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Saturday, April 08, 2017

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Tillerson: Russia ‘failed’ to deliver on vow to secure Syria’s chemical weapons

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Russia “failed” in its responsibility to deliver on a 2013 commitment to secure Syria’s chemical weapons.

Tillerson briefed reporters shortly after the U.S. launched cruise missiles against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a gruesome chemical weapons attack. The secretary said Russia has either been complicit or “simply incompetent” in failing to deliver on its end of the agreement.

The agreement was struck after a 2013 chemical weapons attack. President Barack Obama threatened air strikes at the time, but ultimately pulled back on military action.


Sussex Drug Unit Arrest Four in Illegal Narcotics Investigation

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier
Millsboro – The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit has arrested four people following a month long investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics.
Detectives assigned to the Drug Unit, along with the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force and State Police Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.), conducted a search warrant at a residence in the 27000 block of Sandy Drive on around 3:00 p.m., Friday April 7, 2017.  Upon the detectives arrival, Jamel S. Gibbs, 36 of the listed address, was observed running down the hallway and entered a bathroom.  He then attempted to discard numerous bags of suspected cocaine and heroin in the bathroom toilet.  Gibbs was then taken into custody without further incident.  Navonda D. Farrow, 51, Pornell R. Farrow, 54, and Krista M. Gdowik, 28, all of the listed address, were contacted in the residence and placed in custody without incident.  A 6-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were also in the house and were turned over to family members at the scene.  Detectives located a total of 326 bags of heroin (2.282 grams), 5.61 grams of powder cocaine, 1.73 grams of marijuana, over $4,200.00 in suspected drug proceeds, as well as a 12 gauge shotgun.
All four subjects were transported back to Troop 4 where Jamel Gibbs was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Heroin), Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Cocaine) Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Resisting Arrest, two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $50,000.00 cash bond.
Navonda Farrow was charged with Maintaining a Drug Property and Unlawfully Dealing With a Child Where Dangerous Drugs are Present.  She was arraigned at JP2 and released on $2,000.00 unsecured bond.
Pornell Farrow was charged with Maintianing a Drug Propery and released on $2,000.00 unsecured bond.
Krista Gdowik was charged with two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawfully Dealing With a Child Where Dangerous Drugs are Present.  She was released on $300.00 unsecured bond.
(No mugshots available for Navonda and Pornell Farrow as well as Krista Gdowik)

Congress wants to hear Trump plans on Syria; debate on use of military force looming

Most members of Congress have praised President Trump’s missile strike Thursday against a Syrian regime airfield used to stage for this week’s chemical weapons attack — but lawmakers say the White House needs to quickly detail its plans for what comes next.

The cruise missile strike was the proportionate response to the Syrian regime’s action, most members of Congress said.

But they are worried about the next steps, and appear anxious to pin down the policy of a president who just days ago was saying he wasn’t concerned about the Assad regime.

“We cannot stand by in silence as dictators murder children with chemical weapons,” said Reps. Steve Russell and Seth Moulton, an Oklahoma Republican and Massachusetts Democrat who are chairmen of the Warrior Caucus of combat veterans in Congress. “But military action without clear goals and objective gets us nowhere. We look forward to hearing the president present a plan for Syria to the American people, for Congress to agree on bipartisan action, and for America to partner with the world community to help bring this treacherous conflict to an end.”

Mr. Trump acted under his powers as commander in chief, which according to the War Powers Resolution give him permission to commit the U.S. military to short periods of action, as long as he reports back to them and keeps them informed.


Lost Bear Cub Found On Porch Of Western Md. Home

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Images of a little lost cub wandering in western Maryland neighborhood are a sight to see, but wildlife officials are warning there is an important lesson to be learned from the sighting.

Wildlife officials tell WJZ, while it’s not an everyday occurrence, around this time of year, a bear sighting isn’t unheard of.

And while it can tempting to interact with one as small as this baby cub, their advice: don’t.

Pictures that without a doubt can be classified as “unbearably” cute.


Democrats Praise Trump on Syria Military Action

Democrats have offered their support and praise for President Donald Trump after he ordered a military strike against a Syrian airbase Thursday night.

The United States military launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat Airfield, a Syrian military airbase. U.S. officials believe the airbase was where Syrian President Basha al-Assad forces allegedly carried out Tuesday's airstrike that involved chemical weapons.

Trump's decision was met with praise by his political opponents across the aisle.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) released a statement that applauded Trump's actions as the "right thing to do."

Beef & Dumpling Dinner Tomorrow!!

Beef & Dumpling Dinner Fundraiser to benefit Delmar Little League. Tickets will be available to purchase through any player , coach or board member of Delmar Little League. $15/ticket- eat in or carry out

Georgetown Man Arrested by Troopers for Human Trafficking

Superintendent, Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.
United States Department of Homeland Security
Resident Agent in Charge, Jonathan Free
Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier
Georgetown - The Human Trafficking Task Force comprised of the Delaware State Police, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Delaware Department of Justice have arrested a Georgetown man in connection with human trafficking.
On Thursday April 6, 2017, Jorge Arcinieja, 55 of Georgetown was arrested after a lengthy investigation into an alleged prostitution operation being conducted out of a mobile home located at 36 Garden Circle in the County Seat Mobile Home Park.  Upon conducting surveillance on the home, detectives were able to obtain a search warrant on the residence after observing numerous vehicles and men frequent the home for a short period of time before leaving.  When detectives and investigators entered the house, Arcinieja attempted to flee out of the rear door, but was taken into custody without further incident.  A 25-year-old female, who was determined to be from the Dominican Republic, was located in a bedroom along with various items used in commercial sex trade.
Through the investigation it was determined that the female victim was transported to the Garden Circle location from outside of Delaware and was confined to a bedroom where she was forced to perform illicit acts with men visiting the home.

