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Harlingen mostly fails in entertainment industry — but why? Maybe leadership failures?

July 29, 2016

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL In looking at Harlingen’s record in the entertainment industry the past couple of decades and maybe a bit beyond, it does not look well. This reporter and a couple of friends did a bit of research since the city is planning to spend millions of dollars on a new convention center, which falls into that section of business. Of course, there have been some events which have been...
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Alleged money launderer for Sinaloa Cartel extradited to Texas

July 28, 2016

Maricio Sanchez Garza, an alleged financial operative for the Sinaloa Cartel, who is accused of money laundering through a San Antonio real estate investment, as well as extorting his partner in a movie deal, has been extradited to Texas to stand trial. The U.S. Treasury Department has accused him of laundering money for Rafael Caro Quintero, one of the original cartel bosses, who was...
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Will Harlingen convention center be city’s next ‘white elephant?’

July 25, 2016

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Of course, I took notice that the Harlingen city commissioners and members of the Community Improvement Board have officially approved building the convention center, even while I was down with a recent illness. In case any readers missed it, those bodies approved agreements with developer B.C. Lynd Hospitality, San Antonio, and Ezequiel Reyna, of Weslaco,and land owner, to...
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REMINDER: Sales tax holiday coming soon

July 25, 2016

The Texas sales tax holiday this year will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5, 6 and 7. That’s when shoppers can save money on certain items priced less than $100 because they will be tax free. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced...
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UTRGV med school holds its first White Coat Ceremony Saturday

July 23, 2016

UPDATE: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley had another first on Saturday, the Medical School’s first 55 students held the inaugural White Coat Ceremony. The event was held at the Performing Arts Complex on the Edinburg campus. White Coat ceremonies serve as a rite of passage for medical...
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UPDATE: Editor ill situtuation better, still a bit weak, back fully soon

July 22, 2016

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL ANOTHER UPDATE: Feeling much better, nearly ready to file a couple of columns. UPDATE: Have returned, but down with a stomach virus. Back in service Tuesday, hopefully. EARLIER COMMENTS: I will be leaving early Tuesday (July 12) for San Juan, Puerto Rico, where...
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Appeals court strikes down Texas voting ID law

July 20, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down Texas’ tough voting ID law as being discriminatory. This gives civil rights advocates a crucial victory in advance of the 2016 general election. The vote was a 9-6 ruling by the court for the Fifth Circuit and the third consecutive...
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Hiring the new assistant city manager appears to be good move

July 8, 2016

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Hiring the former McAllen public works director as a new Harlingen assistant city manager appears to be a solid and smart move. In fact, he likely would make a better city manager than our present one, Dan Serna. In fact, he will hold...
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No surprise here about the ‘sleepy’ Valley losing Winter Texans

July 6, 2016

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL The media has jumped on the every other year’s report concerning Winter Texans, and bemoaning the fact the visitors from the north are declining in numbers. First off, this has been happening annually. Not all is our fault down here, thanks to the...
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Celebrate Independence Day

July 4, 2016

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL The Fourth of July is a day in which to celebrate the nation’s independence. In case you have forgotten your history, the nation’s fathers began working on freeing the 13 colonies from Great Britain’s rule in the 1700’s. On July 2, 1776, the...
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Does anyone care a tiny bit about who the ‘celebrities’ endorse for president?

July 3, 2016

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL As most readers know, I usually stay from the national political scene, but this is not really dealing with that, except it shows how stupid it is for the media to publish about who the celebrities are and for us to accept them...
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South Padre Island waters safe, officials say

June 30, 2016

The waters at South Padre Island are safe from high levels of bacteria that have been found in other Texas Gulf Coast beaches, SPI city officials say. The report comes after the bacteria Vibrio vulnificus has created recent scares at Port Aransas and Galveston. SPI Shoreline Director Patrick Barrineau...
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