Teen patients receive red-carpet treatment for prom

By Andrew Sgroi 12:15pm, April 25, 2015
The scene for this year's prom./Courtsey Jeffrey Santoro
A typical rite of passage for teens was made possible Saturday for those living with circumstances that are anything but typical.

The 4th annual Prom for Teen Patients was held in the auditorium of the original hospital at the Alfred DuPont Hospital for Children on Rockland Road.

This year will mark the 4th annual prom event./Courtsey Jeffrey Santoro

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One of the hospital's nutritionists, Michell Fullmer, was the lead organizer for the event and she told WDEL the excitement was infectious.

"You would not believe the kids' excitement," she gushed. "I can't even describe the looks on the kids' faces."

She did though.

From the girls picking out their prom gowns - which, like all of the party's elements, were generously donated - to the emotional moments the emcee announced each guest as they arrived, Fullmer said it's a proper way to celebrate the strength of these courageous children.

"They deserved this. They miss a lot of these normal things, which is why we wanted to do prom."

This year will mark the 4th annual prom event.

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University of Delaware hosts 40th Ag Day

By Shana O'Malley 7:21pm, April 24, 2015 - Updated 12:22pm, April 25, 2015
Ag Day features many live demonstrations/ Photo courtesy of UD
The University of Delaware was set to host its 40th Ag Day on campus Saturday.

With 40 percent of land in Delaware used for farming, members of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources wanted to highlight some of the impacts the industry has on everyday life.

"Ag Day is designed to educate people on where their food comes from," explained Dr. Mark Rieger, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The state's agriculture production has an estimated $8 billion impact on the economy. Riger added that the agriculture industry is thriving, with thousands of jobs available.

"Last year, there were 32,000 graduates of all of the colleges of ag in all of the universities nationwide and there were more than 400,000 job postings for ag and natural resources professionals," he said.

This year's Ag Day theme is "Farm to Table," which highlights the trend of consumers choosing to purchase food from local producers.

Some of the scheduled events include a beekeeping demonstration, petting zoo, farm tour, and live music.

The free event was located on South campus and open to the public.

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In weekly address, Delaware Gov. Markell highlights initiatives to ensure student success

By Mark Fowser 10:23am, April 25, 2015 - Updated 12:22pm, April 25, 2015
Governor Jack Markell delivers his weekly address.
In his weekly address, Governor Markell highlighted the Pathways to Prosperity initiative, which focuses upon educating students in the skills needed for high-demand fields.

Delaware introduced a new program designed to better prepare students for the "new economy."

"Hundreds of students will receive intensive, specialized, hands-on instruction as part of our Pathways to Prosperity initiative," Markell said. "They will have opportunities to get work experience and college credits, giving them a head start on getting a job and earning a degree."

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Kenton focuses on Delaware budget in state GOP's weekly message

By Tom Lehman 10:32am, April 25, 2015 - Updated 12:29pm, April 25, 2015
With time winding down for state lawmakers trying to craft a budget for the new fiscal year beginning in July, a Republican lawmaker touched on the topic in the state GOP's weekly message.

State Representative Harvey Kenton (R-Milford) discussed the issue of Delaware's revenue challenges in this week's Delaware Republican Party address and said he and his colleagues are proposing the creation of a committee that focuses on the spending side of the revenue equation.

"Consisting of a bipartisan group of top state officials, this committee would be charged with investigating cost reduction strategies," Kenton said. "Additionally, the panel would be required to solicit public input and deliver recommendations in December. We can no longer delay state revenue and spending reforms."

Kenton said revenue estimates dropped by $67 million since Governor Markell delivered his spending plan in January.

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Three are honored at 36th Common Wealth Awards

By Joe Irizarry 8:04pm, April 25, 2015 - Updated 8:20pm, April 25, 2015
(L to R) Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Wales & Edward Norton
The Common Wealth Awards honor three for their lifetime achievements.

The awards recognize individuals who have made contributions to modern culture through their professional and personal endeavors.

This year's honorees include Grammy Award winning lead singer of Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi, and award winning actor Edward Norton for public service and Jimmy Wales the founder of Wikipedia for Mass Communication.

Bon Jovi is also Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing positive change and helping those in need, "one SOUL at a time." In October 2011, the Foundation founded the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ. It address issues of food insecurity, and has served more than 34,000 meals. The community kitchen allows diners to contribute either volunteer hours or a minimum donation for their meals.

