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PRINCESS ANNE, MD – Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, will deliver the commencement address at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

Willards, MD – The family of a Willards, Maryland Marine says he was killed Thursday near Fallujah, Iraq. Twenty six year old Robert "Bobby" Guy died after being shot in the head, his mother, Anny Guy, told the Salisbury Daily Times. She says that her son was proud to be a Marine and wanted to be in Iraq. At the local fire hall in Willards, just around the corner from Guy's house, a sign read: "God Bless our hero Bobby Guy." Over the weekend, Guy's family and friends remembered Guy as a goodhearted man who loved jokes and who worked for more than a year to become a Marine.

Salisbury, MD – It's been nearly three weeks since a shooting rampage that straddled two states, killing two people and wounding four. One victim, 33 year old Carla Green of Salisbury is still in intensive care. Green was driving in the Miami Avenue neighborhood when she was shot five times. Green is at Peninsula Regional Medical Center and still has three bullets lodged in her body. Her relatives say she is paralyzed and has a collapsed lung.

Richmond, VA – Environmentalists don't like it, but Virginia is hoping an exchange program will help reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. The state is planning to allow sewage plants and industrial sources to buy, sell and trade water pollution credits in a program that will take effect January 1st. The experimental program is one of several initiatives that was signed into law last month to combat the flow of excessive nutrients polluting the bay. The damaging nutrients come from storm runoff carrying fertilizer and animal waste.

Salisbury, MD – A man accused of killing two people on a random shooting spree in Delaware and Maryland was wanted at the time on charges related to another shooting incident last year. Allison Norman, 22, of Seaford, Delaware was arrested yesterday morning after a string of shootings. Two people were killed and four others were wounded, on critically. Just a day earlier, a warrant was issued for Norman's arrest after he failed to appeal in Wicomico County Circuit Court.

Salisbury, MD – Absentee ballots will be counted today in two close races for Salisbury City Council. In District One, challenger "Shanie" Shields leads incumbent Lavonzella Siggers by six votes with 11 absentee ballots yet to be counted. In District Two, challenger Deborah Campbell leads incumbent Michael Day by 25 votes with 145 absentee ballots yet to be counted. Meanwhile, Mayor Barrie Tilghman breezed to a third term, defeating challenger Donald Long. And voters narrowly favored eliminating primary elections for city offices.

Bivalve, NJ – Delaware Bay oysters could drop in numbers again. That's in a new report by Rutgers University marine scientists. It says oysters larvae aren't growing on the bottom of the bay in high enough numbers to replace the oysters that are harvested or eaten by predators. Scientists say they could force the closing of oyster beds if the problem isn't solved. And that could threaten a fishery that's been producing oysters for more than 200 years. The numbers illustrate the effect of the mysterious scourge. Last year there were 68,000 bushels of oysters harvested from the bay.

Bivalve, NJ – Delaware Bay oysters could drop in numbers again. That's in a new report by Rutgers University marine scientists. It says oysters larvae aren't growing on the bottom of the bay in high enough numbers to replace the oysters that are harvested or eaten by predators. Scientists say they could force the closing of oyster beds if the problem isn't solved. And that could threaten a fishery that's been producing oysters for more than 200 years. The numbers illustrate the effect of the mysterious scourge. Last year there were 68,000 bushels of oysters harvested from the bay.

Baltimore, MD – A Baltimore native is playing a key role managing affairs at The Vatican until a new pope is chosen. Cardinal Francis Stafford is a former auxilary bishop of Baltimore and serves now as bishop to the Vatican tribunal that deals with excommunications. He is one of the highest-ranking Vatican administrators and one of the eleven American Cardinals with a vote at the conclave that will choose John Paul's successor. Staffor received his degree from Loyola College and Saint Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained in Rome in 1957.

Wilmington, DE – Conectiv is on its way out-- the name, not the company. Even though it's now owned by Washington-based Pepco, the utility wants to show that it's serious about its local ties. It will revive the name Delmarva Power for customers on Delmarva. Corporate communications director Tim Brown says customers can expect a notice about the name change in their next bill. The Conective name is expected to be gone from bills, signs, and letterhead by the end of the year. The Conective name was created in 1998 with the merger of Delmarva Power and Light and Atlantic Energy.

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