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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., convicted for the May 2005 rape and murder of U.D. student Lindsey Bonistall. You'll recall the Delaware Supreme Court previously overturned Cooke's first conviction and sentencing in 2007.

What happened Thursday at a psychiatric unit in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, gives ammo to proponents of expanded gun rights: A psychiatrist returned fire on 49-year-old Richard Plotts of Upper Darby. The psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman, fired back at Plotts after Plotts had shot the psychiatrist in the head, grazing him. Plotts had already fatally shot a caseworker, 53-year-old Theresa Hunt. The Yeadon police chief says if Dr. Silverman had not had that weaon, Plotts could have proceeded down the hallway, shooting other innocent people. Of course, anti-gun people might argue this story underscores the laxity of gun laws, considering a man with a history of suicide attempts and a criminal record managed to get a firearm.

Latest wrinkle in the health-care debate: Solvadi is a godsend for the millions of Americans who carry hepatitis C. But the cost of this drug - $84,000 for a 12-week course of treatment - has insurers and state health officials fearing the costs could bust their budgets. Should poor Americans get access to this prohibitively expensive, lifesaving pharmaceutical treatment? The WASHINGTON POST carries an extensive review of the ramifications. Death panels?

Speaking about someone who once warned about such things, ex-Wasilla, Alaska mayor; ex-Alaska governor & ex-Veep candidate Sarah Palin whizzed through her old town, doing 63 miles an hour in a 45 m.p.h. zone, resulting in a $154 speeding ticket.

You don't need me to remind you that General Motors has issued an unending wave of recalls. But the recalls have seemingly not dented G.M.'s bottom line.

But the roadmap for the G.M. emerging from bankruptcy has collapsed: Instead of the original notion that modest, fuel-efficient cars to compete with foreign auto manufacturers would pave the way to G.M.'s future, it's been the reverse. Sales of big, gas-guzzling S.U.V.'s have kept G.M. solvent.

An excerpt from Friday's NEW YORK TIMES:

"But as G.M. finds itself embroiled in an endless wave of recalls that now stands around 29 million vehicles worldwide, the company has, by design or not, embraced its old playbook of marketing cavernous S.U.V.s -- a segment it dominates even more today than in previous years. While competitors like Ford and Nissan have largely shifted resources away from such large vehicles, G.M. has stayed with them, and it now commands more than 70 percent of the market.

'I don't think S.U.V.s will ever get back to their heyday, but G.M. absolutely owns the big S.U.V. space, and right now they're relying on that', said Tim Fleming, an analyst for Kelley Blue Book, the auto research firm.

That translates to big profits. With prices that can approach $65,000 for a full-feature Suburban, and even more for a Cadillac Escalade, big sport utility vehicles can increase G.M.'s bottom line in a way that smaller vehicles cannot..."

27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim - the Sudanese woman of two sentenced to death in Sudan for her refusal to renounce her Christian faith - flew to Rome en route to the United States. The woman, holding her infant daughter, had a half-hour private meeting with Pope Francis at The Vatican. Italian officials had worked for her release. Meriam Ibrahim drew the wrath of Sudan's Islamist authorities for her marriage to Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen, in a Christian ceremony. Meriam was the daughter of a Muslim father and an Orthodox Christian mother. She maintained she had been raised as a Christian since the break-up of her parents. Her father had disputed that.

Posted at 9:09am on July 25, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Fri, Jul 25, 2014 10:09pm

In other news...Israel's IDF discovered tunnels (and plans) for a massive terrorist attack on the Jewish New Year (September 24th).
The current operation to destroy Hamas' tunnel systems has uncovered a far more elaborate/sophisticated tunnel system (including storage spots for hostages) than Israeli intelligence suspected.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 10:14am
Mrpizza said in the other weekend thread:

"MFD: I not only admit that I get my news from Rush, I'm PROUD of it. As far as the "prosperity gospel" is concerned, I would say that all mainline denominations consider the bible to be the "book of no". Well, that's fine. If you want to serve a Christ still hanging on the cross rather than a risen savior, then you do whatever floats your boat. I say shame on your church leaders for spreading lies about Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, and others, who are God's generals of the church. Instead of criticizing them and their teachings, they should be submitting to their authority."

Well Mrpizza that first sentence says it all. So whatever Rush tells you is the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you Rush. How very sad. So you essentially are saying that you are like Sarah Palin in that both you and her don't read newspapers, magazines, books, etc, [think the Katie Kuric interview Palin blew]. So you're proud to be essentially ignorant??? Archie Bunker must have been your hero growing up.

All of us here have opinions, all of us hopefully learn and broaden our horizons by some of our discussions, even if we don't agree. Kavips always is stretching my nine dots. A lot of what she says challenges me. Sometimes I don't agree with her point, but would hate to not hear her point. Quite often Kavips causes me to reexamine a position, sometimes I'll end up seeing it more her way, other times no. Be sides that she is a great wealth of information [she must spend hours digging up all the info].

My point is, to be willing to read/hear and learn. I know I'm not the font of knowledge and can always learn something from almost anyone, even Rush. Sure I'll put him on for a short time once in a while to hear his spin, and then add it in with the other versions I've heard. Sometimes he's spot on other times he's totally out in left [or maybe I should say right] field -heh heh.

