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Sony pulls ‘The Interview,’ cites terrorist threats
amarillo.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:47:28 +0000

Alleged terrorist threats have caused Sony Pictures Entertainment to pull ‘The Interview.’

The James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was scheduled for a Christmas Day release.

Sony’s decision came after the country’s major theater chains — including Cinemark, which operates the Hollywood 16 theater here, and Regal Entertainment, which operates the Amarillo Star 14 — announced Tuesday and Wednesday that they would not screen the film.

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Marshall daughter makes dean’s list at Texas Woman’s
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Damonni Onic, daughter of Regina King and the late Emmitt “NeNe” Onic, made the dean’s list for the fall semester at Texas Woman’s University, where she is a senior. Onic is the granddaughter of Curti

Local comedy show takes a stand for mental health
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:15:00 -0600
Vanessa Hope (née Vanessa Oglesby) has decidedly called herself a comedian since her break into the industry while living in Portland. And come Saturday, she’ll add comedy promoter to her resume.

Wonderland adds weekend events, extended hours
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
The “Rediscover the Spirit of Christmas – Return to Wonderland of Lights” festival is in full swing, and organizers are adding additional events to the schedule this weekend for more holiday fun.

Man arrested for shooting
LMTonline.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:25:50 -0600
A man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shooting at two Northwest Laredo homes.


More than 500 rigs may shut down as oil slides, analysts say
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:49:00 -0600
As many as 550 drilling rigs may have to sit on the sidelines of U.S. shale oil patches over the next few months, analysts say, as oil prices have folded nearly in half since this summer.

$10M grant to improve regional healthcare
LMTonline.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:25:50 -0600
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas was presented Wednesday with a ceremonial check for $10 million from the Social Innovation Fund to support a program aimed toward improving behavioral health and chronic disease in South Texas.

Lubbock downtown development board talks tornado memorial gateway, utilities
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:28:34 +0000

City staff will send a grant application in mid-January for a downtown gateway structure on Avenue Q and Glenna
Goodacre Boulevard.

The gateway details were presented to the Central Business District Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone Board during a meeting Wednesday.

The gateway, which is still being finalized, is set to be a memorial of the tornado that struck Lubbock in 1970 and killed 26 people.

City staff are working with artists at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts for the design the project.

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Today in History for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
amarillo.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:13:50 +0000

■ On Dec. 18, 1944, in a pair of related rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Korematsu v. United States, upheld, 6-3, the government’s wartime evacuation of people of Japanese descent, including U.S. citizens, from the West Coast (the decision was limited to the exclusion policy, and did not take up the issue of internment), while in Ex parte Endo, the justices unanimously agreed that “concededly loyal” Americans of Japanese ancestry could not continue to be detained. (Both rulings came a day after the U.S. Department of War said it was lifting the internment policy.)

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Hallsville ISD staff members get crazy with Christmas trees
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Hallsville ISD staff had a Crazy Christmas Tree Contest and donated their trees to the Hallsville Angel Tree recently. The winners included, from left, best entry, Traci Beard; most unique material, C

Word of the Day for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
amarillo.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:15:21 +0000

WORD OF THE DAY

elapse

■ e.lapse

■ i laps

Definition: (v) to pass by

Example: “We have seen a spike in interest in E85. Not enough time has elapsed for people to start running out to buy flexible-fuel vehicles, though.”

— Roger Price


Wolfforth plans to make Christmas parade, celebration an annual event
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:06:24 +0000

Wolfforth residents who turned out for the Wolfforth Christmas Celebration and parade enjoyed the city’s first tree-lighting.

Chelsey Eoff and her two young children came to watch the parade and see the tree being lit in front of the city’s gin barn.

“It’s a lot of fun for the kids and a good way to spread Christmas spirit,” Eoff said.

Her husband, Casey Eoff, rode in the parade along with Smokey Bear as part of the Texas A&M Forest Service.

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