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It's unclear what Michael Sam's future in the NFL will bring. He is only on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys , which means he's unlikely to take the field any time soon. As everyone has heard many times by now, he will be the first openly gay player in the league. No matter how exhausted some are with reports about Sam, his sexuality and what it does or does not mean for his football career, his story matters. That's not just for the NFL, but for so many gay black men, who know all...

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a 6-year deal worth $108 million with quarterback Tony Romo. The team's website reports the deal has not been signed, but agreed-to terms stipulate that $55 million of that is guaranteed. Dallascowboys.com reports : "The contract pays Romo more than $17 million per season, putting him just outside the top five among highest-paid quarterbacks in the league. Recently, Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco received just $52 million in guaranteed cash." Donovan McNabb, the...

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Willingham Case Back in the Spotlight A state panel in Austin today will hear from fire experts on the high-profile Cameron Todd Willingham arson case. Willingham was convicted and put to death for an arson-ruled fire that killed his three daughters in 1991. Some experts say the conviction was based on bad science. The Texas Forensic Science Commission is examining the fire science used in the case, and how scientific practices have changed since the 90s. Those watching the...

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Key Hasan Hearing Wrapping Up The Article 32 military hearing for the accused Fort Hood shooter resumes today. Major Nidal Hasan’s hearing has been on hold for about three weeks. This hearing will be determine whether he will be court-martialed for last year's mass shooting on the Army post that left 13 dead and 31 wounded. The prosecution wrapped up testimony last month from witnesses and soldiers wounded in the shootings last November. The Associated Press reports Hasan's...

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President Bush Kicks Off Book Tour Former President George W. Bush will be at a Borders bookstore near his Dallas home today to sign copies of his newly released book Decision Points. In the book, President Bush writes about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Hurricane Katrina. He recently spoke very candidly about his life in a video interview with the TODAY shows Matt Lauer . Bush said his mothers miscarriage when he was young...