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Students at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore held a training session this weekend on how to administer Narcan to reverse a drug overdose.

The training was carried out by the university’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

It was the first of these sessions by the school to deal with the rising opioid addiction rate in the country.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were 69 participants -- a high turnout that surprised many at the session.

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Police have arrested a 19 year-old Baltimore woman after a Trump political billboard in Princess Anne was set on fire.

Police say that D’Asia Perry was taken into custody on the campus the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The motive, authorities said, was over “political differences”.

The Salisbury Daily Time reports it is not clear if she attended UMES.

The paper reports that she has been charged with arson and the commission of a hate crime and has been released on a $20-thousand bond.

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Senator Chris Van Hollen paid tribute to former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman at a ceremony on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Maryland Democrat told the historically black college that it was important to mark the incredible story.

He said hoped legislation in Washington will soon allow a statue of Tubman in the nation’s capital.

President Obama slated her image to replace that of President Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A trial to determine the best way to cure inequality among Maryland's colleges and universities is slated to begin in federal court in Baltimore.

The decade-old case involves a coalition representing the state's four historically black colleges that says the state has underfunded the institutions while developing programs at traditionally white schools that directly compete with and drain prospective students away from the African American schools.

The trial, beginning Monday, will determine a remedy.

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More than 30 students who enrolled in a now defunct Physician Assistant program have hammered out a deal with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

A year ago the program was shut down after it lost its accreditation leaving the students high and dry.

The students then asked UMES and the University system to provide funding for the costs of students who wanted to transfer to programs with were more expensive.

In addition, the students asked for a total of $1.5 million to compensate them for lost pay caused by the delay in transferring to another program.    


R. Hardy Rudasill has been appointed to serve out the rest of the term on the Salisbury City Council that had been left vacant by the departure of Laura Mitchell at the end of last month.

The vote was 4 to 0 yesterday.

The 38 year-old attorney and compliance officer for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore said he applied because his friends and neighbors believed he would be a good fit.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he is a native of Prince George’s County and graduated from UMES in 2006.

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Michael Vick was on the Eastern Shore yesterday to promote his summer football camp.

He made an appearance at Washington High School in Princess Anne and Wicomico High School in Salisbury.

The camp will be held at South Dorchester High School in Cambridge.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his theme for the students yesterday was that of second chances.

Vick was convicted of dog fighting in 2007.

The camp was originally expected to be held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore due to timing issues.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore could be pulling the honorary degree given to actor Bill Cosby.

University President Juliette Bell issued a statement saying that was an option.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a number of universities and colleges have taken back their honorary awards in the wake of the claims by around 60 women who claim they were raped by the 76-year old entertainer over the years.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Attorney General's Office says it is investigating possible misuse of student ID cards at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

David Nitkin, a spokesman for the AG's office, says officials are looking into reports of fake money being added to student ID cards at UMES, then being redeemed for real cash.

It's unclear how many people or how much money might be involved.


Settlement talks are scheduled in a lawsuit filed by a former white university cabinet member against the historically black University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that an agreement has been reached over discovery evidence as a precursor to the settlement discussions between the university and Ronald Nykiel.

The settlement discussions followed the judge’s denial of a motion by the university to dismiss the case.

The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney’s fees and the costs of the legal action.

The number of first time freshman and transfer students at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is already nearly 12-hundred.

And that is expected to spike with more students arriving to register for classes.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that total undergraduate and graduate enroll is expected to top 35-hundred this year.

UMES President Julliette Bell was out among the students yesterday as they swarmed across the campus getting their bearings.


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26-year old Maximino Melendez has been detained by the security at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on August 20th for a bomb threat against a campus construction site in July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that UMES police found out Melendez worked on the construction site as a laborer.

He was provided by the Salisbury office of Labor Ready a temporary employment agency.

On July 6th a bomb threat was called in to the Somerset County emergency services claiming there was an explosive device near or on the UMES campus.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has been hit with a discrimination lawsuit by Ronald Nykiel.

He charges that as a former member of the UMES administrative cabinet under President Juliette Bell was treated differently because he was white.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that UMES officials confirmed there was a lawsuit and said that there were working on it with the university attorneys.

The suit was filed in Baltimore last week.

The paper said also attempts to contact Nykiel were unsuccessful.

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A bomb threat has forced the evacuation of the campus of the University of the Maryland Eastern Shore this morning.

The UMES Campus Police Chief says he learned about the threat at around 10 a.m.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it was aimed at a building now under construction.

There were more than 150 on the work crew at the time.

No students were on campus today but some of the faculty members and researchers were present.

Traffic around the school on College Backbone Road, John Wilson Drive and UMES Boulevard has been diverted.

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Route 13 in Princess Anne found students blocking traffic yesterday to protest the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who died after suffering a severe spinal injury while in police custody.

According to the University the demonstration consisted of 75 to 100 students and began at the school before making its way to Route 13.

Traffic was halted for around 10 minutes before 20 to 30 officers arrived on the scene.

