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Here’s a wonderful story that I wanted to share with you: Rasha, a 40 year old endangered Asian elephant, just gave birth to a calf who weighs in at a whopping 330 pounds.

This is extremely rare — it’s only the second time in the 104 history of our fantastic zoo that this has happened and the number of elephants have drastically declined over the past 50 years.

The zoo has asked us to name the baby. You can vote on its Facebook page.

As a long time member of the board of directors of the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, I try to attend all of the monthly luncheons at Joe T. Garcia’s. Today’s was informative — and had surprising news.

Judge Terry Means, after discussing procedures, rules and new cases in his court, announced that he had just decided to take senior status. For the first time in 22 years, we will only have one full time federal judge in our busy Fort Worth Division. Cases will be referred to judges in other cities.

It may take a long time to seat a new judge. Due to political infighting, judgeships across the country have remained empty for years.
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The bus driver who caused the triple fatality collision on April 11 has now admitted that he “possibly could have blacked out” before causing the bus to flip over.

Loyd Rieve, 65, originally said that the charter bus might have blown out a rear tire. But according to Sgt. Lonny Haschel of the Texas Department of Public Safety, there was not a mechanical failure.
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Randy Travis was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) after the country singer crashed his car and was found naked and combative according to police.

It was the second arrest this year for Travis. He was arrested in February for public intoxication.

A Pontiac Trans Am registered to Travis, 53, had driven off a road west of Tioga (about 25 miles northeast of Denton) around midnight Tuesday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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I just got back to the office from Field Day at Rufino Mendoza Elementary School. I have been a proud supporter of the school since I chose it in the Adopt A School Program eight  years ago, one way I try to help better our already wonderful city.

I have mentored children, spoken at Career Days, purchased books, running shoes, food, and clothes, cheered on the after-school running team, and led them in their exercises. I encourage the kids to stay in school, go to college and train for a career. I  try to


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I discussed the fact that red light cameras actually can increase our Fort Worth automobile crashes because the yellow times are shortened, often below the state minimum requirements, which can cause more people to run red lights. Apparently the Fort Worth Police Department hasn’t been getting enough business with their idea, as they are sending out false red light tickets.

One of my paralegals reports that he received a red light camera ticket in the mail yesterday. He quickly realized that the license plate, color, make, and model of the car did not match his.

The ticket had his name, correct plate, and make and model on it, so it was not simply a mailing error, but rather the Fort Worth Red Light Enforcement office looked at a grainy picture of a license plate, made their best guess, and sent out a ticket without ever verifying that their guess matched up with any of the data.

My paralegal drives a 2012 red Ford Fusion.

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I adopted the Rufino Mendoza Elementary School on the North Side seven years ago through the FWISD Adopt a School Program. Rufino Mendoza served as our city’s police chief for many years.

Today I had the pleasure of talking to five classes at their annual career day. This was my seventh year in a row, and I always enjoy participating.

I get the children to start thinking about their futures and how they can be successful, productive, and happy.

As an adopted TCU fan who loves to go to games, work out in its Recreation Center, run on its track and who has lived in the area since I moved to Fort Worth back in 1979, I wanted to congratulate the Frogs.

Back when I went to the University of Texas (I graduated in 1976), Earl Campbell played for the Horns. When I was at SMU Law School, Eric Dickerson and Craig James led SMU to the #2 ranking. Both teams played TCU each year.

I attended the BIG game here in 1984 when Kenneth Davis was the top running back in the U.S. — that is, before illegal pay offs were revealed and TCU was sanctioned. Its program, along with SMU’s, went into decline, and it was not invited to join the Big 12 in 1996 when the Southwest Conference dissolved. TCU has wandered through three conferences since then.TCU finished as the #2 team in the U.S. last year and played in a BCS game in 2009.

Thousands of people visited the Fort Worth Zoo over spring break this week — especially today to take advantage of half-price Wednesday admission. I could see some of the crowds out of my windows here in the River Plaza Tower where I have officed for over 29 years.

The Zoo has recently opened its Museum of Living Art, a collection of exotic and interesting reptiles and amphibians, which no doubt increased attendance.

I am a big fan of our zoo and was a regular there when my daughter Marissa was younger. We must have gone to the wonderful dinosaurs exhibit every weekend.

I hope all of the Fort Worth Zoo visitors, whether they be local or out-of-towners, enjoyed visiting our wonderful part of town — and wonderful city.

And I hope that all of the drivers out there are being mindful of the traffic and courteous to other drivers. It is up to each one of us to keep Fort Worth roads safe.

Enjoy this pleasant weather and spring break, if you are lucky enough to have one! I don’t, so I’d better get back to work.

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