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Nashville is No. 1 when it comes to SEC cities

Vandy is located just outside of downtown and doesn’t add too much to the city, but West End (where the campus is ...
Auburn (Auburn); 8. Missouri (Columbia); 9. Kentucky (Lexington); 10. Texas A&M (College Station); 11. Florida (Gainesville); 12.

Fairhope springs into 2015 America in Bloom competition, gauging city's quality of life

The town received special recognition last year but did not earn the overall award. Brewton will be competing against West Columbia, Texas; Lewisburg, West Virginia; and Catskill, New York. American in Bloom judges are set to visit April 30 and May 1.

US Leads LNG Export Race Over Canada, but Future Demand Could be Sufficient for Both Suppliers

The Western Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) is trying to get its liquefied natural ...
As the price of crude oil, both global Benchmark Brent and NYMEX-traded West Texas Intermediate (WTI) plunged by over half since mid-June, BC’s dream ...

Women’s rowing looks to break losing streak at Dale England Cup

After a week’s break from competition, the women’s rowing team will head west ...
and Texas in a series of races at Lake Lemon. A season of lackluster performances will follow the Lions to Bloomington. Most recently in the Woodbury Cup, Columbia ...

Report critical of West Texas prison that was scene of riots

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A prison in West Texas that holds mostly immigrant inmates and has ...
Yet another rambled through a Hudson River park this week. Columbia student alleges gender bias after rape claim tossed Columbia student alleges gender bias after ...

Jose Luis Juarez

Jose Luis Juarez, 39, of West Columbia, Texas passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 25, 1975, in San Jose, Ojosarco, Guanajuato. He was a loving husband, father and a hard worker. He worked at ...

Study links swarm of quakes in Texas to natural gas drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) — With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle ...

Texas Tech Golf Upsets Texas In JP Energy Red Raider Shootout

On top of that, Dominguez, sophomore Hannes Ronneblad from Sweden, freshman Wes Artac from Kingwood, Texas, and senior Esteban Restrepo from Columbia all won their one ...
Many may assume that the infamous West Texas wind played havoc on the visiting ...

Columbia seeing steady recovery 4 months after tornado

COLUMBIA – Almost four months ago ...
Recently, the school district hired a public adjuster — Kubala & Co. out of Houston, Texas — to assess the damages, and is getting ready to enter negotiations to come to an agreed amount. Repairs have been ...

Texas lawmakers could kill wind and solar incentives

Such standards, which have been passed by 29 states, the District of Columbia and four US territories ...
RPS created thousands jobs that cannot be outsourced, mostly in rural West Texas, including his own district,” Marston said in a statement on ...

US: Capital Goods Orders Down Again, Jobs & Wages in Tail Spin, Wall Street & Washington Try to "Explain" "Recession" in the Depression Away

The Capitalists' Economic Advisors Report Reality of New Collapse - New "Recession" in Middle of Ongoing Depression John Williams'Shadow Government Statistics Analysis Behind and Beyond Government Ec…

$1 million Mega Millions ticket sold in West Columbia

(The State) you purchased a lottery ticket in West Columbia Tuesday, you might be $1 million dollars richer. A $1 million Mega Millions ticket was sold at a Eagle Express … Continue reading →

@ West Seattle Crime Prevention Council: Car theft ‘skyrocketing,’ burglary dropping; plus, City Attorney discusses ‘dream job’

By Tracy Record West Seattle Blog editor Auto theft has “skyrocketed” in the Southwest Precinct area lately, police acknowledged toward the start of last night’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Counci…

West Columbia riverfront project plans undecided

(The State) Four mini-parks and a plaza would wrap around four buildings in preliminary plans for development of a signature, four-acre site near the West Columbia riverfront. But many aspects … Conti…

Vancouverites are the least happy in the country, survey finds

Vancouverites have knocked themselves off their West Coast pedestal. According to a Statistics Canada report released on Monday, Vancouver is home to the least happy Canadians. Quebec’s Sanguenay wa…

Two Noteworthy Articles About Gatsby and West of Sunset

From The Columbia Chronicle: The Great Gatsby 90th Anniversary: 90 years ago on April 10, 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald published his literary opus, “The Great Gatsby.”   From The Daily News of Newburypor…

Spectacular Architectural Modern Lists in West Vancouver, BC (PHOTOS)

Spectacular Architectural Modern Lists in West Vancouver, BC 3681 Sunset Lane, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada A spectacular brand new modern home has come on the market in West Vancouver, Br…

Former West Columbia Police Chief and Accused Child Molester Michael Palmer Found Dead Days Before Trial

Michael Palmer Booking PhotoWest Columbia, Texas We have a follow-up on a story from 2013, involving former West Columbia Police Chief Michael Palmer. Back then, he was accused of tampering with evi…

New development in West Columbia

(ColaDaily.com) The skyline of West Columbia’s downtown soon will have a different look as new commercial development is on its way to the city. City Council met Thursday to approve the … Continue rea…

Denny’s opening in West Columbia

(The State) A 24-hour Denny’s restaurant is opening next week along Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, bringing 85 jobs, the company said Monday. Denny’s has refurbished a building at 2514 Sunset … Co…


Register now and request your ballots for the year in WEST COLUMBIA TEXAS

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote, and acts as a request for your State absentee ballots for the year. It is important to complete a new FPCA annually, every time you move or at least 90 days prior to the election you want to vote in.

