AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 18 (Reuters) – In a letter to his college
friend, a young J.D. Salinger writes about yearning for fame. In
ensuing correspondence to the same woman and her son over the
next four decades, the American author describes how much he
loathes his status as a celebrity.
In the letters from Salinger to Ruth Smith Maier, a woman he
met while attending Ursinus College in Pennsylvania in 1938, the
two share stories about parenthood, working as a writer and
general banter about popular culture.
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The foundation that backs
the library for President Lyndon Baines Johnson is locking horns
with the Air Force museum in Ohio over an Air Force One jet that
Johnson admirers believe belongs in Texas.
The LBJ Foundation is seeking to have the modified Boeing
707 that came into service under President John F. Kennedy and
in which Johnson took the oath of the presidency hours after
Kennedy’s assassination, transported to Austin and put on
display near the LBJ Presidential Library.
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Legend has it that the
long arm of Texas law once extended to hotel balconies where the
men with star badges would take into custody anyone who violated
a state statute forbidding people to hunt buffalo from such a
The legend ends at the Legislative Reference Library of
Texas, where a small team of well-referenced librarians has gone
through the records and sorted out fact from fiction when it
comes to the laws of the Lone Star State.
(Reuters) – A permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia sold for $350,000 at an auction in Dallas on Saturday with proceeds going to protect the endangered animals despite protests from animal rights groups that saw the sale as immoral conservation.
The license allows for the killing of a single, post-breeding bull, with Namibian wildlife officials on hand for the hunt to make sure an appropriate animal is selected.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Dallas Safari Club will auction a permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia, possibly fetching up to $1 million with proceeds going to protect the endangered animals in a move seen by some animal rights groups as ethically dubious conservation.
The license being auctioned on Saturday is supposed to allow for the killing of a single, post-breeding bull, with Namibian wildlife officials on hand for the hunt to make sure an appropriate animal is selected.
(Reuters) – A Louisiana man is suspected of killing his wife, ex-mother-in-law and a former employer before turning a shotgun on himself and committing suicide at four locations outside of New Orleans, police said on Friday.
The suspect Ben Edward Freeman, 38, was also believed to have shot three other people in the crime spree that took place on Thursday night in Lafourche Parish, about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Lawmen would come from
across Texas just to walk a few miles in the boots made by
inmate Arnold Darby.
Darby, 64, soft-spoken, bespectacled and tattooed, was once
one of the most prodigious bootmakers in the Texas prison
system, turning out more than a thousand pairs of custom-made
footwear for police, FBI agents and the governor’s office,
prison officials said.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas prosecutor is trying to place behind bars a teenager who killed four people while driving drunk but received a sentence of probation based partially on defense arguments that the youth was a victim of his family’s enormous wealth.
Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon said on Wednesday he will try to have the 16-year-old placed in juvenile detention for two lesser counts of intoxication assault that were not among the charges at his trial.
(Reuters) – Two Oklahoma men were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Monday, for the race-based killing of three black people whom they shot indiscriminately from a car in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 6, 2012, prosecutors said.
Five black people, including a woman, were shot in the chest that day, and three died, in the incident which drew national attention and raised questions about racial tensions in the state decades after the United States implemented major civil rights reforms, prosecutors said in a statement.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – When 107-year-old World War Two veteran Elmer Hill looked across the table at Richard Overton, he could hardly believe there was a living veteran older than him – even if only by a few months.
Hill met fellow centenarian Overton, thought to be the oldest living U.S. World War Two veteran, for the first time on Friday over lunch at an Austin senior citizens center, where they swapped war stories and longevity tips.