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Saturday, May 05, 2018

SInko de Mayo

John Kerry 'secretly met with top Iranian official in clandestine diplomatic push to undermine Trump and salvage nuclear deal'

  • Kerry reportedly met with Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif two weeks ago at UN
  • He is working to salvage the nuclear deal with Iran that he helped Obama craft
  • Former secretary of state has been in whirlwind of meetings with EU officials too
  • Trump is threatening to reimpose sanction on Iran on the deal's May 12 deadline
Former Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly engaged in clandestine diplomacy with a top Iranian official in an attempt to salvage the nuclear deal framework.

Kerry, who brokered the Iran deal for the Obama administration, met with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif about two weeks ago at the United Nations in Manhattan, a person briefed on the meetings told the Boston Globe.

The meeting was their second in two weeks, and came amid a whirlwind of meetings between Kerry and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, European Union official Federica Mogherini, and French President Emmanuel Macron.


Trump at NRA Convention: Trusting The People with Guns Is Part of Trusting Them with Freedom

While speaking to the NRA convention on May 4, President Trump made clear that trusting the people with guns is part of trusting them with freedom.

Trump commented on freedom and his enduring trust in American citizens in the portion of the speech in which he addressed arming teachers to protect students.

He literally advocated for armed teachers, saying, “We support the Second Amendment, not only because we believe in freedom, but also because we trust in everyday, talented, wonderful people … And by the way, these teachers, they love their students. And they are not going to let anybody hurt their students. But you have to give them a chance.”

Trump then transitioned to make the basic point that being armed is part of being free and is characteristically American, saying: “In America we trust the people to be wise and to be good. We trust them to take responsibility for themselves, their families, and their communities. And that is why in America we have always trusted the people to bear arms.”


John McCain encouraged Joe Biden to stay in politics

Republican Sen. John McCain encouraged former Vice President Joe Biden to stay in politics as the Democrat considers a possible run against President Trump in 2020.

Biden visited McCain at his Arizona ranch last weekend to reminisce about the past as McCain battles an aggressive brain cancer.

McCain told Biden to “not walk away” from politics, the New York Times reported Saturday.


FBI Chaos: Comey Caught In Lie Over Flynn Investigation; Anti-Trump "Lovebird" Lisa Page Quits

Quite a bit of FBI-related news broke late Friday;
  • A newly unredacted section of a House Intel Committee report reveals that former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told Congressional investigators that the FBI had virtually no case against Mike Flynn
  • The same report reveals that James Comey contradicted himself during a recent interview with Bret Baier
  • Comey, McCabe and then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord gave the committee "conflicting testimony"
  • Anti-Trump FBI "Lovebird" Lisa Page (with whom Peter Strzok was having an affaird) has flown the coop, tendering her resignation on Friday
  • One of Comey's closest confidants, former FBI top lawyer James A. Baker also resigned Friday
A newly unredacted version of the House Intelligence Committee's final report on Russia was released on Friday, containing bombshell revelations stemming from the Congressional testimony of former FBI and DOJ officials Andrew McCabe and James Comey.

New Study Reveals Many Cancer Patients Are Killed By Chemotherapy & Not The Cancer

Up until recently, chemotherapy and radiation have been the only two approved treatment methods for treating cancer by mainstream medicine, but as more research emerges, light is being shed on just how damaging these treatment methods can be and how often they are the cause of death and not the cancer itself. Upon this discovery, many doctors are starting to see how this is not always the best treatment method.

Researchers from Public Health England and Cancer Research UK recently performed a groundbreaking study, which examined the number of cancer patients who died within 30 days of beginning chemotherapy showing how the treatment, and not the cancer itself, was the cause of death.

When looking at those death rates across hospitals in the U.K., the researchers found an alarming mortality rate that was directly associated with the chemotherapy treatment.


Conservatives Press for Obamacare Repeal Despite GOP Leadership’s ‘Disinterest’

Conservatives continue to press for a new Obamacare repeal bill, even as the Republican leadership expresses “disinterest” in repealing Obamacare before the 2018 midterm election.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that he, along with other conservatives, continues to work on a new block grant Obamacare repeal proposal.

“We have obligation to fix what’s broken,” Santorum told Breitbart News.

The Heritage Foundation, the Galen Institute, and Santorum have been meeting at the Heritage’s offices approximately once a week for months.


