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Don Rush

He was known as Daddy Art.

And he captained the Skipjack “The City of Crisfield”.

This week Art Daniels died at home at the age of 95.

His grandson Lee Daniels told the Salisbury Daily Times that his grandfather had a good run.

He often won the annual Deal Island Skipjack Race.

Photographer Jay Fleming told the newspaper that Daniels helped inspire his book “Working the Water” which features watermen of the Chesapeake Bay.

The “City of Crisfield” has been undergoing restoration which is expected to coast at least $200-thousand.

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Starting today the population of Dover is expected to double with the opening of the Firefly Music Festival.

Some estimate that at least 90-thousand people are expected to attend.

Officials warn that traffic is expected to be tough with 70 percent coming from north of Dover.

If traffic becomes too congested on Route 13 officials say they may shutdown Exit 104 forcing drivers to Exit 95 to bring them up from the south.

Recreational vehicles have already begun to arrive for the four day event.

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It’s that time of the year again.

Thousands will flock this weekend to the Ocean City for its annual air show that will feature the Stealth Bomber.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Steve Plotkin has this preview.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge in Maryland has ruled against a man who tried to claim a $2.8 million top prize in the world's largest billfish tournament.

Wednesday's ruling came in a lawsuit pitting the White Marlin Open tournament in Ocean City against Phil Heasley of Naples, Florida.

Heasley was crowned last year's tournament winner after catching a 76.5 pound marlin, but he and his crew were disqualified after failing to pass required polygraph tests.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware is seeking a rate increase of 33.6 percent for covering individuals under the Affordable Care Act.

State insurance regulators said Wednesday that the requested rate increase assumes that current cost-sharing subsidies and a federal mandate requiring people to have health insurance will not be in place next year.

Highmark's rate request comes after Aetna, which covers almost 12,000 Delawareans under the ACA, announced last month that it is pulling out of Delaware health insurance exchange.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists say this year's summer "dead zone" in the Chesapeake Bay will be larger than average.

"Dead zone" refers areas of low or no oxygen that can kill fish and aquatic life.

Scientists with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey gave a forecast on the dead zone on Wednesday.

They say this year's dead zone could be about 1.89 cubic miles, or nearly the volume of 3.2 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican Corey Stewart says he may run for U.S. Senate next year after his surprisingly strong showing in the GOP primary for governor.

The former state campaign chairman for President Donald Trump said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press that his near-victory over former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie showed there's strong interest in his brand of confrontational politics.

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The legendary Skipjack captain Art Daniels died yesterday at his home at the age of 95.

Lee Daniels told the Salisbury Daily Times that his grandfather had “a really good run.”

He was a frequent winner of the annual Skipjack Races at Deal Island.

And up until a few years ago he was active even attending the captain’s dinner for the races each year.

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The Sussex County Council has given its blessing to a proposed $143 million budget for the next fiscal year starting July 1st.

The spending plan does not include any increase in the property tax but does provide new dollars from the cash reserves to pay for critical services and infrastructure.

The budget also provides money for additional Delaware State Troopers in Sussex County.

There’s also $8 million for a pilot project to start major upgrade at the wastewater treatment facilities that will double their capacity.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Local leaders have advised residents the Ku Klux Klan have planned a rally to protest a Virginia city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
 
The Daily Progress reports Charlottesville officials told residents at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church on Monday about the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights' rally scheduled for July 8 at Justice Park, renamed from Jackson Park after a city council vote in early June.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Ralph Northam has won the Democratic nomination in Virginia's closely watched race for governor, defeating an insurgent challenger backed by U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Northam beat former congressman Tom Perriello, with most polls reporting Tuesday.

The lieutenant governor secured victory thanks in part to his longer time on the campaign trail and fundraising advantage. Northam had the support of the state Democratic Party's core constituencies, including teachers groups and African-American political and religious leaders.

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The City of Salisbury is being sued by the volunteer firefighter company that left Fire Department Station 1 earlier this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they are seeking the return of equipment and other items they said they bought as well as nearly $500-thousand in damages.

The suit also charges that the Fire Chief acted with malice and ill will toward the fire company.  

Mayor Jake Day says the city is meeting with the firefighters and has list of what it will return and what it will not.

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It was a no-go against last night at the Wallops Flight Facility.

The launch of the sounding rocket was called off in the final minutes of the count down.

It is the 7th time that the mission has been scrubbed.

The mission would take about eight minutes sending up red and blue-green tracer clouds over a hundred miles above the earth’s surface.

Scientists need clear weather so they can track the vapors to study the motion of particles in space.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A nonprofit group dedicated to restoring oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay says a shell recycling program is growing.

The Oyster Recovery Partnership said Tuesday the program has grown by 28 restaurant members over the past six months.

The new restaurant members are in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Natural oyster shell is important to a healthy oyster population. That's because it is the preferred material for oyster larvae to attach and grow.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democrats are proposing a new personal income tax bracket starting at $150,000 while Republicans are calling for broad fiscal reform as Delaware lawmakers continue struggling to fashion a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Frustration remained evident among Republican and Democratic legislative leaders Tuesday as the July 1 start of the fiscal year looms closer with no budget agreement in sight.

Republicans say Democrats don't appear to be serious about cutting state spending.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers are taking a first look at a bill that would allow school districts in Delaware to raise taxes without the approval of local residents.

The bill to be considered in committee on Wednesday allows local school boards, starting in tax year 2018, to increase the rate or amount of a tax originally authorized in an election without going back to voters.

