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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Starbucks Revokes Ban on Man Who Asked Patrons Not to Park in Disability-Reserved Spot

(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — An art gallery owner in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Starbucks have resolved their differences after he was barred from all the coffee chain’s locations for causing a “disruption” when he’d ask customers at one Tampa store to stop illegally parking in a spot reserved for people with disabilities.

Rob Rowen said he’d stop by this particular Starbucks in Tampa almost daily. His go-to order was a decaf non-fat mocha with whipped cream.

“All the baristas know me,” Rowen, 62, told ABC News.

Rowen said the Starbucks has about 20 spots with just one accessible parking spot. And when he’d see customers illegally park in the spot reserved for people with disabilities, he’d confront them, and nicely ask them to move, he said.


Governor Larry Hogan Announces Elimination of Fees for Highway Construction Plans

Delivering on Promise to Make Maryland Government Business-Friendly and Efficient

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has eliminated fees for state highway construction engineering plans and is providing contractors access to the free files on e-Maryland Marketplace – once again delivering on his pledge to make Maryland government business-friendly and efficient. Beginning July 1, 2015, SHA is providing contractors with free electronic plans online with project advertisements, which saves contractors time and money by eliminating trips to SHA’s Baltimore office to purchase and pick up paper copies of the plans.

“For too long, Maryland’s anti-business attitude made doing business with the state costly and cumbersome,” said Governor Hogan. “By eliminating this bothersome fee and allowing contractors to download engineering plans from their computers instead of driving to Baltimore, we are helping businesses save time and money.”

SHA previously printed the engineering plans and sold copies to potential bidders. Prices for engineering plans ranged between $15 and $175, allowing the agency to recoup printing costs. The new electronic PDF files posted on e-Maryland Marketplace allow contractors to review the plans as soon as the projects are advertised and to share the files with potential subcontractors and disadvantaged business enterprise partners for consideration in forming a team to bid. The e-plans improve efficiency for hundreds of businesses, increase competitiveness for the overall industry, and eliminate tens of thousands of pounds of paper usage.

“Streamlining the advertising process couldn’t be timelier with the governor’s new funding plan that infuses money into transportation projects across the state,” said Jim Russ, president of the Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association. “Time spent driving can now be productive, so e-plans save time, gas, and money.”

Investigator | Murder suspect detained as illegal immigrant but freed

PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- The man accused of killing a woman and shooting another woman Monday is an illegal immigrant who was stopped by sheriff's deputies three weeks ago but released the same night, reports show.

Channel 3 News has obtained a three-page report from Lake County Sheriff's deputies which detail their July 7 encounter with Juan Emmanuel Razo.

According to the report, Razo, 35, admitted being in the country illegally. However, U.S. Border Patrol officials declined to take custody of Razo, the report shows.

The deputy's report shows that Razo was questioned about 8:30 p.m. while parked inside a vehicle stopped in a vacant lot on Casement Avenue in Painesville Township.


Book: Bill cheating on Hillary again with busty blonde

Former President Bill Clinton is cheating on Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and “has a blonde, busty mistress” code named “Energizer” by Secret Service agents, according to author Ronald Kessler, a former investigative journalist at the Washington Post.

Kessler published his claims in his new book, “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents.”

“He has a blond, busty mistress, and she’s been code named Energizer by agents,” the author told Chris Stigall on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT. “This is unofficially, but that is what they call her. … She comes in to the Chappaqua [NY] home whenever Hillary leaves. The details coordinate to make sure they don’t cross paths. She, unlike Hillary, is very nice to the agents. She’ll bring cookies.”

Troopers Investigate Shooting at Delaware Park

Wilmington, DE - Delaware State Police have arrested a Wilmington man and charged him in connection with a shooting that occurred this morning on the grounds of the Delaware Park Racetrack and Casino.

The investigation began at approximately 8:55 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, as Ruben Rojas, 30, of Wilmington, responded to the stable area of the Delaware Park Racetrack and Casino, located at 777 Delaware Park Boulevard, Wilmington. It was then that Rojas, who is employed as a jockey at the track, confronted a 38 year old Miramar, Florida man, who is employed as a trainer at the track. Rojas and the victim then became involved in a verbal altercation at which time, Rojas, while still seated in his vehicle, produced a handgun and fired one round from it, striking the victim in the stomach. Rojas then fled from the scene, discarding the gun into a creek which runs through the Delaware Park property. The victim was removed from the scene and transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Responding troopers were provided with a description of Rojas’ vehicle and began searching the area for it. A short time later, the vehicle, described as a tan Nissan Xterra, was located by Delaware State Police helicopter (Trooper 4) in the parking lot of the Prides Court Apartments located on Sussex Road, Newark. As responding officers arrived at the scene, Rojas exited a building in the complex and immediately surrendered to an officer from the New Castle County Police Department without incident. He was subsequently turned over to troopers.

A search of the creek was then conducted at which time a 9mm Luger handgun was located. It was later learned that the gun had been reported as stolen to the Cleveland, OH police department.

Ruben Rojas was arrested and transported to Troop 2, Glasgow, where he was charged with Assault 1st Degree, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution for lack of $123,000.00 cash bail.

Accident On Rt. 50

East bound on 50 just now around Hebron. Traffic completely stopped both directions. Numerous pieces of emergency equipment.

Registration Open for Wicomico Recreation’s Junior Girls Fall Ball

Salisbury, MD – Registration is now open for Wicomico Recreation's Junior Girls Fall Softball. The program is open for team entry only and offers three different leagues for girls ages 11-18.

