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GOOD NEWS: Six ORMC nurses honored as Permian Basin Great 25 Nurses
Source:  Odessa American
Thursday, 09 December 2021 03:00

GOOD NEWS: Six ORMC nurses honored as Permian Basin Great 25 Nurses

Six of Odessa Regional Medical Center’s nurses have been recognized by the Permian Basin Great 25 Nurses.

This organization is a local nonprofit that was developed to recognize outstanding nurses in the Permian Basin.

“We are extremely proud to have six of our ORMC nurses honored for the hard work and dedication we see each and every day,� Stacey Brown, president at Odessa Regional Medical Center, said. “We are grateful to be part of a program that takes the time to recognize these efforts.�

The ORMC nurses honored this year include: Carol Cates, MSN, MBA, RN; Jami Chapman, BSN, RN; Vanessa Dick, RN; Denae Sims, RN; Lorelei D. Taylor, RN; and Heather Rodriguez, RN.

“We wanted a program here in West Texas to recognize the great contributions nurses make in our communities,� Brandi McDonald, founder of PB Great 25, said in a news release. “Although we are not Dallas, Fort Worth, or Houston, West Texas has great healthcare services and great team members providing those services.�

Nominations were submitted online and reviewed by the Permian Basin Great 25 nurses Board of Directors and a community panel of non-clinical individuals. Nurses were acknowledged not only their work in the profession, but also for their exceptional achievements and work within their communities.

For more information on the Permian Basin Great 25 Nurses, visit www.pbgreat25.com.


Taking it with them: Members leaving with money in the bank
Source:  The Killeen Daily Herald
Thursday, 09 December 2021 03:00

WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes holds an enviable political war chest of more than $12 million heading into next year’s elections. Even after announcing Monday he would soon abandon his seat, the California Republican is under no obligation to purge…

On Gardening: Superbena verbenas celebrate 2022: The year of the verbena
Source:  The Killeen Daily Herald
Thursday, 09 December 2021 03:00

As I was watching a fresh newborn Gulf fritillary swooping down to feed on Superbena Royale Plum Wine verbenas, I started thinking that I wish everyone knew about these flowers that our grandparents grew and certainly laced with native DNA.

TV-radio listings: Dec. 9
Source:  Houston Chronicle
Thursday, 09 December 2021 03:00

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Col. basketball

Bethune-Cookman at North Carolina St.

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5:30 p.m.

Col. basketball

Texas at Seton Hall

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5:30 p.m.

Col. basketball

Purdue at...


Catean casa por Caso Telra... 50 horas después
Source:  El Diario de El Paso
Thursday, 09 December 2021 02:54

La FGR acusa a los Zaga de recibir una indemnización ilegal de 5 mil 88 millones de pesos al Infonavit

Danes arrest 4 people for leaking classified intelligence
Source:  The Killeen Daily Herald
Thursday, 09 December 2021 02:54

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Danish security service said Thursday that it has arrested four people with Denmark's two intelligence agencies on suspicion of “disclosing highly classified information from the intelligence services.�

TX Fort Worth TX Zone Forecast
Source:  The Killeen Daily Herald
Thursday, 09 December 2021 02:51

TX Fort Worth TX Zone Forecast for Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Cae automóvil en cataratas del Niágara; recuperan cadáver
Source:  El Diario de El Paso
Thursday, 09 December 2021 02:47

Fue demasiado tarde para rescatar a la conductora en su interior, una mujer de 60 años

SULLUM: She got her car back more than 6 years after police seized it
Source:  Odessa American
Thursday, 09 December 2021 02:45

SULLUM: She got her car back more than 6 years after police seized it

After police in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, took her car, Malinda Harris did not get a chance to contest the seizure for five and a half years. After the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute threatened to file a lawsuit on her behalf last March, the county agreed within a week to return the car, which she finally got back this summer.

The contrast between those two timelines shows how easy it is for the government to seize innocent people’s property under civil forfeiture laws, which allow law enforcement agencies to supplement their budgets by confiscating assets they claim are connected to criminal activity. Harris’ experience with legalized larceny, which she describes in congressional testimony she will give on Dec. 8, illustrates how that system is rigged against property owners.

The Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force seized Harris’ 2011 Infiniti G37 on March 4, 2015, because her son, Trevice, was suspected of selling drugs. Although Harris had let Trevice borrow her car, the cops did not allege that he used it for drug dealing or that she knew about his illegal activity.

Harris did not get a receipt, and she heard nothing more about her purloined property until October 2020, when she received a civil forfeiture complaint that had been prepared the previous January. As Goldwater Institute senior attorney Stephen Silverman noted in a Feb. 25 motion, Massachusetts “does not provide any deadline (by) which the Commonwealth is required to initiate forfeiture proceedings.�

Like most states, Massachusetts lets police seize property when they have “probable cause� to believe it was used for drug trafficking. But once they have met that minimal threshold, the burden of proof shifts to the owner, who must show that the property is not subject to forfeiture — a rule that helps explain why Massachusetts was the only state to receive an F in the Institute for Justice’s 2020 report on civil forfeiture laws.

Massachusetts allows innocent owners to seek the return of their assets unless they “knew or should have known that such conveyance or real property was used in and for the business of unlawfully manufacturing, dispensing, or distributing controlled substances.� But like the federal government and most states, it requires owners to prove their innocence, the reverse of the presumption that applies in criminal cases.

Law enforcement agencies get to keep the proceeds from forfeitures — up to 100% in Massachusetts and many other states. Therefore, they have a strong incentive to seize first and ask questions later, which seems to be what happened in Harris’ case, given how quickly Berkshire County threw in the towel after it became clear that she was able to put up a fight.

“This is even worse than being victimized by a criminal,� Harris says in her testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. “When it is the police taking your property, who can you call?�

Harris was lucky to have pro bono legal representation. For owners who don’t, challenging a forfeiture often costs more than their property is worth.

The Institute for Justice estimates that “hiring an attorney to fight a relatively simple state forfeiture case costs at least $3,000 — more than double the national median currency forfeiture.� Unlike criminal defendants, owners of seized property generally have no right to court-appointed counsel, so people of modest means are ill-equipped to defend themselves against state-sanctioned theft.

“I was extremely fortunate,� says Harris, who recently gave her car to her college-bound granddaughter. “I got my car back. I know that most people lose their property because they do not understand the legal process and they cannot afford a lawyer.�

Harris’ ordeal was an eye-opening experience. “The police should not be able to take, and keep for themselves, the property of people never convicted of a crime,� she says. “How do you teach your children to respect the law, when the people who are sworn to uphold it can take your property on nothing more than naked suspicion?�


AP Photos: Trapped by snow in a Moroccan mountain village
Source:  The Killeen Daily Herald
Thursday, 09 December 2021 02:41

TIMAHDITE, Morocco (AP) — For the people of the remote Moroccan village of Timahdite, nestled in North Africa's highest mountain range, heavy snowfall brings weeks, or months, of isolation.

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