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Lubbock ISD to consider demolition of auto shop damaged by Goliath snow
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:24:48 +0000

Automotive technology students at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center are taking classes in South Lubbock, but Lubbock Independent School District officials are starting the repair process after the December Goliath snowstorm took out part of the roof at the ATC.

Jeff Baum, chief executive officer of Lubbock ISD, said the roof over about 2,000 square feet of a 3,000-square-foot addition collapsed from the weight of the snow accumulation along the southern part of the ATC.

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Lubbock sheriff, Farm Bureau among endorsements touted by U.S. 19 candidates
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:00:13 +0000

Early voting for the March 1 Texas primary is a week away, and candidates in the U.S. House District 19 race are starting to announce some endorsements they’ve received.

Former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor Jodey Arrington and retired Air Force Col. Michael Bob Starr both sent out news releases Monday, with Arrington announcing he’s earned the endorsements of the Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas.

Starr touted Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe's endorsement.

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5 firefighters hurt extinguishing blaze at O’Donnell building
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:35:13 +0000

O’DONNELL — A fire Sunday night devastated a downtown building and sent nearly a half-dozen firefighters to receive medical treatment.

Firefighters arrived about 7:20 p.m. to find a setting of smoke and flames.

“When we got to the scene, there were flames coming through the roof,” said Willie Villarreal, a volunteer with O’Donnell’s fire department.

Villarreal and other firefighters from Dawson and Lynn county agencies tackled the blaze through the night. Five of them had to be treated for heat exhaustion, he said.

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Sci-fi to go under microscope in Texas Tech film series at Alama Drafhouse
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:56:33 +0000

‘Bad Science’ puts sci-fi under microscope

Is there any real science in science fiction?

That’s the question Texas Tech faculty members hope to answer in a new film series, Bad Science Movie Night, hosted at Alamo Drafthouse.

Tech experts will open showings of science fiction films with an expert analysis of the movies, including what the films get right and wrong and if there is any truth to the concept.

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Texas Tech prof. to head Association of Public and Land-grant Universities outreach council
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:14:34 +0000

Texas Tech prof to head outreach council

A Texas Tech educational psychology professor has been named chairwoman of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Council on Engagement and Outreach.

Valerie Paton will lead the Council on Engagement and Outreach, which provides information and resources to help universities be partners in their communities.

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Martha Redbone Roots Project to perform at Texas Tech in March
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:17:44 +0000

Independent Music Award-winner Martha Redbone will perform at the Allen Theatre at Texas Tech at 7 p.m. March 4.

Described as a “charismatic indie-soul diva” musician of Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee and African-American descent, Redbone explores traditional and modern variations of folk, roots, blues, tribal and soul.

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Texas Tech joins One Billion Rising campaign against violence
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:10:11 +0000

Tech joins campaign against violence

The Texas Tech community will join with activists around the world on Friday for One Billion Rising, a mass action to end violence against women and girls.

Members of the Tech student organization Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, or FMLA, have invited the Lubbock community to join Tech at 12:30 p.m. in Memorial Circle to rise up together in support of women and girls who are victims of violence.

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Fourth-grader to represent Lubbock ISD in regional spelling bee
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:37:07 +0000

Fourth-grader to rep LISD at spelling bee

Britney Manna endured 26 rounds in the Lubbock Independent School District Spelling Bee at Irons Middle School to become the champion on Saturday.

Britney is a fourth-grader at Rush Elementary School. Her winning words were “prosaic” and “angst.”

The runner-up is Jie Ye, an eighth-grader at Evans Middle School.

Britney will represent Lubbock ISD in the Regional Spelling Bee on March 5 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

Karen Michael, A-J Media

Levelland police sued for $5 million in man’s death during disturbance call
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:23:29 +0000

LEVELLAND — The widow of a man killed in an officer-involved shooting last year is suing the Levelland Police Department.

Jose Antonio Espinoza Ruiz, 55, died in an investigation related to a disturbance call about 7 a.m. Jan. 23, 2015, according to A-J Media’s archives.

The wrongful death lawsuit, Emilia Espinoza vs. City of Levelland Police Department, et al, was filed Jan. 20 in the U.S. District Court’s Northern District of Texas.

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Levelland to host forum for local political candidates
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:27:44 +0000

Levelland to host
forum for candidates

LEVELLAND — The Levelland Chamber of Commerce will host a forum for local political candidates Monday night.

The program is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Mallet Event Center, 2320 U.S. 385.

Hockley County candidates in contested races are:

District attorney: Chris Dennis, Richard Husen

Sheriff: R.C. Cheek, Ray Scifres

County Commissioner Pct. 1: Jackie Ellison, Curtis Thrash

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Cactus Theater to host news conference on West Garza after deadly Sunday shooting
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:17:00 +0000

Don Caldwell and Dustin Garrett will host a news conference at 2 p.m. Monday at the Cactus Theater auditorium regarding slain South Plains musician Orestes “West” Garza.

Garza, 51, was shot about 6 p.m. Sunday while leaving Mass at St. Elizabeth’s Church in the 2300 block of Broadway, according to Lubbock police. He died later Sunday evening at a Lubbock hospital.

He was leaving mass with his girlfriend when, police say, a man who knew the couple fired the shots.

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Dixon motion for new trial denied, appeal filed
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:04:33 +0000

A Lubbock judge has denied Thomas Michael Dixon’s request for a new trial.

A notice of appeal has been filed by Dixon’s appellate attorney in the Seventh Court of Appeals in Texas in Amarillo.

Dixon filed a motion for a new trial in December, about a month after 12-member jury found him guilty of two counts of capital murder in the July 2012 slaying of Dr. Joseph Sonnier, the chief of pathology for Covenant Medical Center. Dixon, an Amarillo plastic surgeon, was sentenced in November to life in prison without parole.

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Grilling leads to fire in Northwest Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:35:46 +0000

Grilling leads to fire in Northwest Lubbock

Lubbock Fire and Rescue crews responded to a structure fire Sunday night in Northwest Lubbock that occurred as a result of improper coal disposal.

LFR representatives said units arrived in the 3200 block of Grinnell Street after 11 p.m. and found a portion of the back of the house on fire.

According to a statement issued by LFR, the fire was contained to the back of the house and was extinguished immediately upon arrival.

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