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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Anthem Of The Brave This Weekend

For years, we have felt that Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, & Virginia) has needed an opportunity to come together and support our veterans. This opportunity not only will provide a benefit to The Fisher House, a veteran’s charity, but also raise awareness for and honor our veterans. In 2017, we are presenting Anthem of the Brave which will be a choral tribute of patriotic and Christian choir music selections sung by a corporate community choir made up of several individuals from all over Delmarva. Performance dates are May 19 & 20 at 7pm and May 21 at 2:30pm.
We are very excited to have Alice Wigfield directing the community choir. Alice has not only taught voice and music professionally, but for many years, has been the choral director for the MAGI Fund Concert which benefits the homeless charities in our area. Alice’s expertise in voice and directing has transformed choir songs to passionate and professional choral presentations. [READ MORE ABOUT ALICE]

Norm Smith, who carries a vast amount of expertise in orchestra and band, is putting together our orchestra; we are very excited for all our musicians that are joining in on the Anthem Project.

Power Productions has always been a drama ministry first and foremost, so we wanted to incorporate drama into the choral production. For this, we will house a mini-play movie that will be broken up by scenes and presented throughout the night interspersed among the choir selections. Anthem is a passionate and heartfelt event for which you will definitely want to be involved.

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Run to Remember Memorial Day 5K coming up May 27

SALISBURY, Md. – This Memorial Day weekend, run in honor of the men and women who served our country and didn’t make it home. The Run to Remember Memorial Day 5K is coming up Saturday, May 27, and registration is open now.

The 5K begins at 9 a.m. that day at a new location – WinterPlace Park, at 6737 Blue Ribbon Road in Salisbury. Check-in and race-day registration begin at 8 a.m., and walkers and leashed pets are also welcome.

The race benefits the Wicomico War Veterans’ Memorial at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

The cost is $25 in advance or $30 on race day. For military who register in person with ID, the cost is $20. The top male and female finishers in five age groups will receive awards.

The annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held two days after the 5K, at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, at the Wicomico War Veterans’ Memorial. If it rains, the ceremony will be held in the Midway Room of the Civic Center.

Registration for the 5K is available at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.) and online For more information, contact Tammy Taylor at 410-548-4900, ext. 115, or at

A Massive Invasion Could Be Underway In Maryland… Four Years Early

Preparing underground for 17 years, cicadas are born and then quickly take refuge underneath the surface. The insects will feast on tree roots until they make their way aboveground once again after a long hiatus. It was just last year when we were reporting on the massive invasion of Brood V cicadas that were emerging all over Maryland. The short-lived spectacle is one we don’t frequently see throughout our lifetime, with the next mass of them to appear in 2021. But in the past week an undetermined group of cicadas has emerged, leaving scientists puzzled over their early arrival.

With handfuls of holes being reported in soil over the past week, it would appear that a group of cicadas due to emerge in 2021 have made an early appearance.


Upcoming Yard Sale

Yard Sale
Saturday May 20, 2017
100 Roseberry Avenue

Salisbury, MD 21804
6AM until 11AM
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HILLSBORO, OR (The Oregonian) – The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a young woman who killed two girls in 2013 when she ran over them while they were playing in a leaf pile in Forest Grove.

There was insufficient evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros knew or had reason to know she injured stepsisters Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and Abigail Robinson, 11, according to the ruling Wednesday.

Authorities said the girls were likely lying in a large mound of leaves on the street in October 2013 and not visible to Garcia-Cisneros when her SUV passed through about a block away from her home.

The Appeals Court said Oregon law doesn’t require a driver to return to the scene of an accident after leaving and later learning that someone else was injured or killed.


Weekly Fishing Report

Let the sun shine and warm the landscape and waters of Maryland this week. After several days of rain, cold temperatures and a root’n toot’n northeaster, I think we’re all ready for some dryer and warmer weather. The rain does bring out the green in everything, and this is a marvelous time of the year to be outdoors. A whole new opportunity has opened up for those who fish for striped bass in the Chesapeake as the minimum size has dropped down to 20 inches. The water clarity in the middle and lower bay is amazing right now, so get out there and enjoy the outdoors; they’re out there waiting for you.

