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news for you texas State accuses BP of poor operation The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is accusing BP of “poor operation and maintenance practices” at its Texas City refinery, where a 2005 explosion killed 15 workers. The accusation followed an incident at the refinery that led to a nearly 40 day release of toxic and cancer-causing chemicals.

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Obama approves disaster assistance President Barack Obama declared parts of Texas a disaster area following the first hurricane of the 2010 season. The designation, announced Wednesday, clears the way for federal assistance over Hurricane Alex, which made landfall June 30.

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Nearby lakes bring outdoor fun to last days of summer

Gibbons Creek Reservoir, near Huntsville, is an enjoyable place to fish, go boating or participate in water sports.

Visitors to Lake Bryan’s Icehouse Bar and Grill can dine waterside while viewing live music performances at the restaurant’s outdoor stage.

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Thomas Forster, sophomore general studies major, shows off the 7.5-pound bass he caught in Big Creek Park at Lake Somerville.


nation &world Calif. judge rules on same-sex marriage A federal judge has overturned California’s samesex marriage ban in a landmark case that could land before the Supreme Court. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker made his ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by two gay couples who claimed the voter-approved ban violated their civil rights.

Protestors urge pope to remove cardinal Groups representing victims of clergy sex abuse are urging Pope Benedict XVI to remove Cardinal Bernard Law as head of Rome’s St. Mary Major Basilica. Law resigned from his position as Boston archbishop in 2002 after an outcry over his handling of sex abuse cases. Staff and wire reports

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s summer courses come to an end, Aggies are probably eager to soak up a last bit of freedom before facing the daily grind of the fall semester. It’s time to abandon the gloomy flourescent lighting of lecture halls and enjoy the sunshine among other outdoor pleasures. Bryan-College Station is conveniently located near three lakes, which offer ample opportunity to relax, spend quality time with good friends and reflect on the simple things in life.

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Man robs Bank and Trust in Bryan, remains at large

Physics department receives donation from former student

The Bryan Police Department is looking for a suspect who robbed The Bank and Trust on Tuesday at Highway 21 East. The police received a call from an employee of the bank midafternoon reporting the robbery. The criminal investigations division followed with a report that the suspect was a tall and thin black male dressed in a black dress, a wig and sunglasses in his late 20s or early 30s. Although the suspect used a firearm to threaten the bank while demanding money, no shots were fired and there were no reported injuries. Authorities are still searching for the

To report tips ◗ If you have any information regarding this investigation, contact the Bryan Police Department at 979-209-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 979-775TIPS. man after he ran from the scene with an unidentified amount of money. “The only information we have at this time are the generalities of the crime and the description of the suspect,” said public information officer Jon Agnew.

William A. Robba, class of 1951, gave an endowment fund through his estate to support physics graduate studies. After serving in the U.S. Army in Norway during World War II, Robba returned to the states. With the help of the G.I. Bill, he attended Fordham University in New York City, a school that has produced other luminaries such as President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Donald Trump and Denzel Washington. After graduating summa cum laude at Fordham, he moved to College Station and received a master’s degree in physics from Texas A&M within a year. Robba went on to contribute to the international space race by researching high-

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The donation from William A. Robba, class of 1951, benefits students pursuing master’s degrees in physics, his focus of study.

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Stage Center Theater presents The Bad Seed, opening at 7: 30 p.m. today at the Stage Center Theater. All seats cost $6 for evening performances.


Move-in Day

Volunteers are are needed to assist students and parents in moving their belongings into the residence halls on Aug. 22, Residence Hall Move-In Assistance Day. Volunteer application forms are available at http://reslife. and are due Friday.



The Goodbye Summer Party will be at 9 p.m. Thursday at Schotzi’s. Admission is $10. Chip Tha Ripper as well as strawberryJAM, Charlie Gore, Caleb Mak, Josef Pierre, The Conglomerate and Amir Safi will play.

Today sunny and hot High: 99 Low: 78

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The University holiday schedule for FY 2010-2011 has been approved by the Board of Regents. The schedule is posted at http://employees. leave/holidays.aspx on the HR website along with other information.

Leadership Institute

Employee & Organizational Development is now accepting applications for the 2010 Leadership Institute. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 20. For more information, visit http:// certificateProgram/li/Default. aspx.

