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Thursday, July 06, 2017


Wicomico Public Libraries is excited to announce that it has entered into a partnership with 7 other county libraries on the Eastern Shore and the Eastern Shore Regional Library to provide a new, all-inclusive integrated library catalog. The Eastern Shore Consortium will provide a new online system the will significantly improve the management of Library resources, give members greater access to more materials and improve the availability of new titles. Some of the benefits of the new system include a user-friendly modern catalog and access to the collections of eight public libraries on the Eastern Shore. The library’s digital collection of e-books, downloadable music and movies will now be displayed in library catalog. This new system is also much more mobile friendly.

The Downtown Library will be closed from Saturday, August 12th thru Thursday, August 17th, 2017 so that the final software installation can take place. During this time, no fines will be charged, patrons will not be able to search the catalog, no Library cards will be created, and Library materials cannot be placed on hold. The Bookmobile will be off the road as well. No Library materials will be due between August 9th and August 23rd. Beginning August 18th, all Library cardholders will need to come in and verify the information in their Library account.

The Library’s Centre Branch and Pittsville Branch will be open normal business hours. Members may still check out materials, use Wi-Fi and access the computers at those branch locations.

It is important to note that Library card holders will need to save their reading history. Library staff can assist members in emailing these documents to themselves by August 9th. After that date, all reading histories will be deleted due to the transition.

Wicomico Public Libraries are located in Downtown Salisbury, the Centre at Salisbury, in Pittsville, and the Libraries’ Bookmobile. Wicomico Public Libraries offer numerous resources such as free Internet access, a variety of classes and events, and an online eBooks library, and it engages the community through education, economic development and through various community events. You Belong @ Wicomico Public Libraries!

For more information on Wicomico Public Libraries or if you wish to become a Friend of the Library, please visit our Web site - or check out our newsletter – Belong – in the Library or online.

Striking Korean War photos show American GIs in conflict

Images of American GIs during the Korean War have been released to mark the 67th anniversary of US troops first engaging North Korean troops in combat.

Striking images show a US Marine tank follow a line of prisoners of war down a village street, soldiers engaging with the enemy and a grief stricken infantryman whose comrade had been killed in action being comforted.

Other photographs, released by the US Department of Defense, show the iconic Marilyn Monroe appearing at the USO Camp Show, troops being fed by Mickey Rooney, and General Douglas MacArthur embracing Dr Syngman Rhee, South Korea's first President.

The United States first engaged with North Korean forces during the Korean War's Battle of Osan on July 5, 1950.


The Sky IS Falling............

The Future Of Multicultural Europe: German City With The Most Immigrants Also Has The Most Crime

Over the past 20 years, European cities have slowly become more ethnically diverse, as EU governments open their borders to foreign populations. And as this process has taken place, the authorities have been quick to cover up any crimes that have been committed by these populations. For instance, Swedish police are no longer allowed to describe the ethnic background of the criminals they catch, and most notably, the German government and press were desperate to cover up hundreds sexual assaults that occurred in Cologne in 2015.

However, there are certain statistics that can’t be covered up. A government can try to conceal the connection between crimes and specific ethnic groups, but they can’t cover up the overall crime statistics of an entire city. Plus, politically correct governments can’t really hide the ethnic diversity of their cities. That’s something that their progressive sensibilities command them to promote.


Here’s the Animal Most Likely to Kill You Based on the State You Live In

When most people think of deadly animals, they tend to focus on larger species like bears and alligators. While those can certainly be a threat, and should always be treated as such, the animal that is most likely to kill you may be much smaller, and even something you encounter on nearly a daily basis.

The people over at Man vs. Beast gathered some statistics, shining a light on the deadliest animals in each state. The information is based on records from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and clearly shows the level of risk based on where you live.

First, they developed a map that demonstrates your odds of being killed by an animal, period. Those in Montana have the highest risk of being killed by an animal, with a 1-in-674,600 chance, while residents of Massachusetts can rest a bit easier than the remainder of the nation with odds of 1-in-8,184,535.


America, ‘racist’? How Obama duped U.S. with 1 dangerous ‘lie’

Jesse Lee Peterson to Tucker Carlson: 'It has nothing to do with color at all, and they know that'

Think America is growing more racist than ever?

That’s because you’ve been duped by the left – and especially by Barack Obama, who used the “lie” of racial grievances for his own personal gain and ultimately divided America.

“Black Americans got worse under Barack Obama than any other time in the history of America,” said WND exclusive columnist Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, author of “The Antidote: Healing America from the Poison of Hate, Blame and Victimhood,” during a July 3 appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“If it was a race issue, why didn’t it get better? We had a black president,” Peterson said. “The races were more divided as a result of Barack Obama because he used them for his own personal gain and didn’t care about them.”

Watch Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson’s comments on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”:


Mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance may be solved by newly discovered photo

NEW YORK, NY — A newly discovered photograph may solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, NBC’s Tom Costello reported Wednesday morning on Today.

The discovery of the photo and its analysis is featured in a new History Channel special, "Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence," which at 10 p.m. Sunday.

Earhart was last heard from on July 2, 1937, as she tried to become the first woman pilot to circumnavigate the globe. Earhart was declared dead two years later after the U.S. concluded she had crashed somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Her remains were never found.