Generic GOP Candidates Win Polls in Majority of Senate Battleground States

In recent polling of 12 battleground states, generic Republican Senate candidates lead in seven states by an average of 6.3 percent.

Democrats are counting on a massive wave to give them control of the Senate this year; however, the April polls show the party may have a difficult time winning some key seats.

The Morning Consult poll results show 12 states where Senate seats are up for election this year, and of the 12, Democrats will be defending seats in 10 of them.


Soros-Funded Group Creates App To Help Illegal Aliens Avoid Arrest, Tip Off Others

A Soros-funded "open borders" group has developed a smartphone application to assist illegal immigrants by sounding the alarm if they have been apprehended by US authorities - tipping off anyone from immigration attorneys to friends and family.

The app, Notifica (Notify), allows users to program a set of automated messages to alert a pre-selected group of individuals with the press of one button. It is available on the Google and Apple app stores.

So when an illegal immigrant is in the process of being apprehended by US authorities, they will frantically dig around in their pockets to whip out their phones and activate the app - hopefully without being mistaken for drawing a gun.


The conviction of Michael Skakel, a Kennedy cousin, in a 1975 killing has been vacated. The case has drawn national attention for decades.

The case was tabloid fodder, and news of it filled books and hours of television. The murder of a 15-year-old girl in a genteel Connecticut suburb went years without arrests, only to turn into a drawn-out legal battle that transfixed much of the nation with its connections to the Kennedy family, questions about the influence of wealth and privilege, and twist after twist.

The latest turn, and quite possibly the last, came on Friday, when the Connecticut Supreme Court vacated the conviction of Michael C. Skakel, who had been found guilty of killing the girl, Martha Moxley, with a golf club in 1975. The decision was, in itself, another surprising development, reversing a ruling by the same court not even two years ago.

Mr. Skakel, a Kennedy nephew, had been convicted in 2002 of killing Ms. Moxley, who lived in the same neighborhood in Greenwich. He was found guilty after a three-week trial that brought to light details including his drinking and drug use. But as his legal team waged an appeal in recent years, they argued that he had been failed repeatedly by his trial lawyer.


Mike Pence Doctor Resigns After Ronny Jackson Debacle

Dr. Jennifer Pena, Vice President Mike Pence’s physician, has resigned following reports that she was among those who detailed claims of professional misconduct against President Trump's VA Secretary nomination Ronny Jackson to senators considering his nomination.

“The Vice President’s office was informed today by the White House Medical Unit of the resignation.

Physicians assigned to the Vice President report to the White House Medical Unit and thus any resignation would go entirely through the Medical Unit, not the Vice President’s office,” Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said in a statement.

As we noted previously, Sen. Tester even admitted that he reviewed the FBI files and there was no derogatory information in there about Jackson but he still spread malicious rumors,” said a current Administration official.


Threat of soybean tariffs raise fears among Maryland farmers, and questions about 'America first'

It’s planting time for Eastern Shore farmer Jason Scott, and as he buries seeds in a dozen dusty rows at a time, prices for his soybean crops are strong.

The excitement of this day, he says, is rivaled only by the harvest, when he learns just how much he has grown, and what it’s going to be worth.

But when that day comes, will the beans be worth so much?

For Scott and other farmers in this mostly Republican region of the state, the threat of a trade war with China, motivated by the America first philosophy that propelled President Donald Trump into office, looms over the start of this growing season. Farmers are uneasy as the Trump administration brokers tariff negotiations that are aimed at helping U.S. steel and aluminum compete with foreign imports — but which could also provoke retaliation from China that could send soybean prices plummeting.


Illegal immigration surges 230 percent in April on southwest border

Illegal immigration along U.S.-Mexico border surged 230 percent in April compared to last year, according to new numbers released Thursday that experts said expose major loopholes in American immigration law.

Chief among the loopholes is the de facto “catch-and-release” policy that sees most illegal immigrants caught at the border quickly put back out on the streets, with the hope that they’ll return to be deported later.

Perhaps 75 percent of all migrants caught by Border Patrol agents are given catch and release, said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents line agents. Knowing they’ll be released rather than quickly deported has served as an enticement for more illegal immigrants to make the journey, he said.