Friday 20% chance of showers high: 99 low: 78 Saturday 20% chance of thunderstorms high: 98 low: 78 Sunday 20% chance of thunderstorms high: 99 low: 77

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et outside and enjoy the known for fishing summer. Go camping and camping. with friends, hang “I really enjoy out while listening to live going to Gibbons music by the lakeside, to go catfishing or go on mountain biking just about any kind trails or fish, if that is of fishing. They your thing. Most students even have tilapia,” might know about one or Tyler Hosea said Brian Fritsche, two area lakes, but there junior business sophomore are actually three lakes, business major major and fisherless than 20 miles from man. Bryan-College Station Gibbons is also that offer just about everything a good place to go if you have you would want to do outdoors. a boat and enjoy water sports. I was born in the BryanAt Gibbons, there is also a lot of College Station area and have natural structure, including an experienced and enjoyed each area with trees and brush where lake myself. Each lake has fish congregate, which is natusomething different to offer. rally beneficial for fishing. Gibbons Creek Reservoir is 20 Lake Bryan is not as well miles outside of College Station known for fishing, but it is off Highway 30 on the way to great place to hang out. There Huntsville. The lake is open is more than just a lake. The every day of the week except Icehouse Bar and Grill is a lakeWednesday. The lake is best side restaurant with a patio and

outside stage where live music is The largest of the three lakes frequently played. is Lake Somerville, which has Lake Bryan is located 10 more than six different parks, miles away from A&M’s including state parks and campus. Lake Bryan privately owned parks. also has over 20 My favorite park There are a miles of mounon Somerville is few lakes only tain biking Big Creek Park, 20 miles from trails that go which is 20 miles College Station around the southwest of Texas lake. The two for students to A&M. Big Creek main routes are visit on weekends Park has the largest the west loop area available for and the east loop camping and many on each side of the species of fish, including lake. The west loop has 10 white bass, catfish, crappie and miles of trails for beginners, and the east loop has 10 miles of more black bass. “Somerville is my favorite of difficult trails. Be sure to bring a the local lakes as far as fishing and helmet — they are required. camping. They also have a great “The trails at Lake Bryan are a restaurant that cooks up some lot of fun,” Fritsche said. “They good burgers,” said Thomas have huge drops and are pretty Forster, freshman maritime intense.” administration major at Texas There is also primitive tent camping and RV camping offered. A&M-Galveston.

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LOS ANGELES — A defense attorney for Anna Nicole Smith’s boyfriend says his client relied on Smith’s doctors to prescribe drugs for the former Playboy model. The comments from Howard K. Stern’s attorney came during opening statements of the drug conspiracy trial involving Stern and Smith’s two doctors in Los Anna Nicole Smith Angeles. Attorney Steven Sadow stressed to jurors that Stern was unaware it was improper to use pseudonyms on Smith’s prescriptions. He also said Smith was dependent on drugs for pain but was not an addict. Earlier in the day, a prosecutor alleged Stern and the co-defendants provided massive amounts of drugs to Smith despite being warned she was an addict. All three have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy. They are not charged with her drug overdose death in 2007.

‘30 Rock’ actor speaks up for organ donation NEW YORK — Actor Grizz Chapman of NBC’s “30 Rock” is serving as an advocate for organ donation, just a month after undergoing a kidney transplant. Spokeswoman Anne Finn says Chapman will speak Thursday at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center at an event observing National Minority Organ Donor Awareness Day. Chapman received his new kidney at that facility. Chapman was diagnosed with high blood pressure a decade ago. He learned several years later that he was suffering from kidney disease. Until his transplant, he was on dialysis three times a week. He and Kevin Brown, as the character Dot Com, appear as the two-man entourage for a hapless comedian played by Tracy Morgan on the “30 Rock” sitcom.

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temperature pyrolytic graphite, an essential rocket construction material. “[Robba] left a nice and much appreciated endowment for physics graduate student support in his will,” said Edward Fry, professor and department head of applied physics.

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Robba’s contribution came at a very singular time for the physics at Texas A&M. With the recent construction of the Mitchell Physics Building and the Giant Magellan Telescope project, the department is undergoing a renaissance, and Robba’s fund adds to that legacy, Fry said. Robba passed away March 4 at the age of 86.

