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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Wine can still be part of a healthy diet says expert

Trying to lose weight but reluctant to give up that ritual glass of wine?

Well according to Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., creator of the F-Factor Diet, you don't have to.

The key, she told Women's Health Magazine, is to count the calories, just like you would with any other snack.

For white, she recommends Chardonnay, Riesling, white Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc, which are all under 85 calories, 2.6 carbs, and just one gram of sugar.

Or if you're in the mood for red, she suggests opting for a Merlot, Pinot Noir or rosé, which have less than three grams of carbs, one gram of sugar, and 88 calories.

But steer clear of sweeter wines like marsala or sherry which have more than 14 grams of carbs, eight grams of sugar and 164 calories, as well as sweet dessert wines.

Still too fattening? Several producers are offering so-called 'skinny wines' with even less calories.


REMINDER: Second Annual Spring For A Vet This Sunday

Alleged killer caught 18 years on dodging a subway fare

A man has been arrested on suspicion of committing a rape and murder in New York City almost two decades ago, after the authorities took his DNA when he tried to dodge a subway fare.

Curtis Batchelor, 41, pleaded not guilty in Bronx Supreme Court to charges of first-degree rape and murder relating to the killing of 56-year-old Elsa Grullon in 1999.

Batchelor, who has been arrested 16 times previously, was 24-years-old at the time of the crime, and lived one floor below Grullon on Gerald Ave. near E. 157th St. in Highbridge.


Teen charged in Md. school assault questioned by border patrol

WASHINGTON — One of two teens charged with raping a girl at a high school in Rockville, Maryland, entered the United States illegally and was questioned by border patrol agents in Texas less than a year ago, according to a spokesman with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, was encountered by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, in August 2016. The agent determined that Sanchez-Milian had unlawfully entered the country from Mexico, said ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke.

“Sanchez-Milian was issued a notice to appear in front of an immigration judge, which is currently waiting to be scheduled,” Bourke said in a statement.

Bourke could provide no information about Jose Montano’s status because he is a minor.

Montano, 17, and Sanchez-Milian have been charged with rape for assaulting a 14-year-old girl in a boys bathroom at Rockville High School during school hours on March 16. Both teens were charged as adults.

“I was immediately sick and disgusted when it was reported,” Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said Monday in a statement. “My deepest condolences go out to this young girl and her family.”


Democrats Hoped to Hurt Trump, but Raised Suspicions of Obama

The mainstream media have been doing a victory lap since the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) confirmed on Monday in testimony before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee that President Barack Obama did not wiretap Trump Tower. But that was already known.

There was only one new revelation at the hearing, and it was a bombshell: senior Obama administration officials could have known the identities of surveillance targets.

One of those targets, retired General Michael Flynn, lost his job after it was revealed that his conversation with the Russian ambassador had been monitored, and that he had discussed sanctions relief, contrary to his early private and public claims.

Yet Flynn’s identity was never supposed to have been revealed. The surveillance of the Russian ambassador, routine though it may have been, yielded classified information, and the identity of any U.S. citizen swept up in it should have been redacted.


Police: Woman Seen In Viral Video Beating 2 Children Arrested

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore County woman has been arrested after police say she was seen in a video beating two of her children in an attempt to get her husband’s attention.

26-year-old Rachel Marie Pietro has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault and second-degree child abuse. She is being held without bail.

The investigation into Pietro began last week, after the video was posted online. Police say their lines were flooded with calls by people reporting what they saw online.

The video shows a woman slapping a 5 year old in the head, and police say the woman in that video is Pietro.


Democrat, Philadelphia's Top Prosecutor Charged With Federal Corruption Charges

Seth Williams charged with taking more than $160,000 in luxury gifts, cash

Philadelphia's top prosecutor, Democratic District Attorney Seth Williams, was charged Tuesday with taking more than $160,000 in luxury gifts, Caribbean trips, and cash, often in exchange for official favors.

Williams, a career prosecutor, was under investigation for nearly two years, according to an unsealed bribery and extortionindictment.

Williams earns $175,000 a year as district attorney but claims he ran into financial trouble after a divorce and by trying to foot the bill for his daughters' tuition for private school, CBS News reportedTuesday.

Investigators began looking into Williams' personal and political finances in August 2015, finding a series of ethics violations, including failure to disclose $160,500 in gifts and income. That amount included home repairs worth $45,000.

Gifts that Williams received in exchange for favors included stays with his then-girlfriend in a presidential suite of a Punta Cana resort, a $3,400 sofa, and a used Jaguar convertible, with insurance coverage.

In return, Williams once offered to help a friend receive a reduced jail sentence. In another instance, Williams took $7,000 for helping a business owner friend meet with an airport police official in an attempt to avoid enhanced screening when returning to the U.S. from foreign trips, according to CBS News.


The Place In Maryland That Makes You Feel Like You’ve Stepped Through A Magical Wardrobe

Growing up, did you read stories about faraway lands that fueled your need for adventure? Did you dream of stepping through an enchanted wardrobe, being led to a surreal and otherworldly place? I sure did. When my childhood beckons today, I head to Ladew Topiary Gardens to quench my thirst for a fairy tale adventure.

Located in Monkton, Ladew Topiary Gardens is a well-manicured paradise of greenery. 

As soon as you enter the grounds, you're surrounded by whimsical topiaries at every turn. Swans, giraffes, unicorns and more decorate the hedges and you'll feel like you've stepped straight into a storybook. 


