortion

(PRINCESS ANNE, MD) – – An official in the county seat of Somerset County has been arrested and charged in connection with an extortion scheme to keep someone from running for county commissioner.

The accused is identified as Lionel D. Frederick 2nd, 25, of Princess Anne, Md. He is charged with three counts of extortion and theft.

On May 5, 2016, criminal investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division at the Princess Anne Barrack began an investigation into allegations of extortion involving the accused, who is currently a Princess Anne Town Commissioner. The investigation was initiated after information was obtained indicating Frederick had contacted a Somerset County Commissioner and advised he had someone who would run for the commissioner’s seat, but if the commissioner paid him $5,000, he would convince the person not to run.

Today, Frederick made contact with the County Commissioner and arranged to meet and receive half of the $5,000. State Police investigators conducted a surveillance of the meeting, which occurred at Frederick’s home. The County Commissioner gave Frederick $2,500. Shortly after the transaction, Frederick was arrested by state troopers.

The investigation is continuing.

CONTACT: Cpl. Jonathan Pruitt

CED-Princess Anne Barrack


Arrest Made In Wicomico County Homicide Investigation

May 13, 2016

(SALISBURY, MD) – Maryland State Police homicide investigators arrested a Wicomico County man yesterday and charged him with the murder of Irvonte Jones on April 3, 2016.

The accused is identified as Shaquille Gaskins, 22, of Salisbury, Maryland. Gaskins is charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, possession of a firearm, use of a firearm in a violent crime and home invasion. Gaskins was served the indictment while in the Wicomico County Detention Center, where he is awaiting trial for a separate incident. He is currently being held without bond and will remain at the Wicomico County Detention Center.

Irvonte C. Jones, 24, of Salisbury, Maryland was the victim in a shooting that occurred on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the home of his girlfriend. Shortly before 10:00 p.m. that night, troopers from the Salisbury Barrack were dispatched to a single family home in the 1000-block of Pierce Avenue in Salisbury for the reported shooting. Upon their arrival, Jones was found lying unresponsive in a bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds. He was immediately transported by EMS to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

State police investigators continue to urge anyone with information about this case to contact Lower Eastern Shore Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776 or the Salisbury Barrack at 410-749-3101. Callers may remain anonymous.

The investigation continues…

President Obama Is A Transgender Idiot

I think you all figured I'd chime in on this UN AMERICAN Federal move to shove yet another incredible liberal law down our throats while the mass majority disagree.

WBOC wants to suggest that it's about stopping BULLYING in schools. REALLY? Do ANY of you actually believe that if some GUY walks into your Daughters bathroom or SHOWER that they finally WON'T GET BULLIED?

My guess is that they'll get bullied a whole hell of a lot more AFTER the massive majority of children and adults get royally pissed off.

We're talking about CHILDREN here you wet pants liberals. Your liberal teaching is destroying America. Less than .03% ALLEGEDLY, (Lord knows where they came up with that number) are transgenders and we're going to change the entire COUNTRY over this BS? NO LAWS should ever be changed when it proves to be such a minority percentage. Now maybe there are some LIBERALS who WANT their 13 year old child to see a mans genitals but NOT ME or the majority of the rest of us Americans.

Look, maybe there are some where they're not wired correctly, I get that. However, this gay/lgbt crap has got to stop. The ONLY one who can come to proper reasoning on these matters is Donald Trump. Let the LGBT community front the funding to build all transgender bathrooms. STOP sexually abusing our children.

By the way WBOC, it's not a BAFROOM, it's a bathroom. 

Obama’s last act is to force suburbs to be less white and less wealthy

Hillary’s rumored running mate, Housing Secretary Julian Castro, is cooking up a scheme to reallocate funding for Section 8 housing to punish suburbs for being too white and too wealthy.

The scheme involves super-sizing vouchers to help urban poor afford higher rents in pricey areas, such as Westchester County, while assigning them government real estate agents called “mobility counselors” to secure housing in the exurbs.

