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'Mr. Conservative' May seeks to depose sexual harassment accuser, files petition

LUBBOCK -- A local politician seeks to depose a Texas Tech law student and her father regarding sexual harassment claims they’ve made against him.

Dr. Donald R. May is seeking to obtain testimony for a potential defamation lawsuit, according to a petition filed Monday in the 99th District Court.

A hearing on the petition is set for June 26.

“Dr. May wants to clear his name,” said Fernando Bustos, May’s attorney. “It is unfortunate he has to go to these lengths to do it.”

May writes conservative blogs on Lubbockonline.com under the title Mr. Conservative, and writes a regular debate column in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s opinion pages.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2015-06-01/mr-conservative-may-seeks-depose-sexual-harassment-accuser-files-petition

[font color=330099]The comments are delicious...[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 11:56 PM (0 replies)

Clock is ticking for possible indictment of Attorney General Ken Paxton

A lingering question in the legal troubles of Attorney General Ken Paxton is how much time remains on the three-year prosecutorial statute of limitations for his acknowledged state securities violations. Paxton has admitted in writing and paid an administrative fine for failing to register with the state before accepting commissions on client referrals he made for McKinney investment adviser Frederick “Fritz” Mowery.

The violations carry the possibility of criminal prosecution, provided an indictment is handed down before the statute of limitations expires. Attorney Ty Clevenger has dug into this question and determined that the deadline could be as soon as June 14, three years to the day that Paxton recruited his last client for Mowery without being registered as required by law.

The violation was inexcusable for Paxton, not just because he is an attorney and understands that ignorance of the law is not excuse, but also because, as a state legislator, Paxton helped pass the law that made such violations a crime.

Clevenger has posted online a 1,067-page transcript of hearings conducted by the State Securities Board into Mowery Capital Management LLC, which includes detailed questions about Paxton’s role in steering clients to Mowery. I’m amazed that Clevenger managed to stay awake all the way to page 285 of the transcript, where Mowery testifies about one particular set of clients who apparently were asked in 2014 to sign a backdated document declaring that they had been advised on June 14, 2012, that Paxton was collecting a fee for sending clients to Mowery.

Read more: http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2015/06/clock-is-ticking-for-possible-indictment-of-attorney-general-ken-paxton.html/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 11:16 PM (1 replies)

Follow-up: Wife of ex-Collin Street Bakery exec pleads guilty to her role in swindling $16 million

More than a year after Kay Jenkins was indicted for her role in stealing $16 million from the Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, the 64-year-old has agreed to plead guilty to a single count of money laundering. Where once she was looking at decades behind bars, it’s likely she’ll now spent no more than three years in a federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Thirteen months ago, Kay’s husband Sandy — the bakery’s longtime corporate controller — pleaded guilty to several counts of wrongdoing, including money laundering and mail fraud. Sandy, a Dallas Baptist University graduate, remains in federal custody while awaiting sentencing in Dallas on June 24.

According to the feds and court documents filed last week, Sandy worked for the bakery from 1998 until he was fired in 2013, after the owners figured out he’d been baking the books. And during that time he never made more than $50,000 in annual salary.

Yet, somehow, the couple lived an extraordinary lavish lifestyle that included everything from a vacation home in Santa Fe to a car and jewelry collection worth millions. And, somehow, they managed to book more than 200 trips on private planes to Aspen and Santa Fe and Napa Valley. They also put $11 million worth of charges on a collection of American Express card, another $2 million on CitiBank cards, and another $1.2 million on a Neiman Marcus charge card.

Read more: http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2015/06/wife-of-ex-collin-street-bakery-exec-pleads-guilty-to-her-role-in-swindling-16-million.html/

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Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 11:11 PM (0 replies)

EMS: 31 sickened by K2 in Austin since Friday

Medical personnel have seen potentially deadly side effects during a recent spate of medical calls related to the synthetic drug K2.

The drug is known to cause high anxiety, paranoia and even violent behavior. Medically, paramedics have seen people suffer seizures and high heart rates in reaction to the drug. But the latest reactions also showed people having very low heart rates combined with low blood pressure, a “deadly combination,” Austin-Travis County EMS Chief Ernesto Rodriguez said.

EMS has counted 31 toxic reactions to K2 since Friday, but they think there have been more.

“We think that this is the tip of the iceberg,” Rodriguez said, noting that the department’s count did not include people who never called 911 or went straight to a hospital.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/ems-31-sickened-by-k2-in-austin-since-friday/nmSNh/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 10:21 PM (0 replies)

Is DU running slowly today?

