Marshall Fatality Accident
MARSHALL – One person has been killed in a one vehicle accident in Marshall. The accident happened just before 5:00 Friday afternoon on Interstate Highway 20 just east of U.S. Highway 59. The name of the victim has not been released. For some reason, the 18-wheeler left the road, hit a tree and overturned and caught fire.
Doctor Accused of Human Trafficking
LONGVIEW — A Kilgore psychiatrist, wanted on human trafficking and prostitution charges, is in custody in Gregg County. Riyaz Mazcuri, 62, is accused of trafficking women from India for forced labor, including prostitution. KETK reports that Mazcuri is known as “The Doctor” in what’s being called a “criminal group” that operates in southern New York. According to court documents, Mazcuri and others, tricked woman by telling they would be part of a cultural program. But once they go to the U.S., the men are accused of forcing them into dancing at night clubs, and having sex with clients. The U.S. Marshals service is still looking for the other suspects in the case.
Possible Suspect Sought in Widespread Burglaries
TYLER — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office requests assistance in identifying a burglary suspect. Detectives say this man may be connected with multiple pharmacy burglaries across East Texas including Gregg, Smith, Henderson, Angelina, Cherokee, and Anderson counties. Crimestoppers pays up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed in specific cases. If you have information, call Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (2833). The Smith County Sheriff’s Office can also be contacted at 903-566-6600.
Gregg County Seeking Tips on $5,000 Mower Reported Stolen
GREGG COUNTY — The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding a stolen mower. KETK reports that on July 18 at around 4:00 a.m., unknown thieves took a red and silver 2007 Brush Hog zero turn riding mower from a home on the 5700 block of Highway 300. The mower was valued at $5000. Video surveillance from a nearby business shows the mower in a white four door truck, believed to be a Ford F-250, traveling north on Highway 300 a short distance from Upshur County. If you have information about this theft, contact Investigator David Falco at (903) 236-8438 or Crime Stoppers at (903) 236-STOP.
“A Night of Solidarity” in Tyler
TYLER — Tylerites gathered Saturday night at the East Texas Islamic Society Mosque to help celebrate the holy Islamic month of Ramadan — and for “A Night of Solidarity.” Focusing on current unrest in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world, Mosque members invited members of various religions to join them in promoting peace and togetherness. Rev. Stuart Baskin of First Presbyterian Church told KTBB, “The world wants to pull us apart and make us enemies of one another, and I think it’s important as a Christian to bear witness to the reality of peace in the world.” Read more …
Lawsuits May Seal Important Facts about West Blast
WEST (AP) — Valuable health and safety information about the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West could be hidden from the public forever because a judge has approved confidentiality agreements for more than a dozen lawsuits relating to the case. The agreements OK’d by state District Judge Jim Meyer were requested by attorneys involved in at least 15 separate lawsuits. The result is that lawyers can label as confidential virtually all information uncovered as they prepare for trial. The Dallas Morning News reports the information could include more details about injuries and safety testing of the fertilizer that exploded. Fifteen people were killed in the blast and hundreds injured. Legal scholars note that taxpayers cover the cost for the courts in which lawsuits are tried, which means the information should be public.
Deterrence a Goal and Challenge at Texas Border
MISSION (AP) — A recent patrol with state troopers on the Rio Grande illustrates the challenges that as many as 1,000 National Guard troops will face along the Texas-Mexico border in deterring criminal activity. Three heavily-armed Texas patrol boats rounded a bend in the Rio Grande on Thursday afternoon and came upon two young men paddling an inflatable raft full-speed ahead toward the Mexican shore. The men passed their raft and paddles up the bank to others as the state troopers and game wardens bobbed helplessly in their boats. Governor Rick Perry said this week the troops’ presence will deter criminal activity as they support state troopers already working the border in greater numbers.
More funds to Local Law Enforcement on Border
McALLEN (AP) — Local law enforcement agencies in Texas, especially those along the border, have received millions more dollars from a federal grant program to help deal with the surge in illegal immigration. U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, said in a statement Friday that law enforcement agencies across Texas received $23.1 million in Operation Stonegarden funding in the current fiscal year. That’s up from $19.4 million last year and pays for overtime and equipment that local agencies use to aid border security. More than 57,000 unaccompanied child immigrants entered the country illegally since October, most of them crossing the Mexican border in South Texas. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Peter Boogaard said it was recognition of “the financial impact of the recent rise in illegal migration.”
FBI: Information On Child Migrants Stolen in Scam
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The FBI is investigating how con artists were able to obtain confidential information about unaccompanied child immigrants being held in Texas and elsewhere as part of a scam netting the swindlers thousands of dollars. Special agent Michelle Lee tells the San Antonio Express-News that information was obtained for children being held at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. She says scammers posing as charity workers have contacted people in a dozen states who are acting as sponsors for the children. They claim that payments of $300 to $6,000 are needed to cover processing costs and travel expenses to reunite families. The contractor responsible for the child detention operations at the two facilities, the BCFS, formerly Baptist Child and Family Services, referred questions to the FBI.
