Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Galaxy Drive-In - Euless, Texas

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There are still a few drive-in movie locations open in Texas, but not many.

Showing this week at the Galaxy in Euless:

*The Book of Life
*Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
*Fury

Showtimes: 'When it gets dark'.

If you still have a drive-in theater close to you, post a comment with it's name, the city where it's located and what movie(s) are showing this week.

This will be fun!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

$140 Million Grand Prairie Grand Alps Ski Resort Coming Soon

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Yesterday the City of Grand Prairie announced that Grand Alps Resort and Hard Rock International are planning to construct a new $140 million, 350,000-square-foot ski facility and a $75 million Hard Rock Hotel on Belt Line Road north of I-30 in Grand Prairie. What a neat idea!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Texas Quail Season Oct. 25, 2014 - Feb. 22, 2015

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Anyone ready for quail season?

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Nurse Nina Pham's Ebola Timeline, Her Condition Continues To Improve

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Please pray for Nina Pham. She is a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a sick patient in her care.

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Update 10/15/2014 @ 04:00 AM CST: 2nd healthcare worker in Dallas tests positive for Ebola virus.

Update 10/15/2014 @ 01:00 AM CST: When Nina first became ill, the director of the CDC seemed to point the finger of blame at her for not obeying established Ebola protocol. However, it now appears it was NOT Nina's fault at all. But instead insufficient protective gear and poorly written protocol instructions from the CDC and the hospital itself that lead to her exposure.

Update 10/15/2014 @ 12:00 AM CST: According to Texas Health Resources, Nina's condition continues to improve. Her condition has been upgraded to 'GOOD'.

Update: 10/14/2014 @ 11:00 PM CST: Nina's father Tien Pham told CBS 11 in Dallas that his daughter is in high spirits. He said she is running a small fever, but has not experienced diarrhea or nausea at this time.

Update 10/14/2014 @ 02:25 PM CST: Doctor on CNN demonstrates how difficult it can be to remove protective clothing contaminated with Ebola virus.

Update 10/14/2014 @ 01:45 PM CST: Dallas mayor tells Fox News that Nina's little dog is being well cared for in isolation. At this point, the dog shows no sign of illness.

Update 10/14/2014 @ 12:00 PM CST: Nina Pham released the following statement "I'm doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers. I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world here at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas."

Update 10/13/2014 @ 10:00 PM CST: Pham is reportedly resting comfortably tonight in the same hospital where she was exposed to Ebola.

Update 10/13/2014 @ 08:30 PM CST: Nina has reported received a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ed Sorensen On KWTX Will Take Some Getting Use To

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News Channel 10, KWTX TV, has been a daily part of my life since moving to Waco back in 1983. Monday night, a new sports anchor by the name of Ed Sorensen joined the 6 and 10 o'clock news and the first thing I noticed was how different his personality was compared to Julie, Rusty and Gordon. In fact, I told my wife that he certainly did not fit the mold of the traditional sportscaster viewers have seen for decades. Apparently, KWTX management has made the decision to turn Channel 10 sports into the same type of program DFW viewers have found on Channel 8 there with Dale Hansen for years. Time will tell if this type of change will work in Waco, Temple and Killeen over the long haul.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Jerry Leon Hermes Jr. Allegedly Murders Wife In Cold Blood

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Police are asking the public for help in finding a man who allegedly shot his wife multiple times while she sat in the front seat of a Chevrolet Suburban SUV – while their three children sat in the back seat. Afterward the husband – Jerry Leon Hermes Jr. - fled the scene leaving his three children in the vehicle with their dying mother. The children range in age from 5 to 10 years old. Lisa Hermes – age 32 of New Braunfels – has been pronounced dead. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Comal County Crime Stoppers at (830) 620-TIPS or the Guadalupe County Crime Stoppers Tipline at (877) 403-8477.

