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WDEL Blog: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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Delaware & the U.K. have a common interest: Keeping Astra-Zeneca as it is

Have you been following U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer's repeated attempts to woo U.K.-based, AstraZeneca? So far, AstraZeneca has thrice spurned Pfizer's overtures...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

Which stories / topics / issues animate you this weekend? Looks like Wilmington isn't the only Delaware city to see blatant gun violence in broad daylight...
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Edible marijuana the Achilles' Heel to Colorado pot experiment?

Could Colorado's marijuana experiment go up in smoke? Something many of us outsiders might not have forseen: The popularity of EATING pot rather than SMOKING the weed...
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The Racial/Ideological Divide in these Dis-United States

Countless times, I hear WDEL's conservative talk-show host Rick Jensen argue with an African-American caller (and progressive Whites too) about the dangers of big government...
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Rebranding sexual assault: "Non-consensual sex"

Even as the Obama Administration moves to make universities/colleges more responsive and accountable for sexual assaults on their campuses, a counter-movement seeks to change the terminology...
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What explains seeming uptick in female teachers having inappropriate relationships with male students?

Delaware has had two cases come to light in several days, the latest involving a 22-year-old, English teacher at Fred Fifer III Middle School in Camden accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy...
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Wilmington Mayor Williams' protracted search for a new Chief of Police

Here we are - at the cusp of summer, when things heat up in the streets, both literally and figuratively - and Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams has yet to announce his choice for Chief of Police...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / topics / issues have captured your attention this weekend? Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, in a statement, makes the case for a more sophisticated crime lab...
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Did Hunter Biden inadvertently introduce an element of uncertainty about Beau Biden running for Governor?

Hunter Biden, younger brother to Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, appeared on MS NBC Tuesday, predictably telling Andrea Mitchell that Beau Biden was "doing great"...
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NYT analysis: While wealthiest Americans outpace the world, U.S. middle-class no longer the world's richest

An analysis by The NEW YORK TIMES confirms or corroborates what many Americans already instinctively feel: The U.S. middle-class is regressing, compared to some other major industrialized countries...
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Would Wilmington benefit by bringing in Chicago crime expert?

Mayor Williams' administration in the City of Wilmington touts bringing in one of the founders of the Cure Violence Program, an anti-violence project of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention...
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