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For the lady in your life: Texas A&M perfume to offer scent of Aggie spirit



Coming soon, you won't have to walk across campus under the Texas sun or spend a night at Northgate to smell like Texas A&M.

The university will have its own official perfume come fall, and officials say it will actually smell quite nice -- with floral and fruity aromatics.

A&M spokesman and top marketing guru Shane Hinckley acknowledged the jokes on social media about what the Aggie products might smell like, but said he expects the scents to sell well.

"It's meant to be serious, but not too serious," Hinckley said. "We know you could 'insert joke here.' We expected to have some lighthearted moments with this, but the reality is we had several female employees that were really surprised, really liked it and are definitely buying it when it comes out."

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_88b8f627-944b-51ef-88a8-f1ee113a199d.html

[font color=maroon]The perfume's top notes, which are the smells that hit the nose first and dissipate quickly, are green lemon leaf, sparkling white bergamot and plum nectar. The middle notes, or the main fragrance of the scent, will contain white jasmine, fuzzy peach tonic and fruity violet. The base notes, the smells that evaporate slowly and strengthen the other notes, will consist of crisp cedar tonka bean, vanilla and aged woods.

Gig 'em![/font]

For the man in your life: Texas A&M cologne to offer scent of Aggie spirit



Coming soon, you won't have to walk across campus under the Texas sun or spend a night at Northgate to smell like Texas A&M.

The university will have its own official cologne come fall, and officials say it will actually smell quite nice -- with floral and fruity aromatics.

A&M spokesman and top marketing guru Shane Hinckley acknowledged the jokes on social media about what the Aggie products might smell like, but said he expects the scents to sell well.

"It's meant to be serious, but not too serious," Hinckley said. "We know you could 'insert joke here.' We expected to have some lighthearted moments with this, but the reality is we had several female employees that were really surprised, really liked it and are definitely buying it when it comes out."

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_88b8f627-944b-51ef-88a8-f1ee113a199d.html

[font color=maroon]The Aggie cologne has top notes made up of Italian lemon, wild bergamot, iced white pineapple and Granny Smith apple. The middle notes contain water lily, fresh nutmeg, green moss and a touch of ground cinnamon. The base notes include labdanum, white amber crystals, silver moss, wet vetiver, white cedar and aged woods.

What isn't included: collie fur, cannon powder or sweat of Johnny Manziel.

Gig 'em![/font]

Eastbound & Down: Stolen U-Haul with 18 undoc. immigrants take George West PD on high speed chase

Video of the police chase on the front page at http://mysoutex.com/pages/home_progress .

A U-Haul truck filled with 18 illegal immigrants took George West Police Department’s Bob Meakins and Jason Lee on a high-speed chase that ultimately ended with a crash through an iron ranch gate near midnight on June 9.

“They used to stop for police and now it’s an all-out run,” George West Police Chief Rey Garcia said. “They are going to be in stolen vehicles, crashing through fences, gates, and causing accidents. Ninety percent of cases in human smuggling are going to involve property damage or injury.”

GWPD officer Meakins was on patrol when he observed a Ford U-Haul cargo truck exceeding the speed limit by 20 mph while heading eastbound on Highway 59 near George West. When Meakins attempted to pull over the speeding U-Haul it continued east at 85 mph in the rain until it reached the turnaround near the Texas Department of Transportation’s office.

The U-Haul made three loops up and down Highway 59 between the railroad overpass and the turnaround [font color=green](which is approximately five miles)[/font].

More at http://mysoutex.com/view/full_story_progress/22935019/article-Illegals-take-GWPD-on-high-speed-chase?instance=progress_regional_news .

[font color=green]The estimated property damage on the ranch was between $12,000 and $18,000. The U-Haul contained 12 Hondurans, three Guatemalans, two from El Salvador and one from Mexico ranging between 18 and 50 years in age.[/font]

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Gone in 90 Seconds: Tesla's Battery-Swapping Magic

Earlier this year, Tesla Motors (TSLA) Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk unveiled a nationwide network of super-fast charging stations to refuel the company’s all-electric sedans on long-distance trips. The really nice thing about these charging stations is that they’re free. Free! The downside is that they take about 30 minutes to put 200 miles’ worth of charge back into the car. That might not seem like a horribly long time, but it’s long enough for critics of electric cars to argue that they’re not well-suited for long journeys, and so not that practical.

