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  • havivoca 

    Since most have the same serial number, has it occurred to anybody that it might be helpful to tell us what that number is, so the general public can recognize them?

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  • havivoca 

    There was considerable controversy in this game. The Generals scored a run in the 3rd, on a sac fly. But the Aces appealed the other runner going 2nd to 3rd, and he was called out, for the third out. At first the umpires disallowed the run. But in the 6th inning, there was a conference, and the umpires put the run back on the scoreboard, which turned out to be the game winning run. Here is the relevant rule:

    Rule 2.00, Definitions: Force Play:

    Example: Not a force out. One out. Runner on first and third. Batter
    flies out. Two out. Runner on third tags up and scores. Runner on
    first tries to retouch before throw from fielder reaches first
    baseman, but does not get back in time and is out. Three outs. If, in
    umpire's judgment, the runner from third touched home before the ball
    was held at first base, the run counts.

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  • havivoca 

    If there is a publicized manhunt for a criminal who has not yet been identified, there is no other way to refer to him/her except by some contrived monicker that the public will recognize. Then, once a suspect is apprehended, it is obviously useful to refer to him by the pre-ID handle. So really, it is pretty hard to escape the practicality of using a name to refer to the "Twilight rapist", instead of constantly using media space to refer to him as "the suspect in the case involving a series of rapes that took place during the twilight hours". But care should be taken to choose a monicker that does not glamorize of glorify the crimes or the criminal.

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  • havivoca 

    I don't think it is the responsibility of the owner of the archive (the newspaper) to examine the contents to assure that they are fair and appropriate. But if any member of the public requests that an addition or explanation be added at a later date to an archive, I agree that there should be a mechanism whereby such a request can be entertained, and if reasonable, complied with in a spirit of fairness.

    Any article can be imperfect at the time of publication, and if new information comes to light at a later date, both truth and fairness are served by an amendment to the archive.

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  • havivoca 

    Why would anybody want Victoria to grow? If you want to live in a bigger city, move to Houston.

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  • havivoca 

    Does anybody know where they go next?

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  • havivoca 

    Perfectly OK to shoot a threatening human being, but not a dog.
    Victoria Advocate, May 31, 2006:

    Man will not face trial after shooting

    Robert Bludau will not face trial in connection with the Jan. 22 shooting of Israel Calderon after a Lavaca County grand jury no-billed him last week.

    The shooting occurred during a party at a home near the Hope community. Calderon died two days later.

    District Attorney Vicki Pattillo said that under state law, a finding of "no bill" means the findings of the grand jury are not subject to open records requests.

    She said that, in her opinion, the case was no-billed based on self-defense and defense of third-party issues.

    The defense attorney agreed.

    "I think all the evidence collected showed that the shooting was done in self-defense," said Houston Munson Jr., defense attorney. "The district attorney's office was aboveboard on everything involving the case and the presentation of the evidence collected by the Department of Public Safety, the DPS crime lab and the (Lavaca County) Sheriff's Office. After the results of the various investigations were presented, the grand jury decided to return a no bill."

    Bludau, 44, of Hallettsville, was arrested the morning of Jan. 22 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at his home at 598 County Road 445, where the shooting occurred.

    He was released that same morning after posting $100,000 bail.

    The shooting was reported to the sheriff's office around 11:40 the night before.

    Calderon, 35, was in critical condition when he was transported by emergency helicopter to Wilford Hall Hospital in San Antonio. Calderon died on Jan. 24, according to the sheriff's office report.

    Calderon had a Dallas address on his driver's license but had been living in Victoria.

    Texas Ranger Dewayne Goll assisted in the investigation and prepared the probable cause affidavit for the arrest warrant issued for Bludau.

    The affidavit stated the incident started with a call to the sheriff's office that Saturday night with the caller saying a man at the home was creating a disturbance and refused to leave. Three minutes later, the sheriff's office received a second call from the same location reporting the shooting.

    Munson said his client's explanation of what happened was similar to that of the affidavit. Munson said he was told Calderon was attending a family gathering with his girlfriend, became belligerent and was asked to leave. After eventually agreeing to leave, Munson said, Calderon returned, had a knife and was threatening Bludau when the shooting occurred. Munson said both Calderon's girlfriend and Bludau's fiancée tried to restrain Calderon from attacking Bludau, but the women were pushed away just before any shots were fired.

    "I have a lot of respect for Ranger Goll and how he conducts investigations and presents evidence," Munson said. "I know the investigators looked at the time frame, what evidence was collected and sent to the DPS crime lab, like ballistics reports and blood spatter patterns, and offered it to the grand jury without bias."

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  • havivoca 

    You have to think positively. Invent a system for beating the system. Here's an idea: A spring-mounted license plate holder, so the plate vibrates when your driving to throw the cam picture out of focus. But it's legal, because the plate is displayed in accordance with the law. It will work until our legislators pass a law that bans jiggly plates.

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  • havivoca 

    I don't mean to be disrespectful to W. R. Nichols, but the article makes no mention of who he is. Does he have any expert knowledge about related subjects, or is this just a man-on-the-street opinion?

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  • havivoca 

    “I believe that it will do a whole lot with people just knowing the camera is there,”.  Fake cameras would have the same effect, and cost a lot less than 100K to install.
    Duluth GA said their cam brought in a million bucks.  Whose money was that?   Is it Victoria's objective, to empty the pockets of our citizens, and pay much of it to an outside firm?

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