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Wednesday, April 19, 2017


(Princess Anne, MD) – The Maryland State Police in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration are asking citizens dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. at state police barracks.

State police barracks throughout Maryland will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day. Each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.

Virginia City Council Decides To Sell Gen. Lee Statue

A Virginia city council has decided to sell its statue of General Robert E. Lee, following its decision earlier this year to remove the statue from the park named after it.

The city council of Charlottesville, Virginia voted 3-2 on Monday evening to sell its Gen. Lee statue and transfer responsibility for moving it to whomever buys it, according to The Daily Progress.

But before the council can sell the statue, it will first need to fight off a lawsuit filed by the Monument Fund, Inc. and the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc.

The council is also in the process of renaming Lee Park and Jackson Park, another park named after a statue of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.


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In May 2004, one year after the U.S. commenced a full-scale invasion of Iraq, the New York Times issued a half-baked apology for its abysmal coverage of the “intelligence” used to convince America that Iraq was a threat.

“Looking back, we wish we had been more aggressive in re-examining the claims as new evidence emerged — or failed to emerge,” wrote the NYT editors. They also lamented their dependence on Iraqi defectors who made spurious claims to further the goal of regime change.

It was a grudging admission that the famous newspaper played a critical role in pushing lies and propaganda, to lead the U.S. into a ‘pre-emptive’ war of choice. Other corporate media outlets, including those in the neoconservative (i.e. The Weekly Standard) and liberal interventionist camps, apparently felt no remorse at betraying the public.


Lawyer sues 100 businesses claiming advocacy; patterns raise suspicious motive

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Some call it disability advocacy, others call it a shakedown. A Santa Fe attorney has filed a hundred lawsuits against Albuquerque businesses in a period of two months.

She claims all of these businesses violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and discriminated against one client. Patterns in the lawsuit seriously question the attorney's true motives.

The ADA is a federal law that covers guidelines on access for those with disabilities. It includes a set of codes detailing how parking lots should be set up, how high disabled signs should be from the ground and how wide parking spaces must be. It even sets guidelines for public bathrooms, including how many inches a soap dispenser can be from the sink and how wide stall doors have to be. If a business is one inch off, it could be in violation of the law.



Experts cannot agree on a single, simple definition of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but do agree that it causes unfavorable behavior in educational, professional and correctional institutions. Even the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the bible of psychiatric diagnosis, defines it using a multiple choice test for an array of behavioral symptoms, demonstrating its clinical ambiguity.

Is a mental illness, or a learning disability? Is it environmental, or hereditary? Is ADHD curable, or not?

“It is best thought of as a description. If you look at how you end up with that label, it is remarkable because any one of us at any given time would fit at least a couple of those criteria.” ~Dr. Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D

Some bold physicians have even gone so far as to say that ADHD is a fictitious, fraudulent disease altogether.


Judicial Watch Threatens 11 States With Voter Registration Litigation

We’re already hearing rumblings in the press about the mid-term elections in less than two years. These important elections should be free and fair. The first step is cleaning up the notoriously inflated voter registration rolls.

In that regard, Judical Watch has stepped up to the plate, sending notice of violation letters threatening to sue counties in 11 states where the number of registered voters exceeds the number of voting-age citizens, as calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011-2015 American Community Survey.

We note in the letters that this is "strong circumstantial evidence that these . . . counties are not conducting reasonable voter registration record maintenance as mandated under the [National Voter Registration Act] NVRA." Both the federal NVRA and the Help America Vote Act require states to take reasonable steps to maintain accurate voting rolls.

The 11 states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee. (More warning letters may be sent out to additional states.) The states have 90 days after receiving the letters to address the problem and provide us with documentation showing that they have conducted a "statewide effort to conduct a program that reasonably ensures the lists of eligible voters are accurate." We informed the states that should they fail to take action to correct violations of Section 8 of the NVRA within 90 days, we would file suit.



Most people on both sides of the political aisle are done with Hillary Clinton. With the exception of a few delusional die-hards in the Democratic Party, everyone recognizes that she’s a crook, a warmonger, and an elitist. At best, most of the people who still support her, merely think of her as the best of a few options. Everyone else is sick of her tune. However, it may surprise you to learn that even the American flag can’t bear to hear her name anymore.

During a recent live MSNBC interview, DNC leader Tom Perez spoke of unity between the mainstream Democrats who supported Hillary in the election, and the socialists who supported Bernie Sanders. But when he mentioned Hillary’s name, this happened:



The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department will hold the drawing for its annual raffle, where the winner may choose a new home or $100,000 cash, on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 4 pm. The drawing will take place at 73 Brandywine Drive, the site of the home built for the raffle.

The new, 1,300-square-foot home custom-built by Heron Bay Builders features three bedrooms, two baths and a sprinkler system. The home includes an one-car garage. In lieu of the home, the raffle winner may choose a prize of $100,000 cash.