Investigators said they have found evidence Earhart and Fred Noonan were blown off course, but survived a crash landing in a Marshall Islands.

The photograph was discovered in a long-forgotten file in the National Archives.


Trump's 1st Qtr. Salary to Go to Fix Antietam Battlefield

The Interior Department announced that it will be using the $78,333 given to them by President Trump to revitalize an important Civil War landmark, according to the Washington Times.

Earlier this year, Trump promised to donate his salary to various projects and organizations.

He previously presented a check to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in April, directing that the funds be used by the National Park Service.

Zinke said he would be using the funds to renovate Maryland's Antietam National Battlefield, a few miles outside Harper's Ferry, W.V.

Antietam, known in the South as the Battle of Sharpsburg, took place in September 1862 and was the bloodiest single day in the entire war.


Avoiding sexual assault: How parents can discuss a tough topic with kids

WASHINGTON — A disturbing investigation of sexual abuse in a Maryland school system is likely prompting some parents to have a tough conversation with their kids.

And Eileen Dombo, a trauma expert and associate professor at the Catholic University of America, suggested parents start by talking to kids about how adults can earn their trust.

“It’s important not to do anything [adults] ask you to that makes you feel uncomfortable, or [that] someone who you do trust wouldn’t ask you to do,” Dombo said.

After Carlos DeAngelo Bell — a former staffer and track coach for Charles County schools — was indicted Monday and charged with the sexual abuse of seven children, Dombo said many parents are frightened and unsure about how to approach the conversation with their children.


Did CNN commit felony to threaten Trump wrestling gif creator?

While most people were celebrating America with their friends and families on July 4th, CNN was waging war against a Reddit user who supposedly created a GIF of Donald Trump body-slamming someone with the network’s logo superimposed over his face.

The brief video, which was tweeted by the president but not created by him, reportedly became his second-highest retweeted post.

From CNN’s exposé of Reddit user “HanAssholeSolo,” whom the “news” network claims created the GIF:

CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.

CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange asserts that could constitute a felony by CNN, arguing the network “coerced” the anonymous user into giving up his First Amendment right.

Assange went on to claim the network committed a felony for conspiracy to force the man to stop giving his opinion about CNN and Trump.

More here

Maryland State Troopers Yielded Positive Results This Independence Day Weekend

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – This year’s Independence Day weekend efforts of the Maryland State Police had a positive effect on reducing crashes and keeping the public safe.

Traffic enforcement efforts by Maryland state troopers during the Independence Day holiday period resulted in more than 9,300 traffic stops that led to 129 arrests and more than 110 arrests of impaired drivers.

Maryland State Police patrol troopers began increased holiday traffic enforcement efforts on June 30, 2017 that continued through July 4, 2017. During that period, troopers arrested 112 impaired drivers, arrested 91 for criminal offenses and arrested another 41 people who were found to be wanted on warrants. Two of the 112 impaired drivers arrested were found to be drugged drivers. In addition police departments across the State of Maryland arrested another eight drugged drivers.

The arrests occurred during 8,981 traffic stops made by troopers working traffic safety initiatives that included additional patrols, sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and speed enforcement. Troopers issued 6,031 citations, 5,727 warnings and 888 safety equipment repair orders. Troopers at each of the 23 Maryland State Police barracks were involved in special enforcement operations during the holiday period.

During this period, troopers responded to 284 crashes, including 3 fatal crashes reported.

With increased enforcement efforts this year compared to last year Maryland State Police has seen a decrease in crashes and impaired drving. Last year there were 495 crashes reported which is 211 less.

The Maryland State Police continue to support the Maryland Department of Transportation’s campaign “Toward Zero Deaths.” These high visibility enforcement efforts reduce the number of aggressive driving, motor vehicle crashes in which speed, alcohol and other driving violations are contributing factors to crashes on Maryland roads. Troopers will continue these initiatives throughout the year.

Canada Awards Confessed Terrorist $10 Million and an Apology for Violating His Civil Rights

This wasn't a case of mistaken identity or wrongful imprisonment. Omar Khadr admitted to killing an American soldier -- but was still awarded $10.5m by Canada's supreme court, and an official apology by the Canadian government, for violating his civil rights. Nothing can be funnier than the state of doom for the civilization that pretends to exist north of our borders.

Back in 2010, Canada's supreme court ruled that human rights were being violated at Guantanamo Bay. As such, anyone held there, who happened to be a Canadian citizen, was very likely to win lawsuits.

Enter Omar Khadr.

"The deprivation of [Khadr's] right to liberty and security of the person is not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice," the court ruled.

"The interrogation of a youth detained without access to counsel, to elicit statements about serious criminal charges while knowing that the youth had been subjected to sleep deprivation and while knowing that the fruits of the interrogations would be shared with the prosecutors, offends the most basic Canadian standards about the treatment of detained youth suspects."

Poor Omar underwent sleep deprivation. As such, Ottawa awarded him $10.5m.


Trump will donate portion of salary to Antietam battlefield projects

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump previously said he wouldn’t take his $400,000 annual salary, but federal law got in the way. As a workaround, the president promised to donate the equivalent of his paychecks to the federal government.

Now, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday that nearly $264,000 will go toward two projects at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. That figure includes Trump’s $78,333, as well as donations from both an anonymous party and three nonprofits.

