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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Hogan's Adventure

Trump Wants States to Experiment With Medicaid — Up to a Point

After a series of zigzags, Utah is about to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. At least 10 red states have done the same, but Utah’s experience may be a bellwether showing how far the Trump administration will let states go in customizing Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor.

Utah voters approved Medicaid expansion last November, by a 53% to 47% margin. But after the state’s Republican-dominated legislature convened in January, it scaled back the voter-approved measure. Instead of covering childless adults making up to 138% of the federal poverty level — the standard in the ACA and the ballot initiative — Utah lawmakers wanted to cover only those making up to 100% of the poverty level.

Legislators also wanted to add a work requirement — even though courts have thwarted that in other states. They wanted Utah to “lock out” beneficiaries who intentionally received services to which they weren’t entitled — and to allow state Medicaid officials to remove them without a court finding. And they wanted Utah to be able to cap enrollment if it ran into budget problems.


President Trump Keeps Promise to Tame Bureaucracy that Runs Roughshod Over Americans

“When President Trump took office in 2017, he promised the American people that he would clean up Washington’s regulatory overreach. He pledged to make government accountable to the people. And he has made good on his promises by driving the largest deregulation effort since President Reagan took office over 30 years ago,” Acting White House Management and Budget Director Russ Vought writes for Fox News.

Yesterday, the President took another important action: He signed two executive orders that will protect “Americans against secret or unlawful bureaucratic interpretations of rules and guards against unfair or unexpected penalties for non-compliance.”

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“How are middle-income Americans doing two and a half years after President Trump took office? Better than ever,” Grover Norquist writes in Fox Business. Real median income is up $4,114 since President Trump took office. “From the first day of George W. Bush’s administration to the last day of Obama’s the median income increased about $1,000.”
While the far-left media keeps hoping for a recession, “the hard data, which refers to actual numbers about the economy such as unemployment and retail sales, continues to reflect economic strength,” Fred Imbert reports for CNBC. “The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a 50-year low in September while retail sales grew more than expected in August.”
“The day after the 2016 presidential election, the Democrats began talking about impeachment. They haven’t let up since. The fact that they stated their intent to pursue impeachment before Trump was even in office reveals that they are motivated by hatred,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) writes in The Daily Signal.
“Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump and advisor to the president, will be visiting Kansas City along with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, for a child care roundtable” today, KMBC 9 News reports. “Part of the goal is to discuss improving access to child care for working families.”

Joe Biden 'Personally Paid $900,000 By Burisma' According To Ukrainian MP In Bombshell Admission

Ukrainian MP Andriy Derkach revealed on Wednesday that former Vice President Joe Biden received $900,000 from Burisma Group for lobbying activities, citing materials related to an investigation.

Via Interfax:

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden received $900,000 for lobbying activities from Burisma Group, Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada member Andriy Derkach said citing investigation materials.

Derkach publicized documents which, as he said, "describe the mechanism of getting money by Biden Sr." at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine's press center in Kyiv on Wednesday. -Interfax
"This was the transfer of Burisma Group's funds for lobbying activities, as investigators believe, personally to Joe Biden through a lobbying company. Funds in the amount of $900,000 were transferred to the U.S.-based company Rosemont Seneca Partners, which according to open sources, in particular, the New York Times, is affiliated with Biden. The payment reference was payment for consultative services," said Derkach.


Here's How The New US-China Trade Talks May End

With the U.S. and China in the midst of a new round of high level trade talks, this Thursday marks 22 months since tariffs were launched and the trade war began.

Far from being “easy to win”, the trade war has lasted far longer than most analysts in the mainstream and alternative media predicted. In past articles, I have warned that the trade war itself is probably not meant to be won at all; rather, it is a massive distraction and a convenient scapegoat as global banks set the implosion of the Everything Bubble in motion. I continue to stand by this assessment, which is why I think it is unlikely that the current talks with China will accomplish much of anything.

This conclusion runs in stark contrast to all the hype we heard in the investment community in September. The way stock markets levitated, one would have thought a deal was assured. Never underestimate the power of blind optimism, I suppose. I believe there are a very limited number of end games to the meeting, none of which will result in an actual “deal”. However, it’s important to understand the dynamics at play here.


Public meeting set for West Metro Core / Connelly Mill land conversion

SALISBURY, Md. – Wicomico County Recreation & Parks officials will hold a public meeting to discuss a proposed land conversion from West Metro Core to Connelly Mill on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

The public is welcome to attend.

