Dream Delaware Senate Race: Coons Vs. Castle

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Our Delaware Senate race dream: Mike Castle (left) vs. Chris Coons

When did compromise become a dirty word in politics?

This country was founded on compromise. The United States Constitution is the result of a vociferous debate by two strong-willed factions, the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. They fought over states’ rights and personal liberty versus a big powerful federal government.

If that debate sounds familiar, it’s because it continues to this day, only it is uglier and more unproductive — more theater to raise money than substance.

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I-495 Expected To Be Closed at Least Till Labor Day

The I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Delaware could be partially re-opened by Labor Day, officials say, but it will take a summer of round-the-clock repairs just to meet that modest goal.

“The southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge spanning the Christina River in Wilmington, DE could be open as soon as Labor Day this year, and the northbound lanes would be opened several weeks after that,” said Shailen Bhatt, Delaware’s transportation secretary, in a briefing yesterday.

Until then: Life will be hell for many Delaware commuters.

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I-495 Bridge Closed Indefinitely Due to Tilting Support Columns

Crews work on the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 3, 2014, after it was closed due to the discovery of four tilting support columns. The closure created heavier-than-normal traffic conditions for motorists on Interstate 95, a major East Coast artery. The bridge normally carries about 90,000 vehicles a day. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Crews work on the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 3, 2014, after it was closed due to the discovery of four tilting support columns. The closure created heavier-than-normal traffic conditions for motorists on Interstate 95, a major East Coast artery. The bridge normally carries about 90,000 vehicles a day. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

If you drive through the first state for work, your commute just got a bit worse. Okay, a lot worse.

Philly.com reports a bridge on I-495 in Delaware is closed indefinitely. Four columns that carry I-495 over the Christina River, a tributary of the Delaware, are tiled 2.4 degrees (or about 4 percent). Reports of the tilting columns came in Friday, but the bridge was not closed until Monday.

Officials say the bridge is considered fracture critical, which means the failure of one column could lead to the collapse of the entire bridge.

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Bee Accident Update: Motorists Warned to Keep Windows Closed, Some Bees Saved

The Daily News’ Jason Nark has a fantastic article in today’s paper updating the fate of the Delaware bee swarm. Nark writes the accident “offered a rare glimpse into an industry in which billions of domesticated honeybees buzz up and down American highways every year, experts say.” It’s as if this honeybee accident is a conspiracy that goes straight to the top!

The honey bees are responsible for pollenating crops in states across the country, and wind from the road keeps the bees in the hives on the truck. The driver (and the bees) sleep at night. This is actually more terrifying than I expected, but there is good reason for it. About one-third of the world’s crops wouldn’t exist without honeybees,” Bill Leitzinger, vice president of the Delaware Beekeepers Association, tells the DN. Bees are complicated! Honey should be a lot more expensive.

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Child Killed, Pregnant Mom Injured in Delaware Dog Attack

A four-year-old boy was killed and his pregnant mother injured when they were mauled by dogs, Robin Brown of The News Journal reports. According to the paper, the son was playing in the back yard with three pit bulls while his mother was inside a friend’s house. The mom looked outside the window to see her son being attacked by the dogs, who he had previously played with without any problems.

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More Grindr Gone Wrong: Delaware Deputy Attorney General Charged With Rape of 16-Year-Old-Boy

daniel simmonsYesterday on G Philly, we reported on the disturbing case of a Philadelphia man who was murdered in Chester after connecting with someone on Grindr. Not far from Chester, in the state of Delaware, another case of “Grindr gone wrong” has landed a deputy attorney general in major hot water.

Wilmington’s Daniel Simmons, 34, was charged with four counts of fourth-degree rape. He is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy he met on Grindr. Simmons was released after posting $45,000 secured bail. According to a report from The News Journal, Simmons, who was assigned to the New Castle County Misdemeanor Trial Unit, had been under investigation since March.

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