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AUDIO: Police community-relations addressed at DSU in Dover
By Robert Petree

What can be done to improve Police-Community Relations in Kent County?
What can be done to improve Police-Community Relations in Kent County?

Delaware officials think they have the answer and it started with a Town Hall Tuesday night at Delaware State University.

The meeting was comprised of a panel of elected officials, law enforcement and community activists there to answer questions from a predominantly African American audience to help improve relations between the community and police.

Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat says steps are being taken to improve policing and it starts with two officers who are set to attend training in Florida.

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“I would love to see the community hold themselves more accountable when it comes to listening to the police officer, I would like to see our police officers get more diversity training and which we are doing we are sending two officers down to Florida for weeks long training to come back and be able to instruct all the other officers on culture diversity.”

The town hall was a joint venture between Delaware State Police, Dover Police, Legislators, Delaware State University and the First State Community Action Agency.



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VP Biden to make guest appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit tonight
By Kelli Steele

SVU airs on Wednesday night's at 9 on NBC.
An update to a story we told you about in July.

Vice President Joe Biden is going to be on tonight's (Wednesday's) episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Biden went to New York in July to tape his appearance on "SVU"; the White House says the episode will deal with the rape kit backlog and efforts to end violence against women.

SVU airs tonight (Wednesday) on NBC at 9 o'clock.



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Court hears arguments over benefits for "displaced worker"
By The Associated Press

The Delaware Supreme Court is hearing arguments over a company's efforts to terminate benefits for a worker who was injured on the job and now faces hardships finding another job because she is in the country illegally.

Roos Foods, a now-defunct cheese company in Kenton, sought to terminate Magdalena Guardado's benefits in 2014, saying she was physically able to return to work.

The Industrial Accident Board denied the company's petition, saying Guardado was a "displaced worker," and that the company had not shown there was work available for her.

A Superior Court judge upheld the board's decision earlier this year, saying Guardado, although medically able to work, qualified as a displaced worker for several reasons, including that she is unskilled, does not speak English, and cannot work legally in this country.





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Tyson Foods recalling 132,520 lbs. of cooked, coated chicken nuggets
By Kelli Steele

Photo from U.S. Department of Agriculture
Chicken nugget lovers listen up....Tyson Foods is recalling 132,520 pounds of cooked, coated chicken nuggets because they could be contaminated with hard plastic.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the recall involves five-pound packages or 20-pound bags of Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets with a “best if used by” date of July 18.

Ag officials in the Food Safety Inspection Service say some consumers have complained of finding plastic pieces in the nuggets; apparently the plastic may have come from a small, hard, round plastic rod that came from a belt used in production.

So far, there have been NO reports of injuries.



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Board approves leadership transition at Wilmington University
By Peter MacArthur & Lauren Hue

Dr. LaVerne Harmon
Wilmington University's Board of Trustees unanimously approved Executive Vice President Dr. LaVerne Harmon as the successor to current President Dr. Jack Varsalona.

Varsalona recently announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2017.

Harmon will be the first African-American woman to be named the president of a university in the state of Delaware.

"First, I'd like to say it's amazing," said Harmon. "There aren't enough high level women leaders in higher education nationally, and certainly fewer female African American leaders who hold prestigious university positions. My hope is that women like me can blaze a trail for those who will follow, and I feel incredibly proud to have been given this opportunity by Wilmington University."

She began working at the university in 1989, and has played key roles in its internal operations, strategic planning, and growth since becoming executive vice president in 2014.

"I've been privileged to hold numerous positions and I've learned from each of them. All of that experience has prepared me to not just preside over a talented staff and faculty, but also to understand the pressures that many of them are under," said Harmon. "Being president means that I will have the honor of leading a staff that has a shared vision and support a culture in which employees feel valued."

Harmon says she's proud to be a part of the university.

