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When Jennifer Boatright and Ron Henderson complained to the county in the hope of retrieving their savings, they got another surprise. Lynda Russell, the district attorney, told them she had warned repeatedly that they did not have to sign the waiver, but, if they continued to contest it, they could be indicted on felony charges. I will contact you and give you an opportunity to turn yourself in without having an officer come to your door, she wrote in a letter mentioning the prospect of a grand jury. Once again, their custody of the kids was threatened. Boatright and Henderson decided to fight anyway.

When out-of-town drivers who felt victimized by a Tenaha forfeiture called local lawyers for help, their business wasn’t always welcomed. «That’d be like kicking a basket of rattlesnakes,» one defense lawyer warned a forfeiture target, Often they were referred to a defense attorney named David Guillory, in nearby Nacogdoches. Guillory is abroad-faced man with blue eyes and the gregarious, cheerful disposition of a Scoutmaster. (He is, in fact, an assistant Scoutmaster of local Troop 100, and keeps the «Handbook of Knots» by his desk, near heaps of legal briefs.) He moved to Nacogdoches seventeen years ago and set up shop

Continue reading When Jennifer Boatright and Ron Henderson complained to the county in the hope of retrieving their savings, they got another surprise. Lynda Russell, the district attorney, told them she had warned repeatedly that they did not have to sign the waiver, but, if they continued to contest it, they could be indicted on felony charges. I will contact you and give you an opportunity to turn yourself in without having an officer come to your door, she wrote in a letter mentioning the prospect of a grand jury. Once again, their custody of the kids was threatened. Boatright and Henderson decided to fight anyway.

WHEEL

GOOD FUN!

PINK FLOYD’S CURIOUS LITTLE DITTY FROM 1967 IS EVOCATIVE OF THE BRITISH LOVE AFFAIR WITH BICYCLES. SINCE AT LEAST THE 1880S, WE HAVE BEEN BALANCING ATOP CHAIN-DRIVEN TWO WHEELERS FOR ALL MANNER OF ACTIVITIES. CYCLING REPRESENTS FREEDOM. HERE CW SALUTES THREE FIRMS THAT STILL MAKE BIKES IN BRITAIN.

Long before Sir Chris Hoy lifted British cycling to new heights, some sources believe, the first mechanically propelled two-wheeled contraption was built by a Scottish blacksmith called Kirkpatrick MacMillan in 1839. The penny-farthings of the mid-Victorian years were popular with daredevil riders despite their dangerous reputation, but it was not

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Whats on your pigs menu?

You could probably call Todd Ilasivell and his wife Janette accidental farmers. The couple were living a busy urban life when they inherited Janette’s parents’ farm on the outskirts of Hastings. The Haswells were keen to give farming a go and turned what had been a small working farm — first with dairy cows and then sheep — into a lifestyle block.

“We’ve ended up leasing out 50 acres to a local grower, and the rest of the space we use to play around with. We’ve got a couple of cows, some chooks and three pigs, and soon we’ll add

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WHATS NEW?

From the European design shows to home-grown talent, enjoy these unique and inspiring pieces

01 MULTICOLOURED MADNESS

Glamora is a fresh and brilliant Italian brand that creates innovative vinyl wallpapers. Multiverse is a collection of nine wallpaper designs in four colour ways, created by contemporary designer, Karim Rashid, blending brisk colours and curvy lines with biomorphic shapes and tactile effects, glamora.it

2 MARBLE-ICIOUS

Lithos Side Table in Calacatta white marble, designed by Antonio Citterio for MAXALTO, available from Space Furniture. spacefurniture.com.au

3 RECYCLED BRILLIANCE

Emerge is a screening solution designed by Alisa Newey, which can be used in residential or

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Whats new? Fresh kit for the shopper in you

Sometimes a little retail therapy is all you need to jumpstart motivation for a trip or to slog through a maintenance routine. Here’s some new kit that we’ve had our eye on lately:

TWISTED THROTTLE D28 DRY BAG

Sometimes the best solution is the simplest, and if there were ever a basic solution it’s this bag: 28 liters of storage, 100-percent waterproof, $75. Twisted Throttle claims the D28 will mount to any bike, thanks to eight universal attachment straps and a clever “daisy chain” strip of loops fused to the bag. www.twistedthrottle.com

HJC FG-17 HELMET

HJC’s new FG-17 helmet boasts

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A c h i l l e C a s t i g l i o n i brought post¬war Italian design into the future, but he never left his sense of humor behind. The architect and industrial designer (1918-2002) created dozens of products and was so influential that New York’s Museum of Modern Art granted him a full-scale retrospective in 1997. His studio in Milan draws thousands of acolytes each year. And his many iconic designs— including the 1962 A r c o lamp with its marble base and great curve of steel, his M e

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Whats the weather like on the other planets?

Alex Schmetkov

Mostly very different to what it’s like on Earth! The hottest and coldest places on Earth are in Death Valley, California and Vostok Station, Antarctica, which have official records of 56.7 degrees Celsius (134 degrees Fahrenheit) and -89.2 degrees Celsius (-128.6 degrees Fahrenheit) respectively. But it gets way more extreme in other parts of the Solar System.

Martian air is very thin, less than one hundredth of the density of Earth’s atmosphere, and so it can experience wild swings in temperature during a day, from highs of 26 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) to lows of -129 degrees

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Whats the next advance in space propulsion technology likely to be?

Stewart Wilkinson

The next big advance in space propulsion looks like it could be the solar sail. Scientists have considered spacecraft being ‘blown’ on gusts of the solar wind now for many years, but only recently have experiments on sails in space been carried out. The Sun emits a wind of charged particles that, combined with the pressure of its brilliant sunlight, can push a thin reflective sail (light can push an object because photons have momentum that can be transferred to the sail). It’s only a tiny push, at first, but this builds up over time. Solar sails are

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WHATS NEW IN MOVING

PLANNING AHEAD, CHOOSING THE RIGHT FIT HELPS HOMEOWNERS COPE

We’ve all done it. Wobble out of the liquor store, arms full of empty boxes, cozy up to even a vague acquaintance who’s got a truck, and start wrapping our possessions in newspaper with the hapless aplomb of someone clearly in over their head. Moving is one of the top ten most stressful life events. Gather your wits in advance and make moving easier.

Spread the Word

Express Address.com is a free online treasure that lets you tell multiple businesses and organizations all in one shot that you’re about to move.This

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Whats in the sky?

The cold, dark night skies of February are starting to show us the first hints of spring…

Northern hemisphere

The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

Viewable time: All through the hours of darkness

Otherwise known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, M51 is possibly one of the most famous galaxies after the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies. The reason for this is the beautiful photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. As you can see in the picture, the larger galaxy is pulling material from the smaller in an act of celestial vandalism.

The Sombrero Galaxy (M104)

Viewable time: Mid-evening until the early hours

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