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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki announced his pick for the city’s new police chief. He’s handing the reins to Robert Tracy after considering 35 candidates; only 10 including Tracy were interviewed.

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This month’s History Matters, produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society, was inspired by University of Delaware Black Studies professor Tiffany Gill’s book - “Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry.”

 

Dr. Gill explores how self-employed African American beauticians played an often-underground role in the Civil Rights movement.  For example - having NAACP pamphlets and other similar mail sent secretly to their under-the-radar storefronts.

Gill’s primary focus is on beauty shops in the South, but we wondered if shops locally played a similar role.

To find out, Delaware Public Media’s Megan Pauly spoke with Wilmington residents and local historians about their recollections of – and research into - Delaware’s beauty shop industry.

 


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Wilmington mayor Mike Purzycki says tax hikes and budget cuts are needed to avert what he calls a looming fiscal crisis in the state’s largest city.

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Members of the McDole family had their opportunity to discuss use of force policy changes with Wilmington police on Tuesday.

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The city of Wilmington will get some outside help to address its recent spike in gun violence.

 

Mayor Mike Purzycki announced Operation Safe Streets – a multi-jurisdictional effort to curb the rash of shootings – will start immediately, focusing on known crime areas.

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The Wilmington police officers involved in the shooting death of Jeremy McDole will not face any federal charges.

The U.S. Dept of Justice says there is insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against the four officers who shot and killed the wheelchair bound McDole in September 2015.

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African American women are making political waves in the First State – with several historic “firsts” in elected government positions.


Wilmington mayor-elect Mike Purzycki is filling out his senior staff as he gets set to take office next week.

Wilmington’s new-and-improved downtown Market Street has been a long time in the making.

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According to an internal audit, the City of Wilmington loses thousands of dollars each month because of broken parking meters.

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