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Friday, July 12, 2013

Senate Reaches Tentative Deal On Student Loan Interest Rates

One day after failing to move forward on a one-year extension of low interest rates on federal Stafford student loans, the U.S. Senate has reportedly reached a tentative agreement that tie interest rates to the 10-year Treasury bond, thus resulting in a moderate increase in interest rates for students taking out their first loan this fall.
On July 1, interest rates for subsidized Stafford loans reverted from 3.4% to 6.8%. Given the desire to appease young voters (and their parents) and to not add considerably to the existing $1 trillion mountain of student loan debt in the U.S., lawmakers have been feeling the pressure to figure out a sensible long-term solution.


Americans overwhelmingly support a national law banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to a new poll by the left-leaning Huffington Post/YouGov.

By a margin of 59 to 30 percent, Americans said they would favor a “federal law that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.”

Further, “on a 20-week abortion ban, 70 percent of conflicted respondents said they were in favor of the measure, along with 30 percent of respondents who gave pro-abortion rights responses to both questions and 89 percent of those who gave anti-abortion responses to both,” according to the Huffington Post.


Benghazi Update

Last year's deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, continues to dog the Obama administration. Yesterday it was State Department executive Victoria Nuland's turn. She's the president's nominee for chief envoy to Europe. Nuland was questioned by senators for her role in shaping the now-famous talking points that followed the attack. Nuland would not blame her former boss, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Nuland said her role was not to shape policy, but rather to make sure the administration's message was consistent. Senators of both parties agreed Nuland is qualified for the new job.

Federal Funding Announced For Fenwick Beach Pumping

FENWICK ISLAND -- Fenwick Island officials last week announced the federal Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract for a vast beach replenishment project to repair the damage caused during Hurricane Sandy last fall and other coastal storms throughout the winter and early spring.

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to repair and restore the beaches in Fenwick and other coastal resort towns in Delaware to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock. With the contract awarded last week, a notice to proceed is expected to be issued at any time and a construction schedule will be released. With Fenwick and other Delaware beaches in the height of their seasons, the beach replenishment and restoration projects will likely be scheduled after Labor Day.

During the project, roughly 389,000 cubic yards of sand will be pumped onto the beach in Fenwick from offshore borrow sources and spread over about 6,500 feet of shoreline. The dunes ravaged during Sandy last October and other storms last winter and early spring will also be restored to their pre-storm conditions.


Terrorist Gets Permission From CIA To Build A Vacuum Cleaner

The confessed mastermind of the 9-11 attacks has had a chance to use the skills he went to college for. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He asked for and got permission from the CIA to design a vacuum cleaner. Mohammed has been confined to a basement prison in Romania for a decade. A former CIA official tells the Associated Press, the CIA wanted Mohammed to retain his sanity after years of waterboarding and solitary confinement. In case he or his colleagues should ever stand trial or testify in court, the officials says, the CIA didn't want them to go nuts. No word on plans to build a better vacuum cleaner.

Study: Youth Attitudes Shift In Great Recession

Drew Miller clearly remembers the day his father was laid off.

Miller, now 25, was a freshman at an Ohio college, full of hope and ready to take on the world. But here was this “red flag … a big wake-up call,” he says. The prosperous years of childhood were over, and his future was likely to be bumpier than he’d expected.

Across the country, others of Miller’s generation heard that same wake-up call as the Great Recession set in. But would it change them? And would the impact last?

The full effect won’t be known for a while, of course. But a new analysis of a long-term survey of high school students provides an early glimpse at ways their attitudes shifted in the first years of this most recent economic downturn.


Federal Hackers Not Welcome

Federal hackers can leave their black T-shirts folded and their red hair gel in the medicine cabinet. They're not welcome at this year's annual DefCon hacking convention. In the aftermath of the Edward Snowden surveillance revelations, the conference founder has politely asked federal attendees to take a year off. Jeff Moss says the other hackers need time to process what they now know about the National Security Agency. DefCon attracts more than 15,000 code jockeys to Las Vegas each year. This year's conference starts Aug. 2.

Maryland Tally 4 Heat-Related Deaths This Summer

Maryland health officials say there have now been four heat-related deaths in the state this summer.

This week's report on heat-related illnesses in the state shows the addition of three deaths. The new report lists the death of a Wicomico County woman 65 or older, a Baltimore County man 65 or older and a Baltimore County girl.