"Since its inception Wilmington University has been committed to providing opportunities to all who seek a higher education experience, and I believe strongly in that," said Harmon. "Everyone deserves an education grounded in academic excellence, and we will continue to provide convenient, affordable, and career oriented programs."

In regard to her vision for the future, she said she plans to build on the success of her predecessors, work collaboratively with staff, and create a plan that ensures sustainable enrollment growth. She's looking forward to the future.

"Just being so grateful and honored that the Board of Trustees and Dr. Varsalona have the confidence in me to lead Wilmington University into its future. It's truly an honor, and I'm humbled by it," said Harmon.



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Insurance company wants out of child porn defamation suit
By The Associated Press

A federal judge has ruled that an insurance company is obligated to defend the ex-wife of serial political candidate Richard Korn in a defamation lawsuit he filed against her.

Liberty Mutual argued that a homeowner's policy it issued to Magda Korn does not cover her against the defamation and negligence claims Richard Korn filed in state court.

In a ruling Tuesday, the judge disagreed.

Korn was arrested in 2013 after his ex-wife told police he had child pornography on his computer. He was acquitted by a judge who said prosecutors had not proven that he knew about the images.

Korn, who has run unsuccessfully for state auditor, county executive and state legislature, later sued his ex-wife, claiming she falsely accused him to try to gain leverage in divorce proceedings.





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PA Gov. Wolf urges lawmakers' fast action on opioid addiction bills
By The Associated Press

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will address a joint session of the state House and Senate as he presses for action on a package of legislation designed to combat opioid and heroin addiction.

Wolf's address at 11:30 this (Wednesday) morning comes as lawmakers' fall voting session winds down. He says lawmakers can't afford to stall with 10 people a day dying from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania.

Wolf is seeking passage of bills to require prescribers to check a prescription drug monitoring database every time they prescribe opioids and limit the opioid quantities that emergency room doctors can prescribe to seven days.

Wolf says he doesn't know whether either provision can pass the Legislature. The limitation on emergency prescriptions is a narrower version of what passed in Massachusetts, where lawmakers limited all doctors to a seven-day limit.



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Want to make a real impact on social media? Skip the "likes" and leave a comment
By Delaware1059 News

Updated Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 7:01am

Leaving "Likes" on Facebook is nice. But not as nice as it could be. Doing something else is so much better.
Leaving "Likes" on Facebook is nice. But not as nice as it could be. Doing something else is so much better...

It’s easy to scroll through Facebook and leave “Likes” all over the place.

But if you really want to make someone happy, go the extra mile and leave a comment.

According to Men's Health Magazine, a new study from Carnegie Mellon University looked at about 2,000 Facebook users. They found that people who received personalized comments from close friends reported improvements in their moods, life satisfaction, and stress levels.

In fact, the researchers found that when participants received 60 comments in a month, they experienced a short-term happiness boost on par with how people feel after they have a baby, says study author Robert Kraut, Ph.D.

But regular likes don’t cause the same mood spike. It’s like receiving a generic Hallmark card versus a handwritten note on your birthday, says Kraut.

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3-year-old boy's grandmother charged with murdering him
By Mark Fowser

Angela M. Bingham
A Felton woman is charged with the murder of her three-year-old grandson.

Delaware State Police said 51-year-old Angela Bingham called 9-1-1 Tuesday morning threatening to do harm to herself and stating she had killed her grandson last week.

According to troopers, Bingham walked out of the house on Skinner Lane during the call and was found walking near Reeves Crossing and Route 13.

The boy's body was found in a bedroom.

After being examined at a hospital, Bingham was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder.

She was being held without bail at the women's prison.

The cause of young Rilan Everett's death is under investigation.

The Division of Forensic Science will conduct an autopsy.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the child's apparent murder.



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Police arrest one suspect, are searching for two more in recent school bus battery thefts
By Mark Fowser

Jason M. Hamilton; Dominic J. Horsey; Thomas R. Johnson
One suspect is arrested and two more are being sought in connection with the recent theft of batteries from school buses at two bus companies in Sussex County.