Dallas County Official Charged with Taking Bribes
DALLAS (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a longtime Dallas County commissioner with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of certain projects. John Wiley Price and three other individuals are in custody Friday after being charged in a 13-count indictment. They are set to make initial court appearances Friday afternoon. U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña said at a news conference that during a decade-long scheme, two political consultants provided Price with $950,000 in money, cars and land. Authorities allege that in exchange for the bribes, Price voted for lucrative contracts before commissioners court that were proposed by the consultants’ clients.
Judge Rules Man had Right to Record Austin Police
AUSTIN (AP) — A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit to proceed that alleges Austin police violated the constitutional rights of a man who was arrested repeatedly for recording officers as they made arrests. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane ruled that Antonio Buehler, 37,(pictured) had a right to photograph and videotape the officers. The Austin American-Statesman reports that Lane’s order determined citizens can record officers in public places so long as they don’t interfere. Lane ruled that the city and its police department cannot escape liability for failing to establish a policy and for not training officers on how to proceed when they’re recorded. The judge rejected Buehler’s claims of excessive force and malicious prosecution when arrested in 2012. He has been arrested on two other occasions while filming police.
Democrat in Houston DA Race Says No Jail for Pot
HOUSTON (AP) – The Democratic nominee for district attorney in Houston says if elected she won’t jail people for small amounts of marijuana. Kim Ogg says she will instead issue citations and enforce community service for people suspected of misdemeanor pot possession. She says two days of picking up litter would avoid a conviction. Ogg is running against Republican Houston District Attorney Devon Anderson. The Houston Chronicle reported that Anderson released a statement saying she is working on a similar program and agreed that low-risk offenders are straining the system. Ogg said more than 12,000 people were charged in 2013 with marijuana possession of less than 4 ounces. She told reporters they were then jailed for an average of five days, costing taxpayers $4.4 million.
Former Astronaut Hank Hartsfield Dies
HOUSTON (AP) — Former astronaut Henry “Hank” Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions, has died. He was 80. Hartsfield’s daughter, Judy Gedies, said Friday her father died July 17 of complications following back surgery. Funeral services were set for Saturday in suburban Houston. Hartsfield, from Birmingham, Alabama, had a physics degree from Auburn University, graduated from Air Force test pilot school and was selected for astronaut training in 1969. He earned an engineering science master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 1971. He served on a 1972 lunar landing support crew, was pilot 10 years later for the shuttle Columbia’s last test mission and commander for a Discovery flight in 1984 and Challenger in 1985. Hartsfield later worked in several NASA administrative positions.
Texas Couple Gives Forgotten Flag to Marine’s Mom
HUMBLE (AP) — A couple who discovered a tribute flag for a fallen Marine at a Texas flea market has presented it to his mother, more than nine years after he was killed in Iraq. Lanie and Walter Brown gave the flag Saturday to Patsy Maciel before a small crowd gathered at the grave of Lance Cpl. Fred Maciel in the northern Houston suburb of Humble. The Browns bought the flag for $5 after finding it tucked away earlier this month in the corner of a flea market in Hemphill, about 170 miles from Houston. The flag has about two dozen messages written by other marines for Maciel, who was 20 when he died in a helicopter crash. Patsy Maciel didn’t know of the flag’s existence until contacted by the Browns on Facebook.
Bar None? Not after $1M Gift for Texas Campus Pub
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Wealthy alumni usually finance new football stadiums or libraries at their old colleges. Tom and Leti Contreras are donating nearly $1 million to build a bar. The couple met at St. Mary’s University in the 1980s at an on-campus spot known as The Pub. It closed shortly thereafter and has left the small San Antonio liberal arts college without a watering hole ever since. Tom Contreras told the San Antonio Express-News that he wants St. Mary’s to “go another level” and attract quality students. He says the college needs to bring back a community atmosphere. Construction is set to begin this fall. Preliminary plans call for a 1,200-square-foot bar with TVs and a stage for live music. The new pub is scheduled to open next year.
Baylor Football Stadium to Offer Premium Food Fare
WACO (AP) — Baylor University’s $260 million football stadium will have plenty of amenities when it opens next month and among them are nearly 250 checkout lines, with some serving premium foods like seafood po’boys and a variety of bacon-wrapped concoctions. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the food vendor for McLane Stadium, Savor, has been working since January to develop a premium menu that includes barbecue, Cajun, Italian and other more expensive offerings. Standard stadium fare, such as $4 hot dogs and $5 hamburgers, will be available. But fans wanting a po’boy will pay $8 and they’ll shell out $7 for a barbecue sandwich. Grabbing a bite should prove quicker with the hundreds of checkout lines at both fixed and mobile concession stands. The former stadium, Floyd Casey, had 54 checkout lines.
