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Allan Loudell

Why Atlantic City is dying...

For years, if not decades, I'd always thought a natural ceiling existed for casino gambling. Yet, whether in Illinois or the Memphis area or here in the East, gambling seemed to be the elixir, the cure-all, to a region's economic problems...
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Alone Together at Chapel Street Players

There are some parents who dread Empty Nest Syndrome - finding themselves alone together after their children have grown and moved out. Then there are those parents who eagerly look forward to it...
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Allan Loudell

Ebola success stories

Mostly lost in the sometimes breathless U.S. media coverage of the Ebola outbreak (apart from the encouraging news of a group of health-care workers emerging from quarantine in Dallas): The two West African countries - Nigeria and Senegal - which have successfully fought Ebola...
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More football, more people behaving badly... but a pumpkin festival can produce mayhem too

As I keep noting on this blog, scarcely a day passes where football doesn't give us a stark example of people losing control of their senses. This time, it was the fans, not the players, after West Virginia University upset Baylor, 41-27...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So, which stories / topics / issues capture your attention here at the end of the week? The Office of the Vice President has refused to comment on a WALL STREET JOURNAL story that Vice President Joe Biden's youngest son, Hunter, was discharged from the Navy Reserve after he failed a drug test, testing positive for cocaine...
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Ebola is October Political "Surprise"; let the finger-pointing begin; U.S. quarantine rules antiquated

In American politics, we hear about the "October surprise" just before an election, sometimes something contrived by the President or party in power; perhaps just something out of the blue...
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Police shootings in St. Louis area delivering African-Americans into the arms of the G.O.P.?

Sometimes traumatic emotional events can produce unlikely alignments and outcomes in politics. Consider this: Black rage at the white Democratic establishment in the St...
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Allan Loudell

Wilmington's Mayor Williams finally gives green light to homicide unit: Why now?

The Wilmington story dominating the news upstate for the past two days: After long resistance (even in the previous Baker Administration), Mayor Dennis Williams has decided the Wilmington Police Department should have its own homicide unit...
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Questions for state Auditor's Debate?

I'm moderating an in-studio debate Tuesday evening between the two candidates for state Auditor of Accounts, incumbent Republican Tom Wagner and Democratic Party challenger Brenda Mayrack...
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Gas prices dipping; but Ebola sends cocoa prices skyrocketing

The good news: Prices at the gas pumps are slumping, with no end in sight. The bad news: A product much sweeter to many of us, cocoa/chocolate, becomes a precious commodity with Ebola immobilizing and isolating West Africa, particularly the epicenter for cocoa production, Cote d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast...
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One more example of high school football out of control: New Jersey football hazing scandal

An inexcusably horrific hazing scandal involving the football team at Sayreville War Memorial High School in New Jersey once again underscores this country's idolatrous celebration of football at all levels -- high school, college, and professional...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics have captured your attention this weekend? How to handle poor performing public schools remains a contentious issue in Delaware -- and most other places...
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Did U.S. interventions in Iraq help create ISIS/ISIL?

Here's a critique of U.S. foreign policy you're NOT likely to get on mainstream U.S. media, nor from most U.S. talk-show hosts: U.S. interventionism/ineptitude created fertile soil for the growth of the Islamic State movement just as surely as U...
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NATIONAL JOURNAL: White House angry at Panetta, not at Biden -- Why?

Both Joe Biden - with his off-the-script remarks about supposed Middle-East allies - and Leon Panetta, for his critique of the President's foreign policy in a new book - embarrassed the President over the last few days...
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FOREIGN POLICY: "Joe Biden Is the Only Honest Man in Washington"

Gaffes come in different forms. Outbursts of political incorrectness. A factual error, plain & simple. The use of an expletive we can't say on-the-air...
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Allan Loudell

The uncertainty about Ebola

Even though our daughter is an airline flight attendant, I can't say that I'm necessarily greatly disturbed about Ebola -- yet. I also happen to think that the media coverage has been, at times, somewhat sensationalistic, overwrought...
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New book on political myths about Hispanic Americans

It's the biggest emerging demographic group in the United States, and yet myths abound about the political characteristics of Hispanic Americans. Both major political parties are prone to miscalculate...
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Secret Service lapses, muddled Ebola response, etc. = Competency gap... Can anyone fix it?

Beyond fears of new expensive, and ultimately ineffective, U.S. military interventions overseas; fears of terrorism; and continued dissatisfaction with the U...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / topics / issues grab your attention here at the end of the week? Wilmington City Council members have voted 6-5 against a measure that would've expanded the reach of the existing anti-smoking ordinance to public parks and bus shelters...
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Did you notice? The end of Saturday morning cartoons!

I can't say I've watched Saturday morning cartoons in decades, but another era ended this past weekend, as CW pulled the plug on Saturday morning cartoons -- the last network to do so...
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