Dept. of Correction says inmate's death at SCI investigated as a likely suicide
By Mark Fowser

The Del. Dept. of Correction says an inmate's death at the Sussex Correctional Institution is being investigated as an apparent suicide
A man who was being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on DUI charges dies of injuries suffered in a fall from a second-floor railing at the facility in Georgetown.

The Delaware Department of Correction says the 54-year-old Bridgeville man's death over the weekend is being investigated as an apparent suicide.

He had been brought in to SCI earlier in the day Saturday.

Per standard procedure, the man's body was turned over to the State Division of Forensic Science.

No foul play is suspected, according to the DOC.



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UPDATE: Parents of 2-year-old boy found wandering in Redner's parking lot in Dover located
By Kelli Steele

Updated Monday, August 29, 2016 - 9:33am

Do you know where my parents are?
Delaware State Police have located the parents of a 2-year-old boy found wandering through the parking lot of Redner’s in Dover this (Monday) morning.

Police say that around 5:30 a.m, the boy was found in the market’s parking lot on 88 Salt Creek Drive. Troopers and employees tried to locate the boy’s parents, but were unsuccessful, until just a short time ago; the parents are now on their way to be reunited with him.



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Students head back to school across Delmarva today
By Kelli Steele

Updated Monday, August 29, 2016 - 7:15am

It's back to school today (Monday), for many children across Delmarva.
It's back to school today (Monday), for many children across Delmarva.

That means you need to be prepared for school buses and children.

Delaware State Police and AAA Mid-Atlantic are stressing safety, as school traffic returns.

Be aware as you're driving that you must stop when a school bus on a two-lane road activates its flashing red lights and the stop sign or arm comes down; penalties are severe for violations.

Children who load and unload from the bus also need to be very careful about blind spots affecting the school bus driver as well as other motorists.

And, parents are advised to accompany their youngest child or children to the school bus stop.



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Delaware schools grappling with bus driver shortage
By The Associated Press

Delaware school districts are struggling to find enough drivers to shuttle students to and from school.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the shortage has meant some students aren't getting to school on time and some low-income students who eat breakfast at school are missing their first meal of the day.

T.J. Vari is assistant superintendent for operations at the Appoquinimink School District. He says the district loses drivers every year to higher-wage jobs with Amazon and Walmart.

Vari's district spent $35,000 this year to bring its drivers in a week before school starts for practice runs and meetings with administrators.

Rob Harding is supervisor of transportation for the Brandywine School District. He says the district is short by about six drivers going into the school year.





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The Latest: North Carolina warily watches tropical weather
By Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on tropical weather systems developing near the southeast (all times local):

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11:20 a.m.

Businesses on North Carolina's Outer Banks are warily watching tropical weather systems that could rain out one of the last busy weeks of the summer tourist season.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, a tropical depression was about 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras' beaches and moving to the northeast. Forecasters expect it to become a tropical storm before brushing the North Carolina coast Tuesday.

In the Gulf of Mexico, another tropical depression was churning about 170 miles west of Key West. Forecasters expect it to become a tropical storm that could move northeast across northern Florida, cross land and head up the Atlantic coast toward the end of the week.

In North Carolina, Jennifer Scarborough is the manager of a marina in Hatteras. She says that some captains are canceling or rescheduling fishing trips. She fears the first storm could saturate the area and the second storm could bring another blow if it comes their way.

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5:25 a.m.

A tropical depression that formed in the Florida Straits is moving into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. National Hurricane Center says it could soon become a tropical storm.

The depression's maximum sustained winds early Monday are near 35 mph (55 kph) with some strengthening expected during the next two days. Forecasters say it could become a tropical storm later in the day or overnight.

Meanwhile, another tropical depression that formed west of Bermuda is moving toward the coast of North Carolina. That depression is expected to become a tropical storm overnight and threatens to bring wind and rain to eastern North Carolina.

Farther east, Hurricane Gaston has weakened a little as it drifts northward in the middle of the Atlantic.



