June 21, 2013 |
MOSCOW - A few pictures and a video: The 2-year-old with Down syndrome smiles, smiles again even harder, and stretches her arms out until she tips forward. No one is there to hold her. Heidi Burrows, a mother of seven, could feel the yearning thousands of miles away in Texas. She and her husband determined to adopt the Russian orphan with the sweet grin. They found Daria through a U.S. organization called Reece's Rainbow, which collects information about orphans with Down syndrome from around the world, posts their photos to acquaint prospective parents with them, and offers encouragement and fund-raising for the adoption process.
June 16, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Surrounded by sleigh-bell-ringing Santa Clauses, Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday celebrations in Texas public schools from legal challenges - but also stressed that freedom of religion is not the same thing as freedom from religion. It was a serious tone for an otherwise fun bill-signing and should bolster the governor's Christian conservative credentials before he travels to Washington for the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference with the likes of tea party darlings and Sens.
June 13, 2013 |
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.
June 9, 2013 |
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.
May 24, 2013 |
"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.
May 19, 2013 |
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.
May 18, 2013 |
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.
May 17, 2013 |
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.
May 12, 2013 |
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.