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Friday, August 01, 2014

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Big presidential entourages from 3 nations facing Ebola outbreak coming to Obama's Africa summit

The presidents and other top officials from the three nations considered Ground Zero for the deadly Ebola virus are still planning to attend President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit next week, adding another layer of concern to a world meeting expected to gridlock Washington for three days.

At least one of those leaders attending the Sunday-Wednesday summit, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, is bringing a 73-person entourage. Those from Guinea and Liberia are also expected to be large.

While the travel of the entourages and support staff such as jet crews is naturally raising concerns, the White House tamped down worries and said the summit will go on.

“In terms of the summit, I would tell you that we’re working closely with regional governments to stem the spread of the virus. We have no plans to change any elements of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, as we believe all air travel continues to be safe here,” said spokesman Eric Schultz on Air Force One as the president returned home Wednesday.

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Protecting Maryland’s Blue Crabs

I say, “Maryland.”

You say, “Crabs.”

Few things dial up an instant connection to our home state like a pile of steamed crabs, hot to the touch and dusted with Old Bay, spread across a table covered with brown paper. Surrounded by friends and family with the Orioles game providing the soundtrack—you could be somewhere else, but why would you want to be?

We often take for granted our next bushel of crabs and the one after that, just as our parents and grandparents did.

We shouldn’t. Harsh winter weather, coastal currents and natural predators can threaten the health of the blue crab population. To be sure, conditions can change as quickly as the striped bass bite in early fall. Good crab harvest years, such as 2012, are sometimes followed by poor seasons marked by scarcity and high prices.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police have launched a campaign – Don’t Get Pinched – to target crabbers who don’t play by the rules. The enforcement effort is being embraced by our partners at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, as we stand together to protect and manage these resources using the best available science.

NRP’s game plan follows the one established last year to protect another Bay keystone species – oysters. Surveillance, undercover operations, night vision equipment, saturation patrols and the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN) are all being employed. Officers will be on the lookout for undersized crabs, overharvesting, recreational crabbers keeping female crabs, and crab pots that are not registered.

Rest assured we are not looking to ruin anyone’s outing or dinner plans. We are working to ensure the health of our fishery, the livelihoods of honest, law-abiding watermen and the enjoyment of our citizens.

Despite harvest being within the safe range for the last six years, the 2014 spawning age female crab abundance was just below the minimum safe level and the last two juvenile population surveys were not as robust as we would have liked. With this, awareness and enforcement efforts such as Don’t Get Pinchedare necessary now more than ever.

The signature species of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries will keep its treasured place in our heritage only if we protect it. So, enjoy Maryland’s delicious blue crab and the rest of your summer… but don’t get pinched.

Joe Gill, Secretary
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Average Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record

(CNSNews.com) - For the first time ever, the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity in the United States has broken through the 14-cent mark, climbing to a record 14.3 cents in June, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Before this June, the highest the average price for a KWH had ever gone was 13.7 cents, the level it hit in June, July, August and September of last year.

The 14.3-cents average price for a KWH recorded this June is about 4.4 percent higher than that previous record.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Democrats In Peril After Overplaying ‘War On Women’ Strategy In Key Swing State

DENVER — The Democrats’ “war on women” strategy may resonate with liberals, but it’s losing ground with crucial female swing voters in Colorado, said a poll released this week.

A whopping 77 percent of women voters surveyed agree that they “clearly see through the so-called Democrat ‘War on Women’ messaging strategy,” according to Magellan Strategies in Louisville, Colo.

The poll also found that 67 percent of those surveyed “do not fear a government bureaucrat taking birth control away from them, but what they fear are politicians using the issue of ‘access to birth control’ as a political tactic to scare them into voting a certain way.’”

The survey was conducted on behalf of the right-leaning Colorado Women’s Alliance, but those polled weren’t dedicated Republicans. The June 3-4 poll contacted 500 women identified as registered independents, Republican-leaning independents, and “soft” Republican voters.

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MCE Women's Business Center Networking Luncheon


HOMELAND SECURITY REPORT CONFIRMS DISEASES SPREADING AT BORDER FACILITIES

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General released a memo on Thursday confirming the problem of communicable diseases that are being spread throughout detention centers.

The OIG outlined a two-week report from the beginning of the month on the detention of Unaccompanied Alien Children. According to DHS IG John Roth’s memo to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, the IG office continues to make unannounced site visits to numerous detention centers along the southern border where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are temporarily sheltering UACs.

The IG says they did not observe any misconduct or inappropriate conduct of DHS employees during their unannounced visits and did not receive any new complaints during their random interviews of UACs. However, the IG office stressed the problem of communicable diseases that are being spread at the detention centers.

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Deportation The Obama Way


‘Grow Some’: Hollywood Actor Skewers Obama Over Handling of Russia Conflict

Actor David Boreanaz, known for starring roles in popular TV shows like “Bones,” “Angel” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” embraced an entirely different role Wednesday: political commentator.

Boreanaz took to Twitter to harshly criticize President Barack Obama’s handling of the ongoing situation between Russia and Ukraine, noting that “sanctions aren’t going to cut it.”

“So here we are in a Cold War now with Russia,” Boreanaz tweeted. “Sanctions aren’t going to cut it. Putin is Nuts and a serious threat to the USA. Grow some Obama [sic].”

