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Dover mayor anticipating new business for 2015 — This year could be a good year for attracting businesses to Dover. The city's mayor, Robin Christiansen, said earlier this month that several businesses have already signaled their intent to move to Delaware's state capital. "We're not going to sit around and twiddle our thumbs this year," he said.

Three shot Sunday at scene of earlier fatal shooting — Three people were shot on Sunday outside the same house where 16-year-old Jordan Ellerbe was gunned down earlier in the weekend. Gunfire erupted on the 200 block of N. Broom St. around 1:30 p.m. Sunday striking two teenage boys and a person whose age has not been confirmed, according to Andrea Janvier, Wilmington police spokeswoman.

Delaware hotels filling for papal visit — Catholic pilgrims traveling to Philadelphia in September for Pope Francis' visit are booking blocks of rooms at northern Delaware hotels. "We're not sold out. Not yet," said Sarah Willoughby, executive director of the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau. "I do anticipate that we'll see heavy volumes."
Jan 25, 2015

RT @nannburke: Catholics traveling to Philly for Sept. papal visit booking room blocks at DE hotels #netDE #bizDE @DelawareTourism

Jan 25, 2015

Catholics traveling to Philly for Sept. papal visit booking room blocks at DE hotels #netDE #bizDE @DelawareTourism

Delaware braces for snowy punch on Monday — A brisk winter storm brought a heavy helping of rain mixed with some ice and snow Saturday morning while Delaware braces for what could be a more serious punch on Monday. Meteorologists for the National Weather Service say Delaware could see snowy conditions beginning Sunday night lasting into Tuesday.

Three more people shot on Broom St. in Wilmington — In one weekend, six people were shot and one person was killed in shootings in the 200 block of North Broom St. Three more people were shot Sunday afternoon. 1/25/15

Medicaid ‘efficiencies’ cause more pain — Delaware's 45 independent pharmacies, small medical practices and patients are struggling with the state's efforts to reform healthcare. In some cases, those changes are putting the businesses on the precipice of going out of business. Take pharmacist Sheila Tucker. She thought she had done everything right.
Jan 25, 2015

#Medicaid ‘efficiencies’ in #DE cause more pain to small medical practices, pharmacies and patients #healthDE…

Eagles’ options: Franchise QB or stalwart defense — The Super Bowl is always a good time to take stock at what is keeping the Eagles from becoming one of the last two teams standing. And from watching the last two teams standing this season, two glaring differences emerge - New England has one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history in Tom Brady, while Seattle has a dominating defense.
Jan 25, 2015

#SuperBowl teams have 2 things #Eagles don't (having 1 would do): franchise QB, strong defense via @delawareonline

In Wilmington, another teen gunned down as Friday's victim memorialized — Wilmington's violent weekend continued Saturday with another teenager shot. Around 8 p.m., an 18-year-old was found near the intersection of West 21st and North Washington streets suffering from at least one gunshot to the head, according to Andrea Janvier, Wilmington police spokeswoman. He was in critical condition.
Jan 25, 2015

Terrible weekend in Wilmington. Jordan Ellerbe, 16, shot and killed Friday. William Rollins Jr., 18, killed Saturday.

One teen killed, two injured in shootings in Wilmington — Two people were shot as gunfire erupted Friday night creating chaos around the residential Hilltop neighborhood of Wilmington. Devon Hynson, who lives nearby, said he came running out of his house after he heard seven shots fired. His son had just walked outside minutes before and he was concerned his son was caught in the crossfire.

DiVincenzo, Salesianum ease past St. Mark's — Salesianum knew St. Mark's wanted a low-scoring game. So that is exactly what the Sals gave the Spartans. Salesianum held St. Mark's to 21.9 percent shooting from the field, and Donte DiVincenzo scored 18 points as the Sals prevailed 36-27 on their home floor Friday night.

Talley family landmark threatened — When John Laursen was in the fifth grade at Alfred I. du Pont Elementary School north of Wilmington, he would visit a classmate who lived nearby in a historic house once belonging to the family that gave Talleyville its name. "It was an elegant, beautiful house," said Laursen, 57, of the former Talley homestead at 501 Mt.

Kowalko criticized for use of 'shylocks' toward Markell — Gov. Jack Markell's rabbi is criticizing Rep. John Kowalko for using an anti-Semitic remark in reference to Markell, the only sitting Jewish governor in the United States. Kowalko, a Newark Democrat, used the term "shylocks" toward Markell and top education officials during an outburst at a Christina school board meeting Tuesday.

Fire officials investigate arson at Wilmington business — The Wilmington Fire Marshal's Office is searching for the person who intentionally set fire to a clothing rack inside a store along North Market Street Friday afternoon. Firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm at a two story commercial building at 839 North Market Street.

Is this the leaked Firefly Music Festival line-up? — Morrissey, Snoop Dogg and Foster the People would join headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and Kings of Leon at the 2015 Firefly Music Festival if a rumored line-up making the rounds online Friday night turns out to be legit.

Dover's Madison Brengle into Round of 16 at Australian Open — For the first time in her professional tennis career, Dover native Madison Brengle has reached the Round of 16 in a grand slam event. Brengle defeated fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 18 minutes on Saturday at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Jan 24, 2015

Thank you to Gaby Brengle for taking some time to talk about her daughter's run in Melbourne.

Jan 24, 2015

Delaware in the house! Madison Brengle wins again at the Australian Open

Expect a snowy and rainy weekend — An approaching winter storm is expected to drop up to 2 inches of rain and snow in Delaware. What type of precipitation one sees, depends where in the state one is, weather officials said. "We're looking for 1 to 2 inches of snow and rain in Wilmington," said Paul Walker, an AccuWeather meteorologist.

Delaware-Delaware State football series to resume — Once they were impossible to get together on the football field. Now Delaware and Delaware State can't be kept apart. Their football series is coming back. Officials from the two state universities announced Friday that the Blue Hens and Hornets, who had not been scheduled to play beyond last season's sixth all-time meeting, will meet again on Sept.
Jan 23, 2015

Hens, Hornets will play football again in 2016. @bluehensforum @bluehensays @udbluehens @dsuathletics

Middletown teen leads by example — As the Middletown High boys basketball team headed to the locker room at halftime on Dec. 16, the Cavaliers' leading scorer was distracted. Andre Cunningham, playing in his first game as a senior, had scored six points at Concord High. But he had some place else to be.

Delaware Backstory: Historic art tiles enliven new DMV — Imagine going to the Division of Motor Vehicles and staying even a nanosecond longer than you have to. Crazy concept, right? But DMV's new center offers a surprising lure for just that. Sarah Alsop, 31, of Middletown, finished her business at the new DMV one recent afternoon, then stayed to enjoy its beautiful bit of Delaware history.
Jan 23, 2015

RT @rbrowndelaware: DELAWARE BACKSTORY: Historic art at DMV? Really! It's cool & totally about cars. #netDE #Delawa…