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Monday, March 11, 2013

Financial Info On Celebs, Officials Leaked Online

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities and celebrities were grappling Monday with how to respond to a website that posted what appears to be private financial information about top government officials and stars such as Jay-Z and Mel Gibson.

Los Angeles police and the FBI said they were aware of the pages but declined to confirm they were investigating the site, which posted purported Social Security numbers and credit reports of the leaders of both agencies. Pages posted on Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not include credit reports but included addresses and other sensitive information.

Social Security numbers posted on Gibson, Jay-Z and others matched records in public databases.


WBFF: Free Phone Frenzy - Abuse Of The Federal Lifeline Program


On March 3rd, Secretary of State John Kerry announced $250 million more in aid to Egypt during his visit to Cairo, a visit that included this chummy photo-op of the Secretary with President Mohammed Morsi. Now just one week later, video of a younger Mohammed Morsi is circulating among Arabic speakers online showing a not-so-chummy Morsi railing against those who cooperate, make deals or do business with the United States and against those who allow the Americans to “interfere in our business.”

The folks at Palestinian Media Watch examined the video for TheBlaze and provided us their translation which can be seen HERE

Wholesale Inventories Surge Most In 14 Months, Sales Plunge

The build in wholesale inventories was a remarkable four times expectations at +1.2%. This is the biggest surge (and largest beat) since December 2011. GDP-enhancing 'if we build it, they will buy' attitudes pervade but the sames data was desparately disappointing. Wholesale sales dropped 0.8% (against an expectation of a 0.1% rise) for the biggest drop in 3 months and one of the lowest since the crisis 'ended'. Wholesale inventory-to-sales ratio rose to its equal highest since mid 2009 - it seems a lot has been banked on the consumer's return as the inventory build was dominated by Computers, Lumber, and Drugs wheras the sales drop saw Farm Products and Petroleum biting.



Quiz For Bright People

There are only nine questions.

This is a quiz for people who know everything!

I found out in a hurry that I didn't. These are not trick questions.

They are straight questions with straight answers..
1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.
2. What famous North A merican landmark is constantly moving backward? 
3 Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?
4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?
6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ' dw' and they are all common words. Name two of them.
7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?
8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked,
or in any other form except fresh.
9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter 'S.'
Answers To Quiz:

1. The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends:Boxing.
2. North A merican landmark constantly moving backward: Niagara Falls .. The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.
3. Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons: Asparagus and rhubarb.
4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside: Strawberry.
5. How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle? It grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.
6. Three English words beginning with dw: Dwarf, dwell and dwindle...
7. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar: Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.
8. The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh: Lettuce.
9. Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with 'S': Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.

Today is National Mental Health Day.

SEC Hits Illinois With Securities Fraud Charges

SPRINGFIELD-Illinois broke federal securities laws in misstating the true health of the state's depleted pension funds when going out onto the bond market between 2005 and early 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday.

The finding of securities fraud doesn't subject the state to any fines or penalties but amounts to a warning to potential investors about the state's past financial misdeeds.

The action focuses mostly on misstatements made during impeached ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration, though Gov. Pat Quinn's administration wasn't spared entirely in the federal order.


Best Christmas Card

Michael Vick Cancels Appearances After Death Threats

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has canceled plans to appear at several book signings in the next week after organizers received death threats.

Vick had been planning to sign his autobiography,Finally Free, at bookstores in Atlanta and Philadelphia, but his publisher said all of his appearances were canceled out of concerns for safety because Vick was the target of violent threats.

“While we stand by Michael Vick’s right to free speech and the retailers’ right to free commerce, we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm’s way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick’s book-signing appearances,” Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing, told “We’ve been assured these threats of violence, which have been reported to the police, are being taken very seriously by local authorities.”


Minimum Wage Hike Would Boost Economy Or Destroy Jobs, Friends And Foes Say

An initiative to raise minimum wage to $10 an hour in two years promises to be among the most controversial economic issues debated at the Maryland General Assembly this year.