Niki Wheatley
410-548-4900 x102

That's nuts! Pennsylvania woman finds squirrel's winter stock of walnuts, grass under hood

FRANKLIN PARK, Pa. (WSBT) -- Squirrels are already stashing goodies for winter, and one Pennsylvania woman found that out the hard way.

According to a Facebook post, Chris Persic got a call from his wife Holly on Monday, and she told him her car smelled like it was burning. She then lifted the hood and discovered this:


There are a couple of seats left, reserve a seat and/or get details by sending email to Bus will pick-up at convenient locations in West Ocean City, Salisbury and Easton.  

This country is at a crossroads, we will get the government that we earn.  Our email address and facebook page is Do Nothing Lose All, and that sentiment never has been any truer. 

For those who sign up:
1)The ride will be comfortable and relaxing, and we will have water and light snacks for you. 
2)You can bring a small cooler on the bus, but no pop-tops, screw caps only. 
3)Please be extra neat when eating on bus . . . no crumbs, spills, litter. 
4)There is storage under the bus for those who bring larger items such as chairs, signs. 
5)We will ‘pass the hat’ for the driver . . . we were given a generous discount on the bus fee, so please make sure you have some cash for the tip. 
6)On the bus we will announce the time and place to re-board. 
7)Make sure that you have the cell number of our 'emergency contact' in your phone, and that he has your cell number.  Put the 'emergency' number in your phone NOW - - Brian 410-251-3585 - - in case you have to cancel at the last minute or have a problem getting to the bus.  We will get your phone number when you board the bus in case we need to get in touch with you at the rally. 
8)BE ON TIME.  We cannot guarantee that we can wait for you if you are even a few minutes late.  Be on the West OC bus at 6 AM ready to go, be waiting for the bus in Salisbury (by Boscovs in the mall) at 6:30, be waiting for the bus in Easton (Park and Ride, MD 404 and Route 50 westbound) at 7:15. 
9)It is highly recommended that you bring a couple of sandwiches to have on the bus and/or at the rally.  We are talking 6 am to 5’ish PM for many of us, bring enough to eat. 
10)Because we are picking up at three locations and folks will board and disembark at different times - - and considering the bridge delay, the rush hour traffic, and the early start of the rally - - it probably is not practical to make a stop at a fast food place as we’ve done in the past, so supply your cooler accordingly. 
1)Dress appropriately: the bus will drop us as close to the rally as allowable, but needless to say we will be doing some walking and standing  . . . wear comfortable shoes/sneakers.  And wear ‘layers’ . . . it likely will be chilly/cold in the morning, but if it warms up you should be able to take off an outer layer. You don’t want to be too cold - - or too warm - - so dress accordingly. 
2)Bring water and snacks to the rally as needed. We recommend that you bring several granola bars/protein bars or the like . . . easy to carry and filling.  
3)Get back to the bus on time!  The walk to the rally will be the same distance/time as the walk back to the bus will be, so you will know how long it will take to get back to the bus. 
4)Bringing signs, chairs, is up to you.

NOTE FOR WEST OC RIDERS: 'Caribbean Joe's' in the Alamo complex (where we will disembark from the bus, 5'ish) has a great burger special . . . several of us are stopping in for a burger social . . . join us!

ICE arrests Salvadoran alien charged with rape who went to victim's house immediately after Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office failed to honor ICE detainer

OKLAHOMA CITY – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Antonio Ulises Perez, a 38-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador charged with first degree rape, Wednesday, after the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) failed to honor an ICE detainer and released him from custody.
Almost immediately following his release from the Oklahoma County Jail Oct. 9, Ulises Perez went to the home of the woman he is alleged to have raped.
Under federal law, ICE has the authority to lodge immigration detainers with law enforcement agencies who have custody of individuals arrested on criminal charges and who ICE has probable cause to believe are removable aliens. The detainer form advises law enforcement agencies to notify ICE in advance of release and to maintain custody of the alien for a brief period of time so that ICE can take custody of that person in a safe and secure setting.
Under this authority, ICE lodged an immigration detainer with the OCSO Oct. 8 requesting that they transfer custody of Ulises Perez to ICE in the event he was scheduled to be released from OCSO custody. However, OCSO refused to honor the immigration detainer in direct contravention of federal immigration law and released Ulises Perez from their custody.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated event. A few months ago, Oklahoma County decided to no longer honor ICE detainers and began releasing criminal aliens back into the local community at the expense of law-abiding citizens.

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AOC’s goofy ‘prison abolition' push sabotages real reform

Only a crazy person would seriously suggest that we abolish prisons. So, naturally, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did just that in a tweet on Monday.

