DNC Day 3: President Obama vouches for Hillary Clinton's readiness for job
By The Associated Press

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd./(John Locher/AP)
11:41 p.m.

Hillary Clinton embraced President Barack Obama on stage following the completion of his speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Clinton made the surprise appearance with Obama a night before she's set to addresses the convention.

The president told Democrats he's "ready to pass the baton" to Clinton in her campaign against Republican Donald Trump. Clinton is the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

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11:36 p.m.

President Barack Obama made a pitch to disaffected Republicans to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, quoting Ronald Reagan to make the point that Republican Donald Trump is peddling fear in his white House campaign.

Reagan called America "a shining city on a hill," Obama said, adding Trump called the United States "a divided crime scene," which Trump is hoping to scare enough people into voting for him.

The president said Trump and his supporters don't offer solutions to pressing problems. Rhetoric at the GOP convention "wasn't particularly Republican, and it sure wasn't conservative," Obama said.

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11:33 p.m.

At the mention of GOP nominee Donald Trump's name during Barack Obama's convention speech, the crowd of delegates began to boo.

Obama didn't miss a beat.

He deviated from his prepared remarks to implore his fellow partisans: "Don't boo. Vote!"

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11:31 p.m.

President Barack Obama told the Democratic convention and voters watching on TV that if they're "concerned about who's going to keep you and your family safe in a dangerous world," then their Election Day choice is clear.

Obama said Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is "respected around the world not just by leaders, but by the people they serve," that she'd worked closely with "our intelligence teams, our diplomats, our military," and that she won't relent until the Islamic State group is destroyed.

In a reference to GOP nominee Donald Trump, Obama said Clinton will "finish the job--and she'll do it without resorting to torture, or banning entire religions from entering our country."

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11:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama blasted Donald Trump for trying to scare Americans into handing the GOP nominee the keys to the White House.

Trump believes he will win if he "scares enough people" over immigration and crime, and is "selling the American people short" by suggesting "he alone can restore order" as a "self-declared savior," Obama said

The second-term president notes that Democrats are meeting in the same city where American founders signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and later wrote the Constitution.

He's quoting words from those documents, and saying it's "We the people" who "can form a more perfect union."

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11:28 p.m.

President Barack Obama is telling the Democratic National Convention that if they believe that there's too much inequality in our country and too much money in our politics, they need to be as vocal, organized and persistent "as Bernie Sanders' supporters have been."

He says they need to get out and vote for Democrats up and down the ticket and then hold them accountable.

Obama says politics can be frustrating, but that "democracy works." He says Americans have to "want it, not just during an election year but all the days in between."

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11:27 p.m.

President Barack Obama tried to make the case for his preferred successor and he said: "Hillary Clinton is that woman in the arena."

She's been "there for us--even if we haven't always noticed," he said.

The president tells the delegates at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia that if they're serious about democracy, "you can't afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue."

That's a coy reference to supporters of Clinton's primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

He told activists: "You've got to get in the arena with her, because democracy isn't a spectator sport."

Obama's also making a reference to GOP nominee Donald Trump. The president says, "America isn't about, 'Yes he will.' It's about, 'Yes we can."'

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11:26 p.m.

President Barack Obama said Donald Trump "shows no regard for working people."

Obama aid he knows plenty of businessmen and women who've achieved success like Trump has--but they've done it without leaving a trail of lawsuits, unpaid workers, and "people feeling like they got cheated."

"The Donald is not really a 'plans' guy," he said. "He's not really a facts guy, either."

Anyone concerned about pocketbook issues, and who wants a bigger voice for workers, should vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Obama said.

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11:21 p.m.

President Barack Obama criticized what he called the "deeply pessimistic vision" of America he says he heard from Republicans at their convention last week.

Obama is telling the Democratic National Convention that Republican nominee Donald Trump and his supporters proposed "no serious solutions to pressing problems."

Instead, the president said Republicans spent their time fanning "resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate."

"That's not the America I know."

Obama said the country is "full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity," but acknowledged that Americans have "real anxieties" and that some have not shared in the nation's economical recovery.

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11:17 p.m.

President Barack Obama said there's never been a man or a woman--"not me, not Bill"--who's more qualified than Hillary Clinton to be president.

"Nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office."