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Suspect Apprehended in “Mantrap” after Bank Heist

Newark-Troopers have arrested and charged a New Castle man after committing a bank robbery at the Citizen’s Bank in Newark earlier this afternoon.

The incident occurred on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at approximately 3:30 p.m. as a male suspect later identified as Stephen D. Dunfee-38 of New Castle, Delaware, entered the Citizen’s Bank located at 40 Chestnut Hill Plaza, Newark. Once inside Dunfee approached the 32 year old female teller and presented a demand note for money. The teller complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash. As he attempted to leave, bank personnel activated a security device known as a “Mantrap”, which remotely secures the interior and exterior doors of the bank, trapping him in the vestibule. Dunfee attempted to escape the “Mantrap” but was unsuccessful in his attempts to break out, causing damage to the doors and glass. He was taken into custody without incident by arriving Troopers. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.

Dunfee was charged with Robbery Second Degree and Criminal Mischief. He was awaiting arraignment at the time of release. (2004 booking photo attached)

No surveillance photos or video available at the time of release.

Hero?


Another Boat Intercepted Off The Texas Coast

The Navy intercepted a boatload of people off the Texas coast today.
 

This placed the Navy in an awkward position as the boat was not heading to the USA , but towards Mexico and Central America .
 

 Another surprise finding was the people were white American retirement age seniors. Their claim was that they were trying to get to Central America or Southern Mexico as they wanted to return to the US as i ll egal immigrants. Then they would be entitled to far more benefits than they were receiving as legitimate American retirees.

It is believed the Navy gave them food, water and fuel and assisted them on their journey. We are booking on the next boat out. Let me know if you want to join us.

10 yoga poses to beat stress

If you're struggling with sky-high stress levels, yoga can be a great way to calm your mind while giving your body the attention it deserves.

It may seem counterintuitive that twisting yourself into a pretzel can promote relaxation, but it's true! Studies show that yoga has a whole host of benefits; it can boost immunity, fight food cravings, and can even help relieve stress since most practices dedicate several poses to meditation that brings your thoughts and feelings into awareness.

"The key to de-stressing is realizing how to calm the mind and be present," says world-renowned yogi and DailyBurn trainer Briohny Smyth.

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CIA Director John Brennan Apologizes For Search Of Senate Computers

CIA Director John O. Brennan has apologized to leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee after an agency investigation determined that its employees improperly searched computers used by committee staff to review classified files on interrogations of prisoners.

The embarrassing admission by the agency follows a dispute that erupted earlier this year when the CIA and the committee traded accusations of snooping on one another’s computer systems, prompting a public feud between Brennan and senior lawmakers.

The dispute centered on a computer system that the CIA set up at a secret office in Northern Virginia where committee aides pored over records of the agency’s use of harsh interrogation measure in secret overseas prisons established after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Is Aspirin a Wonder Drug for Cancer?

Aspirin is one of the oldest known medicines, first used by the ancient Greeks, who used a naturally occurring form of it to treat pain and fever. But the latest modern-day scientific research is also finding that standby headache remedy is proving to be something of a wonder drug that can help prevent heart attacks and even certain types of cancer.

The latest research has found that taking a low-dose aspirin for more than 10 years may lower the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 60 percent. The study, by Yale University researchers, also found that even taking a daily aspirin for just three years lowered the chances of developing the deadly cancer by nearly half.

Nieca Goldberg, M.D., a cardiologist with New York University Langone Medical Center, called the new findings “exciting” and tells Newsmax Health they add to mounting evidence that the anti-inflammatory properties of the drug not only help prevent heart disease, but may ward off cancer, as well.

BREAKING NEWS: Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

Israel and Hamas agree to an unconditional, 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza conflict, set to begin Friday, the United States and United Nations announce.

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CREDIT CARD SCAM AFFECTS OCEAN CITY BUSINESSES AND CITIZENS

(July 31, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department is advising citizens of a recent cyber-attack that compromised the security of numerous credit card processing companies nationwide. One of the victims of the security breach includes an out-of-state company that has contracts with numerous Ocean City businesses, primarily restaurants and bars.

Businesses that were affected were compromised from June 2 until July 9, 2014; however, those systems are now secure. The United States Secret Service is currently investigating this case.

Citizens are strongly encouraged to check your bank statement to ensure that you are not a victim of this cyber-crime scam. Any citizen that believes their information may have been compromised should contact their bank or credit card issuer immediately.

Yale's Robert Shiller: Housing Recovery Still on Shaky Ground

Sluggish home prices and sales signal a sluggish home market in general, says Nobel laureate economist Robert Shiller of Yale University.

The S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 metropolitan areas slipped a seasonally-adjusted 0.3 percent in May from April. And the index rose 9.3 percent in the 12 months through May, the slowest pace since February 2013.

"The way these markets go, that [0.3 percent] dip could be a turning point," Shiller told CNBC.

Given recent declines in new and pending home sales, "there's some clear evidence of a weakening," he said.

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NRP Launches “Don’t Get Pinched” Campaign to Catch Illegal Crabbers

The Maryland Natural Resources Police today rolled out its newest education and enforcement campaign ─ “Don’t Get Pinched­” ─ to help protect the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population.

“Our slogan, ‘Don’t Get Pinched,’ is a lighthearted way of reminding people to play by the rules while crabbing because rest assured, we will do everything in our power to catch violators,” said Col George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent.