Before we jump in, here is a quick reminder that Maryland will once again be having free fishing days in June and July, providing a unique opportunity to fish the state’s waters without obtaining a fishing license, stamp or registration.

The floodgates at the Conowingo Dam closed this past Sunday for the first time in more than a week, which is good news for fishermen and the bay. The waters of the lower Susquehanna and the very upper portions of the bay will have stained water for a while, as well as floating debris, but will clear up in time. Presently the lower Susquehanna River is loaded with white perch. Now that the river has calmed down, there is excellent fishing to be found. There are still a few hickory shad being caught and released at the mouth of Deer Creek, but there is a lot of white perch eager to take shad darts. Lower flows in the river will also mean better fishing for flathead and channel catfish, and there could very well still be some American shad near the dam pool.


5 Things to Know About the Chelsea Manning Release

The notorious transgender intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who joined the Army as Brad Manning, was released from military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, today. Transgender activists and civil libertarians celebrate, while supporters of military intelligence will be less impressed.

Here are five things to know about Manning's release.

1. The crime.

In January 2010, Bradley Manning downloaded the 400,000 documents which later would become known as the Iraq War logs, along with the 91,000 documents known as the Afghan War logs. He smuggled the data through on a CD labeled "Lady Gaga." After being turned down by The Washington Post and The New York Times, Manning sent the information to WikiLeaks in early February.

Beginning in February, WikiLeaks publicized the documents Manning sent, causing an uproar and giving the outlet the notoriety to push more classified information into the public eye. Manning was caught after contacting Adrian Lamo, a former hacker convicted in 2004. Lamo reported Manning to the authorities, and the leaker was arrested in late May 2010.


Police Investigating Crimes Involving ‘Reckless, Out Of Control’ Juveniles

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Police Department reports they are investigating two incidents they believe are linked, in which the suspects range in age from 12 to 18.

After announcing their investigation into these cases, police said they were able to take four suspects into custody, but are still searching for additional suspects.

Police say these crimes occurred on Sunday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 16, both on Springlake Way.

Handguns were used in both cases, according to police, and the victims in both incidents were physically unharmed.


The Latest Sad, Pathetic Trend Is 'Sologamy,' Where People Marry Themselves

There have been some pretty weird trends. From saggy britches to pet rocks, people have embraced some bizarre ideas of what is cool. The fashions of the '70s and '80s give testament to that all on their own.

However, now there's something happening that is described as a growing trend that tops them all. It seems that an increasing number of people are marrying themselves.

“I would describe it as women saying yes to themselves,” [Erika] Anderson said. “It means that we are enough, even if we are not partnered with someone else."

In many ways, the 37-year-old bride looked like any other on her wedding day. She wore a white dress and had a bouquet. Anderson looked stunning with the Brooklyn bridge and New York City skyline behind her.

Except when she walked down the aisle, no one was waiting for her. That’s just the way she wanted it.

Anderson said she grew tired of people asking why she was still single. So, in front of family and friends she married herself.

Self-marriage—or sologamy—is growing. Partly because it’s popping up in pop culture, like when an episode of ‘Sex and the City’ floated the idea.

Of course, this idea will only last as long as it takes for the individual to meet someone special. Anderson admits as much, saying she's open to dating and marriage with someone else.


Md. officer convicted in assault of suspect

WASHINGTON — A Prince George’s County police officer has been convicted of assault after he hit a suspect with his police cruiser.

Dashcam video showed Officer Juan Hernandez, an 11-year veteran of the force, chasing down a suspect with his police cruiser and hitting the man in Hyattsville last June.

Though the video showed the suspect — 23-year-old Ulrich Boaoutou — being thrown onto the police cruiser’s windshield by the force of the hit, prosecutors said he did not need medical attention.


Gregg Jarrett: Comey's revenge is a gun without powder

James Comey was lying in wait.

His gun was cocked, he took aim and fired. But his weapon was empty.

Three months ago, the then-FBI Director met with President Trump. Following their private conversation, Comey did what he always does –he wrote a memorandum to himself memorializing the conversation. Good lawyers do that routinely.

