First for July 20, 2018

Season of Change
A number of indicators point to a season of change that’s underway in downtown Wilmington. With construction in various parts of the downtown area, those changes are popping up on every corner of Market Street. Most notably is work within the DuPont Building, including big changes for the historic Hotel du Pont. Take a tour of the work in this week’s First Look.

The Tornoe Spin: Lenape Tribe
Rob Tornoe puts a Delaware twist on the immigration debate with this week’s editorial cartoon. The Lenape Tribe in Kent County recently announced they are looking into land near Dover that historically belonged to the tribe. Now, they want it back.

A Record of History
This year, the Johnson Victrola Museum in Dover turns 50 years old. The museum was created in 1968 by the state of Delaware and the descendants of Eldridge Johnson, who developed the world’s most famous record player, the Victrola. While the museum remembers Johnson’s legacy, WHYY arts & culture reporter Peter Crimmins looks at the rebirth of a part of his story in New Jersey.

Look to the Stars
Ever since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon 49 years ago this week, our interest in space has never wavered. Students at one Delaware school are now getting a better look at the stars. Education reporter Cris Barrish visited McCullough Middle School to check out upgrades to the school’s planetarium that had been dormant for a decade. It’s all part of Colonial School District’s plan to guide kids toward an academic pathway before they hit high school.

Vote 411
Delaware’s primaries are less than two months away. The League of Women Voters is banking on its electronic voter guide to help voters make informed decisions. The nonpartisan activist organization is also hoping the convenience of providing all the information on one site will encourage a younger generation to get involved.

Game. Set. Life.
Creating tomorrow’s leaders through tennis. That’s the goal of the Rodney Street Tennis and Tutoring Association. One parent credits the program with helping her sons grow both on and off the court.

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