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HUGHES SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The po-lice chief of a small Texas town urges all citizens to arm themselves, saying the federal government lacks any effective plan for fighting terrorism.
In a video he posted to his personal Face-book page, Hughes Springs Police Chief Ran-dy Kennedy said listening to President Barack Obama’s Oval Office speech on terrorism left
him in despair over the government’s ability to fight domestic terrorism.
He urged all law-abiding citizens to apply for concealed handgun permits and stand ready to support any fight against terrorists that might overwhelm the four full-time officers and one part-timer in a town of about 1,800 residents in Cass County, home to about 30,000 residents.
FORECASTTONIGHT: Partly cloudy skies. Low near 55. Winds light and variable. Thursday: A few clouds early, other-wise mostly sunny. High 78. Winds south southwest at 10 to 15 mph.
East Texas police chief appeals to public to arm itself
Kindergarten students at Brenham Elementary School sing a Christmas carol to their parents Tuesday morning during a Christmas program. As the holiday draws close, students are presenting programs celebrating the Christmas season.
Spreading Christmas cheer
AUSTIN — Local members of the Texas Leg-islature have received high ratings from a conser-vative group.
Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) has re-leased its ratings of the 84th Texas Legislature, including state Rep. Leighton Schubert (R-Cald-well) and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham).
“Any legislator can claim to be conservative, so our scorecard gives voters an objective tool to cut through the noise and compare results to
rhetoric,” said Jeff Morris, YCT state chairman. “Over the last six months, we have carefully vet-ted the voting records of each legislator to de-termine who truly went down to Austin and did their job.”
Scores for the 84th Legislature are calculated based on 50 votes taken in both the Senate and the House. Members of the Legislature received a score for the session based on their votes on bills that have a clear left/right policy choice.
Each legislator also has a combined career score covering his or her time in the Legislature.
Taking into account all members of each cham-ber, the average score in the House was a 46 and in the Senate a 56.
The average score among Republicans was 63 in the House and 74 in the Senate.
Schubert, who won a special election to serve as District 13 representative, scored a 63.
Kolkhorst, who was District 13 representative
before being elected to the Senate, scored 78.Schubert joined the House after the session had
already begun because a special election had to be held for that seat.
Kolkhorst is in her first term as a senator.“Under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick,
the Senate flourished with the highest scores on record for the chamber,” said Morris. “The addi-tion of nine new freshmen made a huge difference in the culture of the Senate.”
Area lawmakers ranked by conservative group
ARTHUR HAHNManaging Editor
A property owner has with-drawn his request to rezone three tracts along South Market Street.
Ben Boettcher on Tuesday withdrew a request to rezone property at 1600, 1608 and 1702 S. Market Street from local business/residential mixed use (B-1) to a commercial research and technology district (B-2).
Boettcher has been trying to sell his properties, which in-clude a former lumberyard, and said he hoped B-2 zoning would increase interest from potential buyers.
The move came after the Planning and Zoning Commis-sion voted Monday to recom-mend denial of the rezoning.
About 20 homeowners in that area objected to the proposal.
Because the city bans “spot zoning,” the only way Boettch-er’s request could have been granted would have been to rezone a two-block portion of South Market.
P&Z’s recommendation to deny the rezoning is still expect-ed to be on the agenda for a Dec. 17 city council meeting.
“We are still going to post this on the agenda because of the no-tices that were sent out and be-cause I made a statement at last night’s meeting that the public will have another opportunity to speak on the subject at the Dec. 17 city council meeting,” Erik Smith, the city’s Development Services director, said Tuesday.
Rezoning request withdrawn
The Brenham Choral Soci-ety and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will present their annual Christmas gift to the communi-ty, staging Handel’s “Messiah” on Monday.
The performance, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Peter’s, in-cludes professional soloists and orchestra members. It is free and open to the public, with a reception following.
“I am excited to accompa-ny such wonderful singers and musicians as we have this year,” said Linda Patterson, music di-rector at St. Peter’s who will ac-company the choir. “We are for-tunate to have returning solists Annamarie Zmolek, Lauren Shelton, Patrick Perez and Dan Bircher who joined us last year and Dr. A. Jan Taylor as conduc-tor.”
Zmolek, a soprano, is a recent semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audi-tions after winning first place in the Southwest region.
One week prior to that com-petition, she was praised by the Colorado Springs Gazette for her “unforgettable portrayal of Violetta” in La Traviata.
Zmolek holds degrees from Rice University and the East-man School of Music. She is on faculty at Prairie View A&M University.
DiAne Kane (left) chats with Mary Ann Chelf as they set down pastries for a dessert bar Tuesday evening at Champion Fellowship. The church presented “An Evening of Joy!” featuring comedy and the worship band, as well as a dessert bar.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House has passed a resolution aimed at keeping terrorists from entering the country unde-tected.
The House, on an overwhelming 407-19 vote, approved the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Preven-tion Act of 2015.
The bill, introduced by Homeland Securi-ty Subcommittee chairman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and voted out of the Committee in June, ramps up security of the Visa Waiv-er Program to improve intelligence infor-mation sharing.
It also includes major recommendations from the committee’s bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel that will make it harder for terror sus-
pects to cross borders, including enhanced counterterrorism screening of travelers and measures to crack down on passport fraud.
“Today, the House took a very important step by passing legislation that addresses known vulnerabilities with our Visa Waiv-er Program by giving America the lever-age it needs to ensure that all participating
Anti-terrorist legislation passed
LAURAN NEERGAARDAssociated Press
WASHINGTON — Hair loss is one of the most despised side ef-fects of chemotherapy, and now breast cancer patients are getting a new way to try to save their locks.
The Food and Drug Adminis-tration said Tuesday it would al-low marketing of the DigniCap, a cooling system that chills patients’ scalps to reduce the hair loss that is so common during breast cancer treatment.
A doctor who led research with the hair-preserving strategy wel-comed the FDA’s move, saying hair loss has a traumatic effect on pa-tients, and survivors, by revealing an illness that many would prefer to keep private.
“It’s such a marker for women — for work, for their families, for their children — that something’s wrong with them,” said Dr. Hope Rugo of the University of Califor-
nia, San Francisco. “You get just a few months of chemotherapy, and it takes more than a year for your hair to recover.”
Scalp cooling is an idea that’s been around for decades. The near-freezing temperatures are supposed to make it harder for cancer-fighting drugs to reach and harm hair follicles by temporarily reducing blood flow and cell me-tabolism in the scalp.
Several versions of cold caps are sold around the world. In the U.S., breast cancer patients sometimes bring collections of gel-filled caps to chemo sessions in ice chests, or store them in hospital-provid-ed freezers, so that when one cap thaws they can don another.
But the DigniCap, made by Swe-den’s Dignitana AB, is the first ver-sion officially cleared by the FDA. The company will lease the device to cancer centers to use as their pa-tients come in for chemotherapy.
How it works: A half-hour before
starting a chemo session, patients strap on a tight-fitting cap that’s connected to the cooling machine. It gradually chills the scalp, being careful to stay above freezing, un-til it’s numb as the chemo infusion begins. Patients stay hooked to the cooling system during the treat-ment, and for about an hour and a half later as blood levels of the can-cer-fighting drugs drop.
Rugo and oncologists at four other medical centers studied the DigniCap system in 122 women undergoing standard chemo regi-mens for early-stage breast cancer. More than two-thirds of the treated women kept more than half their hair.
“Looking healthy made me feel healthier,” said Deanna King of San Francisco, who participated in the trial in late 2013 and said she retained 80 percent of her hair.
She’d been between jobs when
FDA clears cold cap to save hair during breast cancer chemotherapy
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2015. There are 22 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights in History:On Dec. 9, 1965, Nikolai V.
Podgorny replaced Anastas I. Mikoyan as chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme So-viet, a job he would hold for al-most 12 years. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the first animated
TV special featuring characters from the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, was first broadcast on CBS. The James Bond film “Thunderball,” star-ring Sean Connery, had its world premiere in Tokyo.
On this date:In 1854, Alfred, Lord Ten-
nyson’s famous poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” was published in England.
In 1911, an explosion inside
the Cross Mountain coal mine near Briceville, Tennessee, killed 84 workers. (Five were rescued.)
In 1935, the Downtown Ath-letic Club of New York hon-ored college football player Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago with the DAC Trophy, which later became known as the Heisman Trophy.
In 1940, British troops opened their first major offen-sive in North Africa during World War II.
In 1958, the anti-communist John Birch Society was formed in Indianapolis.
In 1962, the Petrified Forest in Arizona was designated a na-tional park.
