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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court wants to hear from federal prosecutors before deciding whether former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will have to go to prison while he appeals his corruption convictions.

Chief Justice John Roberts issued an order Monday giving prosecutors until Wednesday to respond to McDonnell's request to remain free. The order also says a federal appeals court order that puts the wheels in motion to send McDonnell to prison will be put on hold until Roberts or the Supreme Court can decide on McDonnell's request.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is issuing statewide guidelines to prevent discriminatory profiling by law enforcement based on race, gender and other characteristics.

Frosh has scheduled a Tuesday news conference about the initiative. He says the guidelines are similar to ones issued in December by the U.S. Justice Department, which called on states to adopt their own. Frosh says Maryland is the first state to issue its own guidance.

He says it goes further than current Maryland law, but departments would have to adopt the policies.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - Archaeologists say an 18th century shipwreck was found in the Nanticoke River by a State Highway Administration crew repairing the U.S. 50 bridge.

The SHA said in a news release Monday that the crew was removing debris from under the bridge when workers found some wood that could be ship timbers.

SHA archaeologists found that an intact keel, frames and other ship timbers. The wreck was taken to the Maryland Archaeology Conservation Laboratory in Calvert County.

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The Delaware Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal against a former death row inmate by prosecutors.

They say a judge made a mistake in not allowing a videotaped confession by Jermaine Wright in the 1991 murder of liquor store clerk.

That confession had been the key piece of evidence that led to his death sentence but was suppressed by a judge earlier this year.

That decision allowed Wright to go free.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that at issue is whether he was read his Miranda rights and that he was on heroin.

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Last night police say a man was shot and killed in a parking lot near a Hockessin nursing home.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he was discovered in a black Audi next to the Franciscan Care Center around 7 p.m.

The man’s identity and age have been withheld by police.

The News Journal added that authorities have not said how he died but that New Castle County police chief confirmed he was shot.

Meanwhile, the paper also said that it has talked with a family member who told the News Journal that they wanted to be left alone in their grief.

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The small town of Cheswold in Delaware is bracing for a stormy meeting tonight over an annexation plan that has angered Kent County residents.

One parcel includes Noble’s Pond retirement community.

The residents there are objecting to a separate piece of farmland that has been rezoned for a number of uses including town homes and commercial retail.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that residents say they were never told about the annexation plans.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A fraternity has suspended activities at a university chapter in Virginia after an uproar over sexually suggestive banners hung from a private home where several of that fraternity's members live.

Sigma Nu's national organization said it suspended the fraternity's activities at Old Dominion University in Norfolk pending completion of its investigation.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware utility regulators are continuing discussions on whether Delmarva Power utility customers deserve to have more transparency on their bills.

The state Public Service Commission was scheduled to host a bill transparency workshop on Tuesday as part of ongoing discussions about the issue.

In response to concerns raised by state lawmakers in 2013, Delmarva Power last year began providing more detailed cost breakdowns on monthly bills regarding state required charges for energy assistance and renewable energy programs.

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man has been charged with trying to bring a handgun through a security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Advocates for police accountability reforms are calling for changes to the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights.

Civil rights and police reform activists have set a news conference Monday to criticize the number of law enforcement officials who have been scheduled to testify before a panel of state lawmakers who are considering changes to the law, compared to the number of representatives from groups that are seeking reforms.

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If you’re heading to the Assateague Island National Seashore tomorrow there’s a present waiting for you – of sorts.

To celebrate the 99th birthday of the National Park Service the admission will be free waiving the regular fee of $20 per car.

There were will be a number of activities ranging from an underwater Aquarium talk adventure and a wild horse “Creature Feature” to the Old Ferry Landing for an exploration of the bay and salt marsh.
In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed into law creating  of the National Park System.

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In the fight against heroin addiction the Delaware Attorney General want to slash the cost of the drug’s anti-dote.

Delaware officials say 10 lives have been saved this year since the antidote Naloxone for heroin overdoses was put in the pockets of officers in the Ocean View, Middletown and New Castle County police departments.

These included a 35 year old Wilmington man who was found unconscious by his roommate and a 32- year old woman in Ocean View who was given it twice within a 10 hour period.

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Pickets showed up at the Easton Planned Parent office in the wake of efforts to defund the organization.

There were nearly 100 who were in front of the facility Saturday afternoon after a number of undercover videos were released involving the use of fetal tissue from abortions.

Congressman Andy Harris joined the protest.

The Eastern Shore Republican told WBOC that he opposes funding the organization because it is receiving money for providing the tissues.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Maryland are paying 5 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.50, down from $2.55 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 13 cents below the national average of $2.63.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.47 in Baltimore, $2.49 in Cumberland, $2.59 in Hagerstown and $2.34 in Salisbury.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Beach visitors guide publisher is challenging the state's rules and fees for distributing information at welcome centers and rest areas.

VistaGraphics Inc. president and owner Randy Thompson says in a lawsuit that the rules and fees violate his freedom of speech and due process rights.