Delaware State Police say in addition to the theft of nearly four dozen batteries from the facilities in Seaford and Laurel, 24 batteries were also taken from 17 buses parked on a farm in Laurel.

The buses are used in the harvesting of watermelons.

According to troopers, 25-year-old Thomas Johnson of Laurel "scrapped" many of the batteries at a Salisbury scrap yard.

Also implicated in the scheme were 28-year-old Dominic Horsey of Laurel and 29-year-old Jason Hamilton of Laurel.

Jason Hamilton turned himself in at police headquarters last week.

Horsey and Johnson are still at large, wanted for theft, conspiracy and criminal trespass.

If you think you have seen them, you're asked to contact Delaware State Police or Delaware Crime Stoppers.



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Dismissal filed in sex abuse suit against former Sussex Co. Councilman Vance Phillips
By Randall Chase, Associated Press

Updated Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 2:11pm

Former Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips
Attorneys have agreed to dismiss a lawsuit in which a young woman claims she was repeatedly sexually abused by former Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips.

A stipulation of dismissal was filed Tuesday in Kent County Superior Court in a civil action filed against Phillips by Katelynn Breana Dunlap.

Dunlap claimed Phillips repeatedly sexually assaulted her after encouraging her to become involved in politics. The lawsuit alleged that he forced sex on her several times starting in May 2011, a few weeks after she turned 18, and included graphic details involving bondage and sex toys during alleged encounters in Kent and Sussex counties.

The complaint also says Phillips warned Dunlap not to tell anyone, boasting he was "a powerful politician with lots of power over the courts and judges."



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Maryland woman arrested in Rehoboth for walking around topless
By Robert Petree

37-year-old Jennie Martin of Chevy Chase, Maryland.
A Maryland woman is arrested after police find her walking topless in Rehoboth Beach.

Saturday night just before 7 Rehoboth Beach Police were called to the area of Wilmington Avenue and First Street for a report of indecent exposure.

When police arrived they found 37-year-old Jennie Martin of Chevy Chase, Maryland walking around topless with her breasts exposed.

Further investigation revealed that before police arrived a male witness tried to get Martin to put her shirt on when she spit on him; all of this taking place in front of a 9-year-old child.

Officers report that an odor of alcohol could be smelled as they placed her under arrest.

Martin was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $1500 secure bail.



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Memorial service planned for fallen Wilmington firefighters
By Associated Press

Updated Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 1:17pm

Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes; Lieutenant Christopher Leach
Funeral services will be held this week for two Wilmington firefighters killed in a rowhouse blaze.

Forty-one-year-old Lt. Christopher Leach and 51-year-old Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes died in the fire which broke out at the residence early Saturday. The floor of the home collapsed as firefighters went inside, trapping some of the firefighters in the basement.

Two firefighters remain hospitalized in stable condition from their injuries. Three other injured firefighters were treated and released.

All residents at the home were able to safely escape.

A joint memorial service, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

Authorities are continuing their investigation into what caused the blaze.





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Two clown sightings reported in Salisbury
By Mark Fowser

Salisbury Police are investigating two clown sightings early Sunday morning in the 1,000-block of Fairground Drive
Salisbury Police are investigating two separate clown sightings, in which people dressed as clowns jumped out from bushes and tried to scare people.

The incidents occurred about three-and-a-half hours apart early Sunday morning in the 1,000-block of Fairground Drive.

Callers indicated that three different people were dressed as clowns.

Police responded but could not track down the individuals.

Similar sightings of clowns have occurred in other parts of the country.

In some cases the person dressed as a clown calls out to children.

Salisbury Police discourage such behavior because it could lead to a dangerous encounter, although dressing as a clown in and of itself is not necessarily against the law.