Baltimore County police say 16-month-old Sabriya Towels died last week after she was left in a vehicle for several hours. The office of the Medical Examiner ruled that the cause of death was hyperthermia.


Rep Requests National Guard Help Stop Chicago Violence

State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) is making the request.

I am requesting with this press conference that Gov. Patrick Quinn order the Illinois National Guard (and) the Illinois State Police (to) come to Chicago and work with our mayor Ron (sic) Emanuel to provide safety for the children, especially,” she said at a news conference in Springfield.

Over the holiday weekend, 74 people were shot and 12 killed in Chicago, and Davis says the police don’t have the manpower to make arrests.

Man Hula-Hoops 100-Pound Tractor Tire

Inept Muslim Arsonist Trying To Commit Insurance Fraud Lit Himself On Fire By Mistake

An arsonist has been described by police as ‘inept’ after setting fire to himself while trying to burn down a takeaway.

Rana Kamran later told doctors that his injuries were from cooking oil he had spilled on himself at his home in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, after falling over.

But his DNA was linked to a jacket that was dumped after a blaze at Hafiz takeaway that was so fierce an elderly woman had to be rescued and treated for smoke inhalation from a neighbouring house.



The Obama Department of Justice made no attempt to stop blatant threats against George Zimmerman, according to one of the people who helped make those threats.

Despite issuing a widely publicized threat against Zimmerman last year, the New Black Panther Party was never contacted by the Department of Justice according to a statement from a NBPP spokesman.

Breitbart News spoke exclusively to Brother James J. Muhammad, the National Director of Education for The Ordinary People Society New Black Panther Party. He said, "We were never contacted by the Justice Department. We were never contacted to calm down."


Asiana Crash Victim Struck By Fire Truck, But Unclear If It Killed Her

One of the two girls killed in the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport was run over by a fire truck as first responders rushed to the scene, but it's unclear whether she was alive or dead at the moment she was struck, a San Francisco Police Department spokesman told NBC News.

Medical examiners will not release autopsy results for “at least two or three weeks,” San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault told NBC Bay Area on Sunday. Coroner’s officials are working to determine how 16-year-old Ye Mengtuan died.


So True


“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.“

Matthew 11:28-30

Flooding In Delaware

Route 1 in Dover near Buffalo Wild Wings
Route 1 in Bethany
Blue Hen Mall
Photos taken from the facebook page of  Delaware Surf Fishing

From DelDot
New Castle County:

None reported

Trees Down
None reported

None reported


Trees Down
None reported

2636 S. Little Creek – Water on Roadway
US 13 SB near White Oak – Down to one lane – Flooding
RT 8 EB by Dover High School – Flooded
N Little Creek Rd IFO Post Office – Flooded
Division St @ RT 8 – Flooded
S. Little Creek Rd between Horse pond Rd & RT 9 – High Water on Roadway
Horsepond Rd between Lafferty & Starlifter Lane
RT 8 @ Cranberry Run - Water on Roadway
Zion Church @ Deer Run Rd. – Water on Roadway / Flooded
Artis Dr. @ RT 8 – flooding across roadway


Trees Down
34397 Rickards Rd – Road closed
Camp Arrowhead Rd @ South Dr. – across the roadway

RT 24 EB west of Longneck Rd – Water on Roadway
Old landing Rd Between RT 1 & airport Rd – Water on Roadway
Indian Mission Rd @ Beaver Dam Rd – Water on Roadway
RT 1 NB between RT 26 & IRIB - Water in right lane
Lighthouse Rd @ London Ave. – Water on Roadway
Main St Warrington St. – Flooded
RT 20 between RT 26 & Dagsboro – Flooded
US 113 @ nine foot Rd – Flooded
Hollymount Rd @ Karma Ln – Flooded
Hollyville Rd @ RT 24 – Water on Roadway
Hardscrabble Rd @ Shortly Rd – Water across Roadway
Holts Landing Rd @ Ellis Lane - Flooded
Banks Harbor Retreat is closed
RT 113 & RT 9 – High water
RT 26 @ Towne Center – High Water

Lighthouse Rd @ Sand Cove Rd – Closed due high water
Falling Point Rd @ Cow Hoon Dr. – Road is Bucking
Woodland Ave @ Briar Ct – Closed due to flooding and accident
Holly Lake Rd between Phillip Branch @ RT 24 – Closed due to Flooded 1 ft. of water on Roadway

Thanks and Be Safe and Drive Carefully

Sergeant Paul G. Shavack 
Director of Public Information 
Delaware State Police

State Prepares For Former Inmates To Sign Up For Medicaid

State officials are working to make sure people being released from prison will sign up for benefits during the 2014 Medicaid expansion.

