Gordon challenges Meyer on residency as election looms

By Amy Cherry 2:51pm, October 20, 2016 - Updated 6:06am, October 21, 2016
NCCo Executive Tom Gordon is challenging Matt Meyer on residency requirements. (WDEL/Amy Cherry)
New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon wants Matt Meyer thrown off the general election ballot.

He's filed a challenge with the Delaware Department of Elections, claiming Meyer doesn't meet the five-year residency requirement.

WDEL first inquired about this issue several weeks ago. At the time, Delaware Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove told WDEL there was a question raised about Meyer's residency based on voter registration records, which she said were a few months shy of the requirement.

"He provided a credit card bill that had come to him, at the address that he's filed with, so he was fine," said Manlove at the time. "As far as I'm concerned it's closed."

But now that there's an official challenge, more documentation is required.

Sid Liebesman, Gordon's attorney, said the credit card bill Meyer provided, alone wasn't good enough.

"That's woefully insufficient at this point, once there has been a challenge made...and we do not believe that credit card invoices is sufficient--you can use any address. It's absolutely no proof of registry, especially when there are tax documents that suggest that he was not a resident during the relevant time period."

The complaint letter claims that Meyer swore under the penalty of perjury that he was a non-resident of Delaware for the full year of 2011 when Liebesman said he filed an individual non-resident income tax return. The letter also claimed Meyer hasn't paid Wilmington city taxes for five years, despite claiming to be a city resident.

A section of the complaint letter, where Gordon is challenging Meyer's residency..

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The letter further claimed Meyer is known to have resided in New York and Washington, D.C., and may have used his parents' home address in Wilmington.

"However, merely using a parent or other's address in New Castle County does not provide residency," the letter stated.

Liebesman said they'd like to see tax returns, insurance forms, and cellphone documentation that show calls made from within Delaware.

Manlove has asked Meyer to provide tax returns or utility bills to prove residency--something she's had to do in the past when there's a challenge--but said she's never had to disqualify a candidate.

"It will be the totality of the information," she said. "If we get enough information to prove that he has been a resident of New Castle County that would be proof for us...there's nothing specified in the code that we're supposed to ask for--so we just ask for as much as they can provide."

Meyer's campaign manager Brian Boyle said he's not surprised by the challenge and called it "ridiculous."

"I think it's disappointing that Mr. Gordon has chosen to elevate his own political survival over the will of New Castle County voters who voted last month for Mr. Meyer," said Boyle.

Gordon lost the primary election by about 2,000 votes--in a race that turned nasty between the candidates.

"This is just another example of Mr. Gordon's culture of deceit that he's brought to New Castle County government," said Boyle.

If Meyer didn't meet the residency requirements, Liebesman said the Democratic Party would be forced to select another candidate before the Nov. 8 general election to run against Republican nominee Mark Blake.

"It is Tom Gordon's hope that it is him that is chosen--it makes the most sense--he's the incumbent, he only lost by 2,000-some votes, and he knows the position in the county very well," said Liebesman.

If Meyer clears this hurdle, Gordon could still appeal the issue in court.

Meyer provided a federally compliant driver's license to WDEL dated September 30, 2011, for which he would've had to meet residency requirements with the Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles in order to obtain.

Boyle said Meyer has an "overwhelming" amount of evidence that will prove his residency that they plan to provide to the Delaware Department of Elections to satisfy the complaint.

"We'll put this non-issue to rest," said Boyle.

"I hope to have this wrapped up by the end of the week," said Manlove. "We need to move on."


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Contract between city of Wilmington and the Police union is now official

By Joe Irizarry 11:34pm, October 20, 2016 - Updated 11:40pm, October 20, 2016
Councilman Williams believes uniformed personnel could get better treatment.
The contract for Wilmington Police has been officially authorized by City Council.

The five-year contract ratified by council has already expired, as city officers went five years without a contract, and they're without one right now.

"It's disappointing that the time period has already experienced, and we're already in the new fiscal year and now once again they're not under contract," said Councilman Bud Freel.

Freel wasn't the only council member disappointed with the situation.