Source: ksat.com

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John Randall Cox Killed In Traffic Accident

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A man from Midland County Texas lost his life on Sunday afternoon when a big rig truck made a u-turn from the side of the road - causing him to collide with it. 49-year-old John Randall Cox was pronounced dead at the scene. This accident occurred around 5:00PM on State Highway 158, 11 miles east of the City of Midland. Law enforcement officers are investigating this fatal crash.

Source: newswest9.com

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Deputy Mike Naylor's Obituary, Funeral & Burial Information

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46-year-old Michael Joe Naylor, a deputy with the Midland County Sheriff's Office was murdered last week while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a known sexual predator. The suspect, Dan Higgins, age 37, is expected to be charged with the capital murder of a police officer, a death penalty offense, next week. Sergeant Naylor joined Midland County Sheriff's Department in 1999. He was also a retired member of the United States Air Force. Visitation will be on Monday, October 13th, from 6pm to 8pm at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at Crestview Baptist Church in Midland on Tuesday, October 14th, at 10:00am. Burial will be at Prairie Haven Cemetery on Tuesday at 3:00pm MST in Hobbs, New Mexico. We should all live each day to the fullest because none of us know for sure, if tomorrow will ever come.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dakota Wayne Beck Killed In Lubbock Accident

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Dakota Wayne Beck, age 19, of New Braunfels was killed early Saturday morning in a traffic accident near Lubbock. The crash occurred around 5:00AM at the intersection of FM 835 and East County Road 7100, not far from Buffalo Springs Lake. Adam Juan Medina, also age 19, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Mike Naylor, Sheriff's Deputy in Midland County, Killed In The Line-Of-Duty

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It was a tough day for the city of Midland.

Midland County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Naylor was shot and killed while serving a arrest warrant for a child sexual predator.

"There was an exchange of gunfire," Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter said. "A lot of shots were fired, but the initial shot--the first shot--was a surprise to everyone, and he dropped Sergeant Naylor with the first shot."

Helicopters circled the neighborhood at the 3800 block of County Road 1247 for hours. Homes in the area were even evacuated as 37-year-old Dan Higgins barricaded himself in his home.

Source: newswest9.com

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Are You Tired Of Negative TV Ads From Greg Abbott & Wendy Davis?

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Anyone else besides me already tired of all those negative political ads being run on TV by Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis? There are enough real problems in this state, without candidates making up lies about each other just to win an election.

The sad truth is that negative ads work, so what does that say about average voters like you and me?

For the next 30-days - I will have my have my finger on the the remote control 'mute' button so that my evenings of watching TV will not be ruined by grayed out pictures of candidates undergoing full blown character assassination.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dakota Lee Ross-Hall Choked On Baby Wipe

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One year old Dakota Lee Ross-Hall is in a Lubbock hospital. David Hall is Dakota's biological father, he reached out to NewsWest 9 after he saw our story on Tuesday night.

He says Dakota's future looks grim. Hall is frustrated because he claims he's getting different stories from doctors and Child Protective Services about what happened to his son.      

"Honestly, I don't know because I've got four different stories now. The only thing consistently is that he swallowed a baby wipe," Dakota's Father, David Hall said.

Click Here to read the full story on Newswest9.com

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Should Texans Fear The Spread Of Ebola?

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Some school age children had contact with a man diagnosed with Ebola and are being monitored for signs of the virus, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday.

The children were in school this week after possibly being in contact with the man over the weekend, Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles said Wednesday, but he said they're showing no symptoms.

As an added precaution, Miles says additional health and custodial staff will be at the schools the students attend.

Click Here to read the full story from KWTX.com

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Evelyn Villarreal, Age 6, Friday Funeral

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A community gathered together on Wednesday to mourn a little girl killed in a tragic accident Sept. 27.

Evelyn Villarreal, 6, was killed after being run over by her aunt, Adelfa Barron, as she dropped her off at a birthday party.

She was airlifted to University Hospital, but later died.

Click Here to read more from KSAT.com

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Liz Mitchell Is A Walking Talking Miracle

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This story is about a journey testing courage, faith, and love.

"I went from a 32-year-old woman that was healthy, having a boyfriend who really never saw me with a hair out of place... to lying in a bed in a diaper," said Liz Mitchell.

