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Is a Veasey-Garcia rematch on the horizon for the 33rd Congressional District?

FORT WORTH — Last year’s fierce, costly battle for the newly created congressional district in North Texas may have been a mere preview.

A no-holds-barred rematch for the 33rd Congressional District could soon erupt if Dallas attorney Domingo Garcia decides to again seek the post, now held by U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth.

“It’s too early to tell if [the rematch] will happen,” said Cal Jillson, a political science professor with Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “It’s certainly possible.”

Especially since some say the battle for the 33rd never really ended after Veasey claimed victory last year. Garcia just upped his presence in Tarrant County, working to meet and register more minority voters, even bringing his Chorizo and Menudo Community Breakfast to Fort Worth.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/07/28/5034952/is-a-veasey-garcia-rematch-on.html#storylink=cpy

Austrian flap over bell dedicated to Hitler


Photo By Hannes Kammerstaetter

This Oct. 21, 2004 photo shows a bell with Adolf Hitler's name on it in the castle of Wolfpassing, Austria. Ensconced in the belfry of an ancient castle where it was mounted by fans of the Nazi dictator in 1939, the bell has tolled on for nearly 80 years. It survived the defeat of Hitler’s Germany, a decade of post-war Soviet occupation that saw Red Army soldiers bivouacked in the castle and more recent efforts by Austrian government to acknowledge the country’s complicity in crimes of that era and make amends.


VIENNA (AP) — Like many others in Austria's countryside, a tower bell above the red-tiled rooftops of Wolfpassing village marks the passing of each hour with an unspectacular "bong." But this bell is unique: It is embossed with a swastika and praise to Adolf Hitler.

And unlike more visible remnants of the Nazi era, the bell was apparently overlooked by official Austria up to now.

Ensconced in the belfry of an ancient castle where it was mounted by fans of the Nazi dictator in 1939, the bell has tolled on for nearly 80 years. It survived the defeat of Hitler's Germany, a decade of post-war Soviet occupation that saw Red Army soldiers lodge in the castle and more recent efforts by Austria's government to acknowledge the country's complicity in crimes of that era and make amends.

Some of those efforts have focused on identifying relics of that time and ensuring they're either removed or put in historical context. As an example, officials often cite government moral and material support for the restoration of the Mauthausen concentration camp, where a museum documents atrocities for school children and other visitors.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/Austrian-flap-over-bell-dedicated-to-Hitler-4691636.php?cmpid=hpts

We won't let the F-35 take off


Vermonters rally against plans to base the F-35 at Burlington International Airport (Thomas Grace)

VERMONT, THAT seemingly progressive New England state, is no exception when it comes to the arrogance and self-serving attitude of the richest and most powerful--nor to the fact that the neoliberal priorities of that 1 Percent inspire people to resist.

The Vermont Air National Guard, the state's Congressional delegation and leading business forces are campaigning to win the basing of Lockheed Martin's new F-35 warplane at Burlington International Airport.

But this has been met with a growing grassroots movement to stop the basing that has gained national attention. The Stop the F-35 Coalition opposing the basing has been gaining ground. Over the past few months, that struggle has broadened to include many more groups and wider demands for social justice, democracy and a change in national budget priorities, away from war spending and toward human rights and needs.

Nearly 300 people, most from neighborhoods near the airport, marched on the offices of Vermont's congressional delegation on July 13. But there were several important events in the week leading up to the march and rally against the F-35.

More at http://socialistworker.org/2013/07/22/dont-let-the-f35s-take-off .

Radio personality "Kidd" Kraddick dies during New Orleans charity event



David “Kidd” Kraddick, the popular Irving-based radio personality, has died in New Orleans while attending a charity event, according to a statement from his nationally syndicated show. He was 53.

“Kidd passed away today in New Orleans at a golf tournament organized to raise money for his beloved Kidd’s Kids charity,” it said.

“He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him,” the statement went on.

“All of us with YEA Networks and the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning crew are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader. Kidd devoted his life to making people smile every morning, and for 21 years his foundation has been dedicated to bringing joy to thousands of chronically and terminally ill children.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/07/27/5034841/kraddick-dies-during-new-orleans.html#storylink=cpy

[font color=green]The unofficial cause of death is an aneurysm. Condolences to his family and friends.

(Radio personality "Kidd") Kraddick dies during New Orleans charity event

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

David “Kidd” Kraddick, the popular Irving-based radio personality, has died in New Orleans while attending a charity event, according to a statement from his nationally syndicated show. He was 53.

“Kidd passed away today in New Orleans at a golf tournament organized to raise money for his beloved Kidd’s Kids charity,” it said.

“He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him,” the statement went on.

“All of us with YEA Networks and the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning crew are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader. Kidd devoted his life to making people smile every morning, and for 21 years his foundation has been dedicated to bringing joy to thousands of chronically and terminally ill children.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/07/27/5034841/kraddick-dies-during-new-orleans.html





Condolences to his family and friends. It is unofficial, but it appears that an aneurysm was the cause of death.

Johnny Manziel kicked out of frat party in Austin



It’s no secret that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel once wished he was a Texas football player.

Despite his several attempts to make peace between Aggies and Longhorns, party-goers were having none of it Friday night in Austin.

Just as Texas coach Mack Brown rejected Manziel from the Longhorns’ program, members of a Texas fraternity did not welcome him to their party.

In the video below Manziel can be seen leaving the party to the jeers of those in attendance. It isn’t clear if it’s Manziel in the pink polo , but a report by Burnt Orange Nation shows Manziel in a similar outfit while in Austin.