Teams will be divided into the following leagues:
Minor: Ages 12 & Under

Major I: Ages 14 & Under
Major II: Ages 18 & Under

The season will begin the week of September 7. Games will be played on weeknights at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex and Billy Gene Jackson Park. The registration fee is $450 per team.

Registration is available now through August 24 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (500 Glen Avenue, Salisbury; M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.) or online For more information on Junior Girls Softball, please contact Allen Swiger, Program Director at 410-548-4900 x108 or

Gang of Muslim Women Beat a Lady for Wearing Bikini in French Park, Here’s How She’s Fighting Back

Is it just me or does it seem like when Muslims aren’t able to force a person to bow to their will and religious beliefs they immediately resort to violence?

I mean, I thought Islam was the religion of peace?

Loony lefties should probably pass the memo on to this gang of Muslim women in France who decided to beat the snot out of a woman for wearing a bikini in a park, because I don’t think they understand the false narrative progressives are trying to establish.

Nothing screams peace and tolerance like a good old fashioned beat down.


GOP Rolls Out Employee Rights Act to Cripple Union Power

Republican lawmakers rolled out plans Monday for the first major reform of federal labor laws in six decades, including changes that could deal a potentially crippling blow to union political power if adopted.

Dubbed the Employee Rights Act, the legislation would affirm the individual rights of workers, giving them more options to walk away from unions if they do not feel the organizations are representing their interests.

"I believe workers should have the right to join a union. But I think they should have the right not to join a union as well," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a co-author of the legislation, at a press conference at the Capitol.

The legislation would prohibit a union from using a worker's membership dues for any purpose other than collective bargaining without getting that worker's prior written consent. It makes use of threats or force against a worker a federal crime. The bill also includes several reforms to workplace election rules, such as requiring all election have secret ballots and that a union win a majority of all workers, not just a majority of those who voted.

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Department of Justice indicts U.S. Congressman on corruption charges

WASHINGTON (WJLA) — The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted a sitting U.S. Congressman on charges of corruption.

Chaka Fattah, a Democratic congressman from Philadelphia, faces charges related to corruption and racketeering – known as a RICO case. Fattah has served in the House for 21 years.

Prosecutors say one of Fattah's schemes involved siphoning federal money to finance his losing bid for Philadelphia mayor in 2007.

The problems surrounding Fattah run deep. His son was charged last year for corruption and two of his close advisors have already pleaded guilty to corruption. One of those advisors is Thomas Lindenfeld. He’s a longtime political advisor from D.C. who also worked on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s campaign.


Weak Response to Breaches Will Lead to More Cyber Attacks

Obama administration's diplomatic, legal response is encouraging more cyber attacks

The United States will continue to suffer increasingly damaging cyber attacks against both government and private sector networks as long as there is no significant response, according to a recent U.S. intelligence community assessment.

Disclosure of the intelligence assessment, an analytical consensus of 16 U.S. spy agencies, comes as the Obama administration is debating how to respond to a major cyber attack against the Office of Personnel Management. Sensitive records on 22.1 million federal workers, including millions cleared for access to secrets, were stolen by hackers linked to China’s government.

U.S. officials familiar with the classified cyber assessment discussed its central conclusion but did not provide details.

Spokesmen for the White House and office of the director of national intelligence declined to comment.

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Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim Takes Place

The 90th annual pony swim at Chincoteague Island took place on Wednesday.

Over the weekend the “Saltwater Cowboys” rounded up the approximately 150 adult wild ponies that live on Assateague Island, and the 60-70 foals that were born in the spring. On Wednesday the ponies swam from Assateague to Chincoteague Island.

The swim takes place at “slack tide.” After the swim the ponies rest for around 45 minutes before the Saltwater Cowboys guide them down Main Street, to the carnival grounds.

The pony swim is held each year to move the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island so that the foals can be auctioned the following day.


BREAKING NEWS: Debris found at Indian Ocean island belongs to same type of aircraft as MH370, official tells Associated Press

A US official says that air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that the debris that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island belongs to a Boeing 777, the same aircraft as the missing Malaysia Air Flight MH370, the Associated Press reports.


IAEA Would Depend on Iran to Collect its Own Samples for Nuclear Residue Testing

'Even the NFL wouldn't go along with this'

International inspectors trying to determine whether Iran is conducting secret nuclear activities at its military sites will have to rely on material evidence provided by the Iranian government, according to a senator who attended a closed-door briefing with administration officials last week.

Sen. James Risch (R., Idaho) said at a Senate Foreign Relations hearing Thursday that Iran would be responsible for collecting its own samples from its military complex Parchin to turn over to international inspectors for nuclear residue testing.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and U.S. officials would not be allowed to independently collect the samples under the current agreement, Risch said.

Iran has been accused of carrying out nuclear detonations testing at Parchin, and the compound is at the center of an IAEA investigation into “possible military dimensions” of Iran’s nuclear program.

The hearing, which followed a classified briefing with administration officials earlier last week, was attended by Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

“Let me tell you the worst thing about Parchin,” Risch said at the hearing. “What you guys agreed to was, we can’t even take samples there. IAEA can’t take samples there. They’re going to be able to test by themselves. Even the NFL wouldn’t go along with this.”

When pressed by Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) about whether this was accurate, Kerry said it was part of “a classified component” of the agreement that he could not publicly discuss.

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Pentagon awards multibillion dollar health record contract to Leidos

The Pentagon capped off a more than two-year acquisition process for a new electronic health record Wednesday afternoon, awarding a $4.3 billion contract to a consortium of companies led by Leidos.

