Abstinence-Only Texas High School Hit By Chlamydia Outbreak; 1 In 15 Students Affected
May07

Abstinence-Only Texas High School Hit By Chlamydia Outbreak; 1 In 15 Students Affected

The Huffington Post An outbreak of chlamydia at a high school in Texas has forced administrators there to send a warning note home to parents. District officials confirmed to CBS7 last Friday that the Crane Independent School District has seen 20 cases of the sexually transmitted disease in its high school, adding that letters have also been sent to the district’s junior high school as a precaution. The station estimates 1 in 15 students at the school has contracted chlamydia. The high school offers a three-day sexual education course once a year that emphasizes abstinence. Per the school’s 2014-2015 handbook, Crane ISD “does not offer a curriculum in human sexuality,” but the handbook does lay out state-mandated stipulations should a curriculum be needed in the future: In a conversation with the San Antonio Express-News on Monday, school superintendent Jim Rumage defended the abstinence-heavy course. “That’s not a bad thing,” said Rumage, “because if kids are not having any sexual activity, they can’t get this disease. That’s not a bad program.” Diana Martinez, a Crane resident and parent, told NewsWest 9 her kids are too young for her to worry about; otherwise, she’d sit them down and have a talk. “Honestly this happens in any town,” Martinez said. “Parents need to be aware of the situation and make sure they tell their kids to be safe and practice safe sex.” The school’s health advisory committee met Monday to discuss the outbreak and formulate a response, which it will present to the school board on May...

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Shark ‘Came Out of the Water’ When It Bit Off Teen’s Arm, Witness Says
Jun15

Shark ‘Came Out of the Water’ When It Bit Off Teen’s Arm, Witness Says

ABC NEWS AP PHOTO An eyewitness described the moment when the second shark attack took place off a North Carolina beach on Sunday, describing how the shark breached the water. “He looked like he was waving at his friends,” Randy Milligan said of the unidentified 16-year-old boy who was attacked. “Then the shark just came out of the water and like you snap your fingers — bit his whole arm off.” Milligan told ABC News that the shark was large and was able to fit the majority of the boy’s left arm in one bite. Dr. Borden Hooks, who spoke about the boy’s condition at a news conference this afternoon, confirmed that he had to have his left arm amputated above his elbow. “I would imagine to inflict that kind of damage it must be a relatively large shark,” Hooks said. The family of the other victim, a 12-year-old girl, would not publicly disclose any details about her attack but county officials said earlier today that both victims are in stable condition. The two teens, whose names have not been publicly released, were in waist-deep water off Oak Island, North Carolina, about two miles apart when their respective attacks took place. County authorities still have no idea where the shark, or sharks, are now but have been using helicopters and boats to patrol the areas near the attacks. “We spotted one shark that was estimated over 7 feet long between the locations of the two bites earlier, and then we spotted another one off, down a little further south, about the same size,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said at a news conference this morning. Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said today that they have no way of knowing whether one or multiple sharks was responsible for the twin attacks on Sunday afternoon. The first attack happened at around 4:12 p.m. when the 12-year-old girl was attacked by a shark while she was swimming on a beach in Oak Island, authorities said. About an hour and a half later, the 16-year-old boy was attacked in the waters of a beach about two miles away. ABC News PHOTO: A press conference in North Carolina on June 15, 2015 to address the shark attacks that recently occurred. Brunswick County Emergency Management director Brian Watts said that the girl had been bitten twice, once on her left arm and once on her left leg, while the boy had been bitten once on his left arm. Neither of the teens have been publicly identified, and Watts said that both wounds were life threatening but they were out of surgery Sunday night and said to...

