WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell


Should judge have given consideration to how wealthy duPont heir would "fare" in prison?

Did you read The NEWS JOURNAL's explosive account about Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden's decision to sentence Robert H. Richards IV to probation - rather than prison - for the rape of his three-year-old daughter? Jurden has never had the reputation as a lenient judge, so her judgment was perhaps all the more shocking...
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Delaware at the bottom of another ranking of the states!

Yes, once again, the First State has come out last in a national ranking of the states. No, no, it's not health-related this time. No, Delawareans come out at the bottom, as the most miserable tippers at restaurants...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention this weekend? As he first indicated during an interview with WDEL, Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams delivered a budget address in which he called for a 9...
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Is selling art the only way for the Delaware Art Museum to save itself?

You might have first heard the story on the air yesterday afternoon: Board members of the Delaware Art Museum - which houses the biggest collection of British pre-Raphaelite paintings outside the British Isles - have voted to sell as many as four art masterpieces (paintings, sculptures) in an attempt to repay the museum's debt and build up the endowment...
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A dwarf planet at the far edge of our Solar System informally named "Biden"

An astronomer has discovered an atypical dwarf planet at the far edge of our Solar System - in the inner Oort Cloud. I find these astronomical stories fascinating anyway, but since this distant object is currently designated "2012 VP113", the discoverer is calling this dwarf planet, "Biden"...
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Eight year old Virginia girl leaves Christian school after administrators complained she wasn't girly enough

A story about an eight-year-old girl from Virginia perfectly captures why there is such a divide between evangelical, often fundamentalist Christians, and other Christian believers, let alone outside secular society...
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Is Joe Biden again tweaking his boss on expanding LGBT rights?

Remember when Vice President Joe Biden publicly declared his support for gay/lesbian marriage BEFORE his boss? And by the Veep's own admission, President Obama and White House staffers practically froze him out of all internal discussions...
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New study finds boys who play aggressive sports more likely to abuse their girlfriends

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC finds teenage boys playing football, basketball, or both sports were two times as likely to have recently abused their girlfriends...
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A tale of a city & a county: What would happen if Mayor Williams & County Executive Gordon swapped positions?

Addresses this week from New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams will only accentuate the fundamental economic divide between the city and the county...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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