Pentagon: Russia May Have Directly Participated in Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

A stunning update on Friday afternoon from the Associated Press said the Pentagon is investigating possible Russian participation in the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons attack.

These officials also supported the dire suspicion that nearby hospitals were attacked to cover up evidence of the WMD deployment:

The officials say Russia has failed to control the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons.

They say a drone belonging either to Russia or Syria was seen hovering over the site of the chemical weapons attack Tuesday after it happened. The drone returned late in the day as citizens were going to a nearby hospital for treatment. Shortly afterward, officials say the hospital was bombed.

The officials say they believe the hospital attack may have been an effort to cover up evidence of the attack.


OC’s Proposed Budget Includes Small Tax Cut For Resident Property Owners

OCEAN CITY — The proposed fiscal year 2018 budget of around $128 million was unveiled this week and includes a modest tax cut for resort property owners for the second straight year.

City Manager Doug Miller and Budget Manager Jennie Knapp outlined the proposed fiscal year budget on Tuesday, launching a two-week process that will ultimately end with an adopted spending plan.

The total budget for all funds is just over $128 million with the general fund making up around $84 million. The general fund budget includes an increase of about $3.2 million over fiscal year 2017, or roughly 4 percent.

“This budget has been fully vetted,” said Miller. “What we’re doing with the budget is the single most important thing we do. Every dollar has been accounted for to the best of our ability. It’s a status quo budget for the most part, which means we told the departments not to ask for anything they didn’t have last year.”


Grassley: Judge Gorsuch Confirmation Ends Sen. Schumer’s 16-Year Era of Filibustering Judges

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told reporters he was proud to have shepherded the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch through to his Senate confirmation Friday, which ended the era of filibustering Supreme Court nominations that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) began 16 years ago.

“There are a significant events that brought us to this point of adding a new member to the Supreme Court, but I think we just witnessed one of the most important votes that a member of the United States Senate can cast. Judge Gorsuch will be an independent voice on that Supreme Court. He proved that very much during the hearings,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA).

The Senate approved President Donald Trump’s Gorsuch nomination 54-45, with Vice President Mike Pence presiding not so much because he was concerned there would be a tie, but because he and the other senators seem to enjoy his presence in the chamber.

Grassley said the dismissal of the 60-vote requirement returns the Senate to where it was before Democrats began the practice of blocking appointments with the filibuster.


O.C. Brew Fest quietly canceled

The inaugural O.C. Brew Fest, which was scheduled for April 29, has been quietly canceled.

MASIV Events & Festivals, the promotional company that organized the beer event, announced the cancellation three weeks ago on Facebook. Its website’s main page still advertised the O.C. Brew Fest after the cancellation.

But when visitors attempted to buy tickets, they were redirected to a page that had a message about the cancellation.

“Sorry for any inconvenience folks, due to unforeseen circumstances the O.C. Brew Fest has been cancelled,” the site reads. “There are plans to reschedule to a later date so stay tuned for updates!”


IRS commissioner: 100K taxpayers potentially compromised in online data breach

Upwards of 100,000 taxpayers may have had their personal information compromised by an online security breach, the head of the IRS said.

Testifying Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said identity thieves exploited a bug within one of its web-based data tools to file millions of dollars’ worth of fraudulent tax returns.

“Fortunately we caught this at the front end,” Mr. Koskinen said at the hearing. “Our highest priority is making sure that we protect taxpayers and their identity.”

The agency’s “data retrieval tool” is designed to import financial records between the IRS and the Department of Education’s website to help taxpayers completing a lengthy college financial aid form know as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. According to the commissioner, however, criminals harnessed a security flaw within the tool to steal other people’s data and then file and collect false tax returns.

The IRS disabled the tool last month, Mr. Koskinen said Thursday, but not before the agency issued about 8,000 fraudulent tax returns totaling roughly $30 million. Another 14,000 bogus returns were spotted by investigators before refunds were issued, and another 52,000 filings were halted altogether, he said.


Comptroller Franchot Halts Processing Returns from 15 More Private Tax Preparers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – In his continuing fight to combat tax fraud and identity theft, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that, effective immediately, he has suspended processing electronic tax returns from 15 private tax preparers throughout the region due to a high volume of questionable returns received. Combined with two previous announcements this tax season, returns from 54 tax preparers have been halted.

“We remain steadfast and committed to protecting the integrity of our tax system,” Comptroller Franchot said. “My Questionable Return Detection Team has been tireless in identifying fraudulent returns that attempt to drain state coffers and fleece Maryland’s hardworking citizens.”

Accounting for businesses removed from last year’s list of suspended tax preparers because they are now in compliance, the active number of suspensions stands at 93 tax preparation firms at 111 locations. Since 2007, the Comptroller’s Office has detected and blocked nearly 76,000 fraudulent tax returns worth more than $174.2 million.

The new preparers or businesses notified of the action are:


Washington Post Publishes the Worst Analysis Yet of Neil Gorsuch’s Confirmation Fight

The prize for the worst analysis to date about the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court should be awarded to Professor Richard Hasen of the University of California–Irvine Law School. Professor Hasen’s evolution from a serious legal scholar to a partisan mudslinger is now sadly complete. 

That is the only conclusion to be drawn from his April 2 Washington Post editorial, “Neil Gorsuch got where he is because of a form of affirmative action.” In it, Hasen calls Judge Gorsuch “an affirmative action baby” who did not “get where he is today solely based on his merits.” According to Hasen, Judge Gorsuch’s remarkable career is a product of Justice White’s affinity for law clerks from his home state, Justice Kennedy’s charity, political connections, and wealthy clients. To call Hasen’s charges unfounded would be more charitable than his baseless speculation deserves. But Judge Gorsuch’s sterling achievements and well-earned success at every stage of his career need no defense from me or any impartial observer. 