The campaign takes aim at those who ignore State regulations on minimum sizes, possession limits, harvest hours and crab pot registrations. Officers also will be on the lookout for recreational crabbers who keep female crabs, which is illegal in Maryland.


“We will use every enforcement tool available to us, including saturation patrols, undercover operations, night vision equipment, and the cameras and radar units of the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network,” said Johnson.

Yes, Stocks Could Drop 50%

After meandering higher for most of the year, the stock market is now sputtering.

That's triggering chatter about a minor "correction," which many people believe is long overdue.

And maybe that's what we're at the start of, a minor correction. Or maybe this is just a blip, and the brilliant and prudent Jeremy Grantham is right that we're on the cusp of a new bubble that will take the S&P 500 up another 10% to 15% over the next year to 2,250. (As a stockholder, I sure hope so!) Or maybe we'll get both — a minor correction and a new bubble spike. Or maybe we're just in the middle years of a fantastic bull market.

I don't know. (Neither does anyone else, by the way.) I'm also not predicting a crash.

One thing I do know, though, is that stocks are extremely expensive on every valid historical measure I know of. In the past, this level of overvaluation has presaged poor long-term returns. So I'm not expecting my retirement account to do well from this level over the next seven to 10 years.

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BREAKING NEWS: Dow plummets more than 300 points

The Dow Jones Industrial Average wipes out 2014 gains as the market falls more than 300 points. 

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Pittsville Town Theft Investigation Heads To States Attorneys Office

Back in September 2013 we published an article stating Carla Moore, (the President of the Town Commission's Daughter) has been terminated from her job. 
In August of 2013 the Town was audited and they found some discrepancies in the bookkeeping. 

It should be clearly noted that there was nothing published in the Daily Times, nor did WBOC or WMDT pick up on this story and allow me to explain.

Salisbury News was created for just this kind of situation. You see, Towns like Pittsville ADVERTISE meetings, foreclosures, past due taxes and so forth, therefore businesses like the Daily Times tend to IGNORE situations like this. Greg Bassett tells people that he refuses to put out information that will bring down Salisbury and Wicomico County, like some others choose to do. Nice cushion there Mr. Bassett. In other words, you REFUSE to tell the TRUTH. 

Salisbury News is NOT influenced by our advertisers and I have stated this since day one. 

Well, it turns out this case has now been turned over to the States Attorneys Office with the recommendation of charges to be filed.

It turns out we are talking about finances missing, (according to sources) in the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

While this is an ongoing investigation I'm confident we'll not get information from the States Attorneys Office, not the Office of the Town attorney Paul Wilber. 

Remember Ladies & Gentlemen, there are THREE people that sign off on the checks for the Town. Carla Moore's Father is one of them. It is rumored he is throwing his Daughter under the bus, so to speak.  

Am I the bearer of all this BAD NEWS bringing down Salisbury and Wicomico County, (such as WCBOE Gift Cards) or are we the only source willing to blow the whistle on the Eastern Shore Corruption?

Either way, we will continue to do what we do best as we are just as invested in this Eastern Shore as every one of you are. Now let's wait and see what the States Attorneys Office does with this case. 

The Fed's Failure Complicates Its Endgame

To demonstrate it hasn't failed, the Fed must taper/withdraw its monetary heroin.

That the Federal Reserve's policies have failed is now so painfully evident that even the political class is awakening to this truth. Rather than re-ignite broad-based, self-sustaining economic growth, the Fed's loose-money policies (zero-interest rate policy a.k.a. ZIRP, and quantitative easing a.k.a. QE or free money for financiers), have perversely distorted the economy and widened wealth and income inequality.

After six long years of unprecedented monetary expansion and intervention--more than enough time to have succeeded in its stated purpose of restarting the real economy-- political and financial blowback is forcing the Fed to withdraw its monetary heroin.

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SPD Press Release 7-31-14


National Oyster Cook-Off Call for Entries

Flambéed in white wine, sautéed in lemon butter, fried and served with chipotle grits ─ Chefs of all skill levels are invited to test their original oyster recipe against the best, in the 35th National Oyster Cook-off!

A panel of food experts will choose nine of the most creative and mouthwatering recipes to take part in the oyster cook-off on Saturday, October 18 at the 48th Annual St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival in Leonardtown. Three chefs will compete in each category ─ hors d’oeuvres, soup/stew, and main dish.

The top recipe from each category will receive a cash prize, ranging from $150 to $300. Out of the top three contestants, a Grand Prize winner will be chosen and awarded an additional $1,000 and an engraved silver tray along with the bragging rights that come with a national title. The Peoples’ Choice and Best Presentation winners will also receive honors.

All nine contestants will enjoy a night’s stay in the Lexington Park Hampton Inn and receive an invitation to the Oyster Festival opening reception.

The Oyster Festival, including the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championship and the National Oyster Cook-off is organized by the Rotary Club of Lexington Park. The Oyster Cook-off is supported by the Maryland Department of Natural of Natural Resources Seafood Marketing Program, the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic and Community Development and the Rotary Club.

Participants must email their recipes to Kelly Barnes at Kelly.barnes1@maryland.gov by August 31, 2014 to enter.

New Emails: Lois Lerner Referred to Conservatives as '***holes' and 'TeRrorists'

(CNSNews.com) - A newly discovered email exchange from Lois Lerner's official IRS email account "directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner's deep animus towards conservatives, which she refers to as '---holes,'" House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp wrote in a letterto Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday.

