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Brian MacIvor with the Ward Museum was killed after falling from a ladder at the facility on Saturday.  

A statement from executive director Lora Bottinelli said that the maintenance assistant was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he had worked at the museum for the last seven years.

Bottinelli said that MacIvor was popular with colleagues and volunteers and was always ready with a smile and a sense of humor.

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health says it is investigating his death

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's police commissioner has taken exception to questions from the U.S. Department of Justice that appear to link participation in a crime-fighting program to immigration policies.

In a letter dated Monday, Kevin Davis says he received a letter on Aug. 2 from the Justice Department saying Baltimore meets the requirements for a federal training and technology assistance program to address violent crime.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Two top aides to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan have signed off on a state official's participation in President Donald Trump's panel investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Baltimore Sun reports emails provided by government watchdog group Common Cause Maryland show both Maryland Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith and former Hogan chief of staff Sam Malhotra approved Maryland Deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda's involvement in the Trump administration's presidential election probe.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is signing legislation forming a new state panel to help tackle Delaware's opioid addiction problem.

The legislation being signed Wednesday, which passed the House and Senate unanimously earlier this year, creates the Addiction Action Committee.

The 17-member committee is charged with developing and monitoring a coordinated and comprehensive approach to Delaware's addiction problem, including prevention and treatment. Its first report is due June 1, 2018.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office says a city council violated an open meetings law when members planned to publicly condemn another council member.

The News Journal reports Wilmington City Councilman Samuel L. Guy filed a petition after his colleagues released a public agenda April 5 for a meeting the following day. Deputy Attorney General Michelle E. Whalen says the council violated the Freedom of Information Act, which requires public bodies to give notice of meetings at least seven days in advance.

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The violence struck by white nationalists in Charlottesville over the weekend has produced a reaction that now sees a number of political figures considering the removal of confederate statues. In Charolottesville, it was one of Robert E. Lee in the now renamed Emancipation Park. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Charlotte King, chair of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice about her reaction to the violence and the changes now taking place in American society.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's speaker of the House is calling for the removal of a Confederate statue of the Supreme Court justice who wrote a decision upholding slavery that sits on the front law of the statehouse.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Michael E. Busch said Monday the monument to former Chief Justice Roger B. Taney (TAW nee) "doesn't belong" at the State House in Annapolis.

Taney, a Maryland native, wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to black people.


BALTIMORE (AP) - The mayor of Baltimore says she has contacted two contractors about removing the city's Confederate monuments.

Mayor Catherine Pugh told the Baltimore Sun on Monday that she intends to "move forward with the removal of the statues."

Pugh said she wants the statues to be placed in Confederate cemeteries elsewhere in Maryland.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Student leaders at dozens of U.S. universities are decrying the weekend violence in Virginia in a statement that says campuses should be safe for students, not "places of violence, hate and racism."

The statement signed by the undergraduate student body president at Ohio State University and his counterparts at more than 120 schools in 34 states and Washington, D.C., stretching from California to Florida and New Jersey.

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There was a late night shooting in Salisbury.

Police say a man was apparently gunned down in the middle of the street on Gettysburg Avenue.

WBOC reports that the Maryland State Police have taken over the investigation with an assist from the Salisbury police.

The television station says this is the 7th homicide in the city this summer.

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Complaints have been dropped against a town manager in Delaware that alleged the official engaged in crude behavior and misuse of his office.

Dewey Beach Mayor Dale Cooke told The Wilmington News Journal on Monday that a lawyer for several people who filed complaints against town manager Marc Appelbaum has dropped the complaints.

Cooke says the town will proceed with its investigation.

The paper reports that Cooke says attorney Richard Cross and his clients say they want to give the resort a chance to complete its investigation.


REHBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach commissioners have approved four bid awards to three contractors for construction of the city's ocean outfall wastewater project.

Construction is expected to begin this fall on the controversial outfall project, in which treated wastewater would be dumped into the Atlantic Ocean about a mile from Rehoboth's popular tourist beach.

Commissioners voted Monday to award bids totaling more than $37 million, with the ocean outfall bid awarded to Manson Construction of Seattle for $27.6 million.

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In Charlottesville, Virginia the the white nationalist violence against counter protesters has produced a number of denunciations by elected leaders.

Representative Andy Harris (R-Md) issued a brief statement on his Facebook page condemning such groups.

"I strongly condemn the hatred and racism of white supremacists in Charlottesville. They have no place in a great nation like America. That's what my parents fled from when they came to this country."

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It’s Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week when qualifying apparel and footwear that cost $100 or less can be purchased without paying the 6 percent sale tax.

Accessories items are not included.

But the first $40 towards a book bag or backpack is discounted.

The tax free week is aimed at giving parents a break as they prepare their children for going back to school in the fall.

The tax free week ends on Saturday.

Comptroller Peter Franchot will be stopping by Salisbury to give the program a boost.

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Shawn Bradley has become the first Republican to enter the race for Clerk of the Court in Wicomico County.

Bradley has had 20 years of experience in business and is president of the local Republican Club.

He would be replacing the outgoing Mark Bowen who will be leaving the office after the November elections next year.

Bradley had not but praise for Bowen who he described as a consummate profession.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - An Ohio man accused of plowing his car into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia is set to make his first court appearance.