What does merit a response is Hasen’s attempt to use his baseless speculation about Judge Gorsuch as a launching pad for a defense of affirmative action. Remarkably, Hasen’s convoluted argument makes one of the best cases against race-based preferences anyone has seen in a very long time. Hasen’s thesis is that simply by knowing the circumstances of Judge Gorsuch’s life — being a Coloradan, having a politically active mother, and representing powerful clients — one can label him an “affirmative action baby.” But these kinds of assumptions are of course what make racial preferences so pernicious. In Hasen’s view, for example, every African-American graduate from an Ivy League school is presumptively an “affirmative action baby” who did not gain admission on merit. As Hasen says: “There are often more qualified people than there are positions.” So, in his eyes, race must have played a role. Quite accidentally, then, Hasen proves Justice Clarence Thomas’s point: “These programs stamp minorities with a badge of inferiority,” and in so doing, “undermine the moral basis of the equal protection principle.”


Well What Will You Do About April Jackson Governor?

Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on Final Passage of Ethics Reform Legislation

Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement regarding the final and unanimous passage of the administration’s Public Integrity Act of 2017 by the Maryland General Assembly:

“Today is a great day in our historic state capital. I commend Senate President Mike Miller, House Speaker Mike Busch, and the Maryland General Assembly for working with our administration in a bipartisan fashion to unanimously pass the most important and transformative ethics reform legislation in over a decade. Together, we have made major progress in fulfilling our shared obligation to preserve the honor and the foundation of public trust that our proud institutions of government should always command.

“With this legislation, we are reaffirming our promise and commitment to the accountability, transparency, and fairness that the people of Maryland deserve. I look forward to joining with both presiding officers in signing the Public Integrity Act of 2017 into law.”

OC Debating Whether To Eliminate Boardwalk Code Enforcer

OCEAN CITY — While complaints about off-color Boardwalk displays and signage have dropped significantly in recent years, resort leaders voiced concern this week eliminating a seasonal enforcement position could erase the progress and nurture a return to how things were in the past.

During a budget work session on Wednesday, Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville pointed out some changes in the way his staff is best utilized has reduced the need for a part-time seasonal code enforcement officer on the Boardwalk. The individual monitors compliance with town’s codes regarding outdoor displays and signage. Not so long ago, complaints spiked on the Boardwalk about not only the content of some outdoor displays and signage but also the location and a concerted effort was made to enforce existing ordinances.

The efforts have received the desired results for the most part with fewer complaints about non-compliant outdoor displays and signs. Based on that success, Neville’s fiscal year 2018 budget calls for the elimination of the part-time code enforcement officer on the Boardwalk, which would cost an estimated $3,100.


Hillary Clinton Again Blames 'Misogyny' for Election Defeat

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has once again blamed her widespread unpopularity on misogyny, telling a summit this week that it “certainly played a role” in her election defeat to Donald Trump last November.

“Certainly misogyny played a role,” Clinton told a Women in the World Summit on Thursday. “I mean, that has to be admitted.”

She then went on to claim that people felt uncomfortable with her being a successful woman, claiming that there is an “inverse relationship” between success and popularity that only applies to women.

Clinton’s comments were in response to a question on why she lost the election, to which she said she believed that there was no single reason.

“[Like] in any campaign, there are so many different crosscurrents and events, and some have a greater impact than others,” she said.


Police pull ATM from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor (Photos)

WASHINGTON — Baltimore police responded to an unusual call for service Thursday night — an ATM that tumbled in to the Inner Harbor during intense storms.

On Thursday afternoon, powerful storms swept through the region and blew an ATM from the nearby Light the City event into the water. The department’s marine unit responded later in the evening and pulled it out of the water.

The team of several divers and officers retrieved the ATM, hooked it to a boat and pulled it out of the water, said Detective Jeremy Silbert with the Baltimore police.

He said it’s important to pull out large items in the harbor because if the current changes, it could move and possibly damage boats and piers.


Getting the Mentally Ill Out of Jails

A dearth of beds at state psychiatric hospitals in many parts of the country and shortages of mental health resources mean that mentally ill people who commit minor crimes often end up languishing in jails, which are poorly equipped to handle their illnesses.

It’s a difficult problem that, without intervention, creates a grim cyclical pattern: Untreated mentally ill people get carted off to jail, where their illnesses go unaddressed, which increases the odds that they will commit crimes after their release.

But cities, counties and states across the U.S. are attempting to break that pattern, using law enforcement and criminal justice tools to direct those with mental illness toward treatment services that could help them control behaviors that got them into trouble.


Ocean City Wooing Tall Ship For August Return

OCEAN CITY — Nearly three years after it sailed off and disappeared over the horizon, the 16th century Spanish Galleon replica El Galleon Andalucia could be returning to Ocean City late this summer.

During a budget work session on Thursday, Special Events Director Frank Miller told the Mayor and Council there had been cursory talks with the foundation that supports the El Galleon Andalucia about a possible return to the resort in August. The 170-foot, 500-ton tall ship replica visited Ocean City twice in recent years, arriving for the first time in August 2013 and returning the same month the following year and Miller said the majestic vessel could make a return trip this summer.

“We’ve had conversations with the foundation that brought us the Spanish galleon back in 2013 and 2014,” he said. “They are interested in coming back this August. We are going to start communicating with them to see if that’s a possibility.”


Here We Go AGAIN!

Maryland legislature overrides struggling schools bill veto

The Maryland General Assembly on Thursday overrode Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill that creates a blueprint for identifying and assisting struggling schools. The post Maryland legislature overrides struggling schools bill veto appeared first on WTOP.


