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Sun Bowl Players Forbidden to Visit Mexico

Posted by on Monday, 27 December, 2010

Sun Bowl Stadium

– The 77th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl will be played this Friday at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, and the teams from Notre Dame and Miami have just arrived in town to prepare. But because of the El Paso’s proximity to the Mexican town of Cuidad Juarez, coaches for both teams are taking extra precautions to keep their players safe. No players will be permitted to cross the border during their free time.

The coach of the Fighting Irish, Brian Kelly, has taken his team’s passports, and the Hurricanes weren’t allowed to bring theirs either. Local law enforcement and the FBI meet with the teams shortly after they arrived in El Paso last night to educate the footballers about the perils of crossing the border.

Cuidad Juarez is in the middle of a drug war. Officials have estimated that more than 3,000 people have been killed this year alone, with the vast majority of all crimes in the city never even being investigated.

Fans from both schools are also being urged to be extra cautious. The Sun Bowl sold out in 21 hours this year.

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AccentCare Inc. Becomes A Top Competitor In the Home Health Care Industry

Posted by on Saturday, 25 December, 2010

– AccentCare Inc. just announced its newest purchase of Guardian Home Care. This newest acquisition makes it one of the top  10 competitors in the home health care industry and expands their locations to Tennessee, Texas, and Georgia.  It will have now have over 120 branches and help over 25,000 patients in almost a dozen states.  The deal was made possible using funding from Oak Hill Capital Partners, but the details of the deal were not revealed.

AccentCare Inc. is a company based in Irvine California with William Comte heading the company as CEO. As both companies are combined, Judy Bishop, the CEO of Guardian,  and Robert Jordan, the senior VP of Human Resources,  will leave. Also, the COO of Guardian Mark Lamp will become the COO of AccentCare Inc.   Guardian Home Care also employees over 9,000 people and will provied skilled nursing services and hospice services.

Bill Comte stated that combining the companies will “incorporate best practices of each company and improve operational efficiencies.”

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Execution Rate Down Because Of Cost

Posted by on Wednesday, 22 December, 2010

Sodium Thiopental

 – The annual report of the Death Penalty Information Center that was just published Tuesday reveals that executions have decreased by over 11% this year. New death sentences issued remained very near their lowest level since 1976, when capital punishment was brought back.

The report cites a shortage of the drug that is used for lethal injections and also because the cost of executions is too high in these hard economic times. The lack of sodium thiopental, one of the drugs used for lethal injections, caused the delay or cancellation of executions in five states. Arizona was able to import some from Britain, because executions have been abolished there. Britain will not export the drug in the future.

There have been 46 executions this year, down from 52 in 2009. This is less than half the number in 1999. Texas claimed 17 of the nation’s total.

Richard Dieter, the Center’s executive director said in his report, “Whether it’s concerns about the high costs of the death penalty at a time when budgets are being slashed, the risks of executing the innocent, unfairness, or other reasons, the nation continued to move away from the death penalty in 2010.

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Report On School Education Released Today

Posted by on Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

 – The education report “Connecting the Dots: School Spending and Student Progress” was released in Texas this Wednesday.  It ranks the schools in Texas by looking at the scores from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test and how much the schools were spending compared to the other schools.

The report was created by Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller to find out which schools had the best performing students compared to how much money the schools were spending.   It will help the state of Texas to evaluate their spending in the public education sector.  Public education accounts for over 40 percent of the government spending of Texas.

The report rates the school districts from a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.  A rating of 1 means that the school district had low scores and high spending while a school with a rating of 5 means that there were high scores and low spending. 

About 67 percent of the school districts had a rating between 2 and 3.5 and about 3 percent had a top rating of 5.

Over $680,000 was spent on the research for this report and it will cost over $39,000 each additional year to keep it up-to-date.

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