Carrie Brownstein helped start Sleater-Kinney, the celebrated punk trio, when she was still in college. That band split in 2006, and though Brownstein kept busy — as a blogger and commentator for NPR Music, among other things — she says that by the end of 2010, she was feeling antsy.
Amnesty International offered new evidence today of what it said was the Syrian regime's brutal crackdown on protesters. The human rights organization said the mutilated body of 18-year-old Zainab al-Hosni, the first woman known to have died in custody during Syria's recent unrest, was discovered by her family in "horrific circumstances."
That anyone with bedbugs in their home would resort to desperate measures to get rid of them comes as no surprise. The insects are some of the most aggravating and entrenched of any bug that bites or buzzes around us. But a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the DIY approach to bedbug control is a pretty risky enterprise.
COMMERCE - The Commerce City Council has elected to send two councilmen to a mediation hearing on October 25 concerning the city's lawsuit against Mayor Quay Throgmorton.
After consulting with their attorney's during executive session Tuesday night, council determined they would work to resolve the dispute through a mediator. Richard Hill and John Sands were appointed to attend.
SULPHUR SPRINGS - Hopkins County Precinct 2 Constable Larry Argenbreit has announced he will not seek another term in office. Argenbreit has held the position for 16 years. He will serve the remainder of his term, which ends on December 31, 2012.
Meanwhile, Precinct 1 Constable Norman Colyer says he'll seek his first full term in office. Following last year's retirement of Roger "Tex" Maynard, Colyer was appointed to fill the remainder of his term.
PARIS - Paris and Lamar County officials meet next Thursday with Keystone XL Pipeline officials to discuss the controversial crude oil pipeline that would run through the area and down to the Gulf Coast.
The pipeline has come under fire from environmental groups but local officials are excited about the tax revenue prospects another pipeline could bring to Lamar County.
City of Paris, Lamar County and the Paris Economic Development Corporation will be in attendance.
HUNTSVILLE - White supremacist gang member and former Sulphur Springs and Delta County resident Lawrence Russell Brewer has been executed for the infamous dragging death slaying of a black man from East Texas.
49-year-old James Byrd Jr. of Jasper was chained to the back of a pickup truck 13 years ago and pulled whip-like to his death along a bumpy asphalt road. It's one of the most grisly hate crime murders in recent Texas history.