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  • TX Refugees: “We thank God and the U.S. to be here and safe”

    11/19/2015 9:32:43 AM PST · by bgill · 70 replies
    kxan.com ^ | Nov. 18, 2015 | Phil Prazan
    The journey comes with challenges big and small. Nabeel Hasan had to change his name, after officials spelled his name wrong on immigration documents. “It was double “s” but when they put it in the I-94, they put in one “s”. When I get the ID it must be the same,” he says. His three sons couldn’t join him today and remain in Iraq. With tensions high, he fears the worst. But he hopes one day they’ll join him in America. “This is my wish. Every day I ask God about that,” said Hasan. “We thank God and the United...
  • Germany-Netherlands match called off shortly before kickoff

    11/17/2015 11:14:57 AM PST · by bgill · 19 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 17, 2015 | Ciaran Fahey
    The friendly soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands was canceled at short notice after a suspicious object was found at the stadium on Tuesday. Policeman Joerg Hoffmeister told The Associated Press that everyone inside had to be evacuated after the as-yet unidentified object was found. Announcements at the stadium in northern Germany advised people to go home in a calm manner, and that there was no danger to fear. Most fans were still waiting outside when the order to evacuate came about an hour and a half before kickoff.
  • Jade Helm 2? UWEX 16 covert military operation in Texas looking for civilian actors

    11/12/2015 1:01:11 PM PST · by bgill · 20 replies
    Houston Chron ^ | November 12. 2015 | Dylan Badour
    A special warfare exercise across parts of Texas and the nation will bring civilian role players acting as journalists, government officials and "guerrilla-chiefs." The U.S. Army Special Operations Command's Unconventional Warfare Exercise 16 (UWEX 16) is scheduled in at least three Texas counties for March through June 2016. It may take many readers back to Jade Helm 15, the SOC's seven-state realistic military training that riled some Texans' fears of federal preparations for martial law.
  • Women caught 'twerking' on camera wanted for sexual assault

    11/10/2015 5:31:35 AM PST · by bgill · 20 replies
    keyetv ^ | Nov. 9, 2015 | keyetv
    Police in Washington, D.C. are seeking the public's assistance in identifying 2 women accused of sexually assaulting a man. According to police, the women were "twerking" against a man in a convenience store in D.C. in the 1700 block of New York Avenue on Wednesday, October 7 at around 4:00 p.m. The incident was caught on surveillance video
  • Is UWEX 16 the new JADE HELM? (Bastrop, TX)

    11/10/2015 5:21:47 AM PST · by bgill · 3 replies
    keye ^ | Nov. 9, 2015 | Fred Cantu
    they're planning to restrict their training to private property and to Camp Swift. County Judge Paul Pape fully supported the new round of training. He says, "We were actually very pleased with the way the exercises came off last summer. There was not an incident." Commissioners noted there was a lot of nervousness and Judge Pape hopes Special Forces can do a better job of keeping that in check. He also added a couple of personal requests. Judge Pape says, "I did ask them to not have a catchy acronym as the title and to not have a map that...
  • Illinois School District Must Give Locker Room Access to Transgender Student, U.S. Says

    11/03/2015 9:19:31 AM PST · by bgill · 70 replies
    yahoo ^ | Nov. 3, 2015 | Corin Miller
    Officials say there was a "a preponderance of evidence” that Township High School District 211, which is based in Palatine, Illinois, failed to comply with Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination. The student filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in 2013 after she was denied the right to have unlimited use of the girls’ locker room, the Chicago Tribune reports. A solution appeared to be in the works, until school officials put up privacy curtains in the locker room and said the student would be required to use the private area...
  • Report: Teen's tongue bitten off during sex assault in North Charleston

    10/23/2015 3:14:51 PM PDT · by bgill · 76 replies
    abc4 ^ | October 21, 2015 | unknown
    Miller tried to remove the woman's shorts but she reportedly kicked him in the groin. Miller then forced himself on top of her and tried to kiss her, forcing his tongue in her mouth, the report states. The victim retaliated, and "bit his tongue as hard as she could until she heard it snap," she told police. That led to Miller moving away, screaming, she added. The woman said Miller's tongue was still in her mouth, so she ran from her home and threw it on the kitchen floor. She made it to her car and drove until she found...
  • Sex delay extends night-long standoff with police on Jacksonville's Westside (FL)

