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A capital murder warrant has been served against a Somerville man, ac-cusing him of killing a Burleson Coun-ty deputy during an early morning raid last month.
Texas Rangers filed the murder com-plaint against Henry Goedrich Magee, 28. District Attorney Julie Renken said her office received the complaint last Friday.
Magee remains in the Washington County jail under $1 million bond.
Deputy Adam Sowders was killed when the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office Special Weap-
ons and Tactics team entered a mobile home occupied by Magee and his girl-friend just before 6 a.m. on Dec. 19.
Rangers said their investigation showed Magee “fired a weapon at Sowders during entry to the residence.”
Magee’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin of Houston, has said Magee thought some-one was breaking into his home when he grabbed his rifle and opened fire.
DeGuerin called the fatal shooting a tragic accident and said Magee was
asleep and didn’t know sheriff’s deputies were entering his home near Somerville.
“Hank, like any homeowner, defended himself and his pregnant girlfriend,” DeGuerin said.
DeGuerin said sheriff’s deputies did not knock on the door or announce who they were when they entered the home.
Renken also released a copy of an affidavit for a search warrant filed by Sowders prior to the raid.
In it, Sowders said authorities believed that Ma-gee “has possession of and is concealing ... stolen guns, drugs, controlled substances or other illegal narcotics, and any other stolen items or contra-band located on the property.”
Sowders’ affidavit said a witness had told au-thorities that Magee was growing marijuana
plants inside the mobile home. The informant also said Magee had a host of weapons, including a handgun with “Washington County Sheriff’s Office” etched on it.
Sowders’ affidavit said he had been told by Washington County Sheriff’s Office investiga-tors that a handgun with the department’s name on it had been stolen in a home burglary months ago.
Sowders also requested authorization “to enter the suspected place and premises without first knocking” because he believed that “would be dangerous, futile or would inhibit the effective investigation.”
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NEWS IN BRIEFThieves take mail from inside two post offices
COLLEGE STATION (AP) — Some crooks ignoring outside drop-off mailboxes have gone inside two U.S. Postal Service offices in Central Texas to steal packages.
College Station police are looking for the thieves responsible for breaking into mail bins and taking nearly 20 large packages.
Police on Tuesday said the thefts happened last weekend. Suspects entered two post offices and pried open package drop boxes.
No dollar estimate was immediately provided for the losses.
‘Altruism’ for the winTanner David a fifth-grade student at St. Paul’s Christian Day School, celebrates after correctly spelling a word while word reader Diane Hodde, and fellow contestants Micah Andrejczak and Anna Longhofer listen Tuesday evening during the 59th annual Washington County Spelling Bee at Krause Elementary. David, who correctly spelled “batik” from the 16th round and “altruism” in the 17th round, won the competition. Longhofer, a seventh-grade student at Brenham Junior High School, placed second while Andrejczak, a fourth-grade student at Alton Elementary placed third. All three will be competing in the Regional Spelling Bee here next month, though the time and date have not be set.
Capital murder warrant served against Magee
Brenham man, 19, sentenced for theft
A Brenham man has been sentenced to 13 months in a state jail for theft ($1,500-$20,000).
Tyrin Dewayne Hunter, 19, was sen-tenced in district court here Tuesday, Judge Reva Towslee Corbett presiding.
Hunter was also fined $1,500 and ordered to pay court costs for the state jail felony.
In other cases:• Antonia Ramirez, 33, Brenham,
was sentenced to 67 days in the Wash-ington County jail for possession of a controlled substance (less than a gram), a state jail felony. Ramirez was also ordered to pay court costs.
• Jeffery Scott Spivey, 46, Brenham, was placed on probation for six years for driving while intoxicated (third of-fense), a third-degree felony.
Spivey was also fined $1,500 and ordered to pay court costs and $140 restitution. He must also serve 60 days
in the county jail, have an interlock device placed on his vehicle, partici-pate in a victim impact panel discus-sion and a DWI intervention program, perform 200 hours of community ser-vice, submit to urinalysis and provide a DNA sample.
Spivey’s driver’s license was also suspended for two years.
• Jarvis Jermaine Williams, 25, Houston, was placed on probation for five years for forgery, a state jail felony.
Williams was also fined $2,000 and ordered to pay court costs and his court-appointed attorney’s fees.
He must also perform 200 hours of community service, submit to urinaly-sis and provide a DNA sample.
• Jason Kyle Grabarschick, 40, Bren-ham, was placed on probation for five
Pancake supperNick Nelms (left) and Jon Stouffer stack bags of pancake batter in a row so they will be easy to reach while cooking pancakes Tuesday morning at First United Methodist Church. The 48th annual Methodist Men Pancake Supper will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the activity center at First United Methodist Church. All the pancakes and sausage you can eat will be $8.
LCRA proposes nearly 20 percent rate increase
AUSTIN (AP) — The Lower Colo-rado River Authority has proposed a nearly 20 percent rate hike for some water users as Texas continues recov-ering from drought.
The Austin American-Statesman re-ports rates for water across the Colo-rado River basin could increase next year. The LCRA, which has asked for public input, seeks higher rates to help pay for new supplies.
Lakes Travis and Buchanan, the
region’s major reservoirs, were at 38 percent of capacity today.
The potential rate scale announced Tuesday for LCRA’s most expensive water could increase from $151 per acre-foot to just over $179. Users include industry and cities such as Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Leander and Marble Falls.
Each acre-foot is the amount of wa-ter needed to flood an acre to a depth of 1 foot.
Report: NSA maps pathway into computersWASHINGTON (AP) — The
National Security Agency has im-planted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world — but not in the United States — that al-lows the U.S. to conduct surveil-lance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
The Times cited NSA documents, computer experts and U.S. officials in its report about the use of secret technology using radio waves to gain access to computers that other countries have tried to protect from spying or cyberattacks. The soft-ware network could also create a digital highway for launching cy-berattacks, the Times reported.
The Times reported that the tech-nology, used by the agency for sev-eral years, relies on radio waves that can be transmitted from tiny circuit boards and USB cards in-serted covertly into the computers. The NSA calls the effort an “active defense” and has used the technol-
ogy to monitor units of China’s army, the Russian military, drug cartels, trade institutions inside the European Union, and sometime U.S. partners against terrorism like Saudi Arabia, India and Pakistan, the Times reported.
Among the most frequent targets of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Com-mand, the Times reported, has been China’s army. The United States has accused China’s army of launching regular attacks on American indus-trial and military targets, often to steal secrets or intellectual prop-erty. When Chinese attackers have placed similar software on comput-er systems of American companies or government agencies, American officials have protested, the news-paper reported.
The NSA says the technology has not been used in computers in the U.S.
“NSA’s activities are focused and specifically deployed against — and
only against — valid foreign intelli-gence targets in response to intelli-gence requirements,” Vanee Vines, an agency spokeswoman, said in a statement to the Times. “We do not use foreign intelligence capabilities to steal the trade secrets of foreign companies on behalf of — or give intelligence we collect to — U.S. companies to enhance their interna-tional competitiveness or increase their bottom line.”
Parts of the program have been disclosed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the former NSA systems analyst, the Times report-ed. A Dutch newspaper published the map showing where the United States has inserted spy software, sometimes with the help of local authorities. Der Spiegel, a German newsmagazine, published infor-mation about the NSA’s hardware products that can secretly transmit and receive signals from comput-ers, according to the Times.
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The Brenham Police Department during he 24-hour period ending 7 a.m. today responded to 46 calls.
Central communications had 1.439 radio transmissions and 69 calls to the 911 emergency phone system during the 24-hour period ending at midnight Tuesday.
A breakdown of the 911 calls: Brenham Police Department, 13; Washington County Sheriff’s Office, five; Emergency Medi-cal Services, five; fire departments, one; 10 hang-ups or aban-doned calls; 13 non-emergency calls; 20 outbound checks on abandoned calls; and two calls transferred to an agency in an-other county.
The department’s website address is www.ci.brenham.tx.us/police.
———Brenham Fire Department had no calls during the 24-hour
period ending at 7 a.m. today.The fire department’s website address is www.ci.brenham.
Washington County Emergency Medical Services calls for the 24-hour period ending at midnight Tuesday were:
• Responded to seven medical emergencies. • Made two emergency out of county transfers. The EMS website address is www.washingtoncountyems.net.
———The Washington County Sheriff’s Office during the 24-hour
period ending at 6 a.m. today:• Responded to 26 calls.• Filed three reports.The sheriff’s office website address is www.washington-
cosheriff.org.Two arrested on multiple chargesTwo Brenham women are facing multiple charges after being
arrested here Tuesday.Sheriff Otto Hanak said deputies with
the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Brenham Police Depart-ment’s Fusion Unit and Brenham police officers executed a search warrant at a resi-dence on East Tom Green Street.
The search and arrest warrants were ex-ecuted after a lengthy investigation was conducted in reference to a theft of a fire-arm, credit card abuse and theft of numer-ous items from a residence in the county.
A search of the residence found marijua-na, drug paraphernalia, Ecstasy and dan-gerous drugs, said Hanak.
Arrested in the home were Sara Leann Cantu, 31; and Rachelle Louise Wimmer, 34.
Cantu was charged with theft of a fire-arm, credit card abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession of dangerous drugs and possession of a con-trolled substance.
Wimmer was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of mari-juana and two counts of possession of dangerous drugs.
Bonds were set at $18,500 on Cantu and $5,000 for Wimmer. Both remained in the Washington County jail this morning.
———Justice of the Peace Doug Zwiener supplies daily reports
coming through his office, which handles charges recorded against subjects taken to the Washington County jail. Charges and activities for today were:
Theft by check — Class B (Washington County warrant, two counts)
Possession of drug paraphernalia — Class C (two cases)Possession of a controlled substance — State jail felony (two
cases)Possession of a dangerous drug — Class A (four cases)Theft of a firearm — State jail felony (Washington County
warrant)Credit or debit card abuse — State jail felony (Washington
County warrant)Possession of marijuana — Class BTotal of bonds set: $26,000.