Obama said Clinton has been in that room and has been part of the decisions that a president makes.

He vouched for Clinton as someone who listens to people, keeps her cool and treats everybody with respect.

"That's the Hillary I've come to admire."

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11:12 p.m.

President Barack Obama said Hillary Clinton's handling of their 2008 presidential primary rivalry proved her mettle as a public servant.

Obama told the Democratic convention in Philadelphia he was "worn out" by that race, but watched then-New York Sen. Clinton match him step-for-step--"backward in heels."

He recalls asking her to serve as secretary of state after he won the general election, a move he says surprised her.

But Obama says Clinton "ultimately said yes" because "she knew that what was at stake was bigger than either of us."

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11:10 p.m.

President Barack Obama defended his record during his two terms in the White House, saying the economy rebounded and the world order sustained amid so many threats.

The Democratic president said at his party's convention that "by so many measures our country is stronger and more prosperous than when we started."

He cited falling deficits, a recovering auto industry, plummeting unemployment and his signature health care law.

He referenced his decision to order the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, championed the deal designed to curtail Iran's nuclear ambitions, and celebrated a "new chapter" of normalized relations with Cuba.

He said "change is never easy" and acknowledges that necessary changes aren't accomplished "in one term, one presidency or even in one lifetime."

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11 p.m.

During his final Democratic National Convention as president, Barack Obama said he's "more optimistic about the future of America than ever before."

Obama spoke on the night before Hillary Clinton addresses the convention--and he's making the case for her to continue his work.

The president said the nation has been tested by war and recession, but he's more optimistic about the country's future. He arrived to an extended ovation and chants of "Yes, we can.

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10:50 p.m.

Democrats got a reminder of the loneliness of being president.

A video being shown before President Barack Obama took the stage at their convention recalls the difficult decisions Obama faced as he took office amid the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Among the decisions Obama struggled with were whether to support a bailout of the U.S. auto industry and press for a health care overhaul.

He did both in the face of political concerns that he might not win re-election.

The video also explored Obama's emotional reaction to the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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10:40 p.m.

Donald Trump's campaign accused Leon Panetta--a former CIA chief and defense secretary--of turning a blind eye to what it calls Hillary Clinton's "enablement of foreign espionage."

Trump adviser Stephen Miller said in a statement it's "alarming" Panetta would, "through his silence," condone Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Miller said Panetta "better than most, should know how many lives she put at risk."

There's no evidence Clinton's actions put any lives at risk.

Panetta said at the Democratic convention that Trump's comments encouraging Russia to find and make public emails deleted by Clinton disqualified him from being commander in chief

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10:35 p.m.

Tim Kaine focused on trust as he concluded his pitch--to Democrats in Philadelphia and to voters watching on TV--that Hillary Clinton should be the next president.

The Democrats' vice presidential candidate told his party's convention that "we better elect the candidate who's proven that she can be trusted with the job."

He added there's another standard that voters should consider: which candidate is "ready for the job."

The Virginia senator said Clinton's "ready because of faith. She's ready because of her heart. She's ready because of her experience. She's ready because she knows in America we are stronger together."

"Hillary is ready. Ready to fight, ready to win, ready to lead."

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10:30 p.m.

Tim Kaine tore into Donald Trump as a "guy who promises a lot" but always follows up with the words "believe me."

Kaine said in his speech at the Democratic convention that "most people, when they run for president, they don't just say 'believe me.' They respect you enough to tell you how they will get things done."

Kaine said the Republican presidential nominee has asked Americans to believe he'll build a wall with Mexico, destroy the Islamic State group "so fast" - and that there's nothing suspicious in the tax returns he won't make public.

"So here's the question: Do you really believe him? Donald Trump's whole career says you better not."

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10:25 p.m.

Tim Kaine said he knows a lot of Republican senators who say privately "how fantastic a senator that Hillary Clinton was."

Kaine made his first major speech as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, and the Virginia senator talked about his work on the Senate Armed Services and Senate Foreign Relations Committees--as well as serving on the Senate Budget Committee with Bernie Sanders.

Kaine said that on the Senate Aging Committee, he helps seniors to make sure they're not targeted by "rip-off artists."

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10:17 p.m.

Tim Kaine promoted his lengthy government experience in his first major speech as the Democratic vice presidential candidate.