When the enrollment date for individual health plans rolls around in October, former inmates will also be eligible for health plans offered in state health care exchanges, another part of the “Obamacare” Affordable Care Act implementation. But health advocates say that at best it’s more likely they’ll be signing up for Medicaid, because of their low incomes.

About 9,000 to 10,000 inmates are released from Maryland prisons annually.

“Statistically a majority of the people we see, we help enroll into the Primary health care program,” said Sheila Mackertich, vice president of Health Care Reform Initiatives at Health Care Access Maryland. “Most of our people are either low income or no income.”


We’re The Sweetie-Pie Libertarians

I don’t want to mention names here. This transcends names. This is a phenomenon I’ve witnessed many times over the years. It’s the sweetie-pie libertarian syndrome.

The other day, an aide to a prominent American politician was the subject of an attack in the major media. Why, this person has said some things that all right-thinking people oppose! When he was a radio host, he was provocative! We’ve never observed this phenomenon before! And he thinks there might be some kind of objection to the Lincoln regime! Why, he must support slavery!

(Cue my interview with a zombie.)

Now there are perfectly good reasons one might have to oppose the Lincoln regime. Lysander Spooner opposed it, and Spooner supported John Brown. (I suppose Spooner supported slavery?)

A few thoughts off the top of my head:

(1) Lincoln was a man of his time, which means he viewed large, centralized states as self-justifying goals. This was the age of centralization in Italy, Germany, and Japan, after all. Yes, large, centralized states can abolish slavery. They can also wage horrifying wars, carry out genocides, and erect massive police states. As many people were killed in World War I, the first great war of the world’s centralized states, as there had been slaves in the South.


Above The Law

Fidelity to the rule of law is the centerpiece of a free society. It means that no one is beneath the protection of the law and no one is absolved of the obligation to comply with it. The government may not make a person or a class of persons exempt from constitutional protections, as it did during slavery, nor may it make government officials exempt from complying with the law, as it does today.

Everyone who works for the government in the United States takes an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws written pursuant to it. In our system of government, we expect that Congress will write the laws, the courts will interpret them and the president will enforce them. Indeed, the Constitution states that it is the president’s affirmative duty to enforce the law. That duty is not an abstract formulation. Rather, it means the president cannot decline to enforce laws with which he disagrees or whose enforcement might cause him or his political allies to lose popularity. It also means the president cannot make up his own version of the law as a substitute for what the Constitution commands or Congress has written.

In the modern era, presidents have rejected the value of the rule of law and instead followed their own political interests. President George W. Bush, for example, while signing into law a federal statute prohibiting the government from reading your mail without a search warrant, boasted that he had no intention of enforcing that law — and we know that he famously did not enforce it.


Mexico Takes The Cake In Overweight List

Mexico heads the list of the world's most overweight industrialized nations. Fat chance you say? Exactly.

Nearly a third of Mexican adults are obese, a recent United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization report says, topping even the United States, which comes in a close second at 31.8%.

The United States has long been a fixture atop the chubby list.

The culprit? High-calorie, low-cost, processed foods and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle as Mexican incomes rise and more people move into metropolitan areas.


Still Missing

HELP $1,000 reward for missing Rottweiler (SERVICE DOG) in Tilghman Island

It belongs to It is a therapy dog for marines & soldiers.

Got afraid of fireworks Thursday & has totally disappeared. Someone has her. 17 mos old recently had eye surgery has special needs right now.

Cindy McGrew founder & president of OPERATION SECOND CHANCE got Abby at 7 wks old the only survivor from the litter.

Search parties have thoroughly scoured the island --- every bog, culvert, door-to-door & woods & no sightings.

DNR, state & county have no sightings for dead animals
Someone must have this dog. Please help.

