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Fame is the coin of the realm in today's media world where the unaccomplished Kardashians are exalted and everyone is only a YouTube video infection away from enjoying the quick-to-fade-glitter of celebrity.

But what is fame? Is it just having your name on the lips of the masses? Why do so many today want to be well known? Or can one be famous to just one person?

The poem "Famous" is one of Naomi Shihab Nye’s most famous works. Shihab Nye has written more than two dozen books of poetry. Her poem "Famous" has been illustrated in a new book by Lisa Desimini.

Despite a lawsuit and objections from Governor Greg Abbott Syrian refugees are being resettled in Texas.

Nearly 30 governors across the U.S. vowed to block Syrian refugees since the Paris attacks last month. But no state has taken as aggressive a stance as Texas. Attorney General Ken Paxton took the Obama administration to court earlier this month over claims that federal officials and resettlement agencies haven't shared information about arriving refugees.

David Martin Davies

The Pearsall Independent School District is waiting for word if it will be shut down. The school district 60 miles south of San Antonio had its accreditation revoked. And the community is trying to come to grips with what a closure could mean for their children and their future.

Shelby Knowles / The Texas Tribune

AUSTIN — Domingo Martinez, 42, was crossing East Riverside Drive when a vehicle struck and killed him on Nov. 8. Police said the driver did not stop to provide aid. 

Bethany Clark, 20, was crossing Howard Lane when a city bus fatally collided with her as it made a right turn on Sept. 14.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

  The terrorist attacks on 9-11 dramatically changed the U.S. Mexico border. The border was hardened and crossing became a burdensome process. There are concerns that with this latest wave of international terror attacks that the border will again undergo a metamorphosis that will make travel more difficult and further cut off the cross cultural flow across the Rio Grande. Already there are calls from politicians for more security – a bigger wall – and a stronger military style presence to protect America.

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