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Texas state board disciplines PSB-hired appraiser
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:44:06 MST
The independent appraiser the Public Service Board hired to appraise three properties that the board ultimately purchased was disciplined in May by the state Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) in Austin.

Lubbock dog to participate in national competition
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:41:10 +0000

Gunny, a 4-year-old wiener dog from Lubbock, is one of seven dogs across the county who will compete in a national competition next month.

The Dachshund and his owners, Jim and Page Carlen of Lubbock, will travel to San Diego to compete in the 19th annual Wiener National Finals on Dec. 26.

Gunn earned the rights to compete after winning the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals – Lubbock regionals in March. He beat out the other wieners by chasing his owner’s toy helicopter.

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Amarillo Symphony executive director to leave for position in Spokane
amarillo.com / Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:07:12 +0000

Susan White, executive director of Amarillo Symphony, is leaving Amarillo in December to further her career in orchestra.

“It is a big change, but it’s a good change,” White said.

White will serve as general manager of Spokane Symphony in Spokane, Wash., starting in mid-December.

Spokane Symphony has an annual budget of $6 million compared with Amarillo Symphony’s budget of $1.2 million. The larger budget is one that White said she is ready to take on.

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Woman eyed immigrants for clients
LMTonline.com / Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:19:59 -0600
As immigrants waited in South Texas detention centers to get legal help, a Boerne woman says she trolled the centers to round up clients for three immigration lawyers and eventually for herself, keeping a cut of attorneys fees in an illegal practice that went on for two years, court records show.

Review policies, come clean
LMTonline.com / Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:19:59 -0600
If Jim Falvella or Bill Hall were around, they would probably be writing an opinion column titled Around the Town.

Word of the day for Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
amarillo.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:09:57 +0000



■ ver·i·ty

■ ver ə tē

Definition: (n) something that is regarded as true

Example: “An illusion which makes me happy is worth a verity which drags me to the ground.”

— Christopher

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.

Radio announcer wins award
LMTonline.com / Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:19:59 -0600
A local radio announcer was awarded the Premio Nacional de Locución 2014 (National Announcers Award 2014) by the Asociación Nacional de Locutores de México, A.C., in the Social Content category.

Thanksgiving cemented as Black Friday launcher
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:30:16 MST
Black Friday, which used to start on the day after Thanksgiving, will creep even further into the traditional feasts this year.

Ebola: How it spreads
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:04:21 UT
Only when someone is showing symptoms, which can start with vague symptoms including a fever, flu-like body aches and abdominal pain, and then vomiting and diarrhea. The World Health Organization says blood, feces and vomit are the most infectious fluids, while the virus is found in saliva mostly once patients are severely ill and the whole live virus has never been culled from sweat. The Texas Department of State Health Services said Sunday that a health-care worker who provided hospital care for the first patient to die from Ebola in the United States has tested positive for the virus. Hospitals with a suspected case call their health department or the CDC to go through a checklist to determine the person's level of risk.

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.

Calendar for Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
amarillo.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:10:22 +0000


Mustard food drive and concert: 8 p.m. Friendz Cocktail Lounge & Grill, 711 S.W. 10th Ave. Cover $7 or $5 with canned good. 806-331-7305.

Pullman Standard: 9 p.m. The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover. 806-322-1806.


Old Tascosa Cycling Club ride: 6:30 p.m. Gander Mountain, 10300 W. Interstate 40. 806-223-8328 or www.oldtascosacycling.com.

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Lubbock beermakers brewing plans for production in old cotton plant
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:54:06 +0000

Bill Hardy loves beer.

Ask him about his favorite beer, and he’ll tell you: “My next one.”

It’s an appreciation that goes back to his childhood.

“My dad would ask me to get him a beer — maybe a Falstaff — and I’d go over and get one out of the fridge and open it,” he said. “By the time it got to him, it would be half empty.”

Now a 61-year-old retired high school horticulture teacher and owner of Yellow House Canyon Brew Works, Hardy’s passion for beer has been brewing.

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