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Details of WT’s downtown plans emerge
amarillo.com / Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:16:31 +0000

Employers and others with stakes in what courses will be offered at West Texas A&M University’s planned downtown campus will get a chance to talk about it today at Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re anticipating that campus will grow to 3,000 students,” said Neal Weaver, vice president of institutional advancement at WT.

The school currently has from 1,350 to 1,500 students in the Chase Tower on three floors. It started on one floor in 2008.

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N.M. man pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot
amarillo.com / Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:40:05 +0000

A Portales, N.M., man pleaded guilty to a federal murder-for-hire charge after authorities said he hired an undercover Amarillo police officer to kill his wife.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, N.M., Cody Guss, 37, pleaded guilty without a plea agreement in response to an indictment of using a telephone in interstate commerce to commission a murder-for-hire.

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No Excuses founder talks to AISD staff
amarillo.com / Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:39:42 +0000

About 1,700 Amarillo Independent School District staff members attended a No Excuses University conference Tuesday geared toward preparing educators for another school year.

No Excuses University is a network of about 200 schools around the country that encourages students from preschool through high school to pursue a college education.

Amarillo has 19 No Excuses Universities, campuses that bring plans for college into classroom conversations.

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After booking, experts weigh in on Gov. Perry’s charges
amarillo.com / Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:16:03 +0000

AUSTIN – Like any Texan facing a felony indictment, Gov. Rick Perry arrived at a Travis County courthouse late Tuesday to be fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken.

“I am going to enter this courthouse with my head held high knowing that the actions that I took were not only lawful and legal but right,” Perry said before going in for what his office called “processing.”

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Police respond to home invasion call
amarillo.com / Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:10:33 +0000

Police were sent to a house in response to a possible home invasion Tuesday afternoon.

About 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, Amarillo dispatchers called all available units to an address on the 7000 block of Fulham Drive where a 17-year-old had returned home to find a burglar in his house.

Theteen yelled at the intruder, police said, and the would-be burglar hurried away.

No one was injured during the incident, and nothing was stolen from the home, police said.


Family on journey to honor 9/11 first responders
amarillo.com / Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:11:18 +0000

VIDEO | California natives Tim, Christina and Kat Esser stopped Tuesday afternoon at an Amarillo automotive store in the middle of a cross-country journey to deliver a unique flag and honor emergency workers.

Tim and Christina are biking from Palm Springs, Calif., to New York to deliver an American flag embroidered with the names of every country that lost a citizen in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

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2 arrested after leading APD on chase
amarillo.com / Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:29:07 +0000

Two people are in custody after a Sunday chase in southwest Amarillo police said endangered the lives of two children.

Taylor Jajuan Meander, 23, was arrested and charged with endangering two children and evading arrest or detention. Meander was also wanted on eight traffic warrants.

Estlyn Shakil Reed, 21, was arrested for Potter County warrants on a criminal mischief charge and a probation violation stemming from an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon conviction.

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Calender for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
amarillo.com / Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:19:16 +0000

Entertainment

Mike Fuller: 6 p.m. Burger Bar, 614 S. Polk St. No cover. 806-376-4700.

Leather Man: 6 p.m. Jorge’s Mexican Bar and Grill, 6051 S. Bell St. No cover. 806-354-2141.

Alex Henderson: 6:30 p.m. Bracero’s Bar & Grill, 2822 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover. 806-220-2395.

James Carothers: 7 p.m. The Big Texan Steak Ranch Beer Garden, 7701 E. Interstate 40. No cover. 806-372-6000.

SPiNRaD: 9 p.m. The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover. 806-322-1806.

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Today in History for Wednesday, Aug.  20, 2014
amarillo.com / Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:18:31 +0000

■ On Aug. 20, 1914, German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I.

■ In 1833, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio.

■ In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over, months after fighting had stopped.

■ In 1882, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” had its premiere in Moscow.

■ In 1910, a series of forest fires swept through parts of Idaho, Montana and Washington, killing at least 85 people and burning some 3 million acres.

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Word of the Day for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
amarillo.com / Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:18:18 +0000

WORD OF THE DAY

incitement

■ in·cite·ment

■ in ˈsı̄t mənt

Definition: (n.) the act of causing someone to act in an angry, harmful, or violent way

Example: “The greatest incitement to guilt is the hope of sinning with impunity”

— Marcus Tullius Cicero


48 Hour Film Project screening scheduled
amarillo.com / Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:40:27 +0000

Ten teams handed in short films Sunday night as part of Amarillo’s first 48 Hour Film Project competition, co-organizer Caroline Kenealy said.

Eight of the ten films were submitted by the deadline, she said. The contest started Friday night and challenged participants to write, shoot, score and edit a film in 48 hours,

Teams from Dumas, Lubbock and Canyon joined local contestants in the competition.

In all, more than 205 people participated in the project.

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Authorities: Man hired undercover APD officer to kill wife
amarillo.com / Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:14:54 +0000

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -€” Federal prosecutors say a Portales, N.M. man has pleaded guilty to plotting to have his wife killed.

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