University of Delaware reeling over transgender hater on campus

By Amy Cherry 1:51pm, October 28, 2016 - Updated 4:07pm, October 28, 2016
British conservative editor Milo Yiannopoulos.jpg speaks on UD's campus
The University of Delaware and its College Republicans campus group are coming under fire for hosting an anti-transgender speaker.

Milo Yiannopoulos--who's an editor for a conservative British website Breitbart--spoke on campus Monday night after being invited by the registered campus group.

"There are just three genders--there's man, woman, and retarded. This young man is retarded," said Yiannopoulos, who pointed to a photo on a large display behind him, of a man dressed as a woman.

Yiannopoulos--who is openly gay and a Donald Trump supporter--went on to call transgendered individuals "mentally challenged."

"Many trannies, and those that make up their own new gender, aren't actually retarded--but they are deeply, mentally challenged, and this is the moment of the evening where compassion is called for," he said.

The sold-out talk was attended by hundreds--and at many times--drew applause as Yiannopoulos joked that during his talk alone at least two new genders were likely created.

"Caitlyn Jenner is normal now because the media, globalism, and cultural elites told us so--they're teaching children that trannies are sane and normal," said Yiannopoulos.

The conservative writer said the public must stop giving "special treatment" to the transgendered.

"We should not tailor our cultural norms to the whims of the mentally ill," he said. "We don't require Americans to speak French to mental patients who believe they are Napoleon Bonaparte."

In his presentation, Yiannopoulos joked that several more genders were probably created just in the small amount of time he was talking.

"Just to make you feel special...I beg you teenagers, college students, breakout Vine stars, find another way to be special--this isn't it," he said. "We're constantly told we're taking advantage of people with mentally disorders when we use words like 'retarded'...that it's offensive...what could be worse than mainstreaming this 'transtrending' craze where you're encouraged to indulge ever bizarre lunatic insane gender identity. What could be more disrespectful to genuine sufferers of this condition? But no one ever accused the progressive left of consistency."

The remainder of his presentation speaks for itself in the video below.

WATCH: Yiannopoulos's full speech, including a Q&A. WARNING: What you're about to watch you may find offensive:

A university spokeswoman said the College Republicans have a right to host any speaker they'd like on-campus so long as they comply with university policies and procedures.

"The views and opinions expressed by any speakers on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the University, its administration or faculty," said Andrea Boyle, Director of External Relations for the University of Delaware.

Boyle also pointed to an op-ed run in UD's student-run newspaper, "The Review" by new president Dr. Dennis Assanis that's quoted as saying, "a great university is an open marketplace of ideas, where students can--and should--encounter the often-conflicting opinions and perspectives of peers, professors and diverse thinkers from all ages and cultures. This is how we learn, grow and gain a clear understanding of the world and our place in it."

Students on-campus organized a unity fair as a way to deflect from Yiannopoulos' message, which Boyle said attracted 250 students. Students, faculty and staff also hosted a banner signing expressing solidarity for transgender students.

"We are proud that students at each event expressed their views in a peaceful manner," said Boyle.

Delaware GOP spokesman John Fluharty, who is gay, said the College Republicans' choice to bring "shock jock" Yiannopoulos showed poor judgement.

"They need to think in terms of is what we're about to do going to grow the party or is it going to hurt the party? And I think they'd be hard-pressed to be able to come up with one new voter for the party based upon what happened on-campus this week," said Fluharty. "It is really is a shame."

Fluharty said he's worked hard to ensure that members of the LGBT group feels it has a seat at the Republican table and that the College Republicans group have damaged those efforts.

The University of Maryland recently canceled an appearance by Yiannopoulos due to security concerns, Yiannopoulos said, which garnered boos from the UD crowd.


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Jobs, budget, legalization: Delaware's gubernatorial candidates debate

By Lauren Huet 4:25pm, October 28, 2016 - Updated 4:25pm, October 28, 2016
VIDEO: WDEL/WHYY's Gubernatorial debate presented at Widener's Delaware Law School.
Delaware's gubernatorial candidates discussed their views today during WDEL and WHYY's debate held at Widener University's Delaware Law School in Brandywine Hundred.

Both candidates stressed the importance of improving Delaware's economy and bringing jobs back to the First State. Republican candidate State Senator Colin Bonini (R-Dover) and Democratic candidate U.S. Congressman John Carney touched on the state's crime problem and the need to improve public education. They also discussed the need to examine the budget. The next governor will enter office facing a budget deficit of up to $300 million.

Bonini and Carney disagreed on legalization of marijuana.

Carney said he does not support legalization at this time and would like to wait and see the impact on other states that have legalized the drug for recreational purposes. Bonini said he supports the legalization and regulation of marijuana. He said since decriminalization in Delaware, marijuana is de facto legal and should be regulated to keep it out of the hands of children.

The atmosphere of the debate was relaxed, amicable, and respectful. During their closing statements, Bonini and Carney expressed their friendship and respect for one another. Carney stated that was how debates are supposed to be, unlike the rhetoric taking place in national presidential debates.

Below are a few of the questions asked during the debate, and the candidates' answers. Each candidate had 90 seconds to answer the question. WDEL's Amy Cherry and WHYY's Mark Eichmann served as panelists for the debate. WDEL News and Programming Director Chris Carl moderated the debate.

Chris Carl: "What is your vision for Delaware?"

