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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Cremated Remains of 9 Jonestown Victims Found in Delaware

Delaware homeland security officials and Dover police announced Thursday they’d found remains from nine victims of the Jonestown massacre in a former funeral home.

Officials say 38 small containers with cremated remains were found inside the former Minus Funeral Home in Dover. Of these, 33 were identified — including nine cremains IDed as victims of the massacre. More than 900 people died, mostly of cyanide poisoning, in the 1978 mass murder/suicide in Guyana.

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Del. Beach Trinket Shop Owner Loses First Amendment Fight

Jeremiah's via Google Street View.

Jeremiah’s via Google Street View.

The owner of Jeremiah’s, a beach trinket shop in Dewey Beach, has lost a federal lawsuit on first amendment grounds. The Delaware beach town had been fining the owner of Jeremiah’s for its “junkie” displays.

Jeremiah’s, at the corner of Dagsworthy Street and Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach, has three stories of beach goods and other shore town trinkets displayed on the outside of its building. The store began doing this in 2006; in 2008 Dewey passed an ordinance limiting the seasonal displays stores could have outside. The town says the merchandise was a distraction for drivers and could block the sidewalks.

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“Hundreds” of U-Delaware Women Recorded in Bathrooms

javier-mendiola-sotoWell, this is just gross. A University of Delaware grad student has been arrested and charged with 21 felony counts of violation privacy — all stemming from bathroom cameras on the campus that may have recorded hundreds of women over the years.

AP reports: “On Friday, authorities announced the July 1 arrest of a University of Delaware graduate student after cameras were found in women’s restrooms on campus. They said 38-year-old Javier Mendiola-Soto [pictured], a doctoral student from Mexico, has been charged with 21 counts of felony violation of privacy was being held in Wilmington. A lawyer for the suspect could not immediately be located.”

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Delaware Casino Bailout Stinks

 

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Something stinks in Delaware and it’s not just the horseshoe crabs decaying on the beaches of the Delaware Bay.

It is the bailout of the state’s three casinos, which may be the worst deal in the history of bad state government deals.  And that is really saying something considering New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave Revel casino in Atlantic City $300 million last year, and this year Revel is declaring bankruptcy.

The Delaware deal stinks even more than that one.  Let’s go through the reasons why.

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President Obama Appears in Wilmington

President Barack Obama speaks in front of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Del. Photo | Patrick Semansky, AP

President Barack Obama speaks in front of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Del. Photo | Patrick Semansky, AP

“Let’s build some bridges. Let’s build some roads. Now I’m gonna sign my memorandum.”

This is how Barack Obama ended his speech today in Wilmington, Delaware, where he spoke about transportation funding. He appeared in Delaware due to the shuttering of the I-495 bridge thanks to tilting bridge columns. Federal funds are paying for some of the repairs. “When I get a chance to help communities like Wilmington,” Obama said, “I’m going to do it.”

After his speech, Obama signed a memorandum that creates the “Build America” initiative, which creates an office that helps local and state governments get federal transportation funding credits and encourages the growth of private-public partnerships for infrastructure. “We’re creating a one-stop shop for cities and states looking to partner with the private sector to fund infrastructure projects,” Obama said.

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Couple Arrested for Sex on Roof of Chipotle Restaurant

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Two Delaware residents were arrested for having sex on top of a Chipotle in Newark.

The police went to the East Main Street Chipotle around 9:40 p.m. last night after multiple (multiple!) reports of a couple openly having sex on top of the restaurant. A quick Google Street View check shows the roof of the restaurant does not appear to offer much privacy. Also, the Chipotle is open until 10.

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University of Delaware Cancels Plans for Natural Gas Plant on Campus

The University of Delaware killed a state-backed plan for a natural gas plant on its campus after outcry from students, the faculty senate and neighbors in the area.

As part of the plan, Data Centers LLC would have built a corporate data center and natural gas plant at the University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research campus in Newark.

“Moreover, it is extremely important that development on the STAR Campus, which is held to the highest standards, is appropriate both for the short and the long term, and that future generations of students will have a top-quality education,” University president Patrick T. Harker said in a release. “We have carefully examined the Data Centers’ plans, and have determined that they are not a good fit for the STAR Campus.”

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