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Saturday, April 22, 2017

DSP: Spike in Overdoses in Western Sussex County; Immediate Assistance Available at 911 or DHSS’ Crisis Helpline

For more information, contact: Delaware State Police: Sgt. Richard D. Bratz, Director of the Public Information Office (302) 242-5456 and DHSS: Jill Fredel, Director of Communications, (302) 357-7498 (cell)
NEW CASTLE (April 22, 2017) – In the wake of a series of heroin overdoses in western Sussex County, including one that was fatal, from early Friday through early Saturday, health and law enforcement officials are warning users, families, treatment providers and health care professionals of the dangerous spike.
For users and families who want to be connected to treatment immediately, call the Department of Health and Social Services’ 24/7 Crisis Helpline at 1-800-345-6785 in Sussex and Kent counties, or 1-800-652-2929 in New Castle County. If individuals see someone overdosing, they should call 911. Under Delaware’s 911/Good Samaritan Law, people who call 911 to report an overdoses and the person in medical distress cannot be arrested for low-level drug crimes.
Sergeant Richard D. Bratz, Director of the Public Information Office for the Delaware State Police reports that a significant spike of heroin overdoses have occurred over the past several days in Sussex County Delaware. The Sussex County Drug Unit is actively investigating and seeking information on any of the drug overdoses. The public is encouraged to call Sergeant M. Dawson of the Sussex County Drug Unit at (302) 752-3815 with any information.
Michael Barbieri, director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, alerted treatment providers statewide of the surge in overdoses in western Sussex. Hospitals and urgent care centers were notified of the increase by the Division of Public Health’s Emergency Medical Services, which oversees the state’s paramedic service. EMS responded to seven reported overdoses in a 24-hour period beginning Friday in the Seaford and Laurel areas. In several of the cases, paramedics used naloxone, the overdose-reversing medication, to save the individual before transporting each person to the hospital.
“This spike in overdoses is in alarming,” said Dr. Kara Odom Walker, a family physician and Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Health and Social Services. “Even one use of heroin or another opioid can end a life. For people in active use and their families, please convince your loved ones to seek treatment for their addiction or keep naloxone in your home. Addiction is a disease and treatment does work. Our staff at the DHSS Crisis Helpline will listen and they will connect you to treatment options.”


The Ocean Pines Association will hold a restaurant job fair from 10 am – 1 pm on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at Mumford’s Landing in Ocean Pines.

Seasonal and year-round positions are available at the community’s three restaurants – The Cove at Mumford’s, Ocean Pines Golf Club’s Tern Grille and the Ocean Pines Beach Club, located at 49th St. in Ocean City.

Individuals interested in serving as waitstaff, cooks, servers, bartenders, bussers and hostesses are encouraged to attend.

All three facilities have recently undergone renovations. The association’s flagship restaurant, The Cove at Mumford’s, is currently open; the Ocean Pines Beach Club and Tern Grille will reopen within the next few weeks.

Questions about the job fair should be directed to Mumford’s Landing in Ocean Pines at 410-641-7501.

Report: Caitlyn Jenner Plans Nude Photo Shoot after Gender Reassignment Surgery

Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly planning to bare it all in a nude photo shoot after undergoing gender reassignment surgery earlier this year.

According to the Daily Mail, Jenner’s son Brody Jenner says the former Olympian’s forthcoming photo shoot has infuriated the Kardashian clan.


As Seen On Facebook: BEWARE 20 overdoses in last 24 hours

In the Press release we posted earlier the Delaware State police has confirmed at least 7 overdoses.  We have not received any press releases from other local police agencies about this issue.

Purnell Museum opens ‘Community Medicine’

The Julia A. Purnell Museum’s new exhibit, “Community Medicine: The Art and Science of Healing,” which honors longtime town physician Dr. Robert LaMar, had a well-attended opening reception on April 7 during the First Friday Art Stroll in Snow Hill.

Dr. Cynthia Byrd, Purnell Museum executive director, said about 50 people were on hand for the opening, most of whom had first hand dealings with LaMar.

“So many people from his life came and I was so glad they were still around,” she said.

In addition to LaMar’s son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Suzanne LaMar, Byrd said two former nurses, along with the physician who took over his practice and numerous patients were on hand to remember the man who served as Snow Hill’s town doctor for almost 60 years.

“He was the last general family doctor who was certified to deliver babies at Peninsula Regional Medical Center,” she said. “That was back when a general practitioner was general. He had to do everything … you didn’t have specialists.”


Happy Days Star, Erin Moran, Dead at 56

Erin Moran who famously played Joanie Cunningham on "Happy Days" and its spinoff "Joanie Loves Chachi" has died ... TMZ has learned.

We're told authorities in Indiana got a call just after 4 PM ET Saturday from someone reporting an "unresponsive female."  EMT's arrived and found Erin Moran's body ... she was already dead.  

Moran shot to spotlight in the early 70s when she was cast on "Happy Days" as Joanie, the younger sister of Ron Howard's character. She continued the role in 1982 alongside Scott Baio in "Joanie Loves Chachi" but the show only lasted one season.


50,000 People Per Year Are Hospitalized From Police Injuries

The level that things have reached on every front is outrageous, exclaims's Mac Slavo, and it isn’t just police, the entire system is out of control.

Hospitals kill at least 100,000 patients per year due; the monetary system is a spreading virus and a fraud. No transaction in society represents what it seems on face value; it is discounted, it is corruption.

How much farther can things deteriorate before they collapse? We have only history to guide us, and time to wait. Be ready for what is coming, and stay vigilant.


Words of Wisdom from our Favorite Screamer

Failed Presidential Democrat Nominee Candidate Howard Dean continues to spew his own version of the truth. Such a shame, his 'version' isn't actual truth but his own brand of liberal sputterings.

Amazing how Democrats like to re-write the Constitution whenever it's inconvenient!

Meet the New Surgeon General

Yes, President Trump is most definitely a racist and sexist as the Democrats and liberal media would have you believe. After firing Obama holdover, he went and hired this white male.... ah. Scratch that.

President Trump continues to not cooperate with the liberals' narratives about how dangerous and polarizing he is as a public figure. You'd think people would catch on, but some will continue to wallow in the false narrative even beyond the point where they look ridiculous.

Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, one of the first nurses to serve as Surgeon General. Now, the media is going postal that she's a nurse but then again, they can't rely on the whole white male racist/sexist continuum. 

Department of Justice Sends Letter to Nine Jurisdictions Requiring Proof of Compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373

Today, the Department of Justice sent the attached letters to nine jurisdictions which were identified in a May 2016 report by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General as having laws that potentially violate 8 U.S.C. § 1373.

Additionally, many of these jurisdictions are also crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime. The number of murders in Chicago has skyrocketed, rising more than 50 percent from the 2015 levels. New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city's “soft on crime” stance. And just several weeks ago in California’s Bay Area, after a raid captured 11 MS-13 members on charges including murder, extortion and drug trafficking, city officials seemed more concerned with reassuring illegal immigrants that the raid was unrelated to immigration than with warning other MS-13 members that they were next.

The letters remind the recipient jurisdictions that, as a condition for receiving certain financial year 2016 funding from the Department of Justice, each of these jurisdictions agreed to provide documentation and an opinion from legal counsel validating that they are in compliance with Section 1373. The Department of Justice expects each of these jurisdictions to comply with this grant condition and to submit all documentation to the Office of Justice Programs by June 30, 2017, the deadline imposed by the grant agreement.

Proof of Compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373 Letters

Ex-DEA Spokeswoman: 'Marijuana Is Safe', Kept Illegal Because It's A 'Cash Cow'

Before the heroin epidemic became a nationwide problem, claiming thousands of lives; Plano, Texas, was already entrenched. And like many of the places caught in the crosshairs of the continuing heroin crisis, Plano is the last place that one would expect to be swept into the opioid tidal wave.

Anti-Media recently interviewed Texas-native Belita Nelson, who has had an interesting few decades.

For six years she termed herself the “chief propagandist” — or spokeswoman — for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Before that, as a Plano mother and teacher, Belita noticed what was happening in her community. She described Plano as an area rivaling Newtown, Connecticut, or Cape Cod — tight-knit regions where tragedy strikes hard and deep.

She explained that “[Plano] has the best school districts in the state of Texas…it’s a gated community. And in 1998, for heroin to be that prevalent in the community was stunning. Stunning. We got all the media attention because we were this upscale Texas neighborhood that nobody thought would be inundated with heroin.”

Nelson decided to take action, saying, “I decided I’d had it. I was going to organize my community and fight this thing at the grassroots level. But we were never grassroots because the first thing I did was go on the Oprah show for the DEA.”


New Documentary Shows 1992 LA Riots As You’ve Never Seen Them Before

April 29th, 1992 was the day that four LAPD members were acquitted for the use of excessive force in the arrest of Rodney King after a high-speed chase down the streets of Northern Los Angeles. Following this decision, riots broke out in Los Angeles, throwing the city into chaos and causing destruction and turmoil of historic proportions.

On Sunday, April 23rd at 8:00 PM (ET/PT) the Smithsonian Channel will air a documentary called The Lost Tapes: LA Riots, from Executive Producer, Tom Jennings. This documentary features previously un-aired footage and recordings captured by both the Los Angeles police and fire departments that put viewers right back to 1992 for firsthand accounts from those at the center of the turmoil.

CBS Local’s Adam Bloom spoke with Jennings ahead of the documentary’s TV premiere for an inside look at the creation of this audio-visual time capsule.


"We're At The Mercy Of The Algos"; More News Sites Say Facebook's 'Fake News' Filter Is Killing Traffic

Yesterday we highlighted an article written by the Chicago Tribune's Deputy Editor for Digital News, Kurt Gessler, which provided a fairly compelling set of facts to suggest that Facebook's 'fake news' filter was suppressing the distribution of articles from media sources which undoubtedly consider themselves "legitimate new outlets" (with the definition of 'legitimate' left solely to the discretion of Facebook execs, of course).

As it turns out, the Chicago Tribune was not alone as Gessler's article prompted a whole host of digital publishers to come forward with similar stories of traffic destruction. Per Digiday:

Facebook’s news feed algorithm changes have been part of publishing reality for many years. But to Matt Karolian, director of audience engagement at The Boston Globe, “last month was probably the worst we’ve had in reach in about a year. The fact everyone else is seeing it is a little bit troubling.”

Aysha Khan said Facebook reach has also been sliding at the Religion News Service, where she’s social media editor.

“Reach spiked in the summer, and we started hitting 15, 25K reach on bigger posts that were polarizing,” Khan said. “It wasn’t just political posts, but any kind of interviews. Anything that had potential to get a big reaction got a big reaction. But then we noticed that kind of stopped, and by January, it was just gone. Now we’re worse off than we were to start with.”

The change has happened even as RNS has been doing more video, including live video, and photos, things that Facebook has encouraged. Khan said RNS is still trying, though, with plans for more regularly scheduled live video and videos generally.


Health Dept. sees one-year 40% increase in gonorrhea cases, urges testing

Baltimore, MD  – To mark National Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is reminding residents to get tested for sexually transmitted infections. This warning coincides with a disturbing trend across the United States: Approximately 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur every year.

Almost half of those cases occur in people ages 15 to 24, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Reported cases of three infections – chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis – were at an all-time high across the nation in 2015, the most recent year for which national data are available. Of that trio of infections, Maryland public health officials are concerned most about significant increases in gonorrhea. Preliminary 2016 data indicate a nearly 40 percent increase in reported cases of gonorrhea, when compared with 2015 data. When compared with reported cases going back to 2012 (when rates first began slowly climbing), the increase is 67 percent.

Of the 9,482 cases of gonorrhea reported in 2016, 59 percent were among males, a proportion that has grown over time. In 2012, 49 percent of gonorrhea cases were among males. In 2016, the group most affected by gonorrhea continued to be people ages 15 to 24, constituting 48 percent of cases, while they constituted only 13 percent of Maryland’s population.

