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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis has stirred up more controversy a Facebook post that sharply criticized protesters outside the Ravens game M&T Bank Stadium.

He denounced them as Fist Wielding, Black Power Activists who ignored the rising crime rate in Baltimore.

WBOC reports that the post has subsequently been deleted.

Lewis said it was shameful that they were not taking responsibility for the violence.

Wicomico County NAACP President Mary Ashanti told the television station that Lewis’s post was not representative to law enforcement.

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Sixteen inmates at the Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna have been charged with first degree murder in the death of corrections officer Steven Floyd during the uprising in February.

Another two are facing charges in connection with his death.

It’s taken eight months for charges to be brought but WBOC reports that the attorney for the Floyd family Thomas Nueberger said that it was a welcome development.

Over the summer Governor John Carney had expressed a sense of frustration that charges had not yet been filed in Floyd’s death.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - An English educator is Delaware's nominee in a national competition after being named 2018 State Teacher of the Year.
 
Delaware Gov. John Carney announced the honor for Virginia Forcucci on Tuesday. News outlets report that Forcucci teaches at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown. Forcucci was selected from 19 other candidates and will receive at least $11,000 from various grants.
 

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EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) - A Maryland sheriff says three people have been killed and two were wounded during a shooting at an office park in the northeastern part of the state.
 
Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler identified the shooter Wednesday morning as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince. He says Prince opened fire with a handgun and police are looking for him. He is considered armed and dangerous.
 

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Four people were killed in a head-on collision after a deputy saw a vehicle going about 100 mph in Carroll County.

Cpl. Jon Light of the sheriff's office told local media outlets that the deputy saw the speeding Infiniti Tuesday afternoon, passing other vehicles on Maryland 31 and heading toward Westminster. The deputy turned his patrol car around to try to stop the Infiniti, but by the time the cruiser changed direction, the Infiniti was out of sight. The deputy then came upon the crash scene.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is endorsing former NAACP president Ben Jealous for governor of Maryland.

The New Jersey Democrat endorsed Jealous on Tuesday. Jealous is seeking the Democratic nomination in a crowded primary to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan next year.

Booker is scheduled to attend a campaign meet and greet on Thursday in Prince George's County.

Jealous' campaign is highlighting the announcement as the latest from progressive individuals or groups. Jealous also has been endorsed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - More than 100 people participated in a silent protest before the start of the Baltimore Ravens game as the national anthem played inside the M&T Bank Stadium.
 
The Baltimore Sun reports that the protesters stood outside the stadium with their fists raised, then knelt down before the Ravens played the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
 

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Marc Appelbaum is no longer the Town Manager of Dewey Beach.

WBOC reports that the town council and Appelbaum came to an agreement on Saturday.

Appelbaum has been hit with controversy surround allegations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

A recent independent investigation recommended that Appelbaum be reprimanded but not suspended or fired.

Action on his tenure was postponed until the city council had read the full report.

There was also a delay because of a city election.

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MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (AP) - The Maryland National Guard is deploying 15 soldiers to participate in relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

The soldiers are from the 729th Quartermaster Composite Supply Company, and departed from Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River on Saturday.

The soldiers are shipping off to Puerto Rico to help in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The unit will be deployed for about 30 days to help with water purification efforts on the island.

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The next Mayor of Salisbury could get a significant bump in salary which is currently set at $25-thousand.

That’s the recommendation by the Salary Review Committee in its report to the city council this evening.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the committee also recommended an 18 percent increase for City Council members from $12-thousand to just over $14-thousand a year.

The paper reports that Mayor Jake Day who is planning to run for re-election in 2019 has hinted he might veto any pay increase.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to consider a ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by a Delaware inmate over his treatment in prison, including repeatedly being fed an unpalatable food loaf given to unruly inmates.
 
The judge's ruling last week follows a federal appeals court decision in June upholding the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Kevin Dicken in 2010.
 

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Levis. They're not just for work anymore. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes, indeed, they have become a fashion statement.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov. John Carney says President Donald Trump's decision to end federal cost-share subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will hurt thousands of low-income Delaware residents.

Carney said in a statement Friday that low-income Delawareans rely on those taxpayer subsidies to make their health insurance and health care affordable.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland education panel has voted to rescind taxpayer-funded vouchers for a school whose handbook outlines discriminatory policies against gay, lesbian and transgender students.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the state advisory panel for Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today voted Wednesday to disqualify the school from receiving public funds.

The vote means Trinity Lutheran Christian School in Joppa will not get any more scholarship money this year.

School officials could not be reached for comment.

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - Seven Maryland high school students have been disciplined for creating a photo spelling out a racial slur.

A spokeswoman for Harford County Public Schools declined to say what type of discipline the students received, citing confidentiality policies.

The spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun that six students posed for the photo and a seventh took the photo in the school library. The students spelled out the racial slur of African-Americans by pinning to their shirts or holding up oversized letters.

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BALTIMORE (AP)- Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a policy consultant and wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, says she'll seek the Democratic nomination for governor in Maryland.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is seeking a second term in next year's election.

Rockeymoore Cummings says she's concerned about economic inequality in the state.

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Amazon will be hiring around 4-thousand people in Delaware for the holiday season.