Former shelter dog hailed as a hero for finding 3-year-old girl curled up in ditch

A year ago, a 2-year-old dog with broken legs, ribs and a belly full of carpet was fortunate enough to be saved by an animal shelter and adopted into a loving home.

Now, a year later, the dog’s the one doing the rescuing.

The medium-sized mixed-breed named Peanut suddenly started barking uncontrollably while inside her home in Escanaba, Michigan, Friday morning. The behavior was certainly unusual for the ordinarily shy pup.

She ran up and down the stairs, barking and yelping until her owner finally let her outside. Once the door opened, the dog barreled into an open field behind the house -- her confused owner following close behind.

Eventually, the dog stopped in front of a ditch, and looked back at her owner.


WCSO CID Press Release Mar. 22, 2017 con’t.

Incident: CDS distribution
Date of Incident: March 3, 2017
Location: 6306 Westbrooke Drive Salisbury, MD 21801
Suspect # 1: Carl Lee Conaway, 58 year old male, Salisbury, MD
Suspect # 2: Aretha Yvette Conaway, 49 year old female, Salisbury, MD
Suspect # 3: Mark Andre English, 53 year old male, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: In February 2017 the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Community Action Team (CAT) began an investigation into the distribution of controlled dangerous substances from 6306 Westbrooke Drive Salisbury, Maryland. As a result of this investigation, deputies obtained a search and seizure warrant for the residence.
On March 3, 2017, members of the Community Action Team (CAT), assisted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team (SERT), and the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) executed the search and seizure warrant at the residence. A search of the residence revealed evidence of the manufacturing of crack cocaine. An amount of crack cocaine was also located that would be indicative of the distribution of the same. Additional drug related evidence was recovered from the residence. Ammunition was also located in the residence. All three occupants of the residence are prohibited from possessing such ammunition.
On March 13, 2017, all three occupants were located and arrested and charged with numerous drug offenses.
Charges: Manufacturing controlled dangerous substance: narcotic, Possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substance: narcotic, possession of ammunition by persons prohibited, and related charges.

BIPARTISANSHIP ALERT: Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders Act Of 2017

Both Chambers of Maryland General Assembly Vote to Approve Important Legislation to Hold Impaired Drivers Accountable and Make Travel on Maryland’s Roads Safer

“Our new ‘Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders Act of 2017’ will help ensure that moving forward we have more tools at our disposal to hold these offenders accountable for their crimes, while also helping to protect future potential victims of repeat drunk drivers.” - Governor Larry Hogan, January 12, 2017

Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders Act Of 2017

Governor Hogan’s Proposed Legislation Targets Repeat Offenders Of Drunk Driving; Anybody Who Has Been Convicted Of Causing A Death Or Life Threatening Injury And Has A Subsequent Drunk Driving Offense Can Be Subjected To Face Up To 10 Years In Prison. “§ 21–902 of this article ('driving while impaired by drugs or drugs and alcohol')... A person may not violate any provisions of § 21–902 of this article if the person has previously been convicted of: Three or more violations of any provision of § 21–902 of this article; or a violation of § 2–209, § 2–210, § 2–503, § 2–504, § 2–505, §2–506, or § 3–211 of the Criminal Law Article…. A person who violates this section is guilty... and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both.” “Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection, a person convicted of a violation of § 21–902(A)(3), (B)(2), (C)(3), or (D)(2) of this article who has three or more prior convictions under § 21–902 of this article is subject to the penalties provided under § 27–116 of this title." (“Senate Bill 312,” Maryland General Assembly, 3/16/17; “House Bill 371,” Maryland General Assembly, 3/15/17)

Chuck Barris, Producer and Personality of ‘Gong Show’ Fame, Dies at 87

Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” has died. He was 87.

Barris died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Palisades, N.Y., according to publicist Paul Shefrin.

Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with “The Dating Game,” hosted by Jim Lange.

The gimmick: A young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date.


DSP Troopers Investigate Threat to School

 Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey. R. Hale
Middletown- Delaware State Police are investigating a threat that was called into Everett Meredith Middle School this morning.
The incident occurred around 7:39 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, when a phone call was received at the main office of Everett Meredith Middle School located at 505 S. Broad Street. The male caller stated that there was a bomb in the school and that it would blow if it was not located. Students and staff were evacuated from the school as troopers and K9 units immediately responded and conducted a search. Nothing of a suspicious nature was located and students were allowed to return to the school at approximately 9:40 a.m. to resume normal activities.
This incident remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police at this time. If anyone has any information in reference to this  incident, they are asked to contact Troop 2 Youth Aid Division at 302-834-2620. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Week Ten: Budgets, Bills, and Bans

Sound Choices for our Environment

We just finished our tenth week of the 437th Legislative Session in Annapolis and we are down to less than twenty-five days until Sine Die.

As we detailed last week, the rush of crossover was upon us last week. Crossover is a term used to describe a bill that has successfully passed in one chamber and is then introduced in the other. Each chamber sends the bills it has passed favorably to the other chamber by ‘Crossover Date,’ which was yesterday. 

Last week saw the passing of the Governor’s budget in the House Chamber. We are pleased to report that all our priorities are still in the budget. While we are still working on the county’s request for Perdue Stadium, we believe that Governor Hogan will continue his commitment to the Eastern Shore. 
Thursday, we had the pleasure of welcoming our friends from Salisbury University for the annual SU Day!