Shawn Porter Fights TONIGHT

Shawn Porter who fought 5 of his pro fights in Salisbury will fight Andre Berto in a title eliminated bout in Brooklyn's Barclays Center. A win for Porter puts him in position for a rematch with World Champion Kieth Thurman. Porter lost a controversial decision to Thurman last year and would love a chance to fight Thurman again. Team Porter pictured here show Larry Wade conditioning trainer, Hall of Fame referee Joe Cortez, father and Coach Kenny Porter and Salisburys Coach Hal Chernoff to wrap hands and serve as Porter's cutman. Also tonight two Main St gym Boxers will fight for the Regional Golden Glove Championship in Fort Washington MD. Thomas Mottinger will go after the open class heavyweight belt and James McMurdo will attempt to bring home the super heavyweight title in the novice division.

10 Selfless Acts Amid Terrible Tragedies That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

Preppers aren’t exactly known for having much faith in humanity. If they did, they probably wouldn’t become preppers in the first place. They know how people behave when the chips are down. They know how quickly civilized people can turn into vicious animals when they haven’t eaten for a few days. So they stock up on the weapons they think will protect them from these animals, and the food they need to keep themselves from turning into animals themselves.

Of course, they’re not crazy for trying to be prepared. We turn on the news or check our social media feeds every night, and what do we see? A cavalcade of horror. Terrorist attacks, mob violence, selfishness, ignorance, and flippant threats of war. What would really be crazy, is to see all of that on a daily basis and not want to be prepared.

However, there’s a flip-side to these behaviors that everyone, prepper or not, needs to understand. On the one hand; yes, we’re an incredibly violent and cruel species that is capable of mind-boggling horrors when we’re trying to survive. Hell, some of the things we do when we aren’t desperate are still nightmare inducing. But what most people forget is that in our darkest moments, we’re capable of immeasurable acts of compassion and altruism.

That’s the unique duality of our species; and it’s a duality that totally separates us from every other creature on this planet. When we’re bad, we’re worse than any animal. That’s why we prep. But at our best, people are capable of awe-inspiring acts of kindness. Your average individual human is capable of more mercy and selflessness than the members of most entire species put together.


DNR Police Handle Striped Bass and Turkey Cases

The opening of spring wild turkey earlier this week resulted in charges by the Maryland Natural Police against two men while officers continued striped bass enforcement efforts on the Eastern Shore.

On Tuesday, officers on patrol at 6:30 a.m. in Washington County issued citations to a Hagerstown man after finding cracked corn spread in front of his hunting blind.
Willis Wayne Kesselring, 68, was charged with hunting turkeys with the aid of bait and hunting turkeys with an unplugged shotgun. The pre-paid fines total $750. If he chooses to contest the charges in Washington County District Court June 21 and is found guilty, he could face a fine up to $4,000.

An officer on patrol in Montgomery County before the opening of turkey season noticed a ground blind at the edge of a grassy field and a feed block filled with seed nearby. He also noticed two turkeys near the baited area.The officer returned Tuesday, opening day and found Jeffrey Michael Tokar, 55, of Gaithersburg in the blind with a shotgun and turkey call.
Tokar was charged with hunting wild turkeys with the aid of bait and hunting forest game with a shotgun holding more than three shells. The pre-paid fines are $750. However, if he chooses to contest the charges in Montgomery County District Court June 6 and is found guilty, he could face a fine up to $3,000.

Continued enforcement at Fishing Creek Bridge in Dorchester County and the Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park in Talbot County this week resulted in 24 people receiving citations and 213 striped bass being seized.
On Sunday just after midnight, officers seized 83 striped bass from a vehicle leaving Fishing Creek Bridge and charged four men.

U.S. Preparing Charges To Arrest Julian Assange

In a stunning new report, CNN has just revealed, according to anonymous sources at least, that US authorities have prepared charges and will seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for intelligence leaks dating all the way back to 2010.

Reminiscing about Abe Pollin’s Capital idea: The Capital Centre

When Arnold Seigel was 11, another boy would occasionally come to his house in Northwest Washington so they could take Hebrew lessons together from the same teacher. The two kids became fast friends, and both ended up attending Roosevelt High.

“He went toward business, and I went toward science,” said Arnold, who studied engineering and physics and has a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.

The other kid was Abe Pollin, real estate developer, owner of Washington’s NBA and NHL franchises, and the man who built what was once the premier sports and entertainment venue in the area: the Capital Centre in Landover, Md.

The Capital Centre opened in 1973, and if you flip through the souvenir dedication booklet printed back then, you will see Arnold listed as a “special consultant.”

“I had free rein with Abe,” Arnold, 93, told me the other day. “He said, ‘Do whatever you need to do.’ ”


What Liberals Don't Want You To Know

NYT Op-Ed Slams Transgender Propaganda: Let Tomboys Remain Girls

A New York Times op-ed hit the transgender ideology for being anti-girl and anti-woman, and also prompted many liberal commentators to complain about the harmful impact of pro-transgender advocacy on normal girls and boys.

The comments made by the New York Times‘ readers show emerging hostility among liberal women to the demands by gay and transgender activists that testosterone treatments and sex-change surgery be given to young girls who show typically boyish behavior and attitudes, such as avoiding dresses and long hair, or preferring contact sports or playfighting.

The April 18 article, titled “My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She’s a Tomboy,” was written by a liberal mother who supports legal rights for people who want to live as members of the opposite sex, but who also insists that girls who act like boys can still be girls:

My daughter wears track pants and T-shirts. She has shaggy short hair (the look she requested from the hairdresser was “Luke Skywalker in Episode IV”). Most, but not all, of her friends are boys. She is sporty and strong, incredibly sweet, and a girl.

And yet she is asked by the pediatrician, by her teachers, by people who have known her for many years, if she feels like, or wants to be called, or wants to be, a boy…

While celebrating the diversity of sexual and gender identities, we also need to celebrate tomboys and other girls who fall outside the narrow confines of gender roles. Don’t tell them that they’re not girls.


Resort spending fraction of what’s necessary to fix roads

Ocean City’s Public Works Department will be working over the next nine months to revise a running document on the status of the island’s roads – and providing a more accurate estimate of what it will cost to repair each one of them.

According to the inventory list created in 2008, it would take $26.31 million at this juncture to improve every city street. Although 807 roads overall crisscross Ocean City, roughly 100 are out of the city’s oversight as they are private lanes or handled by the State Highway Administration.

