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The recent death of congressman John Lewis marks the passing of a civil rights generation. But, Lewis was heartened by the Black Lives Movement and its protesters. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Kirkland Hall, local activist and former president of the Somerset County Branch of the NAACP, about what lies ahead in the wake of Lewis's death.

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Protests over the death of George Floyd have continued for weeks as many local jurisdictions begin to approve police reform measures. Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist Steve Plotkin observers these demonstrations are part of the American tradition.

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A Black Lives Matter street sign has gone up in Salisbury as the city marked Juneteenth. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush reports on this moment that was emotional for many in the crowd as they celebrated the new sign at Broad Street and Poplar Hill Avenue.

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Several hundred protesters marched in Salisbury this week as part of the nationwide demonstrations that have taken place over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with protesters about issues ranging from their reaction to the cell phone video to what they believe must be done to curb police abuse.

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GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) - A decision by a county executive in Maryland to ban a police station from displaying a "thin blue line" flag is drawing criticism from Gov. Larry Hogan.

The wooden flag was a gift from a local resident in recognition of National First Responders Day. It was to be displayed in the 5th District Station.

News outlets report that Democratic Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said the flag provides a symbol of "support" to some, but is a symbol of "dismissiveness" to others.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland police say a "Black Lives Matter" sign has been stolen from a church.

Anne Arundel police spokesman Marc Limansky tells The Capital the sign was reported stolen Sunday by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis. Limansky says the sign was last seen Saturday afternoon. It was hung outside the church in 2015 to support the national "Black Lives Matter" movement, which calls for the end of systemic violence and racism against black people.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A Virginia resident has received a permit to erect a large Black Lives Matter flag in her backyard after a county attorney announced that officials could not remove or lower a Confederate flag that flies over Interstate 95.

News outlets report Susan Kosior applied for a Stafford County building permit to raise an 80-foot (24-meter) flag pole and place a 30-by-50-foot (9-15 meter) Black Lives Matter flag in her backyard on Sept. 20. 

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CLARKSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Howard County police have arrested a man they say vandalized 15 properties in Clarksville.

The department said in a news release that 24-year-old Taylor Richard Allen was charged with 42 offenses, including destruction of property, malicious burning and committing a hate crime.

Police say between April and December, they responded to numerous vandalism incidents, including swastikas and other graffiti being written or painted on sidewalks, footpaths, playgrounds, mailboxes, cars and other property.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A lecturer at the University of Virginia has apologized after comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan on social media.

The Daily Progress reports that adjunct lecturer Douglas Muir apologized after responding to a Facebook post about Black Lives Matter, calling the movement the biggest racist organization since the KKK. In a statement on Oct. 11, Muir said his actions were wrong and apologized to his students and the community.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A college football coach is defending players who wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts as they warmed up for a recent game.

Old Dominion University Monarchs coach Bobby Wilder told the Virginian-Pilot Monday that he supports the players "100 percent in wanting to do that."  

The Monarchs on Saturday hosted the Roadrunners from the University of Texas-San Antonio. Photos of the shirts emerged on social media.  

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The First Unitarian Church in Wilmington has hung banners celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement up along U.S. Route 202.

And this time reports the Wilmington News Journal they are hoping they will stay up.

Previous signs had been torn after they had been vandalized.

The banners read, ”Black Lives Matter” and “Standing on the side of love.”

They went up on Sunday morning.

The mostly white church said that for each incident of vandalism it would make a donation to the national Black Lives Matter movement.

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A Black Lives Matter sign was vandalized on the property of the First Unitarian Church in Wilmington on Friday or Saturday.

The word Black was cut out of the banner.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the church issued a statement which said the vandalism was an effort to silence the voice of the church.

In the statement the church added that the largely white congregation put the sign up not only as a spiritual commitment but also to begin “a conversation within the community about institutional racism and violence aimed at people of color.”

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped the remaining charges against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction.
 
Gray was a black man who was critically injured in the back of a police van in April 2015.
 
Prosecutors' decision Wednesday comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case, including the van driver and another officer who was the highest-ranking of the group.
 

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The Wicomico County Branch of the NAACP has blasted Sheriff Mike Lewis for recent remarks holding President Barak Obama responsible for recent police across the county.  

NAACP Branch president Mary Ashanti told the Salisbury Daily Times that, “This kind of statement is inflammatory and reckless.”

Lewis’ direct quote from the paper reads as follows: “I’m hold Barack Hussein Obama responsible for what’s going on in the country.”

