Are we in pursuit of truths, or reinforcement of beliefs?

DOVER — The title of the presentation immediately grabbed this editor’s interest: “Fake News, Fraud, and Honest Error: The Psychology of Belief.” Joan DelFattore, whose bio says she is professor emerita of English and legal studies at the University of Delaware and holds a doctorate in English and master’s in clinical psychology from Penn State […]

Move of ‘Shoo Shoo Baby’ may take seven years

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** “Shoo Shoo Baby” may be spending quite a few more years in storage. Last week’s column related the story of the World War II-era bomber that was restored by the 512th Airlift Wing in Dover. Shoo Shoo Baby had a home at the […]

Keeping an eyes on the skies in Dover

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** As mentioned here before, one of the joys of working at the Delaware State News is our regular chance to watch planes flying in and around Dover Air Force Base. We haven’t had a long string of days with blue skies lately, so […]

Prison coverage among 22 awards for Delaware State News

DOVER — The Delaware State News has received a first place for breaking news, and two related awards, from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for its coverage of the February 2017 prison uprising and death of a correctional officer. On Friday, the press association honored newspapers for excellence in journalism at an annual banquet. The theme […]

Does NASCAR owe speedway builder Joseph a win?

  DOVER — Oddly, there is only one NASCAR cup series race without a winner. Only one race with an asterisk and footnote. Only one that remains a bit of a mystery in the sport’s history. But if there was a winner, it would belong to Delaware’s racing legend, Melvin Joseph. The late Mr. Joseph […]

Tulips, Dover Days, race will put spring in your step

DOVER — The tulips across the capital city lead us to believe spring is trying to settle in. And they also signal another Dover Days weekend is almost here. The big day is Saturday, May 5. This editor enjoyed the piece on Mabel Lloyd Ridgely that accompanied festival advertisements in Friday’s Delaware State News. She […]

State News photojournalist looks back on ’68 unrest

DOVER — Gary Emeigh was focused in on a Wilmington Police officer, backed up tight to a wall and holding a rifle close to his chest. This was in the early morning hours of April 9, 1968, in Wilmington. Like many cities across the country, there was rioting, looting and violence erupting in the days […]

Delaware State News overcomes ransomware setback

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Updated: Thursday’s edition of the Delaware State News was published and delivered on its normal schedule. DOVER — A ransomware attack on the company’s servers curtailed operations at the Delaware State News Wednesday, but did not keep the newspaper from publishing a Thursday edition. Our tech experts continued to address the threats to our systems. […]

Reflecting on King’s legacy 50 years after his death

DOVER ­— John Moore was just 6 years old. From the steps of his home in North Philadelphia, he was looking out on a quiet street on a nice spring day wondering where everyone was. “Normally the streets would just be bustling with people, kids running all over the place and everything,” he remembers. “It […]

Biden vs. Trump: ‘Thrilla in Vanilla’

DOVER — Bernard Miller runs a gym in Dover. It’s called the Dog Pound Boxing Club, likely one of the most unlikely places a political reporter for the Washington Post would ever call. But the week was anything but predictable anyway, what with spring starting with 5 inches of snow. The call, made by the […]