Norton is a co-founder of CrowdRise, which is a new platform on which individuals, organizations and companies can crowdfund for charities and non-profits. He also has been a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, is on the President's Committee for the Arts and Humanities, on the Board of Trustees for Enterprise Community Partners. Norton also established the Middle East Peacekeepers Fund at Yale University in response to 9/11 and the increasing conflict in the Middle East.

Wales is the founder of Wikipedia, and he also founded the Wikimedia Foundation, which is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content and to provide the full content of those wiki-based projects to the public free of charge.

Each honoree receives an award of $75,000.


Thousands attend 1st 'preppers' expo in Utah suburb

By Associated Press 1:10pm, April 25, 2015
Mike Peters, with Ultimate Bunker, stands at the doorway of a 100% steel underground bunker during the PrepperCon expo (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Hundreds of survivalists and "preppers" gathered in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy for the first PrepperCon, featuring demonstrations of underground bunkers, food storage and armored vehicles.

Scott Stallings, one of the show's founders, said the Friday and Saturday event was inspired by the success of ComicCon and is amping up the entertainment with the hope of attracting younger people who may not be enthusiasts of food storage and other survivalist strategies.

Stallings, who lives in Murray, said Utah makes sense for the first expo because of the Mormon culture's emphasis food storage and emphasis on self-reliance.

Among the expo's main events will be a zombie apocalypse costume contest and appearances by actors from the AMC hit show "The Walking Dead."


As Colorado theater shooting trial opens, gun debate dwindles

By Nicholas Riccardi/Associated Pre 12:57pm, April 25, 2015 - Updated 1:10pm, April 25, 2015
James Holmes during his trial
When a gunman opened fire inside a packed movie theater in July 2012, killing 12 and injuring 70, it did more than spread fear and heartbreak across the Denver suburbs.

It helped revive the national debate over gun control.

The debate gained intensity in the state five months later when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, resulting in Democrats to require universal background checks and ban magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.

Gun control advocates boasted that they had found the formula to enact their policies in a libertarian swing state. Furious gun rights supporters recalled two state senators who supported the measures.

But, as the trial of theater shooter James Holmes is scheduled to begin Monday, the debate has quieted down.


Nepal quake: At least 1,000 dead, history crumbles, Everest shaken

By Binaj Gurubacharya & Muneeza 12:50pm, April 25, 2015 - Updated 1:11pm, April 25, 2015
Injured people receive treatment outside the Medicare Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, after a strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook the capital/(AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)
A top Nepalese police official says at least 1,130 people have been confirmed dead following a powerful earthquake that was centered outside of Kathmandu.

The quake registered at a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 and struck before noon. It was most severely felt in the capital, as well as the densely populated Kathmandu Valley. A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour later, and smaller aftershocks continued to ripple through the region for hours.

It was not immediately clear how many of those people were in Kathmandu, and how many were in the surrounding area. Deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam says that the death toll from Saturday's quake is expected to rise.


Ex-Tower Hill headmaster in Wilmington sentenced to 50 years for child porn

By Peter MacArthur 10:08am, April 24, 2015 - Updated 11:54am, April 24, 2015
The former headmaster of Tower Hill School in Wilmington has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for dealing in child pornography.

Christopher Wheeler was convicted in December on 25 counts of dealing child porn. He waived his right to a jury trial after the judge denied a defense motion to suppress evidence seized by police.

Found guilty on all 25 counts, each count carries a two year prison term.


Delaware judge rules in ex-candidate's suit against elderly mother

By Randall Chase/Associated Press 5:17pm, April 24, 2015
Richard Korn/File Photo
A Delaware judge ordered a frequent candidate for public office to account for money he removed for his own benefit from an account he shared with his elderly mother.

This week's ruling involved a dispute between Richard Korn and his 95-year-old mother, Sylvia, over financial assets, including a joint account that once held about $1.2 million.

Korn, who has run unsuccessfully for state auditor, county executive and the Delaware legislature, sued his mother after she froze the account.

Court records said Korn wrote checks totaling about $600,000 to himself or entities connected with him.

The judge also ruled that eight cemetery plots Korn bought with his mother's money must be re-titled in her name, but that $200,000 he received from her in 2007 was a gift, not a loan.


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