The new system will eventually be rolled out to more than a thousand sites around the world, replacing DoD’s homegrown and aging records system with a mostly-off-the-shelf IT product.

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Prosecutors Deny Officers Indicted In Freddie Gray Case Gave Statements Under Duress

Prosecutors are responding to claims by the defense in the Freddie Gray case that the officers charged in Gray's death gave statements because they were afraid they would lose their jobs.

City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's office argues that those statements were given voluntarily and that there was no threat of job loss.

Lawyers for five of the six officers charged in gray's death filed a motion arguing that their statements given to investigators should be thrown out, because they were illegally obtained.



"[Tyrannical] power is absolute, minute, regular, provident and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances: what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?"

-- Alexis de Tocqueville
[Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel, le Comte de Tocqueville] (1805-1859) French historian

Apparent Murder of State Prison Inmate Investigated

(CUMBERLAND, MD) – Maryland State Police and Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services investigators are continuing the investigation into the apparent murder of a state prison inmate who was found unresponsive in his cell early this morning in Allegany County.

The deceased is identified as Darrell S. Murray, 30, who was an inmate at the Western Correctional Institution, Cumberland, Md. According to prison officials, he was serving a nine year sentence since 2007 for a drug conviction in Baltimore.

A suspect has been identified by police and is an inmate at the institution. He has not been charged at this time and will not be identified until charges are placed.

The investigation is being conducted by troopers from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, with assistance from the State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Forensic Sciences Division, and investigators from C3I and the DPSCS Internal Investigation Division.

The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly after 3:00 a.m. today, correctional officers at the Western Correctional Institution were conducting an inmate count when they found Murray unresponsive in his cell. He was lying in his bunk and had a bed sheet tied around his neck.

Correctional officers and institution medical staff began immediate resuscitation efforts and summoned medical personnel. Responding EMS personnel pronounced Murray deceased at the scene. The scene was secured and homicide investigators were called.

No significant trauma was observed on the victim’s body by investigators. The body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to determine the cause and manner of death.

The investigation is continuing.

Governors McAuliffe, Hogan get crabby over Maryland’s signature treat

WASHINGTON — It’s a Chesapeake Bay smackdown!

The governors of Maryland and Virginia are slinging a little trash talk — over blue crabs.

“You know, Maryland talks about their crabs,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said with a chuckle on a WRVA radio show recently.

“If anyone from Maryland is listening, I want to make this perfectly clear: All the crabs are born here in Virginia and they end up, because of the current, being taken there (to Maryland). So really, they should be Virginia crabs,” McAuliffe said.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan defends the honor of Maryland crabs with the following statement sent to WTOP:


CDC Should Admit Coverup of Vaccine-Autism Link: Top Doctor

Last summer, Dr. William Thompson, a senior epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control, admitted that he had helped the CDC hide data from a study which linked the MMR vaccine to autism. Holistic doctor David Brownstein tells Newsmax Health the CDC is still not owning up to Dr. Thompson's charges that they found data that links the vaccine to a spike in autism. "The CDC is still not coming clean," Dr. Brownstein says. "They want to keep it quiet, but it's time the cover-up ended."

Some experts believe that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) caused an increase in autism, but the idea has been roundly discredited by government officials.

Officially, the 2004 CDC study Dr. Thompson helped conduct found no link between the MMR vaccine and autism. In addition, the study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, stated that no particular racial group was more at risk than others.

But Dr. Thompson said the actual data painted quite a different picture. He confessed that he and other CDC scientists intentionally omitted African-American children from the study, and changed data in order to show no link between vaccines and autism.

In fact, the original data found that giving a child the vaccine before the age of 36 months increased the risk of autism by 69 percent, and giving it to an African-American child increased the risk of autism by 240 percent!


Hogan’s illness pushes understudy into alien territory — the spotlight

As Maryland’s little-known lieutenant governor, Boyd K. Rutherford is not accustomed to dramatic entrances.

Yet there he was at an Eastern Shore clambake on a July afternoon, tilting his head back in laughter as lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano bellowed, “This is a great lieutenant governor!” and “This is a true leader!”

The lieutenant governor waded into an afternoon-long procession of handshakes, photos and greetings from strangers, which invariably included, in hushed tones, “How’s the governor? . . . Let Larry know he’s in our prayers.”

A month after Gov. Larry Hogan disclosed that he had been diagnosed with advanced non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Rutherford, 58, has found himself thrust into an unfamiliar and somewhat awkward role.



1. I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.

2. Sometimes I roll my eyes out loud.

3. I don't need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off.

4. My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance of idiots that needs work.

5. The biggest lie I tell myself is "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."

6. When I was a child I thought nap time was punishment. Now it's like a mini vacation.

7. The day the world runs out of wine is just too terrible to think about.
8. Even duct tape can't fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound!

9. Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller.

10. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would've put them on my knees.

11. When the kids text me "plz" which is shorter than please. I text back "no" which is shorter than "yes".
12. At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.

42nd Annual White Marlin Open Begins August 3rd

The 42nd Annual White Marlin Open is right around the corner and fishing is getting hot!! Over 300 boats are expected to compete for over $3,000,000 in prize money August 3-7. Registration will be held Saturday August 1 and Sunday August 2 at Harbour Island Marina in Ocean City. With a variety of Added Entry Skill Levels ranging from $50 to $10,000 and small boat categories, there is something for every boat size and budget.