The increase would be limited to the higher of a rate equal to the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index, or a rate of 3 percent every two years without a further election or referendum.

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A vote on legislation that would have gradually increased to minimum wage to over 10 an hour was delayed yesterday in the Delaware General Assembly.

The measure would raise the minimum wage by 50 cents a year until it reaches $10.25 an hour.

After 2020 the increase would be based on the cost of living increase under the federal Social Security Act.

Supporters of the increase say it would help low-income families while opponents say it would hurt businesses.

Governor John Carney supports the increase.

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Virginia voters have begun casting their votes in the state's closely watched primary contests for governor that could be an early referendum on President Donald Trump.

Polls in Tuesday's primary races are open until 7 p.m.

The Democratic primary contest has been a hard fought battle between Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the state party establishment's favorite, and insurgent candidate Tom Perriello. Both candidates have pledged fierce opposition to Trump and his policies.

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A silent vigil was held last night at the Salisbury City Park for Brooke Mulford who lost her battle with cancer.

She was only 12 years old.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that those gathered at the park held hands and sang “Amazing Grace”.

The gathering was quickly organized after being urged by Mayor Jake Day who is on military duty.

There were no speakers but rather many sat in silence in support of the Brooke family.

Rob Mulford simply thanked them and said they should remember to enjoy the little things in life.

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The Sounding Rocket launch at Wallops Flight Facility has been canceled yet again due to cloud cover.

It was the sixth attempt and another is scheduled for this evening after 9 p.m.

The mission requires clear skies so that scientists can track the red and blue-green vapors that will be released over a 100 miles above the earth.

Scientists will use the vapers to track the motion of particles in space.

When dispersed they will be visible in the mid-Atlantic region from New York to North Carolina.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - As Delaware lawmakers try to hammer out a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, much of the work is still being done in secret.

Republican and Democrat leaders of the House and Senate continue to negotiate behind closed doors after the Democratic House speaker and Senate president directed the budget-writing committee to halt its work last month amid public outcry about cuts the panel had approved.

Meanwhile, the budget committee and legislature's controller general are refusing to release documents outlining further potential cuts.

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Wicomico County will resume – what’s known as – tax sales.

That is property sold by the county to bidders who promise to pay the tax and sometimes more.

County Executive Bob Culver cancelled last year’s sales trying to recoup the back taxes by other means including payment plans.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this year Wicomico County put out the required ads in the Daily Record which has a greater focus on legal, business and government affairs.       

They have a much smaller circulation in Wicomico County than the local papers.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on a bill expanding the hours for Sunday alcohol sales.

Under current law, the sale of alcohol for off-premises consumption is limited to the hours from noon until 8 p.m.

The legislation being voted on Tuesday moves up the opening time from noon to 10 a.m.

House lawmakers also are scheduled to vote on another bill creating a new type of liquor license for outdoor beer gardens.

The bill sets the biennial fee for a beer garden license at $2,000.

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The staff of the Delaware Auditor’s office gave its assessment of financial irregularities to the Sussex Technical School District.

WBOC reports that these included a Sussex County businessman selling a piece of property to the district for twice what he paid for it two weeks earlier.

In addition, the auditors the businessman then got millions of dollars for construction management without state bidding and purchasing requirements.

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Longtime men’s soccer coach at the Salisbury University Dr. Gerry DiBartolo has just been named the school’s athletics director.

He has held that position on an interim basis over the last two years.

University President Janet Dudely-Eshabach noted that DiBartolo is the 17th winningest coach in Division III history.

While the interim athletics director DiBartolo oversaw the opening of the Sea Gull Stadium.

He began his coaching career as an assistant men’s soccer coach in 1979.

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There’s been another delay for the Sounding Rocket launch from Wallops Flight Facility.

It’s now scheduled for liftoff in the 9 o'clock hour this evening.

This will be the fifth attempt with the scrubbing of the mission on Sunday morning.

The takeoff should be visible in the mid-Atlantic region from New York to North Carolina.

The rocket will disperse red and blue-green clouds that to heights of over a 100 miles above the earth to track the motion of particles in space.        

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WASHINGTON (AP) - It's been 50 years since the Supreme Court threw out laws that prohibited interracial marriage in the United States.

But some interracial couples say they still face discrimination and distrust in America from strangers and sometimes their own families.

Interracial marriages became legal nationwide on June 12, 1967, after the Supreme Court threw out a Virginia law used to arrest Mildred and Richard Loving. The Supreme Court's unanimous decision struck down the Virginia law and similar statutes in roughly one-third of the states.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City officials want to be clear: women can't go topless on the Maryland beach.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that Ocean City's Town Council unanimously passed an ordinance in an emergency session Saturday to make that point.

The newly refined ordinance says "there is no constitutional right for an individual to appear in public nude or in a state of nudity."

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A letter is being circulated in Rehoboth Beach demanding answers to complaints about a law that caps the amount the city can pull in from real estate taxes.

The letter charges that the resort a million dollars more than the $3 million cap allows.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that a $4 million figure relies on a broad definition of real estate taxes.

The paper reports that the letter so far has 13 signatures but supporters say it has been sent to all the members of the state legislature.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is poised to vote on legislation increasing Delaware's current $8.25 minimum wage by $2 over four years.

Tuesday's scheduled vote comes after a similar measure stalled in the General Assembly last year.

The bill would increase the minimum wage in four 50-cent increments, starting Oct. 1, to $10.25 an hour in October 2020.

After 2020, the minimum wage would increase by a percentage equal to the cost-of-living adjustment under the federal Social Security Act.

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