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Friday, August 24, 2012

Disease Killing Deer Will Run Its Course In Cooler Fall Weather

DOVER - DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is reassuring Delaware residents and hunters that an insect-borne disease that has been killing white-tailed deer throughout North America does not affect humans, does not affect livestock and has minimal long-range ramifications for the viability of the state’s deer herd.


The Biden ‘Funnies’

Watchdog: ACORN Back With 174 Rebranded Affiliates

Remember when Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) supposedly disbanded in the wake of the James O’Keefe-Hannah Giles video investigation showing ACORN, a largely government-funded entity, helping people they thought to be pimps and prostitutes avoid tax penalties for engaging in sex trafficking?

They’re back.

This week, Cause of Action, a nonprofit focusing on government accountability released a full list of re-branded former ACORN entities, still-active ACORN entities, and ACORN allies. The list is a shocking 174 organizations long. It includes the federally funded Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) – the successor to ACORN – and the Mutual Housing Authority of New York (MHANY). MHANY is affiliated with the New York Communities for Change, a re-branded ACORN entity, which brags that the Obama Housing and Urban Development Department has approved it as a housing counselor. According to MHANY, it receives funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank, HUD, and Fannie Mae.


Florida Man Has Loaded Gun Stolen From His Car, Only to Have It Returned With a Disturbing Message

A Florida man says he will no longer carry a loaded gun in his car after a disturbing incident at his Port St. Lucie home. Someone apparently wanted to teach him a lesson in gun safety.

Mike Maisonnueve told local police that his gun, bullets and a knife were stolen from his unlocked vehicle parked in his driveway, WPBF reports. After realizing his car had been broken into, he started making his way back into his house when he noticed a bag next to the front door, with words scribbled on either side.

One message read: “LOADED GUN unlocked car = STUPID!!”

On the other side: “LOTS of children in the area.”


Wind Turbine Connection On Assateague Unlikely

ASSATEAGUE -- Concerns raised earlier this month about a possible transmission line crossing Assateague and connecting future offshore wind energy turbines to the mainland were allayed somewhat last week when the company said it was not intending to utilize the island.

In each of the last three General Assembly sessions, Gov. Martin O’Malley has pushed legislation that would open the door to the development of a wind farm including as many as 100 turbines off the coast of Ocean City and in each year, state lawmakers have balked at the proposal for a variety of reasons. However, proceeding on a parallel course has been an effort to develop a network of underwater transmission lines off the coast in preparation for a future connection from the turbines to the mainland.


GOP Platform Opposes U.N. Global Tax Plans

National Republican party officials on Wednesday put their party officially on record opposing United Nations‘ attempts, some backed by Democrats in Congress, to assess a special tax on Americans and give the money to Third World nations.

In a resolution, the Republican National Committee made clear its objection to “three global taxes and a global monetary governance mechanism to raise $400 billion a year to aid developing countries.”

The move also could have the practical effect of complicating the ability of the U.S. to participate in such international accords as the Law of the Sea Treaty, which the U.S. Senate has never ratified, and successor agreements to the Kyoto global-warming pact.


Bye, Bye, Buckyballs

The killjoys at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are trying to ban a popular toy known as Buckyballs. These are balls made from powerful rare-earth magnets that stick together and can be rearranged into interesting geometric shapes. It’s just the sort of thing one would expect to see on the desk of a corporate executive for use as a stress reliever during a boring conference call.
On July 25, the CPSC filed an administrative complaint against the company that makes this product. The administration bureaucrats also persuaded several major retailers to “voluntarily” stop carrying the product on the grounds that magnets are a danger to children if swallowed. The toy company’s CEO, Craig Zucker, is fighting back, mounting a campaign on Twitter and Facebook to challenge CPSC officials to a live television debate. “We’re taking a humorous but hard approach to saving our business,” Mr. Zucker told The Washington Times.

15 Groups To O'Reilly: Drop 'Gay' Radical

Individuals representing a wide range of pro-family organizations have signed a request to Fox News talk show host Bill O’Reilly to stop using homosexual activist Wayne Besen as a commentator on his program.

“When Fox News provides a forum to a radical homosexual activist known for employing inflammatory and hateful language in the service of promoting lies, the network becomes complicit in the damage done to the victims of Wayne Besen’s and the SPLC’s smear campaigns,” said the statement signed today by Mathew D. Staver of Liberty Counsel, Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern, Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania and others.


'Dog Shaming' Makes A Splash On Tumblr

 Pets might be man's best friend, but they're not always well behaved.

Take the dachshund who sneaks out of bed at 5 a.m. to relieve itself on the floor. Or the scruffy canine who bit a veterinarian who sat on its chair. And then there's the cat that drank all the saline solution.

Dinosaur Footprint Discovered in Maryland

NASA is all a buzz over its latest discovery in Maryland.

What was found at a Greenbelt site in Prince George's County has nothing to do with outer space.

"I think it's the first dino print for NASA in all its locations," NASA architect Alan Binstock said.



Don't miss this incredible opportunity to head into Delmar tonight for a FREE concert hosted by the one and only Doug Marshall. The facility will open at 6 PM, parking and the concert is FREE. The bands will start at 7 PM.

Tomorrow night they'll have another major concert with Kelly Pickler from American Idol. While I was standing there they sold 30 tickets to tomorrow nights concert.

Ladies & Gentlemen, let me put it to you this way. See that stage above. That stage cost Doug $25,000.00 including the sound system. He is about to lose a LOT of money tonight but this is a fantastic way to market and show the Eastern Shore we will welcome these kind of events and that we will support it.

We'll see you there tonight.

Berlin Horse Farm Provides Respite For Kids

BERLIN -- Several physical miles and a million symbolic miles away from sterile medical offices, needles and debilitating treatments is an idyllic horse farm in Berlin where dozens of kids battling life-threatening diseases have found a brief but joyful respite all summer, thanks to Believe in Tomorrow and two local girls who shared their love of horses and horseback riding.

The Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation offers children fighting disease and illness and their families a retreat in Ocean City from the daily grind of treatments and hospital visits and allows them to enjoy a summer vacation similar to that enjoyed by most families at the beach. Each week all summer, six families arrive at the Believe in Tomorrow House by the Sea on 66th Street for a week of fun in the sun and activities arranged by the Director Wayne Littleton and his staff including surfing, fishing, Coast Guard tours, mini golf and amusement park visits, for example.


Campus Senior Events Deemed Offensive To Hispanics

A Southern California high school canceled an annual dress-up day for seniors, saying that students who dressed as gang members, a U.S. Border Patrol agent and a pregnant woman pushing a stroller demeaned Latinos.

The June "Seniores and Senoritas" day at Canyon High School in Anaheim prompted complaints by two former students and an investigation by the Orange Unified School District.

"Enough was enough. I was hurt," said Jared Garcia-Kessler, 19, who graduated last year.


Fox News poll: Voters want Uncle Sam to 'Leave me alone'

A Fox News poll asks which of two messages voters would send to the federal government.  A 54-percent majority would tell Uncle Sam to “leave me alone,” while 35 percent would ask Washington to “lend me a hand.”

That’s just one of the findings from the poll, released Thursday, that asks likely voters about the role of government, the Democratic and Republican tickets and the future of the nation.

Democrats (59 percent) are nearly four times as likely as Republicans (15 percent) to say they would tell the government to “lend me a hand.” 



"Buy Local" at the Riverside Arts & Crafts Market this Saturday 8/25!

Original works by regional artists and artisans. Jewelry, stained glass, geometric prints, ceramics, wooden planes, textiles, paper flowers, photography, tie-dyed clothing, and more. Support our local artists and artisans and keep your hard-earned dollars in the local economy. Browse, buy, stay for lunch at a local eatery.

Market is open Saturdays 9-2, weather-permitting. Location: W. Main at Lake St. near Chesapeake East, Yum Cafe and Brew River. Easy drive (or bike) from Shore Fresh Farmers Market and Park & Flea. Take Main St. through the downtown plaza and across the drawbridge. Riverfront location.

Parking nearby. You can help make this new economic development opportunity of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Committee a success.

We will be waiting for you!

The Market is a project of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Committee. Artists interested in participating as vendors must apply in advance by contacting

Hope to see you this Saturday!

Will We Plummet Into Another Recession?

The Congressional Budget Office is warning lawmakers to end their budget stalemate. Otherwise, the nation could plummet into another recession. CBO said 2 million Americans could lose their jobs by the end of next year. Analysts said sequestration, those automatic spending cuts set to kick in in January, combined with already-scheduled tax hikes would total $500 billion, and that would be too much for a struggling economy to handle.

Obama: Romney’s Big Donors Should Give Their Millions to Scholarships Instead

President Barack Obama scolded the Romney campaign’s biggest donors this week, saying they should donate their millions to fund college scholarships instead of contributing to Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign:

“Now, over the next two and a half months, the other side will spend more money than we have ever seen – ever.  I mean, they got folks writing $10 million checks, $20 million checks,” Obama said Tuesday at a campaign stop at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. “They should be contributing that to a scholarship fund to send kids to college. But instead, they are going to spend more money than we’ve ever seen on ads, and the ads all say the same thing, which is, the economy is not where it needs to be and it's all Obama's fault.”


Miller In Command: A ‘Dear John’ Phone Call And Counting The Days

No one doubts that this month’s special session of the General Assembly to expand gaming wouldn’t have happened without the insistence and persistence of Senate President Mike Miller, who’s been pushing slots and gambling for a decade. A few loose ends from the session point out Miller’s command of the process and close attention to every stray vote.

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Calls are coming in and the "cotton heads" absolutely LOVE this movie. So much so, at the end the entire audience started clapping. "I haven't seen that happen in a theater in 25 years".