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IntErnatIOnal aFFaIrSDEPartMEnt FOrtnIghtly MEEtIngThe International Affairs Department of the Fortnightly Club will meet Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Must Be Heaven restaurant. Scheduled is a presentation by Mary Whigham on “Germans to Texas.”
WaShIngtOn COunty laDIES lIOnS CluB CalEnDarS The Washington County Ladies Lions Club members are cur-rently selling 2014 Calendars. Proceeds of the calendar sales will benefit the Washington County Healthy Living Associa-tion Senior Center and the Texas Lions Camp. The calendars are $20 each and are available from WCLLC members or can be found at Parts and More, Woodman of the World Insurance and Norman’s Pharmacy.
DrIvEr SaFEty COurSEWCHLA, the Senior Activity Center, will sponsor an AARP Driver Safety course on Friday, Jan. 24. The class will be held at the Blinn Student Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Rooms 2 and 3. Bring a sack lunch. This class could make folks eligible for a discount on their car insurance by learning new defensive driv-ing techniques. The class is open to all ages at $20 per person, AARP members $15 per person. To enroll in the class call the Senior Activity Center at 836-6552 or stop by the Center at 2804 Gun & Rod Road Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Instructor: Skip Johnson.
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years for possession of a controlled substance (less than a gram), a state jail felony.
Grabarschick was also fined $1,00 and ordered to pay court costs and $140 restitution.
He must also perform 200 hours of community service and attend Alcohol/Narcotics Anonymous meetings three times a week.
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LBJ Foundation, U.S. vie for historic planeAUSTIN (AP) — A battle
is brewing over who gets to display the Air Force One jet aboard which President Lyn-don B. Johnson took the oath of office.
The Austin American-States-man reports the LBJ Foundation raised millions of dollars and planned to build a pavilion by the LBJ Presidential Library to house the VC-137C, a modified Boeing 707 the U.S. Air Force flew to transport U.S. presidents from 1962 until a Boeing 747 variant replaced it in 1990.
The jet is on display at the Na-tional Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Last week, Republican Rep. Mi-chael Turner of Dayton and Re-publican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio wrote to the Air Force secretary opposing the move.
Johnson was sworn in aboard
the jet Nov. 22, 1963, after Pres-ident John F. Kennedy was as-sassinated in Dallas.
“We do not want an adversari-al fight, but we want to make our case as to why that plane should be relocated to Austin,” founda-tion Chairman Emeritus Tom Johnson, a former Johnson aide who isn’t related to the former president, told the newspaper.
The foundation, which sup-ports the LBJ library and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Aus-tin, hoped the Air Force could loan the aircraft to the library, Johnson said, but “we would love for it to be a permanent loan.”
However, Portman and Turn-er said in their letter that “sig-nificantly fewer visitors would be exposed to the aircraft” if it were moved from the Air Force museum.
“Occupying nearly 14 acres, the LBJ Library lacks the nec-essary facilities to house an air-craft the size of Air Force One,” they stated in the letter.
Air Force Museum spokes-woman Diana Bachert said its “collection of presidential air-craft and their holistic display is unique,” as the displays allow visitors “to see and experience an unbroken continuum of over six decades of Air Force and na-tional history.”
However, the LBJ Founda-tion cited the precedent set by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, Calif., which in 2005 scored one of the VC-137Cs that flew Reagan.
“They have many splendid historical aircraft,” Tom John-son said of the Air Force mu-seum, “and we would just like one.”
Luci Baines Johnson, LBJ’s younger daughter, said her fa-ther had flown around the world in the plane in 1967, and it was this same aircraft that carried Johnson home at the end of his presidency in 1969.
The plane has a “magnetism and attraction” and would be “an incredible teaching tool,” she said.
“It would movingly express our story to generations of school children for whom we are part of the past,” she said in reference to bringing the plane to Texas.
The Ohio congressmen’s let-ter to the Air Force “was not by any means the last blow landed in this fight,” said former Tex-as Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, a LBJ Foundation board member. He said Austin “was a superior lo-cation” the jet compared to “a town in Ohio.”
Disabled riders find comfort in the saddleFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Sam
Wolfe was getting anxious about his horse, making him shift from one foot to the other in a stall at John Justin Arena.
“I’m sort of familiar with Trevor, but I’m a little nervous, because I wanted to ride Dunny,” said Wolfe, 26, who’s riding this week in the Chisholm Challenge, a compe-tition for equestrians with disabilities.
At the end of Wolfe’s go-round in the English equitation competition this week, the Argyle man rode Trevor out of the arena holding a first-place blue ribbon and a big, custom-made Gist Silversmiths belt buckle.
The pride he felt was obvious.But as one of more than 160 riders in the
American Quarter Horse Association-sanc-tioned competition, Wolfe didn’t have a lot of time to bask in the glory. He had to start preparing for the showmanship contest and, his favorite, trail riding during the final day of what’s become known as the unofficial kickoff for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
“I like trail riding,” said Wolfe, who competes for the Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center. “It’s basically an obsta-
cle course, and I like obstacle courses. You have to walk over bridges, open and close a gate. They do a lot of cool things.”
Competitive riding is an important part of Wolfe’s family, said his little brother, Mi-chael, 22.
“It forces us to clean up the house to make room for all the medals Sam brings home,” Michael told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Chisholm Challenge is a big part of the community our family is part of, the autism community. You develop a connection with someone and an event like this is a way to come together and celebrate the growth that’s brought on by equitation.”
Training for competitive riding has brought the world to Kolton Williams, a 13-year-old White Settlement resident whose shyness once kept him from talking to any-one outside the family.
“Used to, he wouldn’t speak to anyone,” said Kristi Williams, his mom. “Now, we have to make him focus on riding practice, because he spends so much time talking to the therapists and volunteers.”
Therapeutic riding is rewarding even
without the competition, said Williams, who said her son has Down syndrome.
“It strengthens his upper body, gives him a sense of pride, lots of friends and a love for his horse,” Williams said. “He looks for-ward every week to seeing his horse.”
In its 11th year, the Chisholm Challenge has become the largest AQHA Equestrians with Disabilities competition in the world, said Dwayne Wheeler, the event’s president. This year it has drawn competitors from 12 therapeutic horseback riding centers from North Texas and, in the case of Texas Tech, from Lubbock.
Wheeler said he’s been involved in thera-peutic riding a little over 15 years, and finds wonder in watching people “who aren’t able to compete on the baseball diamond or the football field” do well in a venue that’s unat-tainable by many others.
“There are a lot of kids out there who nev-er get to ride a horse,” Wheeler said. “And of those who do get to ride horses, most never get to ride competitively in the most prestigious horse show in the world, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.”
Committee says Benghazi attacks preventableWASHINGTON (AP) — The
Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the deadly assault on the diplomatic com-pound in Benghazi, Libya, to-day, laying blame on the State Department, the intelligence community — even the late Ambassador Chris Stevens — for failing to communicate and heed warnings of terrorist activ-ity in the area.
The highly critical report also says the U.S. military was not positioned to aid the Americans in need, though the head of Af-rica Command had offered mili-tary security teams that Stevens — who was killed in the attack — had rejected weeks before the attack.
It also said that in the after-math of the attacks, U.S. ana-lysts confused policymakers by blaming the violence on protests without enough supporting in-telligence.
There was no immediate comment from the State De-partment.
The 2012 Benghazi attacks have dogged the Obama ad-ministration, because then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice initial-ly blamed the violence on mob protests over an anti-Islamic film. Al-Qaida-linked militant groups were later blamed for the attacks, first when militants overran the temporary U.S. mis-
sion on Sept. 11, 2012, and later that same night, when militants fired mortars at the nearby CIA annex where the Americans had taken shelter.
The bipartisan report may settle what has become a run-ning political battle between Re-publicans, mostly in the House, who say the Obama administra-tion has been covering up what they consider misdeed before, during and after the attack, and the administration, which says Republicans are on a political witch hunt.
Committee chairman Dianne Feinstein, a California Demo-crat, says she hopes this will put to rest conspiracy theories about the militant attacks that night. Republican vice chairman Sax-by Chambliss of Georgia said the report shows despite a de-teriorating security situation in Benghazi, the U.S. government did not do enough to prevent the attacks or to protect the diplo-matic facility.
“The State Department should have increased its security pos-ture more significantly in Beng-hazi based on the deteriorating security situation on the ground and IC threat reporting on the prior attacks against Western-ers in Benghazi—including two previous incidents” at the tempo-rary diplomatic facility that year, a summary of the report states.
The report says “tripwires” set to determine when it had be-come too dangerous to operate in Benghazi were crossed, but ignored, by both the U.S. and other nations.
The report faults the military for being unable to help when needed. “No U.S. military re-sources in position to intervene in short order in Benghazi to help defend” the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, it said.
The Defense Department had provided a Site Security Team in Tripoli, made up of 16 special operations personnel to provide security and other help. The State Department, according to the report, decided not to extend the team’s mission in August 2012, one month before the attack. In the weeks that followed, Gen. Carter Ham, the head of Africa Command, twice asked Stevens to employ the team, and twice Stevens declined, the report said.
The report also dives into the contentious talking points issued by the intelligence com-munity after the attacks that helped fuel Republican allega-tions of an Obama administra-tion cover-up of militant links to the violence.
“Intelligence analysts inac-curately referred to the presence of a protest at the U.S. mission facility before the attack based on open source information and limited intelligence, but without sufficient intelligence or eyewit-ness statements to corroborate that assertion,” the report said, adding that the U.S. intelligence
community then took too long to correct their error, “which caused confusion and influ-enced the public statements of policymakers.”
The senators also take the ad-ministration to task for failing to bring the attackers to justice more than a year after the Beng-hazi attacks.
