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Allan Loudell
The intersection of national security and young people's food intake

Here's where two ideals collide: Conservatives love talking about their commitment to the military and national security. (Although some hawkish liberals do too...
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Allan Loudell
Another fatal police shooting in America; followed by protests, looting

It has become numbingly familiar: This time in a St. Louis suburb, a police officer gets into a confrontation under confusing circumstances, the officer fires several shots, and a young man lays dead...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention this weekend? Certainly one of the more bizarre, ghoulish, Delaware stories to come along in quite a while: The discovery of nine unclaimed capsules containing the ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre in the South American nation of Guyana...
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Allan Loudell
Brave new world of robotic technology: Job killer or creator of unimaginable new jobs?

Pew Research/Elon University surveyed the experts about the technological future, and found respondents all over the map - but many negative - on whether the coming automated world would ultimately kill jobs, or create them...
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Allan Loudell
Repeat 100 times, Vice President Biden: Africa is not a country

Addressing African heads of state in Washington, Delaware's celebrated son referred to Africa as a country rather than a continent. Of course, Australia is the only continent that is also a single country...
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Allan Loudell
Walgreens (which gobbled up Happy Harry's) blinks; will not reincorporate overseas to shave tax burden

We've discussed so-called corporate inversions on this blog before -- and mounting pressure in Washington to try to thwart this corporate practice. Well, looks like Chicago-area based Walgreens (which bought Happy Harry's drug stores in 2006) doesn't want the grief in the current white-hot atmosphere...
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Allan Loudell
Senator Coons attending meetings with African leaders

Delaware's Senator Chris Coons - in his capacity as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations' Subcommittee on African Affairs - has played a key role as African leaders visit Washington...
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Allan Loudell
Why a crude oil tanker sits off Texas -- in limbo

Over the years - on this blog - we've discussed how neo-conservatives got it wrong when they said Iraqi oil would end up paying for the Iraq war. In the end, the Chinese and others signed those lucrative oil deals...
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Allan Loudell
Any questions for tonight's Democratic state Treasurer's debate?

I'm hosting / moderating tonight's debate (upstate, on 1150 A.M. WDEL & wdel.com) of the two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for State Treasurer - incumbent Treasurer Chip Flowers and his primary opponent, Sean Barney...
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Allan Loudell
How to treat the homeless: Do some U.S. cities' crackdowns go too far?

How to treat the homeless. Is there a way to help, but not to enable? Various governmental jurisdictions - not to mention churches and charitable organizations - have wrestled with these questions for years, the problem exacerbated by the Great Recession...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which news stories / issues / topics grab your attention here at the end of the week? Surprise! The southbound I-495 bridge magically reopened Thursday afternoon, weeks ahead of schedule...
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Allan Loudell
More of Joe than you'd want to see...

A forthcoming book from Robert Kessler offers this narrative about Vice President Joe Biden: Exceedingly fond of skinny dipping (even if female Secret Service agents are around); and a guy so intent on being a "regular Joe" that he insists his official motorcade not interfere with neighbors in Montchanin...
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Allan Loudell
Parallel foreign policy failures: George W. Bush & Barack Obama? If so, what's the alternative?

An article by NATIONAL JOURNAL's Ronald Brownstein raises an intriguing question: If George W. Bush's rabidly interventionist, unilateralist approach to the world proved to be a failure, and Barack Obama's anti-interventionist, multilateral mindset has proven to be a failure, what's the alternative? (Of course, the stark contrast between the two presidents crumbles when it comes to the drone war against suspected terrorist targets, which President Obama has pursued even more aggressively than his predecessor...
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Allan Loudell
Firefighters prevail in the city of Wilmington with defeat of override attempt

Last week, a newly elected Mayor Dennis Williams was humiliated in his first major budget showdown with City Council. This time, Williams prevailed...
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Eclectic Hobbies with Allan Loudell
Welcome to Delaware --- in Canada

A few days ago - driving in the Canadian province of Ontario - I happened to notice that the town of Delaware was not far off the highway from London, Ontario...
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Allan Loudell
And just who would benefit from President Obama's impeachment & removal?

No matter how much the establishment G.O.P. tries to head off impeachment talk - in the belief that impeachment would only boomerang against the Republicans - some fiercely anti-Obama Republicans will not be silenced...
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Eclectic Hobbies with Allan Loudell
Monarchs starting to show up in Delaware in greater numbers

After the Monarch population implosion last year - an apparent consequence of U.S. agricultural practices; reduction of milkweed habitat; and the contraction of overwintering sites in Mexico - it was an open question whether many of us would see ANY Monarchs here in Delmarva this year...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight
Christmas in July: The Brandywiners present Annie

I've only recently begun introducing my 8 year old son and 6 year old daughter to live theatre (mostly because I wasn't sure I could keep them quiet and still through an entire show)...
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Allan Loudell
Will Walgreens face U.S. consumer backlash if it becomes a 'Corporate Deserter'?

Chicago-area based Walgreens - which gobbled up Delaware-based Happy Harry's in the earlier part of the millennium - could decide soon if it's prepared to endure the outcry from re-locating its official corporate headquarters to lower-tax Switzerland...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / topics / issues grab your attention this weekend? As WDEL's Tom Lehman reported earlier this week, the biggest political guessing game in Wilmington at the moment remains: Will City Council muster enough voters to overturn Mayor Dennis Williams' veto of the measure trimming the Wilmington Fire Department's budget? Delaware Supreme Court justices unanimously upheld the death sentence for James Cooke Jr...
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