The New York Democrat said, “Mass incarceration is our American reality. It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery.” She continued, “That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration & prison abolition in this country.”

Mass incarceration is our American reality. It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery.


Trump killing Obama-era ‘shadow’ regulations, ends ‘deep state bullying’

President Trump on Wednesday is to sign two new executive orders that reverse the Obama administration's practice of using “shadow” rules to spring new but not officially approved mandates on industries.

An administration official said that the goal is to end “deep state bullying” with politically-motivated "guidance."

“These executive orders give this administration the tools to defend Americans’ freedom and liberty against off-the-book regulations and prevent unfair penalties from being levied on American families and businesses by rogue agencies,” said Acting Budget Director Russ Vought.

“President Trump is returning control over the government to the American people,” he added.


Smoking just a few cigarettes each day is just as bad for your lungs as burning through two packets

Light smokers damage their lungs just as much as addicts who go through two packets of cigarettes daily, a study has found.

Doctors behind the research at Columbia University now say lighting up a few of times each day is 'much riskier than a lot of people think'.

They tested the lung function of 25,000 volunteers, a mixture of smokers and ex-smokers, as well as adults who had never puffed on a cigarette.


Hope for thousands of breast cancer patients as scientists find a cell that can destroy all of the tumours and prevent the killer disease returning

Thousands of breast cancer patients have been given hope after scientists found an immune cell which may stop the disease returning.

In a world-first discovery, researchers have spotted 'gamma delta T cells' in human breast tissue.

They believe the cell, released by the immune system to fight tumours, may play an important role in wiping out breast cancer.

Women are more likely to survive breast cancer if their immune system kills all the tumour cells so the cancer cannot come back.



Elections Watchdog Seeks Answers in Michigan Voter Fraud Case

A Michigan municipal election official being charged with six felonies in the discarding of nearly 200 votes is not likely an indication of voting problems nationally, election experts say. But an election integrity watchdog still wants to get to the bottom of the matter.

“Whether it changed the outcome is not really an issue when you are talking about civil rights. What does matter is canceling votes,” J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “The Justice Department needs to carefully scrutinize what votes were canceled and why she would have improperly discarded those 193 [votes].”

Michigan State Police arrested Southfield City Clerk Sherikia Hawkins in late September on charges related to altering or throwing away 193 absentee ballots.


As popularity of ride-sharing grows, safety concerns rise

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Beaudouin Tchakounte was driving for Uber on the night of Aug. 27 in Oxon Hill, Maryland, when he and passenger Casey Xavier Robinson were fatally shot inside the 2015 silver Mercedes-Benz, Prince George’s County Police said.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy announced Sept. 26 that Aaron Wilson Jr. of Fort Washington, Maryland, was indicted on two counts of common law murder, two counts of use of a firearm in a crime of violence and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the deaths.

If convicted, Wilson could be sentenced to a maximum of two life sentences plus 40 years, according to Braveboy’s office. Wilson had requested a shared ride via Uber, police said.


Concerns Raised Over OC’s Investment Losses In Pension Fund

OCEAN CITY — The good news is Ocean City employee pension fund remains strong, while the bad news is the town continues to take losses on the market investments that help fuel it.

The Mayor and Council last week got a lengthy review of the status of the town’s two employee pension funds, including one for general employees and another for its public safety employees. The presentation was long and detailed, but boiled down to its simplest terms, the review showed Ocean City’s two pension funds are in solid shape with the general employee’s pension funded a little over 86% and the public safety plan funded at around 82%.

Of course, 100% is the ideal, but that lofty number is largely a pipe dream for most jurisdictions including counties and cities. Nationally, the average is around 73%, so Ocean City is doing much better than many of its colleagues in terms of funding levels for its pension plans.



The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears. The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. Then, one night while watching CNN, he saw a war-zone scene in the West Bank. In one corner of the background he spotted a young Israeli soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 15th story window 100 yards away.

He threw another hand-grenade 75 yards away, right into a chimney.

Then he threw another at a passing car going 90 mph.

"I've got to get this guy!" Coach said to himself. "He has the perfect arm!"

So, he brings him to the States and teaches him the great game of football. And the Bears go on to win the Super Bowl. The young man is hailed as the great hero of football, and when the coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants is to call his mother.

"Mom," he says into the phone, "I just won the Super Bowl!"

"I don't want to talk to you, the old woman says. "You are no longer my son!"

