Many thought the issue had been settled.

But the statue of a confederate soldier in Easton known as The Talbot Boys is coming back before the Talbot County Council.

On June 7th the council will once again discuss and vote on the fate of the statue which has generated controversy in the community.

The council previously decided to keep the statue after a closed door session which state officials said violated the open meetings act.

The NAACP wants the creation of a commission the produce a new statue that would include union and confederate soldiers.

Seven bomb threats were phoned into schools on Delmarva – six in Delaware and one on the Maryland Eastern Shore.

The threats took place in the 11 o’clock hour beginning with the East Millsboro Elementary school which resulted in an evacuation.

WBOC reports that subsequent schools included Beacon Middle School in Lewes, Sunnyside Elementary School in Smyrna, Polytech High School in Woodside and Mispillion Elementary School in Milford.

In Berlin a bomb threat was also called into Showell Elementary School.

creative commons

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - An official says the air traffic control tower at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was evacuated briefly after the fire alarm went off.

Airport spokesman Jonathan Dean said in an email that the airport's fire department responded to a report of a fire alarm at the tower around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday and investigated. He says firefighters didn't find smoke or fire.

Dean says tower functions were suspended briefly, but personnel returned to work about 15 minutes later.

family photo

BALTIMORE (AP) - The attorney for the family of Freddie Gray is commending the judge who acquitted a police officer charged in Gray's arrest and says the family respects the verdict.

Billy Murphy said Monday that Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams should be commended for "not bending to public opinion in analyzing this case."

official photo

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A U.S. law enforcement official says Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is a subject of a federal investigation looking at donations to his gubernatorial campaign.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation. CNN first reported the story Monday.

Marc Elias, a lawyer for McAuliffe's campaign, said Monday that the governor, a Democrat, is unaware of any investigation but will cooperate if contacted.

Spokespeople at the FBI and Justice Department declined comment Monday.

creative commons

Plans for a tiny home community in Dover for the homeless has drawn sharp opposition from local residents.

The Victory Church has set aside four acres for local homeless community activists where 200-square foot homes will be built and the tenants will live rent free.

WBOC reports that the first phase will include 10 to 15 homes before this coming winter.

The land is located just outside Dover along Route 8.

Don Rush

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Lawmakers who meet this week to begin marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $4 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 have almost $36 million less to work with than they did last month.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday lowered official revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years by about $18 million each compared to April's estimates.

The changes were largely driven by lower expectations for personal and corporate income taxes.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An exonerated man who spent 33 years in prison in Virginia for a rape and murder he did not commit is returning to the state for the first time since his release to speak about his experiences.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports  60-year-old Keith Allen Harward, of Greensboro, North Carolina, will speak Tuesday at the newspaper's 65th Public Square.

Harward was released from prison last month after the Virginia Supreme Court agreed that DNA evidence proved he was innocent of the 1982 killing of a Newport News man and the rape of his wife.

official photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are asking the state's highest court to block more than 200,000 convicted felons from voting in November.

GOP leaders argue in a lawsuit that they are filing in the Virginia Supreme Court on Monday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive order violates the separation of powers by effectively suspending the state's ban on felons.

They say governors can restore voting rights only on a case-by-case basis.

Not Guilty

May 23, 2016

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - A Baltimore police officer has been acquitted of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died a week after he was critically injured in police custody.

A judge found Officer Edward Nero not guilty of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The judge announced his verdict on Monday.

Nero was one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the case. He waived his right to a jury trial, opting instead to argue his case before Circuit Judge Barry Williams.

company logo

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel has approved almost $8 million in taxpayer money for Chemours Co., the financially struggling chemicals business spun off from the DuPont Co.
The Council on Development Finance voted unanimously Monday to give Chemours a Strategic Fund grant of up to $7.2 million to retain 900 full-time jobs in Delaware through 2020.
The panel also approved a capital expenditure grant of up to $695,000 to Chemours for a headquarters project in Wilmington.

GOP Logo

WASHINGTON (AP) - A unanimous Supreme Court has dismissed a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia.
The justices on Monday left in place a decision by a lower court that said Virginia illegally packed black voters into one district to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents.
Republican members of Congress wanted the court to reinstate the districting map. But the justices ruled that the elected officials did not have the right to challenge the court ruling.

creative commons

BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge is preparing to hand down his verdict in the case of a Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams is expected to announce a verdict in Officer Edward Nero's case on Monday.

The 30-year-old faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges.

Gray died last year, a week after his neck was broken while he was handcuffed and shackled, but unrestrained, in the back of a police van.

creative commons

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Authorities are investigating after they say a Pennsylvania man died after falling from an eighth-floor balcony at an Ocean City hotel.

Ocean City police say in a statement that 29-year-old Jordan M. Hess of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, died shortly after crews arrived to the scene Saturday evening at the Stowaway Grand Hotel.

Officials believe the fall was accidental.

