In flat track roller derby action Saturday night in Denton, the Main Street Mafia beat the Hickory Street Hooligans 160-95. This puts Mafia solidly in first place in league rankings, with 3/1 record. They'll play the Muertas Locas (2/2) in the championship August 4th.
In the mash-up bout featuring members of NTDR and the Denton County Outlaws, the Sugar Skulls beat the Black Magic 116-86.
As political pressure has mounted, ATF and Justice Department officials have reversed themselves. After initially supporting Group VII agents and denying the allegations, they have since agreed that the ATF purposefully chose not to interdict guns it lawfully could have seized. Holder testified in December that "the use of this misguided tactic is inexcusable, and it must never happen again."
There's the rub.
Quite simply, there's a fundamental misconception at the heart of the Fast and Furious scandal. Nobody disputes that suspected straw purchasers under surveillance by the ATF repeatedly bought guns that eventually fell into criminal hands. Issa and others charge that the ATF intentionally allowed guns to walk as an operational tactic. But five law-enforcement agents directly involved in Fast and Furious tell Fortune that the ATF had no such tactic. They insist they never purposefully allowed guns to be illegally trafficked. Just the opposite: They say they seized weapons whenever they could but were hamstrung by prosecutors and weak laws, which stymied them at every turn.
"Republican senators are whipping up the country into a psychotic frenzy with these reports that are patently false," says Linda Wallace, a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigation unit who was assigned to the Fast and Furious team (and recently retired from the IRS). A self-described gun-rights supporter, Wallace has not been criticized by Issa's committee.
Lewisville Lake is at 520.73 feet, which is about 15 inches low. Lewisville is currently under a Stage 1 water watch, calling for voluntary conservation.
Dr. Al Armandariz, the EPA administrator who resigned after Congressional Republicans and gas industry shills willfully took his comments at a Dish town hall meeting out of context, has now taken a position at environmental advocacy organization, The Sierra Club. Here's the press release:
The public is invited to attend a grand opening for the new City of Lewisville Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, to be held Saturday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the new facility at 995 E. Valley Ridge. Visitors also will be able to save money on pet adoptions at the grand opening as the City Council has waived adoption and registration fees.
The new shelter opened on Monday, June 18.
The grand opening event will feature tours of the new 14,700-square-foot building with amenities that include a “get-to-know” room, “get-to-know” courtyard, cat colony area, new kitten and puppy area, training room, customer-friendly viewing cages and grooming area.
The formal opening ceremony and dedication will be held at the start of the event, shortly after 9 a.m. Vendors, information booths and other activities will continue until 2 p.m.
The new shelter is located on 2.5 acres near the banks of the Trinity River, across from the north entrance of Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park and in easy walking distance from Lewisville Dog Park. The building is roughly three times the size of the city's previous animal shelter, which was built in the early 1970s.
The project was designed by Quorum Architects of Fort Worth. Construction cost of $4.5 million came from city reserve funds.
A new Public Donation Program also will be launched in support of the city’s mission to provide better animal care, such as vaccine programs and improved vet care for sick and injured animals. A public volunteer program also will be implemented at the new shelter.
Adopt Animals for Free Lewisville City Council voted unanimously recently to waive the $25 adoption fee and $5 registration fee for all new adoptions at the center from June 30 through July 31. Adopters still will be required to have their new four-legged family members vaccinated and spayed or neutered (if not already done), in accordance with Texas law.
The Supreme Court has ruled on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ruling that although the constitution doesn't allow for a mandate to purchase healthcare coverage, the penalty is a tax:
"The Affordable care act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably characterized as a tax. Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness," said the ruling.
The 5-4 decision was written by Chief Justice John Roberts, with Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissenting.
Yesterday, we were honored by a visit to the LTJ offices by Lewisville Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Leroy Vaughn, who shared his thoughts with us on the proposed ban on restaurant and bar smoking in Lewisville. Here's the video: