"In 1996, 320 murderers in the United States were told they would die for their crimes. But in 2004, the latest year for which complete statistics are available, 125 people were sentenced to death. That marked the fewest since 1977. In Texas, death sentences have dropped from 37 in 1999 to 15 in 2005, the fewest additional inmates on death row since 1991." From today's Morning News.
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Since heaven involves eternity (which sounds both good and bad), wouldn't it be cool if we start off in heaven at age 1 and age to, say, 80 and then begin getting younger each year. You know, go 78, 79, 80, 79, 78, 77 etc. all the way down to 1 and then the process repeats itself all over again. I'll start lobbying for that and, since I'm Baptist, I feel pretty confident I can get that deal done.
The Dallas Morning News continues its countdown with #4 today. So far . . . 10. Harriet Miers (thinks W was the best governor "ever") 9. Joel Osteen (mild manner guy with a short tempered wife) 8. Kim Mulkey-Robertson (Baylor basketball coach and the greatest person "ever") 7. Robert Rodriguez (the Hispanic Quentin Tarantino) 6. Tom Craddick (pleeeeeeeeeeaaaaazzzzzzzzze) 5. Ronnie Earle (the most wheels off DA "ever") 4 Jamie Foxx (I can't get that Gold Digger song out of my brain).
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Based upon the amount of police radio chatter going on at 2:30 p.m., there appears to be some pretty big grass fires popping up. Developing. It seems like the two main fires are near 730 in Boyd and another around CR or FM 2048 (I don't know where that is). A helicopter has arrived to drop water.
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"A 5 1/2-year veteran deputy with the Hood County Sheriff’s Department is facing a three- to five-day suspension without pay following the “overzealous” treatment of two juveniles in an incident Nov. 22. Jim Scroggins did not violate any department policy by handcuffing the boys, ages 11 and 12, but he did show a lack of respect toward the juveniles, said sheriff Gene Mayo. The 2 Granbury boyswere detaines, for an alleged burglary in Rock Harbor, a Granbury Subdivision." (Source)
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Even though I didn't want to, I really liked Mariah Carey's most recent album, "The Emancipation of Mimi". But there is some pretty big music trivia news. Her new single, "Don't Forget About Us" just hit #1 on the Billboard charts. Get this: That is her 17th #1 single which ties her with Elvis for the No. 2 position of all time. The Beatles are in first place with 20 #1 singles.
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Gov. Perry pardoned a handful of people today. Someone want to explain to me how these misdemeanor crimes ended up getting Perry's attention? • Willie Ray Brown, III of Sealy, 27, convicted of criminal mischief and possession of marijuana at the age of 17. He served 10 days in jail and one year probation. He also paid $440 in fines and $1,586 in restitution for his offenses. • Michael Gene Everhart of Houston, 32, convicted of theft for using a calling card that was stolen by a college football teammate when he was 18. He paid a $297.50 fine and $41 in restitution; and served 12 months probation for his offense. • Sandra Elaine Harris of Humble, 53, convicted of shoplifting in 1980. She paid a $150 fine and was ordered to serve 1 year probation. • Eddie Presley Herrera of Odessa, 29, convicted of theft at the age of 18. He served three days in jail and paid a $200 fine. • Karen Marie Holmes of DeSoto, 48, convicted of shoplifting and fraud in 1974. She paid $525 in fines and served a total of 18 months probation. She was 18 at the time of the offense. • Jason Michael May of San Antonio, 24, was convicted of family violence in 1998 when he was 17 and got into a fight with his father. He paid a $58.50 fine for his offense. • Sharon Denise Scallion of San Antonio, 37, convicted of theft in 1985 at the age of 17. She paid a $250 fine and served six months probation. • Nancy Martinez Shelden of San Antonio, 40, convicted of unlawfully carrying a weapon in 1983. She was 19 at the time. She paid a $150 fine and served one year probation. • Paul Norman Wood of Copperas Cove, 28, convicted of driving while intoxicated when he was 18. He paid a $500 fine and served one year probation.
