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Gay HBO Series “Looking” Begins Filming In San Francisco, Locals Are Thrilled

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“I’d love to write a regular column, like a gay Sex and the City,” said every gay 20-something writer in their first pitch to a major outlet.

Luckily, when HBO decided to give a certain writer with the same vision the greenlight on a primetime series, the network made an excellent choice trusting their new “gay Sex and the City“ in the hands of buzzworthy writer/director Andrew Haigh.

The new show, Looking, reportedly follows an all-gay (or gay for pay?) cast looking for love in the “City by the Bay.” Production had San Franciscans getting excited last weekend as camera crews and star actors Jonathan Groff and Russell Tovey took to the streets to begin filming the show’s pilot. As you can see in the clip below, even straight folks at KTVU are hard up for Looking because it will bring “big business” to the city.

Some onlookers had different thoughts about the new show, one even claimed it may be “past it’s time.” According to a random passerby in tinted prescription glasses and an NFL jersey, Looking is so over because “somebody should have done it a few years ago.”

More at http://www.queerty.com/gay-hbo-series-looking-begins-filming-in-san-francisco-locals-are-thrilled-20130924/ .

TCEQ Approves Permit for Big North Texas Reservoir



The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has approved the permit for construction of North Texas' Lake Ralph Hall, the first major new reservoir to be built in the state in decades.

In a statement, the National Wildlife Federation expressed its disappointment, claiming the agency had "missed a golden opportunity to advance water conservation in Texas."

The project now awaits approval from the Army Corps of Engineers, which will focus on the lake's potential impact on natural resources.

More at http://www.texastribune.org/2013/09/24/big-decision-north-texas-water-supplies-lake-ralph/ .

100k military jobs aren't essential, study finds

Four former members of the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the military could shed 60,000 more troops than planned and 50,000 civilian employees without hurting U.S. fighting power.

Some $50 billion in budget cuts are recommended in a new report released Tuesday that was written by a 17-member panel including two former vice chairmen of the joint chiefs, a former Air Force chief and former Navy chief. The recommended cuts would replace future rounds of automatic, across-the-board cuts in the Pentagon's budget as part of a deficit reduction deal two years ago.

Writing for the Stimson Center think tank in Washington, the authors recommended 27 ways to trim costs under a strategy that focuses less on nuclear and ground forces and more on air, sea, space and special operations.

Source: http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_24165265/100k-military-jobs-arent-essential-study-finds

Soldiers told new rules governing tattoos, grooming standards on the way

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — In the works for more than a year, strict new rules governing things like tattoos and grooming for soldiers have been approved by the Secretary of the Army and are only awaiting a final signature, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler said Saturday.

Speaking to troops at bases in eastern Afghanistan, Chandler said Secretary John McHugh has approved but not yet officially put his name to the changes to Army Regulation 670-1.

“We’re just waiting for the secretary to sign,” Chandler said during a town hall meeting with soldiers from the 4th Combat Brigade Team, 10th Mountain Division, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi. He made similar remarks to troops at FOB Fenty in Jalalabad.

The regulations cover things such as tattoos, grooming, and uniforms and apply only to soldiers. Other branches of the military have their own grooming and appearance rules.

More at http://www.stripes.com/news/army/soldiers-told-new-rules-governing-tattoos-grooming-standards-on-the-way-1.242828 .

Court: Brownsville man wrongly denied US citizenship

BROWNSVILLE (AP) — For more than two decades, Sigifredo Saldana Iracheta insisted he was a U.S. citizen, repeatedly explaining to immigration officials that he was born to an American father and a Mexican mother in a city just south of the Texas border.

Year after year, the federal government rejected his claims, deporting him at least four times and at one point detaining him for nearly two years as he sought permission to join his wife and three children in South Texas.

In rejecting Saldana's bid for citizenship, the government sought to apply an old law that cited Article 314 of the Mexican Constitution, which supposedly dealt with legitimizing out-of-wedlock births. But there was a problem: The Mexican Constitution has no such article.

