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As much as twenty percent of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from some form of PTSD or brain injury. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at what one vet is offering up to help out. And it's man's best friend. In part one, he explores the effects from the wartime experience.

Ocean City saw thousands descend on the resort for the annual Air Show featuring a number of aircraft including the Thunderbirds. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin was there and filed this report.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A 20-year-old woman has died on the campgrounds of a popular music festival in Delaware that has drawn tens of thousands of people.

WDEL-FM reports that police have identified the dead concertgoer as Caroline Friedman of Philadelphia. She was found unresponsive early Sunday in a camping area at Dover International Speedway.

Friedman was pronounced dead at a local hospital a short while later. The station reports that the cause of the young woman's death was not immediately known but authorities don't suspect foul play.

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He was known as the Boardwalk Elvis.

Norman Webb has died at the age of 78 after losing a battle with cancer.

He roamed the Ocean City boardwalk dressed as Elvis singing the King’s songs.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that since his death there has been an outpouring of sympathy and remembrance with many posting photos of the iconic Ocean City figure.

Mayor Rick Meehan posted on his Facebook page, ”You are truly a boardwalk icon.”

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A tea party group backed by billionaire conservatives plans to sit out the U.S. Senate race in Virginia.

News outlets report that Americans for Prosperity will not support Republican nominee Corey Stewart as he tries to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine.

Americans for Prosperity has been supported by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch. The group spent heavily to help Stewart's opponent in the GOP primary earlier this year and was a major spender in last year's election for governor.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - With two leading candidates who have a shot at becoming Maryland's first black governor, the crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary reflects the state's changing demographics and the party's efforts to harness the energy of an increasingly diverse electorate around the country.

Recent polls show former NAACP President Ben Jealous and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker are leading in a close and crowded primary.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The capital city of Maryland has named its first poet laureate.

Annapolis has announced that Naval Academy English professor Temple Cone will serve a two-year term as its poet laureate.

The Capital Gazette quotes Mayor Gavin Buckley as saying Cone's ideas for "building common ground and fostering creative expression in our community through poetry are inspiring."

The newspaper says Cone plans to start poetry contests, organize talks about writing, and hold workshops for military personnel.

His official duties will begin July 1.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - William & Mary's first female president is scheduled to be sworn in during a ceremony on July 2.

The school in Williamsburg, Virginia, said in a statement Friday that Katherine A. Rowe will be sworn in by Gov. Ralph Northam. The brief ceremony will begin at noon in the Great Hall of the Wren.

Rowe will become William & Mary's 28th president. She'll also be the first woman to lead the institution in its 325-year history.

Rowe will replace W. Taylor Reveley III, who is retiring after 10 years.

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Companionship is vital to human existence. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that when two Lady Bugs entered his life he even cherished those without a voice.

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Dover filled up with Firefly Music Festival fans this week as the event got underway on Thursday afternoon.

And it has drawn some big names.

Kendrick Lamar will perform on Sunday while and Eminem will take the stage on Saturday.

The Arctic Monkeys will perform on Friday night.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that since the festival began six years ago there has only one female lead act out of the 26 perform.

They were Florence and the Machine.