Berlin Council To Consider Truck Ban On Baker Street

BERLIN – The Berlin Town Council is expected to consider prohibiting truck traffic on Baker Street in an effort to preserve the historic road.

According to Town Administrator Laura Allen, on Monday the council should discuss a contract to aid in road repairs as well as a resolution that would ban trucks on Baker Street.

“The agenda hasn’t been published yet but you can look for those items to be on there,” Allen said at Wednesday’s meeting of the Berlin Historic District Commission.

Allen’s comments came after Baker Street resident Suzanne Parks approached the commission to share her concerns regarding the deteriorating historic street. Parks said her street was the last one in town that still contained oyster shell cement. The historic street, however, has undergone significant wear and tear in recent years, particularly as traffic has increased with the closure of nearby Harrison Avenue. The middle portion of Harrison has been closed since June of 2016 when municipal officials refused to pay the price the Adkins Company set for the piece of road in front of the store.


These Liberals Want You To Swap Babies To Defeat Racism

For years, liberals have been coming up with new and creative ways to end racism in society — each more absurd than the last. However, their latest idea to end racism takes the cake for the most insane idea ever.

Howard Rachlin, a professor of psychology at Stony Brook University in New York, and Marvin Franke, a professor of psychology at Sarah Lawrence College, also in New York, have proposed in an op-ed they wrote for Aeon that children should be randomly assigned to families as a way to end racism.

No, seriously. These guys actually believe that giving your own child to a random stranger has the potential to end racism.


Illegal Immigration Down 67 Percent Under Trump

The border wall may not be up yet, but that doesn’t mean that the Trump administration isn’t taking a major bite out of illegal immigration already.

Testimony from Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday revealed that apprehensions for illegal border crossings were down 71 percent since the last full month of the Obama administration, according to U.S. News and World Report.

In written testimony, the DHS chief said there were less than 17,000 apprehensions in March. That’s down from 58,478 in December — a sign that fewer are attempting the crossing into the United States.


Joy Behar Compares Ivanka Trump to A Hospital “Candystriper”

President Donald Trump has relied heavily on his daughter, Ivanka Trump, to help him craft parts of his policy platform — something that hasn’t sat too well with liberals who can’t stand the idea of Trump’s daughter having a major role in the administration.

On Wednesday, the ladies of ABC’s “The View” decided to rip into Ivanka because they still can’t accept that she has a major role in the White House, The Daily Caller reported.

“It’s like going to the hospital and having the candystripers do the surgery,” co-host Joy Behar said. “That’s what’s going on here.”


NAU Students Demand President of School Resign Because She Doesn’t Accept Safe Spaces

Liberal students are calling for the president of their university to resign after she refused to give into their politically correct demands for “safe spaces.” This is one woman who realizes you can’t coddle a student into adulthood, and it is absolutely amazing to see her take a stand against the liberal tide that’s swamped so much of American academia in recent years.

Students at Northern Arizona University demanded their president’s resignation over comments she made about “space spaces” on the campus. During a Q&A forum hosted by the university, a student questioned President Rita Cheng about how she would implement or endorse safe spaces on the NAU campus.

Remarkably, Cheng answered the liberal snowflake with refreshing honesty, and said that she cannot support safe spaces because they do not allow students to develop the necessary skills they need to be successful once they leave campus.


As Pugh Welcomes Decree's Approval, Sessions Cautions Against 'Ill-Advised Reforms'

A federal judge has signed entry of the Baltimore Police Department consent decree with the Justice Department.

"It is comprehensive, detailed, and precise," wrote U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar in his ruling. "It appears to be balanced and well-calibrated to achieve the parties' shared, jointly-stated objectives. After close review of the proposed decree, and in light of all other submissions on the docket and in open Court, the Court concludes the decree is fair, adequate, and reasonable."

This comes one day after a new effort by the U.S. Department of Justice to put the brakes on the Baltimore police consent decree.

The DOJ lawyers were turned down in a delay request Wednesday. They tried again Thursday, asking for another 30 days so the department can review the decree. Lawyers are also now indicating they may want to make changes. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' caution was evident in his statement following the decree's approval.


Florida Advances Bill That Would Require Drug Offenders to Pass Drug Test for Welfare

In an effort to cut down on wasting taxpayer dollars, state governments have been taking measures to ensure that anyone receiving government benefits isn’t misusing them.

For example, Florida lawmakers have been considering enacting a bill that would require state welfare applicants with prior drug-related convictions to submit to mandatory drug testing before receiving benefits, according to WESH.

The bill would also reportedly require applicants suspected of being on drugs to pay up to $40 for the drug testing, and those who pass the test would be reimbursed.


Democrats Resorting to Curse Words to Get Their Points Across

Some Democrats are injecting profanity into their poorly considered rhetoric about President Donald Trump, as if swearing will make Americans listen to a message they’re already rejecting, according to Town Hall.

In Newark, New Jersey,last week, newly elected Democrat National Committee Chairman Tom Perez spoke at the “We Build the Resistance” rally (yes, that’s really a thing) to stoke the fires of liberal opposition to Trump’s presidency.

And Perez was fairly fired up himself, according to the Washington Free Beacon.


Good Sleep Gets Tougher With Age

Most people see their sleep habits shift as they age, but a new review suggests that some seniors lose the ability to get deep, restorative rest.

And that can come with health consequences, said review author Bryce Mander, a sleep researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sleep "fragmentation" has been linked to a number of medical conditions, including depression and dementia, Mander said. People with fragmented sleep wake up multiple times during the night, and miss out on the deep stages of sleep.

It is true that medical conditions, or the treatments for them, can cause sleep problems, according to Mander.

