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  • Hired professional petition workers are signing peoples' names in our neighborhood

    07/02/2015 12:09:29 PM PDT · by bgill · 27 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 fiancé 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 Paxton’s 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 Kohl’s 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 hadn’t yet been found, and the grandmother who abandoned him Tuesday at Kohl’s 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 · 352 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. “I’ve 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 it’s consistent with what we would expect from climate change.” But the state’s 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 I’ve 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 · 368 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 Rhoten’s 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 — that’s 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
    LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The staff at Gene Messer Volkswagen got a terrible shock on Wednesday, when they saw a dead body wrapped in a sheet in the back of a vehicle that had come in for an oil change.
  • How much you have to earn to be considered middle class in every US state

    04/02/2015 2:21:51 PM PDT · by bgill · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Libby Kane
    A recent analysis from Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline blog found that the middle class shrunk in every state in the US between the years of 2000 and 2013 (the most recent data available). "Middle class" is a tricky concept. Depending on where you live, you can feel middle class earning as much as $250,000 a year — about five times the US median income of $52,250 from the same time period.
  • A drug-resistant intestinal illness is spreading in the US

    04/02/2015 2:15:21 PM PDT · by bgill · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 2, 2005 | Arielle Duhaime-Ross
    A drug-resistant intestinal illness called Shigellosis is spreading in the US for the first time, according to a CDC report released today... People infected with Shigellosis go through painful bouts of watery or bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. It spreads quickly from person to person through food and recreational water, such as pools...But over the last year, international travelers returning to the US have repeatedly introduced the pathogen into the country.
  • Two Illinois men arrested on terror charges

    03/26/2015 3:46:09 PM PDT · by bgill · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | March 26, 2015 | CNN
    )—An Army National Guard member and his cousin have been arrested in Illinois for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist organization ISIS, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The alleged plot included a plan to attack a U.S. military installation in Illinois. In the past 18 months, the Justice Department's National Security Division has prosecuted or is prosecuting 32 cases of people attempting to travel abroad to join or providing support to terrorist groups. Of those cases, 18 allegedly involve support to ISIS.
  • I-35 closed in Salado after bridge beams fall on vehicles below (TX)

    03/26/2015 2:28:20 PM PDT · by bgill · 32 replies
    kxan ^ | March 26, 2015 | kxan
    An oversized tractor-trailer hit a beam of an overpass under construction on Interstate 35 in Salado, causing several beams to fall onto the roadway, according to Texas Department of Transportation officials. One person was killed and three others were taken to Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple with injuries that were not life threatening, Bell County authorities said.
  • (August 31, 2011) The 1979 6-Year-Old: Less Reading, More Range (This first-grade readiness checklis

    03/22/2015 3:57:54 PM PDT · by bgill · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | August 31, 2011 | KJ Antonia, Slate
    Is your child ready for first grade? Earlier this month, Chicago Now blogger Christine Whitley reprinted a checklist from a 1979 child-rearing series designed to help a parent figure that one out. Ten out of 12 meant readiness.... "Can he travel alone in the neighborhood (four to eight blocks) to store, school, playground, or to a friend's home?" It's amazing what a difference 30 years have made.
  • Trawler 'may have snagged submarine' (Scotland)

    03/21/2015 12:29:27 PM PDT · by bgill · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | March 21, 2015 | unknown
    A skipper has claimed a submarine may have snagged itself on his trawler as it fished off the Outer Hebrides. Angus Macleod said he and his four crew were "extremely lucky" after his net was continually dragged in front of his 62ft boat. The Royal Navy has said there were no British or Nato submarines in the area at the time. There has been speculation in recent months that Russian subs have been operating off the Scottish coast.
  • 7 States With the Most People on Food Stamps

    03/20/2015 12:29:26 PM PDT · by bgill · 91 replies
    CheatSheet ^ | March 20, 2015 | Erika Rawes
    With a grocery bills priced as high as $1,300 per month as of late, some American workers simply cannot afford all of their groceries on top of everything else they already have to buy. This is why the government offers food stamps. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service reports that as of September 2014, there were around 46.5 million individual food stamp recipients (22.7 million households) receiving an average benefit of $123.74 each (around $257 per household).
  • 600 Students Expelled for Cheating on School Exams in India

    03/20/2015 9:41:37 AM PDT · by bgill · 13 replies
    yahoo ^ | March 20, 2015 | AP
    About 600 high school students in eastern India have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed 10th grade examinations this week, education authorities said Friday. The incident has received widespread attention after Indian television footage showed parents and friends of students scaling the outer walls of school buildings to pass cheat sheets to students inside taking exams.
  • 'Exclusively for white people' stickers put on Austin stores (TX)