She said she was on her balcony playing with her dog one day, when she leaned back too far, and fell right between the guard rails, landing on her head.

Click Here to read the whole story from WFAA.com

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Marcus Robinson Shot & Killed In Arlington On Sunday

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A 16-year-old boy died late Sunday night after he was shot outside the Crestbluff Condominiums located at Crest Grove and Crest Line Drives. The shooting occurred around 9:45PM and when police and EMS personnel arrived on the scene they found Marcus Robinson critically wounded. Robinson was transported to Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital where we was pronounced dead a short time after arrival. Robinson was a student at Lamar High School and was listed as a freshman – before he withdrew from the school last February.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Gainesville Remembers NCTC Students Killed In Crash

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Citizens of Gainesville Texas gathered together Sunday night to pay tribute to four North Central Texas College students who died on Friday night after the driver of an 18-wheeler-truck crossed a median and hit their bus. Brooke Deckard, age 20, of Blue Ridge; Jaiden Pelton, age 20, of Telephone; Meagan Richardson, age 19, of Wylie; and Katelynn Woodlee, age 18, of Wisdom all died at the scene of the accident. Over the next couple of weeks, NCTC has pledge to help the crash survivors, fellow students and family members start their journey back to normalcy. Like most small towns in Texas – Gainesville residents will pull together and help those in need after this terrible tragedy.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Jerry Wilson Hit By Car & Killed In Vidor On Saturday

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A Jefferson County man lost his life on Saturday night after being hit by a car – while walking down a road. 41-year-old Jerry Wilson passed away after he was hit from behind by a car on Highway 90 near Keith Road. There were no street lights and it is likely the driver of the car did not see Wilson until it was too late. He died at the scene.

Source: 12newsnow.com

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Josue Rios From Andrews Killed In Traffic Accident

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A young man died in a motor vehicle wreck in Martin County Texas early Saturday morning. 28-year-old Josue Rios' lost his life around 6:30AM on State Highway 176 near Tarzan. This was a one-vehicle accident where police believe Rios over-corrected his vehicle, rolled over and then came to rest in a cotton field. Rios was pronounced dead at the scene.

Source: newswest9.com

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

NCTC Students Meagan Richardson - Brooke Deckard - Katelynn Woodlee - Jaiden Pelton – Killed In Crash

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Four students from North Central Texas College lost their lives last night in a horrific traffic accident in Oklahoma. 19-year-old Meagan Richardson – 20-year-old Brooke Deckard – 18-year-old Katelynn Woodlee and 20-year-old Jaiden Pelton all died from injuries they suffered in this wreck. The NCTC students were on their way home – in a team bus – when a big rig truck veered into oncoming traffic and hit them. The accident occurred near Davis, Oklahoma late Friday night.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Everyone Knows Someone With Cancer

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There are many illnesses in the world today – but one of the worst is cancer. So many people have died from cancer in my family over the years – that I have lost count. With all the money that has been donated and spent on cancer research – everyone hoped that this dreaded disease would have been defeated by now. There has been massive progress made in fighting many forms of cancer and that's the good news. However – some types of cancer like pancreatic are pretty much a death sentences for 90% plus of those who are diagnosed. Joan Lunden is pictured above before undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Like many other cancer victims – Lunden is taking a proactive approach to the gradual loss of hair that occurs while undergoing treatment. I personally believe the only way to defeat cancer – once and for all – is to continue research into vaccines that will teach our own immune systems to battle cancer in the same way it protects us from other dangerous viruses and bacterias. There has been progress made on that front - with some of the best results being seen in the fight against Lymphoma. The permanent demise of cancer will likely take many more decades – but it appears researchers are finally on the right track to end this monster – once and for all.

