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Allan Loudell
Law firm retained by Governor Christie at NJ taxpayers' expense clears Christie of wrongdoing

The case of the Malaysian airliner; the Ukraine/Crimea crisis; that summit in The Hague; and the Washington state mudslide buried this story, but for those of you following New Jersey's "bridgegate" scandal: Word leaked out Monday that the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher - retained by Governor Christie at taxpayers' expense - was about to clear the governor of any wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge scandal...
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Allan Loudell
Victory for transparency; probably another revenue hit for Delaware: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review "secret courts"

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request by members of the Delaware Court of Chancery to hear an appeal of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court had ruled that Delaware's confidential judicial arbitration statute violated the First Amendment...
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Allan Loudell
Polling Shift for Scottish Independence

Crimea's detachment from Ukraine (and could eastern Ukraine be next?) has prompted journalists and historians to revisit the annexations and land grabs under "Manifest Destiny" in U...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics have grabbed your attention, or seized your imagination, here at the end of the week? So many stories, I don't know where to start...
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Allan Loudell
How Ukraine crisis impacts fracking/environmental tug-of-war in the U.S.

The Ukraine/Crimea crisis and likely start of Cold War II dominates headlines - along with the mystery of the missing Malaysian jetliner. Still, reflecting U...
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Allan Loudell
Evidence the Cold War never ended: Did Kremlin plan 'Wall Street bear raid'?

With the escalating crisis between East and West, stories of lingering Washington--Moscow intrigue long before the Ukrainian/Crimean crisis are emerging...
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Allan Loudell
Will Ukrainian/Crimean crisis unleash a separatist genie out of the bottle?

Most of the mainstream media accounts of the Ukrainian crisis allude to the start of a mini-Cold War or Cold War II. While true - as far as that analysis goes - that assessment is all too simplistic...
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Allan Loudell
Crimean secessionist vote was a fait accompli, an anti-climax

Just as I was leaving Friday morning for a radio hobbyists' winter conference, the SWL Winterfest, a member of the WDEL/WSTW sales department telephoned me at home; he wanted my prediction about Sunday's Crimean vote, and in turn, whether the Ukrainian crisis would continue (with the corresponding negative winds on Wall Street, his real motivation for asking)...
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WDEL Sports
Monte finally gets Blue Hens to the Dance

It has been 15 years since the Delaware men's basketball team has been to the NCAA tournament...they will learn who they play on Sunday. Delaware went 4 times in the 1990's...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

I'm posting this blog a little early as I will be in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Friday & Saturday for a radio hobbyists' gathering, the SWL Winterfest...
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Allan Loudell
Stranger & stranger: The disappearance of Malaysia Arlines Flight MH370

Nearly a week after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared without a trace, what really happened is even more a mystery. Things are even more confusing...
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Allan Loudell
U.D. explores total on-campus smoking ban while opposite psychology is on display elsewhere

You might have picked up the story earlier this week that the University of Delaware is exploring the possibility of banning all use of tobacco products on campus...
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Allan Loudell
Could lawsuits eventually drive out collegiate football?

Frequent visitors to this blog know my long-held distaste for collegiate (and often high school) sports, particularly football. The evidence mounts as to how bigtime sports programs not only pull away from the lesser sports; they can distort the supposedly central academic mission of a high school or university...
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Allan Loudell
Special Florida Congressional election outcome bad omen for the Dems in 2014

Both major political parties and special interest groups treated Tuesday's special election in a Florida Gulf Coast Congressional district north of St...
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Allan Loudell
Gallup: Delaware falls dead last among states for frequent exercise

Here we go again: Delaware plummets to the bottom in a Gallup State-of-the-State ranking of the states for adults reporting frequent exercise (at least half an hour more than 3 days a week)...
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Allan Loudell
Sending U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas to Ukraine faces number of obstacles

Over the course of the Ukrainian crisis, some Americans - seeking an option beyond economic sanctions but short of military intervention - have suggested sending U...
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Allan Loudell
Sharyl Attkisson Out at CBS News

Sharyl Attkisson - a CBS News veteran of two decades - has parted company with the Eye Network. She leaves unresolved a debate within the network, among media observers, and certainly among partisans - right & left - about her role...
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Allan Loudell
The one Ukraine analysis you should read this week...

I know, I know... For some, the Ukrainian story is probably getting a bit old. Either the story is irrelevant to the average American, or people are getting downright scared about the prospects for Cold War II, or worse, a shooting war in Europe that eventually sucks up other countries...
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Allan Loudell
U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear breast cancer "I (heart) Boobies" bracelet case; students win

Remember the case out of Easton, Pennsylvania, where a middle school ordered two schoolgirls, then 12 & 13, to remove their breast-cancer awareness bracelets because school administrators perceived them as disruptive because of their sexual innuendo? With an assist from the American Civil Liberties Union, the students sued...
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Allan Loudell
The mystery of the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner

I happened to be waiting in a line at a convenience store over the weekend when a man - waiting in line with a newspaper - shook his head as he read the headline about the missing Boeing 777, and told the clerk, "No way I'm flying again"...
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