The show was at 1:05 today and the theater was 2/3 full. Not bad for a Movie the Daily Times and every one else refuses to advertise.

I'm told the Movie does NOT rag on Obama at all. One couple was overheard stating they were coming back with their Grandchildren.

It's here for a limited time and considering they had so many people there today who ONLY read it on Salisbury News, I'd suggest you take the opportunity to go see it.

Obama To Break Recent Precedent, Will Stump During RNC

Incumbent presidents usually lay low during their opponents’ nominating conventions, but not so with President Obama, who will wage an ambitious campaign next week to coincide with the Republican National Convention.
While Republicans meet in Tampa., Fla., to nominate Mitt Romney for president, Mr. Obama will be trying to claim some of the media spotlight with campaign trips to college campuses in Ames, Iowa, and Fort Collins, Colo., on Tuesday. He will campaign in Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday, the third day of the Republican convention.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden will be in Tampa for campaign events on the first two days of the Republicans' party. First lady Michelle Obamawill appear Wednesday on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”

Bad Day For Bureaucrats Seeking Money From Board Of Public Works

It was a bad day for bureaucrats at the Board of Public Works Wednesday – at least for several state officials who had to defend their spending plans to the three-member board that must approve all major state contracts. In the end, most of the state agencies got the money they came for, but not before some uncomfortable questions and critical remarks came their way about slow payments and outsourcing loan-making and faculty hiring.

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Business Now Offering Jeep Rentals

WEST OCEAN CITY — Visitors to Ocean City as well as residents can rent something bigger to cruise around in than a scooter or a bike.

Beach Adventure Rentals, located in the Teal Marsh shopping center in West Ocean City, offers Jeep Wranglers for rent that are already tagged and equipped to drive onto the Assateague Island National Seashore’s Over Sand Vehicle area.


Civilian Deaths From US Drone Attacks Much Higher Than Reported

Lance Armstrong Will Be Banned From Cycling By USADA After Saying He Won’t Fight Doping Charges

Lance Armstrong persevered through the most difficult bicycle races on the planet and survived testicular cancer, but this week, the 40-year-old found a battle he had no interest in continuing. Armstrong said late Thursday night that he will stop fighting allegations that he used banned substances during his stellar career.

After Armstrong’s announcement, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said it would ban the cyclist for life and recommend he be stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles.


Update On Fukushima

Well over 500 days and counting since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in Japan, and even more consequences of it are now coming to the surface. Fish caught 12 miles off shore of the crippled nuclear plant earlier this month were found to contain off the charts levels of radiation. According to TEPCO the fish registered nearly 26,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium – which is 258,000 percent higher than the safe consumption level approved by the government. Over the next few weeks, the Japanese government and TEPCO will take more measurements of fish and seabed soil – and it's likely they'll see the same extremely high levels of radiation. Might be time to buy a Geiger counter.

National Cathedral Gets $5 Million For Restoration

WASHINGTON - The Washington National Cathedral has received a $5 million gift from the Lilly Endowment Inc. for restoration of damage caused by last year's 5.8-magnitude earthquake.


America's Economic Dominance In The World Is Slipping

Just take a look at how many people we're graduating from college. A new study by the Center for American Progress reveals that the number of Americans graduating from college in America is declining – while China and India are producing more and more college graduates. Between 2000 and 20-10, our nation's share of college graduates in the world dropped from 24% to 21%, while China's share increased from 9% to 11%. And by 20-20, if the trend continues, then there will be little daylight between the United States and China when it comes to each of their shares of college graduates in the world. One explanation is that the price of college has increased dramatically in America. Plus, there's the proliferation of for-profit colleges that care more about taking government money that graduating students. And of course, there's the unsettling student loan debt problem – which is a trillion dollar weight on young people trying to go to college. All of these factors are crippling our nation's most important infrastructure – our intellectual infrastructure. Time to start investing in education by sending Americans to college for free to ensure the United States is still competitive in the global economy in the next century.

Md.'s Apple Crop In Early, Producing Better Than Most

The warm weather this spring has caused fruit crops across the country to come in early, and Maryland's apple crop is no different, even though local farmers said the state is lucky to have apples at all.

The apples at Weber's Farm in Parkville are nearly ready for picking about three to four weeks earlier than in a typical year.

"Back in the early part of the spring, it was really warm, so everything was four weeks in advance," said Steve Weber of Weber's Farm. "It just came out early, and you can't stop a fruit tree. Tomatoes and corn you don't have to plant until you're ready, but a fruit tree is in the ground, and when it gets warm, it's going to come, and that's what happened."