    03/20/2015 6:33:47 AM PDT · by bgill · 20 replies
    yahoo ^ | March 19, 2015 | AP
    Employees at several Austin businesses have found stickers saying "exclusively for white people" placed on their windows, sparking an investigation into their origin and condemnation from the mayor. Mayor Steve Adler said the stickers discovered Wednesday morning were "an appalling and offensive display of ignorance in our city." The stickers also say "Maximum of 5 colored customers / colored BOH staff accepted," apparently referring to the "back of house" operations at a restaurant.
  • Not-pot leaf gets 6th-grader in big trouble (VA)

    03/16/2015 1:51:40 PM PDT · by bgill · 42 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | March 15, 2015 | Dan Casey
    Some schoolchildren claim another student bragged about having marijuana. They inform school administrators. An assistant principal finds a leaf and a lighter in the boy’s knapsack. The student is suspended for a year. A sheriff’s deputy files marijuana possession charges in juvenile court... There was only one problem: Months after the fact, the couple learned the substance wasn’t marijuana.
  • American who contracted Ebola now in critical condition

    03/16/2015 11:19:41 AM PDT · by bgill · 33 replies
    yahoo ^ | March 16, 2015 | AP
    An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has been downgraded to critical condition at the National Institutes of Health, doctors said Monday. The agency said in a statement that the patient's status was changed from serious condition to critical condition, meaning the person's condition has apparently worsened. The patient is being treated at the National Institutes of Health's hospital near Washington.
  • Teen turns herself in over attack video at McDonald's in New York

    03/15/2015 7:57:29 AM PDT · by bgill · 99 replies
    yahoo via Reuters ^ | March 14, 2015 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    The video shows a group of girls punching another girl as a cheering crowd encircles them at a McDonald's in Brooklyn. The young woman attacked at the McDonald's falls to the ground and is kicked and stomped. On Friday, police arrested 17-year-old Tilani Marshall and a 15-year-old girl whose name is not being released because of her age, said a New York Police Department spokeswoman. The girls face charges of robbery and gang assault in the second degree, and another person connected to the attack was arrested on Friday in Atlanta, she said. Atlanta police spokesman Ralph Woolfolk in an...
  • Ebola Outbreak Disrupted Routine Medical Care in West Africa (measles)

    03/14/2015 3:04:07 PM PDT · by bgill · 14 replies
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health ^ | March 12, 2015 | Robert Preidt
    Ebola caused major disruptions to health care systems in West Africa and has put hundreds of thousands of children at risk for measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, new research suggests.... The researchers calculated that for every month of Ebola-related interruption in the health care systems of those West African nations, an additional 20,000 children aged 9 months to 5 years became susceptible to measles.
  • At least 10 Americans being flown to U.S. after possible Ebola exposure

    03/14/2015 1:56:34 PM PDT · by bgill · 28 replies
    yahoo ^ | March 14, 2015 | Reuters
    At least 10 Americans possibly exposed to the deadly Ebola virus were being flown to the United States from Sierra Leone for observation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.
  • Obama says doesn't text, tweet, or have a smart phone that records

    03/14/2015 8:50:39 AM PDT · by bgill · 19 replies
    Yahoo via Reuters ^ | March 14, 2015 | Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama doesn't send text messages, rarely composes his own tweets, and isn't allowed to have a smart phone that contains a recording device, he said on Thursday... "I do not physically tweet in general," the president said in an interview on the ABC program "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
  • 300-plus British IS jihadists have returned home: report

    03/08/2015 11:01:59 AM PDT · by bgill · 23 replies
    Yahoo via AFP ^ | March 8, 2015 | AFP
    Around 320 "dangerous" jihadists have come back to Britain, the newspaper said. The new counter-extremism plan involves targeting Muslim Sharia courts, a ban on radicals working unsupervised with children, and a requirement that job centres identify welfare claimants who may become radicalisation targets, the report said. There would also be welfare penalties to encourage people to learn English, in order to improve integration, and tighter rules on granting citizenship to ensure newcomers embrace "British values", the broadsheet said.
  • Burning cross outside Burnet County church spurs investigation (TX)

    03/03/2015 3:26:52 PM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    kxan ^ | March 3, 2015 | Erin Cargile
    Sheriff’s officials say when deputies got to the church, they found a charred wooden cross propped up against the church’s sign near the road. Investigators have collected evidence from the scene for submission and analysis. The predominantly black congregation, 200 members strong, has called Burnet home for nearly ten years. They meet out in the country on FM 2342 northeast of Kingsland. Pastor Willie L Monnet, Sr. founded the church in New Orleans, and was forced to relocate after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • A friend no more, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part of their souls

