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Special Olympics Delaware hosts their own version of March Madness this weekend.

The organization’s annual State Basketball Tournament tips off Saturday morning at 11 at UD’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark and play continues through Sunday.

Monte Ross will remain men’s head basketball coach at the University of Delaware. UD officials announced Thursday that the school has signed Ross to a new three-year contract.  

In nine seasons at UD, Ross has compiled a 125-161 record, but his most successful campaign was a year ago – when he led the Blue Hens to a 25-and-10 record, a Colonial Athletic Association championship and their first NCAA tournament berth since 1999.  

Even more of Delaware’s high school basketball stars will take to the court at this year’s Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament.

Organizers announced this week that six local schools – up from five last year - will participate in the tourney this December. A pair of 2015 state tournament semi-finalists, Sanford and Mount Pleasant, top the list.  It also includes tourney host Cape Henlopen, Appoquinimink, Dover, and St. Elizabeth's high schools.

National teams participating will be announced in June.

Common Wealth Awards to honor three in 2015

Mar 21, 2015

Jon Bon Jovi, Edward Norton and Jimmy Wales will all be honored with Common Wealth Awards at the Hotel Dupont in Wilmington on April 25.

The Common Wealth awards are given to individuals who have improved society through their professional and personal endeavors. The three men are in good company, past award winners include Meryl Streep and Walter Cronkite.

Bon Jovi and Norton are each being honored in the category of public service, and Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, is being recognized for his contributions to the field of Mass Communications.

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The First State will play host to the first-ever joint ordination of a same-sex couple in the United States. Holly and Kaci Clark-Porter will be ordained as Presbyterian ministers together Sunday at Wilmington's First & Central Presbyterian Church.

The Presbyterian Church voted to allow ordaining gay and lesbian pastors in 2011.

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From the northern Delaware border to the southern beaches, the First State is increasingly steeped in businesses boasting craft beers. Numerous breweries, brewpubs and alehouses are scheduled to open this year, while more brands continue to pop up at local liquor stores and in mainstream restaurants.

Some might wonder if the small state is now too saturated in the craft beer craze.

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Delaware State’s first ever post-season home game ended in disappointment.

DSU, making its first post-season appearance since 2007, fell to Radford 78-57 in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational at Memorial Hall.

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The 2015 edition of the Firefly Festival may sell out months in advance.

Organizers from Red Frog Events say a strong demand for four-day passes to this June’s event - featuring Paul McCartney, The Killers, Kings of Leon - means Firefly is nearing the first sell-out in its four year existence.  

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The Delaware State Fair announced Monday that Grammy-nominated pop artist Meghan Trainor will headline at the M&T Bank Grandstand this summer.

Trainor is best known for her hit song “All About That Bass.” Her her visit to the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington will be part of her larger MTRAIN TOUR, a 30-performance string of shows throughout the country.

Trainor will join other big-ticket artists including New Kids on the Block, Bryan Adams and Josh Turner.

Meghan Trainor will perform at the Grandstand on July 27 at 7:30pm.

In the aftermath of the April 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, riots broke out in many U.S cities, including Wilmington.

Tuesday night,  Dr. James Newton, a University of Delaware professor emeritus of Black American Studies will lead a discussion of the riots impact and the social issues that led up to the disturbances.