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Evolution of the Mission (an essay)

Sep 13, 2017

When the Civil War ended in 1865, Negroes recognized education was the path to providing for one’s family and to bettering one’s condition in society. Despite newfound freedoms, former slaves and freedmen had few options to pursue elementary, much less higher education. Access to formal education was an exceptionally rare in rural communities. In small towns, Negro education fell to the church, where students learned their earliest lessons from local clergy.

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Delaware City, DE (AP) – A federally-funded flood wall in Delaware City is ready, just in time for hurricane season.
The removable structure wa built along Canal Street last year and and tested in the spring.
Delaware City sits at the intersection of the Delaware River and C&D Canal. The town began planning flood mitigation plans in 2000.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency contributed $585,000 for the wall.
town manager Paul Morrill says emergency crews are able to erect the convertible wall in about an hour.

Alexandria, VA (AP) – The Virginia Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions of a former couple sentenced to more than two years in prison for supplying alcohol to teenagers at their son's 16th birthday party.
In the 2 to 1 decision, the judges dismissed George and Elisa Robinson's argument that police conducted an illegal search of their August 2002 party.

Trappe, MD (AP) – A state trooper is OK after a Tuesday morning scuffle with a suspected drunken driver overnight on the Mid-Shore.
Police say it happened about 1 am near Trappe, when Trooper Scott Moore spotted a car that appeared to be parked in the travel lanes of Route 50.
Moore followed the car into a convenience store parking lot and began to arrest the driver, 24-year-old Ryan Michael of East New Market. But that's when police say Michael began to struggle and struck the trooper.

RICHMOND, VA (AP) – Just five months into his job as Richmond Mayor, Douglas Wilder is expected to get a 20 percent pay raise.
The former Virginia governor's salary would increase by $25,000 to $150,000 a year.
The City Council added the raise to a list of their amendments to Wilder's budget, expected to be adopted Monday. Wilder did not ask for the raise in the budget he submitted to council and said he had not discussed it with council members.

Newark, DE (AP) – A restaurant near the University of Delaware is testing technology to better detect fake IDs.
It could be an added protection against underage drinking.
Shaggy's on Main Street in Newark is the first Delaware business to use the electronic verification system. Each customer's ID is swiped through a machine to verify that the ID is legitimate. Then a printer generates a color-coded wristeband imprinted with the date and the customer's information.

PALMER PARK, MD (AP) – Prince George's County Police are identifying another suspect wanted for a recent homicide.
Police say 24-year-old Terrell Bush of Laurel is wanted in the shooting death of a Landover Hills man on April 30. Police say a warrant has been issued for Bush's arrest.
Thirty-five-year-old Charles Craig was gunned down on Laurel-Bowie Road in Laurel.
Police have also identified four other suspects wanted for murders committed in the past few months. One of them --Kevin Jackson--was arrested Monday after he turned himself in.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nearly four years after the 9/11 attacks, Reagan National remains off-limits to private planes.

The fear now is that after those pilots wandered in the no-fly zone--triggering panic at the Capital and the White House--things won't change anytime soon.

Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran is among the lawmakers who have been pushing to bring small planes back to the airport in Arlington. And he believes after three years of lobbying, supporters were as close as they had ever been--possibly just three months away from ending the ban.

NEWARK, DE (AP) – The University of Delaware's president is praising the university community for pulling together to cope with the murder this month of a 20-year-old student.

Linsdsey Bonistall of White Plains, NY, was strangled May 1. Her body was discoverd at her apartment under debris from a deliberately set fire.

In an e-mail message today, UD President David Roselle announced a new $50,000 scholarship fund in Bonistall's memory

Roselle also reminds students to take safety precautions and use the counseling services available to them.

ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – An Anne Arundel County jury Thursday acquitted a Pasadena teen of manslaughter in the beating death of 17-year-old Jamahl Jones.

The jury found Jacob Fortney not guilty on all counts after deliberating for approximately 3 hours.

Fortney hugged his friends and family and some friends cheered, but defense attorneys told them to tone it down because a young man had still died. Fortney declined to comment on his way out of the courthouse.

Frederick,, MD (AP) – Maryland State Police say a small plane that entered restricted airspace over the U.S. Capitol and White House Wednesday has landed at Frederick Municipal Airport in western Maryland.
Sgt. William Elliott said the 1977 single engine Cessna set down shortly after 12:30pm.
Police say the plane has been impounded and the pilot is being detained for questioning.
A small plane breached the security zone over Washington earlier Wednesday setting off security alerts across the city.

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