It says U.S. intelligence has identified several individuals responsible, but can’t track them down because of limited intelli-gence capabilities in the region.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the committee re-port “largely reaffirms” the ear-lier findings from an indepen-dent panel. He said a number of the committee’s security recom-mendations are also consistent with steps the State Department has already taken.
“This reinforces what oth-er investigations have found, which is that there was not enough security to protect the four Americans who lost their lives,” Carney told reporters traveling with Obama Tuesday to North Carolina.
The committee report makes 18 recommendations to improve security at diplomatic and intel-ligence posts overseas, includ-ing a call for the State Depart-ment to react more quickly to security threats and only in rare instances use facilities that are inadequately protected. It said State should rely on local secu-rity alone in countries where the host government cannot provide adequate protection.
By The Associated PressThe price of oil was steady
today after closing nearly 1 per-cent higher a day earlier.
Benchmark U.S. crude oil for February delivery was down 3 cents at $92.56 a barrel at 0500 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Ex-change.The contract rose 79 cent to settle at $92.59 in New York on Tuesday.
Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, was down 24 cents at $105.36
The price of U.S. oil has fall-
en steadily since the beginning of the year because supplies of crude and fuel appear ample enough to offset rising demand. Tuesday marked only the third gain of the month for U.S. crude, and came along with a rise in the U.S. stock market.
Global supplies could still be on the rise, which could mean lower prices for international crude, analysts say. Libyan crude production is beginning to ramp up after protests and unrest cut production late last year.
North Sea output is due to
increase with the restart of the Buzzard oil fi eld.
An agreement Sunday be-tween Iran and six world powers may enable Iran’s oil industry, whose exports were severely limited by sanctions over its nuclear program, to sell more crude after the deal takes effect Jan. 20.
Later this week, investors will be monitoring new information on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refi ned products. Data for the week ending Jan. 10 is expected to show a draw of 1.6 million barrels in crude oil stockpiles. It
is also expected to show an in-crease of 1.7 million barrels in gasoline stockpiles, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.
The expected draw would be the seventh consecutive decline in U.S. crude oil inventories.
In other energy futures trad-ing in New York:
— Wholesale gasoline was down 0.7 cent at $2.627 a gal-lon.
— Natural gas fell 1.5 cents to $4.354 per 1,000 cubic feet
— Heating oil inched up 0.4 cent to $2.940 a gallon.
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Stricklands retiring at Brenham MonumentNello Strickland, who has managed Brenham Monument Co. for more than 20 years with help from his wife Dorothy, has retired from that position. New managers are Laverne Krumrey and Steve Janda. Pictured are (from left) Krumrey, Janda, Dorothy and Nello Strickland, and business owner Riley Gardner and his wife, Mary Kay.
Blinn offering 1-day courses for small business owners
EU ups pressure on Google in antitrust case
Dena Morgan and Tammy Massengale have joined Coldwell Banker Properties Unlimited.
Morgan and her family have lived in Washington County for over 20 years. She has been active in the community and en-joys all Washington County has to offer.
“I am thrilled to join Coldwell Bank-er,” said Morgan. “Coldwell Banker is known throughout the world as the leader in real estate and Cold-well Banker Properties Unlimited is the leading real estate company in Washington
County.”Morgan began her real estate business
with another local fi rm.“During that time she has demonstrated
the highest professional standards and dedi-cation to satisfying the needs of her clients by providing them with the highest level of support available,” said Lindi Braddock, broker.
“We all look forward to working with Dena and assisting her in a very successful career in real estate.”
and coached at Bellville School District for 32 years and recently obtained her real es-tate license to begin her new career.
“I am so excited to be part of this team,” she said. “I have wanted to do real estate for a long time and I especially wanted to be part of the Coldwell Banker Properties Unlimited team.”
Braddock said, “We are delighted to have Tammy join our team. She has the integ-rity, enthusiasm and reputation we look for in our agents.
“We all look forward to having Tammy available for our Austin County clients.”
Coldwell Banker Properties Unlimited (locally owned and affi liate of the Coldwell Banker®) is located at 2402 South Day Street here.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s an-titrust watchdog is increasing pressure on Google to swiftly provide better proposals to address al-legations the fi rm is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches.
If the U.S. tech giant fails to present better pro-posals to reach a settlement, the EU will start the traditional antitrust procedure, the EU’s competi-tion watchdog chief Joaquin Almunia said today. That more confrontational route could take years, but also result in fi nes worth billions of dollars.
Almunia said that feedback from competitors and other market players on Google’s latest pro-posed changes to its Internet searches was clearly negative.
“So let’s see if Google can improve their pro-posal or we go to the traditional route,” he told reporters in Brussels.
“We need more, not during the next year but during the next weeks,” Almunia said. Google’s pending reaction will be the “last opportunity” for reaching a settlement, he added.
Google’s Brussels offi ce did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
The company has a market share of about 90 percent of Internet searches in Europe, compared with around 70 percent in the U.S.
Competitors in Europe have complained about the way it gives preference to its own Google-branded services at the top of results pages, espe-
cially when consumers are likely to be searching for something to buy.
The European Commission, which is the ex-ecutive arm of the 28-nation European Union, has been investigating Google since 2010. Almunia has said he hopes to resolve the case by the spring of 2014.
Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., has offered to more clearly label search results stem-ming from its own services to allow users to dis-tinguish between natural search results and those promoted by Google.
In its second round of proposals in October, Google’s main concession was to offer competi-tors the chance to advertise their own services
and brand in the second row of search results, be-low the Google-branded result.
Competitors led by Microsoft, but also includ-ing European consumer organizations, said thatwould only mean more costs for them and moredominance for Google. They argue the companyshould not give undue preference to any companyin the search results.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has al-ready investigated Google in a similar case and inJanuary decided not to fi le charges.
Any restrictions that European regulators mightplace on Google would be valid only in the EU— a bloc of some 500 million people that is theworld’s biggest economy.
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Winery wins HLS&R awardsBob Cottle of Pleasant Hill Winery shows the award-winning entries from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s 2014 International Wine Competition. Pleasant Hill won two awards — its Portejas Blanco, a white port-style wine, garnered a Texas Class Champion silver buckle and its Tawny Rosso Forte won a bronze medal. The grapes used in these wines grow here in Brenham. This year, 2,554 wines were entered from 900 wineries around the world.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices increased in December, pushed up by ris-ing gasoline prices and energy costs. But overall infl ation re-mained mild.
The Labor Department says the producer price index, which measures costs before they reach the consumer, rose 0.4 percent last month. That ends three straight months of falling wholesale prices.
Gas prices reversed recent declines and increased 2.2 per-cent last month. Home heating oil costs grew at the fastest pace in 10 months, while diesel fuel prices increased at the biggest clip in almost four years.
Over the past 12 months, relatively low energy costs have kept infl ation tame. Prices have risen a modest 1.2 percent in that period.
Wholesale prices up
Blinn College’s Small Busi-ness Development Center (SBDC) is accepting registra-tion for a pair of upcoming courses that will detail how to start a small business and man-age the fi nances once that busi-ness is off the ground.
An entrepreneurial course, “Key Steps to Starting a Busi-ness,” will be offered from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13 at the SBDC offi ce, located at 108 Blinn Blvd.
Instructor Stephen Maeker will break down the process, describing the research pro-cess and how different business plans, business models and fi -nancing methods can lead to success.
The class is $20 per attendee.For business owners want-
ing to organize their fi nances, a hands-on, basic QuickBooks workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 14 from at the Bullock Building, located at the corner of College Ave. and Prai-rie Lea St.
Instructor Brooke Garcia willdescribe how business ownerscan use the accounting softwareto chart accounts, track custom-ers and vendors, monitor ac-counts payable and receivable,budget, create fi nancial reportsand reconcile their bank andcredit card accounts.
The cost is $100 per person.Seating is limited and pre-regis-tration is required.
To register for either course,visit: www.blinn.edu/sbdc.
For more information, con-tact Carol Doersom at [email protected] or 979-830-4333.
The SBDC at Blinn Collegeis a business consulting andtraining center that is part ofthe University of Houston SmallBusiness Development CenterNetwork, which serves 32 coun-ties in Southeast Texas.
The center provides free one-on-one consulting and low-costtraining seminars.
Jenkins Selected as Texas All-State MusicianSam Jenkins, a member of the Brenham High
School Symphonic Band will perform with the Texas All-State Band in San Antonio, Feb. 15 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2014 Texas Music Educators Asso-ciation Clinic/Convention.
He was chosen for this honor through a com-petitive process held this year across the state at District, Region and Area levels.
Jenkins is a student of Heath Kirkwood and plays at school under the direction of Eric Rettig who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, an 11,000-plus member organiza-tion headquartered in Austin.
This is his first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization.
Jenkins is the son of Lisa and Jason Jenkins.
Jacobs Named to President’s List at Texas Lutheran University
Zach Jacobs was named to the president’s list for the fall semester at Texas Lutheran University. Students named to that list received a 4.0 grade point for the semester. Jacobs is a Junior Exercise Science for Physical Therapy major at Texas Lutheran University. He is the son of Dinah and Todd Jacobs.
Jacobs Named to President’s List at Texas Lutheran University
WACO — Baylor University conferred degrees on more than 780 graduates during fall commencement exercises Dec. 21 in the Ferrell Center on the Baylor campus.
Among those graduating this fall include, from Brenham, Grace Emily Coles, Bachelor of Business Administration, management, economics.
Area Residents GraduateFrom Texas A&M University
COLLEGE STATION — Diplomas were awarded to approximate-ly 3,700 Texas A&M University graduates during fall commence-ment ceremonies.
Among those receiving degrees were from Brenham: Rebecca F. Byers, Bachelor of Science - psychology; Sarah E. Clinton, Bachelor of Science - civil engineering; Wally R. Contreras, Bachelor of Sci-ence - industrial engineering; Jessica C. Davis, Bachelor of Science - biomedical sciences; Christopher J. Kline, Bachelor of Science - molecular and cell biology; Michael T. Linden, Bachelor of Science - geography; Levar J. Mayberry, Bachelor of Science - psychology; Kathleen A. Sturrock, Bachelor of Science - biology, cum laude; and Matthew W. Wellmann, Bachelor of Science - ag leadership and de-velopment.