In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion sea-sonal loan-authorization that
officials of New York City and State said would prevent a city default.
In 1984, the 5-day-old hijack-ing of a Kuwaiti jetliner that claimed the lives of two Amer-icans ended as Iranian security men seized control of the plane, which was parked at Tehran air-port.
In 1987, the first Palestin-ian intefadeh, or uprising, be-gan as riots broke out in Gaza and spread to the West Bank, triggering a strong Israeli re-sponse.
In 1992, Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana an-nounced their separation. (The couple’s divorce became final Aug. 28, 1996.)
In 1995, Congressman Kweisi Mfume was chosen to become the new head of the NAACP.
she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and keeping her hair made it easier to restart in-terviews with potential employers as soon as she felt well enough.
“People are frightened of people that look sick,” King said. “It made the experience a little less traumatic.”
The most common side effects of the DigniCap treatment were cold-induced head-aches and neck and shoulder discomfort, chills and pain associated with wearing the
cooling cap for an extended period, the FDA said.
Some doctors had long wondered if the cold could prevent chemotherapy from reaching any stray cancer cells lurking in the scalp. The FDA said the risk of that hap-pening “is extremely rare.”
“Because women tend to survive early breast cancer for so many years, the FDA should provide the evidence to show if there’s any long-term risk,” said Dr. Len
Lichtenfeld of the American Cancer Soci-ety. He said women should discuss the op-tion with their doctors.
The cost is still being finalized but pa-tients would be charged a fee for each Digni-Cap use. Depending on how many rounds of chemo a woman undergoes, the total cost could range from $1,500 to $3,000, said Dignitana chief operating officer Bill Cro-nin. The company is negotiating with insur-ance companies for coverage.
countries are sharing critical information necessary to stop enemies of freedom from ex-ploiting our hospitality,” said Miller.
“It is my hope that today’s strong bipartisan vote on this bill will send a clear message to terrorists that America is pre-pared to take any and all mea-sures to protect our Homeland.”
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said the resolution will help combat terrorism in America.
“America is in the highest terror threat environment since 9/11, and we must work ag-gressively to shut down poten-
tial terrorist pathways into our country,” McCaul said.
“This legislation will help close gaping security gaps and improve our ability to stop dan-gerous individuals before they reach our shores.”
In Washington today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for pas-sage of Cruz’s State Refugee Se-curity Act of 2015, which would empower states to ensure the safety and security of their citi-zens by blocking the resettlement of refugees within their borders.
“We are today at a time of war,” said Cruz. “We’ve seen the attacks in Paris. We’ve seen the attack in San Bernardino. ISIS and radical Islamic terror-
ists have declared war on Amer-ica, even if President Obama refuses to admit it.
“This legislation will protect the authority of the states and the authority of the governors to keep their citizens safe. Some 30 gov-ernors across the country have stood together with Gov. Abbott — standing together as one say-ing their obligation is to protect the safety and security of the cit-izens of Texas and the citizens of each of the states that have elected those governors. Those officials are doing their jobs.”
Abbott said the nation’s cur-rent refugee act “has been in-terpreted and applied in ways that compromise the safety and security of people in Texas, as
well as other states across the country.”
As contrary to the way the law was written, the law specifically states that Congress intended to give states a substantial role in the refugee relocation process,” said Abbott.
“The federal government and the relocation agencies have ig-nored and sidestepped that role. Sen. Cruz’s legislation strength-ens the role of states and gov-ernors to ensure the safety and security of our citizens.
“My top priority as the covernor of Texas is to keep the citizens of Texas safe. With Sen. Cruz’s new proposed act, I’m better equipped to accomplish that goal.”
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Lake Somerville full stage: 238.0.Lake level at 7 a.m. today: 241.68.City of Brenham water usage: Dec. 8: 2.011 million gallons.Rainfall this month: 0”.Rainfall this year: 72.66”.Average annual rainfall: 44.15”.
BOOK FAIR AT KRAUSEKrause Elementary is having its Holiday Book Fair in the Krause Library this week. Hours are today from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 8-7 p.m. with Family Night from 4-7, and Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Book sales help get books on the shelves in the Krause Library.
MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERSMothers of Preschoolers has “Mothers Day Out” openings for Tues-days and Thursdays at First Baptist Church. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for children ages 15 months to 5 years. For more infor-mation, call 836-1533 or go to fbc-brenham. org, click on “connect” and go to Mothers Day Out.
LABAHIA HALL MEETINGThe LaBahia Hall meeting will be held on Sunday at the LaBahia Hall in Burton at 2 p.m.
BRENHAM HIGH SCHOOL TAMALE SALEBrenham High School senior class of 2016 will have a pork tama-le drive-through fundraiser Dec. 16 at BHS from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 a dozen and can be purchased from any highs chool senior. For more information, call 277-4285.
LAYMEN’S PRAYER BREAKFASTThe Laymen’s Prayer Breakfast meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:45 a.m. at Must Be Heaven.
COMMUNITY CLEAN UP VOLUNTEERSKeep Washington County Beautiful is seeking volunteers for trash pick-ups along local roads. Get your friends and neighbors together, also church and civic groups. Pick the spot you want to see clean. KWCB has all the safety gear and pick-up supplies you’ll need. Contact [email protected] for more information or visit www.KWCBtexas.com.
BRENHAM BOOSTER CLUBThe Brenham Booster Club is inviting individuals and/or business-es to become members of the Booster Club through its annual mem-bership drive. The Booster Club supports all Brenham High School and Junior High School athletes by helping with athletic upgrades and equipment, and providing funding for many projects. Member-ship applications may be found at www.brenhamisd.net. Go to Ath-letics-Booster Club and download the membership form to mail in with a contribution.
LIST TO HELP FIND LOST, FOUND PETSA list has been created to help people list lost pets as well as those found. Lacy’s list, a new go-to place for Brenham for lost and found pets, is located at the Brenham Veterinary Hospital.
Articles in Daily Briefs should be limited to non-profit, community events or activities. Items should be brief and will be edited.
Residents wanting to report suspicious activities — such as strange cars in their neighborhood — but don’t want to call 911 — can use dispatching’s non-emergency number of 337-7272.
———Central communications had 77 calls to the 911 emergency
phone system during the 24-hour period ending at midnight Tuesday.
———Brenham Police Department during the 24-hour period end-
ing at 7 a.m. today responded to 41 calls.Cpl. Tommy Kurie responded to a report of a burglary of a
habitation Tuesday around 3 p.m. in the 2400 block of Airline Drive.
A complainant reported he had been out of town since No-vember and returned he found several items missing from the garage.
A washer and dryer valued at $988, a Sony television valued at $1,000, a Craftsman riding lawnmower valued at $1,4000, a tile cutter valued at $400, and a paint machine valued at $800 were taken.
The house was also being remodeled.Officer Sierra Newell and Cpl. Steven Eilert responded to a
report of a theft in the 1500 block of Farewell Street on Tuesday at 6:48 p.m.
While in route, officers reported they heard a gunshot go off in a business parking lot.
Eilert reported he saw a vehicle fleeing the area and located a suspect in the apartment complex in the 1500 block of Farewell Street.
The suspect was detained and a handgun was located. Police said the suspect had fired a shot at a victim at a gas station.
The victim was unharmed, and the suspect was arrested.Tyrone Ray Scyrus Jr., 18, of Brenham, was charged with ag-
gravated assault with a deadly weapon.The department’s website is cityofbrenham.org/police.
———Brenham Fire Department had no calls during the 24-hour
period ending at 7 a.m. today.The department’s website is cityofbrenham.org/fire.
———Washington County Emergency Medical Services calls for
the 24-hour period ending at midnight Tuesday were unavailable.The EMS website is www.washingtoncountyems.net.
———Activity for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office during
the 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. today were unavailable.The sheriff’s office website is www.washingtoncosheriff.org.
Harvey W. Kokemor Sr., 76, husband of Virginia “Ginny” Kokemor, of Hatfield, Penn-sylvania, passed away on Dec. 6, 2015. Born Dec. 30, 1938 in Washington County, he was the son of the late William A. and
Mammie (Maass) Kokemor.He attended Burton schools
and proudly served his coun-try in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He retired after 36 years as a mechanic for Hen-kels & McCoy Company. He en-joyed hunting, fishing, garden-ing and the great outdoors.
Harvey is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Milford, Clarence and Elroy Kokemor; sister Ora Nell Murski; and nu-merous other relatives.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at Huff and Lakjer Funeral Home in Landsdale, Penn-sylvania. Entombment with Military Honors will follow at George Washington Memori-al Park in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.