"There's three things this city has to do," said Councilman Bob Williams. "Pick up trash, put out fires and pay for law enforcement and have good protection. They're your three priorities, everything else is secondary. We need to start treating our men and women in uniform, whether they be the fire service, public works or uniform police officers like they're a valuable asset."

As for the ratified contract it's a four percent raise for police that's backdated that saw both sides give in a little.

"We made a little bit of a concession on our part on health insurance contributions, the city made a little a bit of concession on pay, and we found some common ground," said Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 President Harold Bozeman.

Bozeman adds that officers are happy the contract situation is over for now, and that contracts on a new and current deal will wait until the next administration takes over in January.

The deal between the Mayor Williams administration and the police union was originally reached in August, and it's for the period from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2016.

New Food Bank HQ to help end hunger, poverty in Delaware

By Lauren Huet 6:03pm, October 20, 2016 - Updated 10:29am, October 21, 2016
VIDEO: Lauren Huet reports on Food Bank's new headquarters
The Food Bank of Delaware broke ground Thursday on its new headquarters, an 80,000 square foot facility in Newark they purchased in July.

The Food Bank plans to retrofit almost 40,000 square feet of the warehouse at 222 Lake Drive with two culinary kitchens, classroom space, a clean room to re-purpose produce and bulk food donations, a volunteer room double the size of the current headquarters' volunteer room, and a full-service bistro to provide on the job training for students. It will also include a community client-choice food pantry and office space.

"We are going to be increasing from three barely usable loading bays to 11 loading bays," said Food Bank President and CEO Patricia Beebe. "We are going to be distributing food directly through a state of the art food closet. We are going to be increasing our access to fresh produce with temperature controlled refrigeration."

Beebe said they will initially be able to bring in at least 3 million more pounds of fresh produce, a number she expects to grow as they add refrigeration and develop relationships with local farmers. The Food Bank will use the nearly five acres behind the new facility to farm fresh produce.

In order to make all these plans a reality, the Food Bank must raise $10.5 million through its capital campaign.

"I hear people always say, 'You don't need us. You'll figure out how to do it,'" said Beebe. "I'm not going to be able to figure this out. 10-and-a-half million dollars is something I am going to need all your help with."

The Food Bank's old headquarters at 14 Garfield Way, too small for their growing needs, is for sale.

"We didn't have enough parking," said Beebe. "We didn't have the loading bays. It was just time for us, in order for us to do what we wanted to do as a vision, to leave."

The new space will also allow the Food Bank to expand its workforce development training programs--programs Beebe said are crucial to some Delawareans.

"We are going to be advocating even more for systemic change and this facility will enable us to do that," said Beebe. "We're going to be increasing the culinary workforce development program. We are going to be adding a workforce development program in agriculture. We are going to be adding a workforce development in warehouse training."

He said training is one of the most valuable things someone in need can be offered, as it allows them to then become self-sufficient, contributing member of society.

"We don't have training programs for people that need training programs that are out of our correctional institutions," said Beebe. "They are going to re-offend and go right back if we don't have training programs and support services for them."

The Food Bank will also increase its hunger relief programs' capacity to serve more seniors and children.

"One-in-five children in Delaware currently live in poverty. So, if you look at, where does most of our food go, 51 percent of it goes to feed children," said Beebe.

More than 100 community dignitaries and supporters gathered Thursday for the groundbreaking. Delaware First Lady Carla Markell, Senator Chris Coons, State Senator Bryan Townsend, State Representative Ed Osienski, and State Senator Colin Bonini all spoke in support of the Food Bank.

"This 23-acre campus will become part of the solution for ending hunger and poverty in Delaware," said Beebe as the crowd applauded.

Construction at the new facility should last about 8 months. Business will continue at the Food Bank's current headquarters until the facility is sold or construction is complete at the new headquarters.

70 years of DE entertainment, and an 80's tribute band

By Peter MacArthur 3:23pm, October 20, 2016
It's time to get ready for another weekend of fun stuff to do around town.

Bootless Stageworks presents Spring Awakening

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Spring Awakening, the 8-time Tony Award-winning musical with a score by Duncan Sheik, wraps up this weekend at Bootless Stageworks, with the final performance on Saturday.