Also graduating include from Chappell Hill, Brooke N. Clanahan, Bachelor of Business Administration - finance, cum laude; Hunter J. Krolczyk, Bachelor of Science - ag leadership and development; and from Burton: Carrina L. Ramirez, Bachelor of Science - nutritional sciences; Courtney B. Schmidt, Bachelor of Science - ag communi-cations and journalism.
Students Named to Honors Lists at Texas A&M University
COLLEGE STATION, Jan. 13, 2014 - Texas A&M University has named its honor students for the fall semester, recognizing them for outstanding academic performance.
The Dean’s Honor Roll recognizes students taking at least 15 se-mester hours during the fall semester who have maintained a 3.75 or higher grade point (GPR) out of a possible 4.0.
A second designation, “Distinguished Student,” recognizes those who earned a 3.5 to 3.74 GPR while taking at least 15 hours for the fall semester.
Among those recognized were from Brenham, Jose J. Castillo, dis-tinguished; Jordan L. Clay dean’s honor roll; Bonham S. Duncan, dean’s honor roll; Name: Elkin D. Galvis Carvajal, dean’s honor roll; Ryan G. Gaskamp dean’s honor roll; Michael L. Gonzales, dean’s honor roll; Ashlea L. Hagemann, distinguished; Name: Mitchell L. Herrman, dean’s honor roll; Crystal L. Kubeczka, dean’s honor roll; and Caroline H. Martin, distinguished.
Area residents also named to the lists include from Chappell Hill, Nolan C. Eberly, distinguished; from Washington, Brandon N. Nickle, dean’s honor roll; and from Burton, Kendall L. Smith, distin-guished.
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Washington County Genealogical SocietyThe Washington County Genealogical Society met Jan. 6 at the
Blinn College Student Center.President Gary Rothermel called the meeting to order and led
the pledges. Betty Dunn presented program on Baylor University at Inde-
pendence, during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Minutes from the previous meeting were read by Secretary Jan
Kelm and the treasurer’s report was given by Susan Lake. The next meeting will be Feb. 3 at the Blinn College Student
Center at 7 p.m. with the program on the history of the Round Top area. The public is invited.
Tip of the Hat AwardThe Bluebonnet Garden Club awarded the Tip of the Hat Award to Faye Rogers, Independent Petroleum Landman, at 1908 South Austin St. The award is given to local businesses who show exemplary landscaping at their businesses. During the summer, large pink hibiscus plants bloomed continually along with many different summer annuals. Winter plantings include pansies and cyclamen.
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Best In Show Thi Le won Best in Show and had her artwork chosen to move on to the final round of judging in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Student art show. Her work will be exhibited in the Hayloft Gallery for the duration of the Houston Livestock Show in Reliant Center.
Special MeritMina Kraft won special merit and had her artwork chosen to move on to the final round of judging in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Student art show. Her work will be exhibited in the Hayloft Gallery for the duration of the Houston Live-stock Show in Reliant Center.
Gold Medal ArtShawn Michael won a gold medal and had his artwork chosen to move on to the final round of judging in the Houston Live-stock Show and Rodeo Student art show. His work will be ex-hibited in the Hayloft Gallery for the duration of the Houston Livestock Show in Reliant Center.
Gold Medal ArtKaitlyn Bazar won a gold medal and hadher artwork chosen to move on to the final round of judging in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Student art show. Her work will be exhibited in the Hayloft Gallery for the duration of the Houston Live-stock Show in Reliant Center.
Honored TeachersKay Ivy, Mary Wellbrock, Treva Bullard, Stacey Strickland, Mar-tha Padron and Dorothy Holle were presented with awards at the annual eSC6 Staff Development Day. The awards were earned based on enrollment, retention and student advancement. The 2012-13 Brenham Adult education classes served 226 adult stu-dents with 40 students earning a GeD certificate. The next op-portunity for students to enroll in GeD or eSL will be in January 2014. For more information about classes call 277-3899.
Brent and Kristen Koehn are the parents of a girl.Kenzie Renee was born at 12:48 p.m. Jan. 7, 2014 at Midland
Memorial Hospital in Midland.She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces.Grandparents are Mike and Elaine Koehn of Brenham and Ed
and Sharon Stewart of Junction.Great-grandparents are Gene and LaDell Harrell of Denver,
Colo.; Lorene Horn of Katy; and Kathleen Stewart Giovannini of Kerrville.
Celebrating Four GenerationsThe Scheffer family recently celebrated four generations of family along with edward’s 94th birthday. Pictured are great-grandfather, edward (middle), grandfather Billy (right), hold-ing great-grandson Stratton, 7 months old and newest member of the family; and grandson Stephen on the left, holding great-grandson Sterling, 4.
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Harley Rose weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and Bailey Jean weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces.
They are welcomed by siblings Joseph Hunter Avila and Brock Wayne Benker.
Grandparents are Larry and Rose Benker of Brenham, and Bill and Linda Peschel of Industry.
Great-grandparents are Pat Mikeska and the late Jean Bailey Mikeska, Kay Peschel and the late Wilfred Peschel, Clara Benker and the late Fritz (Fred) Benker, and the late Stanley and Nancy Rybarski.
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The Cubette basketball team (22-2, 10-0) plays Willis Friday at 6 p.m. at home.
The Cub basketball team (15-8, 5-3) faces Willis away Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Cubette soccer team (1-0-2) plays in the Colorado River Cup Thursday-Saturday at Bastrop.
The Cub soccer team (0-3-1) plays in the Select Cup Thursday-Saturday at home.
Week At A Glance
The Panther basketball team (5-10, 0-2) faces Milano at home Friday.
The Lady Panther basket-ball team (1-10) plays Milano at home Friday.
The Eagle basketball team (7-6, 4-1) faces Calvary Bap-tist at the Blinn P.E. Building Friday.
The Lady Eagle basketball team plays Calvary Baptist at the Blinn P.E. Building Friday.
The Buccaneer women’s basketball team (13-3, 3-1) plays Tyler Junior College at home today at 5:30 p.m.
The Buccaneer men’s bas-ketball team (12-5, 3-3) travels to Lee College today for a 7 p.m. game.
From Staff ReportsBrenham Cubs’ pitcher
Dakota Brewton was named to the All Greater Houston Preseason B a s e b a l l Team vot-ed on by the Hous-ton Area B a s e b a l l C o a c h e s A s s o c i a -tion.
He will be hon-ored at the annual Hot Stove Banquet Thursday, Jan. 30th at Con-stellation Field in Sugarland.
Brewton, a senior, had a
phenomenal 2013 season. He was 7-2 with a 2.56 earned run average to go along with 56 strikeouts through 63 in-nings pitched. He had a WHIP of 1.22.
Others being awarded at the event are: Tucker Cascadden, Lamar; Matt Collins, Hous-ton Memorial; Kaleb Denny, Barbers Hill; Aaron Fletcher, Langham Creek; Reid Gar-rett, Richmond Foster; Stone Garrett, George Ranch; Jay-len Hubbard, Dulles; Tra-vis Jones, Atascocita; Corbin Martin, Cypress Ranch; Mi-chael Rodgers, St. Thomas; Ricky Salinas, North Shore; Luke Sherley, The Wood-lands; John Henry Styles,
Houston Episcopal; Trey Su-pak, La Grange; and, Connor Wong, Pearland.
Guest speakers will be former Astros’ legend Jim-my Wynn and former major leaguer and current Sugar-land Skeeters’ manager Gary Gaetti.
Individual tickets for the event can be purchased for $75. Tables for 10 are listed at $750.
For more information on purchasing tickets or tables for the Hot Stove Banquet call the Sugarland Skeeters Ticket Office at (281) 207-9136 or go to their website: www.Suger-LandSkeeters.com.
Cubs’ pitcher Brewton to be honored at banquet
From Staff ReportsBlinn College will host a
celebratory luncheon to honor its 2013 national champion-ship volleyball team.
The Buccaneers won their third national title and their second in three years this past season.
The Blinn Foundation and Letterman Association are inviting the local community to join them in celebrating the Bucs road to the national title. The luncheon will be held Jan. 25 at the Janis Sneed Banquet Room on Brenham’s campus. Individual tickets are $20 and tables of eight are $300, which
also includes a VIP reception with the athletes, coaches and the College’s Board of Trust-ees.
Two volleyballs signed by the players and coaches will be auctioned off during the lunch. All proceeds will go towards the Blinn athletic de-partment.
The Foundation and Letter-man Association will award the Kruse family the Don Wilhelm PHD award during the event. The award is given to deserving individuals for their pride, honor and dedica-tion to their community.
The Kruse family provided
a donation in June 2013 that went towards the College de-veloping a 40,000-square-foot recreation center for students on the Brenham campus.
To purchase tickets, go to the Foundation’s Whigham House at 902 College Ave. or call Celia Haley at 979-830-4017.
Blinn beat Tyler Junior Col-lege, 3-1, to claim the national championship in Casper, Wyo., in November. The Buccaneers finished the season with a 39-3 record. They earned a trip to nationals by winning five of six matches in the Region XIV Championships.
Blinn College to honor 2013 national championship volleyball team
Jan. 25 luncheon to celebrate Bucs’ titleAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Uni-
versity of Texas regents on Mon-day approved a five-year contract
for new f o o t b a l l coach Char-lie Strong worth more than $25 million.
S t r o n g will be paid $5 million in the first year, with an annual $ 10 0 , 0 0 0
raise for the coach chosen to suc-ceed Mack Brown. The regents met by phone Monday and ap-proved the contract by a unani-mous vote.
Strong, 53, spent the last four years at Louisville and will be the first African-American head coach of a Longhorns men’s team. He went 23-3 the last two seasons at Louisville, and was introduced as Texas’ new coach Jan. 6.