Sponsored by Sen. Rob Garagiola, D-Montgomery, and Del. Aisha Braveboy, D-Prince George’s, the initiative would reshape the state’s job market for low-income workers.

“This is an anti-poverty bill,” said Garagiola at Thursday’s Senate hearing. “If we raise working families’ wages, we’re going to improve their quality of life, and there will be less reliance on state government.”


If I Can Do It, So Can You

Hundreds Join Search For Missing Stevensville Woman

STEVENSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — One week after the disappearance of an Eastern Shore woman, hundreds now join in a massive search.

Adam May reports–they’re looking for Robin Pope, a mother who seemingly vanished without a trace.

More than 200 volunteers gather in Stevensville to search for clues in the disappearance of 51-year-old Robin Pope.

“You find clothing that kind of looks interesting. Obviously weapons, knives, guns, any shell casings.”



Continues commitment to empowering women & fighting for equal opportunity

- In honor of International Women’s Day, Governor Martin O’Malley launched Maryland's first-ever “Governor for a Day” Essay Contest – an effort aimed at encouraging young women to pursue careers in public service, including in elected office. The contest asks young women ages 8-12 to explain in 400 words why they want to be Governor of Maryland and what they would do if they were Governor for a day. Submissions will be accepted here.

Each individual that enters the contest will receive a package containing information about Maryland's State Government, the requirements of elected office, and a special video message with words of encouragement from the Governor. Entries for the contest will be accepted until April 15, 2013.

One winner will be chosen by a panel of judges from the Governor’s Office. The prize awarded to the writer of the winning essay will be unveiled once a winner is announced, and it will include a meeting with Governor O'Malley in Annapolis.

Maryland’s “Governor for a Day” contest builds on the Governor’s strong commitment to empowering women and fighting for equal opportunity.

“Maryland has an abundance of smart, successful women who work to help move Maryland forward every day,” said Governor O’Malley. “Together, we have strived to support our women-owned businesses, appoint a record number of exceptional women to the bench, provide better health care to those previously uninsured, and drive down violence against women. We took these measures because it’s part of the better choices we’re making for our State. In Maryland, our diversity is our greatest strength and the accomplishments of women are an integral part of our progress as a people.”

Recognizing the strong role women play in the O’Malley-Brown Administration, the Governor released a video featuring a few members of his Cabinet who’ve offered words of advice to young women.

Maryland is one of the top three “States for Women” and has the second lowest wage gap between working men and women. One-third of all businesses in Maryland are owned by a woman, the country’s highest percentage. In FY2012, MBE participation reached 25.2 percent, marking the first time the State achieved its goal of 25 percent program participation. Over the past five years, awards to women-owned firms increased 59 percent from $322.9 million in FY2007 to $550.8 million in FY2012.

Wicomico Creek Watchers Reveal 2012 Status Of River From WMDT

WMDT 47 News - Delmarva's Choice Source

Kwame Kilpatrick Guilty: Former Detroit Mayor Found Guilty In Federal Trial

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was found guilty of multiple counts of racketeering and extortion, a jury decided Monday. Kilpatrick was convicted of 24 charges, including racketeering, extortion, attempted extortion, bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and filing false tax returns. Both Kilpatrick and contractor Bobby Ferguson were found guilty on most counts. Kilpatrick's 71-year-old father, Bernard Kilpatrick, was only found guilty of one tax count.

Jurors deliberated for 15 days before announcing that they were ready to vote on a verdict. The 12 members of this jury have spent 79 hours total deliberating all the details from the five-month trial.

Reporters in the courtroom said the three men all maintained stoic exteriors as the verdicts were read over seven minutes' time. The former Detroit mayor was convicted of 24 out of 30 total charges. Contractor Bobby Ferguson was convicted of nine out of 11 total counts. The jury reached a unanimous decision on 45 of 50 total felony charges levied by prosecutors.


Worcester County Sheriff's Office Seeks Sex Offender For Law Violation

Snow Hill, Md.

The Worcester County Sheriffs Department have obtained an arrest warrant for one man for violations of laws that pertain to their status as registered sex offenders.

