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Allan Loudell
Pfizer officially gives up its quest for AstraZeneca

This Monday, just coincidentally Memorial Day in the United States, Pfizer officially ends its sustained effort to buy out AstraZeneca. Doubtless, sighs of relief from Governor Markell and DEDO director Alan Levin; AstraZeneca workers & management here in Delaware; and businesses dependent on AstraZeneca...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which news stories / topics / issues have captured your attention this weekend? Wilmington City Council members approved Mayor Dennis Williams $150 million budget plus five-percent increases to the property tax and utility rates, while admonishing the mayor to shave spending...
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Allan Loudell
POLITICO Analysis: "How Republicans lose by winning"

The 2014 mid-term Congressional election is likely to increase Republican margins in Congress generally, with a pretty good chance of the G.O.P. retaking the Senate...
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Allan Loudell
Charges of elitism & racism fly in Newark over Amy Roe's letter to U.D. officials

In more than four decades of covering and following local battles in a variety of places in several states, to my memory, nothing quite compares to the battle over that proposed power plant in Newark...
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Allan Loudell
POLITICO: A history of the 2nd Amendment

POLITICO Magazine offers a history of the 2nd Amendment. The author argues the Founding Fathers never intended nor envisioned today's expansive interpretation of gun rights...
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Allan Loudell
Seemingly "good" news for Delaware: AstraZeneca turns down "final" offer from Pfizer

U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer raised its takeover offer for British competitor AstraZeneca by 15 percent over the previous bid. It was supposedly Pfizer's final offer, valued at $92...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So, which stories / topics / issues grab your attention at week's end? Some positive Delaware economic news: JP Morgan Chase takes over a portion of what was once the AstraZeneca complex along Concord Pike...
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Allan Loudell
Yeah, it's about time for the Delaware medical examiner to be suspended WITHOUT pay

In an interview with me Wednesday afternoon, State Representative Mike Mulrooney (D-Pennwood) - vice chair of the House Public Safety Committee - said it's about time for suspended state Medical Examiner Richard Callery to stop collecting his nearly $200,000 salary...
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Allan Loudell
The depressing story of Newark (NJ) public schools: Virtually nothing to show for $100 Million

The NEW YORKER carries a depressing story about how valiant efforts to reform the public schools in Newark, New Jersey, came to naught. No matter that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg committed $100 million to the Newark schools...
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Allan Loudell
If Pfizer absorbs AstraZeneca (with the resulting Del. job losses), could Del. blame U.S. tax laws?

Pfizer hasn't given up wooing (or perhaps later, threatening with a hostile takeover) AstraZeneca. Almost certainly, more Delaware jobs would go down the drain...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight
Sideways Stories From Wayside School at the Wilmington Drama League

Having never read Sideways Stories From Wayside School, I wasn't sure what to expect from the Wilmington Drama League production. I knew that it was based on a collection of children's short stories...
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Allan Loudell
More coziness, double-dipping, and distorted (sports) priorities: Cape Henlopen school district

Delaware's "Harper Valley PTA" chumminess - and the distorted, exalted position of sports, particularly football - are on full display in a state audit of the Cape Henlopen school district...
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Allan Loudell
If it can happen in east Texas...

In the overall scheme of things, it's just a tiny development, just the first recognition of the lasting negative health effects from kids playing football...
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Delaware Theater Spotlight
The Outsiders at Reedy Point Players

I had the opportunity to see my first production from the Reedy Point Players recently, and I only wish that it ran more than one weekend. I can remember reading The Outsiders in high school and being fascinated by the Greasers and Socs rivalry...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / topics / issues grab your attention? Another day, another shooting (or shootings) in the streets of Wilmington. Two men opened fire on a 21-year-old man walking along the 1600 block of Wilmington's Hilltop community...
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Allan Loudell
What if the Delaware Art Museum can't sell its art?

The Delaware Art Museum this week created a new furor with the announcement it would auction off one of its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, "Isabella and the Pot of Basil", at Christie's in London, as the first part of the museum's campaign to pay off its debt and replenish its endowment...
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Allan Loudell
The argument for ending the coddling of Delaware's three existing casinos

Should Delaware's three existing casinos be permitted to rise or fall on their own? No more special tax, but no longer any state-protected, exclusivity? If somebody wanted to open another casino, so be it...
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Allan Loudell
Colm Connolly says no to A.G. bid

In a decision that will undoubtedly make it all the more difficult for the Delaware G.O.P. to come up with a potentially competitive candidates' slate for statewide office, former U...
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Allan Loudell
"Backward" Russia may actually have mastered 21st century strategy

Ever since Russia began its Crimean campaign, the Obama Administration has tried to characterize the Russians as incredibly backward in an era of globalization...
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Allan Loudell
Another fissure created by Newark data-center complex: U.D. faculty votes against it

No end to the divisions generated by that proposed data-center complex in south Newark. The U.D. Faculty Senate has voted unanimously, 43-0, AGAINST the envisioned, 279-megawatt, gas-fired plant...
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