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AUDIO: Will cop killer Derrick Powell live or die? Arguments were heard today in DE Supreme Court
By Robert Petree

(Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)
Will Derrick Powell, the man responsible for shooting and killing Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer, be put to death as his 2011 sentencing suggests.

Delaware 1059's Rob Petree has more on the arguments that were made this morning at the Supreme Court in Dover...

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Tensions were high Wednesday morning as both the defense and prosecution made their case to Delaware's Supreme Court.

Defense Attorney Patrick Collins argued that executing Powell would be both inhumane and unjust.

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"I think this court should consider evolving standards of decency as to whether Mr.Powell's death sentence can be carried out. Executing Derrick Powell would far and away be an extreme outlier."

Deputy Attorney General John Williams, using Danforth vs Minnesota, made the argument that the change in law does not apply to those currently on death row.



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"The question of retroactivity is what to do when the law changes. The United States Supreme Court in Danforth vs Minnesota that the states are free to adopt whatever retroactivity rule they think is most appropriate."

Not all the justices were swayed, in this case, Justice Collins Seitz Jr.

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"How could it ever be just to execute someone who is sentenced under a flawed statute? I don't understand how that's just."

Senator Brian Pettyjohn came out in support of the family and said that he supports the death penalty in the case of Derrick Powell.

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"I was on town council in Georgetown when Officer Spicer was murdered. I support the death penalty in cases like this, where it was a heinous act, it wasn't based on circumstantial or eye-witness evidence, where there's clear evidence to show that act was committed."

A jury found Powell guilty of first-degree murder in February 2011. He remains Delaware's youngest inmate on death row.





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Court arguments set on retroactivity of death penalty ruling
By The Associated Press

Derrick Powell
Delaware's Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether its ruling declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional can be applied retroactively to a dozen men already sentenced to death.

Today's (Wednesday's) oral arguments at 10 a.m. in Dover, come in an appeal filed by Derrick Powell, who was sentenced to death in 2011 for killing Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer in 2009.

In August, a majority of the Supreme Court justices declared that Delaware's death penalty law was unconstitutional because it allowed judges too much discretion in sentencing and did not require that a jury find unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant deserves execution.

Attorney General Matt Denn declined to appeal that ruling in federal court but said he believes that it cannot be applied retroactively to offenders already sentenced to death.





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Victim in north Dover homicide identified; police say he was shot
By Mark Fowser

Delaware State Police have identified the person who died of a gunshot Tuesday morning in north Dover
Delaware State Police say a man who was found lying unconscious in a back yard in Kent County and later died was shot.

Police have identified the victim of an apparent homicide as 24-year-old Tyler Parton of Dover.

Parton was pronounced dead Tuesday morning shortly after his body was found in back of a home on Aspen Drive in Pinewood Acres.

Troopers say there is no suspect information available.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact Delaware State Police (302-741-2728) or Delaware Crime Stoppers (800-TIP-3333).



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Fruitland, Md. man charged with murder, improper disposal of a body
By Mark Fowser

Maryland State Police say a Fruitland man was arrested Tuesday night and charged with murder
A man is under arrest in connection with a homicide in Fruitland.

Maryland State Police say 47-year-old Douglas Harlow of Fruitland is charged with first- and second-degree murder and other offenses including improper disposal of a body.

The body was found in a shallow grave shortly after Fruitland Police and Maryland State Police received information about a possible burial site in the 100-block of South Division Street.

The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

The identification of the victim is being withheld until relatives are contacted.

Harlow was arrested at a trailer park in Salisbury late Tuesday night.

He was taken first to the Salisbury Barrack, and was being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center.

Maryland State Police say the investigation into the incident is continuing.



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Beloved Rehoboth icon Cheryl Blackman has died at the age of 53
By Mark Fowser

Updated Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 2:39pm

Cheryl Blackman (photo courtesy of Bryan Hecksher
A Rehoboth Beach woman who tried to help her community until her final days has died following a lengthy battle with cancer and several months in hospice.

The Cape Gazette reports that Cheryl Blackman passed away early Wednesday morning.

She was 53.

