Thursday, October 8, 2015

KFC


Being a 10 is a lot of work. Thinking about dropping down to a 9.


I feel pretty good about never having said something I shouldn't and always being right. 

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Migrants landed on Lesbos from Turkey this month after battling rough seas. Aid groups say the chaotic nature of human traffic has left them without a full picture of the people reaching Europe.
Waves of Young Syrian Men Bring Hope, and a Test, to Europe

By BEN HUBBARD

The exodus deprives Syria of a demographic crucial to reconstruction while threatening to create a new underclass in Europe.


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Dr. Joanne Liu, the president of Doctors without Borders, spoke on Wednesday in Geneva.
Obama Issues Rare Apology Over Bombing of Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and SOMINI SENGUPTA

Five days after the U.S. bombed an Afghan hospital, the president's personal apology appeared to do little to satisfy the leader of the doctors group.

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Woman claims she had sex with her attorney in jury room

Sabrina Sanchez says lawyer asked for sex for representation

By Paul Venema - Reporter






SAN ANTONIO - During a hearing Wednesday, Sabrina Sanchez, 25, testified that she had sex with her attorney Mark Benavides in a jury room adjacent the courtroom where she was facing intoxication manslaughter charges.
Sanchez was in court asking that her conviction be set aside and that she be given a trial.

“He had me go back in the jury room and we had sex, and then afterward we washed up in the bathroom of the jury room," Sanchez testified.
She said that she then went into the courtroom and agreed to a plea deal, on Benavides advice, for a sentence of 15 years in prison.
Sanchez said Benavides would also ask for sex while she was free on bond awaiting trial.
She said that she paid Benavides $40,000 for her bond and for his legal services.
“He would ask me to have sexual relations with him,” she said. “He said that I had to keep my attorney happy.”
“They’re all false accusations,” Benavides said when asked about the allegations.
He was not asked to appear during the hearing and has submitted a sworn affidavit to the court denying the allegations.
“She is just very upset that she wound up having to do 15 years for killing somebody’s father and husband and is making up a bunch of lies about me,” Benavides said.
Judge Sid Harle, who presided over the hearing, will review written recommendations from both sides as well as Benavides' affidavit. He will submit his findings to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals where a decision will be made on whether Sanchez gets a trial.
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The Brief: Backlash Rises in Social Studies Text Controversy

by John Reynolds and Madlin Mekelburg | Oct. 8, 2015
State Board of Education members work their way through proposed revisions to social studies textbooks at a meeting with publishers in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014.

The Big Conversation

Some members of the State Board of Education are suggesting that reaction was overblown to a caption in a social studies textbook that described Africans caught in the Atlantic slave trade as "workers."
McGraw-Hill, the book's publisher, has apologized, corrected the caption, offered stickers to cover up the caption on existing books and offered to exchange the old books for new, corrected ones, the Tribune's Kiah Collier reported.
One SBOE member, David Bradley, suggested the publisher's reaction was "a little bit overboard" and said the whole incident would “make for a great Jerry Seinfeld episode: something out of nothing.”
“I applaud the publisher for trying to make a fix and something should be done, but I don’t advocate replacing all the textbooks in the world. It’s not fatal,” he said. “Unfortunately, in our culture, everybody is too easily offended ... Something else I’ve learned is people are only offended if they choose to be offended.”
The publisher's actions were spurred by Roni Dean-Burren, a Pearland mother and doctoral candidate at the University of Houston, who posted a video of the textbook caption to Facebook. Her video post has since drawn nearly 1.9 million views.
Another SBOE member, Thomas Ratliffsuggested the caption was an isolated error and was not "an intentional act." Other mentions of slavery, according to Ratliff and a McGraw-Hill representative, more accurately depicted the harm caused by the slave trade.
“It's unfortunate that these passages haven't been part of the conversation; rather, all of the attention was focused on the one mistake,” Ratliff said. “We need to recognize this for what it is, not what some want to make it out to be.”

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Common Response After Killings in Oregon: 'I Want to Have a Gun'

By JACK HEALY and JULIE TURKEWITZ

While President Obama has called for stricter gun regulations, many in the Roseburg, Ore., community said the shooting rampage had only increased their belief in the importance of owning guns.






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Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for DNA Studies

By WILLIAM J. BROAD

This week's three Nobels reflect the globalization of science, which in the last century the United States often dominated.

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