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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) – Representatives of the federal commission
deciding which of the nation's military bases should be closed were
touring Fort Eustis Wednesday afternoon, after visiting Fort Monroe Wednesday
The Pentagon has recommended closing Fort Monroe, and moving
more than two thousand personnel from Fort Eustis.
Base Realignment and Closing -- or BRAC -- Commission Chairman
Anthony Principi says they're just in the early
stages of the process, and he promised to keep an open mind about
the bases.

Toddville, MD (AP) – A Dorchester County family already displaced nearly two years ago by Tropical Storm Isabel has now been forced from a temporary home by another disaster.

The state fire marshal's office says a fire broke out Sunday night in a mobile home on Toddville Road in Toddville. The home is owned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and was being used by a family that had been displaced by damage caused by Isabel's floodwaters.

No one was hurt in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still being determined.

WILMINGTON, DE (AP) – Police are looking for help in their investigation of drive-by shootings in Wilmington that left two men injured.

The men were hurt in separate shootings shortly before 2am Sunday, near 10th and Kirkwood streets.

A Wilmington Police spokesman says investigators believe the men were shot by the same suspect. One victim told police he was shot by a man wearing dark clothing and driving a white of silver car. The second victim gave police no description.

Both victims were treated at Christiana Hospital and released.

Mechanicsville, VA (AP) – Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz returned to his roots today, stopping by his old high school in the Richmond area.

He presented the school choir members with a copy of a song they recorded with him for his upcoming album.

The Mchanicsville native traveled to his alma mater in October to record "Song For a Friend" with the 24-member choir. The song will appear on his sophomore album, "Mister A.Z.", slated for release in July.

ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Twenty-five years after he graduated from the Naval Academy, Captain Bruce Grooms will become the academy's first black commandant of midshipmen.

The position is similar to the dean of students at a civilian college or university.

Groom is a native of Cleveland. Until recently, he was the commodore of Submarine Squadron Six in Norfolk, Virginia.

He will be the academy's 81st commandant, succeeding Captain Charles Leidig.

WILMINGTON, DE (AP) – Five new homeowners have moved into the Village of Eastlake in northeast Wilmington. The mixed-income development replaces the crime-plagued Eastlake housing project that was torn down four years ago.

Eastlake Village is a twenty-nine-million-dollar experiment that puts people of different incomes in identical housing units. First-time homeowners will live side-by-side with renters.

The federal government is betting that homeowners will care for their property and pressure neighboring public housing tenants to do the same.

RICHMOND, VA (AP) – A state commission recommended that Governor Mark Warner form a task force to study the Department of Defense's proposed changes to Virginia's military installations.

Topping the list of the Virginia Commission on Military Bases' concerns is the potential loss of leased office space in northern Virginia, primarily Arlington and Alexandria.

The Defense Department wants to relocate nearly 23,000 jobs to other installations, primarily Fort Belvoir in southern Fairfax County.

EASTON, Md. (AP) – An Easton, Maryland man has been returned to the Eastern Shore to stand trial for murder.

Easton Police say 21-year-old Paul Wynn was extradited from Henrico County, Virginia, Wednesday and was formally charged with first- and second-degree murder.

Wynn is accused of shooting and critically wounding Corey Broadnax last month in Easton. The Salisbury man died of his injuries last week.

Wynn was arrested over the weekend.

He's being held without bond in the Talbot County Detention Center.

Cumberland, MD (AP) – An Allegany County judge has granted a change of venue for the murder trial of a 40-year-old Cumberland man.
The decision was announced Monday and was forwarded to an administrative judge to determine exactly where the trial will be held.
Mark Preston is charged with first-degree murder, theft, robbery and assault in the February strangling death of Carl Natale.
The victim was found dead at his home on West Third Street. Charging documents say Preston used a phone cord to strangle Natale, then took money from his wallet.

Delaware City, DE (AP) – A federally-funded flood wall in Delaware City is ready, just in time for hurricane season.
The removable structure wa built along Canal Street last year and and tested in the spring.
Delaware City sits at the intersection of the Delaware River and C&D Canal. The town began planning flood mitigation plans in 2000.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency contributed $585,000 for the wall.
town manager Paul Morrill says emergency crews are able to erect the convertible wall in about an hour.


Here’s the Nov. 9 edition of The Key, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s campus newsletter.

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