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Parents dispute CPS findings in Arden Road abuse case
amarillo.com / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:07:06 +0000

A family has filed an appeal against the findings of a Child Protective Services investigation that ruled no physical abuse had taken place at Arden Road Elementary School, according to testimony Thursday at a hearing at Canyon Independent School District.

A woman filed a report with CPS saying she witnessed an Arden Road special education aide drag a 7-year-old boy with cerebral palsy across a cafeteria floor and put him into a dark room for no apparent reason.

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Best of Beilue: It’s true! Famous actor moving to Amarillo
amarillo.com / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:56:57 +0000

Editor’s note: This column, taken from Jon Mark Beilue’s book, “This Might be a Good Story ...” first appeared in the Amarillo Globe-News on April 1, 2011.

At the risk of starting major traffic jams and having fans invent all sorts of excuses to make drives through the Wolflin area, this crazy rumor, which began about two years ago, is indeed no crazy rumor at all. It’s a hard-to-believe fact.

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Word of the Day for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
amarillo.com / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:21:00 +0000



■ in·ure

■ i nu̇r

Definition: (v) to accustom to accept something undesirable

Example: “School yourself to demureness and patience. Learn to inure yourself to drudgery in science. Learn, compare, collect the facts.”

Ivan Pavlov

Calendar for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
amarillo.com / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:20:32 +0000


Amarillo Little Theatre’s “A Christmas Story: The Musical”: 8 p.m. ALT Main Stage, 2019 Civic Circle. Admission prices vary. 806- 355-9991 or www.amarillolittletheatre.org.

“Silver & Gold: A Christmas Spectacular”: 10 p.m. Features Red Room Girls, Bomb City Pretties and The Turtledoves. The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. Cover $10. 806-322-1806.

Mike Fuller: Noon. Furrbie’s, 210 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover. 806-220-0841.

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Today in History for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
amarillo.com / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:19:21 +0000

■ On Dec. 19, 1974, Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice president of the United States in the U.S. Senate chamber by Chief Justice Warren Burger with President Gerald R. Ford looking on (in a first for the Senate, the proceeding was televised live).

■ In 1777, Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to camp for the winter.

■ In 1813, British forces captured Fort Niagara during the War of 1812.

■ In 1843, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, was first published in England.

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Ariz. man pleads guilty in 35-pound meth bust
amarillo.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:46:47 +0000

An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge linked to a New Mexico traffic stop that led to the seizure of more than 35 pounds of methamphetamine in Amarillo.

Richard Romero Rosas, 45, of Glendale, Ariz., pleaded guilty Wednesday in Amarillo’s U.S. District Court to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams of more of methamphetamine.

About 4 p.m. on April 15, a New Mexico state trooper pulled over a 1998 Honda Accord on a speeding violation on Interstate 40.

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Empty Stocking Fund: Man battling health issues needs warm clothing
amarillo.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:16:55 +0000

Empty Stocking Fund Recipient No. 23 relies on one government check per month, requiring him to stretch and scrimp to manage day-to-day living.

The man’s Supplemental Security Income, totaling $721 a month, is his only source of income.

The money, plus financial assistance for housing and groceries, covers the man’s basic bills. But he cannot afford extras, including clothes.

The man also has health setbacks. He is HIV positive and has an artificial lens in his left eye.

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AC appoints new vice president of academic affairs
amarillo.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:18:31 +0000

Amarillo College officials have appointed a new vice president of academic affairs.

The appointment of Deborah Vess, most recently vice president for academic affairs at Rivier University in Nashua, N.H., is effective Jan. 12, pending approval of the Amarillo College Board of Regents, according to a college news release.

Vess is a native Amarilloan and a historian. She holds a Ph.D. in European history from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

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2 Amarillo men indicted on child sex charges
amarillo.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:07:46 +0000

Two men have been indicted in separate child sex cases by a Randall County grand jury.

Roger Don Turben, 43, and Paul Dennis Sokolyk, 70, both of Amarillo, are facing multiple felony charges related to sexual contact with children under the age of 17.

Turben has been indicted on five counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child alleging he had inappropriate sexual contact with a boy multiple times from July 26 to Aug. 9.

Turben and the victim first made contact through social media, Amarillo police Sgt. Brent Barbee said.

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