Risks Rise For Mechanics Union As Fight With Southwest Airlines Goes To Federal Court

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Southwest Airlines’ beloved co-founder and former chairman Herb Kelleher has been in his grave for barely two months now, but he surely is spinning like a top within it over the acrimony and dysfunction now spilling out of what he called the Southwest family.

Last week flight cancellations and delays rose by a factor of five or six because of Southwest mechanics’ newly-exercised meticulousness when it comes to finding and fixing – ever-so-slowly – mechanical, structural and electronic issues discovered on many of the airline’s planes. In response, the Dallas-based carrier filed suit against the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association for conducting, allegedly, an illegal job action against the airline.

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C.J. Harris Elementary Community Market and Festival May 4

image001The C.J. Harris Elementary PTA is excited to announce the First Annual Harris Community Market and Festival. It is sure to be a great day!

When:  Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10am – 6pm

Where:  C.J. Harris Elementary, located at 2314 Schleider Dr, Pearland, TX 77581

We’ll have vendors, activities for children, a Silent Auction and MUCH MORE!

Parking and Admission to this event is free. This event is kid friendly! No pets please!

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We are currently looking for SPONSORS! For more information, click HERE and we thank you in advance for your support! All vendor fees are TAX DEDUCTIBLE! We are a 501(C)(3)!

For further information about the event, click HERE or email Vendor Liaison Nancy Allen at HarrisCommunityMarket@Gmail.com.

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Dallas Public Library hosts prom dress giveaway for students in need

By Teresa Gubbins

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What to wear to the prom looms as one of the key decisions of one’s high school career — made even more difficult when you can’t afford the duds.

But Dallas high school students in need get a break thanks to the Fairy Tale Closet, a charitable initiative taking place at the Dallas Central Library on March 9-10.

Hundreds of gowns in various sizes and styles will be available as well as shoes, accessories, and a few suits and jackets for those who eschew the traditional gown.

This year’s giveaway also includes an LGBTQ+ centric event.

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Luke Perry, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Riverdale’ Star, Dead at 52

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Luke Perry, best known for his roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, has died. He was 52. His rep confirmed his death on Monday.

“Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke,” the statement reads. “He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning.  No further details will be released at this time.”

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It’s official: Southwest tickets to Hawaii are on sale and they’re remarkably cheap

By Dom DiFurio, Breaking Business News Reporter

southwest-airlinesDallas-based Southwest airlines has finally set dates for its initial flights in its long-anticipated Hawaii routes.

The first flights will take off on Mar. 17 and tickets are currently listed for as cheap as $49 one-way. Initially, travelers will have to fly Southwest out of Oakland, but the airline will open additional airport routes in the subsequent months, according to Southwest’s website built specifically for its Hawaii routes.

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Texas sweeps No. 1 LSU with late rally for Sunday win, 7-6

UTAUSTIN, Texas — An Austin Todd RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth capped a three-run rally as Texas battled back to claim a 7-6 victory over LSU on Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field and finish off a three-game sweep of the No. 1-ranked Tigers. Texas (10-3) trailed LSU (8-3) heading into the bottom of the ninth, 6-4, when the Longhorns got to work in front of a raucous home crowd on a bitterly-cold afternoon on the Forty Acres.

LSUFacing LSU relief pitcher Todd Peterson, Texas has the first two batters of the inning reach base as catcher Michael McCann was hit by a pitch and second baseman Masen Hibbeler singled to right. Freshman infielder Lance Ford advanced McCann and Hibbeler with a bunt before center fielder Duke Ellis beat out an infield single to bring in a run and make it a one-run game, 6-5, in favor of the visitors from Baton Rouge.

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Autistic Teenager With Higher IQ Than Einstein On Path To Nobel Prize

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When Jacob Barnett was two years old, doctors told his mother, Kristine, that her son had autism and he would probably never be able to talk, read, or even tie his shoes.

Upon recommendations from Doctors and other experts, Kristine put him in a special preschool designed for kids with these kinds of challenges and special needs. Soon after, his Mom realized that the intensive program was not helping and against the advice of many, she decided to teach him herself and focus on the subjects that he seemed drawn to, like science, physics, and math.

Read more from Expand Your Consciousness…

Spring Forward March 10

Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2am!

IMG_6124The idea of resetting clocks forward an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in his essay, “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light,” which was published in the Journal de Paris in April 1784.

Franklin’s suggestion was largely overlooked until it was brought up again in 1907 by Englishman William Willett, who penned a pamphlet called, “The Waste of Daylight.” Although the British House of Commons rejected Willett’s proposal to advance the clock one hour in the spring and back again in autumn in 1908, British Summer Time was introduced by the Parliament in 1916.

Many other countries change their clocks when adjusting to summer time, but the United States only began doing so towards the end of World War I in an attempt to conserve energy. The House of Representatives voted 252 to 40 to pass a law “to save daylight,” with the official first daylight saving time taking place on March 15, 1918. This was initially met with much resistance, according Michael Downing, author of the book “Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time.”

“When the Congress poked its finger into the face of every clock in the country, millions of Americans winced,” Downing wrote. “United by a determination to beat back the big hand of government,” daylight saving time opponents  “raised holy hell, vowing to return the nation to real time, normal time, farm time, sun time—the time they liked to think of as “God’s time.'”

Despite the public outcry, government officials enforced the time change until 1919, and allowed state and local governments to decide whether to continue the practice. It was reinstituted during World War II but, again, after the war, the decision fell to the states.

In fact, even when Congress officially made the time change a law under the Uniform Time Act of 1966, it only stated that if the public decided to observe daylight saving time, it must do so uniformly. Hawaii and Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Reservation), still choose not to partake in the convention, as do some U.S. territories, including American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Originally, clocks were sprung forward on the last Sunday in April and turned back on the last Sunday in October, but the Energy Policy Act of 2005 shifted the start of daylight saving time to the second Sunday in March and the end to the first Sunday in November.

This article was provided by Life’s Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience.

Texas Troopers Ramp Up Enforcement Against Passing Stopped Police Cars

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The Texas Highway Patrol is increasing enforcement of a state law about passing stopped police cars and other special vehicles. (Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety)

Texas Troopers are increasing enforcement of a state law about passing stopped police cars and other special vehicles in Harris and other counties.

The law, commonly known as Move Over/Slow Down, was passed in 2003 and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) periodically focuses on its enforcement in different parts of the state.

The law requires motorists to move over or slow down when certain vehicles – including police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks – are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.

Specifically, the law states that a driver must vacate the lane closest to the applicable vehicles stopped on the side of the road if the roadway has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction.

The other option is to slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit. If the speed limit is below 25 mph, the driver must slow down to 5 mph.

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Girl with terminal cancer made honorary Texas Ranger

By KXAN Staff

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Rangers have a new recruit in six-year-old, Abigail Arias. On Monday, she became an honorary Texas Ranger and took a tour around the Texas State Capitol. Arias has a rare childhood kidney cancer that is terminal.

Several weeks ago, she became an honorary Freeport police officer which is the area Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen represents.

When Bonnen learned about her dream of being in law enforcement, he decided he wanted to do something extra special for the little girl. 

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Never in my 20+ years as a Rep have I experienced a day as rewarding as today. Cancer is no match for 6 year-old Abigail Arias. She was doing such an outstanding job fighting bad guys as a @FreeportPD officer that today she got a new title. Say hello to our newest Texas Ranger. – D. Bonnen on Twitter [@RepDennisBonnen]

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