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Contributing writings updated, editor still gone

April 20, 2014

Just a short message to let readers know blogs have been updated. I will be gone for about 10 more days.
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Spurs score heavily in second half, win 112-104, clinch playoffs home advantage

April 11, 2014

The San Antonio Spurs roared back in the second half to defeat the Phoenix Suns, 112-104 Friday night and clinch home advantage in the NBA playoffs. Led by Danny Green, with 33 points, the Spurs, down at halftime by 62-49, outscored the Suns 63-42 in the second half. With the win the Spurs (62-18) will have home edge throughout the NBA playoffs for as...
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Former chief of staff for ex-sheriff pleads guilty to felony, he is under investigation

April 11, 2014

Maria Patricia Medina, the former chief of staff for the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department, Friday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to misprison of a felony, for failing to report a crime. Medina, 40, who also was former Sheriff Lupe Trevino’s campaign treasurer, admitted helping him conceal donations from a known drug trafficker by falsifying records. Her appearance also revealed that Trevino is being...
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Light hurricane season predicted in early forecast

April 11, 2014

An early forecast predicts a light hurricane season, with a 7 percent chance of a named storm striking the Texas coast and a 3.7 probablity of one or more making landfall in Cameron County, and 2.2 percent chance of a hurricane. Those predictions came from Philip Klotsback, from the...
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Heading out early Saturday; KGBT-TV Bark Park reminder

April 11, 2014

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Your editor is heading out for that previously mentioned fun-work trip early Saturday that will last nearly three weeks. As stated, I will try to keep up with the blogs and I certainly know there will be major stories that I will miss...
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Eight deputy sheriffs fired in test cheating scandal

April 10, 2014

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Did you ever wonder that if someone cheated or lied to get a job would he/she also do the same in their work? Well we won’t know about eight Cameron County rookie deputy sheriffs, who have been fired because they cheated on the...
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UPCOMING EVENTS: Relay For Life; Jackson Street Market; Blues on the Hill

April 10, 2014

ACS RELAY FOR LIFE The annual American Cancer Society is looking for teams for the annual Relay for Life, scheduled for May 2 and May 3. If interested call (956) 454-9745 or (956) 682-8389. JACKSON STREET MARKET The the next monthly Jackson Street Market in downtown Harlingen is scheduled...
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OPEN LETTER TO SWA PREXY: Don’t leave out or forget Harlingen

April 9, 2014

AN OPEN LETTER: To: Gary Kelly, president, CEO and chairman of the board for Southwest Airlines From: Jerry Deal, editor-publisher Myleadernews, plus others Subject: Consider Harlingen and Rio Grande Valley for SWA projects Mr. Kelly, It came to my attention via a Southwest Airlines press release received by me...
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Whitten won’t be returning to Harlingen as chief

April 9, 2014

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL If you heard a big sigh of relief from one location, but felt teardrops from another, it was because Tom Whitten is not returning to Harlingen as police chief after all. The sigh came from the police station, where interim Chief Stephen Mayer...
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Guilty pleas entered in federal court in Progreso school district corruption case

April 9, 2014

Three relatives of Progreso Mayor Omar Vela pleaded guilty to corruption charges in U.S. District Court in McAllen on Wednesday. Jose Vela, the school district’s former maintenence directort, and school board president Michael Vela pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery, and Mayor Pro Tem Orlando Vela pleaded guilty to...
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Dallas area mayor, 9 others charged with corruption; editor going bye bye again; memories of Final Four

April 8, 2014

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL See. corruption happens elsewhere in Texas too! Hutchins Mayor Arlis Johnson and nine other present and past city officials have been charged with corruption. Hutchins was charged by a Dallas County grand jury with criminal conspiracy and abuse of official capacity. Janis Daliels....
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Jury rules statute of limitations expired, federal trial over in Rubio lawsuit against city

April 7, 2014

The trial brought against the city of Harlingen by Deputy Police Chief Luciano Rubio abruptly ended in in U.S. District Court Monday evening, when the jury determined the statute of limitations had expired. Therefore, the case was not determined on its merits. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen said the...
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