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It was quiet for the most part but not without fatalities as officials wrapped up this year’s Delmarva Bike Week and OC BikeFest.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports there were three major accidents late last week.

Maryland State Police said that a 78-year-old man was killed on a motorcycle when it collided with a pickup truck on Route 413 in Somerset County.

There was another motorcycle accident on Route 50 east Walston Switch when two motorcyclists hit each other.

One rider died and their other was treated for serious injuries.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware is seeing an uptick in bicycle-related deaths.

Delaware State News reported Friday that five bicyclists have been killed so far this year. Three died in 2016.

The latest death involved a 76-year-old man who was struck by a pickup near Milford on Sept. 7. He was wearing a helmet and reflective equipment. The accident remains under investigation.

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Saturday’s Dewey Beach elections saw incumbent Mayor Dale Cooke returned to office and was joined by newcomers on the town commission Paul Bauer and TJ Redefer.

Redefer and Bauer received the most votes with over 400 while Cooke who has been on the commission for a number of terms and is also Mayor got 399.

The two incumbents who lost were Diane Hansen and Jill Compello.

The elections come amidst allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination by the Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has scheduled an announcement widely expected to be about his political future.

Kamenetz, a Democrat who has been weighing a run for governor, says he'll be making a special announcement in Towson on Monday.

Sean Naron, a campaign spokesman, declined to comment Sunday afternoon on the nature of the announcement.

Kamenetz has been county executive since December 2010.

The Democratic primary for governor is a crowded one for next year's election.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrat Ralph Northam has surged to a campaign fundraising edge over Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor's race in Virginia.

The latest campaign finance reports for July and August were filed late Friday.

They show that Northam went from a $1.5 million cash-on-hand disadvantage on July 1 to a $3 million edge as of Aug. 30.

Northam's campaign now has a balance of about $5.6 million, compared to $2.6 million for Gillespie's campaign.

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Del. (AP) - A Delaware county's officials are launching a new effort to ensure that first responders can meet the challenge of preventing fatal drug overdoses.

New Castle County officials were to gather with public safety officials, volunteer firefighters, addiction treatment advocates and others to announce a collaborative effort to equip New Castle County firefighters with an antidote that can save drug users from fatal opioid overdoses.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is scheduled to announce some policy proposals to fight the heroin and opioid crisis in the state.

Herring will outline new programs and initiatives on Monday at the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Virginia Beach.

His office says the proposals will be incorporated into a multifaceted approach that includes enforcement, education and prevention.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Residents in Falls Church, Virginia, have voted for new names at a high school now named after a Confederate military leader.

Residents voted Saturday on options to rename J.E.B. Stuart High School.

In July, the Fairfax County School Board voted to rename the school after a contentious debate over the issue.

There were about 70 names on the ballot. Andy Anderson was a star football player who graduated in 2001. He became an Army corporal and was killed by mortar fire in Iraq in 2006. His name received 164 votes.

Softball for the Ages

Sep 15, 2017
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They may not be the boys of summer, but baseball is ever a gleam in the eyes of these 60 and 70 year olds as they sweat it out under the sun in the International Senior Softball Association Tournament in Salisbury.

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Getting help from others is a good thing writes Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill. Because, he adds, it breaks the damage of loneliness.

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There’s not enough evidence to fire or suspend Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

That’s the conclusion from the lawyer hired by the resort to investigate complaints against the city official.

Attorney Max Walton told the town officials that some of the most serious complaints occurred three to four years ago.

The Salisbury Daily Times reported that he said that his interview found those who filed complaints had either inflated the incidents or were inspired by their resentment of Appelbaum’s perceived interference with their responsibilities.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware has a new law that allows people with post-traumatic stress disorder to more easily gain access to medical marijuana.

WDEL in Wilmington reported Thursday that Gov. John Carney signed into law the Bravery Bill. It allows PTSD patients to receive a medical marijuana card from any properly licensed physician. Previously, PTSD patients could only get approval for medical marijuana from a licensed psychiatrist.

Carney and other lawmakers noted the prevalence of PTSD among veterans in particular and the relief that marijuana could bring.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The number of babies who've been exposed to drugs and alcohol is growing in Delaware.

WDEL in Wilmington reported Thursday that the state reported 431 cases last year. That's an increase of more than 100 babies who were exposed to a harmful substance during pregnancy.

To fight the problem, Delaware's Division of Public Health has come up with materials for OB/GYN's on how to screen pregnant women for addiction. The materials also connect the women to treatment and educate them about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia is donating to a medical fund for people injured during last month's white nationalist rallies, in a rebuke of a donation the Ku Klux Klan pledged to the university nearly a century ago.

Local media report UVA President Teresa Sullivan says the donation of $12,500 is roughly equal in today's dollars to the $1,000 the KKK pledged in 1921.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Richmond say they will restrict certain weapons and shut down some streets during a weekend demonstration over the city's Confederate monuments.

Mayor Levar Stoney and Police Chief Alfred Durham held a news conference Thursday about the city's preparation for the Saturday event.

A Tennessee-based Confederate heritage group is helping organize a rally near Richmond's massive monument of General Robert E. Lee. Counter-demonstrations are expected, although Durham says police don't know exactly who is coming.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia fund for victims of crime reported paying $5.2 million during the last fiscal year.

The new report sent to the governor and lawmakers shows the Virginia Victims Fund's biggest expense was for funeral expenses, which are capped at $5,000 each per victim.

The fund also reported a 15 percent increase over the previous year in claims to pay for forensic evidence collection for victims of sexual assaults.

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WHALEYVILLE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland bar and grill advertising a "Midget Paintball Manhunt" event has sparked controversy.

The Daily Times reports the Oasis Bar 'N' Grill in Whaleyville added the event to its Thursday lineup for bike week. The event is not officially associated with Delmarva Bike Week or OC BikeFest, which began Thursday in Ocean City.

The event has drawn the ire of organizations such as the Little People of America's District 3 Ches-Del-Bays chapter, and an online petition has garnered 486 signatures as of Tuesday.

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The Indian River School District said it is moving ahead with plans to hand the school bus driver shortage.

WBOC reports that Superintendent Mark Steele said the district has been using spare buses to cover four of the district’s routes because one of their contractors lost six its drivers.

The loss affected 240 students.

The television station reported that three of the routes are in Georgetown while the other is in East Millsboro.

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It’s now unlawful to smoke or vape in public parks and other publicly own spaces in Salisbury.

WBOC reports that City Council voted this week to bar smoking or vaping within 25 feet of such property.

The television station reports that other places that are off-limits range from the Riverwalk and Salisbury Marina to the Salisbury Zoo and the Government Office Building.

Mayor Jake Day says the new ban is to protect the public health.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Health officials are urging all Virginia residents six months and older to get an annual flu vaccine.

Flu season is quickly approaching. The Virginia Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday that it normally begins in early October and ends in late May, usually peaking in January.

The department says it's especially important for health care workers to get a flu shot.

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A Cape Henlopen school bus crash has left 26-year-old Milton man in critical condition.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Coastal Highway and Reynolds Road.

Police say the man was driving north on Route 1 in a Chrysler Sebring.

A 73-year-old Milford man driving a Blue Bird school bus was waiting to turn onto Route 1 when after some maneuvering the Chrysler entered the crossover and struck the bus on the right side.

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Dewey Beach officials may decide the fate of Town Manager Marc Appelbaum this Friday.

The town council is set to consider what to do in the face of a number of calls for his dismissal or suspension.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he has been accused of sexual harassment, racial discrimination along with misuse of his office for personal purposes as well as interfering with the police.

The meeting also comes with a municipal election that is slated for Saturday.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland measure that would empower the state's attorney general to take action to stop pharmaceutical price gouging is scheduled for a hearing in federal court.

A motions hearing is set for U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Thursday.

A group representing manufacturers of generic prescription drugs has filed a lawsuit against the state. The Association for Accessible Medicines says the law, which takes effect Oct. 1, is an "unconstitutional overreach." They say it will create instability in the market for generic drugs.

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Overdose deaths from opioids have not skipped the Virginia Eastern Shore.

Thirty people have died from drug overdoses between 2012 and 2016 according to the Eastern Shore Health District.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the youngest was in their upper 20’s while the oldest was in their 60’s.

The paper reports that most were in their 40’s and 50’s.

And there have been law enforcement efforts to crackdown on the illegal drug trade.

An undercover narcotic effort called Operation Firecracker has carried out by the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that advocates for stricter gun laws says it will pump at least $1 million into state races in Virginia.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund is donating $450,000 to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam. It also plans to spend another $250,000 on campaign mailers to support him.

The group is also giving $300,000 to Attorney General Mark Herring for his re-election bid. The Democrat is facing attacks ads from the National Rifle Association.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The largest earthquake to strike parts of Virginia and West Virginia in nearly 50 years appears to have left little to no damage.

The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that the quake shook parts of the New River Valley shortly after 1:30 p.m. No damage was immediately reported.  

A Virginia Tech seismograph showed the epicenter just over the state line in West Virginia. The magnitude was between 3.7 and 4.0.

Martin Chapman, the director of the Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory, said the quake is the area's largest since 1968.

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NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A regulatory commission that oversees water quality in the Delaware River and its tributaries has taken an initial step to permanently ban natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

The five-member Delaware River Basin Commission on Wednesday approved a measure to begin the lengthy process of enacting a formal ban on drilling and fracking, the technique that's spurred a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The words "Racist Anthem" have been painted on a monument to the man who wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner."

The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the words were written at the base of the Francis Scott Key monument in the city's downtown.

Besides the black lettering, it appeared to be splashed with red and black paint.

Police are investigating. But they have no suspects.

Key penned what is now the national anthem when he was being held captive by the British during the War of 1812.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A group of people has covered up a statue of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the shrouding occurred Tuesday night on the campus of the University of Virginia. The group of about 100 people included students, faculty and community members.

The protesters gathered at the Rotunda, the same place that drew chanting white nationalists with tiki torches one month ago.   

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U.S. News and World Report has put Salisbury University on its list of the Best Colleges for 2018.

There are 620 universities in the Best Regional Universities category which is divided geographically into North, South, Midwest and West.

The criteria ranges from academic reputation and graduation rates to financial resources and student selectivity.

Dr. Karen Olmstead, the university’s interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, noted that for the last two decades SU has been named one of the top regional universities by the publication.

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