Family of late gangster wants compensation for Cuba hotelTAMPA, Fla. — The family of the late
gangster Meyer Lansky is hoping to be compensated for a Havana casino hotel seized after Cuba’s 1959 revolution, now that the countries have begun trying to re-solve billions in dollars in claims for the confiscation of American properties by the island’s socialist government.
Sewer plant helps create snow for small slice of town
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A sewer plant helped create a winter wonderland for a 3-square-mile area in central Pennsylvania.
The National Weather Service in State College says a layer of dense fog mixed with condensation from a local sewer plant overnight Monday, creating a dusting of light snow in a small section east of State College.
The snow fell over roughly 3 square miles near the Nittany Mall.
The weather service calls the process a “microscale event” — too isolated to be captured by local weather reporting sta-tions.
Small plane crashes in West Texas near state’s highest peakGUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NA-
TIONAL PARK, Texas — A single-engine airplane has crashed near the highest peak in Texas, causing an explosion and debris field a half-mile wide.
Elizabeth Jackson, a spokeswoman for Guadalupe Mountains National Park, says the plane went down late Tuesday afternoon in a rugged area near Guadalupe Peak, with an elevation of about 8,700 feet.
Fort Worth Zoo welcomes male baby gorilla
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Fort Worth Zoo has welcomed a newborn west-ern lowland gorilla.
Zoo officials today announced the birth of the male gorilla to first-time parents Gracie and Elmo. It’s also the first birth of a western lowland gorilla at the Fort Worth Zoo.
The gorilla was born last Saturday and has yet to be named. Zoo officials say the young gorilla will stay close to his moth-er while getting acclimated at the World of Primates exhibit.
Evacuation of rebels from last stronghold in Homs begins
HOMS, Syria — Hundreds of Syrian ci-vilians and rebels began pulling out of the last opposition-held neighborhood of the city of Homs today as part of a local deal with government forces that would return the entire central city to government control.
Dozens killed in ongoing Taliban attack on Afghan airport
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A Tal-iban assault on an airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar that has been un-derway for nearly 24 hours has killed 37 people, the Defense Ministry said today.
Text to mom announcing death reveals 3rd Bataclan attackerPARIS — The third gunman who ter-
rorized Paris’ Bataclan concert hall before being killed last month in the attack was identified today as a Frenchman who left for Syria in 2013. The development came after his mother received a text message announcing his death and gave a DNA sample to police.
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Shelton, mezzo soprano, has been a member of the Blinn College Voice faculty since 2013. She teaches private voice lessons and assists with Blinn’s College Opera.
She earned a bachelor of mu-sic degree in vocal performance from Houston Baptist Universi-ty and a master of music from Baylor University.
The concert is underwritten by the patrons of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Music Fund.
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The founder of a unique pris-on ministry will be guest speak-er at the Roaring Lambs Minis-tries program here Saturday.
Grove Norwood founded the Heart of Texas Foundation in 2009. The foundation was the catalyst for establishing Texas’ first four-year fully accredited
theological seminary to be lo-cated inside a maximum secu-rity prison.
Saturday’s program is from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Cannery Kitchen, 314 E. Alamo. The cost is $10 per person, and res-ervations can be made at www.RoaringLambsMinistries.com.
Founder of prison ministry to speak here
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed today as inves-tors buy beaten-down stocks after two days of losses.
Energy companies and sup-pliers of raw materials, heav-ily sold this year, rose sharply along with the price of oil and other commodities.
Dow Chemical and DuPont soared following reports the two
were in talks to combine, while Costco fell after reporting dis-appointing earnings.
KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 146 points, or 0.8 percent, to 17,714 at 10:16 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 11 points, or 0.6 percent, at 2,074. The Nas-daq composite was flat at 5,096.
COSTCO MISSES: Costco Wholesale led a drop in con-sumer staples stocks after re-porting weaker earnings than analysts were expecting. The discount chain fell $10.10, or 6 percent, to $158.77.
DOW DEAL? Dow Chemical and DuPont each jumped 11 per-cent after several news reports that the two chemical giants
are talking of combining. Dow Chemical rose $5.70 to $56.60. DuPont climbed $7.57 to $74.17.
SPINOFF SCRAPPED: Ya-hoo gained 58 cents, or 1.7 per-cent, to $35.43 after the strug-gling Internet company said it was scrapping its plan to spin off its prized stake in China’s Alibaba Group. Yahoo said it will instead explore breaking off the rest of its business into a new company.
EUROPE MIXED: Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.3 percent and France’s CAC 40 shed 1.1 per-cent. Germany’s DAX fell 0.4 percent.
VW ROARS: Volkswagen jumped 7 percent after the Ger-man carmaker said that a prob-lem with carbon dioxide emis-
sions is far smaller than initially suspected.
It had earlier noted “unex-plained inconsistencies” in emissions from as many as 800,000 vehicles. The case comes on top of the scandal over its cheating on U.S. emissions tests for a different gas, nitro-gen oxide.
ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.0 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.5
percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.6 percent. The Shanghai Composite rose 0.1 percent.
BONDS, CURRENCIES: The price of U.S. government bonds fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.25 percent from 2.22 percent late Tuesday. The U.S. dollar fell to 122.06 yen, down from 123.05 yen. The euro rose to $1.0973 from $1.0890.
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Tin Haus grand openingThe Burton Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Sunday for Texas Tin Haus, 12400 Texas St. in Burton. Texas Tin Haus is a vacation rental owned by Roger and Jill Broadnax. Pictured are chamber directors, family, friends and owners (from left) James Schulenberg, Andy Lamson, Roger Broadnax, Jill Broadnax, Avery Lamson, Susan Kiel, Heidi Jaster, Abby Lamson, Chelsea Harmel and Ronnie Hohlt.
HOUSTON — Contraction of the up-stream oil and gas economy in Texas con-tinues.
The Texas Petro Index (TPI) declined again in October for the 11th straight month, to 212.3, 32.2 percent less than in October 2014 when the TPI reached a record 313.2. Again in October, all TPI indicators but crude oil and natural gas production showed hefty year-over-year declines.
“Amid all the chatter about when crude oil production may have peaked and rolled over in Texas and the U.S. the sentiment about prospects for recovery has become increasingly pessimistic — which is to say, realistic — as the year has progressed,” said Karr Ingham, the economist who created the TPI and updates it monthly. “It seems the most optimistic outlooks expect the be-ginning of meaningful recovery to appear no sooner than the latter half of 2016.
“But we simply do not know how that will look at this point.”
Although the TPI shows oil production in Texas peaked in mid-2015, Ingham noted that statewide crude output in October still exceeded the volume of oil recovered in Oc-tober 2014, “and amount of crude oil in stor-age continues to rise rather than decline.”
Other indicators — such as rig activity, permitting, wellhead prices, and industry employment--continued declining through October. And the picture has worsened even since then, he said, as the price paid to producers for crude oil has continued to fall along with weekly rig counts.
“Until crude oil production actually be-gins to decline meaningfully and the vol-ume of oil in storage begins to contract rather than expand, there is little reason to
expect prices to recover and activity levels to begin to increase,” Ingham said.
Considering the extent of the TPI decline in the past year, Ingham said, “At this point it has become apparent that the low point of 187.5 in the previous economic cycle, prior to the expansion that began in January 2010, is in jeopardy;”
Ingham said the TPI is “almost certain” to fall below that trough in coming months. “In fact, if the TPI loses at least 40 percent of its value — as we predicted in January — it would mark the first time the low point of a contraction falls below the nadir of the previous cycle.
“At this point, the end of the current con-traction is not known and cannot be fore-seen,” Ingham said. “But we know this much: it will be the deepest and longest in the history of the TPI, which is based in Jan-uary 1995.”
A composite index based upon a com-prehensive group of upstream economic in-dicators, the Texas Petro Index in October was 212.3, 32.2 percent less than in October 2014. Before embarking upon the current economic downturn, the TPI peaked at a re-cord 313.2 in October and November 2014, which marked the zenith of an economic ex-pansion that began in December 2009, when the TPI stood at 187.5.
Among leading TPI indicators during Oc-tober:
• Estimated crude oil production in Tex-as totaled nearly 107 million barrels, about 7 million barrels (7.1 percent) more than in October 2014.
With crude oil prices averaging $42.90/bbl, the value of Texas-produced crude oil totaled about $4.59 billion, 43.3 percent less
than in October 2014.• Estimated Texas natural gas output was
nearly 753.4 billion cubic feet, a year-over-year monthly increase of 1.7 percent. With natural gas prices in October averaging $2.31/Mcf, the value of Texas-produced gas decreased 36.7 percent to about $1.75 bil-lion.
