National Folk Festival

In the first half of today's program, we take a look at Supreme Cout nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Then we learn all about some of the food offerings at this weekend's National Folk Festival in Salisbury, MD.

Essay: Small Wonders

Sep 7, 2018
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Children often display a delight as they explore the world around them. Delmarva Public Essayis George Merrill sat one afternoon to marvel at these small wonders.

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The opening of the National Folk Festival in Salisbury has finally arrived.

It will kick off tonight at 6 p.m. with the Treme Brass Band from New Orleans at the city stage.

Opening remarks will take place at 7:15 which will be followed by the musical group Mariachi Los Comperos.

The night at the city stage will wrap up with a bit of blues from the Marquise Knox.

There will be free parking at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center and the old Salisbury Mall across the street where shuttles will be provided beginning 5 p.m.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Longtime U.S Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has easily fended off a challenge from a political newcomer who was part of an antiestablishment wave that hoped to move the Democratic Party farther to the left.

The 71-year--old Carper, who has a reputation as a centrist on Capitol Hill, defeated 38-year-old Kerri Evelyn Harris in Thursday's Democratic primary.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democrat Ben Jealous have agreed on a televised debate.

The campaigns announced Thursday they have agreed to a single, hour-long debate on Sept. 24.

It will be hosted and broadcast statewide by Maryland Public Television. The campaigns say WBAL and WJLA also will broadcast the debate.

The candidates will be questioned by media outlets from all parts of the state, including The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, WMDT and the Herald-Mail of Hagerstown.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Democrat Ben Jealous says he would propose cutting the state's sales tax from 6 percent to 5.75 percent, if he is elected governor.

Jealous said Thursday it is part of his plan to make Maryland more competitive with neighboring states, while reducing the tax burden on working families. He says Gov. Larry Hogan has had no problem keeping tax break promises to big corporations, but has yet to deliver broad-based relief for working Marylanders.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland authorities say an Arizona-based drugmaker engaged in a nationwide scheme characterized by "extraordinary misconduct" to boost profits amid the coast-to-coast opioid epidemic.

Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Thursday that his office filed charges against Insys Therapeutics alleging multiple violations of a consumer protect law.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Three men found guilty of failure to disperse following a white nationalist rally in 2017 have withdrawn their appeals.

Citing court records, The Daily Progress of Charlottesville reports Nathan Damigo, Evan McLaren and JonPaul Struys have withdrawn their appeals in recent weeks. Damigo is a former Marine and is the founder of a white nationalist group, Identity Evropa. The three had been found guilty of failing to leave what is now Market Street Park following the declaration of an unlawful assembly.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia state senator has made a second trip to Syria to voice support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Syria's state-run news agency reported Wednesday that Dick Black returned to Damascus to offer praise for Syria's efforts at fighting terrorism.

Black is a part-time state senator and an outspoken social conservative.

He has frequently praised the Assad government while criticizing U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

National Folk Festival- A Big Deal for Salisbury

Sep 7, 2018
National Folk Festival

Unless you have had your radio turned off the last few weeks you must know that the National Folk Festival is this weekend -- and it is a big deal. This event is held for three years in a row - in various cities around the country. Many of those cities lucky enough have the festival, use it to plant the seeds for similar future events in their community.

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Delmarva Radio Theatre will air an original drama titled “Doreen” this coming Sunday night, September 9, at 8:00 pm ET on Delmarva Public Radio WSCL 89.5.

"The Piano Matters" will be heard at its regular time next week.

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Get ready for the National Folk Festival in downtown Salisbury.

The city expects to see thousands show up for the event.

WBOC reports that city officials say that within the area of activities parking lot 10 off Route 13 will be available along the parking garage with 720 spaces.

There will also be shuttles from the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center that will run every 10 to 15 minutes.

Road closures have already begun with part of Division Street and Circle Avenue blocked off to make room for stage set ups.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Thursday's Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Delaware pits one of the most successful politicians in state history against a political newcomer hoping to ride the wave of a growing antiestablishment movement within the party to an upset victory.

Thirty-eight-year-old Kerri Evelyn Harris, an Air Force veteran and former auto body mechanic, says her primary contest against three-term incumbent Tom Carper is a fight for the soul of the Democrat party.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge has ruled that an independent candidate cannot appear on the ballot in a tight congressional race in Virginia due to forged signatures on her petition.

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If your child takes the bus in the Caesar Rodney School District you will be able to see if it is on time with a new smartphone app.

