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Thu
28
Jul

Appellate court strikes down Texas voter ID law

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas’ voter photo identification law is racially discriminatory, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled July 20. In striking down the law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, the Fifth Circuit said it disproportionately and negatively affects African- American and Hispanic citizens’ right to vote.  

 

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Thu
28
Jul

‘Hateful looks,’ threats and our police at risk

No one has captured in words the conflicts facing both black Americans and police officers more poignantly and authoritatively than Montrell Jackson. “In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat,” Jackson wrote in a thoughtful and compelling post July 8 on Facebook.  

 

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Thu
21
Jul

Texas baby is born with Zika-related microcephaly

By Ed Sterling
 
Thu
21
Jul

Cowardice cripples Yankee raid on Galveston

By Bartee Haile
 
Thu
14
Jul

Governor reacts to downtown Dallas ambush

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — A “Black Lives Matter” protest turned tragic when a sniper fired into a crowd estimated at 1,000 people in downtown Dallas at about 9 p.m. on July 7. Dozens of shots were fired, reportedly from an assault rifle, leaving five police officers dead and seven police officers and two civilians wounded. Police pursued a suspect identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, a former U.S. Army reservist, and killed him in a parking garage using a robot-propelled explosive device early on July 8.
 
Thu
14
Jul

Texans bring home the gold from Helsinki Olympics

By Bartee Haile
 
With the Summer Games in Rio less than a month away, let’s take a look back at the XV Olympics that began in Helsinki, Finland on Jul. 19, 1952 and featured gold-medal performances from six different Texans. In the high jump held on opening day, Walter “Buddy” Davis of Texas A&M was the favorite despite his inexperience.
 
Thu
07
Jul

Accident prone pilot survived two dozen crashes

By Bartee Haile

 

At funeral services in Mission on Jul. 8, 1956, friends and family of “Slats” Rodgers paid their last respects to the accident prone pioneer aviator while marveling at the fact he died in bed of natural causes. Texas’ first licensed pilot was born Floyd H. Rodgers in rural Georgia in 1889. His thin-as-a-rail appearance inspired someone to call him “Slats,” a nickname that stuck for the rest of life.  

 

Thu
07
Jul

Supreme Court strikes down major changes to abortion law

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — The U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 struck down parts of the state abortion law that Texas lawmakers revised and passed in 2013. The law’s provision that physicians providing abortions must have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital and the provision that abortion facilities must meet minimum standards for ambulatory surgical centers are in violation of the Constitution, the court said in a 5-3 ruling.

 

Thu
30
Jun

Supreme Court affirms 5th Circuit in immigration case

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — The deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 in effect affirmed a judgment that the Obama administration’s use of deferred action in implementing immigration policy violates the United States Constitution. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier ruled it was a presidential overreach to implement an immigration policy not approved by Congress. The Supreme Court’s 4-4 tie vote leaves that ruling in effect.
 
Thu
30
Jun

Future admiral never heard of naval academy

By Bartee Haile
 

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