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Fastest growing web sites: 1. PhotoBucket (a place to store photos for others to see) 2. MySpace (everyone creates their own little place on the web) 3. Memegen.net (haven't been there) 4. Slate (online magazine - pretty good) 5. M&M's (I wouldn't think this is the candy web site) 6. LimeWire (haven't been there) 7. Heavy.com (ditto) 8. Wikipedia (cool online encyclopedia) 9. Mate1.com (I'm guessing it's a dating site - don't know).
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From www.nfl.com Update BREAKING NEWS Tony Dungy's son found dead James Dungy, the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, was found dead in his apartment in Tampa, Fla., Thursday morning. Tony Dungy has left the team temporarily to go to Tampa. More details to come on this breaking news story. Update Again: I hope they don't blame this on Clinton.
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I hate the NBA but couldn't help but notice that Kobe Bryant scored 62 points against the Mavericks last night and he didn't even play in the fourth quarter! I hate MLB but couldn't help but notice that the guy most likely to play Jesus in an Easter play, Johnny Damon of the Red Sox, has signed to play with the Red Sox's arch rival, the Yankees.
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The Dallas Morning News is doing a countdown to the Texan of the Year and #10, named today, was failed Supreme Court nominee Harriett Miers. The paper wrote: "What nobody can deny, though, is that throughout this ordeal, Ms. Miers never let adversity shake her composure." How do they know that? Behind closed doors she may have cried like a baby. And although there would be nothing wrong with having that reaction after being publicly ridiculed, to say that she never lost her composure is to assume we really know our neighbors. Which we do not.
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Channel 11 had a big story tonight on a huge drug round up in Wise County. The video, starring Sheriff David Walker and DA Jana Jones, can be viewed here (low resolution - 2MB) or here (high resolution - 6 MB). Edit: Sheesh, people, quit being so freakin' vicious with the Comments. It's Christmas for crying out loud.
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Man dressed as Santa robs Arlington bank 01:03 PM CST on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 From Staff Reports A man wearing a red Santa jacket and Santa hat robbed an Arlington bank this morning, police said. The suspect entered the Wachovia Bank at 5615 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd. at about 9:20 a.m. and told a teller that he had a gun. During the robbery, the suspect pulled the Santa hat over his eyes and looked out through two holes cut into the hat, said police spokeswoman Christy Gilfour. Officers spoke with witnesses who reportedly saw the man outside of the bank without his hat covering his face. (Source)
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"HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- 'Intelligent design' [that Adam and Eve thing] cannot be mentioned in biology classes in a Pennsylvania public school district, a federal judge said Tuesday, ruling in one of the biggest courtroom clashes on evolution since the 1925 Scopes trial."
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I mentioned a couple of months ago that the decades old tradition of holding up a lighter at a concert is dead (primarily because people can't smoke anywhere) and had been replaced with holding up a cell phone. To merge the two generations, one company has created wallpaper that you can download to your cell phone.
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The Star Telegram has a fascinating article this Sunday about the aftermath of the DWI wreck that killed four Brock High School girls seven years ago. It covers the crash, the trial (which included a very creative plea bargain), divorce, drugs, and even a conspiracy theory. I was moved by this line: "Brock High School lost three basketball players, half of its cheerleading squad, two homecoming queens and four honor students." And the story has a Wise County connection. The Lezlie Michael, mother of one of the victims, referenced in the story is my former Bridgeport classmate. There are also some quotes from Doug McWhorter who many of you know as well. [Comments shut down.]
The Nike commercial of four LeBron James (who portrays an older man, a businessman, a hip hopper, and himself) are very funny. They can be seen at www.nikebasketball.com. And it would not surprise me if James doesn't become the next Jordan. At 20 years of age, James is third in the league with an average of 31 points a game.
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Here's a complilation of this years most "mind numbing" political quotes. Here's my favorite: (15) "I question it based on a review of the video footage which I spent an hour or so looking at last night in my office. She certainly seems to respond to visual stimuli." --Sen. Bill Frist, diagnosing Terri Schiavo's condition during a speech on the Senate floor, March 17, 2005 [The autopsy later revealed she was blind.] (Source) And Bill Frist is planning a run for President. It may the first time I ever join a protest march in my life.
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