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Parker County judge has message for adult business with billboard near high school (NSFW?)


Parker County Judge Mark Riley made to Facebook on Thursday requesting the owners of the sexually oriented business Temptations to consider relocating a huge billboard located just a half mile from Weatherford High School. Lance Winter lwinter@star-telegram.com

“Be a good neighbor.”

That’s the central theme of a video Parker County Judge Mark Riley made to Facebook on Thursday requesting the owners of the sexually oriented business Temptations to consider relocating a huge billboard located just a half mile from Weatherford High School.

“I’ve put in a open records request to TxDOT to get a copy of the permit application,” Riley said. “Oh, they have a right to be here. We just want them to be a good neighbor and consider moving it, preferably 16 miles further east, nearer their business.”

When school lets out, the Interstate 20 service road, where the billboard is located, it’s packed with moms and little children Riley said, and it just sends at the wrong message.

“It says 18 plus are welcome. If that wasn’t on there it probably wouldn’t attract the attention it does,” Riley said. “I’m convinced it’s placed there for a reason. Free speech covers them, but they should do the right thing by our community.”

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/weatherford-star-telegram/wt-news/article141878299.html

TCU routs Georgia Tech 88-56 to claim NIT title

NEW YORK -- TCU’s turnaround men’s basketball season filled with program milestones added its most memorable memento Thursday night in Madison Square Garden: an NIT championship trophy soon to be on permanent display in Schollmaier Arena.

The Horned Frogs knocked off Georgia Tech 88-56 to add the final prize to a breakthrough season under first-year coach Jamie Dixon.

TCU (24-15) secured the first postseason tournament title in school history behind the efforts of forward Vladimir Brodziansky (18 points, six rebounds) and guard Kenrich Williams, who contributed his 19th double-double of the season (25 points, 12 rebounds) and was named the NIT’s most outstanding player.

The victory allowed TCU to double its win total over last year’s 12-21 campaign and secured a storybook conclusion to the college careers of four seniors whose roots to the program trace back to the Frogs’ 0-18 record against Big 12 opponents during conference play in the 2013-14 season.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/college/big-12/texas-christian-university/article141881974.html

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

TCU routs Georgia Tech 88-56 to claim NIT title

NEW YORK -- TCU’s turnaround men’s basketball season filled with program milestones added its most memorable memento Thursday night in Madison Square Garden: an NIT championship trophy soon to be on permanent display in Schollmaier Arena.

The Horned Frogs knocked off Georgia Tech 88-56 to add the final prize to a breakthrough season under first-year coach Jamie Dixon.

TCU (24-15) secured the first postseason tournament title in school history behind the efforts of forward Vladimir Brodziansky (18 points, six rebounds) and guard Kenrich Williams, who contributed his 19th double-double of the season (25 points, 12 rebounds) and was named the NIT’s most outstanding player.

The victory allowed TCU to double its win total over last year’s 12-21 campaign and secured a storybook conclusion to the college careers of four seniors whose roots to the program trace back to the Frogs’ 0-18 record against Big 12 opponents during conference play in the 2013-14 season.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/college/big-12/texas-christian-university/article141881974.html

Cross-posted in the Sports Group.

EU official to Trump: Stop, or I'll promote Austin's secession from US

Maybe talks of a “Texit” were thinking too big. On Thursday, the president of the European Union’s executive arm said he might advocate that Austin itself secede from the United States.

“The newly elected US president was happy that the Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries to do the same,” European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday, according to the Associated Press, adding that “if he goes on like that, I am going to promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas.”

The comment from Juncker came in response to President Donald Trump’s public support of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, aka “Brexit.” Trump has backed the principal of other nations seceding from the EU, according to The Independent.

Britain this week formally began the process of withdrawing from the European Union, following through on last year’s Brexit vote.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/national/official-trump-stop-promote-austin-secession-from/51cuzXsXbZfBZLerx7PHpK/

Union bill advances on party-line vote

The Texas Senate gave final approval Thursday to legislation that would end payroll deductions for state and local public employee union members, though police, firefighters and emergency medical workers would be exempt.

Senate Bill 13 was sent to the House on a 20-11, party-line vote.

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, said SB 13 was an attempt by Republican senators to curb unions they oppose. “Sometimes we don’t really like what others say and with whom they associate, but that’s their right,” he said.

State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, said the dues collection cost very little but provided a convenience for teachers, jailers and child protection workers.

Read more: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/legislature-digest-union-bill-advances-party-line-vote/21WOWzx8eOvtFLcBpAWiLI/

Cy-Fair ISD administrators remove racist graffiti from high school bathroom

Administrators at Langham Creek High School have removed racist graffiti from a bathroom stall on the campus, Cy-Fair ISD said in a statement Thursday.

An anonymous student at the school shared photos of the derogatory images with KPRC, stating the drawings depicted a black person being lynched and a person in the KKK. The graffiti also used racial slurs, KPRC reported.