But poor sleep can also contribute to disease, he added.


Jeff Sessions Slams Deal to Monitor Baltimore Police

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a statementFriday raising concerns over a consent decree to impose federal monitoring of the Baltimore Police Department.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland entered the decree Friday morning to resolve the findings of the investigation of the Baltimore Police begun by the Civil Rights Division of President Obama’s Department of Justice after the death of suspected drug dealer Freddie Gray in April 2015.

Mr. Gray’s death in police custody likely was the result of injuries he sustained after officers did not buckle his seatbelt after arresting him and placing him in the back of their van. The death set off days of intense rioting and looting that saw the violence-ridden city in flames and stretched already strained police-community relations to the breaking point.


Live-in program saves city $600K in salaries

Responding to the City Council’s questions on the financial return Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company’s live-in program, fire department leaders issued a report that determines the program saves the city somewhere between $600,000 to $1 million a year.

That amount reflects the 40 to 48 hours per week of wages Ocean City would need to pay a career firefighter instead of relying on the 10 on-duty volunteers who stay in fire stations free. Underlying costs and benefits do not factor into that estimate, according to the report.

The low-end of the cost range reflects time that officials have to wait for live-ins to receive physicals, therefore officially starting the job. The $1 million amount demonstrates a full shift without rounding, such as a volunteer arriving five minutes late.


US Credit Card Debt Rises Above $1 Trillion For The First Time In A Decade

Unlike last month's unexpectedly week consumer credit report, which saw a plunge in revolving, or credit card, debt moments ago the Fed, in its latest G.19 release, announced that there were few surprises in the February report: Total revolving credit rose by $2.9 billion, undoing last month's $2.6 billion drop - the biggest since 2012 - while non-revolving credit increased by $12.3 billion, for a total increase in February consumer credit of $15.2 billion, roughly in line with the $15 billion expected.

However, while in general the data was uneventful, there was one notable milestone: in February, following modest prior revisions, total revolving/credit card debt, has once again risen above the "nice round number" of $1 trillion for the first time since January 2007...

.... where it now joins both auto ($1.1 trillion) and student ($1.4 trillion) loans, both of which are well above $1 trillion as of this moment.


Welcome to White House Press Briefings!

White House Press has become a Kindergarten classroom with the Press Secretary as the teacher rather than relaying news to the public. It's sad our liberal media has been deduced to five year olds, but here's a shining example of where they've become the joke of the world!

Scratch that... even five year olds have better manners and sense of decorum than the folks at all the MSM outlets.

How Dangerous is Your Cell Phone?

There’s no doubt that cell phones are dangerous — at least in one way: Texting and driving leads to countless car accidents, injuries, and deaths.

But cell phones may also be harmful in other ways — producing radiation that potentially disrupts bodily functions in small ways that build up over time.

There is still considerable debate over the potential links between the phone use and chronic disease. Much research has been done, especially concerning brain cancer, with most of it failing to find a correlation.

But some studies have raised questions about potential dangers — so much so that the World Health Organization has classified cell phone radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”


Watch Democratic caucus melt down in bloody chaos

Firefighters shut down Minneapolis meeting before delegates can be chosen

After 30 years of refugees from Somalia being settled in Minneapolis, the Somalis have taken over the city’s sixth ward.

And Minnesotans are starting to get a picture of what that will look like going forward.

The mayor’s office and the entire city council are up for election in November, which means it’s caucus time in Minneapolis. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, or DFL, chooses delegates for each candidate at caucus meetings attended by thousands of party members.

In the Somali-dominated sixth ward, hundreds of Somali refugees packed a small gymnasium Tuesday for a caucus and things quickly devolved into pandemonium. Emergency personnel eventually intervened and shut down the event amid calls for calm by city council candidates.

Watch video of chaos breaking out at Democratic caucus for city council in Minneapolis’s sixth ward Tuesday:


Rockville HS rape defendant’s lawyer decries ‘politics’ of the case

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Lawyers were in court Friday in the case of one of two students charged with the rape of a 14-year-old classmate at Rockville High School last month.

Defense lawyer David Wooten, who waived a preliminary hearing for his client, 17-year-old Jose Montano, said afterward that the case is being used for political purposes, and the attention given to it is making it much harder for him to defend Montano.

Montano had entered the country illegally, as had 18-year old Henry Sanchez Milian, who also faces a charge of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense.

“I’ve never had a juvenile caught up in … a political case that the White House is talking about for immigration purposes,” Wooten said. “I don’t think the case would even be in the situation that it’s in if it wasn’t for the politics.”


ICE Arrests 82 Illegals From 26 Countries in DC, Virginia Sweep

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have announced its officers arrested 82 illegal immigrants – a majority with criminal convictions – from 26 countries during a five-day sweep late last month in Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

According to the agency, 68 of those scooped up in the raids had previous convictions for crimes like armed robbery, larceny and drug distribution.

Of the remaining 14, two had ties to the MS-13 street gang – which, according to an NBC affiliate – has been linked to several murders in the D.C. area; two had outstanding final orders of removal; three had overstayed their visas; one was wanted by a foreign law enforcement entity; one was a verified human rights violator and two had pending local charges, ICE said in its news releae.


High-Tech Drones to Float Above Boston Marathon Start

A pair of high-tech drones will hover above the Boston Marathon starting line when the annual event takes place later this month.

Four years after the terrorist bombing that resulted in three deaths and more than 250 injuries at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, authorities continue to beef up security. On April 17, police will have two drones tethered to the ground floating above the race start in Hopkinton, Mass. to keep an eye on things.

The drones, according to the Boston Herald, were developed by CyPhy Works in nearby Danvers, Mass. Called Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) drones, they are attached to the ground by thin tethers and have cameras with powerful zoom lenses and can see via electro-optical and infrared.


