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Kelce, Herremans probable; Eagles-Texans preview — First, the news.... It looks like center Jason Kelce (No. 62, right), right guard Todd Herremans (No. 79, left), cornerback Brandon Boykin and running back Darren Sproles will play Sunday as all three were listed as "probable" after the Eagles walkthrough practice on Friday. Safety Nate Allen and wide receiver Brad Smith were listed as "questionable."
Oct 31, 2014

Kelce, Herremans probable, N.Allen questionable; #Eagles-#Texans preview_taking voltage from Watt via @delawareonline

Here's Johnny! Gallagher takes over HBO — When Wilmington native John Gallagher Jr. saw an e-mail from his agent asking him to call, he had no idea there was really good news coming his way: Gallagher had snagged a role in the new HBO mini-series "Olive Kitteridge."
Oct 31, 2014

Wilmington's @JohnGallagherJr is all over HBO thanks to "Olive Kitteridge" & final season of "The Newsroom." We chat:

Reader Mail: More dining stories, muskrat still has many fans — The saga of unsatisfying restaurant experiences started with Darryl McEwen's Oct. 17 letter about a lunch at the River Rock Kitchen at the Wilmington Riverfront. He and his guest weren't happy with the portion sizes, didn't get any bread and left hungry. McEwen's story now apparently has a much more pleasing ending.

Exotic cat caught, returned home — Boo, the 8-year-old exotic Savannah house cat, has returned home following a two-week hiatus from his Brandywine Hundred family. The 35-pound kitty, who resembles a baby leopard, was found Thursday night about 300 yards from his Glenside Farms home, his owner Richard Todd said. "He actually didn't return," Todd said.

Big refinery project dropped in Del., others weighed — PBF Energy has finally abandoned and written off plans for a $1 billion new production unit at the Delaware City Refinery but is considering a smaller addition and exploring prospects for a natural gas liquid export venture in Delaware, officials said Thursday.

Man set blaze that killed him, officials say — A 48-year-old man, who was killed in a June fire, intentionally set the blaze following a domestic dispute, the Wilmington Fire Marshal's Office said on Thursday. Lamotte V. Scales is accused of spreading an accelerant in the two-story home, located at 100 Bird Street, on June 16, following a domestic dispute, said Capt.

Bulletproof whiteboard shields placed in school — The staff at Gunning Bedford Middle School has been given hand-held whiteboards that double as bulletproof shields in case of a school shooting. The equipment is part of a pilot program created by state Sen. Nicole Poore and Rep. Valerie Longhurst. Poore said she hopes to eventually place the boards in schools across Delaware.
Oct 30, 2014

At least they come w/ instructions? ...Bulletproof whiteboard "shields" placed in middle school in case of a shooting

Oct 30, 2014

RT @TNJ_malbright: The staff at one school now has hand-held whiteboards that double as bulletproof shields: #netDE #schoolsafety

Crews cleaning graffiti-tagged bridge — A rusted, graffiti-tagged railroad bridge spanning Concord Avenue in Wilmington is getting cleaned and repainted this week, after years of appeals from neighbors from the Triangle to Brandywine Hills. Southeast of the I-95/U.S. 202 interchange, the bridge has not been painted for 30 years, and much of that last coat flaked away long ago.
Oct 30, 2014

Graffiti-tagged railroad bridge getting cleaned, repainted after years of appeals from community groups: #netDE

Bonistall killer James Cooke files appeal — Attorneys representing convicted killer James E. Cooke Jr. have filed papers with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn his conviction and death sentence and also filed papers in state court seeking to stop his scheduled Dec. 4 execution. Cooke was convicted and sentenced to death twice for the May 2005 rape and murder of University of Delaware sophomore Lindsey Bonistall.

Doc's HS football picks: Week 9 — Dr. Colin "Zombies Are Real" Auttible makes his Week 9 Delaware high school fool picks. (10/30/14)

Dover air base wings `on standby' for Ebola mission — Dover Air Force Base hasn't been tasked to support the U.S. effort in west Africa to combat Ebola - but the base is reviewing procedures and standing by in case orders to do so arrive.

Wilmington police to give Halloween candy — Wilmington police will be cruising city streets Friday searching for ghouls and goblins to give candy to. The department's community policing unit will be handing out Halloween candy to children from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the police station at the corner of Fourth and N. Walnut streets.

Amazing relationship binds Delaware football player, sister — They were the last words Ben Curtis' father spoke to him on the night he would meet a violent, untimely death. The University of Delaware offensive tackle never forgot. And though the advice was meant for football, it became a guiding principle for a young man in a family reduced from four to three, including a younger sister with severe autism upon whom Curtis has long doted.

Camping, double stages at Harrington country fest — A new country music festival its promoter described as a "three-day hillbilly sleepover" is coming to the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington next August. The festival is the brainchild of Dewey Beach concert-venue owner Alex Pires and Live Nation Entertainment, the company behind Ticketmaster and numerous high-draw live shows by top artists.
Oct 30, 2014

Video and more news from the presser announcing for real the @DelStateFair country festival coming Aug 2015.

Husband of Sen. Hall-Long charged with sign theft — Middletown Police have issued an arrest warrant for the husband of state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, for allegedly stealing roadway campaign signs left by Republicans. Police on Wednesday responded to a complaint about the theft of political signs, some of which read "Fix the Economy! Vote Republican."
Oct 30, 2014

Del. Senator's husband faces theft charges for allegedly stealing GOP campaign signs. And...there's video:

Oct 29, 2014

RT @nannburke: #MiddletownDE police charge state senator’s husband w/ stealing GOP campaign signs: #netDE #politicsDE

Oct 29, 2014

#MiddletownDE police charge state senator’s husband w/ stealing GOP campaign signs: #netDE #politicsDE

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Meals on Wheels rebooting annual fundraisers — Every spring, Meals on Wheels Delaware has organized a party, wine auction and popular celebrity chefs' brunch attended by about 2,000 people. But in 2015, it is no longer throwing its three fundraisers all on the same weekend.

GOP on sign theft: ‘New low in Delaware’ — Dana Long, the husband of state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, a Middletown-area Democrat, turned himself in at 7 a.m. on Thursday to Middletown police on a single charge of misdemeanor theft stemming from stolen Republican campaign signs. Long was arraigned and released on $250 unsecured bail.
Oct 30, 2014

Senator's husband has turned himself in on campaign sign-stealing charge, released on $250 bail.

145 arrested in Newark underage drinking raid — A multi-agency underage drinking operation yielded 145 arrests over the weekend in Newark, police there said Wednesday. Newark and University of Delaware police, along with agents from the state Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, initiated the enforcement operation Saturday, Lt. Mark A. Farrall, a Newark police spokesman, said.

Top 10 Delaware Halloween parties & concerts — Without school the next day, the case to stay out late was that much easier to make to skeptical parents. Plus, back-to-back unencumbered candy-binge days were almost too good to be true. For those of us past our trick-or-treat days, a Friday Halloween means finding a good party or concert to show off a new costume or escape reality for a night.
Oct 30, 2014

Whether it's the Halloween Loop or @TheZomProm, here are 10 Halloween parties & concerts across Delaware this weekend