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3:27 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

ISIS Now Doxxing Members of US Military

The group claimed it hacked several military servers, databases and emails to obtain the information.
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Doxxing — derived from the word 'documents' — is a common tactic used by online hacktivist groups such as Anonymous, wherein personally identifiable information about targets is posted on the internet. Over the weekend, about 100 U.S. military servicemen and women were doxxed by the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

The posting included soldiers' names, addresses, photos and other information, and it asked sympathizers to, "Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe."

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News
2:07 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Texas Leads the Push Against Obama's Immigration Action

Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a Texas Tribune panel in 2013. Paxton is leading a fight against President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
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From The Texas Standard:

After a federal judge in Brownsville ruled to temporarily block the president's executive order on immigration in February, 25 other states signed on to the lawsuit.

The 26-state coalition, led by Texas, claims the Obama administration's actions were unconstitutional in that they represent an overreach by the executive and impose an "undue burden" on the state.

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Texas Standard
12:42 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Texas Leads Nation in Inappropriate Student-Teacher Relationships

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A Headline from the Dallas Morning News on Thursday read, "Irving high school teacher accused of having a romantic relationship with student, police say."

It might be a shocking headline, but it's sadly not a rare one. Texas leads all other states in the number of cases of teachers charged with or found guilty of inappropriate sexual relationships with students.

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Texas
10:22 am
Thu March 19, 2015

People From All Over Texas Travel To Houston's Sari Stores

There are more than a dozen sari stores along Houston's Hillcroft Avenue
Brenda Salinas/KUT

Farrah Akhtar says there's no such thing as getting a quick sari.

“No, no, no, you want to try everything on, then you need the jewelry, the shoes, and then you want to bargain, and then you might not be happy with the deal, so you’ll go somewhere else," Akhtar says.

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News
10:21 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Texas Lawmaker Wants to Make It Illegal to Film Police

HB 2918 would make the filming of a Texas police officer within 25 feet a Class B misdemeanor.
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State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) introduced a bill that restricts private citizens from videotaping or photographing law enforcement within 25 feet.

 

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Texas Standard
2:35 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Interview: Texan’s Powerful Films on Lasting Effects of Indonesia’s Genocide

Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer came back to Texas for SXSW Film.
Cody Rea for Texas Standard.

From Texas Standard:

The SXSW Film Conference marks a sort of homecoming for MacArthur genius and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer.

Oppenheimer’s 2012 film, The Act of Killing, looks at how the perpetrators of Indonesia’s military coup cope with their past. His new documentary, The Look of Silence, follows victims of the coup and how they continue to live alongside the people who killed their family members.

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Technology
2:25 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

The App That Helps You Draft a Constitution

A new app allows users to compare constitutions and pull excerpts from countries around the world.
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From Texas Standard

On average there are about a dozen ongoing civil wars across the world. Most of the news coverage of these conflicts revolves around political and military action, but what happens when that dictator or president is overthrown? What happens when a country has to restart anew and a new constitution has to be drafted?

Well, there’s an app for that.

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News
1:39 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Will Israel’s Netanyahu Win Re-Election?

Netanyahu addressed the House of Representatives earlier this month. The Israeli Prime Minister currently trails in the polls.
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From Texas Standard:

Israelis are back at the polls on Tuesday, barely two years after their last national election.

Current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trailing in the polls behind the Zionist Union, the center-left leading opposition party. Voters will be deciding on 120 parliamentary seats.

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Texas Standard
2:21 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Alabama Chief Justice to Speak on Same-Sex Marriage

Marriage March in Washington, D.C. Former Justice Moore says that Texas shouldn't approve current marriage equality measures.
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Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore went to war with the Supreme Court back in 2003, over the right to display the Ten Commandments outside an Alabama courthouse. As a result, the Alabama Judiciary removed Moore from his post during his first term.

Now, Moore talks about who has jurisdiction over marriage and divorce, equality of rights and the future of same-sex marriage.

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Texas
1:14 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

TGI Pi Day: On Saturday, the Date and Time Align With Pi Out to Ten Digits

March 14, 2015 is National Pi Day.
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March 14, 2015 is National Pi Day – as in 3.1415. And, at 9:26:53 a.m., the date and time will align with the first ten digits of pi: 3.141592653.

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Texas Standard
4:21 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Meet the Texan Who Traveled Overseas to Fight ISIS

Texan Patrick Maxwell on patrol with Kurdish security forces in 2014.

Wednesday was a fierce day of fighting in Iraq. The self-proclaimed Islamic State set off 21 car bombs in Ramadi as Iraqi forces gained ground in Tikrit, re-taking control of a military hospital there.

Back in the U.S., the debate continues about how best to deal with the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. But for some veterans the time for talk is over. Unknown numbers of American war vets have taken up with foreign fighters battling ISIS.

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Texas Standard
3:14 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

The Case for 'Fixin' To' as the Official Verb of Texas

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From Texas Standard: 

“Fixin’ to” is the national verb of Texas. Certainly you find it in use in other states, but it is particularly pervasive in Texas. For many of us it is the default verb for anything to do with the near future. And most of us replace that final “o” with an “a”– as in, Fixin’ Ta. As my mom would say, “I’m fixin’ ta vacuum in there, so y’all don’t get too comfortable.”

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Texas Standard
4:20 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

SXSW 2015 Features More Films Than Ever Before

"BRAND: A Second Coming" is the opening night film of SXSW.

South by Southwest is the biggest conference of its kind in Texas. It draws in tens of thousands of people and has an economic impact of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Janet Pierson heads up SXSW Film, which is screening 150 films this year – the most ever.

“We actually really wanted to show fewer films. The last couple of years we had settled on about 130-133 features – down from 140 – and we wanted to actually pull it down to about 125, and then there was just too much work that was interesting,” Pierson says.

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Energy & Environment
8:54 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Deer Are Being Bred Just to be Hunted. Is it Ethical?

Hunters boil antlers to kill bacteria and add to the preservation process.
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This week, State Rep. Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) filed a bill that would require the release of antlered deer in the spring – rather than in the fall right before hunting season begins. It will limit the time that deer breeders have to transport their deer. It's an effort to curb the practice of captive deer farming, which breeds deer for their impressive antlers. It's a method that some deer hunters argue is unfair and unsportsmanlike. 

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Texas
10:43 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Job Growth Spurs Temporary Housing Market in Houston

Luxury condominiums like Waterwalk hope to cash in on population growth and business development.
Courtesy of WaterWalk

Approximately 50,000 people relocate to Houston every year, creating a luxury-housing boom.

Imagine waking up in your luxury apartment. There’s a knock at the door – in wheels some scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, a gourmet breakfast delivered. Every morning. And your company’s paying for all of it. That could be the reality for some Houston transplants as early as June, if David Redfern has his way. He’s the president of Waterwalk.

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Texas Standard
11:35 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Eighty-Five Year Old Advocates for Marijuana Reform

Eighty-five-year-old Ann Lee (left), founder of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, with Senator Ted Cruz (center).

Ann Lee, founder of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP), says it was her son's health that prompted her activism.

 

A new bill in the Texas House of Representatives would strike all references to marijuana from state statutes. Representative David Simpson (R-Longview) filed House Bill 2165 on Monday. The bill would effectively end the state-wide prohibition of the drug.

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Texas Standard
2:31 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

The San Antonio Spurs and the Trouble With Analytics

Turns out, the definition of 'analytics' varies – and so do the stories of how much the Spurs rely on them.
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From Texas Standard: 

The Spurs recently won an award for using analytics – but do they use them?

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Texas Standard
12:48 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Why Mack Brown Loves Twitter And His Answers To Your Questions

Mack Brown, former head coach of the Texas Longhorns football team, visits with Texas Standard.
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From Texas Standard:

When Mack Brown stepped down as head coach of the Texas Longhorns football team, he was the second winningest in school history with a national title under his belt. We all know that Mack Brown, but there’s another one — the off-the-field tactician who recruits for nonprofits.

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Texas Standard
12:59 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

24 Signs You're a True Texan

Ever had beef enchiladas on the San Antonio River Walk?
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How can you tell if someone's a real Texan? Our resident expert shares a cowboy's wisdom on the subject. 

An old rodeo cowboy from George West once helped W.F. Strong define the makings of a true Texan. He told him: "All you gotta do is ask a few questions."

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Texas Standard
12:49 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Could the Business Community End Mexico's Drug War?

After twenty powerful business groups and think tanks publicly expressed outrage at Mexican authorities over rampant lawlessness, Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord, Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez.
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One day after twenty business leaders issued a public vote of no confidence in the country's biggest newspapers, officials announced they had captured Mexico's most wanted kingpin.

After twenty powerful business groups and think tanks publicly expressed outrage at Mexican authorities over rampant lawlessness, Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez.

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