“The reason is obvious: If you can cross the border illegally without any consequence, why not? As long as the catch-and-release policy-program exists, large numbers of people are going to cross the border illegally,” said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.


Comey told lawmakers FBI agents saw 'no physical indications of deception' in Michael Flynn

Newly unredacted portions of the House Intelligence Committee Republican report on the Trump-Russia investigation contain previously unknown information about what then-FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers about the Michael Flynn investigation.

Comey briefed the House in March 2017. In that briefing, he told members that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn, then the national security adviser, "saw nothing that indicated to them that [Flynn] knew he was lying to them." But the House report also says the FBI's then-deputy director, Andrew McCabe, called the Flynn case a "conundrum," because while the FBI agents did not see anything to indicate Flynn was lying, Flynn's statements were nevertheless at odds with what the FBI knew about a wiretapped conversation between Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016.

"Director Comey testified to the committee that 'the agents…discerned no physical indications of deception. They didn't see any change in posture, in tone, in inflection, in eye contact. They saw nothing that indicated to them that he knew he was lying to them,'" the report says, quoting Comey.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection Newsroom Update


TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a 14 year-old yesterday as he attempted to smuggle more than two pounds of methamphetamine.   Officers working at the Morley Gate Crossing Thursday...

  TUCSON, Ariz. – Nogales Station Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a Mesa man after finding more than 46 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in his vehicle Thursday morning.   Agents referred the 18-year-old...

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized $112,598 worth of alleged marijuana and cocaine concealed within a commercial trailer. “This interception of a significant...

Civil War 2.0: More Like 'French Revolution' Than Civil War I

The Horsefly Cometh

You can see where this Mueller thing is going: to the moment when the Golden Golem of Greatness finally swats down the political horsefly that has orbited his glittering brainpan for a whole year, and says, “There! It’s done.”

It suggests that Civil War Two will end up looking a whole lot more like the French Revolution than Civil War One...The latter unfurled as a solemn tragedy; the former as a Coen Brothers style opéra bouffe bloodbath.

Having executed the presidential swat to said orbiting horsefly, Trump will try to turn his attention to the affairs of the nation, only to find that it is insolvent and teetering on the most destructive workout of bad debt the world has ever seen. And then his enemies will really go to work. In the process, they’ll probably wreck the institutional infrastructure needed to run a republic in constitutional democracy mode.

They got a good start in politicizing the upper ranks of the FBI, a fatal miscalculation based on the certainty of a Hillary win, which would have enabled the various schemers in the J. Edgar Hoover building to just fade back into the procedural woodwork of the agency and get on with life. Instead, their shenanigans were exposed and so far one key player, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, was hung out to dry by a committee of his fellow agency execs for lying about his official conduct. Long about now, you kind of wonder: is that where it ends for him? Seems like everybody else (and his uncle) is getting indicted for lying to the FBI. How about Mr. McCabe, since that is exactly why his colleagues at the FBI fired him?


Opponents In ‘Waiting Period’ Over Chicken Farm Permit

BERLIN – Area residents say they’re committed to making sure a chicken farm proposed for Peerless Road doesn’t harm the already impaired St. Martin River.

Last week, dozens of area residents attended a hearing hosted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) regarding a water discharge permit for a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) proposed for Peerless Road. While the comment period closed Monday, residents of the Bishopville area say they’re committed to doing what they can to make sure the CAFO doesn’t hurt the St. Martin River.

“Everyone wonders why this would ever be considered in this location,” Berlin resident Gail Jankowski said.

Jankowski and her husband Joe are spearheading a community effort to protect the river. The couple lives on Shingle Landing prong and has been worried about the health of the St. Martin River— which typically rates near a ‘D’ — for years. In the 15 years they’ve lived on the water, the Jankowskis have removed invasive species, installed oyster cages and done what little they could to help improve water quality. They were immediately distressed when they learned last month through Assateague Coastal Trust that a CAFO had been proposed for Peerless Road, close to the impaired river.



The report comes from MassLive, which explained the attack happened on a Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus at Hadley.

Shortly after being cuffed and read her rights, she apologized, the report said..

“I’m so sorry, I don’t know what came over me. Please apologize to them for me, will they survive? I hope Allah will forgive me.”

MassLive said Hadley Police Officer Thomas Chabot’s report cites surveillance video from the bus.

Brown was sitting quietly after boarding, behind other passengers, when all of a sudden she took out a knife, unsheathed it, and grabbed a woman “and made a left to right slice to the victim’s neck.”


Cleanup continues for rodent poison scattered around Md. neighborhood

WASHINGTON — After a homeowner in the Kentlands neighborhood of Gaithersburg, Maryland, misused rodent poison on his property, it ended up in the yards of at least 16 neighbors and a common wooded area.

And as the cleanup continues, a city council member is looking for ways to prevent it from happening again.

The resident who started it all said he used the Tomcat brand mouse killer to try to get rid of squirrels in his yard. But he didn’t follow package directions that say the bright green poison should be placed in traps so that it doesn’t escape into the environment.

“So far, about 60 pieces have been found in the affected area,” said Gaithersburg City Council member Neil Harris.



Tired of all this Winning yet? – The ADP estimate on private sector jobs additions for April came in at 204,000, beating estimates that it would tally 190,000. The Trump economy just keeps humming along.

NBC News is just a gigantic dumpster fire these days, but then you already knew that. In addition to all the sexual harassment allegations hovering around its icon Tom Brokaw, NBC’s fake news division suffered yet another huge embarrassment by reporting a story that was so, so, so fake that even Special Counsel Robert Mueller apparently insisted they go back and correct it. That, friends, is seriously fake news.

Around noon, MSNBC – NBC’s aggressively-fake news affiliate – reported that Mueller’s office has been wire-tapping the phone calls of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, whom the Special Counsel Gestapo had already subjected to jack-booted thug raids on his home, office and hotel room in early April. NBC breathlessly reported all afternoon that the intercepted phone calls from Cohen included – gasp! – one to the White House. The White House immediately questioned the story, given that any such wiretap would clearly be illegal unless the SC had obtained a warrant from a federal judge, and Rudy Giuliani even predicted on Fox News mid-afternoon that the story would turn out to be fake.


Cops And Courts – May 4, 2018

OP Restaurant Fire
OCEAN PINES — One worker was injured in a restaurant fire in Ocean Pines mid-morning last Thursday.
 ‘Squash’ Ends Up In Dumpster
OCEAN CITY — A Salisbury man was arrested on assault and other charges last week after allegedly striking his girlfriend on a resort hotel balcony and then jumping from the third-floor balcony into a dumpster to avoid police
 Beer Bottle Assault
OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man was arrested on assault charges last weekend after allegedly cracking another man over the head with a beer bottle.

White House Is Taking An Axe To Congress’ Massive Spending Spree

President Donald Trump’s administration is going to roll out a rescission package Monday that will claw back $11 billion from what Congress has already agreed to spend, a GOP aide told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

TheDCNF was the first to report on May 2 the president was looking to roll back $25 billion, but that figure changed later in the week.

The final $11 billion rescission package is expected to touch mostly previously appropriated funds, like former President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill — funds from disaster relief bills no longer relevant (i.e., the area in question is no longer suffering from the effects of the disaster).


Commissioner Proposes County Issue Short-Term Rental Licenses

SNOW HILL – At least one elected official wants the county to explore the idea of issuing rental licenses to property owners opening their homes to tourists.

During a meeting Tuesday, Worcester County Commissioner Joe Mitrecic suggested the county consider the idea of issuing rental licenses. He said Ocean City’s attention to short-term rentals and the requisite licensing made him think it was also something Worcester County should research.

“In these times, where we’re looking to capitalize on some revenue due to our budget woes, this would be the time to look into this type of thing,” Mitrecic said.

For more than a year, officials in Ocean City have been monitoring the growing number of short-term vacation rentals available online through websites such as Airbnb and VRBO. They want to make sure the resort property owners offering the rentals have a business license and are paying the appropriate room tax.


Commentary: Polls show Trump is growing stronger

To all the #NeverTrump Republicans hoping to dump the Donald in 2020, an update:

You're not going to do it in New Hampshire.

In the past, the Granite State's "First In The Nation" primary has proved troublesome for incumbent presidents. Some have performed so poorly they either dropped out of the race (LBJ) or went on to lose the general election (George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter). But a new poll from Suffolk University's Political Research Center finds that, for the moment, President Trump has nothing to worry about.

