Delmarva Public Radio http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/federal-judge-blocks-texas-abortion-restrictions Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, were set to go into effect on Sept. 1. On Friday, a federal judge blocked those regulations, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Federal+Judge+Blocks+Texas+Abortion+Restrictions&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:21:00 +0000 Melissa Block 60364 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Chinese High-Rise Worker Left Dangling After Annoyed Boy Cuts Rope http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chinese-high-rise-worker-left-dangling-after-annoyed-boy-cuts-rope A worker in southern China was left hanging from 100 feet up the side of a high-rise apartment building when a 10-year-old boy, apparently annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, decided to cut the safety line on the man's rappelling apparatus.<p>Xinhua says the boy was watching cartoons in his eighth-floor apartment in Guizhou province as the worker was outside installing lighting. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 60363 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/justice-department-supports-native-americans-child-welfare-case The Justice Department has weighed in on a class-action lawsuit in South Dakota pitting Native American tribes against state officials, and come down resoundingly in support of tribes.<p>It's the first time the department has intervened in a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:48:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 60360 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-orleans-enters-charter-school-era On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans and gutted most of its public schools. Even before the storm, the district was one of the most troubled in the nation.<p>Today, the New Orleans school system is unlike any other anywhere in the U.S. More than 9 in 10 students this fall are attending charter schools run by dozens of private, nonprofit organizations. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 60362 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/lawmakers-demand-say-obamas-decisions-syria The White House is working behind the scenes to develop a strategy for fighting the Islamic State in Syria, a strategy that could include airstrikes and other military action there. But there are already lots of questions in political and national security circles about the legal authority the Obama administration might use to justify those actions.<p>In the days after the Sept. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 60361 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria 'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential' http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/i-am-not-inmate-i-am-man-and-i-have-potential If you want to know how prison can shape a man, talk to Dan Huff. He's spent more than half of his 59 years locked up. He says he was "raised by the state of California."<p>"Even judges, when they would send me away — looking back at it now — they [were] kind of more like a father figure sitting up there," he says. "Closer to fatherly than any father that I ever had."<p>Those judges had plenty of reason to be concerned about him: Huff used heroin. He committed robberies.<strong> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:29:00 +0000 editor 60359 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential' Fear Not The Chesapeake Bay Bridge http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/fear-not-chesapeake-bay-bridge <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Fear+Not+The+Chesapeake+Bay+Bridge&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjQ0NDk1MDEzMjMxODc4NjkyZGE3Mw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:07:00 +0000 editor 60358 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Climate Policy Takes The Stage In Florida Governor's Race http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/climate-policy-takes-stage-fla-governors-race Florida is getting ready for an unusual governor's race. Like incumbent Rick Scott, a Republican, Charlie Crist is running for a second term as governor. In his first term, Crist was also a Republican.<p>Four years after leaving the executive mansion in Tallahassee to run for the Senate, Crist is back as a Democrat. Crist says one of the important issues in the race is who will better protect the state's natural resources. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Greg Allen 60357 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net On Ferguson's Streets, Echoes Of Another Fatal Shooting http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/fergusons-protests-fade-locals-wonder-about-way-forward <em>Myles Bess, a reporter and producer with Youth Radio, has been reporting in Ferguson, Mo., where Michael Brown was shot by a police officer on Aug. 9. Bess lives in Oakland, Calif., and in 2009, he lived through the aftermath of the police shooting of another unarmed young black man, Oscar Grant. </em><p>I was 14 years old when Oscar Grant was killed just a few miles from where I live. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Myles Bess 60356 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net On Ferguson's Streets, Echoes Of Another Fatal Shooting The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/co-discoverer-ebola-never-imagined-outbreak As a young scientist in Belgium, Peter Piot was part of a team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976.<p>He took his first trip to Africa to investigate this mysterious disease. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, he met people who had contracted it. "I'll never forget the glazed eyes, the staring and the pain ... this type of expression in the eyes ... telling me I'm going to die," says Piot. "That I'll never forget."