At four-and-a-half feet tall, Cheryl Blackman was considered an icon in Rehoboth, where she greeted visitors on the boardwalk and dressed in a variety of costumes along Rehoboth Avenue to gain contributions for charities, such as KINfolk. She once served as a stunt double for Miss Piggy in "The Muppets Take Manhattan."

Grotto Pizza on Rehoboth Avenue is sponsoring a tree on her behalf in the pizza chain's annual Parade of Trees.

She received the Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2011, and also gained various other honors for her philanthropic efforts.

A parade in her honor was held in Rehoboth Beach over the summer, not long after Cheryl Blackman was moved into hospice.

Funeral arrangements for Cheryl Blackman have not yet been announced.



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Three suspects arrested, one is at-large for Wicomico Co. home invasion
By Mark Fowser

Three suspects are in custody and one more is still being sought in connection with a home invasion crime in Salisbury.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says the armed suspects forced their way into a home on Dennis Street October 28th and beat a male victim, stole some items and fled.

Last week, police came up with names of possible suspects, three of whom are now in custody: 21-year-old Eric Lemon, 28-year-old Diante Purnell and 26-year-old Dominic Chandler.

Police are still looking for 25-year-old Jamal Marcus Church.

If you can assist with the investigation, you're asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 410-548-4898.



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UPDATE: Code Purple shelters opening this week in Sussex & Kent Counties
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 3:28pm

Shelters for people in need of a place to stay during the cold weather will open in Sussex and Kent Counties starting Thursday night.
Shelters for people in need of a place to stay during the cold weather will open in Sussex and Kent Counties.

Code Purple Sussex and Kent County shelters are volunteer-run.

One shelter is open tonight (Wednesday) in Bridgeville.

Gateway Fellowship is located at 8110 Cannon Road, Bridgeville, DE . In-take is at 7pm. Dinner will be provided. MEN, WOMEN and CHILDREN.

Shelters will be available Thursday through Sunday in Milford, Georgetown and Bridgeville in Sussex County. In Kent County, shelters will be open Thursday through Saturday in Dover, Smyrna and Milford.

You can contact the Code Purple Hotline at 519-0024 to get more information about the shelters.

Code Purple Sussex County provided these details:

The following shelters will be open on Thursday, Dec, 8 to Sunday, Dec. 11:

-Milford: Avenue United Methodist Church at 20 N Church Street, Milford, DE. In-take is at 7pm. Dinner will be provided. MEN ONLY

-Georgetown:Shepherd’s Office House at 408 N Bedford Street, Georgetown, DE. In-take is from 5pm-6pm. Dinner is served at 6:30. MEN ONLY

-Bridgeville: Gateway Fellowship is located at 8110 Cannon Road, Bridgeville, DE . In-take is at 7pm. Dinner will be provided. WOMEN and CHILDREN ONLY

The following shelters will be open on Thursday, Dec, 8 to Saturday, Dec. 10:

FOR MEN ONLY

Presbyterian Church - Dover - enter on Reed Street - 5pm

Centennial Church - Smyrna 5pm

FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Smyrna Wesleyan Church - Smyrna - 5pm

Milford Community Center- Milford - 5pm

Wesley Church-Dover-enter on North Street THURSDAY 5:30pm

Christ Church- Dover- enter on State Street- FRIDAY 5pm



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United Way of Del. puts free books into hands of 5,900 public school students
By Mark Fowser

Scholastic Book Fairs and United Way of Delaware are coordinating a book donation effort called My Very Own Library
More than 5,900 Delaware students are getting a head start in building a home library and developing their reading skills.

Wednesday at North Georgetown Elementary School, the My Very Own Library program made some book donations.

United Way of Delaware and Scholastic Book Fairs are coordinating the program.

They cite studies which indicate that the vast majority of young people are most likely to finish a book that they pick out themselves.

"At Scholastic we know that the right book can open a world of greater understanding, self-motivation, and joy for students,” said Alan Boyko, President of Scholastic Book Fairs. “By working with My Very Own Library and their partner organizations, Scholastic is able to reach more children, many who may never have owned their own books, and help them discover the power and joy of reading.”