Wilmington Drama League puts on Macbeth

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Wilmington Drama League also wraps up their all-female production of Macbeth this weekend in Wilmington.

Shakespeare and Poe at Rockwood

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And on the topic of Shakespeare--Delaware Shakespeare Festival presents an evening of readings from the "Dark Side" of Shakespeare and Poe this Sunday at Rockwood Museum.

Christina Cultural Arts Center celebrates 70 years

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Christina Cultural Arts Center celebrates 70 years this Friday night and Mozaic Flow, featuring Kool & The Gang’s Jermaine Bryson will be providing the musical backdrop.

City Theater Company presents I Want My CTC: A Tribute to the 80’s

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City Theater Company presents I Want My CTC: A Tribute to the 80’s on Saturday Night at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Enjoy live hits spanning a wide-range of 80’s artists from Duran Duran to Michael Jackson to Run DMC.

Bil Lepp stops by Auburn Heights Preserve

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Sunday afternoon, award-winning tall tale teller Bil Lepp stops by Auburn Heights Preserve for an afternoon of storytelling you won’t soon forget.

Islands stops by Arden Concert Gild

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Montreal's indie rock outfit Islands stops by Arden Concert Gild with LA's' Steady Holiday on Sunday evening.

Millennials feel financial footing improving, report says

By Amy Cherry 5:19pm, October 20, 2016 - Updated 5:31pm, October 20, 2016
A new study debunks the notion that millennials are unemployed and living in their parents' basement.

"The Money Under 35" study by Navient showed improvement in employment, income, and overall financial health of young adults with college degrees.

"This improvement, we don't see across all educational levels," said Sarah Ducich, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for Navient. "Those who started, but did not complete, their college degree report the lowest level of financial health--even lower than those who didn’t go to college at all."

The data found that one in four young adults live with their parents when they're aged 22-24. Those over 30, just 5 percent report living with their parents.

"Only 8 percent of bachelor degree recipients and 2 percent of advanced degree recipients live with their parents or relatives; most of them either own their home or a condominium," said Ducich.

Young adults see themselves as more financially secure in 2016 than 2015. (Graphic/Navient)

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Ducich said the findings dictated finishing college is imperative to one's future success.

The study showed full-time employment was up to 89 percent, compared to 83 percent for people with advanced degrees. At the bachelor's degree level it was 83 percent compared to 77 percent last year. The median income level is up 10 percent to $52,500, the study's author said.

"Income levels grows with educational attainment, but it is especially clear here that those who started and don't finish lag behind those who never went at all," said Ducich.

Income levels grew with age and degree attainment. (Graphic/Navient)

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College debt didn't affect success, and 84 percent of young adults surveyed said their college education was worth every penny.

"Borrowing by itself is not a bad thing--borrowing to complete that degree...has multiple benefits. If you borrow and don't complete your degree is where you have issues," she said.

The report found that of those who borrowed about a third, or 35 percent, have paid off their loans.

Ninety-three percent of millennials said they have saving goals, but those statements didn't translate into money in a savings account.

"The vast majority of young adults report that their saving goals are mostly for the short-term such an emergency fund, a vacation or a car," said Ducich.

When it comes to retirement though, millennials aren't thinking ahead. Just 29 percent of young adults report that they're saving for retirement.

Millennials also believe they're doing better as well.

Eight out of 10 young adults told Navient surveyors they fall into the good or excellent range in their financial health--with a big surge for those with college degrees.

Fifty-four percent of young adults surveyed said they're happy with their lives; their lowest level of satisfaction lies in their salary.

"I'm sure we can all relate to that," said Ducich.


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Professors strike for 3rd day at 14 Pennsylvania state universities

By Associated Press 10:34am, October 21, 2016
Professors are again standing or walking along picket-lines at 14 Pennsylvania state universities, including West Chester and Cheney.

Friday marked the third day since they walked off their jobs.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education says it didn't formally negotiate with its faculty union Thursday, but is working to move toward a fair contract. The system said it's attempting to debunk untrue claims about negotiations.

Members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties first went on strike at 5 a.m. Wednesday after contract negotiations with the state stalled. The union represents more than five-thousand faculty members and coaches.

The union said the strike will continue until a deal is reached.

Each university is providing specific instructions to the system's more than 100-thousand students.

Winter outlook: Warm south; cooler north; middling in middle

By Associated Press 10:34am, October 21, 2016 - Updated 10:40am, October 21, 2016
Federal forecasters said this winter will likely be warmer and drier than normal down south, and colder and wetter up north.

As for the nation's middle belt, the winter should be typical, but one or two nasty storms or cold snaps could appear.

The forecast reflects the arrival of the global weather pattern known as La Nina.

California probably won't get relief from its drought. National Weather Service drought expert David Miskus said California's winter will likely stay dry and it will probably be "many, many years" before the drought is busted.

Private weather forecasters agreed the California wet season will come up short. But they see a harsher winter for the nation overall, including a return of the dreaded polar vortex, which funnels cold Arctic air into the U.S.

WATCH: Joe Biden and Jay Leno become 'fast' friends

By WDEL staff 4:13pm, October 20, 2016
Vice President Joe Biden loves speed, he announced recently in a video where he was hanging out with Jay Leno.

Problem is, he's not often allowed to drive.

Fortunately, after getting some permission from the Secret Service, he and Jay Leno immediately jumped into his '67 Corvette and did a burnout.

Watch the full scene, posted by @LenosGarage on Twitter, included above. The full episode will air November 9, 2016, on CNBC.

Delaware officials ready to protect voting rights, combat fraud or abuses on Election Day

By DJ McAneny 3:02pm, October 20, 2016
Officials from the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware announced Thursday the would be participating in the nationwide Election Day Program handling complaints of voter fraud and voting rights abuses on November 8, 2016.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia C. Hannigan will serve as the District Election Officer for the District of Delaware.

"Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud," said U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III. "The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process."

Federal law protects voters from crimes like intimidation, bribing, buying or selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without input. Voters must be able to vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them, like individuals interrupting, intimidating, questioning, challenging, photographing, or videotaping them under the pretext that these actions are being committed to "uncover illegal voting," and violates federal law, officials said.

"Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of the American electorate," Oberly said. "It is imperative that those who have specific information about discrimination or election fraud make that information available immediately to my Office, the FBI, or the Civil Rights Division."

The public can reach Hannigan while she is on duty and the polls are open at either her office at 302.573.6117 or on her cellphone at 302.507.1607. The FBI will have special agents available to assist with election fraud investigations, and the local office can be reached at 302.658.4391. Additionally, complaints regarding federal voting rights laws violations can be reported directly to the Civil Rights Division's Voting Section at 1.800.253.3931, 202.307.2767, voting.section@usdoj.gov, or with this online form.

AG Denn: Some progress made, but lots of work ahead in fighting heroin and opioid addiction

By Joe Irizarry 2:20am, October 20, 2016 - Updated 2:02pm, October 20, 2016
Progress has been made as Delaware fights the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic Attorney General Matt Denn said Wednesday, citing three positives so far.

"We have made some forward progress in terms of having some stricter restrictions on doctors prescribing opiates for their patients, on trying to have some better review done on overdose deaths when they do occur and on trying to have more of our law enforcement officers carrying Narcan, which is the medication that can resuscitate overdose victims," said Denn.

Denn has made four new recommendations for the next year.
  • The creation of more treatment opportunities for persons with substance use disorder
  • Review of the state's private insurance and Medicaid regulations to ensure that persons with substance use disorder are not 'forced to fail' before getting access to appropriate substance abuse treatment
  • Increased use of the state's prescription drug monitoring system to refer cases of potential criminal conduct or medically questionable prescription practices to appropriate enforcement authorities
  • Improved communication with the state’s medical community with respect to overdoses by their patients, and more generally with respect to the prescription of Xanax and other benzodiazepine drugs with opioid drugs

  • Gubernatorial candidates debate death penalty, marijuana and business

    By Joe Irizarry 1:12am, October 20, 2016 - Updated 4:03pm, October 20, 2016
    John Carney and Colin Bonini debate at the University of Delaware.
    Delaware's candidates for governor disagree sharply over the death penalty--and whether or not either would sign legislation seeking to reinstate the punishment was a topic of discussion during a gubernatorial debate on the University of Delaware's campus.

