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Grand jury indicts governor on 2 counts

August 20, 2014
Grand jury indicts governor on 2 counts

A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.
Count I alleges Perry, on or about June 14, 2013, intended to harm Rosemary Lehmberg, Travis County district attorney and chief of the state’s Public Integrity Unit, by intentionally or knowingly misusing public property in withholding funding approved by the Texas Legislature for the operation of the Public Integrity Unit.… Read the rest

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Anatomy of a column: Pulling it off in 2005

August 13, 2014
Anatomy of a column: Pulling it off in 2005

It all began on Jan. 1, 2005. That morning, I weighed 209 pounds. I thought: What better way to get into shape than by making myself accountable to the reading public?
I came up with the genius idea of weekly printing my weight on the far left side of the sports banner in teeny numbers, aiming for a goal of 189 pounds before I took off on vacation eight months hence that August.… Read the rest

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It’s complicated why the buffalo nearly became extinct

August 13, 2014
It’s complicated why the buffalo nearly became extinct

I’ve been reading a book West of the Revolution by Claudio Saunt that examines the West in 1776 while the American Revolution raged on the east coast. From it, I want to tell what I learned about the Osages, the Spanish and the buffalo.
At the end of the French and Indian war in 1763, France lost her North American empire to Britain and Spain.  The latter acquired France’s territory west of the Mississippi River. (Last week’s column told of Spain secretly selling it back to France and then France selling it to the U.S.… Read the rest

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Why do I have to be the bad cop?

August 13, 2014
Why do I have to be the bad cop?

You are likely familiar with the phrase “good cop/bad cop.” Before I continue, I must offer the disclaimer that I mean no disrespect to any law enforcement personnel by using this familiar terminology. In fact, there are a couple of local police officers that I have known almost their entire lives. I love them like family. If they catch me violating the traffic laws, I hope they will love me like family…and give me the ticket I deserve with a smile and a hug.… Read the rest

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Class of 2013 achieves highest graduation rate

August 13, 2014
Class of 2013 achieves highest graduation rate

The class of 2013 Texas high school on-time graduation rate was 88 percent, the highest on record and 0.3 percentage points higher than the previous record set by the class of 2012, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced on Aug. 5.
The figures are included in the Texas Education Agency report, Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2012-13.
“We’ve set the bar high for Texas students to ensure every graduate is ready for college or career, and they have consistently demonstrated that they are up to the challenge,” commented Gov.… Read the rest

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Feeling puny: Ain’t nobody got time for that

August 6, 2014
Feeling puny: Ain’t nobody got time for that

I am the only guy I know who can be sick for five days, consume nothing but crackers and sports drinks (which quickly exited the body – it was like pouring through sieve) and still manage to gain three pounds.
Somehow I picked up the bug that’s going around, the “stomach flu” – the only more generic illness label is “flu-like symptoms.” But this sucker wouldn’t go away.… Read the rest

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Will you still love me, Tomorrow?

August 6, 2014
Will you still love me, Tomorrow?

May 13, 1988: Brilliant, energetic, 26-year-old preacher boy with gorgeous wife and 5-day-old daughter walks across the stage and receives his seminary Master’s degree with the expectation that some grateful church would be waiting anxiously to call him as their pastor.
December 4, 1988: After continuing his part-time youth/music ministry and working full-time as a roofer, said preacher boy (who really never thought he was brilliant, but it made for a good first paragraph) preaches his first sermon as pastor of a troubled little church full of senior citizens in the declining town of Tucumcari, New Mexico.… Read the rest

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Three Flags Ceremony 210 years ago changed history

August 6, 2014
Three Flags Ceremony 210 years ago changed history

A ceremony occurred 210 years ago, March 9-10, 1804, that represented a major event in U.S. history. In St. Louis it is called Three Flags Day and commemorates the acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase, which meant that the U.S. doubled in size.
Actually, we doubled in size three times:
1. At the end of the French and Indian War in 1763, Britain acquired French land, and after that the colonies on the east coast stretched to the Appalachian mountains.… Read the rest

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Texas deals with border as Congress departs

August 6, 2014
Texas deals with border as Congress departs

Congress left Washington, D.C., Aug. 1 for a month-long recess, without having passed an immigration bill addressing the porous U.S.-Mexico border and humanitarian crisis.
Figures compiled by the federal Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection division show 57,500 “unaccompanied alien children” have been apprehended and processed since October 2013, the majority in the Rio Grande Valley.
While President Obama’s request to Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funding remains pending, the governor’s office said the state of Texas will tap available funds to pay the cost of deploying 1,000 national guard troops along the border to assist in law enforcement operations.… Read the rest

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Lost in a lost world – in a women’s dressing room

July 30, 2014
Lost in a lost world – in a women’s dressing room

It was weird being in there.
Things were slow at Macy’s and the Bride was trying on swimsuits for an upcoming ocean trip. No one was in our area of the department store, so the Bride said I should go into the fitting room with her.
Against my gut feeling, I did so. And it was weird in there – like when you head into a bathroom and it ends up being the girls’ restroom. (So many stalls…)… Read the rest

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