Now, only after Comey was fired, the memo magically surfaces in an inflammatory New York Times report which alleges that Mr. Trump asked Comey to end the Michael Flynn investigation.

Those who don’t know the first thing about the law immediately began hurling words like “obstruction of justice”, “high crimes and misdemeanors” and “impeachment“. Typically, these people don’t know what they don’t know.

Here is what we do know.


Ocean City Beach Patrol Begins Guarding on May 27

Ocean City, Maryland – : The Ocean City Beach Patrol is reminding residents and visitors that the first day of patrol begins on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Ocean City’s 10 miles of beautiful beach will be guarded from May 27, 2017 until Sunfest weekend, September 24.

Although beach patrol activities are taking place throughout town before Memorial Day Weekend, including the 2017 Surf Rescue Academy, the beach will not be guarded until surf rescue technicians take their stands on May 27. Until then, the patrol is working hard to gear up for the summer, with the first training academy beginning this Saturday, May 21, and the second academy beginning, Saturday June 18, 2017.

Starting May 27, the beach patrol will be on duty every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. At 5:25 p.m., lifeguards will begin signaling beachgoers out of the ocean. This is the OCBP’s way of letting visitors know that guards are going off duty and all water-related activities should cease until 10 a.m. the next day. “We continue our efforts to educate the public, warning them of the dangers of swimming on unguarded beaches,” said Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin. “We do whatever it takes to make sure people leave the ocean before we make that last turn to the west, leaving our beaches for the night.”

Although the temperatures are warming, the OCBP urges beach patrol urges visitors to stay out of the water during unguarded times. “Remember our saying,” Arbin continued. “Keep Your Feet in the Sand until the Lifeguard’s in the Stand.”

Professor Cohen Says Assault on Trump Presidency is Our Greatest National Security Threat: Is There A 4th Branch of Government?

Steven Cohen, Professor of Russian studies at Princeton and NYU (an obvious Russian spy) was besides himself tonight, in sheer disbelief over the with hunt of gigantic nothing-burgers that are being used to assault the Presidency of Donald Trump.

He declared, "today, I would say (the greatest threat to national security) is this assault on President Trump. Let's be clear what he's being accused of is treason. This has never happened in America, that we had a Russian agent in the White House. Cohen believes Flynn did nothing wrong by talking to the Russian ambassador, describing it as 'his job' to do so.

He then illuminated the indelible fact that there is a 4th branch of government, the intelligence community, who have been meddling in American foreign affairs, obstructing the other 3 branches of government.

"In 2016, President Obama worked out a deal with Russian President Putin for military cooperation in Syria. He said he was gonna share intelligence with Russia, just like Trump and the Russians were supposed to do the other day. Our department of defense said it wouldn't share intelligence. And a few days later, they killed Syrian soldiers, violating the agreement, and that was the end of that. So, we can ask, who is making our foreign policy in Washington today?"

Professor Cohen added, "you and I have to ask a subversive question, are there really three branches of government, or is there a 4th branch of government? These intel services. What we know, as a fact, is that Obama tried, not very hard but he tried for a military alliance with Putin, in Syria, against terrorism and it was sabotaged by the department of defense and its allies in the intelligence services."


People are marrying themselves, it's called 'sologamy'

BROOKLYN (CBS) - If the secret to a happy marriage is finding the right person, we can all stop looking. At least, according to "sologamists." They're part of a growing relationship trend, in which people are tying the knot to themselves.

Erika Anderson is one of them.

“I would describe it as women saying yes to themselves,” Anderson said. “It means that we are enough, even if we are not partnered with someone else."

In many ways, the 37-year-old bride looked like any other on her wedding day. She wore a white dress and had a bouquet. Anderson looked stunning with the Brooklyn bridge and New York City skyline behind her.

Except when she walked down the aisle, no one was waiting for her. That’s just the way she wanted it.


Chris Cornell: Dead at 52

Chris Cornell, the unmistakable voice and frontman of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died overnight in Detroit at the age of 52. He was discovered just past midnight at the MGM Grand Detroit, according to police.

The office of the Wayne County Medical Examiner on Thursday determined the cause of his death to be suicide by hanging, noting that a full autopsy has yet to be completed.

"His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause," Brian Bumbery, Cornell's representative, says in a statement. "They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."

Cornell played a seminal role in the origins of grunge music, founding Soundgarden in 1984 with Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto. Together with other Seattle natives Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, the band — and Cornell's voice — would go on to define a sound that cherry-picked elements of punk and metal and distorted them into a distinctive brew all their own.


Presumed Guilty?

2015 animal cruelty case in Md. ends with puppy siblings reunited, thriving

Editor’s note: Some details in this story might be too disturbing for some readers.

WASHINGTON — A particularly disturbing 2015 case of animal cruelty ended on a heartwarming note Wednesday.

James Edward Jones, 31, was sentenced to six months in jail for strangling two 6-week-old puppies on a street in Silver Spring, Maryland.

As for the puppies, they have since recovered and, years later, are thriving in their new forever homes.

Police dashcam video shows what witnesses saw that night in 2015, when a Montgomery County man appeared to strangle these puppies.


A Viewer Writes: The Main Stream Media Should've Given You Credit

You should tell the AP to stop stealing your articles. You posted this story on May 6th.....the OCtoday picked it up on the 12th....... DT also did an article about it on the 11th.

Parents Arrested After Infant Bitten Up To 100 Times By Rats

MAGNOLIA, AR (KARK) — Two parents appeared in court Wednesday after their infant child was found seriously injured with nearly 100 rodent bites.

Erica Shryock, 19, and Charles Elliott, 18, were arrested Sunday when the baby was taken to the hospital and was discovered to have about 75-100 bites scattered on its body.

The baby needed to have facial reconstruction surgery due to a one-inch-wide wound down to its skull from the rodent bites. One Arkansas Children’s Hospital physician’s opinion was that the baby was probably in distress for at least hours, and the parents were either incapacitated or absent to not have responded to the baby’s suffering. Police found evidence of a rodent problem as well as blood at the home where Shryock, Elliott, the baby, and another roommate lived.


Michael Snyder Rages "The Federal Reserve Must Go"

If you want to permanently fix America’s economy, there really is no other choice. Even before Ron Paul’s rallying cry of “End The Fed”shook America during the peak of the Tea Party movement, I was a huge advocate of shutting down the Federal Reserve. Because no matter how hard we try to patch it up otherwise, the truth is that our debt-based financial system has been fundamentally flawed from the very beginning, and the Federal Reserve is the very heart of that system. The following is a free preview of an upcoming book that I am working on about how to turn this country is a more positive direction...

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As the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, there have been times when I have been criticized for focusing too much on our economic problems and not enough on the solutions. But I believe that in order to be willing to accept the solutions that are necessary, people need to have a full understanding of the true severity of our problems. It isn’t by accident that we ended up 20 trillion dollars in debt. In 1913, a bill was rushed through Congress right before Christmas that was based on a plan that had been secretly developed by very powerful Wall Street bankers. G. Edward Griffin did an amazing job of documenting the development of this plan in his groundbreaking book “The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve”. At that time, most Americans had no idea what a central bank does or what one would mean for the U.S. economy. Sadly, even though more than a century has passed since that time, most Americans still do not understand the Federal Reserve.

The Federal Reserve was designed to create debt, and of course the Wall Street bankers were very excited about such a system because it would make them even wealthier. Since the Fed was created in 1913, the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger and the value of the U.S. dollar has declined by about 98 percent. So the Federal Reserve is doing what it was originally designed to do. In fact, it has probably worked better than the original designers ever dreamed possible.


How Is This Not A Recession? Ford To Slash 10% Of Global Workforce

Having admitted in March that "used car prices will drop for years" and amid near-record inventories, a so-called 'plateau' in car sales, and soaring auto-loan losses, WSJ is reporting that Ford is planning substantial cuts to its global workforce amid CEO Mark Fields’s drive to boost profits and address the auto maker’s sliding stock price, according to people briefed on the plan.

With near record high inventories of 3.9 million vehicles...


Child Brides Join Push to Raise Marriage Age

Editor's note: This has been updated to reflect the New Jersey governor's veto.

