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  • 4 Texans among 24 defendants sentenced in call center scam

    07/21/2018 6:43:06 AM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | July 20, 2018 | cbs
    Investigators say they frequently impersonated officials from the IRS in a ruse designed to defraud victims located throughout the United States... Four Texans among 24 defendants were sentenced for their part in a massive India-based call center fraud and money laundering scam. The U.S. Department of Justice says the group defrauded thousands of U.S. residents of hundreds of millions of dollars. All were sentenced in Houston this week.
  • The mayor explains why no bid for GOP convention

    07/20/2018 4:55:12 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 25 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | Updated 10:21 am CDT, Friday, May 11, 2018 = | Ron Nirenberg
    National political conventions aren’t the great deal for cities that the parties and their advocates want us to believe. That’s the reason San Antonio hasn’t pursued a bid for either national political convention in 20 years. Only one city seems to be aggressively pursuing the 2020 Republican National Convention this time around. For national convention bids, local organizing committees are required to raise tens of millions of dollars for the privilege of serving as the host city for the gathering. In the case of the 2020 Republican National Convention, the GOP wants a $68 million to $70 million guaranty agreement...
  • Neighbors donate supplies, gasoline to crews fighting Llano wildfire

    07/20/2018 4:16:58 PM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    kxan ^ | July 19, 2018 | Will DuPree
    Llano residents showed just how caring their community is by stepping up and donating much-needed supplies to the crews tirelessly fighting a large brush fire. During the early morning hours Thursday, the Llano County Office of Emergency Management said it needed more than 500 gallons of gasoline for the firefighters. Craig Wade and many of his neighbors fulfilled that request in a matter of hours, dropping off containers of gas to the Llano Volunteer Fire Department. "I figured if they're out there doing the hard work and volunteering, the least we could do is bring them some gas or water...
  • Plutonium went missing in San Antonio, but the government says nothing

    07/16/2018 1:52:34 PM PDT · by bgill · 20 replies
    mysa ^ | July 16, 2018 | Patrick Malone
    Two security experts from the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory drove to San Antonio, Texas, in March 2017 with a sensitive mission: to retrieve dangerous nuclear materials from a nonprofit research lab there. Their task, according to documents and interviews, was to ensure that the radioactive materials did not fall into the wrong hands on the way back to Idaho, where the government maintains a stockpile of nuclear explosive materials for the military and others. To ensure they got the right items, the specialists from Idaho brought radiation detectors and small samples of dangerous materials to calibrate them: specifically,...
  • Border Protection says NYC mayor crossed border illegally

    07/11/2018 8:06:34 AM PDT · by BBell · 24 replies
    https://www.rochesterfirst.com ^ | 7/11/18 | COLLEEN LONG
    WASHINGTON (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security detail violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. The mayor's office flatly denied the allegation.-snip-According to the letter, a uniformed Border Patrol agent noticed a group on the Rio Grande River flood plain south of the Tornillo, Texas, Port of Entry, taking photos of the holding facility. The agent asked if anyone from Border Patrol or public affairs was there...
  • Off-Duty Security Guard Found Not Guilty After 1.5 Years in Jail

    06/21/2018 10:11:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 16 November 2016, an off-duty security guard, Melvin Stephens, shot and killed a man who charged at him up stairs at his apartment complex. The incident occurred in Austin, Texas. The two had been in a confrontation earlier. The man killed, Dedric Earl, had scissors that were discovered at the scene. Stephens called 911 to report the shooting. Stephens was arrested and jailed because of statements he made to police. Bail was set at $125,000. It was more than Stephens could raise or afford. He spent over one and a half years in jail, from November 2016, to...
  • Uresti resigns from state Senate (D-TX)

    06/18/2018 11:22:40 AM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    mysa ^ | June 18, 2018 | Patrick Danner
    State Sen. Carlos Uresti, a San Antonio Democrat, announced he will resign from office effective Thursday. He was convicted by a federal jury on 11 felony charges in February... Four months after his felony conviction, state Sen. Carlos Uresti announced today he will step down from office effective Thursday. Uresti is scheduled to be sentenced June 26 after being found guilty in February by a federal jury on 11 felony charges in connection with his involvement in a now-defunct San Antonio oilfield-services company that defrauded investors. The San Antonio Democrat has indicated he will appeal his conviction.
  • President Trump on FBI, Fake News, Comey, Mueller and Border Security (Tweetstorm!)

