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Mom's Arrest Underscores Ambiguity of Leaving Kids Alone

Children in this case were 8 and 9; mom left them for 45 minutes to pick up food

(Newser) - A Maryland mom who made a food run while vacationing in Rehoboth Beach, Del., probably wishes she had just microwaved some pizza bagels. Rehoboth Beach Police Lt. Jaime Riddle says 55-year-old Susan Terrillion was arrested Tuesday and charged with endangering the welfare of her 8-year-old and 9-year-old kids after she... More »

Woman Falls to Her Death From Zip Line

59-year-old fell about 40 feet

(Newser) - A 59-year-old woman who went to a Delaware zip line park for a "Treetop Adventure" experience instead fell to her death Wednesday, Delaware Online reports. The woman fell about 40 feet, and the news site says crew members and others at the scene were "visibly shaken" by what... More »

Delaware Family Poisoned on Vacation to Get $87M

Esmond family severely injured by Terminix's use of banned methyl bromide while on vacation

(Newser) - A Delaware family poisoned by a toxic pesticide during their 2015 Virgin Islands vacation will receive an $87 million settlement from the parent company of Terminix, which admitted using the banned chemical at the resort where they stayed, CBS News reports. Per the New York Daily News , a ServiceMaster Global... More »

Delaware Death Penalty Ruled Unconstitutional

Final decision in capital cases rested with judge, not jury

(Newser) - Delaware's death penalty law is unconstitutional in light of a US Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, the state's high court ruled Tuesday. In a 148-page opinion, a majority of Delaware Supreme Court justices said the state law violates the US Constitution because it allows a judge to... More »

America's 10 Most Violent States

Louisiana tops the list

(Newser) - Bad news, Louisiana. The state is the most violent in the country, according to a 24/7 Wall St. ranking, based on violent crimes, homicides, incarceration rates, the number of police officers per 100,000 residents, and estimated small-arms ownership. The top 10: More »

'Heartbreaking Nightmare' Lies Ahead at Pet Cemetery

SPCA gives pet owners 2 weeks to move them

(Newser) - More than 1,000 dead animals at a pet cemetery in Delaware will not be resting in peace. The Delaware SPCA is trying to sell a 21-acre facility in Stanton and plans to clear the onsite pet cemetery. The organization has told pet owners they have until the end of... More »

10 States With the Most Student Debt

Sorry, Delaware pupils

(Newser) - The average American college student owed $28,950 at graduation in 2014—but students in some states are even worse off. 24/7 Wall St. rounds up the top 10 states with the most student debt on average—based on 2014 numbers from the Institute for College Access and Success—noting... More »

Only One Girl Hit Teen Who Died in School Bathroom

16-year-old charged with criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - A pre-existing heart condition combined with a "physical assault" killed 16-year-old Delaware high school student Amy Inita Joyner-Francis , according to an autopsy, leading police to press charges. Authorities say Trinity Carr, 16, repeatedly punched Amy in the head and chest in a bathroom at Howard High School of Technology... More »

Girl Killed in School Bathroom 'Didn't Believe in Fighting'

Friends dispute rumors the fight that killed Amy Inita Joyner-Francis was over a boy

(Newser) - Delaware high school student Amy Inita Joyner-Francis "didn't believe in fighting," says fellow student Nik Stryminski. "And the craziest thing is she died in a fight." Stryminski tells the News Journal that the 16-year-old—who died after a violent attack in a bathroom at Howard... More »

Cops: Teen Girl Killed in High School Bathroom

Police say she was attacked by multiple students

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl is dead following a fight in a restroom Thursday morning at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware, NBC Philadelphia reports. According to the News Journal , multiple students are being investigated as persons of interest in the attack, and two girls have been taken to police... More »

Expert 'Completely Baffled' by Bald Eagle Deaths

18 found dead in Delaware, Maryland since February

(Newser) - Is somebody deliberately poisoning bald eagles in the mid-Atlantic states? Experts are still trying to find out what happened last month in Maryland, where 13 of the birds were f ound dead last month , and in Delaware, where five more were found dead last weekend. Mike Parr, vice president of... More »

School Accidentally Emails 'Whiners' Form to Parents

Snarky 'Hurt Feelings Report' blasted out by mistake

(Newser) - File under really bad email blunders: A staff member at Wilmington, Delaware's Lombardy Elementary School blasted out an event email that included the wrong attachment—a blank "Hurt Feelings Report," the News Journal reports. Set up to resemble a bullying complaint form, the snarky document's "... More »

Razor Wars Get Hairy: Gillette Sues Dollar Shave Club

Gillette accuses online service of patent infringement

(Newser) - For nearly 120 years , Gillette has comfortably assumed dominance in the US shaving market. But now it's taking on an online upstart in the courts: The company filed a suit Thursday against Dollar Shave Club, trying to stop the subscription service from selling razors Gillette says infringe on a... More »

Delaware Gives Beau Biden a Final Salute

National Guard names its headquarters for VP's late son

(Newser) - Delaware will name its National Guard headquarters in New Castle for Beau Biden. Gov. Jack Markell announced the honor Tuesday for the former attorney general and Army National Guard major who died of brain cancer in May. A ceremony will be held in the spring to unveil signs for the... More »

Underground Railroad Conductor Finally Gets His Pardon

2 people say Delaware governor will pardon Samuel Burris

(Newser) - Not even the threat of being sold into slavery could stop Samuel Burris, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, from helping slaves to freedom in the 19th century. A free black man, Burris was caught helping a slave try to escape from Delaware in 1847. After Burris was tried and... More »

Delaware Cops Fatally Shoot Man in Wheelchair

Family says it was unjustified; police say he was armed

(Newser) - Angry relatives are calling it an "execution." Jeremy McDole, a 28-year-old man paralyzed from the waist down, was shot dead in his wheelchair on a street in Wilmington, Del., the News Journal reports. Police say they received a 911 call Wednesday afternoon about a man who had shot... More »

Desperate Burglar Stuck in Elevator Calls 911: Cops

But not before he got to joyride on a middle-school buffing machine, police say

(Newser) - Thousands of students are entering middle school this week, but one teen apparently entered a Delaware middle school a little too soon, and illegally, the AP reports. Cops say Michael Claude, 19, broke into Laurel Middle School yesterday and told them he took a Labor Day joyride through the halls... More »

Ex-NFL Cheerleader to Spend Weekends in Jail for Rape

Molly Shattuck will spend alternating weekends behind bars

(Newser) - Two months after pleading guilty to the rape of a 15-year-old boy , former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was today sentenced to 48 weekends in jail—to be served on alternating weekends over two years beginning the first weekend in September, report NBC News and the Baltimore Sun . A Delaware... More »

Video: White Delaware Cop Kicks Black Suspect in Face

Newly released footage shows August 2013 incident near Dover gas station

(Newser) - "Oh my God. That's bad. That's messed up." That was the reaction of one Delaware viewer interviewed by the News Journal to a video released yesterday showing a white Dover Police Department officer kicking a black suspect in the head during an August 2013 incident, the... More »

Teens Poisoned by Pesticides at Resort Still Critical

Esmond family fell ill after banned methyl bromide used at Virgin Islands resort

(Newser) - Six weeks ago, the Esmond family's Virgin Islands vacation went horribly wrong when they were exposed to a potentially lethal pesticide at their St. John resort—and they're still recuperating, per a family statement, ABC News reports. The statement notes that teen boys Sean and Ryan Esmond are... More »

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