Delaware National Guard headquarters named after Beau Biden

By Amy Cherry/Joe Irizarry 4:35pm, May 30, 2016 - Updated 4:46pm, May 30, 2016
Joe Biden speaks at the renaming of the Delaware National Guard headquarters on the anniversary of his son Beau Biden's death.
The Delaware National Guard unveiled new signs naming its headquarters after former state attorney general and National Guard Major Beau Biden.

The New Castle headquarters is now called the Major Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center.

Vice President Joe Biden attended the ceremony, held on Memorial Day and the one-year anniversary of his son's death, and said it was an honor that words can't describe.

"There are no words to describe the love you've all given to the entire family," said VP Joe Biden. "On behalf of the whole family--particularly Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter--I want to thank all of you for remembering our Beau and memorializing him," he said.

Beau Biden enlisted in 2003 and deployed to Iraq in 2008 for a year with the 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade. He earned the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. He later served two terms as Delaware's attorney general.

"Everything here that everyone knows about Beau was he devoted his whole life to his family and to other people, working for his state, working for his country, his friends and his family," said Vice President Biden. "Beau's lucky, Beau found out later on what made him both successful and happy...Beau never left anyone behind, always there for his family, for his buddies, and for people who I don't think he ever knew until they first approached him for help."

Beau Biden died of brain cancer at age 46.

"You all ask us individually, separately, 'how are we doing?' It takes time, but we've decided the best way forward is to focus on the things that Beau would have been doing if had had a few more years, to give meaning to what he lived for--that's kind of how we view this dedication," said the vice president. "Beau loved the guard and looked to its example on how to live life, a life of purpose, service, and inspiration.




Veterans making the ultimate sacrifice are remembered in Delaware

By Joe Irizarry 6:12pm, May 30, 2016
Congressman Carney
Delaware remembers those veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Governor Jack Markell, Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Congressman John Carney were among those in attendance at the annual Memorial Day service at Veterans Memorial Park at the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

"I honor my ancestors, I honor my total military fraternity and sorority as well," said Richard Chappell, a retired U.S. Army Veteran who attends the service every year.

"All of the veterans from across our state come out, they're very loyal about doing that, and it's an opportunity for all of us to remember and to celebrate," said Congressman Carney. "Remember those who have passed who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and to celebrate those who are serving today."

The ceremony ended with a 21 gun salute and the playing of taps.


Newark man honored by Congressional Delegation and Dr. Biden

By Joe Irizarry 7:19pm, May 30, 2016
Newark man explains why he pushed for Delaware to have a Naval ship named after it.
The inspiration behind the naming of the USS Delaware submarine is honored by Dr. Jill Biden and Delaware's Congressional Delegation on Memorial Day.

Steve Llanso had always been interesting in U.S. Naval history, and wrote a letter to the editor in 2012 about Delaware having a military ship named after it.

He explains why he wrote the letter at that time.

"First of all, there should be a USS Delaware. Second of all wouldn't it be nice to write a letter that had a positive attitude, propose something positive," said Llanso.

Senators Carper and Coons and Congressman Carney then wrote a letter to the U.S. Naval Secretary requesting a ship be named after the state.

When it was revealed Delaware would get a submarine, Carper and Dr. Jill Biden went to the keel-laying ceremony for it. On Monday, Carper presented Llanso a picture of the USS Delaware signed by the delegation and Dr. Biden.


Hero Miles help military families

By Associated Press 11:32am, May 30, 2016
While Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer travel season, it's also a time to remember the nation's fallen heroes, and a Dover nonprofit is doing its part.

Through the Fisher House Foundation's Hero Miles program, travelers can donate their miles to military and veteran's families receiving treatment that would provide round-trip airline tickets to injured or ill service members and their families. Fisher House says that in the last 10 years, more than 58,000 tickets have been given to wounded, injured and ill service members and their families, worth nearly $88 million.

Sometimes Hero Miles can also be used to help family members travel to Fisher House in Dover which provides a home away from home for families traveling to Dover to be there for the arrival of fallen military members.

Fisher House Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides a network of comfort homes around the country where military and veteran's families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment for an illness, disease or injury.


Delaware officials warn of risks of boating under the influence

By Associated Press 11:35am, May 30, 2016
Officials in Delaware are warning boat operators about drinking and boating.

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officials said in a statement ahead of the Memorial Day holiday that operators found with blood alcohol levels of .08 and higher risk being charged with operating under the influence.

Officials say that boat operators found operating their boats while impaired will be arrested and may have their vessel impounded. They can also face fines and potential jail time.

Delaware officials pointed to Coast Guard statistics that say that in 2015, there were more than 300 boat accidents nationwide involving alcohol use. Those accidents resulted in 122 deaths and 258 injuries.


Verizon employees to return to work Wednesday

By Associated Press 11:54am, May 30, 2016
Verizon workers have been striking for weeks. (WDEL/Tom Lehman)
Verizon said a tentative agreement to end one of the largest strikes in the U.S. in recent years is good for both employees and the business.

The company and the Communications Workers of America union announced the tentative pact Monday and said employees would return to work Wednesday.

