Sunday, March 5, 2017

4-People Life-Flighted After East Texas Crash


Highway 59 was shut down after a two-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon.

According to the Diboll Police Department, at 12:19 p.m. they responded to numerous calls of a major accident on Highway 59 near Demco.

According to Sgt. Brandan Lovell, one of the vehicles involved crossed from the north to the southbound lane.

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Four occupants inside a 2009 Chevy were life-flighted to nearby hospitals. A small 3-year-old child inside the vehicle was transported to a hospital in Houston.

The driver of the other vehicle involved, a Mercedes, was transported to a hospital in Lufkin with non-life threatening injuries.

The wreck remains under investigation. The identities of those involved have not yet been released.

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Source: KLTV

UT Freshman Student Sexually Assaulted


Austin Police and the University of Texas Police Departments are investigating the sexual assault of a UT student along the Drag.

According to a safety alert sent to the entire UT Austin campus Sunday afternoon, the attack happened Saturday between 10 p.m and 12:40 a.m. on Guadalupe Street. Police say it was somewhere between 22nd and 27th Streets.

“We actually had an event we were at last night — walking this block during that time period,” said Sarah Gosch, a freshman at UT who was back on the Drag Sunday with a friend. “So the fact that it happened and we were right there is terrifying.”

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Police say there was more than one attacker, and the UT student told officers they were strangers. There is not a clear description available.

“I think it’s pretty scary that that would happen so close because you cross the street and you’re on campus,” said Emery Reed, who is also a freshman.

Reed and Gosch have a rule.

“You don’t walk home alone when it gets dark out,” said Gosch.

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Texas Applebee's Accepting EXPIRED Coupons!


Applebee's Bar & Grill is getting a jump start on March madness with an insane coupon promotion.

Texas Applebee Restaurants announced that they will accept all gift cards, gift certificates and coupons from all businesses all month long.

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If it's a coupon they'll take it.

The promotion will offer discounts of up to 50 percent off your meal using any type of coupon included in that promotion. They will even take expired coupons and gift cards.

Now that's what we call March madness!

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Video Of Truck Jackknifing In Houston


An 18-wheeler heading north on Highway 59 in Houston Friday jackknifed across four lanes of traffic, barely missing cars around it, a dashcam video shows.

That video, sent to ABC13, shows traffic slowing then an 18-wheeler swerving to miss hitting the slowed traffic.

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As that big rig swerved to the left, miraculously, the congested lanes were empty, leaving space for the truck. The truck then crunched in on itself and rolled backward, again into lanes that were once filled with cars. The video shows cars being able to move around the truck, undamaged.

There were no reports of injuries.

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Source: ABC13


Pro Trump Marchers Attacked In California


For the second time in a month, Berkeley was the scene of violent demonstrations as supporters of President Trump clashed with counter-protesters Saturday on the streets of the city.

At least 10 people were arrested and seven others were injured as a series of disturbances marred what was supposed to be a pro-Trump rally in the famously liberal community.

The unrest underscores the heightened political tensions that have taken hold since Trump took office in January.

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Last month a scheduled appearance by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled amid a violent protest on the UC Berkeley campus. That sparked a national debate - in which Trump himself took part - about the line between the right to demonstrate and protecting free speech that some find objectionable.

Saturday's "March 4 Trump" rally, one of several held across the country, began at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park about 2 p.m.

The Trump supporters marched several blocks but were met by a group of counter-demonstrators, and fights began breaking out, according to Matthai Chakko, a spokesman for the city of Berkeley.

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Source: MSN

Jones' Preference - Romo Stays With Cowboys


To let Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tell it, he has no idea how the future of quarterback Tony Romo is going to play out.

Romo, who turns 36 in April, could be released. He could be traded. Or he could stay with the Cowboys, which is the owner’s stated preference.

“I haven’t resigned myself to anything regarding what his status will be,” Jones said. “That remains to be seen. ... I have not ruled out the possibility of him being a part of the Cowboys at all.”

Though sincere, Jones must know that Romo staying is the least likely of all possibilities.

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The Cowboys found their quarterback of the future (and present) with offensive rookie of the year Dak Prescott. Romo still considers himself a starter and would like a chance to prove it. Plus, if Romo leaves, the Cowboys would realize some salary cap savings that could help improve other areas of the team.

But Jones was definitive and resolute in a roughly 70-minute state of the team conversation that included 33 Romo-related questions inside the blue-star emblazoned Cowboys bus outside the Indianapolis downtown Marriott Saturday.

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Source: STAR-TELEGRAM

History Of Daylight Savings Time


Typically, regions with summer time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time.

American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin proposed a form of daylight time in 1784. He wrote an essay, “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” to the editor of The Journal of Paris, suggesting, somewhat jokingly, that Parisians could economize candle usage by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning, making use of the natural morning light instead. New Zealander George Hudson proposed the idea of daylight saving in 1895. The German Empire and Austria-Hungary organized the first nationwide implementation, starting on April 30, 1916. Many countries have used it at various times since then, particularly since the energy crisis of the 1970s.

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The practice has both advocates and critics. Putting clocks forward benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but can cause problems for outdoor entertainment and other activities tied to sunlight, such as farming. Though some early proponents of DST aimed to reduce evening use of incandescent lighting—once a primary use of electricity—today's heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly, and research about how DST affects energy use is limited and contradictory.

DST clock shifts sometimes complicate timekeeping, and can disrupt travel, billing, record keeping, medical devices, heavy equipment, and sleep patterns. Computer software often adjusts clocks automatically, but policy changes by various jurisdictions of DST dates and timings may be confusing.