Nightly weigh-ins will take place at Harbour Island Marina, 14th Street and the bay from 4pm-9pm. A direct shuttle is available from the Ocean City Convention Center to Harbour Island. Come see big fish! For more information visit

The Town of Ocean City will be once again offering an express shuttle service to and from the Convention Center parking lot to the annual White Marlin Open. The shuttle, which will run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7, will pick-up and drop off passengers in the south Convention Center parking lot to or from Jacqueline Avenue at 14th Street.

The frequency of service will be approximately every 20 minutes. Fare is $3 Ride-All-Day. $3 Ride-All-Day passes are also valid for same day service on Coastal Hwy. and Park N Ride Buses. For more information about the express shuttle service, please contact Ocean City’s Transportation Division at 410.723.1606 or visit:

Anatomy of Hillary’s latest email lie

Exclusive: Dick Morris cites 2 motivations for Clinton's fib in response to IG referral

Hillary Clinton’s latest lie is her claim that the only reason for the flap over whether she emailed classified documents was her “desire to have transparency and make everything public.” Except for her insistence on disclosure, “we would not be having this conversation.”

Seriously? It’s hard to even use the words Hillary and transparency in the same sentence – because she’s anything but transparent; she’s secretive and paranoid. And she thinks she can outsmart us. That’s what started this problem in the first place.

Why did she lie? As always, Hillary’s lie has two motivations:

a. to kindle a debate that distracts from the basic question of whether or not she sent classified information on her private server; and

b. to try to show how she is the victim of her own good intentions and integrity.

Start with the first point. Hillary Clinton sent at least four emails that contained classified material over her private server in violation of federal law. This is the charge made by the two inspectors general for the State Department in their referral to the Justice Department and the FBI. But Hillary defiantly claims that she never sent any email containing classified information.



School Contact Information, Administrators, Dates and Other Key Details for Schools, Some Programs

Schools will mail welcome letters to all students at the end of the third week of August.Wicomico County Schools will hold open houses the week of Aug. 24-28 in preparation for the opening of the 2015-2016 school year on Monday, Aug. 31, for most students*.

*Please note that students in grades 1-6 and grade 9 will attend school on Aug. 31.

(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, Sept. 1. During the first week, kindergarten and prekindergarten students will report as scheduled by the assigned school.

Information for each school is provided below.

US Economic & Consumer Confidence Plunges To 10-Month Lows As "Hope" Crashes

The Conference Board just reported that US Consumer Confidence, having bounced in June, has collapsed in July (and saw the bounce revised drastically lower). At 90.9, this is the lowest since September 2014 and is below the lowest economist estimate. More worrying is the crash in "hope" - as consumer expectations plunge from 92.8 to 79.9 (lowest since Feb 2014). This should not be a surprise since Gallup has been indicating fading confidence in its weekly survey for a while. 57% of Americans believe the US economy is "getting worse," which has leftGallup's  Economic Confidence Index tumbling to its lowest in 10 months.


Obama: I’m the First ‘Kenyan-American’ President of the United States

President Obama during remarks in his father’s home country of Kenya over the weekend dubbed himself “the first Kenyan-American” President of the United States.

According to CNN, Obama delivered a speech at a gymnasium in Nairobi, Kenya, to 5,000 attendees during which he recalled his family’s hardships and emphasized that individuals across the global are connected in “the human tribe.”

“I’m the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States,” Obama told his audience. “That goes without saying.”

Obama recalled his family’s hardships in Kenya, mentioning his grandfather, who worked as a cook with the British military.

“What these stories also tell us is about the arc of progress,” Obama said. “We have to know our history so that we learn from it.”


US Middle Class Stays Dead: Homeownership Drops To 48 Year Low; Median Asking Rent Soars To All Time High

Three months ago, just as the last Census Homeownership and residential vacancy report hit,Gallup released its latest survey which confirmed just how dead the American Dream has become for tens if not hundreds of millions of Americans.

According to the poll, the number of Americans who did not currently own a home and say they do not think they will buy a home in "the foreseeable future," had risen by one third to 41%, vs. "only" 31% two years ago. Non-homeowners' expectations of buying a house in the next year or five years were unchanged, suggesting little change in the short-term housing market.

As Gallup wryly puts it, "what may have been a longer-term goal for many may now not be a goal at all, and this could have an effect on the longer-term housing market."


Most Americans Want Congress to Reject Iran deal: Poll

Most Americans, including 55 percent of independents, said Congress should reject the recently brokered deal on Iran’s nuclear program, a new poll said Tuesday morning.

Overall, 52 percent said Congress should reject the deal and 44 percent said it should be approved, according to results from the CNN/ORC poll.

Sixty-six percent of Republicans said the deal should be rejected, while 61 percent of Democrats said it should be approved. A CNN/ORC poll conducted in late June found that two-thirds of adults thought it was unlikely the negotiations would produce an agreement that would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.


Owings Mills Boy Youngest Double Hand Transplant Recipient

An 8-year-old Baltimore boy who lost his limbs to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday.

Zion Harvey received the hands earlier this month at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, though doctors did not publicly disclose the 11-hour operation until now.

A 40-person medical team used steel plates and screws to attach the old and new bones. Surgeons then delicately reconnected arteries, veins, muscles, tendons and nerves.

Zion, a bright and precocious child, contracted an infection years ago that resulted in the amputation of his hands and feet. It also necessitated a kidney transplant, an organ he received from his mother.


BBC's Trust Me, I'm A Doctor says it's healthier to cook with LARD than sunflower oil

When it comes to choosing an oil or fat for cooking, we have never been so spoiled for choice. Take a trip to your local supermarket and the aisles are packed with everything you could desire, from the traditional - good old lard and butter - to the fashionably new - rapeseed, sesame and the latest fad, coconut oil.