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UD poised for change under new President Dr. Dennis Assanis
By Amy Cherry

Dr. Dennis Assanis, new University of Delaware President (UD / Livestream screenshot
The University of Delaware inaugurated its 28th president Wednesday in a pomp and circumstance ceremony at the Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts on its Newark campus, attended by Vice President Joe Biden.

Dr. Dennis Assanis took over the role and responsibilities of the office in July of 2016, but was officially inaugurated Wednesday. He was selected by the Board of Trustees in November of 2015 in a unanimous decision.

He's privileged to lead what he called one of the top institutions in America, Assanis said, where more than 20,000 students are educated annually.

"For more than 270 years, this institution has brought forth knowledge and enlightenment, has contributed to scientific achievements and profound ideas, has transformed lives and changed the world," said Assanis.

Biden, an alum of UD, said he, himself, is a symbol of that change.

"This place did more than educate me, it helped me make sense of the chaos that surrounded the time I graduated," he said. "Why would I think at age 29 I could announce for the United States Senate and win? What possibly could make think that? I'll tell you who made me think that--Paul Dolan--probably the most popular professor in this campus."

Professors have profound influence on potential future leaders of the free world, said the vice president.

"(Dolan) told me that even though I was 29, I had the obligation to engage," he said. "As outrageous it is...I left here really believing I could end the war in Vietnam, I really believed it."

In today's world--a place the Vice President called "more divided and chaotic and complex--he said UD is preparing future change agents.

"So now like all of you, I'm determined there's not a single, solitary thing my four granddaughters can't do that my grandson could do==not a single solitary thing in the world they cannot do," he said. "That's exactly what this great research university is doing today. You're teaching, advising, you're challenging 18,500 undergraduates, 138 programs, 3,600 graduate students, 121 masters programs, 62 doctoral programs--not just to be part of change, but to be the change.

Assanis, who spoke at-length at his inauguration, emphasized Delaware's small size, once called a "jewel among the small states" by former Pres. Thomas Jefferson.

"Few other states can so easily bring together leaders of the government, industry and community around the table to solve problems, seize opportunities, and advance the interests of their people," he said. "It is big thinking on a human scale."

UD is a major piece of that equation, he said.

"As human beings that's why we all come here--we want to be connected to something far more powerful than ourselves as individuals--and I'm honored to be a part of all of those connections here and now at this great hub of knowledge and discovery."

Assanis got his undergraduate degree and four masters degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He's the former provost of Stony Brook University and worked for the University of Michigan for two decades. Biden said under his leadership, a new era is dawning at his distinguished alma mater.

"Twenty years before it became standard practice, you used online education to reach your students in more places and help them learn, ways to work within their confines," Biden said. "At Stony Brook, you broke down silos between departments and academic disciplines...we're expecting a whole lot from you because we know you're capable of a whole lot more--I don't think our university could be in any better hands than yours," said Biden.



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Those who were tattooed at illegal Clayton parlor urged by DPH to get tested for HIV, hepatitis
By DJ McAneny

An illegal tattoo parlor operating out of a private home in the 200 block of Christiana River Drive in Clayton was shut down by Division of Public Health officials on Monday.

According to the DPH, the operation had no official name and was operating without the required body art establishment permit. The DPH also noted officials were unable to confirm proper sanity precautions were in place.

The DPH encourages anyone who may have patronized this business to get themselves tested for diseases like hepatitis and HIV. Inform a health professional that a tattoo was received from an unregulated parlor, when the tattoo was received, and any symptoms that may have occurred since the visit.

No client records were kept, therefore, the DPH can not reach out to individuals.



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Police: woman left kids in car alone to shop in a pharmacy
By Mark Fowser

Harrington Police charge a woman with leaving two kids in a vehicle alone for about 20 minutes
A Harrington woman is charged with endangering two children in a vehicle when she went into a pharmacy for about 20 minutes.

A witness called police about the incident, and although the vehicle was gone by the time officers arrived they were able to obtain vehicle registration.

