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Allan Loudell
Just in: Beau Biden running for Delaware Governor

Breaking news: Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says he won't seek re-election to his current position in 2014; that he will run for Governor in 2016 instead...
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Allan Loudell
Is Rand Paul's isolationism slowly evolving in response to pro-Israel interventionists?

Sometimes it seems supporters of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) like to think their guy floats above normal mercenary politics. And to be sure, Rand Paul, son of Ron, simultaneously remains an enigma and a Rorschach inkblot test...
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Allan Loudell
New Research: Marijuana use alters brain

I've noted before the seeming ideological inconsistency of many conservatives defending tobacco use and many liberals doing the same for marijuana. Of course, one has to acknowledge that tobacco remains a completely legal product for adults, and the battle over tobacco has mostly involved countering unwanted second-hand smoke...
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Allan Loudell
Delaware ranked as one of the more "normal" states...

For a change, Delaware ranks high in what one would think is more positive than negative: The 7th "most normal" state in the Union, comparing demographic, social, economic, and other statistics...
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Allan Loudell
Pulitzer Prize Board revives debate over Edward Snowden

No matter what it did, the Pulitzer Prize Board was going to get skewered. In the end, the board honored The GUARDIAN U.S. and The WASHINGTON POST with its Public Service award for reporting on the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance, only made possible by Edward Snowden's massive leak of classified materials...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight
Wake Me When I'm Sixteen at The Delaware Children's Theatre

So often in the arts, theatres will try to update a well known story by placing it in a different time period. Most often, we see stylized productions of Shakespeare plays such as Macbeth set in the 1940s, or A Midsummer Night's Dream in the 1970s...
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Allan Loudell
Our neighboring state of Maryland: Common-sense protections, or an increasingly repressive nanny state?

To be sure, the First State was almost first to impose a statewide indoor smoking ban (California did so many years earlier), but Delaware has generally lagged behind other states - notably Maryland - in considering and/or implementing what one might call progressive, protective legislation...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So, which stories / topics / issues are capturing your attention? Confronting the resistance from the public, and consequently, lawmakers in the Delaware General Assembly, to Governor Markell's proposed, dime-a-gallon, gas tax hike, DelDOT lists some of the road projects facing indefinite delays, including the planned widening of Route One between Tybouts Corner and Route 273...
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Allan Loudell
Column in The HILL on Senator Coons, the compromiser

The HILL's associate editor A.B. Stoddard has posted a column about Delaware's junior U.S. Senator, Chris Coons, as one of the key senators seeking compromise, certainly not on the social issues, but on more business-related legislation...
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Allan Loudell
Should colleges make an effort to improve the language skills of coaches & athletes?

If athletes and coaches from college teams prove to be utterly incapable of speaking in (mostly) grammatically correct English, does that not reflect poorly on the institutions of higher learning they represent? Indeed, isn't their bastardization of spoken English relevant in the current debate over the professionalization - and possible unionization - of bigtime college athletics? If their demeanor and use of the language clearly sets them apart from their august institutions of higher learning, can a college or university credibly claim them to be a part of the institution? Consider this Op-Ed piece from Penn Live -- the Harrisburg PATRIOT-NEWS...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight
Ain't Misbehavin' at Delaware Theatre Company

Delaware Theatre Company is closing its 35th season with a bang. Artistic Director Bud Martin put together a really fantastic season this year, and it's fitting that it ends with a show fit for Broadway...
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Allan Loudell
Beyond equal-pay-for-equal-work gender debate, do we really want to discuss salaries with colleagues?

President Obama signed measures Tuesday - "Equal Pay Day" - designed to fortify laws guaranteeing equal pay for equal work across gender lines. And indeed, the United States Senate is considering the Paycheck Fairness Act, that would require employers demonstrate any differentials in wages are not related to gender...
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Allan Loudell
Ukrainian crisis now risks bloodshed

Sensing that the Russians and Russian sympathizers in eastern Ukraine were replaying the Crimean scenario, Ukrainian forces have made their move against Russian secessionists...
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Allan Loudell
More young Delaware Dems getting into white-hot Presidential politics

Barack Obama had U.D. (and St. Mark's) alum David Plouffe first as his campaign manager in 2008, later as a senior adviser to the President. Now, a couple of U...
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Allan Loudell
Will on-line reading alter our brains, compromising in-depth, nuanced reading & thought?

Scientific research into the effects of consistent on-line reading, the tendency to skim and scan - coupled with the bombardment of other stimulii - suggests our brains are being rewired, and future generations may find it increasingly difficult to construct complex sentences, or think in complex ways...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight
Anything Goes at New Candlelight Theatre

There's a reason that Anything Goes has been one of Broadway's most popular shows since its debut in 1934 - Cole Porter's classic tale of hijinks on the high seas is a ton of fun...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So, which news stories / issues / topics have captured your attention? Tragically, with the more mild, spring weather, the string of street shootings is accelerating in the city of Wilmington...
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Rick Jensen
Red Ales... and Dragons

This week 'Thirsty Thursday' paid homage to one of the nerdiest, and best shows on television, HBO's "Game of Thrones". With the season 4 premiere this Sunday, Ommegang brewery in Cooperstown, NY released its third Game of Thrones beer, 'Fire and Blood' Red Ale...
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Allan Loudell
Two Latin American stories getting insufficient attention: Mexican border incursion into Arizona; U.S. creates "Cuban Twitter"

I haven't heard or seen these stories in network newscasts, but these articles deserve greater attention: Documents obtained by The Los ANGELES TIMES / CHICAGO TRIBUNE's Washington bureau indicating two heavily armed, camouflaged Mexican soldiers crossed into Arizona earlier this year, and reportedly drew their weapons on U...
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Allan Loudell
From the streets of Wilmington to Fort Hood: Diffferent strategies employed, persistent bloodshed

When Wilmington's Mayor Williams told City Council members last week that the start of 2014 had been less violent than the comparable period in 2013, I remember thinking to myself: He's likely crowing too soon; the extreme cold and many snow days probably put a damper on the street violence; the mayor might soon regret making the comparison...
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