WASHINGTON (AP) — Suggesting he’s a victim of revenge porn from a jilted lover, Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas says he plans to go silent about the release of a nude photo of him online because police are investigating the disclosure as a possible crime against him. Authorities have not confirmed an investigation. The 68-year-old Barton, who joined the House in 1985, has acknowledged sharing intimate material with a lover and accused her of threatening to make it public when he ended the relationship. The unidentified woman told The Washington Post that she did not put it online and said the congressman sought to intimidate her by threatening to go to the authorities if she exposed his conduct. The he said-she said dispute erupted in the midst of sexual misconduct allegations drawing in several other members of Congress as well as Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore of Alabama, who is accused of disrobing a 14-year-old girl. The consequences for Barton are not immediately apparent aside from his mortification: The relationship with the woman was evidently consensual.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A 10-year-old girl was shot dead as she sat in bed watching television in her bedroom in what San Antonio police suspect was a gang-related shooting. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said someone sprayed the girl’s home with bullets on the city’s North Side about 7 a.m. Thursday. The girl was wounded fatally in the chest, but five other people in the house weren’t wounded. McManus said police have had problems at the house previously. He said investigators believe the shooting is “gang-related directly to the brother,” who has been detained for questioning. The chief appeared to be moved by the timing of the Thanksgiving Day shooting, saying, “There will be a special place for this person when he goes to the next life.”
AUSTIN (AP) – Texas has fired its newly hired special education director after learning that she had been accused in a lawsuit of trying to hush up the sexual abuse of a student at a small Oregon school district where she’d worked previously. Laurie Kash had started with the Texas Education Agency on Aug. 15. A lawsuit accused her of ordering several employees to say nothing about the sexual abuse allegations while special education director at the Rainier School District, about 40 miles north of Portland, Oregon. A TEA statement said, “These allegations were not disclosed during the hiring process, and if these serious allegations had been disclosed, she would not have been hired.” Kash’s attorney Bill Aleshire said Kash was frank about the lawsuit, the allegations of which she denies.
DALLAS (AP) – Seven years ago Samira Page invited about five fellow refugees from the world’s trouble spots to sit around her table and experience their first traditional American Thanksgiving Day feast. This year, the Iranian native invited fellow refugees for Thanksgiving – this time about 400 of them. That was just one of many feasts offered around Texas for those who left lives behind or have no settled lives. Page founded Gateway of Grace, a Christian outreach ministry to refugees. She said some of the refugees served in her early Thanksgiving feasts are now helping serve those freshly on American shores from the world’s trouble spots. Some have been in the United States for less than a month.
HOUSTON (AP) — The kitchen where George and Arva Dorsey prepare an 18-dish feast every Thanksgiving has been stripped of everything but its granite countertops, standing on their own with no appliances below. The house they renovated and expanded over three decades has been gutted down to its wooden beams. Almost three months after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast, killing more than 80 people and damaging at least 200,000 homes, the Dorseys and other families have been celebrating Thanksgiving however possible. “We try to keep our head up, and we know that God is above all,” said Arva Dorsey, sitting next to her husband in the dining room where they would have served Thanksgiving dinner. “So many of the blessings have come through this disaster. We’re just grateful.”