WDEL Blog: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Brief intermission from Ukraine: VP Biden in South America, calls Venezuelan situation "alarming"

Just taking a brief break from discussion about Ukraine, Vice President Biden is in Chile for the Presidential inauguration in Santiago, and granted an interview to a Latin American newspaper about the mounting turmoil in Venezuela...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention this weekend? As WDEL reported exclusively, motorists were left stranded after filling up at the Getty service station along Basin Road in New Castle...
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'Russia Today' D.C. correspondent quits live on-air

I've posted blogs before about how the Russians (and the Chinese) have sought to expand their media platforms here in the United States -- without reciprocal accomodation for the Voice of America/Radio Liberty/Radio Free Asia on THEIR soil...
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Seeking re-election, Treasurer Chip Flowers will try to portray Dem. foe as a tool of Gov. Markell

In an interview with WDEL's Amy Cherry, state Treasurer Chip Flowers announces for re-election. Not surprisingly, he will characterize his Democratic primary opponent, Sean Barney, as nothing but a tool of the Markell Administration...
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Ukraine underscores global divisions

Remember the fall of the Soviet empire and controversial essay by Francis Fukuyama (later turned into a book), The END of HISTORY? I always regarded that notion as shortsighted, even stupid, that is the notion that Western liberal democracy would march on and perhaps represent the final form of governance...
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Gallup Poll: Delaware is the 3rd Most Obese state, after Mississippi & West Virginia

When your state ends up with Mississippi and West Virginia in a national ranking of states, you know it can't be good. A Gallup Well Being poll finds Delawareans rank among the third most obese in the United States...
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Inconsistent attacks on President Obama's handling of Ukraine crisis

When Russia intervened in the former Soviet republic of Georgia in 2008, I don't recall a chorus of criticism of President George W. Bush for doing little to thwart Vladimir Putin's designs on Georgia...
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Ukraine: Less of a partisan divide in Washington than over Syria, Iran

Perhaps reflecting an American public as fatigued over foreign interventions and just plain saber-rattling as most in the eastern United States are fatigued over the seemingly endless winter, we're not seeing as gaping a partisan divide in Washington over what the United States can do about the Russian military intervention in The Crimea...
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The tyranny of college football

"Religion is the opiate of the masses" -- Probably the best known quotation from Karl Marx. If Marx were alive today (at least in the United States), I wonder if he might not substitute sports, and more specifically "football", for "religion"...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / topics / issues have gotten your attention this weekend? Get ready for another significant winter storm (I've lost count to the number we've had this season!) Sunday night into all day Monday...
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AZ Governor Jan Brewer's veto: Is anyone surprised?

In the end, it may have been an anticlimax. Given the mounting pressure, threats of boycotts and economic reversals, etc., it was almost certain Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer would veto Senate bill 1062, designed to give added protection from litigation to people invoking their profoundly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and lesbians...
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Stipend for Private School transportation in Delaware to be axed?

The issue has simmered for years: Should states whipsawed by tight budgets subsidize transportation for parents transporting their kids to private schools? If those parents can afford to send their kids to private schools, including religious schools, shouldn't the parents be able to afford the additional transportation? And in the latter case, what about church/state separation? Or do the private school parents - as taxpayers like everyone else - have legitimate claim to such stipends? After all, if they dumped all their kids back in the public schools...
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