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Televised debates offer voters view of candidates
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:41:49 +0000

AUSTIN — The two most contested statewide races in more than decade will be in the spotlight this week.

Three weeks before early voting for the Nov. 4 election begins, on Monday and Tuesday evening, Texas voters will get a chance to see the Democratic and Republican candidates for lieutenant governor and governor in hour-long televised debates

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Communicate your values to elected leadeers
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:30:22 +0000

Be an active citizen. (cont.)

137. Viktor Frankl — Viennese psychiatrist, philosopher and Holocaust survivor — suggested America build a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast to go along with our Statue of Liberty on the East Coast. Let’s do it!

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WWII veteran receives service medals 70 years later
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:51:25 +0000

Former Seaman 1st Class Jesus Hiracheta Perez was 18 when he was drafted into the Navy during World War II.

While stationed at Hollandia Base in Papua New Guinea, Perez worked from midnight to 6 a.m. loading ships with shoes, pants, food, oil barrels and beer, his family said. The supplies were sent to the Philippines and surrounding islands, where the war was taking place.

When the war finally came to an end, Perez was honorably discharged Jan. 15, 1946.

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On with the show: Harvest Festival continues despite move to new location
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 28 Sep 2014 01:40:45 +0000

Despite a move from the traditional location of the Wolfforth Harvest Festival, a large crowd turned out for the festivities.

On Thursday, Wolfforth Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture officials had to make the call to move the Harvest Festival to drier ground around the Wolfforth City Hall. Patterson Park, which is located on a playa lake, had just gotten too much water in the past few weeks.

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Alcohol referendum supporter, critic reflect on election five years later
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:42:44 +0000

Melissa Pierce led a political action committee five years ago that supported the expansion of alcohol sales within city limits.

She said since the measure passed, quality of life has improved.

“Personally, I think it's great. Things are normal; you'd never know the difference,” she said. “I mean things haven’t gotten worse like many predicted.”

However, Brant O’Hair, who led the PAC opposing the measure, said he’s beginning to see the cracks.

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Fourth annual SlutWalk stands up to rape culture
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:54:28 +0000

Texas Tech freshman Steven Perry walked up and down Broadway on Saturday afternoon holding a sign that read “Real Men Don’t Rape.”

“Respecting women has always been a big thing in my household growing up,” Perry said. “It’s inexcusable to do something as horrible as raping someone.”

Despite the peer pressure associated with the college atmosphere, Perry said it’s important for people to know right from wrong.

Perry joined more than 100 men and women who held posters and chanted anti-rape sentiments during the fourth annual SlutWalk in Lubbock.

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Five years later: Only convenience has changed since Lubbock became wet
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:08:52 +0000

It was five years ago this past week that packaged alcohol was placed on Lubbock’s shelves, ending its ranking of being the largest “dry” city in the U.S.

The move happened when voters overwhelmingly approved two propositions during a countywide election: one expanding packaged alcohol sales in the county, and the second allowing mixed-drink sales in restaurants.

Since then, it’s easy to see the physical impact, as supply has grown to reach every corner of the county.

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New Deal defends narrow win over Sundown, 16-8
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:38:02 +0000

NEW DEAL — Sundown’s offense wouldn’t give up despite going scoreless for three quarters Friday night.

But New Deal’s defense wouldn’t, either.

After the Roughnecks finally scored in the fourth, the host Lions narrowly kept them from another touchdown that could have taken the game into overtime.

“We bent, but we didn’t break,” New Deal coach Matt Hill said. “Our kids played well; we made the plays we needed.”

New Deal (3-2) scored on a 37-yard pass 7 minutes into the game from Baylor Bean to Lane Durham.

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LP&L leaders say utility could hire new CEO next week
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:07:24 +0000

Lubbock Power & Light could have a new CEO and director of utilities as soon as Monday.

The municipal utility’s board will hold a special meeting to discuss and possibly take action on the new hire, according to the agenda.

“Our process to hire a new director is continuing. It may end Monday or it may continue, depending on the wishes of the board,” said Electric Utility Board Vice Chairman Jerry Bell.

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Frenship students get homecoming gift from ‘Glinda the Good Witch’
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:45:34 +0000

Kennedy Reeves didn’t even have to click her heels together three times for Glinda the Good Witch to make her dreams come true on Friday night.

On Thursday night, Broadway star Tiffany Haas ducked outside of the Gershwin Theatre to talk via phone about a surprise she planned for both Kennedy and her boyfriend, Seth McNeill. Haas arranged for a limousine to pick the couple up at Kennedy’s house for their Frenship homecoming date.

On Sept. 1, Kennedy received a tweet from Haas, who regularly plays Glinda in “Wicked.”

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Lubbock police actively investigating unsolved homicides
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:42:53 +0000

John Duncan’s murder was unsolved for more than 23 years until his killer confessed.

Duncan, a 59-year-old caterer, lived alone when he was found beaten to death. His parents died years before him. And his remaining family were detached, said Sgt. Jason Lewis, a spokesman for the Lubbock Police Department.

About the only people who remembered Duncan were Rey Martinez, a person’s crime detective at the Lubbock Police Department assigned to the case, and Joseph Jeffrey, a former employee of Duncan’s.

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Lubbock, Garza counties collecting supplies for Post school
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:30:49 +0000

The emergency management offices in Lubbock and Garza counties are coordinating a school supply drive to benefit Post Elementary School teachers and students.

A fire destroyed most of the town’s only elementary school.

In-kind donations can be left at any of the following locations in Lubbock County through Oct. 3:

■ Slaton City Hall at 130 S. Ninth St. in Slaton

■ Roosevelt Elementary School at 1406 CR 3300 in Acuff

■ Wester Elementary School at 4602 Chicago Ave. in Lubbock

■ Nat Williams Elementary School at 4812 58th St. in Lubbock

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Hereford company recalls 12 tons of beef
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 27 Sep 2014 01:20:51 +0000

HEREFORD — Caviness Beef Packers is recalling almost 12 tons of beef trimmings that was in the same processing area as beef that tested positive for a hazardous strain of E. coli.

“Each lot yielded acceptable results with no pathogen found,” said Trevor Caviness, president of the family-owned company. “There have not been any reports or complaints of illness or injuries.”

E. coli can cause food poisoning.

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