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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

NFL Cornerback Richard Sherman: Dallas Cowboys Anthem Policy ‘The Old Plantation Mentality’

Super Bowl-winning cornerback Richard Sherman (formerly of the Seahawks, now with the 49ers) says Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suffers from the "old plantation mentality" because Jones is now requiring players to stand during the national anthem's duration.

Last week, Jerry Jones set off a few SJW fuses when he declared that all players must stand during the national anthem, essentially banning them from using company time for political protest.

“Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line,” Jones said during a team press conference.


Florida Launches Gun Confiscation Program, 467 Forced To Surrender Guns

More than 467 people in Florida have been ordered by the government to surrender their firearms since March under a new law passed after the deadly Parkland shooting in February, according to a local ABC broadcaster.

The Risk Protection Order, is a “Red Flag” law that Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed several weeks after former student Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in March, allows the local government to disarm the civilian population if a judge determines they are a threat to themselves or others.

Under the new law, state officials have the ability to file risk-protection petitions against irresponsible gun owners in court, which could result in local law enforcement stripping that individual of the second amendment.


Turkey Rejects American Pastor’s Appeal to Be Released

A Turkish court has rejected pastor Andrew Brunson’s appeal to be released from house arrest and have a travel ban lifted so he can return to the United States.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said a court in the city of Izmir issued the ruling after stating there has been no change in the "strong criminal suspicion" against Brunson, the Associated Press reports.

An evangelical pastor from North Carolina, Brunson was arrested after the failed Turkish coup attempt in 2016. He was charged with supposed ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party and a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government blames for the unrest unleashed by the coup.

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have all called for the pastor’s release. Two weeks ago, a Turkish court refused to release Brunson from prison, prompting swift condemnation from U.S. officials.


About That TSA Profiling for 'Quiet Skies'

In a scoop over the weekend, the Boston Globe reported, “Federal air marshals have begun following ordinary US citizens not suspected of a crime or on any terrorist watch list and collecting extensive information about their movements and behavior under a new domestic surveillance program that is drawing criticism from within the agency.” The program is called “Quiet Skies.” An internal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) bulletin outlines the objective as decreasing threats by “unknown or partially known terrorists; and to identify and provide enhanced screening to higher risk travelers before they board aircraft based on analysis of terrorist trends, trade-craft and associations.”

Many are raising Fourth Amendment objections over the program. Much like errantly ending up on the terrorist watch list, citizens have little recourse for removal — in fact, most profiling subjects may never even know they were singled out. Moreover, you don’t have to do anything wrong to end up being profiled; certain behaviors that don’t seem all that unusual are enough.

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Williams: Some Ideas to Think About

Poverty is no mystery, and it's easily avoidable. The poverty line that the Census Bureau used in 2016 for a single person was an income of $12,486 that year. For a two-person household, it was $16,072, and for a four-person household, it was $24,755. To beat those poverty thresholds is fairly simple. Here's the road map: Complete high school; get a job, any kind of a job; get married before having children; and be a law-abiding citizen.

How about some numbers? A single person taking a minimum wage job would earn an annual income of $15,080. A married couple would earn $30,160. By the way, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than 4 percent of hourly workers in 2016 were paid the minimum wage. That means that over 96 percent of workers earned more than the minimum wage. Not surprising is the fact that among both black and white married couples, the poverty rate is in the single digits. Most poverty is in female-headed households.

Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign garnered considerable appeal from millennials.

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Chipotle's new management still has the old problem: Food safety

Chipotle Mexican Grill's new CEO, Brian Niccol, is facing his first big test — a food safety outbreak.

The burrito chain briefly closed down one of its restaurants in Powell, Ohio, on Monday after a number of customers became sick. The restaurant reopened Tuesday.

While analysts have maintained their confidence in the brand, keeping outperform ratings and even upgrading the stock, it seems that investors remain queasy. On Tuesday, shares of the company were down more than 7 percent.

Chipotle told CNBC on Tuesday morning that the local health department received two illness complaints, but by Tuesday afternoon the Delaware General Health District reported receiving "over 100 calls and climbing."


Grandson of ex-Virginia governor dodges prison in rape case

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A former Virginia governor’s grandson accused of raping a fellow University of Virginia student has avoided prison time.