Raffle tickets will be sold up until the time of the drawing for $100 each. Only 3,500 tickets will be sold. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department at 410-641-8272 or by visiting the South Station at 911 Ocean Parkway. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

The Origin of the Republican Party

People Of Baltimore Voted Least Attractive In US

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In a new Travel and Leisure survey of America’s favorite places, readers scored cities on a few different categories, including how “hot or not” the locals are.

Turns out, America thinks Baltimoreans aren’t the prettiest people. Baltimore, Maryland was ranked the least attractive city.

Charm City slipped down the list from fourth to first place in this year’s survey. Readers seem to love Baltimore for its revitalized Inner Harbor, and its beautiful historic sites, but while the city itself is rather photogenic, Americans think the citizens are not.

We beg to differ.


Trump's Navy 'Armada' Was Actually Sailing Away from NKorea, Not Toward It

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is still several thousand miles south of North Korea despite reports last week that claimed it was heading to the volatile region.

Stars and Stripes reported Monday that the Carl Vinson strike group was actually making its way toward Australia last week for a planned port visit.

The Navy posted photos online showing the ships sailing near Indonesia over the weekend, which put the flotilla roughly 3,500 miles away from North Korea.


Survey Finds Resilient Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population

Number of Spawning-Age Female Crabs up 31 Percent to Historic High

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today released the results of the 2017 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, which shows that the population of crabs remains resilient and steady.

While the survey indicates the population has slightly decreased due to lackluster recruitment, it showed a surge in spawning-age female crabs to the highest level recorded in the 28-year history of the baywide survey.

Blue crab reproduction is naturally highly variable due to the complex life cycle of the animal. Tiny, larval blue crabs spend the first part of their lives in the Atlantic Ocean and rely heavily on favorable currents, temperatures and winds to bring them into the Chesapeake Bay, where they grow. Optimal conditions do not occur every year, so a decrease in the number of young crabs this year was neither unexpected nor unprecedented.

“Despite the modest number of young crabs, the total population remains stable and the number of spawning age females – a major scientific benchmark for the health of the species – rose,” Fishing and Boating Services Director David Blazer said. “This is testament to the state’s adaptive and effective management of the fishery.”

Former President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized in Houston

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston for four days with a recurrence of a case of pneumonia he had earlier in the year, a family spokesman said Tuesday.

The 92-year-old former president and father of former president George W. Bush has been in Methodist Hospital in Houston since Friday for observation because of a persistent cough, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a brief statement. He said doctors diagnosed a mild case of pneumonia that has been treated and resolved.



The Worcester County Commissioners and staff bid a fond farewell to our dear friend and former Emergency Services Director and Fire Marshal Edward "Sykes" Cropper who passed away Friday, April 14, 2017.

Cropper began his 33-year career with Worcester County Government in 1963, as a part-time Fire Marshal before being hired full time on June 1, 1966. He retired September 24, 1996. In 1985 when the State of Maryland required each Maryland county to establish a 911 communications center, Cropper was appointed to serve as the first Emergency Services Director and also continued to serve as Fire Marshal until his retirement in 1996.

"Fire Marshal Cropper was an icon within Worcester County Fire and Emergency Services,” Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon said. “His 30 plus years of service will not be forgotten. Sykes was instrumental in many modern firsts for Worcester County. His leadership established the county's 911 communications' center, the implementation of the county's 911 addressing system, paved the road for how the County Fire Marshal's Office operates, and saw the success of the start of the County's fire training center. Even in retirement, Sykes remained a close friend, not only to me, but the entire County Fire and Emergency Service community."

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cropper and Harrington families.

Authorities ramp up arrests of undocumented immigrants in Maryland

BALTIMORE —The WBAL-TV I-Team has new arrest numbers, showing the stepped-up crackdown on undocumented immigrants in Maryland. The numbers seem to make it clear the new direction of the Trump administration.

The I-Team requested the data from immigration and customs officials. They don't break it down by jurisdiction, but in southeast Baltimore, there is a large immigrant population.

It's now been five weeks since Jesus Peraza was arrested in southeast Baltimore after dropping his 10-year-old son off at school. WBAL-TV 11 News spoke with his family March 24.

"When did you find out he had been detained?" I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller said.

"When my uncle went to pick me up, he told me," said Anderson, Peraza son.


MVC on Ocean Gateway near White Lowe Rd Wednesday, April 19, 2017

On Wednesday, April, 19, 2017 @ 0754 Wicomico Central alerted Station 5 (Hebron) for a reported MVC w/ injuries on Ocean Gateway near the White Lowe Rd intersection. Ladder-5 arrived on the scene to find a large commercial truck off the roadway, on it's side and a passenger vehicle with extensive damage sitting in the middle of the roadway. 517 (J. Travers) established Ocean Gateway Command and requested a response from Emergency Management. The crew assisted with patient care and cleaning up the roadway. PM-B-5 transported 1 priority 3 patient from the passenger vehicle to PRMC and obtained a refusal from the truck driver.

