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Jonathan Papelbon: I’d miss playing in Philly — Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon tossed a clean ninth inning in Philadelphia's 2-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday to earn his 24th save of the season. It was also the 310th save of his career, tying Hall of Famer Goose Gossage for 21st place on the all-time list.

Rally in Wilmington protests violence in Gaza — More than 100 people turned out Thursday carrying signs and chanting at a noontime rally to protest the on-going violence in Gaza. Organized by the Students for Justice in Palestine branch at the University of Delaware, the protest was held between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in front of U.S.

Animals of the Delaware State Fair — A highlight of the annual Delaware State Fair is the animals. (7/24/14)
Jul 24, 2014

The animals are my absolute favorite part of the @DelStateFair. Here's a little video roundup of the cuties:

Cole Hamels, Phillies avoid sweep by Giants — Cole Hamels turned sharply back to the plate, confused, and threw his arms out to his sides, his hands begging the umpire for an explanation that never came. Buster Posey, facing a full count, had been granted first base on what appeared a third strike. But no matter.

US Marshals arrest Wilmington man

Del. Supreme Court upholds death sentence for James Cooke — In a unanimous decision Thursday, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the conviction and death sentence against James E. Cooke for the May 2005 rape and murder of University of Delaware sophomore Lindsey Bonistall.
Jul 24, 2014

BREAKING De Supreme Court has upheld #deathpenalty for James Cooke in slaying of Linsdey #Bonistall #netde #courtsde

Jul 24, 2014

The Delaware Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death penalty against James Cooke for teh 2005 slaying...

Two face charges after high-speed chase — Two men were arrested Tuesday night when officers from the Dover drug unit, along with state police, tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation and a pursuit ensued, police said Thursday. The incident occurred about 7:25 p.m. at U.S. 13 and East Water Street near the Capital Green community, said Cpl.

Two sought in Dover stabbing — Two men are being sought in the attempted murder of a 20-year-old Dover man who was stabbed repeatedly Wednesday afternoon during a large fight, police said today. Warrants have been issued for the arrests of Shaquille Bolden, 19, of the 400 block of N.

Brandywine Hundred store clerk, 81, robbed — A 81-year-old woman was robbed Wednesday night while working in a Brandywine Hundred gift shop, police said. State police are investigating. The incident occurred about 8:35 p.m. when a man walked into the Friendly's Gift Shop at 1812 Marsh Road in the Branmar Plaza, grabbed the 81-year-old sales clerk by the arm and demanded money, said Sgt.

Two confirmed deaths after possible tornado at Va. Shore campground — A tornado touched down in Northampton County, Virginia Thursday morning, causing multiple traumatic injuries in some areas Virginia State Police has confirmed two deaths and at least 20 injured in the severe storm that swept through the Cherrystone Campground in Cheriton on Thursday morning.
Jul 24, 2014

Del. official's wife hurt in Va. tornado where 2 died, 36 injured via @delawareonline

Rep. Potter questions electric use at charity event — A state representative, whose wife was fired as a top aide to Wilmington's mayor, is questioning how electric power was provided to a non-sanctioned charity event at a city park where a number of shots were fired Sunday.
Jul 24, 2014

State Rep. Potter asking Wilm why city power was provided to a non-permitted event that ended Sunday w/ shots fired

Wilmington maps out vision for growth — Wilmington has to shed perceptions that crime is rampant on all city blocks and public schools are bad if officials want to attract more residents and businesses. ¶ Consultants hired to develop Mayor Dennis P. Williams' economic development plan presented those problems as some of the biggest challenges to growth during a meeting at Theater N Wednesday.
Jul 24, 2014

Wilmington officials are looking for ways to shed city's rough reputation. @YannRanaivo explains via @delawareonline

US agency’s Salem fish-kill study condemned — Riverkeeper says fishery unit omitted fish, turtle entrapments from a Salem complex study A regional conservation leader accused federal officials Wednesday of "dereliction," after a fisheries agency omitted recent fish and turtle entrapments from a key endangered species report on the Salem/Hope Creek nuclear plant.