AP-WF 8/29/2016 11:43



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Moderate risk for rip currents along East Coast beaches this week
By The Associated Press

There is a moderate risk this week for rip currents along East Coast beaches.

Forecasters say that risk will likely continue until Wednesday.

The risk COULD increase Friday through the Labor Day weekend due to swells developing in the ocean aided by a possible tropical low far to the south and east.

Beachgoers in Delaware, Maryland and Jersey should be careful.





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NJ counties could get millions for disaster prep under bill
By Associated Press

New Jersey's 21 counties could get millions of dollars in state disaster assistance under a new measure announced in the Legislature.

Senate President Steve Sweeney unveiled a proposal Monday that would establish a program to dole out funds to emergency management offices.

Sweeney and other stakeholders, including Atlantic County Emergency Management Director Vince Jones, say the program would help local governments create two-year plans and increase community outreach.

The legislation doesn't specify how much money each county would get. Those decisions would be determined during the annual budget process.

Sweeney said in a statement the program would distribute millions of dollars.

The announcement comes nearly four years after Superstorm Sandy hit the region.





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6-year-old boy killed, other people injured in Denton, Md. vehicle crash
By Mark Fowser

Md. State Police are investigating a crash in Denton that claimed the life of a six-year-old boy
A six-year-old boy is dead following a crash in Caroline County.

47-ABC reports that late Sunday night a vehicle driven by a Hyattsville resident apparently went through a flashing red light without stopping at Route 317 and Route 313 and was struck by another vehicle.

The initial vehicle then crashed into a pole.

The boy who was in a child safety seat was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital and died of his injuries early Monday.

Three other people in the car were hurt, and the second driver was flown to Shock Trauma Center but he is expected to survive his injuries.

Maryland State Police at the Easton Barrack are continuing to investigate the fatal crash in Denton.



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Mylan launching generic version of EpiPen
By The Associated Press

A generic version of the EpiPen is coming as criticism continued to mount over the price of its injectable medicine.
A generic version of the EpiPen is coming as criticism continued to mount over the price of its injectable medicine.

The company said Monday that its U.S. subsidiary will put out a generic version of the EpiPen that will have a list price of $300 for a two-pack. It will be available in both 0.15 mg and 0.30 mg strengths.

Myland N.V. said that it anticipates having the generic versions available in the next several weeks. It will continue to market and distribute branded EpiPen.

The company charges $608 for a two-pack of the branded EpiPen. Mylan said it will keep in place the $300 savings card for the branded EpiPen and the revised patient assistance program announced last week.



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Delaware authorities investigating convicted cat killer
By The Associated Press

Authorities are investigating whether a man convicted of killing cats in New Jersey recently adopted animals from unsuspecting owners in Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Anthony Appolonia moved to Dover after serving five years in prison. He was convicted of torturing and killing 19 kittens and cats he got through newspaper ads.

Now, six Delaware residents say they unwittingly gave him their animals after he responded to their ads for free cats and kittens.

A former New Jersey animal cruelty investigator sent the residents' statements and his assessment of the case to Gov. Jack Markell and Attorney General Matt Denn last week. A Denn spokesman says his office is investigating.

Appolonia didn't respond to the newspaper's request for comment. But he told recently told NJ.com that he never accepted cats in Delaware.



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Do YOU know what to do in an active shooter situation?
By Robert Petree

The course is called the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE).
What would you do in an active shooter situation?

With recent terrorists attacks like Orlando and San Bernardino, Maryland State Police want Salisbury residents to know the answer to that question in case such an attack happens.

WRDE reports that the training event will take place tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury.

The course is called the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE).

The training event is free to attend and will provide strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter situation.

The new strategy course was developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University.



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Middletown townhouse fire ousts 4 families
By Frank Gerace

The cause of a fire that heavily damaged several townhouses in Middletown and forced four families to seek emergency shelter is still undetermined.
The cause of a fire that heavily damaged several townhouses in Middletown and forced four families to seek emergency shelter is still undetermined.

