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Bedford Police Find ‘No Safety Threat' After Report of Gun on Campus

Students and staff were placed on lockdown at Harwood Junior High in Bedford shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday because of a report that a student still on campus may have a weapon.

“It was really scary. I got really scared but my friend helped me through it,” ninth-grader Tina Sigdel said.

The reports came in after school, but some students were still on campus for tutorials.

They said they were placed on lockdown less than 30 minutes after tutorials began.

“It was kind of like, you’re a little anxious for a little while,” eighth-grader Malachi Martinez said.

As they hid, students began to text their parents.

“She said, ‘Mom, we’re on full lockdown. This is not a game,’” parent Lametrices Mack said. “She is not a child that says much about fear but today she said she didn’t know if she would make it home alive and, to me, that says a lot about how bad the situation was.”

After about an hour in lockdown, students and staff were dismissed one class at a time.

“Thank God everything is fine,” parent Bimal Sigdel said.

“The Bedford Police have determined there is no safety threat at Harwood Junior High,” said a letter to parents from the school.

It’s unclear if there was a threat or if any weapon was found.

Students said they know who the student involved is and have raised concerns about him in the past.

“That he had a killing list of people he wanted to kill,” ninth-grader Kaileah Turner said.

“It’s really scary what’s on the brains of the young kids at such an early age, so I’m just glad the kids are OK, the staff is OK and I’m glad my daughter’s OK,” Mack said.

Additional counselors will be at school Wednesday for students.

HEB ISD said any student who creates a threat will receive appropriate disciplinary action in line with the HEB ISD Student Code of Conduct.

“The safety and security of our students has and always will be the top priority at Harwood Junior High School. School staff are continuing to cooperate with the police department’s investigation of the original report,” the letter to parents said.

Democrat Matthew Dowd Drops Out of Lieutenant Governor Race

A former political advisor to Republican President George W. Bush withdrew Tuesday from the race for next year’s Democratic nomination for Texas lieutenant governor.

In a statement Tuesday, Matthew Dowd said he was ending his candidacy because he saw a growing diversity in candidates for the office, and he didn’t want to stand in the way of new diverse leadership.

His withdrawal comes three weeks after state Rep. Michelle Beckley entered the Democratic field.

In his statement, Dowd said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the two-term incumbent, “has failed our state and harmed Texans. He seeks to undermine important rights of our fellow citizens and must be defeated. I will do whatever I can to accomplish that end now as a Texan not running for office.”

Also seeking the Democratic nomination for the state’s No. 2 office is Mike Collier, whom Patrick defeated in the 2018 general election. Patrick remains the lone candidate for next year’s GOP nomination.

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2021 People's Choice Awards: Complete List of Winners

The people have spoken.

The 2021 People’s Choice Awards is taking place this year in-person at the Baker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, with Kenan Thompson hosting and featuring performances from Blake Shelton and H.E.R.

Artists in music, movies, TV and pop culture are finding out their fate as the winners are crowned throughout the night during the only award show voted on totally by the people.

NBC and E! previously announced four of the night’s top honorees. Halle Berry will take home the Icon of 2021 Award while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will receive the People’s Champion Award. Kim Kardashian took the stage to accept the Fashion Icon Award and Christina Aguilera took home the PCAs first-ever Music Icon Award.

See the complete list of winners below. (Live Updates: Check back here all night to see who took home the trophies in all 40 categories)

MOVIES

THE MOVIE OF 2021

“Black Widow”
“Coming 2 America”
“F9: The Fast Saga”
“Dune”
“No Time To Die”
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
“The Tomorrow War”
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage”

THE COMEDY MOVIE OF 2021

“Coming 2 America”
“Free Guy”
“He’s All That”
“Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”
“Jungle Cruise”
“Space Jam: A New Legacy”
“Thunder Force”
“Vacation Friends”

THE ACTION MOVIE OF 2021

“Black Widow”
“F9: The Fast Saga”
“Godzilla vs. Kong”
“No Time To Die”
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
“The Suicide Squad”
“The Tomorrow War”
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage”

THE DRAMA MOVIE OF 2021

“A Quiet Place Part II”
“Cruella”
“Dune”
“Fatherhood”
“Halloween Kills”
“In The Heights”
“Old”
“Respect”

