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Blog Posts in February, 2014

  • Major Drug Lord Arrested in Mexico

    || 26-Feb-2014

    "El Chapo" is arguably the most powerful drug lord in Mexico, and runs a cartel that is a leading supplier of cocaine in the United States. The dangerous figure was arrested at a resort in Mexico this past week, putting a stop to a cartel that facilitate cocaine purchase all throughout Texas and other states. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marshals Service were heavily ...
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  • Mediation and Divorce in Texas

    || 24-Feb-2014

    Mediation is a process which can minimize the knock-down, drag-out complications of a divorce. Oftentimes, mediation can calm both parties and help them to agree on a satisfactory solution to divorce complications. The state of Texas allows individuals to try and arrange their own divorce agreement without court intervention. If a sound and satisfactory agreement can be met, then the spouses will ...
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  • Trailer Stolen in Dallas

    || 24-Feb-2014

    A group of young artists that put on anti-bullying shows were shocked when they realized that their trailer was gone. The Teen Nation Tour was scheduled to perform their 90-minute anti-bullying program at Dallas schools when criminals stole the trailer overnight. The trailer had the phrase "Stand and Defend Against Bullying" on the back, making it an ironic crime. The trailer had more ...
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  • The Use of Drug Dogs in Texas Cases

    || 24-Feb-2014

    Drug dogs are canines that are used to help sniff out illegal narcotics. They are frequently used by the DEA in drug busts. The Supreme Court ruled in the case Illinois vs. Caballes that police do not need reasonable suspicion to use drug dogs to sniff a vehicle during a traffic stop. This means that the police do not need to have a reason to suspect that there are drugs in your vehicle in order ...
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  • The Five Month Wait for SSDI

    || 24-Feb-2014

    If you applied for Social Security Disability Insurance and have been approved, then you are subject to a five month waiting period before your payments will start up. The Social Security Administration has the right to withhold five months of approved claimant's benefits before starting monthly payments or before calculating back payments owed to the claimant. The five month waiting period ...
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  • If your loved one passes away and leaves you an inheritance, will this affect your ability to receive disability benefits? If you are an SSDI recipient, it will not generally affect your benefits. SSDI is not a needs-based program, and is not always contingent upon your unearned income. The only income that pay be affected is any wages that you earn through employment. SSDI is an income ...
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  • An elderly couple from Plano was discovered dead in their home on Sunday morning. Police were called to the scene at about 7:30 a.m. when the Plano Fire Department got a call about the murder. A caregiver who came to take care of the elderly couple walked into their home to find that they were both dead. The man was identified, and the woman has not yet been identified by the authorities. ...
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  • Pot Penalties Remain Harsh in Texas

    || 17-Feb-2014

    Throughout the United States, more and more states are legalizing the use of marijuana, or are allowing those with medical conditions to smoke the drug as a part of their prescription. Yet in Texas, marijuana remains illegal. At present, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is considered a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. People that are deemed ...
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  • If you are paying alimony to an ex-spouse, chances are that it will affect your taxes. Spousal support carries a number of tax implications. It can be either taxable or tax-deductible, depending on whether you are the recipient or the receiver. It is important to keep in mind that if you pay spousal support, it is generally tax deductible. This is if certain requirements are met. The same does not ...
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  • Criminal Charges and SSDI Applications

    || 10-Feb-2014

    If you have been charged with or convicted of a crime in the past, it is important that you tell the Social Security Administration during your application process. According to the SSA, if you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest it is imperative that you notify the SSA about this, especially if it the outstanding warrant is due to flight to avoid prosecution or confinement. Also, if you ...
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  • Texas Driver Gets 99 Years for DUI Death

    || 10-Feb-2014

    A driver in North Texas with two previous DWI convictions was sentenced to 99 years this week for the death of a deputy who was hit while directing traffic. The jurors in the case convicted the driver of murder and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury to a public servant. The investigators believe that the man's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the limit for driving when he ...
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  • A carnival worker from Texas was arrested for having crack cocaine shipped to his address inside a doll. The 55-year-old individual was arrested during the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls after the authorities intercepted his package containing the doll. The children's toy was stuffed with 37 grams of drugs that are worth more than $3,000 on the street. The carnival worker was foreman of the ...
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  • Former NFL start Terrell Owens recently married his wife Rachel Snider in a secret ceremony which took place at a courthouse in Newhall, CA. Yet the famed football player has already lost his wife, who has moved out of California and plans to file divorce right away. His new wife reports that her husband only married her for her money. According to Snider's allegations, Owen's married her ...
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  • An engaged couple in an apartment in Plano recently mourned the loss of their two-year-old girl. The child was the man's daughter, but had no relation to his fiancée. The woman had become the child's full-time caretaker while her fiancé was at work. Recently, there was an attack in the apartment, and the little girl was discovered with duct tape over her mouth. She was on ...
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  • According to the Active Commissioner of Social Security, there are 25 new compassionate allowance conditions that will affect SSI and SSDI applications across the nation. The program expedites applications for those with the most serious disabilities to ensure that they get an answer within days or weeks. This helps these individuals to start planning their lives with their SSDI allowance, instead ...
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  • Recently, a boost in the American economy has facilitated a little extra cash for millions of Americans. Many of those who fall upon good financial fortune are choosing to pursue a divorce with their spouse. According to reports in the Los Angeles Times, divorce plummeted when the recession hit, but has slowly been rising again at the rate of the improving economy. The University of Maryland says ...
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  • The Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio has a brother who was recently arrested on drug-related charges. According to reports the brother may be a step-brother rather than a full-blood brother. The man was arrested for drug possession earlier this week. Reports show that Leonardo hasn't spoken to his brother in years, and does not want any affiliation with the individual. The arrested ...
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