The bewildering range of olive oils is enough to make the brain ache.

But which of them really is best to cook with? The benefits and harm each delivers has been debated for years, and most consumers are thoroughly confused. No wonder, when we are bombarded with conflicting information and advice that differs depending on the oil.

We are told, for example, that olive oil has brilliant health benefits - but only when you use it cold.

So when the team on Trust Me, I'm A Doctor (the BBC programme I present) turned its spotlight on the issue, I was delighted to investigate - and was shocked by our findings.

For the research we conducted, unveiled here for the first time, has revealed that what we thought we knew about cooking oils is just plain wrong. We began our research by finding out what real people are cooking with in their kitchens and how the advice is faring. Not surprisingly, modern oils, such as sunflower and olive, are far more popular than the traditional lard and butter.

'I know olive oil is really good for health, but the rest of them are not,' said one man, while another said: 'Sunflower oil - I don't know, man, it's got the word "sun" in, and the "flower". That's good!'


Another Sheriff Has Faith In His ‘In God We Trust’ Bumper Stickers

PANAMA CITY, FLA. — Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen has faith in his “In God We Trust” bumper stickers. And doesn’t care what the ACLU thinks.

He recently held up a five-page letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is joining the American Civil Liberties Union in demanding that the sheriff reverse his decision to place such stickers on all his patrol cars.

“If this is the only thing they can get me on, I’m proud of it. But of all the things that are happening in this world, they’re complaining about my bumper stickers,” said Sheriff McKeithen, who placed the stickers on the back of his cars roughly two weeks ago.

On Friday, roughly 20 protesters, many of whom are affiliated with a local Unitarian Universalist church, gathered in front of the sheriff’s office to complain that the “In God We Trust” stickers endorse Christianity and may lead to biased treatment.

But despite the rain, over 200 of the sheriff’s supporters gathered on short notice to surprise and drown out the anti-sticker contingent.

Sheriff McKeithen said the protesters’ complaints of Christianity bias are unfounded.

“I will drive to their house just as fast as I will to the preacher’s house, and that’s all I have to say,” he said. “We don’t screen people to see if they’re atheists or Christians or Muslims or Jews. We’ve never done it, and I don’t know any law enforcement agency that has done it.

Sheriff McKeithen’s bumper sticker announcement on Facebook garnered 376,000 views by Friday. He has been contacted by other law enforcement agencies in Florida and in Alabama, which in turn have placed the bumper stickers on their patrol cars.

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Sen. Sasse: WH 'Declining to Tell the Truth About China' Spying

The White House is making a dangerous "strategic mistake" by not publicly blaming China for the massive hack of data on 22 million government workers – and for "amassing one of the largest spying databases in history," Sen. Ben Sasse charges.

In a commentary in USA Today, the Nebraska Republican argues by "declining to tell the truth about China, we abandon a core tenant of cyber deterrence theory: public attribution."

"The administration’s first — and flimsiest — justification for staying silent is that attributing the attacks to China could force us to reveal our own intelligence sources and methods," Sasse writes. "This is wrong. Telling the truth about China doesn’t disclose our own capabilities. We’re not taking China to court. We don’t have to publicly file the intelligence and analysis that informs our judgments."

Instead, he argues, the nation could do as it did with the North Korean hack of Sony Entertainment Pictures.

"We simply said we had our reasons for concluding Pyongyang was the culprit and that it wasn't ambiguous."


House Benghazi Panel Says State Dept to Hand Over Documents Tuesday

The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, said the State Department has pledged to hand over 5,000 new pages of documents related to the incident on Tuesday.

"The State Department has informed the Committee it will make a production of approximately 5,000 pages tomorrow - the second largest production the Committee has received and the largest since last summer," Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, the committee's chairman, said in a statement on Monday.

The documents are not expected to include emails involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been embroiled in a controversy over her use of a private email account while she was America's top diplomat.

The State Department has provided the committee with thousands of documents, but Gowdy has repeatedly said he is looking for additional records relating to some of Clinton's staff as well as the former secretary.

The South Carolina lawmaker says he wants all relevant documents before Clinton testifies to the committee. Her campaign has said she would testify in October, but the committee said the timing was not set.

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Billion-dollar bloodlines: America's richest families 2015

Great fortunes don’t always last. New technology trumps the old, trends wane, management stumbles. Yet a few of the families who made FORBES second annual ranking of America’s Richest Families –we capped the list at 200 members this year — have withstood such challenges. Some, like the Huber family, have survived for six generations, dating back to the 1800s. Each of these clans is worth at least $1.2 billion. Collectively, they’re worth $1.3 trillion. Thirty-three newcomers join the ranks, including the Sackler family, whose company makes pain drug OxyContin; the Greenberg family behind Skechers shoes, and the Trincheros, owners of the fourth largest U.S. wine company.

The Walton family is the wealthiest family in the U.S. for the second year in a row. Six heirs of Wal-Mart founders Sam Walton and James “Bud” Walton together own about 54% of the global retailer. Forbes estimates their fortune at $149 billion — down from $152 billion last year due to a dip in Wal-Mart’s stock price. They are followed by the Koch family: two of the four Koch brothers, Charles and David, are politically active and run conglomerate Koch Industries, the second largest private company in the country. Coming in third: the Mars family, owners of the world’s largest candy company, maker of M&Ms and Milky Way, share an estimated $80 billion fortune. Frank Mars started selling candy from his kitchen in Tacoma, Washington in 1911.