    10/16/2015 3:08:08 PM PDT · by bgill · 21 replies
    jacksonville.com ^ | Oct. 15, 2015 | Dana Treen & Joe Daraskevich
    A woman who told police she preferred sex to surrender was arrested Thursday after she and a man she was with refused to come out of a mobile home on Jacksonvilles Westside... Thursdays arrests came after a night-long standoff when at one point Hunn told police over the phone she would give up but wanted to have sex with Bautista one last time, according to the police report. She hung up but never came out. The report did not say how long police waited to break in to the mobile home to arrest Bautista and Hunn. Both were charged with...
  • Oregon school suspends 8th-grader over battlefield cross T-shirt

    10/12/2015 8:23:10 AM PDT · by bgill · 14 replies
    Fox ^ | Oct. 11, 2015 | Fox
    Eighth-grader Alan Holmes T-shirt imagery of a rifle, helmet and boots denoting loss may have symbolized patriotism to him, but not to administrators at Dexter McCarty Middle School in Gresham who demanded the boy change his shirt and then suspended him when he refused. Im not changing into a Dexter shirt, the 13-year-old told Fox 12. They wont let me wear a shirt that supports the people that keep us free, Im not going to support them.
  • Campbell's defends 'Star Wars' commercial with gay fathers

    10/11/2015 4:23:37 PM PDT · by bgill · 139 replies
    Philly Voice ^ | Oct. 9, 2015 | Michael Tanenbaum
    A new commercial from Camden-based Campbell's Soup Company features two fathers feeding their son 'Star Wars'-themed soup has come under fire from critics, but the company says it was creating a real reflection of the American family in the contemporary United States. The commercial, a promotion ahead of the December release of 'The Force Awakens,' shows the fathers riffing on Darth Vader's bombshell 'Star Wars' quote: "I am your father!" The company developed the idea as part of its "Made for Real, Real Life" campaign, a tagline that aims to capture what's going on people's lives when they eat soup,...
  • Everyone in China Is Wearing Plastic Plants on Their Heads and Nobody Knows Why

    10/08/2015 6:54:59 AM PDT · by bgill · 75 replies
    yahoo ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 | Jilhan Forbes
    Hip college students and grown folks alike are scratching their clover-laden heads wondering who got the idea to walk around with Frances Hodgson Burnetts Secret Garden sprouting from their tresses. I think this comes more from Western culture, one student told the Times. Its fun, but I guess its also about protecting the environment, to show that you care about nature, a peddler of the green headgear offered (which is interesting considering the country is one of the biggest polluters of out planet). But probably the best explanation came from a 24-year-old medical student, who best sums up how the...
  • Pariss first attempt at car-free day brings big drop in air and noise pollution

    10/04/2015 7:40:53 AM PDT · by bgill · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 2, 2015 | Kim Willsher
    Pariss day without cars last week led to such a dramatic drop in both air and noise pollution that the mayors office is now planning more vehicle-free days in the French capital. Airparif, which measures city pollution levels, said levels of nitrogen dioxide dropped by up to 40% in parts of the city on Sunday 27 September... Najdovski, a member of the Europe Ecology-Green (EELV) party, admitted he was disappointed that only one third of Paris was handed over to pedestrians and cyclists on 27 September... added: My dream Paris would be a city without cars.
  • Oregon timeline: 10 dead in 10 minutes

    10/02/2015 3:53:32 PM PDT · by bgill · 19 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Oct. 2, 2015 | staff
    10:30 a.m. Pacific time: Shots fired in Snyder Hall. Officers responded almost immediately, requesting medical assistance and backup. Early reports indicated as many as 20 were wounded. 10:43 a.m.: Officers locate suspect, a male, on campus. 10:44 a.m.: Gunfire exchanged between officers and suspect. Thirty-five people reported inside building; campus is locked down. 10:49 a.m: Suspect confirmed dead
  • Guest gets bill after not showing up to wedding (MN)