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Church’s Chicken Taps TAMIU Sanchez School Business Students, Recruits Top Talent
May07

Church’s Chicken Taps TAMIU Sanchez School Business Students, Recruits Top Talent

Special to the Laredo Sun Church’s Chicken, one of the world’s leading chicken chains, is tapping Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business students for internship opportunities within the corporation. TAMIU interns were recently flown to Church’s Atlanta headquarters, where they received free room and board while garnering world-class corporate experience. Meet the TAMIU Interns Texas A&M International University A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business students interning at Church’s Chicken Atlanta, Ga., headquarters met with former interns and the creator of the Newman Internship with Church’s Chicken, David T. Newman, recently. Left to right, Sergio Perez, 2014 intern and BBA-Communications graduate and local store marketing coordinator; Rebeca Palacios, BBA Marketing, interning in Marketing; Cinthia I. Gonzalez, MBA Management, interning in HR and the Church’s Partners Foundation; David T. Newman, local franchisee; Rita Barrera, BBA, Accounting, interning in Franchise Development/Real Estate; Clarissa I. Villa, BBA, International Economics, interning in Distribution/Logistics, and Anthony B. Stahl, 2014 intern in Research and Development and Spring BBA-Accounting graduate. The internship, informally known as “The Newman Internship with Church’s Chicken,” serves as a pipeline for students to discover the restaurant industry while placing the Laredo community on the radar of young talented professionals. The internship took place over a four-week term and, in some cases, resulted in full-time career opportunities within Church’s Chicken. “The goal was to place at least one intern with a full-time job offer within Church’s Chicken,” said David T. Newman, Church’s Chicken franchisee, “The idea was for students to realize that they could have a career in the restaurant industry that could utilize their business degree in an industry that they previously may have not considered. I want them to open their eyes and see that there are plenty of opportunities within the corporate world, with brands like Church’s.” The internship was Newman’s idea. A longtime supporter of TAMIU’s Sanchez School of Business, he is committed to serving the community and providing opportunities for students.  Newman has spoken at high schools and colleges to shed light on the industry and his role as a franchisee at the quick service company. After noticing a general lack of knowledge from the students about the variety of roles within restaurant corporations, Newman knew he had to do something to get students excited and inside the doors of the corporate world. “I had this idea of working with Church’s and sending a few kids up to Atlanta for a four-week internship program,” said Newman, “The first year, we had two interns. One worked in development to create a database and the other worked in marketing. The feedback was great.” Ed Brett, executive vice president and chief people officer at Church’s Chicken, teamed up with Newman to place the first group of interns at the corporation’s headquarters for the program in 2013....

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Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use In Texas Clears House Committee
May07

Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use In Texas Clears House Committee

ABC A proposal seeking full legalization of marijuana on religious grounds has cleared an unlikely legislative hurdle. Republican state Rep. David Simpson of Longview argues marijuana comes from God and therefore shouldn’t be banned by government. The tea party stalwart has repeatedly championed what he calls the “Christian case” for legalization. Simpson’s bill languished for weeks before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. Three committee Democrats and two Republicans surprisingly voted to support it Wednesday, though, and it passed 5-2. That makes Simpson’s bill eligible for consideration to reach the House floor before the legislative session ends June 1, although that’s still highly unlikely. “It’s hard for people to take a stand on something that so controversial,” Houstonian Kaitlyn Swonke said. Swonke, who suffers from epilepsy, says she’s undergone five brain surgeries. Medicine hasn’t helped her pain, but she thinks marijuana could. “It’s clear that legislatures want to have this conversation. They’re fed up with these failing federal drug policies,” said Heather Fazio with the Marijuana Policy Project in Austin. State law currently makes no exceptions even for medical marijuana, making outright legalization unthinkable. Still, advocates hailed the committee vote as “unprecedented progress” for Texas marijuana rights. Republicans in Houston disagree. “The Republican Party is opposed to it. Constant with our party platform, I think it’s dead on arrival if it reaches the House or Senate floor,” said Former Rep Party Chairman Jared...

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Congressman Cuellar Lauds Introduction Of TPA Bill
Apr20

Congressman Cuellar Lauds Introduction Of TPA Bill

Special to the Laredo Sun Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) today issued the following statement following the introduction of a bipartisan, bicameral Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The legislation would establish rules for international trade negotiations that will boost exports and grow the American and Texas economies. “The advancement of new trade policies will expand opportunities for American businesses and workers in a way that is extremely beneficial for our economy, and I look forward to the opportunity to vote for this important, bipartisan TPA legislation,” Congressman Cuellar said. “Reaching across our borders to partners like Mexico brings more jobs and bigger paychecks to states like...

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