<p>Piot went on to study AIDS in the 1980s and became founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:07:00 +0000 NPR Staff 60354 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This Residents Join Soldiers In Shoring Up Defenses Of Key Ukrainian Port http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/residents-join-soldiers-shoring-defenses-key-ukrainian-port <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Residents+Join+Soldiers+In+Shoring+Up+Defenses+Of+Key+Ukrainian+Port&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjgzNjQ1MDEzMTc5MzUzNzIxNjNmZg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 60353 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Spectacle Of The Beheading: A Grisly Act With A Long History http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/spectacle-beheading-grisly-act-long-history <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=The+Spectacle+Of+The+Beheading%3A+A+Grisly+Act+With+A+Long+History&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDM3NDg0MDEzMjA2NzM4Mzc5ZWJhMQ004)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:07:00 +0000 editor 60352 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net NFL Commissioner On Controversial Suspension: 'I Didn't Get It Right' http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/nfl-commissioner-controversial-suspension-i-didnt-get-it-right <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=NFL+Commissioner+On+Controversial+Suspension%3A+%27I+Didn%27t+Get+It+Right%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1NTU5NzI4MDEyODAxNzA2NDdhODNkZg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:07:00 +0000 editor 60351 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/holiday-gas-prices-lowest-four-years Some good news heading into the long weekend: Labor Day gas prices are at their lowest level in four years.<p>The <a href="http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=17771">U.S. Energy Information Administration</a> says the nationwide average for retail regular was $3.45 per gallon on Aug. 25 — that's the lowest average price for a Monday ahead of Labor Day since 2010, and it's about $0.25 per gallon less than at the end of June this year. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 60355 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/study-kids-orphanages-can-do-well-those-foster-care "Please, sir, I want some more," Oliver Twist famously asked in the food line at an orphanage.<p>Instead he got a blow to the head with a ladle.<p>In the real world, conditions at orphanages can be even bleaker. Back in the 1990s, media coverage of <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/19/158924764/for-romanias-orphans-adoption-is-still-a-rarity">Romanian orphanages</a> showed dozens of children sitting unclothed in crowded rooms. Most were neglected, and many were suffering from debilitating diseases like polio. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Linda Poon 60348 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/real-vanilla-isnt-plain-it-depends-dare-we-say-it-terroir Banish the phrase "plain vanilla" from your lexicon.<p>Why? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:20:00 +0000 April Fulton and Eliza Barclay 60349 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/app-can-reveal-when-withdrawal-tremors-are-real <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmrmFR50RWI</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 60347 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/texas-voter-id-law-goes-trial Dozens of lawyers will gather in a federal courtroom in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday for the start of a new challenge to the state's controversial voter ID law.<p>The trial is expected to last two to three weeks, but it's unlikely to be the end of what's already been a long, convoluted journey for the Texas law — and many others like it.<p>First, some background:<p>Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature passed new photo ID requirements for voters back in 2011. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:46:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 60350 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/experimental-drug-saves-monkeys-stricken-ebola Scientists are reporting strong evidence that the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp may be effective for treating victims of the devastating disease.<p>A <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13777">study</a> involving 18 rhesus macaque monkeys, published Friday in the journal <em>Nature,</em> found that the drug saved 100 percent of the animals even if they didn't receive the drug until five days after they had been infected. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:38:00 +0000 Rob Stein 60346 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/home-grown-technology-israel-becomes-leading-arms-exporter One byproduct of the recurring battles between Israel and its Arab neighbors is that Israel has developed a homegrown weapons industry that addresses its very specific needs.<p>Over the decades, this has included a number of cutting-edge technologies, from drones to night-vision equipment, which have been widely exported.<p>A more recent example is the Iron Dome, which was used throughout the latest conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 60344 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bob-mcdonnell-recap-juiciest-bits-come-out-trial The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife <a href="http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/virginia-politics/lawyers-in-mcdonnell-case-present-closing-arguments-today/article_9080b796-2ebe-11e4-a6b2-0017a43b2370.html">went into closing arguments</a> today. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:02:00 +0000 editor 60345 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/malaysia-airlines-cuts-third-its-workforce-after-steep-losses For Malaysia Airlines, the tragic loss of two of its aircraft with all passengers and crew in recent months has hardly been the extent of its problems: On Thursday, the carrier announced a steep quarterly loss, and today came word that it is cutting nearly a third of its workforce.<p>The airline said it would lay off 6,000 employees, or about 30 percent of its 20,000-strong workforce a day after it <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/29/business/malaysia-airlines-financial-losses-grow.html?