Crews were dispatched to 230 Vincent Circle at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, When they arrived on-scene, they found heavy flames coming from the back of three homes, Middletown Fire Chief Frank Bailey told WDEL News.

All the occupants had escaped safely by the time firefighters arrived, but one family pet--a cat--died inside one of the burned townhomes.

Two firefighters were taken to Middletown's emergency room to be evaluated, but they turned out to be OK.

The fire was under control in about an hour, and the state Fire Marshal's office is working to determined what caused it.

The Red Cross is helping the displaced families.



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AAA: Gas prices up 5 cents from last week
By Frank Gerace

It's costing you more at the pump lately, and high prices for crude oil are to blame.
It's costing you more at the pump lately, and high prices for crude oil are to blame.

The national average price for a gallon of regular was $2.21, up 5 cents from last week, according to AAA's Weekly Gas Watch, released Sunday.

Delaware's average was up 8 cents to $2.12, while Pennsylvania's average was up 5 cents to $2.33.

South Jersey is the only part of our region where the average price stayed under 2 dollars, but its average of $1.97 was up 6 cents from last week.

AAA says once the summer driving season ends, prices could fall below 2 dollars a gallon again, as refineries start to produce winter gas blends, which are cheaper to make.



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Division of Public Health back-to-school checklist for safe and healthy school year
By Robert Petree

Updated Monday, August 29, 2016 - 12:25pm

The Division of Public Health back-to-school checklist that will ensure your childs safe and healthy school year.
Another school year is underway and this has prompted the Division of Public Health to release their very own back-to-school-list that they say will ensure your child leads a healthier and safer school year.

Wellness checks: Beginning at age 2, children and adolescents need an annual wellness check-up that includes a physical examination. The health care provider will screen the child's overall health, including vision, hearing, and oral health. Immunizations are often given during these appointments.

· Immunizations: Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap); and meningococcal vaccines are required for ninth grade school entry.

Prevent lead poisoning: Delaware regulations require that all children around one year of age get a blood lead level test. And if the child is considered “high risk,” then the child should be re-tested at around two years of age. If a child’s parents cannot provide proof that a child was previously tested for blood lead levels, then the child must get a blood lead level test prior to enrolling or re-enrolling in a child care facility, public and private nursery school, pre-school and kindergarten. To schedule a blood lead test for your child, call your local pediatrician or family practitioner. For more information on how to prevent lead paint poisoning, call the Health Coordinator of DPH’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 302-283-7300.

Backpack weight: Keep backpacks light. Most doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry no more than 10-15 percent of their body weight in their backpacks. Children should wear backpacks over both shoulders to reduce the risk of muscle and neck strains or injuries.

Reflective tape: Buy outer clothes and backpacks with reflective tape so bus drivers and other motorists can easily see children at bus stops, or walking and bicycling to and from school.

Bus safety: Parents should review bus information with their children. Write down the bus driver's name, bus number, driver phone number, and the pick-up and drop-off times and locations. Keep that information handy at home and at work, and also include it in the child's backpack for their easy reference.

Pedestrian safety: Teach children to use crosswalks and obey traffic signals, highway signs, and laws. Map out safe routes to and from school. Remind children never to accept rides, candy, or other invitations from strangers. Trustworthy adults should accompany younger children.

Healthy lunches: So children do not skip school meals, parents should complete and return school breakfast and lunch forms and send back-up lunch money the first few days. Pack nutritious lunches with protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and water or non-fat milk.

· Send them off with sunscreen: Students regularly go outside for recess, gym and sports practices. To prevent skin cancer, send cream-based (not spray) sunscreen with a Sun Protective Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, and teach them to apply it before going outside.

· And, don’t forget the bug spray! Mosquitoes can spread a variety of illnesses and make children miserable with itchy bites. Spray their clothing with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents containing permethrin. For spraying directly on the skin, use a repellent that does not contain permethrin and follow product instructions. Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, or cut or irritated skin. Adults should spray insect repellent onto their hands to apply repellent on a child’s face.