Ron Paul Announces His Policy Positions Will Be Rolled Up Into The Official Party Platform

The Republican National Convention is less than a week away, but the Party has been hard at work drafting its official 20-12 platform – and no surprise here, it's the most radically right-wing platform in modern history. Today, news broke that the Ron Paul campaign has struck a deal with Mitt Romney and the Republican Party, promising to not disrupt the convention next week and in return – many of Ron Paul's delegates will be seated and his policy positions will be rolled up into the official Party platform. Oh, and Ron Paul's son, Rand, will get a prominent speaking role at the Convention. So what exactly will be in this new Republican Party platform? A complete constitutional ban that forces women to complete pregnancies – with no exceptions for rape and incest. An urging for states to adopt intrusive ultra sound laws that force women to have their bodies probed before they can have an abortion. An embrace of hateful anti-gay laws that give no legal recognition to same-sex couples. A call for more radical "papers, please" anti-immigration laws like the one that the Supreme Court struck down in Arizona. The reinstatement of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" forbidding gays from openly serving in the military. And – in a slap in the face to Washington, DC – a rejection of statehood for the nation's capital. Those are just some of the highlights. Plus, the official theme of the Republican National Convention is, "We Did Build This!" – in response to President Obama's out of context remarks about how roads, bridges, and government investments allow for business owners to be successful. Someone should notify the Republican Party that the venue hosting their convention was funded mostly by taxpayer dollars.

Postal Commission OKs 'Junk Mail' Discount Plan

The government body that oversees the U.S. Postal Service has approved a plan that gives
one of the nation's largest direct marketers a postage discount on advertising flyers
known as "junk mail."
The three-year deal approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission on Thursday is intended
to boost use of the mail system by Valassis Communications Inc., which sends mass coupon
mailings to homes under its RedPlum ad bundles.
The commission said the plan should add $4.7 million to $15.3 million in net benefit to Postal
Service coffers over the course of the deal.

The Real Lesson Of Formaldehyde In Baby Shampoo

The scent of childhood to me was Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo. My mother used it on me when I was a baby, and I used it myself when I was a teenager; when I became a mother I cradled my babies’ tiny heads in my hands and slathered their scalps with the stuff. Johnson & Johnson’s hold on the marketplace was such that, for many of us, the mere smell of their products came to define clean children. And what exhausted new mother could resist the promise of “No More Tears”?

So when Johnson & Johnson made a stunning announcement that it was phasing certain chemicals out of its formula, it was shocking to learn that ever since it was brought to market in 1953, the “pure and gentle” shampoo has contained traces of formaldehyde, recently classified as a known carcinogen, and 1,4 dioxane, which, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is “reasonably anticipated” to be a human carcinogen. Naturally, as a mother, my first thought was of my sons’ bath ritual. Had I been poisoning them? Not exactly. But the company’s decision underscores a dismaying breakdown in consumer trust, not only in the products we buy and the stores that sell them, but in the government agency that we assume is properly regulating them.



Up to 10 Shot Outside Empire State Building; Suspect Dead
Police say at least four people but as many 10 individuals were shot outside the Empire State Building Friday morning and the gunman is dead.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the gunman’s wound was self-inflicted or if the suspect was shot by police.

Authorities said emergency personnel received a call about the shooting at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street just after 9 a.m. and that units were on the scene within minutes. The FBI is also on the scene.

The circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately clear. The conditions of the people shot also weren’t known.

At least one person was seen being taken away in a stretcher.

Anyone traveling in the area is advised to expect road closures and detours.

In 1997, a 69-year-old man opened fire on the observation deck of the iconic landmark, killing one person and wounding six before shooting himself in the head. The gunman, Ali Abu Kamal, was taken to the hospital, where he died more than five hours after self-inflicting the fatal wound.

Law enforcement officials believe the 1997 attack was pre-meditated.


General: Ramadan Factor In Afghan Insider Attacks

- American and Afghan officials are expanding the range of explanations for a surge in "insider attacks" on U.S. troops, adding on Wednesday the theory that the burden of fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan combined with the summer heat may have prompted more Afghan soldiers and police to turn their guns on their American partners.

Whatever the underlying reasons, the attacks are taking a toll and raising questions about the risk of American and other coalition troops working side by side with Afghan troops as advisers, mentors and trainers. The close contact is an essential element of the U.S. strategy for putting the Afghans in the lead combat role as the U.S. prepares to pull out its last combat troops at the end of 2014.


Don't Forget The Farmers Market This Weekend 8-24-12

WCSO Press Releases 8-24-12

Incident: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
Date of Incident: 17 August 2012
Location: College Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Jhontas B. Coutinho, 26, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 17 August 2012
at 3:18 AM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle operated by Jhontas Coutinho of Salisbury for operating a vehicle at night without headlights. The deputy detected an odor of alcohol coming from Coutinho and believed that he was under the influence of alcohol. The deputy administered sobriety testing which Coutinho performed poorly on which led to his arrest for DUI. The deputy discovered that Coutinho had just been arrested for DUI back on 3 August 2012. When confronted about the recent arrest, Coutinho became irate and attempted to assault law enforcement on the scene and resisted all attempts to willingly comply with the deputy.

