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Incumbent Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton Wins Re-Election

Election night in Salisbury, Md., went to Mayor Jim Ireton.
Bryan Russo
Election night in Salisbury, Md., went to Mayor Jim Ireton.

Voters in Salisbury have re-elected the city's first openly gay mayor to another term by a convincing 2 to 1 margin. The results of yesterday's election may spark other major changes in the Eastern Shore's largest city.

The party ran long into the night for incumbent mayor Jim Ireton and returning councilwoman Shanie Shields who, along with newcomer to the council Jake Day, crushed their opposition to win the three available posts in last evening's election.

Ireton was jubilant in victory but seemed focused on the future in his speech to hundreds of supporters.

"Salisbury spoke loud and clear today that they want progress over pontification and backbone over blogging," Ireton says.

Day's victory over council president Debbie Campbell marks a shift in the council majority, as many believe Ireton will now have the votes he needs to move his agenda forward.

Ireton's opponent, conservative blogger Joe Albero, was humble in defeat, and says he is considering shutting down his blog and moving his family to the Carolinas.

"There's a very strong possibility, because I can't see Salisbury moving forward, I really can't," Albero says.

Less than 18 percent of the voting base came to the polls, but the ones who did, make it very clear what and whom they want to lead in Salisbury.

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At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

First hired in the 1950s, Floyd Norman is still drawing. "Creative people don't hang it up," he says. "We don't walk away, we don't want to sit in a lawn chair. ... We want to continue to work. "
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America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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