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Jacksonville University drops football after 22 seasons; overall cost cited

Jacksonville University dropped football after 22 years, in a surprise announcement on Tuesday.

It wasn’t the 5-17 record over the last two seasons. It wasn’t the average attendance of 1,807 at D.B. Milne Field for home games.

According to Jacksonville University officials, performance by players and coaches on the field and support of fans in the stands had nothing to do with JU’s decision on Tuesday to drop its NCAA Division I non-scholarship football program after 22 years, three coaches, 233 games, 118 victories and three Pioneer League championships.

University officials said that after a process of more than a year in studying the strategic and financial value of playing football, it was clear that the operational and administrative resources needed for one sport and 100 student-athletes was coming at the expense of the other 19 sports and 450 student-athletes at JU.

Read more: https://www.jacksonville.com/sports/20191203/jacksonville-university-drops-football-after-22-seasons-overall-cost-cited
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Dec 4, 2019, 08:06 AM (1 replies)

Joe Barton Resurfaces with a Blueprint for How to Bail Out the Oil Industry and Worsen Climate

Joe Barton Resurfaces with a Blueprint for How to Bail Out the Oil Industry and Worsen Climate Change


The legislation was marked with the number of the beast.

Joe Barton’s staffers, perhaps sensing some irony, insisted that he reintroduce his 2015 bill that proposed lifting the federal ban on crude oil exports. Were the bill to pass it would unleash a frenzied oil and gas boom in West Texas’ Permian Basin, which would, almost certainly, help fuel the effects of catastrophic climate change. So perhaps the bill’s original number—HR 666—would’ve been more appropriate.

Alas, Barton is a politician, not a poet, and he refiled his legislation, and, after an aggressive lobbying campaign, the ban was lifted.

After a private picture leaked in 2017, Barton opted not to run for the North Texas congressional seat he had held since 1985 and fell out of the public eye. But this week he reemerged with a lengthy retrospective in the Dallas Morning News humbly titled “I knew my bill to lift the ban on U.S. oil exports was important. I hardly expected it to change the world.” It’s an unusually revealing account of how Barton greased the congressional skids for one of the most consequential policies for oil and gas and the environment in modern political history.

In a newsworthy tidbit buried as an endnote to the column, readers learn that Barton is preparing to launch a “federal policy consulting business.” Knowing that, the op-ed—which reads as a blueprint for building political support for corporate America’s agendas—sure seems like a helpful way to gin up a client base.

Read more: https://www.texasobserver.org/joe-barton-resurfaces-with-a-blueprint-for-how-to-bail-out-the-oil-industry-and-worsen-climate-change/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Dec 4, 2019, 07:56 AM (1 replies)

Halliburton Lays Off 800 In Oklahoma, Plant Closures Expected

Halliburton is laying off more than 800 employees in El Reno, Oklahoma, and says it expects to close its office in the Oklahoma City suburb.

Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development spokesman David Crow says the agency was notified of the layoffs and apparent closure of the office, effective Monday.

A Halliburton Energy Services Inc. spokeswoman tells The Associated Press the company will provide additional information “by midday” Tuesday. Crow provided a letter from Houston-based Halliburton, dated Monday, that says the “mass layoff” of 808 employees is expected to be permanent and that “at this time it is expected that the facility will not remain open.”

He says the letter was the first the agency had heard of the pending layoffs and office closure.

Read more: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2019/12/03/353038/halliburton-lays-off-800-in-oklahoma-plant-closures-expected/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Dec 4, 2019, 07:38 AM (5 replies)

Judicial commissions issues warning to Waco JP who refused to marry same-sex couples

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has issued a warning to McLennan County Precinct 1 (Waco) Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley (R) for refusing to perform marriages for same-sex couples while continuing to do so for opposite-sex couples. The public warning was issued Nov. 12 and announced Monday, Dec. 2.

The commission concluded that Hensely “violated ethical standards by adopting a policy that casts doubt on her ability to treat LGBTQ people fairly in her courtroom,” according to a report by the Austin American-Statesman. The commission noted that the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct requires that judges “do not cast reasonable doubt on the judge’s capacity to act impartially,” and that her refusal to treat all couples equally does indeed casts such doubts.

KWTX TV in Waco reported that since August 2016, Hensley and her staff have given same-sex couples asking the JP to perform their marriage ceremonies a document stating: “I’m sorry, but Judge Hensley has a sincerely held religious belief as a Christian, and will not be able to perform any same sex weddings.”

The Waco TV station also noted that according to the warning document, Hensley testified before the commission that “she would recuse herself from a case in which a party doubted her impartiality on the basis she publicly refuses to perform same-sex weddings.”

Read more: https://dallasvoice.com/judicial-commissions-issues-warning-to-waco-jp-who-refused-to-marry-same-sex-couples/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Dec 4, 2019, 07:07 AM (0 replies)

Target's aim at LGBT market improves

Fifty years after Stonewall, LGBT people who listen to a song, stream a series or read a book have more positive images to draw upon than ever before.

But where are our faces in the ads that sell us those things — or, for that matter, pretty much everything? Rarely seen is the same-sex couple sizing up choices at a car dealership, passing around a tube of toothpaste during their morning routine or sharing a smooch as anniversary rings are exchanged.