Castro plans to launch the Section 8 reboot this fall, even though a similar program tested a few years ago in Dallas has been blamed for shifting violent crime to affluent neighborhoods.

It’s all part of a grand scheme to forcibly desegregate inner cities and integrate the outer suburbs.


A Viewer Writes: Subject: Jim Ireton is in denial

Joe - Look at the attached picture. This is from YESTERDAY. Ireton is posting on Facebook the "latest" figures in his race. Yeah he still lost. He still is 1500 votes behind this Werner loser. Is he walking around in a daze mumbling to himself? He is in denial and out of control. Scary. He lost and he can't admit it. Psychology 101.

West Point makes decision regarding cadets' raised-fists photo

NEW YORK -- Sixteen black West Point cadets who posed with raised fists for a pre-graduation picture won't be punished for the gesture.

The U.S. Military Academy said Tuesday it concluded the group photo didn't violate any Department of Defense rules limiting political activity. West Point says in a statement an internal inquiry found the picture of the 16 female cadets captured a spur-of-the-moment gesture intended to demonstrate unity and pride.

The decision comes with the seniors poised to graduate May 21.

Some observers outside the academy had suggested the cadets violated the military policy by posing with clenched fists held head high.


SPD Needs Help Identifying Shoplifters

Sunglass Hut Shoplifters/Can u ID?  
If so call SPD 410-548-3165

Stoned Drivers Are Killing More and More Innocent Victims

Blake Gaston (23), killed while riding his motorcycle in Seattle. He played the piano, guitar, drums, wrote music, and developed websites.

Elizabeth Kemble (46) was killed by a car while walking across the street in Portland, Oregon. She previously survived three kidney transplants, and dedicated her life to helping dialysis patients and hungry seniors.

Debra Majkut (34), mother of two, killed while sitting on her couch with three children when a car smashed into her house. And the list goes on and on.

Each person was killed by a person high on marijuana. And it is only going to get worse, given the trend towards increased legalization and liberalization of marijuana laws in the United States.


Maryland county sued over court’s Ten Commandments monument

CUMBERLAND - Allegany County officials say they will fight to keep a Ten Commandments monument on the front lawn of the local courthouse, despite a federal lawsuit that calls for its removal.

The suit is brought by Jeffrey Davis, of Swanton, who says the structure violates separation of church and state laws.

While Davis complained about the monument in the past, this time he filed a civil action lawsuit, dated April 29, in the U.S. District Court.

Civil action number 16CV689 lists the county's three commissioners as defendants.


Susan Rice Says National Security Agencies Too ‘White, Male and Yale’

White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice said in a speech Wednesday that national security agencies are too “white, male and Yale.”

Rice, who is herself black, delivered a speech at Florida International University, in which she argued these agencies should better reflect the diversity present in America, The Washington Times reports.

For Rice, the problem with having too many white males is that a sort of “groupthink” environment is fostered. Through bringing in racial minorities, this groupthink can be shattered.

“By now, we should all know the dangers of ‘groupthink,’ where folks who are alike often think alike,” Rice said. “By contrast, groups comprised of different people tend to question one another’s assumptions, draw on divergent perspectives and experiences, and yield better outcomes.”


White House to issue decree on transgender toilets in public schools

The Obama administration is expected to issue a decree Friday that will give transgender students in public schools the right to use whichever bathroom corresponds with his or her gender identity, according to a report released late Thursday.

On behalf of the White House, the Departments of Justice and Education will send a letter to every public school district in the country, telling administrators how to create a discrimination-free environment.

Read the full story here.

College students punished after claiming racial attack

Two black New York college students who claimed they were victims of a racially charged assault on a public bus in January have reportedly been expelled.

University at Albany President Robert Jones said in an email to the university community that Ariel Agudio and Asha Burwell were dismissed, The Albany Times Union reported Friday.