The event took place in the Miller Senate Office Building and students had the opportunity to tour the State House, meet with legislators, and attend the annual ceremony honoring the sixteenth recipient of the Hargreaves Fellowship. Congratulations to my colleague Delegate Tawanna Gaines who received the John R. Hargreaves Award on behalf of the University. The award honors the late Delegate Hargreaves who represented Caroline County and it encourages students to establish a closer connection to their legislators.
Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Friday announcing his support for a ban on fracking. Protecting our environment is a top priority for his administration and he stated that the possible environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing outweigh any potential benefits. The bill in support of a ban, HB1325, passed in the House 97-40 and is on its way to being introduced in the Senate. 

A few people have asked about the issue, so I want to take a moment to supply the context for my support of the bill.

Previously, Governor Hogan’s administration put forth regulations that Jay Apperson from Maryland Department of the Environment called, “the most protective and comprehensive in the country” in a January 3 Washington Post article. However, his attempt to put these safeguards in place was stopped by the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review. This week, a rumor was circulated that President Mike Miller was considering a ballot initiative to allow hydraulic fracturing without the common-sense safeguards that Governor Hogan supports. Delegate Kevin Hornberger offered an amendment, which would have turned the bill into a moratorium and I supported it. Unfortunately, the measure failed on the floor of the House 44-86. In light of this, the options were to either allow the ballot measure to go forward without appropriate safety considerations or to vote to ban the practice. If the measure is passed and becomes law, stakeholders will have the opportunity to improve technology and safety.

I do not believe this ban is a firm "no", but a "not now". I am hopeful that the General Assembly, working with the Hogan Administration, developers of environmentally safe fracking technology, and other stakeholders will continue to have a conversation about ways that we can extract natural gas in a safe manner. We are simply not there yet.
Our 2017 Scholarship Application is now available! If you live in District 38B and are interested in applying, please send an email to Applicants must have plans to attend college in Maryland.
As always, if you would like to contact us with an idea, issue, or concern,
please either call: 410-841-3431 or email

We look forward to hearing from you!

Three Men Indicted for Kidnapping Conspiracy

Allegedly Used Social Media to Lure Victim from New Jersey to Maryland in order to Kill the Victim

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted three men for a kidnapping conspiracy in which the defendants allegedly lured the victim from New Jersey to Maryland, in order to kill the victim. The indictment was returned on March 20, 2017. The indictment charges the following individuals:
  • Neris Moreno-Martinez, a/k/a Jose Neris Moreno, Jr., age 19, of West New York, New Jersey;
  • Jose Israel Melendez-Rivera, age 19, of Montgomery Village, Maryland; and
  • Reynaldo Alexi Granados-Vasquez, age 21, of Gaithersburg, Maryland
The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

President Trump plans to cut UN donations in half

President Trump’s administration has told the State Department to cut more than 50 percent of U.S. funding to United Nations programs,Foreign Policy reported.

The push for the drastic reductions comes as the White House is scheduled to release its 2018 topline budget proposal Thursday, which is expected to include a 37 percent cut to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budgets.

It's not clear if Trump's budget plan, from the Office of Management and Budget, would reflect the full extent of Trump's proposed cuts to the U.N.


Muslim Busted For Food Stamp Fraud Goes Into Foul Mouth Rage

A New York lawyer confronts a Muslim woman who buys a wagonload of soda using food stamps that she then allegedly resells in her store. When he tells her she is stealing money from taxpayers, she goes into a foul-mouthed rage. I hope he makes good on his threat to have her arrested for fraud.

Democrats Hoped to Hurt Trump, but Raised Suspicions of Obama

The mainstream media have been doing a victory lap since the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) confirmed on Monday in testimony before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee that President Barack Obama did not wiretap Trump Tower. But that was already known.

There was only one new revelation at the hearing, and it was a bombshell: senior Obama administration officials could have known the identities of surveillance targets.

One of those targets, retired General Michael Flynn, lost his job after it was revealed that his conversation with the Russian ambassador had been monitored, and that he had discussed sanctions relief, contrary to his early private and public claims.

Yet Flynn’s identity was never supposed to have been revealed. The surveillance of the Russian ambassador, routine though it may have been, yielded classified information, and the identity of any U.S. citizen swept up in it should have been redacted.

But Flynn’s name was unmasked and leaked to the media. Moreover, the New York Times reported on Jan. 19 — with a front-page, top-of-the-fold headline on Inauguration Day — that “intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.” And the Times also reported in February that surveillance of Trump aides suspected of ties with Russia had been disseminated widely throughout the government, without privacy protections, by order of the lame duck Obama administration under newly-relaxed NSA rules, which the Times had already reported earlier in January.



UK Parliament terror attack: 4 people killed, including cop and alleged assailant; 20 injured

Four people, including a London police officer who was stabbed and the alleged assailant, were killed after a terror attack that saw more than 20 people injured after a car drove through a bridge outside the Parliament building on Wednesday.

Police said a vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, leaving more than a dozen with injuries described as catastrophic.

Around the same time Wednesday, a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot on the grounds outside Britain's Parliament, sending the compound into lockdown.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility and it was not clear if there was more than one attacker.


Gorsuch declines to say whether Trump travel policy is legal

Judge Neil Gorsuch refused to tip his hand on how he might rule on President Trump’s extreme vetting executive order, telling senators Tuesday that he wouldn’t want to hurt his ability to hear the case either on his current appeals court or on the Supreme Court, should he win confirmation.

But he did say that as a judge he respects freedom of religious practice, which Mr. Trump’s critics say had been infringed by the new executive order, which they say is the evolution of the president’s campaign promise for a Muslim ban.