    06/17/2018 8:06:33 PM PDT · by Ken H · 29 replies
    Twitter ^ | June 17, 2018 | President Donald J Trump
    @realDonaldTrump “The highest level of bias I’ve ever witnessed in any law enforcement officer.” Trey Gowdy on the FBI’s own, Peter Strzok. Also remember that they all worked for Slippery James Comey and that Comey is best friends with Robert Mueller. A really sick deal, isn’t it? 9:03 PM · Jun 17, 2018 ______ The Democrats should get together with their Republican counterparts and work something out on Border Security & Safety. Don’t wait until after the election because you are going to lose! 8:49 PM · Jun 17, 2018 ______ Why was the FBI’s sick loser, Peter Strzok, working...
  • Nearly 220 Texas School Districts Allow School Staff to be Armed(219-221?)

    06/17/2018 9:38:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/16/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Nearly 220 Texas school districts allow school staff to be armed for defense of themselves and their students. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that the exact number of school districts allowing armed staff sits at 217. At the beginning of February there were just over 170 Texas districts allowing armed staff, but that number grew as district after district responded to Parkland and other school shootings by changing policies to allow staff to defend their students.
  • TX: Patterson Reports on Governor Abbot's Gun Control Proposals

    06/15/2018 4:42:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from reddit.com Governor Gregg Abbott has been a friend to Second Amendment supporters in Texas. After the tragic shooting at the Santa Fe High School, he held several meetings to come up with suggestions to improve school safety. In the Longview News-Journal, former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson writes that these firearm related measures are what Governor Abbot will send to the legislature as part of his plan. Patterson contends that none of these measures will infringe on Second Amendment rights. From Longview newsjournal.com: â–  1. Closing reporting gaps for federal background checks by creating a case management system...
  • Gun Control Group Virtue Signals With Full-Page Letter To Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

    05/23/2018 7:40:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5/23/2018 | Beth Baumann
    A group of gun control advocating students took out a full-page ad in the Houston Chronicle, which was paid for by Everytown for Gun Safety, The Hill reported. The ad was a personal letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) detailing why the students demand stricter gun control laws.
  • Teens stage ‘die-in' at Governor's Mansion

    05/21/2018 8:06:18 AM PDT · by bgill · 44 replies
    kxan ^ | May 10, 2018 | Jerry Becker
    Teenagers armed themselves with a megaphone and gathered outside the Governor’s Mansion in downtown Austin Sunday night to try and get attention for their cause. “Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott, Texas legislators -- for as long as this is happening, we will stand to make sure that common-sense gun laws are enacted,” yelled one of the speakers through the device... The students also staged a “die-in,” laying down on the ground for 23 minutes as if they were dead -- one minute for every school shooting since the start of the school year... These students also want to end the culture...
  • TX Bishops and the Culture of Death

    05/03/2018 3:43:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | May 3, 2018 | Bradley Eli,
    Texas bishops are actually supporting end-of-life directives that allow Texas hospitals to kill their patients much the same as U.K. hospitals did to Alfie Evans and Charlie Guard. The Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA) allows hospitals, not patients or family members to decide when to withdraw life-sustaining care from patients if doctors deem continued care to be futile. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) last year showed strong support for the measure: "Human intervention that would deliberately cause, hasten or unnecessarily prolong the patient's death violates the dignity of the human person. ... TCCB strongly supports §166.046 as indispensable for ensuring dignity at end of life."  In other...
  • Homeland security agent fatally shoots suspect in San Antonio

    05/01/2018 6:26:43 AM PDT · by bgill · 7 replies
    nydailynews ^ | May 1, 2018 | Jessica Schladebeck
    A suspect was fatally shot and killed in a confrontation with a Homeland Security Officer in San Antonio Tuesday morning. An agent on the city’s south side opened fire on the person around 7 a.m., police told my SanAntionio.com. The unidentified suspect died on the scene and the details leading up to the shooting were not immediately clear.
  • GANGLAND: MS-13 Orders Members to ‘TAKE OUT COPS’ in New York

