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Another New Mexico town seeks awareness on atomic bomb harm

CARRIZOZO, N.M. (AP) — A small, New Mexico railroad town that received a large part of the residue from the world’s first atomic bomb test is joining efforts to share stories about the test’s health effects as advocates work to gather more information how the 1945 test affected generations of Hispanic and Native American residents.

Advocates seeking recognition for the harms caused by the World War II-era test are trying to gather stories from residents of the tiny town of Carrizozo, New Mexico, the Alamogordo Daily News reported Tuesday.

It is the latest community to join efforts to by the Tularosa Basin Downwinders, a group that advocate for residents in southern New Mexico whose families lived near the Trinity Test site, to gather oral histories and data about the health effects from the atomic bomb experiment.

The bomb was tested in a stretch of desert near Carrizozo and other towns with Hispanic and Native American populations.

Read more: http://www.amarillo.com/news/20180329/another-new-mexico-town-seeks-awareness-on-atomic-bomb-harm

Lubbock-Cooper student petitions against band boosters AR-15 raffle

LUBBOCK -- A local high school band boosters organization is raffling off five weapons - a fundraiser the group has successfully completed for two years in the past.

This year, some people are protesting.

The Lubbock-Cooper High School Pirate Band Boosters are a group of parents raising money for their children, who are members of the Lubbock-Cooper band.

Kevin Woelfel, president of the booster club, said this year they’ve added two compound bow sets and some fishing gear to the auction of five guns.

“This raffle was designed as a sportsman’s raffle,” Woelfel said. “The marketplace has told us the way we are doing it is successful.”

Read more: http://www.lubbockonline.com/news/20180327/lubbock-cooper-student-petitions-against-band-boosters-weapon-raffle

H-E-B recalls potentially dangerous halogen lightbulbs sold in stores

Heads up if you have recently purchased GTC-branded halogen lightbulbs from H-E-B over the past few years.

According to a release this week the bulbs have the potential to shatter while in use, with lacerations and fire hazards possible.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission's online recall listing notes that the value-priced bulbs were sold from August 2015 to December 2017.

That agency has received 14 reports of the bulbs shattering while in use. At least one consumer had a cut on his hand, and another had a burn to his hand and cuts on his foot.

Read more: https://www.mrt.com/business/article/H-E-B-recalls-potentially-dangerous-halogen-12790570.php

I will be shopping for light bulbs soon since about half of the lights in our apartment have the GTC bulbs and there one spare bulb left in the cabinet.

Ex-TCU QB Trevone Boykin arrested on aggravated assault charges

MANSFIELD, Texas — Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested Wednesday at his North Texas home and charged with aggravated assault after his girlfriend accused him of beating her severely at his home.

Boykin was arrested at his Mansfield, Texas, home after Mansfield police reviewed footage of a March 21 incident captured by Boykin's security video system, according to a police statement.

He's been booked into the Mansfield city jail and remains without bond, pending arraignment.

The Seattle Seahawks released Boykin from its practice squad Tuesday after WFAA-TV in Dallas posted an interview with Boykin's girlfriend in which she alleged he broke her jaw.

Read more: https://www.mrt.com/sports/texans/article/TCU-QB-Trevone-Boykin-arrested-aggravated-assault-12790863.php

Austin police chief calls bomber 'domestic terrorist'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Austin police chief says a "domestic terrorist" set off a series of explosions that killed two people and severely wounded four others in the Texas capital.

Chief Brian Manley had previously hesitated to label the bombings domestic terrorism, citing the ongoing investigation.

But at a meeting Thursday on the police and community response to the bombings, Manley labeled the accused bomber a "domestic terrorist for what he did to us."

Mark Conditt blew himself up as authorities approached on March 21. He had planted bombs that terrorized Austin for weeks.

Read more: https://www.mrt.com/news/article/Austin-police-chief-calls-bomber-domestic-12791630.php

Don't Count on Abbott, Paxton, Cruz on Census Undercount

When it suited his personal politics, Greg Abbott bragged about waking up every day and suing Barrack Obama. Now that Texans face a real threat that could leave hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Texas residents out of the 2020 Census count costing our state billions of dollars over the next decade, Abbott sits doing nothing.

And, what about our criminally indicted Texas AG Ken Paxton and our forever self-absorbed Senator Ted Cruz? Predictably, Cruz and Paxton picked the wrong side and are cheering for a census process that clearly hurts Texans.

Sadly, it appears that Texans must rely on a lawsuit filed by the California Attorney General and at least 11 other states to win a court ruling forcing the Trump Administration to conduct a fair and accurate census that protects Texas interests.

Inaccurate Census = less money and representation for Texas

An accurate census count is no issue for Abbott, Cruz or anyone else to use for partisan purposes or to pit one Texan against another based on race. Virtually every experienced and credible source, including six former Census Bureau directors and the League of Women Voters, has confirmed that forcing people to declare their citizenship will result in fewer of them filling out census forms, resulting in a large undercount.