Aggressive Weed Brings Woe to Texas Cotton Growers
LUBBOCK (AP) — A fast-spreading weed is causing problems in Texas cotton fields and could cost growers much of their harvest if left unchecked. Pigweed is spreading aggressively in the High Plains this year after becoming resistant to the herbicide that once easily eradicated it. Above-average rainfall has also helped the growth of pigweed, which can grow 10 feet tall and overtake crops. Producers are checking their fields and seeking other herbicides to try to protect their harvests. Eradication of pigweed gets more difficult if the plant goes to seed. One female plant can have as many as 600,000 seeds that are carried by water but not wind. Pigweed is a summer annual that’s native to the Sonoran Desert and the Lower Rio Grande Valley and affects all row crops, including vegetables.
Jerry Jones on Romo: ‘Tony threw it well’
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
OXNARD, Calif. – Tony Romo ’s first full-pads practice of Dallas Cowboys training camp came off without a hitch Saturday.
It was Romo’s first extended action since undergoing back surgery last December after he was kept out of competitive drills in the spring. Romo did not take part in Friday’s afternoon workout in which the offense did not go against the defense so he could gear up for his first 11-on-11 action.
“I thought Tony threw it well,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said after the practice.
To start the practice, Romo went through his normal limited work in noncompetitive drills. He did not go through individual drills. He threw five passes in one-on-one drills between wide receivers and cornerbacks, throwing only to Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams.
His first live action (or as close to it as it can be in a training camp session) came when he took snaps from center in running drills. He completed 7-of-8 passes in seven-on-seven drills and went 2-of-4 in team drills.
“We’ve got to make sure that he’s throwing to Dez and Terrance and really getting good, quality work,” coach Jason Garrett said, “and the other guys are getting the chance to throw to the other guys in the drills.” Read more …
Strong offseason fueling Brandon Weeden
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas – Brandon Weeden’s bid to be the Dallas Cowboys’ No. 2 quarterback in 2014 got a lot easier when the club decided to release Kyle Orton.
Barring something unforeseen, Weeden, who signed a two-year deal in the offseason, will be Tony Romo’s backup. But Weeden does not look at the move as “weight off my shoulders.”
“Given the situation Kyle has been in in previous years in Dallas, he’s been the backup quarterback, so I think if he was there it would be one more obstacle I would have to kind of hurdle,” Weeden said. “But at the same time I can’t really get wrapped up in putting all of my attention on that. I need to do what I did in the [organized team activities] and continue to play well and get better. I think hopefully things will work out that way regardless.”
The Cowboys felt confident enough to jettison Orton, who skipped the entire offseason program and minicamp, in part because of what Weeden did in the spring. With Romo recovering from back surgery and being kept out of competitive drills and Orton missing, Weeden took all of the first-team snaps.
“I think the reps I got in the OTAs were kind of irreplaceable,” Weeden said. “If I was in a situation where God forbid something happened to Tony and I’m asked to play, those are the guys I’m going to battle with, so those reps I got were invaluable. I know I won’t get many of those in [training] camp, but fortunately I had 12 practices where I was able to get out with those guys. Now it’s, ‘Let’s get to work.’ I’m ready to get to California and get things rolling.”
Orton had the same benefit last year of taking all of the offseason snaps in 2013 as Romo recovered from surgery to remove a cyst from his back. When Romo hurt his back in Week 16 against the Washington Redskins, he was able to step into the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles and play well. He completed 30 of 46 passes for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, but a late turnover sealed the Cowboys’ loss.
“[Gavin] Escobar and [Jason] Witten are two totally different players. Dez [Bryant] and Terrance [Williams] are two totally different players,” Weeden said. “You kind of learn what certain guys’ strengths are and little nuances of what they do. That’s the thing more than anything. You kind of get a feel for what Dez likes on fades and all that stuff a certain way where Terrance might like it another way. You’ve got to learn what each guy likes. When you’re with so many new guys it takes time. You always want more time, but it’s nice to have the reps I did get there to get a head start.”
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Did you know your heart is a muscle just like the biceps in your arm or the quadriceps in your legs? It’s considered to be the hardest working muscle in your body; beating more than 3.5 billion times during an average lifespan. And like any hard-working muscle, your heart needs a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a good night’s sleep to stay healthy. But what actually happens to this vital muscle over time when you have diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol? UT Health’s cardiologist, Dr. Dudley Goulden, answers questions about maintaining a healthy heart muscle in this post to HealthConnection. Go to the UT Health Connection website!
Today in History
Today in History for 27th July 2014- Historical Events 1931 - Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebr and SD destroyed thousands of acres of crops 1944 - US troops occupy le Mesnil-Herman/Hill 183 Normandy 1945 - Cubs purchase pitcher Hank Borowy from NY Yankees 1968 - Carol Mann wins LPGA Supertest Canadian Golf Open 1973 - 40th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Miami 14, All Stars 3 (54,103) 2002 - Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter cras... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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Low-Fat Recipes: Easy Seafood Alfredo
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