“Because we’ve been so progressive in the last fiscal years, we can drill down that number even further,” Public Works Director Hal Adkins said. “We recently finished some minor surface milling from 132nd Street to 142nd street Oceanside. Using price orders from that we can calculate the cost per square yard. We also did an overhaul of Yawl Drive last year, so we have accurate information on similar projects.”


Delaware: AMBER ALERT ISSUED for Missing Children (CANCELLED)

Missing Children found in good condition. The Delaware State Police cancels the Amber Alert at the request of the Wilmington Police Department.

The Delaware State Police are activating an AMBER ALERT at the request of the Wilmington Police Department
Wilmington, Delaware - On Saturday, April 22, 2017, the Wilmington Police Department is actively searching for two missing children.
The Wilmington Police Department received a call to report the children missing at approximately at 9:43 p.m. last night.
The preliminary investigation has determined the children were last seen at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the 500 block of Sherman Street, Wilmington while in the care of the babysitter, Michelle Rogers, 50 of Wilmington. The two missing children are Zion Coverdale-Dixon, 5 year old male of Wilmington and Jihad Bailey, 3 year old male of Smyrna.
Zion Coverdale-Dixon is a five year old black male with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a Superman shirt, blue jeans with white and blue Jordan sneakers.

Maxine Waters: If We Impeach Trump, He Can’t Build The Wall

Tuesday evening in Los Angeles at the Westchester-Playa Democratic Club, while discussing President Donald Trump’s budget, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said she hoped Trump is impeached so he cannot build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Waters said, “We are in church you all. We have got to do what God would have us do. And I believe we are the kind of people that would do that. So I’m hoping and praying the wall will never be built and if we impeach him we know it is not going to get built.”


Report: More Americans Between 18 and 34 Live with Parents Than Spouse

More Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 live with their parents than with a spouse, according to a new study.

In 1975, 31.9 million young people lived with a spouse, compared to just 19.9 million in 2016, while the number of young people staying with their parents has risen from 14.7 million to 22.9 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Despite this vast difference, the number of young unmarried partners living together has risen from around 700,000 to over 9.2 million, while the number of young people living alone has also gone up from 5 percent to 8 percent.

“What does it mean to be a young adult? In prior generations, young adults were expected to have finished school, found a job, and set up their own household during their 20s—most often with their spouse and with a child soon to follow,” explained the Census Bureau study. “Today’s young adults take longer to experience these milestones.”


Judge certifies class action lawsuit against Fat Daddy’s

U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett last week conditionally certified a class action suit against the owners of Fat Daddy’s restaurants in Ocean City, alleging wage violations stemming from unpaid overtime at both resort locations.

The court will be issuing notices to workers employed at the restaurants between April 13, 2014 and April 13, 2017, allowing them to opt in to the case as part of the discovery phase. The lawsuit was filed in December.

The plaintiff, Brandon Ware, alleges that owners Edward and Lisa Braude implemented and enforced a policy of not paying overtime to employees who were regularly scheduled for more than 40 hours of work per week.

The Fair Labor Standards Act provides that, unless a business is exempt, eligible employees must receive overtime pay for any hours worked over 40 in one workweek. There is an exemption for employees of seasonal businesses, although both Fat Daddy’s locations are open year-round. Restaurants were exempt from certain provisions of the Maryland Wage and Hour Law until July 2014.


North Korea Nukes San Francisco in Propaganda Video…

A series of North Korean nuclear weapons destroys San Francisco in the “Hermit Kingdom’s” latest propaganda film, which was created for the grand finale of celebrations commemorating founder Kim Il Sung’s 105th birthday last weekend.

According to video of the event, which was acquired by the San Francisco Chronicle,music was played by a military symphony in the background as an audience of men in dull-brown uniforms and other military attire cheered on the massive explosion and ensuing destruction of the city. Following the explosion, the American flag can be seen waving over a military cemetery.

The Chronicle reports that the concert was part of the “Day of the Sun” festivities honoring the late Kim. San Francisco was reportedly wiped out in about 15 seconds.


David Stockman On The Anything President And The Everything Bubble

The lemmings are running hard towards the cliffs today. Despite a renewed burst of bombs and drones careening into the already rubble-strewn wastelands of Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

Or the outbreak of cold war style nuclear brinksmanship on the Korean peninsula — what one commentator properly called a Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.

Likewise, forget that the vacationing Congress is set to return on April 25 to an endless sequence of shoutdowns, showdowns and shutdowns on continuing resolutions and debt ceiling increases.

That is, it will be struggling to keep the fiscal lights on in the Imperial City, not enacting the Donald’s DBA (dead before arrival) fantasy about making the American economy great again.

Indeed, while the Donald has been out huffing and puffing in his new role as global Spanker-in-Chief, the domestic front has turned from bad to worse. His economic policy machinery has now been seized entirely by the Vampire Squid’s latest chieftains in the White House — Gary Cohn, Steve Mnuchin and Jared Kushner.

I am quite confident that none of these three has ever voted Republican in their life or have even the foggiest idea of how to craft a fiscal plan and tax program that could coalesce the warring GOP factions from the hardline Freedom Caucus to the moderate Tuesday Group.

And if the Goldman trio should even attempt to go the old Boehner-Obama “bipartisan” route, as Wall Street devoutly wishes, Speaker Ryan will come to understand what it means to be drawn-and-quartered.


Paris terror attack: Police officer shot on Champs Elysees

A policeman was shot dead while two other officers were seriously injured by a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on the Champs Elysees in central Paris last night.

The alleged ISIS gunman, identified as 39-year-old father Karim Cheurfi - who was jailed for 20 years for trying to kill officers in 2001 - parked his Audi and opened fire after police stopped at a red light on the world famous avenue.

One traffic officer died instantly with a shot to the head, while the other two were hurt before Cheurfi himself was gunned down by nearby armed police.

A ricocheting bullet fired by the terrorist also wounded a female foreign tourist passing by. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dramatic footage captured the moment French police chased and shot at the gunman, who later died. A pump action shotgun and knives were found in the Audi he was driving, which also contained his ID - confirming to detectives that he was known to security services for a number of recent offences and had been flagged as an 'extremist'.


