The northern white rhino isn't going out with the thundering charge that it's due. It won't go out in a blaze of glory, fighting a pride of lions, as would befit such an inspiring creature. It's going to die sad and old, withering away under armed guard in central Kenya while dozens of scientists - and millions of other humans around the world - look on, helpless.
Bloomberg recently reported on some interesting new data from the Economic Policy Institute. The percent of Americans earning poverty wages -- pay that would leave someone's family impoverished even if they worked full-time -- is at its lowest level since data began to be collected in 1986.
If civic-minded locals are expected to know anything about prehistoric behemoths, it’s that the Columbian mammoths that once favored our parts aren’t dinosaurs. Millions of years passed between the last of the great dinosaurs and the ice age in which mammoths flourished. Yet when tourists visited the Waco Mammoth National Monument this past Fourth of July, one asked a familiar question: Which came first, the mammoths or the dinosaurs?
It’s déjà vu all over again. Within days, the world will turn its attention to Helsinki, Finland, where a summit between Russia and the United States will take place — a summit that will, in my opinion, be heavy on rhetoric, light on substance. Just as with the recent U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore, we shouldn’t expect much.
How serious are President Donald Trump's latest trade threats against China? The scale of the new measures -- 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese products -- will certainly get Beijing's attention. But the headline figure matters less than the industries being targeted and their relative importance to China's economy. By that metric, this latest attack is a serious escalation.
What were we talking about one year ago? Take a look back.
History will note that, for a time anyway, local home renovation experts Chip and Joanna Gaines gave Waco something it has long sought: status as a destination point. Through the charisma, ability and resourcefulness showcased on their popular, Emmy-nominated HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” the Gaineses have drawn to Waco waves of tourists eager to track down the homes they’ve overhauled and to shop at the mecca that is Magnolia Market at the Silos. The couple is even credited with revitalizing home sales in the Waco area. The home-marketing site Realtor.com reports all 10 of the top home-search locations in the nation last year were in Texas — with the 76712 ZIP code in Woodway topping the list. And the 76710, 76711 and 76707 ZIP codes in Waco came in at two, three and four.
Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who lost a hard-fought campaign for president last year, has one fundamental problem: His political ambition far outstrips his likability and political skill.
You’ve heard me say this before: Waco is a great place to be — our economy is booming and our population continues to increase each year. With that growth comes the need to improve and expand core services, such as water, roads and waste management.