NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Police are trying to determine who vandalized a mosque and school in Newark.
Investigators believe it happened early Friday morning at the Islamic Society of Delaware's community center in Newark. Vandals tore down a fence and used rocks to damage a digital sign. Pieces of the fence were used to make a cross on the property.
Delaware State Police and the FBI are investigating the case.
On Monday, the group CAIR-Philadelphia will hold a news conference to respond to the vandalism.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Newark Mayor Vance Funk, who last week said he would step down at the end of the year because of stress caused by opponents of a new convenience store, now says he will leave his post next month.
Funk said Monday that he will end his term effective Sept. 30 to accommodate the process to select a new mayor.
He said it was not good for his health to attend many meetings between now and the end of the year.
The 70-year-old Funk was first elected mayor in 2004 and ran unopposed for his fourth 3-year term this year.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The mayor of Newark is resigning because of stress caused by opponents of a new Wawa convenience store.
Vance Funk said in a letter sent to the city secretary and the media Tuesday that "the anti-Wawa campaign and other issues in the city" have caused his blood pressure to spike. He says he wants to live to see his grandchildren grow up.
The 70-year-old Funk intends to step down at the end of the year. He was first elected mayor in 2004 and ran unopposed for his fourth 3-year term this year.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining officials with GE Aviation to tout the addition of about 70 jobs at the company's Newark plant.
GE Aviation says it plans to add 70 jobs at the Newark site.
Markell is scheduled to join officials Tuesday in announcing a $27 million investment to support increased production of ceramic matrix composites, lightweight materials that can withstand high temperatures.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware and the City of Newark are joining together to recycle furniture from students moving out of the school.
Students can start dropping off unwanted furnishings and home goods on Monday at the former Curtis Paper Mill site at 225 Paper Mill Road. Donations can include furniture, appliances, lamps, fans, clothing, televisions, bed frames and unopened toiletries.
The goods will be given free to local charities. Any items that remain after charities take their pick will be sold to the general public.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - With the approval of $1.1 million in state grants, GE Aviation says it plans to add dozens of jobs at its Newark plant.
The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the company, which has 88 permanent employees in Newark, plans to add 62 jobs by 2016. The state Council on Development Finance has approved $1.1 million in grants to renovate and expand the 110,000-square-foot facility.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say an employee at a 7-Eleven store in Newark has been shot and killed during an early morning robbery.
Police say two men wearing masks, one of whom was armed with a handgun, entered the store on Four Seasons Parkway about 12:40 a.m. Wednesday and demanded money from the employee. Authorities say the worker gave the men cash. As the men were leaving the store, police say one man fired at the worker, striking him in the upper body.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A new two-mile walking and biking trail that provides access to businesses, parks and transit in Newark is now open to the public.
The Pomeroy-Newark Rail Line passes through the downtown area, linking Main Street to White Clay Creek State Park. It also connects to the Newark Shopping Center and the University of Delaware's Laird campus.
The trail was 10 years in the making and was built with a $4.7 million federal grant and state funds. It opened on Monday.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials say a dead crow found in the Newark area has tested positive for the West Nile virus, the first reported case of the disease in the state this year.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the finding is not a cause for alarm because the mosquito-borne disease has been found in the state every year since 2001. But officials are warning residents to reduce their risk of mosquito infections by avoiding mosquito-infested areas, wearing protective clothing and using insect repellent.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Skateboarders in Newark will soon have dedicated spaces in the city to practice their tricks.
The city council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $160,000 project to build skateboarding spots at Norma B. Handloff Park and Phillips Park. The areas would be about the size of tennis courts, and Councilman David Athey says they will have rails and ramps for skateboarders to ride on.