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.

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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.

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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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Sunday, September 14, 2014

More Deaths In Permian Basin After Oil Boom

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Over the years I have noticed that good financial times in Texas are usually related to a healthy oil and gas economy. Right now – thousands of jobs have been created in Texas energy companies – because of higher than normal oil prices. Along with those higher paying jobs - the number of people killed in the industry has increased substantially. It's a fact of life that nothing is ever really ALL GOOD OR ALL BAD and the oil and gas industry is no different. This oil boom cycle has seen more people killed in motor vehicle accidents - instead of while working on a drill rig. This increase in highway fatalities has earned Texas the title of 'the highest number of motor vehicle fatalities in the country.' California has a greater population than Texas – but when it comes to people dying in car accidents – we have surpassed them after this latest boom in energy.

Source: kbtx.com

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Are A&M & Baylor AP Football Rankings Justified?

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The new AP college football poll was released earlier today. Both Texas A&M and Baylor moved higher into the Top 10. Are these rankings justified? A&M fans will know for sure when they play Alabama – while Baylor will find out when they meet Oklahoma. It's been a fun preseason for the fans of both teams so far. My family has ties to both Baylor and Texas A&M - so I would like to see both teams do well. Conference play is just around the corner – so all questions about how good these two teams really are will be answered shortly.

Source: dallasnews.com

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Vote For Kai For Hero Dog Of The Year

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Tomorrow is the deadline to vote for Kai - an arson dog with the San Antonio Fire Department. If Kai is a finalist - $1500 will be given to charity. However – if Kai wins the title – a $6500 contribution will be given. To vote for Kai – click here to cast your vote.

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Eduardo Garcia Killed In Beaumont Car Accident

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In one of the worst car accidents I have ever seen - a young man from Beaumont lost his life early this morning. 27-year-old Eduardo Garcia from Groves Texas was killed around 2:30AM in a crash on Cardinal Drive at Highland. Garcia was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. It is not clear at this time exactly what happened – but police do not believe he was wearing a seatbelt.

Source: 12newsnow.com

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Adrian Peterson Like My Father & Grandfather

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It should come as no surprise to anyone how much things have changed over the past 50-years. When I was young, it was not uncommon for my father to give me a good spanking when I was bad. His father, my grandfather, did the same thing to him when he was a kid. However – the rules when it comes to corporal punishment have changed drastically over the years – to the point now when it is hardly ever allowed for a parent to strike their child under any circumstances. One may argue whether or not this new way of parenting is better or worse than the old way – but it's a fact that as a parent you will likely end up under arrest – if you use corporal punishment in disciplining your child. 50-years ago if a boy showed up at school with bruises and a black eye and told a teacher that his father did that to him – the teacher and police would just assume that the kid had messed up and had that beating coming to him. However - if that same thing happened today – the child would be taken away from his parents by CPS and the father would be spending time in jail. More than likely Adrian Peterson was only following his own experiences as a child when he disciplined his own son with such force that marks were left on the child's body. This world is constantly changing and whether we agree with those changes or not – we must obey the law and today the U.S. legal system is very clear that corporal punishment is not allowed anymore.

Source: khou.com

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Border Patrol Agent Tyler Robledo Killed Near Laredo

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An agent with the U.S. Border Patrol in Texas died this week when the SUV he was driving collided head-on with another vehicle. The accident occurred early Friday morning between Eagle Pass and Laredo. The driver of the other vehicle also died. Robledo was airlifted to a San Antonio hospital where he passed away a short time after arrival. The U.S. Border Patrol council released the following statement; “We all mourn this tragic loss and feel the pain of the death of one of our fellow agents. We are here for the family and will do all we can to help them and honor Agent Robledo.”

Source: breitbart.com

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April Turner From College Station Drown In Lick Creek Park

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There was a terrible accident in College Station this morning that left a 32-year-old woman dead. April Turner was taking her dog for a walk near Lick Creek Park when the dog went into the water and became distressed. Turner went into the swollen creek to rescue the dog and was swept away by the fast moving water. Police and rescue workers search for Turner all day and finally recovered her body around 6:00PM on Saturday evening. Lick Creek Park is located near Rock Prairie Road on the east side of Highway 6.

