WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell


Biden pivotal U.S. figure dealing with ousted Ukrainian president Yanukovych

It has emerged Vice President Joe Biden was the Obama Administration's key figure in dealing with the now ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych...
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Void left by the death of actor / writer / director Harold Ramis

I seldom blog about the world of entertainment, or the deaths of particular entertainers, but surely a particular generation will miss Harold Ramis, who succumbed to a rare disease at the age of 69...
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Ukrainian conundrum

For now, mark it a victory for Ukrainian nationalists. They ousted hated President Viktor Yanukovych, branding him a mass murderer; quickly moved to consolidate power; freed jailed protesters, etc...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics capture your attention this weekend? Wilmington City Council members have approved a 415-thousand-dollar subscription to ShotSpotter, Incorporated, a new gunshot locator system that will lead to the installation of gunshot-detecting sound sensors...
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Human Rights Watch: U.S. drone strike in Yemen failed to follow Obama's new rules; civilians in wedding party killed

Imagine this scenario: A drone attack from some foreign nation kills innocent U.S. civilians participating in a wedding procession in the United States...
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No end to despicable practice of appointing know-nothings as U.S. ambassadors

Obviously, no president or governor or senator is going to be able to keep every campaign promise. In fact, it may be better to approach that question from the opposite side: Will that new president, governor, senator, etc...
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Evolving definition of the word, "thug"

I used to think the term, "thug", referred to a low-life of ANY race, someone with a criminal record in the streets, a ruffian. But has the definition of a word shifted to refer almost exclusively to African-American teens and young men, playing hip-hop loudly from their vehicles? But, as Roger Simon asks...
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Digging out a parking space in the city; deserve to keep the spot?

Undoubtedly the top local talk-show topic upstate Tuesday was the Wilmington Police Department's advisory that city residents were not entitled to "reserve" parking spots from which they had dug out the snow...
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Sean Barney will primary Chip Flowers

Once, Chip Flowers had eyes on higher office (Governor?). Now, the embattled Delaware state treasurer will struggle even to retain his current office...
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Further evaluation of international test rankings: Children of East Asian cleaners outperform kids of US/UK professionals

Additional analysis from global test rankings: The children of highly paid U.S. and British professionals (corporate executives, doctors, and lawyers) still perform more poorly on math tests than the kids of manual laborers in such places as Shanghai and Singapore...
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Michael Dunn verdict in Florida: Does a toxic stand-your-ground environment make FL worse that some other states?

After more than 30 hours of deliberations, a multi-racial jury in Florida found a 47-year-old software developer guilty of attempted murder for shooting into a car of teenagers after an argument over loud music...
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President Obama's standing in U.S. History: Very preliminary assessments

The comparative standings of U.S. presidents ebb and flow years, decades, even more than a century after that president occupies the Oval Office. We may have a good idea, but we certainly don't know with any certainty how the presidents of our lifetimes will ultimately fall in the pecking order of leading historians...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

Which stories / topics / issues have captured your attention? Delaware appears to be weathering the succession of winter storms better than some other states in terms of road salt reserves...
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Could Beau Biden run as the "invisible" candidate for Governor -- and still win?

We've noted on-the-air and in this blog before about how Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden remains the stealth statewide officeholder. His office releases statements nearly daily in his name, often about arrests & prosecutions of individuals on charges of kiddie pornography; announcements of indictments; advisories on scams; etc...
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Does Hillary Clinton sacrifice feminist principles for expediency?

A trove of documents relating to Hillary Rodham Clinton came out this week from the late Diane Blair, a University of Arkansas political scientist and long time HRC friend...
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Reporters Without Borders: U.S. sinks to # 46 among world nations for press freedom

Coverage of leaks from whistleblowers like Edward Snowden - and the U.S. Government's attempts to thwart those leaks - have taken a toll on freedom of the press in the United States, in the annual rankings of countries from Reporters Without Borders...
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Trying to figure out the Millennial generation

POLITICO has a great piece on the political / philosophical inclinations of the Millennial generation, which actually dovetails with my observations. It's interesting both Righties and Lefties are making often clumsy plays for this generation, but many Millennials are deeply suspicious of both sides, are almost apolitical and/or inclined to libertarianism...
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An ex-TSA agent's story (and be sure to read the TSA slang!)

Continuing our discussion of Transportation Security Administration practices, read this account from an ex-TSA agent: "Dear America, I Saw You Naked: And yes, we were laughing...
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Another TSA humiliation...

The DAILY MAIL on line chronicles the latest humiliation of a passenger at the hands of TSA agents. (It probably didn't help that an agent apparently did not know the meaning of "incontinence product") http://www...
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Debt ceiling vote again looks to be a nailbiter

Remember when we kept hearing Congressional Republicans would never dare mess with the debt ceiling in an election year? Why snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Yet, here we go again...
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