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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The United States Naval Academy's iconic chapel dome, whose patina has turned green with age, is set to be replaced with a shiny new version.

Naval Academy spokesman Lt. David McKinney tells The Capital that the copper dome was originally going to be repaired, but the severity of its deterioration has prompted officials to replace it entirely. It will take about 20 years for the dome to turn green again.

An $8.9 million repair project on the dome began in November. It's unclear how much it will cost to replace it instead.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia city once marred by Tiki torches, Nazi chants and deadly violence is savoring a united moment of bliss as it welcomes home the national champion University of Virginia men's basketball team.

Charlottesville was in full party mood Tuesday, a day after the Cavaliers defeated Texas Tech in the title game in Minneapolis. Supporters flocked to the school's basketball arena to welcome the team home.

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CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) - Virginia has installed its first historical marker to commemorate the lynching of a black man.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the marker was installed on Sunday in Charles City, outside of Richmond. It marks the death of 43-year-old Isaac Brandon in 1892.

The father of eight was seized by a mob from the Charles City County courthouse jail and hanged from a nearby tree. Brandon was accused of attacking a white woman but was never charged and never had a trial.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware court commissioner is recommending that a judge reject the appeal of a man who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the fatal stabbing of a police officer.

In a report issued Monday, the commissioner said David Salasky's appeal and motion to withdraw his guilty plea should be denied.

Salasky was sentenced to two life terms in 2014 after pleading guilty to killing New Castle County Police Lt. Joseph Szczerba (SURB-uh) in September 2011.


Former State Senator Jim Mathias was a longtime friend of the late House Speaker Michael Busch who died over the weekend at the age of 72. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with him about that relationship and what he saw first hand of the longest serving Speaker in Maryland's history.

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The General Assembly has adjourned with a tribute to House Speaker Michael Busch.

Senators and delegates stopped working at about 11:30 p.m. Monday to gather in the House of Delegates to remember the longest-serving speaker in the state's history who died Sunday.

Gov. Larry Hogan says Busch was a mentor, a coach and a friend to many. He says he truly became "an institution within the institution of state government."

Del. Kumar Barve says Busch kept a simple focus on what was "good and decent for individual people, for communities or for situations."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new spinoff from the hit zombie TV show "The Walking Dead" is set to film in Virginia.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that production of the unnamed show will begin in central Virginia this summer.

The governor's office said the show will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to grow up "in the franchise's apocalyptic realm."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's city council is calling on Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign as investigators probe lucrative deals she negotiated to sell her children's book series.

The current lineup of 14 council members has signed a two-sentence letter urging Pugh to step down, taking the only step it can to pressure her out of office amid the political scandal.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers have scheduled a vote on a bill raising the legal age to buy tobacco products in Delaware from 18 to 21.

The measure cleared the Senate 14-to-6 last month, and a House vote is scheduled for Thursday.

The new age restriction would apply to all tobacco products and tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

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(AP) The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to increase Maryland's use of renewable energy.

The Senate voted 31-15 to agree to changes made by the House to send the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The measure would increase the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard from 25% by 2020 to 50% by 2030.

The House put a provision in the bill to allow waste-to-energy incineration plants to be in the "top tier" of renewable energy, making them eligible for the same kind of subsidies as wind and solar.

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(AP) The University of Maryland Medical System's board of directors would face an overhaul under legislation approved by state lawmakers after officials learned that about a third of the board benefited financially through the hospital network's contracts.

The Senate approved the bill unanimously Monday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The measure will require all board members to leave their positions and reapply to return.

It also bars board members from getting contracts with the system without a competitive bidding process.


MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - The Nanticoke Indian Tribe has asked the Delaware town of Millsboro for a historical marker detailing the tribe's history and contributions to the town.

Delaware State News reported Saturday that the Millsboro council unanimously approved the proposal for the state historical marker and is now putting together a committee to handle it. If granted by the state, the marker would be placed along the Indian River at Cupola Park.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A fraternity at a Virginia university has been suspended for five years after an investigation showed that hazing resulted in a pledge seeking treatment at a hospital.

The Virginian-Pilot cites school and fraternity records that show Omega Psi Phi chapter members at Old Dominion University beat pledges, made them drink hot sauce, and poured the sauce on their genitals to simulate a sexually transmitted disease.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A law firm may soon finish its probe into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

Richard Cullen told The Associated Press in an email Monday that the firm hopes to finish up by the end of April. Cullen is an attorney with the firm McGuireWoods and is leading the investigation on behalf of Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Descendants of a black slave who sued for his freedom and the U.S. Supreme Court justice who denied that freedom shared their stories at an event sponsored by Virginians for Reconciliation.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Dred Scott descendant Lynne Jackson and Charlie Taney, a descendant of Chief Justice Roger Taney, spoke last week at the Virginia Union University.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Michael Busch, the longest-serving Maryland House speaker in the state's history, has died. He was 72.

