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"It's inevitable": Delaware lawmakers introduce bill once again to legalize marijuana

"It's inevitable": Delaware lawmakers introduce bill once again to legalize marijuana

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.Delaware is taking a swing at legalizing marijuana again, and only time will tell if, this time, it's a hit.  "Support for adult recreational marijuana has been growing for years in Delaware and across the country. We have seen other states successfully enact policies that established a safe and legal market for cannabis, and we have studied those laws to craft the best policy for Delaware," said Brookside Representative Ed Osienski (D-Stanton). "We believe we have a solid bill that has the support of the public, and...

March 19, 2021
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Delaware sees 1st case of South African COVID variant

Delaware sees 1st case of South African COVID variant

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.The South African COVID-19 variant has been found in Delaware for the first time Friday, Division of Public Health officials said.Public health officials said the case involves a New Castle County adult in their 50s, who traveled out of the country prior to testing positive. Details on where the person traveled were not made public.The case was identified through routine surveillance of test specimens performed by the DPH laboratory.The South African variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.351, has now been found in 17...

March 8, 2021
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Cocktails-to-go bill sails through the Delaware House

Cocktails-to-go bill sails through the Delaware House

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.To-go cocktails could be sticking around.A bill that allows Delaware restaurants to continue to-go alcohol sales with take-out food orders and continue outdoor dining as they face restrictions with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic clears the House in a unanimous vote. Wilmington-area state Rep. Stephanie Bolden (D) was absent during Wednesday's vote. allows extended outdoor seating and to-go drinks until at least March of 2022. Restaurants have been hard-hit by the pandemic, seeing $700 million in losses between March...

January 29, 2021
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Delawareans who weren't yet eligible get COVID vaccine, now DPH is tightening protocols

Delawareans who weren't yet eligible get COVID vaccine, now DPH is tightening protocols

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.A mass drive-thru-style COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Dover Division of Motor Vehicles was supposed to be part of the "Sprint to 1a," or the state's plans to vaccinate the remainder of healthcare workers, first responders, and long-term care workers. Except WDEL has confirmed reports that a number of Delawareans who weren't part of Phase 1a or even part of the next, upcoming Phase 1b, were vaccinated Saturday, drawing ire among the community.The Delaware Division of Public Health's leader Dr. Karyl Rattay has...

January 21, 2021
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'Potentially a super-spreader event': Neighbors complain about worship services held in Glasgow home

'Potentially a super-spreader event': Neighbors complain about worship services held in Glasgow home

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.Newly-elected state Rep. Eric Morrison (D-27th District)Greg Tweddell, founding pastor Ignition ChurchTwice a week, cars line a residential street in Glasgow's Bay Pointe community for worship services occurring inside a residential home. It's been happening for years--to the complaints of neighbors--but COVID-19 has made those criticizing it more vocal.State Rep.-elect Eric Morrison (D-27th District) said constituents contacted him about the matter, which is in violation of county code. So he went to see for himself...

January 6, 2021
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Gov. Carney won't be getting the COVID-19 vaccine right away

Gov. Carney won't be getting the COVID-19 vaccine right away

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.Governor John Carney won't be getting the COVID-19 vaccine in this first round of inoculations that's reserved for front-line health care workers, emergency medical services workers, and long-term care residents and staff while quantities are limited.Carney, in answering a question from WDEL at Tuesday's coronavirus news conference, said: "I'm certainly not going to jump in line in front of hospitals or health care providers."The first vaccinations were given to doctors and nurses at Bayhealth Hospital, which...

December 17, 2020
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UPDATE | Milford officer shot while serving warrant outside Rehoboth-area motel

UPDATE | Milford officer shot while serving warrant outside Rehoboth-area motel

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.A Milford police officer, serving with the United States Marshals Task Force, was shot while serving a warrant to arrest an attempted murder suspect in Rehoboth Beach on Thursday, December 10, 2020.Attorney General Kathy Jennings said the suspect had fled from Pennsylvania and was about to be apprehended when he opened fire on the Milford officer around 7:45 p.m. at the Econo Lodge on the Coastal Highway.Troopers said the shooting scene was self-contained, and there was no threat to the public, but did not release...

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December 12, 2020
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Delaware priest indicted on federal child porn charges

Delaware priest indicted on federal child porn charges

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.A former principal at Salesianum School and priest at DeSales University, who was an adviser to the Royal Family in Monaco, was indicted Thursday on child pornography charges in Philadelphia.Rev. William McCandless, 56, who's a member of the Wilmington-based Oblates of St. Francis, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of collecting thousands of images of child pornography while serving overseas and bringing them with him to the U.S. McCandless pleaded not guilty to the counts during an initial court...

December 4, 2020
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Mall food courts capped at 100 after public outcry over photographs showing crowds on Black Friday

Mall food courts capped at 100 after public outcry over photographs showing crowds on Black Friday

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.Carrie Leishman, president/CEO of the Delaware Restaurant AssociationPhotographs of a crowded food court at Christiana Mall on Black Friday are drawing criticism on social media and leading to a public health response.Effective immediately, food courts are now restricted to 100 persons--and not 30% of the facility's capacity, according to governor's spokesman Jon Starkey."DPH inspectors were in potential areas of concern [Friday], including the Christiana and Concord malls and the outlets at the beach," Starkey said....

November 29, 2020
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House unanimously passes bill requiring schools to provide feminine hygiene products

House unanimously passes bill requiring schools to provide feminine hygiene products

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.State House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, D-15thA bill requiring public middle and high schools to provide feminine hygiene products in bathrooms for students passed unanimously in the House Wednesday.House Majority Leader Val Longhurst (D-Bear) said is about equity."Products are not a luxury, and they are an essential item for our daily lives. Cost can be barrier. People of all ages struggle at some point in their lives to afford period products. The problem is magnified for low-income families which puts...

March 19, 2021
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