If the New Hampshire primary were held today, Trump would trounce the field. He beats Ohio governor and "No Labels" heartthrob John Kasich 68-23 percent, and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake by an eye-popping 72-15 percent.


Resort’s Median Project ‘Still On Track For Memorial Day’ Completion

OCEAN CITY — While it currently resembles a war zone, the median fence and enhanced lighting project on Coastal Highway remains on target for a completion before Memorial Day weekend, State Highway Administration (SHA) officials reported this week.

SHA and its private contractors continued work on the median project from the convention center to Route 90 this week, and while to many it appears the project is not moving along as quickly as some would like, it is coming together as planned. With the calendar flipping to May this week and vastly improving weather, the midtown project is snarling increased traffic with a maze of orange barrels, flashing signs and milled and unpaved road surfaces, but SHA officials this week assured the council the final product would be delivered by Memorial Day weekend as promised.

“We’re still on track for Memorial Day,” said SHA Assistant District Manager-Construction Brett Deane. “We’re going to move heaven and earth if we have to, but we’re going to get it done.”


Legislation aims to improve oversight of nursing homes

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Nursing homes in Maryland would get better oversight under two bills passed this year by the General Assembly.

The two Senate bills each passed on the Legislature’s final day, outlining the state’s effort to address a need for better quality in its nursing homes.

Sen. James Mathias, D-Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester, the sponsor of one of the two bills, made that clear in his testimony on Senate bill 386 before the House Health and Government Operations Committee on March 27.

“We always tout with great pride how great we do in Maryland,” Mathias said. “Unfortunately, with our nursing homes, we haven’t done so well.”


Two Rescued Seals Recovering, One Dies From Seizure

OCEAN CITY — Two juvenile seals rescued from local beaches in the last month or so and admitted to the National Aquarium’s Animal Care Center are on the mend, but, sadly, a third perished this week.

In late March, the juvenile Harbor seal was rescued from the beach in Ocean City by the National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue team and is now receiving immediate medical care and long-term rehabilitation at the facility’s Animal Care and Rescue Center in Baltimore. The young seal has been named Marmalade in keeping with the aquarium’s policy each year of naming rescued seals, sea turtles and other creatures with a theme.

This year’s theme is breakfast foods and two other seals joined Marmalade shortly after she was admitted to the National Aquarium’s Animal Care and Rescue Center. Another young seal, now named Lox, was rescued from the beach at Assateague Island and is now receiving treatment and is on the mend.


Route 90’s Future Again Questioned

OCEAN CITY — The future dualization of Route 90 remains a possibility, but it now appears the path to get the project approved could be a little rockier.

On Tuesday, State Highway Administration (SHA) officials briefed the Mayor and Council on a variety of projects in various stages of the planning or completion process in and around the resort area and, inevitably, the discussion came around to the proposed future dualization of Route 90. For years, Ocean City officials have expressed a desire for Route 90 improvements including expanding the highway and its bridges from the current two lanes to four to ease access in and out of the resort for the public, and perhaps more importantly emergency services including fire apparatus and ambulances, for example.

Formal letters have been written to SHA expressing the town’s desire to have Route 90 moved up the priority list for Worcester County. Heretofore, SHA has been the agency with which Ocean City has made multiple formal and informal requests for improvements to Route 90.


Best Bike Week We've Seen In The Past 4 Years

This is just an incredible time and experience. While, (as a customer) I have participated in Bike Week for at least a decade, being behind the scenes is a whole new subject. 

I can tell you that Trader Lee's by far enjoyed the largest crowd all day and night yesterday and it's about to get even busier. Our band lineup today and tonight is 2nd to none and let me tell you, we're paying dearly for it. Saturday 4 pm (Lower Case Blues) 8 pm The (Saddle Up Band) all the way from Pittsburgh PA. 

As you can see from the above pictures, (mostly daytime) we enjoyed a very nice day crowd. However, last night was just incredible. I can't tell you the last time I worked so hard. I also can't tell you how much I enjoyed it. My body, well, that's a whole different story and today is going to get a whole lot crazier. 

To all my Salisbury friends, thanks for coming out and understanding why I just couldn't do a lot of one on one time. Come join the festivities tonight and as an added bonus, today we hook up our new sound system where we've invested thousands of dollars in the upgrade, like 1,600 watt speakers and a brand new sound board. See you tonight Folks.

