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Perry compares nation’s struggles to Holocaust
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:38:59 +0000

LUBBOCK — After placing his hand on the Bible and taking the oath of office, state Sen. Charles Perry compared what he called the “spiritual battle” brewing across the nation to the Holocaust.

God has a place in the government, Perry explained in his inaugural speech as he vividly recalled a recent trip to a former concentration camp in Berlin.

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Man struck by van expected to survive
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:32:33 +0000

A man suffered serious injuries after being struck by a minivan Monday night on East Amarillo Boulevard.

About 9:15 p.m., Little Arthur Clayton, 57, was walking across the Boulevard when he was hit by a 2001 Plymouth Voyager minivan traveling east in the inside lane, police said.

Sgt. Ephraim Contreras said Clayton might have been leaving the Mi Tierra bar, located at East Amarillo Boulevard and North Hayes Street. Police said alcohol was a factor in the incident.

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Education experts to host conference
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:32:16 +0000

The former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education and other leaders in the field will speak today and Thursday at an event hosted by Xcel, Amarillo Area Foundation and the No Limits No Excuses program in Amarillo.

Speakers include Tom Luce, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education; Texas Tech Chancellor Sen. Robert Duncan; state Sen. Kel Seliger and state Reps. Ken King, Four Price and John Smithee.

Topics will include recent education-related legislation, postsecondary success and the relationship between education and a living wage.

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Banks, schools partner for ACE scholarship fundraiser
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:21:04 +0000

Area banks and students will undertake the Build-a-Bank project, a fundraising effort for scholarships, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at 2401 Hobbs Road.

FirstCapital Bank Texas, FirstBank Southwest and Caprock High School students will build 30 donation banks for Amarillo Area Foundation’s ACE Scholarship Program.

With a goal of raising $2 million, the banks will be placed at businesses and schools, where people can drop off donations for the program.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Lt. Col. E.L. ‘Zeke’ Navarrete
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:20:27 +0000

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. E.L. “Zeke” Navarrete was a decorated civic leader.

Born and raised in Carlsbad, N.M. to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Navarrete, Zeke Navarrete graduated from Carlsbad High School.

In 1977, he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., after serving more than 10 years in the Army.

His military service earned him a Bronze Star, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, and he twice received an Army Commendation Medal.

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State plans mobile stations for election ID cards
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:13:50 +0000

Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry’s office will place a temporary mobile station in Amarillo this month to provide election identification certificates for eligible voters who do not have an approved form of photo ID.

The station will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 at Wesley Community Center, 1615 S. Roberts St.

Under Texas law, photo identification is required to vote in person, but the law is now facing a legal battle in the courts.

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City OKs microchip ordinance for strays
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:30:52 +0000

Can’t find Fido? Thanks to technology and an ordinance approved Tuesday by Amarillo City Council, residents searching for missing pets have help.

By a 3-0 vote, the city approved the final reading amending the Amarillo Municipal Code “to require (a) microchip implant on impounded animals before redemption or adoption,” according to the city agenda. Council members Ellen Robertson Green and Jim Simms were absent.

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3 people hurt in Loop 335 wreck
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:37:06 +0000

Three people were hospitalized in a rollover wreck involving two pickups Tuesday evening on Southeast Loop 335 near South Washington Street, Randall County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Alexander said.

About 6:30 p.m., an eastbound Chevrolet pickup rear-ended an eastbound Ford pickup on the Loop west of Washington, causing the Ford to roll. Alexander said two occupants in the Ford and the driver of the Chevrolet were hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Both directions of traffic were blocked as emergency responders worked the wreck.


Beilue: Locals enthralled with Sir Paul ready for Lubbock concert
amarillo.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:26:06 +0000

Josie Esparza was 13 years old in 1964, riding a school bus near Hart and writing Beatles lyrics in a spiral notebook. George Deahl was 7 when he was allowed to skip old-fashioned Training Union on a Sunday church night in Clarksville, Miss., on Feb. 9, 1964, to watch the Fab Four burst on the nation’s consciousness on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

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Calendar for Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
amarillo.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:21:22 +0000

Entertainment

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

Dan Lesperance: 6 p.m. Rounders, 2801 Virginia Circle. No cover. 806-352-3317.

Solano Project: 6 p.m. Ruby Tequila’s Mexican Kitchen, 2001 S. Georgia St. 806-358-7829.

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

Andy Chase Cundiff: 7 p.m. 575 Pizzeria, 7710 Hillside Road, Suite 700. No cover 806-322-5575.

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Word of the day for Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
amarillo.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:20:48 +0000

WORD OF THE DAY

unction

■ unc·tion

■ əŋk shən

Definition: (n) the act of anointing as a rite of consecration or healing

Example: “In days gone by, we were afraid of dying in dishonor or a state of sin. Nowadays, we are afraid of dying fools. Now the fact is that there is no extreme unction to absolve us of foolishness.”

— Jean Baudrillard


Today in History for Wednesday, Oct. 1
amarillo.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:20:14 +0000

■ On Oct. 1, 1964, the Free Speech Movement began at the University of California, Berkeley, as students spontaneously protested the arrest of Berkeley alumnus Jack Weinberg, who’d refused to identify himself to campus police as he sat behind a table promoting the Congress of Racial Equality.

■ In 1885, special delivery mail service began in the United States.

■ In 1908, Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile to the market.

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Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading
amarillo.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:46:15 +0000

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker's head, and had "some sort of infatuation with beheadings," but the killing appeared to have more to do with the man's suspension from his job than his recent conversion to Islam, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Alton Nolen, 30, could face the death penalty after being charged with first-degree murder in the attack Thursday that authorities say appears to have been an act of revenge for a co-worker's complaint that got him suspended.

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