The Worcester County Sheriffs office is seeking 34 year old, Joshua Aaron Baker, last known address of 12905 Swordfish Dr. apt # 1 Ocean City Md. 21842 . He is a Tier 3 sex offender wanted for failing to re-register as a sex offender within three days of moving to a new location. Baker also has numerous other warrants for his arrest on unrelated matters in the State of Maryland. Baker has been convicted four other times for failing to reg. as a sex offender, as required by law.

To offer information regarding this investigation please contact the Worcester County Sheriffs Office at 410-632-1111. Tipsters may also call to provide information through lines maintained by Maryland Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.

Invitation To The 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest Online Voting For Brenda Jackson


This is a copy of my official letter for the Pillsbury Bake-Off. I would like for you to allow me to get the word out to VOTE (one time only) for my recipe. I think it deserves to be in the finals. No one from this area has made it this far in the contest before. I was one of over two thousand recipes entered. I am going to be on Delmarva Life TV Show on Monday March 18th. Also the Daily Times is doing a feature article about me and the bake-off. It is an ONLINE VOTING to get the top 33 to go to finals in November. I really would appreciate your support and the backing of your readers to help me get to the finals. The voting begins March 14th. I cannot discuss the recipe until then. I would love to get the word out through you. Please contact me for more information. 410 623-2566. I live in Marion Station so this is a great blog story and it would be fun to get me to Vegas in November and the recipe is Yummmmy. Thank You, Brenda
Dear Brenda Jackson,

Contest officials have selected your recipe to be placed online at for consumer voting in the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest for the Amazing Doable Dinners category. Congratulations on moving one step closer to a chance at the million-dollar grand prize!

your recipe will appear online for two weeks, beginning Thursday, March 14, 2013. Until online voting begins, you may not share any information about your recipe including your recipe name. Failure to maintain recipe confidentiality may lead to disqualification.

Your recipe will be grouped with 59 other recipes and placed on Consumers 18 years of age or older as of March 14, 2013, can vote online for their favorite recipes.

33 potential finalists whose recipes receive the most votes will become Finalists in the Contest. Amazing Doable Dinners Category Finalists will be announced online, Thursday, April 4, 2013. If your recipe is one of the 33 recipes moving forward to the final competition in Las Vegas, NV November 10-12, 2013.

Park Ranger: Supervisors Pushed Sequester Cuts That Visitors Would See

Another federal employee has come forward to claim the Obama administration resisted efforts to ease the impact of sequester.

A U.S. park ranger, who did not wish to be identified, told that supervisors within the National Park Service overruled plans to deal with the budget cuts in a way that would have had minimal impact on the public. Instead, the source said, park staff were told to cancel special events and cut "interpretation services" -- the talks, tours and other education services provided by local park rangers.

"Apparently, they want the public to feel the pain," the ranger said.

The National Park Service is among many federal agencies warning of a major impact from the sequester cuts, which took effect last Friday. The agency has warned of delayed access to portions of Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks, closed campgrounds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reduced hours at the Grand Canyon visitor center and other ramifications.


US Economy Now Like Royalist System Of Europe?

Recovery in U.S. Is Lifting Profits, but Not Adding Jobs ... A Growing Divide: As federal budget cuts begin, high productivity and low interest rates help corporations but not job seekers. ... "So far in this recovery, corporations have captured an unusually high share of the income gains," said Ethan Harris, co-head of global economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "The U.S. corporate sector is in a lot better health than the overall economy. And until we get a full recovery in the labor market, this will persist." The result has been a golden age for corporate profits, especially among multinational giants that are also benefiting from faster growth in emerging economies like China and India. – New York Times

Dominant Social Theme: If we print enough money the jobs will come.

Free-Market Analysis: This was predictable. Keynesian monetary stimulation doesn't work. The US has a bifurcated economic system now, which is really the European royalist system.

This would seem to be the result of deliberate economic policies that have virtually split the US into a nation of have-more and have-less. Often much less.


Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer To Perform At Fundraiser

Debbie Campbell for City Council Event to Feature Music, Local Business

What: Campbell for City Council Fundraiser

When: Friday, March 15, 6:00 p.m.

Where: Chesapeake East
501 W. Main Street, Salisbury

Jimmy Merchant of the ‘50s doo-wop group Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers will headline a fundraiser for Debbie Campbell for City Council. For a suggested contribution of $20, community members can enjoy a live performance by a music legend, best known for the hit “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?.” They can also learn about Debbie’s service to Salisbury as Council Vice President and her vision for Salisbury’s future, and meet neighbors who share this vision.

Local business YUM! Fresh Local Café will provide food and beverages (not included in ticket price). Trilogy and Moonstruck Music will also perform. Guests may also take part in 3rd Friday, an art and entertainment event on Main Street in Downtown Salisbury.

About Debbie Campbell

During her service on the Council, Debbie has:

· Worked to improve safety for the Onley-Bateman intersection

· Served on the Mayor’s Crime Task Force, contributing to the development of the city’s successful Safe Streets initiative

· Forced action to adequately compensate local police officers, which increased public safety by retaining seasoned officers

· Saved $400,000 in taxpayer funds on a fire department grant

· Increased transparency by making documents public

· Led the discussion that led to a better outcome for the River’s Edge project on Fitzwater Street, resulting in a planned art gallery and studio space with 100 affordable live-work units for local artisans.

For more information on Debbie’s accomplishments, visit

Authority, Shawn Thomas, Treasurer

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Rejects NYC Sugary Drink Ban

State judge halts New York City's ban on large sugary drinks, calling the ban 'arbitrary and capricious'. 

Ireton Calls Off Ordinance Referencing Closing Businesses







Denied: Congress Cuts Off Kerry From Giving Egypt More Foreign Aid

Funding less-than-friendly foreign governments is probably the last thing the “Brokest Nation in History” should be doing with its taxpayer dollars. Nonetheless, before Congress stopped him, our illustrious secretary of state went rogue and offered Egypt hundreds of millions of dollars more in foreign aid than he was legally authorized to deliver. Fortunately, that idea was quickly nipped in the bud:
Secretary of State John Kerry had hoped to offer considerably more aid to Egypt than the $250 million he announced during his trip to Cairo but was blocked by Congress, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said.

“This is not the aid package that the administration wanted to announce,” Royce told The Hill. The administration wanted to release a “larger sum,” but bowed to the wishes of Royce's committee as well as congressional appropriators, he said.

Ireton Takes Credit for (Lack of) Rain

No one in the history of local politics can grandstand like Salisbury mayor Jim Ireton.  At a Friday press conference Ireton claimed credit for a “cleaner” Wicomico River.  There’s just one problem – the cause for a marginally cleaner river was last year’s drought.
The report, prepared by Judith Stribling of Wicomico Creekwatchers, cites last year’s lack of rain for improved numbers:
City of Salisbury-led efforts to reduce polluted runoff may have contributed to the reduction, but the biggest cause was almost certainly last year’s drought, said Judith Stribling, a Salisbury University researcher and supervisor of the Creekwatchers program.
Ireton still tried to spin the report, which usually isn’t issued until June, and take credit for a slightly cleaner River:
Dr. Stribling said it right,” Mayor Jim Ireton chimed in. “It’s not just a lack of rain, but it’s also some of the things we’re doing.
That’s NOT what Stribling said.  We should also question whether or not the report’s being issued in the spring also impacted the numbers.  If the readings were not taken at approximately the same time of year, with water temperatures at the same general levels, any conclusions of the report could be invalid.
The report also provided numbers for fecal coliform levels for the first time.  Stribling speculated that coliform levels downstream were the the result of septic tanks.  However, she cited no evidence to back up her speculation versus the possibility that coliform levels downstream were due to a previous spill from the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Where The Jobs Were In February

Working (or looking for a job) in the wrong industry? Find out with the chart below, which shows where the job additions (and lack thereof) were in the month of February.


