Then & Now Photo Gallery, Part 3: University of Delaware Campus, Newark

By DJ McAneny 11:44pm, October 26, 2016 - Updated 11:48pm, October 26, 2016
In celebration of the University of Delaware's homecoming weekend, WDEL took a trip to campus to compare what it used to look like, with how things have evolved and grown.

Thanks to the help of the Delaware Public Archives, Northwestern University's Knight lab, the UD Athletics Office, and Breaking News Reporter Mike Phillips, WDEL is happy to present our third installment of Then & Now.


University of Delaware Campus

University of Delaware Old College Hall

University of Delaware Blue Hens Football

Cinema Center

University of Delaware Library

University of Delaware's Assembly/Mitchell Hall

Chrysler Plant/SevOne Building

Previous installments of Then & Now

Part 1: Rodney Square, Wilmington

Part 2: Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach

Uber promotes Halloween tricks for rideshare safety

By Andrew Sgroi 7:19am, October 27, 2016 - Updated 8:27am, October 27, 2016
This Halloween weekend, millions of riders across the U.S. can turn to Uber for a safe trip home following festivities with family and friends. And since there is money to be made, hundreds of thousands of drivers will be there to provide those rides and help people avoid drinking and driving.

Even right here in Wilmington, the 38th annual Halloween Loop attracts revelers from all across the region. Though school buses shuttle the partygoers between nightspots, the age-old question remains: how will they get home?

In consultation with law enforcement, the rideshare service has shared 10 consumer tips to help users make the most of safety features in the app, as well as useful information such as how to “know your Uber” and not get “tricked” by someone this Halloween:

  • Request Your Ride Inside: When the party’s over, there’s no need to hang curbside. Wait safely indoors while keeping an eye on your app for your driver to arrive.
  • Know Your Uber, Avoid Scams: When you request an Uber, you’re given the driver’s name, photo and license plate number in your app. Before you get in the car, check the license plate number and look in the window to make sure the driver matches the photo. When you open the door, ask for the driver’s name. Always remember Uber rides can only be requested through the app, so never accept street hail solicitations from those claiming to be Uber.
  • Be a Backseat Rider: If you’re riding alone, choose to sit in the backseat. This ensures you have the option of exiting either side of the vehicle after it safely stops to avoid moving traffic and gives you and your driver some personal space.
  • Share Your Trip Details: While en route, you can not only monitor your own trip in your app but also share your trip details with friends and family. Simply tap the “Send Status” button to immediately send your driver’s name, photo, vehicle, and where you are on the map to a friend or family member, so they know when you’ve safely arrived. They don’t even need to download the app to track your trip!
  • Protect your Personal Information: As you would anywhere, be cautious when sharing any personal information. There is no need to share your phone number or personal contact details. Riders and drivers’ phone numbers are hidden when they communicate via the Uber app to protect everyone’s privacy.
  • Give Feedback: Your feedback helps us improve the Uber experience for everyone, maintain a high quality service and provide accountability. Our 24/7 global support team reviews this feedback and will follow up with appropriate action regarding reports of conduct that violates our community guidelines.
  • Plan Ahead: Take time to review the safety features available to you in the app before you head out with friends, so you know how to use them. It’s easy and quick. Before you request a ride, know where your destination is and choose a friend or family member whom you can share your trip details with later.
  • Be Kind and Respectful: Please treat your driver as you would want to be treated. Be respectful of his or her personal vehicle. Our community guidelines apply to both riders and drivers.
  • Follow Your Intuition: Trust your instincts and use your best judgement when using the Uber app. Be aware of your surroundings. And if you ever feel you’re in an emergency situation, always call 911 immediately.
  • Don’t Forget to Buckle Up: You may not be in the driver’s seat, but that’s no excuse to forget the Golden Rule of car ridership. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seatbelt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries if ever an accident should occur.