The deal includes 1,300 new call center jobs and nearly 11 percent in raises over four years, while also making health care plan changes to save the company money. Verizon and workers had reached an agreement in principle Friday but hadn't released details or a return-to-work date.

Union members will vote on the deal after returning to work. About 10,000 are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, which hasn't immediately responded to a request for comment.


3-motorcycle crash in Clayton kills 1, hospitalizes 2

By Frank Gerace 4:47am, May 30, 2016 - Updated 12:28pm, May 30, 2016
A New Castle man was killed and his cousin and a third man were hospitalized after a crash in Clayton involving three motorcycles.

Sixty-seven-year-old Anthony Tomme, his 56-year-old cousin John Tomme, and 27-year-old David Staley of Smyrna were all approaching the intersection of Delaney Maryland Line Road and Clayton Delaney Road shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday when John Tomme's motorcycle collided with Staley's, and both men were thrown to the road, Delaware State Police said.

At the same time, Anthony Tomme's motorcycle flipped onto its side and ended up on top of him. Police don't know if his bike hit anything before it flipped.

Anthony Tomme died at the scene.

Police airlifted John Tomme and David Staley to Christiana Hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Investigators don't believe speed or alcohol were factors in the crash, which closed the intersection for about three-and-a-half hours.


Hardly a dog's life for Pres. Obama's pets Bo and Sunny

By Associated Press 11:58am, May 30, 2016
It's hardly a dog's life of just eating and sleeping for President Barack Obama's pets Bo and Sunny.

The Portuguese water dogs are popular canine ambassadors for the White House. They've become so in demand that they have schedules, like the president.

Michelle Obama said she gets a memo every month with a request for the dogs' schedules, and she approves their appearances.

Seven-year-old Bo and nearly 4-year-old Sunny have entertained crowds at the annual Easter Egg Roll. Bo has been at the first lady's side when she welcomes tourists to the White House.

The dogs have cheered wounded service members and hospitalized children, and beeen a big part of Christmas at the Obama White House.


Poll: Voters feel disconnected, helpless in 2016

By Associated Press 12:00pm, May 30, 2016 - Updated 7:19pm, May 30, 2016
The White House is viewed from Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. Republicans and Democrats feel a massive disconnect with their political parties and report an overwhelming feeling of helplessness heading into the next phase of the presidential election,
Republicans and Democrats feel a massive disconnect with their political parties and helpless about the election, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which helps explain the rise of outsider candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Just 12 percent of Republicans think the GOP is very responsive to ordinary voters, while 25 percent of Democrats say the same of their party.

Among all Americans, the AP-NORC poll found that just 8 percent consider the Republican Party to be very or extremely responsive to what ordinary voters think. The Democratic Party only fares slightly better, with 14 percent saying the party is very or extremely responsive.


On cutting-edge voter data, Trump critically behind Clinton

By Associated Press 11:58am, May 30, 2016
Donald Trump (WDEL/Tom Lehman)
Data scientists working with the Republican Party said Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton in using digital campaigning to win over voters.

The science defines 21st century political campaigns, but Trump has dismissed it. President Barack Obama used data to win two terms, and the Clinton campaign has worked on its own data operation for nearly a year.

It's too early to tell whether the late start signals trouble for Trump, but it does illustrate the difference between Trump's proudly outsider campaign and the institutional knowledge within Clinton's.

Democrats have dominated the use of precision digital-marketing data as an electoral science for a decade, and Republicans have chased it for as long.


Man critically injured in Wilmington shooting

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016
A Saturday shooting in Wilmington left a man critically injured.

Officers found the 23-year-old victim with a wound to his back in the 2600 block of Bowers Street around 2 p.m., city police said.

New Castle County Paramedics treated him at the scene before taking him to Christiana Hospital, where he's in critical but stable condition.

Police don't have any information on suspects right now, so they're asking anyone who may know something about the shooting to call Detective Devon Jones as 302.576.3620.


Gold Alert out for missing Newark-area teen

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 1:50pm, May 29, 2016
Daniel Flores
A 17-year-old Newark-area boy is missing, and a Gold Alert is out for him.

Daniel Flores may actually be in Ohio, on his way to Wisconsin, police believe.

Officers were called to his home on Brewster Drive Saturday morning, New Castle County Police said.

Family members told police Daniel left home without his prescription medication.

He was driving a maroon 2011 Honda Pilot with Delaware license number PC369149.

Daniel is Hispanic, 5'6" and 202 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes, and anyone who knows where he is can call County Police 302.573.2800 or call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


Then & Now Photo Gallery, Part 2: Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach

By DJ McAneny 8:20am, May 27, 2016
Welcome back to another installment of Then & Now, just in time for Memorial Day weekend!

In our inaugural Then & Now, thanks to Northwestern University's Knight Lab and the Delaware Public Archives, we took a stroll around Wilmington's Rodney Square and saw it as it was and as it is currently.

Today, in light of the coming Memorial Day holiday--often seen as the unofficial start of summer--we decided there would be no better place for this go-round's comparison of old and new than Rehoboth Beach.