    "I would sign it," said Colin Bonini.

    Answering a question posed by a student, Bonini gave his stance of support. Democratic nominee John Carney indicated he would veto legislation, and instead let stand the Supreme Court's decision ruling the death penalty unconstitutional.

    "Twenty percent of our population, African-Americans--which studies indicate (the death penalty) is discriminatory against--they're more likely to be sentenced to death," said Congressman Carney. "To me that's a big problem in terms of what's fair and what's just."

    Legalizing marijuana was also discussed.

    "We have decriminalized marijuana in Delaware--marijuana possession in Delaware--to the point where it's de-facto legal," Bonini said. "My point is, if we're going to do it, let's do it all of the way."

    Carney is against legalizing marijuana, claiming families up and down the state have demonstrated to him marijuana is a pathway to other drugs, like heroin. He also wanted to see how the states where marijuana has already been legalized deal with any issues they're now facing because of it.

    "I support the current status of decriminalization and our medial marijuana program," said Carney. "I would remind people: that program is not yet up and running."

    Carney added he wanted to see the medical marijuana program running first, but wouldn't rule out supporting legalization in the future.

    The candidates also sparred on Delaware being more appealing to businesses if it were a Right to Work state.

    "In all of the employers that have come to us and talked about setting up a facility here, I've never heard the issue, 'Well, you're not a Right to Work state, so we're going to South Carolina or somebody else.' So, I don't know if that's the solution," said Carney.

    Bonini says those companies are already in Right to Work states, but he adds that Delaware still has more work to do before it can consider itself business-friendly.

    "Businesses do not feel welcomed in Delaware, and we have to work together, quite frankly, to change that perception," said State Senator Bonini.

    There were also some light moments.

    "I don't know if I should admit this to my Republican colleagues: I've never voted a straight ticket in my life," said Bonini. "In fact, there's some chance that I've voted for somebody on this podium."

    The candidates will debate on WDEL on Friday, October 28.

    Guns and national security discussed during debate for U.S. Congress

    By Joe Irizarry 1:33am, October 20, 2016 - Updated 1:59pm, October 20, 2016
    Protecting the country from attacks on our soil was among the main topics of discussion between major party candidates for U.S. Congress during a debate at the University of Delaware.

    "Well, we have to secure our borders; that's a big start. We need to figure out who is in America, and we need to do things like track expired visas," said Republican candidate Hans Reigle. "Also, there are some security issues, like, I do not believe in sanctuary cities or states."

    Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester said "hate speech" is not helping.

    "Part of our challenge here is that, the rhetoric, and how we talk about people, is contributing to the reason we're seeing what we're seeing," like unrest during political demonstrations, said Blunt Rochester.

    She added some of the talk from the presidential campaign is not helping advance peace at home, or abroad.

    They also tackled the topic of gun ownership. Blunt Rochester wanted to see a limitation on assault weapons and a greater focus on mental health.

    "We also have to stand up to the NRA and others who would try to influence the process through money and intimidation, as well," said Blunt Rochester. "So for me, I believe in the person's right to have a gun but not an arsenal."

    Reigle wanted to see laws already on the books enforced more strictly.

    "One of the first steps we need to take is to actually prosecute people who shouldn't have guns (but have them anyway,)" Reigle said. "I know--and I've talked to lots of prosecutors and attorneys--that a lot of times, that's the first charge to get dropped," said Reigle.

    The two are vying to take Congressman John Carney's seat in Washington, which he will be vacating in order to run governor.

    Open stretch of road near Smyrna shut down following fatal motorcycle crash

    By Andrew Sgroi 9:14am, October 20, 2016 - Updated 9:19am, October 20, 2016
    A man was found dead following a motorcycle crash near Smyrna.

    Delaware State Police were investigating the cause of the wreck on Smyrna-Leipsic Road, west of Big Oak Road, that happened at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

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    According to troopers, the 54-year-old rider left the road on a moderate curve, and then struck a ditch. Police added that the unidentified victim was thrown from the bike upon impact with a vinyl fence, which killed him instantly.

    Police did not disclose if the man was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. His identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

    Police search home of Dover man on house arrest, find crack

    By DJ McAneny 1:34pm, October 20, 2016
    Ronald Jones/Courtesy Dover Police
    A 38-year-old Dover man on house arrest was found to be in possession of drugs during a warrant search, according to Dover Police Thursday.

    Officers were joined by members of the Delaware State Police and the First State Fugitive Task Force when they executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Willis Road on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 7:23 p.m. and located Ronald Jones.

    Jones was found to be in possession of 24.1 grams of crack cocaine and a digital scale, authorities said.

    He was charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of crack cocaine-Tier IV quantity, possession of a counterfeit controlled substance, and violation of probation.

    He was on Level IV house arrest when he was charged, so Jones was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center without bond.

    WATCH: Black teen arrested over potato chips, lollipop in DC subway

    By Associated Press 3:41pm, October 20, 2016
    Police are investigating the arrest of a black teenager who wouldn't put away a bag of potato chips and a lollipop in the subway. Bystanders recorded the scene on video and accused officers of using excessive force.

    Transit police said the unidentified 18-year-old was arrested Tuesday after an officer told her to put away the food, which is prohibited in the Metro system. The report says the teen refused and was arrested. Metro spokesman Richard Jordan said Thursday the teen wasn't charged.

    Video posted online by Black Lives Matter DC shows one officer sweeping out the handcuffed teen's leg to bring her to the floor, and another officer searching through her bag. Jordan said the officers involved are black, Asian and white, and the arrest is under review.

    Average US 30-year mortgage rises to 3.52 percent

    By Associated Press 10:29am, October 21, 2016
    Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for a second straight week, reaching their highest levels since June.

    Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.52 percent from 3.47 percent last week.

    Rates still remain near historic lows. The benchmark 30-year rate is down from 3.79 percent a year ago and close to its all-time low of 3.31 percent in November 2012.

    The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage, popular with homeowners who are refinancing, rose to 2.79 percent from 2.76 percent.

    2 Republicans seek to repeal New Jersey's gas tax hike

    By Associated Press 10:40am, October 21, 2016
    Two Republican lawmakers are seeking to repeal New Jersey's gas tax increase to fund road and bridge projects that's due to take effect on Nov. 1.

    Sens. Kip Bateman and Mike Doherty introduced the measure on Thursday.

    The lawmakers say people were shocked to learn the 23-cent a gallon increase could rise in the future if revenue targets are not met.

    Gov. Chris Christie signed the increase last Friday, saying he had no other choices to fund the Transportation Trust Fund.

    The Republican agreed to the increase in exchange for cutting the estate tax and lowering the sales tax.

    Christie worked out the deal to boost the tax from 14.5 cents per gallon to 37.4 cents per gallon with Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney and Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.

    Amazon streaming TV devices won't be so Amazon-focused

    By Associated Press 10:40am, October 21, 2016
    Amazon's own video store will no longer have the starring role on the company's Fire TV streaming devices.

    Software updates coming this year will give movies and TV shows from Netflix, HBO and other competitors equal prominence on the devices' home screen. The approach is similar to one Apple took when it refreshed its Apple TV device last year.

    Amazon's Fire TV has offered solid performance at reasonable prices, but its home screen has been cluttered with Amazon products. That's made it tough to find video from competing providers.

    Now, competing services will be offered space on the home screen.

    The development comes as leading video services make major investments in original shows, making it difficult for any single service to fulfill all of a viewer's needs.

    Apple: Many 'genuine' Apple products on Amazon are fake

    By Associated Press 10:41am, October 21, 2016
    Apple said it has been buying Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on Amazon.com and has found nearly 90 percent of them to be counterfeit.

    The revelation comes in a federal lawsuit filed by Apple against a New Jersey company on Monday over what Apple says are counterfeit products that were sold on Amazon.

    In the lawsuit, Apple said Mobile Star imprinted Apple logos on cables and chargers that "pose a significant risk of overheating, fire, and electrical shock." It says the chargers and cables were being sold on Amazon as genuine Apple products.

    Apple said it purchased the products on Amazon and later told the online retailer that they were fake. Amazon then identified Mobile Star as the source.

    Amazon isn't named in the suit. Mobile Star didn't return a voicemail seeking comment.

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