    09/30/2015 10:08:15 AM PDT · by bgill · 46 replies
    KARE ^ | Sept. 30, 2015 | Jay Olstad
    It was a couple weeks ago, Jessica Baker was getting ready to go to a wedding with her husband when she got a call from her mom. "She called at the last minute and had something come up and said I can't make it," said Baker. Her mom was supposed to watch their kids. And since the invitation said no children, that meant no wedding. But then this week, she received a bill for the dinner they were supposed to have enjoyed. The total came to $75.90.
  • Politician Says Homeless People Should Be Put Down By Lethal Injection (Mexico)

    09/30/2015 7:22:25 AM PDT · by bgill · 45 replies
    andyjwellstumblr ^ | unknown | Andy Wells
    Olga Gutierrez Machorro believes that beggars should be culled with lethal injection, believing it to be in their best interests. She said: Yes theyre a little crazy, but theyre harmless. Which is why I think to myself wouldnt it be kinder to just give them a lethal injection? Unbelievably, Machorro, who is a member of the local government in Tecamachalco, Mexico, is also the councillor responsible for the Vulnerable Groups Commission - who try to find ways to help the homeless and disadvantaged.
  • Round Rock man sentenced to 10 years for aiding terrorists (TX)

    09/26/2015 7:32:18 AM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    kxan ^ | Sept. 26, 2015 | Calily Bien
    A Central Texas man will spend 10 years in federal prison for attempting to provide material to support terrorists. Rahatul Ashikim Khan, 24, plead guilty last summer to the charge and was sentenced on Friday afternoon. Khan was arrested at his home on Pebblestone Trail in Round Rock in June 2014. Authorities say he conspired with others to recruit people who would travel overseas to support terrorist activities including committing violent jihad.
  • Suspended priest convicted of charges in sex tourism case

    09/23/2015 11:06:35 AM PDT · by bgill · 35 replies
    kxan ^ | Sept. 22, 2015 | AP
    A Roman Catholic priest accused of traveling to Honduras to molest poor street children during missionary trips was convicted on Tuesday of several charges. Federal jurors convicted the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr. of charges including three of four counts related to sex abuse of boys during trips to a Honduran orphanage. Maurizio was accused of traveling abroad from 2004 to 2009 to have sex with three young boys, a charge known as sexual tourism. He also was convicted of possession of child pornography and illegally transferring money to a charity to help fund the trips. Jurors acquitted him of another...
  • Police chase with combine ends in gunfire (Kansas)

    09/23/2015 10:57:20 AM PDT · by bgill · 35 replies
    KSN ^ | Sept. 23, 2015 | KSN
    The combine was reported weaving from ditch to ditch on U.S. 56 highway. It struck a guy wire and caused damage to power poles near the intersection of Southeast 10 Road and U.S. 56 Highway. It then continued West and entered the city of Ellinwood around 10:47 p.m. The driver drove through a residential neighborhood, striking several power poles and a 2005 Cheverolet pickup truck parked on the road. The pickup truck sustained extensive damage and the 8-row combine header was torn from the combine. An Ellinwood police officer attempted to contact the driver around 10:52 p.m. While doing so,...
  • Happy Birthday Song Ruled To Be In Public Domain

    09/23/2015 10:48:59 AM PDT · by bgill · 2 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | Sept. 23, 2015 | John Rogers
    In a gift to many musicians, movie-makers and other content-creators, a federal judge has found that the song Happy Birthday To You is entirely in the public domain. But the move could mean millions lost for the music publishing company that has been collecting on the copyright to one of the most widely sung songs in the world. U.S. District Judge George H. King found Tuesday that the songs original copyright, obtained by the Clayton F. Summy Co. from the songs writers and bought for $15 million in 1988 by Warner/Chappell Music Inc., only covered specific piano arrangements of the...
  • Child Sex Assault Fugitive May Be In Austin (TX)

