AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
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DILLEY, Texas — A little boy with closely cropped hair was sitting quietly and grinning when he suddenly sprang to his feet and tried to swipe a brownie off a nearby tray. He couldn’t quite reach it, though, instead sending crumbs and napkins in all directions and eliciting happy squeals from two children nearby. It’s a scene that could play out in elementary school cafeterias nationwide as youngsters prepare to head back to class. But inside the Dilley immigration lockup, it’s a glimpse of the epicenter of family immigration detention policies that the Trump administration has sought to tighten. By Will Weissert. SENT: 850 words, with photos
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
IRANIAN ACTIVIST SLAIN-DEATH PENALTY
HOUSTON — A Jordanian immigrant convicted of two Houston “honor killings” was expected to take the stand on Friday. Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan faces the death penalty and will likely ask jurors to sentence him to life in prison without parole. Irsan was convicted in the slayings of his son-in-law and the shooting of his daughter’s close friend. Story on merits.
MERCURY SPILLED-MAIL DELAYED
COPPELL, Texas — Residents in a Dallas suburb may see mail delivery delays after a mercury spill shut down a postal sorting facility. The North Texas Processing and Distribution Center in Coppell closed after about 4 gallons of mercury was spilled on Tuesday. The postal inspector says the mercury came from a mailed package. The U.S. Postal Service didn’t offer details on the package or who mailed it. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — On a glorious, late-spring day, Maya Little strode across the poplar-lined University of North Carolina quadrangle, past protesters and a uniformed officer. She stepped onto the base of the Confederate soldier statue that has stood there since 1913, and splashed it with a mixture of red ink and her own blood. The 25-year-old doctoral candidate was sending a message to Chancellor Carol Folt that the monument — nicknamed “Silent Sam” — was an affront to black students like her. But Little was also speaking to the group responsible for erecting this memorial to “the Lost Cause” — the United Daughters of the Confederacy. By Allen G. Breed. SENT: 1,870 words, with photos, video.
— MONUMENTS’ MOTHERS-ABRIDGED. By Allen G. Breed. SENT: 860 words, with photos, video.
TECH COMPANIES-FREE SPEECH
NEW YORK — Who knew connecting the world could get so complicated? Perhaps some of technology’s brightest minds should have seen that coming. Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, with operations based in Austin, Texas, have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted — as gatekeepers of discourse on their platforms, deciding what should and shouldn’t be allowed and often angering almost everyone in the process. Jones, a right-wing provocateur, suddenly found himself banned from most major social platforms this week, after years in which he was free to use them to promulgate a variety of false claims. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 920 words, with photos.
— MOST WANTED-ARREST — A man on the Texas 10 Most Wanted list has been captured in Mexico as part of an El Paso murder investigation.
— DRUGGED GIRLS-PORNOGRAPHY — A 30-year-old South Texas man must serve life in federal prison for a child pornography case involving girls who said they were drugged and sexually assaulted.
— STOMPING DEATH — An Oklahoma prosecutor has filed court documents saying he will seek the death penalty for a Texas man in the stomping death of an acquaintance.
— PONZI SCHEME CONVICTION — A former Massachusetts man, now living in West Texas, and convicted of running what prosecutors called a Ponzi-style scheme that defrauded 15 investors out of more than $6 million has been sentenced to five years in prison.
— HEROIN SMUGGLED — Authorities seized 92 pounds of heroin valued at more than $870,000 from an 81-year-old woman attempting to smuggle the drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border at California.
— SHARK BITE-TEXAS — Authorities say a 42-year-old man has been bitten by a shark while swimming off Texas and he’s being treated for numerous puncture wounds to his right leg.
— RARE HAWK — Bird lovers are driving from hundreds of miles away for a rare chance to see a species of non-native hawk in southern Maine, a type of bird also seen earlier this year in Texas. With photos.
— WALK TO WORK — A Maryland man who walked more than 10 miles to get to work at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant after his scooter broke down will get a car. Moving on national lines.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
HOUSTON — The most terrifying pitcher ever to have called the Astrodome home slowly pushes himself up from a couch and lumbers, at 68 years old, into a small room overcrowded with 100 of Houston’s homeless and neediest. The Houston Chronicle reports they have come to Lord of the Streets, an Episcopal Church, for free lunch, but first they must listen to uplifting testimonials. Then 6-foot-8 J.R. Richard heads to the pulpit. Thirty-eight summers ago, after the burly righthander had spent a decade with the Astros striking out 1,493 batters and dominating baseball with an effectively wild 100 mph fastball, Richard collapsed from an on-field stroke. It ended his career and derailed his life. By Hunter Atkins. SENT: 2,660 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.
HOUSTON — Houston’s Gerrit Cole opposes Seattle’s Mike Leake when the Astros and Mariners continue a four-game series. Seattle won the opener 8-6. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.
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