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Vet gets a new home for Christmas — Not many people can say they've come face to flipper with a 6-foot emperor penguin. Or narrowly dodged leopard seals. But 76-year-old Wilbert Bentley can. "And they believe in eating," Bentley said of the seals with a laugh. When Bentley enlisted in the U.S.
Dec 25, 2014

Foster homes for veterans b/c"It's a lot going on in this world against the vets. It's a shame."… by @jenrini

Cox's Pro Bowl snub surprises his mates — Five of the six defensive ends selected have at least 10 sacks. Cox has four. Fletcher Cox's omission from the Pro Bowl caught both him and Eagles coach Chip Kelly by surprise. Kelly said Cox has been the team's "top player" on defense.
Dec 25, 2014

#Eagles notes: Fletcher Cox's Pro Bowl snub surprises team; Chip likes Beckham; more. via @delawareonline

Father donates kidney to save daughter — Spunky 19-month-old Susan "Piper" Lee's parents, Erin and Chris, weren't out with the masses shopping for last-minute gifts or prepping for a slew of family events. Chris spent most of last Tuesday at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children on an operating table, to give Piper the gift she never knew she wanted or needed.

Falling oil prices good for highway fund — Consumers aren't the only ones enjoying the tumbling gas prices: Delaware's fund for bridge and highway work has seen more green since October, thanks to more motorists on the roads.
Dec 24, 2014

Falling oil prices good for Delaware highway fund: #politicsDE #netDE @delawareDOT

Our Best Photos of 2014 — Appoquiminik drummer Kara Green is silhouetted against lights from the athletic fields as members of the Appoquinimink and Middletown High School bands prepare for a joint appearance in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at Appoquinimink High School.

Panel: Allow undocumented immigrants to drive — Delaware should allow undocumented immigrants to lawfully drive on Delaware roads, a panel headed by two Democratic state lawmakers has told the General Assembly. The panel, led by Sen. Bryan Townsend of Newark and Rep. Helene Keeley of Wilmington, recommended that lawmakers adopt a system to provide "driving-privilege cards" to qualified undocumented immigrants.
Dec 24, 2014

State panel: Allow undocumented immigrants to drive on Delaware roads: #trafficDE #netDE @jwstarkey

Foles mending, but not Eagles QB maladies — The question about the Eagles' quarterback for the future is already coming up because the Eagles are about to play a final, meaningless game and Nick Foles will have missed the final eight games with a cracked collarbone.

Wanted Millsboro man sought — An 18-year-old Millsboro man is being sought in a burglary and theft earlier this month, police said Wednesday. State police are reaching out to the public to help locate him. Will B. Showard is wanted for breaking into two shed Dec.

15-year-old arrested in gunpoint robbery — Wilmington detectives arrested a 15-year-old city boy Wednesday in connection with an armed street robbery last month, police said. The incident occurred Nov. 21 in the 3700 block of N. Tatnall St. where the juvenile pulled a gun on another juvenile and robbed him of his property, said Sgt. Andrea Janvier.

Woman stole money from couple’s estate — The caretaker of an elderly Milton couple was arrested Tuesday for defrauding their estate out of more than $466,000 over a 9-month period, police said Wednesday. Dawn Greene, 45, of Georgetown, was charged with two counts of exploiting resources greater than $50,000 of an infirmed adult, two counts of theft where property value in $100,000 or more and conspiracy, said Master Cpl.

Training with Delaware’s dogs in blue — Outside the Delaware State Police Headquarters in Dover in a fenced-in obstacle course, five officers are bundled up for the night's lesson: a 12-hour K-9 class in tracking. The wind whips through the campus as they begin. The officers take turns going through the course with their canine partners.

Penn Cinemas will show "The Interview" Christmas Day — Following Sony Pictures Entertainment's Tuesday announcement that "The Interview" will be in select theaters beginning Christmas Day, Wilmington's Penn Cinemas Riverfront has agreed to screen the film. Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said Tuesday afternoon that Seth Rogen's North Korea farce "will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day."

Kelce leads 5 Eagle named to Pro Bowl — Perhaps a week ago, before the Eagles were eliminated from the playoffs, the Pro Bowl announcement would have been met with more jubilation. As it was, the five Eagles named to the Pro Bowl were excited to go, but lamented the fact that the season will end after their game Sunday against the Giants.
Dec 23, 2014

Kelce leads 5 #Eagles named to #ProBowl; F. Cox, Maclin, Parkey among 5 alternates. via @delawareonline

Double slaying remains unsolved — It's been 10 years since that Dec. 26 night when 22-year-old Jessica Watson and co-worker Matthew Macerato, 18, were shot to death execution-style in the basement of the Casual Male Big & Tall store at the close of their shift. A decade...and still this high-profile double homicide case remains unsolved.

Santa's Mailbox a Fairfax tradition for 60 plus years — A kid-size red-and-white mailbox in Delaware has had a direct line to Santa Claus for more than 60 years. Santa's Mailbox, a hand-painted, vintage depository of Christmas hopes, wishes and dreams, has been parked outside Fairfax Hardware every December since the Fairfax Shopping Center opened in the 1950s.

Newark artists collective opens in February — Even if you're all shopped out, put this tidbit in your back pocket: A new artists collective is set to open in Newark in February, showcasing the talents of more than a dozen artists from the tri-state area. Glass blower Patrick "Gaston" Sweeney, 26, of Newark plans to call his 900-square-feet store Outlaw Oddities.

DuPont's local changes reflect global shift, ambitions — Sometime next year, the DuPont Co will, in spirit, haul down company flags at the Edge Moor and Chambers Works, New Jersey, plants along the Delaware River and run up the banner of newly formed Chemours Co. It will be a watershed moment for both sites, and the latest in a centuries-long list of big-course changes for DuPont.

Newark man charged with 2012 death of child — Wilmington drug officers along with members of the U.S. Marshal's Office Fugitive Task Force arrested a 26-year-old Newark man Monday in the death of a 4-year-old child four years ago, police said Tuesday. Tommy Foster, 26, who was sought on outstanding warrants, was charged with homicide by abuse or neglect in a 2012 case involving the death of a 4-year-old child, said Sgt.

No decision on Fletcher's status till end of the week — Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said the decision on whether Bradley Fletcher will continue to start at cornerback will be made "at the end of the week." Fletcher was benched in the fourth quarter against Washington on Saturday. Davis said the candidates to start are Fletcher, Nolan Carroll and Brandon Boykin, who would move to the outside from his nickel corner spot.
Dec 23, 2014

No decision on Bradley Fletcher till week's end; #Eagles DC: "separation in talent" keeps Marcus Smith on bench.