Dead Penguins - I never knew this!

Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica ?
Where do they go?

Wonder no more ! ! !
It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life. The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintain a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life.

If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into, and buried.

The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:

"Freeze a jolly good fellow."
"Freeze a jolly good fellow."

You really didn't believe that I know anything about penguins, did you?

It's so easy to fool young and middle aged people.

I am sorry, an urge came over me that made me do it!!!

Oh quit whining I fell for it, too
I'm sorry to do this to you but ............................ I had to !!

Inequality And The Decline Of Labor

Inequality has many sources, but political and technological dynamics are key factors.

You may have seen this video on Wealth Inequality in America, which has gone viral. I have shown the same data for years in charts and discussed it at great length: Made in U.S.A.: Wealth Inequality (July 15, 2011).

The bottom 80% of American households held a mere 7% of these financial assets, while the top 1% held 42.7%, the top 5% holds 72% and the top 10% held fully 83%.



A study that concluded that gun violence costs Americans at least $12 billion per year was published on the front page of USA Today on March 5th. The research was conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), an anti-gun advocacy group based in Maryland that received funding through the Tides Foundation, an organization that is funded by George Soros.

Results of the study reportedly showed that deaths and injuries due to gunfire cost society $32 per gun when considering the costs of court proceedings, insurance, and hospitalizations paid for by government programs, particularly Medicaid.

Ted Miller, author of the research, performed a similar study 20 years ago with funding from the National Institute of Justice. Following the Newtown, Connecticut shooting in December of last year, Miller decided to calculate again the costs of gun violence to society.


US Last In Paid Parental Leave

The U.S. is lagging behind other nations by not offering paid time off to new parents.

When a legal survey puts the legal guarantees the U.S. offers workers in the same category as those offered by Papua New Guinea and Swaziland, chances are there is a poor government policy in place.

Last week Human Rights Watch, an international nongovernmental organization, conducted a study which investigated the amount of guaranteed paid parental leave in 190 countries.

Out of the 190 countries surveyed, 178 have guaranteed paid leave for new mothers, nine were unclear about their paid leave policy and three — including the U.S. — offered no legal guarantee of paid leave.


“I suddenly remember being very little and being embraced by my father. I would try to put my arms around my father’s waist, hug him back. I could never reach the whole way around the equator of his body; he was that much larger than life. Then one day, I could do it. I held him, instead of him holding me, and all I wanted at that moment was to have it back the other way.”
Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts

“When I was a child, all problems had ended with a single word from my father. A smile from him was sunshine, his scowl a bolt of thunder. He was smart, and generous, and honorable without fail. He could exile a trespasser, check my math homework, and fix the leaky bathroom sink, all before dinner. For the longest time, I thought he was invincible. Above the petty problems that plagued normal people.

And now he was gone.”
Rachel Vincent, Alpha

“My father didn’t tell me how to live;
he lived, and let me watch him do it”
Clarence Budington Kelland

“Sadie,” he said forlornly, “when you become a parent, you may understand this. One of my hardest jobs as a father, one of my greatest duties, was to realize that my own dreams, my own goals and wishes, are secondary to my children’s.”
Rick Riordan

Maryland Bill Would Make It Harder To Challenge Laws By Referendum

It would be more difficult for Marylanders to challenge laws through voter referendums under a constitutional amendment being considered by the Maryland Senate.

Maryland is one of 27 states that allow voters to overturn laws by gathering signatures to put them on a ballot in a process known as a referendum. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr., D-Montgomery County, would require petitioners to gather more signatures to put a law up for referendum.

Madaleno did not respond to a call for comment, but legislative leaders have said the referendum process has to be looked at because it might be too easy to put laws on the ballot. That came after voters petitioned three laws to referendum in 2012, after 20 years with none.

Maryland good-government groups aren't happy with the proposed requirements.


Week 10: Gas Tax Hearing, Death Penalty Vote Ahead In House

With exactly four weeks left in the 2013 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, work is expected to begin this week on the transportation funding bill that Governor Martin O'Malley and legislative leaders believe will generate hundreds of millions of dollars for road and bridge projects, as well as mass transit.