    09/23/2015 10:36:53 AM PDT · by bgill · 9 replies
    keyetv ^ | Sept. 22, 2015 | Lydia Pantazes
    He's accused of sexually assaulting a child on numerous occasions over the course of three years. The victim's mother trusted 35-year-old Julio Cesar Hernandez-Aleman to watch her daughter. Instead, investigators say the girl found herself in the care of a sexual predator. The victim says the assaults started when she was ten years old. Three years went by and the victim's brother noticed Hernandez-Aleman showering the girl with toys and gifts. "Not a lot of paperwork on this individual, he's a citizen of Honduras. He has one involvement in 2005 where he had some immigration issues, possibly deported back over,...
  • Rangers: Murder suspects met Abilene officer through Craigslist

    09/23/2015 8:38:26 AM PDT · by bgill · 6 replies
    KTXS 12 ^ | Sept. 21, 2015 | Maggie Contreras
    According to court documents, (Officer Don) Allen created a posting on Craigslist under the personal ads. The suspects responded to the ad and arranged to meet with the victim, a Texas Ranger stated in the affidavit. The documents go on to reveal the suspects insisted the victim used an alias during their contact with him. KTXS viewed the ad before its removal from the site on Monday and deemed it to be too explicit for publication... "Electronic evidence, which we believe will more definitively reveal the nature of the relationship, is still being processed at the Department of Public Safety...
  • Taste the Rainbow: Doritos to Launch Pride Flag-Inspired Tortilla Chips

    09/17/2015 6:15:24 AM PDT · by bgill · 96 replies
    yahoo ^ | Sept. 17, 2015 | Stephanie Smith
    Doritos Rainbows are a limited-edition version of its Cool Ranch-flavored tortilla chips to show the chipmakers support of the LGBT community. The chips come in shades of green, blue, purple, red, and orange inspired by colors of the Pride flag (or, perhaps, Skittles taste the rainbow tagline). Theres nothing bolder than being yourself, the company declares on the package.
  • The crippling problem restaurant-goers havent noticed but chefs are freaking out about (illegals)

    08/13/2015 7:47:40 AM PDT · by bgill · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 12, 2015 | Roberto A. Ferdman
    In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that 1.4 million out of a total of about 12.7 million workers in the restaurant industry, were legal or illegal immigrants. In 2008, the Pew Hispanic Center estimated that roughly 20 percent of the country's more than 2.5 million chefs and cooks were undocumented immigrants..."Improving economy, declining immigration, and higher rents those are the three main things creating the shortage of cooks," Cowen said.
  • Muslim teens seek acceptance, understanding (the terrorist's sister)

    07/19/2015 6:15:26 AM PDT · by bgill · 18 replies
    timesfreepress.com ^ | November 15th, 2010 | Michael Reed
    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshman Yasmeen Abdulazeez, 17, was told by a professor that he would lower her grade when she asked to miss class for a religious holiday. She dropped the class instead... During a campaign stop in Chattanooga in July, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey made national headlines by suggesting that Islam might be a cult instead of a religion. Ramsey did not respond to repeated requests for comments for this report...Chattanooga's Muslim teens said they feel a responsibility to help dispel the negative stereotypes of their faith. Before graduating from Red Bank High School, Abdulazeez said...
  • Austin police searching for cobra believed to have killed man (TX)

    07/16/2015 11:10:41 AM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | July 15, 2015 | Nicole Chavez
    Police are searching for a cobra that is believed to have bitten an 18-year-old man who died Tuesday evening. Police believe Grant Thompson, 18, owned a monocled cobra and that it bit him in his car while at the parking lot of a Lowes at 13000 North Interstate 35. Thompson died after going into cardiac arrest, medics have said. Police said it is possible that the snake is still in the area and are asking anyone with information about the animal to call police at 512-974-5210. Police described the cobra as black with a distinctive circle on its back and...
  • Hired professional petition workers are signing peoples' names in our neighborhood

    07/02/2015 12:09:29 PM PDT · by bgill · 30 replies
    self | July 2, 2015 | vanity
    Warning - A petition worker came by yesterday to ask for our signatures and knew everyone's name in the household. We declined to sign. Later, Mr. b overheard one of the workers asking the other what happens if no one signs the petition. The guy told him that they write in the signatures themselves. Mr. b reported it to the elections office and to someone else in the courthouse. We'll wait until the petition is turned and to see if our names are on it and then report it to the county attorney. Please be aware of this practice in...
  • Breaking: Bronze Star Marine to be denied marriage license in San Saba, County Texas