An investigation led to 28-year-old Takara Morris of Harrington being charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The children are six months old and eight years old, and police say they were left in the vehicle while the engine was running.



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Police: man illegally re-sells cigarettes he bought with bad checks
By Mark Fowser

Harrington Police say a man used two bad checks to buy cigarettes he illegally resold
A man is charged with issuing two bad checks to a store to buy cigarettes - which, police say, he resold.

Harrington Police say their investigation led to 31-year-old Tyrell Redwine being charged with two counts of issuing a bad check, two counts of theft by false pretense and unlawful sale of tobacco without a license.

Redwine was released on $2,100 unsecured bond.



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Dept. of Correction: offender fails to return from job-seeking pass
By Mark Fowser

Robert D. Barron of Camden, Delaware
The Delaware Department of Correction is looking for an offender who did not return from a job-seeking pass issued by the Morris Community Correctional Center in Dover.

30-year-old Robert Barron of Camden was serving for a violation of probation related to a charge of theft of a motor vehicle.

He went missing Tuesday from the center, which manages offenders who are transitioning back into the community and are not secured like prisons.

If you think you've seen Robert Barron or know where he is, you're asked to contact DOC or local police.

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The Delaware Department of Correction released this description of the absconder Wednesday:



Anyone with information on this offender is asked to call (800) 542-9524 or their local police department.



Date of walk-away: 12/06/2016

Name: Robert D. Barron

Date of Birth: 10/23/1986

Last known address: Camden, DE

Race/Gender: White/Male

Height: 5’04”

Weight: 145

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Brown

Tattoos: Right Arm

Current Offense: VOP: Theft of a Motor Vehicle



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Md. Gov. Larry Hogan announces paid sick leave proposal
By Brian Witte, Associated Press

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is proposing legislation for paid sick leave benefits.

The Republican governor made the announcement Wednesday. He says his proposal will balance the needs of Maryland's employees while not hurting the state's small businesses.

Under the governor's plan, businesses with 50 or more employees will be required to offer paid sick leave of at least 40 hours a year. That would include the ability for employees to roll over a maximum of 40 hours each year.

Maryland businesses with fewer than 50 employees that choose to offer paid sick leave will be eligible for tax relief incentives modeled after a recommendation from a bipartisan panel that studied ways to improve Maryland's business climate.

The plan will be proposed in the next legislation session, which begins next month.





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AAA: Don't overlook the potential consequences of drowsy driving
By Frank Gerace

Alcohol and drugs can lead to unsafe driving, but you shouldn't underestimate the role fatigue can play in driver impairment.
Alcohol and drugs can lead to unsafe driving, but you shouldn't underestimate the role fatigue can play in driver impairment.

More than 5,500 crashes in Delaware 2015 were linked to driver inattention, distraction or fatigue, and you don't have to miss much sleep to be affected, AAA MidAtlantic's Ken Grant said.

"What we're seeing is that if you miss one or two hours of sleep, you could be looking at driving as if you were drunk, and we're finding more and more cases where people are literally falling asleep at the wheel," said Grant.

Grant said one cause of drowsy driving could be activities you're probably engaging in this month.

"This time of year, we find people who are spending more time either out shopping or going to holiday parties or whatever, and not getting home in time to get a good night's sleep, and so the effect can really last the next day," said Grant.

Grant called the consequences of drowsy driving "tragic and preventable."



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Delaware National Guard's 287th Army Band to perform 18th annual holiday concert
By Robert Petree

The Delaware National Guard will once again kick off the holiday season with their annual concert and they need your help in making the holidays just a little more joyful for those in need.

The 287th Army Band is set to perform tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m., with the concert taking place at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington.

Another concert will be held Thursday night at the Rollins Center at Dover Downs starting at 7 p.m.

There is no charge for admission. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items.

Over the last eight years, the Guard has donated over 200,000 pounds of food to fight the war on hunger.