The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the bill on Friday afternoon.

The bill cuts the gasoline excise tax from 23.5-cents-a-gallon to 18.5-cents-a-gallon.

It also phases in a 4% tax on the wholesale price of gasoline.


Hawaii Senate Passes Bill Requiring Hospitals To Offer Emergency Contraception To Rape Victims

Democrats in the Hawaii Senate stood up for women on Tuesday when they passed a bill mandating hospital emergency rooms to offer emergency contraception to victims of rape. The bill passed easily in the Democratic dominated upper chamber. A Republican lawmaker tried to amend the bill to allow hospitals to deny rape victims contraception for religious reasons, but Democrats were quick to reject it in favor of actually helping victims.

Bay Bridge Admin Says Closure Was Success

The man who makes the decision to close Maryland's Bay Bridge says the closure during last week's winter storm was a success.

Gordon Garrettson tells The Capital of Annapolis that there was no structural damage to the bridge, and there were no serious injuries or fatalities.

He says, "As far as we're concerned - that's a win."


Professional Boxing And Guerrero Return To The WY&CC

Salisbury Slugfest – Where the Fist Meets the Face

Salisbury, MD – In what is being billed as the Salisbury Slugfest, Boxer Alexis Guerrero, 8-0-1 will fight his first main event right in his hometown of Salisbury, Maryland at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (WY&CC). The night of action packed fights will take place Friday, April 12th at 8:00pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm.

This will be Guerrero’s fifth fight in his hometown, and his fourth at the WY&CC. In Guerrero’s last visit to the ring he stopped a very tough Harvey Jolly of Michigan while fighting in Atlanta, GA. Guerrero is expected to fight for a belt sometime this summer. Guerrero, who resides in Delmar, has one daughter. He is the brother of middleweight contender Fernando Guerrero, who will fight for the WBO World Championship on April 27th at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Salisbury Slugfest will draw fighters from the East Coast together in an evening of action-packed fights. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 11th and range from $20-$90. Tables of ten are also available for $500 each. Additional taxes/fees may apply to all ticket prices. For tickets and additional information go to, call the box office at 410-548-4911 or visit in person. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm.

Teen Accused Of Stealing Shoes At Gunpoint

GLEN BURNIE - Police arrested a teenager accused of stealing the shoes off a man’s feet at gunpoint Friday night.

Jesse Jordan Scrivner, a 16-year-old from Millersville, faces six charges as an adult including theft, assault and armed robbery.

The alleged incident happened at about 10 p.m. in the Marley Station Mall parking lot in Glen Burnie.

Mobile Albero For Mayor Signs

Don't be surprised when you see more and more of these driving around Salisbury. Salisbury residents and businesses want the right kind of change and know I'll deliver just that. 

It's time for a FULL TIME Mayor. Anyone who believes they can run a $51,000,000.00 a year business PART TIME is out of their mind. You can't manage that kind of money, please your employees, manage your employees and GROW your business on a PART TIME basis. You can't truly understand the wants and needs of your customers and employees on a PART TIME basis. 

I, Joe Albero, commit to Salisbury residents and businesses that I will be your first FULL TIME Mayor. I'm going to go to other business communities and share the advantages of relocating here to Salisbury. Believe me, there are massive advantages. After all, I relocated my business to the Eastern Shore because of such advantages and being so close to the Beach. 

As we stated last week, "Don't you think you should have a Mayor that works as hard as you do".

Here's the key though Ladies & Gentlemen, I need you to get out and VOTE on April 2nd. YOU do YOUR part and I'll do MINE. Let's show Annapolis that Salisbury can make an immediate turn around. Its time we take pride in Salisbury again. A great start is proving we care enough to get out and VOTE

Senators Hush-Hush As They Craft Immigration Bill

The eight senators meet in private several times a week, alternating between Sen. John McCain's and Sen. Charles Schumer's offices. They sit in arm chairs arranged in a circle and sip water or soft drinks as they debate temporary workers and border security. In a capital riven by partisanship and gridlock, they are determined to be the exception and actually get something done.