The university said that many of the students came from the Baltimore area.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - A funeral is planned next weekend for a Maryland father and his seven children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning at their home.

The funeral for Rodney Todd and his children will be held April 18 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. A viewing is set to begin at 10 a.m. and funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. at the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts. 

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The Maryland Board of Public Works will once again take up additional funding requests. 

And, among them, is money for the new Salisbury University Commons and a new facility at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. 

But, this year, it is a very different kind of Board with the arrival of the new Republican Governor Larry Hogan. 

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Capital News Service reporter Brian Marron about the chances that some of the delayed requests get funded and how the panel has changed this year.

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There were more disturbances at the Centre at Salisbury mall over the weekend.

Two females began fighting around 8 p.m. on Saturday that drew some spectators.

It was quickly dealt with by the Salisbury Police Department and the mall security.

No injuries or arrests were reported.

There was a second incident about an hour and a half later that involved a bus from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Too many people tried to ride the bus back to campus and caused some to become upset.


Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is returning to the state he once presided over as Lt. Governor.

He will be delivering the Commencement Speech tomorrow at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Steele was the first African American to be elected statewide in Maryland and subsequently made a failed senate bid.

During his time in the administration of Governor Bob Ehrlich he worked to reform the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program and championed charter schools in the state.

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A small group of protesters gathered on the campus the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to protest in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who killed an African American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

The rally was organized by the local chapter of the NAACP on the UMES campus.

Some carried signs readying “Hands up Don’t Shoot #Mike Brown” while another asked “Why Is He Dead.”

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Protests of the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri, are expected to continue this week with the NAACP chapter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore planning a rally.

The Daily Times reports the university's NAACP rally is inviting supporters to gather Tuesday in the courtyard at the Student Services Center of the Princess Anne campus.

According to the group's Facebook page, the event starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The group is also urging participants to wear black clothing.

The University of Maryland has installed metal detectors at entrances to the Student Services Center in response to concerns over social media chatter.

A message form the UMES police issued last night said that they were taking a proactive step to “dialogue detected on a social media site popular with college students. “

In addition, the university said students would be subject to questioning by campus authorities should the detectors be triggered.

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UMES Campus Queen Porsha Harvey has stepped down after being charged with disruptive behavior involving a campus police officer and a separate incident involving a citation for marijuana possession.

Harvey quit telling university officials that recent incidents had devalued her role as a student leader.

Her attorney would not discuss the charges when contacted by the Salisbury Daily Times and said his client would not be discussing the case in the public media.

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December 2nd is the new deadline for private venders submitting bids to take over the dining services at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

It had been November 18th.

University spokesman Bill Robinson told the Salisbury Daily Times that it could take several week to decide whether to hire a private company.

There are an estimated 70-full and part-time jobs that will be affected by any move to outsource dining services at the University.

UMES officials say they will require any contractor to let the current personnel to apply for a job.

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Small group with green signs reading “No Layoffs” held a rally on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore yesterday with petitions bearing the names of students and staff.

They were protesting an outsourcing proposal that could lead to the layoff of 70 to 80 full and part-time food services worker on the campus after an audit found deficiencies in the current system.

University spokesman Bill Robinson says that if the jobs are contracted out the current employees would be able to apply for the new positions.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is looking at outsourcing its food service operations which could affect up to 80 employees at the school.

The university has issued request for the cost saving measure with a decision expected to be made for the next fiscal year starting in July.

University spokesman William Robinson told the Salisbury Daily Times that a contract clause would require that the current employee be able to apply for the jobs.

A natural gas pipeline from Salisbury to the South Pocomoke River serving such big customers like University of Maryland Eastern Shore got a step closer this week.

The Somerset County commissioners signed a franchise agreement with Somerset Utilities.

During this week’s meeting County Administrator Doug Taylor called the decision “a very important development in growth for the region.”

There will be no Division 1 football team at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

UMES President Juliette Bell accepted the recommendation from a taskforce she named to look into the possibility.

The taskforce found that it was too costly and there was not the personnel to move forward with such a program.

However, the report adds, that the issue could be taken up again in the next five years.


The mood was somber, the students quiet.

Yesterday, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore held a morning vigil for the deaths of two of their own.

21-year old Edmond St. Clair was stabbed to death in a Saturday night altercation.

Known as Trini, one student said, he was known as a happy-go-lucky person who always had a smile.

Meanwhile, a former student 26-year old Dickson Muiruri died of an apparent self-inflict gunshot wound.

Classes were cancelled yesterday for a day of reflection.

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All classes at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore have been cancelled today.

It’s being called a “A Day of Reflection” in the wake of the stabbing death of Edmond St. Clair last Saturday night – the first murder on the campus in 35 years.

In addition, another tragedy has struck the campus with the apparent suicide of former student Dickson  Muiruri, who was also a Marine veteran. 

UMES President Dr. Juliette Bell described the campus as shocked, pain, angry and sad.

A vigil will be held at 11 am at the performing arts center on campus.