Carney: "For a lot of us Delaware is just one of the very best places to live and work and raise our families, but for too many of our neighbors the opportunities are too few. When I was growing up not too far from here in Claymont, most of my neighbors worked in the industrial complex along the Delaware river or for DuPont. There were lots of good jobs. Creating jobs for working families needs to be a top priority for the next governor and the next governor also needs to lead our state into an innovation economy. You can't think about the success of our state though without thinking about the success of our largest city, but the violence in many communities in Wilmington is terrorizing families, and making it more difficult to maintain a positive business climate downtown. Part of the solution has to be in our schools. For too long we've jumped from one education reform to the next. Now we have an opportunity to pick a strategy and to stick with it, and as Delaware's next governor that's exactly what I'll try to do. I look forward to the challenges that we face as a state. They are difficult, and they are many, and I'm under no illusion that it's going to be easy, but if the people of our state give me the opportunity on November the 8th, I will work hard every day. I will listen to their concerns and always shoot straight with them. Thank you for the opportunity to be here with you this morning. I look forward to a conversation with my friend Senator Bonini."

Bonini: "Thank you very much. First I apologize for my voice. John is killing me one way or another, this campaign. First of all I want to say thank you, and thank you to Widener and WHYY and WDEL for having us. We need a different vision. I'm very pleased the way you asked that question. My contention is that Delaware needs to change course. We've had 24 years of the same vision. I'm quite frankly very worried about where Delaware is today. Just some quick statistics. 1 in 6 Delawareans is on food stamps. 1 in 4 Delawareans, give or take, is on Medicaid, the health insurance for the poor. This next one is always very tough for me to say without tearing up, 1 in 5 children in Delaware live in poverty. Our public schools are failing to meet the needs of many of our students. Governor Markell in one of his state addresses shared with us that 4 out of 5 Delaware public high school graduates are not ready for work or college according to the American College Board. Of course as John had mentioned, violence in our one big city Wilmington, and quite frankly up and down the state is just at an unacceptable level. So, Delaware faces tremendous, tremendous challenges and my contention is that we have a very clear choice, and that choice is to continue what we have been doing, I call more of the same, or to take a different path. My contention is that I represent that different path and I'm asking people to ask themselves, hey if you like the way you're going, I'm probably not the guy you should vote for. If you think Delaware needs to change course, then I'm kindly asking for their vote on November the 8th."

Mark Eichmann: "Senator Bonini, you obviously paint a dire picture of the state economy. Congressman Carney's campaign web site says Delawareans are right to worry about our economy in transition. If we agree that the economy is in trouble and the state needs help, what is the first thing you would do if elected to address the state economy and some of those numbers you pointed out?"

Bonini: "There's 4 things to try to do all simultaneously, quite frankly. One is we need to create enterprise zones which would create right to work, but also regulatory reform. The second one is we need to shrink the size, scope and expensiveness of our state government. The third, and this is very hard to do, this one is not easy, is to continue to work to improve our public schools. Then the fourth one, I know this one doesn't really come up that often, but Delaware has some of the highest utility rates in the country, and quite frankly that's a huge drag on our economy. Especially if you want to try to get manufacturers to come to Delaware, they're not going to come here if it's going to cost them more in their utility bills than surrounding states. So, I think the enterprise zones, regulatory reform, shrinking the size of government, obviously reforming our public schools, which is a long term task, and then taking a strong look at how we can lower utility rates. If we do those things, and I'm confident by the way that we can do those things, if we do those things I think people will bring their businesses here. I really believe it, because despite the, Mark, the obviously very concerning picture of Delaware's economy, we have some great strengths too. We're geographically located with access to both the New England market and the southern market. We have a very highly educated workforce. We have some strengths, but I think the state government needs to sort of get out of the way and let our businesses grow, but I actually think if we're willing to do those four things we can get businesses here in Delaware."

Carney: "The biggest challenge for the next governor. No question about it. We're in this transition from the industrial age. I talked about my growing up in Claymont, I was just there the other day, and the steel mill that used to provide great jobs for folks is really gone. So, that's an opportunity. We have to work hard. We have to compete to win every single day with other states, with countries around the world, to bring the old economy industrial jobs as well as new economy innovation jobs. So, we've got to be working on two or three fronts at the same time. Redeveloping that Claymont steel site there in Claymont, real opportunities there with other things happening in town. There's just been an RFP put on the street for the General Motors plant, they're going to take that down. Another opportunity. Already we're under way at the Chrysler site working with the University of Delaware, the innovation center that they've brought there. While we're doing that we need to cultivate a start-up innovation economy. A lot of what you're seeing there at the STAR campus in Newark is what it's going to look like. We also have co-working spaces in Wilmington. We can't be successful if we don't have a business climate in our largest commercial center that is conducive to businesses flourishing there. People need to feel safe downtown and that's got to be a big priority along with improving our public education. When you think about economic development today it's all about work force. Attracting young talent and developing it here at home."

Chris Carl: "As a follow-up, Senator Bonini you say you want to shrink state government. Where specifically do you think it's too big?"

Bonini: "I'm glad you asked that. About 70 percent, give or take, high 60 percent of money in our operating budget is in two areas. It is in state employees' salaries and benefits and it is in Medicaid. So, any sort of honest conversation about reducing the size and scope of state government you have to look at those areas. I have proposals in both of those areas to streamline. First of all, I think we should offer an early retirement incentive for state employees to reduce the workforce in a humane way without laying anybody off, and secondly I think we need to standardize how we bill and patient track in both Medicaid and state employee healthcare. By the way, state employee healthcare is a half a billion dollar issue, so we're talking about real money here. That doesn't sound that sexy right, patient tracking? But I can give you a real personal example. In John's ongoing effort to make me sick, I had Lyme's disease and pneumonia at the same time. If there are any physicians, I'm not a physician, but I would not recommend doing that, this summer. I went into the doctor and got a chest x-ray for pneumonia. That's how I knew I had pneumonia. Then I was feeling terrible a few days later and my poor campaign manager had to take me into an urgent care facility, and a very competent nurse practitioner at the urgent care facility said, 'ok we're going to get you a chest x-ray.' I said, 'well you don't have the record that I had one like 3 days ago?' They did not. So, I'm a pretty savvy guy and was able to stop that, but imagine that scenario happening in every single Medicaid patient or state employee. So, it's vitally important to stop the duplication of effort that we standardize that practice. If we do both of those things early retirement and reform medicaid billing and tracking we could save literally hundreds of millions of dollars in the out years."

