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Highlands Elementary to be named for civil rights, education champion

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Highlands Elementary School in Wilmington will officially be known as Joseph E. Johnson Jr. Elementary school after a Monday ceremony that will honor a Delaware barrier breaker, civil rights champion and superintendent. Johnson, a lifelong educator and Wilmington native, was a civil rights champion who made Delaware history in 1968 by becoming the state’s first Black principal of a …

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Newly opened Museum of Nature, Science to get $500,000 from county

Jarek Rutz Culture, Headlines

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reimagined Museum of Nature and Science, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer told the crowd that his administration is going to propose a $500,000 grant for the institution. “Everything we do in county government right now – similarly to what’s going on in the city of Wilmington – is about diversity, equity and inclusion,” …

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There aren’t as many Delawareans as the census counted

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

  The 2020 census counted 967,000 Delawareans, but a new followup analysis by the U.S. Bureau includes Delaware as one of 14 states with statistically significant miscounts, concluding there are really only maybe about 917,000 Delawareans. The bureau’s traditional followup involved a survey of 161,00 housing units and a lot of number crunching. And in Delaware’s case, adjusting the count …

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University of Delaware set to raise tuition 3% next year

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  The University of Delaware Trustees said Thursday they will raise tuition rates 3% across the board for the 2022-23.  Full-time undergraduate students in the 2022-23 year can expect a $13,370 per semester tuition if they are a Delaware resident, and $35,890 per semester if they live out of state . The committee also announced a projected surplus of approximately …

NoWeed

Marijuana legalization fails in Del. General Assembly — again

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware House of Representatives on Thursday voted down a bill to legalize, tax and regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana in the First State. The bill fell just one vote short. House Bill 372, sponsored by Rep. Ed Osienski, D-Newark, represents the second half of a two-pronged approach to marijuana legalization. The first half of the effort, HB …

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Clifford Brown Jazz Fest returns June 15-18 featuring Stanley Clarke

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  The 35th rendition of the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast returns to Wilmington June 15-18 with the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival featuring Stanley Clark among its line-up. New this year: The festival will be cohosted by Clifford Brown Jr. The festival is named for trumpeter and Wilmington native resident Clifford Brown, known as “Brownie.” He died …

Marijuana

House set to vote on weed farms, stores. Here’s what you need to know

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware House of Representatives on Thursday will vote on the second of two bills aimed at legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana. House Bill 372 (Part B), sponsored by Rep. Ed Osienski, D-Newark, creates the legal framework for cannabis to be grown and sold in Delaware.  Another bill, HB 371 (Part A), already passed in the House and Senate and …

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Tenant right to counsel bill defeated in committee

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

A bill to guarantee tenants the right to legal counsel in eviction proceedings failed in the House Appropriations Committee Thursday. Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 101, which will not advance to the House floor, would have: Created a right to legal representation for renters facing eviction whose household income is lower than 200% of federal poverty guidelines; Placed coordination …

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Delaware Tech softball headed back to national tournament

Nick Halliday Headlines, Sports

The Delaware Technical Community College softball team is making a return trip to the NJCAA Division II Softball National Tournament after winning the NJCAA Region 19 and NJCAA Northeast District championships on May 17 in Georgetown. “This feels great,” Head Coach Guy Wilkins said. “It’s the first time in a very long time that this program has won back-to-back district …

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School indoor air quality bill heads to Senate floor

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  While a bill to make schools check air quality annually and quickly fix any problems drew support Wednesday, several legislators questioned whether it would cost more than expected to fix problems. Ultimately, Senate Bill 270 passed and will be headed to the Senate floor.  SB  270 has been five years in the making, said sponsor Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Newark …