    06/30/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by bgill · 72 replies
    OutServe SLDN ^ | June 30, 2015 | Matt Thorn
    Today, Jason White and his fianc Jonathan Means are planning to obtain a marriage license from the San Saba County Clerk. However, the San Saba County Clerk Kim Wells has indicated that she will deny their application for a marriage license presumably based on Attorney General Ken Paxtons nonbinding opinion that clerks may claim religious exemptions in performing marriages for same-sex couples. In a letter to Kim Wells, Matt Thorn Interim Executive Director for OutServe-SLDN stated Under the United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges, in which all 50 U.S. states are now required to issue and recognize marriages...
  • Man arrested for sex assault on 6th Street (Austin, TX)

    06/23/2015 7:18:20 AM PDT · by bgill · 14 replies
    FOX 7 ^ | June 22, 2015 | Noelle Newton
    Austin police say a man was caught on video sexually assaulting a woman outside a bar on 6th Street. He is in jail. It's possible another man may be charged as an accomplice. Austin police say on Sunday at 10 a.m., a witness got video that clearly shows 34-year-old Darius Maxwell sexually assaulting a woman. She was lying in the doorway of the Lit Lounge and was unconscious. The witness says another man appeared to serve as a look out while Maxwell committed the assault.
  • No relatives show up to claim 5-year-old left at Kohls after attempted theft

    06/22/2015 2:01:29 PM PDT · by bgill · 21 replies
    Attorneys at a hearing to determine who would receive temporary custody of the 5-year-old boy told a judge Friday morning that his mother and an aunt had been notified that the hearing would take place but that neither were in the courtroom to speak on his behalf. His father hadnt yet been found, and the grandmother who abandoned him Tuesday at Kohls when she bolted from a shoplifting stop was still on the run from law enforcement, Sedgwick County Assistant District Attorney Amanda Marino said. The judge placed the child in the temporary custody of the state.
  • Man accused of church killings spoke of attacking college

    06/20/2015 9:43:09 AM PDT · by bgill · 33 replies
    AP ^ | June 20, 2015 | Mitch Weiss
    A black drinking buddy of the white man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston church says the suspect told him a week earlier that he planned to shoot up a college campus in the city. The friend, Christon Scriven, told The Associated Press on Friday that he thought Dylann Roof's statements were just drunken bluster. Still, Scriven said he was concerned enough that he and another friend, Joey Meek, went out to Roof's car and retrieved his .45-caliber handgun, hiding it in an air-conditioning vent of a mobile home until they all sobered up. "He just said he...
  • Orem Owlz 'Caucasian Heritage Night' promotion canceled after causing online stir

    06/20/2015 9:28:13 AM PDT · by bgill · 13 replies
    Desert News ^ | June 19, 2015 | Carter Williams
    According to the team's site, the event was planned as a celebration of "Irish, Italian, German or even Utahn! Whatever your background, celebrate it at the home of the Owlz!" The promotion details have since been removed from the team's website. The promotion was set for Aug. 10, but was canceled after social media outrage that began Friday afternoon. "We understand, in light of recent tragic events, that our intentions have been misconstrued,"... Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted that he had spoken to one of the co-owners of the team, and the owner said "he had no idea this...
  • EMS: 235 people sickened by synthetic drug K2 since May 29 (Austin, TX)

    06/15/2015 7:03:16 AM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | June 15, 2015 | Nicole Chavez
    The number of people sickened by synthetic marijuana has reached 235 since May 29, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Since Sunday evening, medics responded to a couple of calls where two people were treated for adverse reactions to the synthetic drug known as K2 or spice, EMS officials said. The synthetic drug is intended to mimic the effects of marijuana. People who have taken K2 have shown symptoms that include violent behavior, paranoia, seizures, low heart rates and low blood pressure.
  • Union: Hackers have personnel data on every federal employee

