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ISIS Defector Reports on the Sale of Organs Harvested from ISIS-held 'Slaves'
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Mon, Jan 4, 2016 - 5:30pm

by Anne Speckhard and Ahmet S. Yayla

In February of 2015, Iraqi Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim requested the UN Security Council to investigate the deaths of 12 doctors in Mosul, Iraq who he claimed had been killed by ISIS after refusing to remove organs from dead bodies. He also claimed that some of the bodies found were mutilated with opening in the back where the kidneys are located. "This is clearly something bigger than we think," Ambassador Alhakim stated.

"Organ theft during wars, civil wars, dirty wars, wars...

Security Studies Profesor Wins Research Grants
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Mon, Jan 4, 2016 - 9:30am

Dr. William A. Taylor, an assistant professor of security studies at Angelo State University, has been awarded a 2016 Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation Research Grant and a 2016 Moody Research Grant from the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation.

The grants will fund Taylor's research at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kan., for his forthcoming book titled "In Defense of Democracy: American Military Service from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom." The book is scheduled to be published later this year through University Press of Kansas.

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Lewisville Lake Symphony seeks to expand its outreach
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By Grace Lawrence

The growing population and rapid development of the communities near Lewisville Lake provide both opportunities and challenges for The Lewisville Lake Symphony, an all-professional orchestra under the direction of Adron Ming that is in its 32nd year.

In keeping with its mission to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages in North Texas through live and inspiring classical music and to educate and support rising young talent, the LLS presents four subscription orchestral concerts each year at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville and four free chamber concerts at Trinity Presbyterian Church...

Project keeps clients talking
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Fri, Dec 18, 2015 - 11:00pm

by Lucinda Breeding

Samantha Elandary started the Parkinson Voice Project 10 years ago in her living room. Now the specialist is training hundreds of speech pathologists each year to treat patients living with Parkinson’s from a 6,800-square-foot clinic in Richardson.

The Richardson speech pathologist met her first patient with Parkinson’s disease when she was working in a hospital.

“It was a fluke,” Elandary said. “I got assigned to someone in the hospital who had it. And helping them, my speech started getting better. It’s fun to work with Parkinson’s patients. They respond really well to therapy. For many...

Mom who battled cancer while earning UNT master's degree: 'I pretty much suffered in silence'
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Fri, Dec 11, 2015 - 4:56pm

by Tommy Cummings

Jessica Cole will walk across the University of North Texas graduation stage in Denton on Friday, but few people realize the journey that it's been to take those short steps.

Cole, a special-education teacher in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and full-time mom from Garland, will receive her master's degree with a focus in autism.

But she's already learned a lot about perservence and her own inner strength. Three days after starting the master's program and a few weeks after discovering that she and her husband were expecting their second child, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

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