THE FAMILY MOVIE OF 2021

“Cinderella”
“Luca”
“Raya and the Last Dragon”
“The Boss Baby: Family Business”
“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”
“Tom and Jerry”
“Vivo”
“Yes Day”

THE MALE MOVIE STAR OF 2021

Chris Pratt, “The Tomorrow War”
Daniel Craig, “No Time To Die”
WINNER: Dwayne Johnson, “Jungle Cruise”
Eddie Murphy, “Coming 2 America”
John Cena, “F9: The Fast Saga”
Ryan Reynolds, “Free Guy”
Simu Liu, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
Vin Diesel, “F9: The Fast Saga”

THE FEMALE MOVIE STAR OF 2021

Awkwafina, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
Charlize Theron, “F9: The Fast Saga”
Florence Pugh, “Black Widow”
Jennifer Hudson, “Respect”
Leslie Jones, “Coming 2 America”
Margot Robbie, “The Suicide Squad”
Salma Hayek, “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”
WINNER: Scarlett Johansson, “Black Widow”

THE DRAMA MOVIE STAR OF 2021

Anthony Ramos, “In The Heights”
Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place Part II”
Emma Stone, “Cruella”
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Halloween Kills”
Jason Momoa, “Dune”
Jennifer Hudson, “Respect”
Kevin Hart, “Fatherhood”
Timothée Chalamet, “Dune”

THE COMEDY MOVIE STAR OF 2021

WINNER: Dwayne Johnson, “Jungle Cruise”
Eddie Murphy, “Coming 2 America”
Emily Blunt, “Jungle Cruise”
Leslie Jones, “Coming 2 America”
Melissa McCarthy, “Thunder Force”
Octavia Spencer, “Thunder Force”
Ryan Reynolds, “Free Guy”
Salma Hayek, “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”

THE ACTION MOVIE STAR OF 2021

Charlize Theron, “F9: The Fast Saga”
Chris Pratt, “The Tomorrow War”
Daniel Craig,” No Time To Die”
Florence Pugh, “Black Widow”
John Cena, “F9: The Fast Saga”
Scarlett Johansson, “Black Widow”
WINNER: Simu Liu, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
Vin Diesel, “F9: The Fast Saga”

TV

THE SHOW OF 2021

“Cobra Kai”
“Grey’s Anatomy”
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
WINNER: “Loki”
“Saturday Night Live”
“The Bachelor”
“This Is Us”
“WandaVision”

THE DRAMA SHOW OF 2021

“Outer Banks”
“9-1-1”
“Cobra Kai”
“Grey’s Anatomy”
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
“The Equalizer”
“The Walking Dead”
“This Is Us”

THE COMEDY SHOW OF 2021

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Grown-ish”
“Never Have I Ever”
“Only Murders in the Building”
“Saturday Night Live”
“Ted Lasso”
“The Upshaws”
“Young Rock”

THE REALITY SHOW OF 2021

“90 Day Fiancé”
“Bachelor In Paradise”
“Below Deck”
“Jersey Shore: Family Vacation”
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”
“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

THE COMPETITION SHOW OF 2021

“America’s Got Talent”
“American Idol”
“Dancing With The Stars”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“The Bachelor”
“The Bachelorette”
“The Masked Singer”
“The Voice”

THE MALE TV STAR OF 2021

Anthony Mackie, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”
Chase Stokes, “Outer Banks”
Dwayne Johnson, “Young Rock”
Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”
Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”
Norman Reedus, “The Walking Dead”
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
WINNER: Tom Hiddleston, “Loki”

THE FEMALE TV STAR OF 2021

Angela Bassett, “9-1-1”
Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision”
Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Kathryn Hahn, “WandaVision”
Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Queen Latifah, “The Equalizer”
Yara Shahidi, “Grown-ish”

THE DRAMA TV STAR OF 2021

Norman Reedus, “The Walking Dead”
Angela Bassett, “9-1-1”
Chase Stokes, “Outer Banks”
Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Queen Latifah, “The Equalizer”
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

THE COMEDY TV STAR OF 2021

Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Dwayne Johnson, “Young Rock”
Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”
Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”
Selena Gomez, “Only Murders in the Building”
Steve Martin, “Only Murders in the Building”
Wanda Sykes, “The Upshaws”
Yara Shahidi, “Grown-ish”