    02/22/2015 11:54:13 AM PST · by bgill · 4 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Feb. 22, 2015 | Patricia Wen
    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s arrest in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 left his closest friends from high school stunned and, for a time, disbelieving...To many of these friends, Tsarnaev is now viewed as a callous killer of innocent people, as well as a betrayer of friends. Though most of them oppose the death penalty in principle, some say they won’t lose sleep if he’s executed...Phillipos, 21, is expected to be sentenced this month for two counts of lying to federal agents...Silva was arrested for, among other things, providing a gun to Tsarnaev at some point in early 2013, and that this...
  • Stepmother of missing boy leaves job (Kyron Horman)

    02/21/2015 3:37:15 PM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 21, 2015 | AP
    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The stepmother of missing Portland boy Kyron Horman has left her job as a mental health support specialist. Terri Horman's decision came days after a judge rejected her request for an anti-stalking order against a woman allegedly harassing her at work in Eugene... The 7-year-old boy went missing in June 2010 after Terri Horman dropped him off at his Portland school. An intense search came up empty. Terri Horman has denied any involvement in Kyron's disappearance, and authorities have not labeled her a suspect.
  • 'American Sniper': What the Jury Was Asked Before Being Chosen

    02/11/2015 12:59:10 PM PST · by bgill · 18 replies
    ABC ^ | Feb. 10, 2015 | MEGHAN KENEALLY
    Of the 22 questions included in the questionnaire, five specifically asked about mental illness and the treatment of mental issues. For their part, prosecutors have said that they will not be seeking the death penalty.
  • Timeline: Eddie Ray Routh’s ‘bad acts’

    02/11/2015 7:34:00 AM PST · by bgill · 7 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | AP
    From about 2000 through 2006 — Routh killed small animals and expressed an interest in watching them die, making statements that he “liked to hear them take their last breath.”.... Jan. 19, 2013 — Routh held his girlfriend and her roommate hostage at their apartment, threatening them with a knife and sword.
  • Jury seated for trial over 'American Sniper' death

    02/09/2015 4:13:36 PM PST · by bgill · 20 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 9, 2015 | Jamie Stengle
    A panel of 10 women and two men was selected Monday evening for the trial of Eddie Ray Routh. The former Marine is charged with capital murder in the deaths of 38-year-old Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, 35-year-old Chad Littlefield.
  • Round Rock man charged with murder in toddler’s death

    02/05/2015 7:38:08 AM PST · by bgill · 14 replies
    kxan.com ^ | Feb. 4, 2015 | kxan
    Police have charged a Round Rock man with capital murder in the death of a 3-year-old boy... Rodriguez admitted to throwing the child... Rodriguez also commented Tuesday on the mother’s Facebook saying, “You are an incredible mom and were Andres’ everything. Just know he is now in heaven with God and one day y’all be reunited. I love you so much. We’ll get thru this.”
  • 51 Weird Museums Across the U.S.: One For Every State (and D.C!)

    02/04/2015 3:35:56 PM PST · by bgill · 41 replies
    yahoo ^ | Feb. 4, 2015 | Melinda Crow
    We, as a country, love weird things. We celebrate it, wear T-shirts proclaiming our weirdness, and enshrine oddities that probably should have gone out with the trash a decade ago. And that’s okay. At Yahoo Travel, we went in search of weird, wonderful, and wacky museums that are worth going out of your way to see.
  • Parents outraged after children forced to drop pants when feces found on gym floor (TX)

    02/01/2015 3:57:00 PM PST · by bgill · 45 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | Jan. 28, 2015 | Fox News Latino
    Parents at a central Texas school district are outraged after staff members forced elementary school students to drop their pants because feces had been found on the gym floor. The Gustine school had been trying to investigate how the poop ended up on the floor. So the teachers took girls to one room and boys to another and asked them to lower their pants in what parents are describing as a partial strip search
  • New York Times columnist ‘fuming’ after son allegedly stopped by Yale police at gunpoint

    01/25/2015 11:00:28 AM PST · by bgill · 70 replies
    yahoo ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | yahoo
    New York Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow says he’s “fuming” after his son was allegedly stopped by a Yale University police officer at gunpoint Saturday night because he apparently fit the description of a possible burglary suspect. “So, my son, a 3rd year chem major at Yale was just accosted — at GUN POINT — by a Yale policeman bc he ‘fit the description’ of a suspect,’” Blow tweeted on Saturday. “He was let go when they realized he was a college student and not a criminal.”
  • Party invoice: Boy sent bill for birthday no-show

    01/19/2015 9:47:19 AM PST · by bgill · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | Jan. 19, 2015 | unkown
    A five-year-old was billed for failing to attend a friend's birthday party - resulting in threats of legal action. Alex Nash, from Cornwall, was invited to the party just before Christmas. An invoice for £15.95 was sent by his schoolfriend's mother Julie Lawrence, who said Alex's non-attendance left her out of pocket and his parents had her details to tell her he was not going. Alex's father Derek said he had been told he would be taken to the small claims court for refusing to pay.