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HOUSTON — The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo recognized talented young artists from across Texas at the School Art Awards Program Saturday, March 11. The School Art Committee judged artwork from 100 public school districts and 40 private schools for the 2017 competition.

Andy Wei, from Fort Bend Independent School District, took home the grand champion title with “Timeless,” an 18 x 24 in. oil painting depicting the inseparable bond between a cowboy and his dog. Wei has been planning and painting the piece since October 2016.

“I have been here for three years, and it is my last year competing [in the School Art Contest] so I put so much into it,” Wei said. “For my painting, the first thing I think about regarding Western heritage is the relationship between ranchers and their animals. We’re storytellers, and I wanted to capture the companionship.”

The reserve champion title was awarded to Anton Zhou, also from Fort Bend ISD. His oil painting, “Southern Palate,” depicts an older cowboy enjoying his meal with the glow of the sun on his face. He described his inspiration for the piece coming from a place he’s visited his entire life.

“George Ranch Historical Park has been an inspiration for me since elementary school,” Zhou said. “I have a personal connection there. I was inspired and interested in the trail journey, so I wanted to depict that and really capture a Western landscape.”

The School Art Contest received 636 art entries, which will be on display in the Hayloft Gallery, located in the lobby of NRG Center for the duration of the Show.

Champion paintings will be sold in the School Art Auction, Sunday, March 19, at noon in the NRG Arena Sales Pavilion. The auction will feature 72 pieces selected from the high school Best of Show, Gold Medal and Special Merit winners. Proceeds from the auction will benefit aspiring artists, workshops and fund 15, four-year scholarships. The auction is open to the public.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show runs through March 26.

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De-icing truck collides with Alaska Airlines aircraft at Boston airport, 1 injured

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By Michelle Boncardo

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) – A de-icing truck tipped over after colliding with an Alaska Airlines aircraft at Boston’s Logan International Airport Friday night, injuring the worker in the truck’s basket, officials said.

The truck came in contact with the San Diego-bound Boeing 737 aircraft on the tarmac around 7 p.m., according to Massport, the authority which operates the airport.

Alaska Airlines Flight 769 had just pushed back from the gate for departure and was being de-iced when the truck came in contact with the left wing of the aircraft, reported ABC affiliate KOMO in Seattle, where the airline is based.

The truck tipped over, injuring the worker, who was transported to a nearby hospital.

There were no injuries reported on the aircraft.

As the plane was being de-iced, passengers in the back were yelling to stop the plane, according to one passenger. “They stopped the plane and they eventually came over the speaker and said they had an incident with the truck,” Jessica Zewski told ABC Boston affiliate WCVB.

According to KOMO, passengers were given meal and hotel vouchers, and the airline was getting a new plane so customers could fly out Saturday morning.

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Girl writes heartfelt letter to the thief who robbed her family's home

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By Kelly Terez

ABC News(LAKE WORTH, Fla.) — A young girl wrote a heartfelt letter to the thief who ransacked her family’s home in Florida.

Just days after 8-year-old Wendy Chay Son and her parents moved into a new house in Lake Worth last month, the home was burglarized. Someone stole the family’s jewelry, clothing and a tablet.

Wendy’s mother said she was taking her daughter to school and her husband was at work at the time.

“When I come back, I saw the door open and I was scared,” Alberthina Son told ABC affiliate WPBF-TV, adding that they called police.

Wendy decided to write a letter to the robber and taped it to the window next to the front door of their home, hoping the thief would see her message if they ever returned.

“This is for the robbers,” Wendy’s letter reads in part. “Please do not steal in this house. There are good kids and people in this house. We are people who do not steal. We are sad that you have been stealing in this house.

“My dad is working so hard and you are not. You are just stealing stuff. Tell me why you are stealing and I will help you be a good person,” the letter continues. “I hope you will have a better life.”

Wendy said she hoped the thief will read her words and change their mind about stealing.

“I wrote that letter so they could change and don’t steal in anybody’s house,” Wendy told WPBF-TV.

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Intruder scaled fence to enter White House grounds Friday night

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By Michelle Boncardo

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — An intruder scaled a White House fence Friday night and allegedly made it close to the South Portico entrance before he was apprehended, according to court documents.

The individual, later identified as Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, 26, of Milpitas, California, scaled the South Grounds fence at the White House at approximately 11:38 p.m., according to the U.S. Secret Service. The intruder, who was carrying a backpack, was arrested by Secret Service officers, who also searched the backpack as a precautionary measure.

The president, who had no public events Friday night, was at the White House at the time.

According the arrest affidavit, Tran was observed, “walking form the east side of the south grounds of the White House Complex,” and then “walking close to the exterior wall of the White House Mansion … approaching the South Portico Entrance to the White House Mansion.”

According to the complaint, video surveillance footage shows Tran jumping a fence near the Treasury Building next to the White House and at one point Tran is allegedly seen hiding “behind a White House pillar before proceeding to the South Portico Entrance.”

When he saw the uniformed Secret Service Officer, he changed course and headed toward the South Lawn, away form the White House.

When he was stopped, he told the officer, “I am a friend of the President. I have an appointment.” When asked how he got there, he said, “I jumped the fence.”

Tran was carrying two cans of mace, one in his pocket and one in his jacket. He also carried a U.S. passport, and Apple laptop, a book written by President Trump, and a letter he had written to the president.

In the letter, Tran allegedly mentioned “Russian Hackers,” that he had been followed,” that his :phone and email communication [had been] read by third parties.” The letter also allegedly stated he had “been called schizophrenic.”

Tran made his first court appearance in Superior Court of the District of Columbia this afternoon on a charge of entering or remaining in restricted grounds while using or carrying a dangerous weapon. Accordng to prosecutors, Tran was carrying two cans of mace in his backpack.

His court appointed attorney, Gregg Baron, argued for his release until his next court appearance.

The judge ruled Tran was a flight and safety risk, and ordered him held until Monday, when he is scheduled to make make an appearance in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The south and north grounds of the White House complex were then searched by Secret Service officers who found nothing of concern to security operations.

When President Trump was asked about the fence jumper on Saturday, he commended the Secret Service, adding that the person was “troubled.”

“The service did a fantastic job. It was a troubled person. It was very sad,” the president said.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was fully briefed on the incident, the statement said.

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Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge out indefinitely with minor heart arrhythmia

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By Kelly Terez

Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge is out for an indefinite period because of a minor heart arrhythmia.

The team announced the news on Saturday saying the basketball star will undergo further testing: “All parties have concluded that at the current time it is best for Aldridge to refrain from play until further tests and examinations are completed.”

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich added after the team’s statement, “He’ll be out for an indefinite period of time, and that statement says everything.”

There were no further details, but an NBA source told ESPN that currently Aldridge’s “health and safety are of the utmost concern” and the team was not yet focusing on the 31-year-old’s return to the court.

Aldridge was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a heart ailment, in 2007.

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