The Gala Of The Royal Horses At The Laredo Energy Arena
Mar25

The Gala Of The Royal Horses At The Laredo Energy Arena

Special to the Laredo Sun Laredo, TX – Rene Gasser presents The Gala of the Royal Horses at the Laredo Energy Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Experience the majestic of the most beautiful horses in the world joined by dancers and musicians in a spectacular show for the entire family. Tickets are available at the LEA office, 6700 Arena Blvd. For more information you can visit  www.LAARENA.COM or call (956) 791-9192. Photos by Alejandra Cantu...

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BBC Not Renewing ‘Top Gear’ Presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s Contract
Mar25

BBC Not Renewing ‘Top Gear’ Presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s Contract

CNN Jeremy Clarkson won’t have his contract renewed as host of “Top Gear” after he apparently busted his producer’s lip and verbally abused him, the BBC announced Wednesday. Clarkson, who hosted one of the most-watched television shows in the world, was suspended on March 10 after what the British broadcaster previously described as a “fracas” with producer Oisin Tymon on March 4. Wednesday, the BBC released the findings of an internal investigation into the incident. Ken MacQuarrie, who conducted the investigation, said Tymon had been “subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack by Jeremy Clarkson” at a hotel in North Yorkshire after a day of filming. “During the physical attack Oisin Tymon was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip,” he said. The physical attack was halted after about 30 seconds by the intervention of a witness, MacQuarrie said, but Clarkson continued to use “derogatory and abusive language” for a sustained period of time. MacQuarrie said Clarkson made a number of attempts to apologize over subsequent days and had reported the incident to BBC management. Hospital visit BBC Director General Tony Hall issued a statement announcing Clarkson was being dropped. “A member of staff — who is a completely innocent party — took himself to Accident and Emergency after a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature. For me a line has been crossed,” he said. “I know how popular the program is and I also know that this decision will divide opinion.” “Top Gear,” fronted by Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, has made a name for itself globally with risky stunts and a brand of blokish humor that often toes the line and regularly steps over it. Clarkson is determinedly anti-politically correct on the topics he rails about, both on the show and in his newspaper and magazine columns. In his statement, Hall referenced the BBC’s diversity, saying it was “a broad church.” “We need distinctive and different voices but they cannot come at any price. Common to all at the BBC have to be standards of decency and respect,” he said. North Yorkshire police issued a statement Wednesday saying they had asked for the BBC’s report on the incident. “The information will be assessed appropriately and action will be taken by North Yorkshire Police where necessary,” they said. On March 10, the BBC announced that “Top Gear’s” March 15 episode had been pulled and this week it canceled four live “Top Gear” shows scheduled for next week in Stavanger, Norway. However, it said the programs would be rescheduled and that all other live dates would “run as scheduled.” Hall said the BBC would “look...

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Carlos Morton Offers Insight On Chicano Theater At LCC

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – Author and playwright Carlos Morton enlightened Laredo Community College students with the origin and stages of Chicano theater before the start of the socio-cultural movement of the 1960s during a special talk on Wednesday, March 18 at the Kazen Student Center. The former Laredo Junior College instructor discussed the struggles Latinos and Latinas, not just Mexican-Americans, faced within and outside their cultural sphere. The presentation was hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Quality Enhancement Plan at...

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Upcoming Casino Night Benefits St. Augustine School
Mar24

Upcoming Casino Night Benefits St. Augustine School

Special To The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – St. Augustine School will hold its 3rd annual Casino Night on Friday, March 27 at the Laredo Center of the Arts at 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This is St. Augustine’s largest fundraiser in which the community is invited to a fun-filled evening at the Casino tables without leaving the city. Guests will enjoy live music, open bar, delicious food, and amazing prizes! All proceeds  will directly benefit student programs at the elementary, middle, and high...

