Thursday

Bill would end tickets for school tomfoolery | Bud Kennedy | Fort Worth, Arlington, Northeast…

In Azle, police ticketed a ninth-grader playing touch football.

His crime: Blurting a bad word.

In Granbury, officers hauled a tuba player into court and fined him $550.

Why?

He told a crude joke in the band hall.

And then there was the Great Longview Gas Bust.

Police ticketed an elementary school boy.

His offense: A loud bodily emission.

The days of embarrassing and wasteful police work will end if the Texas House passes a bill by a senator from Dallas.

After hearing how police and courtroom resources have been wasted on trivial citations that shove students into the juvenile justice system, the Texas Senate voted unanimously Thursday to end schoolhouse tickets for Class C misdemeanors.

No more juvenile delinquency charges against students for shoving. Or writing on a wall. Or chewing gum. Or tossing the wrapper.

No more school officials delivering grandiose pronouncements the way former Azle Superintendent Santo Forte did in 1996.

“If you come to my school and you start cussing,” he said, “you’re going to have to pay.”

via Bill would end tickets for school tomfoolery | Bud Kennedy | Fort Worth, Arlington, Northeast….

 

Dr. Darron Smith: Has President Obama Abandoned Black Folks? | Black Blue Dog

Jarrett told six African American reporters last Thursday, “If you look at the president’s record in the first four years, if you look at his major domestic policy accomplishments, they disproportionately do benefit the African-American community.” She further elucidated, “If you look at the Affordable Care Act – roughly 9 million African Americans uninsured will have health insurance today – if you look at the president’s Recovery Act and subsequent budgets … If you went through the menu of tax incentives and unemployment that disproportionately benefit the African-American community, time and time again – I think unemployment insurance has been extended like nine times –every single time we had to fight the Republicans to get that done.”

via Dr. Darron Smith: Has President Obama Abandoned Black Folks? | Black Blue Dog.

 

Obama Gives Himself Secret Service Protection For the Rest of His Life | Black Blue Dog

President Obama signed a bill into law on Thursday that grants himself, living former presidents, and future ex-presidents Secret Service protection for life. This new law discontinues a 1990s bill that significantly limited Secret Service protection for U.S. presidents after they leave office.

via Obama Gives Himself Secret Service Protection For the Rest of His Life | Black Blue Dog.

 

Erika Menendez was charged in the death of Sunando Sen, who was crushed by a 7 train in Queens on Thursday night, the second time this month a commuter has died in such a nightmarish fashion.