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September 13, 2013 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
IT'S FINALLY here. Alabama at Texas A&M, the rematch. The defending national champions, who haven't lost a road game since November 2010, going to College Station to take on Johnny Football, the first freshman to win a Heisman Trophy, who basically won it by beating the Crimson Tide, 29-24, last November in Tuscaloosa. About the only thing missing is prime time. This one's at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, which feels like some kind of oversight. The Tide, of course, is trying to win a ring for the fourth time in 5 years, and third straight.
SPORTS
September 12, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time ever, the Phillies will need a designated hitter on opening day. The 2014 season will begin in an American League ballpark with a three-game series at Texas against the Rangers, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. Opening day is scheduled for March 31. The initial road trip continues to Wrigley Field for three games against Chicago on April 4 to 6, which could serve as another coronation for Ryne Sandberg if he is named full-time manager. Milwaukee serves as the opponent for the home opener at Citizens Bank Park, scheduled for April 7 at 3:05 p.m. All National League East teams will be subjected to increased travel because interleague play pairs them with the American League West.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Dallas, Texas, private-equity firm, Panda Power Funds, is acquiring Moxie Energy's planned Liberty Generating Station in Bradford County, Pa., billed as the first power plant developed to use natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation. The 829-megawatt plant will produce enough power to supply 1 million homes. Panda will immediately start construction on the 33-acre site in Asylum Township and expects operations to begin by early 2016. The plant will contain twin combined-cycle Siemens gas turbines, manufactured in North Carolina.
NEWS
July 27, 2013 | By Vernon Clark and Theodore Schleifer, Inquirer Staff Writers
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday the first step in a legal strategy by the Obama administration to enforce the Voting Rights Act despite the recent Supreme Court decision weakening key parts of the law. In a speech to the National Urban League Conference at the Convention Center, Holder said he would seek court approval to subject Texas to the same type of federal oversight that existed between the passage of the landmark voter-protection law...
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
U.S. ATTORNEY General Eric Holder declared yesterday that he will ask a federal court in Texas to require the state to receive "preclearance" for any changes to election laws there. Holder was speaking in an "emergency town hall on voting rights and justice" at the National Urban League's annual conference here in Philadelphia. Holder said he was "deeply disappointed" in the U.S. Supreme Court's June 25 decision to strike down the preclearance requirement in the 1965 Voting Rights Act for nine Southern states, including Texas, along with parts of six other states with a history of discriminating against voters.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas fell from the ride after some witnesses said she had not been properly secured. The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster - dubbed the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world - but did not specify how she was killed.
NEWS
July 20, 2013 | By Will Weissert, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure after weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the state Capitol. Supporters credited God's will and prayer as the governor signed the legislation, with protesters' chants of "Shame! Shame! Shame!" echoing from the hallway. Opponents have vowed to fight the law, though no court challenges were immediately filed.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson and Will Weissert, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican lawmakers passed a bill that would give Texas some of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws and force most of its clinics to close, leading Democrats to promise a fight over the contentious measure in the courts and at the ballot box. More than 2,000 demonstrators filled the Capitol building in Austin to voice their opposition to the bill, including six protesters who were dragged out of the Senate chamber by state troopers...
NEWS
July 15, 2013
By Philipp Meyer Ecco. 592 pp. $27.99 Reviewed by Kevin Grauke Texans are notoriously prickly when it comes to outsiders writing about their homeland, especially when what's being written are Texas-sized novels meant to capture its essence. Take Edna Ferber's Giant (1952) and James Michener's Texas (1985). Both were greeted with howls from the Lone Star State for historical and sociocultural inaccuracies, as well as their hoary stereotypes. Taking up this gauntlet is Philipp Meyer, whose first novel, American Rust, won acclaim from coast to coast for its unflinching portrait of a dying Pennsylvania steel town.
NEWS
July 14, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Democrats in the Texas Senate on Friday questioned whether proposed abortion restrictions are constitutional and whether they would make it more difficult for women in the state to obtain health care. Democrats grilled the Republican author of a bill that has prompted fervent demonstrations and put Texas at the center of the nation's abortion debate. Following Friday's debate, the Senate was scheduled to vote on the tough abortion restrictions and could send the bill to Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who has said he will sign it. As senators debated, they could clearly hear hundreds of protesters outside of the chamber in the Capitol rotunda cheering, chanting, and singing, "We're not going to take it anymore.
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