A third woman, Alexis Briggs, was suspended for two years, the newspaper reported.


Today's Survey Question 5-13-16

I see a lot of Trump yard signs, Make America Great Again hats, Trump bumper stickers, a FEW Bernie stickers, but HAS ANYONE SEEN ANY CLINTON SIGNS OR STICKERS??? (besides the ones that say Hillary for Prison 2016)

Today's Survey Question 5-12-16

In which prison would a Transgender person 

be incarcerated, men's or women's?

College Students Don't Think America is Exceptional

What, if anything, are American students learning about our nation’s exceptional history in their classrooms and on their campuses?

This semester, YAF asked a variety of students at George Washington University one simple question: Do you believe America is exceptional?

Multiple students noted the role their education has played in changing their attitudes on the subject, a testament to damage done by higher education systems dominated by leftist faculty and administrators.

Their answers, as can be seen in the video below, should concern patriotic Americans from coast to coast.


George Zimmerman to Auction Off Gun That Killed Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman says he is auctioning off the pistol he used to kill Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen whose murder he was acquitted of in 2013.

In an interview with Florida’s WOGX, Zimmerman explained that the Justice Department recently returned the weapon and he believed it was time to “move past the firearm” that he would otherwise “put in a safe for [his] grandkids.”

Zimmerman also said he was unconcerned with how critics might react to the sale.

“They’re not going to be bidding on it, so I couldn’t care less about them,” said Zimmerman.“I’m a free American. I can do what I like with my possessions.”


A Viewer Writes: I just called WBOC Channel 16

I just called WBOC Channel 16 “Delmarva’s New Reader” at 7:10 PM. I was trying to reach a live person; I followed all the ridiculous phone prompts including… press 9895 to speak to someone in the newsroom (including if you want to provide a news tip). The extension rang for 15 minutes when I decided to hang up.

The nature of my call (they didn’t know) was to ask them – if I de-program my TV not to receive Channel 16, could I leave my phone number or address and have someone contact me when they decide to cover more local news (more Salisbury and surrounding areas – in the station’s broadcast area would be nice) but I gave up. Now checking out TV’s menu options to delete Channel 16. I can do it, I know, as suggested by one of the previous posts / comments.

I am asking the reader’s of SBYnews, because that is the first place I turn to every morning with my coffee fix, would / could someone get a post on SBYnews notifying that WBOC has realized their problem and fixed it.

Here is my view of the current WBOC (they weren’t like this before) “I am the BIG RICH FAT CAT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD” – “LOOK AT ME” – I GOT ME A HELICOPTER. Sorry for the capitalization – but that is what they seem to be doing with their constant barrage of $#!+.

I have yet to see how that makes better news.

Patiently waiting (maybe), a LIBERAL SBYnews reader. Thank you Joe but sorry, I’ll vote democrat as always.

Black West Point Cadets Give Black Power Salute

West Point is investigating 16 black women cadets who took a photo with their fists raised like a black power salute for violating Defense Department policy against political activities while in uniform, reported the Army Times.

The women were posing for a so-called "Old Corps photo," a tradition at the U.S. Military Academy, but the Army Times noted that social media comments suggested the raised fists may be connected to the Black Lives Matter movement.

"West Point, the prestigious military academy that carries itself with honor and pride for the incredible leaders that have been produced from the rigorous academic undertaking of its cadets, yet what happens when those same cadets identify with a group that has been known for inflicting violent protest throughout various parts of the United States, calling for the deaths of police officers, and even going so far as to call for the deaths of white Americans," wrote John Burk, for the military blog In the Arena.

Under the academy's honor code, the cadets could be charged with conduct unbecoming an officer, Greg Greiner, a military law expert and partner at the Tully Rinckey law firm, told the Army Times.

More here

Man charged in Fruitland jogger’s death dies of lung cancer

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — A man facing a homicide by motor vehicle charge in connection with the death of a jogger has died in custody.

Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Department of Corrections says 44-year-old Brent Morgan Taylor died Wednesday of lung cancer. He had been hospitalized for more than a week.

Taylor was charged on April 8 in an Oct. 16 incident where 37-year-old Robert T. Schultheis was struck by a truck while jogging near Fruitland. Investigators say Taylor was driving the truck that struck Schultheis, who later died from his injuries.


Liberal NYC mayor’s Chick-Fil-A boycott just got even WORSE

One week after New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio called on New Yorkers to boycott it, Chick-Fil-A seems to be feeling the impact.

But it’s almost exactly the opposite of what the mayor seemed to be going for. In fact, the news just keeps getting worse — for deBlasio — and better for Chick-Fil-A.

So many customers flocking to eat more chikin, the chain is planning to open 12 more new Big Apple locations in the next year.


Caitlyn Jenner Experienced ‘Sex Change Regret,’ Might De-Transition, Biographer Says

“It hasn’t been easy for Caitlyn, it’s been very hard,” Ian Halperin recalls one source telling him

Caitlyn Jenner, who announced her transition from man to woman last year, has considered de-transitioning, the author of a new book about the Kardashian family told TheWrap on Wednesday.

Ian Halperin, the author of “Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise of America’s Royal Family,” said that, while researching his book, multiple sources told him that the former Olympian had been miserable for months and has considered transitioning back to a man.

“One source confirmed to me Caitlyn has made whispers of ‘sex change regret,’ hinting she might go back to being Bruce Jenner,” Halperin said.


London’s New Mayor Warns Trump: Let In Muslims Or They Will Attack America

The new Muslim mayor of London has issued a warning to Donald Trump: Moderate your stance on Muslims, or they will launch more attacks against America.

Trump recently praised Sadiq Khan for winning London’s mayoral race, and said he would be willing to create an exception in his policy restricting Muslim entry into the United States in order to allow Khan to visit. But in a statement Tuesday, Khan dismissed Trump’s invitation, and also denounced his views on Islam as “ignorant,” suggesting Trump’s policies would increase the terrorist threat in both the U.S. and U.K.

“Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both of our countries less safe – it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of extremists,” he said. “Donald Trump and those around him think that Western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam – London has proved him wrong.”



Video Shows Woman Being Beaten on City Street in Broad Daylight While ‘Laughing’ Bystanders Watch

Disturbing video shows a man relentlessly beating a woman on a city street in broad daylight while onlookers stand by and do nothing.

It happened Thursday in Philadelphia, where one witness told WTXF-TV that he didn’t want to get involved.

“I didn’t want to jump in and be a hero and just get hurt you know,” the man, who didn’t want to be identified, said.

The witness went on to describe the brutal scene.



Dear Beloved God in Heaven,

Please give us a President that loves this country and
everything it stands for.

Please give us a President who respects you as the one true God.

Please give us a President who will, with your help, restore
this nation to its former glory, the way you created her.

Please help us to respect what you have given to us and not
take anything for granted ever again.

Please God, weaken the evil and strengthen the good, both
within and without. May our eyes be opened.

In Jesus' name, Amen

Serena Williams Ate Her Dog's Gourmet Food Because It 'Looked Good,' Ran to the Toilet Two Hours

"Don't judge me, I ate a spoonful!" Serena admitted. "Let's fast forward to two hours -- I just ran to the toilet. Like, I thought I was gonna pass out."

"It did taste weird," she added. "I forced swallowed it ... it tasted a little bit like a house cleaner kind of thing."

Though Serena laughed off the incident, she did say she felt "really sick."

"I don't think it's consumable for humans ... and they should have wrote that!" she joked. "I am on the struggle boat. I guess I'm going to look really svelte on the court tomorrow."



Administrative Leadership Teams for the Schools of Wicomico County Public Schools Announced for 2016-2017 School Year

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen and Dr. Margo Handy, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, have announced that administrative leadership teams for the schools of Wicomico County Public Schools are taking shape for the 2016-2017 school year.