The Daily Progress reports Stephen Dalton Baril’s charges were reduced Friday from felony rape and felony sodomy to misdemeanor sexual battery and felony unlawful wounding as part of his Alford plea, which acknowledges sufficient evidence for conviction without admitting guilt.

The woman told police Baril took her to his apartment and raped her instead of walking her home from a bar in January 2017.

Judge Humes J. Franklin on Friday sentenced the 21-year-old former UVa student to five years’ supervised probation. Franklin accepted the plea agreement, deeming it a fair compromise, in part because neither party was happy.


5 Reasons Hillary Clinton Was the Worst Presidential Nominee in History

Like every presidential election that liberals lose, years later we’re still hearing about how unfair it all was. Of course, the favorite complaint of liberals this time around is “Russia did it!” Even if you accept for the sake of argument that Russia wanted Trump to win and hacked John Podesta’s email (and neither of those assertions may be true), buying some inconsequential Facebook ads for both sides and revealing the contents of John Podesta’s emails (none of which turned into truly major stories) wasn’t exactly a game changer.

Liberals also noted that Hillary would have won had the election been decided by the popular vote. This is like noting that if football games were decided by passing yards instead of the score, the Patriots would have beaten the Eagles in the Super Bowl. It doesn’t work that way, by design. We’ve also heard complaints that Bernie Sanders is responsible, presumably for daring to run against Hillary at all and we can’t forget “sexism.” That’s always a liberal rallying cry.


Oregon High Schools to Mix Genders in Showers and Bathrooms in New Transgender Ruling

More leftist child abuse.

A U.S. District Court Judge in Oregon recently ruled that boys must be allowed to use the girls locker room, showers and bathrooms, and vice versa in public schools throughout the state.

According to Judge Marco Hernandez, for children to “see or be seen by someone of the opposite biological sex while either are undressing or performing bodily functions in a restroom, shower, or locker room does not give rise to a constitutional violation.”

Perhaps not, but it does violate normal standards of decency. The Judge offered an alternative to parents who disagreed with the policy, telling them to send their kids to private school, according to WND. That way, not only do they get to have their conservative beliefs trampled on, but they also get to pay taxes to support the public school trampling on their conservative beliefs, and private school tuition. What a deal!

“It is within Parent Plaintiffs’ right to remove their children from Dallas [Oregon] High School if they disapprove of transgender student access to facilities,” the judge said. “Once the parents have chosen to send their children to school … their liberty interest in their children’s education is severely diminished.”


A plan to post blueprints online for how to make 3-D guns was temporarily blocked by a judge in Seattle just hours before an Aug. 1 deadline

A federal judge granted a temporary nationwide injunction blocking Cody Wilson, a champion of gun-rights and anarchism, from online distribution of blueprints for 3-D printed “ghost guns” despite a decision last month by the Trump administration to allow it.

With just hours before an Aug. 1 deadline when Mr. Wilson has said he will upload many more schematics — including instructions for making AR-15-style rifles — alarmed public officials had accelerated their efforts to to prevent it.

France bans smartphones and tablets from schools to counter 'screen addiction' in children

Smartphones and tablets have been banned from all French schools ahead of the academic year, after a new law was voted through Parliament yesterday.

The phone ban will apply to all pupils in France up to the age of 15, as of the start of the new term in September.

The new law fulfills a campaign promise by President Emmanuel Macron, but it has been criticised by the opposition as a 'publicity stunt'.

Under the new law, all connected devices must be left at home or remain switched off until the end of the day.

Schools may make exceptions for 'pedagogical use', extra-curricular activities, or for disabled pupils.

High schools can decide individually whether to impose a partial or total ban on connected devices.


Lindsey Graham Rips ‘Birthright Citizenship’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) isn’t known as an immigration hawk, but on Tuesday he took on an issue many other Republican politicians have ducked — so-called birthright citizenship.

The term refers to the widely understood belief that the 14th Amendment automatically confers citizenship on nearly any baby born on U.S. soil — regardless of whether the parents have a connection to the United States.

Graham said on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that the policy acts as a strong incentive for illegal immigration. He noted that the United States is one of a small handful of countries that recognize birthright citizenship.

