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Iconic former WESM radio host dead at 78

Aug 26, 2016

WESM-FM has lost one of its own. Marian C. Birkhead, long-time host of WESM-FM's immensely popular gospel music radio program 'Stairway To Heaven', passed peacefully with a family member at her side on Wednesday, August 24. She was 78.

Funeral arrangements are pending as of the date of this news post.

A native of Salisbury, Maryland, Birkhead was the daughter of the late John and Allie Birkhead and leaves behind two children. She graduated from Salisbury High School and studied at Bennett College in North Carolina.

UMES senior benefits from prestigious EPA fellowship for undergraduates

Aug 26, 2016
UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.–– UMES’ Ben Barnes spent this past summer as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research assistant tasked with helping search for ways to rid drinking water of lead and copper contaminants. 

The senior from Onancock, Va. worked at the EPA’s Water Supply and Water Resources Division in Cincinnatipart of a fellowship award that paid him for a 12-week summer internship as well as two years of undergraduate study. 

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — The C&O Canal National Historical Park is offering free mule-drawn boat rides to mark the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.

The park says in a statement that the canal boat rides at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center in Potomac are free on Thursday. The rides normally cost $5 to $8 per person.

Other centennial events Thursday in the Mid-Atlantic region include naturalization ceremonies at Fort McHenry in Baltimore and at the World War II Memorial in Washington.


KITTS HUMMOCK, Del. (AP) — State environmental officials are kicking off this year's edition of the annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup.

This year's cleanup, the 30th in the program, will be held Sept. 17 at 53 sites up and down the state.

Officials are encouraging volunteers to preregister to ensure that each site has enough gloves, trash bags and other supplies. Preregistration closes Monday, Sept. 5.

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — Prosecutors say the trials of two men accused of fatally stabbing a Baltimore stylist have been moved after new evidence indicates the crime took place in a different county.

Somerset County deputy state's attorney Wess Garner tells The Daily Times of Salisbury (http://delmarvane.ws/2bOJU7V ) on Wednesday that the trials of the men accused of killing 22-year-old Damon Jennings will take place in Baltimore County.

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Ah, 2012. You seem so long ago.

Back then, the economy was the star of the presidential election season, with more than 9 in 10 voters ranking it as Issue No. 1.

Voters worried about scarce jobs, expensive gasoline and a huge federal deficit.

Something curious is happening to North Korean officials abroad. A growing number of diplomats and other North Koreans working for the regime overseas are defecting from their posts.

At least, it certainly seems that way if you are following the South Korean media.

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Life, Death And Remembering Those Bright College Years

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Recently I attended my wife's 25th college reunion. Many aspects of the weekend were what you'd expect: reconnecting with her roommates and friends, catching up on their lives and careers, and (mild) revelry late into the night.

As a spouse tagging along, I was braced for a nightmare of never-ending tales of yesteryear in which I'd played no part (my wife and I met after college) and reprisals of long-ago inside jokes.


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