“We have a Free Exercise Clause that protects the free exercise of religious liberties by all persons in this country,” Judge Gorsuch said as he testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Lower federal courts — though not Judge Gorsuch’s 10th Circuit Court of Appeals — have halted Mr. Trump’s policy, saying its targeting of six majority-Muslim countries makes it an unfair attack on a religious minority.


Kagan, Breyer Join GOP Justices to Strike Down Unconstitutional Obama Appointment

Court rules that another Obama labor appointee illegally served at NLRB

The Supreme Court ruled that President Obama violated the Constitution when he maintained an acting agency appointment after the Senate refused to confirm him.

The court ruled Tuesday that Obama appointee Lafe Solomon illegally served as acting general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board from 2010 to 2013. Solomon, who once violated the agency's ethics rules, should have vacated the position in accordance with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA) after the Senate refused to take up his nomination to serve as permanent general counsel in 2011, the court found in a 6-2 opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts. The appointment was an "end-run around" the Constitution.

"We cannot cast aside the separation of powers and the Appointments Clause's important check on executive power for the sake of administrative convenience or efficiency," the majority ruled.

The decision came less than five years after the court unanimously ruled that Obama unconstitutionally recess-appointed two Democratic attorneys as NLRB board members while the Senate was still in session. That decision allowed employers and unions to challenge more than 1,000 decisions issued during those board members' brief tenure at the agency. The NLRB reheard dozens of cases as a result.


Immigration provision cut from Obamacare rollback, angering conservatives

Some conservatives in Washington were fuming on Tuesday after an Obamacare rollback bill was tweaked by Republican leaders to delete a provision meant to crack down on illegal immigrants getting federal healthcare insurance coverage.

The development posed another problem for Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and President Donald Trump, who are trying to win congressional approval of the wider bill, the first big legislative test for Trump since taking office.

The provision would have allowed the Treasury Department to access data at the Department of Homeland Security to verify that healthcare tax credits went only to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, not to illegal immigrants.

In a largely procedural move, it was dropped from the bill after the Senate Parliamentarian determined that the Senate Finance Committee, which handles tax credits under the bill, does not have purview over the Department of Homeland Security.


Leahy: Gorsuch ‘Selected By Extreme Interest Groups,’ ‘Nominated by a President Who Lost the Popular Vote’

During the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch on Monday, Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT) stated that Gorsuch is “a nominee selected by extreme interest groups, and nominated by a president who lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.”

Leahy began by talking about the refusal to hold hearings on Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court, saying, “Some liken it to the action of the tyrannical kings, who claim they have sole control, as one our senators referred to here a few minutes ago. But it was a blockade backed by then candidate Donald Trump. Committee Republicans met behind closed doors and declared that they would surrender the independence of this committee to do the majority leader’s bidding, and they ignored the Constitution in the process. In fact, this unprecedented obstruction is one of the greatest stains on the 200-year history of this committee.

More here

NOI 3/21/17 Wicomico Duplex Fire Maryland Avenue


Date:   3/21/17
Time:  5:12 P.M.
Location / Address:  310 Maryland Ave., Salisbury, Wicomico Co.     
Type of Incident:  Fire
Description of Structure / Property:  Two story wood framed duplex
Owner / Occupants:  M & L Rentals / Linda Bond
Injuries or Deaths:  None
Estimated $ Loss: Structure:  $2,000            Contents: $1,000
Smoke Alarm Status:  Not present
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  n/a
Arrests(s):  None
Primary Responding Fire Department:  Salisbury
# of Alarms: 1    # Of Firefighters:  15
Time to Control:  20 minutes
Discovered By:  Neighbor
Area of Origin:   Kitchen
Preliminary Cause  Accidental, unattended cooking
Additional Information

McAuliffe Vetoes Bill to Share Data About Voters Registered in Multiple States

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) vetoed a bill that would require the state Department of Elections to turn over information to local registrars about individuals who are registered to vote in multiple states simultaneously.

McAuliffe has vetoed a handful of bills in recent weeks intended to prevent voter fraud.

The bill, HB 2343, was introduced by Republican delegate Robert B. Bell and would have required the Department of Elections "to provide to the general registrars a list of registered voters who have been found through list comparisons and data-matching exchanges with other states to be registered in another state."

The bill passed the Virginia House on a 68-30 vote and the Senate on a 23-15 vote. McAuliffe's veto statement called said the bill would make "unnecessary changes to the election system that could improperly disenfranchise qualified Virginians."

"Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 2343. Requiring the Department of Elections to provide lists of certain voters who may have moved to localities after the Department has conducted list maintenance activities in compliance with state and federal law increases the administrative burden on localities which are currently struggling with limited resources," his veto statement reads.


Survey: US high schools seen as easier by exchange students

WASHINGTON —Easier classes, less homework and lots of sports — this is how American high schools are viewed by students from other countries studying in the U.S.

Despite a push in recent years to make the U.S. education system more competitive and effective, foreign exchange students continue to view American high school experience as much less stimulating, according to a study published Wednesday.

"You get this feeling — the kids from abroad come here, they spend a year, they think that school is easier here," said Tom Loveless, a fellow with the Brown Center on Education Policy with the Brookings Institution. "We think we have made great strides in making our schools more challenging, here is at least one outside group that is in fact saying they are not terribly challenging."