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18-Wheeler Hanging Off Houston Freeway


An 18-wheeler dangled off the edge of Interstate 10 Sunday afternoon after heavy rains moved through the area.

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The cab of the truck hit the edge of a retaining wall, then slid, pushing the trailer of the rig off over the side of a bridge at Freeport St.

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Maserati Driver Laughing After Fatal Crash


The driver of a Maserati was going an estimated 144 m.p.h. in January when the Italian luxury car slammed into the rear of another vehicle in Bloomfield Township, killing a 53-year-old mother of three, according to newly released police reports.

Gregory Allen Belkin got out of his burning Maserati and laughed as he ran around the other driver’s car, according to Bloomfield Township Police Officer Scott Schuknecht, the first officer on the scene.

"Gregory said he was the driver of the Maserati several times," Schuknecht wrote in his report. "Gregory said he looked down and looked up while driving, and the vehicle he hit was stopped on the road. I reminded him the other driver was seriously injured and laughing was not appropriate."

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Rhonda T. Williams, 53, who was lifeless in her smashed 2009 Subaru Legacy, was transported to St. Joseph Hospital where she was pronounced dead. She was driving from work to her home in Oakland Township when the crash occurred shortly after 9 p.m.

Belkin, 43, the driver of the 2014 Maserati Ghibli, was arraigned three days after the crash on felony charges of second-degree murder and operating under the influence of alcohol — causing death. He pleaded not guilty and was denied bond.

He’s currently undergoing a competency evaluation to determine if he’s mentally fit to stand trial.

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Fair For Transgender Boy To Compete With Girls?


A transgender boy who won a girls wrestling state title in Texas says he would compete against boys if allowed and is taking lower doses of testosterone to try to be fair to his opponents.

Mack Beggs said in an interview that aired Sunday on ESPN that he competes against girls only because the state’s governing body for public high school sports requires him to wrestle under the gender listed on his birth certificate.

Asked if he was taking the amount of testosterone he wanted while transitioning to male, Beggs said he was “holding back because of wrestling.”

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“I want to do it fairly,” he said. “I don’t want to cheat. That’s not something I do. I don’t cheat.”

The 17-year-old Beggs won the 110-pound girls title as a junior at Euless Trinity High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He could face a legal challenge during his senior wrestling season.

University Interscholastic League rules allow Beggs to compete while taking testosterone, but school superintendents and athletic directors voted overwhelmingly last year on the gender requirement.

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17-Year-Old Tabatha Romaker Killed In Crash


A Hurst teen who was a passenger in a vehicle died Sunday morning from injuries she suffered in a traffic crash on Interstate 20 near Collins Street, authorities said.

Police believe the vehicle hydroplaned as the driver attempted to change lanes, ended up sideways and was hit by an eastbound car.

The victim was identified as Tabatha Romaker, 17, who died at 4:02 a.m. Sunday at a local hospital, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website on Sunday.

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A 17-year-old male who was driving the vehicle was taken to a local hospital..

The name of the that driver had been released and his condition was not available Sunday morning.

The fatal wreck occurred about 9:45 p.m. Saturday in the eastbound lanes of the 900 block of Interstate 20.

Romaker was in a vehicle driven by a 17-yeart-old male, police said. The two were eastbound when the driver lost control, possibly because of wet roads, police said.

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California Exports Its Poor To Texas


California exports more than commodities such as movies, new technologies and produce. It also exports truck drivers, cooks and cashiers.

Every year from 2000 through 2015, more people left California than moved in from other states. This migration was not spread evenly across all income groups, a Sacramento Bee review of U.S. Census Bureau data found. The people leaving tend to be relatively poor, and many lack college degrees. Move higher up the income spectrum, and slightly more people are coming than going.

About 2.5 million people living close to the official poverty line left California for other states from 2005 through 2015, while 1.7 million people at that income level moved in from other states – for a net loss of 800,000. During the same period, the state experienced a net gain of about 20,000 residents earning at least five times the poverty rate – or $100,000 for a family of three.

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Not surprisingly, the state’s exodus of poor people is notable in Los Angeles and San Francisco counties, which combined experienced a net loss of 250,000 such residents from 2005 through 2015.

The leading destination for those leaving California is Texas, with about 293,000 economically disadvantaged residents leaving and about 137,000 coming for a net loss of 156,000 from 2005 through 2015. Next up are states surrounding California; in order, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon.

All told, California lost about 260,000 economically disadvantaged residents to the 10 states with the lowest cost of living during that time period, compared to a net gain of about 40,000 from the 10 states (other than California) with the highest cost of living.

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Man Arrested After 4 Shot In Seminole


A suspect is now in custody following two overnight shootings in Seminole that injured four people.

According to the Seminole Police Department, the first shooting happened at 11:41 p.m. at Perika's, located at 116 S. Main St. in Seminole.

According to police, when officers arrived on scene, they found two victims, a man and a woman who had been shot.

Investigators say the shooter was identified by witnesses as 31-year-old Jacob Groening of Seminole.

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Police say officers and bystanders conducted first aid until EMS arrived.

According to authorities, a short time later, another shooting was reported, this one in the area of County Road 379 and North Highway 385.

Investigators say when they arrived, they found two women who were shot.

Officers say it was soon discovered the two shootings were connected.

All four victims were transported to UMC in Lubbock.

Officers say three of the victims were listed in critical condition, while the fourth was listed in stable condition.

There is no word at this time what led to the shooing.

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Source: KCBD