Special Exception Approved To Transform Home Into Spa

BERLIN – Plans for a spa in a historic Berlin home are expected to move forward following a board of appeals hearing this week.

On Wednesday the Berlin Board of Zoning Appeals voted 2-1 to grant 509 S. Main St. a special exception for a conditional business use in the residential district. Though there was concern that an unanimous vote was needed for the special exception, which will allow the property to be turned into a spa, town staff confirmed Thursday the 2-1 vote constituted an approval.

South Point residents Cynthia and Anthony Betterson told the board they wanted to buy the house at 509 S. Main St., known as Waverly, and turn it into “The Lavender Spa at Waverly.” The house, which was built in 1842 and is currently owned by Ernest Gerardi, has been vacant for years.


Liberal Idiots!

*Final Update* Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Involving a Train-Delmar

Delmar – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are currently investigating a fatal crash involving a vehicle and a train that occurred yesterday morning north of Delmar.

The preliminary investigation revealed the incident occurred at approximately 8:57 a.m., Friday, May 4th 2018 on Bacons Road between Powell Farm Lane and Country Walk west of Bi-State Boulevard north of Delmar.

A 2017 Ford Focus passenger vehicle was traveling east bound on Bacons Road approaching a railroad crossing with the red railroad crossing signals flashing and the audible bell sounding. At that same time, a train was traveling south bound approaching Bacons Road. The engineer of the train was sounding the audible horn as the train approached the intersection.

For unknown reasons, the driver failed to see and or hear the active railroad crossing warning safety devices. The passenger vehicle crossed the tracks in front of the train and as a result, the front of the train struck the left side of the vehicle. After impact, the vehicle was forced south bound as it rotated clockwise off the west side of the tracks. The vehicle came to rest in a private yard on the south west corner of the intersection. The locomotive which was pulling five empty grain cars and one additional locomotive was stopped upright on the tracks south of the intersection.

The operator of the Ford Focus, Raelyn Huffman, 22 of Delmar, who was not properly restrained, was pronounced deceased on scene as a result of the injuries she sustained in this collision.

The Engineer and the Conductor on the train did not sustain any injuries.

The locomotive is a 1970 General Motors Diesel GMD SD40-2, owned by Delmarva Central Railroad.

The traffic signal crossing warning devices were checked and found to be functioning properly following the collision.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration were contacted and notified of this collision.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control was notified and found no fluids or contaminants to be leaking.

The roadway in the area of the crash was closed for approximately four hours while the investigation was completed and the roadway was cleared.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Master Corporal K. Argo of the Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-644-5020.


The Distributors

At one time, flour was obtained directly from the local grist mill by the housewife that needed flour daily for her baking needs. Distributors were only a late 19th century addition to the everyday life of America. The only listings in the 1878 Maryland Directory for Salisbury are for Dry Goods, General Merchandise and Groceries & Provisions. There is no mention of a distributor of any kind. By 1891, along with the flour, feed and grist mills of James K. Disharoon, Thomas Humphreys and G. W. White, there was one wholesale grocer listed and that was B. L. Gillis & Son.

By 1899, the City Directory listed two distributors, B. L. Gillis was still doing business on Dock St. (now Market St.) and H. S. Todd had started a distributing business on Main St. near the Main St. bridge. Todd was still around through the 1960’s, but only had tobacco products and candy.

1907 had four distributors in its listings along with 35 retail grocers. The distributors were all located near the Fulton Siding station of the railroad. The station master’s house can still be seen there at the corner of Rt. 50 and Mill St. The staple of the day was flour and it was brought in packaged in 100 lb. bags. Many of these were broken down into smaller packaging for the retail grocers to sell. The large distributors were B. L. Gillis & Son on Dock St., Wm. E. Sheppard & Co. on Main St. (the building is still there on the NE side of the river), Turner Bros. on Main St. (currently the Port ExchangeBuilding) and G. E. Rounds on W. Church St. (he sold only fruits and produce)

A new distributor opened up in 1911 on Mill St. next to the Farmers and Planters Co. This was the firm of T. L. Ruark & Co. The building was purchased by the R. C. Holloway Co. in 1975. It is still there operating as the R. C. Holloway Co. They are warehouse distributors for automotive, heavy duty, marine and industrial products. So the 100-year-old building is still in the distribution business.