• The Baker Hughes count of active drill-ing rigs in Texas averaged 349, compared to 899 in October 2014.
Drilling activity in Texas peaked in Sep-tember 2008 at a monthly average of 946 rigs before falling to a trough of 329 in June 2009. In the most recent economic expan-sion, which began in December 2009, the statewide average monthly rig count peaked at 932 in May and June 2012. The state-wide rig count was at 904 as recently as the fourth week of November 2014.
• The number of Texans on oil and gas industry payrolls averaged an estimated 250,230, according to statistical methods based upon the Texas Workforce Commis-sion’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, about 17.8 percent less than in Oc-tober 2014, in which the TPI estimate was based upon the TWC’s Current Employ-ment Statistics (CES) series.
According to calculations based upon CES data, a rec rd 306,000 Texans held oil and gas industry jobs in December 2014. Using the CES as a benchmark, Ingham calculated the nadir of upstream oil and gas industry employment in Texas before the December 2014 record to be 175,700 in Oc-tober 2009. During the previous growth cy-cle, industry employment peaked at 219,900 in October 2008.
Petroleum industry contraction continues
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale businesses trimmed their stockpiles slightly in Octo-ber while sales were flat, possi-ble signs of modest growth this quarter.
The Commerce Department says wholesale inventories slipped 0.1 percent following a
0.2 percent rise in September. Sales were unchanged in Octo-ber after a 0.5 percent increase a month earlier.
An effort on the part of busi-nesses to align their stockpiles with weaker sales dampened economic activity in the sum-mer.
Wholesale businesses trim stockpiles
Stocks shake off a two-day slump; materials rebound
DUBAI, United Arab Emir-ates (AP) — Donald Trump’s call to keep Muslims from traveling to the United States is causing dismay among busi-ness leaders in the Middle East, a region where the billionaire presidential candidate has done business for years, viewed as well-suited for his brand of over-the-top luxury.
Emirati business magnate Khalaf al-Habtoor only months ago proclaimed his support for the Republican presidential can-didate, but that’s all changed in the wake of Trump’s increasing-ly incendiary comments about Islam.
“If he comes to my office, I will not let him in. I reject him,” al-Habtoor told The As-sociated Press. “Maybe we can meet somewhere where I can debate with him in a very civi-lized way, not in the way he ap-proaches people.”
Trump has for years looked to do business in the Middle East, particularly in the Gulf and the emirate of Dubai.
Trump has lent his name to two high-profile Dubai golf course projects and an ongoing real estate development, and sought for years to expand his hotel chain into the region.
But some of his rhetoric about Islam on the campaign trail —
including his call to monitor mosques and his proposal this week to temporarily bar Mus-lims from traveling to the U.S. — has led to increased wariness in the Arab world.
Trump’s campaign did not respond to questions about his reputation and business deal-ings in the Middle East.
In a column published Aug. 9 in the state-owned The Na-tional newspaper of Abu Dhabi, al-Habtoor praised Trump for
believing “in bringing back his country’s superpower status.”
But late last month, al-Habtoor wrote a follow-up col-umn on Trump that began with: “I was wrong and I do not mind admitting it.”
“When strength is partnered with ignorance and deceit, it produces a toxic mix threaten-ing the United States and our world,” he wrote, ending his column by endorsing Democrat-ic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Middle East grows wary of Trump
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DEAR ABBY: I have been with my husband for almost 14 years.
I’m a sound sleep-er, and I suspect he has been having sex with me while I’m sleeping.
I have woken up without clothes on, my undergarments askew or the waist-band “rolled on.”
I called him on it and told him I knew and that I’m not OK with it.
Weeks later, I caught him red-handed.
This time I was awake, but I was so frightened that I froze!
I was sexually abused as a child and raped as an adult, and now I feel like my marriage has been turned upside down.
My husband denies it. He claims it’s all in my head.My friends say that for the
sake of my children I should ignore it or I’ll turn their lives upside down.
Abby, everyone thinks my husband is a catch!
I’m sure if I walk away I’ll lose friends — maybe even some of my family.
Please help me. I feel lost. — TURNED UPSIDE DOWN IN ILLINOIS
DEAR TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: Your friends are wrong, and you should NOT “ignore” this.
Sex without a person’s con-sent is rape!
When a husband does what you have described, it is called spousal rape.
Because he claims this is “all in your head,” for your own sanity, make an appoint-ment to discuss this with a li-censed psychotherapist.
With your unfortunate his-tory, you should have spoken with someone already.
Your hus-band is either grossly insen-sitive or de-rives pleasure from being a predator.
His behav-ior is appall-ing, and you do not have to stand for it.
Counseling can help you decide wheth-
er to remain in this marriage. Regardless of what your ul-
timate decision may be, it will help you be emotionally resil-ient enough to live with your choice regardless of what your “friends” and family mem-bers may think.
******DEAR ABBY: My fiance,
“Rob,” and I are pregnant. This should be an exciting
time for me, but he keeps bring-ing up a previous relationship during which he had an un-planned child.
That was 10 years ago, and the mother denied him access.
I have told Rob how much his mentioning it upsets me and I have asked him not to do it, es-pecially during my pregnancy.
I want to feel happy and spe-
cial as the woman who will be providing
Rob with an actual family unit.
But instead I feel like sec-ond-best and resentful.
This should be a time to focus on us and our new baby, not the child that isn’t in his life or that woman and her stupid actions.
Please advise me. — SOON-TO-BE MOM IN DENVER
DEAR MOM: You ARE spe-cial and you ARE the person who is creating a new family with Rob, but your pregnancy may be a painful reminder of the child he “lost.”
He may be afraid the same thing could happen again and need all the reassurance you can give him that it won’t.
Because his bringing up the past relationship is hurtful, suggest he talk with a licensed mental health professional about it. Sometimes the best way to stop grieving is to talk about it.
******Dear Abby is written by Abi-
gail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was found-ed by her mother, Pauline Phil-lips.
Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
FRANK & ERNEST ® BOB THAVES
THE BORN LOSER ® ART AND CHIP SANSOM
ALLEY OOP ® DAVE GRAUE AND JACK BENDER
MONTY ® JIM MEDDICK
THE GRIZWELLS ® BILL SCHORR
GARFIELD ® JIM DAVIS
Husband’s sexual assaults can no longer be ignored
ASK DOCTOR K
Quitting smoking is worth a few extra pounds DEAR DOCTOR K: I want
to quit smoking, but I’m wor-ried about gaining weight. Is it possible to quit smok-ing without packing on the pounds?
DEAR READER: Smok-ers do tend to gain some weight when they quit.
Why? Nicotine reduces ap-petite and revs up metabolism (the rate at which the body burns food).
Breaking free of nicotine allows appetite to come back and also slows metabolism. In addition, many people substitute food for cigarettes when they quit.
By definition, an unhealthy weight is not good for your health.
But quitting smoking is good for a per-son’s health.
So the question is: How do the health benefits of quitting smoking compare to the health risks of gaining weight after quitting?
Based on studies of hundreds of thou-sands of people, that question has been an-swered:
Weight gained from quitting smoking does not pose nearly as serious a threat to
health as smoking does. Quitting smoking, for
example, lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke and other blood vessel disease de-spite any subsequent weight gain.
The same reduction in risk holds true for people with diabetes. That’s surprising, given that gaining weight can worsen diabetes, which in-creases the risk for cardiovas-cular disease on its own.
Of course, your risk of heart disease and stroke is reduced even more if you quit smoking and don’t gain weight. But the point is that you still benefit from quitting, even if you gain weight.
On average, people gain about five to 10 pounds in the six months after they quit smoking. But what happens over the 10 years after that? To answer this ques-tion, researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine used data gathered from the long-running National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
They looked at the amount of weight gained over 10 years. Smokers who quit gained an average of 18 pounds over 10
years. Smokers who continued to smoke also gained weight over the long term -- an average of eight pounds over 10 years. So, over 10 years, the quitters gained 10 more pounds than those who continued to smoke. In other words, most of the weight gain in quitters occurred in the first year. And even those who continued to smoke gained weight.
If you’re a smoker and want to quit, you might want to have a plan to keep potential weight gain in check. For example:
-- Start to exercise before you quit smok-ing. Walking is a great way to stay active, lose weight and distract your mind from cigarette cravings.
-- If you are overweight already, change your diet now to eat healthier and cut down on total daily calories.
-- Carry a water bottle with you and take a sip when you feel hungry or have the urge to smoke.
-- Pack healthy, low-calorie snacks that will satisfy the oral urge to smoke or snack. Baby carrots, celery sticks and grapes are all good choices.
