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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.

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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A couple of months ago, a friend of mine reached out. It was about her grandmother, Frances. Grandma Frances is 85. And my friend told me her grandma says she has a story she needs to tell someone.

So, I headed to their house.

Grandma Frances is tiny and thin, with a shock of white hair and brown eyes that are always smiling, even when she isn’t. She talks with that loud, Queens accent that sounds like she’s chewing on the words before she speaks them.

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The Air Force says it will investigate an incident in which an employee at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary allegedly offered to show John Glenn's remains to Defense Department inspectors.

As part of a new policy, an inspection team completed a weeklong review of the mortuary at Dover in March.

During the inspection, according to a Air Force spokesperson, "someone reportedly offered to show the remains of Sen. John Glenn to DoD inspectors."

Everything President Trump has done in office, apart from international affairs and foreign policy, has been a "complete disaster," says former House Speaker John Boehner.

In a South Carolina courtroom Friday, Todd Kohlhepp stood before a judge and pleaded guilty to murdering seven people. The plea was part of a deal he worked out with prosecutors, whereby Kohlhepp would avoid the death penalty and receive seven consecutive life sentences for killings committed across a span of approximately 13 years.

He was also sentenced to 60 years in prison for an assortment of other crimes, including kidnapping and sexual assault.

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