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Captain of cruise ship suspended after hitting dock in MD
By The Associated Press

Spirit Cruises says the captain of a cruise ship that crashed into a dock in Baltimore has been suspended from duty.

The Spirit of Baltimore was returning from a cruise when it ran into a dock early Sunday morning. A statement released by Spirit Cruises says two of the 412 passengers on board suffered minor injuries. They were taken to a hospital and have since been released.

The dock was damaged and two small boats were scratched by the bigger ship.

The Spirit of Baltimore did not incur any significant damage and has been cleared to sail. Future cruises will go on as scheduled.

Spirit Cruises says it's cooperating with the Coast Guard in its investigation of the crash.





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AUDIO: 250 ft replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial coming to Georgetown Thursday
By Robert Petree

The wall bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and woman who lost their lives in what is considered by many to be the most brutal war in American history.
A memorial exhibit will make its way to Georgetown this week honoring the more than three million Americans who served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War.

It's called the Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.



The wall bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and woman who lost their lives in what is considered by many to be the most brutal war in American history.

Thursday, the exhibit will be open to the public at the Del-Tech's Owens Campus in Georgetown.

Delaware Tech's Director for Military and Veteran Services Dave Strawbridge says this exhibit will bring peace.

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"I think the wall will provide Vietnam era and Vietnam veterans an opportunity to heal and possibly give them peace and comfort, because the wall traveling to our communities allows them to see the wall in their communities versus having to traveling to see the wall in Washington D.C."

Strawbridge went on to explain what attendees can expect at the ceremony.

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"We'll have different dignitaries and special guests, our key note speaker will be Brigadier General Terry Wiley, a Vietnam veteran himself, and we're just going to thank the community and allow the community to participate with us as we honor Vietnam veterans, and the wall will open shortly there after."

The Wall That Heals is a program of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. The exhibit will be open 24 hours a day until Sunday.



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First State comes in 21st in 'baby-friendliness' survey
By Frank Gerace

Delaware's in the middle of the pack in a recently released survey ranking the best and worst states in which to have a baby.
Delaware's in the middle of the pack in a recently released survey ranking the best and worst states in which to have a baby.

The First State did best when it came to healthcare, WalletHub's Jill Gonzalez told our sister station WDEL.

"Everything from a low infant-mortality rate to a lot of OB-GYN's and general practitioners per capita to go around, so easy access there," said Gonzalez.

Delaware didn't fare as well in several other areas.

"Things like parental leave policies, things like moms' groups, and then, really, a lot of costs--childcare costs, even delivery budgeting," said Gonzalez.

Delaware ranked 21st in the survey while Maryland came in 25th, Pennsylvania 36th, and New Jersey, 38th.

Vermont ranked number 1, and Mississippi was 51st in the survey, which ranked the District of Columbia along with all 50 states.



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Delaware State University awarded $215K grant by US Department of Defense
By Yossi Goldstein

Dr. Mukti Rana, chair of the DSU Dept. of Physics and Engineering, holds two substrates; the one on the left is blank, and the one on the right has the electronic designs that will guide the circuitry placement
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded Delaware State University with a $215,000 grant for research that will help the school purchase a Photomask Aligner (PMA).

"Photomask aligner is technology that transfers electronic circuit design to the base through an opto-chemical process to fabricate electronic chips,” said the chairman of the university's Department of Physics and Engineering, Dr. Mukti Rana.

The PMA will be used in connection with the ongoing and future research projects in the Optical Science Center for Applied Research at campus in Dover, school officials said.

According to Dr. Rana, the PMA will also be used for a NASA-related project, which involves the fabrication of uncooled infrared detectors with nanometer-sized studs.

Dr. Rana’s proposal was one of 176 to receive instrumentation funding from the DoD and was selected from 622 total that were submitted for consideration.



