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WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell


Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / topics / issues have drawn your attention? Still awaiting word on whether dozens - or hundreds - of Delaware drug cases are thrown out because of the evidence-tampering and theft scandal in the state's drug testing lab...
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Inside radio: A consultant's assessment of what went wrong with talk radio

I think it would be fair to say more than a few readers of this blog have more than a casual interest in politics, plus the media, given the media's impact on politics, and vice-versa...
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Outgrowth of Ferguson: Should cops be REQUIRED to wear shoulder cams?

One of many ripple effects from Ferguson is an on-line petition to the White House (now well past the 100-thousand-signature threshold) seeking to require cops in all jurisdictions to wear cameras to record their activities and interactions...
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New Delaware law on inheriting deceased relatives' on-line accounts draws national/international press

The DAILY MAIL's U.S. on-line edition offers coverage of that new Delaware law allowing people to inherit dead relatives' social media / on-line accounts...
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Ferguson: No light at the end of the tunnel (yet)

Clearly, no resolution to Ferguson, Missouri's nightmare. A huge show of force overnight failed to end the unrest. Some perspective: Ferguson represents the first time the National Guard has been deployed to deal with civil unrest in the United States since the 1992 Los Angeles riots...
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Latest target of Chinese computer hackers: Americans' medical records

Chinese hackers ordinarily go after intellectual property from corporations involved in aerospace, defense, engineering, financial services, etc. But, in a departure from the above, it appears Chinese hackers have branched out to identity theft, stealing the medical records for four-and-a-half-million patients of the 206 hospitals operated by Community Health Systems...
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Joe Biden: Would he relish being the tie-breaker in a 50-50 Senate? Or regret it?

Could Joe Biden - a creature of the U.S. Senate - end up retruning to that august upper chamber more than he could ever imagine? Check out this piece from POLITICO--- http://www...
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Ferguson smoulders as autopsy shows Michael Brown was shot 6 times

Now the National Guard have been called out to Ferguson. So much for the debate over the militarization of local police forces. This time, the military - in essence - has been called...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum -- Chip Flowers will not seek re-election, moving to Massachusetts

So what's on your mind as we come come to week's end? Which stories / topics / issues have captured your attention? BULLETIN (9:42 a.m., Friday) State Treasurer Chip Flowers, with a heavy heart, and tears streaming down his face, announces he and his fiancee will relocate to Massachusetts, but he will serve out the remainder of his term...
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Some degree of Right--Left consensus on Ferguson, Missouri

So often in U.S. politics these days, we see a sharply polarized right--left divide on whatever news story grips America. The smoldering cauldron of Ferguson, Missouri, could have been the latest example...
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Erika Benner accuses Chip Flowers of harassment

Even as I was hosting Wednesday night's Delaware G.O.P. state Treasurer's debate, Democratic incumbent state Treasurer Chip Flowers was responding to accusations from his former deputy which threatened to derail his path to a second term...
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Any questions for tonight's Republican state Treasurer's debate?

I'm hosting / moderating another state Treasurer's debate tonight (upstate, on 1150 A.M. WDEL & wdel.com), this time, on the Republican side. So this time, you can hear and evaluate Kenneth Simpler vs...
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Lobbyist, ex-Carper aide to operate Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary -- Too cozy, Delaware Way again?

It emerges that the state of Delaware has inked a two-year deal with a firm run by Mark Lally, a lobbyist, ex state trooper, and onetime aide to Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)...
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Initial autopsy report: Robin Williams killed himself by hanging

The death of actor Robin Williams has led newscasts much of the day, ahead of the St. Louis police shooting fallout and the Iraq war. Doubtless the fact that Robin Williams died at the age of 63 - and his numerous roles in television and movies (not to mention the filming of "Dead Poets Society" at St...
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The intersection of national security and young people's food intake

Here's where two ideals collide: Conservatives love talking about their commitment to the military and national security. (Although some hawkish liberals do too...
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Another fatal police shooting in America; followed by protests, looting

It has become numbingly familiar: This time in a St. Louis suburb, a police officer gets into a confrontation under confusing circumstances, the officer fires several shots, and a young man lays dead...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention this weekend? Certainly one of the more bizarre, ghoulish, Delaware stories to come along in quite a while: The discovery of nine unclaimed capsules containing the ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre in the South American nation of Guyana...
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Brave new world of robotic technology: Job killer or creator of unimaginable new jobs?

Pew Research/Elon University surveyed the experts about the technological future, and found respondents all over the map - but many negative - on whether the coming automated world would ultimately kill jobs, or create them...
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Repeat 100 times, Vice President Biden: Africa is not a country

Addressing African heads of state in Washington, Delaware's celebrated son referred to Africa as a country rather than a continent. Of course, Australia is the only continent that is also a single country...
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Walgreens (which gobbled up Happy Harry's) blinks; will not reincorporate overseas to shave tax burden

We've discussed so-called corporate inversions on this blog before -- and mounting pressure in Washington to try to thwart this corporate practice. Well, looks like Chicago-area based Walgreens (which bought Happy Harry's drug stores in 2006) doesn't want the grief in the current white-hot atmosphere...
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