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It’s eclipse time.

The moon will blacking out the sun for a period of time this afternoon.

But unless you have the right glasses don’t look at it.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the first contact between the sun and moon will take place around 1:22 p.m.

The mid-eclipse will take place around 2:47 p.m.

The last moment will occur at 4:05 p.m.

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The paper reports that there will be a number of locations that will hand out viewing classes to see the phenomenon.

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The Wicomico County Council has received a petition to take down the plaque commemorating Confederate General John Henry Winder from downtown Salisbury.

But the council members appears to have brushed aside the controversy.

The Salisbury Daily Times caught up with council member Matt Holloway who said there were more pressing issues in the country like the economy.

Meanwhile, County Council President John Cannon told the paper that County Executive Bob Culver needed to take the lead on making a decision about the plaque.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican candidate for governor in Virginia is telling conservative activists they need to stand up against the "twisted mindset" of the hate groups that were part of a deadly rally a week ago in Charlottesville.

Ed Gillespie made the remarks Saturday in Richmond at a summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity. It's his first major speech since last week's violence.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed an executive order to create a new statewide development plan.

Hogan made the announcement Saturday in a speech to the Maryland Association of Counties.

The Republican governor says he has repeatedly heard from local officials who have asked for changes to PlanMaryland, which was put in place by Hogan's predecessor, Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A northern Virginia city is preparing to welcome a U.S. Coast Guard tall ship to its docks.

The city of Alexandria announced Friday that the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle will visit September 4-8, as part of an East Coast tour.

The ship is scheduled to pass through the Woodrow Wilson drawbridge that carries the Capital Beltway across the Potomac River and dock at Robinson Landing.

The city recommends Jones Point Park, Fords Landing City Park or Point Lumley Park as good places to watch the arrival.


On Sunday a man drowned in the Nanticoke River after he swam out to help some kayakers who were having some problems.

Officials say that the man got caught up in the water near the Cedar Hill Marina in Bivalve, Maryland.

WBOC reports that firefighters and diving units from a number of departments around Wicomico County came to the scene to help.

The television station reports that so far the man’s identity has not been revealed.

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The Fenwick Island Town Council members will continue into another two-year term after facing no opposition.

Mayor Gene Langan and Vice Mayor Richard Mais who also sit on the council will be coming back.

In addition, Roy Williams and Julie Lee will have another term.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it only took four minutes for them to be sworn in last week.

As early as June it was apparent they would be in office for another two years when no opponents showed up to run against them.

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Michael Pullen who has announced his candidacy for Maryland’s First Congressional District is calling for the removal of the confederate statue on the Talbot County Courthouse lawn.

The Eastern Shore Democrat said that it was time given the events in Charlottesville where a violent white nationalist rally left one dead and many others injured.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Pullen says that the Confederate statues represent men who divided the nation in the name of maintaining slavery.

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As the nation comes to grips with the violence that erupted in Charlottesville and the President's response, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill suggests it's time for reflection.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A statue of the of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African-Americans has been removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House.

The statue of Roger B. Taney was lifted away by a crane at about 2 a.m. Friday. It was lowered into a truck and driven away.

A panel voted by email Wednesday to remove the statue, which was erected in 1872.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Mourners will gather to remember one of the two Virginia state troopers who died in a helicopter crash while monitoring a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville.

A funeral for Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond. A private burial will follow.

Authorities say Bates was a passenger in a helicopter providing video to police of activities in downtown Charlottesville last Saturday before it broke off to lend support to a motorcade for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two men who identify themselves as the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson are calling for the removal of the statue of the Confederate general in Virginia's capital city.

Jack and Warren Christian say in a letter published by Slate late Wednesday that the removal of the Jackson statue and other Confederate monuments on Richmond's famed Monument Avenue will "necessarily further difficult conversations about racial justice."


Accomack County has been urged to back a sea wall and other efforts to fend off erosion on Tangier Island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that County Supervisor Paul Muhly told his colleagues they should not leave the island’s residents to fend for themselves.

Board Chair Robert Crockett who represents Tangier Island in Accomack County said that a letter has been sent and signed by him to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe congressional representatives and others about the issue.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two former volleyball coaches are suing the University of Delaware, claiming they were fired based on their age, sexual orientation and marital status.

In separate federal complaints filed Thursday, Bonnie Kenny and Cindy Gregory, who were married in 2013, also claim violations of their equal protection and due process rights.

The couple, both in their mid-50s, is suing the school, former HR director Thomas LaPenta, and athletic director Christine Rawak.

Kenny and Gregory were fired in October, but the school did not provide any details.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor says he doesn't want his state included in a new review of an oil and gas leasing program on the outer continental shelf.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe on Thursday released a letter he sent last week to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The agency is conducting a review of the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The shelf includes areas off the coast of Virginia.

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The Lower Sussex County branch of the NAACP has called for end to state funding to the Georgetown Historical Society until a Confederate monument is removed from its museum.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the organization has asked State Senator Brian Pettyjohn and state Representative Briggs King to immediately halt the $11,500 grant to the society.