And in April, press secretary Sean Spicer presented the National Park Service with a check for $78,333 — one quarter of the president’s annual take-home pay.

“I’m deeply honored and humbled to deliver the donation to Antietam National Battlefield on behalf of President Trump,” said Zinke. “The president’s donation will allow generations of Americans to learn about our history and heritage on this sacred site.”

Now, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday that nearly $264,000 will go toward two projects at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. That figure includes Trump’s $78,333, as well as donations from both an anonymous party and three nonprofits. And in April, press secretary Sean Spicer presented the National Park Service with a check for $78,333 — one quarter of the president’s annual take-home pay. “I’m deeply honored and humbled to deliver the donation to Antietam National Battlefield on behalf of President Trump,” said Zinke. “The president’s donation will allow generations of Americans to learn about our history and heritage on this sacred site.”


Maryland's Weekly Fishing Report - July 5, 2017

The holiday weekend is but a memory now and I hope your memories are good ones. It was a scorcher in many areas of Maryland and people flocked to the water for relief. It did my heart good to see fishing rods peeking out through mini-van windows or in the back of pickup trucks as folks headed to their waterside destinations. The summer will tend to move along now and before we know it we’ll be starring Labor Day in the face so don’t put off spending time with family and friends fishing.

The Lower Susquehanna River continues to give up a fair amount of striped bass for those willing to be at the Conowingo Dam pool at sunrise. The power generation releases usually begin before daybreak and continue into the afternoon. Casting heavy swimshads with surf casting gear into the most turbulent parts of the pool has been a great option. Others are having success casting topwater lures in the boulder fields farther down river at sun up.

A few striped bass are being caught around the edges of the flats but most of the action in the upper bay is focused from the Rock Hall area south. Chumming has taken center stage at Swan Point, Love Point and Podickory Point. It has been a good idea to locate suspended fish on a depth finder and anchor up and allow chum and baits to drift into the deeper edges of the channel. As always a good tide is essential. As usual, the chum slicks are being swarmed with two and three year old striped bass that are less than twenty inches in length so it takes some strategy to get to the larger fish that often are 28″ or better. Allowing baits to get to the bottom and in the back of the slick has been the best tactic, and sometimes it takes a squeeze on weight of a half-ounce or so a couple of feet in front of the bait. Surface water temperatures are now around 82 degrees so the larger fish will like to stay deep and mornings will usually offer better fishing results. Channel catfish can be part of the mix when fishing baits on the bottom.


Woman seriously injured on water ride at Kings Dominion

DOSWELL, Va. (WRIC) — A fun Fourth of July at a water park ended in an ugly way for one Virginia couple.

Steve Orebaugh says his wife Christina was seriously hurt after something went wrong on the Tornado water slide at King’s Dominion.

The ride is now closed while park officials try to figure out what happened.

Orebaugh posted details about the ordeal on Facebook. It received thousands of comments and shares.

He explained that as the couple’s tube was riding up the side of the 65-foot funnel, it abruptly flipped.


Hacked server that handled DNC email remains out of reach of Russia investigators

It is perhaps the key piece of forensic evidence in Russia’s suspected efforts to sway the November presidential election, but federal investigators have yet to get their hands on the hacked computer server that handled email from the Democratic National Committee.

Indeed, the only cybersecurity specialists who have taken a look at the server are from CrowdStrike, the Irvine, California-based private cybersecurity company that the DNC hired to investigate the hack — but which has come under fire itself for its work.

Some critics say CrowdStrike’s evidence for blaming Russia for the hack is thin. Members of Congress say they still believe Russia was responsible but wonder why the DNC has never allowed federal investigators to get a look at the key piece of evidence: the server. Either way, a key “witness” in the political scandal consuming the Trump administration remains beyond the reach of investigators.


Real Canadian?

Maryland’s Eastern Shore Preps for Return of the USSSA Eastern World Series

Salisbury, MD – Nearly 6,000 softball players will soon be on the lower Eastern Shore for the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Eastern World Series.

This year’s event will be held from July 12-29. The USSSA Eastern World Series draws nearly 400 teams from 15 states and Canada to the region over threeweeks. The event generates an estimated economic impact of over $19 million and a hotel room night demand in excess of 10,000.

This is Wicomico County’s eleventh year hosting USSSA events, but growth in the size and scope of the Eastern World Series has sparked its expansion beyond County borders.

For the fourth consecutive year, the event will be billed under the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance (MAASA), which was formed by the Town of Ocean City and Wicomico and Worcester Counties in 2014. The formal sports marketing partnership is the first of its kind in the nation, and it leverages the combined assets of each jurisdiction in order to attract, retain and build sports marketing events.

The Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex in Salisbury provides the main fields of play for the series. Other fields tentatively scheduled for use in Wicomico County include the East Wicomico Little League, Eastside Youth Sports Complex, Fruitland Recreational Area and WinterPlace Park. In Worcester County, games are scheduled for John Walter Smith Park and Northern Worcester Athletic Complex. In the Town of Ocean City, games will be played at Northside Park.

2017 USSSA World Series dates:
Week 1: July 12-16 - 10U Open, 12U Open
Week 2: July 18-23 - 14U A, 14U B
Week 3: July 24-29 - 16U Open, 18U Open, 18U B
*’U’ abbreviation for under.