"I don't think you understand, Mother," the young man pleads. "I've won the greatest sporting event in the world. I'm here among thousands of my adoring fans."

"No! Let me tell you!" his mother retorts. "At this very moment, there are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last week, and I have to keep your sister in the house so she doesn't get raped!" The old lady pauses, and then tearfully says…

"I will never forgive you for making us move to Chicago!

Planned Parenthood ‘isn’t political,’ but it’s investing $45 million in 2020

Planned Parenthood, the titan of the abortion industry, wants to win in 2020 and it’s investing more money than ever to do it.

The organization announced on Wednesday that it plans to spend at least $45 million on local, state, and federal candidates who support abortion. Its "largest-ever electoral effort" is a huge jump from 2018, when the group spent a comparatively meager $5.1 million in the midterm elections, according to Open Secrets.

Planned Parenthood wants to win the White House, take back the Senate for Democrats, and elect legislators across America who will support legal and subsidized abortion. But Planned Parenthood, its executives still insist, is not political.


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Trump administration proposes relaxing 30-year-old healthcare anti-kickback rules

The Trump administration has proposed relaxing 30-year-old rules that prevent self-referrals and kickbacks in medicine, saying they get in the way of different parts of the healthcare system working together.

The proposal, which President Trump will speak about Wednesday in Minnesota, applies to the Physician Self-Referral Law and the Anti-Kickback Law, which exist to protect patients so doctors wouldn't order unnecessary, costly tests or procedures just so they could benefit financially. Despite the protections, healthcare industries have been pushing for changes, saying the rules had become overly burdensome and expensive, and prevented them from setting up arrangements that would help patients get access to the care they need more easily and at lower prices.

The initiative is part of a broader Trump administration effort to cut red tape throughout the federal government and to outline Trump's healthcare priorities ahead of the 2020 election. The next announcement is expected to be about drug prices.


Schweizer Calls for Biden Investigation into Ukraine and China

In a bombshell 1,200-word New York Times op-ed, investigative author Peter Schweizer called for the federal government to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine and China after laying out a devastating fact-pattern of transactions.

Schweizer, who serves as the president of the Government Accountability Institute and is a Breitbart senior contributor, revealed that….

In December 2013, Joe and Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China; less than two weeks after the trip, Hunter’s firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners, which he founded with two other businessmen in June 2013, finalized a deal to open a fund, BHR Partners, whose largest shareholder is the government-run Bank of China, even though he had scant background in private equity.(Representatives of the fund claim that the timing of the deal and the Bidens’ trip to China was coincidental). Thus far, the firm has invested about $2.1 billion, according to its website.

With the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014, Joe Biden became point person in Ukraine as well. That same year, Hunter Biden landed a board position with the Ukrainian energy giant Burisma Holdings. Despite having no background in energy or Ukraine, the vice president’s son was paid as much as $50,000 a month, according to financial records. (He left the board in early 2019).

The Bidens are hardly alone. President Trump’s transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, and her husband, Senator Mitch McConnell, are being accused of having profited from their commercial ties to Beijing. In 2004, the two had a net worth of about $3.1 million, according to public disclosures. Three years later, the range was $3.1 million to $12.7 million. The next year, their net worth rocketed to $7.3 million to $33.1 million.

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Hillary Clinton: ‘No Evidence’ that Joe, Hunter Biden ‘Did Anything Wrong’

Appearing Tuesday on PBS NewsHour, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, against allegations of corruption in China and Ukraine, claiming there is “no evidence” that the pair “did anything wrong.”

"There is absolutely no evidence, and there will not be any evidence, that Joe Biden did anything wrong. Enough with these wild unfounded conspiracy theories..."

(Transcript here)

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Baltimore Mayor announces competition to clean up city streets

BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) — The fall cleanup is right around the corner and this year Mayor Jack Young is turning it into a competition.

“The idea is simple, compete against your neighbors and other communities to see who can collect the most trash,” he said.

To sign up for the Cleanup Cup you have to create a team and call 3-1-1.

From there you can use your service request number to register online.

Then on cleanup day all you have to do is record the number of bags of trash or bulk items your team collects, record them on your tally form and snap a picture.


Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash-Bridgeville

Bridgeville- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash involving a single vehicle that occurred last evening.

The incident occurred on October 9, 2019 at approximately 6:40 p.m., when a 2018 Dodge Caravan was traveling southbound on Sussex Highway (US 13), north of Newton Road (US 404). For unknown reasons, the operator of the Caravan crossed over the median and both northbound lanes of US 13, before exiting the edge of the roadway. The Caravan continued off the roadway until the front end ultimately struck a standing tree.