Completing a new FPCA is easy at FVAP.gov:

  • Select your State from the drop-down on the home page
  • Click the box at the bottom of the page to Register to Vote, Request a Ballot or Update My Voter Info
  • The FVAP online tool will walk you through the form, and provide you with a PDF packet to print, sign and send directly to your local election official (LEO); links are also provided here for States that offer online voter registration
  • You can check the status of your registration and/or ballot request by contacting your LEO at any time

Remember, the only way your LEO knows how to reach you is with the information you provide! Some States allow a longer time between registrations, but if you submit a new FPCA every year, you wont have to worry about your registration or ballot request status and can participate in all the elections* you´re eligible to.

* While there are no regularly scheduled elections for Federal offices, there may be some elections for office which are vacated by the end of the term. Being registered ensures you will be able to participate in these elections.


If you experience any issues or have questions, FVAPs call center is available at 1-800-438-VOTE (8683), DSN 425-1584 or at vote@fvap.gov. Toll-free phone numbers from 67 countries are listed at FVAP.gov. Find us on Facebook at /DoDFVAP and follow @FVAP on Twitter.

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What do you think about "clemency" being aplied to criminals in WEST COLUMBIA TEXAS?

Based on its commitment to address issues of injustice in judgment, President Obama awarded 22 commutations today people serving time in a federal prison. If they had been condemned by the current laws and policies, many of these people would have already served his time and paid his debt to society.Because many were convicted under a regime of obsolete sentence served years - in some cases more than a decade - more than individuals convicted today for the same offense.

In total, 22 commutations granted today underscore the President´s commitment to use all the tools at their disposal to achieve greater justice and fairness in our justice system. We further demonstrate how the exercise of this important Instituition can remedy imbalances and correct errors in judgment. Added to its previous 21 commutations, the President has granted 43 switches in total. To put the actions of President Obama in context, President George W. Bush commuted 11 convictions in his eight years in office.

To further this progress, the President has established a leniency to encourage people who were convicted under laws and policies obsolete switch request initiative. In his address, major reforms have followed, including the enactment of new criteria for potential candidates switching to satisfy even those who pose no danger to public safety, have a clean record in prison, and have been convicted in out of date laws. The Department of Justice has raised awareness about applying switching to ensure that each federal prisoner who believe are worthy of this second invaluable opportunity have the opportunity to ask for it.

Emphasizing the responsibility that brings a switchover, the President wrote a letter to each of the 22 people who received clemency today, recognizing its potential to overcome the mistakes they made and encourage them to make good decisions moving forward.

While today´s announcement represents a major advance, there is more work to delante.La Administration will continue to work to thoroughly review all requests for clemencia.Y while switching is an important tool for those seeking justice and equity in our criminal justice system, it is almost always an option of last resort, which comes after a long trial and years behind bars. That is why President Obama is committed to working with Democrats and Republicans in sensible to our criminal justice system aimed give judges greater discretion over mandatory minimum sentencing reforms. As the Department of Justice has pointed out, sometimes mandatory minimum sentences have resulted in more severe penalties for nonviolent drug offenders that many violent offenders and are not necessary for processing at this level.

Now, a major reform became law. In 2010, the President signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the disparity in the amounts of powder cocaine and crack need for the imposition of mandatory minimum sentences. The President is encouraged by the bipartisan support for improving our criminal justice system, including the promise of legislation to implement front-end changes in sentencing.It also supports bipartisan efforts to provide back-end support through education and work better training for those currently incarcerated and reforming our juvenile justice system to build on the significant reductions in the number Youth held in secure facilities.

Ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system will require ongoing efforts to invest in the types of programs that help prevent individuals turning to crime, such as education and employment, as well as changes in our sentencing laws to ensure that the punishment really fit the crime. As we work to make those improvements, the President will continue to use its authority leniency in certain cases where justice, fairness and proportionality so require, and give eligible and worthy people who have paid their debt to society the opportunity contribute in the sense ways. [7]

The Guardian and a warning to WEST COLUMBIA TEXAS: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

In http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/02/jehovahs-witnesses-silencing-techniques-child-abuse [6]


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