This incident was placed under control @ 0811 and terminated @ 0828.

Units on scene: Ladder-5, PM-B-5, Traffic Control-5, MSP, WCSD, SHA and Emergency Management.

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Report: Massive ESPN Layoffs, Contract Buyouts Expected to Hit Over the Next Month

The long-reported layoffs at ESPN will reportedly take place over the next month. That, according to sports media reporter Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.

What hadn’t been rumored or reported, until now, is that ESPN will look to actually buy out some talent currently under contract. That represents a sharp departure from past ESPN policy. The Bristol-based sports giant typically refrains from buyouts, because like many companies they don’t see the sense in paying someone to not work. The decision to depart from that way of doing business suggests that ESPN wants to have the layoffs and the massive talent shake-up completed quickly.

According to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, ESPN has a couple different reasons for why they want those the layoffs to go so quickly:

Sources tell that ESPN management expects to finish most of its job cuts prior to the company’s upfront presentation for media buyers on May 16 and possibly by May 9, the date of Disney’s second quarter earnings call.


POSTPONED: The April 20 Parent University session on "How We Teach about World Religions" has been postponed

POSTPONED: The April 20 Parent University session on "How We Teach about World Religions" has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for a date in the fall.

Please visit our Parent University page for information on two other upcoming events that will help parents and students combat the summer slide and prepare for college

Montgomery Co. passes healthy vending machine measure

WASHINGTON — The Montgomery County Council unanimously voted Tuesday on a measure that would require all vending machines on county property to offer healthy snacks and beverages alongside the regular fare.

Under the measure, 50 percent of the items for sale in county vending machines will have to meet American Heart Association nutrition standards for sugar, salt, fat and other measures over the next two years.

After that, the healthful content would be required to reach 65 percent. In addition, every vending machine that dispenses beverages would be required to offer bottled water.

“Studies have shown that children who drink one or more sugary beverages a day are 60 percent more likely to become obese,” said Shawn McIntosh, executive director of Sugar Free Kids Maryland, an advocacy group that lobbies for healthy vending machine laws.


Outstanding Persons Recognized at Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. Banquet

Hundreds of farmers, chicken company employees, and allies of the Delmarva Peninsula’s chicken community gathered in Salisbury, Maryland this evening for the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) Booster Banquet, the 1,800-member trade association’s annual membership dinner. During its 61st banquet, DPI recognized 11 outstanding chicken growers and four individuals for their work on behalf of the chicken industry.

The J. Frank Gordy, Sr. Delmarva Distinguished Citizen Award, DPI’s highest honor, was presented to Paul Downes of Sussex County, Delaware. Mr. Downes is the CEO and President of Mountaire Farms, where he has worked for 34 years. Under his leadership, Mountaire has grown to become the seventh largest chicken company in America, and the nation’s largest private label chicken company.

Mr. Downes, a Laurel, Delaware native, started his career in Delmarva’s poultry industry as a flock supervisor before working his way up to leadership positions. On a national level, he serves on the National Chicken Council’s board of directors.

With him at the helm, Mountaire demonstrates its willingness to boost the community by feeding thousands of families at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter events, as well as year-round donations to food banks. When wildfires struck North Carolina in 2016, the state’s governor called on Mountaire seeking emergency food donations for firefighters and the company responded immediately with assistance. As an individual, Mr. Downes is a generous and quiet contributor to several community projects and is also an active member of the Ocean View Church of Christ.


The McDonald's employees who called the cops on the Facebook killer are going to get the $50,000 reward ... at least if law enforcement has its way.

We spoke with local and federal law enforcement officials who tell us ... they believe the employees were the lynchpin that caused cops to corner Steve Stephens in Erie, PA. As you know, Stephens killed himself.

As for the reward, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said, "There is an award up to $50,000 for the arrest of Mr. Steve Stephens. The money comes from the FBI, ATF and U.S. Marshal Service."


Trump on Gangs: ‘They Are Getting the Hell out or They Are Going to Prison’

President Donald Trump sent a message to criminal illegal immigrants, Tuesday morning, particularly members of gangs like MS-13.

“They are getting the hell out or they are going to prison,” Trump said in an interview with Fox and Friends.

Trump praised his Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly for enforcing the laws.


Trump on N. Korea: ‘We’ll See What Happens’

“I don’t want to telegraph what I’m doing or what I’m thinking” about North Korea, President Trump told Fox News at Monday’s Easter Egg Roll.

“I’m not like other administrations, where they say, ‘We’re going to do this in four weeks,’ and then it doesn’t work that way.

“We’ll see what happens. I hope things work out well, I hope there’s going to be peace,” Trump told Fox News’s Ainsley Earhardt, who caught up with him on the White House grounds.