THE DAYTIME TALK SHOW OF 2021

“Good Morning America”
“Live with Kelly and Ryan”
“Red Table Talk”
WINNER: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“The Kelly Clarkson Show”
“The View”
“The Wendy Williams Show”
“TODAY”

THE NIGHTTIME TALK SHOW OF 2021

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Night With Seth Meyers”
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
“The Late Late Show with James Corden”
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

THE COMPETITION CONTESTANT OF 2021

Cody Rigsby, “Dancing With the Stars”
Gottmik, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race”
JoJo (singer), “The Masked Singer”
WINNER: JoJo Siwa, “Dancing With the Stars”
Katie Thurston, “The Bachelorette”
Matt James, “The Bachelor”
Symone, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Wiz Khalifa, “The Masked Singer”

THE REALITY STAR OF 2021

Erica Mena, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”
Joe Amabile, “Bachelor In Paradise”
Kandi Burruss, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”
Khloé Kardashian, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”
Kim Kardashian West, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”
Lisa Rinna, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, “Jersey Shore Family Vacation”
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, “Jersey Shore Family Vacation”

THE BINGEWORTHY SHOW OF 2021

“Cobra Kai”
“Loki”
“Mare of Easttown”
“Outer Banks”
“Sex/Life”
“Squid Game”
“Ted Lasso”
“The White Lotus”

THE SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW OF 2021

“Loki”
“Lucifer”
“La Brea”
“Shadow and Bone”
“Superman and Lois”
“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”
“The Flash”
“WandaVision”

MUSIC

THE MALE ARTIST OF 2021

Bad Bunny
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Lil Nas X
Luke Combs
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

THE FEMALE ARTIST OF 2021

Adele
Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Doja Cat
Halsey
Megan Thee Stallion
Olivia Rodrigo
Saweetie

THE GROUP OF 2021

BTS
Coldplay
Dan + Shay
Imagine Dragons
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Migos
twenty one pilots

THE SONG OF 2021

“Butter,” BTS
“Bad Habits,” Ed Sheeran
“Easy On Me,” Adele
“good 4 u,” Olivia Rodrigo
“MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X
“Peaches,” Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon
“STAY,” The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber
“Up,” Cardi B

THE ALBUM OF 2021

Certified Lover Boy, Drake
Culture III, Migos
Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish
Justice, Justin Bieber
MONTERO, Lil Nas X
Planet Her, Doja Cat
Sour, Olivia Rodrigo
star-crossed, Kacey Musgraves

THE COUNTRY ARTIST OF 2021

Blake Shelton
Carrie Underwood
Dan + Shay
Kacey Musgraves
Kane Brown
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert

THE LATIN ARTIST OF 2021

Anuel AA
Bad Bunny
Becky G
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
KAROL G
Maluma
Natti Natasha

THE NEW ARTIST OF 2021

24kGoldn
Bella Poarch
Giveon
Olivia Rodrigo
Rauw Alejandro
Tate McRae
The Kid LAROI
TOMORROW X TOGETHER

THE MUSIC VIDEO OF 2021

“Butter,” BTS
“Easy On Me,” Adele
“good 4 u,” Olivia Rodrigo
“LOCATION,” KAROL G, Anuel AA, J Balvin
“MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X
“My Universe,” Coldplay X BTS
“Peaches,” Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon
“STAY,” The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber

THE COLLABORATION OF 2021

“Best Friend,” Saweetie feat. Doja Cat
“INDUSTRY BABY,” Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow
“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat feat. SZA
“Leave The Door Open,” Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak)
“Peaches,” Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon
“STAY,” The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber
“Way 2 Sexy,” Drake feat. Future & Young Thug
“You Right,” Doja Cat & The Weeknd

POP CULTURE

THE SOCIAL STAR OF 2021

Addison Rae
Britney Spears
Charli D’Amelio
Dwayne Johnson
Justin Bieber
Kim Kardashian West
Kylie Jenner
Lil Nas X

THE POP SPECIAL OF 2021

Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry
Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil
Friends: The Reunion – The One Where They Get Back Together
Justin Bieber: Our World
Olympic Highlights with Kevin Hart & Snoop Dogg
Oprah with Meghan and Harry
P!nk: All I Know So Far
Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 3

