I-495 Closure Update



WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell


Teaching good handwriting: Lost cause or hidden benefits?

It may seem teaching good penmanship is a lost cause. With keyboards invading earlier and earlier grades; Common Core standards; social media and all the rest, the handwriting era appears to be coming to a close...
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Did Congressional Republicans pull a switcheroo on winning Bergdahl release?

A HUFFINGTON POST article provides a different context for the circumstances leading to that Afghan prisoner swap. Incredibly, that some of the very same G...
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Mayor Williams' son-in-law promoted in Wilmington P.D.: New political problem, or inevitable in a small city?

As WDEL's Tom Lehman first reported Tuesday, newly installed Police Chief Bobby Cummings is elevating Mayor Dennis Williams' son-in-law, Sgt. Jonathan Hall, to the rank of Lieutenant...
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DelDOT's abrupt closure of I-495 for faulty bridge columns: Evidence of America's declining infrastructure

When it comes to highways and traffic congestion in Delaware, it seems we can't win. Not long after DelDOT opened that I-95 to Route One "fly-by" alongside Christiana Mall - in hopes of relieving some of the traffic gridlock, particularly Friday afternoons and weekends during the beach season (although I still see back-ups) - DelDOT closed I-495 until further notice following the discovery of four support columns out of alignment under the Christina River bridge...
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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners: Justifiable?

To hear Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tell it, it was both defensible and humanitarian: The very life of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was in jeopardy. To hear the critics tell it, the Obama Administration conceded a lot - giving up "the hardest of the hard-core", as Senator John McCain put it - for the freedom of a probable deserter...
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POLITICO: The Obama Paradox

Another one of those lengthier pieces, but well worth the time: The tale of a deeply fatigued President and Presidency, yet with the newfound sense of being able to discuss things more candidly...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum -- President Obama accepts VA Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation

So which stories, topics, and issues grab your attention at the end of the week? As the VA hospital scandal metastasizes, the Elsmere VA hospital is under review, ostensibly not because of any particular allegation, but as a precautionary measure...
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Cheapest & most expensive auto insurance in Delaware

A consumer finance website named ValuePenguin.com has analyzed Delaware Department of Insurance data to come up with a ranking of the most inexpensive and most costly towns and cities for auto insurance, for a hypothetical single 31-year-old man with a clean driving history...
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Bobby Cummings as Wilmington's permanent Chief of Police: Wise move? Logical?

After an extended period, Mayor Dennis Williams has decided to make his interim Chief of Police, Bobby Cummings, the permanent chief. (First reported this A...
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Report on how Obama's FBI challenged Chinese Cyber Espionage

Lately the Obama Administration has been taking it from the Right, Left, and center, for being either too aggressive or not aggressive enough with our sometime-adversaries...
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Joe the Plumber: Classic example of why there's such a divide over Gun Rights in the U.S.

As on so many other issues, when it comes to Second Amendment rights, we seem to have two Americas: The gun-rights absolutists and anti-gun folks who think Second Amendment absolutists are not only crazy, but who seem to have made guns their 'god'...
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Quick decision action by New Castle County Govt. (Gordon Adm.) on Wilton balcony collapse

I was anchoring newscasts Memorial Day afternoon when we first received word that a wooden deck had collapsed from a second-floor unit at the Stonebridge Apartments in Wilton near New Castle...
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Can the United States retreat from its global commitments?

Coming out of the Memorial Day weekend, I sense a lot of Americans want to have their cake and eat it too: Reduce U.S. global commitments, no longer be the "world's policeman", yet still, to counter the Islamist threat AND not create a psychological international climate where Moscow and Beijing feel they can act with impunity against less powerful neighbors...
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Pfizer officially gives up its quest for AstraZeneca

This Monday, just coincidentally Memorial Day in the United States, Pfizer officially ends its sustained effort to buy out AstraZeneca. Doubtless, sighs of relief from Governor Markell and DEDO director Alan Levin; AstraZeneca workers & management here in Delaware; and businesses dependent on AstraZeneca...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which news stories / topics / issues have captured your attention this weekend? Wilmington City Council members approved Mayor Dennis Williams $150 million budget plus five-percent increases to the property tax and utility rates, while admonishing the mayor to shave spending...
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POLITICO Analysis: "How Republicans lose by winning"

The 2014 mid-term Congressional election is likely to increase Republican margins in Congress generally, with a pretty good chance of the G.O.P. retaking the Senate...
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Charges of elitism & racism fly in Newark over Amy Roe's letter to U.D. officials

In more than four decades of covering and following local battles in a variety of places in several states, to my memory, nothing quite compares to the battle over that proposed power plant in Newark...
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POLITICO: A history of the 2nd Amendment

POLITICO Magazine offers a history of the 2nd Amendment. The author argues the Founding Fathers never intended nor envisioned today's expansive interpretation of gun rights...
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Seemingly "good" news for Delaware: AstraZeneca turns down "final" offer from Pfizer

U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer raised its takeover offer for British competitor AstraZeneca by 15 percent over the previous bid. It was supposedly Pfizer's final offer, valued at $92...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So, which stories / topics / issues grab your attention at week's end? Some positive Delaware economic news: JP Morgan Chase takes over a portion of what was once the AstraZeneca complex along Concord Pike...
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