“That is crazy. I’ve been pretty out there on immigration, but to me, it is stupid to continue that law, to allow people to come here to have a child,” he said. “If you go to France to have a child, they’re not a French citizen.”

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Mexico had more homicides in 2017 than previously thought

MEXICO CITY – The number of homicides in Mexico last year was higher than originally thought, with national statistics institute INEGI reporting Monday that there were 31,174 slayings in 2017.

That is the most since comparable records began being kept in 1997, including the peak year of Mexico's drug war in 2011.

The Interior Ministry previously reported 29,168 homicides for 2017.

Data from the statistics institute is seen as more thorough, since INEGI visits morgues and public registries to collect information. The Interior Ministry counts homicide investigations that could involve multiple victims, thus potentially underrepresenting killings.

INEGI said the homicide rate last year broke down to 25 per 100,000 inhabitants — near the levels of Brazil and Colombia at 27 per 100,000. Mexico's rate was 20 per 100,000 people in 2016.


Sex, Porn, and Spoofs: Maryland Aims At Protecting Against Harassment In The Information Age

News of abusive sexual behavior and scandal involving deplorable actors and film producers such as Harvey Weinstein have been pervasive in recent headlines. These scandals run the gambit, from harassment problems including individuals preying on co-workers to employment waivers preventing employees from disclosing harassment or asserting other rights.

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Attorneys General Sue Trump Administration To Block 3D-Printed Guns

A coalition of attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia filed alawsuit against the Trump administration on Monday to stop a Texas-based company from publishing instructions for 3D-printed guns on its website.

Defense Distributed announced it plans to make 3D gun blueprints — including asingle-shot pistol called "The Liberator," an AR-15 lower receiver, and a complete Beretta M9 handgun — available on Aug. 1, after reaching a settlement with the federal government.

It was the conclusion of a five-year legal battle in which the Obama administration had argued that the Internet tutorials and manuals violated firearm export laws, while the company's owner, Cody Wilson alleged the State Department was violating his First Amendment right to free speech and Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The two sides reached an agreement in June but details of the settlement didn't emerge until mid-July. In addition to granting Wilson permission to publicly release the files online, the government also agreed "to pay nearly $40,000" in legal fees for Wilson, according to The New York Times.


Bankrupt Contractor Will Get $5.5 Million For Not Printing 2020 Census Forms

With less than two years before the start of the 2020 census, the U.S. government is back on the market for a new contractor to print forms and letters for the upcoming national head count.

Last week Justice Department attorneys ended a $61 million contract the U.S. Government Publishing Office had awarded to the now-bankrupt printing company Cenveo, as part of a settlement agreement approved by a federal bankruptcy judge in New York. Citing the constitutional requirement to count every person living in the U.S. once a decade, DOJ attorneys concluded that "it is in the public interest" to terminate the contract.

The Census Bureau is paying Cenveo $5.5 million "to resolve all disputes" related to the ending of the contract, according to an order by Judge Robert Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.


New Drug Reverses Hair Loss in Mice

An experimental drug reversed hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation in mice that were first fed a diet high in fat and cholesterol.

Previous research has suggested a link between fatty diets and hair/skin issues in people.

The researchers emphasized that it's not known if the drug is safe and that the results in mice do not mean the drug would work in people.

However, the findings may point to possible treatments for hair loss/graying and skin wounds in people, the team from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said.

"Further research is needed, but our findings show promise for someday using the drug we developed for skin diseases such as psoriasis, and wounds resulting from diabetes or plastic surgery," said researcher Subroto Chatterjee, a professor of pediatrics and medicine.


Pending Home Sales Increase for First Time in 3 Months

Contracts to buy previously owned homes unexpectedly rose in June after two straight monthly declines, but the housing market remains hobbled by a dearth of properties available for sale.

The National Association of Realtors said on Monday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, increased 0.9 percent to a reading of 106.9. Economists had forecast pending home sales unchanged in June.

Pending home contracts become sales after a month or two, and last month’s surprise rise suggested a rebound in existing home sales, which have declined for three straight months. But any bounce back in home sales is likely to limited by a chronic shortage of homes, which is keeping house prices elevated.