Most Americans think of child marriage as a vestige of a bygone era. And yet in every state, people under 18 are allowed to marry.

Some states set minimum ages for brides and grooms — sometimes as low as 13 or 14 — and usually require the permission of a parent, judge, or both before a minor can wed. But laws in about half the states allow children of any age to marry, as long as they receive the proper permission.

That may be changing. This year legislators in 10 states have introduced bills to raise the marriage age. Proponents say updating marriage laws, which in many states are more than a century old, will help protect children from being pushed into marriages by parents and predators. Some lawmakers, disturbed by instances of pregnant girls heading to the courthouse to marry older men, argue that marriage licenses should not be given to men who have committed statutory rape.

Young brides who say they were forced down the aisle are backing the efforts, as are justices of the peace who say current law requires them to approve marriages between young girls and older men.


Pimlico likely needs 'complete rebuild' to preserve Preakness, owner says

Preserving the 147-year-old Pimlico Race Course as the home of the Preakness likely would require rebuilding the track at a cost of $300 million to $500 million, according to its owner — which has no plans to foot the bill.

Simply renovating the faded track wouldn't elevate it to the standards required for the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, said Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of the racing division of the Stronach Group, owner of Pimlico and Laurel Park.

"What we'd want to see is a complete rebuild," Ritvo said in an interview Monday.

Questions have long loomed about the future of Pimlico and who might pay to renovate or rebuild the storied track, which borders on the rough Park Heights neighborhood. The Maryland Stadium Authority has estimated that renovating the track would cost $250 million to $320 million.


A New Meth Surge Gathers Momentum

The opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands over the last two years and driven major reforms in state and local law enforcement and public health policies for people with addiction.

But another deadly but popular drug, methamphetamine, also has been surging in many parts of the country. And federal officials say that, based on what they learned as opioids swept the U.S., methamphetamine is likely to spread even further.

“The beginning of the opioid epidemic was 2000 and we thought it was just localized,” said Kimberly Johnson, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). “Now we know that drug outbreaks aren’t likely to stay localized so we can start addressing them sooner and letting other states know of the potential for it spreading.”


Deep State Illegally Leaks Classified Info To Media To Demonize Trump For Legally Disclosing Classified Info

Saying "Mr. Trump's disclosure does not appear to have been illegal" means: "it was not illegal, but we're going to word it in a way that makes it seem like it could be."

In the latest act of open deep state sabotage to undermine the Trump administration, deep state operatives leaked classified information divulged by Trump in a private White House meeting to The Washington Post and The New York Times.

The meeting involved Russian foreign minister Sergey V. Lavrov, Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other unnamed “Americans.”


New Lawsuit Alleges Baylor Players Gang-Raped Women As 'Bonding Experience'

A new federal lawsuit against Baylor University accuses football players of drugging and gang-raping young women as part of a hazing or bonding ritual — and the university of failing to investigate the pervasive sexual assault.

The players often took photographs and videos as they carried out the gang rapes, the suit alleges. It was filed by "Jane Doe," who says she was raped by four to eight Baylor players in February 2012. Her Title IX suit says the school's "deliberately indifferent response" effectively denied her educational opportunities.

The suit also describes dogfighting at football parties and burglaries carried out by football players, without consequence.

The alleged assaults and other criminal activities took place during former head football coach Art Briles' tenure at the school in Waco, Texas.


BREAKING: Ed Baker To Retire AGAIN, Bob Taylor Is His Replacement

Ed Baker
Bob Taylor

While former County Executive Rick Pollitt made a SWEET deal for Ed Baker to get massive benefits to become the attorney for Wicomico County, he came back after retiring and just put in his resignation so he can move out of the County and relocate to Delaware. 

I just learned that Bob Taylor will be the replacement attorney for the Wicomico County Council. Probably the best move the Council could ever make, (considering the circumstances) when it comes to someone who is truly on the ball.

I'm sure Ed Baker would love to THANK the County Taxpayers for an incredible retirement package. Perhaps he'll build an "EXECUTIVE" suite on his new home for you know who. 

Mizzou Black Lives Matter Protests Cause Job Cuts

Officials at the University of Missouri’s flagship campus in Columbia have announced a plan to cut approximately 400 jobs and raise tuition in the face of a projected 7.4 percent plunge in student enrollment and a $14.7 million state budget cut.

