US judge blocks Texas law that would end straight-ticket voting
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge on Friday ordered Texas officials to allow straight-ticket voting for the Nov. 3 election, ruling that a state law ending the practice would endanger voters by causing longer lines at polling places during the pandemic.The ruling, coming only 18 days before early voting was set to begin, will cause problems for election officials who must reprogram voting machine software and reconfigure ballots, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo acknowledged in her ruling.“The substantial injury to (voters) is outweighed by the inconvenience,” the Laredo judge wrote.G...
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Ron Paul hospitalized after medical incidentAUSTIN, Texas — Ron Paul, the former Republican congressman from southeast Texas and presidential candidate, was hospitalized Friday after suffering an apparent medical incident while speaking during a video livestream.Following reports that the 85-year-old was admitted to a Texas hospital for “precautionary reasons,” Paul tweeted a photo from his hospital bed.“Message from Ron Paul: ‘I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern,’” the tweet read.Video posted on Twitter showed Paul interviewing a guest on video when his speech began to slur and his wo...
Tribune News Service
Ron Paul hospitalized after medical incident
AUSTIN, Texas — Ron Paul, the former Republican congressman from southeast Texas and presidential candidate, was hospitalized Friday after suffering an apparent medical incident while speaking during a video livestream.Following reports that the 85-year-old was admitted to a Texas hospital for “precautionary reasons,” Paul tweeted a photo from his hospital bed.“Message from Ron Paul: ‘I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern,’” the tweet read.Video posted on Twitter showed Paul interviewing a guest on video when his speech began to slur and his words became garbled.Paul unsuccessfully ran f...
Auto review: Toyota Tacoma Double Cab stingy on space, spendy at the pump
2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Double Cab: Good things in small packages?Price: $45,288 as tested. $1,670 for Advanced Technology Package; $485 for LED headlights; more below.Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes that it is “great for off-roading, rugged and reliable, packed with driver-assistance tech,” but not the “crew cab’s tiny back seat, automatic gearbox is uncoordinated, interior quality is disappointing.”Marketer’s pitch: “Play harder.”Reality: Still Tacoma-y after all these years.What’s new: The Tacoma gets some infotainment and safety upgrades but remains pretty much the same since ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
They saw poverty and sickness, so these doctors moved into the neighborhood
DALLAS — Robert Garcia sat on an examination table, his hands in his lap with his fingers laced together. He looked at ease even though he was at the doctor’s office.The 61-year-old considers his doctor a friend — in addition to someone who cares about his health and whom he trusts to treat him well.“They helped with my medicines and some sicknesses,” Garcia said as he waited to be seen at the south Dallas clinic. “They’ve been real good to me, real nice.”The two doctors who work at The Baylor Scott and White CitySquare Clinic make it a point to build relationships with their patients. Instead...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
They promised Cubans entry into US; instead, they allegedly tortured and extorted them
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two men promised to smuggle Cuban migrants into the United States via Mexico, but instead they tortured and extorted their victims, prosecutors say.Reynaldo Marquez Crespo, 41, and Jancer Sergio Ramos Valdes, 33, both Cuban, face charges of alien smuggling and kidnapping in a South Florida federal court.Crespo and Valdez promised their victims safe passage across the Yucatan Straits, the body of water that separates Cuba from Mexico, on go-fast boats and then over land across Mexico to the United States border sometime during January 2019, according to court documents.B...
Fantasy football Week 3: Start and sit
The injury bug struck the NFL hard in Week 2. Here’s a recap of last week’s games, followed by Week 3’s best bets:———WEEK 2 RECAPBrowns 35, Bengals 30: Both Baker Mayfield and rookie Joe Burrow will be solid streaming candidates in most fantasy formats going forward.49ers 31, Jets 13: Here’s hoping Raheem Mostert doesn’t miss too much time, because he was looking like a peak Chris Johnson before he suffered a MCL sprain.Bears 17, Giants 13: High volume (almost 17 touches per game) will help David Montgomery maintain his RB2 status.Cowboys 40, Falcons 39: Never has a player been vultured like E...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
For all of Patrick Mahomes' elite traits, here's one more: His voice. Let us explain.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes underthrew his receiver, Mecole Hardman, by about three yards on a deep route Sunday, and so Chargers cornerback Desmond King reached up and plucked the ball out of the sky.As the Chargers sideline celebrated a game-changing, fourth-quarter turnover, Mahomes remained near the line of scrimmage, tapping his hips over and over again, mimicking a referee’s signal.Offsides.The flag already rested on the field. Mahomes knew it before he threw the pass. And the interception, which would have been the first September pick of his career, never happened. All because o...
The Kansas City Star
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott calls decision in Breonna Taylor case 'disgusting'
FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott didn’t hold back when asked for his reaction to the news that police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, were not charged in the death of Breonna Taylor.On Wednesday, the Jefferson County grand jury chose only to indict one officer for “wanton endangerment” for blindly shooting 10 rounds from outside Taylor’s apartment. Two other officers on the scene were not charged.“That is disgusting,” Prescott said. “I don’t understand that one at all. There are a lot of things in this country I don’t understand that we are looking at right now. That i...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys' banged up defense looks to slow hot Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
FRISCO, Texas — As good as the Dallas Cowboys feel about themselves following last Sunday’s epic 40-39 comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons, they are not in denial about their shortcomings, especially on defense.The Cowboys (1-1) have offered little resistance in their first two games. They rank 24th in the NFL in yards allowed, have recorded just one turnover and only two sacks and opposing offenses have converted half of their third-down chances.Owner Jerry Jones readily admits “we got some serious work to do” on defense.What he didn’t say is that they have little time to do it with ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram