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Easter traditions draw on folk customs
amarillo.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:49:12 +0000

It’s that time of year when Peter Cottontail comes to bring baskets full of Easter joy. So how did a bunny, eggs, and candy become traditions alongside the religious significance observed by Christians?

“When I was about 12 or 13, I wondered how the Easter bunny tied into Jesus’s resurrection,” said Skyler Huseman, 16, a member of Grace Church. “I still have no idea how that’s connected.”

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Word of the day for Saturday, April 19, 2014
amarillo.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:26:50 +0000



■ maud·lin

■ madlin

Definition: (adj) Foolishly and tearfully affectionate

Example: “And I think soul can get as maudlin as you like.”

— James Hunter

TTU names sole finalist for Founding President, Dean of HSC El Paso
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:07:33 +0000

Lange finalist for HSC El Paso president

Dr. Richard Lange has been selected as the sole finalist for the founding president and new dean of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.

Chancellor Kent Hance made the announcement Friday.

Lange, 58, is the vice chairman of medicine and director of educational programs at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and holds a faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, according to a news release.

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Back In Time 04-20-14
myplainview.com / Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:18:00 -0500
April 20, 1944: A Women’s Missionary Society was organized Monday at Date Street Baptist Church. Officers include Mrs. Jesse McElreath, president; Mrs. Clarence Lovell, corresponding secretary and tre

Protesters warn of synthetic pot dangers
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:53:27 +0000

Death warned against synthetic marijuana Friday night.

Dressed in a head-to-toe Grim Reaper costume, Ryan “Death” Elkins served as a mascot with Warriors Against Synthetic Pot in the advocacy group’s protest outside Another Tobacco Road on Avenue Q.

Elkins said he joined the fight against the controversial drug after he watched it cause severe health problems in friends and destroy lives.

“I have known people who would walk for miles and scrounge up their last $5 just to buy more. I’ve known people to steal to buy more,” he said.

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Beilue: Amarilloan runs for bombing victims
amarillo.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:50:18 +0000

Well, so be it, Santana Gonzales thought at the time. It would have been a thrill, an honor, to run the last stage of this cross-country relay for the One Fund Boston, a charity that has raised $445,000 to benefit the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victims.

When the call went out on Facebook this month that whoever could raise the most money nationally in 24 hours would get an expense-paid trip to Boston to run the final stages, Gonzales jumped in with both running shoes.

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Paving project on Quaker to start Monday
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:46:45 +0000

Motorists taking Quaker Avenue can expect delays in their commute starting Monday as workers will start a project to repave the road with concrete paving.

Work crews will be replacing rough asphalt paving with concrete paving from south of Marsha Sharp Freeway to just south of 24th Street, according to a city news release.

The project is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete and will be done in three phases.

Work crews will start work on the southbound lanes just past Brownfield Drive and go past 26th Street.

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Lubbock in convective weather warning
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:36:48 +0000

Convective weather warning for Lubbock

Lubbock was under an unusual thunderstorm watch on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Specifically, it was a convective warning.

Convective weather occurs when heat rising from the ground rises into the clouds. The consequences of the heat in the atmosphere include thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes and excessive rainfall.

According to the National Weather Service Lubbock, there was a convective warning on Friday. The last time Lubbock had one issued was in July 2008.

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Breeding peanuts the West Texas way - Research team develops hardier peanuts
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:39:19 +0000

If you want your peanuts to survive drought, don’t change your irrigation — change your peanuts.

That premise of the Peanut Genome Initiative has determined good news for the future of those legumes, its researchers say.

“We’re in our fourth year of drought and water levels are declining, so we are working on developing peanuts that can be grown profitably with less irrigation,” said Mark Burow, a peanut geneticist for Texas A&M AgriLife Research and a Texas Tech associate professor of plant and soil sciences.

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Black: Western migration more like invasion
amarillo.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:29:34 +0000

The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has brought attention to a common point of contention that has happened in state after state. It is a generational change, a population shift that is the result of the inevitable roll of civilization.

It also marks a shift from rural to urban.

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Bitcoin not gaining traction despite Abbott’s embrace
amarillo.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:49:47 +0000

AUSTIN — Are campaign contributions in Bitcoin the wave of the future? Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott seems to thinks so.

Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor in the Nov. 4 election, said Thursday his campaign will accept the digital currency as a form of campaign contributions in his race against state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.

“I am excited to see our campaign add another tool to our cutting digital outreach, which is allowing us to reach more Texans than any previous campaign in the state,” Abbott said in a statement.

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Today in History for Saturday April 19, 2014
amarillo.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:27:07 +0000

■ On April 19, 1989, 47 sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa in the Caribbean. (The Navy initially suspected that a dead crew member, Clayton Hartwig, had deliberately sparked the blast, but later said there was no proof of that.)

■ In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

■ In 1861, a week after the Civil War began, President Abraham Lincoln authorized a blockade of Southern ports.

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Calendar for Saturday, April 19, 2014
amarillo.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:26:24 +0000


West Texas A&M University’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth”: 7:30 p.m. Happy State Bank Studio Theatre. 806-651-2804 or www.wtamu.edu/theatre.

Team Roping: 8 a.m. Bill Cody Arena on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. 806-376-7767.

Amarillo Zoo’s Easter Egg-citement: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2401 Dumas Drive. Admission $5. 806-381-7911 or www.amarillo

Eggstravaganza: 1 p.m. Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. 806-355-9547.

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