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 employees will simply lose their jobs at the taxpayer-funded school. The rest of the job cuts will come either because people are retiring or because the school won’t renew the contracts of non-tenured professors, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The 7.4 percent decrease in student enrollment will cause a $16.6 million drop in revenue. School officials are responding to the revenue reduction by raising tuition by 2.1 percent. The tuition increase will generate about $7 million.

Garnett Stokes, Mizzou’s latest interim chancellor, announced the staff cuts and the tuition increase on Monday at a forum on campus.


Baltimore Co. Police Say Former Priest's DNA Doesn't Match Scene Of Nun's Killing

A DNA sample from the exhumed remains of a former priest doesn't match DNA from the murder scene of a Catholic nun whose death has attracted renewed interest 47 years later.

Baltimore County police on Wednesday said they got the results from an accredited laboratory that ruled out A. Joseph Maskell as a contributor to DNA preserved from the scene where Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik was killed.

Her body was found in a Lansdowne dumping area in January 1970. She was last seen alive at her Baltimore City apartment before she left to run errands in Edmonson Village the previous November. Police believe whoever killed Cesnik accosted her as she was returning from the store and forced her back into her car. They believe she was driven to Monumental Avenue, where she was assaulted and murdered. Her car was found in the early morning hours the next day.


Lois Lerner Was Clinton Foundation Friend Inside The IRS

Six years before she became the central figure in the IRS’s illegal targeting of Tea Party tax-exemption applicants, Lois Lerner cleared the way for the Clinton Foundation’s transformation from building a presidential library to being a $2 billion global political influence peddling machine, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

She helped accomplish this feat through a 2007 letter on two legal issues of such magnitude that it’s unlikely the Clinton nonprofit could have become what it is in 2017, 20 years after its creation.

The first issue concerned an otherwise innocuous sounding merger of two nonprofits, while the second issue centered around an unprecedented expansion of the foundation’s activities far beyond its tax-exempt mission.

“You recently furnished us information that the Clinton Foundation HIV-AIDS Initiative, Inc. merged with The William J. Clinton Foundation on Dec. 31, 2005,” Lerner wrote in an April 5, 2007, letter to the former president’s non-profit. “Based on the information submitted, we have determined that the merger does not affect your tax exempt status.”


Marylanders Beware: Map Shows We’re A Lyme Disease Hot Spot

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Forecasting maps for Lyme disease released this month show that Maryland is a hot spot.

The maps accompanied a study done by scientists at Clemson University, North Carolina State University and the University of Georgia, and show the predicted Lyme disease prevalence in dogs in each of the 48 contiguous states, drawing mostly on monthly test data from veterinarians.

Michael Yabsley, a parasitologist at the University of Georgia, and Christopher McMahan, an assistant professor of mathematical sciences at Clemson, combined factors associated with Lyme disease — forestation, surface water area, temperature, population density and median household income — with nearly 12 million Borrelia burgdorferi antibody test results from dogs collected between 2011 and 2015, provided by the veterinary diagnostic company IDEXX Laboratories Inc.


Christian pastor in Bible Belt admits personally worshiping Allah

Muslim deity takes over church as leaders claim to honor 'same god'

A former church has been taken over and converted to a mosque in a rural North Carolina county, and a group of Christian pastors took part in the conversion ceremony in an effort to “show mutual respect” for their Muslim neighbors.

Crosses have been removed from the former church’s facade and steeple, and mosque leader Ali Muhammad turned them over to the group of pastors.

“What they were attempting to do is honor our tradition and so they wanted to turn the crosses over to us,” said the Rev. Jim Melnyk, pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Smithfield, a small town in Johnston County about 45 minutes south of Raleigh. “They were reaching out to us, and we were reaching out to them.”

Melnyk said he was joined by pastors from the United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ and three different Baptist congregations at Saturday’s ceremony, which marked the official conversion of a former Pentecostal church into a mosque. One lay person from the local Presbyterian Church was also present for the “celebration.”


Is 'Internet Addiction' Real?

