In advance of his multiple playing appearances here on the Eastern Shore (as part of the 28th Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival), Kara Dahl Russell chats with Double Bass player Anthony Manzo about “the beast” he plays. From detachable necks, to stick bodies, to sleek carbon fiber shaping, Kara and Tony “get physical” with one of the largest pieces of furniture in the orchestra. Tony also talks about his extensive performance/travel career, what makes a good teacher, and what best prepares a student to have something to say, musically.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Sen. Mark R. Warner says he's introduced legislation that would better track the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Virginia Democrat says the legislation would require the Office of Management and Budget to compare costs and the performance of restoration activities by various federal agencies involved in the massive environmental endeavor.
The multi-year effort to clean up the bay involves at least 10 federal agencies, Virginia, West Virginia, four other states, the District of Columbia and more than 1,000 local governments.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are hosting a two-day conference for police, educators, attorneys and others on Delaware's child protection system.
The conference that begins Wednesday in Dover is aimed at improving how Delaware professionals work together to respond to child abuse and neglect cases from both a civil and criminal perspective. Organizers also plan to discuss prevention efforts to reduce child abuse.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers have appropriated $200,000 for a gun buyback program that would be administered by Delaware State Police.
Members of the Joint Finance Committee voted 7-to-5 Tuesday to appropriate the money, the same amount appropriated, but never spent, last year.
It's unclear whether this year's appropriation will ever be spent, but some lawmakers say budget language should be added to prohibit police from reselling any guns acquired in a new buyback program and require instead that they be destroyed.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers have approved more than $1.5 million in new spending to beef up security at Delaware courthouses.
Among the spending approved Tuesday by members of the Joint Finance Committee is $1 million to hire 16 new Capitol Police officers in the fiscal year starting July 1. Lawmakers also appropriated $392,000 for eight security officers to be assigned to Justice of the Peace courts.
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Authorities say an explosion that left a New Castle man critically injured Tuesday appeared to involve an old military mortar round, and several other mortar rounds were recovered afterward.
Investigators said the man was injured when he an opened an old ammunition container that had been discarded in his neighbor's trash, setting off the explosion Tuesday morning. The victim was taken to Christiana Hospital, where he was reported to be in critical but stable condition.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining officials with GE Aviation to tout the addition of about 70 jobs at the company's Newark plant.
GE Aviation says it plans to add 70 jobs at the Newark site.
Markell is scheduled to join officials Tuesday in announcing a $27 million investment to support increased production of ceramic matrix composites, lightweight materials that can withstand high temperatures.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Lottery officials say a software problem made it impossible for some winners of the Powerball game to claim their prizes for a time over the weekend.
WBAL-TV reports the glitch is fixed and winners may now go to retailers to get their winnings. In Maryland, there were more than 180,000 people who won some prize as a result of Saturday's Powerball drawing.
Carole Everett of the Maryland Lottery says there were 11 winners of $10,000 or more in the state and more than 300 who picked the winning numbers for prizes of $100.
DARLINGTON, Md. (AP) - It's fish lift time at Harford County's Conowingo Dam.
WJZ-TV reports spring means it's time for fish to migrate upstream to spawn. But the Conowingo Dam is a massive roadblock. That's why the dam's fish lift was built in 1991. It helps fish get up and over the dam.
Water released from the top of the dam creates an artificial current that lures fish into a narrow channel. They're then lifted over the dam in what is essentially an elevator for fish.
One particular fish is the target of all the effort: The American Shad.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will officiate a mass wedding for same-sex couples during the Baltimore Pride Festival next month.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland, which organizes the celebration, announced last week that Rawlings-Blake would serve as grand marshal for the event in recognition of her support of gay rights.
LEWES, Del. (AP) - The Cape Water Taxi has returned to the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal for a second season.
Service began Friday with a weekend schedule until seven-day service begins June 14.
A second vessel, The Discovery, 72-passenger boat with two restrooms joins the Mummichog, the 26-seat boat that operated last year. Owner David Green tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that the new boat will make the service's schedule more flexible when it debuts next month.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware and the City of Newark are joining together to recycle furniture from students moving out of the school.
Students can start dropping off unwanted furnishings and home goods on Monday at the former Curtis Paper Mill site at 225 Paper Mill Road. Donations can include furniture, appliances, lamps, fans, clothing, televisions, bed frames and unopened toiletries.
The goods will be given free to local charities. Any items that remain after charities take their pick will be sold to the general public.
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official financial projections is updating its revenue forecast.
The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council will meet Monday to update its revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years.
Members of the legislature's budget writing committee will use those update figures as they begin marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The Joint Finance Committee begins its mark-up process on Tuesday.