Trump spoke shortly after Vice President Mike Pence visited the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. Pence warned that “all options are on the table” when it comes to North Korea, and he said “the era of strategic patience is over.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday appealed for calm on the Korean Peninsula and said he believes the United States would prefer a diplomatic resolution to the standoff, the Associated Press reported.

Wang told reporters that although U.S. officials have made clear that a military strike remains on the table, he believes that Washington would still prefer to de-escalate tensions through multi-sided talks.

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The Single Reason Tax Reform Isn't Coming Anytime Soon

The market is finally waking up to what we’ve been telling our clients since February...

That Trump’s economic proposals, particularly his tax reform plan, would not be hitting in 2017.

This is not a political statement… the reality is that the math is not there… and the swamp makes reform slow-going…

If you don’t believe us, here’s Trump’s Treasury Secretary confirming it.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a published Monday with the Financial Times that enacting tax reform legislation by August is “highly aggressive to not realistic at this point."

The comments contrast with remarks Mnuchin made in March, when he said his goal would be to have a tax bill "signed" by August…

Source: The Hill.

Tax reform isn’t coming anytime soon. Neither is a healthcare reform. Nor infrastructure spending.

The reason?

The US is already saturated in debt… due to our financing a staggering amount of social entitlement spending which comprises 64% of the Federal Budget.

Even if Trump were to cut ALL non-entitlement and military spending programs by 20% across the board, he’d only free up $64 billion.


Delaware sued over prison riot

WILMINGTON — Survivors of the Feb. 1 inmate uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center that left Lt. Steven Floyd dead filed a lawsuit against the state and several of its officials seeking compensatory and punitive damages on Tuesday morning.

Attorneys Thomas Neuberger and Tom Crumplar, who are representing the plaintiffs, held a press conference to detail the freshly filed federal lawsuit and bring his clients before the public.

“The public deserves to see the face of law enforcement behind our prison walls,” said Mr. Neuberger. “They’re here today because I forced them to be. They are not recovering well. They are suffering constant flashbacks, nightmares, terror, insomnia, post-traumatic stress syndrome — I could go on an on.”


Dogs 'guilty behaviour' is inherited from wolf ancestors

Pet pooches are often the first to show signs that they could be in the dog-house.

Arriving home to find a dog with a head hung in shame and a tail between their legs - what experts term an 'apology bow' - is an early warning sign of trouble waiting inside.

But far from being a simple apology, this submissive behaviour - which comes from the pack mentality of their wolf ancestors - is designed to ensure that dogs don't get shunned from the family unit.


Muslim Shooter Kills Three Whites In Fresno

A gunman opened fire in downtown Fresno on Tuesday, killing at least three people.

The suspect, 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, harbored hatred of white people, Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer said after the shooting, the Fresno Bee reported.

Muhammad’s three victims were white. Muhammad was also reportedly involved in the killing of a motel security guard in Fresno on Sunday.

While being taken into custody, Muhammad reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar.”


Libyan Tribes Hope Trump Will Stop Obama-Clinton War Crimes

Libya ruled by ISIS, radical militias since Obama and Hillary overthrew Gaddafi

Two members of the Libyan parliament have expressed to Infowars their congratulations to Donald Trump for winning the 2016 presidential election, hoping that with Hillary Clinton’s defeat, Libya can finally get rid of the radical Islamic militants now in control of the country.

“We are very pleased Mr. Trump won the election,” said Jaballah Al-Shibani of the now-homeless Tawergha tribe, in a phone call to Infowars from Libya. “We believe the new Trump administration will stand by democracy, while fighting ISIS and the other radicals al-Qaida groups that still control Libya.”

Joined by Saleh Fhema of Muammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, Shibani said that President Obama, in his final days in office, ordered Africom to carry out some 200 bombing sorties against Sirte, a city on the south coast of the Gulf of Sidra, halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi.


Hungarian PM: Europe Must Protect Christian Civilization From Migrant Flood

Prime minister Victor Orban used Easter weekend to reaffirm his commitment to protecting Hungarians and Christian civilization from the tidal wave of mostly-Muslim migrants brought upon Europe by the EU, George Soros and his spiderweb of influence.

In an interview with Hungarian outlet Magyar Idők, Orban warned that the very survival of Europe hangs in the balance.

“Today we live in a time when international politics is a battlefield,” he said. “The independence and freedom of European nations are at stake, and at the center of the battlefield is migration.”

“The biggest debate in Europe today is about migration, this is what our future stands or falls on, the fate of Europe.”


Small Black Dog Running Loose In Salisbury

There is a small black dog running loose off Scenic Drive, (near Naylor Mill). People have tried calling it and approaching it but it just runs off. 410-546-3331

Dumbest Women in Congress Maxine Waters Claims She Never Called for Impeachment…

The more Maxine Waters opens her mouth to trash Trump, the more Trump wins and the more Democrats lose. Nobody this idiotic woman seriously except whacked out Liberals.

