Delaware students learn about distracted driving

By Tom Lehman 7:03pm, May 2, 2016 - Updated 9:17am, May 3, 2016
WDEL's Tom Lehman reports. (Video courtesy NBC 10)
High school students in Delaware got an opportunity on Monday to experience the dangers of texting and driving without the actual peril of being in a crash.

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As part of the "It Can Wait" campaign against distracted driving, AT&T brought a virtual reality driving simulator to Alexis I. Dupont High School in Greenville. The device challenges students to drive in the simulator while using a cellphone and displays fictional consequences that could follow a traffic accident caused by inattention to the road.

"It shows when you're looking at your phone that there's a lot happening around you and you're not the only one on the road who's moving," said Kaden Kinard, a student at A.I. duPont.

David Dorsey, a representative from the marketing firm hired by AT&T for the event, said the simulator provided a sobering experience for some students were shocked by the simulator.

"Oftentimes kids wouldn't speak at all because once they see it...in that moment it's so impactful that they realize what they've been doing for the last year, two years, or three years is wrong," he said.

Delaware lawmakers are examining a proposal that would double the fines you can get for texting and driving with point penalties applied to licenses. The simulator will be featured in Legislative Hall on Tuesday.

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Wilmington school may lose Redskins name

By Associated Press 12:44pm, May 3, 2016
A committee for the Red Clay Consolidated School District is recommending that Wilmington's Conrad Schools of Science stop using the nickname "Redskins" and Native American imagery.

The News Journal reports the committee voted 9-4 Monday night at a meeting in Elsmere to retire the nickname. Committee members included school district alumni, teachers, community members and chiefs of two Native American tribes.

Supporters of the nickname say the Redskins name honors Native American heritage and the tradition of the school. However, the name has been seen as culturally insensitive by critics.

The committee agreed to a resolution to put together an educational plan, created with input from the Nanticoke and Lenape tribes, that will maintain the school's ties with those tribes.

The Red Clay school board will have final say over the committee's recommendation.


Is Biden the best Veep ever?

By Joe Irizarry 2:05pm, May 3, 2016
According to a professor St. Louis University School of Law, Joe Biden is the most productive two-term, vice president in United States history.

Joel Goldstein is the author of "The White House Vice Presidency, The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden." He says the office changed during the Jimmy Carter/Walter Mondale years, as Mondale's focus was to help with ongoing functions of the Executive Branch, not just to be a presidential successor.

As for Vice President Biden, Goldstein tells WDEL's "Delaware News at Noon" that he has been given a lot of responsibility.

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Goldstein also gives Biden credit for the new initiative to fight cancer.

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Goldstein adds that Biden has been involved in significant matters, and President Obama continues to involve him in highly significant issues the administration faces.


Man hit, killed by police car

By Kelli Steele, Delaware 105.9 12:53pm, May 3, 2016
A Kutztown, Pennsylvania man is hit and killed by a police cruiser in Ocean City.

Maryland State Police say the 67-year-old man was crossing Coastal Highway at 94th Street from east to west in a crosswalk but against the signal just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, when he was hit by a marked Ocean City Police patrol vehicle that was traveling southbound on Coastal Highway.

A five-year veteran of the force was driving the patrol car and was on-duty at the time.

Police say the pedestrian was rushed to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, where he was pronounced dead.

OC Police are expressing their condolences to family and friends of the victim.

The victim has NOT yet been identified.


Trump, Biden to attend University of Pennsylvania graduation

By Associated Press 12:44pm, May 3, 2016
ADonald Trump and Joe Biden will be attending the same University of Pennsylvania graduation ceremony, but not for political reasons.

They'll be in the audience as parent and grandparent.

The Republican presidential candidate's daughter Tiffany Trump and the vice president's granddaughter Naomi Biden are among 1,500 students graduating from the School of Arts and Sciences on May 15.

Donald Trump graduated from Penn's Wharton School of Business in 1968.

Biden and Trump aren't expected to attend the main graduation ceremony for the Ivy League school on May 16. Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the megahit Broadway musical "Hamilton," will speak at that ceremony and receive an honorary degree.


3 New Jersey towns offer app for beach badge purchase

By Associated Press 1:45pm, May 3, 2016
Three New Jersey towns are letting people purchase beach badges with their smartphones.

Sea Isle City, Longport and Ventnor are among the first towns to offer an app that lets visitors make the purchase on the spot.

Sea Isle City chief financial officer Paula Doll tells The Press of Atlantic City people may not have cash, credit cards or checkbooks in their beach bags, but they'll have their phones. She says the app also gives people the chance to purchase beach beaches now at preseason, discounted prices instead of the full price after the season starts.

Sea Isle City earned little more than $1 million from beach badge sales last year.




Bear bandit targets tobacco store

By Andrew Sgroi 9:17am, May 3, 2016
Delaware State Police continue an investigation into an armed robbery of a Bear area tobacco shop.



The stick-up occurred at approximately 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, according to troopers, as a male suspect entered the Tobacco Store--located at 1645 Pulaski Highway in Bear. The suspect--who displayed an unknown make and model handgun--confronted a clerk, who was behind the sales counter, and demanded money from the store’s cash registers. After the employee turned over an undisclosed amount, the suspect ran off. There were no injuries, police advised.



The suspect was described as an unknown race male. He was 5'11"-6'01" tall, had a thin build, and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black shoes, and a black mask. There was no further physical or clothing description available.



There were no video surveillance photos available for release at the time of this published report.



Anyone with information in reference to this incident was asked to contact the Robbery Unit at Troop 2, at 302.365.8655. Information could also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800.TIP.3333, via the internet, or by anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."




DNREC Takes Action to Improve Transparency & Access

By Kelli Steele, Delaware 105.9FM 1:04pm, May 3, 2016
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is launching an initiative to further streamline and expedite permitting, licensing and administrative processes, including management and storage of data throughout the Department.

The initiative, which moves forward with DNREC’s issuing of an RFP (request for proposals) for assistance in evaluating and redesigning agency administrative processes and performance improvement, is a significant next step in DNREC’s efforts to develop greater business efficiencies.

The plan builds on and extends improvements already achieved as part of Governor Jack Markell’s “rapid response” targeted turnaround times for permitting and business application reviews (Executive Order 9), while also enhancing transparency and public access to DNREC information and data.


Dover Air Force Base garden goes green

By Kelli Steele, Dalware 105.9FM 1:09pm, May 3, 2016
The first ever, organic community garden will open this week at Dover Air Force Base.

The Kent County Community Garden will promote community wellness, increase community connections and encourage Dover Family Housing residents to live a healthy lifestyle.

Garden items will include a variety of fresh organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.

The program is part of a new initiative that includes a partnership between Dover AFB Wing Leadership, Kent County Economic Development, Kent County Health Services Department, Del State University Agriculture Department and Delaware State Government Officials.

A ribbon cutting is planned for 11 a.m. on Friday on Pine Cabin Road.


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