THE COMEDY ACT OF 2021

“Bo Burnham: Inside,” Bo Burnham
“From Scratch Tour,” John Mulaney
“Sorry, Harriet Tubman,” Phoebe Robinson
“The King’s Jester Tour,” Hasan Minhaj
“The Milk & Money Tour,” Ali Wong
WINNER: “Vaccinated and Horny Tour,” Chelsea Handler
“You Know What It Is,” Marlon Wayans

THE GAME CHANGER OF 2021

Alex Morgan
Bubba Wallace
Carl Nassib
Naomi Osaka
Patrick Mahomes
Serena Williams
Simone Biles
Sunisa Lee

THE POP PODCAST OF 2021

Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Call Her Daddy
Chicks in the Office
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
Couple Things with Shawn and Andrew
SmartLess
Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer

Congressional Leaders Reach Deal to Hike Debt Limit

Congressional leaders reached an elaborate deal Tuesday that will allow Democrats to lift the nation’s debt limit without any votes from Republicans, likely averting another last-minute rush to avoid a federal default. Hours later, the House passed legislation overwhelmingly along party lines that kicked off a multi-step process.

Congress approved a $480 billion increase in the nation’s debt limit in October. That’s enough for the Treasury to finance the government’s operations through Dec. 15, according to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s projection.

But Republicans have warned they won’t vote for any future debt ceiling increase to ensure the federal government can meet its financial obligations, and instead, the politically unpopular measure would have to be passed entirely by the Democratic majority in both chambers of Congress.

President Joe Biden had called on Republicans to “get out of the way” if they won’t help Democrats shoulder the debt responsibility. But rather than step aside and allow for a quick vote, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has helped engineer an unusual legislative process that will play out over the next several days. Donald Trump, the former president, ridiculed McConnell for allowing any action, showing just how politically toxic the routine act of paying the nation’s bills has become.

“I think this is in the best interest of the country,” said McConnell, R-Ky. “I think it is also in the best interest of Republicans, who feel very strongly that the previous debt ceilings we agreed to when President Trump was here carried us through August. And this current debt ceiling is indeed about the future and not about the past.”

The agreement spelled out in the House bill passed Tuesday establishes the days-long process ahead. In short, it would tuck a provision to fast-track the debt limit process into an unrelated Medicare bill that will prevent payment cuts to doctors and other health care providers. That measure passed the House by a vote of 222-212 with only Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, siding with Democrats in voting for the measure.

“House Republicans can’t support using patients and access to local doctors as leverage to increase the national debt on our children,” said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

The measure now goes to the Senate, and if the Medicare bill becomes law, it will open the process for the Senate to raise the debt ceiling through subsequent legislation with a Democrats’ only majority vote.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., struck an optimistic note that the debt ceiling plan will pass.

“This is a very good outcome for the American people. We will avoid default, which would have been disastrous. Democrats have always said that we were willing to shoulder the load at 50 votes to get this done as long it was not a convoluted or risky process, and Leader McConnell and I have achieved that.”

Key to the agreement is that Democrats will have to vote on a specific amount by which the debt ceiling would be lifted. The amount has not yet been disclosed, but it is sure to be a staggering sum. Republicans want to try to blame Democrats for the nation’s rising debt load and link it to Biden’s $1.85 trillion social and environmental bill.

“To have Democrats raise the debt ceiling and be held politically accountable for racking up more debt is my goal, and this helps us accomplish that,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

The increase in the debt ceiling, however, is needed to meet financial obligations accrued by both parties under past legislation. The vast majority of it predates Biden’s presidency.

“This is about meeting obligations that the government has already incurred, largely during the Trump Administration,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to Democratic colleagues. “Only three percent of the current debt has been accrued under President Biden.”

Pelosi said that addressing the debt limit will prevent a drastic increase in interest rates for car loans, student debt, mortgages and other types of borrowing for Americans.

The legislation before the House on Tuesday establishes a fast-track process for the days ahead. A subsequent vote will be needed to pass the debt ceiling increase itself. Once the Senate has done so, the House will take up the bill and send it to Biden to be signed into law.

At their private luncheon Thursday, Republican senators sounded off against the plan. Many of them will not support it.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a member of GOP leadership, said the lunch discussion went about as would be expected — though he said the plan at least allows Republicans to achieve their goal of forcing Democrats to vote on their own to raise the debt ceiling by a specific amount.

