Ocean City

A gathering of homeless in Ocean City may move the resort to look at an ordinance that would prohibit sleeping in public places.

The issue began with complaints from residents and business owners about six homeless people who get together in the Caroline Street Stage area every day.

The resorts communications manager Jessica Waters told WBOC that there have been reports that they were bothering people ranging from bad language and drinking to general loitering and harassment of passersby.  

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Harold Wilson’s guests on today’s Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition focus on children’s literature and features the June 16 Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival in Easton, MD.  Host Harold Wilson’s guests are Tim Young, organizer of the festival and author of more than ten children’s books, and Laura Powell, Children/Young Adult Services Librarian at the library.  In addition four young people from the Salisbury area will  read their favorite books.

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If you want to do a little kayaking there’s a new launch pad at the Port of Salisbury Marina.

It provides a place for launching them before making your way down the Wicomico River.

WBOC reports that the launch does not currently provide rentals.

But city officials hope to have a new boathouse by next summer that will provide them through a paddle board company as well as a place to store equipment.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure relating to the composition of the state school board.

The bill vetoed Thursday would have increased the size of the Maryland State Board of Education from 12 to 15 to members by adding two certified teachers and one parent of a public school student.

The governor opposes the bill because it would have required him to appoint two teachers recommended by teachers unions.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan doesn't have any primary opposition, but that's not keeping him from buying television ads leading up to the June 26 primary.

Doug Mayer, the governor's deputy campaign manager, said Thursday the Hogan campaign is spending $1.3 million on ads, which will air in the Baltimore and Washington-area media markets.

Mayer says they will begin airing next week and run up to the primary.

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GLENELG, Md. (AP) - Four 18-year-olds face hate-crime charges over spray-painted slurs at their high school, some of it aimed at their African-American principal.

Howard County police tell news outlets that school officials found racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ slurs spray-painted at Glenelg High School on Thursday morning. A school official says much of the graffiti targeted principal David Burton.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A federal judge is mulling arguments from white nationalists and others that a civil rights lawsuit against them over last summer's violence in Charlottesville should be dismissed.

A hearing on motions from a number of defendants was held Thursday in federal court in Charlottesville. The judge didn't immediately rule.

The lawsuit was filed in October by Virginians who said they were injured as a result of the August events. It alleges the defendants conspired to commit violence under the pretext of a rally.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Political battle lines are forming in Virginia where a woman who once led a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors wants to capture a Republican congressional seat held by a former Navy SEAL.

National Democrats are backing former Navy commander Elaine Luria in her quest to claim the 2nd Congressional District, home to the world's largest Navy base. Should she win the June primary, Luria's biggest foe is expected to be 38-year-old incumbent Scott Taylor in November.

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The Center for Biological Diversity has found that the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex ranked fifth for the most chemicals used for agriculture.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that is according to analysis based on federal records.

The Chesapeake Marshlands consist of four refuges in Maryland and Virginia.

The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in southern Dorchester County and the Eastern Neck Refuge in Kent County holds the largest share of the 16-thousand pounds of pesticides used in the Chesapeake Marshlands in 2016.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials are ending the $7.50 E-ZPass transponder fee for new customers, offering a little relief to drivers facing soaring prices at the gas pump.

Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement Wednesday. He says it will save Maryland residents about $46 million over the next five years.

Customers who use an E-ZPass save 25 percent or more on Maryland tolls. At the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the savings increases to 37.5 percent, with E-ZPass customers paying $2.50, compared to $4 for a driver using cash.