NTK Network reports Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) falsely claimed that she has never called for President Trump to be impeached during an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday.

MSNBC’s Craig Melvin asked Waters to name what impeachable offenses Trump has committed, after Waters had tweeted earlier in the day, “The President is a liar, his actions are contemptible, & I’m going to fight everyday until he’s impeached.”

Waters could not name an impeachable offense that President Trump has committed. Instead, Waters discussed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Melvin asked Waters if it would be better for her to wait to call for Trump’s impeachment until all the facts are known.

“I have not called for impeachment,” Waters told Melvin.

Melvin pointed out to Waters that is exactly what she has done with her tweet.

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Seven-Mile Paving Project Will Improve Ride, Safety
on Old Ocean City Road
Beginning in late April, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will resurface seven miles of MD 346 (Old Ocean City Road), between Rounds Road in Pittsville and the Worcester County line/Pocomoke River just east of Willards. Tasks include milling (removing the top layer of asphalt), patching, paving and restriping. Weather permitting, crews will work weekdays 9 a.m. to dusk. Hours and workdays may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate traffic or expedite the project. Completion is expected by mid-June.

“This is a challenging resurfacing project and we’re asking for motorists, residents and businesses to be patient. Usually we remove and replace two inches of asphalt, but due to road conditions in some areas we’ll have to remove three inches and then pave in two separate layers or “lifts,” explains SHA District Engineer Jay Meredith. “There will be some inconveniences and traffic impacts, but with a little cooperation, we’ll get there and the finished product will be worth it.”

Drivers can expect single lane closures guided by a flagging operation during work hours. About 2,500 vehicles travel on this section of MD 346 each day so commuters should plan additional commute time during the resurfacing project.

After Shift Toward MORE Liberal Programming, ESPN Finds Themselves In DEEP…

Well well well….we warned them, they didn’t listen. Now the tables have turned, and it’s too late. They are now going to have to suffer the consequences of politicizing what was once an American’s network to go to for sport…for fun, and for entertainment.

ESPN has truly made it clear in the past few years that they do not give a rat’s you know what in hiring any sort of conservative or even allowing current employees have a voice to share their opinions.

Curt schilling…remember him? It all started with him, and how they served him his pink slip after posting a conservative meme on social media…it’s all still very unbelievable.

Now there is Sage Steel, who was fire recently, soon after she expressed some conservative viewpoints. Viewers have been learning that there is a blatant bias coming from ESPN and because of it, their ratings are plummeting.


Governor Larry Hogan Signs Protecting Victims Of Sex Trafficking Act Of 2017

Signs Hometown Heroes Legislation, Additional Bills to Protect Rape Victims, Aid Veterans and First Responders

Governor Larry Hogan, along with Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Mike Busch, today signed 211 bills into law during the second signing ceremony in the State House following the conclusion of the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Bills signed included the administration’s Protecting Victims of Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (SB 308/HB 632), Hometown Heroes legislation (SB 597/HB 100), additional criminal justice and victims’ rights measures, and bills to provide tax relief and support for veterans and first responders.

The governor proposed the Protecting Victims of Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 as part of the administration's Justice for Victims Initiative during the 2017 legislative session. This legislation further defines sexual abuse to include sex trafficking, regardless of whether the sexual abuse was committed by a parent or any other person who has responsibility for supervision of a child, thereby giving authorities the ability to more effectively prosecute sex traffickers. The bill was unanimously passed by both the House and Senate.

“Making Maryland safer begins with making sure that we have a criminal justice system that holds offenders accountable for their actions and the harm they cause, while also supporting victims and the community in the process of healing,” said Governor Hogan. “We are extremely proud to have worked with our partners in the legislature to pass these important measures to protect our most vulnerable Marylanders and bring criminals to justice.”

30 Years Later, 'The Simpsons' Are A Part Of The American Family

On April 19, 1987, a momentous event happened: America was introduced to one of its most enduring families, The Simpsons.

Bart, Homer, Marge and the rest of the family first appeared in 48 short filler segments on the sketch comedy program The Tracey Ullman Show, but those first characters were very different from the Simpsons of today.

"At first they were what we call bumpers that went between The Tracey Ullman Showand commercial breaks," says Maureen Furniss, an animation historian who teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.


Ocean City Brewing to open location in Salisbury

SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate Advisor Bill Moore has worked closely with Ocean City Brewing Co. in finding a locaiton in Salisbury, MD. to help them locate a space in the Salisbury, MD market. Ocean City Brewing Co. has signed a

Ocean City Brewing Co. signed a five-year lease at the Salisbury Promenade on Route 13 North.

The 6,500 square foot space was previously filled by The Greene Turtle, which moved to a stand-alone location in front of the Centre at Salisbury nearly three years ago. The Salisbury location for Ocean City Brewing Co., which will open in May, is the fifth location in Maryland. Joe Schneider of CBRE represented the landlord in this deal.