Defendants include the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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Dogfish Heads renovation plans in Rehoboth Beach have gotten unanimous approval by the board of commissioners.

The brewpub is some two decades old and hopes to make its first upgrades since it opened the building.

Commissioner Stan Mills told the Daily Times that he wanted Dogfish Head to stay in town.

But the approval came after a vigorous discussion over whether the brewpub’s application was in compliance with the city zoning code.

The overall plan includes an outdoor courtyard and a major venue for live concerts.

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Ocean City Boardwalk arcades say the new proposed regulations from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission could put them out of business.

The original regulations were stopped with the help of the new Governor Larry Hogan.

But Delegate Beth Carozza (R-Worcester) told the Salisbury Daily Times that many arcade owners on the boardwalk said they had problems with the Skills-Based Amusement section.

That proposes minimum value and skill regulations which operators say could be damaging.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Seven Virginia Retirement System officials top a list of the highest-paid state employees.

The annual list compiled by the Richmond Times-Dispatch shows chief investment officer Ronald D. Schmitz was the highest-paid state employee in fiscal 2015, with a compensation package of $930,913.

Charles W. Grant was the second-highest paid state employee, with a compensation package of $741,630. Grant manages the system's internal asset division.

Five other retirement system officials earned at least $536,000.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland National Guard is welcoming home about 100 citizen-soldiers from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

The service members returning Sunday to Baltimore are from the 1100th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group.

The unit maintains and repairs Army aircraft and related equipment.

The ceremony at Fort McHenry is part of the Freedom Salute Campaign, an Army National Guard effort to publicly recognize the sacrifices of citizen-soldiers and their families.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Johns Hopkins University, one of more than 100 schools under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault complaints, has unveiled a new sexual misconduct policy.
 
The policy, announced on Wednesday, includes existing procedures relating to handling sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking complaints, and introduces new policies. One such policy mandates that cases will be resolved by a three-person panel with two staff members and one legal professional.
 

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Aug 21, 2015
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We look at the history of black baseball teams on the Eastern Shore and we examine the role of military intelligence in the battle of Gettysburg.

Guests: Kirkland Hall, Craig Mathias, and Clem Jordon

Thomas J Ryan, author of "Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign".

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Salisbury residents got another chance to weigh in last night on a proposed curfew for teenagers after three shooting deaths in eleven days.

It was held at St. Paul’s AME church where around 50 parents, students and residents showed up.

Specifics of the proposed ordinance were laid out by Mayor Jim Ireton and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan.

Those between the ages of 14 and 17 would have to be at home between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Friday through Sunday.

On the other week nights the curfew would go into effect at 10 p.m.

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Pocomoke City has been hit with a second complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland.

The civil liberties organization charges that there has been a violation of Maryland’s Open Meetings Act in late June when the town council decided behind closed doors to fire its police chief.

The complaint was filed on behalf of Stephen Janis who is a reporter for the Baltimore-based non-profit The Real News Network.   

The meeting in question occurred on July 13th when City Police Chief Kelvin Sewel was dismissed.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - His legal options running out, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday turned to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that he be allowed to stay out of prison while he makes his final appeal on public corruption convictions.

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26-year old Maximino Melendez has been detained by the security at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on August 20th for a bomb threat against a campus construction site in July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that UMES police found out Melendez worked on the construction site as a laborer.

He was provided by the Salisbury office of Labor Ready a temporary employment agency.

On July 6th a bomb threat was called in to the Somerset County emergency services claiming there was an explosive device near or on the UMES campus.

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The U.S Coast Guard swooped in to take a man from a commercial fishing vessel to Atlantic City for treatment after suffering a puncture wound.

The vessel was around 35 miles east of Fenwick Island.

The fishing vessel Alaska sent word of the injury to the Coast Guard at around 1:15 p.m. yesterday.

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It’s uncertain what the future will hold the Chemours plant in Edgemoor that will be shutdown leaving 200 hundreds without jobs.

State and county government officials expressed their hope that another employer would come along to take over the 115-acre site.

It was acquired by DuPont back in the 1930’s to produce titanium dioxide pigment.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it was one of the few heavy industries left in the wake of the 1971 Coastal Zone Law which banned such plants.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Scientists say they will begin monitoring seismic activity in western Maryland in preparation for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

Maryland Geological Survey Director Richard Ortt tells The Baltimore Sun his agency plans to install a seismometer somewhere in Garrett or Allegany county by next June. A state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing ends in October 2017.

The device would measure underground rumblings like those attributed elsewhere to the disposal of wastewater from fracking.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A judge has largely rejected an NCAA bid for secrecy in a civil lawsuit stemming from the brain-injury death of a Frostburg State University football player.

The NCAA had sought to shield from public view 14 internal emails, memos and meeting minutes it considered confidential records of its decision-making process regarding concussions. The Montgomery County Circuit Court judge rejected that argument for 11 of the documents in an order filed Tuesday.

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