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    Pancakes & Progress takes deep dive into pandemic, education, technology

    Delaware schools are still struggling with the aftereffects of Covid-19 but are now armed with technology that had been years away prior to the pandemic. That was the  key message coming out of the second Pancakes & Progress breakfast event on the state of education in Delaware. The panelists were: Dr. Vilicia Cade– superintendent Capital School District Dr. Cora  Scott -...

    Incyte plans to acquire early-stage company focused on vitiligo skin disease

    Incyte entered into an agreement to acquire Villaris Therapeutics  a start-up focused on the development of novel antibody therapeutics for the skin disease vitiligo. The disease leads to the loss of skin pigment. Incyte is based just outside Wilmington. Villaris is located in Cary, NC. Its lead asset, auremolimab  an anti-IL-15Rβ monoclonal antibody is expected to enter clinical development in 2023. Under the...

    My take: Gas mowers and the rebranded Dover casino

    Last week's column in this space on efforts by Lewes and Rehoboth  to deal with pollution and noise from outdoor power equipment  led one reader to question figures that were cited in this  linked column. The op-ed  from an official in South Portland, Maine cited Environmental Protection Agency figures that looked suspicious when the reader did the math. The column  from...

    Top trending: Rain from Ian remnants expected to stick around into Wednesday

    The remnants of Hurricane Ian are expected to hang around into Wednesday The National Weather Service revised a forecast on Monday that calls for more rain and coastal flooding into mid-week. In Delaware, coastal flooding will remain a problem with rainfall amounts higher than was initially  forecast. Street flooding was reported in  Coastal Sussex County   Minor to moderate coastal flooding is expected,...

    Plasma company that pays donors opens in Wilmington

    ImmunoTek Plasma opened is 70th location late last month on Wilmington's east side. The new center is the company's first location in Delaware. ImmunoTek operates centers in 13 other states. ImmunoTek compensates plasma donors. Rates are not listed on the company's website. Nationwide, rates can  range from $50 to $75 per visit. Payment is made via  debit card. Those eligible are between the...

    State seeks Superfund status for Basin Road site

    An area around New Castle County Airport has been proposed as a Superfund site. The East Basin Road Groundwater Site consists of  groundwater plumes that affect 11 public wells owned by the Artesian and New Castle water utilities. . The wells serve approximately 209,000 people and are located within the 5,000-acre asite.  The site has been proposed for inclusion on the   Environmental...

    Flight school to open center at Delaware Coastal Airport

    Ocean Aviation Flight Academy announced  is expanding to Delaware. Ocean Aviation is scheduled to open a new flight training facility at Delaware Coastal Airport near Georgetown on October 1. “This has been a work in progress over the last five months,” said Michael Freed, Ocean Aviation founder and president. “The expansion allows us to better serve new and existing students in...

    Corteva denies allegations in marketing suit filed by states and Federal Trade Commission

    Corteva Agriscience is denying claims in an action filed by the Federal Trade Commission and 10 state attorneys general over marketing practices for its herbicides. Corteva has administrative offices near Wilmington following a decision to move its headquarters to Indianapolis. The company issued the following:  "Corteva believes there is no basis for the complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  and...

    Ex- state trooper pleads guilty to charge related to theft from reshipping company

    Former Delaware State trooper Jamal Merrell, 32, of Newark, pled guilty in federal court Thursday  after an FBI investigation linked him to items stolen from an international reshipping company. Merrell pleaded guilty to Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law and faces a maximum penalty of one  year in prison when sentenced early next year. “Every Trooper within the Delaware State...

    Delaware-based Caesar Rodney Institute spearheads challenge to Virginia offshore wind project

    The Glasgow-based Caesar Rodney Institute has widened  its effort to halt or delay  offshore wind projects by spearheading a legal challenge to a development off the coast of Virginia. The American Coalition for Ocean Protection (ACOP) has partnered with the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow and the Heartland Institute to retain legal representation in preparing public comments for the Coastal Virginia...

    Parents not behind on child support payments to be notified that business, occupational licenses are no longer suspended

    A listening session held by the Division of Child Support Services led to more than 1,000 non-custodial parents being notified that the suspension of their Delaware business and occupational  licenses has been lifted. The division learned from a group of parents that although they were now in compliance with their child support obligation, they had never received information on getting...

    Bancorp gets OK for national charter, discloses headquarters move to Sioux Falls

    Company will retain Wilmington workforce The Bancorp, Inc. has completed the charter conversion process for its bank unit with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The bank changed over from its Delaware charter and now operates as a national bank. A regulatory filing states that the bank will maintain a branch office in the Wilmington area, while moving its headquarters...

    State issues cease and desist order against cryptocurrency ‘pig butchering’ operations

    The Delaware Department of Justice’s Investor Protection Unit has issued a Summary Order to Cease and Desist against 23 entities and individuals involved in an cryptocurrency schemes  known as “pig butchering. In what the Attorney General's office called a  "twist on the typical romance scam, victims of pig butchering scams are groomed over time to make investments using cryptocurrency, only...

    Ocean View woman found guilty of embezzling $1.1 million from elderly owner of Bethany interior design firm

    Joan Donald, 55, of Ocean View, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison on federal wire fraud and tax evasion charges. According to documents and statements made in open court, Donald worked as an administrative assistant and "quasi-bookkeeper "for Dovetail, Inc.,an interior design and construction business in Bethany Beach. Donald took  funds from Dovetail and its owner by paying herself...

    Keeping Indian River power plant open leads to higher bills for Milford electric utility customers

    Thanks in large part to the cost of keeping the coal-fired NRG Indian River Power plant open, the city of Milford  is raising  electric rates. The rate hike will impact all electric customers and will result in a 6.2% increase in electric bills for the average household and small business accounts in Milford. This power cost increase is  largely due to...

    Off price clothing store coming to Elkton

    An off-price regional clothing retailer is preparing to open a store in Elkton, MD Label Shopper is advertising for jobs at a location that, according to  Cecil Daily, (subscription) will open in a section of the former Peebles store in Big Elk Mall early next month. A portion of the former department store is already occupied by Harbor Freight. Label Shopper, as...

    Kowalko, Diller group files suit in effort to halt state retiree Medicare Advantage plan

    RISE Delaware filed a lawsuit in Superior Court to stop the conversion of a portion of  their insurance through a  Medicare Advantage plan. “The fact that retirees were neither aware of these changes to their benefits nor invited to participate in crafting this mandate is especially alarming when the facts support the reality that their Traditional Medicare plans will be...

    Dover man gets 6 months in federal prison for impersonating a U.S. Marshal

    A Dover man was sentenced to six months in federal prison for impersonating a federal officer. According to court documents, David Perrera, 50, called a sheriff’s Office in Tennessee from Delaware pretending to be a member of the U.S. Marshals Service.  Perrera used this false identity to obtain personal information about another person, including that person’s address and...

    As offshore wind advances, an implosion fate awaits South Jersey power plant’s cooling tower

    The cooling tower at the former B.L. England Power Station in Cape May County  will come down in an implosion slated for  Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Delmarva Power sister company Atlantic City Electric several years ago  sold  the coal and fuel oil-powered generating plant to a non-utility  operator.  Beasley's Point Development Group gave the go-ahead for asbestos removal and demolition work...