“We have the right coach on the right terms,” Texas President Bill Powers said after the board vote. “I am so excited about coach Strong being here.”
Brown spent 16 seasons at Texas and won the 2005 national cham-pionship. He resigned in Decem-ber after four consecutive seasons
with at least four losses.Strong’s deal includes Texas
paying a $4.38 million buyout from his previous contract with Louisville. Strong’s salary and the buyout with Louisville will be paid entirely with money raised by the athletic department, school officials said. No state taxpayer money is used.
Texas has the wealthiest athletic department in the country, with an annual budget of more than $160 million.
Patterson said school officials initially drew up a list of about 30 potential candidates when their coaching search began.
“We whittled that list down a bit and then went out, had about a half a dozen interviews, and Charlie was great to sit with in his kitchen,” Patterson said. “Wonder-ful family, tough football coach ... great in the community. By all ac-counts, we’re just really excited to have him.”
Strong’s contract has bonus in-centives, including $250,000 for winning the national champion-ship and $100,000 for a Big 12 title or winning a national coach of the year award. It also pays at least $25,000 for appearing in a bowl game. Strong also could earn up to $150,000 based on his team’s aca-demic performance.
Texas regents OK Strong contract worth $25M-plus
By KYLE CUNNINGHAMSports Reporter
A pair of rallies by the Brenham Christian Eagles, as well as some big perfor-mances from unlikely places, weren’t enough to hold off the Lifestyle Christian Victors at the Blinn P.E. Building Tues-day night in a 68-57 loss.
As the Victors put pressure on leading scorer Shane Stel-ter, junior swingman Con-nor Saye had his best shoot-ing performance of the night, scoring 12 points — including hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter — to finish second in scoring.
“Connor’s been coming in every day, shooting shot af-ter shot in practice to try and knock down those 3-pointers,”
BCA (7-6, 4-1) coach Denny Varghese said. “He was huge for us tonight. If we move the ball a little bit better maybe he gets more open looks and the score is a little bit closer, or we come out with a win.”
Saye was also a part of one of the biggest plays of the night, as he finished off a big transition play to get the Eagles to within two points in the middle of the third quar-ter.
Ryan Steen started the play with a big block, then passed the ball out on the wing to Tristan Wilkinson, who found an open Connor Saye for the big bucket with 3:05 left in the quarter.
After spotting Lifestyle a 19-4 lead in the first quarter,
the Eagles rallied back with a 10-0 run to start the quarter, and ended the half down only seven points.
Both teams played a physi-cal style of basketball, and the foul total added up for the Ea-gles, who saw Steen, Stelter, and Talgat Pate all foul out in the final quarter. Lifestyle reached the double bonus ear-ly in the fourth quarter.
“Our bench was huge,” Var-ghese said. “It starts with Evan (Roskow), Connor (Saye), Daniel (Taylor) who tirelessly come in and give whatever they have every day.”
The loss is the first that BCA has suffered in the Blinn P.E. Building in the 2013-14 season.
BCA rally not enough in 68-57 loss
MELBOURNE, Austra-lia (AP) — Serena Williams wore a fitted pink blazer into her second-round match at the Australian Open, giving the impression she wasn’t feeling the heat.
And after her 6-1, 6-2 win over Vesna Dolonc on Wednesday, the second con-secutive scorching day at the season’s first major, Williams
said she could remember hot-ter matches.
By improving her career mark to 60-8 at Melbourne Park, she equaled Margaret Court’s record 60 match wins at the Australian Open in the Open era.
On day three at Melbourne Park, the center court at Rod Laver Arena was — at least ac-cording to the two fans holding
up a sign — “Serena’s Arena.”The heat topped 40 Celsius
(104F) during the 63-minute match, and peaked at just under 42 C (108 F) later during Novak Djokovic’s 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 win over Leonardo Mayer. Second-seeded Djokovic, aiming to be the first man in the Open era to win four consecutive Austra-lian Open titles, didn’t face a break point.
Williams, Djokovic into 3rd round at Aussie Open
Matt Keyser/Special to The Banner-Pressthe Buccaneer volleyball team celebrates after winning the nJCA A national Championship in Casper, wyo., in november.
From Staff ReportsMUMFORD, Texas —
Freshman guard Jamon Brad-
ley led the Panthers with sev-en points and four rebounds Tuesday night, as Burton lost to the hosting Mumford Mus-tangs 96-13 here.
Burton (5-10, 0-2) coach Ja-mie Smith said the Panthers had trouble winning rebounds due to Mumford’s size advan-tage and superior positioning, which made it hard for the team to generate any second-chance opportunities.
“We got almost zero sec-ond-shot opportunities, and as a result they were able to get a few fast-break points off our misses that got them out to a quick lead,” Smith said. “I thought we played hard, but we had a hard time finding ways to manufacture points. That was one of the big dif-ferences in the game.”
Burton tried to contain the Mustangs on defense, but the short-range baskets on transi-tions were simply too much for the Panthers to contain.
“They are a good high-per-centage shooting team and that’s why they’re as success-ful as they have been and are ranked as high as they have been,” Smith said. “They take good shots and knock a lot of them down.”
Dion Mack led Mumford with 22 points, followed by Aubrie King with 20.
The Panthers return home Friday night for a district dou-ble-header with Milano. Their game is scheduled to start fol-lowing the conclusion of the JV and girls varsity games, with the JV game starting at 5 p.m.
Panther basketball can’t contain Mumford in 96-13 defeat
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DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve re-cently become sexually active and I’m planning to go on the pill. But there are so many dif-ferent types of birth control pills. Which one is right for me?
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From my general remarks about these pills, I’m hopeful you can pinpoint the ones that seem right for you -- and discuss them with your doctor.
Birth control pills can be divided into two basic categories: combined pills and mini-pills. Most birth control pills are combined pills. They contain a combination of two types of female sex hormones: the hormone estrogen and a progestogen (a group of hor-mones that includes progesterone). Minipi-lls contain a progestogen, but no estrogen.
The estrogen in combined birth control pills prevents ovulation, the release of a ma-ture egg from a woman’s ovary. Combined birth control pills also thicken cervical se-cretions, creating a barrier that makes it dif-fi cult for sperm to get into the uterus. They produce changes in the tubes that carry the egg from the ovaries to the uterus. And they make it hard for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus. These effects are caused by the progestogen.
Combination birth control pills are 98 to 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy.
The more estrogen, the better the birth control effect. Unfortunately, the more estrogen, the higher the likelihood of side effects such as high blood pressure or headaches.
Minipills do not prevent ovula-tion as effectively as combination pills because they don’t contain estrogen.
They mainly act by thickening secretions of the cervix and mak-
ing it hard for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus. They are about 98 percent effec-tive. Minipills need to be taken exactly as directed. Even missing one pill can greatly reduce their effectiveness.
Combination birth control pills are avail-able in three subtypes: monophasic, bipha-sic and triphasic. Monophasic pills contain a constant amount of estrogen and proges-togen. With biphasic and triphasic pills, the dose varies over the course of the month.
For most women, monophasic birth con-trol pills are a good fi rst option. They work as well as the more expensive and more complicated biphasic and triphasic prod-ucts.
Minipills are a good option if you have a reason to avoid estrogen. The most common reasons are a tendency to develop blood
clots, smoking and current breastfeeding. That’s because estrogen increases the ten-dency for blood clots.
In smokers, even if they’ve never had a problem with blood clots in the past, start-ing on estrogen increases the risk for clots -- and of the heart attacks and strokes caused by them.
Estrogen reduces the amount of breast milk, so estrogen-containing birth control pills normally are not recommended in women who are breast feeding.
It may take some trial and error to fi nd the best birth control pill for you. Try to achieve the right hormonal balance -- just enough to prevent pregnancy, but not enough to cause side effects.
Page 6, The Banner-Press Wednesday, January, 15, 2014 Brenham, Texas
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Angry dad wants to control emotionsDEAR ABBY:
I’m a dad in my 30s and I have a prob-lem.
I have been bat-tling anger issues since I was a kid.
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When they mis-behave, I lose it and yell at them. It is the way I was raised; however, I feel even worse af-terward.
I really want to break this habit.
I don’t want the only memo-ries my children have of me to be images of my red face and bugged-out eyes hollering at them.
Do you have any guidelines I can follow to get a better handle on my anger? -- LOUD DAD IN WEST VIRGINIA
DEAR LOUD DAD: Yes, I do. And I’m glad you asked me because it’s important that you fi nd other ways of reliev-ing your frustration than tak-ing it out on your children.
It is not only counterpro-ductive, it is extremely de-structive.
When a bigger person yells at a smaller person, the mes-sage is often lost because the smaller person (in your case, your children) simply shuts down out of fear that physical violence might follow.
You should not ignore your feelings when your children act up.
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Sometimes when people are angry or frustrated about other things, they can lose control of their temper.
In situations like these, it is important to evaluate the source of what might really be irritating you before misdi-recting your anger at someone who is blameless.
There are healthy ways of dealing with anger and frus-tration.
Developing the control to ex-
press emotions verbally with-out being abusive or calling names is one of them. Another is to say a prayer (“Please Lord, don’t let me lose my temper!”) before opening your mouth.
Leaving the room, going for a walk or short run can be helpful.
Unhealthy ways that should be avoided include getting into your car when you are angry, or using alcohol or drugs to calm you.
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LONDON (AP) — One Direction mem-ber Liam Payne says he is sorry for being “stupid and irresponsible” after he was pho-tographed standing on a building ledge 34 stories above the ground.
A photo published today in British tabloid the Sun shows the boy-band singer standing on the ledge of a high-rise with a city that appears to be London behind him.
The 20-year-old said in a statement that “I regret being there and having a photo taken. It was a stupid and irresponsible thing to do.”