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Kathy Griffin Quits ‘Fashion Police’
Mar15

Kathy Griffin Quits ‘Fashion Police’

    The Huffington Post Getty Images On Thursday, Kathy Griffin announced in a statement via Twitter that she’s leaving E!’s “Fashion Police.” The 54-year-old comedian, who joined the show following the death of Joan Rivers, wrote: “After 7 episodes of ‘Fashion Police,’ I have discovered my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show and now it’s time to move on.” Reps for E! confirmed Griffin’s departure from the show to HuffPost Entertainment in a statement: We can confirm that Kathy Griffin is leaving E!’s “Fashion Police.” We wish her all the best and are grateful for her time on the show, as well as the many laughs that she gave us all. “Fashion Police” will return, as scheduled, on Monday, March 30 at 9pm with our talented Co-Hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski and Executive Producer Melissa Rivers. No further information is available at this time. Griffin’s exit comes just weeks after fellow co-host Kelly Osbourne left the show in the midst of drama surrounding Giuliana Rancic’s offensive remarks about actress Zendaya’s dreadlocks during a post-Oscars episode of “Fashion Police.” On the show, Rancic said Zendaya’s dreadlocks made her look as if she smelled “like patchouli oil” or “weed.” On Tuesday, Griffin finally addressed the controversy, telling the Chicago Sun Times’ Splash magazine that, while she doubted there would have been as much backlash had the joke come from her instead of Rancic, she wouldn’t have said it to begin with. “I wouldn’t have said the joke in the first place. Some dude wrote it for her,” she told the...

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Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade Winners
Feb25

Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade Winners

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, Texas – Hundreds of Laredoans, out-of-town visitors and tourists once again lined up along San Bernardo Ave. and Victoria St. on Saturday, February 21st to witness the annual Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade at 9 a.m. Through their creative efforts, participants emphasized the importance of tradition and patriotism by highlighting patriotic celebrations throughout the country with this year’s parade theme Star Spangled Celebrations. Over 185 float entries and parade units found inspiration in the customs and traditions of the many faces of America from various parts of the globe. Parade entries were creative and colorful and showed off all those things that make America beautiful. “With much enthusiasm and energy, our participants marched, played, cheered, danced, and smiled their way down San Bernardo Avenue,” said WBCA President Veronica Castillon. “Everywhere you looked, spectators were delighted by the talent and beauty on display in our parade, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather than the one we were blessed with this weekend.” The winners are: Best Dance Squad, Martin High School Tigerettes; Best Cheerleading Unit, Martin High School Cheerleaders; Best Band High School, Martin High School Band; Best Military/Law Enforcement Unit – High School, United High School AF JROTC; Best Military Unit/Law Enforcement (Community), Laredo Police Dept.; Best School Float (High School), St. Augustine High School Cheerleaders and Student Council; WBCA Special Merit Award, Best ‘Lil Schoolhouse; Grand Marshal’s Award, International Bank of Commerce Employee Advisory Board; President’s Award, Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales; Sweepstakes Award, United High School Larriettes; International Award, Escuela Secundaria #9 Miguel Hidalgo. The crowd voted 95.7 for the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade People’s Choice Award. This was created as a bonus category where spectators and television viewers voted for their favorite entry via the WBCA text Club. “Thank you, Laredo, for turning out in record numbers to our annual patriotic extravaganza,” Castillon said. The 2015 WBCA Ambassadors who rode on the floats were: the Abrazo Children, as well as George and Martha Washington, young debutantes of the Society of Martha Washington and their escorts.  As is the tradition, the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales began the festivities, right after Mayor Pete Saenz handed the key to the City to Princess Pocahontas in front of the WBCA Grand Stand. The Anheuser-Busch proudly sponsors the Washington’s Birthday Parade. “Anheuser-Busch along with L&F distributors is proud to be able to continue to be the title sponsor of WBCA’s flagship event, The Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade,” said Steve LaMantia, owner of L&F Distributors. Leonard Martin, President and Manager of 20th Century Rides, served as the 2015 Parade Marshal for the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade. Martin’s carnival heritage spans three generations,...

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