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  • Here’s how to fix Fort Worth. (It’s not about Dallas, or pilots, or the cow.)

    01/16/2018 11:34:17 AM PST · by fwdude · 24 replies
    FORT WORTH The day of reckoning has come for Fort Worth, blurring from a distinct metropolitan city into the western sprawl of the DFW metroglob. A new business plan for the city included wakeup alarms for city leaders: â–Ş Our residents are less likely to have a college degree than HoustonÂ’s or DallasÂ’, and nowhere near as well-educated as DenverÂ’s or AustinÂ’s. Even our high school graduation rate trails San AntonioÂ’s or Oklahoma CityÂ’s, both working-class cities with a rough-and-tumble cowboy past.
  • Are Straight-Identifying Men in North Texas Meeting Up for 'Bud Sex'?

    01/16/2018 8:35:15 AM PST · by fwdude · 90 replies
    Dallas Observer ^ | January 9, 2018 | Eva Raggio
    Two-and-a-half percent of American men ages 15-44 who identify as straight have had same-sex relations. That's according to a December study published in the journal Sociological Perspectives by Tony Silva and Rachel Bridges Whaley, which examined “the relationship between straight identification and nonsexual social factors among men who are attracted to men." Colloquially, it's called “bud sex.” Other recent articles and studies have pointed to a “bud sex” trend catching on in rural areas, particularly among white males. We conducted an unscientific search through hundreds of exciting propositions in the casual encounters section of Craig’s List to see whether these...
  • Donald Trump’s Support Among Blacks Has Doubled Since 2016, Amid Racism Claims

    01/15/2018 8:36:45 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Jan 2018 | NEIL MUNRO
    Two new polls show President Donald Trump’s rising support among black voters, highlighting his political gains from pushing employers to hire Americans instead of lower-wage migrants. The growing support from blacks — despite furious Democratic claims of racism — could become a shocking political validation in November when Trump will face millions of upper-income Democratic voters who are angry at his “Buy American, Hire American” policies. Among black men, Trump’s “2017 average approval rating significantly exceeds his 2016 vote share,” admitted a January 11 article in the Atlantic by author Ronald Brownstein. “23 percent of black men approved of Trump’s...
  • Washington Post Fact Checker Targets McCaskill's Tax Reform Remarks

    01/13/2018 11:13:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies ^ | January 13, 2018 | Courtney O'Brien
    Democrats have let us know they are not impressed with the good news to come out of the GOP tax reform plan, fully engaged in downplaying at its finest. Major companies have rewarded employees bonuses and salary increases in the aftermath of the Republican tax plan, yet Democratic leaders like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dismissed the benefits as mere " crumbs " compared to the supposed joy ride corporate America is getting. Other Democrats decided not to cheer the news that Wal-Mart was raising pay and giving out bonuses , instead calling it a "PR stunt." The Washington...
  • Man arrested for terroristic threats to kill NFL players and fans in Pittsburgh on Sunday

    The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars are set to kick off their AFC divisional round playoff contest on Sunday as planned in spite of some terroristic threats made prior to the game. Yuttana Choochongkol, 30, reportedly sent threats to a Pittsburgh television station and the director of security for Heinz Field — the home stadium of the Steelers — indicating he was planning to do harm to many people at the game. According to a police affidavit on the arrest, a message sent Thursday to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh read like this: “This Sunday’s playoff game in Pittsburgh is going to...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, Mayor Sylvester Turner react to Trump's reportedly explicit comment on Haiti, Africa

    01/13/2018 12:26:22 PM PST · by conservative98 · 131 replies
    Click2Houston ^ | 4:19 PM, January 12, 2018 | ndy Cerota - Anchor/Reporter
    “I wasn't in the meeting with the president so I don’t know what he did or didn't say. I can tell you my family, Heidi as a child lived in Africa, she lived in Kenya and Nigeria. Her parents were missionaries there. My brother-in-law has been a missionary with his wife and sons in Haiti for many years,” Cruz said. President Trump denied using the vulgarity. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled...
  • U.S. Supreme Court will hear Texas redistricting case

