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Allan Loudell

Tragedies underscore the need to "kidproof" homes

A 2-year-old boy in the north Wilmington area shoots himself in the head with a handgun. A pit bull viciously attacks an 8-year-old Newark girl, the daughter of a Newark city councilman, over the weekend...
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Allan Loudell

21st century forces: Demise of Western democratic values; computer chips inside human brains; etc.?

Some of us as kids read such works about the future as BRAVE NEW WORLD and FUTURE SHOCK. The University of Maryland's well-known macroeconomist Dr. Peter Morici lists the forces he believes will profoundly shape this still-young century, and some will find these trends frightening...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight

Angels in America at UD's Resident Ensemble Players

When Tony Kusher wrote his Pulitzer Award winning play Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches, there were not many plays written about AIDS...
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Allan Loudell

Nothing like a trip to a nice destination on the taxpayers' dime to trigger passions!

I must confess: When Dennis Williams took office as Mayor of Wilmington, and Tom Gordon as New Castle County Executive, I fully expected that the Gordon Administration would dominate the headlines...
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WDEL Sports

Jeter, one Yankee you can't hate

Derek Jeter will play his last game in a few days. His 20 plus year career will come to an end with more than 3,000 hits, several World Series titles and numerous accolades and records...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight

Love Letters at Delaware Theatre Company

When I saw that the Delaware Theatre Company was opening their season this year with Love Letters, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew that it was essentially the letters of a couple spanning years...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight

Fiddler on the Roof at The Candlelight Theatre

Fifty years ago on this date, Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre in New York. Since then, it has been performed thousands of times around the world...
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Allan Loudell

Start of Autumn Open Forum

Difficult to believe: Autumn officially begins on Monday, the 22nd, but the mild weather and crisp overnight temperatures have made it FEEL like autumn for a couple of weeks...
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Allan Loudell

Day of Destiny for Scotland and the United Kingdom

Today is the day. Scots are deciding whether to undo the United Kingdom as we know it. Scots number only 5.30 million, a fraction of the United Kingdom's more than 64 million, but a Scottish vote for secession could unleash forces within the U...
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Allan Loudell

Gaffes galore from Joe Biden, but that's why it's fun to cover him

First, the Veep's Shakesperean reference to 'Shylocks' referencing unscrupulous bankers; then, to the 'Orient'. (Well, at least he didn't say 'Oriental') From The DAILY BEAST--- http://www...
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Allan Loudell

Fighting the Islamic State: Slippery slope already?

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - General Martin Dempsey - either let the cat out of the bag; was stating the obvious; and/or was publicly pressing President Obama to confront the likelihood that U...
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Allan Loudell

Thanks to all those trivia players at St. Hedwig's Polish Festival!

Looks like the St. Hedwig's Polish Festival (relocated a few years ago from the parish grounds to the parking lot north of Frawley Stadium, and west of the restaurants along the Wilmington Riverfront) will have a nearly ideal week, weatherwise, in contrast to some of the summer's other church carnivals / ethnic festivals, which lost several nights to rain & thunderstorms...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight

Jesus Christ Superstar at the Wilmington Drama League

It's safe to say that approximately 2000 years later, everyone knows the story of Jesus Christ. However, not everyone knows what the life of Jesus looked like from Judas Iscariot's point of view...
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Allan Loudell

Independent Scotland, end of the United Kingdom as we know it?

Getting far less attention in U.S. media than Syria/Iraq/ISIS or even Russia/Ukraine is the referendum on Scottish Independence in just a few days. Polls show Scots about evenly divided on the question...
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Allan Loudell

Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which issues, stories, topics, etc. are on your mind this weekend? It ain't over until it's over. Now that Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher did not prevail in the recount, Christopher says some supporters have urged him to consider a write-in campaign, and Christopher says he will take a look at that possibility...
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Allan Loudell

President Obama's "cautious" war

So what do you think now that President Obama has decided to expand U.S. military intervention to include U.S. air strikes against Islamic State Jihadists in Syria? A necessary step to counter an eventual threat to the U...
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Allan Loudell

Post Delaware Primary Reflections

I spent all of Tuesday interviewing Delaware Primary voters in New Castle County. At times, with the abysmal turn-out, it was the toughest primary election I had ever covered...
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Allan Loudell

Delaware Primary Day

I'll be reporting from outside polling places all day Tuesday. Not expecting the greatest turn-out, given comparatively few competitive races at any level...
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Allan Loudell

What would possess teens to beat up a mentally challenged man in Newark?

As indefensible and foolish as Wilmington's street shootings have been, at least some are remotely understandable in the context of the drug culture, gang rivalries, the quest for respect, and payback for perceived dissing...
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Allan Loudell

Laws of unintended consequences in Delaware politics

Remember when Beau Biden coasted to re-election as Delaware's Attorney General without a Republican opponent? That was the result of (a). No Republican wanting to be a sacrificial lamb, and (b)...
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