3M attend Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City

By Associated Press 11:38am, November 26, 2015
A thanksgiving turkey float goes down 6th Avenue for the 89th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as seen from above street level on Thanksgiving Day in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Invision/AP)
The giant balloons, floats and marching bands are making their way down Manhattan streets for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Security is heavy, with more than 2,500 officers stationed along the route. That's the largest number of officers the department has ever assigned to the event.

Crowds of onlookers are lining the parade route, which starts on the Upper West Side and ends in front of Macy's flagship store on 34th Street. Officials estimate 3 million people will be in attendance.

The parade is in its 89th year. This year's balloons include Hello Kitty, Snoopy and Paddington. The performers are expected to include Jordin Sparks, Shawn Mendes and Pat Benatar.

Thanksgiving Day shopping provokes strong feelings

By Associated Press 11:48am, November 26, 2015
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Shoppers no longer have to wait until Black Friday to cruise store aisles for holiday deals.

With online shopping available at any time of the day or night, many major retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us and Macy's are among the retailers whose brick-and-mortar stores will be open by 6 p.m.

But, the decision to open on the holiday gets mixed reactions from consumers. In its annual consumer survey, the Deloitte financial services firm finds more than half of those surveyed said they disagree with stores being open on Thanksgiving and feel more loyalty to those who remain closed. Deloitte's head of retail, Rod Sides, said half of the respondents said they would hold off on purchases if their preferred store is not open on either Thanksgiving or Black Friday.

Meanwhile, Maine's attorney general is taking it a step further. Janet Mills is reminding state residents that Maine does not allow stores over 5,000 square feet to be open on holidays. The law has been in place for 52 years.

Dover woman killed in crash on Thanksgiving Eve

By Peter MacArthur 11:32am, November 26, 2015
A two-vehicle crash Wednesday night north of Dover left one woman dead and a second with minor injuries.

A car driven by 52-year-old Martha Barbo of Dover was entering Route 13 near Dyke Branch Road when police said her car was struck by an SUV on the highway.

The impact was on the driver's side door, and both vehicles lost control, state police said.

Barbo was wearing her seatbelt, but was pronounced dead at the scene, according to troopers. The driver of the SUV was taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, where she was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries, officers said.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the case. Delaware State Police are investigating.

'Thomas L. Cottingham Good Samaritan Award' to honor Wilmington man who died protecting woman, child

By DJ McAneny 1:42pm, November 25, 2015 - Updated 5:37pm, November 25, 2015
Thomas Cottingham/WDEL File
A day before Thanksgiving, Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams announced the Thomas L. Cottingham Good Samaritan Award, and gave thanks to a member of the community who gave his life defending another.

"There is no greater sacrifice than to give up one's life to save another," said Mayor Williams. "This young man made the ultimate sacrifice as he came to the aid of a mother and her child--neither of whom he knew. We must continue to recognize Mr. Cottingham for his bravery and his heroism as a Good Samaritan."

On Monday, September 14, 2015, Cottingham, known as Cannibal to his friends, came to the aid of a complete stranger who was pushing her baby in a stroller while being chased by a man with a knife.

He died during the encounter, stabbed to death by Calvin Hooker III in the area of 10th and North Walnut streets, police said.

A the time, Williams, police officials, and Cottingham's friends mourned the loss of a man who had "a heart of gold," in the words of his friend Rebecca Coleman.

Of his actions, police said Cottingham had "unselfishly placed himself in harm's way, protecting a young woman and her child from imminent danger."

A memorial went up in Rodney Square honoring Cottingham's memory.

And now, annually--in addition to a plaque being placed in Rodney Square on November 14, 2015, in Cottingham's memory--the Good Samaritan award bearing Cottingham's name will be presented as part of the 2016 City of Wilmington Awards.

The awards are "designed to recognize and honor the outstanding accomplishments of Wilmington citizens and those who serve the City of Wilmington," a release said.

"The award recipients exemplify excellence in a multitude of areas including the arts, community service, faith, civil rights activism, and now, being a Good Samaritan."

"The selfless act of courage and humanity performed by Thomas will forever live on and be remembered; to ensure Thomas is not forgotten, in his honor, individuals who perform superior acts of bravery and kindness from this point forward will be recognized and awarded the Thomas L. Cottingham Good Samaritan Award," the Executive Order reads.

Conservation groups help preserve 1,200 acres near Odessa

By Shana O'Malley 7:07pm, November 25, 2015 - Updated 11:32am, November 26, 2015
An aerial view of the Roberts Farm in southern New Castle County. (Photo/Delaware Wildlands)
Delaware Wildlands, The Conservation Fund, and the Mount Cuba Center have partnered to save a 1,250-acre family farm located in Taylor's Bridge near Odessa in southern New Castle County.

"It's an unusual property along the Bayshore area," said Kate Hackett, executive director of Delaware Wildlands. "It's got a tremendous mix and diversity of wildlife habitat--really beautiful rolling farm fields and upland forest mixed with some wetlands and ponds."

