Trump Nominates Two Religious Freedom Champions for Texas Federal Judge Posts

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump nominated five candidates Thursday to fill vacant federal judge posts in Texas, including Jeff Mateer, a top official in the state’s attorney general’s office known for his background in “religious freedom” litigation.

The Texas nominations were part of 16 candidates nominated Thursday for federal judge positions across the country, including Trump’s own general counsel, Gregory G. Katsas of Virginia. Thursday also marked the seventh wave of conservative candidates the president has nominated for lower court vacancies.

Two of the five candidates for Texas, Mateer and Matthew Kacsmaryk, have spent part of their careers at Plano-based First Liberty Institute, a conservative law firm focused on bringing forward religious liberty cases. Continue reading “Trump Nominates Two Religious Freedom Champions for Texas Federal Judge Posts”

Death of Texas woman found buried on Maryland beach ruled accidental

Police are still looking into how a Texas woman became buried under the sand while vacationing in Ocean City, Md.

Ashley O’Connor died from asphyxia and suffocation, a spokesman for Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told the Daily News.

The 30-year-old Plano, Texas, resident’s death was an accident, the spokesman added.

O’Connor, who worked as an artist, became separated from her family at about 2 a.m. on Monday.

Ashley O’Connor, of Plano, Texas, was found buried on a beach in Ocean City.

Authorities found her four-and-a-half hours later, buried on a stretch of the beach with one arm sticking above the surface, a police spokeswoman told the Associated Press. Continue reading “Death of Texas woman found buried on Maryland beach ruled accidental”

Jpmorgan Chase’s New Plano Campus Will Soon Be Powered by Wind Energy

New York banking giant JPMorgan Chase is giving Texas’ renewable energy industry an extra tailwind.

The company announced Friday it plans to switch all its facilities to 100 percent renewable power by 2020. In Texas, 75 percent of JPMorgan Chase’s facilities will run on wind energy by the end of this year. That covers 584 branches and 8 million square feet, including a new 1.2 million-square-foot Plano campus.

To power those locations, JPMorgan Chase previously announced a 20-year deal to buy more than half the electricity generated by a new wind farm southwest of Fort Worth. NRG Energy’s Buckthorn facility in Erath County is scheduled to start operating by the end of this year. Continue reading “Jpmorgan Chase’s New Plano Campus Will Soon Be Powered by Wind Energy”

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Texas Funeral Planned for American Beaten to Death in Greece

A funeral for the American tourist who was fatally beaten in Greece is taking place in his hometown of Austin, Texas.

KXAN television in Austin reports ( http://bit.ly/2tfn2W6 ) that the service for 22-year-old Bakari Henderson will take place Saturday at a Baptist church.

Greek police say Henderson was beaten to death outside a bar July 7 on the Greek island of Zakynthos. His family said in a news release that he was in Greece working on a photo shoot to launch a clothing line.

Also Saturday, the last of nine suspects charged in Henderson’s death was scheduled to appear in court over whether he will be held in custody. The 33-year-old Serbian man is among nine people, aged between 18 and 34, charged in the fatal beating.

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See It: Texas Model Shuts down Passenger Who Body Shamed Her on Flight

Natalie Hage, 30, confronted a man over his body shaming on a recent flight.

A plus-size Instagram model confronted a man over his cruel, body-shaming treatment on a flight — and she hopes others will learn from the exchange.

Natalie Hage, 30, was flying from Dallas to Los Angeles last Thursday when she noticed the man on her left was loudly huffing, readjusting himself in his seat and “furiously texting” someone. Continue reading “See It: Texas Model Shuts down Passenger Who Body Shamed Her on Flight”

Rangers Reaction: Time to Stop Being Surprised by the Legendary Abd

The biggest news Saturday for the Texas Rangers was the health of Yu Darvish.

Yes, that was newsier than the continued run of excellence by the man, the myth, the legend … ABD.

Darvish said that he had no pain in his right triceps after a morning throwing session, that he doesn’t need an extra day before his next scheduled start, and that he will make that start Wednesday at Cleveland.

Assuming he continues to enjoy good health, he will slide into the spot vacated by Martin Perez after he was sent to the disabled list with a broken right/non-throwing thumb. Continue reading “Rangers Reaction: Time to Stop Being Surprised by the Legendary Abd”

Runoff Elections, Racing and Reggae Music: 4 Things to Do in Plano This Weekend, June 8-10

With the beginning of summer on the horizon, there’s no shortage of events going on in Plano. Here’s what’s happening this weekend:

Thursday

Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk

The Downtown Plano Arts District will host a wine-and-art-themed tour through downtown Plano. Those who purchase tickets will receive will be able to participate in the walk and will also receive a commemorative wine glass. Those who haven’t purchased tickets can attend a live reggae concert at the same location, which is free to the public. The event is held on the second Thursdays of every month from now until December. Ages 21 and older. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. $12 (online). $18 (at the door). 998 E. Continue reading “Runoff Elections, Racing and Reggae Music: 4 Things to Do in Plano This Weekend, June 8-10”

A Quick Look at North Texas Development in Plano & Frisco

North Texas development is so massive, it can be difficult to know what development is going where and what companies are moving to Plano vs. Frisco.

Legacy West and Plano

Right now, some of the best brands call Plano home: Dell Services, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Frito-Lay, and Rent-A-Center.

But now, thanks to a great tax incentive plan by the City of Plano, several more huge companies are moving near Legacy West, a 250-acre “modern neighborhood destination” at the southwest corner of the Dallas North Tollway and State Hwy 121. Continue reading “A Quick Look at North Texas Development in Plano & Frisco”