It seems like it is taking longer for pages to load than normal. The other Websites I visit are running fine.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 07:04 PM (0 replies)

Obama: No military solution to Iran's nuclear program

Source: AP


President Barack Obama tells Israeli TV there is no military solution to Iran's nuclear program.

Channel 2 TV aired exerts of the interview Monday.

Obama said "I can, I think, demonstrate, not based on any hope but on facts and evidence and analysis, that the best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon is a verifiable, tough agreement."

"Even if the United States participates, it would temporarily slow down an Iranian nuclear program but it will not eliminate it," he said. The full interview will be aired Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/world/article22824003.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 06:18 PM (2 replies)

In country of smokers, Beijing bans lighting up indoors

Source: AP

BEIJING -- China's capital Monday began imposing the country's toughest ban on indoor smoking in hopes of stemming a looming health crisis.

Smoking in Beijing is now prohibited in all indoor public places, including offices, shopping malls and airports. Beijing's main terminal will close its three smoking rooms and special smoking areas will be set up at the city's 600 bus stops.

Fines for violators have been raised to 200 yuan ($32), up from the 10 yuan ($1.6) charged under the former partial ban.

The World Health Organization says 300 million Chinese smoke, including about half of all men, and 740 million Chinese are exposed to second-hand smoke. The group says lung cancer kills more than 1.3 million people in the country each year, one-third of the global total.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/world/article22777968.html

So how'd Abbott do in his first Texas legislative session? Depends on whom you ask

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott can tout that he’s fared well, and even piled up some bragging rights, in his first legislative session as Texas’ chief executive.

Experts and key lawmakers generally agree that when the last gavel falls on the 84th Texas Legislature on Monday night, Abbott can check “done” on many of his top goals. They include tax cuts, prekindergarten, border security and a bold — if lightly funded — plan to lure Nobel laureates to come hang up their lab coats on Texas soil.

“He took a measured approach, putting forth an ambitious but not overly ambitious agenda,” said Rice University political scientist Mark Jones. “As a result, he’s able to claim victory on pretty much all of his major agenda items.”

In the session’s final days, though, Abbott’s push for an ethics bill curbing elected officials’ conflicts of interest fell victim to House-Senate disagreements. And while the Republican governor can claim some progress in the new budget toward better funding of a fraying road system, significant new spending for transportation is still several years away, Jones noted.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20150531-so-how-d-abbott-do-in-his-first-texas-legislative-session-depends-on-whom-you-ask.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 12:40 AM (0 replies)

Bankruptcy case against diocese could leave hundreds without water

THOREAU – Darlene Arviso is a grandmother, school bus driver and silversmith, but to hundreds of people in this southeastern corner of the Navajo Nation, she is “the water lady.”

At 8 a.m. each weekday, after she drops off a busload of children at the St. Bonaventure School, Arviso cranks up a heavy-duty Chevrolet truck and fills its 4,000-gallon water tank at a well owned by the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission.

For the next seven hours, she bounces over rutted, dirt roads, covering some 300 miles a week, delivering water to people who lack services most Americans take for granted, including electricity and running water.

As she pulls up outside a house, residents quickly emerge with barrels, jugs, even a large cooking pot – anything that will hold the precious liquid.

Read more: http://www.abqjournal.com/592273/news/bankruptcy-case-could-leave-hundreds-with-no-water.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 12:30 AM (2 replies)

Next stop, North Korea: Socialist nation looks to woo tourists

PYONGYANG, North Korea — If you're still looking for somewhere exotic to go this summer and don't mind a vacation that comes with a heavy dose of socialist propaganda and leader worship, North Korea says it's just the place for you.

Fresh off a drastic, half-year ban that closed North Korea's doors to virtually all foreigners over fears they would spread the Ebola virus — despite the fact that there were no cases of Ebola reported anywhere in Asia — the country is once again determined to show off its "socialist fairyland" to tourists.

The focus on tourism is the blessing of Kim Jong Un himself and, in typical fashion, officials have set lofty goals in their effort to please their leader.

About 100,000 tourists came to North Korea last year, all but a few thousand of them from neighboring China.

Read more: http://www.nola.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/05/next_stop_north_korea_socialis.html

[font color=330099]Yes, visiting North Korea is the top item on my bucket list that I've been waiting to check off.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 12:20 AM (0 replies)
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