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NEWS UPDATES

Biden comments on 2014 & 2016 Elections
Attorney General Beau Biden has sent the following letter to his supporters on his intentions to run for governor in 2016 and to forgo a race for attorney general in 2014: "For the past eight years, you have given me the privilege of serving as your attorney general. "Thanks to a group of extraordinary professionals at the Department of Justice and their tireless work - from protecting our children and getting criminals off the streets, to holding more accountable those responsible for the housing crisis - I believe we have made Delaware a better place to live and to raise a family. "Im proud of the work weve accomplished. "As your attorney general I have done my best to remain true to the core values I believe define public service  honesty, integrity, and doing right by the people I serve. "Part of doing right by you is being straight with you about my future plans. "Over the past few months, as Ive been planning to run for reelection, I have also been giving a great deal of thought to running for governor in 2016. What started as a thought - a very persistent thought - has now become a course of action that I wish to pursue. "After careful consideration, I have concluded that it is not right to ask for your support in 2014, knowing that my focus would be divided between doing my job as attorney general while at the same time running as a candidate for governor. "Therefore, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection as your attorney general this November. "The Office of Attorney General is a four-year commitment. Its responsibilities are too significant, and the voters trust too important not to give it my complete and undivided attention. It should not be, nor can it become, a two-year staging ground for another elected office. "In the meantime, theres a lot more work to do over the next eight months, and I intend to get it done. After my term is completed, I look forward to meeting with Delawareans and continuing to discuss my plans as a candidate for governor. "Please know that the opportunity to serve you in this office is and always has been a tremendous honor. "Thank you for the faith youve placed in me."

Biden to run for governor
Delaware Democratic Party State Chair, John Daniello has released a statement about Attorney General Beau Bidens recent announcement to run for governor in 2016. "Attorney General Beau Biden just announced his plans for a 2016 gubernatorial race and to forgo a race for attorney general in 2014. I admire the Attorney General for being forthright about his intentions to run for governor. He has done quality work for the state and should be proud of his accomplishments. In the short term, I am sad to see him leave, but I am proud of him for his honesty about his goals and in giving other people the opportunity to run for office. Our primary focus remains the 2014 election. Over the next few days and weeks we will work to recruit a qualified candidate for attorney general and continue to support our current slate of Democratic candidates.

Woodland Ferry closed another month
Sandy Roumillat, chief of community relations at DelDOT, said Thursday that the Woodland Ferry will be out of operation about another month. Navigational lights need to be replaced before the US Coast Guard will allow the ferry to pass inspection. The lights were ordered today (April 17). Roumillat said it will take about three weeks for the lights to come in and be replaced. Then the Coast Guard will be called and the inspection can be scheduled. By mid May the ferry that is part of Route 78 should be back in service. The ferry only operates during daytime hours, but the Coast Guard told DelDOT that since the ferry sometimes operates in low-visibility weather conditions, the navigational lights are required.

NEWS BRIEFS

APPROVAL- Delmar Council approves Love Light Tree, receives report from library. Page 10

COUNTY COUNCIL- County Councilman Vance Phillips files for re-election. Page 13

LAUREL-DELMAR- The Cats and the Dogs met on the baseball and softball diamonds last week in Delmar. Page 37

LAUREL LIONESSS- The Laurel Lioness Club holds fundraisers to give back to the community. Page 6

LITTLE MISS-MISS LAUREL- Miss and Little Miss Laurel are crowned during 2014 ceremony. Page 4

AGING - What are your chances of living to 100? You may be surprised. Page 27

FRANKLY - Frank Calio says he has a lighter side. Let the readers decide. Page 33

INVITATIONAL- Local track and field teams take part in annual Keith S. Burgess Invitational. Page 38

YUMMY - Seaford festival to combine chocolate, womens health. Page 3

STARS OF THE WEEK- A Laurel track and field athlete and a Laurel softball player are this weeks Laurel Stars of the Week. Page 39