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  • Contractor who stole property gets 30 years ["smear campaign" imprisons another African American]

    09/15/2012 4:54:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 14, 2012 | Lise Olsen
    Despite an unusual plea for leniency from Houston's city controller, five-time felon and swindler Dwayne Jordon was handed a 30-year sentence Friday after admitting to stealing 23 properties from rightful owners by forging deeds and building new homes on pilfered land. He then resold the properties to unsuspecting victims. Harris County District Judge David Mendoza said he weighed competing factors to find a "sentence that fit the crime." He said he considered Jordon's construction work on stolen and legitimate lots in a blighted neighborhood, evidence of his continuing scams while free on bond and Jordon's role as a father and...
  • Spider halts highway project - Lefties cheer

    09/13/2012 7:44:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    September 13, 2012
    A rare spider has caused a San Antonio highway construction project to be shut down - because of the Endangered Species Act. People on our side of the fence are properly upset. Here are a couple threads: Blind Spider Discovery Halts Development Of Texas HighwayRare spider found in Texas shuts down $15M million construction project Needless to say, the neo-Marxist freaks on the other side are overjoyed. I found an article at The Huffington Post. I scrolled down to read the comments and almost threw up: Wow.....I cannot believe that they are doing that.......It is great........ Oh, man, I can...
  • PLEASING THE ISLAMIC FAITH - KFC (Houston) using animals slaughtered under Sharia Law

    09/12/2012 9:08:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    KTRH ^ | Nik Rajkovic
    KFCs in Houston are now serving meat slaughtered under Sharia Law. The practice of Halal is said to be a much slower, calmer process which begins with a prayer for the animal. Some say this discriminates against non-Muslims. But Paul Shapiro, Vice President for Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the U.S. simply calls it inhumane. "Animals have their throats cut without being rendered unconscious prior to the cutting," says Shapiro. "That's unlike other types of more conventional slaughter where an effort is supposed to be made to render the animals insensible to pain." Rasheed Ahmed with the...
  • 3 alleged Hezbollah terrorists arrested in Mexico

    09/10/2012 1:18:47 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 21 replies
    American national wanted by US government among alleged terror group members detained in Merida. An alleged terrorist belonging to the radical Islamic movement Hezbollah has been arrested in Mexico and handed over to US authorities, Mexican media reported Sunday...
  • Vanity - Feedback on north Dallas area

    09/09/2012 1:27:37 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 65 replies
    N.A. | 09/09/2012 | self
    A year ago my MIL passed away in Los Angeles, and my wife and I have been here in LA dealing with the estate issues. Our home in WA is leased out, and we're about to put my MIL's Los Angeles house on the market. We want to get out of L.A., and since my wife never adjusted to the rain of the Pacific Northwest, we're looking for a new place to live that doesn't have 9 months a year of dreary rain. Texas seems to fit the bill for weather (we plan to have a pool), and is more...
  • Texas to Request No Child Left Behind Waivers

    09/08/2012 9:47:53 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 18 replies
    KUT News ^ | September 6th, 2012 | Wells Dunbar
    Texas is asking the federal government to waive requirements associated with No Child Left Behind, the signature package of education reforms championed by former President (and former Texas Governor) George W. Bush. The announcement comes after more than half of Texas schools failed to meet the annually escalating standards last school year. In a message on the Texas Education Agency website, the new Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announces plans to submit requests to the U.S. Department of Education waiving provisions in 2001’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, as well as parts of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act....
  • Texas toll road getting 85 mph speed limit

    09/07/2012 4:30:37 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 95 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 7, 2012
    MUSTANG RIDGE, Texas, - Before long, a stretch of Texas toll road will have the nation's highest speed limit -- 85 mph. Motorists desiring to zip along at that speed legally will only be able to do it about 29 minutes at a time, however. That's how long it will take to traverse the 41-mile section of Texas 130 between Mustang Ridge near Austin to Seguin going 85 mph. The speed limit approved by the Texas Transportation Commission goes into effect when the toll road is completed, which is expected to be Nov. 11, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. The...
  • West Texas native, Baptist missionary murdered in Jordan

    09/07/2012 7:04:48 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Lubbock Online ^ | 7 August 2012 | Walt Nett
    The horror of a Southern Baptist missionary’s death in Jordan is gradually resonating to her childhood home on the rural South Plains this week. Sudan native Cheryll Harvey, 55, a longtime member of College Heights Baptist Church in Plainview, was found stabbed to death late Tuesday night in her apartment in the city of Barha, about 50 miles north of Amman. Harvey’s teaching was in connection with the Jordan Baptist Society, according to a report published by the Baptist Press. Don Robertson, pastor at College Heights Baptist Church, said Harvey had taught English and other subjects in Jordan for 24...
  • Freep a Poll! (What grade would you give Julian Castro's convention speech?)