Source: kwtx.com

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EMS Employee Michael Howard Died In Leon County

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A man who had worked as an EMS for 22-years passed away this morning after responding to an emergency call. 46-year-old Michael Howard, from Leon County, passed away allegedly from a heart attack. Michael also worked as a TEEX instructor. An autopsy has been ordered.

Source: kbtx.com

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Help Find Missing Mariah Nicole Allen From Seagoville

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A young girl has gone missing in the small Texas town of Seagoville. Police and her family are asking the public for help in finding her. 12-year-old Mariah Nicole Allen has been missing since Friday morning. She never boarded the bus for school. Mariah's family believes she may be in the company of a boy from Spruce High School. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Mariah Allen, please contact the Seagoville Police Department.

Source: cbsdfw.com

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Richard Vivanco Killed In Lubbock Accident

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A man died in Lubbock County on Thursday night after a truck he was working on collapsed on top of him. 51-year-old Richard Vivanco was working on a large semi-truck at a residence at the time. This accident occurred on FM 2378 - between 66th and 82nd streets around 7:00PM.

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Another Person Murdered Responding To Craigslist Ad

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Millions of people use Craigslist everyday in Texas. For the most part - these transactions are good for both the buyer and seller. However – there are a growing number of people who are either getting ripped off when they meet at strange locations to do business or even worse they are ending up dead. While you would think everyone would use caution and good common sense when meeting a total stranger from Craigslist – that is not always the case – so there are folks who are getting robbed and murdered on a regular basis – just because of poor judgment. Just the other day - a person who met a stranger after responding to an ad on Craigslist near Houston to buy a Play Station ended up in the morgue instead. This person met the guy advertising the Play-Station in an apartment complex parking lot at night and within a short period of time he was shot and killed. It goes without saying that no one should travel to a strange dark parking lot at night to buy anything they saw advertised on Craigslist. What some people seem to forget is that the Internet is still more similar to the old 'Wild West' than it is to a shopping mall or movie theater. Always remember there are criminal elements in all walks of life and that is especially true when it comes to buying and selling stuff on Craigslist.

Source: 12newsnow.com

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Allen Mouton Killed In Little River-Academy Racetrack Accident

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A man from Killeen died on Friday night after he crashed his car while racing down a drag strip racetrack in Little River-Academy. There were no other injuries. The drag strip was open for racing Friday night and according to witnesses – Mouton lost control of his car about halfway down the racetrack. He then ran into a guardrail and came to rest after hitting a tree. No additional details are available at this time.

Source: kwtx.com

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Richardson ISD Academy Teacher Roger Kessler Arrested

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It was learned yesterday that a teacher at the Richardson ISD Academy has been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy from the school. 43-year-old Roger Kessler, known to most people as 'Joe', was taken into custody this week. To make matters worse, Kessler is HIV positive and admitted to police that he had sexual relations with the minor. Kessler was taken into custody by McKinney police after they were called to the boys home when the mother arrived and saw a strange man in the backyard. After further investigation, officers with the McKinney Police Department were able to learn that Kessler was in the backyard in a failed attempt to escape the premises as the mother returned home.

Source: dfw.cbslocal.com

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Kimberly Ann Rowell Killed In Amarillo Crash

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Early Friday morning, a woman from Amarillo lost her life in a car accident on SH-136. 42-year-old Kimberly Ann Rowell was pronounced dead at the scene after her 2001 SUV drifted into a ditch and rolled over. This accident occurred around 7:30AM. Few additional details are available at this time.

Source: connectamarillo.com

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Terrible Traffic Problems On I-35 In Austin

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For folks who live in Austin - that stretch of road between downtown and Ben White is something to be avoided at all cost. Travelers from near and far – usually referred to it as the parking lot of all Interstate highways. Most surveys that ask drivers what's the most congested highway in Texas - usually rank I-35 at the top of the list. We Texans always like to think big and bold – so this year Houston worked really hard and one of the freeways there earned the number one position as most congested roadway in Texas. Somehow the 610 North Loop is even more crowded and slow now than I-35 in Austin. Congratulations Houston! Honestly though - I doubt many Houstonians will be rushing to phone their friends beaming with pride over this new accomplishment.

Source: chron.com

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Is Panhandling Ban In San Antonio Illegal?

