University of Delaware President to Head Philly Fed

Pat Harker | University of Delaware

Pat Harker | University of Delaware

Patrick D. Harker, president of the University of Delaware, is stepping down to become president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He leaves his current post July 1.

“While I am excited about my new role with the Philadelphia Fed, I will miss working on this beautiful campus with the best students and the most dedicated faculty and staff in American higher education,” Harker said in a statement released to the university community.

Harker had been under fire on campus in recent weeks for a Feb. 5 op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, in which he called for reforms to the traditional model of university education, to lower rising costs . “The system is teacher-centric,” he wrote then. “We need to become learner-centric.” Read more »

8 Artists Worth Going to Firefly to See

The Firefly Music Festival has been rising in popularity the last few years. In 2012, the first year, the Delaware festival drew 30,000. In 2014, the concert drew 80,000 attendees. It’s become quite the big deal!

This week, Firefly announced its lineup. It did not include Paul McCartney, who was rumored to be attending. But the official poster does include a blurred-out headliner act. Read more »

Sen. Carper on How to Handle Ebola

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Senator Tom Carper is the most popular elected official in Delaware, according to a new poll. It is easy to see why, when he came into the MeTV2 studios to be interviewed, he charmed everyone with his humor and self-deprecation. There is none of the arrogance or self-importance you sense from other politicians. When The Delaware Way producer Joan Dellett asked if Carper was on a tight time schedule, he sanswered, “No, on my schedule today are mostly naps.”

But don’t let his Mr. Smith Goes to Washington demeanor fool you, Tom Carper is the most powerful politician in the Philadelphia area and chair of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee. He oversees the government’s handling of many of headline issues, including the current crisis with Isis and Ebola.

“We should be very concerned about what is happening to the folks in West Africa,” is what the senator said when I asked him how concerned we should be about Ebola in America.

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Ex-Worker Sues, Says He Awoke Post-Colonoscopy With Pink Panties On

A man in Delaware is suing a surgical center, alleging someone put pink panties on him after he had a colonoscopy.

Andrew Walls, 32, sued the Delaware Surgical Center October 10th for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Walls was an employee at the center at the time.

In 2012, Walls says he was placed under anesthesia for a colonoscopy. When he woke up, he saw he was wearing a pair of women’s pink panties. “When the plaintiff initially presented for his colonoscopy he had not been wearing pink women’s underwear and at no time did the plaintiff voluntarily, knowingly or intentionally place the pink women’s underwear upon himself,” the lawsuit reads.

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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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