What are you afraid of, hearing something that might cause you to have to change your viewpoint? Broaden your horizons. Read and listen to others who don't see it your way, you might learn something of value. So essentially you're like the Gen X'ers who get their news from Comedy Central, the Cobert Report, or with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show. Those are fun to listen to and I enjoy their humor, but they are not true news sources anymore than Rush is. Would you respect Allan Loudell and his newscasts and his opinions if he got his news views from Rush? No what makes Allan such a credible voice is he digs and researches in all media, from Fox, CBS, BBC, NY Times, Wash Post, Wash Times, WSJ, etc, etc. Allan is Delaware's Walter Cronkite or Edward R. Murrow. Allan takes news very seriously and digs to find all sorts of info and stories. Yes that's his job, but because of his dedication to such is what makes his voice so important and believable.

Rush is just cherry picking the stuff to bash Obama and the DEMS each day, ignoring the stuff that the libs could use to bash the GOP each day. THAT's not news reporting, that propaganda. To each his/her own.

As I said, its those mainline denominations:Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Baptist, and Roman Catholic are not the churches of no, but rather of YES as they that provide the of the soup kitchens, food and clothes closets, homeless shelters, hospitals, health clinics, etc. Those Prosperity Gospel churches are too focused on looking for that check in the mail. It's all about you in such a church, where it should be all about Jesus, his love, his grace, his forgiveness. Those mainline churches show part of that love by serving others with no expectation of return. Again, Jesus himself said to take up your cross and follow me. Being a Christian doesn't mean you'll live a rich carefree life in this world, in fact the Bible tells us you'll have more problems as the world will reject you[father against son, etc], just as they did Jesus, thus the take up your cross. Earth is not heaven, nor is it hell.

You have your beliefs and I have mine. We're brothers in Christ, but see a number of issues differently. So you need to be where you believe Christ is calling you to be, just as I have to do the same thing, so I'm a Lutheran-Christian, and you are a Prosperity Gospel non -denominational Christian. Bottom line Mrpizza is we both worship the same Risen Christ and that is where our focus should be. Be at Peace.

Sat, Jul 26, 2014 12:01pm
Well, I do read the news on this website, so I guess that's a start.

Sun, Jul 27, 2014 7:53am
Following link is an article I'd like everybody to read, but it's especially important that Kavips, Shawn, and Dunmore read it:


Mon, Jul 28, 2014 9:26am
"Being a Christian doesn't mean you'll live a rich carefree life in this world, in fact the Bible tells us you'll have more problems as the world will reject you[father against son, etc], just as they did Jesus, thus the take up your cross."

If you want proof of that...look at the Middle East right now. Christians are being SLAUGHTERED in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Nigeria and numerous other countries in the region.
The tomb of Jonah (located in Mosul Iraq) was just last week blown up by ISIS...and 35,000 Christians have fled the area. This is history-in-the-making and no one is paying attention.

Wake up! Real Christians are dying because they believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob...and reject all other gods.
And, antisemitism is on the rise around the world...again.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 10:20am
EarlGrey: Well said.

Mon, Jul 28, 2014 11:10am
Thanks Mike.

It feels like we are living during the same time period as Bonhoeffer...history (like the weather) is repeating, and the next Holocaust is not too far in the future. The Muslim Brotherhood worked WITH the Nazis during WW2 (enemy of my enemy is my friend) to help Hitler destroy the Jews...who will they work with this time?...hmmmm, doesn't the current U.S. admin. support the MB?

And for those who say "who cares about Israel"...remember Israel is "Little Satan" and our country is considered the "Great Satan".

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 1:21pm
A different topic. If you like CBS Radio News and features, here's a link you can access when not near the radio WDEL. It's a constant feed of CBS Radio programing in short vinyettes. I'm listening to it now.


Tue, Jul 29, 2014 10:16pm
While you guys are focusing on what the devil is doing to Christians around the world, those of us who preach the "prosperity gospel" are doing something about it.

When you're through playing church and want to be part of the great awakening of the 21st century, give me a call.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 8:34am
Mrpizza: Yep, those Christian folks in the Middle-East must not have been very good Christians or this wouldn't be happening to them [no check in their mailbox]. Your Prosperity Gospel has wide appeal and thus those types of churches are growing. You're telling the people [tickling their ears] what they want to hear.

The rest of Christiandom, is telling them about taking up their cross and following the Risen Christ, not as hip and exciting, so the rush to our doorsteps isn't as large [Interestingly, the small Lutheran Church that I attend - which has about 100 members - has had some growth this summer]. But as I recall, the words of Jesus were that the path to distruction is a wide highway and path to salvation is a narrow gate that most pass by. So while the Prosperity churches are appealing to the world's view of I, ME, MINE, the rest are preaching Christ, Law and Gospel; it's all about Christ and what he's done, not about us.

Wed, Jul 30, 2014 12:31pm
"While you guys are focusing on what the devil is doing to Christians around the world, those of us who preach the "prosperity gospel" are doing something about it."~mrpizza

What are you (prosperity gospel followers) doing that other Christians are not?... Sorry, I must be missing something.

Wed, Jul 30, 2014 12:34pm
"...it's all about Christ and what he's done, not about us."

Amen Brother Mike.

Thu, Jul 31, 2014 8:55am
Earl Grey... The obvious answer to your question, is that they are delivering pizzas....

Thu, Jul 31, 2014 3:25pm
kavips: LOL! Now that makes sense!...and now I want a pizza ;)

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