The error appears to have originated in 1978, and it's been repeated ever since, frustrating an untold number of people who are legally entitled to U.S. citizenship but couldn't get it.

More at http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_bf0f6240-2539-11e3-8bfb-0019bb30f31a.html .

Tax evasion testimony details (Amarillo) doctor's apocalypse bunker

A federal judge on Monday denied an Amarillo anesthesiologist’s request to be freed on bond while he awaits sentencing in a tax evasion case.

After a nearly two-hour hearing, U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson denied Edgar Lockett’s request for a cash or personal bond.

Lockett, 70, was convicted Sept. 13 on six tax evasion counts after authorities said he failed to pay $1.4 million in taxes and hid money in accounts listed under his deceased father’s name.

During Monday’s hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy Drake told Robinson that Lockett had not been forthcoming to the court with information about his assets, property he and his mother purchased in Panama and an underground bunker he owns.

More at http://amarillo.com/news/2013-09-23/judge-hears-testimony-about-amarillo-doctors-bunker-finances .

Mattress Firm sued, accused of age discrimination

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Houston-based retailer Mattress Firm, saying managers edged out older employees in favor of younger ones in Las Vegas.

The age discrimination complaint was filed Monday in federal court in Nevada. It names the company and 15 other unspecified people as defendants.

EEOC officials say the discrimination began in 2007, when Mattress Firm acquired a Las Vegas chain called Bedtime Mattress.

The commission says Mattress Firm officials described the older employees as "stuck in their ways" and set a goal to replace 90 percent of them with younger employees.

More at http://www.reporternews.com/news/2013/sep/24/mattress-firm-sued-accused-age-discrimination/ .

Cross-posted in Texas Group.

Mattress Firm sued, accused of age discrimination

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Houston-based retailer Mattress Firm, saying managers edged out older employees in favor of younger ones in Las Vegas.

The age discrimination complaint was filed Monday in federal court in Nevada. It names the company and 15 other unspecified people as defendants.

EEOC officials say the discrimination began in 2007, when Mattress Firm acquired a Las Vegas chain called Bedtime Mattress.

The commission says Mattress Firm officials described the older employees as "stuck in their ways" and set a goal to replace 90 percent of them with younger employees.

More at http://www.reporternews.com/news/2013/sep/24/mattress-firm-sued-accused-age-discrimination/ .

Cross-posted in Nevada Group.

Applied Materials to buy Tokyo Electron for $9 billion

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Applied Materials Inc will buy rival Tokyo Electron Ltd in an all-stock deal valued at more than $9 billion, combining the No.1 and No.3 makers of chip-making gear as demand for their products slows and it gets tougher to turn a profit.

The deal will create a new company valued at about $29 billion that would be 68 percent owned by Applied Materials shareholders, the companies said on Tuesday.

Applied Materials shares rose more than 8 percent in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq. The announcement came after the close of trading in Tokyo, where Tokyo Electron shares ended 0.4 percent higher.

The deal is the biggest-ever for Applied Materials, whose last big acquisition was Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates for $4.9 billion in 2011.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/24/us-tokyoelectron-merger-appliedmaterials-idUSBRE98N0CB20130924

Ken Anderson resigns as district judge

State District Judge Ken Anderson, who prosecuted Michael Morton in 1987 as William(son) County’s longtime district attorney, has resigned from office.

In a letter to Gov. Rick Perry dated Monday, Anderson gave no reason for submitting his resignation.

In a return letter dated Tuesday, Perry extended his thanks for Anderson’s service. “I wish you all the best in your future endeavors,” Perry wrote.

His four-year term was due to expire at the end of 2014.

Anderson faces criminal charges linked to allegations that he intentionally hid evidence that could have spared Morton from a life sentence for murder. Morton was freed in 2011 after almost 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife, Christine, which evidence later showed he didn’t commit.

Anderson also faces a civil court trial, set to begin Sept. 30, on a lawsuit filed by the State Bar of Texas that accuses him of professional misconduct in his prosecution of Morton.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/anderson-resigns-as-district-judge/nZ6WD/ .

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