Because of the behavior of Coutinho, a specially equipped cage car had to be utilized for transport. Coutinho resisted efforts to be placed in the vehicle requiring the deputy to physically assist Coutinho into the vehicle. Once inside the vehicle, Coutinho managed to get his handcuffed arms in front of his body in an apparent attempt to reach through the cage.

Coutinho refused to provide a breath sample when requested.

Coutinho was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Coutinho on Personal Recognizance.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree
Resisting Arrest
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

Incident: Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
Date of Incident: 20 August 2012
Location: Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Derek Allen Largent, 30, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 20 August 2012
at 4:05 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office observed a Chevrolet Truck travelling eastbound on Mt. Hermon Road that had been the subject of a broadcast for erratic driving. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle for a seat belt violation when the vehicle attempted to turn northbound onto Tilghman Road. The operator could not negotiate the turn and collided with a utility pole. The operator of the truck turned to look at the deputy while backing away from the pole prior to continuing northbound on Tilghman Road towards Rt. 50. The truck continued eastbound on Rt. 50 before pulling into the Shopper’s World shopping center parking lot. The vehicle continued through the lot before pulling into a parking space and stopping at the Taco Bell.

The driver, identified as Derek Largent of Salisbury, was assisted from his vehicle and placed into restraints. The deputy observed that Largent appeared only slightly coherent. The deputy suspected that Largent was under the influence of something but when asked if he would submit to sobriety testing, Largent told the deputy that he had been recently arrested by another deputy for driving under the influence and wanted to “decline at this time.”

The deputy placed Largent under arrest and transported him for processing by a Drug Recognition Expert who concluded that Largent was under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

Largent was released upon the issuance of citations.

Charges: Driving Under the Influence of CDS
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Attempt to Flee and Elude

Incident: Possession of Heroin
Date of Incident: 17 August 2012
Location: West Harbor Road, Nanticoke, MD
Suspect: Adam R. Antes, 30, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 17 August 2012
at 10:26 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office approached a pick-up truck parked near a boat slip in Nanticoke Harbor. The deputy observed that the driver’s door was open and the driver appeared slumped over in the seat. The driver, Adam Antes, woke up as the deputy approached while a needle cap and papers simultaneously fell out onto the ground. Antes
appeared under the influence to the deputy who proceeded to search the vehicle. At the same time, Antes attempted to discard syringes and a spoon into the bed of his pickup truck in an apparent attempt to hide them. The deputy recognized these items had been used and still held the remnants of Heroin.

The deputy placed Antes under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Antes on Personal Recognizance.

Charges: Possession of Heroin
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Wicomico School Offices to Open At 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, After Staff Kickoff Day Activities

The offices of all Wicomico County Public Schools will open at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, so that all staff may participate in kickoff activities for the new school year prior to that time. Friday afternoon will see a host of school open houses as Wicomico Schools prepare for the opening of the new school year on Monday, Aug. 27 for most students*.

*Please note that students in grades 1-6 and grade 9 will attend school on Aug. 27. (Exceptions: All grades will attend at Pittsville Elementary and Middle, and only grade 6 will attend at Mardela Middle and High.) All students in grades 1-12 will be in school Tuesday, Aug. 28. During the first week, kindergarten and prekindergarten students will report as scheduled by the assigned school.

Today's Fill In The Blank 8-24-12

My favorite words out of my spouse's / partners mouth is ____.

School System's FY 2013 Educational Facilities Master Plan Available Online

The Wicomico County Board of Education's latest update to its Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) is available online here:

FY2013 Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP)

This comprehensive document, updated and submitted to the state for Fiscal Year 2013, outlines the school system's educational goals, enrollment and capacity, school system programs, Board policies, and a community planning analysis regarding school facilities. The last section of the EFMP, titled Facility Needs, details the school system's future plans for planning, study, construction and development of school facilities.

The Education Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) is an integral part of the school system's FY 2013 Capital Improvement Program. The other key part of the Capital Improvement Program is the FY 2014 Capital Improvement Plan, which will be posted online later this fall and will detail the Board's capital funding plans.

Kim Jung Un And North Korea

I am really concerned about North Korea 's appointment of Kim Jung Un to be the new leader of North Korea-- a nuclear power! Kim Jung Un had NO military experience whatsoever before Daddy made him a four-star general in the military. This is a snot-nose twerp who has never accomplished anything in his life that would even come close to military leadership: he hasn't even so much as led a Cub Scout troop, coached a sports team or commanded a military platoon. So guess what---next they make him the "beloved leader" of the country. Terrific!

Oh, crap! I'm sorry. I just remembered that we did the same thing here in the USA. We took an arrogant community organizer who has never worn a uniform and made him Commander-in-Chief; a guy who has never had a real job, worked on a budget or led anything more than an ACORN demonstration, and made him the leader of this country.

I'm sorry I brought this up.

Never mind.

Where's Dad?

Today's Advertiser Of The Day 8-24-12

Postal Service Rents Empty Building In Montgomery County For Over $186,000 Per Month

The U.S. Postal Service is spending more than $186,000 to rent an empty building it previously owned at 7400 Wisconsin Ave., in Bethesda.

