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Changes in the Scholastic Aptitude Test, known as the SAT, are angering many parents across America. Locally some are downright perplexed. Sandi Minard is the parent of a local student.
She warns the changes in the exam will force many homeschooling parents to send their kids to public schools where the new Common Core standards are tailored to the test. The test is a valuable barometer for college admissions.
The test will downplay the filling in of bubbles with the correct answers and allow students to get close to an answer if they’re thinking properly. The essay portion is also being scuttled.
Minard serves as a Cape Henlopen School Board member but says she’s speaking only as a concerned parent.
Delaware State Police have arrested a Lewes man after he was caught breaking into a Milton area home Wednesday afternoon.
The homeowner arrived on the property in the 14000-block of Coastal Highway (Route 1) and saw an unfamiliar pickup truck on the property. Troopers arrived and found Todd Archino standing outside of the home.
Police soon after learned that Archino had burglarized the home February 25. Then, he had removed an upright freezer, a refrigerator, and a stove. He took those appliances to a local salvage shop to be scrapped. He had also burglarized a shed on the property and stole tools.
Police found more stolen items from the February burglary in his Lewes home. Among the items stolen were clothing, kitchen appliances, jewelry, and a World War I gas mask. Archino had not stolen anything during Wednesday's break-in.
Archino was charged with two counts of 2nd degree burglary, 3rd degree burglary, two counts of possession of burglar tools, three counts of theft, selling stolen property, and criminal mischief. He was released on a $16,500 unsecured bond.
The state fire marshal's office has determined the cause of a Millsboro fire that investigators estimated to cause $350,000 in damage.
Investigators say the fire at Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Millsboro was accidential and caused by an electrical malfunction in branch circuit wiring.
More college-bound students are not going to their dream colleges because of financial concerns.
A survey released by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute found that 75.5% of prospective students were accepted into their "dream school", but only 56.9% of those students actually attended that school.
It is the first time since the survey began that the percentage of students attending their dream school dropped that low.
Also, the study found that cost was "very important" to 45.9% of prospective students and financial aid was a crucial factor to 48.7% of students. That's up from the mid-30% range 10 years ago.
First-generation college students were more likely to consider the costs of attending a school than those students who are not the first in their family to attend.
The survey also asked several other questions pertaining to what new college students are thinking.
When asked about whether gay or lesbian couples should be allowed to adopt children, 83.3% said they would have no problem with that.
More students supported the idea of allowing undocumented, illegal immigrants to have access to public schools.
More freshmen support the idea of raising taxes to reduce the nation's deficit is at the highest ever, with 36.9% of respondents supporting the idea.
Roughly 64% support stronger gun control by the federal government, down 20 percentage points since 1989.
Delaware government officials will learn today how many people have enrolled in Delaware's health insurance exchange.
State officials hope to have 35,000 residents signed up for health coverage by March 31st, which is the end of open enrollment.
Only 5,000 residents had signed up by January 31st.
No word on how many people have paid for health coverage.
Who is Delaware's highest paid employee?
Delaware Technical and Community College President Orlando George maintains that title after earning $370,939.92 in 2013, according to the News Journal. That amount is almost twice as much as the second-highest paid employee, Department of Corrections Medical Director Dr. Vincent Carr. Dr. Carr earned $218,000.12.
Meanwhile, Governor Jack Markell ranked 73rd in the state government, making $170,999.92.
Over 1,000 state employees make at least $100,000 a year.
Millions of dollars is being spent by the state to repair all of the potholes across Delaware.
The News Journal reports nearly $6.3 million has been set aside to repair potholes across the state. There is about $2 million dollars left. Warmer weather is needed to make permanent fixes to the roads.
About 4,400 potholes have been filled so far this winter, but state officials need you to let them know about other potholes to get them fixed.
Embattled Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers wants another term. Flowers will have to overcome a primary challenge from fellow Democrat and former Markell appointee Sean Barney.
When Flowers was asked about the credit card scandals which have defined his term in office he indicated that mistakes were made, the money was paid back and he never promised us a Rose Garden!
The Democrat primary is scheduled for September.
Delaware currently has 17 prisoners on death row – but has no means of executing them.
Prison officials in the First State are finding it difficult to obtain the drugs used to execute prisoners because some of the drug manufacturers objected to their products being used to carry out the death penalty for fear public backlash or unwanted publicity.
A recent execution in Ohio received notoriety when prison officials were forced to revise the drug cocktail to carry out an execution – the condemned man lingered.
Opponents of the death penalty may have found a free market means to outlaw capital punishment.
Excessive force may be OK for Miami Vice – but apparently not in Dover.
An eight-year veteran of the Dover Police force was suspended with pay following a claim by a suspect he arrested that Corporal Thomas Webster used excessive force against him back in August of last year.
The accusing suspect, identified as Lateef Dickerson has an excessive rap sheet – which includes 46 past felony arrests.
A full day has passed since a Dagsboro fire and the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is still trying to sort things out.
