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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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Fort Worth food bank needs a turkey blessing before Thanksgiving

FORT WORTH — Last year, the Community Food Bank gave families 1,700 turkey dinners with all the trimmings and they expect to give away 2,000 on Monday and Tuesday.

But officials say the food pantry is short about 1,700 turkeys and time is running out.

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Community Food Bank volunteer Kia Geary, 38, who brought in 14 turkeys Friday, said that since she began volunteering for the food pantry in July, she has seen a steady increase in traffic. Most of the people lining up for food are children and the elderly, Geary said.

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About one-quarter of the children in Tarrant County live in poverty, according to the Center for Public Policy Priorities, which advocates for more resources to fight poverty in Texas. Since cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, took effect Nov. 1, volunteers at the food pantry say they have been overwhelmed with new clients, 400 to 500 per day.

More at http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/11/23/5364430/food-bank-needs-a-turkey-blessing.html#my-headlines-default?rh=1 .

[font color=green]Please donate if it is within your means.

Note: I am not associated with the Community Food Bank.[/font]

East Texas woman reaches plea bargain in ricin case, paper says

Source: AP

TEXARKANA — An East Texas woman accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Coan added into the case docket for Shannon Guess Richardson a one-line entry that states “notice of plea agreement,” the Texarkana Gazette reported.

Authorities allege that the New Boston actress mailed ricin-laced letters to Obama, Bloomberg and a leader of the mayor’s gun-control group. Court documents allege that the then-pregnant Richardson tried to frame her husband for the crime.

The terms of the deal have not yet been made public, and a Dec. 2 pretrial hearing has been canceled. However, it is possible that the terms of the agreement will be discussed at another hearing, the newspaper reported. Typically, as part of a plea deal, a hearing is held so a defendant can change a plea to guilty.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20131123-east-texas-woman-reaches-plea-bargain-in-ricin-case-paper-says.ece

Van de Putte enters lieutenant governor race

SAN ANTONIO — State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a veteran lawmaker whom Democrats hope will energize Hispanic voters to make their party competitive for statewide office in the 2014 elections, formally announced Saturday that she will run for lieutenant governor.

With Van de Putte vying for the state’s No. 2 office, and fellow state Sen. Wendy Davis running for governor, Democrats hope to attract women voters against what will likely be two men on the Republican side.

Appearing together later in the day at an Austin phone bank where 200 volunteers were making calls for Davis, both women underscored that the focus of both campaigns will helping Texas’ families. Davis said she was glad to have Van de Putte in the race.

“Leticia stands for the values of Texas,” Davis said. “It will add to the dynamic of 2015 … Women make excellent candidates. They make excellent leaders.”

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/van-de-putte-enters-lite-guv-race/nb3MN/ .

St. David’s (HCA), Blue Cross unable to agree on contract; millions of policyholders may be affected

Insured patients with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas are in jeopardy of losing access to affordable and in-network health care at one of the major health systems in Central Texas and the doctors who work there.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas has been negotiating a contract for the past few months with the parent company of Austin’s St. David’s HealthCare, but, so far, an agreement has eluded them.

If the Hospital Corporation of America, St. David’s parent company, and Blue Cross cannot reach an agreement, then 4.9 million policyholders could be forced to pay higher costs if they want to get treatment at St. David’s. The lack of a contract also means limited choices for patients.

Although officials for the insurer and the provider say the dispute is purely contractual, others suggested that the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” is almost certainly a factor in the situation. The new law encourages insurers to offer low-cost plans to attract new customers, so some insurers might feel pressure to recoup costs elsewhere.

More at http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/st-davids-blue-cross-unable-to-agree-on-contract/nb25y/?icmp=statesman_internallink_invitationbox_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesmanpremium (subscription required).

[font color=green]Later in the article it stated that the impasse could have effects throughout 39 facilities in places such as Corpus Christi, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Houston, El Paso, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley.[/font]

Police: Alleged pot-smoking ghost hunters burn down Louisiana plantation

(Note: Headline was from the main page of the Website)

ARABI, La. (AP) — Seven people have been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed the LeBeau Plantation house in St. Bernard Parish.

Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann said the suspects are believed to have been smoking marijuana and drinking in the vacant house when the fire broke out around 2 a.m. Friday. The building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

One suspect is from Arabi, the others are from Texas. Their identities and specific charges had not been released Friday afternoon.

St. Bernard Sheriff's Office Col. John Duran said the men — between the ages of 17 and 31 — were apparently looking for ghosts at the mansion, which has long been the subject of ghost stories in St. Bernard.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/crime/article/7-arrested-after-fire-destroys-LeBeau-Plantation-5003905.php

Planned Parenthood’s Austin clinic resumes abortions

Planned Parenthood’s Austin clinic resumed providing abortions Friday after an affiliated doctor gained admitting privileges in a nearby hospital, an official said.