Schumer Calls For Delay in Gorsuch Confirmation

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer called for a delay in confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court while the FBI conducts an investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday

The New York Democratic senator said it was "unseemly to be moving forward so fast on confirming a Supreme Court Justice with a lifetime appointment" when "you can bet that if the shoe was on the other foot — and a Democratic president was under investigation by the FBI — that Republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a Supreme Court seat in such circumstances. After all, they stopped a president who wasn't under investigation from filling a seat with nearly a year left in his presidency."


Former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Announces He’s Deep in Debt

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D., Ill.) and his estranged wife are nearly $2 million in debt.

Jackson, the son of activist Jesse Jackson, told reporters on Tuesday that he and Sandi Jackson, a former member of the Chicago City Council, owe approximately $1.8 million for legal bills and fees, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Jackson was a congressman from Chicago for 17 years, but took a leave of absence in 2012 to be treated for his bipolar disorder. It was then found that he spent $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, while Sandi had omitted $580,000 on their taxes. Jackson was sentenced to 30 months in prison, and Sandi was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Neither Jackson nor Sandi has worked since getting out of prison, but Jackson has been collecting $138,400 annually from the federal government in workers compensation benefits and temporary disability, the Washington Free Beacon reported.


WCSO CID Press Release Mar. 22, 2017

Incident: Possession with the intent to distribute CDS
Date of Incident: March 8, 2017 and March 9, 2017
Location: 307 N. Salisbury Blvd Salisbury, MD 21801
Suspect: Haddock, Donald Wayne Jr. 38 year old white male, Willards, MD
Narrative: In early 2017 the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Community Action Team (CAT) began an investigation into the distribution of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) from the Delmarva Thrift Store. This business is located at 307 N. Salisbury Blvd Salisbury, Maryland. During the course of the investigation, Deputies obtained information that the business owner, Donald Wayne Haddock Jr, was distributing controlled substances from the building. As a result of the investigation, Deputies obtained a search and seizure warrant for the premises. On March 8, 2017, Deputies assigned to CAT, assisted by members of the Criminal Investigative Division (CID), executed the search and seizure warrant at the Delmarva Thrift store. Donald Haddock Jr was located on the premises. After searching the business, Deputies located several hundred pills, which were determined to be controlled substances. The pills were packaged in a manner which would indicate the intention to distribute. Several other pieces of drug paraphernalia were also located on the premises. While Deputies were on scene, they were also able to identify several items of suspected stolen property, in the business. As a result, Deputies obtained an additional two (2) search warrants. As a result of executing these warrants, Deputies seized a large amount of suspected stolen property from the business. Deputies arrested Donald Wayne Haddock Jr. and charged him with possession with the intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances. The investigation into the stolen property is ongoing.
Charges: Possession of controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute: narcotic (multiple counts), Possession of controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute, Possession of a controlled dangerous substance: not marijuana (multiple counts), Other drug related charges

The 5 Biggest Lies About Pot—And How to Rebut Them

No, smoking marijuana doesn't lower your intelligence.

1. Consuming marijuana lowers intelligence.

“The best evidence is that you lose, if you use marijuana as a teenager regularly, eight IQ points. I don’t know about the rest of the table, but I don’t have eight (IQ points) to lose.” —Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, July 27, 2014

The source of this oft-repeated claim is a 2012 longitudinal study by Madeline Meier and colleagues that associated the persistent use of cannabis prior to age 18 with lower IQ at mid-life. However, a separate review of Meier’s data, published in the same journal, disputed any direct link between cannabis use and declined IQ. That review argued that Meier’s team had failed to properly control for potential confounding factors, such as subjects’ socio-economic status. After accounting for these variables, the author theorized that the “true effect (on early onset cannabis use and IQ) could be zero.”

More recent longitudinal studies further dismiss the notion that cannabis exposure negatively impacts IQ. A 2016 British study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology assessed IQ and educational performance among a cohort of 2,235 marijuana-using teens and never users. Authors concluded, “[T]he notion that cannabis use itself is causally related to lower IQ and poorer educational performance was not supported in this large teenage sample.”


ELITISM: Chelsea Clinton Gets New, Cushy Director Post on Corporate Board

I must be nice to be the daughter of a serial woman abuser and the most corrupt presidential candidate of all time.

Ranking right up there with her former $600,000 part-time gig for irregular stints as an NBC “special” correspondent — a job that she utterly sucked at — is this new dividend to being the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Tim Hanrahan, deputy bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal, reports based on corporate filings that Chelsea Clinton has been named to the Board of Directors at online travel giant and Microsoft spin-off Expedia.

Hanrahan reports that to set on the board, Clinton will get a salary of $45,000 per year in cash and also a whopping $250,000 per year in stock that vests in three years, meaning she’ll bag around $900,000 in total compensation if she hangs around for three years — not counting any stock appreciation gained over that period.


Rand Paul: 'Somebody Was Spying On The Trump Campaign,' Flynn 'Lost His Job' Because Of It

"It sounds like what the president said has already been proven to be true."

Senator Rand Paul weighed in on James Comey’s “wiretap” denials Monday afternoon, telling Fox’s Neil Cavuto that “somebody was spying on the Trump campaign” even if they didn’t use an “old-fashioned bug.”

From Fox News:

“Everybody admits that somebody spied on Mike Flynn, and he was part of the Trump campaign,” Paul said. “It sounds like what the president said has already been proven to be true.”

He said that the media is confused, because they think that wiretapping means placing an “old-fashioned bug” on someone’s telephone.