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Last week my wife and I spent a few days in San Antonio on vacation. While we were there - several people asked us for money in downtown and on the Riverwalk. I usually just say no when someone asks for money - simply because I expect any monetary contribution I make to them will quickly be taken to a nearby liquor store and spent on booze. During our vacation in San Antonio we saw a news story on television that talked about the desire of the police chief there to make it a criminal offense for anyone to give money to a panhandler on the street. I must admit I was shocked when I heard this news and thought to myself that such a law would probably be unconstitutional. Over the past week - the Chief of Police in San Antonio has continued his lobbying efforts of city council members to pass his 'no panhandling' bill. Folks - I know none of us enjoy being approached on the street by people who are asking for money. That said, it is completely insane for a city to decide to punish honest citizens who make the decision to help out their fellow man by giving them a dollar or two. San Antonio is a wonderful place to visit - but many people will just decide to go somewhere else – if the local police department decides to start writing visitors tickets - simply because they made the choice to offer a small amount of money to some homeless person living on the streets.

Source: texasmonthly.com

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Baylor Bears On The Road In Buffalo

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The final score of the 2013 game between the Baylor Bears and Buffalo Bulls was 70-13 and it's extremely possible that the final score tomorrow will be even worse for the Bulls. In 2013, the Baylor Bears were ranked 23rd in the nation, this year they are in the number 8 position. Last year, Bryce Petty was the starting quarterback for the Bears and he is expected to play again on Friday. For fans of teams like Baylor - these non-conference games are fun - because the level of talent is tipped so far to one side - it's almost impossible for the other team to compete. I've been a Baylor Bears fan for a long time and I don't have to remember back too many years when it was Baylor who was the victims of these huge blowouts – instead of the other teams. Like most other fans, I am eager to see conference play begin and my biggest hope for the game tomorrow night is for Bryce Petty to not injure himself further.

Source: usatoday.com

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Joe Aguero Somerset High Graduate Killed In Accident

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A young man died in a one car motor vehicle accident Wednesday on FM 476 and Hartung Road. 20-year-old Joe Aguero was returning home from work when he lost control of his vehicle. He was allegedly on the phone with a family member at the time of the crash. The small Texas town of Somerset is located only a few miles southwest of San Antonio. Aguero graduated from Somerset High School in 2013. Friends, family and hometown residents are raising money to help his loved ones pay for his final expenses.

Source: ksat.com

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David Anderson Killed In Austin Plane Crash

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Police in Austin have identified the man who died in a plane crash there, yesterday. 55-year-old David S. Anderson was the only person on board when a plane went down near E. State Highway 71 and South FM 973. According to the FAA, the small airplane departed from Dallas Executive Airport earlier in the day. There were no radio communications from the pilot regarding any problems before the crash. The crash started a grass fire in the area, which was put out in short order by the Austin Fire Department.

Source: kvue.com

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Should Jerry Jones Settle Lawsuit Against Him?

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If you've read this blog for long, you know that I am no fan of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. However, it appears that he is being falsely accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit that was filed this week. Even if you ignore that fact that the plaintiff did not file her lawsuit before the statue of limitations had expired, the very idea that she is now coming forward to talk about her pain and suffering for an alleged event that took place back in 2009 is totally ridicules. I expect this lawsuit to be thrown out of court before it ever sees the light of day. However, if Dallas Cowboys fans could sue Jerry Jones for destroying 'America's Team' with his poor choices in selecting coaches and players. I would totally support that lawsuit.

Source: dallasnews.com

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Little Girl Left Alone On School Bus

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In the town of Andrews, Texas a little girl was recently left on a school bus for 4-hours. This happened during the hottest part of the day and when she was finally found she was drenched in sweat. It was first learned that the 4-year-old girl, Zereniti, was missing when her mother showed up at school and was told she had already been check out. It appears that Zereniti was left on that school bus, by herself, from 11:30AM until 3:00PM. The school district has not made a formal statement about what happened, but I'm sure one will be forthcoming. The little girl was taken to a local emergency room and after being cleared she returned home with her mom. Andrews is located about 35-miles north of Odessa, Texas.

