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Open Friday / Weekend Forum (Halloween edition)

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention here at the end of the week? Once again, Delaware's three casinos are pleading for financial relief...
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Theft of campaign signs in Delaware: Common?

By now you've heard or read the story: Middletown Police arrested Dana Armon Long, the husband of state Senator Bethany Hall-Long (D-Middletown), for ripping off Republican campaign signs...
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Your reaction to state Treasurer's debate?

I hosted a live, in-studio, U.S. Representative debate Monday night (minus Rose Izzo). A relatively nuanced, in-depth discussion which demonstrated the policy similarities and differences between/among the Democratic, Green, and Libertarian Party candidates...
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So do you sympathize with the quarantined nurse? (She's now to be transferred to Maine)

It was probably inevitable: Keep a returning nurse - without Ebola symptoms - from west Africa under quarantine, essentially detaining her against her will, and she would strike back, protesting violation of her human rights, and threatening lawsuits...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So, which stories capture your attention here at the end of the week? Although the pace of shootings seems to have eased a bit in the city of Wilmington, a shooting in Southbridge Thursday evening reminds us the problem persists...
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Why do some candidates run for office, then spurn opportunities to promote their views?

Monday night, WDEL will hold an in-studio broadcast debate featuring the candidates for Delaware's lone seat for the U.S. House of Representatives. Three candidates will be present: Incumbent Democratic Congressman John Carney; Green Party candidate Bernard August; and Libertarian Party candidate Scott Gesty...
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Academic fraud - for athletes - for nearly two decades -- at UNC

Yet another tragic example of how bigtime college athletics absolutely undermines and corrupts what is supposed to be the primary mission of an institution of higher learning: academics...
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Ottawa under siege

Canada's capital, Ottawa, is under a kind of lockdown as authorities grapple with several shooting incidents... First reports had an armed man firing shots at the Canadian National War Memorial - one soldier wounded (now deceased) - and then running to Parliament Hill, where members of Parliament were instructed to take cover...
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All Ebola all the time = Media frenzy and public disservice?

I remember one lazy summer when shark attacks dominated the news to the point of a media frenzy. Gee, from the media hype, you would've thought if you stuck your big toe into the waters off Rehoboth Beach, you'd lose it! Missing from a lot of the media coverage was that shark fishing charter boats off Florida were PROVOKING the attacks...
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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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Delaware Theater Spotlight

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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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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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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