By 1921, Doody Bros. came on the scene to give competition to the established firms of Ruark, Sheppard and the Turners. The emergence of the “super market” put a damper on the operations of many of the local grocery stores that seemed to dot every corner inSalisbury. They had their own distribution systems and had little need for the packaged flour or any of the other grocery items of the local distributors.

Like everything else, the distribution systems today dwarf anything that could have been imagined 100 years ago. The systems supplying the likes of Wal-Mart and McDonalds entail hundreds of trucks on the highways at any given moment. But, years ago, the trains coming into Fulton Siding with two box cars full of flour for the local distributors were a weekly occurrence.

Bike Week Is All About A Great Time

We literally have hundreds of beers sitting in massive stainless steel coolers on ice to assure you are getting the absolute coldest beer humanly possible without freezing. As soon as you put on in your hands you'll say to yourself, Self, that's a damn cold beer! Come join us today and meet Rita the bartender. Trader Lee's, the coldest beer in Ocean City.

Detox house hopes to fight Md. opioid crisis

WASHINGTON — A new kind of facility that hopes to fight the opioid crisis will soon be opening its doors in Maryland.

The treatment center, called Maryland House Detox, plans to open to patients by the end of the month in Anne Arundel County, an area hit particularly hard by the national epidemic.

“Our deaths are still going up and we’re using multidisciplinary approaches,” said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare, who participated in a recent WTOP panel discussion on the opioid crisis.


CNN's April Ryan misquotes Sarah Sanders to imply she wanted physical fight: 'It was street'

CNN political analyst April Ryan twisted Sarah Sanders' words on Thursday night in order to make the absurd suggestion that the White House press secretary is looking for a physical confrontation with the star reporter.

After Ryan asked a combative question during Thursday’s press briefing, accusing her of being "blindsided" by comments Rudy Giuliani recently made on Fox News, Sanders told Ryan, “Well, with all due respect, you actually don’t know much about me in terms of what I feel and what I don't.”

Ryan misquoted Sanders while speaking to CNN colleague Don Lemon on-air afterwards, claiming the press secretary said, “You don’t know me,” before declaring the phrase to be fighting words.


Salisbury Crime Report 5-2-18

Your CrimeReports alert for the day: May 03, 2018.This update includes all incidents added to the map since the last update you received.Note: Alert areas are calculated using a standard-sized monitor. Depending on the size of your browser window, you may see a different number of incidents when you click the "map incidents" link.Location: Salisbury CrimeMap Incidents
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Property Crimes5

Quality of Life Crimes1

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BOMBSHELL: Federal Judge Accuses Mueller's Team Of 'Lying,' Trying To Ruin Trump

On Friday, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III blasted Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team during a hearing on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, saying that they are only concerned with trying to take down President Donald Trump.

"You don't really care about Mr. Manafort,” Ellis told Mueller’s team of Democratic prosecutors. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever."


'We will NEVER surrender – ever, ever, ever! Americans are born free!' Trump goes all-in behind the NRA to applause from its members as he backs arming teachers and claims Democrats want to ban guns

President Donald Trump on Friday brought thousands of gun-rights enthusiasts to their feet in Texas, pledging to defend the Second Amendment in the face of attacks from politicians to his left.

'Americans will never surrender – ever, ever, ever! We will never, ever surrender! We will never give up our freedom,' he said at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Dallas.

'Americans are born free. We will live free and we will die free.'


Has Your Unclaimed Property Been Taken?

Has Your Unclaimed Property Been Taken?

Comptroller Franchot has a particular set of skills to find it

ANNAPOLIS, Md.  - Do you think your property has been Taken? Comptroller Peter Franchot is continuing his quest to reunite Marylanders with their unclaimed property. He knows who you are. He knows what you want. He doesn't have money for everyone, but he will return property to those who do.
"I have a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skill that make me a dream for people like you," Comptroller Franchot says in his latest Unclaimed Property video based on the 2008 movie starring Liam Neeson.
This year's Unclaimed Property inserts, which will run in more than 30 newspapers across the state, lists 79,110 accounts worth more than $62 million. Individuals and businesses can also search the online Unclaimed Property database. Comptroller Franchot made this vow:


I'll Take The Chocolate Please.