Just ONE Diet Coke or Pepsi Max a day can 'TRIPLE the risk of a deadly stroke' and dementia, researchers claim

JUST one diet drink a day can triple the risk of a deadly stroke, a study suggests.

The researchers also found links to dementia described as a “worrying association” by experts.

But the findings were dismissed by some British authorities, while others have called for more investigation.

The US study found those who drank a can of artificially-sweetened pop — such as Diet Coke or Pepsi Max — daily were at three times the risk of suffering the most common form of stroke compared to non-drinkers.

They were also 2.9 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. But after accounting for all lifestyle factors, the researchers found the link to dementia was statistically insignificant.


How does a 50% drop in gasoline prices sound?

On April 20, AAA reported that the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline was $2.41 -- the highest so far in 2017. Gas has been pushing persistently higher since November as the post-Trump “reflation trade” increased expectations for stronger economic growth. From a low of near $42 a barrel, West Texas Intermediate crude oil reached above $55 between December and February (chart below).

But weakness in crude prices has developed over the past two months on growing concerns about President Donald Trump’s legislative push, the viability of OPEC’s supply freeze agreement signed late last year (with participation by non-OPEC producers like Russia) and evidence of building supply-demand imbalance with inventories bloated and U.S. shale output ramping up.

The good news for consumers: Some relief could soon be coming to the pump. The bad news for investors: Energy shares look set for a sharp move lower.


Judicial Watch sues State Department, USAID for Soros records

“The Obama administration seemed to bust taxpayer budgets in an effort to fund the Soros operation.”

Judicial Watch said Wednesday it is suing the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to get records showing nearly $5 million in American taxpayer money went to the Macedonian branch of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

The conservative watchdog group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department and USAID after both failed to respond to a Feb. 16 FOIA request seeking records related to grants or payment authorizations, records of communication between State Dept. or USAID officials and the Open Society Foundations. The group had also asked for responsive records of communication sent from Jess L. Baily, an Obama-appointee and former U.S. ambassador to Macedonia, and similar records of the political activities of the Open Society Foundation-Macedonia.

The USAID website reported that between Feb. 27, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2016, USAID gave $4.8 million in taxpayer money to Soros’ organization. The USAID’s website links to one of the Open Society Foundation websites, which says the project trained hundreds of young Macedonians “on topics such as freedom of association, youth policies, citizen initiatives, persuasive argumentation, and use of new media.”


Virginia man charged in 3-year-old son's fatal shooting

A Virginia man has been charged in the shooting death of his three-year-old son.

Norfolk Police said Thursday in a statement that 26-year-old Rayvon Messer is charged with second-degree murder.

Police say paramedics responded Wednesday night to find the boy outside a home in the Ocean View area of the city.

Rayvon A. Messer Jr. died from the gunshot wound shortly after being rushed to a hospital.

Messer had called 911 around 7:45 p.m. and told dispatchers his son, identified by police as Rayvon A. Messer Jr., was shot in the stomach during a drive-by near their apartment.

Paramedics took him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, but the boy died shortly after arriving.


Hillary camp scrambling to find out who leaked embarrassing info

The knives are out in Hillary Clinton’s camp about who leaked embarrassing information to the authors of a bombshell new book about her “doomed presidential campaign.”

There is a witch hunt under way among Clinton’s presidential campaign staffers after the release of the autopsy book, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” by journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes.

We’re told the details in the book, which depicts the campaign as inept, “could only have come from someone in the inner circle.” Dennis Cheng, the finance director of Clinton’s presidential campaign, has been sending out messages to determine where the leaks came from.


Steve Harvey: Donald Trump is ‘keeping his word’ on HUD

“Family Feud” host Steve Harvey said President Trump has been “keeping his word” on promises he made during their controversial meeting in January.

Mr. Harvey sparked a wave of backlash from the black community in January after he met with Mr. Trump at Trump Tower to discuss affordable housing with now-Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. The comedian defended the meeting on his radio show at the time, saying “the only way we can heal the divide in this country is through conversation.”

Now, Mr. Harvey said Mr. Trump is making good on his promises to help America’s inner cities.

“As far as doing what he promised me he would do, he is doing it,” he told TMZ Tuesday. “I’m working with HUD. I’m going to get some housing for underprivileged people. We’re going to set up some centers around the country. I’ve met with HUD. It’s going really well. God willing, it will work out.”

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I visited Parkside High School's A+ Garden Centre today. As they have for several years, they've got a great assortment of annuals, perennials and potted plants for sale at very competitive prices, the profits all going back into their horticulture educational programs.
This year they even have honey from their own hives!

I hope that people will come out to support them and take advantage of the opportunity to get some really beautiful plants.

Here's a link to their spring catalog:

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Another Detroit Doctor and Wife Arrested and Charged with Conspiring to Perform Female Genital Mutilation

A Detroit physician and his wife were arrested this morning and charged by criminal complaint unsealed today for their alleged participation in a conspiracy that involved performing female genital mutilations (FGM) on minors.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch of the Eastern District of Michigan, Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios of the FBI’s Detroit Division and Special Agent in Charge Steve Francis of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Detroit Field Office made the announcement.

Fakhruddin Attar, M.D., 53, and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, both of Livonia, Michigan, are charged with conspiring to perform female genital mutilations on minor girls out of Fakhruddin Attar’s medical clinic in Livonia. According to the complaint, some of the minor victims traveled interstate to have the procedure performed. The complaint alleges that the FGM procedure was performed on girls who were approximately six to eight years old.

Both defendants were arrested this morning and are scheduled to appear in federal court in Detroit this afternoon.

Subject: Wellesley students advocate hostility on campuses to silence conservative ‘hate speech’

Conservatives have come to expect that they might be protested, ridiculed and dis-invited when they venture to speak on college campuses, but the penalty for telling students something they disagree with has taken a more violent turn.

Buttressed by an ideology that views “hate speech” as violence and its suppression as self-defense, students increasingly are resorting to the destruction of property and assault to keep conservative speakers quiet.

Students at Wellesley College made the intellectual case for using force to stifle free speech in an editorial last week, arguing that “hostility may be warranted” against people who are “given the resources to learn” yet “refuse to adapt their beliefs.”