In sum, the benefits of quitting smoking outweigh the risks of gaining weight follow-ing quitting. Don’t let a fear of weight gain stop you from quitting.
Your BirthdayThursday, Dec. 10
Help bring about changes that will raise your standard of living and professional clout. Strive for perfection, consisten-cy and reliability. If you stick to the truth and live up to your promises, success will follow. Remain focused and live within your means.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Don’t let uncertain-ty get you down. Exaggeration will make you look bad. Stick to facts and be open about your motives. No one can fault you for being honest.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Look at the big picture and the trends that are forming. Prepare to head into the upcom-ing year ready to take on what-ever comes your way. Prepa-ration and clear vision will be your saving graces.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Gravitate to where the action is. Your involvement in the hustle and bustle that take place this time of year will en-courage you to take on more re-sponsibility.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Limitations will set in if you have taken on too much. Don’t make promises you cannot keep. Steer clear of indulgent people or deals that are too good to be true.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Don’t stop short of your goals. Unfinished business will leave you feeling anxious and unable to enjoy the festive sea-son. Don’t say anything if you don’t have something nice or positive to share.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
— Take note of what transpired this year. There is a lesson you can learn and information you can apply that will help you take advantage of similar circum-stances. A romantic encounter is encouraged.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You’ll end up being a scape-goat if you aren’t careful. Don’t claim to be able to do something you can’t. It’s important to be upfront about your feelings and abilities.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Enjoy life, live in the moment and put friends and family first. Do a little shopping and engage in talks that lead you down memory lane. Romance is in the stars.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Discipline and hard work along with compassion and generosity will put you in a prime position. Network with colleagues and pay close attention to any up-coming job openings.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — An interesting talk with someone from a different back-ground will spark your imagi-nation and spur curiosity about a joint venture. A personal or professional partnership looks promising.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — A last-minute change of plans can be expected. Don’t let others’ actions ruin your plans. Attend an event or activity even if you have to go alone.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — It’s a good time to make per-sonal changes that will update your appearance and give your morale a boost. Romance is in the stars. Don’t be shy; share your intentions with someone special.
ABIGAIL VAN BUREN
ANTHONY L.KOMAROFF, M.D.
Congress recent-ly forbade President Obama from bringing Guantanamo inmates to the United States, or even preparing a place in the U.S. to which the terrorist prisoners might someday be transferred. The specific action Con-gress took was to re-new earlier bans on the president spending any appropriated funds for those purposes.
Republicans and Democrats spoke in a strong and unified voice; 370 mem-bers of the House and 91 members of the Senate voted for the defense autho-rization bill that contained the Guanta-namo provision. Other than a measure passed by unanimous consent, it’s hard to find Congress more united.
Obama signed the bill into law, but at the same time released a signing statement making clear he might bring Guantanamo prisoners to the United States anyway — no matter what Con-gress says.
“The restrictions contained in this
bill concerning the deten-tion facility at Guantana-mo are ... unwarranted and counterproductive,” Obama wrote. “As I have said repeatedly, the exec-utive branch must have the flexibility, with re-gard to the detainees who remain at Guantanamo, to determine when and where to prosecute them, based on the facts and circumstances of each case and our national se-
curity interests, and when and where to transfer them consistent with our na-tional security and our humane treat-ment policy.”
Obama went on to claim that “under certain circumstances” the Guantana-mo ban “would violate constitutional separation of powers principles.” In those circumstances — he didn’t spec-ify — the president suggested he will use executive authority to move the in-mates himself.
Republicans recalled 2008, when candidate Barack Obama promised he would not “use signing statements
as a way of doing an end run around Congress.” But hypocrisy aside, the substance of the conflict between Con-gress and the president could be the basis for a nasty and high-stakes fight between the branches of government.
“There is no ambiguity,” a spokes-woman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said in response. “The president just signed a bipartisan bill into law that ex-pressly prohibits him from transferring Gitmo detainees to the United States.”
“This much is crystal clear,” added Senate Majority Leader Mitch McCo-nnell. “If the president wants to be able to import Guantanamo terrorists into Americans’ backyards, he’s going to have to persuade a majority in Con-gress to change the law.”
Both Ryan and McConnell pointed to a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing in which Attorney General Lo-retta Lynch was asked about bringing Guantanamo prisoners to this coun-try. “With respect to individuals being transferred to the United States, the law currently does not allow for that,” Lynch testified.
It appears Congress — not Repub-licans, not Democrats, but Congress
— is on solid legal ground. A former George W. Bush administration law-yer who asked not to be named argues that Bush, at the end of his presidency, “acknowledged that the Constitution directly provides Congress with pow-er over the treatment and prosecution of detainees.” Among those constitu-tional provisions are Congress’ power to “make rules concerning captures on land and water” and to “define and punish ... offenses against the law of nations.”
The Obama administration’s po-sition would be met with very strong, contrary arguments based on both of those constitutional provisions, and the Spending Clause (Congress’ power of the purse), and the clause authorizing Congress to “make rules for the gov-ernment and regulation of the land and naval forces,” the former official said in an email exchange.
On the other side, in an op-ed ear-lier this month, former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig pointed to the president’s power as commander in chief and argued: “(Congress) can authorize detentions and military tri-bunals and broadly regulate the treat-
ment of prisoners of war, but it cannot direct specific facilities in which spe-cific detainees must be held and tried.”
It’s not clear whether that mostly un-supported assertion trumps 370 votes in the House and 91 in the Senate. (By the way, the latter vote would likely have been 97-3 had not several Re-publicans, including presidential can-didates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham, missed the vote.) As for Democrats, senators from Barbara Boxer, Tim Kaine and Barbara Mikulski on the left to Joe Manchin on the right joined Republicans in voting for the Guantanamo provision. That’s a pretty broad coalition. (Just for the record, the three Democrats who voted against the measure were Bernie Sand-ers, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.)
Barack Obama has exercised uni-lateral executive authority a number of times, but never in a case in which Congress was so clearly united against him. If the president decides to go it alone on the question of Guantanamo inmates, he might find that he has final-ly pushed things too far.
Byron York is chief political corre-spondent for The Washington Examiner.
A GLANCE BACKFrom The Banner-Press files, here’s a look at how things were 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
20 years agoBrenham Middle School seventh graders viewed the governor’s mansion and visited the state
capital in Austin.The students have been studying government in their social studies classes.
30 years agoMontie and Katie Cole celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a barbecue dinner and
dance at Brenham Fireman’s Training Center.They were married on Dec. 22, 1935 in Brenham.The couple has one son, one daughter, one daughter-in-law, three grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren. 40 years ago
Brenham Shrine Club officers installed for the new term have been announced.Installed were Jimmy Hughes, president; Orris McGregor, vice-president; Clarence Gerke, sec-
retary-treasurer; Travis Phillips, outgoing president; directors are: Irvin Navratil, Abie Lesser, E.J. Askins, and Lyle Carbough, ambassador.
Des Moines, Concord and Co-lumbia, you have a problem. Your states will hold the first caucuses and primaries in the next presiden-tial election cycle.
An early boost from you to any of the four candidates leading the polls in your states might propel him or her to winning the nomina-tions.
Sending any one of those four to Washington could lead to four years that would make the eight years endured under Barack Obama look like Utopia.
The two front runners are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Neither is really interested in the United States. Each is interested in only one thing — her or his own deification.
Clinton is so untrustworthy that some doubt that her name is really Hillary Rodham Clinton. There is one area, however, in which she may be trustworthy.
She announced her typical Democrat fiscal plans for more spending of your dollars last week. This includes billions of dollars for, among other things, subsidies for college tuition, infrastruc-ture spending and a subsidized child-care pro-gram. Her proposals total over $1 trillion.
How will she pay for this? She does not say, other than to say she will not raise taxes — on the middle class, that is.
So who will pay for it? Even an increase in the tax rate to 100 percent of the income of the top 5 percent of taxpayers would not cover the addition-al trillion. So back to the Chinese for another loan to add to the deficit.
Everything considered, she ties with Trump for being the most dangerous to the welfare of the na-tion. How anyone can look at and listen to Donald Trump and think he would be a great leader if one of the mysteries of our time.
His play to the fears and concerns of many Americans and his condemnation of anyone who dares to question him has led to some compari-sons of him with the earlier fascists of Germany and Italy.
These concerns are discussed in the article “Trump: Has he descended into fascism?” in the current issue of The Week magazine.
Has anyone heard him detail how any of his grandiose claims would be accomplished other than his, “It will be done!”
How will 11 million immigrants be identified and deported? Secret police maybe. Last century the arrests and deportations to death camps were done by the Gestapo in Germany. What would they be called here?