Hackett said the protection of the Roberts Farm means it will not be converted into residential or commercial use.

Under the conservation deal, the land can be used for farming, hunting, trapping, and birding. When those activities aren't in season, Hackett said the land will be studied by environmental groups and universities.

"They'll help us better understand the species that utilize that property and further advance research about sea level rise and climate change and the impact it has on our natural habitat," she said.

Hackett added that the farm connects with two larger blocks of already protected land for a total of 10,000 preserved acres in the area.

Hartly-area teen, home alone, victim of targeted home invasion, Delaware State Police say

By DJ McAneny 5:29pm, November 25, 2015 - Updated 5:45pm, November 25, 2015
A home invasion outside Hartly Tuesday night occurred when a 15-year-old teen was in the residence alone, Delaware State Police announced Wednesday night.

According to authorities, the teen heard a knock at the door to the residence in the 2000 block of Pearsons Corner Road at approximately 7:30 p.m.

A man armed with a handgun pushed his way into the home and ordered the teen to lay on the ground, police said. He then put a blanket over the teen's head.

Just prior to his head being covered, the teen reported seeing a second individual enter the home and go into his bedroom.

The teen, uninjured, dialed 911 once the pair left his home, police said. The only items taken appeared to e the teen's computer and a cellphone.

The first suspect was described as a black male wearing a black mask, jean jacket, gloves and armed with a handgun. There was no description for the second suspect.

Police believe the teen was targeted specifically in this attack. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 302.698.8427 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

Dual shootings in New Castle County: 1 vicitm flees with suspect in back seat, 2nd injured by flying glass

By DJ McAneny 11:52am, November 25, 2015 - Updated 12:12pm, November 25, 2015
Two shootings involving victims sitting in their cars occurred in New Castle County Tuesday night.

In the first instance, a man sitting in his car at the Colonial Gardens Apartments in Newark at approximately 11 p.m. on November 24, 2015, when two suspects approached him.

The victim, 22, told Newark Police an armed man stationed himself outside his vehicle while a second, unarmed suspect got into the backseat. They demanded money.

The man told police he didn't bother to wait around and hit the gas, taking off from the scene with the second suspect still in his car.

The victim heard gunshots as he sped off, and the suspect bailed from the vehicle in the area of McKees Lane.

The pair of suspects were described as black males, both between 18 and 20 years old, with one standing 5'10" with a medium build, and the other slightly shorter and thinner.

The victim was uninjured.

The second incident occurred around Kemper and Flamingo drives in Bear at approximately 11:45 p.m. A man sitting in his car at the intersection was injured by flying glass when someone shot up his car.

New Castle County Police said they arrived at the scene to find the vehicle had been riddled with shots to the door and bumper, while the windows on the driver's side had all been shot out.

Police did not release any information regarding a motive, and there have been no arrests, though authorities continue to investigate.

Pair of suspects sought in burglaries in Wilmington, Claymont areas

By DJ McAneny 11:28am, November 25, 2015
Delaware State Police said these men were traveling in this car when they committed burglaries/Courtesy Delaware State Police
The same pair of men are suspected of breaking into two separate local businesses in the Claymont and Wilmington areas over about a month's time, Delaware Police said Wednesday.

According to authorities, the first incident occurred Friday, October 30, 2015, when a man cut a hole in the wall of the Cigarette and Tobacco Outlets at 311 Ridge Road at approximately 10 p.m. Once the man had gained access, he removed multiple cartons of cigarettes and the store's cash register.

The suspects/Courtesy Delaware State Police

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On Sunday, November 22, the second incident occurred at approximately 3:20 a.m. when a man exited the passenger side of a vehicle, damaged a sliding glass window at the Maier's Shell at 1622 Marsh Road, then entered the business and attempted to pry open the cash register. He was unsuccessful and fled the business without obtaining property.

The suspects are both white males, with the latter described as being between 20 and 30 years old, standing 5'10" to 6' and weighing 180 lbs.

The suspects' vehicle/Courtesy Delaware State Police

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Don't bust your diet this Thanksgiving

By Amy Cherry 7:15pm, November 24, 2015
For those on a diet this Thanksgiving, avoiding bursting that belly over the holidays can be a real challenge.

It's possible to have a little bit of everything on the Thanksgiving table, but registered dietician Kelli Janowski said the key to not totally sabotaging a diet is plate and portion size.

"Fitness" Magazine said the average Thanksgiving dinner contains 4,500 calories--thousands over a person's recommended daily intake. To avoid overindulging, Janowski recommends pickingh a smaller, 9-inch plate and dividing it into sections.

"Have half of that plate loaded with non-starchy vegetables, and the other half of the plate...be a good source of lean protein, so 3 or 4 oz. of white, lean turkey," explained Janowski. "The other serving size is reserved for your starch--either your mashed potato or your mashed sweet potato."

She recommended those watching their weight or fat intake avoid the darker meat.