Pending home sales fell 2.5 percent in June from a year ago. Housing data has softened in recent months. Housing starts and building permits dropped to a nine-month low in June amid more expensive building materials and shortages of land and labor. New home sales tumbled to an eight-month low in June.


Report: North Korea Still Building Missiles

Government officials believe North Korea is continuing to manufacture missiles in a facility near its capital of Pyongyang.

According to The Washington Post, the officials cited satellite images that purportedly show activity at the Sanumdong military facility. North Korea has already made two of its ICBMs at that plant.

Intelligence officials told the Post that trucks and shipping containers can be seen at the facility. They believe North Korea is building at least one of its Hwasong-15 missiles there.

"We see them going to work, just as before," one official told the Post.

Independent experts came to the same conclusion. Jeffrey Lewis of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies told the Post the site is "active. We see shipping containers and vehicles coming and going. This is a facility where they build ICBMs and space-launch vehicles."


American Society Would Collapse If It Weren't For These 8 Myths

Our society should’ve collapsed by now. You know that, right?

No society should function with this level of inequality (with the possible exception of one of those prison planets in a “Star Wars” movie). Sixty-three percent of Americans can’t afford a $500 emergency. Yet Amazon head Jeff Bezos is now worth a record $141 billion. He could literally end world hunger for multiple years and still have more money left over than he could ever spend on himself.

Worldwide, one in 10 people only make $2 a day. Do you know how long it would take one of those people to make the same amount as Jeff Bezos has? 193 million years. (If they only buy single-ply toilet paper.) Put simply, you cannot comprehend the level of inequality in our current world or even just our nation.

So … shouldn’t there be riots in the streets every day? Shouldn’t it all be collapsing? Look outside. The streets aren’t on fire. No one is running naked and screaming (usually). Does it look like everyone’s going to work at gunpoint? No. We’re all choosing to continue on like this.


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Dems Expand Push to Blacklist Businesses Working on Trump’s Border Wall

As President Donald Trump renews his battle with Congress to fund his multi-billion-dollar border wall with Mexico, Democrat lawmakers and liberal groups in California have stepped up their campaigns to blacklist businesses involved in building the border wall.

San Diego is the latest city poised to join the list of California municipalities demonstrating their opposition to Trump's promised border wall by punishing businesses involved in working or even bidding on the wall prototypes or other border-wall projects.

The majority Democrat San Diego City Council, in a 3 to 1 vote last week, directed city officials to draft an ordinance requiring contractors competing for city projects to disclose any past and present work, as well as planned bids, on parts of Trump's planned border wall.

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Sentencing of Brandi Upshur

Democrats become socialists, so let's look at the costs

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., used to stand at the left extreme of the Democratic Party. Now he's in the middle.

After the primary victories by Ben Jealous in Maryland, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, some Democrats understandably feel a growing need to deny the obvious truth that the party is becoming socialist. Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, two far-left senior congresswomen from California, both recently denied that theirs is a socialist party. But that’s becoming a hard fiction to uphold. And the two of them are indistinguishable from standard socialists elsewhere in the world.

Ocasio-Cortez and many Democratic nominees around the country are literally from the ranks of the Democratic Socialists of America. These are brass-knuckle radicals who want class warfare and to constrict individual freedom in order to create their heaven on Earth.

They are gaining control over a major political party.

Go back just two years, to the Sanders-vs.-Hillary Clinton primary to see how things have moved..

10 Ways to Cool Down a Room Fast

When temperatures rise outside, home interiors get hotter, too. Stifling-hot rooms are miserable and can mean sleepless nights. A whole-house air conditioning system may sound good, but you need faster, less expensive passive cooling solutions. Fortunately, there are a number of cooling methods that take only a few minutes or up to an hour to employ. With any or all of these methods in place, soon you'll find temperatures in your room dropping to far more comfortable, sane levels.

Cover Windows During the Day

Window glass is a compromise between energy efficiency and the basic human desire for natural light. Hot outdoor temperatures are best controlled inside by blocking heat and direct sunlight. In that sense, a room with no windows or small windows would be ideal. But you can achieve the same effect by installingthermal curtains or by draping thick, soft materials like bedspreads or lightweight down comforters over windows during the day when heat is at its peak.

