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An 11-year-old Bryan girl who was reported as having disappeared from home on Tuesday was located late Friday night. Katlin Coleman was found at a friend’s house in Caldwell, according to Bryan police. A miscommunication resulted in her family not being aware of the girl’s planned visit with her friend, police said. She was returned to her family late Friday. — Staff report

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Tobacco funds used for tax office Anti-smoking efforts likely to be impacted by construction plans By MATTHEW WATKINS matthew.watkins@theeagle.com

A Brazos County fund devoted to supporting local health care and anti-smoking initiatives will likely soon be depleted — largely because the fund’s balance has been committed to building a new tax office. That plan has upset some

people in charge of distributing the fund’s money, who said they weren’t consulted. The decision could mean the end off ffunding for programs like Stand Tall Against Tobacco, which enlists students from Texas A&M to warn students about the risks of smoking. And Health for All, a ffree community health clinic in

Bryan, expects to lose about $10,000 in annuall ffunding that was used for a stop smoking program for patients with chronic illness. The program, which is administered by an A&M professor, worked with 180 patients last year and had a quit rate of 40 percent. “That is really good,” said Derek Dictson, executive director of the clinic, of the

project’s successes. “For us it is a ffairly critical program and it is something we would like to continue.” He said they have no other funding source lined up, however. “We write grants all the time and we are going to cross our fingers,” he said.

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The decision could mean the end of funding for programs like Stand Tall Against Tobacco. Health for All, a free community health clinic in Bryan, expects to lose about $10,000 in annual funding that was used for a stop smoking program for patients with chronic illness.

Grimes trying to move forward Gay advocates fueled by victory With a historic vote by its Legislature late Friday, New York became the sixth — and by far the most populous — state to legalize same-sex marriage since Massachusetts led the way, under court order, in 2004. With the new law, which takes effect after 30 days, the number of Americans in same-sex marriage states more than doubles. — Nation, A3

Study: 350 million have diabetes The number of adults worldwide with diabetes has more than doubled in three decades, jumping to an estimated 347 million, a new study says. Much of that increase is due to aging populations — since diabetes typically hits in middle age — and population growth, but part of it has also been fueled by rising obesity rates. — World, A12

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Residents reflect on aftermath of disaster

Left ft:: Gri Grimes County wildfire victim Sylina vi Williams (left) Wi holds her 2-month-old bab Jalyhia baby, Williams, while Wi talking to victim relief worker rk Vicky rker Guillrory in the lobby bby of Navasota bb av avasota High School on Saturday. ay ay. Eagle photo by Dave McDermand

Pain lingered amid the smoke for Grimes County residents who returned home to pick up the remaining pieces of their lives Inside as the Dyer Mill Fire sputtered in its State issues death throes warnings about dang of dangers on Saturday. wildfires A7 About a doz- wildfires/ en residents talked quietly with tears in their eyes as they waited to speak with American Red Cross representatives inside Navasota High School, where a temporary shelter and assistance center was set up to help those displaced by the fire. Outside, family members hugged one another and cried while Red Cross volunteers wheeled cases of supplies to and from an emergency response vehicle.

Below: Local musician Richard Kent speaks Friday about his time in New Orleans. Kent, who left New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, lost his home in the recent Grimes County wildfire. He is currently living in a friend’s d’ d’s camper camper. Eagle photo by Stuart Villanueva Stuar

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One man’s run of bad luck continues with recent blaze

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rouble, it seems, has a way of finding Richard Kent. Af r 20 years of eking out a Afte living working by day and playing music at night in New Orleans, life there became untenable for him in the months following Hurricane Katrina. So he packed up and headed

The Texas Forest Ser Service estimated Saturday that the Dyer Mill Fire destroyed between 4.7 and 6.7 million cubic feet of timber. The stumpage value of the lost timber ranged from $2.5 million to $3.6 million, TFS said. The fire had a “profound” impact on the forest in Grimes County, the agency said.

to Whitehall, Texas, to be the on-site caretaker of a rural facility nestled at the end of a long dirt road in the rolling hills of Grimes County. He missed the people of The Big Easy, but he also enjoyed living in a place where you’re more likely to run into a horse or cow than a person, where his two dogs could run free.

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Robbers targeting pharmacies By CHRIS HAWLEY Associated Press

AP photo Police officers stand behind a cruiser outside the Family mily Discount Pharmacy in Stollings, W.Va., during a drug robberyy attempt-turned-hostage ned-hostage situation in November 2006. The susned-hostag pect, Jeffrey Harvey, vey,, w vey was as arrested after police said he snorted prescription drugs and threatened to kill the hostages. hostag

NEW YORK — A wave of pharmacy robberies is sweeping the United States as desperate addicts and ruthless dealers turn to violence to feed the nation’s growing hunger for narcotic painkillers. From Redmond, Wash., to St. Augustine, Fla., criminals are holding pharmacists at gunpoint and escaping with thousands of powerfully addictive pills that can

sell for as much as $80 apiece on the street. In one of the most shocking crimes yet, a robber walked into a neighborhood drugstore Sunday on New York’s Long Island and gunned down the pharmacist, a teenage store clerk and two customers before leaving with a backpack full of pills containing hydrocodone. “It’s an epidemic,” said Michael Fox, a pharmacist on New York’s Staten Island who has been stuck

up twice in the last year. “These people are depraved. They’ll kill you.” Armed robberies at pharmacies rose 81 percent between 2006 and 2010, from 380 to 686, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says. The number of pills stolen went from 706,000 to 1.3 million. Thieves are overwhelmingly taking oxycodone painkillers like OxyContin or Roxicodone, or hydrocodone-

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