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Formosa Plastics fined more than $245k for violating safety regulations
By Robert Petree

Updated Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 4:02pm

Formosa Plastics Corp. ordered to pay more than $245,000 by DNREC for failing to properly label close to 90,000 lbs of PVC solids.
One Delaware company is in hot water for violating laws and regulations regarding hazardous waste management.

Formosa Plastics Corporation has been ordered to pay more than $245,000 by DNREC for failure to properly label close to 90,000 pounds of polyvinyl chloride solids.

PVC solids are hazardous due to their vinyl chloride content, which is considered highly toxic, flammable and carcinogenic.

The company also failed to make a hazardous waste determination on spent filters generated from the puncturing of aerosol cans; failed to post a “No Smoking” sign near ignitable wastes and failed to properly close a container of used oil generated by maintenance activities.

Based on the assessment, a Notice of Administrative Penalty and Secretary’s Order has been issued to Formosa Plastics Corporation.

During subsequent inspections conducted by USEPA and DNREC in 2012 and 2014, Formosa incurred additional violations relating to the mismanagement of PVC solids and on Sept. 17, 2015 was fined $112,500 by USEPA.



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Education research site gives high marks to Sussex Academy in Georgetown
By Mark fowser

(l. to r.) Danny Hearn (Lewes), Wes McLaughlin (Lewes), Ty Hudson (Lewes), Teacher Heather Foley, Michel Daniello (Lewes), Nicholas Holman (Milton)
Sussex Academy gets recognition as Delaware's top middle school, from an education research site known as StartClass.

The Georgetown-based public charter school says StartClass powered by Graphiq examined exam results, school environment, discipline and other factors as it compiled its rankings.

The data was provided by the National Center for Education Statistics and Civil Rights Data Collection.



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Judge sets trial date in fatal school bathroom fight
By Randall Chase, Associated Press

Three Delaware girls charged in a fatal school bathroom fight will go to trial nearly a year after a 16-year-old girl's death.

A Family Court judge on Tuesday scheduled the non-jury trial for April 3. Attorneys say it could last up to two weeks.

The judge ruled last month that a 16-year-old girl facing the most serious charge, criminally negligent homicide, would not be tried as an adult, leaving all three defendants to be tried as juveniles.

The girl is accused of repeatedly hitting Amy Joyner-Francis in an April attack at Wilmington's Howard High School of Technology. Two other girls are charged with conspiracy in planning the fight, which was recorded on a cellphone.

An autopsy found that Joyner-Francis, who had a heart condition, died of sudden cardiac death.



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Public defender still hoping to get drug pleas overturned
By Associated Press

After their argument was rejected by the state's court system, public defenders are now pushing for the federal court to vacate the guilty pleas of scores of drug defendants in Kent and Sussex counties because of an evidence-tampering scandal at the state drug-testing lab.

The News Journal reports that Assistant Public Defender Nicole Walker filed petitions in U.S. District Court in Delaware last week on behalf of about 40 defendants who pleaded guilty to drug offenses before the thefts and tampering were discovered in 2014.

The defendants want to withdraw their guilty pleas and be re-tried.

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled in October that no evidence was planted and that none of the defendants argued that he or she did not, in fact, possess illegal drugs.





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Alcohol laws prompted by deaths taking effect in Maryland
By Brian Witte, Associated Press

Crackdowns on drunken driving prompted by alcohol-related deaths and an effort to increase police accountability are among the laws taking effect Oct. 1:

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DRUNKEN DRIVING-IGNITION INTERLOCK

All drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alchohol will have to blow into ignition devices to prove they haven't drunk too much before their cars will start. Ignition interlock devices will have to be installed for six months in the vehicle of anyone who blows the legal limit of .08 in a breath test, or else the person's license would be suspended for six months. A driver who refuses a breath test would have to use the device for nine months, or accept a nine-month suspension. It's known as "Noah's Law" after 23-year-old police officer Noah Leotta, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver at a sobriety checkpoint.