Well, Tesla took a major stride toward getting rid of that downside last night.

Musk presided over an event at Tesla’s Los Angeles design studio that he billed as a “title fight” between the Model S and gas-powered cars. In front of an audience of hundreds of Model S owners, Musk unveiled a new type of automated battery-swap system in which machines grab the flat battery pack from the bottom of the Model S and replace it with a brand-new, fully charged one. During a live demonstration, Tesla managed to perform a battery swap on a Model S in 1 minute and 33 seconds, and then a second Model S in 1 minute and 36 seconds. All the while, a Tesla employee was being filmed at a gas station as he refueled a 20-gallon tank in an Audi, taking more than 4 minutes to fill up the car. Musk insisted that Tesla had scoured the city for the fastest gas station to make the test fair.

“There are people that take a lot of convincing,” Musk said. “Hopefully, this is what will finally convince people that electric cars are the future.”

More at http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-21/gone-in-90-seconds-teslas-battery-swapping-magic#r=rss .

City of West sues owner, supplier of fertilizer plant that exploded

The city of West on Friday sued the owner and supplier of the fertilizer plant that exploded in April, killing 15 people and inflicting as much as $100 million in property damage on the small town.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, accuses the company that owned West Fertilizer Co. — Adair Grain Inc. — and the company that supplied ammonium nitrate — CF Industries — of negligence.

Adair Grain is accused of being negligent in the way it stored ammonium nitrate, the volatile chemical used as a fertilizer that investigators say exploded after a fire broke out at the plant April 17. But the locally owned company had only $1 million in liability insurance, which probably would cover only a fraction of the damage.

The lawsuit focuses instead on CF Industries, the company that had been supplying ammonium nitrate to the plant for about two years.

More at http://www.dallasnews.com/news/west-explosion/headlines/20130621-city-of-west-sues-owner-supplier-of-fertilizer-plant-that-exploded.ece .

[font color=green]It looks like West may have found a deep pocket.[/font]

Reconnect Austin proposal calls for removing the decks and tunneling I-35

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Reconnect Austin proposal calls for removing the decks and
tunneling I 35. Photo: Black + Vernooy.

The Austin City Council will review a radical solution to I-35 traffic called “cut and cap.”

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The Reconnect Austin design calls for the upper decks to be taken down and the roadway tunneled all the way to River Street.

I-35 has long served as a barrier that has divided Austin both racially and economically. Removing it and replacing it with tree lined streets might go a long way in resolving the whole East-West thing. Old neighborhoods would reconnect, and new development opportunities would arise.

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The only problem is that tunneling I-35 under the Reconnect Austin design and proposal would cost over half a billion dollars ($550 million proposed).



The complete story at http://digitaltexan.net/2013/austin-local-news/reconnect-austin-proposal-calls-removing-decks-tunneling-i35/article54889/ .

[font color=green]The current design of I-35 is flawed in my opinion because the express lanes are elevated and are the outside lanes. The inside lanes with access to the city streets are submerged. Because of that design, it creates a situation where taking the express lanes on the upper deck requires motorists to move from the faster lanes nearest the center of the highway to the lanes on the outside. For local traffic the opposite occurs where traffic that would normally be on the right must move towards the center. Thus accidents occur at both ends of the elevated ramps as drivers are changing lanes and having to look in their rear-view mirrors instead of focusing on the traffic in front of them.

If the lifespan of the elevated ramps is coming to an end, then this is a great opportunity to correct the engineering design error made decades ago to improve traffic flow through the central business district, UT area and northward towards the US 290/RM 2222/I-35 junction. In addition it opens up additional land for development and reunites neighborhoods that were destroyed by the I-35 barrier.