    01/13/2018 9:38:14 AM PST · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1/12/2018 | Andrea Zelinski and Kevin Diaz
    Texas' disputed U.S. and state House maps will come under an election-year review by the U.S. Supreme Court in a nationally-followed case that alleges racial discrimination by the state Legislature. The justices agreed Friday to review a lower-court ruling that took issue with a pair of U.S. House districts and several state House districts. The Republican-drawn maps – hotly disputed by Democrats – have muddled through the courts for three election cycles amid challenges that several of the districts were drawn in a way that diluted voting power for Latino and African American voters. "They didn't just cheat to get...
  • Flu season: 11 deaths reported in Travis County

    01/12/2018 7:53:23 AM PST · by bgill · 76 replies ^ | Jan. 11, 2018 | Jordan Bontke|
    Health officials said Thursday that 11 Travis County residents have died during the current flu season. Earlier in the week, Austin Public Health (APH) reported seven deaths.
  • Man accused of randomly punching children in southeast Austin

    01/12/2018 7:43:21 AM PST · by bgill · 31 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 11, 2017 | Katie Winkle
    A man accused of hitting a 3-year-old at the beginning of December has now been arrested for allegedly hitting a 5-year-old at the end of the month near the same location. Neither child or people accompanying them knew the man...“I thought he was going to ask people for money and he starts running and waving and yelling,” said the victim’s uncle Ernest Armendarez. “The next thing you know he is real close to me and with a closed fist he hits [my nephew] on the side of the head. He just hit him and kept running. He kept running like...
  • Latest Texan to Join Trump’s EPA is Still Deciding if She Believes in Climate Change

    01/09/2018 1:04:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Anne Idsal, a 34-year-old Baylor graduate whose family has long worked in GOP politics, said she’s unsure of the extent that humans impact climate change.When the Trump administration announced the appointment of Anne Idsal as the new regional EPA administrator, Adrian Shelley, the director of Public Citizen Texas, had just one thought: Who? “That name meant nothing to me,” said Shelley, who has worked on environmental issues in Texas for the past six years. Idsal is something of an unknown quantity for many, though she comes from a well-connected Texas political family with ties to the Republican guard and has...
  • Texas Couple Ordered to Pay Enslaved Nanny $121,000

    01/06/2018 6:27:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018
    A Houston-area couple who pleaded guilty to federal charges related to forcing a Nigerian woman to work nearly 20 hours taking care of their home and five children without pay for two years was ordered Friday to pay her more than $121,000 in restitution. Chudy Nsobundu, 57, and his wife Sandra Nsobundu, 49, also were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas to seven months in jail and seven months of home confinement, plus three years on probation. The naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Nigeria recruited the woman there with the promise of a $100 monthly wage. Instead, authorities say...
  • SAPD Fails to Contact Feds in Human Smuggling Case, Cites Procedure

    01/06/2018 5:44:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies ^ | January 6, 2018 | Timothy Meads
    Controversy swirls in Texas as the San Antonio Police Department has been criticized for its judgement in a human smuggling incident, after a case involving 12 alleged illegal aliens was not turned over to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement. Instead, SAPD opted to handle the case locally and allow these individuals free without so much as a fingerprint or background check. However, SAPD Chief William McManus maintains that his decision to not contact the federal agency was well within his rights as police chief. Two drivers were arrested on December 23rd, 2017 after police discovered 11 adults and one...
  • Father of Round Rock girl found in Colorado believes suspect was stalking her

    01/05/2018 6:46:59 AM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 4, 2018 | Lauren Kravets
    Griffith didn’t know how this kidnapping would end. He says Miles acted inappropriately with Lili when he used to live next door. He said one time Lili stayed the night in Miles’ trailer, but Miles said she just fell asleep. “He knew my daughter for one day or something like that and then they’re hugging,” explains Griffith. He believes Miles was stalking his daughter, which is how he ended up living with her, her mother and half-sister at their Round Rock duplex...Griffith knows Miles’ plan could’ve ended in disaster. “Because he always said, ‘I have nothing to lose, this will...
  • Autopsy determines adopted tot was homicide victim