The paper reports that descendants of Delaware Confederate veterans were allowed to erect the monument on the museum grounds.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Republican governor has criticized President Donald J. Trump's comments blaming "both sides" for racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hogan made the remarks Wednesday after a meeting of the Board of Public Works, of which he is a member. He says he thinks Trump "made a terrible mistake."

The Baltimore Sun reports that the governor says Maryland will continue to condemn hatred, bigotry and violence. On Tuesday, he called for the removal of a Confederate monument from the front lawn of the State House.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The former president of the Maryland Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy says she thinks Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has made a mistake by taking down Confederate monuments.

Pugh had four Confederate statues removed overnight Tuesday.

Carolyn Billups says she thinks the monuments should stay up, and that Pugh shouldn't have removed them in such secrecy.

Billups said, "I don't think it should have been done, period."

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It’s been an attraction for years on the Ocean City boardwalk.

But now the building for Dumser’s Dairyland is set to be demolished by the end of the year.

A Worcester County Circuit Court judge has ruled in favor of Ocean City despite the battle over the ownership of the land.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Judge Dale Cathell said that Nathans Associates did not have a valid claim with the expiration of the lease last year.

Nathans Associates are the heirs to the original property.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Natural Resources Police say the search for the body of a man who dove off his boat in the Chesapeake Bay will resume in the morning.

NRP tweeted saying recovery teams suspended the search around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after the boater went missing near Hart-Miller Island shortly after 6 p.m.

Baltimore County public safety officials tweeted saying their police and firefighters assisted in the search along with the U.S. Coast Guard, and that NRP will lead the investigation.

Additional details including the man's name were not released.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A woman who was critically injured when an air cannon exploded during a Delaware pumpkin-launching competition has filed a federal lawsuit against event organizers and participants, state officials and Discovery Communications.

Suzanne Dakessian claims in Wednesday's lawsuit that she was left with severe and permanent injuries because of negligence and wrongful conduct by the defendants.

The defendants include Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, which inspected the air cannon through its boiler safety program.

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At the end of the month a Delaware prescription assistance program will be coming to an end.

It helps people pay for drugs or premiums under Medicare Part D.

Jill Fredel with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services told WBOC that the program had more than 51-hundred people enrolled as of last month.

It was created in 1999 with the Tobacco Settlement Agreement when Medicare did not cover prescriptions for its beneficiaries.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered on the University of Virginia campus for a candlelight vigil against hate and violence days after Charlottesville erupted in chaos during a white nationalist rally.

Marchers Wednesday peacefully assembled in the same place where hundreds of torch-carrying white nationalists marched Friday, when several fights broke out. That was followed Saturday by clashes between rally attendees and those protesting them in the city's streets.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities have confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in a horse in Delaware since 2015.

The Office of the State Veterinarian said Tuesday that the infected horse was an 11-year-old Quarter horse mare in Kent County.

Officials say the horse started showing signs of weakness in its limbs on Aug. 6 and was euthanized days later when it was no longer able to stand.

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A petition to remove the plaque in downtown Salisbury that commemorates confederate general John Henry Winder has been presented to the Wicomico County Council.

Stefanie Sesse with Showing Up for Racial Justice told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was an example of white supremacy.

The petition had more than 300 names and was given to the council on Tuesday.

The group notes that Winder oversaw confederate prisons that committed human rights violations.

In addition, the general is not actually from Salisbury but was born around Nanticoke.

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The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that left one person dead has roiled the Republican Party with top GOP leaders denouncing remarks by President Donald Trump that shied away from placing the blame for the violence at the feet of white nationalists. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with former Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest who reflected on the rally, the President and his party.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Confederate monuments have been removed overnight in Baltimore.

Local news outlets report that workers hauled the monuments away early Wednesday, days after a white nationalist rally in Virginia turned deadly.

WBAL-TV reports that a crane removed a monument to Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson" from its pedestal around 3 a.m. and placed it on a flatbed truck 45 minutes later.

Photos taken by The Baltimore Sun shows workers taking away a monument dedicated to the Confederate Women of Maryland.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is asking for the removal of a statue of the Supreme Court justice who wrote a decision upholding slavery that sits on the front law of the state house.

Hogan said in a statement on Tuesday that he believes removing the Roger B. Taney (TAW-nee) statue from the State House grounds is the right thing to do.

The Republican governor's statement comes a day after Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, a Democrat, said the Confederate monument doesn't belong at the state house in Annapolis.

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Governor John Carney says he believes that confederate flags like the one in Georgetown misrepresent history and that they should follow South Carolina’s lead and take them down.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat’s spokesman Jonathan Starkey clarified Carney’s statement saying that it was inappropriate for public property.

But he went on to say that Delawareans have a right to display flags on their private property even if they are offensive to others.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Mourners will gather in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Wednesday to honor the woman who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally.

A memorial service for Heather Heyer is scheduled Wednesday morning at a downtown Charlottesville theater. Attendees were asked to wear purple, Heyer's favorite color, in her memory.

The 32-year-old was a Charlottesville resident and legal assistant. Heyer's mother described her daughter as a courageous, principled woman and firm believer in justice and equality.