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MOVING ON Saturday, Jan. 12:
INTERACTIVE HOLOCAUST TESTIMONIES
DALLAS _ Max Glauben was 17 and had already lost his mother, father and brother at the hands of the Nazis when U.S. troops rescued him while he was on a death march from one German concertation camp to another. The Dallas resident’s recollections of his time as a Jew from Poland who survived the Warsaw Ghetto and Nazi concentration camps are now being preserved in a way that will allow generations to come to interact with an image of him and ask him questions. Glauben, who turns 91 on Monday, is the latest Holocaust survivor recorded in such a way by the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation. By Jamie Stengle. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
DALLAS _ Dallas leaders must eventually figure out what to do with a Robert E. Lee statue removed from a city park in 2017 amid the backlash to artwork celebrating the Confederacy. The Dallas Morning News reports the statue is being stored in a crate at a former military installation and is expected to remain out of public view until the Dallas City Council comes up with a resolution. But an assistant city manager says Lee’s statue, at this point, is “not much of a priority” right now. UPCOMING: 350 words, pursuing photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.
MOVING ON Sunday, Jan. 13:
DALLAS _ Researchers say a pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carry a substantial amount of the same genes as red wolves, a surprising discovery because the animal was declared extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago. The finding has led wildlife biologists and others to develop a new understanding that the red wolf DNA is remarkably resilient after decades of human hunting, loss of habitat and other factors had led the animal to near decimation. By David Warren. UPCOMING: 700 words, pursuing photos.
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HOUSTON _ A man accused in a drive-by shooting that killed a 7-year-old Houston girl says he wasn’t involved in the attack, his lawyer said Thursday. Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, is one of two men charged with capital murder in the Dec. 30 killing of Jazmine Barnes, who was in a car with her mother and three sisters when someone in another vehicle opened fire on them, killing Jazmine. The girl’s family, who are black, told investigators that the shooter was white and in a red pickup truck, but a tip eventually led to the arrests of Woodruffe and another black man, 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. Prosecutors allege that Woodruffe fired the shots from an SUV that Black was driving. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT 610 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-IMMIGRATION COURTS
The partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for a border wall is playing havoc with the nation’s already backlogged immigration courts, forcing the postponement of hearings for thousands of immigrants. For some of those seeking asylum in the U.S., the impasse could mean years more of waiting _ and prolonged separation from loved ones overseas _ until they get a new court date. But for those immigrants with little chance of winning their bids to stay in this country legally, the shutdown could help them stave off deportation that much longer _ adding to the very delays the Trump administration has railed against. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 990 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.
ISRAEL BOYCOTT LAWSUIT
COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Maryland’s ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel tramples on the First Amendment rights of a software engineer who advocates for Palestinians, a Muslim civil rights group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ federal lawsuit seeks to block the state from enforcing an executive order that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed in 2017. It requires contractors to certify in writing that they don’t boycott Israel. The suit claims the order has an unconstitutional chilling effect on First Amendment-protected political advocacy supporting Palestine. A CAIR attorney says federal lawsuits have challenged measures in Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 450 words. SENT on Wednesday.
SUPREME COURT-EGG LAWSUITS
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to preside over legal challenges to laws in California and Massachusetts requiring larger living areas for some farm animals. A total of 15 states, led by Missouri and Indiana and including Texas, had asked the court to accept original jurisdiction over the lawsuits. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 510 words. SENT on Tuesday.
TRAVEL-BORDER PATROL MUSEUM
EL PASO, Texas _ For many Mexican-Americans living near the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Border Patrol was viewed as a federal government agency to be feared. Its agents might raid the factory where you worked, question your citizenship status at checkpoints, and detain you if an agent thought you were in the country illegally or were hiding drugs. A museum dedicated to the history of the U.S. Border Patrol seeks to give a more complex view of a once unknown agency that rose from obscurity to become one of the nation’s most powerful arms of law enforcement. The privately funded museum is in El Paso, Texas. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 740 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.
NEXT-GENERATION WIRELESS SHOWDOWN
NEW YORK _ 5G E? 5G Plus? 5G Ultrawideband? Will the real 5G please stand up? Dallas-based AT&T has drawn ridicule by relabeling the network used by some of its phones as “5G E” to signal that the next-generation wireless network is here. Problem is, phones capable of connecting to 5G aren’t coming for another few months, and a national 5G network won’t be deployed until 2020 or 2021. But Verizon, which complained Tuesday about AT&T’s move, did something similar when it launched a residential wireless service with the 5G moniker using its own proprietary technology. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 650 words, photos. SENT on Tuesday.
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FOR USE Sunday, Jan. 13, and thereafter:
FALFURRIAS, Texas _ A humanitarian effort to find, exhume and identify migrants who died on U.S. soil continues with no real end in sight. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports a volunteer team of forensic anthropology students and faculty from Texas State University in San Marcos and the University of Indianapolis this month launched the fourth collaborative exhumation project at Sacred Heart Burial Park in Falfurrias since 2013. They’re referred to as the “long-term dead.” By Beatriz Alvarado, Corpus Christi Caller-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 660 words, with photos.
TEXARKANA, Texas _ A ranch-style house in a bucolic neighborhood on the edge of Texarkana is an unusual place to find a man making medieval and fantasy armor, but Clint Robinson is an unusual man. The Texarkana Gazette reports tall, bald and slender, he sports a well-trimmed beard, a silver earring and an infectious smile that lights up the room when he talks about his favorite subject _ making leather armor. His pleasant, tenor voice brims with excitement as he discusses it. By Michael V. Wilson, Texarkana Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,140 words, pursuing photos.
FOR USE Monday, Jan. 14, and thereafter:
HOUSTON _ Oceans choked with discarded plastics. Soil contaminated by tiny fragments of plastics. As environmentalists, corporations and the public increasingly focus on the mass of plastics discarded every day, they are running into a stubborn problem that has yet to be solved. The Houston Chronicle reports the recycling market continues to sputter, most recently from weak demand and low prices. Waste Management, the Houston trash collection and disposal company, expects its earnings from recycling to shrink by about $100 million last year compared to 2017. By Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,520 words, with photos.
VICTORIA, Texas _ Bill Alexander opened his eyes Nov. 23, 2008, and saw a young man standing over him. “Mr. Alexander ... you have been in a coma since Nov. 17, when you were brought into this hospital.” The Victoria Advocate reports the TV weatherman remembers hearing that and realizing he was connected to a respirator, tubes and IV connections. He was placed on a bed that rotated every so often. Alexander learned on that day, just over 10 years ago, that he had survived an ordeal that should have killed him. By Laura Garcia, Victoria Advocate. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,040 words, pursuing photos.
^The AP, Dallas