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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The former headmaster of an elite prep school founded by members of the du Pont family was sentenced to 50 years in prison for dealing in child pornography.

Christopher Wheeler was convicted in December on 25 counts of dealing child porn.

Wheeler is a former headmaster at Tower Hill school in Wilmington, whose graduates include DuPont Co. CEO Ellen Kullman, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and television personality Dr. Oz.

Wheeler waived his right to a jury trial after the judge denied a defense motion to suppress evidence seized by police.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a fire at Dover mobile home park has destroyed three house trailers and displaced 16 people.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says blaze was reported around 2:30 a.m. Friday at the Grandview Mobile Home Park on Little Creek Road.  When firefighters arrived, they found one home engulfed and flames spreading to two neighboring homes.  
Officials say 16 people, including eight children, were able to escape from the three homes and no injuries were reported.

Winning entries from the 2014 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest were published in The Boardwalk. Edit | Remove

Nancy Sakaduski, founder of Cat and Mouse Press, stops is to discuss "The Boardwalk" the second publication from the Rehoboth Beach Reads short Story Contest.

Keith Phillips reads his short story, "The Watch" from the book.

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With more and more laws allowing guns in public places, some have suggested that college campuses be opened up for the right to bear arms. But, Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill ponders mixing the age of innocence with the age of the gun. 

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Hundreds of people marched last night to the Baltimore City Hall to protest the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who suffered a mysterious spinal injury while apparently in police custody.

This week saw a series of marches which have been largely peaceful.

Once incident caught by CNN showed police taking two demonstrators into custody.

Maryland State troopers were on hand to help commuters and traffic congestion.

Governor Larry Hogan said that he had sent 32 troops to the city at the request of the mayor.

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In the ongoing dispute over fire and EMS service Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has some questions about any agreement with the city of Salisbury.

Mayor Jim Ireton has threatened to cut off city fire and EMS service to surrounding county areas by July 1st  if city taxpayers are not given some form of tax relief for those services.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that many of the questions center on funding mechanisms.

The two sides are to meet on April 28th to discuss the issue.

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Few get to work with the Hubble Space Telescope.

But Gerardo Vazquez an astrophysicist at Salisbury University got a chance of a lifetime.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that six years ago one of his ideas got the okay from the scientific committee that oversees the telescope.

And Vazquez even got a chance to work the telescope’s space arm for several years as he labored on his doctorate.

He told the Daily Times that he has been allowed to work on figuring out why the cores of some galaxies are brighter than others.

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Delaware lawmakers have moved to make Naloxone available to school nurses throughout the state to fight the rising use of heroin.

The drug reverses the effects of an overdose.

The state House of Representatives approved the measure yesterday afternoon.

Representative Mike Barbieri said the legislation would not require schools to keep the drug on hand.

Last year Governor Jack Markell signed a law that made the drug available without a prescription.

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Parents and teachers are demanding to know why a popular principal at the East Elementary School in the Lake Forest School District won’t be coming back next year.

They confronted the school board last night after the school board unanimously decided not to renew principal Susan Plavis’s contract. Elementary School Teacher Bridgett Shea told WBOC that she thought Plavis had displayed strong leadership qualities.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The head of the State Highway Administration has resigned to spend more time with her family.

Forty-one-year-old Melinda Peters said Thursday she was leaving the job. She tells The Baltimore Sun that it's time to make her personal life her first priority.

Peters, the first woman administrator of the SHA, was appointed to the post in 2011 by Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat. She tells the Sun that her resignation wasn't related the continuing transition under Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who took office in January.