Payne sorry for high-rise ledge photo
Your BirthdayThursday, Jan. 16
Stick to what you know, and avoid any sudden and inconsis-tent moves that could threaten your reputation. Conservative action and expertise will help you overcome opposition and accusations. Stand tall and pro-ceed with confi dence. Play the game of life to win.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Listen carefully, but don’t allow your emotions to sway you in one direction or another. It would be better to mediate, rather than participate, in an un-winnable debate.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Show everyone how ca-pable you are. A proposal will bring in extra cash and change the way you live. Don’t let a se-cret affair cause emotional grief. Honesty is the best policy.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- You can make your dreams come true with a little time and effort. Join organizations that share your interests and exper-tise. A special person should be treated to a romantic evening.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Your changing or inconsistent attitude will cause disruptions with the people you deal with personally and professionally. Think twice before you make a sudden move.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Relax, and enjoy friends and family. Make personal changes that will keep you up to date mentally and physically. A plea-surable trip will entice you, but caution while traveling will be essential.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Set your goals high, and get
ready for action. Consultationwith experts will enable you tocut corners and reach your des-tination quickly. Mix businesswith pleasure.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- If you feel uncertain, step backand observe. The more informa-tion you gather, the easier it willbe to make a tough choice. Re-fuse to get upset about mattersyou cannot change.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Anemotional matter will skyrocketif you don’t control the situation.Prepare to make last-minutechanges if it will help you avoidan unsavory entanglement. Fo-cus on personal relationships.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) --Take steps to ensure that thingsgo the way you plan. Don’t leaveanything to chance, and takesteps to correct any situationthat you feel has the potential tohead in the wrong direction.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)-- Too much, too fast leads todisaster. Watch what everyoneelse is doing and protect yourinterests. Empty promises canbe expected. Get what you wantin writing, or take a pass.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)-- Let your mind wander andyour imagination take over.Take a look at your friendships,lifestyle and home base. An un-conventional arrangement willinspire you to be more adven-turesome.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- An investment op-portunity may look like a surething, but look before you leap.You aren’t likely to have all thefacts required to make an edu-cated choice. Don’t take a risk..
By The Associated PressToday is Wednesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of
2014. There are 350 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History:On Jan. 15, 1929, civil rights leader Martin Lu-
ther King Jr. was born in Atlanta. On this date:In 1559, England’s Queen Elizabeth I was
crowned in Westminster Abbey.In 1777, the people of New Connecticut de-
clared their independence. (The republic later be-came the state of Vermont.)
In 1862, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Abraham Lincoln’s choice of Edwin M. Stanton to be the new Secretary of War, replacing Simon Cameron.
In 1919, in Boston, a tank containing an esti-mated 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst, send-ing the dark syrup coursing through the city’s North End, killing 21 people.
In 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of War (now Defense).
In 1947, the mutilated remains of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, who came to be known as the “Black Dahlia,” were found in a vacant Los An-geles lot; her slaying remains unsolved.
In 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, known retroactively as Super Bowl I.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.
In 1974, the situation comedy “Happy Days” premiered on ABC-TV.
In 1989, NATO, the Warsaw Pact and 12 other European countries adopted a human rights and security agreement in Vienna, Austria.
In 1993, in Paris, a historic disarmament cere-mony ended with the last of 125 countries signing a treaty banning chemical weapons.
Ten years ago: The NASA Spirit rover rolled onto the surface of Mars for the first time since the vehicle bounced to a landing nearly two weeks earlier. Fourteen-year-old golfer Michelle Wie shot a 2-over 72 in the first round at the PGA Sony Open in Honolulu.
Five years ago: US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled both engines; all 155 people aboard survived. In a fare-well address to the nation, President George W. Bush said while his policies were unpopular, there could be little debate about the results: “America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil.”
One year ago: New York state enacted the na-tion’s toughest gun restrictions and the first since the Connecticut school massacre, including an expanded assault-weapon ban and background checks for buying ammunition.
Who? Why? When? What?Four short questions to answer
before deciding whether to, once again, extend federal unemploy-ment benefits.
This is another federal benefits program, with a bit of a difference, in the war on poverty that Presi-dent Lyndon Johnson declared a half century ago. In the battles of that war, the only work some on the dole have ever done is to walk to the mail box to pick up their food stamps.
Conversely, in the unemploy-ment battle, checks go to those who have worked in gainful employment to support themselves or their families. They are now unemployed through no fault of their own.
As in any group, there are different categories of job hunters. Is the job hunter the only provider for himself or family, or was he employed to sup-plement what he was getting from other family members?
Were his or her wages just at or below the pov-erty line or were they at the 35 percent income tax rate? Is she willing and capable to be employed in a different field of work? How about relocating? Would employment in a far away city or state be acceptable?
These are just a few of the questions that should be asked about who gets unemployment benefits, why they will be made available, in what amounts, and for how long.
Here is a personal example of one approach to unemployment. In the early ‘80s, our son Mark was a recent university graduate working in the oil patch. Shortly after marriage, he was trans-ferred from Houston to Midland. Then shortly af-ter his first son was born, the oil boom took one of its periodic corrections and he lost his job.
Fortunately, under the state unemployment sys-tem he was receiving assistance from the fund to which his employer had contributed but he knew they were not unlimited. When he could not find another job in the Midland area, he went to At-lanta, Ga. and stayed with a family friend. After a fruitless week of looking for work in that area, he returned to Midland.
A little later, he went to Washington, D.C., to stay with his brother while he looked for work in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Hitting dead ends there, he returned to Midland but continued looking for employment wherever he could find it. Finally, he was employed by a debt collection agency in California.
He packed his wife and son in the car and head-ed for the sunny West Coast. What a shock when they got there. The only available apartment at a rental they could afford was an hour’s commute in heavy traffic from his office.
On a whim, and in total discouragement, he called his old boss in Midland. There had been a reshuffling in that organization, and Mark was hired back in a different position.
Mark is still in the oil patch but in an execu-tive role that requires him to commute weekly between his home in Midland and his office in Tulsa, Okla.
This illustrates what one who is out of work can do when driven by a need and desire to work under an unemployment assistance program with definite expiration deadlines.
Now turn to page 7 of the Jan 6, issue of The Banner-Press. There are six want-ads on that page of-fering employment in North and South Dakota.
Farm workers are needed in those states for a wide variety of tasks from February through November at $18 an hour, more than double the national minimum wage.
Similarly, Mark reports that the residents of Midland are urging the H-E-B food chain to ex-pand its local operation into one of its larger or mega stores. The answer they get is that the com-pany would like to expand in Midland, but they are unable to find enough employees to adequate-ly staff the operation they currently have there.
In a similar vein, recall the national news dur-ing the opening salvos of Johnson’s war on pov-erty. Some of the coverage was of the widespread poverty in the Appalachian Mountains while there was a severe labor shortage in the agriculture in-dustry in California.
There were reports of recruiters traveling from California to Appalachia with offers to relocate any families willing to work the fields. They got very limited response, because the “poor unemployed” did not want “to leave home” even for a paycheck.
Angela Allison also cannot be forgotten in this regard. She is the young lady profiled on Page 1 of the Sunday, Jan. 12 Banner. An unwed mother of two during and right after her senior year of high school, she decided that living in public housing on food stamps, Medicaid, and WIC was not the life she wanted for her children.
So, working seven nights a week delivering newspapers, she enrolled in Blinn College, earned her degree with a 4.0 grade point average, and is now an endowed scholarship doctoral candidate at Texas A&M.
These five vignettes are not answers to the question of why there is such persistent unem-ployment. They do illustrate, however, that there are ways to reduce high unemployment rates oth-er than a never ending supply of unemployment checks provided by other workers.
So here’s the perspective.There is a need and moral obligation to provide
temporary assistance for individuals who lose jobs through no fault of their own. The best way to do that is the Texas way. Under that system, un-employment benefits are part of an employer-paid program that provides temporary, partial income replacement to qualified individuals who are un-employed through no fault of their own.
Although employees do not pay unemployment taxes and employers cannot deduct unemploy-ment taxes from employees’ paychecks, that cost is considered when an employer is deciding what he will pay to hire an employee.
There is a time limit on the payment of the Texas unemployment benefits and that alone is an incentive for most to find new employment.
Maybe the federal government should take a few pages from the state books? Unfortunately, class warriors consider that the height of arrogance.
It would not be fair to divide the unemploy-ment rolls into various categories of need, length of unemployment, employability, residence and willingness to go where the work is and pay ac-cordingly with a firm deadline.
Those class warriors are convinced that the fed-eral government can and should make life fair.
Bill Neinast is a retired colonel and attorney with the U.S. Army. He lives near Burton.
In Perspective —
Federal unemployment benefitsshould take a page from Texas
The Banner-Press • Wednesday, January 15, 2014 • Page 7Opinions
Today in History
From The Banner-Press files, here’s a look at how things were 20, 30 and 40 years ago.20 years ago
Steven Hooper, deputy special agent in charge of the Houston office of the U.S. Customs Service, was the guest speaker at the Brenham Rotary Club.
Hooper discussed the law enforcement mission of the customs service, including drug task force initiatives for the Houston surrounding area.
He began his career with U.S. Customs in the Los Angeles office in 1970. He is a graduate of Cali-fornia State University at Los Angeles.
30 years agoWillie Mae Niebur presented service pins to members of the St. Jude Hospital Auxiliary.Those receiving pins and the number of hours they have worked are: Mrs. Richard Spinn, 3.200
hours; Mary Ellen Simmang, 2,400 hours; Almeda Brauer, 1,900 hours; Clara Belle Levy, 1,500 hours; Mrs. Wilbert Kettler, Mrs. Gilbert Kelm, both worked 600 hours; and Molly Gurka, 1,600 hours.
40 years agoJessie (Jack) Pilchiek of Brenham announced that he will be a candidate for the office of County
Commissioner Precinct 4 in Washington County.He is the son of the late Bernard and Annie Pilchiek, and lives in Brenham.
