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Lawyer In 'Brown V. Board' Dies At 100

Posted: 08/06/2007 - (CBS) Oliver W. Hill, a civil rights lawyer who was at the front of the legal effort that desegregated public schools, has died at age 100, a family friend said. In 1954, he was part of a series of lawsuits against racially segregated public schools that became the Brown v. Board of Education decision, which changed America's society and touched off a wrenching period for the nation.

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Police Officer Shoots at Snake, Kills Five-Year-Old Boy

Posted: 08/06/2007 - NOBLE, Oklahoma (AP) -- A police officer shooting at a snake apparently killed a five-year-old boy who was fishing at a nearby pond, officials said. Austin Haley was fishing with his grandfather, Jack Tracy, when Tracy said he heard a shot and saw something hit the water just a few feet in front of the boat dock where he was standing. Moments later, a second shot hit Austin in the head.

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Still No Arrest a Year after Disappearance and Death of Lubbock Women

Posted: 08/06/2007 - LUBBOCK, Texas — A year after two Lubbock State School employees were last seen alive, police have made no arrests in the murder of one of the women or the disappearance of her co-worker. Peggy Merimon, 61, and Kay Harrelson, 51, were last seen leaving the state school with an unidentified man around lunchtime August 9 last year. Searchers found Harrelson's remains 11 days later off a dusty road near Shallowater.

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Three Killed Execution Style Behind New Jersey School

Posted: 08/06/2007 - NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Three friends were forced to kneel against a wall behind an elementary school and were shot to death at close range, and a fourth was found about 30 feet away with gunshot and knife wounds to her head, police said. All were from Newark and planned to attend Delaware State University this fall.

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Trial to Start 24 Years Later in Texas Mass Murder Case

Posted: 08/06/2007 - NEW BOSTON, Texas — Nearly 24 years after the bodies of five people shot execution-style were discovered along an East Texas oilfield lease road, the first of two men charged with what became one of the state's oldest unsolved mass murder cases heads to trial this week. Career criminal Romeo Pinkerton faces five counts of capital murder, and a possible death sentence if convicted, for what's known in Texas as the Kentucky Fried Chicken murders.

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Campus Safety Tops Orientation Agendas

Posted: 08/06/2007 - At colleges around the country this summer, one topic has vaulted to the top of the agenda at freshman orientation: campus safety. The nation's first incoming freshmen since last spring's shootings at Virginia Tech are heading to class soon, and colleges have been fielding more questions from parents and students about security and mental health issues.

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NASA Begins Countdown for Endeavour's Launch

Posted: 08/06/2007 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA began the countdown Sunday night for the launch of Endeavour after completing one final test to make sure the space shuttle's crew cabin was airtight. "The team is ready. Endeavour is ready," said NASA test director Stephen Payne.

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New Air Travel Rules in Effect

Posted: 08/05/2007 - Air travel has been a source for complaints for many who trek across the skies. One reason some suggest is because of items being restricted from carry-on luggage like cigarette lighters by the Transportation Security Administration

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Competing Above The Clouds

Posted: 08/05/2007 - Some true high flyers were riding the wind above Coulter Field Airport on Saturday. The Texas Canopy Piloting Circuit held their final Competitive Meet for 2007 at Sky Dive Aggieland.

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Restoring An Old Cemetery, Respecting the Past

Posted: 08/05/2007 - Some folks are hoping to beautify an old, neglected cemetery. Members of the Dr. William Hammond, Senior Foundation held a barbecue and bake sale on Saturday at Sue Haswell Park.

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Texas A&M Beef Jerky, "The Best"

Updated: 08/06/2007 - Since the 1980's students and locals have known about the beef jerky at the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center. The center's manager Ray Riley said almost two weeks ago, the rest of the country found out about it--in the New York Times.

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Tax-Free Holiday Pushed Back on Calendar

Updated: 08/03/2007 - A few months ago, the Texas legislature changed the start date of the school year to August 27. In conjunction, they pushed back the tax-free weekend to be closer to that date.

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Moral of This Story: Murals to Raise Morale at Bush Library

Updated: 11/01/2007 - If you've been to the Bush Library before and have designs on going back come November, you probably won't recognize the place. As renovations continue, one of the big changes to keep an eye out for are the murals.

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Vehicle Flips After Accident on Highway 30

Updated: 08/03/2007 - Highway 30 in Grimes County was the scene of yet another violent accident. The two-vehicle wreck happened just before 1:30 p.m. Friday, only a few miles west of Tuesday's fatal accident at Carlos.

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A&M Defends Ag Quiz Bowl Crown

Updated: 08/03/2007 - Texas A&M students in the Department of Agricultural Economics once again rose to the occasion in a national competition.

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Sleep Deprivation in Children Mimics ADHD

Updated: 08/03/2007 - It's no secret that children require more sleep than adults. However, doctors say a lack of sleep can produce symptoms similar to that of a recognized childhood development disorder.

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CSPD: Hotel Drowning Most Likely an Accident

Updated: 08/03/2007 - The investigation continues into the drowning death of a boy at a College Station hotel. Michael Ross of Fairfield died July 23 at the Plaza Hotel in what police say is an accidental drowning.

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Fundraiser to Benefit Bryan's Grandview Cemetery

Updated: 08/03/2007 - A Bryan cemetery is in need of a major clean-up. Grandview Cemetery was established in 1922 as a black community cemetery by the late Dr. William Hammond, Senior.

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Teacher Ready to Blast Off after Waiting 22 Years

Posted: 08/03/2007 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — When former schoolteacher Barbara Morgan leaves Earth on a space shuttle next week, she hopes her students back in Idaho learn a lesson from her 22-year wait to get into orbit: perseverance and patience. That's what defines teachers, said the astronaut, who is achieving her dream at age 55.

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Forecaster Lowers '07 Hurricane Estimate

Posted: 08/03/2007 - FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Hurricane researcher William Gray lowered his 2007 forecast slightly Friday, calling for 15 named storms, with eight becoming hurricanes and four becoming intense. On May 31, at the outset of hurricane season, Gray had called for 17 named storms and nine hurricanes, five of them intense.

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Craddick Supports Restoring Community Colleges Funding

Posted: 08/03/2007 - AUSTIN — House Speaker Tom Craddick said he'll work with other state leaders to find a way to reallocate $154 million in vetoed funds for community college health insurance. Governor Rick Perry vetoed the funds in June, drawing anger from community college officials across the state. They've said they'll have to consider tuition increases, local tax increases or restricting enrollment.

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