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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - It's time for one of the hottest traditional events on Maryland's political calendar, especially in an election year.

The 42nd Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is scheduled for Wednesday in Crisfield.

The all-you-can-eat festival draws politicians from across the state to eat, mingle and sweat on the Eastern Shore in Somerset County.

It all happens in an asphalt parking lot by a marina, where the smell of seafood wafts in the air.

The governor's office and all of the state's 188 legislative seats are on the November ballot.

Matt Forney

It’s that time of year again for the Delaware State Fair.

Thousands are expected to flock to Harrington for musical acts, rides and some examples of husbandry.

The 10 day event opens its gates at noon with rides beginning at 5 p.m.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Toby Keith will open the fair’s musical lineup on the M&T Bank Grandstand stage.

Returning to the fair will be the Roost Beer & Wine Garden which will also feature music.

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There have been more than 300 rescues by the beach patrol in Ocean City over the weekend.

City officials say there were 123 on Friday and 142 on Saturday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the beach patrol said that number then dropped to 59 by Sunday as the rip currents subsided.

Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin says that if you are caught in a rip current you should swim sideways.

If that does not work, he says, a lifeguard will come out with a hand buoy.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has a new president.

Heidi Anderson will take over effective September 2st and she replaces Juliette Bell who left the post in July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that she has two decades of experience in higher education including as former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University.

At that institution she oversaw a $35 million budget and 22 academic departments.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware pool manager who asked Muslim children to leave a pool because of their clothing says her action was not discriminatory.

The News Journal reports that Glenda Pinkett, a seasonal city employee, says she was following well-known guidance that cotton clogs pool filters, even though there may not be a written no-cotton policy.

Tahsiyn Ismaa'eel brought Muslim campers wearing cotton shirts, shorts and headscarves to the pool and they were asked to get out. She says no such rule was posted, and it was enforced in a discriminatory way.

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The days of plastic straws are drawing shorter.

Marriott International on Wednesday became the latest big company to announce it will stop using plastic straws, saying it would remove them from its more than 6,500 properties by next July. The giant hotel chain said it will stop offering plastic stirrers, too.

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