Tournament games are open to the public with no admission fee charged. For additional information on the USSSA Eastern World Series, please In accordance with USSSA national guidelines, schedules will be released at the beginning of each tournament week, and will be posted to the USSSA website.

Omar Khadr: Former Gitmo prisoner who killed US soldier to get $$$ from Canadian gov't

The Canadian government will apologize and give millions to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15, an official said Tuesday.

An official familiar with the matter told the Associated Press that Omar Khadr will receive $8 million. The deal was negotiated with Khadr’s lawyers and the Canadian government last month.

Khadr was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops following a firefight at a suspected Al Qaeda compound in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of U.S. Special Forces medic, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer. Khadr, who was suspected of throwing the grenade that killed Speer, was taken to Guantanamo and ultimately charged with war crimes by a military commission.

The Canadian-born Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges that included murder and was sentences to eight years plus the time he had already spent in custody. He returned to Canada two years later to serve the remainder of his sentence and was released in May 2015 pending an appeal of his guilty plea, which he said was made under duress.


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BREAKING: Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver Announces Press Conference

July 6, 2017, 3:00 PM, 
Room 301, 
Government Office Building

Salisbury, MD …
The Wicomico County Executive will be holding a Press Conference today, July 6, 2017, at 3:00 PM in Room #301 of the Government Office Building, 125 North Division Street, Salisbury, Maryland, in response to the fraud report presented at last evening’s County Council meeting.

Students taught about ‘problem that is whiteness’

(THE COLLEGE FIX) — FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Serious explorations into race should focus on the problem of whiteness and be grounded in the claim that it’s a hegemonic “power apparatus,” a Fairfield University professor suggested at a recent conference aimed at pushing “radical social change” in higher education.

The remarks from associate professor of philosophy Dr. Kris Sealey, who spoke about her strategies for discussing race in the classroom, were presented at a diversity conference for employees of Jesuit colleges.

“So more and more, the courses that I teach on race have become courses in which I expect my students to engage in the hegemonic power of whiteness,” said Sealey, who’s taught courses such as “Black Lives Matter” and “Critical Race Theory.”

Immigration agency won’t commit to giving non-citizen data to voter fraud commission

The U.S. immigration agency that holds millions of records on non-citizens living legally in the U.S. will not commit to turning over that data to President Trump’s commission on voter fraud.

The Commission on Election Integrity already has clashed with Democrat-run states that are refusing to meet its written requests to provide voter rolls. The information is considered public and is often given or sold to political groups.

Commission Vice Chairman Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, told The Washington Times in May that he also wants U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide the identifications of non-citizens living as permanent residents with green cards.

The idea is to compare that huge list with another large database, this one of registered voters maintained by the states. Under federal law, it is illegal for non-citizens to register and to vote in federal elections. Polls and some spot-check investigations suggest that many do.


Senate Democrats embrace extreme vetting of Trump’s court picks

Senate Democrats are turning to procedural tactics to delay confirmation of President Trump’s appeals court picks, and conservative groups are firing back with a new ad in Michigan trying to force two Democrats to clear a path for one embattled nominee.

The Judicial Crisis Network says it will spend $140,000 on the ad, which demands Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters drop any objections to Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, who Mr. Trump nominated to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on May 8.

The senators are flexing the chamber’s “blue slip” tradition, which gives individual lawmakers an exceptional amount of say in judges from their home state. Under the tradition, if both home-state senators don’t return their blue slips, signaling acceptance, Senate leaders will hold off on action on that pick.

Neither Ms. Stabenow nor Mr. Peters have returned their blue slips. Spokesmen for both senators say they’re still studying the issues on the Larsen pick.

Conservatives, though, want to see a speedy decision.

“This is someone the citizens of Michigan have overwhelmingly approved as their Supreme Court Justice,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel at the JCN. “It’s absurd [Democrats] would attempt to block her confirmation.”


[Extreme vetting of Trump’s court picks, but not of 'refugees' from terrorism-supporting countries. Rather odd logic. --Editor]

Paul Craig Roberts: "Once Only Blacks Were Enslaved, Now We All Are"

We will hear all sorts of patriotic BS about how wonderful we are and how thankful we are to our brave military which defends our liberty.

Not a word will be said about the destruction by the Bush and Obama regimes of the US Constitution, which once protected our liberty far better than any military action.

Not a word will be said about Washington’s 16 years of purely gratuitous war in the Middle East and North Africa that has destroyed in whole or part seven countries, sending millions of war refugees to overrun the Western World and change the quality of life for Western peoples.

Not a word will be said about Washington’s ongoing insane provocations of Russia and China and Iran and Syria and North Korea that are likely to end in nuclear Armageddon.

Speeches will celebrate “the exceptional, indispensable USA,” and fireworks will go off, preludes to the onrushing nuclear Armageddon.

While we listen to speeches of our wonderful fairy tale life, how lucky we are to be so beloved by our Great Democratic Government, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has issued an all points bulletin urgin


Somerset County Sheriff's Office reports most recent arrests

Kevin Vashon Ward Jr. of Princess Anne, arrested 6-7-17 on a Circuit Court violation of probation warrant. Ward was later held on a $100,000 bond.