That figure includes $23,299 per month for the historic post office they vacated in May for a new location at 6900 Wisconsin Ave., wrote USPS spokeswoman Laura Dvorak in an email.

The move was part of an effort to shrink the USPS network of facilities — and cut expenses — but the lease at 7400 Wisconsin Ave. does not end until February 2013.


Enabling Parents

Salisbury Emergency Vehicles Crippled

With Isabella Street completely shut down emergency vehicles have no way to get around the Draw Bridge and are subjected to wait just like the rest of the time.

12 more Firefighters can't fix Dunn and Comegys stupidity when they claimed the bridge would be open 99.9% of the time.

Fire Truck Stuck At Draw Bridge Again

The Draw Bridge just reopened but the Fire Truck was stuck the entire time trying to go towards Brew River for an emergency.

This was witnessed by two Salisbury Police Officers who were also stuck in traffic trying to get through the intersection.

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release 8-24-12

On August 23, 2012 at approximately 11:57 am Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Located Mr. Drew Bowen Lippard 38 years of age of Philadelphia, PA. at the Ocean Pines branch of the Worcester County Library. Mr. Lippard was wanted for failure to appear in court in Pennsylvania, on July 19, 2012 on charges of Criminal Mischief, Damaging Property, and Trespassing. Mr. Lippard was arrested and was taken to the District Court Commissioner where he was held at the Worcester County jail without bond.

BREAKING NEWS: 2 Dead After Empire State Building Shooting

FDNY tells Fox News that 2 people were killed— including the gunman— and 8 wounded during a rush-hour shooting spree near landmark building.

From Fox News

2016 Obama's America Starts Today

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Large Plane Landing & Taking Off In Salisbury

Over the last few weeks there have been sightings of a large jet plane flying into Salisbury Airport. I'm told our Airport is tested regularly in case the President has to make an emergency landing here instead of the Washington area.

Thank God Its Friday 8-24-12

What will you be doing this weekend?

Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Release 8-24-12

Scherrie Elizabeth Wallace of Princess Anne, arrested 8-10-12 for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol per-se, and driving while impaired by alcohol. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies on Somerset Ave, Princess Anne. Wallace was released on signature pending court actions.

Robert Lee Jefferson of Salisbury, arrested 8-16-12 on a warrant for violation of probation. Jefferson was held on a $10,000 bond.

Jackie Lee Mitchell of Westover, arrested 8-16-12 for theft less than $1,000, and theft less than $100.00. The arrest was the result of a theft investigation conducted by deputies at Somerset Well Drilling Co, Westover. Mitchell was later released on personal recognizance pending court actions.

Darlene May Ward and Heather Nichole Lambertson both from Crisfield, arrested 8-17-12 for warrants regarding possession of marijuana, possession of cds not marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Plantation Rd, Crisfield where both subjects occupied a vehicle. Darlen May Ward was charged additionally for possession of suspected heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia after deputies recovered several needles and suspected heroin from Wards purse after the arrest. Both subjects were later held on a $15,000 bond.

Joseph George Hoffman 3rd. of Princess Anne, arrested 8-19-12 on a warrant for theft. The arrested was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies on Deal Island Rd. Hoffman was later turned over to the Maryland State Police for processing.

James Paul Stephens of Crisfield, arrested 8-20-12 on a warrant for violation of probation. Stephens was later released after posting bond.

Kenneth Thomas Smith of Laurel Delaware, arrested 8-21-12 on warrant for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree sex offence, sodomy, sexual abuse of a minor, and two counts of second degree assault. Smith was later held without bond.

Natasha Marie Albrecht of Marion, arrested 8-22-12 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Albrecht was later released on personal recognizance.

Damien Lamont Edmontson of New York New York, arrested 8-23-12 on a fugitive warrant from Kentucky. Edmontson was later held without bond pending extradition. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies on Ocean Highway, Pocomoke.


Today's Survey Question 8-24-12

Do you prefer Ice Cream or frozen Yogurt?

Perhaps USPS Wouldn’t Be In Such Trouble If It Didn’t Have 682 Million Unsold Simpsons Stamps Sitting Around

The United States Postal Service is down in the financial dumps lately, after defaulting for the first time in its history on a $5.5 billion payment it owes the U.S. Treasury. It's got another payment due for about the same amount next month that it will probably miss as well. That bright idea to produce 1 billion The Simpsons stamps isn't looking so great right about now, as the USPS reports it only sold 318 million of them.

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Australian Mining Companies Are Desperate For Workers And Looking To Hire Veterans

With Post 9/11 veteran unemployment hovering near nine percent and the services preparing to drastically cut forces, Australian mining companies have stepped up to grab some of that labor for their short staffed operations down under.

Seth Robson at Stars and Stripes reports the mines are looking for everything from plumbers and electricians, to heavy-equipment operators and project managers with pay ranging from $65K to 200K to start.


