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Daniel Perry case: Gov. Greg Abbott pardons former US Army sergeant convicted of killing veteran Garrett Foster at BLM protest

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abc13.com – – 2024-05-16 15:57:56

SUMMARY: Gov. Greg Abbott pardoned Daniel Perry, a former U.S. Army sergeant convicted of murdering protester Garrett Foster in Austin in 2020. Perry was sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting Foster during a protest. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended the pardon, citing self-defense laws and a thorough review of the case. Perry had made racist comments about protesters before his conviction. Influential conservative figures pressured Abbott to grant the pardon. Perry’s lawyers argued his social media posts were jokes. Abbott rarely issues pardons, and Perry’s case received significant attention. The pardon includes restoration of Perry’s firearm rights.

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Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas fails in challenge against World Aquatics rules that stop her from competing in elite women’s races

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abc13.com – AP – 2024-06-13 12:43:26

SUMMARY: Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas’ challenge against World Aquatics’ rules preventing her from competing in elite women’s races was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The panel of three judges ruled that Thomas lacked standing to bring the case. World Aquatics, which bans transgender women who have undergone male puberty from women’s events, established an “open” category for such athletes. Thomas sought to overturn these rules, deeming them invalid and discriminatory. The court affirmed USA Swimming couldn’t alter the application of these rules, and World Aquatics hailed the decision as crucial for protecting women’s sport.

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Austin’s Marbridge Foundation provides ‘a whole new way of life’ for residents

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www.kxan.com – Jaclyn Ramkissoon – 2024-06-13 11:26:00

SUMMARY: For Nexstar's Founder's Day of Caring 2024, KXAN volunteers are supporting the Marbridge Foundation, a 200-acre residential facility south of Austin for adults with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. Celebrating its 71st year, Marbridge hosts 275 residents across three care communities, offering lifelong care from young adulthood to end-of-life. Resident Emily, who has lived at Marbridge since 2019, praises the skills and friendships she has developed. The foundation encourages volunteer participation, including in their new equine facility, and supports residents in activities like Special Olympics sports. Donations are welcomed via their website to further support their mission.

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Body found: Harris County investigators respond to fire-related call, reportedly find man dead inside home on Thistle Street

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-06-13 10:40:28

SUMMARY: Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fire at a home on Thistle Street early Thursday morning, discovering a deceased man. It is unclear if the man died due to the fire. SkyEye footage showed damage to a trailer or mobile home with a fire hose surrounding the area. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed the fire-related call was received just before 8 a.m. ABC13 is gathering more information and will provide updates. They encourage the public to submit tips or story ideas through their website. Watch ABC13 for live updates on this developing story.

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