“We’re confident we’re putting the right teams in place in every building to serve our students and families. We’re pleased that some of our administrators and deans of students will have new opportunities to learn and grow as leaders as they support success for all students,” Dr. Fredericksen said.

Leadership assignments for 2016-2017 have been made in consultation for Superintendent-Elect Dr. Donna C. Hanlin. A handful of vacant administrative leadership positions will be filled in the coming weeks.

As of Thursday, May 12, administrative teams for each school and program in Wicomico County Public Schools (effective July 1) are, with changes underlined:


US gives directive to schools on transgender bathroom access

WASHINGTON —Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina.

The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated to treat their transgender students in a way that matches their gender identity, even if their education records or identity documents indicate a different sex.

"There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

The directive is contained in formal guidance being sent to school districts Friday.


Welcome To Ocean City, Maryland

Wendy’s Serves Up Big Kiosk Expansion As Wage Hikes Hit Fast Food

Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages.

It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes.

McDonald’s (MCD) has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion.


Washington Post Assigns Army of 20 to Dig Into 'Every Phase' of Trump's Life

The Washington Post has built a sizable army of reporters to dig into every facet of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's life under orders of new owner Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and Democratic Party donor.

Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward revealed Wednesday that the Post has assigned 20 staffers to Trump. In addition the paper plans a book.

"There's a lot we don't know," he told the National Association of Realtors convention in Washington. "We have 20 people working on Trump, we're going to do a book, we're doing articles about every phase of his life," he added.

He said that Bezos has urged the Post to run as many stories on Trump and the other candidates so that voters can't say they didn't know about the eventual president.

"He said, 'Look, the job at the Washington Post has to be tell us everything about who the eventual nominee will be in both parties, 15 part, 16 part series, 20 part series, we want to look at every part of their lives and we're never going get the whole story of course but we can get the best attainable," said the famed reporter.


A question for the Attorney General

Fox News host Todd Starnes:

A question for the Attorney General:

Shouldn't a 16-year-old who identifies as a 21-year-old be allowed to consume alcohol?

Shouldn't a 40-year-old who identifies as a 70-year-old receive Social Security benefits and the senior citizen discount at the movie theatre?

I mean if we are going to identify people simply because of their "feelings" --- doesn't anything go?

Police: Barber pulls gun, says he doesn't cut black hair

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A barber in South Carolina has been arrested after police say he pulled a firearm on a customer.

According to the York County Sheriff’s Office, a man reported on Tuesday that he walked into a Rock Hill barber shop and asked for a haircut. and barber, identified as 65-year-old Larry Thomas, told him he “does not cut black hair.”

When the man then asked Thomas what he meant by “black hair,” Thomas grabbed a pistol, police say. The man left the shop and called police.


OCPD’s Newest K-9 Team Graduates from Training

OCEAN CITY, MD – : The Ocean City Police Department’s newest K-9 team recently graduated from a six-week training program at Shallow Creek Kennels training facility in Sharpsville, PA. Pfc. Sean McHugh and his K-9 partner “Rocco” are now certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association as a patrol and drug detection police K-9 team. The two join a group of four additional K-9 patrol teams, which are an integral part of the Ocean City Police Department.

Rocco, a 17-month-old German Shepherd, came to the OCPD from Poland, where he received his initial training. In Pennsylvania, Rocco and Pfc. McHugh received additional training in patrol techniques, article and area searches and drug detection.

“This unit has played a vital role in the OCPD for decades,” said Chief Ross Buzzuro. “The handlers and their K-9’s on our K-9 Unit are some of the most highly trained officers in the department and I have no doubt that Pfc. McHugh and Rocco will make an excellent addition to the team.”

On patrol, Pfc. McHugh and Rocco will respond to calls for service, and are often among the first specialized units to be called to a scene. In addition to their duties and responsibilities on the road, K-9 teams often participate in community events and often render assistance to allied law enforcement agencies in the area.