Jolly Roger Parks Has NOT Been Sold

Jolly Roger Parks would like to assure all of our customers, guests and friends that our Parks and Facilities HAVE NOT been sold. Misguided and fabricated posts on Social Media, ostensibly as an April Fool’s joke, are simply not true.

After 53 years entertaining generations of families, Jolly Roger Parks is looking forward to another great summer! We’re bringing you all some new attractions to make your experience at our parks even more enjoyable. The Lost Lagoon will be the new addition in Jolly Roger Splash Mountain, named the #1 Water Park in Maryland. The exciting new Kraken will join the attractions at Jolly Roger at the Pier. And, the next generation in Go Kart racing, the Future 8, will be opening at Jolly Roger SpeedWorld, the East Coast’s largest Go Kart facility. Jolly Roger Parks will remain family owned and family operated and is looking forward to serving visitors to Ocean City for years to come.

Lolis Elie, Lawyer Who Helped Desegregate New Orleans, Dies at 87

Lolis Edward Elie, an undaunted civil rights pioneer whose advocacy as a lawyer, protest organizer and negotiator helped propel the racial desegregation of New Orleans, died on Tuesday at his home in the city’s Treme neighborhood. He was 87.

The cause was apparently complications of Parkinson’s disease, said his son, Lolis Eric Elie, a journalist, food historian and filmmaker.

A childhood victim of discrimination growing up in segregated Louisiana, Mr. Elie (pronounced E-lie) vowed that he would never return to the South after experiencing, at 17, relative racial anonymity in New York City, having gone north for a brief stint as a merchant seaman.

But after he was drafted into the Army in 1951, a fellow soldier encouraged him to pursue a legal career once he was discharged. He did, returning home to continue his schooling.


Tomi Lahren sues Glenn Beck and The Blaze for wrongful termination

Tomi Lahren, the outspoken conservative commentator, is suing her former boss and workplace, Glenn Beck and The Blaze, alleging wrongful termination.

The suit, filed in Texas Friday, alleges that Beck and The Blaze got rid of Lahren and her nightly talk show due to her making pro-choice comments on "The View" last month.

"I can't sit here and be a hypocrite and say I'm for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies," she said on the broadcast.

Lahren, who is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and arguably one the most notable names at The Blaze other than Beck himself, was suspended -- along with her show -- for a week following those comments.


YouTube Requires 10,000 Views before video get ads

YouTube said Thursday that video channels on its site must now have more than 10,000 total views before the company will place ads on their videos, a major shift in policy the company said is designed to punish rule breakers.

The move by YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG, -0.42% GOOGL, -0.45% Google, comes amid a backlash from advertisers over the company’s placement of ads on objectionable videos. The change is likely to reassure some advertisers, though it could also upset many of its millions of creators.

YouTube said the policy has been in the works since November and is designed to block channels that steal others’ content for revenue.


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Hillary Clinton Explains Why She Really Lost to Trump

Almost four months after her stunning defeat, Hillary Clinton on Thursday primarily blamed her loss to President Donald Trump on four factors that were beyond her control.

The former Democratic presidential candidate cited Russian meddling in the election, FBI Director James Comey's involvement toward the end of the race, WikiLeaks theft of emails from her campaign chairman, and misogyny.

Clinton's comments came during her first post-election interview at Tina Brown's eighth annual Women in the World Summit in New York City. She was questioned by Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times.

She largely cited these factors for her defeat:

- Russia. "A foreign power meddled with our election," she said, labeling it "an act of aggression." She called for an independent, bipartisan investigation into the Kremlin's involvement and said the probe should examine whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign.



The Great Conch Incident

Sometime in the 1950’s, after a big storm, there was a bounty of conch shells that washed up on the beaches of Ocean City. Now, it was not unusual for beachcombers to scour the beaches of Ocean City for all kinds of things to wash up on the beaches. They may find an old Spanish coin from the 1700’s or a piece of unusual looking driftwood. I guess the same circumstances exist today. There has never been a situation like the one in the 1950’s.

My grandfather liked to fish in the surf at Ocean City and he went over after this storm to do a little fishing. When he saw the amount of conch shells along the beach, he saw dollars, not conch shells. Upon returning to Salisbury, he called his old friend, Norm Holland, at Pocohantas. Having used Pocohantas many times for their sand and concrete in his construction business, Norm was more than willing to grant my grandfather a favor. So, one of Pocohantas’ trucks went to Ocean City and completely filled it with conch shells. They then proceeded to dump them at the end of my grandfather’s driveway at the corner of Church and Truitt Streets. My grandfather was ecstatic by this display of his new found cache of wealth. He knew that conch shells sold for good money and he was going to clean up.

At this point things started going downhill. Its seems that a portion of the conchs still contained their live inhabitants. Today, that would be a nice bounty, as conch now sells for about $4.00 a pound. That was not the case in the 1950’s. At best, it was fish bait. Time brought about the death of the conchs and the subsequent accompanying fish smell to the whole neighborhood. Needless to say, people started to complain and he saw no solution except to have the Pocohantas truck remove all the conchs and the offending smell.

The only good that came out of it was that my grandmother took a few of the empty shells and lined a walkway in her garden. At the time they were exotic and were a nice addition. I still have some of the shells from her garden and a nice memory of “the great conch incident”.

Somerset County Sheriff's Office reports most recent arrests 4-8-17

Shawn Alan Mooney of Crisfield, arrested 3-6-17 on a warrant for 4th degree burglary, theft over $10,000, and theft scheme under $10,000. Mooney was later held on a $5,000 bond.

Jimmy Lee Cullen of Crisfield, arrested 3-12-17 on warrants for violation of probation, and a parole retake . Cullen was later held without bond.