Nationwide the figure is 120-thousand.

Amazon has two fulfillment centers in the First State.

One is Middletown with over a million square feet and another in New Castle.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the jobs pay around $13 an hour.

The paper notes that many of them can turn into regular full-time positions after the holidays.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge has ruled that a lawsuit that could disrupt Maryland's fledgling medical marijuana industry can go to trial.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled Wednesday that a trial should determine whether state regulators acted improperly when they chose certain companies to award lucrative licenses to grow the drug.

State lawyers had asked the judge to dismiss the case.

At issue are two of the state's medical marijuana licenses awarded to companies that did not rank among the top 15 applicants.

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The access ramp on southbound Route 13 near the Centre at Salisbury will reopen on Monday.

It’s been closed since July forcing travelers to detour east of Naylor Mill Road exit in order to travel south on Route 13.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the closure was required to rehabilitate the bridge on the eastbound side of the bypass that crosses Route 13.

Meanwhile, there will be a temporary median crossover for work on the southbound bridges north of Route 50 near the Norfolk Southern Railroad overpass, Old Ocean City Road and Ocean Gateway.

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Health officials say about 150 people living in eight states have been sickened by salmonella after attending a chili cook-off in Virginia.

Dr. David Matson, director of the state's Eastern Shore Health District, said by phone Wednesday that half of them have sought medical treatment. Some have been hospitalized. 

More than 2,000 people attended the 18th Annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show on Sept. 30.

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The Mayor of Parksley James Eichelberger died suddenly on Tuesday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Vice Mayor R. Wayne Marshall made the announcement yesterday afternoon on the town’s Facebook page.

Eichelberger has been mayor for the last nine years.

The paper reports that he worked on revitalization of Parksley’s downtown area along with getting the Eastern Shore Public Library and a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Previously, he was the town manager of Exmore in Northampton County as well as an environmental manager for Perdue Farms.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court has rejected the latest appeal from a double murderer who narrowly avoided the death penalty for crimes he committed as a juvenile.

In a one-page order dated Tuesday, the court upheld a judge's summary dismissal last year of an appeal by Michael Jones. Jones argued, among other things, that his lawyers were ineffective and his life sentence was unfair.

The 35-year-old Jones was convicted of the drug-related killings of Cedric Reinford and Maneeka Plant. Plant's late grandparents were state representatives Al and Hazel Plant.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former President Barack Obama is set to return to the campaign trail for the first time since he left office with a rally to help Democrat Ralph Northam in Virginia's closely watched race for governor.

The Northam campaign announced Wednesday that the lieutenant governor and Obama will appear together at an event in Richmond on Oct. 19.

Virginia is one of only two states electing new governors this year and the swing state's contest is viewed as a possible early referendum on President Donald Trump.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - The lieutenant governor's race in Virginia features a Republican who is doing everything she can to differentiate herself from the rest of the party. Her opponent says she can't run away from her conservative record.

Democrat Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, and Republican Jill Vogel, a state senator from Fauquier County, are running for lieutenant governor in next month's election. The post offers few formal duties other than breaking ties in the state Senate. But it invariably serves as a launching post for future gubernatorial runs.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is in Japan trying to lure more business to the Old Dominion.

McAuliffe's office announced Wednesday the governor was traveling to Japan for a four-day trade and marketing mission where he will meet with senior business executives.

McAuliffe is one of the most well-traveled governors in the country and this is his 33rd trade mission.

Virginia is home to nearly 70 Japanese companies and is the ninth largest export market for Virginia.

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(AP) Authorities say a third person has been arrested in the beating of a black man at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lt. Matthew Edwards is spokesman for the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office in Arkansas. He said in a phone interview that 22-year-old Jacob Scott Goodwin of Ward, Arkansas, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from Charlottesville by U.S. marshals near his hometown.

Lt. Steve Upman, a spokesman for police in Charlottesville, says Goodwin is charged with malicious wounding in the Aug. 12 beating.

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CROFTON, Md. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to committing a hate crime by hanging a noose outside a middle school has delivered a public apology, saying he didn't mean to scare or discriminate against anyone because of their race.

Nineteen-year-old Conner Prout stood before roughly 60 people at a meeting of the Caucus of African American Leaders on Tuesday and apologized for his role in a stunt that sent Crofton Middle School students running to the guidance counselor's office in tears, the Capital reports .

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The landmark Dumser’s Dairyland on the Ocean City boardwalk will be around a little bit longer

Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan says the town will not move against the establishment until there is a final decision by the Court of Special Appeals.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that means the restaurant will not have to shut down at the end of this month.

The paper adds that Meehan’s statement indicated a decision would not be forthcoming until sometime next year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm a decision upholding the constitutionality of the state's ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

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GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) - Researchers say the total amount of oxygen-deprived dead zones in Chesapeake Bay this summer was the biggest since 2014.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science also said Monday that the total amount of dead zones this summer increased by 10 percent over last year.

The institute has used a three-dimensional forecast model since 2014 to gauge areas of oxygen depletion - or hypoxia - in which oxygen dissolved in water falls so low it no longer supports fish, crabs, oysters and other aquatic organisms. Pollution has been blamed.

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