Chris Carl: "Congressman Carney your thoughts on that plan and do you agree that state government is too big?"

Carney: "It's not so much a question of size as a question of where you spend your money and how those increases are occurring. Senator Bonini is exactly right. He's been there in the legislature for 20 something years as I recall, and passed budgets and the like. Healthcare costs, like for any small or large business in our state, are far outpacing the growth of the economy. It is the single biggest challenge, frankly, that we face as a country. At the federal level in my role as a member of Congress, we were unable to come up with a fiscal plan for the country mainly because we were unable to wrap our arms around rising healthcare costs. Consider the cost inflation in Medicaid just last year over this year: 73 million dollar increase; 10 percent increase. The economy is growing at 2 plus percent. Our state revenues are growing at a rate about the rate of the economy. Frankly, on day one the next governor is going to face a significant budget deficit. In my view we need to do a comprehensive review of all state operations both on the spending and on the revenue side and come up with a complete budget reset. A reset that has a revenue mix that's pro-growth, because the best way to deal with a fiscal imbalance is to grow out of it. So, you want your economy to grow with a tax and regulatory structure that encourages that, and looking at places on the spending side. We agree on this matter. It's pretty obvious that it's in management of healthcare costs for state employees and for the poor, which is the joint federal state program called Medicaid. Medicaid itself is 770 million dollars on the state side, double that and that's the total cost of the program. So, it's over a billion dollars and it's growing at 10 percent year over year. That's just unsustainable."

Amy Cherry: "Congressman Carney, you're both up here talking about the budget and the problems that you're going to face as the next governor. If you were governor right now, today and you had to make cuts, I'd like to know specifically where you think you could make some streamlines--"

Carney: "Yeah, I think that's the wrong question, and I just kind of told you my approach. First of all, I'm not governor today. I hope to be governor in January, and if I am governor in January we will have a significant fiscal deficit. The numbers coming out of the board that sets the revenues estimated a drop in about 160 some billion. I just talked about the Medicaid and healthcare growth numbers at 10 percent. So, you're looking at 200-300 million dollar deficit. The way to do that right and in a fair way, Senator Bonini talked about fair as it relates to state employees, is to do it comprehensively. To look at both sides of the equation. Not just the revenue side, and not just the expense side. Senator Bonini says we have a spending problem. We do, we also have a revenue problem, and that's been coming for a long time. So, we need both a spending and a revenue reset. That's the best way to do it, where you can identify- We've been talking about priorities, investments that are important for education, particularly kids that are growing up in disadvantaged backgrounds is a priority for me. So, if you're going to have those priorities you got to do less of something else, and that something else is just not spending as much. Bending the cost curve down on health care both in terms of Medicaid and state employees. Once you set your priorities and you look at your revenue side of the equation, what's the best revenue mix that enables you to compete with Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, other states in our region and states across the country.

Bonini: "I obviously, as I just said, it's in state employee benefits and Medicaid. That's where 70 percent of where the spending is so that's where the results got to be. I will repeat, and John's exactly right, I think we have a spending problem and not a revenue problem. Even today I think we are in the top 5 for income per person for our state government. So, I think the solutions need to be almost exclusively, or exclusively, on the spending side. I don't think we need to be raising taxes. Mark brought up the first question about our economy, I don't think our economy can take raising taxes. To John's point, I think is a good point, is I have a friend who says Colin, we don't need to raise taxes, what we need is 10 thousand more jobs and 10 thousand more people paying taxes. Right? And that will solve our revenue problem. So I think the spending cuts need to come from where the spending is, which is Medicaid and the state employee costs, but I also think that prosperity helps solve all of these problems. Nobody is going to be talking about a budget crunch if we had 10,000 more good paying jobs in Delaware. So, I think no matter what we're talking about today, I think that the main focus, I think John mentioned this before, I think for both of us and I think for everybody running this year is to get Delaware's economy up and running and we'll be able to solve lots of these problems."

Amy Cherry: "I've heard that raising taxes isn't the answer, but do you believe that raising the gas tax could help, or do you think that that mileage based user fee that is being piloted, if you will, would help. New Jersey just did it, they cut other taxes in the process of raising one. Is that an option for us?"

Bonini: "If you think that we're going to compensate by lowering other taxes, I have some real estate for you I'd like to sell you and a bridge in Arizona. If you think my colleagues are actually going to reduce taxes in relation to raising another tax, I just don't think that's realistic. I'm actually tremendously opposed to the mileage tax. I think it's quite frankly none of the government's business how far I drive and where I drive to. Just from a privacy perspective I'm very, very concerned about that. I do not believe we need to be raising a gas tax. Our economy, I mean 1 in 6 Delawareans on food stamps. When I tell people, and John has heard me say this before, you want to know how Delaware's economy is doing. Why don't you go to a Shore Stop, or a WaWa, or a 7-11 in Delaware and hang out by the cash register for 10 or 15 minutes. What you'll see is working people coming up to that cash register and say, '5 dollars on pump two,' '4 dollars on pump 3,' '6 dollars on pump 5,' because that's all the money they have and they need to get a half tank, or a third a tank, or a fifth a tank of gas to get to work, and raising the gas tax on those folks should not be an option."

