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Five things you need to know today, Dec. 28

December 29, 2018

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Friday, Dec. 28. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

1. Having virtual teachers for American Sign Language at Odessa and Permian high schools has worked out well, but the students would still prefer having a face-to-face instructor.

2. An annual report of data showing gang-related activity released by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows the presence of gangs throughout the state, with Ector County seeing a documented presence of members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the Aryan Circle.

3. A Christmas tree disposal area has been set up to help residents of Odessa properly purge their holiday decor.

4. Odessa High School International Baccalaureate students gathered recently for Write for Rights, an Amnesty International event where students write letters on behalf of people who need help.

5. IN SPORTS:

The Odessa High boys basketball team got things off to a promising start Thursday morning. However, the Bronchos couldn’t sustain the momentum as the team earned a split in its two games on the first day of the Monahans Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tournament.

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