    Is Rockwood Mansion haunted? Ghost Hunters investigate

    By Joe Irizarry 12:08am, October 27, 2016 - Updated 8:59am, October 27, 2016
    Ghost image at Rockwood (Photo courtesy of New Castle County website)
    Rockwood Mansion got the "Ghost Hunters" TV show treatment Wednesday night.

    Click here to listen

    Some screeching, which could be identified as paranormal activity was heard in at least one room of the historic Rockwood Mansion in the "Ghost Hunters" series finale on the SyFy Network. The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) team attempted to confirm or deny supernatural activity at Rockwood Mansion.

    "TAPS told us that the house is active, and probably the activity is benign," said April Lindsey, a volunteer at Rockwood Museum, during the show. "It certainly appeared that way from their evidence. I'm thrilled to hear that, because we had some worried volunteers, and we could set their minds at ease and proceed with out exhibit."

    The show's investigators were at the museum last summer to investigate any unusual activity throughout the structure.

    Philip Nord, the Rockwood Museum Director, said he once saw the spirit of a former mansion resident, just one incident on a list of worries he had. He said he was happy with the results.

    "Everything they showed me was really, really fantastic," Nord told the SyFy Network show. "I'm just hoping that this will alleviate any of the fears that some of my volunteers have."

    Those interested in deciding for themselves can do so on the third Saturday of every month through February, when the museum offers monthly "Ghost Tours."

    2 men shot, 2 guns recovered in related Wilmington incidents

    By DJ McAneny 11:31am, October 27, 2016
    An 18-year-old man was shot in the chest Wednesday night, according to Wilmington Police.

    Officers dispatched to the 500 block of West 25th Street for reports of a shooting found the teen on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound, police said.

    The victim was treated at the scene and transported to Christiana Hospital in critical condition.

    While officers processed the scene at West 25th Street, authorities said they were notified of a second victim arriving to the Wilmington Hospital Emergency Room in private vehicle.

    The 23-year-old had been shot in the knee, according to police. He was listed in stable condition.

    An investigation revealed the two incidents were related, police said.

    Two handguns were recovered during the investigation--a 9mm at the West 25th street scene and a .40 caliber handgun from the private vehicle that transported the second victim to the hospital.

    Anyone with information relevant to this ongoing investigation is urged to contact Wilmington Police at 302.576.3638 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

    Maryland woman wants women to go topless on Ocean City, MD beaches

    By Associated Press 9:03am, October 27, 2016
    Ocean City, MD's boardwalk. (Photo/NBC10)
    Women should have the right to go topless in public, at least according to one advocate.

    Chelsea Covington, a national advocate for the "topfreedom" movement, earlier this year requested that the Worcester County State's Attorney look at laws surrounding toplessness at Ocean City's beach.

    Since then, Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan said Worcester County State's Attorney Beau Oglesby determined the law was unclear, and so he has asked for an opinion from the Maryland Attorney General's Office.

    The attorney general has not yet issued an opinion on the case.

    Covington said she was told the opinion is three to nine months away. She said she isn't calling for women to be bare-chested in public--she just wants women to have the freedom to do so.

    Wilmington City Council candidate wants to cut the size of council

    By Joe Irizarry 11:34pm, October 26, 2016 - Updated 8:59am, October 27, 2016
    Scott Spencer (R) 2nd District candidate for Wilmington City Council. (Photo Courtesy of Spencer's Twitter acccount)
    Reducing the size of Wilmington City Council--the Republican candidate for the 2nd District seat has proposed just that.

    Scott Spencer, a former Democratic candidate for mayor, has proposed a reduction in the size of Wilmington City Council to six members and a council president, and make them all full-time.

    Additionally, his plan included consolidating the eight districts into four, then cutting four At-Large members down to two.

    He said the cuts will help focus on issues like bringing more jobs, less crime, and better neighborhoods.

    Spencer said accessibility remained an issue, with the way the council is presently constituted, citing his own revelations while discussing the need to create a homicide unit.

