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Fiancee Of Dallas Ebola Victim Hopes Memoir Closes Chapter

Apr 24, 2015

DALLAS — The dark days of quarantine are over, yet Louise Troh remains captive to the disease that killed the man she loved. “War took the life I made in Liberia. Disease took the life I made in America,” she writes in a memoir being released next week.

The fiancee of the first Ebola victim in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, hopes My Spirit Took You In provides some resolution to a story that spanned two decades, from a border town in Ivory Coast to a Dallas hospital. The book, written with former journalist Christine Wicker, traces Troh’s life as a refugee from Liberia’s civil war to an exile in America, through the lens of that love.

With Duncan gone, and the frenzy to contain the disease quieted, Troh finds some comfort in the idea that his illness raised awareness in the United States about Ebola, which was ravaging West Africa at the time and killed more than 10,000 people in the latest outbreak. “Suppose Eric had not come here to become the face of Ebola, then the whole of Liberia would be in darkness,” she told The Associated Press in her first interview since his death.

Heated Abortion Debate In Texas House Affects Health Agency Bill

Apr 24, 2015
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Debate on legislation to re-evaluate a state health agency morphed into a fight over abortion in the Texas House on Thursday, and the bill was pulled down after a pair of anti-abortion amendments were added to the bill over the author’s objections. 

The amendments, authored by state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, included one that would ban abortions of fetuses with genetic abnormalities after 20 weeks. Democrats and the bill’s author, state Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo, had objected, complaining the amendments weren’t relevant to the bill. 

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If you asked Tommy Adkisson where to go to have a good time, he’d probably take you on a stroll through his neighborhood.  As part of our ongoing series of reports on San Antonio’s leading mayoral candidates, we took Adkisson up on the offer of a stroll and had a candid conversation about the candidate’s priorities.

(Video by NowCastSA is below)

Who is today's Birthday Bard? Why, it's William Shakespeare! In truth, his birth date is rather hazy. Nevertheless, April 23, 1564, is when the BBC celebrates it, and that's good enough for me. However, to keep all bases covered, his baptism record shows the date April 26th on it.

One of the San Antonio Express-News images up for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. See more at http://bit.ly/1GbzSEr
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War, crime, drought, poverty have been represented strongly in journalism for generations.

They take up column inches and broadcast minutes. But while well-explained and intellectually understood, words often fall short in translating the full meaning of these and many other issues. The power of photographs to communicate the desperation of poverty, the fear of crime, the complexity of war, and the impact of the news on people and the environment is incalculable. 

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