“If people continue to support racist politicians or pay for speakers that prop up speech that will lead to the harm of others,” the students wrote in the April 12 editorial in The Wellesley News, “then it is critical to take the appropriate measures to hold them accountable for their actions.”

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Obama entangled in brand-new ‘political espionage’ scandal

Campaign collusion with foreign powers points to key member of ex-president's circle

While the claims of collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia seem to have dropped abruptly off the media radar, there is a new report of collaboration between a U.S. political campaign and foreign powers.

But the campaign was that of Hillary Clinton, and the chief architect was Barack Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan, the report says.

“One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election – Hillary’s,” writes George Neumayr in the American Spectator.

“Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy,” Newmayr wrote.

“He used their phone intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.”

The Spectator said Brennan’s CIA “operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign, leaking out mentions of this bogus investigation to the press in the hopes of inflicting maximum political damage on Trump.”


$5.5 Million Rommel Gift to Benefit New Center for Entrepreneurship

Dave Rommel
SALISBURY, MD---Dave and Patsy Rommel personify entrepreneurship.

Dave began his career with Rommel Electric Company, founded by his father in 1956. Since Dave started working there in 1976, he and Patsy have become mainstays in business on the Lower Eastern Shore and beyond.

More than 40 years later, the Rommel Construction Group now includes companies that specialize in electrical, mechanical, traffic and transit work – and the Rommel Companies operate Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealerships and Ace hardware stores – all across the mid-Atlantic.

Now, Dave and Patsy have made a firm commitment to helping a new generation of entrepreneurs. Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach announced a $5.5 million gift from the Rommels, benefiting SU’s new Center for Entrepreneurship at the Plaza Gallery Building in downtown Salisbury and supporting other future activities of the campus and the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business.

“Anyone who has attended Salisbury University’s business plan competitions in the past 30 years knows our students frequently combine outside-the-box thinking with practicality,” said SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach. “During those three decades, many have built on that winning combination, creating stores, restaurants and service-based businesses that continue to be successful today. The new Center for Entrepreneurship will give our students even more support in making their business dreams a reality while generating new jobs, helping to fuel the economy. We are grateful that Dave and Patsy Rommel share our vision for a strong entrepreneurial community and University.”


Marine Le Pen's rise in 'forgotten France'

Soros and his shady $4.8 million U.S. taxpayer deal

George Soros, the self-declared billionaire philanthropist who amuses himself by capsizing and upsetting national economies and by pressing all-things-progressive in politics, has a curious expenditure of taxpayer cash in the amount of $4.8 million — and Judicial Watch is demanding answers.

So should Americans. The money’s been sent to Macedonia — a country that leans conservative, in direct contrast to Soros‘ own personal political interests.

Specifically, the $4.8 million reportedly went from the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is overseen by the State Department, to the Macedonian branch of Soros‘ Open Society Foundations. And this, of course, is a clear What the Freak moment. Why are tax dollars helping Soros and his minion groups on anything — on anything at all?

Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act suit against the State Department and against USAID, demanding records related to the payments and communications that flowed between the two agencies and Open Society.

As Fox News noted, Judicial Watch also requested copies of messages sent from Barack Obama-appointee Jess Baily — who was a former U.S. ambassador to Macedonia — to the Open Society Foundation’s Macedonia offices.

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State Public Pension Funding Shortfall Hit $1.1 Trillion

U.S. state public pension systems unfunded liabilities increased by 17 percent in fiscal 2015 to $1.1 trillion, largely due to the failure of investment returns meeting expectations, a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts showed on Thursday.

"In aggregate, the funded ratio of these plans dropped to 72 percent in 2015, down from 75 percent in 2014," the study said, noting that median overall returns of 3.6 percent were less than half the long-run investment return assumption of 7.6 percent.

Poor investment performance was the largest contributor - $125 billion - to pension plans bearing a $157 billion increase in the net pension liability. This is the difference between the value of pension benefits owed to current and retired employees or dependents and the plan assets on hand.

"Even if investments had yielded the expected returns, however, overall state pension debt still would have grown by about $30 billion," the study said.

Pew noted that the $30 billion figure comes mainly from three factors:

Maxine Waters on Undocumented Immigrants: ‘This Is Their Country’

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) told an audience on Tuesday that the United States is the country of undocumented immigrants.

Waters was speaking in Los Angeles to the Westchester-Playa Democratic Club about a number of issues, from the federal budget to how to resist President Trump's agenda, according to the group's website.

In her speech, Waters discussed young undocumented immigrants often referred to as "dreamers," who are protected from deportation by former President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order.

Waters said that the United States is their country.

"These are people who have hope. These are people who have gone to school. These are young people who want careers. These are people who are contributing to our society," Waters said. "And all of sudden, they are thought to be folks who don't deserve to be here and would be sent back to places they've never been. People they don't know. Systems they don't understand. This is their country."

Waters also brought up the inaccurate story being reported this week of the Trump administration deporting a dreamer.

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Lawrence Hogan Sr. Remembered as an American Hero

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Governor Larry Hogan’s father is being remembered as an American hero.

The former Maryland congressman passed away Thursday night. Hogan represented parts of Anne Arundel and Prince Georges Counties, when he made his mark during the Watergate scandal in 1974.

Congressman Lawrence Hogan would be the first Republican during the Nixon Administration to call for the president’s impeachment.

His actions would be the framework for two Maryland governors. He was present for his son’s inauguration.

“Dad put aside party politics and his own personal considerations in order to do the right thing for the nation,” gov. Hogan said during his inauguration.


Oh, shut up: Let's prosecute criminal campus crazies

Ever tried dealing with a playground bully? What shuts him (or her, for our politically correct readers) up fastest? A bloody nose.

Bullies operate on the assumption that they are safe from retribution. When they find out that’s not true, they curdle like spoiled milk. Until then, their conduct can only spiral further out of control.

That’s what’s happening at colleges across America. Students who think they can dictate what is said on their campus are shutting down any point of view they oppose. That’s not youthful indiscretion. It’s a crime. And the perpetrators should be prosecuted for it.

This week, the University of California at Berkeley – a communist commune that poses as a cathedral of learning – succeeded in getting conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s scheduled speech canceled. The university later suggested she give her speech on May 2 but she rejected that date.