    "There were various meetings that were called on the issues, some of the members would show up, some of them wouldn't because they're part-time, they have other responsibilities," said Spencer. "And that was a critical issue that was important to the safety and security of our city, and yet, we couldn't get an effective response and availability from city council members."

    If elected, Spencer said he would wait for the report by a citizens commission established by Council President Theo Gregory, which had been reviewing necessary council size.

    Spencer is running against Incumbent Democrat Ernest "Trippi" Congo.

    Man shot four times in Middletown causes several accidents fleeing in vehicle

    By DJ McAneny 11:25am, October 26, 2016
    A man who had been shot several times caused an accident when he attempted to flee the scene of the shooting in a vehicle, Middletown Police announced Wednesday.

    According to authorities, officers were dispatched to the area of Route 299, west of Brickmill Road at 5 p.m. on October 25, 2016, for reports of a motor vehicle accident.

    Arriving officers found a victim who had been shot several times in the area of the 500 block of New Street before fleeing in a silver Buick Lacrosse, causing several accidents, police said.

    The shooting victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical, but stable, condition.

    The victims involved in motor vehicle accidents were all treated and released from a local hospital.

    A suspect is still sought in connection to the shooting, and police had few details to provide. Anyone with information regarding that incident is urged to contact Middletown Police Det. Joseph Womer at 302.376.9950 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

    Man, 74, robbed in Newark by woman who pinned his arms behind his back and stole his wallet

    By DJ McAneny 2:48pm, October 26, 2016
    A 74-year-old man was robbed by a woman who approached him from behind, pinned his arms behind his back, then stole his wallet, Newark Police announced Wednesday.

    According to authorities, the man was robbed at approximately 5:15 p.m. on October 25, 2016, in the area of West Park Place near Peach Pond.

    The man reported walking along when he was attacked from behind, though he was not injured in the altercation.

    The suspect, described as a black female standing roughly 5'5" to 5'7" with a medium build, fled toward South Main Street on foot.

    Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Newark Police Det. Daniel Bystricky at 302.366.7100 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

    Female pizza delivery driver responding to fake order attacked and robbed by trio in Dover

    By DJ McAneny 3:00pm, October 26, 2016
    A pizza delivery driver was robbed when two female suspects approached her from behind and started beating her about the head and face, Dover Police said Wednesday.

    The 21-year-old Dominos employee was attempting to deliver food at an apartment in the 100 block of Willis Road in the Mapleton Square Apartments, but the resident told the woman she ordered no food, authorities said.

    When the woman returned to her car to double check the address, she was attacked, police said--and the attack continued even after she fell to the ground, where she was punched and kicked in the head and chest area by the pair of female attackers.

    A man approached and told the victim to be quiet, asking her for money. The victim screamed for help, forcing the suspects to take the food and flee.

    All three suspects were described as black. The females were both described as being 5'7" to 5'9" and being 15 to 18 years old, with one wearing a yellow winter coat with a hood and dark jeans, and the other wearing her black hair in a pony tail, a red jacket, dark blue skinny jeans, and mid-calf leather boots.

    The male was 5'11" to 6'1", 15 to 18, and wearing a light gray zip up hoodie and dark jeans.

    Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Dover Police at 302.736.7130 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

    Suspects in Dover officer-involved shooting officially charged

    By DJ McAneny 12:01pm, October 26, 2016
    Jamera Fisher, left, and Kylen Ewell, right/Courtesy Dover Police
    A wanted man reportedly shot four times by a Delaware Probation and Parole officer working with Dover Police as they attempted to serve a warrant Tuesday has officially been charged, authorities announced Wednesday.

    According to Dover Police, Jamera Fisher, 25, and Kylea Ewell, 22, were both ultimately charged as a result of the October 25, 2016, incident.