The Virginia senator--in a prime-time speech at the Democratic convention--detailed his rise from a member of the Richmond City Council to the city's mayor, to Virginia's lieutenant governor to governor.

Kaine said if he's good at his work, it's because he "started at the local level listening to people, learning about their lives and trying to get results," and added it was hard work steering his state through the recession, but he says, "Hey, tough times don't last--and tough people do."

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10:14 p.m.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine says his Republican father-in-law has been voting for a lot of Democrats recently.

Kaine's father-in-law is a former Virginia governor, Linwood Holton. Kaine tells Democrats at their national convention that his father-in-law is in attendance - at age "90-plus and going strong."

Kaine says his father-in-law remains a Republican, but is voting for Democrats because "any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far away from his party of Lincoln."

Kaine is inviting other voters "looking for that party of Lincoln," to join the Democratic Party.

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10:10 p.m.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine "humbly" accepted his party's nomination for vice president.

Kaine told the Democratic convention in Philadelphia that he formally accepts the party's nomination on behalf of his wife, Anne, "and every strong woman in this country," their three children and everyone in the military.

The former governor of Virginia and mayor of Richmond says he'll run for vice president on behalf of families working to get ahead, for senior citizens hoping for a dignified retirement and for every person who wants America to be a beloved community.

And Kaine says he'll do it for his friend and running mate, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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10 p.m.

A video introducing Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine emphasized his working-class roots and his service as Virginia's governor and senator.

The video played for convention delegates said Kaine's life is "built on selfless humble service" and that he had a "Midwestern start in a working-class home in Kansas City."

The tribute noted his work as a civil rights lawyer, commitment to family, and work to bring Virginia together after a shooting at Virginia Tech while he was governor

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9:45 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden called Vladimir Putin a "dictator"--a term the U.S. government doesn't use when referring to the Russian president.

Biden said in his speech at the Democratic convention that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is belittling U.S. allies while embracing "dictators like Vladimir Putin."

Earlier in the day, Trump said: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing." He was referring to emails on Hillary Clinton's private server as secretary of state that she said she deleted - because they were private - before turning other messages over to the State Department.

The U.S. regularly chastises Putin for cracking down on dissent, but doesn't consider Russia a dictatorship. Putin has won three presidential elections, most recently in 2012.

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9:43 p.m.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Hillary Clinton--and that's giving her the support of an independent who said he votes based on the candidate, "not the party label."

Bloomberg called for the country to unite around Clinton because she can "defeat a dangerous demagogue."

He's offered a tough critique of businessman Donald Trump, saying, "I'm a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one."

Bloomberg points to his work to build a business and compares that with Trump's beginning in real estate:

"I didn't start it with a million dollar check from my father."

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9:37 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden has wrapped up his speech to the Democratic convention by making a forceful case for American exceptionalism.

He said the United States "does not scare easily," and when confronted with crisis, "we endure, we overcome and we always move forward."

Biden said the 21st century "is going to be the American century," and that will happen because the U.S. leads "not only by the example of our power but by the power of our example."

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9:33 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden said Donald Trump was too dangerous to trust with the presidency.

"No major party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or been less prepared to deal with our national security," he said.

The vice president told the Democratic National Convention that Trump--the GOP presidential nominee--offers policies that are more in line with the United States' adversaries.

Biden said Trump backs "torture" and "religious intolerance." Biden says that "betrays our values" and makes it harder for the United States to defeat Islamic State militants.

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9:27 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden skewered Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for suggesting he represents the middle class.

Biden said the billionaire real estate mogul "has no clue about what makes America great."

The vice president told the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that he's known as "middle-class Joe" in the nation's capital--and he said that's not a compliment.

He said it actually means ... "you're not sophisticated."

Trump isn't actually a friend to the middle class, but instead is a wealthy man who "doesn't have a clue" about middle America, Biden said.

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9:25 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden said Hillary Clinton's election will have a major impact on young girls. When she walks into the Oval Office as president, he said "it will change their lives."

Biden vouched for Clinton in a speech to the Democratic National Convention. He recalls his weekly breakfasts with Clinton when she served as secretary of state during the Obama administration.

Biden said everyone knows that Clinton is smart and tough but he says, "I know what she's passionate about. I know Hillary."