When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time. (NPR has agreed to use only the pair's middle names, to protect the teen's medical privacy.)

"She started just lying there, not moving and just being on the phone," says Ellen. "I was at a loss about what to do."

Ellen didn't realize it then, but her daughter was sinking into a pattern of behavior that some psychiatrists recognize from their patients who abuse drugs or alcohol. It's a problem, they say, that's akin to an eating disorder or gambling disorder – some consider it a kind of internet addiction. Estimates of how many people are affected vary widely, researchers say, and the problem isn't restricted to kids and teens, though some – especially those who have depression or anxiety disorder — may be particularly vulnerable.


Claim: Justice Antonin Scalia Believed Obama Spied on Supreme Court

Scalia held suspicion previous presidential administration monitored communications inside highest court

According to Fox News contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano, Scalia held a serious suspicion that the previous presidential administration was monitoring communications inside the highest court in the land.

Amid a discussion with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo surrounding Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s calls for full disclosure of his and another senator’s surveillance records, Napolitano dropped the bombshell allegation:

“Justice Scalia told me that he often thought that the court was being surveilled. And he told me that probably four or five years ago… If they had to unmask Senator Paul’s name to reveal a conversation he was having with a foreign agent and the foreign agent was hostile to the United States they can do that. That’s not what he’s talking about. They’re talking about unmasking him when he’s having a conversation with his campaign manager when he’s running in the Republican primary.”


CNN Host Becomes Irate at Former Navy SEAL for Dismissing Trump-Russia Reports

CNN host Kate Bolduan became irate at former Navy SEAL and Donald Trump supporter Carl Higbie on Tuesday after he dismissed reports that alleged the president shared classified information with Russian diplomats in the Oval Office last week.

Bolduan acknowledged Higbie had dealt with highly classified information in the past and asked if it scared him that Trump would share classified information with top Russian officials.

"I've been sitting here quietly listening to all this BS quite frankly. Did you listen to anything [White House National Security Adviser H.R.] McMaster said today?" Higbie asked Bolduan and the rest of the CNN panel. "Where he said, ‘I was in the room, that didn't happen?'"


Intense Police Body Cam Video

DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO – On May 12, 2017, at approximately 6:45 p.m. near the intersection of County Line Road and Sante Fe Road a Deputy from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office saw a motor vehicle that appeared to be in need of assistance. The Deputy stopped behind the vehicle and tried to help the motorist. Sometime during the contact, the subject associated with the motor vehicle emerged from his SUV with a weapon. The Deputy gave the subject verbal commands. The Deputy feared for his life and deployed his service weapon. The subject was shot and immediately went to the ground.

Deputies arrived on scene and immediately rendered emergency aid to the subject. The subject was transported to a local area hospital where his condition remains undisclosed at this time. No other suspects are being sought at this time.

Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich Shared 44,053 Democrat Emails With WikiLeaks: Report

For the past several months, Democrats have based their "Resist 45" movement on unsubstantiated assertions that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian intelligence officials to undermine the 2016 Presidential Election thereby 'stealing' the White House from Hillary Clinton. Day after day we've all suffered through one anonymously sourced, "shock" story after another from the New York Times and/or The Washington Post with new allegations of the 'wrongdoing'.

But, new evidence surfacing in the Seth Rich murder investigation may just quash the "Russian hacking" conspiracy theory. According to a new report from Fox News, it was former DNC staffer Seth Rich who supplied 44,000 DNC emails to WikiLeaks and not some random Russian cyber terrorist, as we've all been led to believe.

According to Fox News, though admittedly via yet another anonymous FBI source, Rich made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, an American investigative reporter and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time. According to Fox News sources, federal law enforcement investigators found 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments sent between DNC leaders from January 2015 to May 2016 that Rich shared with WikiLeaks before he was gunned down on July 10, 2016.

The Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down on July 10 on a Washington, D.C., street just steps from his home had leaked thousands of internal emails to WikiLeaks, law enforcement sources told Fox News.

A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report detailing the contents of DNC staffer Seth Rich’s computer generated within 96 hours after his murder, said Rich made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.

