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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.

Police: Man pulled gun at Walmart
amarillo.com / Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:30:45 +0000

Amarillo police are searching for man who threatened Walmart employees with a gun after being confronted by loss prevention personnel.

Officers responded to a call about 2 p.m. Sunday from Walmart SuperCenter, 3700 E. Interstate 40, where loss prevention personnel had detained a man suspected of shoplifting, police said. While en route, responding officers were notified that the man had fled the store.

Employees at the store told officers they saw a man placing several items into a bag and then try to check out at the electronics counter, police said.

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Comic-Con presents limited edition toys
myplainview.com / Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:25:00 -0500
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the desig

Fresh off the vine - grapes are red, white and nearly ripe
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:28:15 +0000

BROWNFIELD — Raise your glass.

Terry County’s wine grapes are ripe and ready — almost.

Harvest time is approaching within a month or so. Most plants are producing fruit this week, with some turning the shade of purple that signifies they’ve reached the late growing stages.

Dusty Timmons anticipates a good — but not great — harvest season.

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Third class in four-week diabetes series is Thursday
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:18:46 +0000

Covenant Community Outreach will host a four-week series of free diabetes educational classes for people who are uninsured or financially in need.

The class will meet once a week from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The remaining class dates are Thursday and July 31.

People who attend may be eligible for a free glucometer or vouchers for glucometer strips.

To register or check on qualification guidelines, call 725-5218.

The address for the classes will be given to individuals upon qualification.


Word of the day for Tuesday, July 22, 2014
amarillo.com / Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:47:16 +0000

leviathan

■ le·vi·a·than

■ li-ˈvı̄-ə-thən

Definition: (n.) something that is very large and powerful

Example: Sam and Dean were worried about having to fight leviathans in Chicago.


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."

Simpson: National Guard troops will have role to play at border
news-journal.com / Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to send as many as 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the state’s border with Mexico drew praise Monday from fellow Republicans and questions from Democrats and law enforcers

MPD: 1 injured in crash on FM 1788
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:48:00 -0500
One man was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital in serious condition Monday evening following a two-vehicle crash on Farm-to-Market Road 1788.

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.

Perry, others react to influx of children
LMTonline.com / Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:22:10 -0500
Federal officials by 2012 found the number of adults and famlies illegally entering the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras began to grow rapidly.

Gregg County: Courthouse infrastructure plan starts to take shape
news-journal.com / Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Gregg County commissioners are expecting to look at a contract next week for a $3.2 million project to make courthouse mechanical systems more efficient and guaranteeing $209,000 annual utility cost s

Felony arrests for Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:53:00 -0500
Kendell Henson, 47, of Midland was charged Sunday with violation of probation.

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