What Killed The Malls Of The ’70s & ’80s? Newer, Better Malls, Not Amazon

Why are American malls dying? Conventional wisdom often points the finger of blame at Amazon and a desire for shopping from home in your pajamas, but a new analysis claims that the real culprit is competition from newer, better malls that aren’t feeling the same pain as their withering forefathers.

While patterns of commerce in the coming decades are sure to change, Wells Fargo Securities recently performed a study of dead malls in its property database to figure out what killed them. The Wall Street Journal reports that out of the 1,000 or so malls in the database, 72 were officially closed and could be considered “dead.” Almost all had been demolished, and most were redeveloped into either a strip mall or some use not related to shopping.

The autopsy of these dead malls turned up a predictable cause of death: Newer malls killed them. It usually took a long time for the malls to die after a new upstart moved into the area, but their demise followed a consistent pattern.



Decision will have agency 'turn over information about its discriminatory treatment'

The Internal Revenue Service, the much-feared federal agency, has been ordered by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to open its records to groups victimized by its obstruction of conservative political activist groups seeking tax-exempt status prior to the 2012 election.

The order came in a case brought by the American Center for Law and Justice on behalf of some of the targeted organizations.

ACLJ said in a report on its website the ruling stated the groups are “entitled to seek additional information about the IRS’s targeting scheme.”

“Like the D.C. Circuit, which previously rejected the IRS’s position – essentially a ‘just trust us’ plea without the evidence necessary to back it up – the district court rightly confirmed that the IRS may no longer hide behind its unsupported assertions but instead must turn over information about its discriminatory treatment of these organizations.”


School-Issued Computers ‘Spy’ on Children Without Parental Consent

A new report finds that, under the guise of “personalized learning,” school-issued computer devices — now distributed to one-third of K-12 students in schools across the United States — are serving to collect and store an unprecedented amount of personal data on children without their parents’ notice or consent.

A newly released investigation by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reveals student use of technology in school has grown at a profound rate, especially with free or low-fee devices issued by schools.

The education technology industry, according to the report, is now valued at over $8 billion.

Approximately half of the devices issued to U.S. children are Google Chromebooks, with about 30 million students, teachers, and school officials using Google’s G Suite for Education, observes EFF.

Student information collected by education technology services through these devices includes not only personally identifying information (PII) – such as name and date of birth – but also browsing history, location information, contact lists, and behavioral data.

Student data is also often automatically uploaded to the cloud – all without the knowledge of parents.

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Officials Defy Trump’s Promises: 40 Miles of Border Ordered Unpatrolled

U.S. Border Patrol agents are once again sounding the alarm about miles of border being left wide open and unsecured. Breitbart Texas exclusively obtained a document showing a Havre Sector Border Patrol manager knowingly issuing orders to leave 40 miles of border open and unpatrolled. Obama holdovers in the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency are continuing with the same careless disregard in the Trump Administration that they did under former President Obama, according to Border Patrol agents.

Breitbart Texas has the specific order that was given to the agents signed by the Obama-holdover manager. The order demands that agents on the northern border stay within one assigned zone and are not to leave that zone to patrol other zones that the agents have historically patrolled — even though there are no agents assigned to patrol the other zones.. The Havre Sector has six Border Patrol stations and the order applies to one of these stations consisting of six zones. A total of 60 linear miles are covered by the one Border Patrol station in question, yet agents say that this only allows them to patrol 20 of the 60 miles of border.

When Breitbart Texas asked multiple Border Patrol agents about motives for the manager leaving such a vast swath of border unpatrolled, the agents felt that it was twofold; they blamed previous Obama-era policies and they also believed that widespread corruption exists within the Havre Sector’s upper-management.

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Free Money! Is The Fed Paying Banks $22 Billion To Not Lend?

Excess reserves of depository institutions peaked at $2.7 trillion in August of 2014. By December of 2016, excess reserves fell to $1.9 trillion but have since climbed back to $2.2 trillion.

On October 3, 2008, Section 128 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 allowed the Federal Reserve banks to begin paying interest on excess reserve balances (“IOER”) as well as required reserves. The Federal Reserve banks began doing so three days later.

As interest rates have risen, so has the free money to banks.


OC Council Hears Second Wind Farm Proposal; Project Smaller In Scope With Turbines Further Offshore

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week got a closer look at a second proposed offshore wind energy farm that includes fewer turbines further offshore, but still weren’t keen on the proposal and asked the developer to consider moving even further off the coast.

The Mayor and Council on Monday got an in-depth presentation from Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski on his company’s proposal to develop a wind energy farm off the coast of the resort. Deepwater’s proposal, called the Skipjack project, is considerably smaller in size and scope than another proposal presented by US Wind Inc. two weeks ago. Both projects are currently under consideration by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), which will decide by mid-May which company will ultimately develop the offshore wind farm.

