Thursday, January 7, 2016

Houston Teen Killed In California


A 17-year-old young woman from Houston was murdered Wednesday night in Marina del Rey in California. 17-year-old Kristine Carman was sitting in the backseat of a car at the Villa Marine Mall when a man approached the vehicle and shot her in the head. Carman was in the Los Angeles area visiting her sister. After shooting Carman, the gunman ran away and fled in an SUV.

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Only one week ago, a young woman in Denton was murdered after she was shot in the head while driving around friends early New Years Day. While this world has always been a violent place, it really does seem like murder is becoming an increasing problem with teens and young folks in their early 20's. The person responsible for killing Carman has yet to be arrested.

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Alda Tribute To Rogers


It came as a great shock to millions of fans of M*A*S*H last week when it was reported that Wayne Rogers (Trapper John M.D.) had passed away. Apparently, co-star Alan Alda had a special relationship with Rogers that lasted decades after M*A*S*H stopped filming. In this weeks edition of the Hollywood Reporter, Alda wrote a heartwarming tribute to his former coworker and friend. Much of my younger years were influenced by watching Alda and Rogers on M*A*S*H, so when I heard the news that Rogers (Trapper) had died – it was almost like a family member had passed away.

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Wayne Rogers and I had never met before the day we began rehearsing for M*A*S*H. We were strangers, but we both knew we somehow had to find a relationship like the one the characters we played had. We went out to dinner that night and over a long meal and a bottle of wine, we promised each other that we would give the show everything we had. We both thought it could be more than a sitcom, and we wanted to treat it as seriously as anything we’d ever been asked to do. Once, after a long day of work, we rehearsed a scene over and over to see if we could make it better. We had already shot the scene and would never shoot it again. We just wanted to see if it could have been better. - Alan Alda quoted from the Hollywood Reporter

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Ever Stayed At Teepee Motel?


In the small community of Wharton, Texas there is a small motel where folks from all of the world have stayed-the-night. It's called the Teepee Motel and according to the owner famous folks like Elvis and Dolly Parton have rested their head there at one time or another. This memorable place had been around for decades and was pretty much falling apart back in 2004 when a man and his wife bought the place and spent one million dollars remodeling it. Oh, did I mention that new owners Bryon and Barbara Woods got the money to buy and remodel the place after winning almost $50 million playing the lottery?

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This is another in a long list of tall Texas tales that turns out to be true. Sadly, not long after the Woods' won the lottery Barbara suffered a stroke and doesn't get around as much as she use to. Whether it be round apartments in Italy, Texas or the Teepee Motel in Wharton – Texas has so many cool and interesting things to see. If you don't know where Wharton, Texas is located you're not alone. It's about 50-miles southwest of Houston. Looking for some tall tales of your own to spread around Texas? Why not spend the night at the Teepee Motel in Wharton?

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Open Carry Week One


Today marks one week since the new Open Carry law went into effect here in Texas. Around Christmas time, there were the usual media stories about all the doom that was on it's way to the Lone Star State beginning on January 1st, 2016 when this new law went into effect. So, have you noticed any real changes in the past week? I did notice a few more folks carrying weapons, but I did not see any real worry on the faces of my fellow Texans.

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I personally like conceal carry better, because it makes criminals guess as to who is and is not carrying a gun. I worry that in a robbery situation, a criminal will simply case a place of business first to find out who is open carrying a weapon and then when they come back, those folks will be the first to die. That said, it appears that all the hype about how terrible open carry would be in Texas was just that 'HYPE' because everything seems to be working fine. I know it's only been one week since open carry became the law in Texas, but I doubt much will change as the public becomes more comfortable seeing their fellow Texans walking around with a gun attached to their belt.

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What To Do With All That Money?


Are you rich? If you selected 2, 11, 47, 62, 3 with PB 17 you are most certainly a very rich person. Wednesday night, millions of Texans waited patiently to find out if their dream of becoming a millionaire was achieved. Of course, the odds of winning any lottery are greater than the chance of being struck by lighting – but that has never stopped people from purchasing those tickets and fantasizing what they would do with all that money.

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Frankly, there are so many problems in the world today it is totally understandable that average Texans would be looking for some kind of escape from reality and for many folks, hoping to win one of the biggest lottos of all time might be just what the doctor ordered. At the time this was written it was not yet known if anyone person or person won the big Powerball drawing on January 7th, 2016, not to mention the even greater odds that someone from Texas had won. We will all know that answer, soon.

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