The medical examiner's office will determine Hess' official cause and manner of death.

creative commons

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Some Delaware residents are going elsewhere to fight drug addictions due to a lack of services in the state.

Marc Blum tells The News Journal that he violated his probation and went to Florida because he couldn't get treatment for his heroin addiction in Delaware. Marc Blum's mother, Karen Blum, says she believes he would have died if he stayed in Delaware.

Delaware recently increased the number of residential treatment beds from 78 to 95 but has struggled to keep up with demand.

creative commons

INDEPENDENCE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board has approved an ordinance requiring students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that corresponds with the gender listed on their birth certificate.

Media outlets report that the ordinance was unanimously approved by the Grayson County School Board on Friday.

The move comes after President Barack Obama's administration told public schools that transgender students should be allowed the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

Creative Commons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Authorities say that Virginia's state and regional jails have housed at least 19,882 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports  that data collected by the State Compensation Board shows that the between 2008 and 2015, jails housed at least 14,460 immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally. The board says there were another 5,422 offenders in jailers' custody who were scheduled for deportation.

official photo

There is a move in the Delaware General Assembly to put an equal protection clause into the state constitution.

The protected classes not only include such categories as race, age, religion creed and color but also sexual orientation and gender identity.

State Senator Karen Peterson a sponsor of the amendment told the Wilmington News Journal that this sentence would make a statement about Delaware’s values.

creative commons

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware has announced a commitment to recruiting more diverse students and faculty from under-represented backgrounds.
The university plan focuses on recruiting and developing faculty members who are the first in their families to go into academia and are from low-income backgrounds.
The state is currently accepting bids for consultants to study the issue of diversity on Delaware's flagship campus.

Our third production for Delmarva Radio Theatre is "Usherette" by Marcelle Thiebaux.

This week on our show we will meet Snow Hill painter Paul Volker. We will learn how Caroline County got its name and about companion planting in our gardens. And naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about paddling on Nassawango Creek.

Essay: Compassion

May 20, 2016
W. J. Newsome Creative Commons

With the presidential campaign in full swing, the American people have already heard the acrimony of personal attacks and nasty television ads. Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill writes that we should seek compassion in order to rise above strife. 

Ocean City Police Badge

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City Police say a motorcycle operator was killed when his vehicle crashed into a pickup truck on Coastal Highway.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that an official with the Montgomery County public schools say the man killed was Eric Del Marr, who worked as a diesel mechanic.

Department spokeswoman Lindsay Richard tells media outlets that the crash occurred just after noon on Thursday. She says authorities saw the motorcycle operator commit traffic violations and tried to conduct a traffic stop.

Department of Justice

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's highest court has released an opinion explaining its recent decision to force an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray to testify against his colleagues.

creative commons

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland elections officials say they've found "significant" problems in an ongoing review of Baltimore's primary election.

Linda Lamone, state administrator of elections, says most of the problems were caused by untrained judges who scanned ballots that they shouldn't have. Lamone did not know how much longer the review would take. She says workers were still finding documents on Thursday morning.


BALTIMORE (AP) - An attorney for an officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray has told a judge that the officer acted reasonably and did nothing wrong.

Officer Edward Nero's attorney got a handful of questions from a judge during closing arguments Thursday, but the inquiries were far fewer than what prosecutors faced.

Defense attorney Marc Zayon told Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams that Gray's detention was legal, and that Nero acted as any reasonably officer would under the circumstances.

official photo

The shooting death of Jeremy McDole has revealed that the ability for officers to use lethal force only requires the belief that it is necessary to protect others.

In a 31 page report issued by the state Attorney General’s office on its decision not to prosecute it said that only a belief was necessary whether it was reasonable or unreasonable.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Attorney General Matt Denn has asked for major reforms of the training for officers in the Wilmington Police Department.

elizabeth prata / creative commons

There was another public forum on the debate over the arrival of mega chicken houses in Wicomico County.

It was held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center last night by local government leaders.

But WBOC reports that when it was over many critics walked away unsatisfied.

There were representatives from the state departments of health, agriculture and the environment to answer questions from the public.

official photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed 144 bills into law, including an expansion of mandatory use of breath-testing ignition devices and criminal justice reform.

Hogan signed the bills into law Thursday at a ceremony at the State House.

The signed bills include Noah's Law, which requires breath-testing ignition devices for anyone convicted of drunken driving. It honors Montgomery County police Officer Noah Leotta, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver who pleaded guilty this week to vehicular manslaughter.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Supporters of an emerging subscription-based medical care are hoping Gov. Terry McAuliffe doesn't veto legislation designed to clarify that the practice is legal and does not need to be regulated like insurance.

The governor has until Friday to either sign or veto the legislation. His spokesman, Brian Coy, has declined to say what McAuliffe's plans are.

Known as direct primary care, patients pay their doctors monthly fees for unlimited primary care.