Be advised the video has strong language.



Source: http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2013/07/johnny-manziel-kicked-out-of-frat-party-in-austin/?cmpid=sportshcat



From Burnt Orange Nation:

Johnny Manziel Stops By West Campus; Is Politely Asked To Leave


Johnny Football stopped by the University of Texas last night and decided to attend a polite fraternal gathering of academic peers. Unfortunately, they were not as welcoming has he had hoped. Manziel was thrown out of this fraternity party "quickly and harshly."

Manziel is no stranger to UT, as it was one of the schools that he was interested in attending had he been offered a scholarship. Unfortunately, for both parties, he was not offered and now shines as a student athlete at the Agricultural and Mechanical Department. That doesn't mean that isn't still a fan...

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Manziel, who less than two weeks ago was reportedly sent home from the Manning football camp for sleeping through multiple mandatory meetings, returned to his central Texas home where his father said he was recovering from "severe dehydration." Only a week later, he was bombarded with a number of questions about his personal life and behavior at the SEC media days. The Heisman trophy winner has hidden behind the "I'm only twenty years old" excuse for a while now and it appears that the public has and some Aggie fans have grown weary of his antics. This incident was small and isolated, but it appears that there is very little that can stop Johnny Manziel, both on and off the field.

Source: http://www.burntorangenation.com/2013/7/27/4563148/johnny-manziel-stops-by-west-campus-is-politely-asked-to-leave

[font color=maroon]One of the comments to the article:

"There was alcohol present and Manziel is under age. Of course he was asked to leave. Also, being underage and in the presence was probably a violation of Johnny’s plea agreement a couple of weeks ago. He had to have been admonished by the court to abide by all laws."[/font]

Kevin Trudeau in contempt for not paying $37M fine


Kevin Trudeau
Photo By The Chicago Sun-Times, John Kim


CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has found author and infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau in contempt of court for failing to pay a more than $37 million fine imposed over misleading ads for one of his wildly popular weight-loss books.

Friday's ruling was the latest round in more than a decade of legal battles that began with a suit filed by the Federal Trade Commission. The regulatory agency alleged some of Trudeau's informercials included false and misleading statements about his books.

A federal judge in Chicago agreed and ordered him to stop. Then in 2007, Judge Robert Gettleman fined Trudeau $37.6 million for violating the order.

On Friday, Gettleman said Trudeau failed to pay and ordered him to transfer ownership of companies and financial accounts to a court-appointed receiver. Gettleman found him in contempt, opting not to give him jail time out of concern that those hurt by his actions would never get compensated.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Pitchman-in-contempt-for-not-paying-37M-fine-4690961.php?cmpid=hpbn .

Peanut plaintiff sues Texas Roadhouse for $1M

HARLINGEN — A million dollars isn’t peanuts. Or maybe it is.

A Harlingen woman is seeking $1 million after she claims she slipped and fell on peanut shells on the floor of a local restaurant.

Amelia Tijerina has filed a civil lawsuit arguing that Texas Roadhouse Inc. is responsible for the peanut shells on the restaurant’s floor.

Texas Roadhouse has denied Tijerina’s allegations and demands proof.

More at http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_3a7590b4-f649-11e2-acdd-001a4bcf6878.html .

[font color=green]Throwing peanut shells on the floor is just about a half-step up from throwing cigarette butts or spitting your chew on the floor. It's a disgusting habit and a lawsuit might be what is needed to eliminate the unsanitary activity. I've only been to a Texas Roadhouse once and I nearly slipped on the peanut shells also. The place was so filthy that I doubt that I'll ever eat there again.[/font]

Private ambulances take Medicare, taxpayers for a ride

Companies make millions off the poor, vulnerable - whether passengers need services or not

HOUSTON--Early each morning, private ambulances charged toward a leafy Tomball subdivision where, for a hefty price to taxpayers, patients are dispatched to psychiatric "therapy" in a brown brick house where two portable potties are perched in the driveway.

The ambulances are but specks among hundreds of emergency medical vehicles across Harris County making millions of dollars off the poor, the sick and the mentally vulnerable, whether they need a costly EMS lift or not.

Medicare and the American public pay for the ride - dubiously and often - billed to the U.S. government as trips of medical necessity to "clinics" or "hospitals," a Houston Chronicle investigation has found. Much of it fueled by the daily trafficking of the mentally ill and fragile to so-called therapy programs in aging strip malls, mid-rises and residential neighborhoods.

Many of the patients are neither physically debilitated nor confined to a sick bed. They are not headed to, or coming from the hospital, and there is no medical emergency.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Private-ambulances-take-Medicare-taxpayers-for-a-2220817.php . There are also related articles at the link.

Texas school district released from federal desegregation order after 43 years

The days of legalized school segregation in Texas are long past. But the consequences of the state’s legacy of American Apartheid are not.

Since 1970, Richardson ISD has operated under federal judicial supervision that required the school district to take measures to enhance diversity — a status that did not end until this week.

Multiple school districts across the nation were placed under the civil rights-era desegregation orders, but were able to have the order dismissed. The process of unitary status allows districts to ask the court to dismiss the desegregation litigation.

Unitary status meant that a school district would be required to assign staff in a desegregated manner, hire and treat staff without regard to race, establish a majority to minority transfer policy, regularly examine its transportation system, eliminate segregation in extracurricular activities and create a biracial advisory body. (That was before the days of “multi-ethnic” schools in Texas.)

More at http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2013/07/texas-school-district-released-from-federal-desegregation-order-after-43-years/ .
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