In that Nov. 9, 2012 email, Lerner further suggests that conservatives will ruin the country: "So we don't need to worry about alien teRrorists (sic). It's our own crazies that will take us down," she wrote.

Camp (R-Mich.) told Holder the email "shows that Ms. Lerner's mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives."

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Two Suspects Charged in Shooting In Montgomery County

Is this what Maryland has to look forward to by bringing in the unaccompanied illegals?  I did a little searching on the web about this gang called 'Little r'. 

Their leader in the Montgomery County area was sentenced to 15 years in jail last November (click here to see the story).  

The gang is also known as La Raza (La Raza is a street gang founded in Chicago in 1972. Their colors are green, white, and red (same as the Mexican flag). Their symbols include the Mexican flag, cross, and a six point star.).  Read the press release from the Montgomery County Police department below. 


Detectives have arrested a 13-year-old and 19-year-old for the shooting of an 18-year-old female that occurred yesterday morning in Wheaton. Both suspects were located yesterday afternoon and taken into custody by officers.

Candidate Won't Distance Self From Secessionists

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) -- A Republican candidate for Anne Arundel County Council says he won't respond to calls to distance himself from a group called the League of the South.

The Capital of Annapolis (http://bit.ly/1kmyVom ) reported Wednesday that Michael Peroutka said he won't play into Democrats' "cynical game." He also repeated that he is not a racist.

Peroutka said at a news conference that the League is a "Christian, free-market group" that has been unfairly labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Law Center says the group supports secession of Southern states.

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Breaking News: Lawmakers Fail to Agree On Funding Package For Border Crisis

Breaking News: Legislation meant to address the border crisis has died in the House, after lawmakers failed to agree on a funding package.

Fox News is told lawmakers plan to leave for the August recess without voting on the measure. http://fxn.ws/1pIOpiF

Trey Gowdy: Clinton, Petraeus Need to Testify on Benghazi

The chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee said the panel will not give a pass to anyone in its fact-finding mission to determine what happened on Sept. 11, 2012, when four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed during a terrorist attack, Fox News reported.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican who heads the committee with Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, told Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge that he "can't skip over a witness that I think we ought to talk to simply because there is an assertion of either privilege or immunity."

That includes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell, and former CIA Director David Petraeus, a four-star general. Petraeus is still under FBI investigation after resigning less than two months after the attack following revelations that he had been having an extramarital affair with his personal biographer.

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SFD Calls For Service 7-30-14

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BREAKING NEWS: CIA chief admits spying on Senate committee

CIA Director John Brennan apologizes to Senate Intelligence Committee after inspector general finds agency employees had improperly searched Senate computers last year.

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The Greatest Evil on Earth?

Imperial Washington is truly running amuck in its insensible confrontation with Vladimir Putin. The pending round of new sanctions is a counter-productive joke. Apparently, more of Vlad’s posse will be put on double probation, thereby reducing demand for Harry Macklowe’s swell new $60 million apartment units on Park Avenue. Likewise, American exporters of high tech oilfield equipment will be shot in the foot with an embargo; and debt-saturated Russian state companies will be denied the opportunity to bury themselves even deeper in dollar debt by borrowing on the New York bond market. Some real wet noodles, these!

But it is the larger narrative that is so blatantly offensive—that is, the notion that a sovereign state is being wantonly violated by an aggressive neighbor arming “terrorists” inside its borders. Obama’s deputy national security advisor, Tony Blanken, stated that specious meme in stark form yesterday:

“Russia bears responsibility for everything that’s going on in Eastern Ukraine” and “has the ability to actually de-escalate this crisis,” Blinken said.

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California Health Insurance Rates Rise Up to 88% From Last Year

Healthcare insurance premiums for individuals in California rose between 22 percent and 88 percent in 2014 from last year, even after the federal healthcare overhaul, the state’s insurance commissioner said.

The rate increases, with variation for geography and age, were masked by federal subsidies that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides to 88 percent of the 1.4 million Californians who purchased healthcare through the state’s exchange, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said.

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Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

In a windowless laboratory in downtown Baltimore, some tiny, translucent fish larvae are swimming about in glass-walled tanks.

They are infant bluefin tuna. Scientists in this laboratory are trying to grasp what they call the holy grail of aquaculture: raising this powerful fish, so prized by sushi lovers, entirely in captivity. But the effort is fraught with challenges.

When I visited, I couldn't see the larvae at first. They look incredibly fragile and helpless, just drifting in the tanks' water currents. But they're already gobbling up microscopic marine animals, which in turn are living on algae.

"It's amazing. We cannot stop looking at them! We are here around the clock and we are looking at them, because it is so beautiful," says Yonathan Zohar, the scientist in charge of this project.

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Another Travesty of Justice: Carr Brothers Given Leniency

In December of 2000, within the span of less than a week, two brothers, Reginald and Jonathan Carr, engaged in a series of crimes in Wichita that Kansans recognize as among the worst in their state’s history.

First, they abducted and robbed assistant baseball coach Andrew Schreiber. Three days later, the Carrs set their sights upon 55 year-old librarian and cellist, Ann Walenta: they shot and killed Walenta as she attempted to flee them in her automobile.

But it wasn’t until three days after thismurder that the Carrs’ campaign of evil reached its horrifying climax.