_r=0">reported a loss in the quarter ending June</a> of $97.6 million, on top of a first-quarter loss Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 60343 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/peace-corps-stint-madagascar-gave-him-vision-vanilla <strong></strong>Madagascar-grown orchids produce most of the world's vanilla beans, but vanilla extract isn't manufactured in country. Former Peace Corps volunteers-turned-entrepreneurs Tim McCollum and Brett Beach, co-founders of the Brooklyn-based <a href="http://www.madecasse.com/vanilla/">Madécasse</a> brand, aim to change that. They want to produce the world's first "bean to bottle"<strong></strong> extract, made entirely in Madagascar by local people using all-local materials — right down to the packaging. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:28:00 +0000 editor 60342 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla Prosecutors: "Corrupt Understanding" in McDonnell Trial http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/prosecutors-corrupt-understanding-mcdonnell-trial <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors are asking jurors to focus on two questions at the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.</p><p>In their closing arguments Friday, prosecutors' asked the panel to think about why a Virginia businessman gave the couple more than $165,000 in gifts and loans, and why the McDonnells accepted.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:26:18 +0000 Don Rush 60341 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Prosecutors: "Corrupt Understanding" in McDonnell Trial Deadline Looms for Eligiblity Verification Under ACA http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/deadline-looms-eligiblity-verification-under-aca <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are reminding Delawareans whose eligibility for insurance coverage under the federal health care reform law is uncertain that they have one more week to submit verification documents.</p><p>Federal officials sent notices earlier this month to more than 300,000 people nationwide, including about 700 in Delaware, with inconsistencies in their citizenship or immigration data. Many recipients had not responded to previous outreach efforts.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:22:46 +0000 Don Rush 60340 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Deadline Looms for Eligiblity Verification Under ACA Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/britain-raises-terror-alert-level-cites-no-specific-threat British Prime Minister David Cameron is warning that the threat to the U.K. from international terrorism is "greater and deeper" than ever before, as London raised its terror warning level in response to what it said were plans by the Islamic State and other extremist groups to attack the West.<p>The U.K. ratcheted up the alert to "severe," which is the second-highest of five levels and indicates the risk of an attack is considered "highly likely." However, it's important to note that authorities have not offered evidence of a specific or immediate plot. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 60339 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat Wife of Rep. Andy Harris Dies Suddenly http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wife-rep-andy-harris-dies-suddenly <p>The wife of Congressman Andy Harris has died.</p><p>Sylvia Cookie Harris passed away yesterday after being taken to the hospital.</p><p>There were no immediate details but a spokesperson for Harris said that they were waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.</p><p>But one media outlet is reporting that she died from a sudden heart attack.</p><p>Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Diana Waterman issued a statement last night expressing shock and deep sadness at her death.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:39:07 +0000 Don Rush 60336 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wife of Rep. Andy Harris Dies Suddenly California Lawmakers Pass 'Affirmative Consent' Sexual Assault Bill http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/california-lawmakers-pass-affirmative-consent-sexual-assault-bill California is one step closer to becoming the first state to require colleges and universities "to adopt a standard of unambiguous consent among students engaging in sexual activity," <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-bills-legislature-20140829-story.html"><em>The Los Angeles Times</em> reports</a>.<p>The California Senate gave the bill unanimous approval on Thursday, and it is now headed to the governor's office.<p>The <em>Times</em> adds:<p><blockquote><p>"Along with a comprehensive prevention program, colleges would be required to help victims of sexual assault seek m Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:38:00 +0000 editor 60337 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net California Lawmakers Pass 'Affirmative Consent' Sexual Assault Bill Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/life-under-islamic-state-sharia-law-and-few-services Ever since the Islamic State seized Mosul more than two months ago, it's been difficult to get a detailed picture of life inside Iraq's second largest city.<p>But glimpses have emerged. This week, the United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, presented <a href="http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/Media.aspx?IsMediaPage=true&LangID=E" target="_blank">details of a massacre</a> that took place at the city's Badoush prison in June. Islamic State fighters seized more than 1,000 inmates. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:17:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 60338 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services Police Oversight Board Comes Up in Salisbury NAACP Forum http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/police-oversight-board-comes-salisbury-naacp-forum <p>The relations between the community and police in Salisbury took center stage at a forum held by the Wicomico County branch of the NAACP last night.</p><p>The gathering at the Chipman Cultural Center featured Charles Phillips a conciliation specialist for the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Justice Department.</p><p>During the two horu meeting, there were a number of residents who expressed interest in an oversight board for the police.</p><p>Local resident April Jackson said that while she has not been afraid of the police in the past, she is beginning to now.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:05:08 +0000 Don Rush 60335 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Police Oversight Board Comes Up in Salisbury NAACP Forum