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LOS ANGELES — Brittany Murphy’s husband Simon Monjack died from pneumonia, the same illness that killed his actress wife months earlier, coroner’s officials said Wednesday. Monjack, 40, had a slightly enlarged heart and some prescription medications were found in his body, but not at levels that contributed to his death, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said. Monjack was found dead May 23 at the Hollywood Hills home he shared with his actress wife and her mother. Officials initially suspected a heart attack and confirmed Wednesday that Monjack died of natural causes. Winter said the deaths of the British-born screenwriter and Murphy had been referred to county health officials since they died of pneumonia, but did not know if an investigation was ongoing. The health department declined comment. A list of medications was not immediately available but would be included in a full report issued in about two weeks, Winter said. Murphy, star of films such as “Clueless” and “8 Mile,” died in December. Coroner’s officials determined she died of a combination of pneumonia and that anemia and prescription medications played a role. Winter says both their deaths were likely preventable. “In simple English — they didn’t take care of themselves,” Winter said.

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See checking out of a store is not as easy as one would think. First off, you have to choose which line to go in. There are many things to consider when making your decision. How many people are in line ahead of me? How many groceries are they buying? Do they have a small child shrieking at decibels normally reserved for experimental riot control devices? But one question truly trumps all others. Is the cashier attractive? If so, get out of that line. I say this because at any shopping venue there is the terrible risk of ThatGuy-Who-Makes-Creepy-RomanticAdvances-On-the-Retail-Staff (TGWMCRAOTRS for short). See, while most people want to check out in the traditional use of the phrase, and check out of the store and go home, there are those who want to check out while they check out, as in “I am going to check out the cashier while I check out,” or “I think the security guard was checking me out as I was checking out the cashier as I was checking out,” or “check this out, I’m no longer allowed into Target.” Anyway, the problem is That-GuyWho-Makes-Creepy-Romantic-Advances-On-the-Retail-Staff is so creepy that he actually warps the space-time continuum around himself. What would normally take a mere 2 minutes to ring up will somehow turn into 15 minutes of awkwardly complimenting the cashier on

their bar-code scanning Y chromosome remains strong, while abilities while the other key areas of the body, such as the people waiting in line brain, slowly wither into the equivalent behind him strangle of that piece jerky that got dropped themselves with the under the driver’s seat and that you later dental floss they found while vacuuming the car and came to purchase so chipped a front tooth trying to eat. This they don’t have to means that while the Y chromosome is James Cavin listen anymore. sending the same signals to the brain that How can you it did 50 years ago, the brain does not senior political respond with the speed that it used to. science major avoid strangling yourself with dental So while in his prime TGWMfloss in a suicidal CRAOTRS will receive the message rage? Easy, buy those little floss picker “she has boobs” from his Y chromosome thingies instead, the worst you can and his brain immediately translates it do with those is poke your eyes out. into some disturbing compliment like “I But more importantly, how can you wish I could make my uniform look that avoid being stuck behind a TGWMgood,” the senior citizen version takes CRAOTRS? Well, there are a couple of considerably longer to say something easy identifiers. Keep an ear out for dead considerably less coherent. giveaways in conversation, like this: “Hello young lady whose name I have Cashier: Hi! forgotten but my Y chromoTGWMCRAOTRS: some still instructs me to Hi, Cindy! I was starattach to everything I ing at your chest, sure can... Cindy, and then I type fast...I wish I Many amorous saw that there was could type as fast as a name-tag on it, you...I was telling guys like to and your name the person at the make buying was Cindy. So place that I want now I’m going to type but... their groceries to attach your Maybe you could name to everyteach me sometime awkward for thing I say, Cindy. after I finish buyeveryone. Like, 746 times in a ing all this rope and sentence. duct-tape...” Cashier: Did you And if you think you find everything all right can avoid this by headwhile you were shopping, sir? ing over to the self-checkouts, TGWMCRAOTRS: Well Cindy, I think again. I swear the last time I was thought I had everything I wanted, but at H.E.B., some drunk guy was making then I saw you. lewd comments at the automated checkHeaven help you if That-Guy-Whoout’s female robot voice. Makes-Creepy-Romantic-Advances“Well, Self-Checkout, I was staring at On-the-Retail-Staff turns out to be the chest of the poorly animated 3-D lady That-Senior-Citizen-Who-Makesin the tutorial video, and I saw that your Creepy-Romantic-Advances-On-thename was Self-checkout, so now I’m goRetail-Staff. As the male body ages, the ing to attach it to everything I say...”





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