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DelDOT set to hold public hearings for Capital Transportation Program
By Robert Petree

Updated Monday, August 29, 2016 - 1:44am

Attendees will get the opportunity to review current and suggested transportation projects.
DelDOT is inviting the public to participate in the development of Delaware's six-year Capital Transportation Program.

Three public hearings will be held in Wilmington, Camden, and Georgetown.

The hearings will be held in open house format with a Court Reporter available to take public comments.

Attendees will get the opportunity to review current and suggested transportation projects.

The first DelDOT public hearing will be held in conjunction with the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) on Wednesday, August 31 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Newark Free Library, 750 Library Avenue in Newark.

The second DelDOT public hearing will be held in conjunction with Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization on Tuesday, September 13 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Camden Town Hall, 1783 Friends Way in Camden.

The third DelDOT public hearing will be held in conjunction with both Sussex County and Salisbury/Wicomico Metropolitan Planning Organization on Wednesday, September 28 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at DelDOT’s South District Administration Building, 23697 DuPont Boulevard in Georgetown.



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Deer, Dove, Goose & Teal Hunting season begins Thursday
By Robert Petree

Updated Monday, August 29, 2016 - 1:46pm

Delaware's hunting season officially kicks off this Thursday with the opening of archery and crossbow dear hunting, as well as dove and canadian goose hunting on private lands and wildlife areas.

Hunters may start adding teal to their bags on Friday. The daily teal bag limit is six birds, and includes both green-winged and blue-winged teal, with a possession limit of 18 birds.

An annual hunting license for Delaware residents is $25 for ages 16 through 64. A resident junior license is $5 for ages 13 through 15.

Sussex County Wildlife Areas

Dove

Dove hunting will be available on the Assawoman and Nanticoke wildlife areas over sunflower fields. At Assawoman, hunts will be on Saturdays only Sept. 3-Oct. 1. Hunting hours are 1 to 6 p.m. During the month of September, permits will be issued on a self-serve basis beginning at noon at the Assawoman Wildlife Area check station; no permits are required after September. Hunting hours after September will be a half hour before sunrise to sunset.

At the Nanticoke Wildlife Area, dove hunting will begin opening day Thursday, Sept. 1 over sunflower fields. No permits or checkout are required, with no limits on the number of hunters at the wildlife area. Hunting hours are a half hour before sunrise to sunset.

All other wildlife areas in Sussex County are open for dove hunting from a half hour before sunrise to sunset with no permits required.

Resident Canada Geese

No resident Canada goose hunts are planned for Sussex County on state wildlife areas as no resident goose flocks are known to be present on areas accessible for hunting.

September Teal

Prime Hook State Wildlife Area is open to teal hunting this year. Hunting days are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. State blinds 1-5 and blind sites 6-8 will be open. Permits are free and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis from the tag board at the boat ramp on Prime Hook State Wildlife Area at the end of Little Neck Road. All federal blinds are closed, and no drawings or checkout will occur. No other Sussex County state wildlife areas fall within the September teal season zones. Hunting hours are a half hour before sunrise to sunset.



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A recent change in law will only allow deer hunting on five Sundays this season
By Robert Petree

With a recent change in Delaware law, deer hunting will only be allowed on five specified Sundays beginning this season.

Sunday deer hunting dates on private and public lands will be October 9, November 13 and 20, December 11 and January 15, 2017.

Hunting will only be allowed during regular hours, one half-hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife is now seeking public comment on Sunday deer hunting locations.

Additional information can be requested by calling the Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912.

Comments will be received and reviewed at the Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August, 30 DNREC's auditorium at the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.



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"Citizen Soldier" film sponsoring NASCAR Oct. 2nd race at Dover Speedway
By Robert Petree

Updated Monday, August 29, 2016 - 1:14pm

NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series October 2nd race at Dover International Speedway will have a sponsor straight out of Hollywood.

"Citizen Soldier", a feature film using real footage that follows an Oklahoma National Guard units deployment to Afghanistan will be the official sponsor for the race.