Lewis also criticized Obama’s sympathy for the Black Lives Matter movement which he said had caused a backlash against police.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Authorities say protesters holding Black Lives Matter signs briefly blocked all southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in downtown Richmond.

Local media outlets posted pictures and videos late Monday afternoon showing about a dozen people standing in the interstate about 6 p.m. Monday. Protesters also draped a Black Lives Matter sign on an overpass.

WWBT-TV reported that Virginia State Police and Richmond Police were at the scene and had placed several protesters in handcuffs.

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Around a hundred people gathered in Middletown to remember the five Dallas police officers who were gunned down last week along with the two African American men who were shot to death by police.

They showed up at Cochran Square for a march, prayer and a vigil last night.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Reverend Jeffery Broughton with Middletown’s Living Grace Worship Cathedral organized the service which was accompanied by police.

Broughton said that the fight was not only for Black Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter but for all lives matter.

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Last night downtown Wilmington heard the echo of the chant, “No Justice. No Peace. No racist police.”

It was part of the Black Lives Matter protests that have been held around the country in the wake of the two police shootings of two black men last week.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there were not only African Americans in the protest but also infants as well as the elderly as well as Christians, Muslims and Jews.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - DeRay Mckesson, who took a leave of absence from his career as an educator to become an activist and one of the most recognizable faces in the Black Lives Matter movement, has been appointed to a post with Baltimore schools.

Baltimore City Public Schools said in a news release that incoming chief executive officer Sonja Santelises appointed Mckesson to be interim chief human capital officer. The Board of School Commissioners approved the appointment Tuesday.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - A Baltimore police officer has been acquitted of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died a week after he was critically injured in police custody.

A judge found Officer Edward Nero not guilty of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The judge announced his verdict on Monday.

Nero was one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the case. He waived his right to a jury trial, opting instead to argue his case before Circuit Judge Barry Williams.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Students at a Maryland high school staged a walkout and protested a video depicting a student calling African-Americans inferior.

Multiple news outlets report dozens of students at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City walked out of their classes Tuesday morning in response to the 30-second video which surfaced online last week.

The video depicts a white Mount Hebron High School student disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement and calling African-Americans an inferior race.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A banner supporting the "Black Lives Matter" civil rights movement has been stolen from outside an Annapolis church.

The Capital of Annapolis reports that the sign was stolen Sunday morning from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis.

The large black and yellow sign read "Black Lives Matter" and was hung during a ceremony on Sept. 30. The church's pastor Rev. Fred Muir says the church received numerous angry calls in the immediate aftermath of the ceremony, but the complaints had subsided.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Jurors have resumed deliberations in the trial of a white Delaware police officer charged with assault after breaking a black suspect's jaw with a kick.
 
Jurors reconvened Monday after deliberating several hours Friday in the trial of Dover officer Thomas Webster IV.
 
A handful of protesters demonstrated outside the courthouse, with signs saying "Black Lives Matter" and "Justice Now."
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The first of six officers charged in a police custody death that sparked riots in Baltimore went on trial Wednesday as a prosecutor focused on what the patrolman failed to do: Push a button to call for a medic who might have saved Freddie Gray's life.           

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University of Delaware police say the reported nooses outside Mitchell Hall were not nooses after all.

WBOC reports that they say they have determined that instead they were remnants of paper lanterns from an event held on The Green.

The university has scheduled a 4:30 p.m. community meeting on The Green today for a dialogue given the sensitivity on campus.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Geri Wilson received a text message about nooses and ran toward the nearby residence hall at around 10 p.m.

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Calm returned for a second night in Baltimore with a 10 p.m. curfew that saw protesters move off the streets of the city.

Some wore T-shirts that read "Black Lives Matter" and demanded accountability from authorities in the death of 25-year old Freddie Gray after he suffered severe spinal injuries while in police custody.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles played took on the Chicago White Sox in Camden Yards without any fans in the stands.

The baseball club said it did so for safety reasons.

The O's beat the Sox 8-2.

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Baltimore, Md. (AP)  - Members of Freddie Gray's family are among the last group of mourners filing into the church before the man's funeral in Baltimore.

His mother Gloria Darden was first to reach the casket on Monday sobbed and dropped to her knees.

She straightened out the tie on Gray's body before she was led to the front-row pew.

Other mourners approached her to offer condolences through handshakes and hugs.  

A projector aimed at two screens on the walls beside the pulpit show the words "Black Lives Matter & All Lives Matter" in red lettering.