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Home schooling, rapture figure into Texas Supreme Court case

AUSTIN — Laura McIntyre began educating her nine children more than a decade ago inside a vacant office at an El Paso motorcycle dealership she ran with her husband and other relatives.

Now the family is embroiled in a legal battle the Texas Supreme Court hears Monday that could have broad implications on the nation’s booming home-school ranks. The McIntyres are accused of failing to teach their children educational basics because they were waiting to be transported to heaven with the second coming of Jesus Christ.

At issue: Where do religious liberty and parental rights to educate one’s children stop and obligations to ensure home-schooled students ever actually learn something begin?

“Parents should be allowed to decide how to educate their children, not whether to educate their children,” said Rachel Coleman, executive director of the Massachusetts-based Coalition for Responsible Home Education.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20151101-home-schooling-rapture-figure-into-texas-supreme-court-case.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Nov 2, 2015, 02:25 AM (1 replies)

Last person jailed in Waco biker shooting to be released

The last person jailed in connection with a deadly shootout among bikers and police outside a Waco restaurant was poised to be released from jail more than five months after authorities rounded up 177 people from the crime scene and initially held them on $1 million bail apiece on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity.

A Waco jail was processing the release of Marcus Pilkington, 38, on $50,000 bail, but his attorney said he might not be released until Monday. His bail would be a sharp contrast with the first biker to be released, Jeff Battey, 51, who posted a bond for the $1 million bail three days after the shooting. Both men were injured in the melee.

Nine people died and 20 were injured during the shooting, which authorities say arose from a confrontation between the Bandidos and the Cossacks motorcycle clubs.

More than 430 weapons were recovered from the scene, including 151 firearms.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional/last-person-jailed-in-waco-biker-shooting-to-be-re/npDTt/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Nov 2, 2015, 02:23 AM (0 replies)

Ashley Wagner wins Skate Canada in feat not seen since 2010

Ashley Wagner held on to beat the reigning World champion for her fourth Grand Prix series victory at Skate Canada on Saturday.

Wagner, a three-time U.S. champion, totaled personal bests in her short program Friday (70.73 points) and free skate Saturday (131.79) at the Lethbridge, Alberta, event.

“Backstage {before the free skate}, I was looking at [coach Rafael Arutyunyan], and I was just like, ‘I’m not ready to do this. I don’t want to do this,'” Wagner said at a press conference. “So I’m glad that I looked composed by the time I got out there.”

Russian World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva improved from seventh after a disastrous short program to finish second to Wagner, but 13.6 points behind. Tuktamysheva outscored Wagner by 1.83 in the free skate, landing a triple Axel.

Read more: http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2015/10/31/ashley-wagner-wins-skate-canada-elizaveta-tuktamysheva-polina-edmunds-figure-skating/

Americans also came in fourth in the men's program (Adam Rippon) and second in ice dancing (the Shibutanis).
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:49 PM (0 replies)
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