Michael Shane Gandy Jr. of Princess Anne, arrested 3-13-17 on several Fruitland Police Department warrants. Gandy was later held on a $5,000 bond.

Alesha Fay Davis of Eden, criminal summons served on 3-15-17 for 2nd degree assault. Davis was later released on signature pending court actions.

Destiny Shaianne Dupont of Princess Anne, criminal summons served on 3-15-17 for malicious dest. missiles at vehicle, and malicious destruction of property over $500.00. Dupont was later released on signature pending court actions

Karen Ann Linamen of Princess Anne, arrested 3-15-17 on a warrant for violation of probation. Linamen was later held without bond.

Marcedes Sharena Miller of Princess Anne, criminal summons served 3-15-17 for unlawful taking of motor vehicle, and unauthorized removal of property. Miller was later released on signature pending court actions.

David Thomas Wheatley 2nd of Princess Anne, criminal summons served on 3-16-17 for theft under $10,000. Wheatley was later released on signature pending court actions.

Perry Dwayne Dorman Jr. of Crisfield, arrested 3-17-17 on warrants for 2nd degree assault, and violating an out of state protective order. Dorman was later released on a unsecured $10,000 bond.

DE’Von Shawn Cannon of Crisfield, arrested 3-18-17 on two Circuit Court warrants. Cannon was later held without bond.

Everett Lee Bozman of Princess Anne, arrested 3-20-17 on a warrant for violation of probation. Bozman was later held without bond.

Jeronti Andrew Whaley of Fruitland, arrested 3-20-17 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Whaley was later released after posting bond.

George Lee Ballard of Princess Anne, arrested 3-20-17 on a four warrants for failing to appear in court. Ballard was later held on a $404,000 bond.

Shawn Alan Mooney of Crisfield, arrested 3-22-17 on warrants for theft over $1,000 and trespassing. Mooney was later held on a $5,000 bond.

Woodland Warren James of Princess Anne, arrested 3-26-17 for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, and negligent driving. James was later released on signatures pending court actions. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by Deputies in the area of Manokin Ave, and Deal Island Rd.

Victoria Lillian Davis of Crisfield, arrested 3-26-17 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Davis was later held without bond.

Robert Lee White 3rd of Crisfield, arrested 3-26-17 on a warrant for parole retake . White was later held without bond.

Robert Lee Morse Jr. of Crisfield, arrested 3-29-17 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Morse was later released on personal recognizance.

Maurice Mickinley Turner 3rd of Princess Anne, arrested 3-30-17 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Turner was later held without bond.

Jason Dwight Sutton Jr. of Salisbury, arrested 4-4-17 on a warrant for violation of probation. Sutton was later held without bond.

Bay Area murder suspect released on bail after raising nearly $70 million in property and cash

A Bay Area woman accused of killing the father of her two children has been released from custody after raising nearly $70 million to get out of jail.

Tiffany Li, 31, is accused of murder and of conspiring with two other suspects to kill her ex-boyfriend, Keith Green, said San Mateo County Dist. Atty. Steve Wagstaffe. Li had been held on $35-million bail for nearly a year.

Li was released from the San Mateo County Jail at 1:50 p.m., according to authorities. She is scheduled to appear July 17 for a court hearing.

Her release comes after about 20 friends, family and business associates offered $4 million in cash and $62 million in properties as collateral. Because real estate was part of the assets used to secure her $35-million bail, she was required to post twice that amount to obtain her freedom, her attorney, Geoffrey Carr, said Wednesday.


Boy Mayor Jake Day Misleads The Public Once Again On Fire Service Agreement & So Did The Press

While ALL of your other media sources not only attended the recent press conference referencing the fire service agreement, the Boy Mayor made statements that just are not true. Just because the Mayor says something does NOT mean it's true. Sadly while the media was handed all the information you'll read below, they once again refused to crunch the numbers and instead simply went by whatever Day told them.

First of all, there WILL be a new Fire Station 1 and it will most likely be on Mt. Hermon Road. The Volunteers will ALSO have the opportunity to take over the fire service at the Airport, which will bring them a ton of funds, especially if they start doing some training there. 

The FAA will actually put up a ton of money to build a brand new station, (that won't cost taxpayers) and could perhaps end up being the nicest fire station in the County. They will get an immediate $300,000.00 a year from the County and if they start training there they will also get an additional $250,000.00 a year. Keep in mind, Piedmont will stop funding the fire service in the very near future and the County will have to take on this expense, no matter what, if they want to keep the airport. This is a demand from the FAA.

Now, as far as the new fire service agreement, the City will NOT exceed their service beyond the Bypass, except in the immediate area of WorWic, so Day got that wrong. Wicomico County actually paid out MORE money last year to the City then they will now pay under this new agreement, that's a fact. So Day got that wrong as well. 

While it is now well known that Chief Rick Hoppes will be retiring in a little more then a year from now, he demanded the County pay the City $2,200,000.00 a year ABOVE and beyond what the County was already providing. After numerous meetings Boy Day brought that figure down to $1,100,000.00 ABOVE what the County was already paying. Again, Day mislead the public in the media but clearly the media didn't crunch the numbers at all and got it seriously wrong. 

In the past the County was paying the City $986,000.00 a year for their services. GUESS WHAT, the County will be paying the City LESS this year and here's the kicker. After three years the County won't be paying the City a DIME outside of 911 actual calls!

So you see, when you put a BOY in office up against a well seasoned businessman and you threaten a nuclear option, it will come back and bite you in the you know what. To those of you commenters claiming Executive Bob Culver screwed the County, I GUESS SO! That is, if you read the Daily Times or watch WBOC. I am right, they are completely wrong! Culver saved the County Taxpayers BIG TIME on this matter and was SMART to hire a company to crunch the stats. They found that Hoppes, Ireton and Boy Mayor Day were trying to SCREW the County Taxpayers, they LIED about the figures and in the end got exactly what they deserved.