A Glance Back
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By TimoThy TimmermAnChair, LCrA Board of DirectorsWinter’s low temperatures and dor-
mant yards may lull many people in the Colorado River basin into believing that the devastating drought that has gripped our region in recent years has eased. But those who live along lakes Travis or Buchanan — or who rely on the river to make a living — know that the drought remains in full force.
The total combined storage of those two lakes, the region’s primary water supply reservoirs, hovers just above one-third full.
The LCRA board is aggressive-ly managing the river through this drought. Among the most notewor-thy actions were the decisions to cut off water to most farmers the last two years. If significant rains don’t come by March 1, and if the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality approves our request for emergency relief, most farmers will be cut off again this year.
While the agricultural curtailment and other actions are not without con-troversy, one thing most people up and down the basin agree on is the need to find new, diversified water supplies for the region.
In January 2012, our board set a goal of adding 100,000 acre-feet of firm wa-ter to the region’s water supply by 2017. It’s ambitious to think we could find that much water that quickly, but we’re almost there.
• We have started engineering and permitting work on a new reservoir in Wharton County that could add as much as 90,000 acre-feet a year. This historic project is the first new reser-voir in the region in decades. It should be completed by 2017.
• We are drilling five wells on LCRA property at the Lost Pines Power Park in Bastrop County. Those wells could produce as much as 10,000 acre-feet in drought years. Two of the wells are pumping now, and the rest are sched-uled to be working by this summer.
Last month, our board voted to se-cure the exclusive rights to develop groundwater from a 5,000-acre site in Bastrop County that is home to the Griffith League Scout Ranch. This strategic acquisition will allow LCRA to seek permits and add this supply to our portfolio when it makes the most sense for LCRA.
Securing new water supplies will help us meet demands throughout the basin, while decreasing the pressure on the Highland Lakes, the water supply for more than 1 million Texans.
Finding new water costs money.
LCRA is a nonprofit agency created by the state Legislature. We don’t get tax money. For us to pay for this new and critically needed infrastructure, we will be considering a plan to raise our water rates for all of our customers over the next few months.
We began discussing increasing wa-ter rates at an LCRA board meeting Tuesday in Austin. This is the start of a months-long public process during which we will be talking about water rates and our rate structure a lot. We hope all of our customers will give us feedback.
It’s too early to know exactly what the new rates will be. We won’t know that until we thoroughly study the is-sue and hear from our customers and the public. We can’t speak to how each of our customers will deal with the change, but all things being equal, early
projections call for LCRA to raise rates for our customers to a level that should only cost an average household $3 to $5 a month more for 12,000 gallons of water. Rates for downstream farmers also will be increased.
We strongly believe the efforts we are making to increase the region’s wa-ter supply will make a very big differ-ence in the lower Colorado River basin during this drought and well into the future.
If you would like more information on the proposal being considered, I invite you to attend our LCRA board meet-ings or go to LCRA.org. We will post updated information there as we work our way through this rate process.
Please send your comments to [email protected]. I and other members of the board would like to hear from you.
Guest Column —
Area’s devastating drought beginning to ease
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CBS clobbers rivalsNEW YORK (AP) — Thanks to football and a slate of robust
comedy and drama shows, CBS clobbered its prime-time com-petition last week.
The network surged with its coverage of the AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Eng-land Patriots, which drew nearly 32 million viewers to rank as the week’s most-watched program, according to Nielsen.
CBS claimed an additional 14 of the Top 20 shows on broad-cast and cable.
In second place was ESPN’s telecast of the BCS championship game between Florida State and Auburn, seen by more than 25 million viewers.
NBC’s only entry in the Top 20 was its Golden Globe Awards telecast, which ranked third with nearly 21 million viewers.
Overall for the week, CBS won with an average of 15.2 mil-lion viewers. It was the biggest ratings week by any network this season.
Runner-up NBC was far behind with 7.2 million, followed by ABC with 5.2 million and Fox with 3.7 million. Univision had 3.0 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.1 million, and the CW had 820,000 viewers.
The week’s top-rated cable networks were ESPN, averaging 4.2 million viewers, followed by USA with 2.3 million, History with 2.2 million, and Disney with 2.0 million.
NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 10.7 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 9.4 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 8.1 million viewers, notching its biggest audience since September 2006.
For the week of Jan. 6-12, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: AFC Divisional Playoffs: Indianapolis at New Eng-land, CBS, 31.69 million; BCS Championship: Florida State vs. Auburn, ESPN, 25.57 million; “Golden Globe Awards,” NBC, 20.87 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 20.84 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 20.35 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 17.06 million; “Intelligence,” CBS, 16.49 million; NFC Playoff: New Orleans at Seattle (Post-game), Fox, 14.09 million; “The Millers,” CBS, 13.39 million; BCS Studio (8:18 p.m.), ESPN, 12.79 million.
Blinn invites prospective students to its campusProspective students interested in attend-
ing Blinn College in fall 2014 will get to tour the Brenham campus, enroll and learn about financial aid opportunities during the college’s Preview Days Jan. 31 and Feb. 7.
Students need only attend one preview day, and can register online at www.blinn.edu/recruiting/preview_days.html. Once registered, they will be mailed an informa-tional packet with the day’s itinerary and instructions.
In addition to tours of the campus resi-dence halls and facilities, prospective stu-dents can meet with faculty to learn about Blinn’s academic programs and student services. As the college’s flagship campus, Blinn-Brenham offers on-campus student housing and is home to Blinn’s music, the-atre, agriculture and athletic programs.
Blinn will also host Preview Days on its Bryan campus Feb. 21 and March 7, and on its Sealy campus Feb. 13.
Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. The college’s transfer rate is the highest in the state and almost double the statewide average. Blinn was recently named one of the top community colleges in the state by Schools.com for its positive impact on the Texas economy and Afforda-bleCollegesOnline.org recently listed Blinn among the most affordable large commu-nity colleges in the nation.
Bill would clear convictions during 60s fish-insSEATTLE (AP) — Decades
after American Indians were arrested for exercising treaty-protected fishing rights during a nationally watched confronta-tion with authorities, a proposal in the state Legislature would give those who were jailed a chance to clear their convictions from the record.
Tribal members and others were roughed up, harassed and arrested while asserting their right to fish for salmon off-reser-vation under treaties signed with the federal government more than a century prior. The North-west fish-ins, which were known as the “Fish Wars” and modeled after sit-ins of the civil rights movement, were part of larger demonstrations to assert Ameri-can Indian rights nationwide.
The fishing acts, however, violated state regulations at the
time, and prompted raids by po-lice and state game wardens and clashes between Indian activists and police.
Demonstrations staged across the Northwest attracted national attention, and the fishing-rights cause was taken up by celebri-ties such as the actor Marlon Brando, who was arrested with others in 1964 for illegal fish-ing from an Indian canoe on the Puyallup River. Brando was later released.
“We as a state have a very dark past, and we need to own up to our mistakes,” said Rep. David Sawyer, D-Tacoma, prime sponsor of House Bill 2080. “We made a mistake, and we should allow people to live their lives without these crimi-nal charges on their record.”
Lawmakers in the House Community Development,
Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee are hearing public testimony on the bill Tuesday afternoon.
Sawyer said he’s not sure ex-actly how many people would be affected by the proposal. “Even if there’s a handful it’s worth do-ing,” he added.
Sawyer said he took up the proposal after hearing about a tribal member who couldn’t travel to Canada because of a fishing-related felony, and about another tribal grandparent who couldn’t adopt because of a sim-ilar conviction.
Under the measure, tribal mem-bers who were arrested before 1975 could apply to the sentenc-ing court to expunge their mis-demeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony convictions if they were exercising their treaty fishing rights. The court has the discre-
tion to vacate the conviction, un-less certain conditions apply, such as if the person was convicted for a violent crime or crime against a person, has new charges pending or other factors.
“It’s a start,” said Billy Frank Jr., a Nisqually tribal elder who figured prominently during the Fish Wars. He was arrested dozens of times. “I never kept count,” he said of his arrests.
Frank’s Landing, his family’s home along the Nisqually River north of Olympia, became a fo-cal point for fish-ins. Frank and others continued to put their fish-ing nets in the river in defiance of state gambling regulations, even as game wardens watched on and cameras rolled.
Documentary footage from that time shows game wardens pulling their boats to shore and confiscating nets.
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When we started this fundraiser 4 years ago, we were brand new to the world of mitochondrial disease. We sat in a room with Dr. Koenig a week before Hudson’s third birthday, and were told he has a life limiting disease that has no cure, and no treatment. She couldn’t give us a prognosis for him, because the disease course is so uncertain and highly individualized. For a solid year all I thought about was that life changing day, that life changing
moment. Imagine hearing those words about your child. I certainly never thought I would. It still feels surreal when I think back to that day. Having a child with this disease is emotionally and physically exhausting, and it will drown you if you let it. Every time Hudson got sick, I wondered if this was it, would this be the time he didn’t come back to us? I knew that I had to create something to raise awareness of this disease no one knew about. The only hope for a cure is through awareness.
Back then Hudson was very sick. He had undergone 4 surgeries by the time he was 2, was almost completely tube fed, had a failing heart, and was so unattached to the world around him. He made no eye contact with anyone, had no way of communicating, and wouldn’t notice if you left the room. He was locked away in a sick little body.
I believe God brings people into your life when you need them most, and I believe he brought us to Dr. Koenig and the UT Mitochondrial Center of Excellence. We spent 3 years searching frantically for a name to what Hudson battled, and Dr. K was able to give us that name. She has cared for him the past 4 years with skill, patience, and love. He has thrived under her care. He is honestly a different child than the one we brought to her all those years ago. Dr. K coordinates his team of specialists and makes sure the implications of their treatments on his mitochondrial disease are always considered. She worked with his cardiology team to ensure his open heart surgery was successful. She was responsible for getting Hudson enrolled in the EPI-743 drug trial, a drug that has dramatically changed his life. He can now communicate using some words and several signs. His immune system has stabilized and we don’t live our life rushing off to the hospital at all hours anymore. His neurological status is greatly improved, he can focus on tasks and doesn’t stim endlessly all day anymore. Last year Hudson and I spent 2 months inpatient at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, where he was enrolled in a feeding program. He is now able to eat some purees in addition to his formula and tube feedings. Perhaps the most exciting development is that Hudson was well enough to finally start school! I was pretty resistant to the idea due to the germ factor, but Dr. K was adamant that we try. I am so glad we did, because Hudson absolutely loves school and the social interaction has been wonderful for him.
