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Today in History for Thursday, Oct. 2
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:18:07 +0000

■ On Oct. 2, 1944, German troops crushed the 2-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which a quarter of a million people were killed.

■ In 1780, British spy John Andre was hanged in Tappan, New York, during the Revolutionary War.

■ In 1835, the first battle of the Texas Revolution took place as American settlers fought Mexican soldiers near the Guadalupe River; the Mexicans ended up withdrawing.

■ In 1950, the comic strip “Peanuts,” created by Charles M. Schulz, was syndicated to seven newspapers.

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Poll: Greg Abbott leads Wendy Davis by 9 points
amarillo.com / Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:15:46 +0000

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott leads Democratic opponent Wendy Davis by 9 percentage points, 49 percent to 40 percent, according to the latest Texas Lyceum poll, released Wednesday.

The poll showed Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, held a “clear lead” among Hispanics, by 36 points, and African-
Americans, by 80 points, while Abbott, the state attorney general, held a “slight lead” with independent voters, by 6 points, and women, by 2 points.

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Texas Tech mulls expanding Amarillo simulation center
amarillo.com / Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:58:41 +0000

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is examining the possible expansion of its simulation center to the area north of the campus at 1400 S. Coulter St., Chancellor Robert Duncan said Wednesday.

“In other areas of the state, in urban areas that are more dense, the state doesn’t have that opportunity, but here we do, so I think it’s a real plus and asset for the Amarillo campus,” he said.

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Harmony celebrates new site
LMTonline.com / Thu, 2 Oct 2014 01:01:54 -0500
Although Harmony School of Innovation opened its doors Aug. 20, school officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the new, renovated building.

Author: Poverty hurts our students
amarillo.com / Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:15:32 +0000

Donna Beegle grew up in extreme poverty, a world where her parents constantly faced choosing between covering the cost of rent, groceries or garbage services. She got married at 15 and became pregnant at 17, but earning a GED at 26 led to college and postgraduate studies — a path that was not without its challenges.

During Texas Convening II, a local education summit, Beegle recalled a GED instructor who berated her for asking what Watergate was, an experience that left her feeling humiliated.

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Police release sketch of robbery suspect
amarillo.com / Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:09:48 +0000

Amarillo police released a sketch Wednesday depicting a possible suspect and a photo of a possible witness from an armed robbery at Whataburger, 4111 S.W. 45th Ave.

At 4:45 a.m. Sept. 27, police responded to the armed robbery call, where witnesses said a man wearing navy coveralls with a white t-shirt and a hockey mask covering his face demanded money from store employees.

The man, who was armed with a handgun, fled the store with an undetermined amount of cash. No injuries were reported in the robbery.

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APD investigation yields stolen vehicles
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:40:10 +0000

An Amarillo Police Department investigation yielded stolen vehicles and resulted in the arrests of two women on drugs and weapons charges, authorities said.

About 2 p.m. Tuesday, Community Oriented Police and Problem Solving Unit officers attempted to locate a stolen vehicle at 114 S.E. 39th Ave., where they found a white 2000 Ford F-250 pickup without a motor in the backyard.

The pickup was reported stolen from Hutchinson County, and Vashti Kalie Pryor, 29, approached the backyard while police investigated, authorities said.

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Tip leads to drug house bust
LMTonline.com / Thu, 2 Oct 2014 01:01:54 -0500
An anonymous tip led police to discover a large load of methamphetamine inside a South Laredo drug house, which had a shrine for Santa Muerte, police said.

Schools, border security top Abbott’s list
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:10:49 +0000

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said that keeping the state’s economic engines chugging, making Texas No. 1 in education and securing the Lone Star State’s borders would be his first priorities if elected governor.

During a Wednesday visit to Amarillo, Abbott said Texas leads the nation in job creation and that, as governor, he would continue to ensure the state maintains that status.

Abbott, a Republican, faces state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat, in the Nov. 4 gubernatorial race.

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Amarillo police to host luncheon to benefit emergency fund
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:58:01 +0000

Amarillo police will host the second Police Benefit Fundraiser starting at 11 a.m. Friday at the fenced police parking lot at Southeast Third Avenue and South Fillmore Street.

Police will serve lunches that include a hamburger, sausage dog, chips and a drink for a $7 donation to Amarillo Police Benefit Fund, which assists APD employees and their families in times of need.

To-go orders are available by calling 806-378-4257 or 806-378-9468. Visa and MasterCard will be accepted.

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Word of the day for Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:18:44 +0000

WORD OF THE DAY

invigorate

■ in·vig·o·rate

■ in ˈvi gə ˌrāt

Definition: (v) to give life and energy to something

Example: ““Her sentences march under a harsh sun that bleaches color from them but bestows a peculiar, invigorating, Pascalian clarity.”

— John Updike


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