Dylann Roof’s Friend Gets 27 Months; Failed To Report Crime

The only person with whom Dylann Roof shared his racist plot to massacre worshippers at a historically black South Carolina church was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison for failing to report a crime and for lying to the FBI.

Joey Meek cried at sentencing Tuesday in Charleston by the same federal judge who presided over Roof’s trial, which ended in January with Roof being sentenced to death for the slaughter of nine people at Emanuel AME church.

“I’m really, really sorry. A lot of beautiful lives were taken,” said Meek, who began to cry at sentencing.

Meek had faced 27 to 33 months behind bars.


Cops: Hampshire Student Attacked White Woman Over Braids

A student at a fancypants, $64,940-per-year college pleaded not guilty on Friday morning to charges that she kicked — and stepped on — a basketball player and threw another player to the ground. The attacking student was angry because she had decided that one of the players — a white woman with braided hair — had committed “cultural appropriation,” police say.

The student who allegedly instigated the beatdown is Carmen Figueroa. She attends Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Police say Figueroa assaulted the two basketball players after a women’s basketball at Hampshire’s Robert Crown Center game on January 27, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, a newspaper out of nearby Northampton.

The victims of the alleged assault are members of the Central Maine Community College women’s basketball team.


Cosby wants jury pool prescreened for bias before trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers hope to prescreen potential jurors to weed out those with opinions about the sex-assault case before jury selection begins in person.

A defense motion filed Monday says the "inflammatory" worldwide coverage of the case has probably left some potential jurors with opinions about the actor's guilt or innocence.

They say pretrial questionnaires have been used before in celebrity trials.

The 79-year-old Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a young woman at his house in 2004. Cosby calls the sex acts consensual.

He is set to go on trial June 5 near Philadelphia. The jurors will be chosen from the Pittsburgh area because of pretrial publicity and sequestered about 300 miles near the Montgomery County courthouse.

Cosby's lawyers want to send pretrial questionnaires to 1,500 to 2,000 potential jurors.


FBI wiretapped Russian crime ring at Trump Tower

When President Donald Trump angrily tweeted earlier this month that there was wiretapping going on in Trump Tower, he was not mistaken, as it turns out.

Between 2011 and 2013, the FBI had a court-approved warrant to monitor a Russianmoney-laundering ring that was operating out of unit 63A in Trump Tower, just three floors below the real estate mogul's gilded penthouse, reported ABC News.

The federal investigation led to an indictment of 30 suspects, many who whom were captured during a raid on their swanky Manhattan hideout, but the alleged mastermind of the criminal organization, notorious Russian mafia boss Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, was able to slip away.


School To Host Bone Marrow Registration Drive After Student’s Recent Cancer Diagnosis

SHOWELL – Community members are spearheading a bone marrow donor registration drive at Showell Elementary School (SES) later this month after a third-grade student was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Ed Reid, school counselor at SES and one of the event coordinators for the registration drive, said mother Brandy Terrell approached him with the idea after her nine-year-old daughter, Brianna Merritt, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a form of blood cancer that begins in the bone marrow.

Terrell said she took her daughter to the dentist in late October to have her swollen gums examined. At the advice of the dentist, Merritt was sent to her pediatrician, who prescribed her antibiotics to reduce the inflammation.

When that treatment failed, Terrell said the pediatrician immediately sent Merritt to the hospital for a full blood test, which confirmed the diagnosis. Afterwards, Merritt was sent to Johns Hopkins Hospital for a round of chemotherapy, which doctors told Terrell would successfully attack the leukemia.


WCSO Press Releases Mar. 22, 2017


Incident: Warrant Arrest
Date of Incident: 19 March 2017
Location: 1000 block of Nokomis Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Edward Tyrone Winder Jr., 24, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 19 March 2017 at 9:41 AM, a deputy responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Nokomis Avenue where the deputy located Edward Winder, who was wanted on a District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Winder failed to appear for a Driving Suspended case for the fourth time.
The deputy transported Winder to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of a District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Winder in the Detention Center in lieu of $10,000.00 bond
Charge: Failure to Appear

Incident: Warrant Arrest
Date of Incident: 19 March 2017
Location: 1000 block of Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Charles Edward Davis, 56, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 19 March 2017 at 1:46 PM, Charles Davis was arrested on a District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Davis failed to appear for a case where he had been charged with violating a Protective Order.
Davis was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, Davis was detained by the Commissioner in the Detention Center in lieu of $3,000.00 bond
Charge: Failure to Appear 

Incident: Possession of CDS / Driving Revoked
Date of Incident: 21 March 2017
Location: 100 block of N. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Franklin James Donaway, 38, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 21 March 2017 at 2:24 PM a deputy stopped a 2000 Dodge Durango after observing it operated by Frank Donaway of Salisbury. The deputy had knowledge that Donaway’s privilege to drive had been revoked by the State of Maryland and that Donaway’s Durango was both unregistered and uninsured.
The deputy learned that Donaway had just left the District Court where he had received a continuance in a pending case where he had been recently charged with Driving Revoked. It would be determined that Donaway currently has three separate pending cases where he faces charges of Driving Revoked.
A WCSO Drug K9 performed a scan of Donaway’s vehicle for the presence of the odor of illegal drugs. Following a positive alert by the K9 and a subsequent search, the deputy recovered both Methadone and Oxycodone in a plastic baggie.
The deputy placed Donaway under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Donaway in the Detention Center in lieu of $3,000.00 bond
Charges: Possession of CDS, Driving Revoked, Driving Suspended, Driving Without a License, Driving Uninsured, Operating an Unregistered Vehicle

Owner of Rockville house destroyed in explosion shot himself, dog

The owner of a Rockville, Maryland, home that was destroyed in an explosion last week died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Montgomery County police said Monday. Steven Martin Beck, 61, also shot his dog, police said.