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Local Christmas trees available from Delaware farms
By Kelli Steele

Thirty Delaware farmers have fresh-cut and live Christmas trees available for First State families this holiday season
Thirty Delaware farmers have fresh-cut and live Christmas trees available for First State families this holiday season, with local firs, spruces and pines in abundance - all easy to find at click here

"Buying a local live tree from a Delaware farm is the best way to help farmers while having some good old-fashioned family fun," said Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee. "There's nothing like the scent of a fresh-cut tree combined with knowing you're helping a local Delaware-grown family business."

Growing Christmas trees is a specialized business in Delaware, with growers selecting particular varieties for attractiveness or other features. It typically takes seven to 10 years to grow a thriving 7-foot-tall First State Christmas tree. Christmas trees also help the environment by taking in carbon dioxide and sending fresh oxygen out, and farms help provide habitat for wildlife while stabilizing the soil. This is the busiest time of year for Delaware’s Christmas tree farmers, but they work year-round to care for their trees.

To pick the right tree, examine it carefully, looking out for these details:

>> The shape and size of a tree will depend on where you plan to place it and the height of the ceiling in your home. Some people want a more slender tree like a fir, while others like a larger, fuller tree like a spruce, and still others prefer a fuller, bushier tree like a pine.

>> Although most people prefer a well-rounded and shapely tree, you may find it more practical and economical to buy one that is somewhat flat or sparsely branched in one side, so that it fits into a corner or against a wall.

>> While “choose-and-cut” purchasers gain in popularity, families that buy their trees from retail lots can also check for freshness. They can test cut trees by bending needles to check resilience (if it springs back into position, the tree is fresh); bumping the base of the tree on the ground (if the needles don’t fall, the tree is fresh); and feeling the bottom of the trunk (if sappy and moist, the tree is fresh).

When the tree is home, families still need to care for it to make it stay fresh throughout the season:

>> Keep a cut tree in a cool, shaded area, sheltered from wind, with the trunk in a bucket of water until you are ready for set up.

>> Just before putting a cut tree into its stand, cut an inch or two off the butt end. This fresh cut will allow the tree to more readily take up water once it is moved inside.

>> Fresh trees take up water at a very fast rate. You should check the water level two hours after setting up the tree. Then, check the water level at least once daily to see that it is above the bottom of the tree’s trunk. It is not uncommon for trees to take up a quart or more of water daily.



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DNREC offers tips to stay warm and save money this winter
By Robert Petree

DNREC's Division of Energy and Climate has some low-cost tips you can use to save money and stay warm this winter.
With winter almost here, it would be a good idea to start preparing your home and car for the cold. You want to stay warm, of course, but that can mean using more energy in your home and more fuel in your car and having less money in your pocket.

DNREC's Division of Energy and Climate has some low-cost tips to use less energy and save more money this winter.

Home:

· Be smart about your thermostat. Set your thermostat lower at night and during the day when you might be away. Turn the heat down an hour before bedtime or before leaving the house. When you get home, be patient – don’t turn the thermostat higher than its normal setting in an effort to warm the house faster. Adding a programmable thermostat to your home system will allow you to “set and forget” day and night temperatures.

· Snuggle up to save. Before deciding to turn up the heat, put on a sweater, hat and warm socks, and keep throws or blankets on the couch to use while watching TV or hanging out. Reduce heating in unoccupied areas and, if possible, close off rooms with the greatest northern exposure. Make family gathering places in sunny or southern-facing rooms. Put warm winter bedding – flannel sheets, warm blankets, comforters or quilts – on beds to keep the family comfortable with the house cooler at night.

· Weather-proof your windows and doors. Close shades or curtains at night to help keep cold out and open them during the day to let the sun’s warmth in. Keep windows completely closed and latched. Check doors and windows for drafts and add weather-stripping if needed. Place a towel along the bottom of the door jamb as a temporary block for cold air until you can install more permanent weatherproofing like a door skirt. Remove or cover window unit air conditioners to keep out drafts.