Deshay Domique Cephas of Crisfield, arrested 6-8-17 for driving on a suspended driver’s license, driving without a license, speeding, reckless driving, following to close, unsafe lane changes, driving on leaners permit without supervision, and fleeing and eluding police. Cephas was later released on citations pending court actions. Deputies attempted a traffic stop south on Crisfield Highway for a speed violation, After many attempts to stop the vehicle, Cephas ignored emergency lights and sirens, and finally stopped in the Locust Street area, Crisfield.

Kalin Danae Williams of Princess Anne, arrested 6-9-17 on a warrant for violation of probation. Williams was later held without bond.

Johnnie Burris Parks of Ewell, arrested 6-21-17 on a warrant for violating a court ordered protective order. Parks was later held without bond.

Granada Lee Smith of Princess Anne, arrested 6-22-17 on an out of county warrant for failing to appear in court. Smith was later held without bond.

Adrian Tremayne McGinnis of Westover, arrested 6-28-17 for reckless driving, negligent driving, fleeing and eluding police, driving a suspended driver’s license, driving on a revoked driver’s license, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without eye or headgear protection, and off road vehicle on private property. McGinnis was later released on citations pending court actions. Deputies attempted to stop McGinnis who was operating a dirt bike on the roadway in the area of Greenwood Rd, Princess Anne. McGinnis fled from Deputies through town, finally stopping in the area of the UMES Housing.

Tony Darrell Tawes of Deal Island, arrested 6-29-17 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Tawes was later turned over to Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Michael Jerome Aye of Crisfield, arrested 6-30-17 on warrants for violation of probation, failing to appear in court, and possession of suspected crack cocaine. Aye was later held without bond.

Radford Shelle Thomas Brent of Eden, criminal summons served 7-1-17 for second degree assault. Brent was later released on signature pending court actions.

Hamilton owners plan similar music-and-dining venue in Columbia

WASHINGTON — A Hamilton-like music venue is coming to Howard County.

Clyde’s Restaurant Group — which in 2011 opened The Hamilton, a huge music-and-dining venue in D.C.’s Penn Quarter — plans something similar in Columbia, Maryland.

The venue doesn’t have a name yet, but it does have a space: a former restaurant next to Clyde’s of Columbia.

Clyde’s will convert its casual Italian restaurant, The Tomato Palace, into a live music and event space with cutting-edge technology, sound and lighting. The space will also be available for private events and meetings.


A Really Well Done White Marlin Tournament Article

Trial begins to settle $2.8M fishing tourney prize

It started in the open ocean off Maryland last summer and it's likely to conclude in a federal courtroom in Baltimore.

The battle over $2.8 million in prize money from the White Marlin Open fishing tournament went to trial Monday in U.S. District Court.

On the line for three New Jersey men is $2.3 million of the pot.

Trenton police officer Brian Suschke, Trenton firefighter Rich Kosztyu and Ocean County boat owner Damien Romeo were ecstatic after winning $767,091 for catching a 236.5-pound tuna at the August competition in Ocean City, Md.

Then, the friends and fishing partners found out their catch might actually be worth millions.

In late August, the tournament announced that a Florida boat - the Kallianassa out of Naples, Fla. - may have violated tournament rules in the white marlin category. The boat caught the sole qualifying fish in the category.

The tournament suspended the $2.8 million payout to the Kallianassa's winning angler, Phillip Heasley, and filed legal action in a Maryland court seeking a judge to decide the outcome. The case was moved to federal court later in 2016.


Md. doctor writes prescription for surviving police encounters: Humility, respect

WASHINGTON — A Maryland emergency room doctor wants to save lives, but his prescription doesn’t involve new medications or safety equipment: He’s targeting young men and hopes more of them will come home safely after encounters with police.

Dr. Geoffrey Mount Varner, of Bowie, said that humility and respect are they keys to surviving interactions with police and avoiding a trip to the ER.

Mount Varner said his son, and the realization that his 11-year-old boy was old enough to be killed by the police, motivated him to write a book detailing steps the public — especially young, black men — can take to safely negotiate traffic stops and other routine encounters with police.

His self-published book, “Home Alive: 11 Must Rules for Surviving Encounters with the Police,” is not intended to be a cure-all or policy prescription to reduce the number of people killed at the hands of police each year, he said. He calls it a way to bridge the gap.


Five Senators Visit Troops in Afghanistan for July 4

A bipartisan group of five senators paid a special Fourth of July visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., David Perdue, R-Ga., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. made the trip, according to the Washington Examiner.

The Examiner noted McCain has criticized the administration for not developing a strategy to defeat the Taliban and bring peace to Afghanistan.


A Viewer Writes: Homeless Shelter

Hi Joe,

I am hoping you can help me! I am trying to sell tickets for an event to help The Christian Shelter. I did a similar event in February and sold out quickly but people seem to be busy during the summer. I am a local and decided this was my year to do more. I started doing fundraisers for the Christian Shelter since they seemed to have the biggest need. My main reason for starting was to help the homeless children since they are the helpless ones. The event is @ The Deli at Pecan Square and 50% of the ticket sales goes to the shelter. It is a dinner buffet that includes desserts and drinks. In addition, people can buy chances for giveaways and all of that money goes to the shelter. Multiple business have donated items for the giveaways. Tickets can be purchased from The Deli at Pecan Square or from me. The shelter really needs financial support and needed items. People that cannot attend could still make a donation (monetary or needed items). Do you think you could do a blog or do you have any connections to get the word out to sell tickets and help the shelter?

