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One Direction cleans up at Kids’ Choice Awards
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:20:00 UT
Robert Downey Jr. turned inspirational speaker at the Kids' Choice Awards, Pharrell set another fashion trend, David Blaine lost his head during a slime-induced illusion, One Direction and Jennifer Lawrence cleaned up, and the green goo bath finally caught up with Mark Wahlberg — thanks to some unlikely slimers. [...] life has kicked my proverbial butt countless times in many ways for many years, until I decided one day to start kicking back. More than a dozen former and current teen stars joined on stage to salute Schneider, the creator of several of the network's most popular shows, including iCarly, ''Kenan & Kel and Sam & Cat, a current Nickelodeon hit that won favorite TV show and favorite TV actress for star Ariana Grande. The awards show isn't much more than an excuse to slime some of today's top stars, and first-time host Wahlberg executed several slimings as he successfully escaped the green goo for the show's first 80 minutes.

Blogger claims to see statue in background of new photo from Mars rover
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:10:00 UT

A statue, a bowling ball and a whale with a propeller are just some of the objects internet space watchers have found in a new photo from the Mars rover Curiosity.

NASA just released the photo taken by Curiosity's left mastcam on March 18.


‘Mystery aircraft’ over Texas draws speculation of real spy plane
mysanantonio.com / Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:34:00 UT

If the unidentified aircraft photographed over Amarillo turns out to be a new U.S. spy plane, it wouldn't be the first time.

Aviation Week & Space Technology journalist Bill Sweetman has posted photos taken March 10 by two veteran sky watchers, Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett.


Rapper Wiz Khalifa arrested in West Texas for pot
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 25 May 2014 19:33:39 UT
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say rapper Wiz Khalifa has been arrested in West Texas for marijuana possession. A statement from El Paso police says because Khalifa traveled without identification, a search was ordered and Transportation Security Administration agents found a canister with marijuana.

Dad accused of killing teen found in daughter’s room
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:56:14 UT

A Harris County grand jury will decide what, if any, charges will be filed against a Spring father accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy he found in his teenage daughter's bedroom Thursday morning.


East Texas schools use corporal punishment as last resort
news-journal.com / Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Gladewater ISD led Gregg County school districts in the number of corporal punishments administered in the 2013-14 school year, but the district’s discipline referrals have subsequently dropped over t

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.

Survival and defeat in Silicon Valley slum
mysanantonio.com / Sat, 5 Jul 2014 16:23:14 UT
(AP) — She's a disheveled woman, upper teeth gone, heavy bags slung over her shoulders as she nervously urges on two friends shoving her overloaded shopping cart up a dirt slope. In the Jungle — believed to be the nation's largest homeless encampment — Salazar's shelter is a gathering place where friends smoke pot, doze, swap stories, argue. Outside, they squat by her cooking fire frying pancakes or warming soup, handouts from Sunday church groups. Salazar and as many as 350 others live in tents, makeshift shacks, caves and tree houses along polluted Coyote Creek, spending their days and nights in various states of mental confusion and intoxication. When the social worker returned to her desk, she found that in a county with a seven-year, 20,000-person waiting list, Salazar had finally qualified for housing support: a new locally funded, $1,295 monthly subsidy aimed at ending chronic homelessness awaited her. [...] Maria Esther Salazar, a woman with a criminal record, two dogs, no phone and no identification had to find an apartment in one of the most expensive housing markets in the U.S., or the subsidy could disappear. In the Jungle, trails wind through trees and bushes, and there are neighborhoods like Little Saigon, where Vietnamese residents have dug large rooms into steep hillsides and squat by the creek to wash dishes and get water. Jennifer Loving, executive director of the nonprofit housing agency Destination: Home, is spearheading a new, concerted effort in San Jose to house people and keep them housed, not just out of compassion, but to save money. A homeless person can cost an estimated $60,000 a year, including trips to the emergency room and jail.

Obama vows fix to veterans’ health care troubles
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 21 May 2014 23:17:21 UT
WASHINGTON (AP) — With outrage mounting over veterans' health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at VA hospitals will not be tolerated, and he left open the possibility that Secretary Eric Shinseki, a disabled war veteran, could be held to account. Congress moved to keep up the pressure on the administration, with the House easily approving a measure Wednesday evening that would give the VA secretary more authority to fire or demote the 450 senior career employees who serve as hospital directors or executives in the agency's 21 regions. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, sponsored the measure, saying VA officials who have presided over mismanagement or negligence are more likely to receive bonuses or glowing performance reviews than any sort of punishment. The growing furor surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs centers on allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals. The department's inspector general's office says 26 facilities are being investigated nationwide, including a Phoenix hospital facing allegations that 40 people died while waiting for treatment and staff kept a secret list of patients in order to hide delays in care. The allegations have raised fresh concerns about the Obama administration's management of a department that has been struggling to keep up with the influx of new veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

LeTourneau University building hands-on mechanical engineering lab
news-journal.com / Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500
LeTourneau University mechanical engineering students now have a new home all their own.

Early NASA diapers forced astronauts to disclose the size of their manhood
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:06:00 UT

When NASA astronauts were suiting up to go to space in the 1960s, they had to make a big decision before they explored the world above us: How large of a man are you? Getting it wrong could damage the mission.


It’s not just Hello Kitty: Japan’s character craze
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:49:42 UT
In what is seen as the origin of Japanese manga, or comics, a set of 12th-century scroll paintings humorously portray frogs, rabbits and other animals in human activities, from sumo wrestling to temple worshipping. [...] to expressive American characters such as Mickey Mouse and Garfield, Hello Kitty doesn't show emotions, and the simplicity has attracted fans from children to street fashion devotees. Despite her cat-like ears and whiskers, she is a "cheerful girl with a gentle heart," says the official website of her theme park, Sanrio Puroland. In a bright yellow, stretchy bodysuit, the pear-fairy jumps up and down frantically and talks in a rapid-fire, high-pitched voice, shouting "nashi!" (pear) at the end of each sentence. The "relaxing bear" is usually seen lounging on a yellow bean bag, sometimes nibbling on snacks, demonstrating an ultimate stress-free lifestyle. The roommate of a 25-year-old female office worker, Rilakkuma's gentle words such as "sleep and reset" and "let's worry when that happens" have been compiled in a series of popular books, serving as remedies for stressed-out Japan. A chubby yellow mutant rodent, Pikachu is the most popular of more than 400 monsters in the Nintendo video game series Pokemon. The series started in 1996 as a pair of game titles for hand-held player Game Boy, and has evolved into playing cards, animation, video games and movies. Pikachu makes frequent public appearances in Japan, especially during summer school break. Besides the theme cafe in Tokyo's fashionable Roppongi Hills shopping complex, hundreds of Pikachus swarmed into Yokohama in mid-August in a "Pikachu outbreak" event.

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