Source: newswest9.com

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kimmy Longbotham Killed By Drunk Driver

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Back on May the 2nd there was a traffic accident in Temple that claimed the life of a student from Temple High School. 18-year-old Kimberlyn Longbotham died from injuries she suffered when her vehicle was hit. On Wednesday, results of a blood-alcohol test on the man, Calvin Vickers, who hit her was released to the public. Those test show that Vickers was more than three times over the legal limit when he crashed into Longbotham. Vickers was taken to a local hospital, but he also died a few days after the wreck. Longbotham was planning to becoming a teacher and was enrolled to attend Texas State College after her high school graduation.

Source: kwtx.com

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Carla Snow Killed In Amarillo Accident

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A woman died early Wednesday morning in Amarillo when she was hit by two cars while trying to cross Interstate 40. It is not known at this time, why she was trying to cross this busy freeway. According to police, Snow was hit by one car and then a short time later another vehicle also ran over her. She died at the scene. This accident occurred around 4:00AM in the 2400 block of I-40 East. At this time, no charges have been filed against either driver. Testing is underway to determine is Snow was impaired at the time she tried to cross the Interstate.

Source: connectamarillo.com

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Tim Miller From Equusearch On Christina Morris' Disappearance

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The first time I heard the name Tim Miller it was back when Casey Anthony was under suspension in the disappearance of her daughter, Caylee. Fast forward a few years, and that same man is now helping friends, family and the Plano Police Department in their search for another missing young woman, Christina Morris. What I like best about Tim Miller is his honesty not only with the families of the missing, but also with the news media and the public in general. Yesterday, Miller suggested that when Christina Morris is finally found, it will most likely not be a positive outcome. While I agree with Miller that it is probable that Morris met her demise at the hands of some sick human being, it is remotely possible that she was kidnapped and is still alive. Everyday when I check the news to learn addition information about this missing person's case, my mind always goes back to Elizabeth Smart and how almost everyone believed she was dead, but in the end she was alive all along after being kidnapped by some mentally deranged individual. With the information I have right now, I choose to believe that Christina Morris is alive and being held against her will somewhere in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. I see nothing beneficial or positive in expecting the worst at this time.

Source: wfaa.com

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Tyler Caraway Killed By Round Rock & Austin Police Officers

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On Monday night, 24-year-old Tyler Caraway was shot and killed by police officers from Austin and Round Rock, Texas. The FBI was involved in this traffic stop that went wrong, as well, but did not fire their weapons. The Austin Police chief claims that upon being pulled over by law enforcement officers, Caraway jumped out of his car and began firing a gun at the officers. Those officers then returned fire, killing Caraway. A passenger in Caraway's car, Jessica Schoonover, told an Austin TV station reporter that she did not see a gun in his possession. Schoonover's story does not match the one told by the police officers. According to her, Caraway never made it out of the car before he was shot. This police officer involved shooting remains under investigation.

Source: kxan.com

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Computer Stolen From Dentist Vonica Chau's Office

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It seems like everyday there is another news story about someone hacking into our personal information or just stealing it the old fashion way. This story involves the second example. Recently, someone broke into the dental office of Dr. Vonica Chau in Arlington Texas and stole a computer. Sadly, that computer was loaded with extremely private information belonging to Dr. Chau's patients. What concerns me the most is this theft occurred between August 23 and the 25th, but the potential victims are just now being notified of the crime. We have seen long delays in reporting this type of criminal behavior before at both Target and more recently Home Depot. The computer that was stolen from Dr. Chau's office contained information including name, age, date-of-birth and social security numbers belonging to more than 500 patients. While it might be impossible to stop criminals from hacking into private networks or simply sealing a computer from an office, it should not take a week or more for the potential victims of this type identity theft to be notified about what happened.

Source: nbcdfw.com

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Red Raiders Next Game Brings Back Old Memories

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Many people reading this will not remember the last time the Texas Tech Red Raiders played the Arkansas Razorbacks, but I do. That game took place in 1991, long before the Red Raiders moved to the 'Big 12'. Back then, the biggest and best teams in this part of the country played in the Southwest Conference. In some ways, I miss those days gone by when college football conferences were divided into regional groups of teams making it was easy to drive to away football games on Saturday. Of course, the Southwest Conference is no more and some pundits believe the 'Big 12' might not survive in future years either. That said, it will be a blast from the past this weekend when the Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the Arkansas Razorbacks and I am looking forward to watching it.

Source: kcbd.com

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