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Country star Cindy Walker posthumously inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Country star Cindy Walker was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday.

Walker, who wrote countless hits across her six-decade career, was celebrated for her immediate, unpretentious songwriting style. She wrote songs performed by some of the biggest names in country music history and beyond, including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, B.B. King, Cher, and Glen Campbell.

Some hits include “Blue Canadian Rockies,” as made famous by Gene Autry, Bing Crosby’s “Lone Star Trail,” and Roy Orbison’s “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream).”

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She died in 2006 at age 87 in Mexia, Texas. That same year, Willie Nelson released a tribute album of covers called “You Don’t Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker.” Perhaps her best known composition, “You Don’t Know Me,” has been recorded by Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Eddy Arnold, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris and many more.

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Cindy Walker, a Texas native and country music star, has posthumously been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. (Fox News)

“This would’ve made her so proud, and the thing that gets me is, when we hear Cindy’s songs she’s still with us,” Molly Walker, Cindy Walker’s niece, said in a statement about the induction. “I can’t tell you how much this would have meant to her and her family.”

This year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame class was previously announced as Steely Dan, R.E.M., Timbaland, Hillary Lindsey and Dean Pitchford. They are a group of artists who have scaled the heights of country, classic rock, pop, hip-hop and alt-rock.

Nashville hitmaker Lindsey helped write “Girl Crush” for Little Big Town and “Jesus, Take the Wheel” for Carrie Underwood. Pitchford, helped Kenny Loggins with the megahit “Footloose” and also co-wrote “Fame” and “Holding Out For a Hero.”

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On the ballot but unlucky this year were Public Enemy, Bryan Adams, George Clinton, Tracy Chapman, Blondie, Heart, The Doobie Brothers and David Gates.

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On this day in history, May 28, 1888, Jim Thorpe, 'greatest athlete in the world,' is born

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Pro Football Hall of Fame member James Francis “Jim” Thorpe came into this world on this day in history, May 28, 1888.

Born in a one-room cabin in the geographical area that is now Oklahoma, Thorpe was raised by Hiram and Charlotte Vieux Thorpe on the Sac and Fox reservation, according to the Oklahoma Historical Society. 

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Thorpe was given the Native American name “Wa-tho-huck,” meaning “Bright Path” in Sac and Fox language. 

This name would quickly turn prophetic, as Thorpe would establish himself as one of the athletic superstars of the 20th century.

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In 1903, Thorpe moved from Oklahoma to Pennsylvania to attend the Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, said the Oklahoma Historical Society. While at the Carlisle Indian School, Thorpe flourished as an athlete, although his sports career had a rather unorthodox start. 

Coached by future College Football Hall of Fame inductee Glenn S. “Pop” Warner, Thorpe joined the school’s track and football teams, said the Oklahoma Historical Society’s website. 

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Jim Thorpe, seen here in 1910, was born on this day in history, May 28, 1888. (Getty Images)

Thorpe’s entry into track and field began in 1907, the Smithsonian Magazine notes. While walking across campus, Thorpe saw the track team practicing the high jump. 

Thorpe, who was 5’8″ at the time, asked if he could try to jump the bar, which was set at 5’9″, said the Smithsonian Magazine. 

Wearing “overalls and a hickory work shirt,” Thorpe cleared the bar — and set the rest of his life in motion. 

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The next day, Warner asked to see Thorpe, according to the Smithsonian Magazine. Rather than punish Thorpe, as the young student feared, Warner informed him that he had inadvertently broken the school record in the high jump the day before. 

Thorpe quickly became a star, although he dropped out of the school in 1909. He returned to the Carlisle Indian School in 1911, and was named a football first-team All-American selection for 1911 and 1912, said the Smithsonian Institution’s website. 