    06/11/2015 1:04:48 PM PDT · by bgill · 13 replies
    AP ^ | June 11, 2015 | Ken Dilanian
    Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, charging that the cyberattack on U.S. employee data is far worse than the Obama administration has acknowledged. Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, said on the Senate floor that the December hack into Office of Personnel Management data was carried out by "the Chinese."
  • Mpls. private school takes students to adult novelty store for sex ed lesson

    06/05/2015 3:57:38 PM PDT · by bgill · 15 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | June 2, 2015 | Nicole Norfleet
    What I saw happening on our trip, I thought it was beautiful because kids could talk to these sex educators without any shame, without any fear, Hedges said Monday. Gaia is a K-12 school with a motto promising academic freedom, youth empowerment and democratic education. Parents say the school has about 25 students, including several described by administrators as transgender...It was certainly the first time we have taken that kind of field trip and it will probably be our last, which I feel bad [about] because the kids had so much fun,
  • APD: Beer-run robber demands food truck worker make him tacos (Austin, TX)

    06/05/2015 3:27:30 PM PDT · by bgill · 4 replies
    kxan ^ | June 5, 2015 | Dave Byknish
    A man accused of robbery apparently got a case of the munchies and demanded a taco truck operator make him food threatening him with brass knuckles before then going on a beer run, according to Austin police.
  • Texas supermarket asks customers to curb egg buys due to U.S. shortage

    06/05/2015 6:50:18 AM PDT · by bgill · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 4, 2015 | Jim Forsyth
    H-E-B has put up signs on our egg shelves throughout all of our stores, asking our customers to limit their purchases to three cartons of eggs per purchase... the company does not want restaurants and commercial institutions coming in and stripping its shelves of eggs... [Whataburger] is cutting back on the hours it offers breakfast... Some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps that include importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives.
  • 2 APD Officers Injured in Car Explosion (Austin, TX)

    06/02/2015 4:10:42 PM PDT · by bgill · 1 replies
    KEYE ^ | June 2, 2015 | unknown
    While on scene the vehicle exploded injuring the two officers. The driver of the vehicle had severe injuries and was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge. The officers had minor injuries and were transported to South Austin Medical Center.
  • Waco Judge Agrees to Let Most Bikers Go If They Sign Contract Not to Sue for Wrongful Arrest

    06/01/2015 5:57:56 AM PDT · by bgill · 353 replies
    Washington Weekly News ^ | May 31, 2015 | Looney and Conrad Law Firm
    It appears the public defenders office in McLennan County is involved in this scurrilous activity, said Paul Looney, a Houston attorney with Looney & Conrad, P.C. Ive never seen anything like the lawlessness that the authorities have perpetrated on these people and now to add insult to injury they are trying to cover their own tracks in exchange for bond.
  • 29-year-old investment banker died after leaping from his Financial District apartment building

    05/29/2015 8:28:18 PM PDT · by bgill · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 29, 2015 | Julia La Rouche
    Witnesses told The Post that tourists snapped pictures on their cellphones of the gruesome aftermath. In the past year or so, there's been a spate of suicides among financial-services employees. Financial firms have been trying to do more to improve the lifestyles of their employees, especially younger ones.
  • Bachelor party rescued after Lake Travis dock breaks free (TX)

    05/29/2015 3:20:29 PM PDT · by bgill · 12 replies
    kxan ^ | May 29, 2015 | kxan
    Multiple rescue boats ferried 18 young men back to shore early Friday from a houseboat set adrift by a severe storm. Shortly before 1 a.m., strong winds ripped part of a dock away from Sandy Creek Marina on Lake Travis. The broken section of dock, as well as the houseboat and another boat, remained attached by service cables, but floated farther into the lake.
  • Timelapse shows Lake Travis incredible 30-day rise (TX)

    05/28/2015 9:37:54 AM PDT · by bgill · 20 replies
    kxan ^ | May 27, 2015 | Eric Janzen
    Lake Travis has risen more than 29 feet in the last 30 days after continued rainfall across Central Texas replenished the drought-stricken lake. The body of water is now 67 percent full, just 12 feet below its average.
  • Climate change, a factor in Texas floods, largely ignored