Three area fire companies and police responded to a fire in the Dagsboro area and it appeared highly suspicious. It happened off Jen and Jac Road yesterday afternoon.
It broke out yesterday afternoon and for a time firefighters and police were told there was an armed man at the scene. The Fire Marshall’s Office isn’t so sure about the claim today and the investigation continues.
The fire did $350,000 damage to a mobile home.
U.S. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware this week had tongues wagging in Washington.
It happened when he appeared to criticize President Obama’s foreign policy. The Senator suggested the Ukrainian crisis is an outgrowth of a lack of American action in Syria. There were surprised looks on the faces of many fellow Democrats in Washington when this week the U.S. Senator from Delaware openly criticized President Obama. Coons warning the Russians and Iranians may not take Obama seriously.
Coons was participating as part of a panel discussion at the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, known as AIPAC. Coons told a panel discussion the President dithered as the Syrian crisis spun out-of-control. The Senator fears it emboldened some enemies and former enemies. Coons and his fellow Democrat Obama rarely have public spats.
Clear Space Theater Company is launching a production of Camelot this month.
There will be open auditions for the play in a few weeks. The theater will also have a program for local kids this summer.
In a little more than two weeks you can also attend the theater’s opening of Camelot. You can call the theater at 227-2270 for more information.
Gasoline prices and yo-yo’s have something in common. They quickly go up and down.
In Delaware gas prices are currently up. AAA Mid-Atlantic told WGMD the price at the pumps up a penny overnight and up three cents in one week. The statewide average is just a shade under $3.50 a gallon. New Jersey is a full dime cheaper but friends in Pennsylvania really feeling the pain with a statewide average for unleaded regular at $3.64 a gallon.
Your cellphone can say a lot about you. If stolen by a thief the crook can get access to much of your personal data you may have stored on the phone. Would a kill switch allow you to block access if your phone is stolen? It could, according to Maryland U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski. She’s demanding customers be given a kill switch option.
Delaware seems to have a big problem on its hands.
A recent Gallup poll named Delaware the third most overweight state in the nation, only behind West Virginia and Mississippi.
In the survey, the polling service asked respondents to give their height and weight and based on those figures, Gallup determined how overweight a state's population was.
On March 1st Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputies announced the arrest by authorities in Montgomery County of a wanted fugitive identified as 35 year old James Eric Smith of Salisbury.
Smith had been sought on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant that had been issued back in May 1999 after he failed to appear for a violation of a probation hearing following a theft conviction. Smith was released upon posting bond.
Last Saturday, at approximately 3:30 in the afternoon, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested27 year old Dustin Todd Levy of Pittsville in connection with an assault that occurred the previous day in Salisbury.
Levy allegedly became involved in an argument with his girlfriend when he reportedly struck her in the head with a glass ashtray.
According to the victim in this case, she then proceeded to leave the residence when Levy tried to run her down with his vehicle.
The suspect has since been apprehended and arrested - charged with attempted 2nd degree murder and related charges. He is jailed in lieu of $75,000.00 bond.
Wicomico County Sherriff’s office has announced the arrest of Denise Elizabeth Headley, 26 of Laurel.
Headley was wanted on four outstanding District Court Bench Warrants. The warrants were issued after she failed to appear for four different court cases involving trespassing, substance Possession and Driving without a license. Headley was detained without bond on these warrants.
On March 2nd, just before 12:30 in the afternoon, a Wicomico County deputy attempted to stop a vehicle operated by 21 year old Edgar Watson for a seatbelt violation.
Instead of stopping, Watson attempted to flee. He did eventually pull over a short time later.
Watson was not only uncooperative with the officer, he reportedly elbowed the deputy in his chest and kicked him.
The deputy struggled with Watson to place him into handcuffs while Watson continued to struggle.
The investigation by the officer revealed that the registration on Watson’s vehicle had expired at the end of December and was pulled over and cited for operating an unregistered vehicle the just two days before.
Watson was detained in lieu of $5,000.00 bond, charged with Assault 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest and other related charges and let us not forget to mention – seatbelt violation.
Last Saturday, just after midnight,a deputy in Wicomico County stopped a vehicle for a simple equipment violation.
When he approached the car, the officer detected the odor of marijuana. The suspect identified as 21 year old Tyler Scott Andrews of Salisbury was arrested after the officer found a little over an ounce of pot on Andrews.
Andrews told the deputy that he had “just got his taxes back and used some of the money to buy the marijuana.”
After an initial court appearance, the Commissioner released Andrews on Personal Recognizance. He has been charged with Marijuana possession.
A registered sex offender – identified as 43 year old Harry Roche of Millsboro has pleaded guilty to producing and transporting child pornography.
He faces a minimum term of 25 years in prison. Sentencing will be at a later date.
Law enforcement busted Roche – based on an anonymous tip.
Prosecutors say hundreds of pictures and movies of child pornography were found on computers, cellular phones and external digital storage devices in Roche's home.
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