Carney: "Another reason why I support a complete budget reset, because if you think about these things just in the silo of infrastructure, and transportation, and gas tax, then you're not thinking about your total revenue mix and its burden on taxpayers. The fact of the matter is that there's been a political failure both at the national level and at the local level with respect to funding infrastructure. We could put millions of people to work across the country if the Congress was able to pass an approach towards funding the highway trust fund that would have converted overseas profits into tax revenues and projects in the highway bill here in our country. In order to do those projects you have to have revenue at the state level. So we're in this box because the legislature has been unwilling to step up to the plate and fully fund transportation infrastructure here in Delaware and that creates jobs. I disagree- it's easy to be against things and particularly against taxes, but you have to be for some approach to funding your infrastructure. The idea that is being explored across the country about a miles driven approach, my Republican colleagues in the Senate look more at that than they do at a flat out gas tax because it doesn't bias against low mileage vehicles. We need to do something both at the national level and at the local level.

Mark Eichmann: "Over the last 4 years, 8 years, should the state have done more to assist Wilmington in fighting crime?"

Carney: "There's certainly an opportunity for greater cooperation among law enforcement agencies. One of the things that's hard for the people I talk to to wrap their head around is the fact that the county police, and the city police, and the state police don't always cooperate and work together. We need to do a better job. We need a better law enforcement approach in the City of Wilmington. Of course that's primarily a City of Wilmington police responsibility, but state police and county police can work together on joint drug and gun investigations, and they don't always do that. We can better target the bad guys within the City of Wilmington, and we need better - a community policing model that works. Where we're developing better relationships between law enforcement and the community. That just hasn't - I've lived in the city now for 30 years. I raised both of my boys there and it troubles me, talk about bringing a tear to your eye, when I see some of the kids that I've known through the years on the basketball courts with my kids, and what's happened to them getting caught up in the cross fire and some of this violence. It's terrible for those families and those kids and those neighborhoods, but it also makes it really difficult to maintain a business climate conducive to the kind of economy that we need and that we want.

Bonini: "The answer is hell yes. And if there's a greater failure of the political class in Delaware than the violence in Wilmington, I'd like to know what it is. In 2014, if these numbers have changed, please tell me, I haven't looked at these numbers in a few months. In 2014, there were 27 homicides in Wilmington and only 4 arrests. Not convictions, arrests. 23 unsolved homicides in 2014 alone, and that is just unacceptable. Quite frankly if that had happened in other communities, I think we might have had a different reaction. My take is we need to do whatever is necessary. If that means combining police forces, that means combining police forces. If that means having the state police in there on a regular basis, that means having the state police there. If that means building sub stations in those high risk communities, that means building sub stations in those high risk communities. I have to tell you, and again this is not a partisan issue, because both sides have been guilty of this. The fact that we are addressing these issues sort of in an oh we don't want to hurt anybody's feelings. We're concerned about the police union. We're concerned about the City of Wilmington. Nonsense! People are getting shot. I think if there's a greater failure in our political class than this, I'd like to know what it is, and I think the governor needs to be extraordinarily active on this issue."

Mark Eichmann: "In recent weeks we've heard of plans to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in the next General Assembly session. Would you sign that legislation if it was approved by the General Assembly?"

Carney: "I don't support full legalization at this time. I'd like to see- I supported the decriminalization legislation. I supported the medical marijuana enterprise, which frankly isn't up and running. I don't understand why we need to rush into this when we haven't sorted out the medical marijuana enterprise, when we have live examples across our country of states that have moved into legalizing full legalization of recreational marijuana and learned from some of the mistakes that maybe they're making. I have friends in the Congress from Colorado that I talk to all the time, and everything is not great about that enterprise, and we ought to think about that. We have a big opioid problem in our state and I worry a little bit because I've heard this from parents who explain the pathways of their kids who became addicted. I know I hear from advocates all the time that there's no connection. Those parents don't believe that, and so that concerns me greatly. I just think it's something that we ought to take a kind of wait and see attitude, look at what's happening in some of the other states, learn from their mistakes, and be careful about how we do it, and by the way get our medical marijuana enterprise up and running."

Bonini: "I do believe in legalization, and the reason is is because I would say we've already done it. We have decriminalized marijuana to the point where it is de facto legal. My point is if we're going to do it, let's do it right, and let's regulate it specifically for the purpose, quite frankly, to keep it out of the hands of kids. I think if we fully legalize it and regulate it we will be able to keep it out of the hands of kids, and also I think will take a big chunk out of illegal drug healing. We have decriminalized it to the point where up to an ounce, and by the way I've never tried the stuff, inhale or exhale. Although I'm feeling pretty crummy this morning, maybe - I don't know (laughs). Up to an ounce is basically a traffic ticket. Oh wait a minute, a traffic ticket is actually more expensive. Up to 6 ounces, which I'm told is quite a lot, is an unclassified misdemeanor with probation before judgement. Translation, it's a traffic ticket. So I think the public policy decisions rightly or wrongly have already been made, and I think we've created this sort of worst of both worlds where it is decriminalized to the point where people sort of think it's legal, but you can still get prosecuted for it. It's still being dealt illegally, and sold illegally, and I think the bottom line is we've already made this decision. I agree with John we need to be very careful about how we do it, and we need to look at examples of what works and doesn't work in other states, but I think we've already made that decision. I think regulating it will actually keep it out of the hands of kids. Which is one of the main reasons I would support it."