WCSO Press Release 5-11-16

Nixon, Joseph
Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 6 May 2016
Location: 400 block of Water Street, Sharptown, MD
Suspect: Joseph Nicholas Nixon, 33, Sharptown, MD
Narrative: On 6 May 2016 a deputy arrested Joseph Nixon following an allegation of an assault. According to the victim in this case, Nixon became embroiled in an altercation with his wife that turned physical. Nixon is accused of striking his wife in the face and holding on to her and not letting her go when she tried to get away from him. The deputy observed signs of injury that corroborated the account. Nixon was placed under arrest and transported 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 Nixon in the Detention Center in lieu of $15,000.00 bond.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree and False Imprisonment

Stroman, Michael and Dotson, Dwayne
Incident: Possession of Drugs
Date of Incident: 6 May 2016
Location: N. Saratoga Street, Salisbury, MD
Michael A. Stroman, 21, Salisbury, MD
Dwayne Anthony Dotson Jr., 20, Hurlock, MD
Narrative: On 6 May 2016 at 6:50 PM a deputy stopped a vehicle in which Michael Stroman and Dwayne Dotson were passengers. Upon approach to the vehicle, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle. The deputy observed that the front seat passenger, Michael Stroman, was steadily chewing something while the deputy was standing at the side window. That “something” would turn out to be marijuana. A search of Stroman revealed multiple individually wrapped baggies of what would be indentified as crack cocaine in Stroman’s pants pocket. Additional marijuana was also found on Stroman’s person. Further search of the vehicle revealed multiple individually wrapped baggies of marijuana along with a digital scale that was in the possession of the rear seat passenger, Dwayne Dotson. Both Stroman and Dotson were placed under arrest and transported to the Central Booking Unit where they were processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained both in the Detention Center in lieu of $30,000.00 bond each.
Charges: Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute (Dotson) and Possession of Crack Cocaine with the intent to Distribute (Stroman)

Boone, Starr
Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 9 May 2016
Location: 27000 block of Edgewood Circle, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Starr Renee Boone, 22, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 9 May 2016 at 2:13 PM a deputy arrested Starr Boone following a report made that she threatened to burn down a house. In this incident, Boone reportedly arrived at a residence in the 27000 block of Edgewood Circle, pulled a gas can out of her vehicle and proceeded to pour the gasoline around the house in what was perceived as an attempt to burn the house down while people were in it. The deputy transported Boone 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 Boone in the Detention Center in lieu of $100,000.00 bond.
Charges: Threats of Arson and Attempted Arson


Incident: Threats Against a School Official
Date of Incident: 9 May 2016
Location: 1015 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Male Juvenile, 16, Fruitland, MD
Narrative: On 9 May 2016 at 9:26 AM a deputy investigated an incident where a 16 year old student at Parkside High School threatened a teacher. The deputy learned that the teacher questioned a student who was wandering the hallway instead of being in class. The student reportedly became angry with the teacher and threatened to knock (the teacher) the (expletive) out. The student continued to be verbally abusive to the teacher. The deputy completed a juvenile referral that will be sent to the Department of Juvenile Services for adjudication. The juvenile was released to a parent at the school.
Charges: Threats Against a School Official

Gov. Larry Hogan signs almost 200 bills into law

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —Gov. Larry Hogan signed almost 200 bills into law Tuesday, including one that expands access to contraceptives for men and women in Maryland.

The new law takes what the Affordable Care Act covers a few steps further, and it also includes birth control for men. Supporters called it "groundbreaking," the most important birth control legislation in more than 30 years.

"Maryland continues to be a trailblazing state in women's health care. We were the first state to mandate contraceptive coverage in 1998, and now, in 2016, Maryland is the first state to legislate the most comprehensive insurance coverage of birth control in the United States," said Karen Nelson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

The Contraceptive Equity Act requires insurance companies to cover and completely pay for most types of contraception. It's basically birth control with no out-of-pocket costs, which means that co-pays are banned, whether it's the pill, plan B or vasectomies for men.