The district released the following statement:

"It is unfortunate that a few students made the poor decision of writing profane and derogatory comments inside a restroom stall at one of our campuses. The comments were removed immediately once it was brought to the attention of administrators. Our district, does not condone or tolerate any actions by students who engage in this type of behavior. The actions of these few students do not reflect the outstanding character of our entire student body."


Langham Creek High School was the site of another racist graffiti incident in June 2014, when four students were charged with felonies over racial slurs, obscenities and sexually explicit drawings that were scrawled on the school's cafeteria windows.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/cyfair/news/article/Cy-Fair-ISD-administrators-remove-racist-graffiti-11039431.php

CHI St. Luke's announces biggest round of layoffs yet

HOUSTON -- St. Luke's Health System said Thursday that it and a sister network in Bryan-College Station had cut their payroll by another 620 employees, the biggest fallout yet from the Colorado-based parent company's continuing financial slide.

The purge, which includes 459 layoffs, has brought the total number of cuts at Catholic Health Initiatives' Texas division since August to 1,295, about 30 percent more than MD Anderson Cancer Center's 1,000-employee workforce reduction in January. In those seven months, St. Luke's has laid off 810 employees, compared to MD Anderson's 788.

"Like other hospital systems in Texas and across the nation, we recently announced we are working to restructure the CHI Texas division to respond to continued changes in the health care environment," St. Luke's said in a statement. "While we have made significant improvements the past few months, we must continue to institute critical organizational changes to further realign our financial performance to sustain and grow our network of care across southeast Texas."

One analyst blamed the hospital chain's rapid growth over the past five years, including its aggressive entrance into Houston, where St. Luke's is considered an iconic institution but a risky venture because of its aging facilities. The chain paid $1 billion to acquire the Texas Medical Center hospital and regional system in 2013.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/CHI-St-Luke-s-announces-biggest-round-of-layoffs-11039272.php

Two Houston doctors facing removal by Immigration officials are granted temporary stay

Two prominent Houston doctors facing removal by immigration officials to their native India have been granted a temporary, 90-day reprieve while they try to sort the paper-work that will allow them to continue living and working legally in the United States.

The married couple are both neurologists and faced removal Thursday after immigration officials refused at the last minute to extend their temporary permission to stay in the U.S., potentially jeopardizing the care of dozens of patients who have specialized surgeries scheduled with the two doctors in coming weeks.

It's the latest example of the government taking an unusually hard line on immigration and declining to consider cases on an individual basis.

"I have 50 patients today and 40 patients tomorrow," said Dr. Pankaj Satija, a neurologist who helped found the Pain and Headache Centers of Texas. "I'm just concerned they'll be left in a lurch. They could land up in the emergency room."

The couple has been here legally for more than a decade after coming here from India to do research and complete their medical residencies. The Houston Methodist Hospital System sponsored Satija for his green card around 2008 and the Labor Department certified that no Americans could perform his job in 2010.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Immigration-officials-threaten-to-remove-two-11039471.php

$142M Frost Tower breaks ground in San Antonio, raising expectations downtown

City and county officials gathered downtown Wednesday to celebrate the official kick off of construction for the new Frost Tower, a $142 million state-of-the-art office building described as a pivotal project in the long effort to revitalize downtown.

The 460,000 square-foot office building, which will serve as a new headquarters for Frost Bank, is the first new office tower to go up downtown since the Weston Centre in 1989. It’s being built by local developer Weston Urban as part of an intricate deal with the city and Frost Bank that’s designed to rejuvenate west downtown, an area burdened with too many run-down buildings and parking lots. Construction is expected to take about two years, said Weston Urban President Randy Smith.

Mayor Ivy Taylor said the 23-story tower is a “significant step forward” for downtown. It was designed by renowned international architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli and local firm Alamo Architects, and it will boost downtown’s supply of upscale office space by 31 percent, from its current level of 1.4 million square feet, according to data from Transwestern, a commercial real estate firm.

“You all have heard me talk about my vision of San Antonio being a globally competitive city with opportunity for everyone,” Taylor said. “That means we have to support growing businesses, expand job opportunities and make our urban core a strong and attractive destination. This project does all of that.”

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/real-estate/article/142M-Frost-Tower-breaks-ground-raising-11037411.php

Austin assistant police chief caught going 92 mph, gets off with warning

An assistant police chief had two choice words when he was caught speeding down MoPac Boulevard in Austin last month: “Holy mackerel.”

The Austin American-Statesman obtained dash camera footage of a traffic stop from a Feb. 18 traffic stop, when Ofc. David Montalvo clocked APD’s assistant chief Chris Mcllvain going 92 mph in a 65-mph zone on a busy highway in a police-owned vehicle.

When told how fast he was going by the officer, Mcllvain exclaimed, “Holy mackerel!” and explained he was headed to Waco for a “KU” game.

Ofc. Montalvo gave the assistant chief a warning and let him go without a citation.

Read more and view video: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/texas/article/Video-Austin-assistant-police-chief-initially-11039699.php

[font color=330099]A ticket was issued later after the interim police chief questioned the officer as to whether he would let an ordinary citizen off with a warning.[/font]
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