Way To Go Executive Culver and Thank You Very Much!

Additionally, Salisbury will be losing more territory in this agreement. Hebron, Station 1 and Parsonsburg will be getting more territory. 

Election worker who tried to let felons vote charged with … felonies

Fight against frauds expanding across nation

It was back in 2008 when comedian Al Franken trailed incumbent Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in a U.S. Senate race when the counting stopped.

But after a recount and an eight-month court challenge, officials declared Franken the winner by 312 votes, with nearly 3 million votes cast.

A Minnesota organization revealed that at least 341 convicted felons voted illegally in the state’s Hennepin County, where Minneapolis is located, and another 52 voted illegally in adjacent Ramsey County, home to St. Paul.

It means Franken may be sitting in the U.S. Senate now, nitpicking at Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s record, because felons illegally voted for him.

“I don’t presume to know how those [ineligible voters] cast their ballots. I can’t say,” Dan McGrath of Minnesota Majority told WND at the time. “What I do know is that because of the fraud that was in the system, we don’t know if we elected the person the people really wanted to elect.

“The number of felons voting in those two counties alone exceeds … Franken’s victory margin,” according to the analysis.


Chronic Pain Sufferers Are Scared by Ohio’s New Opioid Rules

Chronic pain sufferers fear they could become casualties in the war on Ohio's opioid overdose epidemic.

They say recent moves by Gov. John Kasich to fight the plague by restricting how many painkillers can be prescribed will add to their anguish — and could force them to go underground to find the relief they need to make it through a day.

"We are being punished for being in pain," said Amy Monahan-Curtis, 44, who has been living in agony since 1993 due to condition called cervical dystonia that causes her neck muscles to contract involuntarily.


Trump Calls NBC's Andrea Mitchell a 'P.R. Person' for Hillary Clinton

President Donald Trump slammed NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday, suggesting she acted as a "P.R. person" for former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump said in an interview with New York Times reporters Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman on Wednesday that the controversy surrounding Susan Rice and her alleged requests to "unmask" Trump associates would become a "massive, massive story."

Trump referenced Rice's Tuesday interview with Mitchell, saying Rice did a "horrible" job and that Mitchell was "Hillary Clinton's P.R. person."

"Take a look at what’s happening. I mean, first of all her performance was horrible yesterday on television even though she was interviewed by Hillary Clinton’s P.R. person, Andrea Mitchell. Course you’ve been accused of that also," Trump told the Times reporters.


Syria's war: Who is fighting and why

A Viewer Writes: Route 346/Md Dot


SHA has replaced about 5-6 drain pipes crossing Old Ocean City RD, between Pittsville and Willards. These were replaced two weeks ago. 

The road still has not been repaved. The fill is potholed out and there is a lot of loose stones and dust on the road. 

How long is this going to be left like this chipping vehicles paint and possibly damaging windshields. 

To me this is unacceptable. I live by one of these and it's just terrible.

Scientists announce breakthrough in stem cell research

"This is the first study reporting the derivation of a stable stem cell type that shows totipotent-like bi-developmental potential," said researcher Juan Carlos Izpisua Bemonte.

Scientists have already successfully developed pluripotent stem cells in the lab, cells which can form any type of tissue. Totipotent stem cells are the pinnacle for stem cell scientists, however. And for the first time, researchers have found a way to engineer them.

Unlike pluripotent stem cells, totipotent stem cells can form tissues that provide embryonic support, or extra-embryonic tissues, like the placenta and amniotic sac.


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US Pilots at Increased Risk Following Cruise Missile Strikes: Russia

Russia on Friday scrapped the agreement to "deconflict" air operations over Syria, increasing the risk to U.S. pilots in the aftermath of cruise missile strikes launched by Navy destroyers on a Syrian air base.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said that the possibility of conflict between U.S. and Russian aircraft had "significantly increased" as the result of Moscow's decision to pull out of the 2015 deconfliction agreement in response to the U.S. attack on the Sharyat air base north of Damascus.

Putin views the U.S. strikes on Syria as "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law," said Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman.

U.S. officials said initial bomb damage assessments showed that the strikes by 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched by the destroyers Ross and Porterhad inflicted "severe" damage on the base and destroyed as many as 20 Syrian aircraft.


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You Can Get Into All National Parks For Free Two Weekends This Month

Looking for an affordable awesome weekend trip? This month, you can visit more than 100 of the nation’s most spectacular public spaces without paying admission.

In celebration of National Park Week, the 118 national parks that usually charge an entry fee will waive that fee for two weekends: April 15-16 and April 22-23.

(Of course, there are around 300 national parks that are always free, no matter the day.)


"Used Cars For Sale"

World's Shortest Books

By Jane Fonda, Cindy Sheehan
& Michelle Obama
Illustrated by Michael Moore
Foreword by George Soros 
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By "The Rev Jesse Jackson" & "The Rev Al Sharpton"
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By Hillary Clinton

By Bill Clinton

By Bill Gates
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By Dennis Rodman 
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By Al Gore & John Kerry
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By Dr. Jack Kevorkian 
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By Ellen de Generes & Rosie O'Donnell 


By Mike Tyson 
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By O. J. Simpson & Casey Anthony
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By Ted Kennedy
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By Bill Clinton
With introduction by
The Rev. Jesse Jackson
And foreward by
Tiger Woods with John Edwards
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My Complete Knowledge of Military Strategy
By Nancy Pelosi
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And the shortest book of them all.....................

By Barack Obama