Closing statements:

Bonini: "I'll be very brief. I think the choice is very clear. We can continue on the same path we're on, and by the way we have a good guy here. John is a friend, and a smart guy, and my campaign manager hates it when I say this, but there's no question he would be a competent governor. Just no question about it, and has Delaware's best interest at heart. But my contention is the choice is more of the same versus change. I think we need to change. Those statistics that I talked about in my opening statement, those are just unacceptable. I think if we continue to elect the same sort of group of folks that we've elected over the last several years, several decades, I think the expectation that those things are going to change is unrealistic. I think we need a strong leader who is willing to quite frankly pick some fights and stand strongly for what he believes. I think Delaware needs to change course and I'm confident that I can be the person to help lead that change. Lastly, I just want to say, please vote for me. You should always ask, right? Please vote for me on November 8th. I also just want to say thank you so much for having me this morning, and again I apologize I'm a little under the weather."

Carney: "I'd like to first thank my friend Senator Bonini for the tenor of the debates that we've had and this one this morning. This is the way it's supposed to work, in my view. Not like we've heard in the national presidential debates, and I appreciate our friendship and I look forward to working with Senator Bonini whatever happens in November. Last year I went to a holiday party that I go to, or I've been going to for many years, and I talked to a retired Chrysler worker. He's a stout little Irish guy, and he came up to me and he said, 'Carney, I worked for Chrysler for 36 years and it was a great job. I made a good living, supported my family, went to work every day, enjoyed it and I learned one thing. When you have a good job you keep it.' And he looked me in the eye and he said, 'what the heck are you doing running for governor?' This was just after the announcement was made that DuPont was going to merge with DOW, there had been announcements about the fiscal situation of the state, and his question caught me off guard. I've thought about it since this campaign has begun and I'm ready for the challenges that we face. We have significant ones. We're not always going to get it right, but I'll always listen to the people of our state, and work hard every day to address the challenges that we've talked about this morning, and I would ask for their vote on November the 8th."

Rowhome where 2 Wilmington firefighters died battling suspected arson torn down

By WDEL staff 3:48pm, October 28, 2016
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The Canby Park rowhome where two firefighters were killed battling what authorities have labeled an intentionally set fire was razed Friday.

Demolition crews pulled down the remainder of the building, which was already destroyed by fire and smoke in the suspected arson.

Wilmington firefighters Captain Chris Leach and Lieutenant Jerry Fickes were killed when the floor collapsed underneath them and they became trapped in the burning home. Two other firefighter were also critically injured in the fire.

Beatriz Fana-Ruiz--a resident of the home--has been charged with murder in connection to their deaths, and arson. Court records indicate authorities said she was drunk and angry when she the home on fire.

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DelaScare: Looking at some of Delaware's spookiest stories just in time for Halloween

By DJ McAneny 11:35pm, October 27, 2016 - Updated 10:11am, October 28, 2016
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Sometimes, it might be a pinch of truth. Sometimes, just a very active imagination. Whatever the seed that spurs the story on, every town, every state, every culture, has those spooky stories that get passed along, generation to generation.

The teens who went "parking" (ask your parents) and find the hook hanging from the car door handle when they get home; the old decrepit house on the corner which obviously houses a malicious ghoul of some sort; The bipedal, winged, horse-headed creature that roams through the woods; all urban legends told around campfires.

This year, its the explosion of clowns. Maybe our children will tell their children--flashlights under their chins, eyes wide as they tell the story to kids tucked tight into bed--about the year clowns came wandering out of the woods.

It's an incident that has so permeated the current zeitgeist that the Associated Press reported several eastern Pennsylvania school districts targeted by scary clown threats or hoaxes in recent weeks are banning clown costumes for Halloween parties.

Whatever the case, here's a look at some of Delaware's established tales of terror.

Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island

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While the island name is adorable, the history of Fort Delaware is so storied, it was featured on Syfy's Channel's Ghost Hunters program. (A show which returned to Delaware just recently for it's final episode ever.)

Built in the 1840s through 1860, the fort has roots dating back to the Civil War era, and has seen plenty of death.

Now a state park, the site offers regular paranormal tours of the building and grounds.

Addy Sea Inn

A large, adult-only bed & breakfast built just after the turn of the century has some reports of hauntings in very specific rooms.

Interested guests should target staying in rooms 1, 6, or 11, most known for occurrences ranging from shaking bathtubs to ghostly organ music to appearances by Paul Dulaney--former handyman and a local star in swimming... and currently deceased.

Dead Presidents Bar

A screenshot of the Dead President's landing page, looking suitably old-timey

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A bit of bad luck for a gent who slipped on urine and broke his neck in an area bar back in the 60s means there's a reportedly local haunt right in Wilmington.

Legend has it Dead Presidents employees have heard strange giggling coming from dark corners while closing up shop, and witnessed dishes being thrown at them from out of nowhere, or even seen poor old "Lemonade Mullery," as he's known by locals, wandering around.

Maggie's Bridge

There wasn't a ton of information available on this legend, but the gist is, head to Maggie's Bridge along Route 78 in Seaford, where a pregnant Maggie reportedly perished in a crash, and yell to her:

"Maggie, I have your baby."

Then get in your car and see if she'll let you drive away. According to a number of reports online, she won't.

If you try this and live to tell the tale, let us know! None of us were brave enough to try.

Frederica Hanging Halloween Decoration

More recently, a 42-year-old Frederica woman hung herself in 2005, and, for a whole night, her body remained hanging, as no one realized she wasn't a Halloween decoration.

The body hung 15' above the ground at around 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2005, visible to passing cars for hours during morning rush hour Wednesday, until a nearby resident called police with their concerns around 11 a.m.

Recency bias gave this story the edge in morbidity.

2 students shot with pellet gun at Warner Elementary in Wilmington

By Amy Cherry 1:44pm, October 28, 2016
Two students were hurt after one apparently brought a pellet gun to school and fired it off, according to school officials.