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9:20 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to his late son Beau, who introduced him at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Beau Biden went on to become attorney general of Delaware. He died in 2015 after a battle with cancer.

The vice president tells delegates in Philadelphia that the nation got to see "what an incredibly fine young man" Beau Biden was when he nominated his father for vice president.

Biden says his challenge in dealing with his son's death makes him appreciate "the unbreakable spirit of the people of America" who deal with problems every day with "so much less support," but still "put one foot in front of the other."

The vice president was considered to be a potential 2016 presidential candidate, but cited his son's death as a reason he wasn't up for a national campaign.

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9:15 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to President Barack Obama at the Democratic convention, calling Obama the "embodiment of honor, resolve and character."

Biden said Obama was "one of the finest presidents we have ever had."

Biden reminds delegates it's been eight years since he accepted the nomination to become vice president.

He says he and his wife, Jill, now considers the Obamas "family." Biden says of the president, "He's become a brother to Jill and me."

9:17 p.m.

Donald Trump's running mate is sounding a humble tone during his first solo campaign event since joining the ticket.

Mike Pence is calling himself a "B-list Republican celebrity."

The Indiana governor was introduced in Waukesha, Wisconsin, by a fellow GOP governor, Scott Walker, and Pence is playing up his self-effacing Midwestern persona.

Waukesha overwhelmingly voted for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during Wisconsin's presidential primary - and Cruz won the state handily.

But Pence tells a crowd of several hundred people to vote for Trump because of the conservatives he'd nominate to the Supreme Court if he's elected president.

He says they should vote Trump for the sake of the Constitution, the sanctity of life, the Second Amendment and "all our God given liberties."

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9:10 p.m.

WikiLeaks has released 29 voicemails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, and they include several from unidentified party members upset by Bernie Sanders' influence on the party.

The anti-Sanders messages are included with mostly run-of-the-mill messages about upcoming Democratic events that WikiLeaks selected for release Wednesday.

One caller objects to Sanders' choices for the party's platform committee and doesn't even want the Vermont senator to have a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention.

The caller - speaking about Sanders - says "he's not a Democrat. Please stop this man now." Another complains about the role given to Sanders supporter Cornel West, who's been highly critical of President Barack Obama.

The release follows more than 19,000 stolen DNC emails that WikiLeaks published on its website last week.

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9:05 p.m.

Leon Panetta's critique of Donald Trump's preparation for the presidency drew dueling chants from the audience at the Democratic National Convention.

Chants of "No more war!" broke out during Panetta's speech. The former defense secretary and CIA director questioned Trump's ability to become commander in chief.

Later in Panetta's speech, chants of "USA!" filled the arena.

It was one of the first times that chant was heard during the Democratic convention. It was common during last week's Republican gathering.

Panetta promoted Hillary Clinton's national security credentials.

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9 p.m.

Democratic convention delegates watched a video tribute to Vice President Joe Biden in which he proclaims he's more optimistic than ever about the country's future.

The video recapped Biden's long career and is being shown just before his speech in Philadelphia.

Biden was praised for taking on the National Rifle Association in pushing for an assault weapons ban in the 1990s. The video says that's the "kind of courage we need today in Congress to stand up to the NRA."

It also alluded to personal loss in Biden's life--the deaths of his first wife and daughter in 1972, and son Beau Biden from cancer last year.



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In DNC Speech, VP Biden says too dangerous to make Trump president
By The Associated Press

Vice President Joe Biden is casting Donald Trump as too dangerous to trust with the presidency.
Vice President Joe Biden is casting Donald Trump as too dangerous to trust with the presidency.

Biden said on Wednesday "no major party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or been less prepared to deal with our national security."

The vice president tells the Democratic National Convention that Trump - the GOP presidential nominee - offers policies that are more in line with the United States' adversaries.

Biden says Trump backs "torture" and "religious intolerance." Biden says that "betrays our values" and makes it harder for the United States to defeat Islamic State militants.



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Former Md. Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at convention
By The Associated Press

Updated Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 2:52am

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is praising Hillary Clinton and denouncing Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention.

O'Malley, who ended his bid for the party's presidential nomination in February, spoke at the convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

He says Clinton will fight for people as president, while Trump won't. O'Malley says the Republican nominee for president "feeds off of economic fears and failures."

