Hamels, 3 relievers no-hit Braves
By George Henry/AP

Cole Hamels tosses a pitch during his six innings of no-hit baseball. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate.

Hamels (8-6) was pulled after six innings and seemed fine with the decision. He struck out seven, walked five, hit a batter and threw 108 pitches on a hot afternoon at Turner Field.

Relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and closer Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a hitless inning to finish off the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season.

Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett of the Dodgers and Tim Lincecum of the Giants each threw no-hitter earlier this year.



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Man found critically injured under Wilmington's Winchester Bridge
By Frank Gerace

Wilmington police are asking for the public's help identifying a man who was found critically injured under the Winchester Bridge Sunday morning.

Officers responding to a report of a "person down" shortly before 8 AM found the man under the bridge at 4th Street and Old Swedes Landing Road.

He'd suffered head trauma, but police say no one saw how the man was injured, and there are no suspects at this point.

The man is hospitalized at Christiana, and city detectives are asking anyone with information to call them.



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Dover police look for Bayard Apts. burglary suspect
By Ruth Bryna

Dover police are looking for your help to find the person they say stole a money order from the main office of the Bayard Apartments Friday afternoon.

Police say it appears a male suspect entered the building at 200 West Loockerman Street through an unlocked east-side door around 4:30pm, and left the same way.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at www.tipsubmit.com.



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Wilmington could expand smoking ban in public places
By Tom Lehman

Wilmington City Council. (Tom Lehman/WDEL News)
Wilmington City Council could vote this week on a bill that would extend a smoking ban for some public spaces to include city parks, playgrounds and sheltered bus stops.

An ordinance amending the city's smoking law cleared the council's Health, Aging and Disabilities Committee last week. The bill could receive a full vote on Thursday.

The legislation expands the reach of an existing law that already allows police to fine smokers who light up in areas like city government offices, classrooms, libraries and museums. Offenders face a $100 penalty.

Councilman Bob Williams (D-District 7) said the bill is aimed at cutting down on the amount of second-hand smoke sometimes present in some Wilmington parks.

Williams, the primary sponsor on the bill, said many smokers are generally courteous toward those around them but also occasionally inconvenience non-smokers.

"You can walk across the street, do what you gotta do and come back," he said. "It's just that in these public gathering places, we're trying to keep it as environmentally friendly as possible for all the participants."

Though he intends to bring the bill to the floor on Thursday, Williams said an administrative issue regarding signage in non-smoking areas may prompt him to hold the bill for a couple of weeks.



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Fatal shooting victims ID'd; investigators seek clues
By Frank Gerace

Wilmington police have identified the victims of two fatal weekend shootings, but investigators are still looking for other information about the crimes.

Officers responding to a 9-1-1 call from Wilmington Hospital around 12:45 Sunday morning learned 23-year-old Brian Irby was undergoing emergency surgery.

Irby later died.

Around 2 AM, officers acting on a report of shots fired found 33-year-old Howard Watkins at 27th and Tatnall Streets--he'd been shot 3 times and was taken to Christiana Hospital, where he died.

Anyone with information can call city detectives or Crimestoppers.



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Newark man killed in crash in North Wilmington
By Mellany Armstrong

Updated Monday, September 1, 2014 - 9:35am

A Newark man was killed in a crash last night on Philadelphia Pike in North Wilmington.

Police say it happened about 7:20 p.m. Sunday night. A 34-year-old man was driving his Chevy Cavalier northbound on Philadelphia Pike approaching Sunset Drive north of Wilmington. For an unknown reason, the man's car crossed the center line and hit the front of a Nissan Altima driven by 33-year-old Omar Morris of Wilmington.

After the collision, Morris’ vehicle spun and came to rest at the corner of Philadelphia Pike and Sunset Drive. The Cavalier also spun, coming to rest against a guardrail.

The 34-year-old man, who was wearing a seatbelt, was trapped inside of his vehicle for some time until he could be extricated by responding EMS personnel. He was taken to Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where he later died. The victim’s name is being withheld until relatives can be told.

Morris, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was also taken to Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in this crash.



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Woman who fell from wheelchair sues Ocean City Md.
By Associated Press

A woman who says a defect in a wheelchair sidewalk ramp in Ocean City, Maryland caused her to fall out of her wheelchair and break her arm is suing the resort.

Eight-nine-year-old Oda Wendt of Philadelphia alleges that a piece of rubber on the warning mat caused her wheelchair, which was being pushed by her daughter, to stop suddenly.

Her lawsuit, filed Aug. 20 in federal court in Baltimore, seeks $750,000 in damages. The suit says the incident occurred in June 2012.

Guy Ayres, an attorney for Ocean City, tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that Philadelphia Road, where the incident occurred, is a state road and the mats were installed by the State Highway Administration.



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Local pundit slams Obama for lack of anti- ISIS strategy
By Frank Gerace

Dr. Terry Madonna
A longtime political observer and pollster apparently doesn't think much of President Obama's strategy, or lack thereof, for dealing with ISIS terrorists.

Franklin and Marshall University's Doctor Terry Madonna tells WDEL's Delaware News at Noon he can't put his finger on why Mr. Obama doesn't have a plan.

"This is a President, clearly, that has no policy that he's been able to articulate to the American people--maybe he doesn't have any at all--I don't know if it's the reticence to do it, or just the inability to grapple with these problems."

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Madonna says the President should be meeting with America's allies to come up with strategies for fighting the terrorists.



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Wilmington teen shot in Labor Day fight
By Ruth Bryna

A Wilmington teen is in stable condition after being shot in the foot Monday night.

City police say they got several calls about a fight in the area of Taylor and Pine Streets around 8:15 pm. While officers responded, more callers reported shots had been fired, and that someone had been struck.

Officers found a 19 year-old male who was shot in the foot. He was taken to Christiana Hospital.

Police have no suspects so far. They ask you to call them with any information at 302-576-3635. You can also call Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.



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