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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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Allan Loudell
Words haunting GM: "Acceptable business case" ... Pricetag haunting GM: 57 cents

By many accounts, new General Motors CEO Mary Barra - while contrite - did not acquit herself very well while testifying before a House subcommittee about GM's inexcusably long tolerance of ignition-switch foul-ups...
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Allan Loudell
Surge of Obamacare enrollments: Solid launch for the future, or Pyrrhic victory?

See this POLITICO piece about the jubilation in "Obamaworld" over those last-minute sign-ups for insurance under the President's health-care overhaul....
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WDEL Sports
NCAA women's tourney holds no suspense

Both the NCAA women's and men's basketball tournaments will be concluded over the next several days...the men play Saturday and Monday while the women play Sunday and Tuesday...
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Allan Loudell
Is It Wise for America to Hang Up on all its old-fashioned landline telephones?

Once again, Corporate America is prodding various levels of government to force change -- not necessarily in the public interest, but certainly to maximize profits...
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Allan Loudell
Should judge have given consideration to how wealthy duPont heir would "fare" in prison?

Did you read The NEWS JOURNAL's explosive account about Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden's decision to sentence Robert H. Richards IV to probation - rather than prison - for the rape of his three-year-old daughter? Jurden has never had the reputation as a lenient judge, so her judgment was perhaps all the more shocking...
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Allan Loudell
Delaware at the bottom of another ranking of the states!

Yes, once again, the First State has come out last in a national ranking of the states. No, no, it's not health-related this time. No, Delawareans come out at the bottom, as the most miserable tippers at restaurants...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight
Rabbit Hole at Wilmington Drama League

"No parent should have to bury their child." It's a thought that puts dread in the heart of any mother or father, so watching a play about the topic might not be your first thought for an enjoyable way to spend an evening out...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention this weekend? As he first indicated during an interview with WDEL, Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams delivered a budget address in which he called for a 9...
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Allan Loudell
Is selling art the only way for the Delaware Art Museum to save itself?

You might have first heard the story on the air yesterday afternoon: Board members of the Delaware Art Museum - which houses the biggest collection of British pre-Raphaelite paintings outside the British Isles - have voted to sell as many as four art masterpieces (paintings, sculptures) in an attempt to repay the museum's debt and build up the endowment...
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Allan Loudell
A dwarf planet at the far edge of our Solar System informally named "Biden"

An astronomer has discovered an atypical dwarf planet at the far edge of our Solar System - in the inner Oort Cloud. I find these astronomical stories fascinating anyway, but since this distant object is currently designated "2012 VP113", the discoverer is calling this dwarf planet, "Biden"...
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Allan Loudell
Eight year old Virginia girl leaves Christian school after administrators complained she wasn't girly enough

A story about an eight-year-old girl from Virginia perfectly captures why there is such a divide between evangelical, often fundamentalist Christians, and other Christian believers, let alone outside secular society...
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Allan Loudell
Is Joe Biden again tweaking his boss on expanding LGBT rights?

Remember when Vice President Joe Biden publicly declared his support for gay/lesbian marriage BEFORE his boss? And by the Veep's own admission, President Obama and White House staffers practically froze him out of all internal discussions...
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Allan Loudell
New study finds boys who play aggressive sports more likely to abuse their girlfriends

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC finds teenage boys playing football, basketball, or both sports were two times as likely to have recently abused their girlfriends...
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Allan Loudell
A tale of a city & a county: What would happen if Mayor Williams & County Executive Gordon swapped positions?

Addresses this week from New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams will only accentuate the fundamental economic divide between the city and the county...
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