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Allan Loudell

Should Sony have pulled the plug on release of "The Interview"?

I confess I have very mixed emotions about Sony Pictures' decision to make a movie like "The Interview" (and to release it at Christmas) about assassinating a living world leader - even one as despicable as North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un - but also the ability of hackers to force the studio to cancel release of the movie...
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Restoring full U.S.--Cuban diplomatic relations: Wise or foolhardy?

And so, seemingly out of the blue, we heard this morning that the Cubans had released Alan Gross (much to the joy of Florida's Jewish community), but wait, another longer-term U...
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Now this is an exemplary, reflective, nuanced declaration from a football player about police violence...

Frequent readers of my blog posts know I'm no fan of pro or college sports, particularly football. That said, when a player risks his position by taking a principled stand, and beyond that, explains his position with a passionate but nuanced speech, developing his points to a grand crescendo, my hat's off to him...
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Senator Carper's office disputes story that he tried to attach U.S. Postal Service overhaul to budget bill

Senator Tom Carper's ultimately successful effort to land Delaware its own national "park" - albeit a group of disconnected landmarks and parcels - has been widely reported...
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"Die-in" proceeds in Wilmington, apparently without a hitch; "die-ins" opportunity for Greens?

During a brief live phone interview with WDEL's Peter MacArthur, Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams said Monday's "die-in" in downtown Wilmington proceeded without any problem, and the city is open to anyone seeking to exercise First Amendment rights in an orderly, peaceful fashion...
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Wilmington "Die-in": Is the cause worth the traffic woes?

You've been hearing about it all day here on WDEL: Activists staging a "die-in" in downtown Wilmington - inevitably disrupting traffic - to highlight the cause of police killings of unarmed young African-American men...
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Has human progress stalled?

To start our week, please read this article: THE GOLDEN QUARTER "Some of our greatest cultural and technological achievements took place between 1945 and 1971...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics have captured your attention this weekend? Still doing holiday shopping? More or less than last year? What about on-line shopping vs...
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Will Wilmington come to regret Uber?

Wilmington's Mayor Dennis Williams celebrated ride-sharing company Uber's plans to begin on-demand services in Wilmington. Then, the Williams Administration seemed to be caught flatfooted when WDEL's Amy Cherry reported Uber was already operating in Wilmington before the new year, albeit without the necessary city business license...
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Remember the Ebola story? Been there, done that. Ebola czar already leaving...

The American public and media seem to have a knack for hyperventilating over a news story, breathlessly following nearly every small detail, then dropping it like a hot potato...
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NEWSWEEK explores Wilmington shootings...

Most of the stuff in the article will already be known to you, but still interesting to see how a national news organization treats Wilmington's street shootings (just as the city ties its own homicide record)...
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U.S. foes can use police killings, CIA report, to call America hypocritical

As you probably know, the United States has regularly condemned human rights abuses in other countries, and issued annual human rights reports. It should come as no surprise, then, that official media in such countries as Iran and Cuba are seizing on the Ferguson/Staten Island killings - and resulting protests across America - as evidence of U...
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How criminal justice system gives officers the benefit of the doubt - but another case in the South proved the exception...

As anti-police protests continue around the country this holiday season, with protesters often seizing on tree-lighting ceremonies, we're learning more and more about how the entire system in most states is weighted lopsidedly in favor of police officers: Laws which give cops wide discretion in the use of force; officers getting the chance to plead their cases before grand juries; and local prosecutors proceeding from conflicts-of-interest because of their normal interactions with officers...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / topics / issues have captured your attention here at week's end? Civil rights activists marched to Wilmington Police headquarters Thursday, in solidarity with protesters around the country reacting to Ferguson and Staten Island, New York...
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Police body cams - although a good idea - no panacea for resolving police incidents; racial divide...

I see others are thinking along the same lines I expressed in my second blog post Wednesday: That New York grand jury's failure to indict a New York City cop, or cops, for the choking death of Eric Garner -- DESPITE the existence of video footage - underscores that body cameras on officers would not necessarily resolve what African-Americans, and some whites, perceive as excessive use of police force in all too many incidents...
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Will Staten Island, NYC, be the "next Ferguson"?

A grand jury's failure to indict a white, NYPD officer for using a banned chokehold to subdue (and ultimately kill) an unarmed black man will doubtless fuel passions on all sides, certainly, from many African-Americans, that the "system" is rigged to protect cops at all costs...
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Racial divide extends through the ranks of St. Louis area cops

You probably heard or read about the story of the five Rams players who put up their hands - during an NFL game - in a show of solidarity with the Ferguson protesters...
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How's this for a paradox? Iranians flying U.S. fighter jets against ISIS/ISIL

CBS News reports the Iranians are flying U.S. fighter planes obtained from the United States when Washington and Tehran were close allies (under the Shah) against Islamic State targets...
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Will Governor's nomination of Jan Jurden to President Judge prompt backlash over duPont rape case?

Governor Markell nominates Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden to the post of President Judge of the Delaware Superior Court. Jurden would become the first woman to occupy the President Judge position...
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Post-Thanksgiving Open Friday / Weekend Forum

Hoping you all had a splendid Thanksgiving. Now let the holiday shopping madness begin! I must confess: I don't understand the folks who look forward to this shopping frenzy, let alone those who get up early to wait in line for supposed Black Friday deals...
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