    Police attempting to make contact with Fisher--who authorities said was a wanted individual, and operating under the belief he was armed--attempted to pull him over with Ewell as a passenger in his vehicle when Fisher allegedly began driving aggressively towards the officers and crashing into their cars.

    A Probation and Parole officer then shot him four times, twice in the left arm, once in the neck, and his left torso, police said.

    The scene of an officer-involved shooting/Courtesy Dover Police

    The scene of an officer-involved shooting/Courtesy Dover Police

    Fisher was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, 39 bags of heroin weighing .58 grams, prescription drugs, and 9.5 grams of marijuana.

    He was charged with four counts first-degree reckless endangering, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, and third-degree conspiracy, and committed to the custody of the Department of Correction in lieu of $90,000.

    Ewell was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of heroin, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and third-degree conspiracy. He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $1,100 secured bond.

    Lessons of life influence Brandywine educator's teaching style, earn her exemplary distinction

    By Andrew Sgroi 12:44pm, October 26, 2016 - Updated 12:51pm, October 26, 2016
    Wendy Turner, Delaware's 2017 Teacher of the Year, posing with Governor Jack Markell on October 25, 2016. (Delaware Department of Education)
    A former accountant has been named Delaware's 2017 Teacher of the Year.

    Wendy Turner---a second grade teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in the Brandywine School District---learned of the distinction from Governor Jack Markell, in front of 500 invited guests at the Dover Downs Hotel and Conference Center on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

    The honor nominated Turner for the national competition, as well as bestowed upon her the responsibility of representing Delaware's teachers in addresses with community groups, business leaders, legislators, and educational organizations.

    The recognition, and its related responsibilities, justified the professional trajectory for Ms. Turner, who began her career working in a large public accounting firm.

    "I just did not want to work in corporate America anymore," she said in a release from the Delaware Department of Education. "Being a parent greatly changed my perspective and was a significant factor in influencing my deep desire to do something meaningful."

    By returning to school to earn a master's degree in elementary education, all while taking night classes and working full time, Turner achieved the full migration to teacher at age 40.

    As an educator, she strives to make learning relevant to life outside the classroom, teaching every lesson through a real-world lens.

    In each subject area, if I present opportunities for students to connect the work they do in class to the real world, students overflow with enthusiasm," she said. "Writing about current issues that reflect student's personal beliefs has meaning and passion. Learning science is more compelling when students cultivate plants in an outdoor garden."

    One challenge during Turner's first year reflected that real-world approach to teaching. On the seventh day of school, one of her students lost his mother to cancer.

    "I was terrified about how to help him and how to guide others in supporting him," she recalled.

    When the boy's father revealed to her that he needed to learn how to cook, Turner developed a cookbook project, collecting simple recipes from school families and staff to create a family-friendly cookbook. The class presented an illustrated copy to the family, which then inspired selling copies of the book to raise $5,000 for the American Cancer Society.

    "Through the process, we engaged the community in a project that helped many trying to process a senseless loss. We channeled grief into a positive endeavor, (learning) how to organize, work together and champion a cause they had a direct connection to. With guidance, second graders benefited the community and helped a friend."

    That project served as quite the endorsement when Brandywine Superintendent Mark Holdick offered his letter of recommendation.

    "The lesson was not only academic in nature because it included Common Core math, science, technology, and language arts standards," he elaborated, "it (also) was steeped in community, collaboration, caring, and empathy."

    Ms. Turner is also a 2016 state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and has been previously honored by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council for and the Delaware Nature Society for environmental education and stewardship.

    By action of the General Assembly, Turner will receive a $5,000 grant, to be used for the educational benefit of her students as well as two personal grants totaling an additional $5,000.

    SEPTA strike looms

    By Chris Carl 3:54pm, October 26, 2016 - Updated 11:57pm, October 26, 2016
    Septa users in Philly might want to start thinking about driving--or walking.

    With a strike looming for bus, trolley, and subway workers, transit officials suggested riders preemptively figure out alternate ways of getting around.

    The current contract, which covers more than 5,700 SEPTA workers, expires at midnight on Monday, October 31, 2016, and a walkout could begin at the start of service on Tuesday. Sticking points include pension and health care issues.

    SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said they're hoping to get the word out so all riders have a plan should a strike happen.

    Regional rail and service outside the city will not be affected.

    The kids are all right: Children with 3-way DNA are healthy

    By Associated Press 3:39pm, October 26, 2016 - Updated 3:40pm, October 26, 2016
    A new study said 17 teenagers who were conceived with the DNA of three people as far back as the 1990s appear to be healthy.

    They showed no sign of unusual health problems and are doing well in school, according to the report.

    The children resulted from an experimental procedure designed to overcome infertility. Each of them was conceived with three sources of genetic material: the mother's egg, the father's sperm, and fluid from a donor's egg.

    The procedure was done between 1996 and 2001.

    The follow-up study on the children's health was released Wednesday by the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online. It was based on a survey of their parents.

    Americans ate more seafood last year than they did in 2014

    By Associated Press 3:40pm, October 26, 2016
    The average American ate nearly a pound more seafood in 2015 than they did the previous year, the government said.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the statistic Wednesday along with its annual Fisheries of the United States report. It says per capita consumption of seafood grew to 15.5 pounds in 2015. It was 14.6 pounds in 2014.

    The growth brings per capita consumption of seafood to its highest point since 2010. It's also the biggest jump of its kind in at least 25 years.

    NOAA said the jump corresponds with a catch increase. Fishermen brought 9.7 billion pounds of fish and shellfish ashore in 2015. That's an increase of a little more than 2 percent from 2014.

    New Bedford, Massachusetts, had the highest-valued catch from one port.

    Artificial hand helps amputees feel just how hard to squeeze

    By Associated Press 3:59pm, October 26, 2016 - Updated 11:31am, October 27, 2016
    A next-generation artificial hand is letting amputees tell the difference between a soft or firm touch, another step toward developing prosthetics that can feel, and a natural enough sensation to hold a child without too tight a squeeze. ( James Vonderhue
    A next-generation artificial hand is letting two amputees tell the difference between a soft or firm touch. It's another step toward developing prosthetics with a sense of touch, thanks to implanted electrodes that let them feel pressure.

    Scientists from Case Western Reserve University studied how nerves fire to signal different amounts of pressure. They implanted electrodes in nerves in the stumps of the amputees' remaining limb, and attached a prosthetic with sensors.

    They found the electrodes allowed the men to feel the same intensity of pressure in the artificial hand as in their other hand. Now the men are taking the next big step, testing the artificial hand at home, instead of the lab, as they go about their everyday lives.

    The study is in Wednesday's journal Science Translational Medicine.

    Subaru recalls 4 models; turbo air pump can catch fire

    By Associated Press 3:59pm, October 26, 2016
    Subaru recalled more than 100,000 of its top-selling models in the U.S. because a turbocharger air pump can run continuously, overheat and could cause fires.

    The recall covers certain 2007 to 2009 Legacy and Outback vehicles, some 2008 to 2014 Imprezas and certain 2009 to 2013 Foresters. All the cars and SUVs have turbocharged engines. Subaru says in government documents that a relay controlling a secondary air injection pump can fail, causing the pump to run continuously. If it overheats, it can melt and catch fire.

    The company reported two fires in government documents but did not list any injuries.

    Dealers will replace the relay at no cost to owners. Subaru doesn't have a schedule yet for the recall to begin.

    Windows 10 to bring 3-D to two-dimensional experiences

    By Associated Press 3:59pm, October 26, 2016
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addresses a Microsoft media event in New York. Microsoft wants to bring life to common computing experiences by adding a third dimension to widely used software such as Windows and Office.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
    Microsoft wants to bring life to common computing experiences by adding a third dimension to widely used software such as Windows and Office.

