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Mysterious pest threatening billion-dollar Texas crop
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:41:00 UT

A tiny bug that has mystified Texas farmers and agriculture researchers is threatening to eat a big hole in the state's economy.

According to a news release from Texas A&M University, the insect of unknown origin - which measures about 1/16 inch - is poised to inflict big damage to the billion-dollar Texas grain sorghum crop.


Kemah Boardwalk bustles with activity
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:19:52 UT
Recently named one of the top 10 American Boardwalks by ForbesTraveler.com, Kemah is the ultimate place to eat, shop and play, boasting an estimated 3 million visitors annually to its half-mile-long boardwalk along the landscaped waterfront property. Throughout the year, the Kemah Boardwalk hosts special seasonal events, festivals, live entertainment and fireworks displays, most of which are free and open to the community. Additional rides include the Aviator, Jungle Bounce, Balloon Wheel, 65-foot Century Ferris wheel, 140-foot Drop Zone, Double Decker carousel, Pharaoh's Fury, the Boardwalk Tower, the Red Baron and Wipeout.

Vatican monsignor arrested for money laundering
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:51:08 UT
Financial police in the southern Italian city of Salerno said Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, dubbed "Monsignor 500" for his purported favored banknotes, had transferred millions of euros in fictitious donations from offshore companies through his accounts at the Vatican's Institute for Religious Works. Acting on evidence provided by the Vatican bank, police said they seized 6.5 million euros in real estate and assets in Italian bank accounts Tuesday, including Scarano's luxurious Salerno apartment, filled with gilt-framed oil paintings, ceramic vases and other fancy antiques. Scarano allegedly withdrew 555,248 euros from his Vatican account in cash in 2009 and brought it into Italy. Since he couldn't deposit it in an Italian bank without drawing suspicion, he selected 50 friends to accept 10,000 euros apiece in cash in exchange for a check or wire transfer in that same amount. The Vatican's top prosecutor said last week that the Holy See had responded to two official requests from Italy for information about Scarano's accounts, while making its own request to Italian authorities for help in its own money-laundering investigation against the prelate. In the Rome smuggling case, prosecutors say Scarano, a financier and a carabinieri officer devised an elaborate plot to transport 20 million euros in a private jet from Switzerland to Italy avoid paying customs duties.

Hazmat truck rolls over, spills big load
LMTonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:12:55 -0500
A tractor-trailer carrying hazardous materials rolled over Wednesday morning in North Laredo.

Car collides with Hermann Park miniature train
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:19:04 UT
[...] somehow on Jan. 19, a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, the driver of a sedan managed to cross the tracks just as the train arrived in the same spot next to the Houston Zoo. Hermann Park Conservancy, a private organization that helps manage the park in conjunction with the city, took over the small railroad in 2007.

Cruz named state bar chair
LMTonline.com / Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:43:33 -0500
The first Hispanic to be elected chair of the State Bar of Texas School Law Section is a native Laredoan.

Expert weavers
LMTonline.com / Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:43:33 -0500
For Juan, 53, and Marina Gonzalez, 52, their custom hand woven rugs not only bring them business, they bring their family together as well.

Allen defends self against Farrow’s abuse claims
mysanantonio.com / Sat, 8 Feb 2014 07:47:50 UT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a nearly 2,000-word open letter punctuated with rhetorical questions and decades-old anecdotes, notoriously media-shy Woody Allen again defended himself against renewed claims that he molested adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow 21 years ago. Allen's response was published online Friday night by The New York Times, nearly a week after the same publication released an open letter from Dylan Farrow in which she claimed that in 1992 at the family's Connecticut home, Allen led her to a "dim, closet-like attic" and "then he sexually assaulted me." A team of child abuse specialists from the Yale-New Haven Hospital, brought in to the case by prosecutors and police, concluded that Dylan Farrow had not been molested. The 78-year-old director of such films as Annie Hall, ''Bullets Over Broadway and Midnight in Paris spent the majority of his letter lashing out against ex-partner Mia Farrow, calling her vindictive, spiteful and malevolent. There is even a lame attempt to do professional damage by trying to involve movie stars, which smells a lot more like Mia than Dylan. In a statement made to The Hollywood Reporter late Friday, Dylan Farrow called Allen's op-ed "the latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions, and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years." Allen received a lifetime achievement award at last month's Golden Globes ceremony, and he's up for the best original screenplay trophy at next month's Academy Awards for "Blue Jasmine," which also received acting nominations for Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins.

Suspect arrested in shots fired case
LMTonline.com / Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:31:57 -0500
Shots were fired outside a bar early Thursday in North Laredo, according to Laredo police.

Indecency accusation gets 19 year old jailed
LMTonline.com / Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:22:10 -0500
A teenager was arrested early Sunday in South Laredo for inappropriately touching another teen, according to police.

UISD names reassignments, appointments
LMTonline.com / Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:31:57 -0500
UISD has made a slew of high-ranking appointments and reassignments, leaving a high school and an elementary school searching for new principals.

Tip leads to arrest
LMTonline.com / Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:40:50 -0500
A Crime Stoppers tip led county authorities to seize marijuana worth $1.6 million from a Laredo home in the Three Points area, the Webb County Sheriff’s Office said.

How much do you know about Houston’s history?
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:25:00 UT

Houston history buffs, here's an opportunity to see what you're made of. We compiled a quiz focusing on the Bayou City's roots and some of its major institutions. See how much you know, or learn some new facts about Houston.


Alcohol accusations get two in trouble
LMTonline.com / Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:22:10 -0500
A man landed behind bars for allegedly buying alcohol for a minor early Monday.

Suspects sought in vehicles thefts
LMTonline.com / Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:57:42 -0500
Laredo police are asking for the community’s help in identifying people seen driving stolen vehicles.

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