I-495 Closure Update



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Allan Loudell
Was President Obama wrong to try disengagement?

With the Middle-East seemingly unravelling, the hawks, interventionists, and just plain "engagers" are coming out of the woodwork to indict President Obama's foreign policy vision, which was to extricate the United States from conflicts around the Middle-East and southwestern Asia; use drones to do the "dirty work" in such countries as Afghanistan, Pakistan, & Yemen; and pivot the focus of U...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight
The Life and Death of Richard II at Arden Shakespeare Gild

For some people, the moment they hear the word "Shakespeare," they just tune out. I don't know if it's because of a bad required school-reading experience, but the fact is Shakespeare is still read and performed today for a reason...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / topics / issues grab your attention here at the end of the week? DelDOT found vehicles and materials underneath or near some of the bridges it inspected, but found no threats to safety...
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WDEL Sports
Soccer's flopping is ridiculous

This will probably draw the ire of true soccer (futbol) fans, but the first day of the World Cup put on display one of the worst aspects of the sport...
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Allan Loudell
Watching Iraq from afar (helplessly)

This has to be an emotionally wrenching time for America's Iraq vets. Bad enough that Iraq's Shi'a dominated central government turned out to be pro-Tehran...
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WDEL Sports
Blue Hen hoops looking fuzzy

Delaware basketball coach Monte Ross will try to defend his CAA title next year with just two players who were at least semi-regular starters, after guard Jarvis Threatt was dismissed from the program for violating team rules...
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Allan Loudell
G.O.P. political earthquake - the ouster of Eric Cantor - likely to impact 2016 Presidential race

Most of us didn't see this coming. Indeed, the establishment G.O.P. seemed to have found the formula to thwart Tea Party challengers this year, UNTIL Mississippi's Senate primary (which also had an age component), and now, much more dramatically and convincingly, the first primary ouster of a sitting House Minority Leader in U...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight
The Odd Couple at The Candlelight Theatre

Neil Simon is arguably one of the greatest American playwrights in our time. If you have yet to see any of his plays performed live, then you need to march yourself over to The Candlelight Theatre in Arden and see The Odd Couple (female version)...
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Allan Loudell
Afghanistan is not behind us; Bergdahl episode, textbook example of political tone deafness

For a lot of Americans, U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is in the past tense: Been there, done that. Tell that to the families of five U.S. service members (and one Afghan) killed in a possible "friendly-fire" incident...
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Allan Loudell
An Italian journalist looks at the U.S.'s deteriorating infrastructure from Beijing

Perhaps Delaware's I-495 bridge woes - with the resulting gridlock on I-95 & even Route 141 during rush hours and beach traffic - will produce perhaps one benefit: An appreciation for the need to repair and replace America's infrastructure and understand how some other countries have left the U...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So what's on your mind this weekend? Just as I originally feared, looks like I-495 will be closed from "weeks to months". I'd be surprised if I-495 reopens before the traditional end of the summer driving season...
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Allan Loudell
Hillary's book deals with Taliban negotiations, Sgt. Bergdahl; Vladimir Putin & the "reset"; & rapport with Joe Biden

CBS News has obtained the complete Hillary Clinton book, and the former First Lady / U.S. Senator / Secretary of State touches on negotiating with the Taliban; Sgt...
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Allan Loudell
Teaching good handwriting: Lost cause or hidden benefits?

It may seem teaching good penmanship is a lost cause. With keyboards invading earlier and earlier grades; Common Core standards; social media and all the rest, the handwriting era appears to be coming to a close...
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Allan Loudell
Did Congressional Republicans pull a switcheroo on winning Bergdahl release?

A HUFFINGTON POST article provides a different context for the circumstances leading to that Afghan prisoner swap. Incredibly, that some of the very same G...
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Allan Loudell
Mayor Williams' son-in-law promoted in Wilmington P.D.: New political problem, or inevitable in a small city?

As WDEL's Tom Lehman first reported Tuesday, newly installed Police Chief Bobby Cummings is elevating Mayor Dennis Williams' son-in-law, Sgt. Jonathan Hall, to the rank of Lieutenant...
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Allan Loudell
DelDOT's abrupt closure of I-495 for faulty bridge columns: Evidence of America's declining infrastructure

When it comes to highways and traffic congestion in Delaware, it seems we can't win. Not long after DelDOT opened that I-95 to Route One "fly-by" alongside Christiana Mall - in hopes of relieving some of the traffic gridlock, particularly Friday afternoons and weekends during the beach season (although I still see back-ups) - DelDOT closed I-495 until further notice following the discovery of four support columns out of alignment under the Christina River bridge...
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Allan Loudell
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners: Justifiable?

To hear Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tell it, it was both defensible and humanitarian: The very life of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was in jeopardy. To hear the critics tell it, the Obama Administration conceded a lot - giving up "the hardest of the hard-core", as Senator John McCain put it - for the freedom of a probable deserter...
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Allan Loudell
POLITICO: The Obama Paradox

Another one of those lengthier pieces, but well worth the time: The tale of a deeply fatigued President and Presidency, yet with the newfound sense of being able to discuss things more candidly...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum -- President Obama accepts VA Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation

So which stories, topics, and issues grab your attention at the end of the week? As the VA hospital scandal metastasizes, the Elsmere VA hospital is under review, ostensibly not because of any particular allegation, but as a precautionary measure...
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Allan Loudell
Cheapest & most expensive auto insurance in Delaware

A consumer finance website named ValuePenguin.com has analyzed Delaware Department of Insurance data to come up with a ranking of the most inexpensive and most costly towns and cities for auto insurance, for a hypothetical single 31-year-old man with a clean driving history...
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