“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and Wikileaks,” the federal investigator told Fox News, confirming the MacFadyen connection. He said the emails are in possession of the FBI, while the stalled case is in the hands of the Washington Police Department.

Then, on July 22, just 12 days after Rich was killed, WikiLeaks published internal DNC emails that appeared to show top party officials conspiring to stop Bernie Sanders from becoming the party’s presidential nominee. As we've noted before, the DNC's efforts to block Sanders resulted in Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning as DNC chairperson.


Rep. Harris Comments on the Appointment of Special Counsel Mueller

WASHINGTON, DC: On May 17, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director and U.S. Attorney Robert S. Mueller III to serve as Special Counsel to oversee the FBI investigation into efforts by Russia to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) released the following statement in response to this appointment:

“Just as I agreed with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s assessment that Mr. Comey damaged the credibility of the FBI, I trust his judgment in appointing Mr. Mueller as Special Counsel to lead the investigation into potential interference by Russia in our 2016 election. Mr. Mueller is widely respected, and I am confident that he will conduct a thorough and nonpartisan investigation into this matter.”

A Random Walk Down Baltimore's Triangle Of Death

As of Tuesday, 129 citizens in Baltimore City, Maryland have been murdered, including nine in the recent week. Baltimore City’s homicide rate is now ranked number one in the United States surpassing cities, such as New Orleans, St. Louis, and Detroit. The city has deteriorated so quickly this year that the Mayor of Baltimore has called on Federal Government agencies to restore order. According to WaPo, Baltimore’s homicide rate “is more than triple Washington’s rate and higher than the homicide rates in New Orleans and Chicago, two places that have become national symbols of gun violence”.


Former Fox News boss Roger Ailes dead at 77

Fox News founder Roger Ailes died Thursday morning, his wife, Elizabeth Ailes, said in a statement. "Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many," she wrote. "He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise — and to give back." Ailes, 77, was ousted as Fox News' CEO last year following sexual harassment allegations.

Got Pain? Use Comfrey

Chronic pain is a way of life for millions of Americans, and many risk addiction by resorting to dangerous opioids to ease their suffering. Even those who are willing to risk addiction are finding painkillers harder to get as doctors cut down on the amounts of opioids they prescribe. Other desperate victims of chronic pain opt for over-the-counter relief, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil). But in addition to often being less effective, taking just slightly more than the recommended amount can have devastating consequences.

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) raised the risk of a heart attack as soon as one week after beginning their use, especially in higher doses. The medications include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cambia), celecoxib (Celebrex), and naproxen (Midol, Aleve).

A Scottish study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that taking large doses of Tylenol over a period of time, even at recommended levels, can build up in the system and cause life-threatening liver damage. In addition to liver damage, ibuprofen can also cause gastrointestinal bleeding.

The answer to chronic pain, especially lower back pain and pulled muscles and ligaments, may be comfrey, an herb that's been used for thousands of years in topical ointments to ease pain.

"Comfrey is an effective pain killer that can be used to treat any kind of pain," says nationally recognized pain expert Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-2-3! "Comfrey cream can be rubbed on wherever you hurt, and it works immediately — within seconds."


Walmart To Pay $7.5M After Denying Spousal Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

A federal court judge has approved a $7.5 million settlement between Walmart and current and former employees who claimed that the the retailer unfairly discriminated against them by denying health benefits to their same-sex spouses. 

Man Behind $1.1M Home Depot Receipt Scam Gets Two-Year Prison Sentence

A Texas man who used Home Depot’s program for tax-exempt business purchases to scam more than $1.1 million from the retailer has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to repay all his ill-gotten gains. 

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Hillary Clinton officially launches 'resistance' outside group

(CNN)Hillary Clinton officially announced Monday her post-2016 election plans: A political organization aimed at funding "resistance" groups that are standing up to President Donald Trump.
Clinton tweeted that she was launching "Onward Together to encourage people to get involved, organize, and even run for office."

The group also included a website, which described the group's goal as looking to "advance progressive values and work to build a brighter future for generations to come."
Sources told CNN earlier this month that the former secretary of state, months after her 2016 campaign loss, was working with former aides and donors to build an organization that will look to fund and invest in groups that have impressed her since her 2016 election loss.