The reason for the original cancellation: college administrators feared her presence might pose a security risk.

A risk to whom?

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What is fueling fake hate crimes across the U.S.?

Last week, an Indian-owned store in Charlotte, N.C. was set afire, a rock thrown through the window and a racist note left behind. It read, in part: "We need to get rid of Muslims, Indians and all immigrants." It was signed, "White America."

Days later, police arrested a suspect. He was not a white supremacist, nor a Donald Trump supporter, nor Caucasian. He was an African-American man, 32-year-old Curtis Flournoy. Surveillance video showed him lighting the fire.

The FBI does not track fake hate or false flag crimes, making them nearly impossible to quantify. But noted forensic psychiatrist, Park Dietz, an expert witness in one of the most infamous fake-hate crimes of modern times, the Tawana Brawley rape hoax, said they are common.

"There is a large number of cases – certainly dozens or hundreds a year and have been for at least the past 30 years," he said.

The website, documents hundreds of such cases, with new ones occurring almost weekly.

Among them:

Obama Operatives Direct Town Hall Disruptions Nationwide

As members of Congress wind up their Easter break back in their districts, a website honoring former President Barack Obama is providing “progressives” with the information and tools they need to disrupt town hall meetings that lawmakers are holding over the remainder of this week.

Visitors to the website can find everything from detailed information on each scheduled town hall meeting to how to make signs and even specific questions to ask to push the agenda on a range of talking points including: investigating President Donald Trump, Trump’s “starvation budget” on foreign policy, climate change, supporting illegal aliens, and LGBT rights.

By clicking on the “about” icon, the first thing that pops up is a quote from Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017.

“It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we all share the same proud title: Citizen,” Obama said.

The website states:


A Relic of the Past

Pictured above is the rusted out frame of a 1928-31 Model “A” Ford. How it got where it was found and when it was dumped there is anybody’s guess. The City of Salisbury is putting in a new sidewalk on the northeast corner of W. Main St. and Lake Streets. When the city employee operating the backhoe had dug down about two feet they chanced upon this frame. The only reasonable explanation is that when the area was first a cranberry bog and then a dump, it became a favorite spot to discard anything undesirable. The whole area between Lake St. and Cypress St. was at one time a cranberry bog. Being unsuitable for building any structure because of the instability of the ground, people started using the area as a dump.

The river never came up that far, so it was never dumped “overboard”. Mr. Phillips from Malone and Phillips told me that when he first started in the business almost 50 years ago, the company excavated the land for the old Grant’s Shopping Center on Cypress Street. He said they found many old parts of cars buried there. The “powers that be” determined they could stabilize the land to the extent that we now have a new fire house built over the old cranberry bog. Time will tell if the land is truly stable enough. There were cracks in the terrazzo floor in the museum even before the fire house officially opened.

Even though the relic is in such decrepit condition due to rust, there are still signs of what once was. The only thing on it that time has not claimed is the battery cable. Being made up of twisted lead cable, it is in its natural state and will never rust out. The hole can still be seen in the front where the hand crank was inserted to start the car. The steering column is still attached as are the brackets to which that the front bumpers were attached. To the left in the picture is the spare tire mount. The other parts of the car were probably used to repair another, since there were so many on the road at the time.

My thanks go out to Sue, Sandy, Howard Landon and John Slade from the Public Works Department for their help in preserving Salisbury’s history. The work they have done on this item and the “yellow brick” from Church Street have earned them our town’s gratitude. It takes people to recognize the past for someone like me to preserve it.

The mystery part is determining just when it was discarded there. I can only remember when there were many buildings in the area. The corner was the central point for a bustling commercial district. Bars, taxi stands, night clubs, a movie theater, the Acme super market and the infamous Dixie Bargain Center all held sway here in days gone by. Due to the era the car was built and the fact that they wouldn’t discard something new, it had to have been put there in the late 1940’s. What do you think?

BREAKING: Obama CIA Director Colluded With Foreign Spies AGAINST Trump!

Reports indicate that if anyone was teaming up with foreign governments to influence the results of the 2016 Presidential election, it was Hillary Clinton. Worse yet is the fact that she appears to have used John Brennan to do it, as he was trying to stay on as CIA director under her “inevitable” Presidency.

This is definitely something that the Trump White House should be investigating, because it might reveal a deeper level of spying on the then-Republican Presidential Candidate than even the most skeptical of supporters could have anticipated.

The GHCQ is told to have contacted America after discovering that some within the Trump campaign team had allegedly had contact with Russian intelligence operatives. According to a source close to the UK intelligence community, this information was collected and traded with the United States as part of a “routine exchange of information.”

Surveillance continued for the next six months, until the summer of 2016. According to the source, a “number of western agencies” gave the United States additional information regarding contact between Russian assets and Trump campaign staff.


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Pence Shows Up At Mosque And Speaks His Mind- In Muslim Country!

Vice President Mike Pence has made some risky moves lately, like walking out to the Korean DMZ against security protocol, but that doesn’t compare to going to a Muslim country and insulting radical Islam.

In his own, kind way of course. He’s not an idiot. He’s simply brave, something we failed to see from our last President.

While in Indonesia, Vice President Pence toured the largest Mosque in Southeast Asia and praised their commitment to the moderate form of Islam.

“As the largest majority Muslim country, Indonesia’s tradition of modern Islam, frankly, is the inspiration to the world.”

You know, the kind that doesn’t endeavor to marry children and kill infidels? That’s the kind that the rest of the world should accept.

“We commend you and your people. In your nation as in mine, religion unifies — it doesn’t divide. It gives us hope for a brighter future. And we’re all grateful for the great inspiration that Indonesia provides for the world.”


Ocean City Fire Department Mourning the Loss of Firefighter/Paramedic

Ocean City, Maryland – : The Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) is mourning the tragic loss of one of their own, Firefighter/Paramedic H. Alan Schweitzer. Schweitzer, who was 17 year veteran of the department and avid motorcyclist, was killed in a crash in Georgetown, Delaware yesterday morning.

Schweitzer, who worked on the OCFD’s A-Shift, has been described as a brother and friend to his colleagues in the fire house. “Sometimes there are no words to express the feelings of sadness and grief you have, and the sudden loss of Alan Schweitzer is one of those instances,” commented Assistant Chief Eric Peterson, who started his career in Ocean City with Schweitzer.