Alexandra Hughes, the speaker's chief of staff, said Busch died Sunday, surrounded by loved ones.

Busch, a progressive Democrat, had developed pneumonia after a follow-up procedure to a 2017 liver transplant. He also had heart bypass surgery in September, after experiencing shortness of breath.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on legislation imposing a new tax on drug manufacturers who sell opioid painkillers in Delaware.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday is similar to a measure that was introduced last year but failed to get a floor vote.

The legislation imposes a per-pill tax on prescription opioids ranging from a few cents to a dollar or more, based on their strength and whether they are brand-name or generic.

The tax would be used to create a fund for drug treatment programs and research.


BALTIMORE (AP) - A spokesman for the embattled mayor of Baltimore says she'll return from her leave of absence as soon as her health allows.

Spokesman James Bentley told The Baltimore Sun on Saturday that Catherine Pugh's health is improving. It's unclear when she'll return. It won't be Monday.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police say six people were injured in a shooting in Wilmington, the News Journal reports.

Police say the shooting happened about 7:10 p.m. Sunday, police said. They added that the victims had non-life-threatening injuries and were listed in stable condition as of 9:45 p.m. Sunday.

Tiffany Brown told the News Journal that she was sitting on a stoop nearby when she heard at least seven gunshots around the corner on North Pine Street.  "Everybody heard the shots. It was like pop, pop, pop," she said.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has advanced a measure to increase Maryland's use of renewable energy.

The House gave the bill preliminary approval Saturday. The Senate has passed the measure, but the House made some changes.

The Senate bill would have eliminated trash incineration as eligible for subsidies like wind and solar energy, a provision that was in the bill initially. But the House put the provision back in to allow waste-to-energy to be in the "top tier" of renewable energy.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Scientists say that climate change is prolonging allergy season and the suffering that goes along with it.

The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, reported Thursday that local doctors are seeing more people who are suffering from allergies and that they are suffering for longer periods of time.

Scientists say that deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels are sending more greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Those gases in turn warm the planet and extend allergy season.


LORTON, Va. (AP) - A high school student's artwork that used anti-Semitic stereotypes has prompted school officials in Virginia to apologize.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that the student goes to South County High School in Fairfax County in northern Virginia.

An image shown at an exhibition at a community college depicts a man with a hooked nose carrying a bag of money. The caption reads: "No Jew in the world understands the importance of money."

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - More schools in Delaware are blocking deliveries of fast food to students during the school day.

The News Journal reported Friday that two schools in Wilmington are prohibiting meals from food delivery services like Grubhub and DoorDash. Earlier this year in January, Milford High School asked parents stop dropping off fast food to their kids.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lottery officials say that March was the third-best month in its 30-year history.

The Daily Progress in Charlottesville reported Thursday that lottery sales totaled more than $221 million for the month. That total includes more than $117 million in sales of scratch-off tickets.

Lottery sales in Virginia for the fiscal year are on pace to exceed 2018's record of $606 million. The fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30.

Profits from the Virginia lottery are spent on K-12 education in the state.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Virginia are continuing to jail or fine people based on an old and obscure law that's known as the "habitual drunkard" statute.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that more than 1,700 Virginians have been labeled so-called "habitual drunkards" in the last decade. The majority of them live in the state's largest city of Virginia Beach.

The law allows judges to apply the label to anyone convicted of driving under the influence or who has "shown himself to be a habitual drunkard."


It seems we may always be looking for something we just can't seem to find. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders the story about Eeyore's search for his tail to discover his own tale.


The Lower Shore Performng Arts company will be performing "Pippin" in April and May. Delmarva Public Radio's Chris Rank spoke with the director Mark Tyler about the company and the musical.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a bill that would establish five permanent oyster sanctuaries under state law.

The Republican governor announced the veto Thursday night. He says the measure is bad for the state's watermen. He also says he's been working on a compromise, and that the bill disrupts a fair process.

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Asbestos has become an issue as workers tear down the old General Motors plant on Boxwood Road.

The plant was shut down in 2009 and will be replaced by a distribution center.

But union officials have thrown up picket line charging that when the structure’s skeleton is finally torn down dust will drift beyond the property itself.

And the union says it has video taken by a member who went undercover to show what is being done.  

The site has been the focus of the union and local activists concerned about the asbestos.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A judge has delayed the trial of a man charged with killing five people at a Maryland newspaper office.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs pushed back the trial for Jarrod Ramos from June to Nov. 4 on Thursday. Jury selection is set to begin Oct. 30.

Judge Laura Ripken has given the defense until April 29 to change Ramos' plea to not criminally responsible. He pleaded not guilty last year to murder in the attack at the Capital Gazette newsroom.