O'Malley told the convention hall "to hell with Trump's American nightmare. We believe in the American dream."

O'Malley dropped out of the race midway through vote-counting in the Iowa caucuses, after his campaign failed to gain traction against Clinton and Bernie Sanders.



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AUDIO: UPDATE: Sarah McBride will become first transgendered person to speak at DNC
By Robert Petree

Sarah McBride will become the first transgendered person in history to speak at DNC.
For the first time in history, a transgendered person will speak at the Democratic National Convention.

Democratic Delegation Whip Lisa Goodman talks more about Sarah McBride, the Wilmington native who is set to make history tonight (Thursday).

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"She's a board member of equality Delaware, she's a Wilmingtonian, and we couldn't have a better spokesperson for the transgendered community in the nation than our Delaware's Sarah McBride."

McBride is scheduled to to take the stage sometime between 5 and 7 p.m.



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AUDIO: Sen. Coons says Hillary Clinto has a tough exterior, but a passion for many things
By Kelli Steele

Tonight (Thursday), Hillary Clinton will take center stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as she accepts the nomination for president.

Delaware Senator Chris Coons, losing his voice, tells Delaware 105-9's Susan Monday, that Hillary Clinton has a pretty tough exterior:

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"After years and years of being in the political arena, and fighting with a lot of folks over many years, I first met Hillary Clinton back in 1988 when I was working with something called "The I Have A Dream Foundation" that provides college tuition scholarships to low-income kids; kids from families with no experience of going to college."

Coons says Clinton also has a passion for children:

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"Underneath all the smarts and all the toughness and all the experience is also the heart of a mom who deeply cares about her own daughter Chelsea who's gonna introduce her tonight because she deeply cares about our children."

Aides say Clinton will lay out a positive vision for the future and detail her proposals to improve the economy, boost the country's security and unite a divided nation.



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Today is Governor's Day at the State Fair in Harrington
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 4:43am

Governor Markell has a busy day ahead of him today (Thursday), as he celebrates Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington.
Governor Markell has a busy day ahead of him today (Thursday), as he celebrates Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington.

The Governor will join Ag Secretary Ed Kee, DNREC Secretary David Small, State Fair leaders, 2016 Miss Delaware Amanda Debus, members of Delaware’s farming community, and others for traditional activities at the State Fair that celebrate Delaware’s rich agricultural and natural resources heritage.

Governor Markell will tour 4-H exhibits, recognize Delaware Young Farmers program participants and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the state’s farmland preservation program and present awards, tour the exhibit at the DNREC Booth and sign House Bill 401, relating to licensing.



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REMINDER: Annual Wade-In, Nanticoke River report card 'grades' today at Trap Pond State Park
By David Alessandrini

The Nanticoke Wade-In will take place Thursday at Trap Pond State Park
You can join in celebration of the Nanticoke River and learn about its current health and water quality issues at the annual Nanticoke Wade-In today (Thursday).

This year's event will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Trap Pond State Park near Laurel; it will feature the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) releasing the 2015 Nanticoke River Report Card, and the announcement a new multi-year partnership with the Perdue Foundation that will benefit the river's future.

Wade-In attendees are encouraged to get their feet wet to help evaluate the river's water quality condition by using the "sneaker index" - determining what water depth a wader can reach while still seeing her or his feet on the river bottom.

The sneaker index is a casual indicator of water clarity - the ability of sunlight to reach the bottom, which is crucial for supporting high dissolved oxygen levels, bottom-dwelling species, and submerged aquatic vegetation.

Part of the Wade-In discussion will center on the partnership with the Perdue Foundation, which will support the Nanticoke Creekwatchers program and water quality data distribution, while also providing Perdue "Green Team" associates with educational workshops and volunteer opportunities.

Specific outcomes will include Perdue associate workshops focused on water quality and conservation practices, site cleanups and tree-planting opportunities, water quality monitoring program assistance and upgrades, annual report card printing, and a significant expansion of the annual Wade-In event to reach more of the Nanticoke Watershed community.

"Our support of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance will aid in monitoring and protecting the Nanticoke River, raising awareness of its needs, and educating our neighbors on how they can do their part to keep it beautiful," said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. "It is an honor to be a part of these important efforts."

Participants will enjoy a free lunch beginning at noon, in addition to the NWA and Delaware State Parks providing complementary paddling opportunities at Trap Pond for all ages.