The Christian Shelter, incorporated in 1979, is a crisis shelter and has helped numerous homeless individuals over the years. In 2016 the Christian Shelter housed, fed, and ministered a total of 949 homeless individuals(291 men, 332 women, and 326 children). It should be noted that more than 30% of the homeless guests are children and that percentage has increased dramatically in the past three years. Sadly, over 1500 guests were turned away in 2016 due to lack of bed space. Shelter services include safe housing, nutritious meals, spiritual guidance, money management classes, and parenting support groups. In addition, guests are assisted with needs (housing, finances, jobs, mental health, and medical issues) in order to transition out of the shelter. 

Thanks for your consideration,

Christa Sensi
Love for the Homeless (Facebook)


BREAKING NEWS: Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle In Ocean City

Ocean City Fire EMS is on the scene, 85th and Coastal Hwy,South bound. Pedestrian struck by a vehicle. A female patient has been transported to PRMC. Expect delays in the area. The highway is down to one lane southbound.

Stossel: The Declaration of Independence wasn't about rules to follow, it was about people ruling themselves

Did you think about the signing of the Declaration of Independence this week?

The July 4 holiday is meant to honor that, not just fireworks. Ironically, government's grown so much since 1776 that fireworks might be illegal in your town.

The Declaration wasn't about creating rules for citizens to obey. It wasn't just about condemning the British, either.

Thomas Jefferson and his colleagues created a document steeped in the idea of individual rights. He could have written about the desire to replace a bad king with a good king, but he didn't.

The founders' bold plan was to design a completely new sort of country -- one where people could rule themselves.

The Colonies were already known around the world for being a place where enterprising people could chart their own destiny. Now they would become a nation.

The population grew quickly as opportunity attracted immigrants. There were no walls to stop people from coming ashore and few rules to stop anyone from building a home or a business, or trying out new ideas.

So people prospered.


Maryland Divided Part 4: Can solar, aquaculture supplant Big Chicken?

By J.F. Meils
Capital News Service

CAMBRIDGE — Kevin McClarren has been growing oysters in nets on the Chesapeake Bay for 20 years.

“We were told it would never work,” said McClarren, who manages four acres of floating oyster grounds for the Choptank Oyster Co. near Cambridge in Dorchester County. “Now we’re ground zero for the artisanal oyster movement in Maryland.”

Since 2011, MARBIDCO, the Maryland Agriculture and Resource-Based Industry Development Corp., has doled out 50 loans to budding shellfish aquaculture startups for a total of $3 million.

According to McClarren, the problem is there’s not enough demand in-state for all the newly cultured oysters being produced — or enough distributors to move them to markets beyond Maryland.


Our President Trump is Huge in Poland

By Thornton Crowe

Waking up before Dawn, I was fortunate to tune into President Trump's speech in Warsaw. Amazing the sight to behold, hundreds of Polish residents, flying American flags and carrying signs of Trump while screaming "USA! USA! USA!" Certainly more American flags there than I see driving around Salisbury on Independence Day!

And the speech -- not a whisper of an apology - not an ounce of disdain towards America or Poland. It was a powerful speech, as most of his are, and it resonated with his audience in a very real, meaningful way. It was stirring, enlightening and uplifting, yet to the point. He admits he will have to entertain doing things like deal with North Korea in a very stern fashion, but the people he was talking to understood the why... so why can't some Americans?

It leaves one to ponder, why is it our president is more popular in other countries than here in the States? The answer is easy: Some Americans act like spoiled brats. It's really that simple.

Poland, as with other countries throughout the world, live under oppression everyday. They don't have the luxury of free speech or snowflake temper tantrums. No, they have dictators who monitor their every move and watch their every thought. And they appreciate strong leaders who believe in their countrymen without fail. They see Trump as a beacon of greatness, power and strength. They don't care about his tweets even though they, too, have Twitter. They see him as a hero!

There's no vagina hats or Madonna talking about blowing up the White House or Johnny Depps talking about the last time an actor assassinated a president. Hardly. There's real patriots - patriots we should have here more so than anywhere else in the world. We are lucky to live under his leadership and should be proud that we have someone so dedicated to us and making our individual lives better!

What does that say about Americans who continuously bash him and trash him? Well, it's pretty simple, we look disgraceful. We look ingrateful. We look spoiled to the core. We are irreverent and disrespectful.

I dare say, in Poland, they would never be allowed to entertain a play illustrating the assassination of their leader. In fact, they would probably be jailed and possibly executed for such an act of treason. Yet, we hide behind the First Amendment of the very Republic we hold disdain.

Vatican rocked by reports of ‘gay’ orgy

Police raid cardinal's apartment, arrest occupants

(NZHerald) –
Vatican police have raided a cardinal’s apartment where a drug-fueled homosexual orgy was taking place.

Police entered an apartment at the former palace of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (or Holy Office) last month not far from the Vatican City.

The occupant of the apartment is alleged to be a priest who serves as a secretary to cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, the head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and a personal adviser to the pope.

