New Congressional maps

http://www.scribd.com/doc/83145809/How-Texas-districts-change#fullscreen

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House race: Simpson endorses Leach

Mabel Simpson, longtime Richardson resident and community leader announced that she is suspending her campaign for State Representative for House District 67 and has chosen to endorse Jeff Leach as the next State Representative for the district.

Read more on our Plano-Richardson pages.

Coach Mike Zoffuto dies in Amarillo

Football fans in Collin County remember the Lake Highlands football teams coached by Mike Zoffuto. He achieved national fame when he said, “God bless those kids,” on air during a Plano East-John Tyler football broadcast during a playoff game. Zoffuto, who coached four area high school football teams and led Lake Highlands to a state quarterfinals, died Sunday in Amarillo, Texas. He was 65.

Read more from Kevin Sherrington at Mike Zoffuto

A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Friday in Amarillo.

http://highschoolsportsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2012/02/mike-zoffuto-texas-high-school-coach-kno.html

Hunter Mahan edges Rory McIlroy to win

McKinney’s Hunter Mahan earned his second victory in the World Golf Championships, capturing the Accenture Match Play Championship over Rory McIlroy, 2 and 1, to win the Walter Hagen Cup on Sunday.
The 29-year-old Mahan said he has started to learn to celebrate his successes and not worry about his mistakes. Mahan, using a Ping’s Nome mallet putter, jumped from 22nd in the world to ninth on Sunday, and broke into the Top 10 for the first time.

Golf fans noticed a more relaxed Mahan after the PGA Tour Championship when he lost in the playoff to Bill Haas despite the FedExCup’s $10 million bonus up for grabs.

“My reaction there probably surprised a lot of people,” Mahan said. “But it was because I found out that I played great, and there’s no reason to be upset. There’s always good in every day. If you play bad, there’s probably some good you can find out and something you can learn from. And that’s what I do.

“If I wanted to be the player that I felt like I could be, I was going to have to change,” Mahan said. “I had to take it easy on myself, basically not try so hard. I didn’t want to have my identity stuck with my golf score. They needed to be separated, and I needed to play golf because I enjoyed it and accept the result and move on and not get attached to it.”

Tiger Woods is the only player before Mahan to win two World Golf Championships titles before turning 30.

“I played well from tee to green, putting to chipping to driving, irons, everything was there,” Mahan said. “I needed everything to win. … I’m very proud of how I played. It feels great. It really does.”

McIlroy, the No. 2 player on the PGA Tour, picked up the win he wanted in the semifinals over Lee Westwood but couldn’t beat Oklahoma State’s Mahan in the championship. Mahan won his semifinal over Mark Wilson, 2 and 1.

Mahan won his quarterfinal match, 6 and 5, over Matt Kuchar.

Mahan’s wife, Kandi, told PGATour.com, “He’s been focused all week. He’s just worried about what he’s doing at the time. So last night we were eating dinner, and that was the most important thing to him at the time. And [then] it was Mark [Wilson in the semifinals], and after that, it was Rory. He’s very good about being present, and that’s what he’s working on right now.”

The Accenture victory at the Ritz-Carlton course at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., marks Mahan’s fourth on the PGA Tour.

“To be the player I want to be, you have to win more,” Mahan said. “That’s how you separate players. That’s when you talk about players, how many majors have they won, how many tournaments have they won. I felt like I was capable of winning more than four, but that’s what I have right now. And I feel like I’m doing all the right things.

“But you’ve got to win. That’s all you guys talk about. It’s all the players talk about, whether you win or not. I feel like I’m doing the right steps to become a more consistent player and hopefully win more.”

Click on this link for highlights from PGATour.com:

http://youtu.be/TyrrGggYGZI

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Mark Davis touts ‘Better Day’ by Maylee Thomas Band

“We enjoyed the opportunity last week to debut a song by the McKinney TX-based Maylee Thomas Band, “Better Day,” which they performed at the Rick Santorum rally in Plano on Feb. 8th. See if you can imagine this being played at the Republican convention in Tampa this summer if Santorum is the nominee. And be sure to notice the backing vocals of Producer Susan Cloud, who lent her talents in the recording session just a few days ago.” – Mark Davis of WBAP 820-AM radio.

Maylee Thomas – lead vocals, George Fuller – Guitar, Andy Timmons – Guitar, Dale Roach – Guitar, Chuck Hasley – Keys, Derek Zock – Drums, Gerry Fisher – Bass, Susan Cloud – vocals

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American Idol: Hollie in Top 24

McKinney’s Hollie Cavanagh advanced to the American Idol’s Top 24.

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Update: BB hits window of investigator’s Crown Victoria

TownSquareBuzz.com: An investigator’s unmarked Crown Victoria was shot by a BB gun on Wednesday near State Highway 5 in McKinney, the city told TSB.
The incident happened at 3199 N. McDonald, at Wilmeth, at 10:49 a.m. No person was shot, but the car window was shot at with a BB gun, which was determined from evidence found in the suspect vehicle, a silver Nissan Rogue (small SUV).
An investigator with the Collin County District Attorney’s office was driving north on Highway 5, McKinney Deputy Police Chief Joe Ellenburg told The Dallas Morning News, and as he turned left onto Wilmeth Road, his back window was shot, which left a hole. No one was injured.

McKinney police are talking to occupants of a silver SUV that was nearby. Ellenburg also said he didn’t believe the shooter knew that the Crown Victoria belonged to an investigator.

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911 call released on kidnapping

Police have released the 911 call in the recent Frisco kidnapping case. Click here to listen

 http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/02/21/police-release-911-call-from-kidnapped-frisco-teenager/

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Always Be Alert: A message from DART Police

Although DART Police and all public safety agencies strive to provide all citizens a safe and secure environment, there are actions you can take any time you are in a public location to protect yourself from criminal activity.
First and foremost – be aware of your surroundings and those around you. It is easy to tune everything out while on your phone or listening to music. This is a prime opportunity for criminals to take advantage of the situation. Victims and witnesses are not able to assist in identifications because they did not know their surroundings.

Keep valuable items out of sight. Most crimes are based on opportunity. By having valuable items out of sight, including cell phones and MP3 devices, you don’t make it easy for the criminal to quickly grab whatever they see and run off with it.

Keep your personal items under your control at all times. Items such as purses, packages, and brief cases set down even for ”just a second”, are an easy target for a snatch-and-run. This will also ensure you don’t forget your items. Items left behind could be considered suspicious and are subject to destruction.

Successful crime prevention programs all have one thing in common – active citizen participation. We need you to make it difficult for criminals to commit the easy crimes of opportunity.

Please report any suspicious or criminal activity to DART Police at 214-928-6300 – if we don’t know about ’em, we can’t catch ’em!

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