While retrofitting the area would require significant financial investment, the ability to improve traffic flow, add another traffic lane along the central business district in the submerged portion, reduce traffic accidents/injuries, possibly include a ground level biking lane or providing right-of-way for the Lone Star Rail District, and reunite the neighborhoods that were segregated decades ago offsets the initial investment.[/font]

(Texas) House panel quickly OKs 3 abortion bills

Source: Austin American-Statesman

The House State Affairs Committee, with no discussion, approved three abortion-related bills with party-line votes, restoring the ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy that had been stripped out of Senate Bill 5.

The committee also approved two bills that had been the subject of more than 10 hours of testimony, and one loud protest that led to a brief recess so order could be restored, in a hearing that had ended at 3:40 a.m. Friday.

Friday afternoon’s specially called meeting lasted about 15 minutes. Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, asked Cook if he would accept amendments in committee. Cook said he preferred to handle amendments on the House floor, where debate is likely to begin Sunday.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/emotional-10-hour-abortion-hearing-ends-without-a-/nYRGB/



Over 500 speakers attended the committee meeting with the intention of stalling two of the three bills past the end of the special session. Due to the onerous requirements of this legislation the number of clinics that could provide abortion services would be reduced from 47 to 5.

Chairmon Byron Cook behaves like a Rethug; House panel quickly OKs 3 abortion bills

The House State Affairs Committee, with no discussion, approved three abortion-related bills with party-line votes, restoring the ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy that had been stripped out of Senate Bill 5.

The committee also approved two bills that had been the subject of more than 10 hours of testimony, and one loud protest that led to a brief recess so order could be restored, in a hearing that had ended at 3:40 a.m. Friday.

Friday afternoon’s specially called meeting lasted about 15 minutes.
Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, asked Cook if he would accept amendments in committee. Cook said he preferred to handle amendments on the House floor, where debate is likely to begin Sunday.

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/emotional-10-hour-abortion-hearing-ends-without-a-/nYRGB/



[font color=green]I would get into serious legal problems if I posted what I'm thinking right now. The people of Texas need to bombard their representatives with phone calls and not let them have a moment of peace until this legislation is defeated.[/font]

Lawsuit alleges Michael Brown sexually assaulted unconscious woman on a boat

Michael Brown, the embattled former hand surgeon whose personal life has generated multiple court appearances in recent years, allegedly committed sexual assault on an unconscious woman on his boat, according to a recent lawsuit.

The suit, filed June 18 in Harris County Civil District Court by Brown's former chief of staff Ray von Proctor, mainly concerns von Proctor's employment with Brown Medical Center, where he was hired in March 2010.

Von Proctor claims in the suit that he was demoted from chief of staff to director of personal asset management for Brown Medical Center, only after he "refused to engage in illegal activities."

Such activities included Brown's paying cash to renew an apartment lease in violation of Harris County District Court and a federal bankruptcy order, the suit states.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Lawsuit-alleges-Michael-Brown-sexually-assaulted-4614999.php

Enron’s Skilling to exit prison early if deal approved

Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling arrived at the federal courthouse in Houston this morning as he prepares to learn how many years he must remain in prison.

A federal judge in Houston will decide this afternoon whether to accept an agreement between Skilling and federal prosecutors. The deal would shave several years off Skilling's 24-year prison sentence.

Skilling, in turn, is expected to agree to drop his ongoing appeals and surrender any claim on the $40 million that had been seized by the government after his indictment for wire fraud, insider trading, conspiracy and related charges stemming from the 2001 collapse of one of Houston's leading companies.

The agreement between prosecutors and Skilling's attorney was announced last month. That his sentence was going to be reduced was known for some time, as appeals courts ruled that one of the theories of the prosecution was not valid, and that one of the factors used to enhance the length of his sentence was improper. But it was unclear precisely what the sentence would have been as Skilling continued to fight to clear his name of criminal wrongdoing.

More at http://www.chron.com/business/article/Enron-s-Skilling-to-exit-prison-early-if-deal-4614150.php .
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