Suspected fireworks stand robber shot dead by owner

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office says one person is dead after a shootout at a fireworks stand on the Fourth of July.

The sheriff’s office says the shootout happened after “two young males” tried to rob the fireworks stand Tuesday in west Tulsa. Deputy Justin Green says both the suspects and the owners of the fireworks stand had guns, and shots were exchanged before the suspects drove off in a truck.

Green says that moments later, a 911 caller reported seeing a man slumped over in a green truck not far from the fireworks stand. Green says deputies found a young man — who’s believed to be one of the robbery suspects — dead from a gunshot wound.


Uncovering the Russia ties of Hillary’s campaign chief

Lawmakers failed to seize on an alarming development in the Russia collusion story last week, one that should spark serious and immediate congressional inquiry.

But it didn’t involve President Trump or his administration.

During a heated Fox Business interview with Maria Bartiromo, Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chief John Podesta made a series of misleading statements when questioned about his involvement in a company that received $35 million from the Russian government while Hillary served as secretary of state.

On Jan. 18, 2011, a small green-energy company named Joule Unlimited announced Podesta’s appointment to its board. Months later, Rusnano, a Kremlin-backed investment fund founded by Vladimir Putin, pumped $35 million into Joule. Serving alongside Podesta on Joule’s board were senior Russian official Anatoly Chubais and oligarch Ruben Vardanyan, who has been appointed by Putin to a Russian economic-modernization council.


Teen critically hurt from falling bullet

An Indiana teen was in critical condition Monday after being hit in the head by a bullet shot into the air like a firework, authorities said.

The 13-year-old boy was playing basketball with friends Saturday night in Hammond, just west of Gary, when he was struck in the head by a falling bullet and fell to the ground, according to WGN. Witnesses, unaware that he had been hit, thought that he was having a seizure and called an ambulance.

“At the hospital, it was learned that the child was struck from a falling bullet that was shot into the sky by someone in the nearby community,” Hammond police Lt. Steve Kellogg said told the Chicago Tribune.

He was airlifted to Comer’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where he was clinging to life Tuesday.


Food stamp rolls plummet in states that restore work requirements

After the food stamp rolls swelled for years under the Obama administration, fresh figures show a dramatic reduction in states that recently have moved to restore work requirements.

States were allowed to waive those rules for able-bodied adults thanks to the 2009 economic stimulus. As the rules loosened and the economy sputtered out of the recession, food stamp enrollment soared to record levels – peaking at nearly 48 million nationwide in 2013.

But while that number has dipped gradually in recent years, some states have moved aggressively to push recipients who can work back into the job market and, in due time, off the program.

Alabama began 2017 by requiring able-bodied adults without children in 13 counties to either find a job or participate in work training as a condition for continuing to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

According to, the number of those recipients declined from 5,538 to 831 between Jan. 1 and the beginning of May – an 85 percent drop..

More here

Robots are coming to a Burger Joint Near You

Grilling burgers may be fun on the Fourth of July, but less so if hot grease is your daily grind.

Enter Miso Robotics. The southern California start-up has built a robotic "kitchen assistant" called Flippy to do the hot, greasy and repetitive work of a fry cook. Flippy employs machine learning and computer vision to identify patties on a grill, track them as they cook, flip and then place them on a bun when they're done.

Miso is part of a budding kitchen automation industry. Its peers include Zume Pizza, Cafe X, Makr Shakr, Frobot and Sally, which are developing robots to help commercial kitchens churn out pizzas, lattes, cocktails, frozen yogurt, and salads.


NYC to pay $16M for Illegals' Lawyer Fees

NEW YORK CITY — As left-wing Mayor Bill de Blasio designates millions of dollars of taxpayer money to pay the lawyer fees of illegal immigrants, New York’s failing subway system is falling into greater disrepair — with a state of emergency being declared by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and one straphanger spotting that her subway train was being held together with a zip tie.

De Blasio earmarked $16 million in his budget proposal in April to pay the legal fees of people in the Big Apple illegally — part of a broader push from de Blasio to remove any serious distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.


Minneapolis City Council passes $15 Min. Wage Ordinance

The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday 11-1 to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

As a result, Minneapolis has become the first city in the state to raise wages that high.

During the city council’s two-hour debate Wednesday, members discussed the effect the ordinance would have on larger and smaller businesses.

The council ultimately voted to amend the proposed ordinance to extend the amount of time businesses would have to implement the new minimum wage.


Why Summer Jobs Don't Pay

Why can't kids today just work their way through college the way earlier generations did?

The answer to that question isn't psychology. It's math. A summer job just doesn't have the purchasing power it used to, especially when you compare it with the cost of college.

Let's take the example of a working-class student at a four-year public university who's getting no help from Mom and Dad. In 1981-'82, the average full cost to attend was $2,870. That's for tuition, fees and room and board.

The maximum Pell Grant award back then for free tuition help from the government was $1,800. That leaves our hypothetical student on the hook for just about $1,000. Add in a little pocket money, too — say $35 a week. That makes an extra $1,820 for the year on top of the $1,000 tuition shortfall.

Now, $3.35 an hour was the minimum wage back then. So, making $2,870 meant working 842 hours. That's 16 hours a week year-round — a decent part-time job. It's also about nine hours a day for three straight months — a full-time, seven-day-a-week summer job. Or, more likely, a combination of both. In short: not impossible. Far from it.