Homeownership reaches lowest level in 50 years

BALTIMORE —The number of homeowners has reached its lowest level in 50 years, and experts said the recession is much to blame.

Homeownership is down to 63.4 percent, according to the U.S. Census.

"It may be down, but we're not that far out of a huge recession," said Georgiana Tyler, an associate broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. "I think that that plays a lot with people wanting to have more security."

Many strive for security, especially those just starting out on their own. Kirby Fowler, president of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, said millennials are trending toward renting more than buying.


A 'Triple Threat' To Coastal United States

Sea-Level Rise, Heavy Rainfall And Storm Surge: The 'Triple Threat' That Might Devastate Coastal US Cities

Nearly 40 percent of America’s population, including those living in some of its biggest cities, is facing the threat of serious floods caused by a “triple threat” of sea-level rise, storm surge and heavy rainfall, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The combination of these phenomena can potentially result in “compound flooding” that can devastate several low-lying, densely populated coastal areas in the country.

While several studies have, in the past, examined the correlation between sea-level rise and an increase in floodings, the latest study is the first to explore the connection between the primary and secondary effects of climate change.

“When storm surge and heavy precipitation co-occur, the potential for flooding in low-lying coastal areas is often much greater than from either in isolation,” the study warned. However, even now, “long-term sea level rise is the main driver for accelerated flooding.”


BREAKING NEWS: Afghan intelligence officials confirm death of Taliban leader

Afghan intelligence officials confirm the death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, saying he died in a Karachi, Pakistan, hospital in April 2013, the Associated Press reports.


Franklin Graham: Stop 'Making a Mockery Out of Our Elections'

Influential Christian evangelical leader Franklin Graham scolded the packed 2016 presidential candidates' field for engaging in mean-spirited attacks that are contributing to the precipitous fall of the nation's political system "to a new low."

Writing Monday on his Facebook page in an open letter addressed to the current 21 Republican and Democratic contenders — and listed in alphabetical order — the president of the foundation named after famed father Billy Graham, and leader of the global charity Samaritan's Purse, commends "all of you for the desire to lead the United States of America. Our nation is in dire need of real leadership."

But such leadership, he writes, isn't demonstrated "by attacking each other."

"The election process should be about putting forth your ideas for a better America and for the future of all Americans," Graham notes.

"As you know, some intend to stir up conflict — and if they can get you to fight, it helps their ratings more than it helps you."

"Ripping into each other, mocking each other, telling lies about each other and to the American people isn’t a display of leadership," he writes. "You have put yourself forth as a candidate for the highest office in the land. Take the high road. All of us want to hear your ideas for the future. No one wants to hear the backbiting, petty squabbling, and negative attack ads that make a mockery out of our elections."

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BREAKING NEWS: FBI charges western NY man with trying to join ISIS

FBI charges 44-year-old Lackawanna, NY, man with trying to join and supply Islamic State terrorists.

Meth Lab Found In A Government Building In Maryland After It Caused A Massive Explosion

Certain shows just stand out for people in a world filled with all kinds of television shows on what seems to be countless networks. As anyone who watches TV is aware, not all shows are on the same level in terms of storyline, budget, acting, or overall quality. It obviously depends upon what kind of show it is, but many regular stations like ABC and NBC, for example, struggle to put out shows that are as good as say on AMC, Showtime, or HBO. The differences are usually related to the above categories. You see a lot more shows coming out each year on the standard networks than you do on AMC, Showtime, or HBO. And you also see a lot of these shows get canceled before they really ever get going. On the other hand, shows on AMC, Showtime, and HBO are usually, to put it simply, much better. So they typically stick around for multiple seasons and audiences love them.

A lot of these shows in general, or at least episodes of them, take much of their inspiration from real-life events. Now it may be events that happened in the personal life of a writer, in the news, or it is something that happened to a friend of a friend or something like that. This sure was the case for the hit showBreaking Bad. It was inspired by the story of a real meth manufacturer and dealer named Walter White(just like the lead character in the show). There are also other events in the show's many seasons that were at least inspired by real-life events. It also led to the spin-off Better Call Saul. That show features that crooked lawyer who bends the law as needed in Breaking Bad.

Well, life is imitating art in a story coming out of Maryland and still developing. Apparently someone had a meth lab set up in one of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's buildings that clearly isn't used all that often. The meth lab was not discovered until a huge explosion occurred and police don't have their newest Walter White impersonator behind bars just yet. It just goes to show you that not every meth cook is on top of their game. A federal security officer on the premises at the time of the blast (thankfully it was a weekend and not a lot of people were around) was hurt and left with burns to his hands and arms. He apparently resigned from his job the next day. But who can really blame him?! The government probably has some good attorneys and they are going to need them. This security guard likely landed in the hospital. And he is lucky he isn't dead.


Planned Parenthood Hacked

Planned Parenthood confirmed that its online databases have been hacked, potentially exposing employees' personal information.

The women's health and abortion provider said Monday it has reported the crime to the Department of Justice and the FBI.

A group of hackers who oppose the group for its abortion services is taking credit for the hack, first sharing it with the Daily Dot. One of the hackers, identified only as "E," said it will be "interesting to see what surfaces when [Planned Parenthood] is stripped naked and exposed to the public."

"Trying to mold an atrocious monstrosity into socially acceptable behaviors is repulsive," the hacker told the Daily Dot. "Obviously what [Planned Parenthood] does is a very ominous practice."


Remains of 4 early colonial leaders discovered at Jamestown

Archaeologists have uncovered human remains of four of the earliest leaders of the English colony that became America under the floor of a Jamestown church.