On the night of December 14, the Carrs broke into the residence of Brad Heyka, Aaron Sander, and Jason Befort. Heyka was a financial analyst, Sander a seminary student preparing for the priesthood, and Befort a high school science teacher and coach. Also in the home that evening were Heather Muller, Sander’s former girlfriend and a graduate student who also happened to work as a pre-school teacher at a local church, and a young woman named “H.G.”—a school teacher to whom Befort was about to propose and who would be the sole survivor of the grisly events that were about to unfold over the next few hours.

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Governor O’Malley, Lt. Governor Brown Issue Statements on FBI Headquarters Site Evaluations

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown issued the following statements after a joint panel of the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) identified sites in Greenbelt and Landover as potential locations for the new FBI Headquarters:
Statement from Governor O’Malley:
“I applaud the General Services Administration for its decision to name two Maryland sites to the short list of locations being considered for the new FBI headquarters. Today’s announcement is a positive step forward for our State and for Prince George’s County.
“Both Greenbelt Station and Landover Mall are outstanding options. Establishing the FBI headquarters at either site would provide phenomenal strategic advantages for the Bureau, catalyze sustainable development and bring more jobs and vitality to Prince George’s County and Maryland. Thanks to the dedication of our Congressional delegation, local leadership and private sector partners, Maryland has two of the strongest proposals our State has ever seen. 
“Our commitment to investing in the things that work has never been stronger. We’ll continue to invest in education, to focus on innovation, and to rebuild our infrastructure. That’s how we will ensure that our children are winners in the 21st century global economy.”
Statement from Lt. Governor Brown:
Today’s important announcement highlights the great assets that Maryland and Prince George’s County can provide to the FBI: world-class universities, a highly trained workforce, a well-developed transit system, proximity to other key federal facilities, and strong partnerships between federal, state, and local government and community leaders.
Together, we remain committed to bringing the FBI headquarters to Prince George’s County because it will help grow our local economy and create job opportunities for Marylanders.

Catholic League Chief Speaks Out on Obama's Eid al-Fitr Message

Catholic League President Bill Donohue is slamming President Barack Obama for his statement commemorating the end of the Muslim Ramadan observance, saying Obama doesn't "stand with people of all faiths."

Obama's brief statement, issued earlier this week to send best wishes to Muslims during the Eid al-Fitr celebration, said that the observance reminds him and wife Michelle "of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy."

Further, Obama said he and his wife "stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities."

"While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease," the president said.

Donohue wrote on the Catholic League's website that Obama does not stand with all faiths while protecting human rights.

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As France Grants Asylum to Iraqi Christians, Rep. Wolf Slams ‘Silence’ in Washington |

(CNSNews.com) – The French government says it is willing to grant asylum to Iraqi Christians in the face of a jihadist onslaught against them.

“We are assisting displaced persons who are fleeing the Islamic State’s threats and seeking refuge in Kurdistan,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a joint statement this week. “Should they so wish, we are prepared to offer them asylum on our soil.”

In Washington, meanwhile, a leading religious freedom advocate on Capitol Hill slammed both President Obama and Congress Tuesday for their “silence” about the plight of Iraq’s Christians, which he said amounted to “genocide.”

“The silence in this town – in Washington – is deafening,” Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said on the House floor. “Does Washington even care?”

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DOJ Says Pa. State Police Discriminated Against Women Who Flunked Physical Fitness Tests

(CNSNews.com) - The Obama administration is suing the Pennsylvania State Police for requiring both men and women applying for entry-level trooper jobs to pass the same physical fitness tests.

Because more men than women pass the tests, their use is discriminatory and violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Justice Department says.

Because female applicants failed the 2003 physical fitness test and the revised 2009 test at "statistically higher rates than male applicants, female applicants were less likely to proceed through the selection process and thus less likely to be hired as entry-level troopers," DOJ stated in its lawsuit.

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Planned Parenthood Overbilling Customers

For the third year in a row, an annual report by Alliance Defending Freedomdiscovered widespread waste, abuse and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood on the taxpayer’s dime.

Steven H. Aden, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, called the latest findings “disturbing.”

The report comes as the organization faces backlash following undercover videos that revealed counselors offering controversial sex-ed advice about “BDSM”—a practice in which sexual partners beat, lash, or otherwise inflict pain on each other—to girls who the staffers think are 15- and 16-year-olds.

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June Jobs Numbers Just Released for Wicomico - Another 793 Jobs Lost - Unemployment Jumps 1/2 percent to 7.5%

Moments ago the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released the June employment numbers for the nations counties.  It was yet another disappointing blow for Wicomico County.  The latest jobs numbers shows that Wicomico's labor force continues its downward spiral.  According to the information released today, Wicomico recorded its 18th consecutive monthly job loss - 793 jobs - compared to June of 2013.  Moreover, the US Bureau of Labor reported that Wicomico has lost ground in the labor force for 24 of the past 29 months.  Also, last months - May's job number - was revised downward showing a further decline in Wicomico's workforce.  The local unemployment rate also showed a significant increase by jumping 1/2 percentage point to 7.5%.

At February's County Council meeting - Wicomico officials had to re-base their workforce employment numbers from 49,000 to 47,600 as the county experienced an income tax revenue shortfall of approximately 3.4 million dollars.  Bottom line - Wicomico County continues to suffer from the effects of the recession as it finds itself sliding back while the rest of the nation tries to gain traction.