Would Trump’s Gestapo also register all Mus-lims as he proposes?
Wake up Des Moines, Concord and Columbia. Listen to this man. Then look at him. Do you want that scowling, mean face to be the face of America?
Texas‘ own Ted Cruz is not quite as dangerous as Hillary and the Donald. He is, though, a danger in another way.
His rigid my way or the highway manner would make the country more dysfunctional than it is today.
In many cases. both his way and the highway have some bumps. Re-fusing to smooth those bumps with
a little compromise under Cruz’s take no prison-er philosophy would put the country in a deep freeze.
The fourth of the front runners is Burney Sand-ers, an avowed socialist. All that is needed to de-rail his campaign should be a quick study of the current problems of Greece and Italy resulting from their socialist policies.
He does come out on top in at least one compar-ison with his opponent Clinton. He wins on trust-worthiness. He admits he is a socialist.
So here’s the perspective.Pre-election polls in previous presidential elec-
tions have been unreliable. Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina will soon have a chance to test that history.
Pray that Des Moines, Concord and Columbia are listening and looking.
Bill Neinast is a retired colonel and attorney with the U.S. Army. He lives near Burton.
LETTERS TO THE EDITORObama makes a lot about upholding traditional
American values. He re-emphasized that in his oval office address to the nation Sunday night.
I have a suggestion for Obama. How about upholding an old fashioned traditional American value that we don’t take crap off of anyone.
———You missed it if you weren’t at Saint Peter’s
Episcopal Church last Thursday for the Blinn Col-lege Choirs “Sounds of the Season” performance.
The singing was beautiful, the tunes varied, and the voices precise. As a bonus Paulo Gomes has an engaging personality as he presents the program.
The hiring of Gomes to be the director of Choral Music at Blinn College this year has elevated the Blinn Choral Program to a level I haven’t heard since living in Tennessee 30 years ago. Having a Blinn College in Brenham providing an education of this caliber for those wanting a career in voice is to be treasured and preserved.
I am glad my tax dollars are helping bring it about. Keep your eyes open for future perfor-mances by all areas of the Blinn Music Depart-ment and attend their performances. The students appreciate you being there.
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Here’s a pat on the back to all those who purchased gingerbread houses at Monday’s auction. Proceeds will go to Brenham’s Main Street program.
PAT ON THE BACK
The coming battle over Guantanamo
Finally, Washington is display-ing a rare outbreak of sanity on the subject of terrorism and refugees.
Since the Paris attacks, over-wrought pandering and posturing have dominated the capital and the campaign trail. But now, both par-ties are focusing on what Sen. Di-anne Feinstein, a California Dem-ocrat, calls the “soft underbelly” of America’s security system — a waiver program that allows travel-ers from 38 countries to enter the U.S. without a visa.
Most of those countries are in Europe, and there’s rising concern that bad guys holding passports from places like France or Belgium could utilize the process to sneak into this country and stage assaults. The heartening response: a bipartisan effort to tighten loopholes that terrorists might exploit.
The White House, for example, announced a series of measures this week that include increas-ing intelligence-sharing with countries in the pro-gram and forming “foreign fighter surge teams” to help those nations prevent terrorists from trav-eling to the U.S.
Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Home-land Security chief Jeh Johnson said, “The visa waiver program is something that we’ve focused on, frankly, since I’ve been secretary, because there are a number of foreign terrorist fighters who have gone into Iraq and Syria from countries in Europe and elsewhere.”
But the administration can only do so much through executive action. “There are ways that Congress can help us,” said Johnson, and construc-tive legislators on both sides are trying to do that.
Feinstein has teamed with Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, to draft a bill barring anyone who has traveled to Iraq or Syria in the past five years from obtaining a visa waiver. Instead, they would have to submit to a personal interview be-fore traveling here.
Rep. Candice Miller, a Michigan Republican, has a sensible proposal to suspend a country’s participation in the program if it fails to share in-formation about terrorist travels with American officials. Republican leaders promise a bill by the end of the year, and the key is finding a balance between competing goals: keeping out terrorists while facilitating the flow of tourists and business executives who contribute billions of dollars an-nually to the domestic economy.
As Frank Cilluffo, a security expert at George Washington University, told NPR: “We must be open to foreign travelers, we want to be open to foreign cultures, we want to be open for business.
But the flip side is, we’ve got an acute security threat right now.”
Jonathan Grella, executive vice president public affairs for the U.S. Travel Association, offered good advice in the Washington Times: “We urge Congress to carefully consider how to tweak the (visa waiver program) to respond to the threat rather than in engaging in se-curity theater. Keep calm, and then legislate.”
But for many politicians, keep-ing calm and avoiding “security theater” is wildly out of character.
Some Democrats, for example, want to saddle re-visions of the visa program with a rider barring anybody on a terrorist watch list from buying a firearm.
As policy that certainly makes sense, but such a proposal would never pass a Republican-domi-nated Congress, and clearly qualifies as “security theater” — a political gesture, not a serious pos-sibility.
Republicans have been far worse in playing the theater game, pushing legislation through the House (with the help of 47 Democrats) that would halt the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq — even though those refugees undergo inten-sive scrutiny lasting more than a year.
Some Republican candidates have favored the resettlement of Christian refugees while bar-ring Muslims, a particularly mean-spirited idea. And Donald Trump, the king of fabrication and fear-mongering, has alleged that Obama really in-tends to import more than 200,000 refugees from the Middle East, not the 10,000 in the president’s public proposal.
Obama correctly labels such xenophobia “shameful” and out of keeping with America’s best values. On a trip to Malaysia, he met with a group of young refugees from Myanmar and said they “represent the opposite of terrorism.”
“American leadership is us caring about people who have been forgotten, or have been discrimi-nated against, or who have been tortured, or who have been subject to unspeakable violence, or who have been separated from families at very young ages,” he said. “That’s American leadership ... not when we respond on the basis of fear.”
The world is a dangerous place, and America has many enemies dedicated to doing us harm. But we should respond by staying calm, avoiding theatrics and basing our policies on facts, not fear. A sensible update of the visa waiver program is a good start.
Steve and Cokie Roberts can be contacted by email at [email protected].
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Walter "Ray-Ray" RandleJuly 26, 1967 - December 8, 1983
With love,Your Mother Ethel,
Brother Vincent,& Sister Merchell
Although its been 32 years, we still love and miss you.
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164 Gulf of Mexico sites named after AggiesCOLLEGE STATION — It might soon be
called the Gulf of Mexico at Texas A&M. A recent batch of underwater features in the Gulf have been named for Texas A&M Universi-ty people or affiliations, and now total 164, according to figures from the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.
It’s believed Texas A&M has more under-water features named after it than any other university in the world.
There are hundreds of underwater canyons, basins, ridges, mounds, valleys and other topo-graphical features in the Gulf, and for location purposes, names are assigned to them, accord-ing to various criteria set by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, which has the authority to designate such features.
Recent additions include features named for Department of Oceanography professors Wil-liam Bryant, Troy Holcombe, Steve DiMar-co, Piers Chapman, Niall Slowey and Worth Nowlin.
Others named for Texas A&M at Galveston professors include Gil Rowe and the late Sam-my Ray.
Also, a newly mapped area of the Gulf of Mexico sea bottom will include geograph-ic features named for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies and its Endowed Chair for Biodiversity and Conservation Science Wes Tunnell. Tunnell Mound is located on the upper continental slope south of Louisiana, and Harte Bank is located on the outer conti-nental shelf among the South Texas Banks off southern Texas.
Tunnell is a marine ecologist and biologist focusing primarily on coastal and coral reef ecosystems, and has been studying the banks off South Texas since his graduate research
work at Texas A&I University, now Texas A&M University-Kingsville, in the late 1960s. He is founder and former director of the Cen-ter for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M-CC, and he assisted in the development of the Harte Re-search Institute and has published five books and more than 100 papers on topics related to the Gulf of Mexico.
Many such canyons and basins were named 30 years ago for Texas A&M people, including the late Texas A&M President Earl Rudder. Even Reveille, the school’s collie mascot, has a basin named for her.
In 2013, the world’s largest volcano – cov-ering about 120,000 square miles, roughly the size of New Mexico – was discovered in the northern Pacific Ocean and was dubbed Tamu Massif. The volcano, which became dormant about 145 million years ago, was discovered by William Sager, a long-time oceanographer at Texas A&M who is now at the University of Houston.