    05/28/2015 9:22:33 AM PDT · by bgill · 57 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | May 28, 2015 | Neena Satija
    Climate change is taking a toll on Texas, and the devastating floods that have killed at least 15 people and left 12 others missing across the state are some of the best evidence yet of that phenomenon, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said in an interview Wednesday. We have observed an increase of heavy rain events, at least in the South-Central United States, including Texas, said Nielsen-Gammon, who was appointed by former Gov. George W. Bush in 2000. And its consistent with what we would expect from climate change. But the states Republican leaders are deeply skeptical of the scientific consensus...
  • More than 60 homes in Wimberley were taken off foundations

    05/25/2015 10:07:10 AM PDT · by bgill · 115 replies
    kxan ^ | May 25, 2015 | Phil Prazan
    Residents that have lived on the Blanco River for decades had never seen the water reach levels like it did Saturday night. This is the worst one Ive seen in 25 years, said Mark Western, a resident of Wimberley. The highest Mark had seen the water reach was touching the Ranch Road 12 bridge in 1998. This time the water went over it, taking houses and foundations with it.
  • Wife of biker inmate: Some arrested in Texas are innocent

    05/20/2015 10:10:09 AM PDT · by bgill · 370 replies
    AP ^ | May 20, 2015 | Emily Schmall
    Bullets ricocheted around the parking lot of Twin Peaks, the Waco restaurant where a motorcycle gang shootout left nine dead, just minutes after Theron Rhoten pulled in on his vintage Harley chopper for a regional motorcycle club meeting, according to Rhotens wife. Katie Rhoten told The Associated Press that her husband ran for cover and was later arrested, along with antique motorcycle enthusiast friends and other nonviolent, noncriminal people. Authorities swept up around 170 bikers who had descended on the restaurant for what one club member described as a gathering to discuss laws protecting motorcycle riders.... McLennan County Sheriff Parnell...
  • Alarm at George H.W. Bush's Houston home broken for 13 months, report says

    04/23/2015 12:57:07 PM PDT · by bgill · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | Michael Muskal
    The alarm system at the Texas home of the former President George H.W. Bush was broken for at least 13 months before the Secret Service fixed it, according to a federal report released on Thursday. The disclosure is in a report by Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth who said that Secret Service personnel protecting the first President Bush noticed a failure in the alarm system at Bush's Houston home in September 2013. The alarm had outlived its recommended period of operation, the report found. The Roth report also found security equipment problems at the homes of other former presidents....
  • Lauren Hill dies after fighting tumor to play college hoops

    04/10/2015 6:33:35 AM PDT · by bgill · 32 replies
    AP ^ | Apr. 10, 2015 | Joe Kay
    Lauren Hill spent her final year polishing a layup and inspiring others to live fully. She succeeded at both as she fought an inoperable brain tumor. The 19-year-old freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University died at a hospital Friday morning, the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation told The Associated Press. "Through Lauren's fundraising and advocacy efforts, she not only became a spotlight on the lack of funding for cancer research, but she most certainly has become a beacon guiding researchers for years to come," The Cure Starts Now co-founder Brooke Desserich said.
  • United Van Lines Annual National Movers Study Shows Oregon Increases Lead as Top Moving Destination

    04/05/2015 1:01:01 PM PDT · by bgill · 35 replies
    United Van Lines ^ | Jan. 2, 2015 | unknown
    Oregon holds on to its title as Top Moving Destination and continues to pull away from the pack, while the Northeast loses residents for the third consecutive year. Those are the key findings from United Van Lines 38th Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers migration patterns state-to-state during the course of the past year. The study found that Oregon is the top moving destination of 2014, with 66 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound thats a nearly 5 percent increase of inbound moves compared to 2013. Arriving at No. 2 on the list was...
  • Service techs spot dead body in car during oil change (UT, TX)

    04/02/2015 4:29:54 PM PDT · by bgill · 27 replies
    fkts12.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | kcbd staff
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    04/02/2015 2:21:51 PM PDT · by bgill · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Libby Kane
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    04/02/2015 2:15:21 PM PDT · by bgill · 16 replies
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