The film is a modern day "Band of Brothers", documenting the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade's 2011 deployment.

The race will be the first elimination round in the 16 driver 2016 chase for the series championship playoffs.



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Report: Fewer Americans going to church
By Yossi Goldstein

Updated Monday, August 29, 2016 - 7:21am

Christ Our King Catholic Church in Wilmington, which is slated to close this fall. (Tom Lehman/WDEL).
More and more Americans are choosing to stay away from organized religion and the church-going numbers are down across the U.S.

Emma Green from "The Atlantic" told WDEL the biggest reason isn't limited to parishioners being disenchanted with the institutional church, but rather it's actually getting to church.

"For a lot of people, it's actually logistics," explained The Atlantic's associate editor. "It's hard to get there, they don't have time, or they're too busy with their kids--that speaks to some of the structural aspects for why people don't participate in religious life as much as they used to."

Some reason that is the excuse for small congregations and churches; however, according to survey participants, even for the larger churches that may hold multiple services, there's the here-and-now mentality that keeps potential church-goers away from sermons and services.

"After a busy week, they want to spend Sunday at home with their kids, or it didn't seem like something that was crucial for them to spend time doing," noted Green.

All isn't lost, according to Green, though are some who work long weekdays and look forward to sleeping in on weekends, others still have their day guided by religion.

"For others, that's not true, and they do get out to church."

Green admitted there's a mixed bag for the parishioner who doesn't want to even try achieving what the church asks of them when the goals are so lofty.

"Even for people who don't participate in religious life in tradition ways, so they don't go to church regularly, or they don't identify with the religion, religious questions still matter," acknowledged Green.

Green noted the main difference in today's religious belief is in form rather than in total question.

"People still identify themselves as seekers, they still say they believe in God, and many (survey participants) still pray every day or every week," said Green.

The survey did show where church attendance is still high in the U.S.

"The South is still one of the most highly-affiliated religious areas," allowed Green.

Green also admitted the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast regions in the country are two of the least religious or affiliated areas in the U.S.



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New Jersey man charged with DUI after Smyrna crash
By Frank Gerace

A New Jersey man is out on bail on a driving under the influence charge after he crashed his car in Smyrna.
A New Jersey man is out on bail on a driving under the influence charge after he crashed his car in Smyrna.

Leroy Wooster was driving northbound on Route 1 near Black Diamond Road around 6 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of his car while changing lanes, Delaware State Police said.

The car went into a ditch, hit an embankment, struck the other side of the ditch and rolled several times, ending up back on its wheels.

Wooster wasn't wearing a seatbelt, police said. A state police helicopter flew him to Christiana Hospital to be treated for injuries police said were serious, but not life-threatening.

Wooster was charged with not having insurance and careless driving in addition to the DUI count.



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Maryland man hospitalized after motorcycle-vs-SUV crash in Clayton
By Frank Gerace

A crash involving a motorcycle and an SUV west of Clayton is under investigation by Delaware State Police.
A crash involving a motorcycle and an SUV west of Clayton is under investigation by Delaware State Police.

Richard Kimble of Maryland was behind the SUV on his motorcycle on Blackiston Road near Chance Road at about 9:45 p.m. Saturday when Kimble tried to pass the SUV in a no-passing zone and hit the SUV, sending it and his motorcycle out of control, police said.

Kimble was thrown off the cycle, and the SUV ended up in a nearby field.

Kimble was wearing a helmet, and after paramedics treated him at the scene, a State Police helicopter flew him to Christiana Hospital to be treated for injuries police say are life-threatening.

The SUV's occupants weren't hurt.

Police say alcohol and speed were factors in the crash, which closed Blackiston Road at the scene for about 4 hours.



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UPDATE: White Marlin Open saga regarding violation of tournament rules, now in judge's hands
By Kelli Steele

An update to that possible tournament rules violation story during this year's White Marlin Open in Ocean City we've been following.