Call Cindy McGrew (301) 938-2834 Founder & President of Operation Second Chance for our wounded troops.
$1,000 reward no questions asked

BREAKING NEWS: Final Arguments End In Zimmerman Trial

Final arguments end in the trial of George Zimmerman, charged with murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Court recessed until 2PM ET, when judge will instruct jury.

WSW Ride For Awareness

Who: Women Supporting Women grass-roots local non-profit breast cancer support organization

What: Ride for Breast Cancer Awareness a motorcycle poker run to promote breast cancer awareness

When: Saturday, July 13 – 9:00 AM

Where: Salisbury Elks Lodge

Why: Feel the roar of the engines as hundreds of motorcycle riders come together to share a beautiful ride and raise funds for our local breast cancer support organization, Women Supporting Women

For more information, contact: Carlos Mir, Director of Fund Development

From the Berlin Chamber

"Due to the inclement weather and for the safety of our runners/riders and spectators, we will be canceling the Bathtub Races for this evening.

We will RUN THE TUBS - come out next Friday, July 19th - same time, same place, less rain!

ART STROLL IS STILL ON FOR TONIGHT! Hopefully the rain will let up and we will be in for a nice evening of arts & entertainment!"

1984 Revisited

I just re-read “1984″ by George Orwell, who wrote it in 1949. It’s depressing, to put it mildly, although a few sentences, and even a paragraph or two make sense, and allowed me to see a few things a bit more clearly. You can’t read too many books! I read 30-40 a year, and even that isn’t enough I suspect!

From page 129 (mine is a paperback) comes this sentence or two: “They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding, they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass indigested through the body of a bird.

Isn’t that a perfect description of 95% of Americans, who are literally ‘know nothings,’ and don’t even care? If that were not true, how could Obama ever have been elected? Currently, the vaporous news speak are swallowing every morsel of the George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida. When he is probably found innocent, watch for the black riots, maybe everywhere in the US, but certainly in Florida. Who cares about it? The average American is so fascinated by football, and watching commercial loaded commercial TV, that as Orwell put it, they swallow every Democrat-Obama utterance, and never even give it a thought.



Transportation Act advances start of project which will support nearly 50 jobs

ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 11, 2013) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced $3.7 million in transportation investments following the passage of the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act to start construction of a new roundabout at MD 822 (University of Maryland Eastern Shore Boulevard) and MD 675 (Somerset Avenue) in Princess Anne, Somerset County. This project will support nearly 50 jobs and construct a long-awaited safety improvement project for the Eastern Shore.
“Thanks to the better choices we've made to pass the Transportation Act, we can continue to create jobs for our families and advance crucial safety projects like this roundabout across the State,” said Governor O’Malley
Construction of the roundabout is scheduled to begin in late fall 2013. In order to enhance pedestrian safety, this project also will provide new sidewalks along MD 675 from the roundabout to MD 362 (Mt. Vernon Road). Additionally, the project includes drainage improvements and modernizing stormwater treatment facilities.
“The UMES-Somerset Avenue Roundabout Project demonstrates how our citizens, towns, counties and the state government achieve success by working together,” said Senator Jim Mathias“In this project, years of pedestrian safety concerns, as well as traffic issues affecting the residents of Princess Anne and students of UMES, and serious storm water management issues that have been problematic to the region for many years have been remedied. I’m very pleased of our accomplishments and grateful the funds have been made available for this project to become a reality.”
When complete in fall 2014, the new roundabout will enhance the safety of pedestrian and motorists traveling to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), which has approximately 4,500 students. Motorists will continue to have access along UMES Boulevard while the roundabout and related utility work is underway. 
“These long-awaited and critical safety improvements are celebrated by all of us who call Princess Anne our home,” said Delegate Charles Otto.  “For more than 20 years, this has been a priority, and I applaud everyone who worked to get the funding to move this project forward.” 
The roundabout project will require moving several water and sewer lines. The Town of Princess Anne has applied for a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant from the state to cover the cost of moving the local utility lines to enable the project to move forward. The total cost of the roundabout and sidewalk improvements, including right-of-way, design and construction, is $4.1 million. 
“Princess Anne is a growing community and infrastructure sits at the top of our list of things to get done,” said Garland Hayward, President of the Princess Anne County Commissioners. “On behalf of all of Princess Anne and UMES, I can’t express how grateful we are to the State for making these much needed safety improvements possible.” 
“Improved access to our campus and the safety of our students, who must walk along roads with no sidewalks, have been long-standing concerns of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore,” said UMES President Juliette Bell. “We are delighted that this project will be underway soon and extremely grateful to Governor O’Malley and the State for making this funding possible.” 
Together with the members of the General Assembly, Maryland passed the historic Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013 during the recent legislative session, which support more than 57,200 jobs and invest an average of $800 million a year at full implementation for transportation projects, and a total of $4.4 billion over the next six years (FY 2014 - FY 2019), to enable Maryland to build a sustainable, 21stcentury transportation system. These better choices already have yielded better results for Marylanders. Recently, Governor O’Malley announced more than $1.5 billion in new funds to advance highway and transit projects throughout the State, including construction of major highway and bridge projects that will improve safety and support economic development. 