Budweiser Rebrands Itself ‘America’ (Temporarily)

Budweiser, the beer brand owned by a Belgian company, will soon appear on shelves with a new name: America.

Pointing to a slew of summer events set to bring out feelings of nationalism, Budweiser said Tuesday that it would replace the word “Budweiser” with “America” on its cans, bottles and packaging from May 23 through the general elections in November.

It will be “probably the most American summer of our generation,” said Ricardo Marques, a Budweiser vice president.

Along with the traditional spring and summer holidays — Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, this summer will bring the Summer Olympics and the Copa América soccer tournament, to be held in June in sites throughout the United States.


REPORT: Hillary’s Emails Hacked by Russia – Kremlin Deciding Whether to Release 20,000 Stolen Emails

The Kremlin is debating whether to release the 20,000 emails they have hacked off of Hillary Clinton’s server.

According to a report from four days ago, beginning in 2011, the Russians began monitoring Romanian computer hacker Marcel Lazăr Lehel (aka Guccifer) after he attempted, unsuccessfully, to break into the computer system of the Russian funded RT television network.

After monitoring Guccifer, the Russians were reportedly able to record (both physically and electronically) his actions which allowed the Russian intelligence analysts, in 2013, to not only detect his breaking into the private computer of Secretary Clinton, but also break in and copy all of its contents as well.

The report notes that shortly after Russia obtained Clinton’s emails, they released a limited amount to RT TV which were published in an article in March 2013, titled Hillary Clinton’s ‘hacked’ Benghazi emails: FULL RELEASE.


Obama: Crime Created by ‘System,’ Successful People ‘Just Lucky,’ ‘Wasn’t Nothin’ You Did’

In his commencement speech to the graduating class at Howard University last weekend, President Obama excused crime in the African American community as something fostered by an “unfair and unjust” system.

He also said successful people were “just lucky” and hinted they didn’t make their success; “It wasn’t nothin’ you did,” he insisted.

Obama appeared at the historically African American Howard University on May 7 to send the graduates off into the world with some inspiring words. But much of what the president said was less inspirational and more conspiratorial.

The president spent a large portion of the first 15 minutes of his speech properly impressing upon the minority students in attendance that they are living in an era of unprecedented opportunity. But even as he noted how far African Americans have come in America today, he said he would be speaking to the inequities blacks face.


One-Quarter Of Commercial Vehicles Inspected On Capital Beltway Placed Out Of Service


(LANHAM, MD) — A combined law enforcement commercial vehicle enforcement initiative today in Prince George’s County involved the inspection of more than 400 vehicles and resulted in 25 percent of them being placed out of service for a variety of violations.

Assisted by personnel from seven different police agencies, troopers, truck inspectors and cadets from the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division conducted one of their largest inspection operations of the year today. Commercial vehicles on I-495/95 were directed into the parking lot at FedEx Field where county and state truck inspectors stood by to conduct a variety of safety and equipment inspections, as well as weight checks.

A total of 438 commercial vehicle inspections were conducted. Inspectors placed 27 vehicles out of service for tire violations. Another 86 were placed out of service for a variety of other violations. One commercial vehicle was found to be 24,000 pounds overweight. Being placed out of service requires that repairs be made to correct the violations before the vehicle can head back onto the highway.

In all, 115 traffic citations and 251 warnings were issued. Additional focused enforcement operations will be conducted in the coming months.

Assisting police departments included the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Prince George’s County Police Department, Montgomery County Police Department, Howard County Police Department, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Greenbelt Police Department and the Maryland Department of the Environment. In addition to the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division personnel, assisting State Police units included the Special Operations Division K-9 Unit, Criminal Enforcement Division, Tactical Medic Unit, Forensic Sciences Division, and the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center.