Source: cnn.com

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Is Cash Safer Than Credit / Debit Cards

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With all the recent news about hackers breaking into banks and businesses to steal credit and debit card numbers – some people are going back to cash to make future purchases. I even watched one expert promoting this idea recently on CNN. There is no doubt that Americans are getting very concerned about credit and debit card security after Target and now Home Depot admit to losing customers private information to hackers. So does it make sense to cut those credit and debit cards in half and start paying for future purchases with cash? Maybe yes – BUT. The most important thing to remember is this; when money is stolen from you after your credit or debit card number is compromised – federal law protects your money from fraudulent expenditures. In other words – you get your money back. However – if you decide to walk around with a wallet filled with cash and that pocketbook is stolen – then you are out all that money and no one will step in to make you whole. It is popular for TV news programs to talk up the benefits of using cash instead of credit and debit cards these days – but most of the time they do no address the issue of getting your money back – if a card number is stolen. All of this new credit card fraud is making American's very nervous and with good reason. However – before you cut up your debit or credit card and start carrying around hundreds of dollars in cash – please remember you will recover absolutely nothing for anyone – if your cash is stolen.

Source: consumer.gov

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Soldier Virginia Caballero One Of America's Finest

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We owe so much to U.S. soldiers and their families – especially during these times of terrorism and murder around the world. This story is not about a member of the U.S. military who died in battle somewhere – but about a young woman who passed away on a flight back to the United States from Kuwait. Friends – family and fellow service members have all told stories about how full of life Staff Sergeant Virginia Caballero was and how her smile could light up any room she entered. Caballero died on September 13th as she was flying back to the United States. It is believed a blood clot broke free inside her body and traveled to her heart. She died instantly. A funeral service for Caballero was held this week at the Abernathy Texas High School – which was packed to capacity. Along the route from the high school to the local cemetery – hundreds of people lined up and held American flags in honor of Caballero. After a grave site service she was honored with a 21-gun salute. Sergeant Virginia Caballero loved the military and the United States of America and we should all be grateful that soldiers like Sergeant Caballero work in places we would never want to go - in order to protect our liberty and way-of-life.

Source: kcbd.com

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Please Pray For Pecos River Flooding Victims

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It's been a tough week for hundreds of West Texas residents living near the Pecos River. Heavy water flow from the Dark Canyon Draw in New Mexico has caused the Pecos River to swell to record high levels in Texas. Tuesday was a terrible day as waters rushed in. However – Thursday is expected to be even worse as river levels rise again. The population in West Texas has grown in recent years along with higher crude oil prices. However - it is not uncommon to travel for miles down a highway there and see absolutely nothing but cattle grazing and the occasional tumble weed blowing across the road in front of you. While the western part of Texas is not highly populated – the folks who live out there are some of the nicest people you could ever meet. We should all say a prayer for these fine hard working folks and ask God Almighty to give them strength during these difficulties. If you would like to help with a monetary gift – please contact your local Red Cross and ask that your donation be directed to Pecos River flood victims.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

White House Secret Service Under Criticism

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After a Texas man - Omar Gonzalez - jumped a White House fence on Friday – the U.S. government agency in charge of protecting the building and the First Family have come under criticism from some in the news media and Washington political leaders. What concerns folks the most is that Gonzalez was not only able to jump the fence and enter the White House grounds – but he made it all the way into the building before security captured and place him under arrest. To my knowledge – no one in modern history has made it that far into the White House grounds and everyone who cares about this great nation should be concerned that this happened. Back on September 11th, 2001 – the United States was totally caught off-guard when terrorist attacked the homeland. However – in 2014 – there are terrorist on television everyday pledging to anyone who will listen their desire to hurt the United States in any way possible. Personally – I believe the U.S. Secret Service is doing a great job in protecting the President and other important leaders. This new politically correct society we have created for ourselves has caused government agencies - like the U.S. Secret Service - to second guess their actions at the worst possible time. What do you thing the news media would be writing about today – if an agent shot and killed Omar Gonzalez – rather than letting him get inside the White House before he was arrested? My guess is they would be criticizing the U.S. Secret Service for being trigger happy – rather than their current storyline of saying they are incompetent or lazy. In the world today and especially in Washington D.C. there are no longer any issues that are universally considered right or wrong. In that kind of world – it doesn't matter - if the Secret Service did everything by the book or not. They will be criticized either way by quick rush-to-judgment reporters and politicians. The President of the United States has said that he has full confidence in the U.S. Secret Service and when you consider it is his life and that of his family they are in charge of protecting – maybe the news media and politicians should find another issue to gripe about and cut them some slack?

Source: cnn.com

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Hero Texan Angela Radtke Saved Child

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A San Antonio Texas man was taken into police custody on Saturday after he left a small child locked in a car – while he went shopping at an H.E.B. supermarket. Thankfully – the child did not suffer serious injuries – because a passerby saw what had happened and took matters into her own hands. After being unsuccessful in locating the parents of the child - Angela Radtke - used a crowbar to smash in the front windshield in order to gain access and freed the child. A short time later – the reported father of the child - 36-year-old Richard Elliot was located and after questioning by police he was arrested and charged with child endangerment. Considering the amount of stories in the news about the deaths of numerous children this summer - why does this keep happening? The government is already moving at a record pace to take away rights from parents and this type of stupidity will only make matters worse for law abiding Texans in the future who don't fit what the government considers to be a good parent. I remember someone telling me once that a person needed a license to be a doctor – lawyer or even a plumber – but any idiot can become a parent. While that statement is brutally blunt – it is most certainly the truth. All parents should know instinctively that closed cars can heat-up to deadly temperatures within a few short minutes. While this father deserves and will receive the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his day in court – common sense should suggest to anyone that a child should never be left alone in a car – whether it is hot that day or not. It is entirely likely that child is alive today - because of the fast - fearless and heroic actions of Angela Radtke from San Antonio. All Texans should be proud of what she did.

Source: ksat.com

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Funeral / Visitation Times Set For Deputy Jessica Hollis

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Last week ended with the terrible news that a Senior Deputy with the Travis County Sheriff's Office had been killed when rising flood waters washed away her car. It only took rescue workers half an hour to find her patrol unit – but it wasn't until many hours later that her body was recovered in Lake Austin. Deputy Jessica Hollis was checking low water crossings after heavy rains near Austin Texas when she herself - became the victim of rising water. Hollis, age 37, had been employed with the Travis County Sheriff's Office for 7-years. Jessica leaves behind a husband, 12-year-old son and hundreds of fellow law enforcement officers who will miss her very much. Visitation for Deputy Hollis has been scheduled from 6:00-9:00PM at the Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville Texas on Tuesday. Her funeral will take place at 10:00AM on Wednesday at the Hill Country Bible Church - located at 12124 Ranch Road 620 N. Afterward – she will be buried at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery with full police honors.

Source: odmp.org

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Omar Gonzalez From Copperas Cove Arrested At The White House

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A man from Copperas Cove Texas was arrested Friday night in Washington D.C. after he allegedly jumped a fence and ran toward the building. 42-year-old Omar J. Gonzales was taken into custody by the U.S. Secret Service. After his arrest, Gonzales was transported to a hospital after complaining of chest pain. Neither President Obama or his family were at home when this incursion occurred. It is unknown at this time what reason - if any - Gonzales gave to the Secret Service after his arrest - for climbing over a fence at the White House. It is well known that the White House is one of the most protected buildings in the world. However – ever year a few people decide to jump the fence and they are always quickly arrested. Some parts of the White House complex were briefly evacuated when this incursion occurred. If there is additional important information released about this story over the weekend – this post will be update.

Source: kwtx.com

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Is Political Correctness Destroying America?

