Delaware’s Annual Punkin Chunkin Canceled This Year

Punkin Chunkin, the annual Delaware event where teams compete to see how far they can launch pumpkins, has been canceled for 2014.

The event — which began in 1986 — was forced to move after losing its venue after last year. It was supposed to be held in Dover, the state capital, this year. Punkin Chunkin had bounced around at various farms in Sussex County over its nearly 30-year history. It was held in Bridgeville last year.

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Jewish Group Calls Joe Biden Comment Offensive

The Anti-Defamation League is criticizing Vice President Joe Biden for using the word “Shylocks” in a speech in Delaware. The portrayal of the character Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is considered antisemitic by many, and so using the word to mean a shady lawyer is generally best avoided.

Biden used “Shylocks” in a speech given at a celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, which provides civil legal assistance to those who can’t afford it. Per Politico, Biden spoke about his son Beau’s experience while in Iraq.

“People would come up to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being — I mean, these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas,” Biden said.

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Delaware Governor Tweets Out Photo of Estonian Model

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell sent out this inexplicable, hilarious image attached to a tweet this morning. I have no idea how Markell attached the image to this banal tweet. His previous deleted tweets don’t have much of interest, certainly not anything as interesting as this.

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Wilmington Mansion With Its Own Waterpark

This is one of those family backyards that are always occupied. Always. Take a look at what basically amounts to a water park in the gallery and you’ll see what I mean. But even without that popular area, the Delaware manse might seduce buyers anyway.

Traditional hardwoods are featured strongly throughout the home, save for the front-to-back foyer, which boasts checkered marble flooring instead. The living room leads into a coffered-ceiling sunroom and an office with cherry millwork. Mansion-style amenities include a fireplace in the master bath; a computer nook; a billiards room; and a stocked bar. From the kitchen (custom cabinetry, granite countertops, double Sub Zero fridge and Miele dishwasher) there’s access to two rooms: 1) a family room with vaulted ceiling, built-ins, and wood burning stove; and 2) a breakfast room with vaulted ceiling and view of the water park — well, they don’t call it that, but they do say it’s “resort-like”. There’s a waterfall, slide, winter hot tub, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, travertine patio and custom pergola, among other resort touches.

Gallery below.

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Del. Peeping Tom Sketch Looks Like Drake, Many Others

mugshot Police in New Castle County, Delaware, are looking into reports of a peeping Tom. Cops say a neighbor saw a man walking in a woman’s backyard in Eastburn Acres (near Stanton).

The witness says he was in his early 20s and about 6-foot-4. She had seen him looking into the woman’s windows before. Last night, they released a sketch.

In order to bring more attention to the police sketch of this man, and get an easy post on an August Thursday afternoon, I decided to ask my followers who it looks like. It’s amazing the breadth of the answers I received! My favorite answer was: Drake! He’s on tour, so it’s not him, but I see the resemblance. It’s amazing how many different people — who don’t really look alike — this sketch looks like!

Check out a bunch of guesses as to who this guy looks like:

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Hundreds of Chickens Were Loose on a Delaware Road

Were you driving in southern Delaware earlier this week? If so, you might have experienced some delays from a bunch of chickens that spilled out onto the road.

The chicken spill happened around 4 a.m. Thursday morning near the split between Route 13 and 113.

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School Board Cancels Book Program to Avoid Uproar Over LGBT Novel

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The Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware, which serves schools in Rehoboth (aka Rehomo), is under fire this week after some say it removed a novel from its summer reading list because of its LGBT content.

The book in question, emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, is a YA novel concerning a young woman who’s sent to live with her conservative aunt after her parents are killed in a car crash. In her new home, she is criticized for being a lesbian, and subsequently sent to a “de-gaying” camp.

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Traffic Stop Nets 5,000 Packets of Heroin



Delaware State Police say troopers found more than 5,000 packets of heroin during a traffic stop in Dagsboro. As you can see from the photos above, the packets were apparently hidden in a supermarket circular. Mmm, makes me hungry for some Food Should Taste Good snacks. (Don’t let the silly name fool you. It’s a General Mills brand.)

State cops say troopers stopped a man riding in a car without a seatbelt on Saturday afternoon. (Always remember to buckle up, especially if you’re transporting drugs.)

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