    01/03/2018 9:39:10 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 9 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 4, 2018 | Associated Press
    Steven Kurtz with the Dallas County medical examiner’s office said Sherin Mathews was a victim of homicide but that he couldn’t provide any other details from the autopsy at this point. The Texas attorney general’s office must decide whether the full report can be released to the public, he said. Mathews said he had been trying to get the girl to drink milk in the garage of their home, according to an arrest affidavit filed by Richardson police. “Eventually the 3-year-old girl began to drink the milk. Wesley Mathews then physically assisted the 3-year-old girl in drinking the milk,” according...
  • These are the fastest speeding tickets in Texas in 2017

    01/03/2018 8:24:23 PM PST · by texas booster · 58 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/28/2017 | Heather Leighton reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety to ask about the fastest speeding tickets from January 1, 2017, to November 28, 2017, and out of the more than 230 tickets sent to us, all of them were faster than 120 mph. Now, the fastest speed limit in Texas is 80 mph, but 120 is still well over the limit and ranges into the category of reckless driving, which is identified by driving faster than 20 mph over the posted speed, according to local law firms. Because this information is provided by a state agency, tickets issued by...
  • Trump's ICE chief call to arrest mayors of 'sanctuary cities' seen as 'outrageous threat'

    01/03/2018 12:04:50 PM PST · by Mariner · 72 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 3rd, 2018 | Todd J. Gillman James Barragán
    WASHINGTON - The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants the Justice Department to prosecute mayors and other political leaders in so-called "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. "We need to hold these politicians accountable for their actions," Thomas Homan told Fox News. "This isn't the America I grew up in. We got to take these sanctuary cities on. We got to take them to court. And we got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes." Such a policy would dramatically raise the stakes for immigrant-friendly cities and states that have clashed with the administration....
  • Sens. Cruz, Heller, and Rubio Introduce Bill To Move U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem

    01/03/2017 5:01:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 108 replies ^ | January 3, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have introduced the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act, which would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and therefore recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital city. Currently, the U.S. Embassy is located in Tel Aviv. In a statement, Sen. Cruz said that it was "finally time" to move the embassy. “Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel,” Sen. Cruz said. “Unfortunately, the Obama administration's vendetta against the Jewish state has been so vicious that to even utter this simple truth - let alone the reality...
  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy Shows Why We Need Appropriations Reform

    12/28/2017 6:12:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | December28, 2017 | Jerry Rogers
    This week, SpaceX has been working diligently to drum up media coverage for the unveiling of the "Falcon Heavy," its reusable, super heavy lift rocket that may be used for deep space missions. While the media narrative SpaceX is pushing might look appealing, federal appropriators should proceed with extreme caution.SpaceX is advertising this rocket as "the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two." The company projects it has the potential to lift 119,000 pounds into space – twice the amount of the current leader. While the concept sounds good in theory, so have all the...
  • Boy discovered living in closet in west Harris Co. has meth in his system, investigators say

    01/03/2018 7:27:52 AM PST · by bgill · 36 replies
    abc13 ^ | Jan. 2, 2018 | Kevin Quinn
    Tests run on a little boy allegedly forced to live in a closet in west Harris County show he was exposed to meth, according to an attorney appointed to represent the boy's interests...He told investigators he had been locked in this closet, and according to testimony in court was "...not allowed out of it for hours at a time." He also told investigators "...his friends..." were the "...rats and roaches..." that would visit him. "He can articulate some things that are really shocking and surprising that tell us he was in there for a quite a length of time," Leal-Hudson...
  • Suspect leaves baby on the side of the road after stealing car

    01/02/2018 12:30:54 PM PST · by bgill · 20 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 2, 2018 | Calily Bien
    On Jan. 1, a woman told the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Office she left her car running with her 7-month-old child inside as she went into the Shell gas station located in the 21500 block of Aldine Westfield — which is northeast Harris County. While inside the store, an unknown man got into her car and took off with the baby inside. Deputies began immediately searching for the suspect and were able to find the baby left on the side of the road a few miles away from the gas station. The baby had no injuries and was reunited...