The parliamentary machinations struck some House lawmakers as an “absurd” but necessary way to deal with the Senate, where the filibuster rules allow the Republican minority to block action.

“We’re tying ourselves into parliamentary contortions to try to help the Senate deal with this straitjacket they have put themselves into,” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said.

Fallen Mesquite Officer Remembered at MMA Gym Where He Trained

Mesquite police Ofc. Richard Houston was remembered Tuesday for his warm personality and constant smile at a martial arts gym where he and his young son trained.

Houston started to bring his 12-year-old son to Wolfpack MMA in Forney and ended up signing up for lessons himself.

“He just really took to it. He loved it,” instructor and co-owner Jerry Gonzalez said. “We moved his son up to the adult class so they could train together.”

Gonzalez hit it off with Houston and the two became good friends.

Gonzalez is a former police officer himself, once led the honor guard, and knows all too well the dangers of police work.

“Unfortunately I’ve been to a lot of cop funerals,” Gonalez said. “It never gets easy but it’s always harder when it’s a close personal friend.”

The two texted each other about getting together — less than an hour before Houston was shot and killed in that grocery store parking lot in Mesquite.

“I have my (emotional) moments like right now,” Gonzalez said. “But I know he’s in a better place. I know he’d want all of us to continue doing what we’re doing.”

Gonzalez said Houston enjoyed old Western movies and was an avid reader.

“He always had a smile on his face,” Gonzalez said. “He was that guy who offered to help everybody. He always had a kind word.

“He’ll be missed. Not by just us here but everybody he touched in his life.”

EXPLAINER: What Is the Revived ‘Remain in Mexico' Policy at the US-Mexico Border?

The Biden administration on Monday reinstated a Trump-era policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, seeking to comply with a court order and agreeing to changes and additions demanded by Mexico.

It began in El Paso, Texas, with up to 50 migrants to be returned daily to Ciudad Juarez, according to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because details were not made public.

The Homeland Security Department confirmed that returns began at one location and will be expanded to six others. It declined to identify the launch city or how many migrants will be processed, citing “operational security reasons.”

Revival of the “Remain in Mexico” policy comes even as the Biden administration maneuvers to end it in a way that survives legal scrutiny. President Joe Biden scrapped the policy, but a lawsuit by Texas and Missouri has forced him to put it back into effect, subject to Mexico’s acceptance.

WHAT IS THE ‘REMAIN IN MEXICO’ POLICY?

About 70,000 asylum-seekers have been forced to wait in Mexico for U.S. hearings under the policy that President Donald Trump introduced in January 2019 and which Biden suspended on his first day in office.

Illegal border crossings fell sharply after Mexico, facing Trump’s threat of higher tariffs, acquiesced in 2019 to the policy’s rapid expansion. Asylum-seekers were victims of major violence while waiting in Mexico and faced a slew of legal obstacles, such as access to attorneys and case information.

Only 1% of asylum-seekers subject to the policy were granted relief, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. About six of 10 claims were denied or dismissed, and the rest are pending.

Only about one of every 10 had legal representation, well below the average in U.S. immigration court.

Trump administration officials insist the policy was critical to deter illegal crossings. Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s homeland security secretary, said the policy, likely contributed to a drop in crossings in 2019 but with “substantial and unjustifiable human costs” to asylum-seekers who were exposed to violence while waiting in Mexico. Critics say the policy, officially called “Migrant Protection Protocols,” ignores U.S. law and international obligations for asylum, which Trump called “a sham.”

HOW IS ‘REMAIN IN MEXICO’ 2.0 DIFFERENT?

Biden’s version expands the policy to migrants from Western Hemisphere countries, while Trump largely limited it to the hemisphere’s Spanish-speaking countries. Mexicans continue to be exempt.

The expansion is especially significant for Haitians, who formed a massive camp in the Texas border town of Del Rio in September. Brazilians, who were largely spared under Trump, may also be heavily affected.

The U.S. will try to complete cases within 180 days, a response to Mexico’s concerns that they will languish in a court system that is backlogged with 1.5 million cases.

U.S. authorities will ask migrants if they fear being returned to Mexico instead of relying on them to raise concerns unprompted. If migrants express fear, they will be screened and have 24 hours to find an attorney or representative.

Migrants will also have an opportunity to meet with attorneys before each hearing, U.S. officials say. The State Department is working with Mexico on locations for video and phone access to attorneys in the U.S.

