The Two-Way
10:54 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Pakistani Madrassa Names Its Library For Osama Bin Laden

Osama bin Laden is referred to as a shaheed, or martyr, on a sign outside the library at a girls' school in Islamabad.
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A sign now outside the small library at a religious school for girls in Pakistan's capital says the room has been named for a martyr — Osama bin Laden, whose al-Qaida terrorist network was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 people in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

"For us he was a hero of Islam," a school spokesman tells Agence France-Presse.

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Local News
10:52 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Sulfur Dioxide Emissions at Delaware Refinery

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Delaware environmental officials say nearly 200 pounds of sulfur dioxide has been released into the air at the Delaware City Refinery.

WDEL-AM reports that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said Thursday that the release was tied to a flaring incident caused by a mechanical malfunction.

The agency says 195 pounds of sulfur dioxide, a chemical compound the Environmental Protection Agency considers hazardous, was released into the air.

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Local News
10:41 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Oxford-Bellevue Ferry Up And Running

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OXFORD, Md. (AP) - The ferry between Oxford and Bellevue will begin operating again this year in time for the Easter weekend.

The Easton Star Democrat reports the nation's oldest privately operated ferry service will start its 2014 season on Friday. The ferry was founded in 1683 and will commemorate its 331st birthday in November. It crosses an inlet on the Chesapeake Bay near Easton.

Captains Tom and Judy Bixler of Oxford have owned the ferry for the past 13 years. The crew is mostly made up of students and retirees.

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Code Switch
10:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Baseball's Demographic Shifts Bring Cultural Complexities

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Cuban player Yasiel Puig has often been criticized for lacking discipline and for his "energetic" approach to the game. His fascinating journey to the U.S. was recently chronicled by LA Magazine and ESPN.
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Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 1:32 pm

This week, baseball fans celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, 67 years after Robinson became the first black player to participate in a Major League Baseball game. Coincidentally (or not), the racial, ethnic and cultural dynamics of the sport today are the topics of much discussion in this week's news.

Decline In Percentage Of Black Players

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Local News
10:27 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Kite Flying Festival Begins at Cape Henlopen State Park

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CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - The start of Easter weekend means it's time for the annual high-flying Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The 46th edition of the annual Good Friday event is free and open to the public, but normal park entrance fees apply. The competition includes various age categories and both homemade and manufactured kites. No advance registration is required, and entrants can buy kites on site if they haven't brought their own.

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Environment
10:22 am
Fri April 18, 2014

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Robin chats with the  students of Parkside High's Robotics Team 3389.

This is also the final day of our spring membership drive. Call 410-543-6895 or click the red "Support this station" button at the top of this page to help. Thanks!

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Local News
10:18 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Four New Charter Schools Approved by Delaware Officials

Education Secretary Mark Murphy
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The Delaware Secretary Mark Murphy and the state Board of Education has given approval to four new charter schools while rejecting one application.

These included Freire Charter School, Delaware STEM Academy, Great Oaks Charter School and the Mapleton Charter School at Whitehall.

The four new schools are located in Wilmington, Southern New Castle County and Appoquinimink.

Three are expected to open in Fall 2015, while Whitehall is set to open in 2016.

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Local News
10:02 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Watch Out for Invasive Species

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Agriculture is urging residents to help reduce the spread of invasive species that pose a threat to agricultural and natural resources.

The agency says April is Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month.

The department says invasive pests often arrive on cargo ships or with people returning from foreign travel. But once here, they can spread due to people's carelessness.

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The Two-Way
9:34 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine

A masked pro-Russia gunman looks through a window of a regional administration building seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Sergei Grits AP

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 10:49 am

"Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding," Reuters reports.

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The Two-Way
8:56 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12

The sun shines on the peak of Mount Everest in this October 2011 photo. On Friday, an avalanche killed at least 12 Sherpas on the mountain.
Kevin Frayer AP

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:58 pm

At least 12 Sherpa guides died Friday on Nepal's side of Mount Everest when an avalanche buried them on the world's tallest mountain.

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