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GEORGE HW BUSH
WASHINGTON _ George H.W. Bush was celebrated with high praise and loving humor Wednesday as the nation bade farewell to the man who was America’s 41st president and the last to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth _ George W. Bush _ eulogized his dad. “To us,” the son said of the father, “his was the brightest of a thousand points of light.” George W. Bush broke down briefly at the end of his eulogy while invoking the daughter his parents lost when she was 3 and his mother, Barbara, who died in April. He took comfort in knowing “Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.” By Calvin Woodward, Laurie Kellman and Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 1,260 words, with photos, audio, video. Will be updated.
_ GEORGE HW BUSH-THE LATEST
_ GEORGE HW BUSH-THINGS TO KNOW. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 870 words, with photos, video.
GEORGE HW BUSH-HUMOR
WASHINGTON _ _ Memories of George H.W. Bush’s underappreciated sense of humor on Wednesdy drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of American’s 41st president. Presidential historian Jon Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said that the key to doing his iconic impersonation of Bush was to mimic “Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne.” By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 400 words, with photos.
WASHINGTON _ The nation’s most exclusive fraternity _ the presidents club _ assembled Wednesday to mourn George H.W. Bush, putting on public display its uneasy relationship with the current occupant of the Oval Office. The uncomfortable reunion brought President Donald Trump together in the same pew with past White House residents who have given him decidedly critical reviews. By Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,040 words, with photos.
BORDER AGENT ARRESTED
LAREDO, Texas _ Prosecutors expect to announce a grand jury decision Wednesday afternoon in the case of a Border Patrol agent accused of fatally shooting four women earlier this year in Texas. UPCOMING: 350 words.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
DALLAS _ A Dallas family took a step toward justice Tuesday after decades of not knowing who was responsible for a single bullet that killed a relative and left another paralyzed. The Dallas Morning News reports that 44-year-old Joseph Buckaloo was sentenced to 30 years in prison after confessing to the May 1992 shooting of Juan Lopez and his nephew, Jose Villegas. Buckaloo pleaded guilty to murder for Lopez’s death, but won’t face charges for shooting Villegas because the crime’s statute of limitations had expired. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words. Pursuing photos.
CHARTER BUS CRASH-ARKANSAS
MEMPHIS, Tenn._ It was a fun and competitive weekend for a young group of all-stars as they visited Texas and represented Memphis, Tennessee, in a weekend football tournament in the Dallas area. The players, some venturing outside Memphis for the first time, built bonds on the field and off, says one of their coaches, Matt King. But the glow of a successful tournament turned to tragedy when the charter bus carrying players and coaches rolled off an interstate and overturned in Arkansas early Authorities are investigating what caused the crash, which occurred in clear, dry weather _ leaving one child dead and 45 other people hurt. By Adrian Sainz. SENT: 620 words, with photo.
SAN FRANCISCO _ Google’s self-driving car spinoff is finally ready to try to profit from its nearly decade-old technology. Waymo is introducing a small-scale ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area that will include a human behind the wheel in case the robotic vehicles malfunction. The service debuting Wednesday marks a significant milestone for Waymo, a company that began as a secretive project within Google in 2009. General Motors is also gearing up to begin offering a ride-hailing service through its Cruise subsidiary. Another self-driving car company, Drive.ai, has been giving short-distance rides to all comers within Frisco, Texas, and Arlington, Texas, since the summer. By Michael Liedtke. SENT: 690 words.
_ WINTRY WEATHER-SOUTHERN PLAINS _ A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle as snow and freezing rain head toward the region.
_ TEXAS EXECUTION-APPEAL _ Texas’ highest criminal court has again vacated the death sentence of a Dallas man so that a jury can reconsider whether he’s intellectually disabled.
_ GALVESTON-CRUISE TERMINAL _ Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and the Port of Galveston plan to develop an $85 million terminal _ the third for the cruise-popular city on the Gulf of Mexico. Pursuing photos.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
AUSTIN, Texas _ These days, Austin artists and their allies have found increasingly creative ways to land affordable art spaces. The Austin American-Statesman reports after a few years of dismal news caused by rising real estate values _ a trend that affects almost everyone in Austin, not just artists, and is far from over _ more than two dozen arts groups, which represent potentially hundreds of artists, have recently planted flags in new or reconfigured locations downtown or in East Austin. By Michael Barnes, Austin American-Statesman. SENT: 1,950 words, pursuing photos. Note reference in final paragraph to event through Saturday. Moving on news & business lines.
FRISCO, Texas _ DeMarcus Lawrence isn’t on pace to match last season’s 14½ sacks that earned him the franchise tag and $17.1 million this year. For his Dallas teammates and coaches, the defensive end’s encore is a success by any measure. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
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