Polygraph tests on the $2.8 million winner of the White Marlin Open earlier this month, have determined the angler and crew members lied about following tournament rules.

The Daily Times reports that according to court documents filed on behalf of the tournament, polygraphs determined that the captain of the Kallianassa Phillip Heasley and his crew were "deceitful."

Heasley and his crew reeled in a 76.5-pound white marlin, the sole qualifying white marlin vying for the grand prize. However, further examination of catch logs by tournament officials showed that Heasley and his crew had not followed the rules of the tournament, so officials withheld the prize money.

If a judge finds that there was indeed a violation of the tournament's rules and regulations, the tournament's organizers say he will make an official call on how the $2.8 million prize money is to distributed.



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Records: Ex-official had state workers help with school work
By The Associated Press

Documents show that a member of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's cabinet who recently resigned had assigned state employees to help with course work for her master's degree studies.

C. Gail Bassette was secretary of the Department of General Services before abruptly leaving last month. Hogan's office said at the time that she leaving to work in the private sector.

Documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun shows that department employees conducted interviews and provided information for Bassett's course work in the months prior to her departure. Bassette is enrolled in a Master of Professional Studies: Technology Entrepreneurship program at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Hogan Spokesman Douglass Mayer declined to say whether the administration had asked Bassette to leave.





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State troopers nab suspected drug dealer after four-week investigation
By Associated Press

Updated Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 1:27pm

Roderick Brown
Delaware state troopers have arrested an accused drug dealer after a four-week investigation.

Police say Roderick Brown of Millsboro was arrested on Friday after troopers executed a search warrant of his home and discovered nearly 50 grams of cocaine, 13 grams of crack, almost 19 grams of marijuana and more than $5,000 in drug sale proceeds. Police also searched another residence connected to Brown and found two handguns.

Police say Brown was keeping secret bank accounts, and they seized more than $109,000 from them.

Brown was charged with possession with intent to deliver and possession of a deadly weapon and other charges.





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DSP discover meth lab just south of Felton
By Robert Petree

Updated Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 1:51pm

37-year-old Lawrence Grimm
Delaware State Police discover a meth lab during a drug investigation just south of Felton.

Shortly before 7 a.m. Friday troopers were called to the 5,000 block of Little Mastens Corner Road to investigate a domestic complaint.

Upon arrival, police found 37-year-old Lawrence Grimm barricaded inside a bathroom.

Grimm was arrested and it was later determined that he threw away a one-pot meth bottle in a trash can outside his home prior to the arrival of police.

A search was conducted which revealed equipment and component mixtures used for the manufacturing of meth along with key ingredients for making the drug.

Grimm was arraigned and committed to the James T Vaughn Correction Center on $11,000 secured bond.



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Delaware police seeking masked men in CVS robbery
By The Associated Press

Delaware police are searching for a masked man who robbed a CVS convenience store in Newark.

Police say the incident occurred at roughly 8:45 a.m. on Friday when a man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants approached the sales clerk and demanded money from the cash register. Police say the clerk complied and the suspect ran out of the store.

Police say nobody was injured during the robbery.





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Ecumenical prayer service to be held in Wilmington Sept. 9 to combat racial violence
By Robert Petree

An ecumenical prayer service will be held in Wilmington to mark the National Day of Prayer Peace in Our Communities.

The service is scheduled for Friday, September 9 at 1 p.m. at the historic Cathedral of Saint Peter.

The Day of Prayer is being promoted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to recent violence and racial tension that has spiked in urban areas across the U.S.

In addition to the service, Catholic churches in Delaware will ring their church bells at 3 p.m., and invite churches of other denominations to do so as a sign of solidarity.



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Food Bank's Dinner in the Orchard set for September 15
By Robert Petree

Dinner will take place under the farm's pavilion, tickets are $30 per person.
How would you like to enjoy farm-fresh foods, craft beer, fine wines, all taking place in the setting of an old-fashioned orchard? Well you can!

The Food Bank of Delaware will hold it's Dinner in the Orchard September 15, at T.S. Smith & Sons in Bridgeville.

