SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday called on the U.S. government and the American Civil Liberties Union to come up with a plan to address the rights of parents and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum. The request was made during a hearing a day after U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw extended a freeze on deportations of recently reunified families, giving a reprieve to hundreds of children and their parents who want to remain in the United States. Sabraw wrote in issuing the order that “hasty removal of these children and their parents at the expense of an ordered process provided by law” would go against the public’s interest and deprive the minors of their right to seek asylum. During Friday’s hearing, Sabraw asked the two sides to come to an agreement over whether some parents who were deported without their children should be returned to the U.S. to pursue asylum with the minors.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bob Bass, the former San Antonio and Charlotte general manager who was an integral part of the front office for most of the Spurs’ first 20 years in South Texas, has died. He was 89. Bass’ death was confirmed by the club Saturday in a statement from coach Gregg Popovich. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Bass died Friday at home in San Antonio after a series of strokes. “Over the course of four decades, Bob Bass had a huge impact in both the ABA and NBA,” Popovich said in a statement released by the team. “BB was a true pioneer in the world of professional basketball. His knowledge, passion and dedication to the game were inspiring. We send our condolences to the entire Bass family.”
HOUSTON (AP) — A sign at a Houston elementary and middle school that sparked criticism on social media has been removed. The Houston Independent School District says the sign that read, “The more you act like a lady, the more he’ll act like a gentleman,” was removed Friday night. The wall was patched and repainted. The sign was above a row of lockers in a girls’ locker room at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, a school covering kindergarten through eighth grade. The sign drew attention on social media after a Houston resident posted a picture of it on Twitter. Critics on social media called the sign “victim-blaming” and misogynistic. Classes have not begun for the semester. According to the district’s website, the first day of school is Aug. 27.
DALLAS (AP) — Teenagers who witnessed a police shooting that killed a high school freshman in Texas testified on Friday that there was no reason for the ex-officer to fire into the car carrying the victim and four other black teenagers. The testimony came during the second day of the murder trial for fired Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver, who fatally shot Jordan Edwards, 15, after police broke up a house party in April 2017. Body camera footage shows police having a friendly conversation with the party’s host when gunfire, later found to be fired near a nursing home, cut the exchange short. After the shots rang out, bodycam video shows Oliver retrieving a rifle from a patrol vehicle and going toward his partner’s location.… Read the rest of the article…
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says the body of a drowned fisherman has been recovered in southern Texas. The Coast Guard in Corpus Christi says the body was found about 8:30 a.m. Saturday near the unincorporated community of Port O’Connor. The man’s name was not released. A news release says a witness reported a man stranded on an island Friday morning, and that man said he and a friend became stranded when their boat drifted away. The man said his friend was trying to swim to the boat when he disappeared.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — More than 120 Vietnam War-era prisoners of war are reconnecting with one another at a Dallas-area reunion hosted by developer Ross Perot Jr. and a nonprofit veterans’ organization. The “Return to Freedom” reunion marks the 45th anniversary of the repatriation of the 662 American POWs held by the North Vietnamese government. NAM-POWs Corp., the nonprofit veterans’ group co-hosting the reunion, said 458 of those POWs are alive today with an average age of 78. “Our bond is strong. These opportunities to share time together means a lot to all of us,” said retired U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Milligan, NAM-POWs president, in a statement. That bond is cited by some of the POWs as something that helped keep them alive in captivity. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Ken Cordier and retired U.S. Navy Capt. Mike McGrath shared a cell in their Hanoi prison for more than five years. The four-day reunion at The Omni Frisco at The Star hotel continues through Sunday.
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas jury has awarded more than $242 million to a Dallas-area family who sued Toyota over what they said were defective front seats in their Lexus sedan. Benjamin and Kristi Reavis alleged defects caused their front seat backs in a September 2016 rear-end collision to collapse on their two young children seated in child safety seats in the back. Their attorney said the 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son suffered severe head trauma and other injuries. The Reavises’ attorney, Frank Branson, said Toyota consciously chose to protect front-seat occupants from crash injuries such as whiplash at the expense of rear-seat passengers. The Dallas County jury determined Friday that the seats were unreasonably dangerous and Toyota failed to warn of those dangers. In a statement, Toyota said it sympathized with the Reavises and respects the jury’s decision but believes the injuries resulted from factors specific to the collision, not defects. No decision has been made on an appeal.