Tamu Massif follows a long line of under-water locations named after Texas A&M or people associated with it. These include many topographic features in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic seaboard, including Antoine Bank, named for Texas A&M researcher John An-toine; Geyer Mound and Geyer Bank, named for Texas A&M researcher Richard Geyer; McGrail Bank, named after Texas A&M oceanographer David McGrail; Tamu Basin, Tamu Bank and Tamu Dome, all named for the school; Bryant Canyon, named after oceanog-rapher William Bryant; Rudder Basin and Rev-eille Basin, named for former president James Earl Rudder and the school’s collie mascot; Gyre Basin, named for a former Texas A&M research ship; and Applebaum Bank, named for Texas A&M researcher Bruce Applebaum. Texas A&M has more underwater features named after it than any university in the world.
A&M lowers and locks tuition for law schoolFORT WORTH — Tex-
as A&M University has an-nounced it will lower its full-time resident tuition and fees for the School of Law by more than 15 percent, beginning with the fall 2016 semester.
In embracing its public mis-sion, Texas A&M regularly reviews its tuition and fees to ensure affordability and qual-ity. With the acquisition of the Texas A&M University School of Law in 2013, recent evalua-tion of the tuition and fees has resulted in an announcement to lower full-time resident tuition and fees by 15.39 percent from $33,092 to $28,000, effective academic year 2016-2017.
“This is an important part of our transition of the law school from the private to public in-stitution model,” Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young said. “By lowering tui-tion, we are working to ensure our students have much broad-er opportunities for serving the public at all levels once they graduate. This is an important part of our land-grant mission that benefits not just our stu-dents as individuals, but each of us across society.”
This adjustment will also benefit currently enrolled stu-dents. Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, Texas A&M Law will guarantee a locked tuition
rate for entering and continu-ing law students. This annual tuition rate will be locked in for four academic years from the first date of enrollment. After the expiration of four academic years, students will pay the cur-rent year’s rates each term until completion; this is consistent with Texas A&M University’s approach and commitment to students enrolled in other aca-demic programs including all undergraduate and select grad-uate degrees.
“Texas A&M University School of Law is transforming legal education in Texas while effectively managing resources entrusted by students and the state,” said John Sharp, chancel-lor of the Texas A&M University System. “This decision is further evidence of how Texas A&M seeks to deliver the best educa-tion at the best value to parents, students and taxpayers.”
The move is the latest in a series of transitions demonstrat-ing Texas A&M’s commitment to enhancing legal education for Texas.
“As the newest public law school in Texas, our focus is on adding value for our students and preparing them to lead. We embrace our university com-mitment to transforming the destinies of Texans by connect-ing with first-generation law students across the state, partic-ularly from underserved com-munities,” School of Law Dean Andrew P. Morriss said. “This approach helps our state by building a legal profession that will make Texas even better.”
The school has boosted the overall scholarship budget by 65 percent and launched new programs. These include five clinics (Trademarks, Patents, Entrepreneurship, Wills & Es-tates, and Innocence), as well as a Professionalism & Leadership Program building on the Ag-gie Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect and Selfless Service. Texas A&M Law has also re-duced its entering class size and added 12 new faculty resulting in a dramatically improved stu-dent to faculty ratio of 11.1:1.
DAVID BAUDERAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Hel-lo? MTV is out with its list of 2015’s top musical artists, and Adele only made it to No. 7 de-spite selling more than twice as many albums as anyone else this year.
Fetty Wap, whose songs “Trap Queen” and “My Way” established him as a rapper to watch, was named top artist. Drake’s booty call groove, “Ho-tline Bling,” was chosen by the network’s staff as the best song of the year.
Besides Fetty Wap, MTV judged Taylor Swift, Drake, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Kendrick Lamar above Adele for best artist. Adele sold near-ly 4.5 million copies of her new album, “25,” in the U.S. in just two weeks. The No. 2 album in sales, Swift’s “1989,” has sold just under 1.8 million copies for all of 2015, the Nielsen company said.
“There’s a strong argument that (Adele) could be No. 1 and we welcome that back-and-forth,” said Eric Ditzian, MTV’s senior news director. “We want-ed to take into context all of 2015.”
Adele’s new disc was released
Nov. 20, with the “Hello” single out a month earlier.
Besides sales, MTV considers streams, impact on pop culture and an artist’s contact with fans through social media in its deci-sion. Adele is relatively low key in social media and, thus far, hasn’t made songs from “25” available for streaming through sources like Spotify.
Fetty Wap “just absolutely came out of nowhere and blew us away,” Ditzian said. MTV is impressed with how the rapper, born Willie Maxwell in Pater-son, New Jersey, wasn’t held back by a disability. Fetty Wap lost his left eye to glaucoma as a youngster.
Adele’s “Hello” was every-where for the past month, but ranked No. 2 to Drake for best song. “Hotline Bling” was “in-escapable in a very good way,” Ditzian said.
Rounding out MTV’s Top Five best songs were “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, La-mar’s “Alright” and “Shut Up & Dance” by Walk the Moon.
MTV said the best mov-ies of 2015 were “Furious 7,” ‘’Straight Outta Compton” and “Dope.”
Gigi Gorgeous was MTV’s first-ever social media star of the year.
Fetty Wap and Drake are MTV’s top award winners
HONOLULU (AP) — Ha-waii officials are crediting a South Africa man with saving the life of a professional surfer who almost drowned after a wipeout off.
Two-time world bodyboard-ing champion Andre Botha, of South Africa, found the surfer, Evan Geiselman, unconscious in the water off Oahu’s Ehukai Beach Sunday morning, Ha-waii News Now reported.
“His face was a dark blue, almost purple. He was foam-ing at the mouth. His eyes were rolled back and his body was completely limp,” Botha said. “The first thing that went through my mind at that point was that he was dead.”
Botha attempted to resus-citate Geiselman while trying to swim to shore against the waves. Safety officials estimate that the pair had traveled about 300 yards before other surfers and lifeguards reached them.
“All the oncoming waves crashing on him, he was able to just hold on to that surfer’s body and help until we got there and got to him. It was amazing,” said Capt. Vitor Marcal of the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division.
Botha said that staying afloat while clinging to the 22-year-old Geiselman took a “huge amount of energy.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever ex-pended that amount of energy in that short amount of time ever,” he said.
Ehukai Beach, also known as Banzai Pipeline, is famous for its surf tubes.
Geiselman eventually re-gained consciousness after he was brought to shore. He was rushed to the hospital in criti-cal condition.
Geiselman’s brother, Eric, took to social media Monday to thank Botha and other res-cuers.
South Africa man saves prosurfer from drowning in Hawaii
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Men’s basketball (7-2): vs. Kansas State, Saturday, 4:30 p.m. TV: SECN.Women’s basketball (6-2): vs. DePaul, Saturday, 2 p.m., TV: SECN.
Men’s basketball (10-1, 2-1): @ Panola College, today, 7:30 p.m.Women’s basketball (8-3, 2-2): vs. San Jacinto College-North, today, 5:30 p.m.
Men’s basketball (5-3): vs. North Car-olina, Saturday, 4:15 p.m., TV: ESPN.Women’s basketball (7-0): vs. Stan-ford, Sunday, noon, TV: ESPN.
Cowboys (4-8): @ Packers, Sunday, 3:25 p.m., TV: FOX.
Texans (6-6): vs. Patriots, Sunday, 7:30 p.m., TV: NBC.
Rockets (10-12): @ Wizards, today, 6 p.m., TV: ROOT.
Cubette basketball (7-4): district opener vs. Tomball Memorial, Friday, 6:30 p.m.Cub basketball (5-3): @ Montgomery Tournament, Thursday-Saturday.Swimming: vs. Bryan, today, 5:30 p.m., Blue Bell Aquatic Center.
Lady Panther basketball (2-10): @ Fla-tonia Tournament, Thursday-Saturday.Panther basketball (2-4): @ Flatonia Tournament, Thursday-Saturday.
Eagle basketball: vs. Cornerstone Christian, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
WEEK AT A GLANCE
WEEKLY BRIEFSHOLIDAY BASEBALL CAMP
Lanny Williams, head baseball coach at Brenham High School, is the director of the 2015 Holi-day Baseball Camp. The camp for youngsters ages six through 15 will be held Dec. 21-22 at Brenham High School, 525 Ehrig
Drive.Williams will be assisted by
Chris Smith, Los Angeles Dodg-ers scout and former coach at Cal State Fullerton and Loyola Ma-rymont, and by Kyle Van Hook, Cleveland Indians scout, former head baseball coach at Blinn Col-lege and former assistant coach
at San Jacinto College. Other in-stuctors will include profession-al scouts and college and high school coaches.
The Holiday Baseball Camp is a skill specific camp. It offers three different sessions, all priced separately. Session I (Hitting I) will focus on the basic mechan-ics of the hitting swing. Campers will be filmed in this session.
