Texas baby is born with Zika-related microcephaly

Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed a Zika virus infection in a baby recently born with microcephaly in Harris County.

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A journey into the affairs of men

Published Saturday, July 16, 2016
By Joy Carrico

I love looking through Messenger archives. Advertisements are a particular favorite. I looked through the 1916 papers this week, curious to see what advertising was like 100 years ago. It was interesting.

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Let’s stop expecting cops to fix society

Published Saturday, July 16, 2016
By Ken Esten Cooke

The only absolutist statement that should be made about last week's killings is absolutely no one should ever target police to make demented points.

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Feeling black and blue matters

Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016
By Brian Knox

The words of a 4-year-old stung my mind and my heart last Wednesday night as I lay awake deep into Thursday morning. "It's OK. I'm right here with you."

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Governor reacts to downtown Dallas ambush

Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016
By Ed Sterling

A "Black Lives Matter" protest turned tragic when a sniper fired into a crowd estimated at 1,000 people in downtown Dallas at about 9 p.m. on July 7.

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Hate hits too close to home

Published Saturday, July 9, 2016
By Richard Greene

Shocked, sad, mad, numb and finally, just paralyzed. That was the range of emotions I felt as I watched the news from downtown Dallas unfold Thursday night and Friday morning on television and through my Twitter feed.

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When will the killing stop?

Published Saturday, July 9, 2016
By Racey Burden

By all accounts, Thursday night in downtown Dallas started out peaceful.

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A little consideration of others goes a long way

Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016
By Joe Lambert

Have you ever wondered about people who seem to wander through life, never being aware of what is going on around them? Here are some examples and perhaps you may see yourself in some of them. Even I may be guilty of one or more.

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Supreme Court strikes down major changes to abortion law

Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 struck down parts of the state abortion law that Texas lawmakers revised and passed in 2013.

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Get out of my life CenturyLink

Published Saturday, July 2, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Dear CenturyLink, I can't believe we ever got back together. What was I thinking?! I want to break up. And this time it's for real. I know, you think you'll be able to convince me to come back ... like in 2011 when we broke up the first time. But this is it.

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Understanding la Grande Boucle; Your guide to the Tour de France

Published Saturday, July 2, 2016
By David Talley

Today marks the start of the 103rd Tour de France. While a bicycle race in Europe may seem like a far cry from relevant or exciting here in the United States (there are actually five North Americans competing, including one Texan), the following three weeks are essentially 21 days of Christmas in July for cycling fans everywhere.

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Civic center exemplifies community cooperation

Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016
By Roy J. Eaton

The Decatur Civic Center celebrated its 15th anniversary last week, and it was a great occasion. The beautiful building is a perfect example of what can happen when a community has a single goal and everybody works hand-in-hand to reach that goal.

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Supreme Court affirms 5th Circuit in immigration case

Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 in effect affirmed a judgment that the Obama administration's use of deferred action in implementing immigration policy violates the United States Constitution.

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Practicing haphazard gardening with a touch of Sperry

Published Saturday, June 25, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

WWND? What would Neil do? The thought ran through my head as I stared at a misshapen mini rose bush in my front flower bed. Bermudagrass was threatening to take it over. I was done.

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What is your iNoyance factor?

Published Saturday, June 25, 2016
By Brian Eaton

A speaker at a recent seminar brought up Google Glass.

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Contemplating career choices: the risks and rewards

Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016
By David Talley

As a reporter, I get to chat with a lot of people. And, for a little bit, I get to look around inside their lives. After in-depth conversations, I head back to the office and start writing.

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DPS asks citizens to report suspicious behavior

Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016
By Ed Sterling

In the wake of the widely reported June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., the Texas Department of Public Safety called on Texans to pay close attention to what's happening in their own communities.

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President’s antics threaten college’s reputation

Published Saturday, June 18, 2016
By Roy J. Eaton

I have often been accused of dreaming up things to worry about, but I am concerned about the reputation and management of Weatherford College.

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Here, have a Father’s Day column

Published Saturday, June 18, 2016
By Racey Burden

Whenever I have a problem I need to talk through with a parent, I have a set question to determine which one gets the phone call.

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Squeeze the most fun out of summer vacation

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Summer inspires adventure. Throughout my life this has meant different things, and as a recent college graduate and newlywed, the adventure of choice was scuba diving.

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