03.04.16

In today’s Buzz we bring you the story of Spain’s first black member of Parliament, updates from another ferocious GOP debate, and the scary story of Mary Lou Bruner.

Today’s Buzz is brought to you by the American prison system.  Earlier this week Mexican drug lord El Chapo requested to be extradited to the United States “as soon as possible” because of the unbearable prison conditions in Mexico.  El Chapo has said he would be willing to plead guilty to charges in the United States but he wants to pick his prison.

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What I’m Listening to –  Foo Fighters featuring Nick Lachey

What I’m Reading – The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories by Stephan King

What I’m Watching – Grey’s Anatomy (My wife has the remote!)

What I’m Doing – Moving!

What I Want to Know from You – Are you still watching the debates every week?

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Spain’s First Black Member Of Parliament And The ‘New Politics’ As hundreds of thousands of Arab and African migrants arrive in Europe, Spanish lawmakers meet to discuss the continent’s crisis — and all eyes are on one woman. She’s the only national politician whose skin is the same color as many of the African migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Spain. But she made a different journey from Africa.

In Republican Debate, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Wage Urgent Attacks on Donald Trump Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, fighting for their political lives, relentlessly demeaned and baited Donald J. Trump at Thursday’s debate, all but pleading with Republicans to abandon a candidate with a long history of business failures, deep ties to the Democratic Party and a taste for personal insults.

A Texan who called Obama a gay prostitute may soon control what goes in children’s textbooks Mary Lou Bruner stood before the Texas State Board of Education in 2010 to talk about textbooks. She was concerned, she said during her testimony, that the state’s curriculum was being controlled by outside forces. Her statements were introduced by board member Lawrence Allen (D): “You believe…people from the Middle East are buying, using their dollars, to persuade textbook publishers to put more —”

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Disney parks to break ground on Star Wars lands next month Walt Disney World and Disneyland will both break ground on their new Star Wars lands next month.The news was announced Thursday at the Walt Disney Co.’s annual shareholder meeting. At Disney World, many attractions have already closed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to make way for the 14-acre Star Wars land.

Exclusive: New master-planned community to launch northeast of Houston Madison/Foley LLC, a new joint venture between longtime developers, plans to launch a new master-planned community northeast of Houston.

Austin City Council starts changes to controversial Easton Park deal Responding to the backlash over an affordable housing deal for a development on the outskirts of Southeast Austin, the City Council on Thursday started revising the agreement to allow the city to put the millions of dollars at stake toward homes for low-income residents or “for any lawful municipal purpose.”

Hubble telescope captures farthest galaxy to date The Hubble Space Telescope was tested to its limits recently by observing a galaxy so far away it is closer to the Big Bang event than to present day on Earth.

Georgia-based Carmike to be purchased by AMC in $1.1 billion deal Chinese-owned AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AMC) has agreed to buy Columbus, Ga.-based Carmike Cinemas Inc. (Nasdaq: CKEC) in a deal that would make AMC the largest movie-theater operator in the U.S.

Rare Death Valley “super bloom” carpets desert with color A rare “super bloom” of wildflowers in Death Valley National Park has covered the hottest and driest place in North America with a carpet of gold, attracting tourists from all over the world and enchanting visitors with a stunning display from nature’s paint brush.

Kim Jong Un orders North Korean nukes ready at moment’s notice North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his military on standby for nuclear strikes at any time, state media reported Friday, an escalation in rhetoric targeting rivals Seoul and Washington that may not yet reflect the country’s actual nuclear capacity.

Brandi Chastain pledges her brain for concussion study The 47-year-old Chastain announced her donation to the Massachusetts-based Concussion Legacy Foundation on Thursday. Upon her death, her brain will go to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, a joint project with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University School of Medicine.

Will Mitt Romney’s Anti-Trump Pitch Work? Just when you thought Mitt Romney was out, the Republican Party pulled him back in.Nearly four years after losing the 2012 election and assuming the role of party elder, Romney offered a detailed indictment Thursday of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

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House and Senate deadlock over local government funds The Wyoming House and Senate remained deadlocked Wednesday over how to allocate $105 million from the state’s “rainy day” fund to counties and local governments.

Gov. Haley Orders Study of Local Government’s Impact on Business  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says a statewide evaluation of local taxes and regulations will help counties attract and grow businesses.

Mayor’s Chief of Staff Draws Fire from City Council A nasty fight is developing at Government Plaza between the City Council and the mayor. Now some on the council are calling out the mayor’s chief of staff.