Annual Bathtub Races Return To Berlin Tonight

BERLIN – For 20 plus years, local businesses have been turning ordinary bathtubs into rolling works of art and during Berlin’s 2nd Friday Art Stroll on July 12 the Berlin Chamber of Commerce will once again host this popular event.

The Berlin Bathtub Races have generated friendly, competitive energy for local businesses and excited anticipation for all those who come out to watch.

The race is open to anyone who wants to compete. Businesses, old and new, are strongly encouraged to participate. It is an excellent way to advertise while having fun at the same time.


Second Amendment Revoked: The Unbelievable Reason Why This Army Vet Can’t Own A Gun

An Army veteran in Texas is fighting for his Second Amendment rights after learning that a misdemeanor pot conviction from 1971 has disqualified him from ever owning a gun.

Ron Kelly, who retired from the Army in 1993 after 20 years of service, was recently turned away when he tried to buy a .22-cal rifle at a Wal-Mart in Tomball, Texas, after a computerized background check flagged the 42-year-old arrest. The story was on the front page of the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday.

Kelly said he had forgotten about his minor pot violation from high school — the federal government, on the other hand, has not.

The Army vet spent one night in jail and was given one year of probation. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, he was also apparently stripped of his Second Amendment rights for a lifetime.


Over 400 Softball Teams at Bat for 2013 USSSA World Series

Salisbury, MD – Over 5,000 softball players will soon arrive on Delmarva as the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) World Series returns to Maryland’s eastern shore.  The three-legged series, spanning from July 17 to Aug. 3 will bring over 400 girls softball teams to the region ranging in age from 10 to 18.  Preliminary estimates suggest the World Series will generate an $8+ million dollar economic impact.   

Wicomico County has hosted USSSA events for the last six years, but this year’s World Series surpasses all others in size and scope.  The tournament has added an additional week and seen a spike in participation by 38% with a total of 402 teams currently registered.  Although Wicomico County serves as the tournament’s host, its growth has necessitated an expansion beyond County borders to both fields and overnight accommodations in Ocean City and Worcester County.  Realizing the economic benefits of the World Series, the town, in an unprecedented move, has partnered with Wicomico to assist in footing the $450,000 bill for this year’s tournament.    Area businesses, also realizing the greatness of the tournament’s impact have come on board as sponsors of the event including Pohanka Automotive Group and Pepsi Bottling Ventures. 

Despite the hefty price tag, the $8+ million economic impact generated for the community far out ways the cost.  The tournament brings a demand of 16,000 room nights to the Eastern Shore.  Over half of these rooms have been booked through Wicomico County’s online booking system.  Based on the system inventory, hotels in Wicomico County are just about full, and at least 1/8 of bookings have spilled over into the Ocean City area.  In addition to filling hotels, area businesses including restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, etc. see an uptick in foot traffic brought about by the tournament.

Tournament Dates:
July 17-21:  Tournament play for 10U-12U Open / 10U-14U ‘C’*
July 24-28:  Tournament play for 14U ‘A’ / 14U ‘B’ / 16U-18U ‘C’*
July 29-Aug. 3:  Tournament play for 16U ‘A’ / 16U ‘B’ / 18U ‘Open’ *
*’U’ abbreviation for Under.

The Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex in Salisbury, Md. provides the main fields of play for the series.  Other fields tentatively scheduled for use in Wicomico County include the East Wicomico Little League (Salisbury), Eastside Youth Sports Complex (Willards), Fruitland Recreational Area (Fruitland) and Mason-Dixon Sports Complex (Delmar).  Facilities in Worcester County that may be used include the John Walter Smith Park (Snow Hill), North Worcester Athletic Complex (Berlin), Showell Recreation Complex (Showell) and Stephen Decatur High School / Middle School (Berlin). 

Tournament games are open to the public with no admission fee charged.  For additional information on the USSSA World Series, please In accordance with USSSA National guidelines, schedules are not released until the start of the tournament.  As they become available, information will be posted to the web site.

Sizzlin’ Summer Adoption Event At Baywater Animal Rescue

Cambridge, MD -- It’s getting hot, and Baywater Animal Rescue has a hot deal on great pets who would make a cool companion this summer. Now through August 31st, Baywater Animal Rescue is reducing their adoption fee on all large dogs, which includes all dogs 50 pounds and over. Normally the adoption fee is $175, but you can save $125 this summer by adopting a large dog for just $50. This is a great value as the dogs are tested for heartworms, vaccinated, spayed/neutered and treated for fleas and ticks. “We have so many wonderful large dogs right now and they’re ready to give you some summer loving,” states Suzette Stitely, Executive Director of the rescue. “When you visit our awesome kitties, you won’t be able to go home without one!” Cats are also included in the event with adult cats over 2 years available for just $20 which includes vaccinations, spay/neuter and feline leukemia testing. Adoption hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-7 pm, Wednesdays & Fridays 1-5 pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm. Bring the entire family to Baywater Animal Rescue to meet the wonderful large dogs and adult cats looking for homes. Baywater Animal Rescue is the Mid-Shore’s Premiere No Kill shelter providing adoption, spay/neuter and pet retention services. Learn more about them at

Ex Walmart Worker Says She Was Fired For Telling Police About Dog Stuck In Hot Truck

A woman in Ontario, Canada, says she was fired from her job at Walmart earlier this week because she called the police on a customer who had left his dog in a hot car with the windows rolled up — and after she told her boss she’d do it again.
She tells the CBC that she was on her way into work on Tuesday when she saw a customer lock his dog inside the truck and close the windows.

“I said, ‘Is this really happening? I’m going to give him about five or 10 minutes and then I’m going to call the police,’” says the now-former Walmarter. When the man didn’t return, she contacted the police. An officer arrived, took down the license plate number and went into the store to find the vehicle’s owner.

City Considers Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement

SAILSBURY -- Salisbury may be joining a short list of municipalities in Maryland to adopt a standardized public works mutual aid Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for assistance in emergencies.

“MML [Maryland Municipal League] and the Maryland Public Works Association drafted this agreement, their attorneys went through it and they’re really asking municipalities to accept it verbatim,” Salisbury Acting-Public Works Director Amanda Pollack told the City Council last week.

The MoU is not overly restrictive, continued Pollack, and in general exists just to organize responses should a municipality encounter some need to request help from other towns in the state.


Free Bus Trip To Washington To Protest Amnesty Bill

Dear Patriots,

We have joined with the Black American Leadership Alliance, Help Save Maryland, and many other Tea Party groups from across the country to rally in Washington, DC, on Monday, July 15, to protest the Amnesty Bill that the Senate passed. We need to let our congressmen know that we do not want any part of the Amnesty Bill to pass in the House.

President Obama just decided to delay Obamacare until after the 2014 elections. He does not have the authority to do this, but he has done it anyway. What makes anybody think that even if Congress does pass "tough border security measures" that the Obama administration would bother to enforce them?

This amnesty scam needs to be stopped in its tracks. The Republican controlled House needs to not bring up any amnesty/immigration bill. No matter how tough a bill they might pass, it will be rewritten during the reconciliation process. Then any tiny security measures that squeak through will be disregarded by the Obama administration. The House needs to just say NO. Let our executive branch enforce the laws already on the books rather than pass new amnesty measures hiding behind the fig leaf of border enforcement.

We need people to come to DC on Monday, July 15, to remind our congressmen that they do have a spine and should stand firm against the RINO and media pressure to do something.

The free bus will be leaving from Boscov's at the Salisbury Mall at 5:30am, stopping in Cambridge at 6:15am and then at Easton at 6:45am. We will leave DC around 3:00pm to return home. Please call Cathy Keim at 443 880 5912 or email to reserve your seat.

Go to to see a list of all the speakers. Senator Ted Cruz and Col. Allen West are two of the speakers.

Call a friend and encourage them to come along. Let's fill the bus and let our voices be heard in DC.

Paula Deen Comic Book To Live On In Wake Of Major Brand Implosion

Now that Paula Deen’s big business deals have fallen like so many dominos in the wake of her admission to using racist language, it might seem like there aren’t many companies out there eager to sell goods with her name attached. Not so in the world of comics, apparently, as one publisher says it’s going ahead with plans to release the comic book Female Force: Paula Deen in October.

Bluewater Productions announced this week that “despite the recent media hailstorm and public criticism aimed at celebrity chef Paula Deen … it will not change plans to publish its Female Force biography comic book title featuring the embattled TV personality due out this fall.”

We know what you’re thinking — are they actually standing by her or is this whole thing just an excuse to kick her while she’s down? After all, the promo photo does show her rising out of a tub of butter. Not so, the company president tells Reuters.

WCSO Press Release 7-12-13

Incident: Motor Vehicle Crash 
Suspect: Juvenile
Location: Waller Rd. and Hickory Mill Rd.
Date of Incident: July 4, 2013
Narrative: On July 4, 2013 at approx. 6:20 p.m. a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the area of Waller Rd and Hickory Mill Rd, Salisbury, Wicomico County, MD in reference to a motor vehicle crash.  Upon arrival, the deputy found a Blue in color Jeep against an electric pole.  The vehicle and the pole were both damaged from the collision.  The investigation revealed the vehicle was stolen and a 17 year old juvenile was charged in the incident.

Incident: Driving Under the Influence 
Suspect(s): Tyrone Michael Horsey 
Location: Brick Kiln Rd. and Owens Branch Rd.
Narrative: On July 6, 2013 at approximately 3:00 a.m. a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a vehicle stopped in the travel portion of the roadway in the area of Brick Kiln Road and Owens Branch Road. The deputy observed a White/Blue pick-up truck stopped at the intersection with the driver hunched over the steering wheel. The deputy observed the vehicle was running and still in drive with the driver passed out behind the wheel. The deputy observed an open bottle of Vodka in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.  The deputy could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle and the driver.
The driver was given Field Sobriety Tests which he was unable to perform successfully. The driver agreed to voluntarily submit to an alcohol breathalyzer test and the results showed he was over the legal limit. Horsey also had an active warrant through Worcester County and was transferred to their custody.
Charges: Driving while under the influence of Alcohol, Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving While Impaired, Driving on Suspended License and Privilege, Driving on Revoked License and Privilege, Fail to Display License to uniformed police on demand and causing standing vehicle to obstruct free passage of roadway

Incident: Driving Under the Influence
Suspect(s): Carrie Anne Schleupner
Location:. Beaglin Park Dr. and Schumaker Dr.
Narrative: On July 7, 2013 at approximately 1:30 a.m. a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a Silver Mercury operating erratically and speeding on Beaglin Park Drive near Schumaker Drive.  The Deputy stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver who had a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle and her breath. The driver was given Field Sobriety Tests which she was unable to perform successfully. The driver agreed to voluntarily submit to an alcohol breathalyzer test and the results showed she was over the legal limit.
Charges: Driving while under the influence of Alcohol, Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving While Impaired, Driving on Suspended License and Privilege, Driving on Revoked License and Privilege, Exceeding maximum posted speed limit, Failure to Display tabs on vehicle as required by MVA and Failure of Individual driving on highway to have license

Incident: Driving Under the Influence and CDS Possession
Suspect(s): Ronald James Lovett and Dustin Richard Smack
Location:. Adkins Rd. and Jersey Rd.
Narrative: On July 3, 2013 at approximately 9:55 a.m. a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a trespassing complaint in the area of Adkins Road and Jersey Road. The deputy made contact with 2 people who were seated inside a Red pick-up truck on an access road. The deputy spoke with the driver and immediately smelled an odor of burnt marijuana. The deputy also observed a 24 ounce open container of Natural Ice beer in the vehicle. The deputy went around the truck and made contact with the passenger. When the passenger stepped out, the deputy observed a metal smoking device under the left leg of the passenger that contained partially burnt suspected marijuana.  The driver was given Field Sobriety Tests which he was unable to perform successfully. The driver agreed to voluntarily submit to an alcohol breathalyzer test where he was found to be over the legal limit. Both were issue criminal citations for possession of marijuana and the driver was charged with D.U.I.
Lovett, Driving while under the influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving While Impaired.
Smack, Citation with possession of marijuana

Incident: Theft
Date of Incident: 29 June 2013
Location: Athol Road Mardela Springs, MD
Suspect: Wayne B. Walls, 39, Hurlock, MD
                Marsha M. Walls, 40, Hurlock, MD
Narrative: On 29 June 2013 a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported Theft.  The victim reported that several items of produce were stolen from her produce stand.   The victim has video surveillance of the produce stand and through viewing the video footage of the incident as well as further investigation, the suspects were identified as Wayne Walls and Marsha Walls.    Both Wayne and Marsha Walls were issued criminal citations charging them with Theft.
Charges: Theft

Incident: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
Date of Incident: 8 July 2013
Location: Hobbs Road Salisbury, MD
Suspect:   Kari J. Rajala, 40, Eden, MD
Narrative: On 8 July 2013 at 12:17 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an intoxicated driver.  Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Kari J. Rajala, the deputy detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.   The deputy administered field sobriety testing to Rajala, who performed poorly, which led to his arrest.  Rajala agreed to take a breathalyzer test and the results showed that Rajala was over the legal limit. Rajala was issued citations and was released to a caretaker.
Charges: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

Incident: Possession of CDS
Date of Incident:  5 July 2013
Location: North Salisbury Blvd. Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Matthew T. Crenshaw, 21, Delmar, MD
                Arthur R. White II, 25, Baltimore, MD
Narrative: On 5 July 2013 at 3:40 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an expired registration tag.  Further investigation revealed that the driver,  Matthew Crenshaw, and passenger, Arthur R. White II, were in possession of Marihuana and CDS paraphernalia.  These items were seized and the deputy placed Crenshaw and White under arrest.  Both Crenshaw and White were later released after they were issued criminal citations for possession of Marihuana and possession of CDS paraphernalia. 
Charges: Possession of Marihuana under 10 grams, Possession of CDS Paraphernalia and Expired registration

Incident: Possession of CDS
Date of Incident:  5 July 2013
Location: Olde Florist Lane Wicomico County, MD
Suspect: Anthony E. Gropelli, 22, Pittsburgh, PA
                Justin G. Sutton, 19, Carnegie, PA
Narrative: On 5 July 2013 at 9:50 a.m., a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for excessive speed.  Further investigation revealed that the driver, Anthony Gropelli, and passenger, Justin Sutton, were in possession of Marihuana and CDS paraphernalia.  These items were seized and the deputy placed Gropelli and Sutton under arrest.  Both were transported to Central Booking at the Wicomico County Detention Center. 
Charges: Possession of Marihuana and Possession of CDS Paraphernalia            

Incident: Possession of CDS
Date of Incident:  5 July 2013
Location: RT. 50 Hebron Wicomico County MD
Suspect: Anthony Bennett Adams, 53 year old male of Easton MD
Narrative: On July 2, 2013, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to call of a subject, later Identified as Anthony Adams of Easton, MD, displaying a handgun in a threatening manner to a victim at the Royal Farms store in Hebron, MD. Deputies quickly located the suspect on the Rt. 50 Bypass in Salisbury and placed him in custody after locating a loaded 38 cal. revolver on his person.  Adams was subsequently charged with assault and weapons related violations prior to being released to WCDC.
Charges: Possession of Regulated Firearm after being convicted of a disqualifying crime, resist lawful arrest, wear and carry a dangerous weapon, concealed on his person, transport wear and carry a handgun and was intoxicated and did endanger the safety of sheriff’s deputies and others
Releasing Authority: Captain Babe Wilson/1st Sgt. Wagner                              Date: July 11, 2013

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During the recession, the birthrate dropped after a high in 2007
The recession has been officially over for four years
The birthrate hit an all-time low in 2011 and stayed there in 2012
Economic uncertainty coupled with a general trend towards fewer births means there may not be a bounce-back in birthrates

The recession has been over for four years, but the birth rate in the U.S. continues to fall as many people struggle with a sluggish economy and financial uncertainty.

According to a recent analysis by the Pew Institute, since 2007 when there were a record 4,316,233 births, the number of births has been steadily declining, with 4,007,000 births in 2012 – the lowest number since 1998.

Analysts say that the birthrate is dictated by the economy.