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Special Olympics Delaware athletes take home 11 medals from World Games

Delaware sent four to the Special Olympics World Games this summer together who won four gold medals, six silvers and a bronze. Bowler Danny Yonker from Milford won a gold medal and Forrie Brown from Wilmington placed fourth in the singles event. They each won silver medals in the four-man teams and doubles events. Swimmer Robin Long from Newark took home three gold medals and a fourth-place ribbon. Her teammate Ginger Shaud from Rehoboth Beach won two silver medals, a bronze and a fourth-place ribbon.
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This week on "The Green"

History Matters: The evolution of gay rights legislation in Delaware

When the Supreme Court ruled in June that same sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, the decision effectively ended the country’s patchwork system regarding gay marriage. Although legal in Delaware since 2013, married gay couples in the First State faced the uncertainty of not knowing if their marriage would still be legal if they decided to move or even visit another state. Gay rights have progressed at such lightning speed in recent years; it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always the case.
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Republicans are touting the value of Delaware’s agricultural industry in their weekly message.


Farming is the First State’s top moneymaker, with $1.3 billion in annual sales, but those plowing the fields are getting older.


Rep. Dave Wilson, a member of the capital budget committee, says more money needs to be invested in the state’s Young Farmer program to keep the industry upright.


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In his weekly message, Gov. Jack Markell touted the importance and potential of Delaware’s agricultural sector.


The Delaware State Fair ran through Saturday, with stalls dedicated to showing off First State produce outside of corn and soybeans.


The Kent County section of the Harriet Tubman Byway formally kicked off Friday in the towns of Camden and Wyoming with hopes the historical preservation program that will also booster nearby small businesses.

One author of a bipartisan proposal to help tweak Delaware’s stagnant revenue system says the General Assembly needs to act on it next year or face "under investment" in the state.

Factoring in a three percent increase to next year’s budget, state lawmakers face a gap of more than $100 million with less one-time settlement cash to plug any holes after doing just that in June.

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Kids in Delaware have been trying things like computer coding at STEM education camps this summer. But they're not the only ones honing in on science, technology, engineering and math during the break. Teachers are also getting ready for first-run STEM classes next year.


The new courses will cover material that might already be familiar to some students – but that’s brand-new to many of their teachers.


Delaware Public Media's Annie Ropeik visited one of a series of trainings, where educators from Delaware and beyond were getting a crash course in computer science.

Little League World Series

The Little League World Series will kick off this Sunday in downstate Delaware.

Twenty teams across the country will be playing this year. In the Big League division, local softball fans will watch the Delaware District 1 team defend their Championship title. International teams returning to the World series include the District 1 team from San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Lombardia Little League from Milan, Italy. Sussex County District 3 provides the host team for both World Series.

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Inmates at Delaware's only women's prison joined thinkers from outside Friday to answer a simple question: What does a second chance mean behind bars?


The event at Baylor Women's Correctional Institution, hosted by Tedx Wilmington, also featured thinkers from outside the prison. And attendees included Second Lady Jill Biden.

Some of the country’s most promising classical music players are currently in Newark.

The elite young musicians, along with top students from China, have convened at the University of Delaware for the Masters Players Festival.

The students are working with an all-star professional faculty in master classes and music coaching sessions.


Eileen O’Shaughnessy-Coleman will lead the next chance for Delaware Republicans to end House Democrats’ super majority in the coming weeks.

A lifelong resident of the Newark area, O’Shaughnessy-Coleman has interned for former Congressman Mike Castle and longtime Speaker of the House Terry Spence.

If she is elected, it would break up the Democrats’ super majority in the House, meaning they could no longer push through tax or fee increases without Republican help.

But she paints herself as someone who won’t necessarily toe her party’s line on every issue.

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Operation DISRUPT, a program designed to stabilize high crime neighborhoods in Wilmington with more police presence, became a permanent part of the city police department Wednesday.