    04/20/2018 5:39:16 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Sean Hannity ^ | 04/20/18 | Hannity Staff
    Notorious street-gang MS-13 has reportedly ordered its members to “take out” police officers in New York; hoping to send a strong message to authorities following a serious crackdown on the group throughout the region. According to the New York Post, the NYPD is on high-alert after a confidential informant told police that gang members were given a green light to murder local police officers; particularly in the nearby town of Hempstead on Long Island. “The police have been making too many arrests and it’s time to take the streets back and take out (shoot) a cop like we do in...
  • Man in U.S. illegally sentenced for kidnap, rape

    04/15/2018 10:31:30 AM PDT · by bgill · 16 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Apr. 14, 2018 | Marie McCullough
    A Honduran man who has repeatedly been deported was sentenced Friday to 24 years in prison for kidnapping his estranged girlfriend in Kansas City, Mo., and raping her while they traveled to New Jersey, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey. Jose Amaya-Vasquez, 33, was arrested in Texas in 2005 for attempting to enter the country illegally. He was released, but failed to show up for a court date, records show. In June, 2014, Kansas City police arrested him for domestic assault. He was turned over to immigration officials and deported. Three months later, immigration officers arrested him...
  • Cyclist recovering from crash with drunk driver injured again in hit-and-run

    04/13/2018 9:05:51 AM PDT · by bgill · 76 replies
    kxan ^ | Apr. 12, 2018 | Alyssa Goard
    When JoJo McKibben was the victim of a hit-and-run on April 3 as she biked to work, she wasn't all that surprised. She was hit while biking by a drunk driver last summer and has come to expect that cars won't realize she's riding on two wheels. McKibben's boyfriend Brendan Sharpe said he has also been seriously injured by cars while he's biked in Austin, once in 2009 and again in 2015... Katie Delleoz, the executive director of Bike Austin, said she personally has nearly been struck at the same intersection McKibben was hit at last week
  • Open Carry Activists Demand a Police Chief Be Dismissed. Here's Why.

    04/08/2018 7:54:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 75 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/8/2018 | Beth Baumann
    Over the last couple of weeks, a dramatic saga has taken place between open carry advocates and Olmos Park police in Texas. The incident began on Monday, March 26 when CJ Grisham, the founder of Open Carry Texas (OCT), put in a call to Olmos Park Police Chief Rene Valenciano. Grisham questioned Valenciano's stance on open carry and whether or not open carry activists would have issues if a demonstration was held in the San Antonio suburb. On Tuesday, March 27, OCT held an open carry rally in Olmos Park, which resulted in the arrest of three OCT members, including...
  • Attorney General Announces Zero-Tolerance Policy for Criminal Illegal Entry

    04/06/2018 10:55:12 PM PDT · by bitt · 80 replies
    DOJ ^ | 4/6/2018 | DOJ
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2018 Attorney General Announces Zero-Tolerance Policy for Criminal Illegal Entry Attorney General Jeff Sessions today notified all U.S. Attorney’s Offices along the Southwest Border of a new “zero-tolerance policy” for offenses under 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a), which prohibits both attempted illegal entry and illegal entry into the United States by an alien. The implementation of the Attorney General’s zero-tolerance policy comes as the Department of Homeland Security reported a 203 percent increase in illegal border crossings from March 2017 to March 2018, and a 37 percent increase from February 2018 to March 2018—the largest month-to-month...
  • Oracle's new Austin campus to house 10,000 employees

    03/24/2018 6:37:00 AM PDT · by bgill · 5 replies
    kxan ^ | March 23, 2018 | Calily Bien
    Along the south shore of Lady Bird Lake east of Interstate 35, Oracle has built a new campus that will eventually house 10,000 employees. At the end of 2015, one of the world's largest software companies announced it was expanding in Austin with the construction of a 565,000-square-foot campus located on South Lakeshore Boulevard just west of South Pleasant Valley Road, that sits on 40 acres of waterfront property. "We wanted to be in downtown Austin on the river and specifically I wanted to be in downtown Austin on the river because I thought it would be great to take...