One fifth grade boy at Warner Elementary School in Wilmington was grazed in the neck, while the other was shot in the thumb Thursday morning, Red Clay Consolidated School District Public Information Officer Pati Nash said.

Nash said both students are fine and will be disciplined according to the district's code of conduct.

Police are investigating the incident.

2 crew members injured when freight trains collide in Chester

By WDEL Staff 10:24am, October 28, 2016 - Updated 12:01pm, October 28, 2016
2 people were hospitalized after two freight trains collide in Chester. (Tim Furlong/NBC10)
Two trains collided head-on just south of Philadelphia, injuring two people Friday.

Two people were taken to Crozer Chester Hospital after the CSX Transportation freight trains crash near Green and Felton streets in Chester, Pennsylvania, at 8:25 a.m., according to Rob Doolittle, the transportation company's director of communications and media relations.

Doolittle said the injured were crew members on-board the trains. The extent of the victims' injuries aren't known.

CSX staff are investigating the crash. It was not immediately clear what caused the trains to be on the same track.

"Our priority is always the safety of our employees and the communities we serve. CSX is cooperating fully with local law enforcement to understand the circumstances of this accident, and the cause remains under investigation," said Doolittle in a statement. "CSX will review any outcomes from this investigation to identify opportunities for future operational improvement."

Homeless man gets 40 years for killing cab driver in Millsboro

By DJ McAneny 2:00pm, October 28, 2016
Joshua Dutton/WDEL file
A Sussex County man who pled guilty to killing a Millsboro taxi driver was sentenced to 40 years in prison, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Officials said 25-year-old Joshua Dutton, homeless, was picked up in Rehoboth Beach by 45-year-old William Toomey in August 2014.

Dutton used his belt to strangle Toomey during the ride, officials said, then robbed him and left the cab to be discovered a few hours later along Country Living Road.

Convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery, Dutton will face a year of work release following his 40-year sentence, then nine years of probation.

Man gets 16 of possible 80 years in prison for Wilmington drive-by shooting

By DJ McAneny 2:12pm, October 28, 2016
David Buckham/WDEL file
A 25-year-old man who shot a 32-year-old man in the chest during a drive-by shooting in Wilmington is going to prison for 16 years.

David Buckham was arrested in Bellmawr, New Jersey, in connection to the August 2015 shooting of a victim in the 700 block of West Street.

He was convicted by a jury in June 2016 of first-degree assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, and second-degree conspiracy.

The 16-year sentence is a small portion of the possible 80 years he could have received.

Alleged 'large scale' Felton-area heroin dealer found hiding out with woman in Smyrna; both charged

By DJ McAneny 3:01pm, October 28, 2016
A Felton man has finally been arrested in connection to a heroin investigation from August 2016, and a Smyrna woman has now also been charged.

According to Delaware State Police, a search warrant for a "large scale heroin operation" executed on August 24, 2016, at a residence in the unit block of Skinner Lane belonging to Robert D. Jones, 37, led to the recovery of 4,212 bags of heroin weighing 63.18 grams.

Jones fled from a trooper in August during a traffic stop, but authorities were able to gather information leading to his location in the Heron Run Apartments, where he was staying with a woman identified as Ikea M. Dunbar, 25, of Smyrna, police said.

Police made contact with and charged Jones on Thursday, October 27, 2016, but not before he attempted to provide police with a false name, authorities said.

Jones was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin-Tier IV quantity, possession of heroin-Tier V quantity, tampering with physical evidence, second-degree conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, and criminal impersonation, and numerous traffic violations from when he fled during the traffic stop.

He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $66,510 cash bond.

Dunbar was charged with hindering prosecution. She was released on $2,000 unsecured bond.

Suspect pulls stun gun on woman during robbery outside Newark

By DJ McAneny 1:12pm, October 28, 2016
The pickup truck the suspects were in and a sketch of one of the suspect with the stun gun, according to New Castle County Police
New Castle County Police are hoping the public might be able to ID a suspect they said attempted to use a stun gun on a woman during a robbery attempt outside Newark.

According to authorities, a woman told police she was leaving her residence at Carrington Way Apartments in the unit block of Kimberton Drive at 7:50 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2016, when the suspect approached her.

Police said the victim described two individuals approaching her in a pickup truck and demanding her property.

Stun gun suspect

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The man sketched above produced a stun gun and attempted to use it on the victim, then took her property and pushed her to the ground. Both suspects then fled in the pickup.

Both the driver and the second suspect who exited the truck were described as white males, with the man who approached the victim described as 16 to 18 years old, 5'9" to 5'10", 140 to 150 lbs., with blond curly hair and wearing all black clothing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact New Castle County Police at 302.573.2800 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

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Maryland man charged in connection to Newark GameStop robbery thanks to tracking device in stolen goods

By DJ McAneny 2:24pm, October 28, 2016 - Updated 3:48pm, October 28, 2016
Elvis A. Anderson/Courtesy Newark Police
Newark Police arrested a 41-year-old man in connection to the gunpoint robbery of a video game store Thursday afternoon, they announced Friday.

According to authorities, officers were dispatched to the GameStop in the Suburban Shopping Center at 2:43 p.m. on October 27, 2016.

Employees had been forced at gunpoint to turn over an undisclosed amount of cash and gaming equipment before the suspect, identified by authorities as Elvis A. Anderson, 41, of Philadelphia Road in Rosedale, fled the scene in a green BMW sedan, according to police.

A tracking device on one of the stolen objects and city surveillance cameras led authorities to the suspect's vehicle and license plate, which allowed police to identify the suspect as Anderson, they said

He was taken into custody by Maryland State Police and is awaiting extradition on charges of first-degree robbery, six counts aggravated menacing, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.