The four leaders have been buried for more than 400 years near the altar of what was America's first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia.

Researchers were stunned to find one of the, identified as Capt. Gabriel Archer, a vociferous critic and rival of Captain John Smith, was buried with Catholic artefacts, leading to claims he was part of a secret Catholic cell or a Spanish spy.


House Committee: IRS Used Record-less Instant Message System

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is reporting that the IRS had an instant messaging system that was "wholly separate" from its email system that did not archive communications.

In a letter written to President Barack Obama on Monday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, along with 20 committee members, made a case for the president as to why they think IRS Commissioner John Koskinen should be removed from his post.

As part of that letter, the committee reveals several findings from its investigation into the scandal, in which the IRS allegedly put conservative groups through additional scrutiny when they applied for non-profit status leading up to the 2012 presidential election, which resulted in significant delays for their approval.

In the course of its investigation, the House committee discovered that apart from regular communications through email, "the IRS maintained a wholly separate instant-messaging communication system it did not regularly archive."

One IRS employee explained in an email to former IRS official Lois Lerner, who is at the center of the targeting scandal, that the Office Communication Server (OCS) was "not set to automatically save as the standard; however, that functionality exists in the software."

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Report: Health Care Spending to Accelerate Thanks to Obamacare

The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over.

Spending on health care will outpace the nation's overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast on Tuesday, underscoring a coming challenge for the next president, not to mention taxpayers, businesses and individual Americans.

A combination of expanded insurance coverage under President Barack Obama's law, an aging population, and rising demand, will be squeezing society's ability to pay.

By 2019, midway through the next president's term, health care spending will be increasing at roughly 6 percent a year, compared to an average annual rise of 4 percent from 2008 through 2013.

The higher rate of increase is still "relatively modest," says the report from the Office of the Actuary in the Health and Human Services Department. The forecast, through 2024, does not foresee a return to pre-recession days of torrid health care inflation, as the government and private employers try to revamp the way they pay hospitals and doctors to emphasize quality over quantity.

Even so, the report is "not great news," said economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, a center-right think tank.

"The main point is that the bill will continue to grow faster than the economy, which is what pays the bill," he added. "The next president faces the task of reining in the growth of federal entitlement spending."


IRS Failed to Search Five of Six Locations for Lois Lerner Emails

The IRS failed to search five of six possible sources of electronic media for Lois Lerner’s emails, according to a documentation released by the House Oversight Committee on Monday.

Over the course of investigations into the Lois Lerner targeting scandal, Commissioner John Koskinen repeatedly assured Congress that he would provide all of Lois Lerner’s emails. But based on testimony from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), this did not occur. The agency’s ineptness -- or corruption -- resulted in 24,000 Lerner emails being lost when they were “accidently” destroyed.

According to TIGTA official Timothy Camus, the IRS had six possible sources to search for Lois Lerner’s emails:

Navy turns seawater into fuel and nobody cares

Last month the Navy Research Lab powered a radio-controlled P-51 model using a “gas to liquid” process that takes seawater and turns it into fuel.

According to a jargon-rich NRL press release, the process goes something like this: An innovative and proprietary NRL electrolytic cation exchange module (E-CEM), both dissolved and bound CO2 are removed from seawater at 92 percent efficiency by re-equilibrating carbonate and bicarbonate to CO2 and simultaneously producing H2. The gases are then converted to liquid hydrocarbons by a metal catalyst in a reactor system.

In other words, seawater goes in the tank and the motor cranks up and the airplane flies.

“In close collaboration with the Office of Naval Research P38 Naval Reserve program, NRL has developed a game changing technology for extracting, simultaneously, CO2 and H2 from seawater,” said Dr. Heather Willauer, NRL research chemist. “This is the first time technology of this nature has been demonstrated with the potential for transition, from the laboratory, to full-scale commercial implementation.”


Today In Weird Clothing Trends: Wearing Jeans Infused With Jade To Beat The Heat

Because no one likes having heavy fabric clinging to sweaty, suffocating legs when it’s hot outside, many people turn to a clothing innovation known as “shorts” to give those limbs some breathing room when the weather is hot. But over in China, Lee jeans has decided to push another option — denim infused with crushed jade stones, a method that theoretically keeps wearers cooler.

The Jade Fusion line launched in Hong Kong in May and is now spreading to the rest of China, reportsBloomberg, where customers may have a hard time getting their hands on a pair, as they’ve sold out in the first seven weeks.

Here’s how it works: The jade fabric pulls sweat away from the body, where it quickly dries, creating a cooling sensation, Stephen Dull, vice president of strategy and innovation for VF Corp, the parent company of Lee, explained to Bloomberg. Or as the brand calls it, “denim refreshment.”

“It’s not magic,” Dull said. “But it takes away of a lot of the smelly, icky, sweaty, sticky feeling you get when you wear denim in the heat.”


Someone Is Planning A Drive-Thru Grocery Store In Silicon Valley: Maybe Amazon

A real estate developer has filed building plans for an 11,000-square foot grocery pickup facility in Sunnyvale, CA, but won’t say who their client is. Sunnyvale is the Silicon Valley town where Yahoo is based, but word in the local real estate community is that their new grocer isn’t a local startup: it’s Amazon.

Amazon has, after all, been experimenting with both parts of this idea: they’ve been delivering groceries to customers’ doorsteps, but struggling with the “fresh” part of the Amazon Fresh brand. The company is also experimenting with using the U.S. Postal Service for early morning grocery deliveries.


