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Allan Loudell

Ex FBI Director Louis Freeh nearly died in car crash

It emerges that former FBI Director - and Wilmington area resident Louis Freeh (several of his kids went to Archmere Academy) - would've bled out from a severed artery in his leg -- had emergency responders in Vermont not taken immediate action...
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No fix anytime soon for Phillies

For those who have hope the Phillies can turn this thing around in two or three years....that's not going to happen. Ruben Amaro Jr. has this team in a shambles and there is no fix that's on the horizon...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics have grabbed your attention here at the end of the week? Philadelphia-based, Comcast Corporation is pulling the plug on its attempts to buy Time Warner Cable...
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Should the media / public have routine access to video from police body cams?

As long as the subject of Governor Markell's "secret" e-mail address - and public access to those e-mails - has generated such interesting discussion here in Delaware, let me refer you to a new FOIA transparency fight: The treatment of video from police body cameras...
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Allan Loudell

Even more reason U.D. will never get a law school...

University of Delaware President Patrick Harker - who officially exits the university July 1st - revealed in December 2010 that U.D. was exploring the potential for a law school...
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Governor Markell's "secret" e-mail account: Major ethical lapse?

Open government transparency advocates - such as the Delaware Coalition for Open Government's John Flaherty and State Representative John Kowalko (D-Newark) are raising a stink about Governor Markell's supposedly "secret" e-mail address: Alan...
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Another U.S. infrastructural challenge: Improving rail travel

The late journalist/international analyst Arnaud deBorchgrave - who my regular listeners know I interviewed quite often - used to lament America's crumbling transportation infrastructure, particularly when he had returned from a nation where the airport terminals and rails were beyond impressive...
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Allan Loudell

Why New Hampshire will be treacherous terrain for Presidential hopefuls

An article in POLITICO today reminds me of something I had forgotten: New Hampshire - unlike Delaware - has an "open" Presidential primary where independent voters unaffiliated with either party may choose either "D" or "R" ballots...
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Allan Loudell

Comcast's ambitions vs. reality on the ground in Philly

Which cable provider do you use? Comcast? The Philadelphia-based media goliath doesn't exactly win accolades for its customer service. Comcast - owner of NBC Universal (blamed, in part, from the recent problems at NBC News which in posted in an earlier blog) - now seeks regulatory approval for its proposed marriage to Time Warner Cable to create an even greater colossus...
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Allan Loudell

Some take-aways from the New Hampshire G.O.P. summit

Interesting take-aways in POLITICO from this past weekend's G.O.P. Presidential hopeful cattle call. The first take-away is revealing: "Reports of Chris Christie's political death are exaggerated...
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Allan Loudell

Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So what's on your mind - in terms of stories, issues, and topics - as we end the week? The circumstances for Delaware's charter schools remain chaotic...
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TULSA WORLD newspaper: Supervisors told to falsify reserve deputy's training records

The plot thickens in the case of the 73-year-old reserve sheriff's deputy (Critics would say "hobby cop") now facing a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed man...
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DELPEX Stamp Show this Saturday at the Nur Shrine Center

The weather forecast for Saturday calls for a beautiful day, with temperatures in the 70's... great for hiking, bicycling, gardening... take your pick! But before you enjoy the great outdoors, you might want to check out the annual stamp show sponsored by the Brandywine Valley Stamp Club, at a familiar venue for such hobby events: The Nur Shrine Center just north of the 13/40 split -- between Bear and New Castle...
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Allan Loudell

"Free-range parenting": Reponsible or irresponsible?

Have you been following the story from Montgomery County, Maryland, about the parents who allow their kids, 6 and 10 years of age, to walk around the neighborhood unsupervised? The children are now back with their parents after being held by Child Protective Services for hours, the third time Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have come under criticism for letting their children out, this time to a park near their home in Silver Spring, Maryland, a D...
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Allan Loudell

Emerging G.O.P. strategy: Turn Hillary into Mitt Romney in a pantsuit

With a multitude of declared and likely Republican Presidential candidates, Republicans obviously have yet to craft a single, unifying anti-Hillary strategy, but POLITICO reports the emerging narrative is to paint all-but-inevitable Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton as an out-of-touch figure who exists in a world of private planes, private aircraft, and chauffeured vehicles...
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Allan Loudell

The lawsuit that - if successful - could start to topple high school football, gets a response

Upstate, WDEL talk-show host Al Mascitti talks about this a lot: The prospect that lawsuits, damages, and the resulting skyrocketing insurance costs could end high school football as we know it...
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Hillary Clinton's Presidential bid: At this point, an anti-climax...

I almost didn't post about Hillary Rodham Clinton's formal announcement of candidacy for the Democratic Presidential nomination, and hence, for the Presidency...
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Another police shooting -- with many twists from the others

Now that the nation's focus is on police shootings and apparent police use of excessive force, we seem to be getting a steady stream of such stories from around the country...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention here at the end of the week? Wilmington's Mayor Dennis Williams appeared to be further embattled, as 27 businesses, civic groups, community groups, and neighborhood planning councils called on Mayor Williams to fully implement the recommendations from that state panel which examined the Wilmington Police Department's structure, and response to chronic street violence...
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Allan Loudell

Senator Coons works to modify Iran legislation

Delaware's Democratic Senator Chris Coons figures prominently in efforts to alter the Iran legislation in the U.S. Senate. Coons has introduced an amendment to remove the terrorism certification language...
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