Tag: texas

5 Indicted in Identity Theft Scheme That Bilked Millions From Veterans

First, they secretly photographed the Social Security and bank account numbers of thousands of veterans and senior military members on a computer screen at a United States Army base in South Korea. Then, they used the personal information to withdraw or reroute millions of dollars in disability benefits and other payments made to veterans. The […]

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Ransomware Attacks Are Testing Resolve of Cities Across America

WILMER, Tex. — At the public library in Wilmer, Tex., books were checked out not with the beeps of bar code readers but with the scratches of pen on notebook paper. Out on the street, police officers were literally writing tickets — by hand. When the entire computer network that keeps the small town’s bureaucracy […]

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How Texas Basically Decriminalized Marijuana By Accident

Getty Image / /Uproxx Texas House Bill 1325 has just deemed that substances from the Cannabis sativa plant that produce hemp are now legal in the great state of Texas, which technically means marijuana — a “substance” from the plant Cannabis sativa — is also legal… to an extent. Don’t get us wrong, weed is […]

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‘If You’re Like Me, You Can’t Sit By. This Is America.’

Second of two articles. Read the first here. Family separations at the border are not the only crisis immigrant children face. Children who were taken from their parents, or who crossed the border alone, also go to their immigration hearings alone. And “alone” means no lawyer. Many Americans are shocked that there is no right […]

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Texas School District Faces Lawsuit After Staffers Fill in Black Student’s Hair With a Sharpie: ‘That’s Assault’

Screenshot: Click2Houston If ever there was a perfect justification for throwing hands, it’s the discovery that staffers at your 7th grader’s middle school filled in his fade with a Sharpie. Thankfully, however, cooler heads prevailed, and instead of snatching the soul out of the offending party’s chests, a federal civil rights lawsuit was filed instead. […]

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Ransomware Attack Hits 23 Texas Towns, Authorities Say

Computer systems in 23 small Texas towns have been hacked, seized and held for ransom in a widespread, coordinated cyberattack, the authorities said this week. The Texas Department of Information Resources said Monday that it was racing to bring systems back online after the “ransomware attack,” in which hackers remotely block access to important data […]

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Beto O’Rourke Doesn’t Want to Run for Senate. That’s Fine.

Beto O’Rourke is sick of people telling him to run for Senate again. “You know the question’s going to keep coming up,” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell told O’Rourke on Thursday, “this question of what about dropping out of this presidential race and taking up the race for the Senate.” “Let me make your show the place […]

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Texas Rangers Decline to Criminally Investigate Officers Who Paraded Black Man in Street Like Runaway Slave

Screenshot: Washington Post No surprise here. If police are barely investigated, hardly charged, and scarcely convicted for killing black people—on video—why would they face any sort of consequence for parading a black man through the streets tied to a rope while on horseback? And so it goes. The Texas Rangers announced on Friday that the […]

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A Texas-Size Political Scandal Threatens Powerful House Speaker

AUSTIN, Tex. — In Texas, they are calling it the case of “The Speaker and the Creeper.” The political imbroglio started last month, when Michael Quinn Sullivan, a conservative pit bull who routinely antagonizes establishment politicians, accused the Republican House speaker, Dennis Bonnen, of offering his organization coveted House media credentials if it would work […]

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U.S. Can Block Migrants Seeking Asylum, but Only in Some States, Appeals Court Rules

A federal appeals court said Friday that President Trump can begin blocking some Central American migrants from applying for asylum in the United States, but only along parts of the border with Mexico. Migrants who seek asylum in New Mexico and Texas can be subjected to the administration’s new rules, which effectively prohibit them from […]

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Facing Opposition, E.P.A. Backtracks on Use of ‘Cyanide Bombs’ to Kill Wild Animals

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday withdrew its support for the continued use of so-called cyanide bombs to protect livestock from predators, reversing course amid strong opposition to the practice. The E.P.A. administrator, Andrew R. Wheeler, said he was withdrawing an interim reauthorization for the use of M-44 devices, which are used to kill […]

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Texas Is Bracing for a Blue Wave in 2020. Yes, Texas.

When Beto O’Rourke proclaimed, during the second round of Democratic presidential debates, that “there’s a new battleground state, Texas, and it has 38 Electoral College votes,” eyes rolled in unison across America. We’ve all heard that nonsense before! Pundits and progressives have been predicting that minority-white Texas would go blue for so long, it’s practically […]

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Trump Thee President Went to the Cities of Mass Shootings Like He Was on the Hot Girl Summer Tour

Photo: Zach Gibson (Getty Images) Donald Trump has never met a tragic situation or a camera that he didn’t like. Maybe it’s his alleged narcissistic personality disorder—or his alleged Adderall use—but Trump landed in the cities where some 31 people were killed during mass shootings like he was hitting Black Bike Week. Because the president […]

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Black Man Walked With Rope by Mounted Police Has Mental Illness, According to Family: ‘They Don’t Care to Know the Whole Story’

Photo: iStock Family members of Donald Neely, the 43-year-old homeless man who was handcuffed and led by a rope by two white Galveston, Texas, officers on horseback last weekend, said he has struggled with mental illness for years—and that his condition was well documented. Neely—whose arrest went viral after photos of him walking down the […]

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El Paso Suspect Ordered Gun and Moved Out in Weeks Before Attack

ALLEN, Tex. — In the weeks before a gunman killed 22 people in a devastating rampage at an El Paso Walmart, the suspect’s mother called the police concerned about whether her 21-year-old son was mature or experienced enough for the powerful AK-style rifle he had ordered. In a short telephone conversation with the police in […]

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At the Walmart in El Paso, Serving Shoppers Meant Saving Them

The El Paso Walmart store manager, Robert Evans, was taking a break outside when he heard the first shots. He saw one person fall to the ground in the parking lot, then another. A group of girls on a soccer team who were collecting donations by the store’s front door started running and screaming. Then […]

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