Open Windows at Night

After the sun has set, temperatures outside usually will dip lower than temperatures inside. If this has happened, remove the covers from the windows and open the windows as far as possible. If you have double-hung windows(windows with two sashes, one on top and one on the bottom), you might not be aware that most modern double-hung windows' top sashes can open, too.


Hillary Clinton Gets Involved In The Midterms In A Major Way

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is now getting involved in the 2018 midterms, putting money into races across the country.

Clinton reportedly made the maximum donation of $5,000 to 19 different Democratic candidates running in 2018. She made the donations through the group “Onward Together.”

Hillary has repeatedly attacked President Trump since losing the election.

In an appearance in March, she speculated that people voted for Trump because they “didn’t like black people getting rights.”


Canadian man legally lists gender as female to get cheaper car insurance

A Canadian man legally changed his gender to female so he could take advantage of better car insurance rates offered to women and save up nearly $1,100 Canadian Dollars, a report said.

A man, identified only as “David” who lives in Alberta, told CBC News that he was given a quote of $4,500 Canadian Dollars for the insurance of a Chevrolet Cruze he wanted to buy. The insurers told him his yearly bill would be around $1,100 less if he was a woman.

Men normally pay higher rates as the insurers deem male drivers under age of 25 having a higher risk of getting into traffic accidents than compared to women of the same age.

“I was pretty angry about that and I didn’t feel like getting screwed over any more,” the man said, adding that he asked the insurers to change his gender on the insurances police, a request they refused.


Changes to Fishing Regulations

The information provided on this webpage is a summary of regulatory ideas and proposals that are being considered by the department. The purpose of posting this text is to make the public aware of the issues and to elicit public feedback on these ideas. Comments on the ideas presented provide the department with invaluable information and perspectives that may be incorporated into content or editorial changes. We appreciate your time and your commitment to Maryland's natural resources. The graphic within each topic will help you follow the change through the regulatory process. Learn our terminology…Scoping,DevelopmentComment PeriodFinal DecisionEffective.
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BLUE CRAB — Sponge Crab Import
BLUE CRAB - Clarification
CLAM — Hard and Soft
CLAM — Harvest in the Chester River

GEAR - Sharing Commercial Gear
GEAR - Stinger Hooks
HOOKS, BAIT, STRIPED BASS — May 16 through December 15
OYSTERS - Divers and Attendants - OPEN FOR COMMENT
OYSTERS - Gardening
OYSTERS - Recreational Harvest
OYSTERS - Shell Recycling Tax Credit - OPEN FOR COMMENT
REPORTING - Charter Boats
SHARKS - Recreational Fishery - OPEN FOR COMMENT
SHELLFISH - Delivery of Product

STRIPED BASS - Commercial Fishery

STRIPED BASS - Recreational Fishery
STRIPED BASS - Housekeeping

STRIPED BASS - Susquehanna River

YELLOW PERCH - Commercial


Thermometer GraphicBLACK DRUM

The department would like to reopen its historical commercial black drum fishery within the Chesapeake Bay at levels commensurate with other south Atlantic states.

ICE HSI Boston, Attorney General announce 25 arrests in large-scale document and benefit fraud scheme

BOSTON — Twenty five individuals were charged as a result of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) probe targeting offenders of document and benefit fraud.

Peter C. Fitzhugh, HSI Boston special agent in charge, joined U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew E . Lelling in the announcement Thursday. Many of the defendants have prior criminal histories, including a convicted murderer who escaped from prison in Puerto Rico in 1994 while serving a 40-year sentence. 21 of the alleged defendants are unlawfully present in the United States.

The arrests and charges announced were the result of “Operation Double Trouble,” a long term, coordinated investigation by HSI’s Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF) comprised of local, state and federal agencies joining together to detect, deter and disrupt organizations and individuals involved in a wide range of document, identity and benefit fraud schemes. The Boston DBFTF includes representatives from the Offices of Inspectors General from the U.S. Department of Health, U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service as well as the Massachusetts State Police and the Office of the Massachusetts State Auditor.

In total, those arrested and charged are alleged to have defrauded the American taxpayer of more than a quarter of a million dollars, including $200,000 in health care.