The clinic was among three Planned Parenthood facilities that stopped offering abortions because its doctors did not have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic, as required by House Bill 2, passed last summer by the Legislature.

Doctors in the organization’s Waco and Fort Worth clinics still do not have admitting privileges, Planned Parenthood official Sarah Wheat said.

Planned Parenthood was among the abortion providers that sued Texas to block HB 2. An injunction granted by a federal judge in October was later lifted by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the law in January. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to reinstate the injunction earlier this week.

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/planned-parenthoods-austin-clinic-resumes-abortion/nb2nt/

State Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) charged with felony for taking weapon to Austin airport

Texas State Rep. Drew Darby is facing a felony charge after he attempted to take a weapon through a security screening at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport this month, according to court documents.

Darby was shown as booked into Travis County Jail at 7:22 a.m. on Nov. 14 after he was found to be carrying a .38 caliber Ruger and six rounds of ammunition in a magazine during the security screening that morning, the affidavit said.

The Associated Press reported Friday that Darby issued a statement saying he regretted the Nov. 14 incident. He faces a felony charge for taking a weapon into a prohibited area, according to an arrest affidavit.

The weapon was found to be in Darby’s brown leather carry-on bag and detected during an X-ray screening and subsequent search of Darby’s luggage, the affidavit said.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/state-rep-drew-darby-charged-with-taking-weapon-to/nb2gg/ .

[font color=green]This story is for my fans in San Angelo.[/font]

Alex Jones Predicts That He'll Be Martyred at Dealey Plaza by Dallas Cops This Week



Years from now, Americans will look back on the events at Dealey Plaza on November 22, 2013 as a turning point in the fight for liberty. They will remember how Dallas police rolled through downtown on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, punishing any deviation from the officially sanctioned message with swift and terrifying brutality. And they will remember how one man, a fringe radio host and freedom fighter named Alex Jones, had the courage to step in front of the tanks and face them down. By the time they had cleared the martyred contents of his head from the pavement, the uprising had begun.

That's at least how things play out in Jones' current fever dream. It might happen this afternoon, when Jones and his followers march from Ferris Plaza Park, right across from Union Station, to Dealey Plaza. Or maybe it will happen late Friday morning, when they begin their march from Belo Garden and try to enter the heavily fortified assassination site just as it's filling up for the city's official ceremony.

"The system would have been wise not to try to assassinate the First Amendment like they did JFK," Jones says. "But because they did this, their efforts will backfire and be used instead to further awaken the sleeping giant that is the American people and people of the world."

Jones was not able to achieve martyrdom last night, when he and a couple of hundred activists showed up outside the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to wave signs and hand out fliers. Infowars, Jones' website, captured the ensuing confrontation with police on video.



More at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/11/alex_jones_dealey_plaza_bloods.php .

Reuben Senterfitt, who redefined role of Texas House speaker, dies at 96

In his 14 years as a state legislator, Reuben Senterfitt helped create one of the nation’s leading cancer research centers, expanded the state’s mental health services and public education and brought a new level of influence to the role of the Texas House speaker.

Senterfitt, a San Saba rancher and country lawyer who served as House speaker from 1951 to 1955, helped create a planning process for budgeting the state on a biennial basis — one of the main jobs of the Legislature — said Patrick Cox, a former assistant director at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas who worked on a history project about state House speakers.

Senterfitt, 96, died Wednesday in Buda after developing complications from pneumonia. He was described as a devoted and loving father to seven children and a champion of state services and military veterans after World War II.

“He helped expand the influence of the speaker’s office, he helped improve services — particularly in mental health and in education — and he really was a very positive force in state politics during his era,” Cox said. “He characterized himself as being very conservative, but he understood there was a role the government played to help protect citizens and provide some basic services that everyone needed.”

More at http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/reuben-senterfitt-who-redefined-role-of-texas-hous/nbz72/?icmp=statesman_internallink_invitationbox_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesmanpremium (subscription required).

Senterfitt, a Democrat, co-authored legislation that created the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Utah attorney general announces resignation

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Attorney General John Swallow announced Thursday that he is stepping down amid multiple investigations of bribery and misconduct that have hounded him ever since he took office at the beginning of the year.

Swallow discussed his resignation at a news conference as he vigorously denied breaking any laws and said the strain of the investigations had become too much for him and his family.

"Now is the time for the madness to stop and for the state to move forward. The toll on my family, the toll on my office and the toll on our finances has been too much. It is time for it to stop."

It marked a stunning fall for a politician who was elected with nearly two-thirds of the vote one year ago and seemingly had a bright political future. But within his first week in office, accusations surfaced that the Republican engaged in questionable financial dealings with a businessman under federal investigation for fraud.

More at http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/crime/article/Utah-attorney-general-announces-resignation-4998047.php .

Cross-posted at LBN.
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