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Texas Gets F-minus Grade on Reproductive Health Care

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Texas Gets F-minus Grade on Reproductive Health Care AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is one of 19 states to receive a failing grade on reproductive health, according to the latest Population Institute report card, which tracks multiple indicators, including access to family planning and abortion services.

Delma Catalina Limones, communications manager for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, says she was not surprised by the report’s results.

“We know that anti-abortion politicians in Texas have continued to peddle ideology over public health, and in turn Texans have had to deal with the consequences of a dismantled reproductive health care infrastructure in our state,” she states.
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Veteran detective killed, partner wounded in shooting in Ohio; 'suicidal' suspect in custody, police say

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By SL

iStock(CINCINNATI) — A veteran sheriff’s detective was shot to death and his partner was injured in a gun battle with a 23-year-old suspect in an attempted burglary, who was allegedly suicidal and barricaded in an apartment building in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, officials said.

The alleged shooter — identified as Wade Edward Winn — kept police at bay for some 12 hours before he was taken into custody Sunday around 6:30 a.m. following another gunfight with a SWAT team, officials said.

Killed in the confrontation was Detective Bill Brewer, the married father of a 5-year-old son and a 20-year veteran of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, officials said.

“Deputy Brewer gave his life attempting to help a person who was admittedly suicidal,” Clermont County Sheriff Steve Lehey said in a statement Sunday morning. “This will forever change the atmosphere of the Clermont Sheriff’s Office.”

The deadly standoff unfolded at about 7 p.m. on Saturday when a man called 911 and told a dispatcher that Winn had barricaded himself in his apartment, was armed, suicidal and refusing to leave, officials said.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said Winn was “involved in a burglary attempt” prior to barricading himself in the apartment of the man who called 911.

Brewer and Lt. Nick DeRose responded to the call and came under fire around 10:30 p.m. at the Green at Royal Oaks Apartments in Pierce Township about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati on the Ohio-Kentucky border, officials said.

The mortally-wounded Brewer was taken to Anderson Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati, where he died, officials said.

“This Officer’s valor is now recorded for all time, written in blood,” Yost said in a statement. “We mourn, and we will remember.”

DeRose, a 22-year veteran of the Clermont Sheriff’s Office, was treated for a gunshot wound at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and released, officials said.

“It’s a very sad morning for the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office,” said Capt. Jeff Sellars, a spokesman for the agency.

The area around the apartment building was shut down as Winn allegedly continued firing throughout the night. Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO-TV reported hearing shots around 10:30 p.m. and just before midnight.

The Clermont County Special Response Team and a SWAT team from the Cincinnati Police Department responded to the scene and evacuated neighboring residents. Crisis intervention officers attempted to negotiate with Winn via bullhorn, asking him to surrender.

At about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, police were heard shouting at Winn on the bullhorn, repeatedly saying, “Come outside. We won’t hurt you. We won’t hurt you,” WCOP-TV reported.

A few minutes later, police sirens sounded and an officer was heard yelling, “Go, go, go!” followed by gunshots and fire that broke out at the apartment complex.

The suspect was taken into custody by SWAT team members who “endured a barrage of gunfire generated by Winn,” officials said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear what started the fire at the complex, but Sellars said a blaze erupted “as a result of the standoff.”

“The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office has requested the bureau of criminal investigations to handle the criminal aspect of the standoff,” Sellars said.

He said the state fire marshal’s office is investigating the fire.

Winn’s criminal history includes several misdemeanor marijuana convictions, dating back to 2015, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

In June, Winn was arrested for improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, according to the Enquirer. He was sentenced to five days in jail and placed on a month of probation, the newspaper reported citing court records.

Brewer’s death marks the fifth police officer killed by gunfire in the line of duty this year in the U.S.

The fatal shooting came just 14 days after Mobile, Alabama, police officer Sean Tuder was killed while serving an arrest warrant on Jan. 20.

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Texas authorities searching for MMA fighter charged with murder after jail van escape

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office(CONROE, Texas) — Texas authorities are searching for a professional fighter suspected of murder after he escaped a jail transport van on Sunday.

MMA fighter Cedric Joseph Marks fled from a private prisoner transport in Conroe Sunday morning, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Twitter.

Marks was arrested by U.S. Marshalls in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on a charge of burglary with the intent to commit another felony, Conroe Police Lt. Dorcy McGinnis said in a press conference Sunday afternoon. He was being extradited back to Bell County by Texas Prisoner Transport Services, McGinnis said.

Marks fled on foot after the van stopped at a McDonald’s in Conroe Sunday around 7 a.m., McGinnis said. Nine other inmates were in the van at the time, and the van — which had two transport guards — had recently stopped in Louisiana on its way to Texas, she added.

Marks, who fights under the nickname “Spiderman,” according to mixed martial arts website Sherdog, is 44 years old, stands 5-foot-11-inches tall, and weighs 185 pounds.

Marks has warrants for his arrest in Temple, Texas, for the deaths of Jenna Scott, 28, and Michael Swearingin, 32, McGinnis said. They were reported missing on Jan. 9 and their bodies were found in Oklahoma on Jan. 15, according to the Temple Police Department.

Scott was Marks’ ex-girlfriend, and the burglary charge he was picked up on was related to her, ABC Killeen affiliate KXXV-TV reported.

Scott had filed a protective order against Marks in Bell County on July 27, court documents show. They began dating in August 2015 after meeting on Tinder, according to the order.

In a sworn affidavit filed on July 30, Scott described Marks as a “master manipulator” and said she “became aware of his manipulative and deceitful nature” as their relationship progressed, the court document shows.