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Md. Approves $1M Grant For Hagerstown Manufacturer

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The state of Maryland has announced approval of a $1 million grant for a Hagerstown manufacturer.

Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development announced the conditional grant for National Golden Tissue. The company manufactures paper towels, bath and facial tissues and napkins.

The grant has been awarded to help facilitate the company's expansion. The company has acquired the former Boat USA building in Hagerstown. It plans to upgrade the facility and more than double its workforce by adding 100 new jobs.

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School Board Frustration Over Expected Immigrant Students

Members of the Indian River School Board expressed frustration at yesterday’s meeting with Governor Jack Markell over the impact of the state taking in over a hundred unaccompanied undocumented children.

The federal government has place 117 of them with families in Delaware.

Superintendent Susan Bunting told the board that the children will attend schools in the district promising to work with them.

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CITIZENS REMINDED OF SKATEBOARDING ORDINANCE

 
The Ocean City Police Department would like to remind citizens of the skateboarding ordinance in Ocean City as there have been an increasing number of ordinance violations in recent weeks.

Citizens are reminded that skateboarding on public property is prohibited within Ocean City between April 1 and October 1. Citizens can, however, skateboard on the boardwalk between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m. each day during the summer season. The Ocean Bowl Skate Park, located at 3rd Street and St. Louis Avenue, is also available for skateboarders to enjoy daily from 9:30 a.m. until dark for a small fee.

In October 2012, Ocean City Mayor and City Council approved an amendment to the town’s skateboarding ordinance which gave skateboarders the ability to ride on the boardwalk during the same time that bicycles were allowed. This gave skateboarders a place to ride other than the skate park in the summer. During the winter months, October through March, the ordinance is relaxed and skateboarding is permitted throughout the city.

Anyone with questions about the skateboarding ordinance is encouraged to contact the OCPD at 410-723-6610.

Lost Dog 7-31-14

This dog is lost and looking for home in the Fruitland Recreation field as of 9:00am.. Animal control coming to pick him up soon FYI..

Enjoy Brew River This Friday Night


Mathematics

I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl took my $2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried.. Why do I tell you this? Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1960s:

1. Teaching Math In 1950s (when I was in school) A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit ?

2. Teaching Math In 1970s A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Teaching Math In 1980s A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit? Yes or No

4. Teaching Math In 1990s A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20 Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Teaching Math In 2000s A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it's Okay).

6. Teaching Math In 2014 Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho? ANSWER: His profit was $375,000 because his logging business is just a front for his pot farm.

Rand Paul Laying Groundwork for 2016 With Iowa Trip

In what many see as a sign of his intent to run for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will begin August on a three-day tour of the Iowa, according to a schedule released Tuesday by his political action committee, RANDPAC.

The political action committee also announced the hiring of Michigan strategist John Yob to serve as its national political director. Currently the head of Michigan-based Strategic National Consulting, Yob previously worked for the campaigns of Republican presidential candidates John McCain and Rick Santorum in 2008 and 2012.

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Gov. Mike Pence irked as Obama sends illegals to Indiana on sly

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana is the latest politician to accuse the White House of dumping illegal minor-aged immigrants in his state absent even a courtesy notification — and he’s now penned a letter to the president asking him to send them back to their home countries.

“In Indiana last week, we learned from media reports that more than two hundred unaccompanied children had been placed by the federal government with sponsors in our state,” Mr. Pence wrote to Mr. Obama, Breitbart reported. “Only after these media reports were published did the state receive notice from the Department of Health and Human Services that in fact 245 unaccompanied children had been placed in Indiana during the period from January 1, 2014 through July 7, 2014.”

Mr. Pence also said the children should go home, for their own sake, to be reunited with their own families.

“While we feel deep compassion for these children, our country must secure its borders and provide for a legal orderly immigration process,” he went on, Breitbart reported. “Those who have crossed our border illegally should be treated humanely and with decency and respect, but they should be returned expeditiously to their home countries to be reunited with their families rather than being dispersed around the United State in sponsored placement or long-term detention facilities.”

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Congress Races To Wrap Up Legislation For Veterans, Transportation On Last Day Before Summer Break

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break. Deep divisions cast doubt on any resolution to the surge of immigrants at the border.

The institutional split of a Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate has added up to inaction, especially in a midterm election year with control of the Senate at stake. In the final days before leaving Washington, lawmakers have struggled to compromise on a handful of bills to deal with the nation's pressing problems amid overwhelming partisanship.

Congress is poised to send President Barack Obama legislation revamping the VA, with a Senate vote expected Thursday. Lawmakers also are working on a path forward for highway and transit projects.

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Md., Va., D.C. high on list of places taking in youths who’ve crossed the Mexican border

The Washington region’s robust Central American community has taken in a relatively large percentage of the tens of thousands of children who have been detained at the U.S.-Mexico border this year, federal statistics show.

Since January, about 4,600 children have been sent to live temporarily with family or guardians in Virginia, Maryland and the District, amid a historic wave of illegal immigration from Central America.

In all, 30,340 children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have been placed with sponsors nationwide while their deportation cases are pending — part of an effort to manage what has become a political crisis that includes a last-ditch effort in Congress to pass new legislation on border security before the summer recess.

Several thousand more Central American minors who have no relatives or potential guardians in the United States have been sent to shelters inside military installations and centers operated by nonprofit groups.

