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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Clinton Patches Up Relations With Liberals During Beginning Of Campaign
Apr20

Clinton Patches Up Relations With Liberals During Beginning Of Campaign

AP This time, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to be on liberals’ good side. As a presidential candidate in 2008, she opposed gay marriage, equivocated on granting driver’s licenses to people who were living in the U.S. illegally and endured heavy criticism from rival Barack Obama over her stance on campaign finance. During the opening week of her second presidential campaign, Clinton showed she had retooled her positions to line up with the views of progressive Democrats. On Monday, she called for a constitutional amendment that would limit “unaccountable money” in politics. Days later, she said through her campaign that she supports same-sex marriage being recognized as a constitutional right in a pending Supreme Court case. After that, her campaign said she now supports state policies awarding licenses to people in the country illegally. Such do-overs are part of an effort by Clinton to rectify past missteps and assure the liberal wing of her party that in 2016, she will be change they’ve been waiting for. While Clinton enters the race in a dominant position, she faces skepticism from some Democrats who question her commitment to tackling income inequality. “Equal opportunity and upward mobility have been very central to her political ideals from the start,” said Robert Reich, who was President Bill Clinton’s labor secretary and has known Hillary Clinton since college. “I just don’t know how courageous she will be in fighting for them.” Clinton devoted the first week of her campaign trying to put such concerns to rest. She visits New Hampshire on Monday and Tuesday, returning to the state that handed her a 2008 primary victory early in the bruising nomination struggle won by Obama. Aides spent much of the first 72 hours reaching out to union leaders, party officials and other interest groups. But for some who have met with her campaign staff, they wonder not about whether Clinton will tack to the left, but how far her proposals will go. “There’s a big difference between a $9 or $10 minimum wage versus a $15 wage,” said Adam Green, a liberal activist who has talked with the campaign over the past months. “The big question we anticipate is, will they go big or will they go small?” So far, at least a few are encouraged. At her opening event in Iowa, Clinton took on CEOs and hedge fund managers, saying the “deck is still stacked in favor of those already at the top.” At the Statehouse, her support for universal pre-K earned some of the biggest applause from Democratic lawmakers, according to people in the room. When she returned to New York, Clinton had words of...

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Pot For Pets: Marijuana Cookies For Ailing Dogs Hit Market
Apr20

Pot For Pets: Marijuana Cookies For Ailing Dogs Hit Market

  ABC News   With medical marijuana now legal in 23 states, and recreational use permitted in four states as well as Washington, D.C., a burgeoning cannabis industry is blooming in America. The latest crop of potentially lucrative products? Pot for pets. Biscuits, edibles and capsules containing cannabis compounds are being marketed to owners of ailing and elderly animals as natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatory supplements. But these products aren’t getting Fido stoned, claim proponents. “The cannabis plant has many compounds in it,” said Matthew J. Cote, brand manager at San Francisco bay area edibles manufacturer Auntie Dolores, which launched its pet-focused line Treatibles in 2014. “Most people breed cannabis for the euphoric experience of THC. But they’ve been overlooking cannabidiol — commonly known as CBD — which is non-psychoactive.” Citing studies in Israel that suggest CBD can be used to treat epilepsy, inflammation and pain relief, Auntie Dolores decided to infuse dog biscuits as animals suffer from some of those same ailments, said Cote. Sold online for $22 per bag of 40 treats, Treatibles contain 1 milligram of CBD per treat. The company’s recommended dose is 1 milligram per 20-pound animal. “What we’ve seen is that some of these dogs respond very rapidly,” said Cote. “One woman from Fort Bragg was ready to put down her dog due to how sick and in pain he was, but the day before he was scheduled to go under, she administered our treats and just like that the dog was up, walking around and acting normally again.” Canna Companion, a Sultan, Washington-based producer of pet capsules that combine strains of dried, powdered hemp, received similar success stories and testimonials from its customers. “Just want to say how much this product has helped my animals,” writes one pet owner on the brand’s Facebook page. “Bug, [my] 18-year-old cat, is playing, sleeping next to me at night, being curious and exploring… her back pain is nearly gone. I can pet her all over and she purrs! She has NEVER, until being on hemp, enjoyed being petted.” Co-owner of Canna Companion and licensed veterinarian Dr. Sarah Brandon, developed her product after a decade of trials and formula refinements with her own pets and strays. But that didn’t prevent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from sending her a notice last month, warning that the capsules were an “unapproved new animal drug and your marketing of it violates the [Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic] Act.” Even in states where medical marijuana is legal, veterinarians are not empowered to prescribe cannabis products to pets. Similarly, producers of hemp-based edibles, treats and capsules are limited in how they may advertise the...

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LCC Hosts A Reading Wonderland For UISD Elementary Authors
Apr08

LCC Hosts A Reading Wonderland For UISD Elementary Authors

Special to the Laredo Sun Killam Elementary School fifth-grader Daron Jaramillo receives a little help from Cynthia L. Rodriguez, executive director of elementary education for UISD, as he reads an excerpt from his book The Island before an audience of parents, librarians and staff from the United Independent School District and Laredo Community College. Staff from the Harold R. Yeary Library at the Fort McIntosh Campus hosted an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party on Thursday, April 2 to honor the winners of a district-wide writing contest. Twenty-six students, one from each UISD elementary school, were honored at the event. Each student was presented with a published copy of their work, while the top three winners, including first-place winner Jaramillo, were awarded a tablet. Rounding out the top three were winner Kylee Taylor from Malakoff Elementary and third place winner Daniel de la Peña from Roosevelt...

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