Rehoboth Avenue



Dolles on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk



Atlantic Sands Hotel



Looking at Dolles from the other direction



The boardwalk skyline



Previous installments of Then & Now

Part 1: Rodney Square, Wilmington


Sky high: NYC 'trophy apartment' could list for $250M

By Associated Press 2:17pm, May 29, 2016 - Updated 7:19pm, May 30, 2016
A luxury 90-floor apartment skyscraper called "One57," left, rises above all other buildings overlooking Central Park. A penthouse in One57 went for $100.5 million in 2014, but an apartment in the new condominium is expected to sell for $250 million. (AP
Billionaires' Row--that's what New York real estate experts call a half dozen new, superluxury skyscrapers overlooking Central Park that are home to some of the world's most expensive apartments.

One penthouse near Carnegie Hall that has sold for a record $100.5 million seems almost a bargain compared to what will soon come on the market: a $250 million, 23,000-square-foot, four-story apartment towering over the park.

Who's buying such extravagant apartments in residential buildings that are up to 96 stories high, with massive panoramic windows and double-height ceilings?

About half of them are foreigners seeking what one real estate agent calls "the trophy buildings of our era." Others from unstable, violent lands want a "safe haven" for their money. And the rest are simply rich Americans.




Beer: The fight over where you buy it in Pennsylvania

By Associated Press 2:10pm, May 29, 2016
Beer-buying Pennsylvanians are seeing a growing number of options where they can pick up a six-pack or two in a state that's home to some of the nation's most restrictive beer sales laws.

This week, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board licensed nine more convenience stores that sell gas to carry takeout six-packs, despite a pending state Supreme Court case that could theoretically invalidate those beer licenses because of a prohibition against selling beer and gasoline from the same property.

For now, it was another step toward loosening the control over takeout beer sales that, for decades, has been largely the province of bars and larger-quantity beer distributors.

In the meantime, several dozen more convenience stores and supermarkets are estimated to be seeking approval to sell beer.


Pedestrian hospitalized after Bear-area crash

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 1:54pm, May 29, 2016
A 59-year-old man is hospitalized after he was hit by a car early Sunday morning.

New Castle County Paramedics found the man, who they said was hit by a passing car as he walked along Route 40 at Beck's Woods Drive outside Bear, around 1 a.m.

They treated him at the scene and took him to Christiana Hospital, where he's in serious condition, paramedics said.

Delaware State Police are investigating.


Suspect sought in Millsboro home invasion

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 1:54pm, May 29, 2016
A man, who broke into a Millsboro house and terrorized a woman and her children early Saturday morning, is still at large.

The 28-year-old victim was asleep in her living room on Catherine Lane along with her three young sons around 1:30 a.m. when she woke up to find a masked man with a gun standing over her, Delaware State Police said.

The man ordered the woman into another room, but she refused and shouted to one of her sons to run out of the house.

That startled the intruder, who took off himself, police said.

He's described as black, 5'5" to 5'8" and 140 to 160 lbs. with black hair, wearing all-black clothing.

Anyone with information can call detectives at 302.752.3795. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


New York men charged with felony counts for Rehoboth shoplifting

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 12:46pm, May 29, 2016
Three New York men are behind bars, charged with felony counts for allegedly stealing from several stores in Rehoboth.

Carlos Laguna, Nestor Rozo and Neyger Rodriguez were being chased from the Marshall's store on Coastal Highway by a store employee when troopers arrived there around 8:45 Saturday night, Delaware State Police said.

The three allegedly took anti-theft devices from clothing in the store and put the merchandise into a backpack they'd also pilfered.

When the loss prevention worker confronted them, the suspects dropped the stolen stuff and ran, but troopers caught up and cuffed them.

Police said Laguna, Rozo and Rodriguez had equipment on them to defeat anti-theft devices on store merchandise, and in the suspects' car, troopers noticed several shopping bags full of clothing stolen from Marshall's and 8 other stores in the area--more than 3300 dollars' worth.

Laguna, Rozo and Rodriguez are being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution.


Dagsboro crash kills Pennsylvania motorcyclist

By Frank Gerace 11:50am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 2:06pm, May 29, 2016
A Pennsylvania man was killed after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by an SUV near Dagsboro.

Lucas Miller's motorcycle was stopped on the shoulder of State Route 26 around 11 p.m. Saturday night when an SUV drifted onto the shoulder and rear-ended the bike, Delaware State Police said.

Miller was thrown to the road and was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The SUV driver, a pregnant woman, was taken to Beebe Healthcare for observation.

Police said alcohol and drugs apparently played no part in the crash, and the SUV driver hasn't been charged.


Rollover crash in Glasgow seriously injures woman

By Frank Gerace 11:57am, May 29, 2016 - Updated 2:06pm, May 29, 2016
A woman was seriously injured when her SUV rolled over in Glasgow early Sunday morning.

Crews arrived on-scene in the 3200 block of Chesapeake City Road around 6:30 p.m. and treated the 46-year-old for a possible chest injury and cuts, New Castle County Paramedics said.

She was listed in serious, but stable condition at Christiana Hospital.

Delaware State Police are investigating the crash.