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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.

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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.