Hungary PM Pits "Anti-Communist Christians" Against Globalist Elite For Europe's Future

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declared "anti-communist Christians" are the future of Europe as the globalist elite lose their grip on power.

Speaking to an assembly at a Hungarian political rally in Transylvania, Orbán championed the rejuvenation of Central Europe as a bastion for "Christian democracy," one in which the nation-state serves as the model for individual countries who also work together to protect European culture, people and values.

"There are alternatives to globalism. Central Europe’s path is the path of the alliance of independent nation states," Orbán said. "The leaders of the EU are incompetent. They failed to protect Europe from migration. The European elite has failed, and the European Commission is the symbol of this."

"We have to show them that there is an alternative to liberal democracy. It’s called Christian democracy," Orbán added, referencing critical 2019 European Parliamentary elections.


Facebook finds 'sophisticated' efforts to 'disrupt' US politics

Facebook uncovered "sophisticated" efforts, "possibly linked to Russia," to influence American politics in advance of the U.S. midterm elections.

The company said in a blog post that it removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in "coordinated" political behavior and appeared to be fake.

Facebook did not explicitly say that the effort was aimed at influencing the midterm elections in November, but the timing of the suspicious activity would be consistent with such an attempt.


Storm Debris In Chesapeake Bay Triggers Warnings For Boaters, Swimmers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Just days after Mother Nature pounded Maryland with heavy rain, Annapolis is now dealing with dangerous debris that flowed in from rivers.

It’s a dire situation at the Annapolis City Dock, with all eyes on a sea of debris that’s now clogging parts of the Chesapeake Bay.

Officials were forced to open gates on the Conowingo Dam in the Susquehanna River but more than water came rushing out.

The result: logs, branches and trash that have bombarded the city dock. Some tires are even scattered around, along with parts of electrical poles. Officials believe some of the debris floated from as far away as Cooperstown, New York.

“This is our showplace. The dock is where everyone comes. It attracts people from all over the world and now look at it,” said Bob Dunn, assistant harbormaster of Annapolis.

It’s all hands on deck for the harbormaster with more than 12 employees working long hours to try and clean up the debris.

A debris field that’s drawing hundreds of spectators, who are snapping pictures and coming to the dock to see for themselves.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” one woman visiting from California said.

“I’ve been here 23 years and I’ve never seen it like this,” a long-time Annapolis resident said.


Allen West drops 2020 surprise

Former Rep. Lt. Col. Allen West, R-Fla., signaled he’s getting back into politics, announcing in a radio interview Tuesday that he will likely run for Congress again in 2020.

West was interviewed on the “Brian Kilmeade Show,” guest hosted by Monica Crowley. Asked if he would ever run again, West said “Yes, Monica, you’re probably going to see me get back in there after this election cycle.”

“So a lot of people are pressuring me to do that, a lot of folks in Texas encouraging me to do that so we will probably make that happen,” West added.

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NY Times: ‘Nearly All White’ States Pose ‘an Array of Problems’ for Immigrants

A New York Times report seemingly blasts the state of New Hampshire, as well as Vermont and Maine, for being “nearly all white.”

In a piece titled “New Hampshire, 94 Percent White, Asks: How Do You Diversify a Whole State?” the New York Times chronicles the supposed hardships of immigrants who allegedly do not have the “comfort and support of a built-in community” in states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine because their populations are too white.

The New York Times interviewed immigrant Catalina Celentano who complained that when she moved to New Hampshire, she could not speak Spanish often because the state was 94 percent white.

“I went from being able to speak Spanish every day to not speaking Spanish at all because there wasn’t anybody to speak Spanish to,” said Mrs. Celentano, who was born in Colombia to a Colombian mother and Hungarian father. “The only person I spoke Spanish with was a cleaning lady and she moved back to Colombia.”

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Painting of Trump team 'Crossing the Swamp' touches off social media frenzy

Maybe it's John Bolton clutching a gun. Maybe it's Mike Pompeo setting down his binoculars to stare into the distance. Maybe it's the gators.

But a newly unveiled painting meant to depict President Trump and his team navigating the Washington "swamp" has something for everyone.

Utah-based artist Jon McNaughton touched off a social media frenzy as he shared his painting, “Crossing the Swamp,” Tuesday on Twitter. The painting is a riff on the classic “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” only it replaces George Washington's crew with members of the Trump administration.


