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Constable files grievance over proposed stipend cut
LMTonline.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:05:19 -0500
A constable has filed a grievance against Webb County after it proposed cutting a $12,000-plus stipend from the elected official’s salary.

Free health services offered in Laredo
LMTonline.com / Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:51:18 -0500
Citizens of Laredo were given a chance to prepare their children for the upcoming school year Saturday with the Back to School Health Fair for Migrant Families and Community Members.

Stealing an Aggie’s class ring and other Texas crimes that are worse than they sound
mysanantonio.com / Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:14:00 UT

Earlier this month, a Bryan man was arrested and charged with stealing the Texas A&M class ring of his employer.  While, if found guilty the man could face anywhere from 180 days to 2 years in jail for felony theft, somehow the punishment doesn't just doesn't sound severe enough for such a heinous Texas crime. Stealing an Aggie's ring? Who would do such a horrible thing?


Victim recounts Southern California shark attack
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 6 Jul 2014 17:01:44 UT
(AP) — A man who was attacked by a great white shark off a Southern California beach is describing how quickly a routine swim turned into a bloody nightmare. Witnesses said the shark had been hooked by a fisherman on a nearby pier and was thrashing in the water for more than 30 minutes before biting Robles about 300 yards off shore.

Oscarcast: A fine scene hosted by Ellen DeGeneres
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 3 Mar 2014 05:40:20 UT
NEW YORK (AP) — With only a week to catch our breath after the lengthy cavalcade of Winter Olympics coverage, this year's Oscarcast may have seemed a refreshingly snug handout of awards. The show's kickoff, which, unlike so many years before, wasn't an extravagant comedic film featuring the host with a bevy of stars, but instead, found DeGeneres arriving on stage to deliver her simple, but satisfyingly funny, monologue. Unlike many hosts, she was a regular presence, at one moment gathering stars in the audience for a group selfie to tweet, at another bringing in a pizza delivery guy to share slices with audience members (and then confessing she had no money to pay the bill: "Where's Harvey Weinstein?"). Best supporting actor (for "Dallas Buyers Club") Jared Leto's acceptance speech paid tribute to his mother, thanking her "for teaching me to dream," then celebrated the dreams "in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela" — before pledging his support to those who have felt injustice "because of who you are or who you love." The ironic spectacle of veteran actress Kim Novak, who was a presenter in the category of animation but, at age 81, revealed an eerily baby-smooth face that seemed frozen in place. Pink performing "Over the Rainbow" against panoramic clips from "The Wizard of Oz" in a salute to that beloved film's 75th anniversary. Superfluous remarks from the president of the Academy, a mission statement whose pace-arresting effect was underscored by DeGeneres a moment later when she cracked, "Good luck following that, Amy Adams and Bill Murray!" The heartfelt acceptance spilling out of best supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), who made it clear she understood that "so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's."


Police seek robbery suspect
LMTonline.com / Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:52:17 -0500
The Laredo Police Department is looking for a suspect wanted in a series of robberies that began last Thursday.

A look back at the allegations against Woody Allen
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 4 Feb 2014 23:12:43 UT
The Ugly Explosion of an Unconventional Family, announced the Aug. 31, 1992, cover of Time magazine, which bore Woody Allen's bespectacled face. The sordid saga involving Allen and erstwhile romantic partner Mia Farrow had indeed exploded into the public consciousness days earlier. The most sensational part: an allegation that the celebrated director had taken their adopted daughter Dylan, 7, into an attic-like space at Farrow's Connecticut home and molested her. At age 78 he still puts out a movie a year, won his fourth Oscar in 2012 for "Midnight in Paris," and is nominated again this year — his 24th nod — for the "Blue Jasmine" screenplay. Allen was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes in January that included a glowing televised tribute. [...] this past weekend, Dylan Farrow, now 28, married and living in Florida, penned an emotional open letter, accusing Hollywood of callously lionizing her tormentor. Visiting Allen's apartment, Farrow discovers a set of nude, explicit photos Allen has taken of her 21-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn (her father is Farrow's ex-husband, Andre Previn). Farrow gives Allen a Valentine with a photograph of her and some of her children; a steak knife is stuck into Farrow's heart, covered with a photo of Soon-Yi, and meat skewers are stuck in the chests of the children. The doctor leading the probe, John M. Leventhal, will later say in a sworn statement, reported by The New York Times, that he theorized Dylan either invented the story or had it planted in her mind by her mother. The judge says he doesn't know if the molestation happened, but bars Allen from seeing Dylan for at least six months and limits visits with other children. In Litchfield, Conn., State's Attorney Frank Maco says there was "probable cause" to charge Allen with molesting Dylan and that police had drawn up an arrest warrant, but that he decided not to pursue the case, in part because it would traumatize Dylan. Allen loses his bid for disciplinary action against Maco when a state panel rules that the prosecutor was acting within his rights when he announced he had evidence Allen had abused Dylan. Allen had charged that Maco's statement essentially convicted him of child abuse and prejudiced his custody fight. The couple continues on to France, where the newspaper Le Monde describes the American reaction to Farrow's charges as "the outrage of a certain America, family-oriented and puritanical, against a man that didn't conform enough..." Robert Weide, director and producer of a PBS documentary about Allen, notes in a widely circulated article on The Daily Beast that Farrow had specifically agreed to the use of her "Purple Rose of Cairo" clip in the Globe montage. "Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse," she writes.

