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Americans mark Thanksgiving with parades, turkey
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:51:40 UT
NEW YORK (AP) — Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine are on the menu as friends and families gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Oohing and ahhing spectators of all ages lined the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger among its six new giant balloons. Like bedazzled rock fans who land coveted stage-front spots, she and her cousins were lucky enough to score the front row of a 20-person-deep crowd. The honor of leading the parade went to the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from Western Carolina University. The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Power outages from the first major snowstorm of the season could force some residents of the Northeast to celebrate Thanksgiving much like the pilgrims and Native Americans did almost 400 years ago — in the dark. Ian Rhodes, of Concord, New Hampshire, had planned to host his first Thanksgiving with his wife and two young children for a dozen people, but the power outage changed that. To the delight of some and consternation of others, it's increasingly become commonplace to see stores open on Thanksgiving, as retailers try to entice shoppers inside and kick off the holiday shopping season a day earlier than the traditional Black Friday.

11-year-old Midlander’s food drive surpasses goal to feed 40,000
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:30:00 -0600
While many kids are dreaming of time off from school and holiday treats, 11-year-old Midlander Garrett Whitehill has his mind occupied with something else. Monday evening, Whitehill delivered just und

Pep natives return home to cook, serve Thanksgiving meal
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:16:24 +0000

PEP — AnnaBelle Walker was barely out of high school when she and a group of her fellow Catholics decided to host a small Thanksgiving feast.

The year was 1945. The nation was just out of war, and the 20-year-old Hockley Countian helped arrange a meal and dance at her place of worship, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church of Pep.

Next November, the group held it again.

“We had a get-together, and we thought it would be a yearly thing,” Walker said.

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Salvation Army serves nearly 500 for Thanksgiving
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:21:02 +0000

Chad Mooring could describe what brought him to the Salvation Army on Thursday by using only four little letters.

The Lubbockite spent the day volunteering for the agency’s annual Thanksgiving meal. “Love” was his simple response when questioned why.

“I have love for our fellow men, and for anyone,” he said. “I came up here to help the community.”

The Salvation Army served more than 490 meals, said chef Robert Ramirez.

“It’s been steady — it’s been real good,” he said.

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300 run in annual turkey day event
LMTonline.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:20:45 -0600
While most Laredoans were basting their turkeys and putting the finishing touches on the feast they would soon consume, about 300 people from all over Texas and Northern Mexico laced up their running shoes and participated in the 35th Annual Guajolote 10K Race, hosted by Hamilton Trophies.

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.

Police ask for help with liquor store incident
LMTonline.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:20:45 -0600
Laredo police recently released surveillance footage showing a man stealing about $1,200 worth of liquor from a business.

Thanksgiving feast
LMTonline.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:20:45 -0600
Local non-profit Bethany House, 819 Hidalgo St., hosted its 34th annual Thanksgiving Day meal, feeding more than 1,200 of Laredo’s indigent, homeless, elderly and disabled.

Mexico nabs No. 2 in Beltran-Leyva gang
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:23:14 UT
The head of Mexico's federal police, Monte Alejandro Rubido, said suspect Arnoldo Villa Sanchez was arrested Tuesday, in an upscale Mexico City neighborhood along with another man, two guns and several packages of synthetic drugs. There have long been complaints that private security firms that provide guard and bodyguard services in Mexico, are often poorly regulated and infiltrated by criminal elements.

Choir students rehearse for Christmas programs
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Jennifer Peeler lines up her choir students at Jefferson Junior High School in rows of chairs by sections and gives instructions on how to sit and what song to look for.

Dressed for Christmas
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0600
On Wednesday night, when “Diamond Don” Rainey and train crew members went to fire up the newly refurbished steam engine, they were disappointed to find that “it steams, but won’t go,” the Historic Jef

4th Mexican cartel associate charged in Chicago
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:26:14 UT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal court documents show that an associate of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested in Las Vegas in January and brought to Chicago. Prosecutors accused him of coordinating the delivery of large shipments of cocaine from Mexico to the U.S. He's also accused of collecting and laundering drug money.

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