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Houston judge sentences Aryan gang leader to 30 years

HOUSTON — A top leader of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

Charles Lee Roberts was sentenced in federal court in Houston on Thursday for his May 10 guilty plea. He had admitted to participating in a systematic use of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping and drug trafficking to support the gang.

U.S. District Judge Sim Lake also ordered the 68-year-old Beaumont man to serve five years of supervised release should he complete his prison sentence. Roberts could have drawn a life sentence.

Roberts was among nearly three dozen alleged gang members charged in a sweeping indictment unsealed in November that accuses them of crimes ranging from capital murder to drug trafficking.

Source: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/articleComments/Houston-judge-sentences-Aryan-gang-leader-to-30-4847249.php

Aggie Band, Reveille snubbed by Arkansas Razorbacks

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M will play the University of Arkansas this Saturday in Fayetteville, but two symbols of Aggie tradition will be missing.

According to a report by KBTX.com, Arkansas says the Aggie Band and Reveille won't be allowed on the field, but it's nothing personal.

"Apparently in the SEC, you have to ask that university permission to perform at halftime. So we sent a letter asking. They sent one back that said you can come to the game, but you can't perform at halftime," said Karly Hartman, a senior in the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band.

Arkansas athletic officials said their home game schedule is to blame.

More at http://www.khou.com/sports/Aggie-Band-Reveille-wont-attend-football-game-in-Arkansas-225407712.html .

Former Hand-Surgeon Michael Brown Gets 30 Days in Federal Slammer



Former hand-surgeon/wife-beater Michael Brown has been sentenced to 30 days in a federal penitentiary for choking several stewardesses aboard a British Airways flight in January. He'll get two years of supervised release afterwards, with mandatory mental health treatment and substance abuse evaluation.

U.S. District Court Judge Donald Graham handed down the sentence Wednesday afternoon after rejecting a plea agreement between Brown and federal prosecutors.

Brown was ordered to report to Miami authorities on October 25. He was also fined $5,000 -- which is way less than he allegedly spent on strippers in Houston every month.

According to the sentencing minutes, Brown "apologized to the Court and asked for Mercy and that he would like to not...be sentenced to custody because of his children."

More at http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2013/09/michael_brown_sentenced_prison.php .

To Battle Teen Pregnancy Crisis, Texas Builds $1.2 Million Abstinence-Only Website



You're a public health policymaker in Texas. Teenage girls in the state are getting knocked up at an alarming rate, then they're having babies and getting knocked up again. The data, along with the bulk of the scientific literature, suggest that the state's longstanding strategy of telling kids not to have sex isn't working.

Do you A.) come to terms with reality and embark on a campaign to teach kids about safe sex and the benefits of contraception; or B). declare jihad on family planning clinics and pour $1.2 million into an abstinence-only website and ad campaign?

Having trouble? Go back to the first sentence. Focus on the "Texas" part. The correct answer is clearly b.

The family planning cuts instituted by the state legislature over the past two legislative sessions have been well documented. The $1.2-million abstinence-only web campaign, ourtown4teens.org, rolled out this month.

More at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/09/to_battle_teen_pregnancy_crisi.php .

Gun misfires, prevents possible mass shooting at Fort Worth McDonald’s

FORT WORTH — A potential mass shooting at a fast-food restaurant was averted Tuesday night when a would-be robber’s gun malfunctioned as he pulled the trigger multiple times, police said.

When the gunman stepped outside and tried again, shots rang out, prompting one officer to suggest that divine intervention played a role in the outcome.

Fort Worth police say surveillance video captured the man pulling the trigger at least five times as he pointed his gun at people inside the McDonald’s at 4800 South Freeway while demanding their property.

Twice the man went outside and successfully fired the gun, once into the air and later toward a passing car. No one reported being injured, and responding officers soon arrested a suspect, identified as 24-year-old Jestin Anthony Joseph of Allen in Collin County.

More at http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/09/25/5194235/gun-malfunctions-prevents-possible.html#my-headlines-default?rh=1 .

