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With time running out, young doctor focused on what matters most
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:53:09 +0000

Final part in a two-part series.

There are three important components to being a doctor — patient care and advocacy, education and research. To his last day, Joshua Gaines embodied each one, said Tammy Salazar, director of academic support groups at Paul Foster School of Medicine.

In the days leading up to his death, Joshua spoke out to family and friends about the importance of being your own patient advocate.

He also chose to donate his body to science so other researchers could pick up where he left off and find out more about cancer.

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Spiders bite: Brown recluse, black widow among South Plains’ most dangerous spiders
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:49:28 +0000

You finally found those jeans you haven’t worn since last summer.

They were buried in a back corner of your bedroom closet.

You try them on, hoping they still fit after a winter and spring of gluttony.

But before you’ve had time to see if you can close the zipper all the way, you feel a twinge of pain behind your knee.

You’ve just been bitten by a brown recluse, a potent arachnid known for finding secluded hiding spots in homes and one of the South Plains’ most dangerous spiders.

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Anti-immigration protest draws larger counterprotest group
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:16:15 +0000

Guadalupe Martinez was well-off as a boxer in Mexico.

When he decided leave his country and move to Lubbock decades ago, it was because he was searching for a better life for his family, said his granddaughter, Destiny Molina.

But, when he moved here, he spent his life working in a cotton field and sleeping on a dirt floor, building his home from the ground up.

“He thought this would be a better life,” Molina said. “I see that’s what these parents want for these children because there’s war going on over there, a drug war.”

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225 Ways: Begin a weekly activity with the kids in your neighborhood
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:14:59 +0000

Be a good friend and neighbor (Cont.)

101. Start a weekly Wiffle ball game or other activity with kids in the neighborhood. They need that kind of leadership, exercise, fun and sense of community.

102. Have a party and invite all your Facebook and other social media “friends.” It’s a good bet you don’t really know a sizeable percentage of them, and you should!

103. Turn off the TV, get off the computer and get outside with your neighbors.

104. Put chairs on your front porch as well as your back one.

Farmers turn to technology to make best use of scarce water
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:08:53 +0000

Old McDonald never had a farm like this. Today’s growers increasingly depend on smart technology both in and out of the field, as well as a timely rain.

Craig Kitten raises cotton with his three brothers on 10,000 acres in Lubbock, Crosby, Lynn and Floyd counties. A lot has changed since his dad farmed. He bought the same variety of seed for 20 years. Varieties now change every couple years.

His dad irrigated with prayers and guesses. Kitten and his brothers irrigate with an iPad.

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Painting with a Twist hosts fundraiser
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:01:45 +0000

Painting with a Twist, an art and social studio in Lubbock, will host a charity event Sunday to benefit the Vera Bradley Beat Foundation for Breast Cancer.

The event, called Painting with a Purpose, will begin at 2 p.m. in the Painting with a Twist studio, 6816 Slide Road.

The studio will offer a two-hour session called “Pink Peonies.” The price is $35 per painter.

Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the Vera Bradley Beat Foundation.

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Stand up for America: Take care of your pets
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:03:44 +0000

Try walking a mile in your pet’s shoes this summer.

Vicki Berkley, manager of Walter’s World of Pets, says one way to be kind to your animals is by trying to understand them.

“I try to put myself in the animal’s place to where I understand its behavior and needs,” she said. “And the basics — to not hurt them but being kind — is to put yourself in the animal’s place and to give it the proper care.”

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Dotray: Much anticipation for new businesses
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:57:59 +0000

A handful of new businesses are on tap for the Hub City.

Construction on Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt began earlier this month. As the name suggests, Menchie’s is a frozen yogurt chain that offers a variety of flavors and toppings, both sweet and healthy. The California-based company offers self-serve frozen yogurt. It will be located at 82nd Street and Quaker Avenue; construction is expected to be done within the next few months.

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Sheriff’s office: Oklahoma infant safe in Texas
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:18:27 +0000

Okla. infant found safe in Seminole

CASHION, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an infant has been found unharmed in West Texas after she was abducted in Oklahoma.

Dispatcher Traci Tate with the Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Department said the 5-month-old girl was found “safe and sound” early Friday morning.

Tate said later that the girl was found in Seminole by local authorities. She said no one was “in custody” but could not elaborate. She said the department had no further details but that the Seminole police chief would be making a statement.

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Texas DPS in Lubbock offers driving tips to avoid head-on collisions
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:53:28 +0000

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Bryan Witt offered safety tips Friday at the former Reese Air Force Base runways on avoiding head-on collisions.

He said even glancing blows are better than head-on collisions.
He could not say if the driving tips could have prevented the fatal collision Monday that killed a woman and her granddaughter on U.S. 84 near Anton because the investigation is still ongoing.

“These are some things that motorists are not taught sometimes in the beginning instruction classes as they get their driver’s license,” he said.

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Recalling inspirations to join the force, 5 honored at Lubbock police retirement ceremony
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:09:50 +0000

Manuel Reyna’s childhood home was broken into about 35 years ago. After reporting the burglary to the Lubbock Police Department, Reyna was surprised at the officer’s results — a stolen TV and other belongings were returned within days.

Reyna, a junior high student at the time of the burglary, said the officers made an impression on him. He wanted to be a public servant.

“The mere fact that they were able to recover our property made the biggest impression,” he said. “I thought I’d like to do something like this and maybe impact somebody else.”

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Lubbock unemployment rises slightly
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:58:53 +0000

Lubbock experienced a 0.7 percent increase in unemployment in June, according to Texas Workforce’s latest job statistics.

The nonseasonal adjusted, nonagriculture unemployment rate rose from 3.8 percent in May to 4.5 percent last month, which is still down from June 2013’s rate of 5.9.

Also increasing, which may be the causing factor, was the certified labor force, which went from around 150,600 to an estimated 150,900, according to the report.

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Lamesa judge took campaign funds from repeat drunken driver’s parents
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:19:19 +0000

LAMESA — The parents of a man with half a dozen drunken driving offenses are past donors to the campaign of the judge who kept him from going to jail.

Dawson County District Judge Carter Schildknecht accepted $500 in political contributions in October 2006 from Dewey and Karen Ellison of Levelland, according to campaign finance records from the Texas Ethics Commission. Three weeks prior, when presented with information that repeat offender William Jayson Ellison had used drugs while on probation, the judge sent him to a treatment facility instead of jail.

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