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Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes

There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles. Then Michael Brown was…

21 August 2014 [02:16 AM]
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Surprise

Adventure can come around any corner, and therein lies the problem. Planned or not sometimes it can be fun. Sometimes it is going to be a wild and bumpy road where you never know the outcome until it happens. I…

20 August 2014 [11:46 PM]
Hot temps ahead

The sea breeze should push thunderstorms into the Lufkin vicinity from mid- to late afternoon and possibly to the Interstate 20 corridor before sunset. The activity should decrease and finally end with the loss of daytime heating. Little change is…

20 August 2014 [11:03 PM]
Tyler Junior College set to have second public hearing

Tyler Junior College will have its second and final public hearing about its proposed tax revenue increase today. The college is proposing to hold the line on its tax rate, but increase its revenues to address the needs of…

20 August 2014 [10:50 PM]
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Summer graduates walk the stage with diploma

Karisma Freeman said it felt “awesome” to walk across the stage at Caldwell Auditorium on Wednesday to graduate. With her diploma in hand, she was looking forward to continuing her studies at Tyler Junior College and then transferring to Stephen…

20 August 2014 [10:45 PM]
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Adventures in gardening: One hungry Labrador retriever

When I was growing up, my grandparents had a big garden, and we often benefited from their bounty of summer crops. Homegrown vegetables always taste the best, so this spring I thought I would try my hand at growing a…

20 August 2014 [10:36 PM]
4 of 10 elected positions on 2 ESD boards’ contested races

Four of 10 elected positions on two Emergency Services District boards drew contested races for the November election. The five-member boards governing Emergency Services District No. 1 and No. 2 are volunteer positions and were appointed by County Commissioners…

20 August 2014 [10:34 PM]
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Don't worry be happy: Secretary inspires through disposition

It doesn’t take too long into a conversation with Lynne Hubbard to realize just how sweet she really is. Whether it’s asking the mailman how his weekend was, helping a job applicant find the appropriate webpage or answering the phone…

20 August 2014 [10:11 PM]
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Eltife speaks of major issues facing state at Builders luncheon

Sen. Kevin Eltife spoke about major issues faced by the state Wednesday during the Tyler Area Builders Association’s annual Government Officials Appreciation Luncheon. About 125 members and guests attended the luncheon and general membership meeting at Willow Brook Country Club,…

20 August 2014 [10:03 PM]
Bible Thoughts, August 21

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)…

20 August 2014 [09:57 PM]
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How to attract different butterflies to your own home garden

One of the benefits of having a landscape full of flowers is the joy of seeing colorful butterflies flitting from flower to flower to feed on their sweet nectar. It is interesting how much of the summer may go by…

20 August 2014 [09:49 PM]
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Outlawing dissent doesn’t win debate

The battle between proponents of religious liberties and supporters of gay rights is raging down in Houston, and it won’t be settled any time soon. The lesson for us is that we can no longer assume such battles will be…

20 August 2014 [09:43 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices, August 21

DEATHS DEWEY H. BRAWNER, 94, Kilgore, died Aug. 17. Rader Funeral Home, Kilgore. R.L. BRITTON, 56, Tyler, died Aug. 17. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. ROSA BUCKNER, 88, Jacksonville, died Aug. 16. Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Visitation 10 a.m. Saturday…

20 August 2014 [09:33 PM]
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Father's claims he didn't kill driver get boost

ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — A Texas father's claims he did not fatally shoot a drunken driver who caused an accident that killed his two sons seemed to be bolstered Wednesday by testimony from prosecution witnesses. Two of the witnesses —…

20 August 2014 [08:52 PM]
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VIDEO: Tyler man killed in head-on collision

GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) -- A head-on collision has claimed the life of a Tyler man. DPS says 47-year-old Christopher Payne was killed after his SUV was struck head-on by a truck that crossed the center line. The crash occurred Tuesday…

20 August 2014 [05:05 PM]
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VIDEOS: Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award 2014 watch list revealed

Inaugural winner Bryce Petty, along with Cayuga’s Malcolme Kennedy, is included on the watch list for the second annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. The list was unveiled to grand fanfare on Wednesday during the Ninth Annual East Texas Kick-Off…

20 August 2014 [04:59 PM]
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VIDEO: Flash mob strikes Jacksonville ISD convocation

BY FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com Jacksonville ISD administrators were in for a big surprise Friday when singing and dancing interrupted the superintendent’s welcome speech. Teachers and staff worked for several months to orchestrate and choreograph a flash mob during its annual convocation…

20 August 2014 [03:44 PM]
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VIDEO: Obama vows ‘justice’ after militants behead U.S. journalist

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (MCT) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday delivered an angry condemnation of the Islamic militant group believed to be behind the beheading of an American journalist, labeling the group a cancer and calling on Muslims around the world…

20 August 2014 [02:27 PM]
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VIDEO: Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans. The majority of public school students will attend charter schools established by a state-run school district created in the…

20 August 2014 [02:23 PM]
Opposition to county's 2015 budget emerges among commissioners

BY Adam Russell, arussell@tylerpaper.com A vote on the county’s 2015 budget is expected next week but opposition among commissioners emerged Tuesday. Three votes are needed among the five-member court to approve the property tax rate and budget for the county’s fiscal…

20 August 2014 [10:46 AM]