The operator, identified as 62-year-old Keith B .Kennedy, of Laurel, DE was properly restrained and transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Rep. Andy Harris to Hold Three Town Halls on Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced three upcoming local town halls, October 13 in Caroline County and Talbot County and October 14 in Worcester County.  The Town Halls are free, open to the public, and include an extended question and answer session with the Congressman.  Topics of discussion will cover a wide variety of issues of interest to constituents, including gun control proposals and 2nd Amendment Rights, health care, and impeachment proceedings. 

Town Hall information:

Sunday, October 13

2:00-3:00 PM
Greensboro Volunteer Fire Company
13781 Greensboro Road
Greensboro, MD 21639

6:30-7:30 PM
Talbot County Free Library
100 West Dover Street
Easton, MD 21601

Monday, October 14

5:30-6:30 PM
Stephen Decatur High School
9913 Seahawk Road
Berlin, MD 21811

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: Trump 'Absolutely Justified'

President Donald Trump is "absolutely justified" in saying he won't cooperate with the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, and in ordering the U.S. ambassador to the European Union to stay away from a House deposition about the Ukrainian controversy, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday.

"What (House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi and company are doing is an absurdity," Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox and Friends," complaining Democrats are staging a one-sided attack on the president. "Everybody in Watergate appeared in the open. Both sides got to cross-examine them. The same thing happened when we impeached (Bill) Clinton in the House in 1998. Remember, we had a report from independent counsel that used the word guilty on 11 different counts."

Meanwhile, former special counsel Robert Mueller never used the word guilty once, which frustrated Democrats, said Gingrich.


Behind The Network Of Outside, Left-Wing Groups Pushing Racial Policies In Cities, Counties Across America

In cities and counties across America, local politicians have in recent months begun proposing comprehensive race-based policies such as redrawing school boundaries to dismantle schools with too many white or Asian students.

They have pushed for radical changes that have roiled even liberal-leaning constituents. The justification on all of their lips is oddly similar: “Equity.” The same buzzwords appear again and again.

“School board meetings suddenly became like Mad Libs. They started repeating certain phrases, jamming them into every sentence. It was very odd,” Margaret McCreary, a Fairfax County, Virginia, parent who eventually learned that the board members were using the “equity” language to push a proposal that could move her children out of their schools, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.


Senator Seeks Update After Referring 4 Accusers to Justice Department for Kavanaugh Claims

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked the Department of Justice and FBI on Tuesday for an update on the criminal referrals he submitted against witnesses who made potentially false accusations of sexual misconduct against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, when Grassley was chairman in 2018, asked the Justice Department to pursue criminal investigations of four individuals following Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation to the Supreme Court that fall.

“When individuals intentionally mislead the committee, they divert important committee resources during time sensitive investigations and materially impede its work,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray. “Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal. It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to congressional investigators. It is illegal to obstruct committee investigations.”

The senator asked for a response to his letter by Oct. 21.


Trump Declines Dems' Invitation to Impeachment Hoax

President Donald Trump is done playing the Democrats’ impeachment game. On Tuesday, the White House sent an eight-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Adam Schiff, Eliot Engel, and Elijah Cummings essentially telling them to put up or shut up. The letter highlighted the fact that Pelosi and Democrats have violated the Constitution, “the rule of law, and every past precedent” in their politically partisan quest to see Trump impeached. The letter, written by Trump attorney Pat Cipollone, bluntly exposes the Democrats’ true political motivation:

"Put simply, you seek to overturn the results of the 2016 election and deprive the American people of the President they have freely chosen. Many Democrats now apparently view impeachment not only as a means to undo the democratic results of the last election, but as a strategy to influence the next election, which is barely more than a year away. As one member of Congress explained, he is “concerned that if we don’t impeach the President, he will get reelected.” Your highly partisan and unconstitutional effort threatens grave and lasting damage to our democratic institutions, to our system of free elections, and to the American people."

Cipollone asserts that Pelosi and company’s impeachment inquiry is invalid because no vote was held in the House or even in a House committee to initiate the current inquiry. Instead, Pelosi unilaterally “announced an ‘official impeachment inquiry.’” Cipollone writes, “Your contrived process is unprecedented in the history of the Nation, and lacks the necessary authorization for a valid impeachment proceeding.”

As a result of Pelosi’s invalid initiation of an impeachment inquiry, Cipollone points out that Trump’s due-process rights have been violated.

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Wicomico County Burn Ban Extended