“I believe he is a pathological liar,” Scott said, according to the court document. “I also believe he is a psychopath. He told about me killing pets when he was a child in Oklahoma and that he was in and out of psychiatric facilities during his childhood. He told me he had killed someone in Oklahoma but that he was able to cover it up and that he could do the same here in Texas.”

Marks would threaten Scott every time she tried to break up with him and even choked her until she lost consciousness on two occasions, she said in the affidavit.

“Each time he allowed me to regain consciousness and then he choked me out again,” she said, according to the court document.

Marks allegedly broke into Scott’s home and threatened her on Aug. 21, KXXV reported, citing an arrest affidavit. After the incident, Scott told police she hadn’t given Marks consent to be inside her home and that he took her phone out of her hand and threw it, according to the station.

When Scott yelled for her daughter to call 911, Marks then instructed Scott to make her daughter hang up the phone, KXXV reported.

Marks allegedly said, “You know what I am capable of … your entire family and all your friends will need witness protection if you call the police,” KXXV reported, citing the arrest affidavit.

Two other members of Scott’s family were also listed in the protective order, the document shows.

Marks is considered to be “extremely dangerous.” Authorities do not believe he is in any kind of restraints, McGinnis said, warning residents to stay indoors and not to make contact with him.

Marks may not be wearing a shirt, the sheriff’s office said, adding that deputies found his shirt after he fled.

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Back in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady and the Patriots can't escape Donald Trump

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By Leighton Schneider

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The New England Patriots have gone to the Super Bowl each year that Donald Trump has been president, and with his favorite team in the championship again this year, the president’s relationship with the Pats and star quarterback Tom Brady is back in focus.

Trump has repeatedly hailed the Patriots as “winners,” touted his friendly relationship with Brady, team owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick and has even suggested as a candidate and president-elect that they supported his presidency. He has also dined with Kraft at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida.

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Brady’s ‘MAGA’ moment

When asked about his relationship with Trump, Brady has largely been evasive, but amid ongoing speculation about Brady’s political leanings, football fans have continued to tie the Patriots to Trump.

In Sept. 2015, Brady was spotted with a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker. He was also known to have golfed with Trump before the business mogul became president.

During an 2015 interview on the Dennis and Callahan Interview Morning Show on Boston sports radio station WEEI, Brady confirmed that the hat was indeed from Trump.

“Now that he’s running for president he sent me a hat and he gave it to RKK weeks ago,” Brady said, calling the team owner by his initials. “So it found its way to my locker.”

“I’ve known [Trump] since 2002 when I judged one of his beauty pageants … so I’ve known him for a long time,” Brady added. “He always gives me a call and different types of motivational speeches at different times.”

Last week, actor Daniel Radcliffe — most known for his film role as “Harry Potter” but also a notable NFL fan — told Variety that although he doesn’t think the Los Angeles Rams will defeat the Patriots at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta Sunday, he is rooting for the Rams “because the whole world is rooting against the Patriots, sorry.”

Asked if Brady should retire, Radcliffe said, “no,” but “he should just stop winning things.”

Then he cited Brady’s relationship to Trump:

“Take that MAGA hat of your locker! I feel like that was the moment where as a country, we were all like c’mon dude … you’re awesome, we’re behind you, don’t put that in there.”

Trump fuels the fire

Amid continued backlash from fans over the “MAGA” hat and a constant stream of questions about his politics, Trump put Brady and the Patriots back in the spotlight, announcing a day before the 2016 general election that Brady and Belichick are supporting his campaign for president while addressing thousands of supporters at a rally.

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“Donald, I support you, you’re my friend and I voted for you,” Trump claimed that Brady told him.

Trump also read a letter he said he had received from Belichick, saying, “You’ve proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter. Hopefully tomorrow’s election results will give the opportunity to make America great again.”

Although Brady did not confirm nor deny the claims at the time, his wife, super model Gisele Bundchen, denied the reports in an exchange on Instagram.

“Gisele I heard you and Tom were backing Trump! Is that true?” one user wrote.

“NO!” Bundchen responded.

Then, while speaking at a pre-inaugural dinner, the president-elect said that Brady and Kraft called to congratulate him for winning the election.

When asked on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan show in January 2017, Brady did not deny that he called Trump, but appeared to downplay it, saying, “I have called him, yes, in the past. Sometimes he calls me. Sometimes I call him.”

“But, again, that’s been someone I’ve known. I always try to keep it in context because for 16 years you know someone before maybe he was in the position that he was in,” he added. “He’s been very supportive of me for a long time. It’s just a friendship. I have a lot of friends. I call a lot of people.”

A surprise no-show

During the 2017 Super Bowl, which took place two weeks into Trump’s presidency, fans compared the Patriots’ historic comeback against the Atlanta Falcons to Trump’s unexpected win against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

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One day after the win, tight end Martellus Bennett told reporters that he would not participate in the traditional White House visit, where the Super Bowl LI champs were set to be honored by Trump.

“Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t,” Bennett said.

And after that, several other players including defensive end Chris Long, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebacker Dont’a Hightower announced that they would also not attend, with some citing their opposition to Trump.

But everyone wanted to know: What about Brady?

After much speculation, the team’s star quarterback surprised many when he announced on April 19 — the day of the visit — that he would not be joining his teammates at the White House.

Brady cited “personal family matters” and Trump did not publicly comment on Brady’s absence.

“I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today,” Brady said in a statement. “Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come. Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as …read more

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Dense Fog Advisory issued February 03 at 3:04AM CST until February 03 at 10:00AM CST by NWS

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By w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov …DENSE FOG ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST THIS MORNING… * VISIBILITY…1/4 of a mile or less. * IMPACTS…Reduced visibilities will result in poor driving conditions across the area. …read more

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