Month: December 2016

New Orleans plans parade to honor late actor Carrie Fisher

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana- Science fiction fans were saddened Tuesday (Dec. 27) by the news that actor Carrie Fisher, who was best known for her iconic role as Star Wars’ Princess Leia, had died at age 60. Almost immediately, Ryan Ballard, leader of The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus Carnival marching group, began planning a second line-style parade for Friday to celebrate the memory of Fisher. Chewbacchus, one of the fastest-growing Mardi Gras organizations, was inspired by the Star Wars series. Chewbacchus is a mash-up of the names of Star Wars character Chewbacca and Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, NOLA.com says. The Leijorettes, a group...

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Were Lebanon utility customers’ privacy compromised in city emails?

LEBANON, Missouri- A City of Lebanon utility customer is alleging she received a message  containing the email addresses of over 1,300 other customers and  she says the list is 31 pages long. Other customers said they have gotten similar communications. She says she fears privacy has been violated, “She (the Utility Operations Manager) sent out an email to utility customers suggesting e-billing, but it did not go out as individual emails. Everyone’s email address is listed. I guess what I’m trying to say is that they should have gone out as “blind copies.” Anyone who uses their own name, or...

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Former Texas Rangers pitcher shot to death in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas-  The man identified as the 41st homicide victim in Little Rock, Arkansas was a former pitcher for the Texas Rangers. According to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, John Barfield pitched three seasons for the Rangers in 1989.   He was killed in a shooting Christmas Eve by an acquaintance, identified as William Goodman. Goodman is charged with 1st Degree Murder and is being held at the Pulaski County Jail....

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111 year-old Lebanon resident passes away before Christmas

LEBANON, Missouri- Shadel’s Colonial Chapel has announced Gladys Bessie (Caster) Terrill passed away Friday. She was 111 years-old.   According her obituary, Terrill was born on September 12, 1905 in the Cleveland Community south of Houston, Missouri but had lived in Lebanon for the last several years at an assisted care facility. Gladys spent the majority of her adult life on their family farm near Raymondville in Texas County Missouri. She was preceded in death by an infant son, her husband, Clarence A. Terrill, one grandson and her three siblings. She is survived by her daughter, Alberta Copeland and her husband...

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Oregon State Police ask for prayer after trooper shot multiple times

SHERWOOD, Oregon- The Oregon State Police reports that an officer involved shooting involving the Oregon State Police and neighboring agencies occurred late last night just south of Sherwood. “Please join us in thoughts and prayers for one of our troopers who was in a violent encounter tonight in Washington County. The trooper was shot multiple times and is now receiving medical care for his injuries. Please keep him, his family and all of OSP in your thoughts and prayers,” the agency said in a Facebook post. KATU says that it all started when police were called to a home in King...

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