Interesting Color Film of Berlin, July 1945

The Memory Hole

Many people who may vote in the democratic primary election, if there is one and the general election in 2016 have no real knowledge of Mrs. Clinton or her accomplishments. As a public service, I thought I would provide some input regarding her triumphs for consideration.

When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.

Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.” Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.

Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovered of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.

Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.

Three Threats to Freedom

This Monday, June 15, is the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta (Great Charter).

At Runnymede, about 20 miles outside London, the barons forced King John of England to sign an agreement that represented a profound break in English history.

King John believed that he governed by divine right, that God had given him power to make law. He was literally above the law and able to define it. According to this theory, there were no limits on his authority.

Because John had fought a series of losing wars, he had lost prestige and was in desperate need of money.

The barons were tired of what they saw as a weak and incompetent King wasting their money on badly executed foreign campaigns. They insisted that in return for the money he needed, he would concede three key principles.

First, they insisted on the right to trial by jury which implied that juries could defy the King and find people innocent even if he wanted them punished.


Greek Bailout Explained

It is a slow day in a little Greek Village. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the
visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher. The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the
supplier of feed and fuel. The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the tavern.

The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute
drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit.

The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to
the hotel owner with the €100 note. The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveler will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money and leaves town.

No one produced anything.

No one earned anything.

However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that is how the bailout package works!

Pa. water reported with deadly radiation at 60 times safe levels. Fracking waste cited. By Ray Wallace

High levels of radiation -- up to 60 times higher than the maximum allowed in drinking water -- have been reported in a stream feeding into the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of people in western Pennsylvania including Pittsburgh.

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See the July 16, 2015 Pittsburgh, Pa. WTAE Action 4 News video posted here:

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"The Department of Environmental Protection says residents should not be worried, for now.... The DEP hopes to have results of its latest round of testing by September.”  ! ! ! !

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"It's highly suggestive that it may be due to drilling operations, or at least the waste water."

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“Radium does not go away quickly. The half-life for radium 226 is 1,600 years, meaning even then it will still be half as potent at it is today ... and can cause bone, liver and breast cancer."

Also see this July 16, 2015 Pittsburgh, Pa. WTAE Action 4 News site:

The below is from this current CREDO Mobolize site, which contains its own extensive video on Ten Mile Creek:

     "In 2014, the Izaak Walton League, a respected national conservation group, had been monitoring Ten Mile Creek in Greene County, PA. They found something in the creek that should not be there - radioactive levels of radium-226 and radium-228. 19 times higher than what federal drinking water standards allow, and 65 times higher upstream!

     "The the Izaak Walton League had to badger PA DEP to affirm its findings. The DEP finally did confirm what they found. The DEP would not release the information. The Izaack Walton League had to force the DEP to do so. Now, that the cat's out of the bag, the DEP has announced yet another investigation.

     "Long-term exposure to radium increases the risk of developing several diseases. Inhaled or ingested, radium increases the risk of developing such diseases as lymphoma, bone cancer, and diseases that affect the formation of blood, such as leukemia and aplastic anemia. These effects usually take years to develop. External exposure to radium's gamma radiation increases the risk of cancer to varying degrees in all tissues and organs.

     "In the meantime, the fracking goes on and the radioactive creek flows to our drinking water sources. Radioactive waste is not associated with coal mining - it is associated with fracking. This is an unacceptable risk to everyone's health, welfare and safety!

     "The mission of the PA DEP is to: '...protect Pennsylvania's air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment. We will work as partners with individuals, organizations, governments and businesses to prevent pollution and restore our natural resources.' ABIDE BY THE MISSION!


     "Blacklick Creek in Indiana County, PA." 
     See this October 2, 2013 Smithsonian Magazine site:

Also see "RADIOACTIVE Ten Mile Creek in Pennsylvania," the May 29, 2015 Izaak Walton League video posted here:

     "The right to pure water and clean air is guaranteed each citizen of the Commonwealth by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under Article 1 section 27."

     -- A quote from Ken W. Dufalla, who has been taking samples from Ten Mile Creek for years. He is President of the Harry Enstrom Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America Green County Chapter, 46 Middle St., Clarksville, Pa. 15322. Phone (724) 377-0901 

     "Dufalla suspects malfeasance. He thinks someone dumped fracking waste in the Clyde Mine....

     "Dufalla points out illegal dumping has occurred in this part of the state before. In 2012, a local business man pleaded guilty to illegally dumping fracking waste, into streams, ponds, and an abandoned mine.

     "And last year, a local sewer authority announced it was investigating possible dumping of frack water at its treatment plant."

     -- From “Mystery continues over radioactivity in Western Pa. stream,” by Reid Frazier, at this July 24, 2015 StateImpact site:

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A February 4, 2015 interview with Ken Dufalla is at this YouTube site:

Fruitland: 31st Annual National Night Out

The Fruitland Police department would like to welcome the community to

National Night Out (NNO) on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 5 PM until 8PM. The city of Fruitland will be hosting the event at the pavilion located on S. Brown Street.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) heighten crime prevention awareness, (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events. The city of Fruitland will once again be hosting their community cookout with food, games and prizes. National Project Coordinator, Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us and “give crime a going away party”.

Please come out and enjoy a free night of food and fun!!!!!

White Man in Indiana Shot by African Americans Over Confederate Flag on His Car

A white man from Arkansas who was driving through a black neighborhood in South Bend, Indiana was shot by one of a group of black men standing near a quick-mart styled store, police report. The shooting occurred because the white man had a Confederate flag on his vehicle.

A friend of the white man insists that he has never known the victim to be a racist. And the flag has a modern military link to it, not a race-based one.