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Toy soldiers? Look again

CNN World - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:19
Every day, images of war and conflict are splashed across our desktops, plastered on our TV screens and scattered through our mobile news feeds. Because of that, one's response to such imagery often becomes calloused or desensitized.
Categories: International News

Crawling in a 'polio-free' country

CNN World - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:19
Imagine sitting on a dusty, busy street in New Delhi, crowded with vendors and people running quickly about the market. A woman's lapis-colored sari swishes past you in the golden-colored dusk. You've been here since morning.
Categories: International News

Apple could be America's first $1 trillion company

Business News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:18
Just 18 years ago Apple flirted with bankruptcy. Now it's trying to become America's first $1 trillion company.

Video startup Vessel raises $57.5 million

Business News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:16
Vessel, a company that is trying to create a subscription service for web video stars, has received another $57.5 million in venture capital funding.

Miller’s mind is on the community

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:16

BRIDGEPORT, Texas – Like everyone else who volunteers each year to help produce the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo, Susan Miller’s focus is on the community and not for any rewards that might come her way.

She has received one anyway. In 2014, Miller was named the rodeo’s committee person of the year, an honor chosen by her peers as recognition for the time and talents she’s shared as a volunteer.

Susan Miller is one of numerous volunteers who help produce the annual Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo, set for May 8-9 in Bridgeport, Texas. (PERSONAL PHOTO)

Susan Miller is one of numerous volunteers who help produce the annual Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo, set for May 8-9 in Bridgeport, Texas. (PERSONAL PHOTO)

“I have spent seven years working on this rodeo, not for my own personal gain or to win an award, but for this community to have something special as this successful professional rodeo,” said Miller, whose full-time post is as the marketing director for James Woods Motors in the neighboring Texas communities of Denton and Decatur. “To be recognized for what I would have done to contribute to the success is absolutely awesome.”

The work continues as the committee prepares for this year’s rodeo, the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at Sunset Retreat Arena, formerly the Bridgeport Riding Club Arena.

“Susan has the mentality of getting after it,” said David Turnbow, chairman of the rodeo committee. “I can call her and ask her for help, and she’s all over it. She’ll do anything at any time, and she never complains. The key is she does it with a smile on her face every time.

“It’s good to have people who enjoy volunteering and doing this.”

That’s Miller.

“I’ve always been a community-minded person,” she said. “I’m raising my kids in this community, and I want it to thrive, be prosperous and be a place they can be proud of. The rodeo is just one small part of the overall, picture, but when that event is successful, many other factors in the community during that weekend are also successful.

“I have a son that rodeos, so being involved specifically in this rodeo helps me better understand everything he participates in.”

She also has realized how much work goes into producing the Bridgeport rodeo. The planning began shortly after last year’s event concluded, and the labor has intensified over the last few months. The core group of volunteers handles everything necessary to make the one weekend a year a success. That means a lot of man-hours for each person on the committee.

“We don’t just show up out there on Friday and Saturday night of the rodeo weekend,” Turnbow said. “There are so many little things that take place, from having the right relationships with sponsors to making sure the promotion is done to setting up the arena.

“Everything that seems so flawless during the weekend of the rodeo has taken months to prepare. We wanted to go back to having the concert like we used to have, so having Phil Hamilton come in has been a big change. Somebody had to make sure it all happened.”

The work is a vital part of making sure the community benefits.

“Bridgeport may be a small town, but it is made up of people who have big ideas for our community,” Miller said. “Those ideas are not just talked about; they are considered to be done. We welcome growth, and we welcome new ideas. I think we prosper at the thought of innovation.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

The U.S. military's best photos of 2014

CNN - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:16
A sergeant wipes away a tear while kneeling before a battlefield cross at a Memorial Day ceremony for fallen service members at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.
Categories: National News

The Oklahoma City bombing

CNN - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:16
On April 19, 1995, the Albert P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was rocked by a truck bomb. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500.
Categories: National News

'Underwater Babies'

CNN - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:16
In his latest book, "Underwater Babies," photographer Seth Casteel one-ups the cuteness factor found in his previous underwater portraits of dogs and puppies.
Categories: National News

Wreck of the USS Independence

CNN - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:15
Gallery of the wreck of WWII aircraft USS Independence with historical photos
Categories: National News

U.S. Coast Guard touts record-setting drug busts

CNN - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:50
The offloading of tons of cocaine was used as a backdrop to announce record-setting drug busts in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Categories: National News

McDonald's franchise owners are not loving it

Business News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:43
McDonald's is trying to get its groove back, but franchise owners are not feeling it.

Ferguson protesters were deemed 'enemy forces'

CNN - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:40
As the Missouri National Guard prepared to deploy to help quell riots in Ferguson, Missouri, that raged sporadically last year, the guard used highly militarized words such as "enemy forces" and "adversaries" to refer to protesters, according to documents obtained by CNN.
Categories: National News

Her mission: To wipe out student debt for fallen soldiers' kids

Business News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:35
For Ashlynne Haycock, it's personal.

Hussein deputy al-Douri killed, Iraqi state TV reports

CNN World - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:08
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former top adviser to Saddam Hussein and the highest-ranking member of the Iraqi leader's regime to evade capture, has been killed in an Iraqi security operation, Iraqi state-run television reported Friday.
Categories: International News

Instagram details when nipples are okay

Business News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:05
Instagram is easing up on its no-nipple policy, but insists it will still scrub kiddie bathtub pictures from the site.

Walmart fired 2,200 to fix the plumbing

Business News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:44
Read full story for latest details.

After hours at sea, chaos and desperation at Yemeni city

CNN World - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:42
We were six nautical miles out from Yemen, but even from out here we could hear the Saudi airstrikes, make out their lights as they fell through the sky.
Categories: International News

European Debt Crisis

CNN World - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:23
Here's a look at the European Debt Crisis which has affected the countries of Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Categories: International News

Space Accidents

CNN World - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:23
October 24, 1960 - The first space-related fatality happens when a rocket explodes at the Soviet Union's Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, killing 165 people, including Air Marshal Mitrofan I. Nedelin, the head of Soviet rocket forces. The accident is officially denied until 1990.
Categories: International News

Cuba

CNN World - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:23
Here's a look at what you need to know about Cuba, a communist country located in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 90 miles south of Florida.
Categories: International News
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