Trump signs executive order challenging Twitter, social media protections

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump escalated his war on Twitter and other social media companies Thursday, signing an executive order challenging the lawsuit protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet. Announced with fanfare, the president’s action yet appeared to be more about politics than substance. He aims to rally […]

Trump calls out social media after Twitter fact-checks him

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. The president can’t unilaterally regulate or close the companies, which would require action by Congress or the Federal Communications Commission. But that didn’t stop Trump from angrily issuing […]

Delaware House holds first virtual session

DOVER — The Delaware of House of Representatives made history in just 20 minutes Tuesday. Members of the chamber took part in the first virtual legislative session in state history, yet another reminder of how COVID-19 has altered our world. The chamber, which has not met in person in four months, convened briefly to approve […]

Commentary: Be careful out there meeting in cyberspace

By James Collins As we are all being cautious to protect ourselves and loved ones from contracting COVID-19, we must also be careful not to let intruders invade our virtual lives. It is unimaginable that a child’s online class could be hijacked by pornographic images or a virtual community meeting can suddenly be bombarded by […]

Commentary: The trouble with virtual communication

By Dr. Myna German Jeremy Bailenson, a Stanford Univ psychologist and author of Experience on Demand, has studied virtual communication for twenty years and sees big problems with it compared to “au naturel.” Eye contact is next to nil on Zoom or the equivalent and all you see are technology Gallery grids. You can’t see […]

NASCAR will still race at Dover this week, just virtually

DOVER — What a difference a year has made for Dover International Speedway. Just 365 days ago, the race track with the catchy nickname the “Monster Mile” was preparing for a year-long 50th anniversary celebration of its high-banked, one-mile speedway — which held its first race on July 6, 1969 — and its relationship with […]

Parking lots become links to internet connectivity

From the parking lots of libraries, to sports fields, to schools — internet connectivity is increasing around the state to support those who need it during extended closures caused by the pandemic. “What I’m finding is that this is one of the reasons why we all love to live in the community that we do, […]

DNREC taking Earth Day activities online

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with trivia and a virtual scavenger hunt for Delawareans. DNREC has been posting daily questions on Facebook in the days leading up to Earth Day, which is Wednesday. The virtual event will last through the end […]

Best Bets: Beating the quarantine blues virtually

Do you feel like, with all of the extra time on your hands lately, you’ve watched every true crime documentary on Netflix? You even checked out that bonus episode of “Tiger King” that came out on Sunday? Do you feel like one day soon you are going to see something pop up on your computer […]

Commentary: Screen time and your child’s digital health

By Joey Melvin With the closure of schools across the United States, students will have some unexpected free time for weeks to come.  Thousands of parents are now grappling with the question of how that time should be best filled. I’m a School Resource Officer (SRO), not a physician, but understanding the development of the […]