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WT honors outstanding alums at Hall of Fame ceremony
amarillo.com / Sat, 10 Oct 2015 03:54:32 +0000

Four West Texas A&M University communications alumni were recognized for outstanding achievements Friday, but it was the absence of one Hall of Fame inductee that set the tone for the event.

Leigh Browning, a WT professor of business and communication, died April 20, but not before leaving her mark on the university.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her,” said Charly Martin IV, another of this year’s hall of fame inductees. “She’s definitely missed, but she left her mark.”

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Anti-Islam protests to face opposition
amarillo.com / Sat, 10 Oct 2015 03:54:03 +0000

As dozens of anti-Islam rallies get underway nationwide today, area residents are planning their own demonstrations on Soncy Road.

Organizers, including an Amarillo group, are demonstrating against the Million Man March, themed Justice or Else. Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam is heading the anniversary event in Washington, D.C., at the National Mall.

An Amarillo protest is expected to take place at 1 p.m. today at Khursheed Unissa Memorial Community Center, 7432 S. Soncy Road.

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Maxi-mum achievement: Dons build 15-foot mum in world record attempt
amarillo.com / Sat, 10 Oct 2015 02:24:22 +0000

Palo Duro High School might find its way into the Guinness Book of World Records soon for students’ attempt at the world’s largest homecoming mum.

Measuring 15 feet long and 55 inches wide, the massive homecoming mum features 93 carnations, 32 chrysanthemums, strings of blue lights and a long trail of ribbons.

The mum serves as a testament to the students’ school spirit, principal Amy Dorris said.

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Perryton athlete in coma after brain injury
amarillo.com / Fri, 09 Oct 2015 23:35:48 +0000

A Perryton High School junior varsity football player suffered a severe injury during a game at Bushland High on Thursday night.

Chris Leanos, a junior, was recovering at Northwest Texas Hospital on Friday after brain surgery. He remained in an induced coma.

Leanos suffered a blow to the head before halftime and collapsed on the field.

He got to his feet and walked off the field under his own power, but collapsed again on the sideline, where he was evaluated and rushed to the hospital.

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3 face auto burglary charges
amarillo.com / Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:26:47 +0000

Amarillo police arrested three men Thursday night after an auto burglary in northwest Amarillo.

Zedekiah Nehemiah Ortega, 17; Guillermo Yair Espinoza, 17; and Tristan Luis Gonzales, 19, were booked into Potter County jail.

About 11:30 p.m., police responded to a call at the Renaissance Apartments, 8200 W. Amarillo Blvd., where a witness saw the men getting out of a silver car and unlocking vehicles in the parking lot.

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Victims pepper-sprayed in aggravated robbery
amarillo.com / Fri, 09 Oct 2015 20:57:04 +0000

Amarillo police are investigating a Thursday night aggravated robbery in which victims were pepper-sprayed at the Hillcrest Motel, 3017 E. Amarillo Blvd.

At 10:17 p.m., officers were dispatched to the motel. Two male occupants told officers they had invited a female they had just met to their motel room, Cpl. Jerry Neufeld said.

After the female arrived, she asked if she could invite additional friends over and the occupants agreed. A short time later, there was a knock on the door.

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Man arrested in stepfather’s stabbing
amarillo.com / Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:20:23 +0000

Amarillo police arrested a man who they said stabbed his stepfather multiple times Thursday night at a mobile home park on East Amarillo Boulevard.

At 11:20 p.m., police responded to the call at 7111 E. Amarillo Blvd. Officers located Alejandro Nieves, 48, suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso and arm.

Officers located Danny Gorman, 19, at a Toot‘n Totum convenience store at 1400 E. Amarillo Blvd. at 1:12 a.m., police said.

Officers said Gorman also attempted to stab his mother during same incident.

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