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Most people use the term political correctness to describe different things – but in the end it does not matter what the issues are – because all political correctness is designed to control the actions and behaviors of others. From an early age we are thought to mind our own business and if someone else's actions bother us we should just look away and ignore them. For the most part – that is sound advice which is going unheeded by many in the world today. From recent NFL scandals - to same sex marriage - to the food police – there are millions of well meaning people who believe it is their mission in life to change the behavior of others. Just the other day - I read about some person or group who wants Olive Garden to stop giving customers unlimited bread-sticks. These folks are just down right control freaks who need to get a life for themselves. Have you ever seen one spokesperson representing these groups ever look happy when interviewed on TV? I know I haven't and that's because they are not happy. They are completely miserable and to quote an old saying 'misery loves company.' While the 'food police' are bad – in more recent days groups of women have been out in force trying to punish the NFL for the 'off-the field' violence being committed by some of their players against women. I almost fell out of my chair when I heard a spokesperson for one of these groups tell a reporter the other day that it would help the NFL if they gave money to groups like hers. Now how is that going to help protect women from abusers? I personally think law enforcement should lockup men and women who use violence against any person - whether they are in a relationship or not. How will punishing the NFL as a brand protect the health and well being of women? The NFL violence against women and food police issues are usually supported by liberals in this country. In my last example – the opposition to same sex marriage – is a poster child issue for political conservatives. Like their liberal brothers and sisters – American conservatives believe they have the right to decide who can marry whom in the United States. For the life of me I cannot understand how someone wanting to marry another person of the same sex is hurting anyone. So why is it so important to try and control the behavior of homosexuals? Simply put – most conservatives are Christians and the bible teachers that homosexuality is a sin. Here again is an example of how everyone would be better served – if folks would just mind their own business and let others be. Is political correctness destroying America? In my opinion not yet – but we only need to look in other countries around the world like Iraq and Syria to learn what happens to a society when one group of people try and force their beliefs, opinions and values on others.

Source: nbcnews.com

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Is Lottery's Fun 5's Scratch-off A Ripoff?

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There are more than a few people who play the Texas Lottery who feel ripped off by the scratch off game Fun 5's. I must admit that even after reading the rules - I am confused too. The problem revolves around the rules of the game – which state: 'Reveal a money bag symbol in the 5X box, win 5 times that prize.' That explanation sounds clear to me, but in reality it is as clear as mud. When you look at the picture above – it says '5X Box' right above where the bag of money is shown. That ticket should be a winner – right? Not so fast. The Texas Lottery Commission says that people are misunderstanding the rules. According to them, this other line in the rules 'Reveal three 5 symbols in any one row, column or diagonal to win the money bag symbol' explains why those tickets are not winners. I have a real problem with the State of Texas selling lotto tickets with rules so complicated it takes a lawyer to figure out whether someone won on a scratch off game or not. There is something wrong with any lottery commission who uses tactic like this to sell lotto tickets to folks who are many times down on their luck and spending their last buck on a 'pie-in-the-sky' ticket that appears like a winner – but really is not.

Source: 12newsnow.com

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Acute Alcohol Intoxication Caused Dalton Debrick's Death

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Most folks already suspected that alcohol played a role in the death of Dalton Debrick several weeks ago – but the Lubbock medical examiner solidified those fears on Tuesday when he released his findings. Acute Alcohol Intoxication was the cause of Dalton Debrick's death. This is not the first or the last time a college student will died from overconsumption of alcohol – but it's a tragedy every single time it happens. I did not know Dalton or any of his previous history as a high school student in Irving, Texas. While it is possible he was into drinking in high school – my gut tells me that he was not and that is why he drank more alcohol than his young body could process. It does concern me that he was 'rushing' in order to join the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity at Texas Tech. Everyone understands what goes on when a young freshman is eager to get accepted into a fraternity. Yes – the rules have been tightened to prevent hazing – but if anyone takes the time to examine what really is going on they will release it still happens. I think it is absolutely terrible that Dalton Debrick was left alone to die in that Lubbock house. We were all young once and that false sense of feeling 'bullet proof' is still alive and well today. It could be Dalton's death was brought about by his own poor judgment. However – it's good to know that the Lubbock Police Department will continue to investigate this case.