Should individuals be slaving away at the stove this Thanksgiving, she said there are things chefs can do to make the meal healthier for everyone else, as well.

"Roasting the turkey, possibly using fat-free chicken broth to bake the turkey or to make the gravy," she said. "I would definitely avoid any of the deep frying techniques that are so popular today."

This may come as a surprise to some dieters--Janowski said it's not necessary to skip dessert! But she recommended avoiding the pie.

"Maybe having a baked apple with some low-fat cool whip versus a piece of apple pie or have an apple crisp with a little bit of brown sugar and oatmeal topped off with a dollop for vanilla Greek yogurt."

Janowski prefers dieters drink water over wine or beer, but said a glass of wine never hurt anyone.

"It would certainly be ok to have a glass--meaning a glass is 5 oz.--of red with with dinner, but then kind of balance out your beverage intake for the remainder of the day."

She recommended the day after Thanksgiving, should indulgers have gone a little overboard at the dinner table, to take a brisk walk before heading to the mall for Black Friday shopping and eat the rest of the day in moderation.


Contact Amy Cherry at acherry@wdel.com or follow her on Twitter at @acherry13.

Laurel Police: Driver was carrying $70K worth of untaxed cigarettes

By Associated Press 1:26pm, November 25, 2015
Cigarette cartons/WDEL File
A traffic stop in Delaware led to the arrest of a New York man who police said was found with 1,184 cartons of untaxed cigarettes worth about $70,000.

Laurel Police Officer First Class Christopher Story said Waael Alsaeidi, 22, of East Elmhurst, New York, was stopped Monday in a pickup truck for traffic violations.

During the investigation, officers said they found Alsaeidi the cartons of cigarettes and arrested him on site.

He has been charged with 39 counts of possession of untaxed tobacco products where tax has not been paid, in addition to the traffic violation. The cigarettes were seized as evidence.

Alsaeidi is being held in default of a $5,000 secured bond.

It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney to comment on the charges.

Panel urges Delaware governor to issue slavery apology

By Associated Press 5:42pm, November 25, 2015
Governor Jack Markell (WDEL/file)
Delaware's Human Relations Commission voted to urge Gov. Jack Markell and state lawmakers to issue a formal apology for slavery.

The 24-member commission voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday. The commission is a state panel charged with promoting positive relationships among racial and ethnic groups, as reported by The News Journal.

Commissioners plan to send a letter to Markell urging him to sign a proclamation on Dec. 6 to mark the 150th anniversary of the final ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery.

Markell has said he would consider the request. Still, a proclamation doesn't appear likely before the General Assembly returns to Dover in January, with Markell spokesman Jonathon Dworkin saying the governor wants to work with state lawmakers on the issue.

Lawsuit says Rehoboth restaurant copies Cracker Barrel look

By Associated Press 5:42pm, November 25, 2015
Dewey Beach businessman and former U.S. Senate candidate Alex Pires says attorneys are trying to negotiate a settlement of a federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed by the Cracker Barrel restaurant company.

Cracker Barrel filed the lawsuit last week, alleging that Highway I Limited Partnership, led by Pires, was using a design for the new Jimmy's Grille restaurant and gift shop in Rehoboth Beach that copies and misappropriates the distinctive look of Cracker Barrel restaurants.

Pires said in an email to The Associated Press this week that settlement discussions are under way, and his attorney filed court papers Tuesday saying the parties have agreed to extend the deadline for Highway I to respond to Cracker Barrel's request for a temporary restraining order.

Vivint Solar loses bid for non-regulated status decision in Delaware

By Associated Press 5:42pm, November 25, 2015
One of the nation's largest installers of residential solar energy systems has failed to win a guarantee that it would not be regulated as a public utility or electric supplier if it does business in Delaware.

Vivint Solar Inc. had asked the Delaware Public Service Commission for a declaratory order clarifying that it would not be subject to commission oversight in offering solar power purchase agreements or solar leases to residential customers in Delaware.

While the commission does not currently regulate residential solar energy companies, panel members on Tuesday deferred to staff and attorney recommendations to reject Vivint's request.

Critics suggested that instead of a ruling favoring one company, the issue might better be addressed through legislation or a formal rulemaking process providing guidance for the industry as a whole.

Study: Skin care drug prices up 401 percent since 2009

By Associated Press 11:48am, November 26, 2015
The cost of prescription skin treatments has skyrocketed since 2009, as the burden of escalating drug prices increasingly weighs on family budgets.

That's according to research published in JAMA Dermatology, a medical journal that found retail prices have surged 401 percent since 2009 for brand-name drugs for skin conditions. That compares to an overall inflation rate of just 11 percent during the same period.

Of the 19 brand-name drugs analyzed, price hikes have been most extreme for two drugs made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for documents tied to its pricing and practices. It is also under investigation by several members of Congress. The Canada-based company focuses on acquiring smaller drug developers and then raising medicine prices.

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