Dead whale accidentally dragged into Port of Wilmington after getting caught on passing ship

By Mike Phillips 12:01pm, October 28, 2016 - Updated 3:12pm, October 28, 2016
The dead whale caught in the Port of Wilmington/(Mike Phillips/WDEL)
Marine biologists are reportedly on their way to the Port of Wilmington to investigate a whale that was brought into a berth at the port, after having been snagged by a passing ship at sea.

The whale appeared to have been previously caught in fishing lines, netting ropes, and floats and was dead when the ship hooked it on one of the lines.

MURR Institute representatives said the whale was a 25' to 30' humpback whale.

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Suspected Newark-area burglar caught on surveillance; New Castle County Police ask public for help IDing

By DJ McAneny 2:45pm, October 28, 2016
Following a string of burglaries over the course of two months, New Castle County Police finally have an image they hope is clear enough to let the public help ID him.

According to authorities, they'd like public assistance in identifying the man seen here, as they believe he is the suspect in a string of burglaries in the Hunters Crossing Apartments outside Newark, most recently on October 21, 2016.

Anyone with information on the identity of this man is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 302.573.2800 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

Delaware State Police are asking for the public's help IDing 2 burglary suspects

By DJ McAneny 3:15pm, October 28, 2016
Delaware State Police are hoping the public might be able to help identify the individuals seen in the surveillance images included above.

According to authorities, the men burglarized the Kent County Levy Court maintenance garages along 5200 Wet Denneys Road on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at approximately 2:30 a.m.

The men caught on camera reportedly stole a number of power tools before fleeing the area.

Anyone with information regarding the burglaries is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 302.698.8540 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

Suspect arrested in connection to 1 robbery in Bear tied to 2nd case

By DJ McAneny 2:34pm, October 28, 2016
Tymire J. Chandler/Courtesy Delaware State Police
A Philadelphia man was charged in connection to a pair of Bear-area armed robberies, Delaware State Police announced Friday.

According to authorities, Tymire Jaquan Chandler, 21, was arrested shortly after he'd committed an armed robbery at a 7-11 located at 1700 Pulaski Highway.

Chandler allegedly entered the location around 1:12 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2016, and pulled out a 9mm handgun, demanding cash from a male clerk.

After the clerk complied, Chandler fled on foot. He was apprehended a short time later in the area, and police said they determined he had also been responsible for a Rite Aid robbery at 1999 Pulaski Highway in the Bear area on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Chandler was charged with four counts first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts carrying a concealed deadly weapon, two counts wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, four counts possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, aggravated menacing, and receiving a stolen handgun. He was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $110,500 cash bond.

WDEL On the Town: Day of the Dead and RENT rock Wilmington

By Peter MacArthur 2:34pm, October 28, 2016
Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism opened this past weekend at the Delaware Art Museum welcoming the works of twenty incredible artists - all INspired by a 2014 publication from local realism legend Robert C. Jackson.

More than 25 local musicians will rock out World Cafe Live at The Queen on Friday night - for Day of the Dead - celebrating the lives and music of some of your favorite artists that passed on just a little too soon.

The 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT opens Friday evening at The Playhouse on Rodney Square. You can actually catch FIVE performances of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning reimagining of Puccini’s La Boheme through Sunday.

The Grand and the Delaware Humane Association have partnered up to bring you The Olate Dogs on Saturday evening. You may remember them, and their owners Richard and Nicholas Olate, from their Season 7 victory on America’s Got Talent.

Our top pick at Theatre N this weekend stars Daniel Radcliffe as a dead man… because that’s who you befriend when you’re on a desert island, right? Right. Swiss Army Man opens Friday evening with daily performances through Sunday.

Saturday and Sunday offer your last chances to enjoy a beautiful Autumn Hayride at Hagley Museum & Library.

Apple refreshes Mac lineup with new keyboard touch functions

By Associated Press 2:34pm, October 28, 2016
Apple is announcing long-awaited updates to its Mac computers, aiming to spark consumer interest in a product line that often seems overshadowed by newer gadgets like the iPad and iPhone.

As widely speculated, Apple will add a new touch-sensitive panel to the MacBook Pro, its top-of-the-line laptop. The touch panel will enable new keyboard functions. The Pro will also come with a fingerprint sensor, similar to one in the iPhone, to unlock the device.

The Pro models will also sport a larger trackpad and thinner keyboard, borrowing from the design of an ultra-slim model that Apple simply calls MacBook.

At an event in Cupertino, California, on Thursday, Apple said it wants to unify television viewing on its streaming TV device with a new app simply called "TV."

No traffic-dodging for kids and families at Delaware's Trunk-or-Treat spots

By Andrew Sgroi 8:54am, October 28, 2016 - Updated 9:27am, October 28, 2016
As great as Halloween is for kids, parents are naturally wary of the built-in dangers. A newer way for trick-or-treating, though, is getting approval from AAA Mid-Atlantic.

It's called Trunk-or-Treat and it's become a very popular alternative to traditional costumed foraging.

"Instead of having kids going to door-to-door," explained Ken Grant, Manager of Public and Government Affairs with AAA Mid-Atlantic, "set up (in) a parking lot, either at a church or a shopping center, and everybody can (go and) have fun decorating their cars. The kids are all in one area, the cars are stationary. It's a safe way (to trick-or-treat) and it brings the entire community together."

The arrangement is a necessary convenience for some communities, such as for those who live in rural areas where trick-or-treating requires walking miles just to get to two or three homes.

But even for subdivisions, AAA endorses Trunk-or-Treat because of how it eliminates the concerns from neighborhood traffic.