Activists revive 'Muslim ban' challenge over lack of waivers

The Supreme Court may have upheld President Trump’s travel ban, but several dozen Muslims are still challenging the way his administration is carrying it out, saying he’s not living up to the terms he set for his own policy.

The Muslims, in a new court filing Sunday, said Mr. Trump promised there would be waivers available for people from banned countries who nonetheless showed a special reason why they should be admitted to the U.S. But those waivers haven’t been forthcoming, the Muslims said.

Their case is being led by Muslim Advocates, a group that has battled Mr. Trump on immigration in general and has been one of the most vocal critics of the travel ban.


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Big Victory — Judicial Watch Forces Disclosure of FISA Warrants Targeting Trump Team

A year ago, on July 19, 2017, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Justice Department (DOJ) for copies of the applications it made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for warrants regarding alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

As you might have expected, Justice didn’t comply — in fact, DOJ refused to confirm or deny any such documents even existed. But then, earlier this year, President Trump declassified the “Nunes Memo” which discussed the Carter Page Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants abuses. And Judicial Watch quickly sued as the FISA material could now be made public. In April the DOJ told the court that it would have something by July 20, last Friday. That day passed, but late the next day, late on Saturday, Justice released a heavily redacted 412-page document.

Despite the fact that most of the pages were blacked out, they seemed to confirm that the FBI and DOJ misled the courts in withholding the information that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC were behind the “intelligence” used to persuade the courts to approve the FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team.

The FISA court was never told that the key information justifying the warrant requests came from a “dossier” that was created by Fusion GPS, a paid agent of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. The initial Carter Page warrant was granted just weeks before the 2016 election. Page is the former Trump campaign part-time advisor who was the subject of four controversial FISA warrants from the DOJ.

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YOU DO THE WORK: Washington Post Begs Readers To Help Identify Trump's Golf Partners

The Washington Post, which President Trump derides as "fake news," apparently isn't bothering to do its own reporting anymore.

Instead, the paper owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos is asking readers to help identify some of Trump golfing partners.

"Without further ado, we ask your help," the Post wrote on Friday. "The tool below indicates those days on which we think Trump has played golf and, when we know, his partners. In some cases, we’re trying to confirm people who we believe have played with Trump. For many other days, we have no idea. If you think you might have some insight, click the 'Have a tip?' button for the appropriate day and tell us what you know. (It will open a blank email.)"


This is what happens when they open the gates of the Congowingo Dam

Wicomico County Council Meetings – Live Broadcasts

The cable provider responsible for sending out a live signal for broadcasting County Council meetings is having technical difficulties. Therefore, until further notice, the Wicomico County Council meetings will not be broadcast live. 

The Council meetings will be recorded and televised on the Public Access Channel, PAC14, following the meetings, and can be streamed from PAC14’s website at and viewed on YouTube at 

County Council meetings are held in the Wicomico County Government Office Building, Room 301, 125 N. Division Street, Salisbury, MD 21801 on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. and the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. The public is encourage to attend.

Subject: Special prosecutor appointed in Indiana amid attorney general groping allegations

A special prosecutor with a history of trying cases against politicians has been appointed to the investigation of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill amid allegations the state’s top law enforcement officer inappropriately touched a state lawmaker and several other women.

Marion County Superior Judge Lisa Borges on Tuesday appointed Daniel Sigler, an attorney from Fort Wayne, to investigate the allegations against Hill.

Sigler served as an Adams County prosecutor for 20 years as a Democrat and prosecuted former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White in a 2012 voting fraud case.

Hill, a Republican, is accused of drunkenly touching several staffers and a state representative at a bar in March.
In a confidential memo leaked to the press last month, Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, a Democrat representing Indiana’s 12th district, told congressional leaders that Hill "put his hands on her back, slid them down to her buttocks, put them under her clothes and 'grabbed a handful of a--.'"


