SCOTUS Rejects Plea, Texas Executes Man

Jan 29, 2015

HUNTSVILLE — A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman nearly two decades ago, while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier, was executed Thursday evening.

Robert Ladd, 57, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty. The court also rejected an appeal in which Ladd’s attorney raised a challenge on whether the pentobarbital Texas uses in executions is potent enough to not cause unconstitutional pain and suffering.

Pre-K 4 SA will start accepting applications for Fall 2015 enrollment on Monday, Feb. 2.

They will be accepted through April 5. A priority lottery will be held on April 8.

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Pre-K 4 SA to enroll 1,700 students for the 2015-16 School Year

Parents are encouraged to apply online and by phone starting Feb. 2

EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

Your plan for your last days is the most difficult and likely the most important conversation you haven't had yet. Waiting till it is too late has happened to too many people argues Dr. Angelo Volandes in his book "The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care." 

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AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott began dismantling a flagship initiative of his predecessor Thursday, saying he will abolish Rick Perry’s pet program that gave $200 million in taxpayer dollars to Texas startups and was beset by bankruptcies and questionable claims of success.

The decision was not surprising. Abbott signaled throughout his campaign that the Texas Emerging Technology Fund troubled him ideologically, but problems with the decade-old program ran deeper than new Republican distaste for governments “picking winners and losers” in the private sector.

Siggi Ragnar

The Resident Theater Company of the Tobin Center has mounted a new production. I spoke to its Director.

“I’m David Connelly, Director of Attic Rep’s current production of Sam Shepherd’s True West.”

I asked him to tell us about True West.