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UNDERAGE DRINKING

Parents who knowingly allow underage drinking parties could face up to a year in jail, if an underage person who consumed alcohol leaves their home and hurts themselves or others in a crash. "Alex and Calvin's Law" was named for the deaths of two high school graduates, Alex Murk and Calvin Li, who were killed in a drunken-driving crash after an underage drinking party last year.

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VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER

The maximum jail sentence for people convicted of vehicular manslaughter after previous convictions of driving under the influence or while impaired by alcohol or drugs increases from five years to 15 years, with fines rising to $15,000.

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POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY

The hiring, training and discipline of officers is changing in ways aimed at increasing trust between police and communities following unrest in Baltimore last year. Hearings of police trial boards will be open to the public. Local officials can decide whether to add civilians to boards that review complaints against police. New officers must study the application of anti-discrimination and use-of-force de-escalation training. A state training and standards commission is tasked with modernizing recruitment standards and practices and increasing diversity. And police officers who live where they work will get a tax credit.

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EQUAL PAY

Maryland's equal pay law now prohibits businesses from retaliating against employees for discussing or disclosing salaries.

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GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION

Maryland is intensifying its target for reducing greenhouse gases. The old target was a 25 percent reduction from 2006 levels by 2020. Now the state is committing to a 40 percent reduction by 2030.

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UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

A partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, is being strengthened, creating one University of Maryland with two campuses and two presidents.

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STUDENT JOURNALISTS

Student journalists at public schools and public institutions of higher education will have freedom of speech protections in school-sponsored media, without being limited by the fact that the media is supported financially by the school system or institution of higher education.

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OPEN MEETINGS-AGENDAS

Public bodies will be required to make an agenda available to the public at least 24 hours before meeting in open session.

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HOME GAMBLING

People 21 and older can conduct home games involving wagering with a $1,000 limit on the amount wagered during any 24-hour period.



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Updated Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 5:40pm

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An applicant for a license to grow medical marijuana in Maryland plans to sue a state commission for allegedly failing to consider racial diversity when the panel named the top 15 finalists.

John Pica, who is co-counsel for Alternative Medicine Maryland, said Tuesday the applicant plans to file the lawsuit next week against the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

Pica says Alternative Medicine wants to stop the panel from taking further action on awarding licenses, until it follows a provision in state law requiring diversity to be considered.

Dr. Paul Davies, the commission's chairman, has said the panel will work with the attorney general's office to address diversity concerns.

Del. Cheryl Glenn, the head of the Legislative Black Caucus, has criticized the commission for the lack of diversity in finalists.



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Feds will keep Atlantic deep-sea red crab fishery in tact
By Associated Press

A federal regulatory council has decided to keep the rules for the Atlantic deep-sea red crab fishery at status quo in the near future and says the fishery is currently stable.

The red crabs are used as food and have been harvested by fishermen from Maine to Virginia for years.

The New England Fishery Management Council says catch levels in the fishery will be maintained at status quo for the next three years because of the "stable biological and economic state of the fishery."

The annual catch limit for the next three years will be 1,775 metric tons. Regulators say there has been no discernible change in the size of the red crab stock in recent years.





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What you should know about online reviews
By Delaware1059 News



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Do you look at customer reviews when you buy something online? If so, there is something you need to know.

If you are buying something on Amazon, it’s usually worthwhile to look at the customer reviews. And if you do, you should be aware of something called “incentivized reviews.” That’s where the reviewer received the product for free or reduced price in exchange for an “Honest” review and must disclose that fact in his or her review.

An analysis of over 18 million Amazon reviews found that incentivized reviews are statistically more positive than regular reviews. The average regular review is 4.33 stars. The average incentivized review is 4.73 stars. So there is clearly some built-in bias.

In addition, even if the reviewer is being honest, the process companies often use to hand pick who gets the free product to review can also create bias.

It’s just something to be aware of when you are deciding whether or not to buy something.



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