Attendees must register for the event.

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UPDATE: Verdict expected today in trial for former airman charged with killing toddler
By Kelli Steele & The AP

Updated Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 4:45am

Justin Corbett
A verdict is expected today (Thursday), in the trial for a former airman stationed at Dover Air Force Base who is charged with murder in the 2012 death of 21-month-old Evan Dudley, who was left in his care.

47 ABC reports that closing arguments in the trial for Justin Corbett were given in Kent County Superior Court Wednesday.

Corbett is charged with first-degree murder by abuse or neglect, recklessly causing the death of a child.

Authorities say Corbett was caring for Dudley in November 2012 while his mother Nicole Dudley, also a Dover Air Force Base airman, was deployed in Qatar (CUTTER). Police say Corbett called 911 to report that Evan was unresponsive after falling down stairs.

Corbett has denied killing the boy.



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Water Spout comes close to Ocean City
By Kelli Steele

Photo by Desiree Allin Hopf sent to The Dispatch
As hazy, hot, humid conditions persists across Delmarva this week, lifeguards in Ocean City cleared the beach Wednesday afternoon as a strong thunderstorm rolled across the resort bringing with it a funnel cloud that could be clearly seen by residents and visitors, alike.

Local television weather forecasters broke into daytime programming around 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, to report that the National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for parts of Maryland's Eastern Shore, affecting the southeastern part of Worcester County.

Ocean City lifeguards quickly cleared the beach and boaters rushed to get back to shore.

The good news is, the water spout NEVER touched down.



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4-year-old boy recovering after being hit by shuttle bus at State Fair
By Kelli Steele

Updated Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 7:22am

A 4-year-old boy is recovering after being hit this week by a shuttle bus at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington.

Fair Spokesman Danny Aquilar tells Delaware 105-9 that the incident happened around 11 o'clock Tuesday night; he says the boy was immediately taken to Bay Health in Dover for evaluation and treatment of only non-life threatening injuries.

Fair management is currently conducting an investigation and NO further information is currently available.



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Troopers seek suspect in burglary and assault near Dagsboro
By Frank Gerace

A man who broke into a house near Dagsboro and assaulted its occupant is still at large.
A man who broke into a house near Dagsboro and assaulted its occupant is still at large.

A woman heard a noise in the back of her house on Field Lane around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, and when she went to investigate, the suspect attacked her and fled, Delaware State Police said.

Troopers and officers from several other departments searched the area, but couldn't find the suspect.

The victim could only give police a limited description of her attacker, and anyone with information about the incident can call Troop 4 Major Crimes Unit at 302.856.5850.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."



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UPDATE: Individuals, agencies dodge blame as Freddie Gray case ends
By The Associated Press

Updated Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 4:07am

Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr. (August 16, 1989 – April 19, 2015)
Fourteen months after an arrestee's death prompted massive protests and spawned rioting, Baltimore's top prosecutor dismissed the cases for the remaining officers, drawing the highest-profile prosecution in Baltimore's recent history to a close.

Freddie Gray died in April of last year, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police wagon. Three officers charged in the case were acquitted, and a fourth was slated for retrial after his proceedings ended in a hung jury last year.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby on Wednesday was righteous in her rage, and turned what could have been a concession speech into an indictment of the police department, blaming a biased investigation for her office's failure to secure a conviction.

The proceedings revealed deep fissures among the police, prosecutors and the people of Baltimore.





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AUDIO: Social Media is utilized by Delaware State Police in almost ALL investigations
By Robert Petree

Delaware State Police utilize a number of platforms to aide in their investigations, including facebook, twitter, and instagram.
Delaware State Police are utilizing social media now more than ever, to aide them in their investigations.

Delaware 1059's Rob Petree has more...

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Whether it be a robbery, homicide, or a missing person, social media is useful in a number of investigations.

Public Information Officer for the Delaware State Police Gary Fournier explains...

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"Social media absolutely speeds up a lot of the process, and helps us track down the suspects and get them a lot quicker. Everyday we're posting something out there for wanted suspects or something where we can identify a suspect that is involved in a robbery or other crimes committed throughout the state."

Delaware State Police utilize a number of platforms including facebook, twitter, and instagram.