New Guidelines Aim To Make Short Sales Less Of A Pain In The Butt To Everyone

Short sales now account for nearly 1-in-11 home sales in the U.S., so there's a decent chance that anyone who has been house-shopping recently has visited a for-sale property only to have the realtor say, "Now I have to warn you, it is a short sale." At this point, many of you would go running for the hills rather than be stuck in bank-approval muck for months. But new guidelines issued by the Federal Housing Finance Agency are aimed at speeding up the process.

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Uptown Beach Bash Weekend Features Bikini Parade Saturday, Live Concerts Sunday

OCEAN CITY – The first Uptown Beach Bash takes place this week, and Brad Hoffman of Spark Productions is happy to announce that the entire event is free and open to the public.

Starting on Friday, Aug. 24, the Kick-off Bay Party and Paddle Board Regatta will be held at BJ’s on the Water on 75th Street. This event will include pre-registration for Saturday’s Bikini Parade from noon-5 p.m.

Dawn Ehman of OC SUP & Fitness will be on hand to manage the paddle board race. To start off the day, paddle board clinical and lessons will be provided, followed by the race and a themed paddle board parade will finish it up.


New Best Buy CEO Ends Up With $6.25 Million Even If He Isn’t Able To Take The Job

Earlier this week, Best Buy unveiled a new CEO in the form of hotel/restaurant exec Hubert Joly. And now come the details of just how well Joly will be compensated -- even if he is never able to actually do the job he's been hired to do.

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The West Coast Of Florida

McDonald’s & USDA Stop Buying Beef From Controversial California Meat Company

The fallout from undercover video footage that reportedly shows inhumane treatment of cattle at a California meat company continues. Yesterday we reported that popular California chain In-N-Out had stopped buying beef from the company, and now McDonald's and the USDA are also temporarily suspending business with the plant. The government says it hasn't seen any evidence yet that meat from potentially sick cows has made it into our food supply.

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Budget Transfers OK’d To Save After School Academies

SNOW HILL -- With schools opening their doors next week and options running out, the Worcester County Board of Education was forced to seek approval for some last-minute inter-budget transfers that will allow schools to continue to fund popular “After School Academies” (ASA), several of which watched grants dry up last month.

Though loathe to pull money from other parts of the school board’s budget, the County Commissioners eventually agreed to approve the transfers, which totaled $270,055 and should fund the academies through January, at which point the board will likely have some more tough decisions to make.

“Parents strongly support these programs,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jerry Wilson.


Dog Show-Agility

The Salisbury MD Kennel Club is now hosting 3 days of agility trials in the CROWN building in Fruitland (Fri-Sat-Sun 8AM until.....). The public is invited to watch. There is no admission charge.

After The East Coast Hot Weather

Runaway Bay Special

Pondering Our Future on Nov. 6:

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent
form of government.

A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.

From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the
most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul , Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

November 6 is a vitally important election day.


Multiple people shot near Empire State Building in Manhattan, NYPD Confirms


UPDATE: The gunman is dead.

Salmon Recall

A Massachusetts seafood company is recalling some of its smoked salmon products because of possible contamination by the bacterium listeria monocytogenes.
Spence & Co. Ltd. of Brockton said Wednesday that the bacterium was discovered during routine sampling. No illnesses have yet been reported.

History Lesson Of The Day

Did you know what happened 162 years ago this fall... back in 1850?

California became a state
The people had no electricity.
The state had no money.
Almost everyone spoke Spanish.
There were gunfights in the streets.

So basically nothing has changed except then the women had real boobs and
the men didn't hold hands.

That, my friends, is the history lesson for today!

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Retires K-9

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office retires K-9 Toby. K-9 Toby, an English Springer Spinal, was a trained bomb dog for the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office for 10 Years. K-9 Toby was the Worcester County Sheriff’s office first bomb detection K-9. He would perform searches of the Court house in Snow Hill on regular biases. During high profile events, such as elections and the car shows held at the Ocean City convention center, Toby would scan the buildings looking for explosives making sure the building was safe for the event. K-9 Toby was a big part of his handler Deputy Dave Lewis’s family. Deputy Lewis saw that Toby was slowing down in his ability to perform his duties as a bomb detection K-9. Toby was retired and lived with Deputy Lewis’s family.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office purchased and trained another bomb dog named Edo, a German Sheppard. Deputy First Class Dale Trotter was selected to be his handler. Both K-9 Edo and Deputy Trotter traveled to North Carolina to receive the required training in explosive detection. K-9 Edo is also crossed trained in patrol functions such as tracking and crowd control. Both K-9 Edo and Deputy Trotter are patrolling the streets of Worcester County.

Attached is a photo of Deputy First Class Trotter and K-9 Edo

146 Facebook Requests This Morning

I got a message from Facebook this morning saying I had friend requests pending. When I went to take a look I couldn't believe there were 146 requests. I'm truly humbled. I'm telling you, I have the most beautiful women you've ever seen as my Facebook friends. Go take a look!

