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Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 6:35 AM
AMARILLO, Texas — Just one week after a billboard telling liberals to get out of Texas went viral, a new sign is offering a unifying message.
According to KVII, Amarillo resident Roman Leal started a GoFundMe page Wednesday to put up a more welcoming sign after learning of a billboard near Vega that read, "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS." (That billboard has since been taken down.)
Billboard 6 miles east of Vega on I-40 east bound! I like it!Posted by Kyle Mccallie on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
"We need a sign that represents the true, hospitable spirit of the great state of Texas," Leal wrote in the fundraiser's description. "'Texas is for everyone – not for bigotry. Welcome, y'all!' will go up on the Lamar digital billboard at I40 and Coulter. It will be visible to travelers and commuters driving along the interstate in Amarillo, giving us a chance to put our best boot forward. Meeting the campaign goal will keep the billboard up for 4 weeks. Any contributions exceeding the goal will be used to pay for a longer duration."
The campaign quickly met its $1,800 goal. By Monday morning, it had raised $3,075.
The new billboard reportedly went up over the weekend and has already gone viral on Reddit.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:48 PM
— Have you ever felt rushed during a doctor’s visit? Most physicians don’t give their patients adequate time to explain the reason for their visit, according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Florida, Gainesville, recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, to explore clinical encounters between doctors and their patients.
To do so, they assessed the initial few minutes of consultations between 112 patients and their medical practitioners between 2008 and 2015. The encounters they reviewed were videotaped in various clinics in the United States.
The scientists observed whether doctors invited patients to set the agenda with questions such as “What can I do for you?” They also took notes on whether patients were interrupted while answering questions and in what manner.
After analyzing the results, they found that 36 percent of patients were able to set the agenda. However, they were interrupted 11 seconds on average after beginning their statements. Those who were not interrupted finished speaking after about six seconds.
They said primary care doctors allowed more time than specialists as specialists generally know the purpose of a visit.
“If done respectfully and with the patient’s best interest in mind, interruptions to the patient’s discourse may clarify or focus the conversation, and thus benefit patients,” co-author Singh Ospina said in a statement. “Yet, it seems rather unlikely that an interruption, even to clarify or focus, could be beneficial at the early stage in the encounter.”
While they are unclear why doctors don’t allow patients to speak longer, they believe time constraints, not enough training on how to communicate with patients and burnout may be factors.
The scientists now hope to further explore their investigations on the ultimate experience of doctor visits and the outcomes.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
HOUSTON — A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was shot and killed Friday in a bicycle drive-by shooting near Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Police said Dr. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was riding his bicycle near Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women just before 9 a.m. on Friday when he was shot by another bicyclist going in the other direction, Houston Police tweeted.
UPDATE on this morning's fatal shooting at 6600 Main Street: pic.twitter.com/Srgvcss4rW— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 20, 2018
The man fired two shots at Hausknecht before taking off on his bike, police said.
Hausknecht was on his way to work at the time, KTRK reported. A witness flagged down a private ambulance driving by the scene. Emergency crews rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
Investigators do not know if the shooting was random or targeted, or possibly the result of road rage.
Jim McGrath, spokesperson for former President H.W. Bush, 94, issued a statement on Twitter.
“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” President Bush said in the statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:10 AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was arrested for trying to hit a Memphis police officer on Beale Street, court records said.
According to the arrest affidavit FOX13 obtained, Joseph Pszczola was yelling in a popular restaurant just before 11 p.m. on Thursday.
Employees of the business flagged down officers for help. When police arrived, they asked Pszczola to leave. Yet, he continued to scream, employees said. One of the officers said the suspect was slurring his speech and also smelled of alcohol.
The confrontation spilled out into the street and escalated when Pszczola pushed an officer and tried to punch him, court records said.
The officer then struck the suspect in the face, and Pszczola fell to the ground, according to court records.
The suspect and the officer were transported to area hospitals and are expected to be OK.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:20 PM
DALLAS — A 32-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department died early Saturday after he was hit by a suspected drunken driver during a funeral escort, authorities said.
Senior Cpl. Earl “Jamie” Givens died early Saturday while he and other officers were escorting the body of Senior Cpl. Tyrone Andrews from Laurel Land Funeral Home to East Texas, police said. Andrews died of cancer, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Givens was stopped Saturday morning with his motorcycle’s emergency lights on when he was struck by a fast-moving Kia Sportage, authorities said. Givens, who was assigned to DPD’s traffic unit in 2012, was blocking traffic to an Interstate 20 on-ramp when he was hit, according to police.
Givens’ fellow officers rendered aid to him before the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department arrived at the scene. However, police said, he was pronounced dead after he was taken to the Baylor University Medical Center.
The driver of the Kia Sportage, whose name was not released, struck a concrete divider and stopped, according to officials. The 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Authorities continue to investigate the incident.
Dallas police Chief Renee Hall asked for the public’s prayers Saturday during a news conference.