ICE files detainer against man accused of shooting Florida officer in head

The Haitian national accused of shooting a Florida cop in the head Saturday has had an immigration detainer filed against him, officials said Wednesday, ending nearly a decade during which authorities arrested Wisner Desmaret numerous times but didn't inform immigration officials about him.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency told Fox News the agency filed a detainer against Desmaret on Sunday, the day after he allegedly shot Fort Myers Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, 29. Fox 4 Now reported a man was allegedly assaulting a group of males at a Fort Myers gas station before officers arrived, at which point Desmaret allegedly shot at officers while they tried to take him into custody. Jobbers-Miller was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was reported to be in “critical but stable condition.”


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ICE operation targeting public safety threats nets 132 arrests in DC, VA

WASHINGTON – On Friday, officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington Field Office concluded Eagle’s Shield, an enforcement operation targeting notable threats to public safety throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C. that resulted in the arrests of 132 individuals on criminal and civil violations. ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office all provided assistance with the operation.

Operation Eagle’s Shield leveraged field office resources to identify priority targets for enforcement action throughout Virginia and the Washington, D.C. metro area. From July 9 to 20, officers from the ERO Washington Field Office targeted and arrested various violent offenders, gang members, sex offenders, fugitives from justice, and those who otherwise pose a significant public safety threat. Arrestees include members of several different notoriously violent transnational criminal organizations such as MS-13 and18th Street gangs.

“We set out to locate and detain known, dangerous criminal aliens who are hiding and operating in the neighborhoods we call home,” said ERO Washington field office director Russell Hott. “Today’s announcement is the result of the absolutely essential work our ICE officers perform to identify the worst of the worst and ensure they have no refuge here.” 

Comptroller and MD Retailers Association Announce Tax-Free Week Scholarship Contest

Maryland college students can win $2,500 scholarship by using #shopmdtaxfree on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram from Aug. 12-18

Comptroller Peter Franchot joined with the Maryland Retailers Association (MRA) today to announce a social media contest coinciding with Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week in which two winners will receive $2,500 and $1,000 scholarships, respectively, to any Maryland university, college or trade school.

Leading up to and during the annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, which takes place August 12 to 18, shoppers should like or follow the official social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Then snap a picture or take a video that incorporates the theme of "Maryland" (the state colors, school apparel, sports team, a crab, etc.), write a creative caption and use #shopmdtaxfree during Tax-Free Week to submit an entry on any or all of the social media platforms.

MRA, which is providing the scholarships, will select the two entries at the week's conclusion that best reflect the spirit of Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week.

"The State of Maryland loses money during Tax-Free Week, but it's a big win for locally-owned businesses and for shoppers," said Comptroller Franchot. "This will be the easiest scholarship Maryland college students will ever have the chance to win. There's no application, no essay and no interview – just shop tax-free!"

"Tax-Free Week provides a much-needed boost to brick-and-mortar retailers in our state, and we encourage all consumers to support their local businesses," said Cailey Locklair Tolle, MRA president. "This year we are again thrilled to help promote shopping local and Tax-Free Week by offering scholarships to our contest winners."

During Tax-Free Week, any single qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less – regardless of how many items are purchased at the same time – will be exempt from the state's six percent sales tax. The first $40 of any backpack or bookbag purchase is also tax-free.

Homeless Sex Offender Notification

Dover– The following are not wanted. These are Homeless Sex Offender Public Notifications. If you have information that any of the listed subjects are occupying a residence, please call 302-672-5306. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at

DSP S.O.A.R. Searching For Wanted Sex Offenders

Dover - The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit (S.O.A.R) is currently looking for the following wanted sex offenders after they either failed to register or re-register their current address. If anyone knows the location of these subjects, they are asked to call 302-672-5306. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the

Somerset Playground Equipment Flower Hill Church Rd.

Location / Address: 31766 Flower Hill Church Rd., Eden, Somerset Co.

Type of Incident: Fire

Description of Structure / Property: Playground equipment

Owner / Occupants: WTH, Inc.

Injuries or Deaths: None

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $1,000 Contents: $0

Smoke Alarm Status: n/a

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: n/a

Arrests(s): None

Primary Responding Fire Department: Fruitland

# of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 5

Time to Control: 5 minutes

Discovered By: Passerby

Area of Origin: Wooden deck of playground equipment

Preliminary Cause: Under Investigation

Additional Information: Anyone with information is asked to call the Salisbury Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at (410) 713-3780.