WASHINGTON — The remains recovered from the wreckage of a Rockville, Maryland, house after an explosion and fire last week have been identified as the home’s owner, 61-year-old Steven Martin Beck.

The county’s chief medical examiner determined Beck died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Beck also shot and killed his dog, Montgomery County police said Monday afternoon. His remains were recovered from the home’s basement over the weekend.


Trump Wants to Return to Original Travel Ban, Take It to Supreme Court

The Trump administration's revised travel ban was supposed to go into effect today, but was halted by a federal judge in Hawaii after the state argued that the restrictions still equaled religious discrimination.

Judge Derrick Watson drew upon campaign statements made by President Trump, senior advisor Stephen Miller, and surrogate Rudy Giuliani to support the state's claim.

"Nothing of substance has changed: There is the same blanket ban on entry from Muslim-majority countries (minus one), the same sweeping shutdown of refugee admissions (absent one exception), and the same lawless warren of exceptions and waivers. The courts did not tolerate the Administration’s last attempt to hoodwink the judiciary, and they should not countenance this one," argued Hawaii in their motion for a temporary restraining order filed last week.


WaPo Alters Headline to Maximize Bleeding Heart Spin, Detract From the Actual Issue

The most important part of a newspaper article is the headline, not only because it tells you how to interpret the following story, but because the headline is often the only part of the article people read. That’s why an adjustment was urgently required when someone botched the headline of a Washington Compost article intended to make us weep for the plight of foreigners who invade our country in contravention of our laws and then sponge off the welfare state.



As far as I’m concerned the FBI is not conducting a real investigation to seek law breaking.

What’s happening here is strictly a political show by the establishment to undermine President Trump. This will drag on till the midterms with nothing substantial uncovered other than the same rehashed chatter and speculation a connection between Trump and Russia. It’ not about evidence. It’s about politics.

The Hill reports the White House on Monday asserted there is “no evidence” that President Trump’s associates colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election after FBI Director James Comey confirmed a bureau investigation.

“Nothing has changed,” a White House official wrote in an email. “Senior Obama intelligence officials have gone on record to confirm there is NO EVIDENCE of Trump-Russia collusion and there is NO EVIDENCE of a Trump-Russia scandal.”

Comey’s explosive revelation earlier Monday morning ended months of speculation about whether the federal government is probing Trump’s campaign and challenged the president’s repeated efforts to downplay his team’s alleged involvement with Moscow.

But the White House is pointing to statements made by former acting CIA chief Michael Morrell and James Clapper, former President Obama’s top intelligence official, that they have seen no evidence of collusion between Trump associates and Russians.

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BREAKING: IRS Gives After School Satan Club Tax Exemption In 10 Days…

Now we all knew that the IRS was of the devil…that’s no surprise. However, I doubt anyone saw this nonsense coming…

So just to put it out there right now…there is no definitive evidence that they are ‘of the devil’ but…just saying, how would you explain this?

The IRS, has now granted an “After School Satan Club” a tax exempt status request.


Apparently this process for them to start reaping the benefits for their non-profit status took just 10 days. Which many are finding odd, seeing as how it typically takes the government far longer than 10 days to just simply tell you that they received your request…and then another 6 months or so to even process it.

Do you have a recollection of how long it took conservative Tea Party groups to get their status? It is very likely that some of them are going grey waiting…still.

In fact, during Lois Lerner days, the IRS denied non-profit status to every request except for ONE conservative group.

The Satan Cub was started by Reason Alliance, a Somerville, Mass. based non-profit organization that operates the Satanic Temple of Seattle. The club was founded at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma, Wash and is open to children from 5-12 years old. The groups also asks each child what church he/she attends.

Here’s a video the group puts out, warning for creepy.



The individual loses any sovereignty he has over his own life

WikiLeaks may have finally done what many small and anti-government advocates have only dreamed of.

They exposed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for what it is: a bloated government bureaucracy that has grown much too large to be restrained.

According to the document dump released by Julian Assange’s whistleblower hub, this list of highly confidential information regarding the CIA emerged from the agency’s Center For Cyber Intelligence in Langley, revealing details on the agency’s “global covert hacking program.”

The CIA’s hacking effort has been so powerful and effective, the leaks show, that it includes the weaponization of exploits used against products such as the iPhone, Android phones, Samsung TVs, and Microsoft Windows. This means any of these devices can be used as spying mechanisms at any given time.

But perhaps most troubling is the revelation that the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal over time. That includes viruses, malware, trojans, malware remote control systems, and the previously mentioned weaponized exploits. In so many words, this means the US government has handed over the key to the most intimate secrets of every single one of us to anyone with access to these lost tools. By allowing the CIA to grow so absolutely powerful, we also allowed the agency to be absolutely careless with our own lives.



Clear parallels to Obama's wiretapping of Trump

UPDATE: NSA Documents: Surveillance on Trump, Family – Project Dragnet

Editor’s Note: The below story draws clear, significant parallels to theelectronic surveillance of Donald Trump during the Obama administration.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the Department of Justice was prosecuting Sheriff Arpaio from 2008 to 2010, the NSA conducted electronic surveillance of the various Arizona judges on the case, on Sheriff Arpaio, and on the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, while the DOJ attorneys for Eric Holder maintained an on-going telephone back-channel discussion with the federal judge assigned to handle the case.

