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The House managers wrapped up their presentation yesterday in the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. And, they closed pointing to the violent nature of Trumpism. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about the implications of that violence. (Part 1)

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As the nation comes to grips with the violence that erupted in Charlottesville and the President's response, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill suggests it's time for reflection.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki has outlined a plan to help curb an increase in violent crime in the city.

Purzycki and Police Chief Bobby Cummings said in a news release that new policing actions will be taken immediately to address the recent spike in violence.

10 people were shot in Wilmington in the first two weeks of the year. This past weekend, police responded to three shootings, including one murder.

Effective immediately, police will implement an anti-violence police overtime strategy to deploy more officers to high crime areas.

Dreamers: A Family Escapes Violence

Oct 5, 2016

Over 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Delaware may be eligible for the DACA program that allows those who were brought to the United States as children to temporarily stay in the country. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at one family who made their way from the violence torn El Salvador. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provided production and translation assistance for this story.

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With the reports of shootings and the proliferation of guns, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders the way forgiveness can heal emotional wounds.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams, who was elected in 2012 after promising to get tough on criminals, says his violence-ridden city can't arrest its way out of its crime problem.

Williams, who campaigned four years against a "hug a thug" approach to crime, said in a Democratic primary debate Wednesday that arresting more people won't solve Wilmington's crime problem, which he suggested was rooted in poverty.

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Delaware is the fourth most violent state in the union.

That’s according to the 24/7 Wall Street index which ranks the states according to violent crime and homicide rates as well as small arms ownership and imprisonment.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that violent crime in the First State was 489 out of a 100-thousand.

That’s the eighth highest

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter came in at 5.8 per 100-thousand or the 7th highest.

Delaware also has a low rate of gun ownership at 5.2 percent of adults.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's highest court says state officials can keep secret the names of applicants for abortion clinic licenses.

The Court of Appeals ruled Monday in an appeal filed by Andrew Glenn, Montgomery County director of the Maryland Coalition for Life, which opposes abortion rights.

Glenn argued he was entitled to the names under Maryland's Public Information Act. He maintained he wanted to protect women from clinic operators with checkered safety records.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - Jurors adjourned yesterday without reaching a verdict in the trial of an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Jurors started their deliberations about 2:30 p.m. Monday and their discussions for the day concluded about three hours later.

They will resume deliberations today.

Jurors' Questions

During yesterday's deliberations, the jurors did ask for transcripts of police dispatcher and a police interview with Officer William Porter.

Wilmington saw something in November that it has not seen in five years.

There were no shooting deaths last month.

In addition, 11 shootings took place in November compared to 21 last year.

From November 3rd through the 20th no shootings occurred.

So far this year there have been 138 people shot and 23 killed.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that authorities say they do not know why there was a drop in the shootings.

Chief Bobby Cummings told the paper that violence ebbs and flows.

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Federal authorities have prompted a number of universities in Delaware to be on the alert for a threat of violence.

The schools include the University of Delaware, Widener University, Wilmington University, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical Community College.

The Wilmington News Journal also reports there are some schools in Philadelphia that have also received warnings.

The paper reports that the Wilmington University website says the threat is not aimed any particular school.

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Mayor Jim Ireton held a community meeting less than 24 hours after another shooting in Salisbury – the third in eleven days.

The Mayor called the meeting after the shooting deaths of 17 year old Rakim Russell and 21 year old Dommier Deshields in early August.

But by August 12th 24-year old Shawn Woodford was shot in the back.

WBOC reports that the meeting was joined by Maryland Attorney General.

Ireton said that stopping violence is a community effort that must begin with children.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Police say seven people, including three teens, were shot in Baltimore overnight.

Officers were called to North Glover Street after 10 p.m. Wednesday and police say they found the three teenagers with gunshot wounds. Police say a 13-year-old boy was shot in the chest, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the chest and shoulder and a 16-year-old girl was shot in the leg.

Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says their injuries don't appear to be life-threatening, but he calls the shooting "unacceptable." He says police have received tips from the community.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Officials in Baltimore say they're establishing a "War Room" to bring together multiple crime-fighting agencies to confront increased violence in the city.

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Dover residents as well as city and state officials gathered in the parking lot behind Father’s Kingdom Church to call for an end to the recent violence that has struck the city.

Last night’s vigil took place within a hundred yards of two of three shootings that have occurred in the state capital since Sunday.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that two people were killed and two others injured in three separate incidents that took place within a mile of each other.

Plans for a summer camp to prevent violence in Wilmington have picked up speed.

The Reverend Derrick Johnson brought dozens to their feet at a meeting last night calling on the City Council to invest $70-thousand into the project.

Council member Michael Brown quickly backed Johnson’s plan with council member Charles Potter offering up a second.

After the meeting Council member Kevin Kelley said the council has set aside $100-thousand for youth programs and suggested that some of those funds could be used for the summer camp without an official council vote.