Col. Martin Kumer, superintendent at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, says 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. has a bond hearing Monday morning.

Fields is charged with second-degree murder and other counts after authorities say he drove into the crowd, fatally injuring one woman and hurting 19 others.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - The longtime mayor of a popular Delaware beach town has been ousted after more than 25 years in office.

Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper, who first took office in 1990, was defeated in municipal elections Saturday by Paul Kuhns, who currently serves as one of six city commissioners.

Kuhns garnered 761 votes, while Cooper got 543 votes.

In other results, incumbent Kathy McGuiness and newcomer Lisa Schlosser were elected commissioners.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man appears to be the winner of the 44th annual White Marlin Open tournament in Ocean City.

Glen Frost, of Stevensville landed a white marlin weighing 95.5 pounds on Friday, a catch worth more than $1.6 million.

Mike Donohue of Wilmington, Delaware, landed an 86-pound marlin to claim more than $1.5 million.

Joe Andrews of Ocean City was third on the leaderboard with a 79.5-pound white marlin.

The awards ceremony was held Saturday afternoon.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland attorney has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a county school board's approval of a policy allowing students to choose which bathroom to use based on the gender with which they identify.

The lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of a 15-year-old girl attending Frederick County High School and her mother.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland appeals court has overturned the conviction of a woman sentenced to life in prison for hiring a man to kill her husband at the family's gas station.

The court ruled Monday that Karla Porter deserves a new trial because she was entitled to a jury instruction on "imperfect self-defense" when she presented evidence that Ray Porter had abused her during their 24-year marriage, that his abuse escalated in the weeks before his killing in 2010.

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Maryland State Police say there has been a murder suicide in Wicomico County over the weekend that has left one man dead and another in critical condition.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police say on Saturday 25 year-old Evan Gottlieb of Berlin was found dead in his victim’s stolen pickup truck of a self-inflicted wound.

65 year-old Blair Ranneberger suffered from gunshot wounds and was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where reported to be in critical condition.


Beginning Sunday, it’s Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week.

Shoppers can purchase everything from clothing to footwear costing a hundred dollars or less and won’t have to pay the 6 percent state sales tax.

For the first time this year the first $40 for a backpack purchase will be tax free.

On line purchases will also fall under the program if the items are purchased and delivered during tax free week.  

The program runs from Sunday August 13th to the following the Saturday August 19th.

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As we head into the final day of the White Marlin Open in Ocean City Chris Cusick brought in a white marlin weighing 72.5 pounds that put him in third place.

WBOC reports that Mike Donohue is still in first play with an 86-pounder.

That puts him in contention to win $2.6 million in prize money.

Meanwhile, Joe Sandler from Florida is in first place in the tuna category with a 68.5 pounder.            

Categories still open are for the blue marlin, shark and dolphin.

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Former Mayor Jim Ireton who now occupies a seat on the Salisbury City Council has decided to make a run for clerk of the court in Wicomico County.

During his announcement on the steps of the Government Office Building he said his decision was about public service.

Ireton sited his administrative experience as mayor overseeing a city government of 400 people with a budget of more than $50 million.

The clerk position is locally elected and oversees civil, criminal and juvenile responsibilities.

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A group of civic organizations is urging a Delaware state taskforce to speed up its decision on which new voting machines will be used in the future.

The coalition including the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state legislature has provided $15 to $20 million in funding for the new equipment in next year’s budget.

The First State began using voting machines in the mid- 1990’s and are among the oldest in the country.

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An Irish student has died after suffering cardiac arrest while swimming off Ocean City on August 2nd.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Irish Times says 22-year-old Philip Leahy died on August 6th.

Atlantic General Hospital confirmed his death but did not provide any more details.

The paper reports that Ocean City officials say that Leahy was one of four swimmers who needed to be rescued by lifeguards.

The Beach Patrol applied CPR on Leahy who was then taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he died four day later.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The organizer of a weekend rally that's expected to draw hundreds of "alt-right" activists and white nationalists is suing a Virginia city over its decision to relocate the event.

Attorneys for right-wing blogger Jason Kessler filed the federal lawsuit Thursday against Charlottesville.

The city says Kessler's Saturday event can't take place in its downtown Emancipation Park. Citing safety considerations, they ordered it moved to a park about a mile away.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of people in Richmond have packed a contentious community meeting to weigh in on what should be done with the city's Confederate monuments.

Local media report more than 500 people gathered Wednesday night at the Virginia Historical Society and more were turned away due to space restrictions. The meeting was the first of two public comment sessions that have been scheduled as a commission studies adding context to the statues or building new ones.

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - County officials in Maryland have settled a civil rights violation claim with the family of a man who died after being shot by a Taser during a 2013 arrest.

Montgomery County's chief of litigation told The Baltimore Sun Thursday that the settlement Anthony Howard Sr.'s family was made without any admission of liability.

The Gaithersburg man was high on cocaine and behaving erratically when he encountered police in April 2013.


There has been a suspension of 9 employees at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center

The incident occurred last week but the Wilmington News Journal reports that the Department of Correction is giving up any further details only that it is being investigated.

Last month an inmate at the prison was found guilty of assaulting a correctional officer and received an additional two years behind bars.