“There’s just a very small group of companies that make an effort to educate themselves and to progress… to show us as we are, or appeal directly to the LGBT consumer,” says Todd Evans of Rivendell Media.

As Rivendell’s president and CEO, it’s Evans’ job to place advertisements for the National LGBT Media Association. (Dallas Voice and Washington Blade are among its members.)

Read more: https://dallasvoice.com/targets-aim-at-lgbt-market-improves/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Dec 4, 2019, 07:02 AM (0 replies)

Target's aim at LGBT market improves

Fifty years after Stonewall, LGBT people who listen to a song, stream a series or read a book have more positive images to draw upon than ever before.

But where are our faces in the ads that sell us those things — or, for that matter, pretty much everything? Rarely seen is the same-sex couple sizing up choices at a car dealership, passing around a tube of toothpaste during their morning routine or sharing a smooch as anniversary rings are exchanged.

“There’s just a very small group of companies that make an effort to educate themselves and to progress… to show us as we are, or appeal directly to the LGBT consumer,” says Todd Evans of Rivendell Media.

As Rivendell’s president and CEO, it’s Evans’ job to place advertisements for the National LGBT Media Association. (Dallas Voice and Washington Blade are among its members.)

Read more: https://dallasvoice.com/targets-aim-at-lgbt-market-improves/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Dec 4, 2019, 06:39 AM (0 replies)

Austin council members support using hotels to house homeless, but are wary of locations and quick

Council members support using hotels to house homeless, but are wary of locations and quick timeline


Austin City Council members say they’re concerned about the timeline, placement and funding strategy for a plan to expand efforts to buy and retrofit hotels to house homeless Austinites.

Last month, Council OK’d a plan to buy the Rodeway Inn near Oltorf and Interstate 35 to house at least 87 people. At their work session Tuesday, members were briefed on a similar plan to buy hotels to house as many as 300 people in what’s called bridge housing – a strategy that allows people to move in without preconditions.

Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza, who generally supports the idea, said she’s concerned the city is doubling down on a strategy that hasn’t been tested yet. She also noted the housing could be concentrated primarily in low-income neighborhoods.

“I hope as we continue these searches for these needed facilities, we sincerely do look throughout the city,” she said. “Because I will have big concerns if every single one of these is going to be in the majority-minority parts of our town.”

Read more: https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2019/12/council-members-support-using-hotels-to-house-homeless-but-are-wary-of-locations-and-quick-timeline/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Dec 4, 2019, 06:22 AM (1 replies)

Children of Casey Kasem settle lawsuit with widow over death

LOS ANGELES -- Family members of radio personality Casey Kasem have settled dueling lawsuits alleging that the longtime “American Top 40” host was badly mistreated before his death in 2014.

The two sides filed a joint request Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit by three of Kasem’s children and his brother against Kasem’s widow that claimed her neglect and physical abuse led to his death, as well as a countersuit making similar claims against the plaintiffs that was filed by his widow and another daughter. The terms of the agreement were not revealed, and attorneys did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

Kerri Kasem, one of the daughters who filed the initial lawsuit, released a statement through a spokesman Tuesday saying she was “distraught and heartbroken over her family and lawyers’ decision to force her into a settlement.”

The first lawsuit was filed four years ago by Casey Kasem’s children from a previous marriage, Kerri, Julie and Michael Kasem, and his brother Mouner Kasem. It was a lingering chapter in a series of heated and often public fights between his children and his second wife, former actress Jean Kasem, that began even before his death at age 82.

Read more: https://www-1.thenewstribune.com/entertainment/celebrities/article238015394.html
(Tacoma News Tribune)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Dec 4, 2019, 05:51 AM (0 replies)

Hanford boosts contaminated groundwater cleanup to protect the Columbia River

The Hanford nuclear reservation is expanding its capacity to clean chemical and radioactive contamination from the groundwater.

“That will reduce the time needed to clean up the groundwater,” said Mike Cline, the Department of Energy project director for cleanup of soil and groundwater at Hanford. “The more water we can treat, the quicker we can complete total cleanup.”

The 580-square-mile nuclear reservation sits over about 65 square miles of groundwater contaminated by past practices at the site, such as dumping contaminated liquids into the soil.

Work is being done to pump the contaminated groundwater up through wells, remove the contaminants at six “pump and treat plants” and then inject the cleaned water back into the ground.

Read more: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/dec/02/hanford-boosts-contaminated-groundwater-cleanup-to/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Dec 4, 2019, 05:38 AM (1 replies)

Fortunato bill would end sanctuary cities

OLYMPIA – Washington shouldn’t be a sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants, and its cities shouldn’t be allowed to declare themselves sanctuary cities, a Republican state senator running for governor said Monday.

Sen. Phil Fortunato, of Auburn, filed a proposal for the upcoming 2020 legislative session that he said would require state and local law enforcement officials to help enforce federal immigration laws. Currently, state and local officials require warrants to release people arrested for local violations into the custody of U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

“These are bad people doing bad things,” Fortunato said minutes before filing the bill, which would overturn portions of this year’s Keep Washington Working Act.

That law calls for the state to develop policies to limit immigration enforcement in public schools, health facilities, courthouses and shelters so that people have safe access regardless of citizenship status.

Read more: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/dec/02/fortunato-bill-would-end-sanctuary-cities/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Dec 4, 2019, 05:29 AM (0 replies)
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