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  • Frida the Mexican Marine Dog prepares to assist in earthquake rescues

    Meet Frida, a search-and-rescue dog in the employ of the Mexican Marines. She prepares for duty by donning protective booties and “doggles.” According to the Marines, Frida has saved over 50 lives in various natural disasters and has been deployed again to help with the September 19 earthquake. Meet Frida. She's in the search & rescue division of the Mexican Navy along with two German shepherds. Sadly, she's been busy lately. 14/10 — WeRateDogs™ (Oct 3) (@dog_rates) September 20, […]

  • Hundreds of Harvey prison evacuees start transfer to cooler Texas facilities

    (by Jolie Mccullough, Texas Tribune) Hurricane Harvey and a federal lawsuit are prompting shake-ups at four Texas prison facilities this week. About 3,300 inmates began transfers to other prisons on Thursday morning — a musical chairs scenario spurred by a federal judge’s order that more than 700 heat-sensitive prisoners be moved into an air-conditioned facility. Those prisoners had been evacuated from a flood-prone facility to a notoriously hot prison in the midst of Hurricane Harvey. “It’s a significant logistical challenge,” said Jason Clark, a spokesman […]

  • Trump’s judicial nominee from Texas called transgender kids part of ‘Satan’s plan’

    Jeff Mateer, a high-ranking official in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton‘s office who President Donald Trump has nominated for a federal judgeship, said in speeches in 2015 that transgender children are part of “Satan’s plan” and argued same-sex marriage would open the floodgates for “disgusting” forms of marriage, according to CNN. “In Colorado, a public school has been sued because a first grader and I forget the sex, she’s a girl who thinks she’s a boy or a boy who thinks she’s […]

  • Ohio Firefighter suspended for posting ‘One dog is more important than a million’ African Americans, using N-word

    OHIO — A volunteer firefighter from the small town of Franklin Township in Ohio has been suspended for posting offensive comments to Facebook. According to the Washington Post, Tyler Roysdon was engaged in a Facebook back-and-forth where he made the statement that he’d choose to save a dog in a burning building over an African American. Roysdon is quoted to have said “one dog is more important than a million [expletive],” using the n-word referring to African Americans. The post has since […]

  • House Speaker calls for removal of Confederate plaque at Texas Capitol

    (by Alex Arriaga, Texas Tribune) AUSTIN – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus requested on Tuesday that a contentious Confederate plaque be removed from the Capitol. The plaque, erected in 1959, asserts that the Civil War was “not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery.” “This is not accurate, and Texans are not well-served by incorrect information about our history,” Straus said in a letter to the State Preservation Board, which oversees the Capitol grounds. Straus added in his letter that […]

  • Man gets penis stuck in weight at the gym

    WORMS, Germany – It took three hours and a few power tools from firefighters, but a man hopefully learned his lesson about trying to strengthen certain muscles at the gym. Once doctors gave up, a saw, angle grinders and a hydraulic rescue tool from firefighters were used to help a man remove his penis from a 5.5 pound dumbbell weight at a German gym. The firefighters shared a photo of the smashed weight on social media warning anyone who thinks […]

  • NFL denied! Ezekiel Elliott suspension still on hold

    Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension is still on hold thanks to a federal judge rejecting the NFL’s emergency stay request. The case will now go to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, where the NFL has a filed an appeal already. They’re asking for an emergency order in the case as early as Tuesday. Elliott’s was suspended on August 11 for six games as punishment for domestic violence with his girlfriend at the time. […]

  • Texas public school districts may now store, not trash, leftover food

    (by Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune) In more than 40 years of working in El Paso ISD’s cafeterias, Olimpia Estrada has seen the amount of wasted food drop dramatically as officials have established programs allowing the redistribution of leftover food. But they still have a long way to go. “Anything to cut down on the waste and not feed the trash can, I think would be good,” Estrada said. Estrada and cafeteria managers across the state now have an increased ability […]

  • Texas Congressman raises questions after DACA recipients were detained at checkpoint

    (by Julian Agular, Texas Tribune) A border-area congressman on Wednesday asked the Trump administration to clarify whether beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should expect to be detained by Border Patrol officials even if they have current permits. The letter by U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, was in response to reports that nine recipients of the Obama-era immigration program were detained in Brooks County while traveling to Corpus Christi from the Rio Grande Valley on Monday. The individuals, […]

  • ‘Sopranos’ Frank Vincent dead at 78

    Vincent suffered a heart attack last week and had to undergo open heart surgery. He died during the surgery in a New Jersey hospital. Playing many “tough guy” roles in mafia movies, he’s known for his character Phil Leotardo in “The Sopranos” and Billy Batts in “Goodfellas.” He’s also played roles in Martin Scorsese’s “Casino” and “Raging Bull,” along with Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing.”