Read more: http://lonestarproject.net/dont-count-abbott-paxton-cruz-census-undercount#ixzz5BBlnHcA3

Dallas Confederate Memorial Could Be on the Way Out Unless Mayor Gets His Way

Dallas' Confederate war memorial should be removed, the city's Confederate Monuments Task Force said.
Photo: Mark Arthur

The city's Confederate war memorial, cozily situated between City Hall and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, could be on its way out after a slim majority of the Dallas City Council expressed support for its removal Wednesday.

Late last week, it looked like the towering statue might receive a reprieve from a Dallas Confederate Monuments Task Force recommendation that it be removed. City staff recommended that, rather than paying the $430,000 it will cost to get rid of the monument, the city should place plaques around it to put it in context.

Counting votes on the council during a briefing meeting can be a bit like trying to figure out how the Supreme Court's going to rule from oral arguments. At least seven council members appear set on removing the statue, and three others support get rid of the memorial but are open to a compromise based on cost considerations.

"This is not a historical marker. There was never any intent to teach history or honor historical figures," City Council member Philip Kingston said. "The inscriptions make it quite clear that [the memorial] is absolutely a monument to white supremacy."

Read more: http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/dallas-confederate-war-memorial-fight-continues-10495506

Unable to Get a Permit for the Capitol, Chronic Pain Patients Plan to Rally in Dallas

Chronic pain patients and their doctors have been sharing their worries with the Observer since the Trump administration announced it was escalating the war on opioids.

Some have appeared in articles, more in front of a judge. Some have taken to the streets to secure their needed medication for unbearable pain, paying triple for their prescribed pills or rolling the dice with heroin. Others have ended their lives because opioids were the only thing that made the pain bearable.

Now patients are gathering April 7 at state capitols and city halls around the country for the Don’t Punish Pain rally. In Texas, they’ll be meeting at 11 a.m. at Dallas City Hall plaza to discuss how the opioid crackdown is affecting chronic pain sufferers.

But don’t expect a turnout like Saturday's March For Our Lives gun control rallies, where thousands of students descended upon the Capitol in Austin and other states. Most people seem to agree the opioid epidemic is an issue that the government needs to control, and Texas legislators are shy about supporting patients seeking access to the drugs.

Read more: http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/chronic-pain-patients-to-rally-in-dallas-for-access-to-opioids-10511190

Hutchins Accused Killer's Fiancee Indicted in Murder of Postal Employee

Bei-jing Tashawna “Channelle” Walker wanted to protect accused killer Donnie “Lil-Debo” Ferrell. They were both from Hutchins, 12 miles southeast of Dallas, and engaged to be married. They appeared in each other’s Facebook profile photos.

In a photo Walker uploaded Jan. 30, Ferrell, who worked at a home health care agency, snuggles next to her. A sparkling pink heart graphic on the bottom corner of the photo captures her feelings for him, and “Mrs. Ferrell” written in parentheses underneath her name on Facebook suggests their future together.

In Ferrell's photo, uploaded Feb. 19, 10 hours after he allegedly shot and killed a postal employee, he hugs Walker, a former security guard, as she bites her lower lip. He was arrested a few days later, charged with one count of murder of an officer or employee of the United States, according to the Feb. 22 press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District in Dallas.

“I apologize for the wrong that he did,” Walker posted to Facebook a day after Ferrell’s arrest. “Those of you that already know what’s going on and those of you that know me and know my heart know that I am deeply sorry and hurt. Please pray for everyone involved.”

Read more: http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/federal-grand-jury-indicts-hutchins-couple-for-murder-of-postal-employee-10521051

Actor Jason Isaacs Talks Ban on The Death of Stalin, Trump's Insane Behavior

The following is an excerpt from an interview with Jason Isaacs who portrays General Georgy Zhukov in The Death of Stalin.

I know you live in London, but are you aware how much Americans are inundated with Trump news during our 24-hour news cycle? Do you think you’d get tired of it?

I’m working in Los Angeles at the moment, so I’m well aware that you can live with Stormy Daniels 24 hours a day on every channel. I think many people understand there was a big smoke-and-mirrors act just over a year ago and that the person in the White House is not who he said he was and is unable to do the things he said he could do. I suspect people are bored because we get distracted from serious matters of policy and security. But all of that is overshadowed by the latest insane, middle-of-the-night dribble that comes out of [the White House].

It seems like British leaders are acting like the adults in the room when it comes to anything Russia-related in comparison to Trump.

Well, we just had a couple of people poisoned on British soil and the Prime Minister (Theresa May) made as strong of a response as she could. Every day it seems more surreal and transparent that something really corrupt and dangerous is going on at the heart of American politics. It’s important to be reminded that the people who stand up there pretending to be able leaders are often power-grabbing, narcissistic children behind closed doors. Knowing that, we can then interpret that and act accordingly.

Read more: https://www.sacurrent.com/sanantonio/actor-jason-isaacs-talks-ban-on-the-death-of-stalin-trumps-insane-behavior/Content?oid=10282969
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