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Review: VMHS drama club comes alive in ‘Xanadu’

The Harlequin Drama Club from Veterans Memorial High School performed the Broadway musical “Xanadu” at the VMHS Performing Arts Center Thursday night. Let me preface this review by saying that I am probably one of four people in the world that loves the movie “Xanadu.” It is, admittedly, the best bad movie, which makes it…

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IDEA Public Schools had pilot on the payroll

IDEA Public Schools had a pilot on the payroll in 2019 and 2020. The pilot — Flyder DeCastro, 49, of McAllen — worked for IPS Enterprises, a nonprofit organization created and controlled by IDEA. “Mr. DeCastro was employed from June 2019 until March 2020 by IPS Enterprises, Inc., the nonprofit entity that supports the establishment…

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Homeland Security Investigations warns holiday shoppers about counterfeit products

  Louis Vuitton purses. Chanel perfume. Ray-Ban sunglasses. They’re sold at flea markets across the Rio Grande Valley — and they’re almost always fake. While knockoffs may seem harmless, they hurt legitimate businesses and pose a threat to public health, said Maria Michel-Manzo, the assistant special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations in McAllen.…

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Documents reveal new details about La Joya corruption case

  The kickback scheme apparently started with a text message. “I’m with my Dad,” Frances Salinas wrote to her friend Sylvia Garces Valdez on June 1, 2018. “I have a proposition for you.” Three years after that fateful message, Frances Salinas and her father, former La Joya Mayor Jose A. “Fito” Salinas, are scheduled for…

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Mission CISD implements new gun safety program

Following an incident in which a high school student brought a gun to campus, Mission CISD is administering district-wide changes to ensure student and staff safety. On Nov. 1, Mission police arrested a Mission High School student after discovering a firearm in his backpack. The weapon was loaded, but the student did not use it…

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Sharyland in legal dispute for ‘discriminatory’ dress code

Sharyland ISD suspended a 5-year-old boy at Martinez Elementary for having long hair, and now the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is fighting on his behalf. On Nov. 11, the ACLU filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights citing gender and religious discrimination. For about a month, the…

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