For today's public university student, though, the numbers have all changed in the wrong direction.

For the school year that just ended, the total of tuition, fees and room and board for in-state students at four-year public universities was $20,090. The maximum Pell Grant didn't keep pace with that: It was $5,815. That left our hypothetical student on the hook for $14,275.


Estranged wife charged in case of ex-FBI agent found dead in Md.

WASHINGTON — Police in Laurel, Md., have arrested and charged the estranged wife in the death of a retired FBI agent who was found dead in the yard of his home in March.

Anne Reed Allen, 62, was arrested Friday, June 30. She’s charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and the use of a handgun in a crime of violence in the death of Scott Alan Horn.

Allen is being held without bond at Prince George’s County Correctional facility.

A full bail review will be held Friday afternoon at Upper Marlboro District Court, according to Allen’s lawyer, Andrew Jezic.

“Ms. Allen has never been arrested in her life. She’s a law-abiding citizen, she’s a veteran, she’s a lifelong nurse, she’s a mother, she’s a good neighbor, she’s a good person with absolutely no record,” Jezic told WTOP. “And she’s not guilty, she’s innocent and we intend to prove that at trial.”


Wicomico Schools Serving Summer Meals to Children in Summer Food Service Program at Seven Open Sites in Community

The Food Service Department of Wicomico County Public Schools is once again participating in the Summer Food Service Program, with funding support from the Maryland State Department of Education through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Summer food service begins Monday, June 26. Meals will be provided on all weekdays except July 4. All summer food sites will operate until Aug. 11 except Cathedral of Restoration, which will end service July 27.

With children not in school, the Summer Food Service Program operates at open sites in the community – a shelter, playgrounds, an apartment complex, and churches. The Summer Food Service Program of Wicomico Schools will have breakfast and lunch service at seven Salisbury locations this summer.

Meals are available to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, gender identity, disability or any other factor. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

When schools are not in session, many children do not have access to the good nutrition that school cafeterias provide during the normal school year. The Summer Food Service Program is designed specifically to fill the nutrition gap for children of low-income families when schools are not in session.

Meals are being served at the sites and times as follows:


Avoiding sexual assault: How parents can discuss a tough topic with kids

WASHINGTON — A disturbing investigation of sexual abuse in a Maryland school system is likely prompting some parents to have a tough conversation with their kids.

And Eileen Dombo, a trauma expert and associate professor at the Catholic University of America, suggested parents start by talking to kids about how adults can earn their trust.

“It’s important not to do anything [adults] ask you to that makes you feel uncomfortable, or [that] someone who you do trust wouldn’t ask you to do,” Dombo said.

After Carlos DeAngelo Bell — a former staffer and track coach for Charles County schools — was indicted Monday and charged with the sexual abuse of seven children, Dombo said many parents are frightened and unsure about how to approach the conversation with their children.

A bathing suit is an example of how one can help young kids understand the parts of their body that are off-limits to others, Dombo said.

“What my son calls ‘the no-no zone.’ Anytime anyone asks you to see that area or touch that area, you say ‘no.’ That area is any area that would be covered by a bathing suit,” she said.


Off-duty officer killed while helping injured deer

NORTHAMPTON, N.Y. — An off-duty local officer was struck and killed by a car Monday while assisting in an accident between a car and deer shortly before 11 p.m.

Robert J. Johnson, 60, of Mayfield, New York, was a pedestrian on the side of the road and was trying to help a deer reportedly still alive when a car hit Johnson, according to a Fulton County Sheriff’s Office police report.

Sheriff Richard Giardino told the Leader-Herald newspaper that Johnson had his service revolver out and was walking north on Route 30 to shoot the animal when he was struck by the front end of an SUV in the northbound lane fog line.

Johnson had worked as a police officer for the small village of Northville for the last 12 years, having previously retired as a Gloversville police officer as well as a Fulton County sheriff's deputy, Northville Village Mayor John Spaeth said Tuesday.

"I think the circumstances under which he died tells a lot about who he was — the fact that he was off-duty and stopped to help, that was the type of person he was," Spaeth said. "He was a valued member of our community and a valued member of our law enforcement. He was greatly respected by the community."


Connecticut Gov. Signs Exec. Order Taking Over Spending After State Fails To Pass Budget

With Maine looking like it will be the first state to shut down heading into the new fiscal year on Saturday morning and perhaps beating Illinois to the punch, moments ago Connecticut, as previewed last night, will also enter the new fiscal year without a budget, inviting rating agencies to downgrade it to Illinois' "barely junk" rating or perhaps making CT the first US junk-rated state.

Lawmakers and the governor had been unable to reach an agreement on a two-year budget that will cover a projected $5 billion deficit for months, and not even the threat of the new year prompted them to move as we expected.

Meanwhile, Governor Malloy signed an executive order taking over the state's spending authority which will cut most services but at least keeps the government open. From Reuters:

As a result of the failure to pass a budget, AP reports that nonprofit social service agencies that rely on state funds are preparing for deep cuts. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who wanted the General Assembly to at least pass a proposed three-month mini-budget, is expected to reluctantly sign an executive order that maintains only essential state services.