Session II (Hitting II) will con-centrate on more of the advanced aspects of hitting. Hitters will have a chance to view the video with an instructor.
Session III (Pitch/Catch/De-fense) will allow campers to choose their specific position for pitcher, catcher, outfielder, or in-fielder.
The camp will have a 12-1 camper to coach ratio. Camp at-tendance will be limited.
The camp cost is $40 per ses-sion. Session I (Hitting I) will be Monday, Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. -noon. Session II (Hitting II) will be Monday, Dec. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Session III (Pitch/Catch/Defense) will be Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. Campers choosing to attend all three ses-sions will receive a $20 discount, for a total cost of $100.
For registration information call Kyle Van Hook at 830-3573 after 6 p.m.
BRENHAM HS BASEBALL ALUMNI BANQUET
The 10th annual BHS Base-ball Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Fireman’s Training Center. The banquet is being hosted by the Brenham Baseball Alumni Asso-ciation.
The purpose of the banquet is to honor the 1989 team and coach Earl Hathaway. Hathaway also served as an assistant to Lee Driggers on the 1986 and 1987 state champion teams and was the head coach for the 1988 state champion team.
Individuals and companies can assist the association in reaching its fund raising potential with the purchase of a corporate table or any donation you wish to make. In addition to a reserved table for eight, there will be a reception Friday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gun and Rod Club with members of the 1989 team present.
The guest speaker for the ban-quet will be Hathaway. There will be a silent auction and a drawing as well. Tickets are $20 per per-son and corporate tables for eight can be purchased for $300.
For further information, con-tact: Lanny Williams at 451-1768, Tommy Lange at 836-0200 or Delbert Boeker at 251-0388.
The all-district football selections for District 19-5A were released Tuesday, with five Cub players taking home first-team laurels.
Seniors Trumaine Sweed (full-back) and Khevon Shepard (defensive tackle) were named to the first team at their respective positions for the second year in a row. Juniors Darvis Watson (wide receiver) and Marqez Bimage (defensive end) were also first-team selections. George Newman was also given first-team honors as a deep snapper for the second consecutive year. Shepard was Bren-ham’s only unanimous se-lection to the first team.
Tamarus McWilliams (tailback), Dejuan Ramirez (offensive lineman) and Jose Aguado (offensive lineman) all were named to the second-team of-fense, while Raekwon Bell (defensive tackle), Dillon Thielemann (lineback-er) and Eryk Preston (defensive back) were named to the second-team de-fense. Thielemann made the second team defense for the second year in a
row. McWilliams was also given su-perlative honors as the second-team return specialist.
The full list of Cub football all-dis-trict honorees is below:
Name, Position, ClassificationFirst Team Offense:Trumaine Sweed - Fullback, SeniorDarvis Watson - Wide Receiver, Ju-
niorFirst Team Defense:
Khevon Shepard - Defen-sive Tackle, Senior (Unani-mous)
Marqez Bimage - Defen-sive End, Junior
Second Team Offense:Tamarus McWilliams -
Tailback, SophomoreDejuan Ramirez - Offen-
sive Lineman, SeniorJose Aguado - Offensive
Lineman, JuniorSecond Team Defense:Raekwon Bell - Defensive Tackle, Ju-
niorDillon Thielemann - Linebacker, Se-
niorEryk Preston - Defensive Back, Soph-
omoreSuperlatives:Second Team Return Specialist -
Tamarus McWilliams, SophomoreFirst Team Deep Snapper - George
Newman, SeniorHonorable Mention:Jacob Oehrlein - Quarterback, JuniorColson Altman - Offensive Lineman,
JuniorSam Gaertner - Wide Receiver, SeniorDevin Williams - Linebacker, JuniorTrumaine Sweed - Linebacker, SeniorJonathan Homan - Defensive Back,
SeniorTien Pham - Placekicker, JuniorHenry Kettler - Punter, SeniorAcademic All-District:Devin WilliamsTien PhamJacob OehrleinDillon ThielemannGarrett LonghoferHenry KettlerHunter AllieJose AguadoGeorge Newman
Five Cubs net 19-5A First-Team All-District honorsTwenty-one Cubs in total receive all-district recognition
File photoEryk Preston (21), Khevon Shepard (11) and Dillon Thielemann (13) bring down a Waller player while Marqez Bimage (18) and Sam Gaertner (19) look on during Brenham’s 20-13 win over the Bulldogs on Oct. 30.
MONTGOMERY — The Brenham Cub basketball team picked up its fifth win of the season via a 69-43 rout of Mont-gomery Tuesday.
The Cubs led 20-6 after the first quarter and 40-20 at half-time.
“We jumped on them really quick,” said Bren-ham head coach Bruce King. “We started pressing well in the first quarter and really kind of
took them out of it right away with our press.”
Seniors Antione Lister and Roger Hall both totaled 15
points apiece for the Cubs. Senior point guard Cjay Miles had 14 points and freshman Anthony Hutchinson recorded 10 points in the win.UP NEXT:
The Cubs (5-3) will get back to weekend tour-
nament action via a return trip to Montgomery for the Mont-gomery Tournament.
Brenham will kick off the tourney with a game against A&M Consolidated Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The tournament lasts through Saturday.
“It’s just a very tough tourna-ment,” King said. “There’s three teams from the Aldine district. Aldine Davis is ranked sixth in the state in 6A. We’re going to open up with A&M Consolidat-ed on Thursday and it looks like Davis is our next opponent if we can get by A&M.”
Cubs blow out Montgomery, 69-43
TARA DREYERStaff Reporter
BURTON — The Burton Lady Panthers (2-10, 0-1) lost its first district matchup against the Prairie Lea Lady Indians 55-33 Tuesday inside the Pan-ther Gym.
“We fought really hard; we hustled from the starting minute of the game until the end,” said Burton head coach Kathy Shedd.
One could expect a hard fought game between the two teams that were co-dis-trict runner-ups in District 30-1A last season, and third year varsity returners for the Lady Panthers Danielle Briscoe and Monice Patterson stepped up to the plate, combining for 20 points.
“I am proud of those two girls for working hard, executing tonight, and we are going to continue to focus and see the rainbow at the end of the tun-nel,” said Shedd. “I am going to rely on [Briscoe and Patterson] to bring the ball down, see the court, and get the ball where we need to be.”
Patterson led the Lady Panthers with five of their eight points scored in the first quarter. Ebony Hinze came in with the first two-point layup of the first quarter, giving the Lady Panthers an early 2-1 lead, before the Lady Indi-ans went on a five-point run. Patterson
struck with the next three points for Burton, but the Lady Indi-
ans continued to sink shots for a 15-8 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
The Lady Panthers combined for nine points
in the second quarter with Briscoe, Patterson, Hinze,
and Mariam Hutchins all chip-ping in for two-point shots, and La-reesa Pleasant coming in with a free throw. The Lady Indians took the first four points of the quarter until a steal by Hinze led to a lay-up. Down 21-10, the Lady Panthers went on a 7-1 run, to close in on the Lady Indians 22-17, how-ever, the Lady Indians scored the next five points to enter the second half with a 27-17 lead.
A strong 18-point third quarter by the
Lady Indians allowed them a 45-21 lead going into the final quarter, as Briscoe and Patterson were the only two play-ers to score. However, the Lady Pan-thers continued to fight, outscoring the Lady Indians 12-10 in the final quarter. Briscoe led the team in the finale with six points. Holli Baker, Pleasant, and Briscoe put up the first six points for Burton, but the effort was not enough in the loss.
“Overall there were a lot of good things,” concluded Shedd. “We missed a lot of shots tonight, but if we keep shooting like that, the ball is going to start falling in our favor and we are go-ing to come out on the winning end of that.”
UP NEXT: The Lady Panthers will compete in the Flatonia Tournament Thursday through Saturday, before traveling to La Marque Premier Acade-my for their second district game.
“Our goal is to work on our funda-mentals of shooting the ball,” Shedd said, “and then get back in here next Tuesday and take care of business against La Marque Premier Academy.”
Lady Panthers fall to Prairie Lea in district opener
Melissa McCaghren/Banner-PressDanielle Briscoe led the Lady Panthers with 11 points in their first district matchup against Prairie Lea.
The Burton Panther basket-ball team fell to the Boling Bull-dogs 54-52 in an away match Tuesday. The leading scorers for Burton were freshman Ca-leb Harmel with 18 points and junior Donnell Patterson with 16 points. Harmel also led the Panthers in rebounds with 13.
The Panthers will compete in the Flatonia Tournament be-ginning Thursday and through Saturday.
Boling slides by Panthers, 54-52
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