    09/06/2012 4:37:32 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    ksat.com ^ | 9-5-12 | KSAT
    What grade would you give Mayor Julian Castro's speech at the Democratic National Convention? A B C D F
  • Mother of Dem convention star Castro called Alamo defenders 'drunks,' 'crooks'

    09/05/2012 6:30:46 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 87 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 9/5/2012
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. –  The young Texas mayor whose keynote speech wowed the Democratic National Convention crowd Wednesday night draws political inspiration from his mother – who is a member of a radical civil rights movement and who reportedly thinks the truth behind the Battle of the Alamo is that Texans swiped Mexico’s land. Maria del Rosario Castro, the mother of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, said in 2010 that she grew up being told the battle was “glorious,” only to learn the so-called heroes were really “a bunch of drunks and crooks and slaveholding imperialists who conquered land that didn’t...
  • Students rebel against tracking chips

    09/04/2012 12:15:49 PM PDT · by Altariel · 28 replies
    KSN (Kansas) ^ | August 29, 2012 | NBC
    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (NBC) -- Students and parents are rallying against new ID badges that track student movement on the campuses of two San Antonio, Texas schools. Father Steven Hernandez does not agree with the district’s new pilot program called Radio Frequency Identification System, or RFID. The new identification tags are designed to help the district improve safety by locating students at any time, while on campus, at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School. RFID tags are also supposed to help with attendance by counting students more accurately as the enter the building. District spokesman Pasqual Gonzalez...
  • Senate 2012 Outlook (Prospect for GOP gains is solid. But Republican control looks less likely)

    04/02/2012 6:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    A Republican-controlled Senate in 2012 looks less likely than it did a few weeks ago, but the prospect for GOP gains is still quite solid. Of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs this cycle, seven are occupied by Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents who are not seeking reelection, three are occupied by Republicans who are not seeking reelection, 16 are occupied by Democrats seeking reelection, and seven are occupied by Republicans seeking reelection. This is the class of senators last elected in 2006, a midterm election that almost could not have gone worse for the GOP. A few recent developments...
  • For some Texas schools, demographic future is now .

    08/31/2012 8:26:13 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 30 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | August 31, 2012 | Morgan Smith
    Certain characteristics set the Laredo Independent School District apart from most districts in the state. Its western boundary aligns directly with the Mexican border. Nearly all its students are poor, and nearly all are Hispanic. Most rely on the school to provide two meals a day. On the first day of school this week, some showed up without shoes or without parents accompanying them. “It’s hard to work on teaching them about reading and writing and math when they haven’t eaten. It’s hard to really welcome them into their class with their textbooks and their lockers when they don’t have...
  • Texas high school to open $60M football stadium

    08/30/2012 1:56:51 PM PDT · by C19fan · 154 replies
    AP ^ | August 30, 2012 | Staff
    Call it the palace of high school football: A gleaming $60 million facility with seats for 18,000 roaring fans, a 38-foot-wide high-definition video screen, corporate sponsors and a towering upper deck. Welcome to the new home of Eagles Football. As school districts across the country struggle to retain teachers, replace outdated textbooks and keep class sizes from ballooning, the wealthy, burgeoning Dallas suburb of Allen is preparing to christen its new stadium with a sold-out Friday night matchup against defending state champions Southlake Carroll.
  • Federal court rejects Texas voter ID law

    08/30/2012 9:29:18 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 60 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 30, 2012 | Associated Press
    Federal court rejects Texas voter ID law Updated 11:14 a.m., Thursday, August 30, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November. A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor" and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty. The decision involves an increasingly contentious political issue: a push, largely by Republican-controlled legislatures and governor's offices, to impose strict identification requirements on voters.
  • South Texas mayor dead after apparent attack by donkey

    08/29/2012 9:50:53 AM PDT · by slumber1 · 52 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 08-29-12 | Associated Press
    HOLLYWOOD PARK, Texas — A South Texas mayor has been found dead after apparently being attacked by a 500-pound donkey on his ranch. The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that the death of Hollywood Park Mayor William “Bill” Bohlke appears to be an accident. Bohlke was 65.
  • Federal court rejects voting districts drawn by Texas Legislature, finds maps discriminatory

    08/28/2012 1:01:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 28, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal court rejects voting districts drawn by Texas Legislature, finds maps discriminatory.
  • Court rejects Texas redistricting maps (blocks TX voter ID law)[2 title changes at link]

    08/28/2012 1:47:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 106 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/28/12 | Drew Singer
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal court ruled on Tuesday that a controversial Texas voter identification law discriminates against black and Hispanic voters, effectively killing the law before it could take effect for the November 6 presidential election. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued the ruling. ..
  • Texas Man Freed After DNA Clears Him Of 1988 Rape

    08/27/2012 7:33:28 PM PDT · by Altariel · 77 replies
    CBS Local (DFW) ^ | August 24, 2012 | CBS Dallas
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – After serving 24 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, today a North Texas man received an apology from a judge and a standing ovation in the courtroom. David Lee Wiggins was freed from jail Friday after DNA tests proved he wasn’t the person who raped a 14-year-old girl back in 1988. Wiggins was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault in 1989 after the teen victim identified him. The person who assaulted the young girl had covered her face for during most of the attack. Police showed the girl a photo lineup, then a live...
  • School Bus Stop Arm Cameras Up & Running

    08/27/2012 7:28:07 PM PDT · by Altariel · 25 replies
    CBS Local (DFW) ^ | August 27, 2012 | CBS Dallas
    DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – According to Texas law, drivers must come to a complete stop when they see a school bus with its red lights flashing. New technology will now make it easier to catch those violating the law in Dallas County. As of Monday, Dallas County Schools and the City of Dallas are now using a high-tech program to protect students getting on or off school buses. Video cameras have been installed on the automated stop sign arm. The cameras are set up to identify license plates. The recordings are later reviewed by a licensed police officer and offending...