A Letter To The Editor 8-24-12

My name is Michelle Davis I am writing this letter about my experience with my ford focus that is in warranty this vehicle has caused over ten thousand dollars worth of medical bills to date. I have had numerous problems with this vehicle only to be told the problem has to get worse to get better or can't duplicate the cause of the problem at this time.

I took the vehicle to Pittsville ford for a scheduled oil change on a Saturday. The next day I went to go to work I tried to turn the air on it would not turn on as I was traveling down the road I heard a loud sound then something wet and hot flew onto my face. I went to apply the brakes and the car went in reverse. I had to push harder to get the car to brake during this my seat belt broke. I hit the wheel than my head hit the back of the headrest blood was coming from my mouth and teeth came out.

I contacted ford customer service and the dealership it took ford three weeks
to send a ford field rep from Virginia to meet at the dealership who said the heater core was defective they replaced the defective part still not fixed the carpet is ruined in the car from the coolant the wiring is corroding the seats and dash are stained. We have been breathing in toxic fumes the whole time and are under going treatment. I have two and a half years of treatment before my mouth can be somewhat normal again. My mother is still being treated for the damage done to her lungs luckily we were not on the major highway when this happened and someone else could have been hurt.

I want this car bought back from the dealership who picked this car out not me Preston Ford and or Ford motors and I want the medical bills taken care of and the pain& suffering we still have to go through. I along with my mother have a long rode ahead here is a list of problems with the car Coolant leek,car going in reverse when in drive, acceleration when braking, rpm cage revs when in park metal grinding noise when in park, car is vibrating,smells of gas coolant and burning smell inside the car fogging up/icing on the exterior of windows 18 miles highway gas mileage trunk keeps popping open these are the problems with the car who in their right mind wants a car with these many problems and the damages that have been done.

I believe the car can be bought back under the magnuson moss warranty as well as lemon law and goodwill buy back. thank you for your time in allowing a spot on your web page.

Autopsy: Coal Killed Md. Derailment Victims

Two young women were killed when a freight train derailed and toppled so much coal on them they couldn't breathe, authorities said Thursday.

The bodies of Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr were found buried under coal but still seated on edge of a railroad bridge in Ellicott City, police have said. They were not hit by the train, Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.

Llewellyn said an autopsy found the women died from accidental asphyxia.


Green Tea Makes Tumors Vanish

Powerful new anti-cancer drugs based on green tea could soon be developed after scientists found an extract from the beverage could make almost half of tumours vanish.

The University of Strathclyde team made 40 per cent of human skin cancer tumours disappear using the compound, in a laboratory study.

Green tea has long been suspected of having anti-cancer properties and the extract, called epigallocatechin gallate, has been investigated before.

However, this is the first time researchers have managed to make it effective at shrinking tumours.


Fans Possibly Exposed To Rabies After A Bat Swoops In During Last Friday’s Ravens Game

An unusual health warning goes out to Ravens fans. Some people in the stands at last Friday’s game against the Detroit Lions may have been exposed to rabies.

When Ravens fans filled the stadium for the season’s first home game, they didn’t expect to encounter any wildlife.

But in section 500, a bat swooped through in the midst of the game against the Lions.


Today Marks My 5th Month As A Salisbury, Maryland Resident

Today marks my 5th month as a Salisbury resident. Is it April yet?

Lawmaker Admits He Was Drinking Before Accident

Anne Arundel County Delegate Don Dwyer admits that he was drinking alcohol prior to a boat crash that injured seven people including three children.

Appearing in a wheelchair outside University of Maryland Shock Trauma, the Republican lawmaker made a brief statement to reporters. 
"It is true that I was drinking while operating my boat yesterday.  It has also been reported that my blood alcohol content was 0.2.  No one, no one should be drinking and operating a motor vehicle or power boat.  I deeply regret my actions and ask for forgiveness from the public," Dwyer said.

Pittsville Volunteer Fire Department Carnival Starts Today

The Pittsville Fire Department is sponsoring a carnival aug 24-26. Then aug 29-sept 3 .. Hours are from 6- through week. 3-on weekend. Food, games, rides for all ages.

Let's STOP The Rumors NOW

There is a rumor going around that Brooke Mulford passed away last night, that is absolutely NOT TRUE.

Now, what is true, (unfortunately) is that the former Kitchen Manager Shane West at Market Street Inn's Daughter Brooke did pass away last night and our thoughts and prayers go out to their Family.

BREAKING NEWS: Lance Armstrong Faces Lifetime Ban, Loss Of Titles

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief says agency will ban Lance Armstrong from cycling for life and strip him of his seven Tour de France titles after Armstrong says he's dropping his fight against doping charges.

From Fox News

Yard Sales 8-24-12

Huge yard sale. Rain or shine at 6am. Toys, toddler clothing, household items, small furniture.Located 1/2 down on Morris rd. -off of mt. Herman road (In Powellville area.)