Jake and I learned after that first year post diagnosis that we couldn’t live in fear of the unknown anymore. It’s emotionally exhausting. What we could choose though, was to make a difference. In the past 3 years our town of Brenham has donated almost $90,000 to fund mitochondrial disease research and help the UT Mitochondrial Center of Excellence grow. This clinic and Dr. K are very special, they are the only ones of their kind in Texas, and one of the very few to be found in the US at all. We are so lucky to have them in our backyard. What I am even more proud of is the amount of people we have brought awareness to, and how many people come out to support Hudson every year. We hope to see you there again this year, and thank you always for your support, whether it be volunteering your time, services, donating items, or a monetary donation. We love all of you, thank you.
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Holiday sales rise on discounts, online shoppingNEW YORK (AP) — Holiday shop-
pers were more than willing to spend during the holiday season, if they saw big discounts or were shopping online.
Sales rose 3.8 percent from last year for November and December com-bined, according to the National Retail Federation’s analysis of federal figures. That was a healthy gain in a season that kept merchants worried right up until Christmas as people held off on spend-ing.
That caution and increased online shopping made the holiday less festive at the mall. Shoppers stayed away from many traditional destinations like de-partment stores and electronics stores.
The sales increase came in just shy of the trade group’s forecast of a 3.9 percent gain. It was better than the 3.5 percent increase in 2012 and the 3.3 percent average for the past 10 years.
“It was a knock-down, drag-out bat-tle between retailers to see who could discount the most to generate the most traffic,” said Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics LLC, a research firm.
For retailers, those discounts came straight out of their profits. Many have cut their forecasts for the fourth quar-ter, and profits are expected to be the weakest since second quarter of 2009, when the economy was coming out of the Great Recession.
Perkins estimates that fourth-quar-ter profits will fall 0.7 percent from last year, the first decline since a 6.7 percent drop seen during the second quarter of 2009, according to his tally of 120 retailers.
January is already off to a slow start. Some stores like Express Inc. and Lu-lulemon Athleta have said weak January sales are compounding their holiday-
season woes. Express said it plans to continue heavy sales promotions, which it expects to last through the month.
“The consumer is fatigued and tak-ing a break,” Perkins said.
Retailers’ fiscal year typically ends in late January or early February to include the pre-Christmas and post-Christmas seasons. A lot is at stake. November and December account for 20 percent of the retail industry’s an-nual sales, on average.
Jack Kleinhenz, economist at the Na-tional Retail Federation, agrees that the holiday season was challenging.
“It ended on a solid pace, but it was tempered by consumers’ selectivity and preference to discounts,” he said.
The National Retail Federation’s fig-ures include online sales but exclude sales at automotive dealers, gas sta-tions and restaurants
They’re extrapolated from Com-merce Department retail sales figures, which were also released Tuesday.
That report showed retail sales rose 0.2 percent in December compared with November. That followed strong gains in October and November, helped by healthy auto sales.
According to the National Retail Federation’s analysis of holiday busi-ness, sales rose 3 percent in November and 4.6 percent in December from a year earlier.
The results highlight how Ameri-cans’ shopping habits are changing, posing challenges for retailers in 2014.
Over the past few months, people have been buying cars and appliances, as they take advantage of lower inter-est rates and replace worn-out models. That has left less room to buy more dis-cretionary items. In a stronger econo-
my, people could do both.Another issue for traditional retail-
ers: shoppers’ continuing shift to on-line shopping.
David Haskins, 32, of Greenville, N.C. did almost all his buying online this holiday, up from about half last year. He avoided department stores and bought a camera at Best Buy only because it matched an online price that was $200 cheaper.
Most of his shopping was done at Amazon.com, where he joined as a Prime member to get free shipping.
“When you are looking for something you need, you can just lay in bed and pull up a phone app,” Haskins said. But he said he doesn’t spend willy-nilly.
“I do a lot of research. I know exactly what I want before I make a purchase.”
Haskins’ shopping habits played out in the December figures.
Yellowstone: ‘Biobullets’ for bison won’t work
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Shooting wild bison with vaccine-laced “biobullets” to prevent the spread of disease to livestock would be too ineffective to justify the expense, Yellowstone Na-tional Park administrators said Tuesday.
The announcement means a program that has led to the cap-ture and slaughter of more than 2,300 bison that migrated into Montana over the last decade will continue — with little imme-diate hope of eradicating the disease that’s to blame.
About half of the 4,600 bison tested positive for exposure to brucellosis. The disease is feared by ranchers because it can cause pregnant cows to prematurely abort their young.
Other measures also are used to control Yellowstone’s burgeon-ing bison herd, including hunting and using helicopters and ATVs to drive the animals back into the park. That has had little or no impact on infection rates, and with the backing of livestock inter-ests, park officials in 2010 proposed shooting bison with absorb-able, vaccine-laced bullets to prevent transmissions to cattle.
But park officials made clear Tuesday that they have lost inter-est in spending $9 million over three decades on an effort they concluded would yield minimal results.
“We don’t think it makes any sense to spend millions of tax-payer dollars and invest 30 years of effort in hopes of a small re-duction in the prevalence of bison,” Yellowstone superintendent Dan Wenk said. A final decision will be made after a 30-day public review period.
Yellowstone’s chief scientist, David Hallac said the government will continue “opportunistic” vaccinations of some captured bi-son using syringes. Only a small percentage of bison captured by state and federal workers in past years have been vaccinated.
Montana Stockgrowers Association Vice President Errol Rice said he is disappointed the park was unwilling to put more mon-ey toward combatting brucellosis in wildlife.
Rice said the livestock industry has done its part, agreeing to mandatory testing and vaccinations of cattle in large areas of Mon-tana, Wyoming and Idaho surrounding the 2.2 million-acre park.
Chiara de Blasio tells all. Should your teen?By LEANNE ITALIE
Associated PressNEW YORK — Chiara de Blasio helped
get her dad elected mayor, flaunting quirky head gear and joking from the podium on primary night. But on Christmas Eve, the 19-year-old did something else: She bared her soul on YouTube about her history of depression and substance abuse.
The idea, she said, was to urge others to get help. Fiercely protective of her privacy while allowing her front and center on the campaign trail, her parents released a state-ment of support when the surprise video dropped.
While the timing was questioned — the four-minute video from her father’s transi-tion team was released when many were distracted by the holidays — advocates for Chiara’s generation of digital natives laud-ed her speaking out publicly as the act of a brave young woman.
Brave, yes, but foolhardy, perhaps, for other teens who don’t have access to slick political handlers and, unlike Chiara, still face the perilous and competitive college admissions process. She already attends in California.
Handled or not, today’s teens are notori-ous over-sharers on social media, but does Chiara’s revelation symbolize something else as mental health advocates work to des-tigmatize the shame and silent suffering of those afflicted? What of other young people so inspired to publicly disclose their depres-sion, drinking and drugging, eating disor-ders or struggles against suicidal thoughts?
“I think in general that it’s healing for people to be honest. I also think in the ad-
missions context that it’s very challenging and problematic. I would advise a child to go very, very gingerly,” said Carol Barash, founder and CEO of Story to College, a Manhattan-based nonprofit that has worked with thousands of students from diverse backgrounds on how to shape personal nar-ratives for college essays and scholarships.
“There’s a difference between telling your friends and the whole world,” she add-ed. “Most kids don’t have a PR team to help them through what could happen, all the fallout from doing that brave, courageous thing.”
From 13 to 20 percent of young people in the U.S. age 3 to 17 experience a broad range of mental disorders in a given year, and prevalence appears to be increasing, ac-cording to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which looked at data over multiple years from mul-tiple sources.
Suicide, for youth ages 12 to 17, was the second leading cause of death in 2010, the report said.
“We are seeing more public disclosure,” said Cheryl Rode, senior clinical director for the nonprofit San Diego Center for Chil-dren, which is under contract to provide ser-vices through San Diego County.
“Some of it is because of the movement of social media but some of it is also within the field of mental health. There’s a large focus on stigma reduction,” she said. “Many teens feel like they’re the only ones experiencing whatever it is they’re going through, and so when others are speaking up, it makes it a little bit safer. Talking about mental health is really important.”
But talking to whom? That, she said, is a “very individual and person decision” that should definitely include parents.
“Most kids, when they’re sharing, are sharing more impulsively,” Rode said. “I would not say parents should encourage publicizing to a mass audience their youth’s mental health status. You lose control of it. Disclosing in a more limited personal way is a better way of building support.”
More young people suffering both mental health and serious physical health condi-tions are enthusiastic in recovery and treat-ment about sharing their stories to help oth-ers, she said.
“I think adolescents often see themselves as very altruistic, whether it’s giving advice to another kid in a group kind of setting or being the example, the role model. That’s often a very healing process for kids,” Rode said.
But they still require adult guidance on exactly how to get that done. It could be a therapist, guidance counselor or parent, or all three.
“They’re still adolescents. They don’t think about the future,” Rode said. “They’re very in the present. It’s what sounds good now, and social media sounds good right now, but once you’ve put it out there and if you have a change of heart, it’s hard to take it back.”
While trying to lessen stigma over mental health diagnoses and substance abuse, Los Angeles child and adolescent psychiatrist Anandhi Narasimhan cautions that public disclosure remains risky for young people, especially when “coming out” at school or in the college admissions process.