Local farms including T.S. Smirth & Sons, Magee Farms and Vincent Farms will donate fresh produce for the Delaware agriculture-inspired menu.

The event is open to the public and will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Dinner will take place under the farm's pavilion; tickets are $30 per person.

For more information, call 302-444-8074, or click here .



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15th Annual Paddle for a Cure event set to return to the shores of Delmarva!
By Robert Petree

A donation of $30 per person is requested. Space is limited and reservations are required.
The 15th Annual Paddle for a Cure event is set to return to the shores of Delmarva next month.

This year's Paddle for a Cure will launch in the late afternoon September 17, from the Ocean City commercial harbor.

Professional guides will take participants through the harbor educating them of the different methods commercial fisherman use to bring in their catch.

The event benefits Delaware's Cancer Support Community, a state-wide organization that provides empowerment and education to those impacted by cancer.

A donation of $30 per person is requested. Space is limited and reservations are required; you must be 13 years of age or older to participate.

For additional details on the event and how to register, click here .



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$210 lobster bought from fish market, set free is found dead
By Associated Press

A lobster bought from a Massachusetts fish market for $210 and set free by twin brothers who didn't want it to become someone's dinner has apparently died.

Chris and David Schmidt, of New Jersey, bought the 22-pound lobster and released it Thursday in the waters off Chatham. They dubbed the crustacean Big Lobi after Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, whose nickname is Big Papi.

The Cape Cod Times reports that a local retiree found a dead 22-pound lobster in the same area on Saturday. Experts say it appears to be the same one.

The director of marine fisheries research at the Center for Coastal Studies says lobsters live in deep, cold water, and the shallows where Big Lobi was released were likely too warm.





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EU forum to take stance on Sweden's call for lobster ban
By The Associated Press

An arm of the European Union is expected to weigh in on a request from Sweden to deem American lobsters an invasive species in much of Europe.

Sweden says the European Union should ban imports of live American lobsters into EU nations because 32 of the crustaceans were found in Sweden's waters earlier this year.

The European Union's Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species is expected to issue its opinion on Wednesday.

Swedish, American and Canadian scientists and government officials have sparred about whether Sweden's request is rooted in sound science.

A spokeswoman for the European Union says the forum's issuance of an opinion is one step in a long process of potentially listing a species as invasive. The process could take a year.



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Rehoboth City Hall beam signing ceremony September 22
By Kelli Steele

The community is invited to be a part of the City of Rehoboth Beach’s history to mark a milestone in the construction of City Hall next month.
The community is invited to be a part of the City of Rehoboth Beach’s history to mark a milestone in the construction of City Hall next month.

There will be brief remarks by City Officials and then all are invited to leave your signature on the topping-off beam during a ceremony Thursday, September 22 from 11 a.m. to noon.

The ceremony will take place under the tents located at the City Hall construction site at 229 Rehoboth Avenue.

The new City Hall, scheduled to open in July of 2017, will better serve the community now and well into the future.



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Police: Driver playing 'Pokemon Go' hits parked cruiser
By Associated Press

New Jersey police say a driver playing "Pokemon Go" on his cellphone crashed his SUV into a parked police cruiser.

The crash happened at around 3:40 a.m. Saturday in Jersey City.

Authorities say no one was in the cruiser at the time, and the 42-year-old SUV driver wasn't injured. But the Jersey City man was cited for careless driving and other motor vehicle violations.

His name wasn't released.





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University of Wisconsin-Madison is top party school in US
By Todd Richmond, Associated Press

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the nation's top party school, again.

The Princeton Review's 2017 edition of the "The Best 381 Colleges" says West Virginia is second, followed by the University of Illinois, which was the top party school last year.

Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, was the most sober school in the country for the 19th straight year. And Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, has the best financial aid.

The rankings are based on The Princeton Review's survey of 143,000 students attending 381 colleges.

UW-Madison last earned the best party school designation in the 2005 edition.





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