    The new tools, part of a free "Creators Update" to Windows 10 early next year, promise to make it easy for people to create and share photos, drawing and other images in 3-D.

    Instead of taking a regular photo of a sand castle in two dimensions, for instance, a beach-goer can scan all sides of the castle with a phone. Microsoft's tools will convert that into 3-D; viewers can rotate the virtual sand castle on the screen with their fingers. Microsoft plans to make it easy to share that on social media and even send to 3-D printers.

    Business presentations can be enhanced as 3-D support comes to PowerPoint; you can rotate an object to focus on a particular angle. Microsoft's image-editing software Paint will also enable people to create 3-D artworks by combining existing 2-D images with newly scanned objects in three dimensions.

    "By making 3-D for everyone, our digital world starts a new, more human journey," said Megan Saunders, a Microsoft executive in charge of transitioning computing to three dimensions.

    Microsoft also announced a high-end desktop called Surface Studio. Costing about $3,000, the Studio will be targeted at creators such as architects, artists and engineers, many of whom have long used Apple's Mac computers. The 28-inch display is on a flexible hinge, so users can view it straight on, or tilt it to as low as 20 degrees for drafting. Microsoft also announced Surface Dial, a circular accessory with new ways to scroll and navigate.

    Wednesday's announcements come a day before Apple is expected to refresh its Mac lineup.

    Microsoft's Surface sales aren't high enough to rank on either Gartner's or IDC's list of top five personal-computer manufacturers, but they represent an important business for the software company as it showcases the virtues of Windows 10 and related services such as Bing search and Skype chats.

    The Surface Studio will likely be a niche product, with the Surface Pro 4 tablet still available for everyday consumers starting at about $900. Yet Studio represents Microsoft's vision for the future of computing.

    Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO, said innovations over the past decade have been focused on consumption, "helping us consume more information and media in different formats." While that is important, he said, the next decade will be defined by technology that empowers people to create.

    Microsoft, maker of the Xbox gaming console, is also targeting gamers. The upcoming Windows 10 update will have new features for live broadcasting game play.

    Another Windows feature promises help people communicate more easily with friends and family. Windows will try to make multiple apps for video calls, email and texts seamless by letting users simply choose the person to send to rather than the app to send with. Text support will likely require a Windows or Android phone, though; iPhone support wasn't promised.

    Toyota adds 5.8M vehicles to global Takata recall total

    By Associated Press 4:01pm, October 26, 2016
    Toyota is recalling about 5.8 million vehicles in Japan, Europe, China and other countries to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.

    The company says it knows of one person injured in a crash involving one of the vehicles, but a spokesman didn't know where the crash happened. Toyota says it hasn't determined if the injury was caused by a ruptured inflator.

    The vehicles have inflators that can rupture and spew shrapnel. U.S. vehicles with the same inflators are already under recall.

    Toyota says the recall brings to 23.1 million the total number of vehicles it has recalled worldwide to fix inflators.

    Authorities say as many as 16 deaths worldwide have been linked to Takata. Seventeen automakers are recalling about 69 million inflators in the U.S. and 100 million worldwide.

    Amazon's Alexa voice assistant arrives on Fire tablets

    By Associated Press 4:01pm, October 26, 2016
    Amazon's Fire tablets are getting the Alexa voice assistant.

    The previously announced feature will start rolling out to customers Wednesday. It's meant to complement what users get on other Alexa devices, such as the Echo speaker.

    Through voice commands, users can get the news read out to them or listen to music from services such as Amazon Music or Pandora. On the tablet version, playback controls are offered, too.

    When you ask for the weather, Alexa will not just speak out current conditions, but offer a visual card with the week's forecast.

    Amazon says Alexa will differ from Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant in being designed for tablets first, rather than phones. That means focusing on tasks typically done at home, such as entertainment, recipes and timers.

  • Most Recent Stories