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Delmarva Today 05/26/17

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The May edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition features a discussion of literature produced in authoritarian societies. Hal Wilson's guests are Don Rush, news director for Delmarva Public Radio; Dr. Adam Wood, Department Chair and Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University; Dr. James King, Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University; and my daughter, Dr. Lee Slater, Senior Lecturer of World Cultural Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials of a Maryland town have urged residents not to swim at its beaches until lifeguards return to duty.

Local news outlets report that Ocean City officials say despite the long Memorial Day weekend, people should not swim at the town's beaches until Saturday morning when the beach patrol is back on guard.

Ocean City communications manager Jessica Waters says people are urged to keep their feet in the sand until the lifeguards return to the stands at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A medical helicopter has crashed behind a building in a Delaware industrial park, killing the pilot. No other injuries have been reported.

The pilot has been identified as 37 year-old Michael Murphy from New Jersey.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the Eurocopter E135 helicopter crashed just before noon Thursday about 1 mile southeast of New Castle Airport. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash.

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An effort is now underway to fight addiction in Sussex County.

It’s called Bridging Recovery in Delaware – Gathering Essential Supports or B.R.I.D.G.E.S.

It is a program that will create a community of navigators to help people get assistance for their addiction.

Board member Brian Napier said that many don’t know where to go to get help and he hopes his organization will try to answer that.

WBOC reports that yesterday’s conference included the Delaware State Police who provided workshops on how to recognize when someone has an addiction problem.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge has temporarily blocked Maryland's medical marijuana commission from issuing licenses to companies to grow marijuana.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams issued the temporary restraining order on Thursday.

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Afghanistan has been dubbed the "graveyard of empires" for punishing the hubris of powerful invaders, but eight years after the 9/11 attacks lured American forces to Afghanistan, it had become more like a purgatory. With anything like a clear-cut victory long off the table and the "coalition of the willing" whittled down to half-hearted, qualified commitments from U.S. partners abroad, the mission had lapsed into dangerous inertia. The new President, Barack Obama, was looking to draw down troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but ending the war completely was never a viable option.

Beijing's 1989 Tiananmen Square protests ended with a military massacre that left hundreds dead. Hong Kong's 2014 Occupy Central movement ended with a pizza party. Talk about one country, two systems.

That's too flippant, of course. As depicted in the friskily titled Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, the Hong Kong protests do appear something of a lark. But the Occupy Central protesters were attacked with batons, tear gas, and flash grenades, and the encampments were eventually destroyed. Unruly-haired Joshua Wong, now 20, was one serious teenager.

Denis Johnson, the author behind the seminal collection Jesus' Son, has died at the age of 67. Jeff Seroy, a spokesperson for Johnson's publisher, Farrar Straus & Giroux, told NPR the National Book Award-winning novelist died Thursday, but offered no further details at this time.

"Brutally honest and painfully beautiful" — that's how novelist Nathan Englander described Johnson's work in 1992's Jesus' Son, a brief, unvarnished set of interwoven stories that focus on the desperate lives of drug addicts.

Because of a scheduling snafu this week, it's just me and Stephen Thompson sitting down with our sci-fi buddy Chris Klimek to talk about Alien: Covenant, the film that dares to ask: "Is it okay if I put this little thing in your ear? I promise it won't grow into something that will burst out of your chest."

Then, we move on to a visit with Selina Meyer and friends as another season of Veep finds the group out of office and loving it. Or ... not really loving it, more like tooth-grittingly enduring it until something else can be arranged.

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Wired For Altruism.

About Larissa MacFarquhar's TED Talk

Larissa MacFarquhar writes about extreme altruists, people who make great sacrifices to help others. She says most of us aren't prepared or willing to do that — which is why we don't give more.

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