This is immigration reform's "Gang of Eight." With them lies the best hope in years for overhauling the nation's byzantine immigration laws -- and they know it. That's partly why they are, by all accounts, working amazingly well together as a self-imposed deadline approaches for their sweeping legislation to be released. The progress is happening even though the group includes some of the Senate's most outsized personalities, failed and prospective presidential candidates, one lawmaker dogged by scandal and another facing a potential re-election challenge that could be complicated by his stance on immigration.

"I tell you what, this is one of the best experiences I've had. Everybody's serious, everybody's knowledgeable, they've been around the issue," said Sen. Lindsey Graham-R-S.C., who's up for re-election next year and facing a potential GOP primary challenge from the right. He said it's "sort of what I came up here to do -- sit down with serious people to solve serious and hard problems."


U.S Troops Killed by Gunman in Afghan Uniform in Latest Setback

A gunman wearing an Afghan police uniform opened fire at a police training facility in eastern Afghanistan today, killing at least two American troops and three Afghans, officials say.

The shooting took place while the troops were visiting the facility to help train the Afghans, a key part of the U.S. handover strategy before combat troops leave in 2014. According to coalition officials, the shooting also left several wounded.

A joint U.S.-Afghan team is investigating the shooting.


Obama to Huddle With Organizing for Action Group

President Obama will formally inaugurate Organizing for Action, his newly-formed independent advocacy group, with a headline speech Wednesday night before the group’s Founders’ Summit in Washington.

Obama’s appearance, confirmed to ABC News by an OFA official, will be his first in-person with the group’s core team of advisers, donors and grassroots organizers since its formation following the 2012 election.

It comes as Obama seeks to re-energize his expansive grassroots campaign infrastructure around top second-term priorities — from new gun-control measures to comprehensive immigration reform and a plan to replace sequester — and cement the foundation for his presidential legacy.


U.S.To Investigate UNC's Handling Of Sex Assault Reports

(CNN) -- The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into the handling of sexual assault cases at the University of North Carolina at the request of current and former students, and a former administrator who say the university has long turned a blind eye to such allegations.

"We love UNC," said Annie Clark, the lead complainant. "We're not trying to vilify the university, we're just trying to make it better."

Clark and other students named in this report agreed to be identified by CNN, which does not typically identify the victims of sexual assault.

5 New Businesses Coming To Downtown Cambridge

Salisbury continues to miss the boat. 

Living the High Life

It's being reported that Adele and Beyonce have been booked to rock The White House on Michelle Obama's 50th birthday. That should be some party . . .

It's hard to believe that the politics of the sequester have worked out the way the Obama administration intended. Even their usually-reliable friends in the media have been skeptical, as this report from ABC News demonstrates:


Tanning Mom Update

Now Tanning Mom reveals she is making a movie about her rise to fame (and naturally, she's going to play herself)
Tanning Mom has revealed that she is working on a film based on the past year of her life.

The ultra-bronzed mother-of-five, 44, whose real name is Patricia Krentcil, hit headlines last April when she was arrested for taking her then five-year-old daughter, Anna, into a tanning booth.

But now that the legal case against her has been dropped she told In Touch magazine that she planning to stay in the spotlight by starring in a movie that will 'portray everything that’s happened'.

Old Earth, Young Minds: Evangelical Homeschoolers Embrace Evolution

For homeschooling parents who want to teach their children that the earth is only a few thousand years old, the theory of evolution is a lie, and dinosaurs coexisted with humans, there is no shortage of materials. Kids can start with the Answers in Genesis curriculum, which features books such as Dinosaurs of Eden, written by Creation Museum founder Ken Ham. As the publisher's description states, "This exciting book for the entire family uses the Bible as a 'time machine' to journey through the events of the past and future."

It's no secret that the majority of homeschooled children in America belong to evangelical Christian families. What's less known is that a growing number of their parents are dismayed by these textbooks.