The proposed Skipjack project calls for just 15 turbines in a designated Wind Energy Area (WEA) more situated off the coast of Delaware than the coast of Ocean City. As a result, the closest turbines in the Skipjack proposal would be roughly 20 miles from the north end of Ocean City and closer to 30 miles from the Inlet and downtown area.

By contrast, the much larger US Wind proposal calls for as many as 187 turbines and its WEA is situated more directly east of Ocean City. Perhaps more importantly, the US Wind proposal calls for the first line of wind turbines to be located just 12 miles off the coast of the resort. When the Mayor and Council got a closer look at the US Wind project and its renderings showing the turbines clearly visible on the horizon off the resort coast, they fired off a letter to the PSC voicing their opposition not to the concept of a wind farm in general, but the potential impact on the pristine views from the shoreline for countless visitors and oceanfront property owners. It’s important to note US Wind has since proposed to move the first line of turbines in their project back five more miles in an effort to placate Ocean City officials concerned about the views. 


A Viewer Writes: Major Back Up

For over an hour there has been a major back up of cars from Rt. 50 at the 4 way stop on Rockawalkin Road and Levin Dashiell Road. Just to let people know to avoid that area if they can. Rt. 50 accident I am assuming.

Salisbury Fire Department Is Hiring

City of Salisbury Fire Department HIRING LIST 

Fire Fighter/EMT $37,178.00 Full Range of Benefits 
Fire Fighter/EMT-P $42,275.00 Full Range of Benefits 

Duties: Must be trained and proficient in fire suppression, rescue, and emergency medical services at the basic life support (BLS) level. 

Requirements: Prior to employment you must have the following H.S. Diploma; Current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or Paramedic; Class C MD driver’s license or equivalent; Firefighter I and hazardous materials (operations). 

Persons applying for these positions must be at least 18 years of age on the date of appointment and must pass a written and a physical agility test. Approved candidates will be establishing an active hiring list for future consideration. If selected for appointment, the candidate will be required to undergo a comprehensive physical examination as well as a background investigation. 

A City application and supplemental materials can be picked up Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am till 4:30 pm at the Human Resources Office located at 125 N. Division St. Salisbury, MD 21801, or online at or 

Closing Date: April 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm 

Testing will take place Saturday, May 13, 2017 starting promptly at 8:00 am located at the Salisbury Fire Department Administrative Headquarters located at 325 Cypress Street in Salisbury MD. (please bring all your turnout gear) 

APPLY: Submit City application and all supplemental materials to: City of Salisbury Human Resources Department 125 N. Division Street Salisbury, MD 21801 410-548-1065 Fax: 410-548-3748 Web site:

A U.S. aircraft carrier that the White House declared a deterrent to North Korea was at the time sailing in the opposite direction

As worries deepened last week about whether North Korea would conduct a missile test, the White House declared that ordering an American aircraft carrier into the Sea of Japan would send a powerful deterrent signal and give President Trump more options in responding to the North’s provocative behavior.

The problem was, the carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the four other warships in its strike force were at that very moment sailing in the opposite direction, to take part in joint exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula.

A Friend Wrote...

Freaking out a bit-- just had 2 Air Force B1B bombers flying over our area, (Indiana) .. multiple passes, and the last one was L-o-w. A prop aircraft went over before they did-- might have been dropping a marker.

No bombers stationed at Wright-Patterson in Dayton.. probably a training mission.

I think I can say with pretty high confidence that Trump is going into NKorea. Probably soon.


Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter
This one I caught in the Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible! They put in a correction the next day.
I just couldn't help but send this along. Too funny.

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!

Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial
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War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought

Enfield( London ) Couple Slain;PoliceSuspect Homicide
They may be on to something

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?

Man Struck By Lightning:Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge

New Study of Obesity Looks for LargerTest Group
Weren't they fat enough?

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans.

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?

Local High SchoolDropoutsCut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!

And the winner is....
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that right?

Marine dad surprised with magical tea party photo shoot with 4-year-old daughter

One military father recently had a very magical tea party with his 4-year-old daughter, Ashley, and the special moment was captured on camera.

“My husband had no idea what was going to happen until we showed up to the shoot,” Lizette Porter said of her husband Keven Porter, a U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor. “He was hesitant at first but after a little talking I was able to convince him. He would do anything for Ashley.”

She added, “He was kind of embarrassed, but then my daughter had seen the whole set up and was so excited. He couldn’t say no.”

The timing also worked out perfectly for the daddy-daughter photo shoot as April is the Month of the Military Child.

“I figured that would make it a little more special to the both of them,” said the proud mom.


BREAKING NEWS: Aaron Hernandez, former NFL player, found dead in prison cell, officials say

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star who was convicted of murder in 2015, killed himself in his prison cell Wednesday morning, officials said.

Hernandez, 27, was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers around 3:05 a.m. at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, Massachusetts Department of Correction officials said in a statement.