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte: Cruz is a ‘Wendy Wannabe’

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, slammed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as a “Wendy Wannabe” in a telephone call with reporters about his talkathon against the federal health care law.

“Wendy Davis filibustered for women’s health. Senator Cruz filibustered against people having health care. Such a stark contrast,” Van de Putte said. “Senator Cruz may be a Wendy wannabe, but he certainly is arguing and standing up for people not getting health care.”

Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, came to national prominence with a filibuster against tighter abortion restrictions and is expected to announce her bid for governor next week.

Cruz, whose effort wasn’t technically a filibuster, said he was fighting to scrap funding for Obamacare because that’s what Americans want.

More at http://blog.mysanantonio.com/texas-politics/2013/09/state-senator-cruz-is-a-wendy-wannabe/ .

Prairie View students will finally be able to vote on campus

Prairie View A&M University students will get to vote on campus in the Nov. 5 elections, thanks in part to a persistent student leader who pressured officials for a more convenient polling location.

On Wednesday, Waller County commissioners approved early voting and Election Day polling places, including a new one at the historically black university's Memorial Student Center.

Student Government Association president Priscilla Barbour, who requested the polling place two months ago, said she was thrilled by the decision. For years students have had to walk or drive more than a mile to the nearest polling place, which Barbour says is a violation of students' civil rights.

"It was just that sigh of relief," said Barbour, a senior political science major. "I didn't know if I wanted to jump up for joy or cry. This has been a long journey."

More at http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Prairie-View-students-will-finally-be-able-to-4843888.php?cmpid=hpbn .

Abbott warns arms treaty could spur Texas to sue

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, no stranger to suing the federal government since President Barack Obama took office, repeated his warning Wednesday that U.S. ratification of a United Nations arms treaty would bring “swift legal action” from Texas.

Secretary of State John Kerry signed the Arms Trade Treaty on Wednesday, saying it would improve world safety and limit terrorist access to weapons.

But Abbott said the treaty, if ratified by the U.S. Senate, would endanger the right to keep and bear arms as protected by the U.S. Constitution.

“By signing this treaty, the Obama administration has attempted to subject Americans’ right to bear arms to the oversight of the United Nations. The very reason we fought for independence was to free ourselves from the dictates of leaders in other lands,” Abbott said.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/abbott-warns-arms-treaty-could-spur-texas-to-sue/nZ7K4/ .

Rick Perry opposes GOP tactic to shut down government over Obamacare

Gov. Rick Perry called it “nonsensical” for Congressional Republicans to refuse to fund government unless money for the Affordable Care Act is stripped out.

“I don’t think it’s a good option,” Perry said in an interview with ABC News, talking about the threat to shutdown government. “There’s still time to sit down and try to fix Obamacare.”

His statement came as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was in the last hours of a marathon talkathon trying to delay government funding. Cruz has steadfastly promoted a tactic envisioned to force Democrats and the president to relent on Obamacare in face of a government shutdown.

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth are holding a telephone conference call to talk about how such a shutdown would hurt Texas military personnel and their families.

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/rick-perry-opposes-gop-tactic-to-shut-down-government-over-obamacare.html/ .

Shell announces Gulf Coast site for potential multibillion-dollar plant

Royal Dutch Shell has picked a site in Louisiana for a plant costing at least $12.5 billion that would turn natural gas into diesel, jet fuel and other liquids, the Louisiana governor’s office announced Tuesday.

Shell said the project, which is no sure thing, could help to harness more domestic natural gas to make transportation fuels. The company will continue to consider the option before making an investment decision at the site in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, according to the news release.

The plant would offer the benefit of displacing oil used to make fuels and other products and lowering emissions, since Shell says liquids produced from natural gas burn cleaner than those produced from oil.

It also would create at least 740 direct jobs with an average salary of $100,000, as well as at least 3,900 indirect jobs, according to the announcement. Louisiana State University estimates the project would have an economic impact of $77.6 billion over the construction period and the first 15 years of operation of the plant, according to the press release.

More at http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/09/24/shell-selects-louisiana-for-possible-12-5-billion-plant/ .

Cross-posted to Louisiana Group.
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