"You're not walking around the neighborhood at night," Grant noted. "You don't have to worry about crossing streets, (with) kids being distracted and drivers maybe not being as alert. We normally drive through our neighborhoods and we don't have groups of children trying to cross the street."

The auto club recommends, for neighborhoods with traditional trick-or-treating, that drivers drop speeds at least 5 m.p.h., whereas for Trunk-or-Treat participants, the key is to ensure that automobile decorations don't limit your visibility heading to and from the location.

If you've never experienced Trunk-or-Treat, consider giving it a try at one of these statewide locations this weekend:

  • Western Family YMCANewark – Friday, October 28, 2016 – 6:30-8:00pm
  • Dover Church of Christ – Dover – Saturday, October 29, 2016 – 2:00-4:00pm
  • First Baptist Church of Delaware – New Castle – Sunday, October 30, 2016 – 5:00-7:00pm
  • Unified Universalist Fellowship of Newark420 Willa Rd, Newark, DE 19711 – Sunday, October 30, 2016 – 11:00am
  • Laurel Community Hardware1001 S Central Ave, Laurel, DE 19956 – Monday, October 31, 2016 – 5:30-7:30pm

    Man, 32, charged with attempting to kidnap two children from Glasgow neighborhood

    By DJ McAneny 10:53am, October 28, 2016
    Joseph Kriger/Courtesy New Castle County Police
    A 32-year-old man was charged in connection to an attempted kidnapping incident in Glasgow, New Castle County Police announced Friday.

    According to authorities, Joseph Kriger, 32, attempted to abduct two pre-teen children from the Four Seasons neighborhood as they played outside at approximately 4:50 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

    The suspect was operating a vehicle and never came into contact with the children, police said.

    Kriger was identified as the suspect by detectives, and he was arrested at his residence in the unit block of Harkford Road without incident.

    He was charged with two counts of second-degree attempted kidnapping and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $50,000 cash-only bond, and issued a no-contact order with persons under 18-years-old.

    Newark woman charged in strong-arm robbery of man, 74, who had his arms pinned behind his back

    By DJ McAneny 12:13pm, October 28, 2016
    Shani Patrick/Courtesy Newark Police
    Police have charged a 30-year-old Newark woman in the strong-arm robbery of a 74-year-old man, city police announced Monday.

    According to Newark Police, Shani E. Patrick, 30, of Odaniel Avenue, was charged in connection to the robbery of a 74-year-old man who was walking down the street when he had his armed pinned behind his back and had his wallet stolen.

    The incident occurred on Tuesday, October 25, 12016, and police charged Patrick after witness accounts led them to identify her as a suspect.

    She was charged with first-degree robbery and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Correctional Institution in lieu of $20,000 secured bond.

    Woman reports being robbed by armed, bearded suspect in Bear

    By DJ McAneny 1:44pm, October 28, 2016
    A woman reported being robbed at gunpoint in Bear Thursday night by a pair of bearded suspects, New Castle County Police announced Friday.

    According to authorities, the victim was in the area of Hunter Road and Council Circle in the Village of Tahoe community at approximately 11:20 p.m. when she said two suspects approached her and one pulled a gun out.

    They demanded her property, then fled toward Salem Church Road after she turned it over.

    Both were described as white males, between 19 and 20 years old, 6' to 6'3", 150 to 170 lbs., with black hair and full beards.

    Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is urged to contact New Castle County Police at 302.573.2800 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

    Police investigating fatal crash between SUV, DART bus in southern Delaware

    By DJ McAneny 10:32am, October 28, 2016
    A crash between an SUV and a DART bus in southern Delaware killed one and sent several others to the hospital.

    According to Delaware State Police, the crash occurred along Seashore Highway, west of Cannon Road, near Bridgeville, at approximately 5:45 a.m. on October 28, 2016.

    The SUV operator was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. An unconfirmed number of others have been transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    State Senate candidates spar over opt-out, public vs charters

    By Joe Irizarry 1:13am, October 28, 2016 - Updated 10:24am, October 28, 2016
    VIDEO: Candidates for the state Senate's 8th district will discuss school choice.
    Should parents be able to opt their children out of state tests? Major party state Senate candidates in the 8th district have differing views.

    The hot-button issue took over the last General Assembly, and Republican challenger Meredith Chapman wants to see it revisited. She favors an opt-out provision.

    "We need to actually support opt-out--out of the state assessment tests--and then allow for what I think we need--an alternative program so that students can have another experience--whether it's through critical thinking or problem solving to enrich that because a parent has a right to choose what is best for their child," said Chapman.

    Longtime incumbent state Senator David Sokola does not fully support an opt-out provision.

    "If it said opt-out of Smarter Balanced, I'd probably support it," said Sokola. "But if just said opt-out of the state tests--then I'd have a problem because I think we will be moving to a different assessment within a couple of years anyway."

    On the flip side, making sure public schools and charter schools have a better relationship is one point where the major party state senate candidates in the 8th district agree.

    With a lawsuit pending against the Christina School District from sharter schools, Sokola said it's something that has to be worked out.

    "Either the district has to figure out a way to coordinate efforts with the charters better, or we're going to have to step in and figure out a way that could get done. It's not a simple thing," said Sokola.

    Chapman wants public schools and charter schools to better complement one another.

    "If we do have a charter--it's a complement--it's something that you could not get in your traditional public schools," said Chapman. "Look at Delaware Military Academy--that's something that you would not expect a traditional public school to offer."

    Green Party candidate David Chandler wasn't available to attend the forum, and Green Party State Representative candidate Bernard August sat in for Chandler.

    The candidates spoke at Kirk Middle School just outside of Brookside last night.

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