Many U.S.-based legal aid groups that have represented asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico say they will no longer take such cases. Advocates are highly skeptical of claims by U.S. and Mexican officials that other lawyers will likely come forward.

WHAT DOES MEXICO SAY?

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee in Amarillo, Texas, wrote in his Aug. 13 ruling that reinstating the policy was subject to Mexico’s acceptance. Mexico’s foreign relations secretary said Thursday that it would allow returns “for humanitarian reasons” after changes and additions that the Biden administration promised.

All migrants subject to the policy will be vaccinated against COVID-19. Adults will get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one shot. Children who are eligible under U.S. guidelines will get the Pfizer shot, with second shots when they come to the U.S. for their first hearings.

During negotiations, Mexican officials expressed concern about returning migrants to Tamaulipas state, an especially dangerous area across the border from South Texas, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings. They sought U.S. financial support for more shelter space but got only vague commitments.

The policy will eventually be expanded to six other locations besides El Paso: San Diego and Calexico in California; Nogales, Arizona; and the Texas border cities of Brownsville, Eagle Pass and Laredo.

Arrangements to provide transportation to and from the border within Mexico are being worked on. Migrants returned to Tamaulipas from Brownsville, Eagle Pass and Laredo may be moved deeper into Mexico for personal safety.

Dallas County Prepares for COVID-19 Omicron Variant

Even though Dallas County has not yet recorded a confirmed case of the omicron variant of COVID-19, officials say they are preparing as if it is already in the county.

They’re encouraging vaccination and other steps that have been used to combat COVID-19 through the pandemic.

Dallas County Health Director Dr. Philip Huang said the holiday season may promote the spread of the virus.

“Because it’s getting cold, as people are inside more, closer together. We don’t want to see that as what our coming weeks and months look like,” he said.

A Harris County woman who did not have any recent travel history tested positive for the omicron variant, marking the first known case in Texas on Monday.

“It’s likely that omicron is spreading through many urban areas that we don’t know about yet. But the health experts’ advice on omicron is the same as it’s been on delta,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. “Get vaccinated if you’re not already vaccinated. Get boosted if your vaccination was some time ago. Wear your mask indoors.”

Jenkins urged people who have COVID-19 symptoms to stay away from work and get tested.

Dallas County Commissioner J.J. Koch said the more contagious omicron variant could bring a more serious problem.

“We’re just going to see all the things that we didn’t want in terms of increasing transmissibility. The virus is going to be heading in that direction and people will be heading in that direction. So the policy implications from where I stand are that the most vulnerable are going to be intensely vulnerable once we reach that peak,” Koch said.

Huang said Dallas County was already promoting booster shots to improve protection for vulnerable people, but it is too early to make conclusions about omicron.

“There is evidence that it is very easily transmitted but there’s some early evidence that maybe it’s not as serious illness, but it’s still early,” Huang said.

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price complained that supplies ran short at recent county-sponsored vaccination events, discouraging people that the county is asking to get vaccinated. He said there were not enough vaccine doses at one event and not enough promised gift cards at another.

“I expect them to have all the tools that they promise that they’re going to have when we go in there. I’ve had a couple of hiccups and that is untenable,” Price said.

Officials said they are planning more vaccination events and securing more gift cards.

The health director said far more people are getting vaccinated at pharmacies and grocery stores than at the county’s events now that vaccines are widely available.

Allen Businesswoman Hopes Holiday Home Decorations Inspire Joy and Giving

Thoreau Lane in Allen is lined with modest brick homes, but one stands out this season.

“Welcome to the life-sized gingerbread house,” Katy Kaufmann said.

Kaufmann has a home-based bakery business called Oh Jupiters! She wanted to thank her customers for their loyalty during the pandemic by building a small holiday backdrop in her yard to take photos.

Kaufmann’s small idea spiraled to encompass the entire house and front yard, complete with cupcakes made from lampshades, and candy made from pool noodles.

Friends, family and neighbors helped build the decorations and offered to contribute money for them. Kaufmann didn’t want the money for herself.

“Have you considered making it a benefit for someone,” Kaufmann said she was asked. “And I was like, ‘Oh yes, and I have someone we could do that for.'”