“He was a brother to all of us in the fire service and our hearts are broken by his passing,” said OCFD Captain Nick Kinhart, who was Schweitzer’s supervisor on A-shift. “We will miss his stories about his family, in particular his grandson Toby.”

Ocean City Fire Chief, Chris Larmore says the loss not only effects the department, but the town as a whole. “The department lost a member of its fire service family. Our deepest sympathies go out to Alan’s family and our prayers for comfort and peace will remain with them through the days ahead.”

President Trump Secures Release Of American Held By Egyptian Government

Yesterday, the Washington Post was Very Concerned over the possibility that Mr. Trump was hollowing out American leadership. Today, Mr. Trump shows that leadership is taking care of the people he was elected to serve

American detained in Egypt for 3 years returns to U.S. after Trump intervention

An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt’s brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States late Thursday after the Trump administration quietly negotiated her release.

President Trump and his aides worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure the freedom of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington.

The couple and their co-workers had been incarcerated since May 1, 2014, on child abuse and trafficking charges that were widely dismissed by human rights workers and U.S. officials as false. Virtually no evidence was ever presented against them, and for nearly three years they were held as hearings were inexplicably postponed and trial dates canceled. Human rights groups alleged that they were abused in detention.

Good for him. Of course, you didn’t think that the Washington Post could let this ride without taking a swipe at Trump and trying to make Obama look like He Tried, right?

The Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release. It was not until Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egypt by embracing Sissi at the White House on April 3 — he publicly hailed the autocrat’s leadership as “fantastic” and offered the U.S. government’s “strong backing” — that Egypt’s posture changed. Last Sunday, a court in Cairo dropped all charges against Hijazi and the others.


BREAKING: Russia Has Sent In Troops…

It turns out China isn’t the only one who has had it with North Korea’s threats of nuclear attack.

Russia has now sent THEIR troops to the border in a massive show of force that is hopefully enough to tame the increasingly-hostile nation.

After making multiple threats against the United States, President Donald Trump discussed the matter with China who almost immediately send 150,000 troops to their border. Now we’re learning that Russia has made the same move.

From The Federalist Papers:

Konstantin Asmolov, an expert on the brutally repressive North Korea, said: “Should the US strike with missiles at North Korea’s nuclear facilities, a radioactive cloud will reach Vladivostok within two hours.”

Asmolov, from the Russian Far Eastern Institute, warned that should an all-out war commence, “hungry asylum seekers will flood into Russia.”

Russia is not doing this on behalf of the United States as China did. Instead, they are doing so because it is in their best interest to squash a nuclear attack before it happens. This is a brilliant move that may mean the difference between World War III and a civil existence.


Teacher In DEEP Trouble After Student Posts What She Wore To Class…

In Boone County, West Virginia, there’s a teacher that’s got herself into very hot water, for wearing a top with a patch that displays the caption “Tuck Frump” pinned on


Mike Rowe ‘TERRIFIED’ Over United Airlines Mishap, But For Reasons NO ONE Thought Of!

Mike Rowe is the man. Can I just say that up front? He’s the host of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” and was also the host of the much loved and missed show, “Dirty Jobs”.

Rowe is a thinking, and he addressed the United Airlines fiasco by using his Facebook page. A reader of his asked, “Were you as disturbed as I was? How can a company treat their customers like that and remain in business? I know you fly all the time — what would [you] do if you were the CEO?”

Rowe recognized that the sight of a passenger of the airline being dragged down the aisle way by police security is not the best look, and he at fist thought of “the obvious ease with which it could have been avoided. A little common-sense and the freedom to apply it could have resolved this situation in a dozen different ways.”


Earl White Passed Away Friday

Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine, FDA Says

The Food and Drug Administration says children under 12 should not be given prescription medicines that contain codeine or another narcotic, tramadol, and that such drugs can also be dangerous to youth between 12 and 18.

On Thursday, the FDA said it will require that prescription drugs containing codeineor tramadol carry a warning on the label against using them in children under 12 or in women who are breast-feeding. The agency cited evidence that the drugs could cause dangerously slowed breathing in some children, which could lead to death.

Multiple prescription drugs contain codeine or tramadol. For example, the painkiller Tylenol 3 contains acetaminophen and codeine. Drugs containing codeine already carry a black-box warning against using it to treat pain in children who have their tonsils removed.


#EndorseThis: Your Brain On Drugs Meets Our Failed War On Drugs

“This is your brain,” said the pretty teenager, placing a pristine egg on the kitchen counter, “and this is heroin,” she added, hefting a big cast-iron skillet. “And this is what happens to your brain when you snort heroin,” she shouted, suddenly crushing the egg with the pan, and then smashing up the rest of the kitchen to dramatize the destructive impact of addiction.

Now actress Rachel Leigh Cook is back with another egg-based ad, two decades after that famous public service message flooded the airwaves. And this time, she has brought two eggs — one white and one brown — to illustrate the ruinous social consequences of the war on drugs, especially in communities of color, which has failed to reduce narcotics abuse while wrecking millions of lives and wasting untold billions of dollars.

The original ad was a production of the Partnership for A Drug Free America; this powerful rebuttal, and that’s what it is, was produced for the Drug Policy Alliance, which promotes decriminalization, treatment, and harm reduction as alternatives to “war” and imprisonment.


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Heading 50 EAST out of Ocean City to Salisbury....... drive careful.... allot of trees down in road way with debris....

Publishers Notes: I'm sure they meant WEST, but it's whatever. 

Australia Plans To Tighten Rules For Citizenship

It may soon become harder for immigrants to become Australian citizens. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbullproposed sweeping changes Thursday.

Turnbull said applicants would need to be permanent residents for four years — three years longer than the current wait — show higher English competency and display even more evidence of integration through work or school and "respect for women and children."

"There is no more important title in our democracy than Australian citizen, and Australian citizenship, the Australian citizen, that institution must reflect Australian values," Turnbull said.

In followup remarks, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the prospective citizen will have to show Australian values. How those values will be tested has yet to be determined, Dutton said, but the public will have the opportunity to weigh in.