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Solar Activity Could Cause Global Warming, New Paper Says

The impact of carbon dioxide on climate change may have been overstated, with solar activity giving a better explanation of changes in the Earth's temperature, according to Chinese scientists.

A new paper published in the Chinese Science Bulletin has found a "high correlation between solar activity and the Earth's averaged surface temperature over centuries," suggesting that climate change is intimately linked with solar cycles rather than human activity.

The paper, written in Chinese, says that there is also a "significant correlation" between solar activity over the past century and an increase in Earth's surface temperatures over the same period. The correlation between solar activity and water temperature is even higher than the correlation between solar activity and land temperature.

The paper, by Dr Zhao Xinhua and Dr Feng Xueshang, adds that a peer-reviewer said the results "provide a possible explanation for the global warming".

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So WHO Is Telling The Truth? WBOC Responds

Thank you for reaching out. We are diligently working to reach agreement with DIRECTV on terms to ensure continued carriage of both WBOC-TV and FOX21 beyond July 31.

Both WBOC and FOX21 are available free over the air with an antenna. DIRECTV and other satellite and cable companies must negotiate with local broadcasters like us to secure the right to pick up our free signal and turn around and sell it to their customers for a fee.

We are simply seeking a fair deal, which adequately values our number-one-rated and award-winning news, sports, entertainment, and weather programming that is paramount to our local viewers. In fact, for both of our stations, we are asking for less than what DIRECTV pays some of our competitors – even though more people here on Delmarva watch our stations, making WBOC and FOX21 the Number 1 and Number 2 rated channels here.

Further, there’s been a significant change in the business model for network affiliates since our last retransmission agreement with DIRECTV. Recently both CBS and FOX began charging their affiliates “programming fees” in order to broadcast the networks. We now pay both networks hefty sums for the right to be the exclusive affiliate in this market. It’s a reversal from the ‘old days’ when networks paid TV stations to carry their programs. This “reverse compensation” is significant.

Additionally we pay studios hundreds of thousands of dollars to carry the syndicated programs we offer. In all, our programming costs run into the millions of dollars. These are some of the most-watched programs on television here on Delmarva. In order to be able to afford to pay the costs that the networks and studios now demand for their programming, local broadcasters must receive fair retransmission compensation from satellite and cable companies.

We are only asking for a reasonable and fair agreement from DIRECTV. That’s why we’ve asked for help to convince DIRECTV to reach an agreement with us. Calls from their customers to 1-800-531-5000 can help us reach an agreement and avoid any service disruption. For more information please visit wboc.com

Warm Regards,

Craig Jahelka
Vice President/General Manager
WBOC-TV/FOX21

'Glorious is God': The chilling words of the grinning Florida college dropout who became a suicide bomber in a video shortly before Syria attack

A second video has emerged of the smiling Florida man believed to be the first American to carry out a suicide attack in Syria.

In footage released by an al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria, college dropout Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, smiles while talking about wanting to die and is also shown making his bomb before strapping it on.

This is the second video to feature the American jihadi, and it contains a haunting soundtrack of Arabic music set against the images and words of a man hell-bent on dying for the cause.

'I want to rest in the afterlife, in heaven,' Abu-Slaha says. 'There is nothing here, my heart is not resting here in this life.'

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Stop Digging!

Stop Digging!
by Delegate Mike McDermott

As Americans, we understand that people can make mistakes. As we grow up, we learn from our mistakes so that we do not stumble a second time. Wise people do not often make the same mistake twice.

There is an old proverb which states,Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Governor O’Malley and Senator Mathias are not exceptions to this rule.

Eight years ago when these two men took office together, Maryland enjoyed a billion dollar surplus at the end of Republican Bob Ehrlich’s first term as governor. Our state played host to 11 Fortune 500 companies. We were #25 on the list of “Business Friendly States”, poultry operations were expanding, and the future of agriculture in Maryland looked bright. Our people were happy to live here and most had no thoughts of moving away.

Eight years with O’Malley and Mathias have shown the devastating effects of their big government economic policies and made it clear that they do not learn from their past or their mistakes. Their shared philosophy promoting government as the answer to any problem has turned our surplus into deficits. While every state experienced the recession, Maryland has struggled to regain its footing, and some of our counties are simply not recovering. It is a failure of policy, not our people.

Of those 11 Fortune 500 companies...only 1 remains in Maryland and that is McCormick Inc. Based on recent news accounts, even the folks who gave us “Old Bay” seasoning are soon to relocate to Pennsylvania. These companies have not gone out of business, they just cannot afford to operate in a state run by folks who do not know how to be “business friendly”.

Being known as a “Business Friendly” state should be our goal. O’Malley, and his apologists like Mathias, have moved us from #25 all the way down to #42. We are surrounded by businesses that have closed shop, companies that simply do not exist anymore, and large retailers that have boarded up and moved away. Business has a thin bottom line that liberal lawmakers have never understood. Every increase to the cost of doing business must be passed on to consumers who have less money to spend. Liberals apparently skipped their Economics 101 class to attend Advanced Hole Digging 301.

We lose market share on the shore if we are not building at least 30 new chicken houses a year. This administration has allowed us to go through an 18-month span where nothing was permitted to be built. The new requirements placed upon our farmers by this administration nearly demands an Engineering and Planning Degree just to fill out the forms. The same holds true for other business ventures, and, in a world where time is money, companies and entrepreneurs do not have the “time” to wait for Maryland.