It was Kaufmann’s neighbor and friend, Hannah Gullory, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer last year. There is a QR code in Kaufmann’s front yard for anyone who can and wants to donate to help Gullory. Kaufmann asked people to tag their photos with #sweethopehouse.

“Last Christmas I didn’t know if I’d be here this Christmas,” Gullory said wiping away tears. “It’s truly been humbling for us to be on the receiving end.”

Kaufmann said she’s just paying it forward.

“It’s easy to go, ‘Oh wow, they’re so wonderful they’re doing this,’ but maybe it’s just an expression of the love we’ve received both from God and from our friends,” Kaufmann said. “I hope it brings her joy, and I hope it feels like a great big hug.”

“I love it,” Gullory said sitting on a candy cane bench.

Man Killed in Suspected Road Rage Shooting on Central Expressway: Police

A 54-year-old man was killed in a suspected road rage-related shooting in Dallas on Monday night, police say.

Officers responded to the incident on the ramp from northbound Central Expressway to westbound Woodall Rodgers at about 10:04 p.m., Dallas police said.

Police said when officers arrived they found Carl Edmiston, 54, suffering from a gunshot wound inside his vehicle. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Edmiston and the shooter were “involved in a road rage incident,” before the shooting police said.

The suspected shooter continued to drive northbound on Central Expressway after the shooting in a dark-colored vehicle, police said.

Police said Edmiston’s 17-year-old son was struck in the leg, treated at a hospital and released.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to contact Dallas police Det. Chad Murphy at 214-671-3679 or chad.murphy@dallascityhall.com and refer to case number 220565-2021.

Monday’s shooting comes less than a week after a 37-year-old man was shot and killed in another road rage incident along Central Expressway.

Armed Man Shot, Killed by Fort Worth Officer: Police

A man is dead after being fatally shot by police who say the man pointed a weapon at them.

According to police, at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday officers were called to the 10400 block of Bear Creek Trail to investigate a report of a person with a weapon.

When officers arrived they found a man armed with a gun. Police said the man “pointed his gun at the officers” and that at least one officer shot him.

Officials said officers began providing medical attention after the shooting but that the man died at the scene.

Officials have identified the man only as a 29-year-old; the man’s name will be released after his family has been notified of his death.

No further details about any interaction the officers may have had with the man have been revealed.

Police said no other details will be released at this time.

The shooting is being investigated by the department’s Major Case Unit in coordination with the Internal Affairs Unit and then Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, as per standard protocol.

 

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At 16:26 on February 22, 2014, Kelli Combs (admin) said…

Happy Birthday, Chisty!!!

At 7:55 on February 22, 2014, Jenny Griffin, RMR CRR CCRR CRC said…
At 17:03 on June 12, 2013, Jenny Griffin, RMR CRR CCRR CRC said…


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Yay, Christy!!! So happy for you!

At 16:01 on February 28, 2013, Christy Cortopassi said…

That is Charmer my chocolate lab.  He's my big lapdog.  Sorry I'm answering you a year later.  lol  It's been a while since I have been on here.  Forgot I was a member.

At 10:32 on November 28, 2011, Jenny Griffin, RMR CRR CCRR CRC said…

I have been to the Eclipse deal twice before and had so much fun meeting people I'd been in touch with just over the computer!  If all goes well with my finances, I'll be there!

At 9:45 on November 28, 2011, Jenny Griffin, RMR CRR CCRR CRC said…


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Just saw your post re power management. If you do a search on this site for the words power management - no quotes - there are a few places where instructions are given. Trying to save you some time! Also saying hi!!!

At 14:31 on November 9, 2011, Jenny Griffin, RMR CRR CCRR CRC said…

Such a cute splash pic!!!

At 9:55 on October 31, 2011, Jenny Griffin, RMR CRR CCRR CRC said…
Christy, Just read your question about the monitor.  Give me a call or email me your number and I'll call you.  My number is below in a comment.  I just had coffee!  My email is jenlug@pacbell.net
At 9:21 on October 30, 2011, Jenny Griffin, RMR CRR CCRR CRC said…
Oh, I see your writer in the FB Infinity Traditional group!  Amazing!  That's a different group.  No info over there.
At 9:20 on October 30, 2011, Jenny Griffin, RMR CRR CCRR CRC said…
I don't see you in the FB Infinity group.
 
 
 

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