Source: lubbockonline.com

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Finally Doing The Right Thing For Timothy Cole

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Back in 1985 a student at Texas Tech University was convicted and sent to prison for the crime of rape. He always maintained his innocence - even until the day he died in prison in 1999. After Cole's death – it was proven through DNA testing that he indeed was a wrongly convicted man. On Wednesday – Texas Governor Rick Perry and a host of other state and national dignitaries will pay tribute to Cole in a ceremony on the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock. At 2:00PM a privately-funded granite and bronze statue of Cole will be dedicated at 19th and University. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are expected to attend this dedication ceremony. Timothy Cole was the first man in Texas history to be posthumously exonerated by a governor. This story should concern anyone who has fought for the truth in our criminal justice system. Is it really that hard to believe that Texas might have wrongfully convicted someone for murder and then killed that innocent person in a state sponsored execution? That's something all Texans should think long and hard about.

Source: kcbd.com

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Greg Abbott Jobs From California Wheelchair Ad

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has released a new television commercial that I like a lot. In this ad – Abbott is seen in his wheelchair rolling across a huge map of the United States from California to Texas. While he is making this journey – Abbott is talking about the hundreds of companies who have relocated from California to Texas. There are some pundits who believe the 2014 election for Governor of Texas will revolve around issues like immigration and abortion – but it appears Greg Abbott believes that major issue will be jobs. I like this political ad for another reason as well. Rather than trying to hide the fact he cannot walk like President Roosevelt did during World War II – Attorney General Abbott is telling millions of Texas voters that he is not a helpless victim. Wendy Davis is fighting an uphill battle to win this race as a Democrat in one of the most 'red states' in the country. At least for now – Abbott is doing what is necessary to become the next Governor of Texas.

Source: blog.chron.com

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Do The Dallas Cowboys Play Better On-The-Road?

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When I watched the Dallas Cowboys play the Tennessee Titans yesterday I could not believe what I was watching. The Cowboys actually looked pretty good for a change. Even though there were some definite bumps in the their road to victory – the most important thing that happened on Sunday was they won the game. I don't know what the statistics are when it comes to the number of games the Dallas Cowboys win at home compared to on-the-road – but there is no doubt the team played better against the Titans than the 49ers the week before at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Don't get me wrong – AT&T Stadium is a castle compared to most NFL football stadiums. However - if the Cowboys would just win more games this year – I wouldn't care where the competition took place. I know it's not a good idea to allow anyone or anything affect a person's mood – but it's a proven fact that I feel and act better on Monday's when the Dallas Cowboys win.

Source: dallascowboys.com

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SpaceX Rocket Testing Near Waco In McGregor

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It's an exciting time to live near the Central Texas town of McGregor. A company called SpaceX is testing different types of rockets and on several days and nights per month - hundreds of residents may walk out on their porch and watch these amazing tests. Like many of you I expect - I grew up watching the U.S. manned space program go from nothing to putting many men on the moon and bringing them safely back home. For the past decade – the U.S. space program has become boring. However - in recent months the future has starting to look bright again and the center of this new push to go even deeper into space is based in McGregor Texas. A few weeks ago – while testing a new rocket – there was a malfunction at the SpaceX Central Texas facility. You may have watched on YouTube as that rocket ship was destroyed in mid-flight after something went wrong. I believe in the months and years to come – thousands of Texas will plan their vacations around the rocket testing schedule at SpaceX in McGregor. I never get tired of watching these amazing spaceships blastoff from the planet Earth.

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Miss Texas Monique Evans Did Not Win 2014 Competition

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A student from the University of Texas represented the Lone Star State last night in the Miss America pageant in New Jersey. 22-year-old Monique Evans did not win - but she did Texas proud. Call me old fashion – but I liked the old Miss America pageant better – before the new folks took over several years ago. While Bert Parks could not carry a tune in a bucket during his last few years as the host of the show – I would always tune in at least to hear him bellow out his trademark song 'There She Is – Miss America.' Another reason I liked the Miss America pageants from the past better – is because Miss Texas was usually the odds on favorite to be one of the final two contestants. What's with this Miss New York winning the competition three years in a row? I like New York – but everyone should know that the smartest and most beautiful women on this planet live in the state of Texas.

Source: kbtx.com

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