WBOC reports that the district has begun using the “Where’s the Bus” app that will provide the locations of the school buses as they pick up children along their route.

The district’s transportation supervisor Jason Bonner told the television station that app will require the student’s ID number and last name.

This he said will keep people from arbitrarily signing up for the app.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Having recently received accreditation as a museum system, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is expected to move much of its collection to a new facility within a year.

The Delaware State News reports the division has committed to adding a new space for man of the more than 4 million objects it maintains. Director Tim Slavin says intended building in Dover will be larger and more secure, featuring specialized climate control and fire suppression systems.

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis along with dozens of other sheriffs from around the country to meet with the president in Washington.

WBOC reports that Lewis argued for tougher border security.

He blamed undocumented immigrants for making it harder to protect the people of the county.

Speaking with the television station after the event Lewis claimed that thousands of undocumented immigrants have contributed to the nation’s drug problem.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has formed an Office of Education Accountability.

Hogan announced Tuesday on the first day of school that he was creating the new office by executive order. Hogan is describing it as an independent watchdog that will be part of the Governor's Office for Children.

He says it will be responsible for making recommendations after evaluating problems with procurement, child abuse, neglect, safety, grading, graduation requirements and other matters relating to education.

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Phillips Bayside Cantina is going out of business.

The Ocean City restaurant had rebranded itself offering a Mexican cuisine.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that it did not pan out.

After 130 days the building located on 141st Street in Ocean City was up for sale.

The restaurant had offered up a variety of Mexican dishes many of which included seafood cuisine.

The company did not provide a reason for the closure to the newspaper.

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Shelly Amick has left the Holly Center as Chief Executive Officer.

She has been in that position for the last eight years.

WBOC reports that the Maryland Department of Health told the television station that she no longer worked there as of last week.

Mai Esh is now the interim director.

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A candidate for Delaware state representative has been arrested for breaking into the home of his child’s mother on Labor Day.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that U’Gundi Jacobs who is challenging state Representative Stephanie Bolden in the Democratic primary has pleaded not guilty.

In addition he is out on $1-thousand bond.

The paper reports that on his Facebook page Jacobs calls the arrest a “smear campaign”.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy's superintendent says a new initiative to identify midshipmen who lack the overall aptitude to be naval officers will be implemented throughout the school this year.

Vice Adm. Ted Carter discussed the initiative before the academy's Board of Visitors Tuesday.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrats are headed to court to try to convince a judge to remove an independent candidate from the ballot in a tight congressional race in Virginia.

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday in a lawsuit that accuses members of Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor's campaign staff of forging signatures to help independent candidate Shaun Brown get on the Nov. 6 ballot in the 2nd Congressional District race.

Democrats claim Taylor's campaign wanted Brown on the ballot to bolster his re-election by weakening support for his Democratic opponent.

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The Ida May was the big winner of the 59th Annual Skipjack race off Deal Island yesterday.

It turned out to be a repeat performance of two years ago with the smaller but swifter vessel dominating the race.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it was the third overall win since the vessel’s restoration.

It is owned by Gordon Gladden and his brother Elbert Gladden the boat’s captain.

But celebration of the traditional vessel of the Chesapeake Bay will continue next weekend with the National Folk Festival in Salisbury.

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A lightning strike sent a lifeguard at the Cavalier Country Club Apartments in Christiana to the hospital.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that his name and condition has not been released.

The lightning struck at round 4:36 yesterday afternoon during a strong downpour over central New Castle County.

The paramedics said they found the man inside a small brick building next to the pool which is the location of the bathroom and a storage closet.

Emergency personnel arrived on the scene after receiving a 911 call.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The widow of a slain Maryland newspaper reporter has spread his ashes at Washington Nationals Park.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Andrea Chamblee placed the ashes of John McNamara in a planter of begonias at the park Saturday. The planter is located where the stands meet the left-field wall.

The 56-year-old McNamara covered news and sports at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. He was one of five staff members killed when a gunman entered the newsroom in late June.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A man was injured in a spear gun accident on a boat off Maryland.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Coast Guard got a distress call about a man injured by a spear gun on a boat off Ocean City. A helicopter and two boats responded.

The helicopter got there first and sent down a rescue swimmer to provide medical care until a boat got there.

He was taken to a Coast Guard station before he was sent to a Baltimore hospital.

Further information on his injuries wasn't immediately available.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Navy is making a big shift in its recruitment strategy in the internet age.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that the Navy is focusing less on reaching young people through television advertisements and more on connecting with them online. In particular, the Navy is promoting the authentic stories of sailors in the fleet.