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HUGHES SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The po- lice chief of a small Texas town urges all citizens to arm themselves, saying the federal government lacks any effective plan for fighting terrorism.
In a video he posted to his personal Face- book page, Hughes Springs Police Chief Ran- dy Kennedy said listening to President Barack Obama’s Oval Office speech on terrorism left
him in despair over the government’s ability to fight domestic terrorism.
He urged all law-abiding citizens to apply for concealed handgun permits and stand ready to support any fight against terrorists that might overwhelm the four full-time officers and one part-timer in a town of about 1,800 residents in Cass County, home to about 30,000 residents.
FORECAST TONIGHT: Partly cloudy skies. Low near 55. Winds light and variable. Thursday: A few clouds early, other- wise mostly sunny. High 78. Winds south southwest at 10 to 15 mph.
East Texas police chief appeals to public to arm itself
Kindergarten students at Brenham Elementary School sing a Christmas carol to their parents Tuesday morning during a Christmas program. As the holiday draws close, students are presenting programs celebrating the Christmas season.
Spreading Christmas cheer
AUSTIN — Local members of the Texas Leg- islature have received high ratings from a conser- vative group.
Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) has re- leased its ratings of the 84th Texas Legislature, including state Rep. Leighton Schubert (R-Cald- well) and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham).
“Any legislator can claim to be conservative, so our scorecard gives voters an objective tool to cut through the noise and compare results to
rhetoric,” said Jeff Morris, YCT state chairman. “Over the last six months, we have carefully vet- ted the voting records of each legislator to de- termine who truly went down to Austin and did their job.”
Scores for the 84th Legislature are calculated based on 50 votes taken in both the Senate and the House. Members of the Legislature received a score for the session based on their votes on bills that have a clear left/right policy choice.
Each legislator also has a combined career score covering his or her time in the Legislature.
Taking into account all members of each cham- ber, the average score in the House was a 46 and in the Senate a 56.
The average score among Republicans was 63 in the House and 74 in the Senate.
Schubert, who won a special election to serve as District 13 representative, scored a 63.
Kolkhorst, who was District 13 representative
before being elected to the Senate, scored 78. Schubert joined the House after the session had
already begun because a special election had to be held for that seat.
Kolkhorst is in her first term as a senator. “Under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick,
the Senate flourished with the highest scores on record for the chamber,” said Morris. “The addi- tion of nine new freshmen made a huge difference in the culture of the Senate.”
Area lawmakers ranked by conservative group
ARTHUR HAHN Managing Editor
A property owner has with- drawn his request to rezone three tracts along South Market Street.
Ben Boettcher on Tuesday withdrew a request to rezone property at 1600, 1608 and 1702 S. Market Street from local business/residential mixed use (B-1) to a commercial research and technology district (B-2).
Boettcher has been trying to sell his properties, which in- clude a former lumberyard, and said he hoped B-2 zoning would increase interest from potential buyers.
The move came after the Planning and Zoning Commis- sion voted Monday to recom- mend denial of the rezoning.
About 20 homeowners in that area objected to the proposal.
Because the city bans “spot zoning,” the only way Boettch- er’s request could have been granted would have been to rezone a two-block portion of South Market.
P&Z’s recommendation to deny the rezoning is still expect- ed to be on the agenda for a Dec. 17 city council meeting.
“We are still going to post this on the agenda because of the no- tices that were sent out and be- cause I made a statement at last night’s meeting that the public will have another opportunity to speak on the subject at the Dec. 17 city council meeting,” Erik Smith, the city’s Development Services director, said Tuesday.
Rezoning request withdrawn
The Brenham Choral Soci- ety and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will present their annual Christmas gift to the communi- ty, staging Handel’s “Messiah” on Monday.
The performance, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Peter’s, in- cludes professional soloists and orchestra members. It is free and open to the public, with a reception following.
“I am excited to accompa- ny such wonderful singers and musicians as we have this year,” said Linda Patterson, music di- rector at St. Peter’s who will ac- company the choir. “We are for- tunate to have returning solists Annamarie Zmolek, Lauren Shelton, Patrick Perez and Dan Bircher who joined us last year and Dr. A. Jan Taylor as conduc- tor.”
Zmolek, a soprano, is a recent semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audi- tions after winning first place in the Southwest region.
One week prior to that com- petition, she was praised by the Colorado Springs Gazette for her “unforgettable portrayal of Violetta” in La Traviata.
Zmolek holds degrees from Rice University and the East- man School of Music. She is on faculty at Prairie View A&M University.
DiAne Kane (left) chats with Mary Ann Chelf as they set down pastries for a dessert bar Tuesday evening at Champion Fellowship. The church presented “An Evening of Joy!” featuring comedy and the worship band, as well as a dessert bar.
A variety of tasty treats
‘Messiah’ to be presented Monday
From Staff Reports
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House has passed a resolution aimed at keeping terrorists from entering the country unde- tected.
The House, on an overwhelming 407-19 vote, approved the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Preven- tion Act of 2015.
The bill, introduced by Homeland Securi- ty Subcommittee chairman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and voted out of the Committee in June, ramps up security of the Visa Waiv- er Program to improve intelligence infor- mation sharing.
It also includes major recommendations from the committee’s bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel that will make it harder for terror sus-
pects to cross borders, including enhanced counterterrorism screening of travelers and measures to crack down on passport fraud.
“Today, the House took a very important step by passing legislation that addresses known vulnerabilities with our Visa Waiv- er Program by giving America the lever- age it needs to ensure that all participating
Anti-terrorist legislation passed
LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Hair loss is one of the most despised side ef- fects of chemotherapy, and now breast cancer patients are getting a new way to try to save their locks.
The Food and Drug Adminis- tration said Tuesday it would al- low marketing of the DigniCap, a cooling system that chills patients’ scalps to reduce the hair loss that is so common during breast cancer treatment.
A doctor who led research with the hair-preserving strategy wel- comed the FDA’s move, saying hair loss has a traumatic effect on pa- tients, and survivors, by revealing an illness that many would prefer to keep private.
“It’s such a marker for women — for work, for their families, for their children — that something’s wrong with them,” said Dr. Hope Rugo of the University of Califor-
nia, San Francisco. “You get just a few months of chemotherapy, and it takes more than a year for your hair to recover.”
Scalp cooling is an idea that’s been around for decades. The near-freezing temperatures are supposed to make it harder for cancer-fighting drugs to reach and harm hair follicles by temporarily reducing blood flow and cell me- tabolism in the scalp.