· Improve home comfort and efficiency through regular maintenance. Have your furnace and/or HVAC system cleaned and serviced as soon as possible for maximum efficiency and reliability over the winter months. Replace air filters to help systems run better and more efficiently. Check to make sure your water heater and hot water pipes are well-insulated; add pipe insulation or wrap-around insulation to those that aren’t. Turn down the temperature on your water heater by 10 degrees (staying above 120 degrees) to save on the energy and cost it takes to heat water. To feel warmer and alleviate dryness, increase home humidity by using an energy-efficient humidifier or by evaporating water in open containers. Take note of home improvement projects like adding insulation, caulking cracks, or replacing your old hot water heater or furnace with a more energy efficient model.

· Use less hot water. The less hot water your family uses, the less you pay to heat it. Install flow restrictors on faucets and shower heads. Run the washing machine or dishwasher only with full loads, and use warm water to wash and cold to rinse.

· Cut your energy use throughout the house. Turn lights off when you leave the room, and turn off or unplug appliances, chargers and electronic devices when they are not in use. These items can sneakily drain energy from your home, even if you’re not using them. Use a power strip to easily turn multiple items off all at once. Looking to buy new appliances, or replace old ones? Compare Energy Star-rated appliances and look for the Energy Guide label on refrigerators, washing machines, heaters, and more. You’ll pay less to run the appliance over its lifetime.

· Be efficient in the kitchen. Plan to use the oven for three or four items at a time so you only have to heat it once. Choose a day when everyone is home to enjoy the extra warmth and delicious scents. Set your refrigerator at 38°F to 40°F and your freezer at 10°F. Keep your freezer full, and try to minimize the number of times you open refrigerator and freezer doors.

· Do lower-impact laundry. Use a clothesline or drying rack instead of the dryer. When items require a dryer, run full loads and separate heavy and lightweight items to avoid using the machine longer than necessary to dry each type. Dry in consecutive loads; once the dryer is warm, it cuts down on initial energy consumption to dry the next load.

Car:

· Skip the morning warm-up. Idling your car to warm it up wastes fuel and creates air pollution. Bundle up and just start driving – modern car engines are better warmed up by driving than by idling.

· Plan ahead with friends and co-workers. Consider joining a workplace carpool or using public transportation – you’ll save on fuel costs, tolls, and wear and tear to your vehicle. On weekends, save gas and time by planning errands in the shortest circular route starting and ending at home instead of traveling in random directions or making several trips. You can also plan to take care of errands during the week along your daily route to work or school.

· Save fuel through mindful driving habits. Accelerate from stops slowly, drive at moderate, steady speeds and avoid unnecessary braking by coasting to red lights and anticipating traffic speed changes.

· Check your tire pressure. Underinflated tires decrease fuel efficiency.

· Schedule regular maintenance checks. Oil and filter changes and other recommended maintenance keep your vehicle operating efficiently.

· Play favorites. If you have more than one vehicle, use the one with the best gas mileage more frequently. Smaller cars with smaller engines typically get better gas mileage than larger vehicles.



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Statewide DUI checkpoint to take place Saturday
By Robert Petree

Updated Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 2:28am

The checkpoints will take place December 10.
More than 75 law enforcement officers from across the First State are gearing up for another statewide sobriety checkpoint.

The officers will gather at five locations in Wilmington, Bear, Dover, Rehoboth Beach and Millsboro.

The checkpoints will take place Saturday, December 10. The statewide enforcement is aimed at reducing the amount of DUI-related crashes and fatalities.

Delaware State Police and local law enforcement agencies will work together to conduct the checkpoints.



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Winter application of fertilizer and manure regulated
By Kelli Steele

The Delaware Department of Agriculture is reminding First State farmers, lawn care companies, golf courses and other nutrient handlers, that you should not apply nutrients to the ground during the winter months.

Regulations adopted by the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission in 2007 prohibit certified nutrient handlers from applying commercial and manure-based fertilizer from December 7 to February 15, the time of year most vulnerable for nutrient runoff; application may also not occur on snow-covered or frozen ground, or on impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, roads or other paved areas.

Failure to comply with the winter application regulations may result in a compliance and enforcement hearing before the commission.



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Do you face a big decision? Here's what to do... and, what not to do
By WXDE News

A social psychologist has some advice if you are facing an important decision
When you have a big decision to make, be careful WHEN you make it. And mornings are probably best. Even the wisest people won't make good choices when they're not rested and their glucose is low," says social psychologist Roy Baumeister.

That's why smart people don't restructure the company at 4 p.m. They don't make major commitments during the cocktail hour. And if a decision must be made late in the day, they know not to do it on an empty stomach.

When your glucose is low, your brain responds more strongly to immediate rewards, and is less likely to prioritize long-term prospects. In conclusion, have a snack and maybe a nap, first.

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Eight surprising items donation centers actually need over the holidays
By Delaware 1059 News

Updated Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 10:15am

If you’re planning to help the less fortunate this holiday season, that’s great.
If you’re planning to help the less fortunate this holiday season, that’s great. But before you decide what to donate, here are some items almost every shelter needs:

• 2T diapers. Charities drives are flooded with newborn and size 1 diapers but are often short on ones for bigger children. Go with size 4 or above.

• Clothes in XXL adult sizes. People come in all shapes and sizes, and they all need something to wear.

• 100-percent-juice drinks and shelf-stable milk. It will never go to waste.

• Toilet paper. It may not be as fun of a purchase, but homeless shelters are always, always in need of TP.

• Gift cards and/or cash. Call your donation center to see where they stand, but several have reported a preference for store gift cards or cash as opposed to physical toys. That way, they can shop for specific things they need.

• International calling cards. Load a couple cards with a few hours of talk time, and you just might give the gift of a Christmas Eve phone call back home.

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Your Christmas tree might be filled with bugs
By Delaware1059 News

Updated Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 6:51am

If you bring a live Christmas tree into your house be aware that you are probably bring a bunch of bugs along with it.
If you bring a live Christmas tree into your house be aware that you are probably bring a bunch of bugs along with it. In fact one tree can have thousands of bugs. Typically tree bugs go dormant in the winter but the warmth of your house will wake them up.

Most Christmas tree farms have tree shakers but if you don’t have access to one you need to shake it yourself outside to get rid of the bugs.

The advice from the experts is to do a quick inspection with the help of a flashlight. Look for bird nests, bugs – anything that doesn’t belong. Then leave your tree in the garage for 24 hours before decorating. During the rest of the season, vacuum the floor around your tree regularly. But don’t spray bug spray on your tree. They are usually flammable.

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Police: Black cat crosses suspect's path, rats him out
By Associated Press

A Pennsylvania police department says a black cat was lucky for one of its officers tracking down a fugitive.

The Ephrata Police Department posted on its Facebook page that officers were searching for Jonathan Michael Steffy last month over an outstanding bench warrant.

They found the 23-year-old in a backyard but he fled. As they searched the area, one officer noticed a black cat in a nearby yard staring intently at a shed. The officer checked that shed, but it was empty. The officer again saw the cat, and it became apparent it was staring at a different shed behind the officer.

The officer opened that shed and found Steffy.

Police say their thankful for any crime-fighting help, "whether human or feline!"

It wasn't clear if Steffy has an attorney.





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Frequency changing on ESPN Delaware
By Kelli Steele

Delaware’s only ESPN station is moving.
Delaware’s only ESPN station is moving.

Luckily it’s just moving down the dial to 102.1.

You’ll still be able to listen to all your favorite ESPN personalities like, Mike and Mike, Dan Le Batard, and Russillo and Kanell, on 930 AM, but now southern Sussex County will be able to tune in as well.

The change will take place on January 12, 2017 and until then you can still listen to ESPN on 104.1.

General Manager, Bill Vernon, said, “We took pride when we launched Delaware’s only ESPN station, and now we’re excited to share the brand with even more of Sussex County. From now until January 12, 2017, you’ll be able to hear all your favorite NFL games, the NFL playoffs, Super Bowl, and all the college bowl games on ESPN 930 AM and 104.1 FM."



Program director, Gary Schofield, said, “It's exciting to be able to expand our reach to more of Sussex County; there's really been no Sports Station to speak of in this area since I moved here in 2000 and to be able cover more of the area is fantastic. And the fact that you're getting Delaware sports news along with ESPN's amazing talk lineup and live sports offerings, it's the total package!"



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