That old adage and advice: “If you find yourself in a hole, the first rule is to stop digging”, is clearly not hanging in the office of the governor or the Maryland Senate. When these guys hit brick walls  with neon signs telling them, “NOT THIS WAY...GO BACK!”, they assume the rules of logic and economics simply did not apply to them...and they keep on digging. Four years ago we lost conservative seats in the Senate, and O’Malley never looked back. His bold agenda included:
  • A new definition for marriage,
  • The “Bathroom Bill” for transgender rights,
  • The Gun Bill,
  • Eliminating the Death Penalty,
  • The Septic Bill,
  • Watershed Improvement Plans,
  • Nutrient Management,
  • Taxpayer subsidized wind turbines,
  • Income Tax increases,
  • Sales Tax increases,
  • Taxpayer subsidized  college tuition for Illegal Aliens,
  • Common Core curriculum changes,
  • 80 additional Tax and Fee Increases,

...and the dirt keeps flying out of the hole, and yet there’s more!

The Obama-O’Malley-Mathias Care implementation has given our taxpayers one of the biggest dirt clods of all! First they expand those who can get on the Medicaid rolls without a funding source which cost us untold millions. Then they create a State-run Health Care Exchange (bill sponsored by Jim Mathias) run by LT Governor Brown that soaks up hundreds of millions of your dollars and produces a sour lemon that had to be abandoned after multiple attempts to “correct the problem”. Then, the same senators that gave us this nightmare voted for us to pay another couple hundred million to acquire yet another system from another state...which is now having problems of its own! And for those who could not get through to sign up but simply say, “I tried but the phone was busy…”, Maryland Taxpayers will pay the full amount of any medical bills they incurred through April of this year. They could not even give us an estimate on the cost for this bill, they simply voted to give the governor a blank check!

Keep digging fellas...you’ll get there yet!
I believe Maryland is a state that can prosper. If we follow sound economic principles, believe in our people, and change our policies, in the near future we could be debating what to do with our surplus revenues. Here are some action items myself and other conservatives have proposed during the past two years:
  • Cut Income Taxes. This is where small businesses pay the bulk of their taxes. This alone would spur our economy and put more discretionary dollars back in our families pocket books. Slash the rates or eliminate them over time and watch us grow!
  • Cut Corporate Tax Rates by 50% and get ready for those Fortune 500 companies to see Maryland as their headquarters once again.
  • Streamline bureaucracy and follow the recommendations in multiple studies done in the past 10-years that would promote Maryland as sporting a “Business Friendly Climate”.
  • Lift the regulatory burden. Have an attitude as a state that our job is to “permit” not “deny”. State employees exist to help and assist our business community prosper, not to act as punitive tax collectors.
  • Allow the first $50,000.00 in Retirement Income to be tax free and make us a state where people want to retire rather than flee in their latter years.
  • Trust your people and do not trample their 2nd Amendment Rights. The right to protect and defend our families should be considered a “good and substantial reason” to wear and carry a firearm if one chooses to do so.
  • Stop demanding more money for the Bay or more regulations on our farmers and families until the issues surrounding the Conowingo Dam are addressed and resolved.
  • Base all decisions and regulations governing our farmers and watermen on sound science and not “best guess” political solutions.

Had these 8-steps been implemented as proposed by myself and others, our State revenues would have increased significantly, entrepreneurs would be flourishing, corporations would be expanding and migrating into our state, retirees would remain and continue to contribute to our economy while others looked to Maryland as a place to retire, crime would have continued to decrease and our streets would be safer, we would be well on our way to solving the real problem facing the Bay, and our watermen and farming families would be prosperous once again.

Opportunity is knocking loud in November. Be sure you answer the door!

Marylander, take back your state!

Prayer Vigil Held for Unaccompanied Kids

More than 300 people gathered at McKeldin Square for a prayer vigil for the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing over the border illegally from Mexico.

The group, made up mostly of Lutheran churches throughout Maryland,

"We want to make very sure that those arriving here in the United States are not detained in mass shelters, but that we find foster families for them," said Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane, Delaware-Maryland Synod.

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Tonight At Station 7 - Laurel, DE, Pittsville & West Ocean City MD


For only $5.00 each, get a 1/2 pound burger with fries or a chicken breast sandwich with fries. I will tell you that not only are these meals fantastic, Station 7 has THE BEST FRIES of ANYONE on the Eastern Shore. Treat the Family tonight to a great meal that fits any budget. 

WCSO Press Release - July 30, 2014

Incident: Assault

Date of Incident: 29 July 2014

Location: 800 block of State Street, Sharptown, MD

Suspect: 1. Jennifer Marie Henderson, 28, Sharptown, MD

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               2. Dorothea Maria Gonce, 48, Perryville, MD

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Narrative: On 29 July 2014 at 9:30 PM a deputy responded to a reported altercation at a residence in the 800 block of State Street in Sharptown, MD. Upon arrival the deputy learned that two subjects staying at the residence, Jennifer Henderson and Dorothea Gonce, became embroiled in an argument over a set of car keys that turned physical. Both parties accuse each other of an assault and both displayed signs of injury.

The deputy placed both under arrest. Following processing and an initial appearance in front of a District Court Commissioner they were both detained in the Detention Center on a bond of $2,500.00 each.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree
                                                                          
Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date:  30 July 2014