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Spotlight on Houston apartment fire shifts to construction worker’s daring escape
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:32:00 UT

While Houstonians were enraptured by the massive flames and smoke emanating from an unfinished apartment complex in Montrose, national media outlets turnd their attention toward this:


Flag from Battleship Texas flies again for D-Day
mysanantonio.com / Fri, 23 May 2014 04:32:59 UT
A cacophony of shouting men and the constant boom of exploding shells filled the air. In honor of the 70th anniversary of the June 6, 1944, invasion, the flag that was aloft will go on public display Friday for the first time since World War II in an exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science thanks to a crewman who gifted the flag. The USS Texas' 17-by-9 foot battle flag was raised on its mast June 5, as 156,000 Allied soldiers prepared to cross the English Channel and face the Germans. The USS Texas, which already had fought in World War I, was tasked with drawing enemy fire so the troops could land, Smith said. The rounds came so fast and so furiously, the troops on the beach were relieved when they saw the USS Texas and its constant barrage, Ernest Hemingway described as a correspondent for Colliers magazine. For years, as Saul finished school, got married, raised two daughters and enjoyed a long career with the Coast Guard, the massive wool and linen flag with just 48 stars remained carefully folded in storage.

Vets, visitors flock to Normandy to remember D-Day
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:01:19 UT
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest sea-borne invasion ever mounted. World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather to honor the more than 150,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day veterans who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.

You know you grew up in Texas if ...
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:00:00 UT

If you grew up in Texas, you probably think the experience was one of a kind. Texans are kind of braggadocious that way.


Ex-NFL QB Ryan Leaf sentenced to 5 years
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:32:25 UT
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation. A Texas prosecutor says the former San Diego Chargers quarterback and Washington State standout won't have to serve any time behind bars in Texas because of time he's served in Montana. Leaf violated his Texas probation when he ran afoul with the law in Montana for breaking into a home to steal prescription drugs. He pleaded guilty for felony burglary and criminal possession of a dangerous drug in 2012. Leaf attorney Bill Kelly III said the Texas judge gave Leaf credit retroactively for his Montana prison time. The 38-year-old has been granted parole but has not been released.

DC teacher to apologize for Bush-Hitler assignment
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:02:55 UT
D.C. Public Schools says the McKinley Middle School teacher sent students home with a Venn diagram asking them to compare and contrast Hitler and Bush, with instructions that said, "both men abused their powers." At least one parent found it troubling, telling WRC-TV (http://bit.ly/1wgZmgt) that the assignment states opinion as fact and shows disrespect for the office of the president.

NFL to look into its handling of Rice case
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:30:31 UT
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL called in a former FBI director to examine how it pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case as pressure increased for the league to be more transparent about its original investigation. The move late Wednesday came hours after The Associated Press reported that a law enforcement officer said he sent an NFL executive a video in April that showed Rice striking his then-fiancee at a casino. Goodell has maintained that no one in the NFL saw the video until it was released by TMZ Sports Monday. Women's organizations, members of Congress and players have called for more detail about the NFL's handling of the Rice case. The criticism intensified after the law enforcement official's account.

Man in federal custody, charged with sexual assault on flight from Japan
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:02:00 UT

A Japanese citizen is accused of sexually assaulting a woman sitting next to him on a flight from Japan to Houston.

Mitsuaki Takahashi, 36, was a passenger on a United Airlines flight from Narita, Japan, to Houston, on Aug. 20. He was seated next to a 21-year-old woman, also a Japanese citizen, according to court documents.


Teen writes book, hopes to see it as TV series
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:00:00 UT
(AP) — While many teen girls are concerned with the latest fashions, cell phones and their friends, 15-year-old Abby Summers has bigger issues — like how to convince major Hollywood producers to turn her book into a television series. Summers has recently published her first book, "The Unknowns," and while that might be satisfaction enough for some people, Summers is already planning the second book in what will be a trilogy and will be pitching her book before producers in Los Angeles in September, The Batesville Daily Guard reported (http://bit.ly/1oyMO26 ). Summers' fictional book, "The Unknowns," centers around six teenagers who awake to find themselves in a forest and make their way to a place called Ataxia. The main character, Alex, is adopted and raised in an abusive home with alcoholic parents and has learned to survive on her own — a trait she would need to survive. Summers' book shows she's got quite an imagination as it is a far cry from her real life with parents Mark and Crystal and brother, Andrew, 17, who has Bardet-Biedl syndrome with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that will eventually take his sight. Summers was chosen by her publisher, Xlibris, as one of 10 authors to participate in an Author Solutions Pitchfest, an event that allows authors to deliver their story ideas for movie and TV show adaptation directly to Hollywood decision-makers. Attendees will attend a workshop to practice their pitch and then be given two minutes to pitch their idea to representatives from a variety of agencies, studios, management and production companies. Selected authors will be given an opportunity to pitch via video conference to Tom Jacobson, who has produced Ferris Bueller's Day Off, ''Flashdance, and Christmas Vacation.

Weighing the pros and cons of living in Wal-Mart and other stores
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:10:00 UT

This week we found out that a 14-year-old boy had taken up residence inside a Corsicana Wal-Mart. The boy had set up shelter in the aisle dedicated to baby supplies and toilet paper.


Ravens cut Ray Rice after latest video release
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 8 Sep 2014 18:31:21 UT

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have cut running back Ray Rice. Hours after the release of a video that appears to show Rice striking his then-fiancee in February, the team terminated his contract Monday. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL


Richest members of Congress include four from Texas
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:46:00 UT

The men and women wield big power and big bank accounts according to the latest list. As both one of the largest and populous states, Texas has its share of congressmen with plenty of green.


AP Newsbreak: Source says Rice video sent to NFL
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:54:22 UT
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can't confirm anyone watched the video. The person said he sent a DVD copy of the security camera video to an NFL office and included his contact information. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell initially suspended Rice for two games following the February incident, but the Ravens released Rice on Monday and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after the website TMZ released the video. "In the context of a criminal investigation, information obtained outside of law enforcement that has not been tested by prosecutors or by the court system is not necessarily a reliable basis for imposing league discipline," he wrote.

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