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June 13, 2013 | By Angela K. Brown, Associated Press
FORT HOOD, Texas - Defense attorneys ordered to help the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage said Tuesday that it would be unethical to give him their legal advice and opinions while he's representing himself at his forthcoming murder trial. After allowing Maj. Nidal Hasan to serve as his own attorney, Col. Tara Osborn, an Army judge, last week said his former attorneys would stand by and help him if he requests it. On Tuesday, former lead defense attorney Lt. Col. Kris Poppe said that complying with the judge's order would be unethical because it seems to have no limits and requires the attorneys to give legal opinions in addition to doing research.
NEWS
June 9, 2013 | By Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press
WEST, Texas - John Crowder stood on the gray concrete slab where his house once was, pointing out one spot after another. There was the garage where an overflow of guests would eat their Christmas dinner. There was the dining room where he ate meals with his wife and college-bound daughter. There was the chair where he would have been sitting, had he been home the night of the fertilizer plant explosion that ruined his home and many others in West. "All the memories come back to mind.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
"It was a scenario right out of Storage Wars . " Michael Carlisle of InkWell Management in New York represents the estate of Pearl S. Buck, the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Good Earth who lived much of her life in Bucks County. He is trying to describe the moment a previously unknown Buck novel was discovered in a storage unit in, of all places, Texas. As announced Wednesday, the novel, titled The Eternal Wonder , will be published, in digital and paperback editions, on Oct. 22 by Open Road Integrated Media of New York.
SPORTS
May 19, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia high school basketball star Jaylen Bond is transferring to Temple. The former Texas forward informed the Owls on Friday. He ultimately chose Temple over Penn State. Bond informed Longhorns coach Rick Barnes of his decision to leave Texas in March and was granted his release. According to NCAA rules, the 6-foot-7, 225-pounder will have to sit out next season before having two seasons of eligibility with the Owls. He will, however, be allowed to practice with Temple next season.
SPORTS
May 18, 2013 | By Tyler R. Tynes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Senior Brooke Coloma is looking to add to Penn's historic season on the softball field. The four-time all-Ivy League outfielder and California native leads Penn with 35 RBIs this season and has 123 in her career. She is hitting .343. Behind Coloma, sophomore pitcher Alexis Borden (17-10, 2.38 ERA) and senior second baseman Samantha Erosa (.344), the Quakers qualified for the regional round of the NCAA Division I softball College World Series for the first time in school history. They are scheduled to play in College Station, Texas, against 16th-seeded Texas A&M on Friday at 8 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN2.
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | By Angela K. Brown and Jamie Stengle, Associated Press
GRANBURY, Texas - Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service gave a preliminary estimate of Wednesday night's violent system, saying a tornado in Granbury had wind speeds between 166 m.p.h. and 200 m.p.h. Other tornadoes damaged nearby Cleburne and Millsap. Granbury, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth, bore the brunt of the damage, as the exceptionally powerful tornado tore through two neighborhoods Wednesday evening.
NEWS
May 12, 2013 | By Angela K. Brown and Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press
WACO, Texas - Texas law enforcement officials on Friday launched a criminal investigation into the massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people last month, after weeks of largely treating the blast as an industrial accident. The announcement came the same day federal agents said they found bomb-making materials belonging to a paramedic who helped evacuate residents the night of the explosion. Bryce Reed was arrested early Friday on a charge of possessing a destructive device, but law enforcement officials said they had not linked the charge to the April 17 fire and blast at West Fertilizer Co. "It is important to emphasize that at this point, no evidence has been uncovered to indicate any connection to the events surrounding the fire and subsequent explosion ... and the arrest of Bryce Reed by the ATF," a McLennan County Sheriff's Office statement said.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. on Monday announced it is moving ahead with a pipeline project to export natural gas liquids like propane and butane from its ocean terminal in Nederland, Texas, after receiving commitments from shippers. The Mariner South project would carry the fuels in an existing Sunoco Logistics pipeline to Nederland from Mont Belvieu, Texas, where Lone Star NGL L.L.C. operates a storage and processing complex. Lone Star is a joint venture involving Energy Transfer Partners L.P., which is also the general partner of Sunoco Logistics.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Josh Lederman and Danny Robbins, Associated Press
WACO, Texas - President Obama consoled a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer-plant explosion, telling mourners Thursday that they would have the nation's support to rebuild. "This small town's family is bigger now," Obama said during a memorial service at Baylor University for victims of last week's explosion in nearby West, Texas, that killed 14 and injured 200. Nearly 10,000 gathered to remember the first responders killed in the blast, a crowd more than triple the size of West's population of 2,700.
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