Maryland Faces Returning Millions In Back Taxes

WASHINGTON - Lots of people will see tax returns this spring, but some Maryland residents could see tax returns dating back to 2009.

The Gazette reports that Maryland is asking the state's highest court to reconsider "double taxation" for residents who pay out-of-state taxes on their incomes.

In late January, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled the double taxation unconstitutional. If the ruling stands, state counties will have to pay out refunds for those who qualified from 2009 through 2011. This could cost the state between $45 million and $50 million a year.


City Council Speaker Launches NYC Mayoral Bid

(NEW YORK) — Long seen as a leading contender, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn formally launched Sunday what she hopes will be a history-making mayoral bid.

A veteran of city politics, Quinn would be a groundbreaking mayor across two personal dimensions: She would be the first female and first openly gay mayor to lead the nation’s largest city.

Announcing through her Twitter feed that she’s in the race, Quinn said she wanted to give middle- and working-class New Yorkers the same opportunities generations of her family got when they came here.

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MSP Gun Press Release

DATE & TIME: March 10, 2013 @ 2124 hours
LOCATION: RT 13 S/B @ Wicomico Tourist Center Wicomico County, MD

CASE NUMBER: 13-54-001923
CRIME: 1. Transport Handgun in vehicle.
2. Felon in possession of regulated firearm
Charged: 1. Hilbert Allen Smith B/M 29 yoa of Bridgeville, DE
Jordan Trey Speight B/M 27 yoa of Smyrna, DE
Sean Christopher Hudson B/M 26 yoa of Delmar, MD
Frank Dorman B/M 26 yoa of Seaford, DE

BRIEF RESUME: On the above date and time, Troopers from the Salisbury Barrack stopped the above subjects in a 1999 Chrysler Van for an equipment violation. There were certain criminal indicators present which precipitated a K-9 scan of the vehicle The K-9 alerted to the Chrysler and a search of the Chrysler revealed a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Dorman and Smith were charged as a felon in possession of a regulated firearm due to prior felony arrests. All charged were transported to the Wicomico County Detention Center to appear before the Court Commissioner.

Wicomico & Sussex Co. Schools Delayed

Wicomico & Sussex Co. Delmar District Schools have been delayed 1 hour due to fog.

April 8-12 Registration Fair for 2013-14 Kindergarten/Prekindergarten

A Registration Fair to enroll students in kindergarten and prekindergarten for the 2013-14 school year will take place April 8-12 in the Flanders Rooms and lobby of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.
The Registration Fair is for families of children who will start prekindergarten or kindergarten next school year. It is also for children not in public kindergarten now who will be enrolling in the first grade for the 2013-2014 school year. (Students currently enrolled in prekindergarten-3, prekindergarten-4, or kindergarten in Wicomico County Public Schools do not need to register.) 
Forms will be available online starting March 22 for families to download, fill out and bring with them to the Registration Fair, along with the required paperwork (detailed below under “What to Bring”). Please visit and click on the Enrollment button on the left side of the home page. Forms will also be available at the Registration Fair.
Individual school sites do not handle enrollment, but representatives of each school with primary grades will be at the Registration Fair on the school’s assigned day to meet children and parents and guardians and answer questions. The Registration Fair will be open in the Flanders Rooms and lobby of the Civic Center from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on the following schedule:
Monday, April 8: Beaver Run Elementary, Pemberton Elementary
Tuesday, April 9: Delmar Elementary, Westside Primary, Northwestern Elementary
Wednesday, April 10: Charles H. Chipman Elementary, West Salisbury Elementary, Prince Street Elementary
Thursday, April 11: Fruitland Primary, Willards Elementary, Pinehurst Elementary
Friday, April 12: For any family unable to register on their assigned day
Any parent or guardian who is not able to enroll a child during the Registration Fair should come to the Enrollment Services and Accountability Office starting April 15. The office is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and is located in Annex 4 of the Board of Education Office, off Mt. Hermon Road. 410-677-4438 or 410-677-4479.