He was pronounced dead an hour later.

8 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because You Have ADHD

1. You accidentally interrupt others a lot.

When you have ADHD, you have a tendency to interrupt other people. You aren’t doing it because you aren’t interested in what they’re saying or trying to be rude, however. Frequent interruptions are a product of the impulsivity associated with the disorder, and often times when you do talk over people, you don’t realize you’re doing so until after the fact and always feel embarrassed after because it was sincerely a mistake.

2. You get frustrated easily.

ADHD does not lend a lot of patience, especially with your mind being “GO! GO! GO!” all the time. When a task takes longer than you expect it to, or if you’re having trouble learning a new skill, you feel frustrated more quickly than others who do not have ADHD.

White House social media director misused official position by going after GOP lawmaker, ethics experts say

A tweet by White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. urging supporters of President Donald Trump to challenge a GOP lawmaker may have violated a federal law that prohibits officials from using their positions for political activity, ethics experts said.

On Saturday, Scavino went after Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, calling him "a big liability" in a tweet from his personal account. "#TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary," he added.

Amash is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, which Trump blames for derailing legislation that would have repealed parts of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Even though Scavino was tweeting from his personal account, the page at the time listed his official White House position and featured a photo of him inside the Oval Office, noted Richard Painter, who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration.


28 people shot in less than 18 hours in Chicago

In the pouring rain, the 23-year-old man pulled a fur-lined hood over his head and stood on the porch of his younger brother’s home in the Douglas Park neighborhood early Sunday, watching police investigate the city’s first homicide of the weekend.

The man said he heard people arguing and throwing bottles at each other about 2:30 a.m. before the shots rang out. He said he went to check on what was happening three doors down but then stopped, retreated back.

“When I noticed the commotion, I headed the other direction,” he said, as he was getting ready to go to work as a truck driver. “There’s a reason for the rain. Only God knew this was going to happen.”

The fatal shooting of Tywan Anderson, 23, in the 1300 block of South Fairfield Avenue, half a block north of Mount Sinai Hospital, marked the only fatality among 28 people who were shot from Saturday to Sunday morning, officials said. Of the people shot, three were teenagers — ages 14, 15 and 17.


Is There A Washington D.C. Accent?

Strawberries, Maryland and your mother play a starring role in this edition of What’s With Washington, in which we answer a question posed by several listeners: Does the Washington D.C. region have an accent?

It turns out Washington is a tough place for linguists to tease out the real accent. It is one of the most transient cities in the country, and most people who live in D.C. actually grew up in other places around the country. This causes real problems for linguists.

“The problem of course with D.C., and it has been this way for a long time, is it is so confounded by the influx of people who were not born and raised in D.C.,” says Walt Wolfram, a professor at North Carolina State University. Wolfram is one of the pioneers of research on social and ethnic dialects, and he spent decades in Washington. Having so many not-from-around-here residents “obscures things that you might think of as originally Washington D.C.”


Where Do You Think This Is Located

It Cost That Much To Fill Gas Tanks These Days

Understanding Engineers

Understanding Engineers #1
Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?"
The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."
The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, "Good choice: The clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway."
Understanding Engineers #2
To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
Understanding Engineers #3
A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers.  The engineer fumed, "What's with those guys?  We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!"
The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such inept golf!"  The priest said, "Here comes the greenskeeper. Let's have a word with him." He said, "Hello George, What's wrong with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?"  The greenskeeper replied, "Oh, yes. That's a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime!"
The group fell silent for a moment.
The priest said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight."
The doctor said, "Good idea. I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there's anything she can do for them."
The engineer said, "Why can't they play at night?"
Understanding Engineers #4
What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers? Mechanical engineers build weapons. Civil engineers build targets.
Understanding Engineers #5
The graduate with a science degree asks, "Why does it work?"
The graduate with an engineering degree asks, "How does it work?"
The graduate with an accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?"
The graduate with an arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?"
Understanding Engineers #6
Three engineering students were gathered together discussing who must have designed the human body.  One said, "It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints."  Another said, "No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections."
The last one said, "No, actually it had to have been a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?"
Understanding Engineers #7
Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.  Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet.
Understanding Engineers #8
An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess."  He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.
The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn back into a beautiful princess and stay with you for one week."  The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.  The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want."  Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.  Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess and that I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?"  The engineer said, "Look, I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog - now that's cool."
Two engineers???
Two engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking at its top.  A woman walked by and asked what they were doing.  "We're supposed to find the height of this flagpole,"
said Steven, "but we don't have a ladder."
The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a  couple of bolts, and laid the pole down on the ground.  Then she took a tape measure from her pocketbook, took a measurement, announced, "Twenty one feet, six inches," and walked away.  One engineer shook his head and laughed, "A lot of good that does us. We ask for the height and she gives us the length!"  Both engineers have since quit their engineering jobs and are currently serving as members of Congress.