TODAY IN HISTORY
On December 27, 1932, New York City's Radio City Music Hall opened to the public in midtown Manhattan.
In 1822, scientist Louis Pasteur was born in Dole, France.
In 1831, naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a round-the-world voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.
In 1947, the original version of the puppet character Howdy Doody made its TV debut on NBC's "Puppet Playhouse."
BEER STOCKING SHELVES OUTSIDE LOOP
And it will have a significant impact.
The store is believed to be the closest to the city limits of Tyler to have beer at this time – following the beer and wine off-premise initiative which passed in November.
NRA MEMBERS WANT ARLINGTON TEACHERS TO CARRY GUNS
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that David McElwee and Bill Sandlin tried to push a similar proposal a year ago and were unsuccessful.
After the school massacre in Connecticut that left twenty children dead, McElwee says they will try again.
But school board president Peter Baron says he doesn't support the idea.
Baron says McElwee is "welcome to come and say his piece, as is any citizen," but doesn't expect the board to be swayed.
He says the board is reviewing security in the wake of the shooting.
IRVING POLICE RELEASE COWBOY CRASH REPORT
A crash report released by Irving police on Thursday says Brent's BAC was measured at 0.189,
well above the Texas legal limit of 0.08. Authorities searching Brent's Mercedes sedan also seized an unopened bottle of Cognac liquor, along with "multiple receipts" and the title to the car.
EPA HEAD STEPS DOWN
Her almost four-year tenure was marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution,
the Keystone XL pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation's economy and people's health.
Jackson, the agency's first black administrator, constantly found herself caught between administration pledges to solve controversial environmental problems and steady resistance from Republicans and industrial groups who complained that the agency's rules destroyed jobs and made it harder for American companies to compete internationally.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PLANS
If you're going to be in North Carolina, you might want to know that the New Year's Eve possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny western North Carolina town will go on this year, with one big change: It won't involve a live possum.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals previously sued, calling the event illegal and cruel.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Brasstown will have the event December Thirty-First,
but with a different guest of honor.
During past drops, the possum was suspended in a see-through box covered with tinsel
and lowered to the ground at midnight.
They're considering using a stuffed animal or maybe road kill this year.
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Shine Your Light benefits nine East Texas charities – making it possible for them to help our neighbors throughout the coming year.
Donate (or simply find out more information) by going to TylerPaper.com's home page and clicking on the Shine Your Light button.
Mayor Barbara Bass's challenge goal for this year is $250,000 – and we're getting closer to reaching that as we all work together.