Hack attack
LMTonline.com / Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:52:17 -0500
Community Health Systems, a major hospital network that operates Laredo Medical Center, said that personal data, including names, Social Security numbers and addresses, for 4.5 million patients had been compromised in a Chinese cyberattack on its systems from April to June.

Video shows watch thief
LMTonline.com / Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:36:50 -0500
Police on Thursday released high definition surveillance footage showing a woman stealing two watches valued at $60,000 from a Mall del Norte jewelry store.

Police raid two eight-liner shops
LMTonline.com / Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:51:18 -0500
County authorities raided two eight-liner establishments Thursday and seized an undetermined amount of cash, a Webb County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said Friday.

Father, son busted for insurance fraud
LMTonline.com / Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:59:47 -0500
Laredo police said a father and son plotted a fraudulent insurance claim on a Dodge Challenger, according to reports.

99 busted in Houston prostitution sting
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 6 Aug 2014 18:50:00 UT

Twenty-three alleged prostitutes and 76 of their alleged customers have been arrested in a three-week sex trafficking sweep by the Harris County Sheriff's Office.


Where’s the proof for Perry’s claims of border crime?
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 6 Aug 2014 01:48:00 UT
If the border is truly the warzone that Gov. Rick Perry suggests, if it's truly under siege by an opportunistic wave of undocumented criminals, if it is hard hit by record infiltrations of people from terrorist countries, if it is indeed in desperate need of another state trooper "surge," and a Texas National Guard deployment of 1,000 that will cost Texas taxpayers millions of dollars per week -- surely, then, there must be statistics to prove it. Perry has offered no statistical proof of his theory that crime has increased in historically safe border cities as law enforcement contends with the wave of child immigrants flowing in from Central America. Asked for proof, Perry's office sent me to the Texas Department of Public Safety – an agency that is far from a beacon of transparency. When two of my colleagues recently requested data on how DPS "surge" efforts along the border have affected drug seizures and other crime, DPS refused to disclose the information and diverted the request to the Texas Attorney General. [...] experts interviewed by Kriel and Collette say the decline is more likely the result of seasonal migration patterns and publicity over the humanitarian crisis. [...] the Texas governor, with two dark-rimmed eyes on the White House, is making the border photo ops and TV news circuits with the same cowboy swagger – albeit without the boots. In June, Perry tried to attribute the record number of non-Mexicans crossing the border to people "coming from states like Syria that have substantial connections back to terrorist regimes and terrorist operations." The first paragraph mentions how police officers were wounded recently in an hours-long standoff with a gang member wanted for murder. "The story is conflating domestic issues with border issues to make it look like it's worse than it is," said Larry Karson, a former U.S. customs agent who is now an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston Downtown.

LTGI season set
LMTonline.com / Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:59:47 -0500
Laredo Theater Guild International, in cooperation with Laredo Center for the Arts, will open its sixth season with the Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Award winner “The 39 Steps,” a hilarious, fast paced whodunit by Patrick Barlow based on John Buchan’s 1915 spy novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1930s classic film of the same name.

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