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Brandywine Hundred apartment fire caused by unattended cooking
By DJ McAneny

A condominium fire that occurred in Brandywine Hundred caused $5,000 in damage and was ruled accidental Wednesday, state officials announced that afternoon.
A condominium fire that occurred in Brandywine Hundred caused $5,000 in damage and was ruled accidental Wednesday, state officials announced that afternoon.

According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office, a fire at an apartment in the 5200 LeParc Drive in Le Parc Condominiums just after 1 a.m. began in a second floor apartment, caused by unattended cooking, officials said.

The fire was extinguished by the building's sprinkler system.

A female occupant of the unit required treatment from emergency medical responders.



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ALS-related gene found with help from Ice Bucket Challenge
By The Associated Press

The ALS Association is crediting money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge for the discovery of a gene they say is among the most common that contribute to the progressive disease.
The ALS Association is crediting money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge for the discovery of a gene they say is among the most common that contribute to the progressive disease.

Those who accepted the challenge allowed buckets of ice water to be dumped on their heads to raise awareness of ALS.

The challenge became a viral sensation in 2014 and raised more than $100 million for the association. Some of that money helped fund a global effort to help find genetic drivers of the condition called Project MinE.

The ALS Association says a paper published this week in the journal Nature Genetics reveals Project MinE researchers have identified the NEK1 gene's connection to ALS. It says understanding the gene's role will help in developing new target therapy for ALS.



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Districts, schools win grants to support college access efforts
By David Alessandrini

Nine Delaware school districts and high schools will implement comprehensive, innovative strategies to increase college readiness and access during the 2016-2017 school year with grants from the state's College Access fund.

The grants from the Delaware Department of Education's Higher Education Office are part of the broad strategy to increase college-going that includes the Getting to Zero campaign and investments in boosting success in Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment classes.

"These grants will support preparing middle school students to take advanced classes when they reach high school, increase training for teachers of advanced classes, support counselors on college access work and allow for partnerships with community organizations to increase support for students," Secretary of Education Steve Godowsky said.

The Delaware Goes to College grant and the AP Incentive grant support innovative and proven programs that increase student access to rigorous coursework and drive all students towards post-secondary education, including certificates, apprenticeships, and two-year and four-year degrees.

The Delaware Higher Education Office selected two districts and two high schools to receive 2016-2017 Delaware Goes to College grants that were open to all districts and charters to promote their comprehensive strategies:

- St. George's Technical High School ($60,950)

- Middletown High School ($60,060)

- Indian River School District ($30,880)

- Colonial School District ($52,000)

The opportunities provide districts and schools with funding that can be used to support programs and professional learning in both middle and high school that drives change in any of the four recommendations from the 2016 College Success Report: http://www.doe.k12.de.us/collegesuccess.

Through a separate competitive grant open to all districts and charters, four districts and two high schools received 2016-2017 Advanced Placement Incentive Grants. Colonial and Appoquinimink school districts received both grants.

- Appoquinimink High School ($56,610)

- Brandywine School District ($38,100)

- Capital School District ($35,760)

- Colonial School District ($39,390)

- Newark Charter High School ($23,540)

- Milford School District ($16,100)

The districts and schools will use the grants to provide teachers of AP classes with professional development and to increase the rigor of middle school courses to better prepare students for AP classes in high school.



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AUDIO: REMINDER: 2016 Senior League & Big League Softball World Series returns to Roxana this weekend
By Kelli Steele

Updated Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 7:09am

The 2016 Senior League and Big League Softball World Series returns to Roxana starting this weekend.

The event has been in Sussex County for many years; its a huge economic driver and teams from all over the world come to play.

This year, the event's spokesman Martin Donovan told Delaware 105-9's Dan Gaffney that a new team is coming:

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"This time, the next couple of weeks we find out who is coming. But we already have found out is that a team from China is coming. And this is the first time China has been in a World Series so we have to do some interesting things our first game"

Donovan went on to tell us when all the action is going to happen:

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"It's July 31 through August 7; all the semi-finals are on Aug. 6 and the finals are on the 7th. Friday's games are on one of the ESPN channels and on Sunday, one game is on ESPN, while another is on ESPN2."

Besides China, others teams set to play in the tournament include: Delaware, Asia Pacific, Canada and Latin America just to name a few.

Schedule of games:

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