A timeline of the Arpaio civil rights case, created with the assistance of the Operation Dragnet whistleblower and made public in a federal hearing that disseminated the timeline to the public, was provided to, and is reproduced in full here:


Report: DHS List Targets Police Agencies Not Helping Feds

President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security issued a list Monday of counties in which law enforcement agencies have refused to comply with immigration officials in deporting illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes.

Clark County, Nev., and Nassau County, N.Y., are the top two on ICE's list. Between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3 of this year, law enforcement in Clark declined 51 detainers while those in Nassau declined 38. The other counties listed declined less than fifteen.

"When criminal aliens are released from local or state custody, they have the opportunity to reoffend," U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement, according to The Hill. "It is much safer for everyone – the community, law enforcement, and even the criminal alien – if ICE officers take custody of the alien in the controlled environment of another law enforcement agency as opposed to visiting a reported alien’s residence, place of work, or other public area."


Sears warns of 'Substantial Doubt' about Company's Future

Sears Holdings Corp. acknowledged “substantial doubt” about its ability to keep operating, raising fresh concerns about a company that has lost more than $10 billion in recent years.

The retailer added so-called going-concern language to its latest annual report filing, suggesting that weak earnings have cast a pall on its future as a business.

“Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern,” the Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company said in the filing. But the company added that its comeback plan may help alleviate the concerns, “satisfying our estimated liquidity needs 12 months from the issuance of the financial statements.”


9/11 Lawsuit Claims Saudi Arabia Played Part in Attacks

A lawsuit filed Monday by hundreds of people who were injured or had family members killed on 9/11 claims Saudi Arabia financially assisted the group responsible for the attack, BuzzFeed reported.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, represents the families and estates of about 800 of the 2,996 killed in the attacks. It alleges Saudi Arabia funded al-Qaida and helped the hijackers who crashed into the World Trade Center find homes in the United States and learn English.

"Saudi Arabia was duplicitous," the suit claimed.

"It presented a public face to the United States and other Western countries of a nation fighting al-Qaida and terrorism while at the same time, as detailed herein, Saudi government actors gave al-Qaida substantial material support and resources.


GM Subscription Plan for Cadillacs

Ashley Sandall recently set aside the keys to her Porsche sport-utility vehicle for three months to try out a few Cadillacs. When the Caddy she was driving became boring or proved too small for her weekend plans, she ordered up a different model with her smartphone and it would arrive the next day.

Ms. Sandall, a 35-year-old fashion executive who lives in New York City, said she was impressed with Cadillac. She used the brand's brawny Escalade SUV for trips to the Hamptons and a football game in New Jersey.

"It was great to have your pick of the vehicle best suited for what you're doing," she said.

After participating free of charge in a three-month pilot of General Motors Co.'s (GM) new Book by Cadillac subscription plan, Ms. Sandall said she is considering becoming a full-time member when it is time for a new vehicle. For $1,500 a month, the program covers ownership costs and lets members trade in and out of Cadillac's 10 models up to 18 times a year.

The effort is the latest experiment by a car company to test whether people are willing to treat personal transportation like a Netflix account, where temporary, on-demand access outweighs the benefits of ownership.


Florida’s Definition Of Skim Milk As “Imitation Milk Product” Ruled Unconstitutional

The long-running legal battle over Florida’s definition of “skim milk” may have finally come to an end today, with a federal appeals court ruling that it’s unconstitutional for the state to require that unfortified skim milk be labeled “imitation milk product.” 

171 state employees were paid more than $150K in ‘16

DOVER — It seems a government job can be good career move — at least at the top and in Delaware.

Last year, 171 state employees were paid at least $150,000.

That number includes expected names like then Gov. Jack Markell, Delaware Technical Community College President Mark Brainard and Brandywine School District Superintendent Mark Holodick.

But it also encompasses others, including individuals who work behind the scenes but are very well-compensated by the taxpayers.

Data from the Office of Management and Budget shows most of the top salary earners came from the legal, law enforcement, education or health fields: 55 judges, 49 members of the Delaware State Police, 24 employees of individual school districts and 17 workers in the Department of Health and Social Services were paid $150,000 or more last year.

The number of big pay earners marks an increase from 2015, when 158 people were paid at least $150,000.

About 1,600 state workers broke six figures last year, while many earned $50,000 or less.


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Experience preferred but willing to train the right person.
Job starts at State Minimum Wage.

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7539 Old Ocean City Rd
Whaleyville, MD 21872
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‘Instagram stole my daughter’

On any given morning, you can walk through the eighth-grade hallway at Oakcrest School, an independent, all-girls Catholic school in McLean, and see groups of young women chatting and laughing by their lockers. At Oakcrest, middle schoolers are not allowed to have smartphones on the property. Over in the ninth-grade hallway, high schoolers, who are allowed to use smartphones before and after school, are sitting on the ground, scrolling through their phones.

“The difference between the eighth-grade and the ninth-grade hallway is dramatic,” said Kate Hadley, director of mentoring and parent enrichment.

Social media and the technology that makes it instantly and easily accessible have only existed for little more than decade. Now, doctors, educators, parents and others are learning how social media affects adolescents. As part of their parent enrichment program, Oakcrest invited Dr. Leonard Sax, author of Girls on the Edge and The Collapse of Parenting, to give a talk March 10 titled “Instagram stole my daughter” about the effect of social media on teenage girls.