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University of Delaware pulls plug on Data Centers Project on STAR campus

Just in this Thursday A.M.: The University of Delaware has decided to terminate its lease with The Data Centers, ending the TDC's plan to construct a data center (i...
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Hillary Clinton still having trouble dealing with a core issue for Dems

Hillary "the Inevitable" Clinton still seems to exhibit tone deafness on a defining issue for Democrats -- the exponentially widening gap between the super-rich and most everyone else...
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Disputed Afghan Presidential election means that country could blow up too!

With Iraq and Syria in flames, and now the latest hot war between Israel and Hamas, it seemed Afghanistan, at least, had calmed down, at least in relative terms...
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POLITICO: Increasing numbers of evangelicals embracing gay marriage

These trends have been noted before: Even among evangelicals - especially younger evangelicals - an increasing acceptance of, even embrace, of same-sex marriage...
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Wilmington & Chicago: A tale of two cities with escalating 4th of July weekend shootings

The Williams Administration in Wilmington seemed to be making some headway with its strategy against street crime, but things have taken an ugly turn. As reported here, a stray bullet took the life of an innocent woman coming out of the Adams Market at West 7th & North Adams Streets Sunday night...
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Looking at Americans - with their guns - as exotic creatures

Ever read about what passes for normal in some other country, and you shake your head in disbelief that your fellow human beings could be that way? Islamist fundamentalism certainly invites such a reaction, as when we read or hear about the gang rape of a young women for her supposed indiscretions...
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4th of July Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So, which stories / topics / issues grab your attention on this Independence Day weekend? Delaware Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt concedes DelDOT bungled the response to citizens' reports about the leaning pillars beneath the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington...
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Military trumps Facebook in mining moods

If Facebook's clandestine mining of users' moods earns your scorn and derision, how about when the U.S. military does it? And it's been doing it much longer, according to this account in Defense One...
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Could Civil Rights Act clear today's Congress?

With the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, it's interesting to contemplate: Could something like that massive body of legislation ever clear today's Congress, particularly in a Presidential election year? Sure, most people profess color-blindness today and few people are overt racists...
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Delaware lawmakers approve casino bail-out in final minutes. Misguided?

In the final minutes of the legislative session, Delaware lawmakers approved the $10 million casino bailout, even though casino operators gave them absolutely no guarantee that they wouldn't lay off workers in an effort to stay profitable...
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Cigarette smokers: Don't throw your cigarettes out the window while driving!

You may have heard on WDEL, or read here at wdel.com the story of the Elsmere man who tossed a lit cigarette out his window near the westbound Kirkwood Highway exit...
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U.S. Supreme Court delivers 5--4 decisions for Hobby Lobby; and against mandated union dues for in-home care

U.S. Supreme Court justices might have found themselves able to deliver unanimous decisions last week (i.e., warrants needed for cellphones), but today, the Justices reverted to their usual 5-4 ideological split...
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Could Congress unite to ban workplace secrecy agreements which stifle whistleblowers?

Last week, the usually ideologically divided U.S. Supreme Court surprised many observers by handing down some unanimous decisions, albeit, sometimes with differing rationale...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So, which stories / topics / issues have captured your attention here at the end of the week? An early-morning, overturned tractor-trailer at I-95 and Route 141, which completely closed down I-95's southbound lanes - at a time when I-495 remains closed - underscored how our tiny state can become utterly gridlocked...
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Obama Administration's use of drones opening Pandora's box?

Let's face it. The average American gives little thought to this country's escalating use of drones. Or, sees drones as a logical alternative to the use of manned aircraft...
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Priceless Joe Biden--Katy Perry snapshot!

I know it's just superficial tabloid... but I can't resist posting this DAILY MAIL piece on Katy Perry with Joe Biden! (By the way, compare Joe's photo with Katy vs...
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Are Delaware lawmakers even familiar with the term, 'conflict of interest'?

Delaware lawmakers and in fact, Governor Markell, in their infinite wisdom rushed through legislation erasing the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner...
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NATIONAL JOURNAL: Meet the people formerly mad at Hillary Club

Another factor which explains the tidal wave of support within the Democratic Party for Hillary Rodham Clinton's all-but-guaranteed 2016 Presidential bid even BEFORE the 2014 Congressional mid-term elections: The desire of anyone who "crossed" the Clintons in the past to get on their right side; after all, the Clintons have legendary long memories...
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Neo-cons' warnings about Iraq falling on deaf ears

Even though neo-conservatives - including many of the same ones who persuaded President George W. Bush to intervene in Iraq - have received ample time in mainstream media to press their case for a more strenuous U...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention here at the end of the week? Completely stymied in its attempts to win a gasoline tax increase from Delaware legislators, the Markell Administration has unilaterally hiked weekend tolls on Route One from two to three dollars...
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