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GEORGE HW BUSH
WASHINGTON — Former President George H.W. Bush is returning to Washington as a revered political statesman, hailed by leaders across the political spectrum and around the world as a man not only of greatness but also of uncommon decency and kindness. Bush, who died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94, is to be honored with a state funeral at National Cathedral in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, followed by burial Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M. Before that, his body will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda for a public viewing from his arrival in Washington on Monday until Wednesday morning. By Darlene Superville and John Rogers. SENT: 690 words, with photos, video.
— FBN--WEEK 13-THE LATEST: There were moments of silence around the NFL for former President George H.W. Bush, including by his hometown Texans two days after Bush died in Houston. CBS made the unusual move of showing the national anthem and the moment of silence in Houston. Bush was a regular at Texans games and frequently did the coin toss. The team displayed pictures of him at games and with players.
GEORGE HW BUSH FUNERAL-NEWS GUIDE
HOUSTON — Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will be honored during several private and public events in both Houston and Washington, D.C., before he is finally laid to rest next to his wife Barbara and their 3-year-old daughter Robin back in Texas. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.
GEORGE HW BUSH-TEXAN
HOUSTON — Although he was born on the East Coast, former President George H.W. Bush was the quintessential Texan. The ailing Bush died Friday night at his home in Houston. He was 94. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.
GEORGE HW BUSH-BAKER
WASHINGTON — George H.W. Bush didn’t lose his sense of humor even as he was letting go of life. Surrounded by loved ones Friday night as he lay in bed at home in Houston, he was approached by the wife of his longtime friend, James A. Baker III, who was in the room with her husband. She raised a hand and placed it on the former president’s forehead before telling him, “We love you very much, Jefe,” using the Spanish word for “chief” that her husband says he used to address Bush. Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, died late Friday at age 94. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 680 words, with photos.
GEORGE HW BUSH-MARRIAGE
HOUSTON — They met at a Christmas dance. She was 16. He was 17. Three years later they were married. The couple stayed together for 73 years, becoming the longest-married couple in presidential history. “George Bush knows how I feel,” Barbara Bush had said. “He is the hero ... He is my hero.” George H.W. Bush was at his wife’s side when she died on April 12 at age 92 and had been holding her hand all day. Her death was followed by his own on Friday, about eight months later. He was 94. By Michael Graczyk. SENT: 780 words, with photos.
GEORGE HW BUSH-KENNEBUNKPORT
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush was known for his jogs along the rocky Maine coast, playing fast-paced golf, fishing in his speedboat and transforming his home in this seaside village into the “Summer White House.” He also built lasting friendships in the town that he’d visited since he was a boy. Bush, who died Friday at age 94, goes way back in Kennebunkport. The three-story, stone-and-shingle home at Walker’s Point has been in the family since the turn of the century, and the former president spent every summer there since boyhood except when he served as a Navy aviator in World War II. By David Sharp. SENT: 780 words, with photos.
GEORGE HW BUSH-SOMALIA
JOHANNESBURG — In the final days of his presidency, George H.W. Bush committed the U.S. military to a mission many would later regret, ordering more than 20,000 troops into Somalia to “save thousands of innocents from death.” Within months, the image of dead U.S. soldiers dragged through the streets of Mogadishu profoundly changed the way the U.S. approached Africa. And yet it is barely mentioned in the explorations of Bush’s legacy since his death on Friday in Houston. Bush was 94. By Cara Anna. SENT: 670 words, with photos.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
HONG KONG — Last year, a little-known Chinese researcher turned up at an elite meeting in Berkeley, California, where scientists and ethicists were discussing a technology — an emerging tool for “editing” genes, the strings of DNA that form the blueprint of life. He Jiankui saw the power of this tool, called CRISPR, to transform not only genes, but also his own career. In visits to the U.S., he sought out CRISPR pioneers such as Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University’s Dr. Matthew Porteus, and big thinkers on its use. He has said he helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. He pursued international experts at Stanford and Rice University in Houston. By Marilynn Marchione and Christina Larson. SENT: 1,400 words, with photos.
SNYDER, Texas — Big fans of unusual art may have to squint in order to check out 120 pieces of tiny artwork in West Texas. An exhibit called “Tiny Art!” is running through Dec. 22 at the 1818 Arthouse, a gallery in Snyder, the Abilene Reporter-News reports. The largest art on display is limited to 10 inches long, but many are just a few inches tall or wide. SENT: 220 words, with photos.
— FUGITIVE KILLED-EAST TEXAS — Investigators say officers have fatally shot an armed man who was sought on an attempted capital murder warrant after allegedly shooting at a Texas trooper last week. With photo.
— SCHOOL BUS-ACCIDENT — Investigators say one adult has been critically injured and several students were slightly hurt when a school bus returning from a basketball tournament was hit head-on by a car in North Texas.
— HARVEY-RESPIRATORY STUDY — Medical experts in Galveston are seeking people in Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey for a study on possible respiratory problems since the 2017 storm. With photo.
WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES/MOVED IN ADVANCE:
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Fire Museum, housed in the historic Central Fire Headquarters building near the Alamo, offers a glimpse for some 14,000 visitors annually into an era when volunteers used hand-operated water pumpers and heavy leather hoses to battle fires in early San Antonio. The San Antonio Express-News reports officials of the five-year-old museum fund a $225,000 operating budget with donations, museum store sales and admission fees of $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages 3-12. But the museum could do more to advance its mission of preserving San Antonio’s firefighting heritage and educating children and adults about fire prevention and safety. By Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 930 words, with photos.
ODESSA, Texas — Former teacher and coach Joe Hernandez officially retired at the beginning of the 2018 calendar year. However, the idea of retirement doesn’t sit well with him. The Odessa American reports Hernandez prefers the term renaissance. More than nine years ago, Hernandez learned traditional bow making techniques from renowned bowyer Ed Scott. Hernandez’s affinity for bows turned from recreational to passion and potential source of income. By Royal McGregor, Odessa American. SENT IN ADVANCE: 840 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.
HOUSTON — Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans look to extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games when they host the Cleveland Browns, a team hoping to win three straight games for the first time since 2014. By Kristie Rieken 750 words, with photos. NOTE: Game started at noon.
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