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Jim Thorpe, above, won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. (Getty Images)

In the 1912 Olympic Games, Thorpe competed in the decathlon and pentathlon, winning both, despite his shoes going missing on the second day of the decathlon. Wearing mismatched shoes, Thorpe’s time in the 1500-meter run would go unbroken for 60 years, noted the Smithsonian Magazine. 

King Gustav V of Sweden, the patron of the Games of the V Olympiad, told Thorpe, “You sir, are the greatest athlete in the world.”

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Thorpe replied, “Thanks.” 

Shortly after Thorpe’s victories in Stockholm, controversy erupted. It was found that Thorpe had played semi-professional baseball in 1909 and 1910, putting him in violation of the rules regarding amateurism. 

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Undated photo of Jim Thorpe in a baseball uniform. Jim Thorpe was reinstated as the sole winner of the 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon. (AP Photo, File)

Thorpe’s medals were stripped from him in 1913, although he was reinstated as a co-winner of the events in 1982, after he posthumously regained amateur status from the Amateur Athletic Union and the United States Olympic Committee, according to Encyclopedia.com.

In 2022, Thorpe was reinstated as the sole winner of 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon by the International Olympic Committee. 

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“We welcome the fact that, thanks to the great engagement of Bright Path Strong, a solution could be found,” said IOC President Thomas Bath in 2022, according to Brightpathstrong.org. 

“This is a most exceptional and unique situation, which has been addressed by an extraordinary gesture of fair play from the National Olympic Committees concerned,” Bath continued.

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A 1923 photo of famed football player Jim Thorpe with Oorang Indians at football practice. (Getty Images)

After the Olympics, Thorpe began playing professional baseball and football. He played professional baseball from 1913 until 1919, appearing for the New York Giants, Boston Braves and the Cincinnati Reds, said the website Baseball Reference. 

During the baseball offseason, Thorpe played professional football. 

In 1915, he was signed to the Canton Bulldogs for $250 per game, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website. 

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The “Jim Thorpe Award” has been awarded each year to the top defensive back in college football since 1986. 

Thorpe was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. 

The Canton Bulldogs “claimed unofficial world championships in 1916, 1917 and 1919,” the Pro Football Hall of Fame notes, with Thorpe both playing and coaching. 

“His mere presence moved pro football a giant step forward in the public’s estimation,” said the site.

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Thorpe was named president of the National Football League in 1920, when the league was first organized, said the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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Jim Thorpe, above, playing for the New York Giants. (Getty Images)

“He could run with speed as well as bruising power. He could pass and catch passes with the best, punt long distances and kick field goals either by dropkick or placekick,” said the website. 

“Often he would demonstrate his kicking prowess during halftimes by placekicking field goals from the 50-yard line, then turning and drop-kicking through the opposite goal post. He blocked with authority and, on defense, was a bone-jarring tackler.”

While Thorpe died in 1953, his legacy and story lives on. 

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The “Jim Thorpe Award” has been awarded each year to the top defensive back in college football since 1986, according to the Indiana University Athletics website.

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Cougars on the prowl in Southern California neighborhood

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Cougars on the prowl in Southern California neighborhood

Residents in a region of San Bernardino County are on high alert after home surveillance cameras have spotted several mountain lions roaming neighborhoods.  

One Redlands resident, identified only as Virginia, spotted a lone prowler on her property on Drake Ridge Crest, the big cat strolling across the porch in the evening hours.  

“It was obvious it was a mountain lion just the way it walked, like it was king of the roost,” she told KTLA’s Shelby Nelson.  

Virginia, who frequently checks her camera footage for a stray cat that she’s been feeding, said the cougar was on her property last Thursday and it was definitely a different cat that she expected to see.  

“It kind of made my jaw drop because I’ve never seen a mountain lion before,” she added.  

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California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife told KTLA that it has received several reports of mountain lions in the area, with many residents posting videos to social media.  

Near Hillside Memorial Park, less than three miles from Redlands, one person’s security cameras captured a mountain lion in their backyard.  

“Specifically where these reports came from, on the edge of Redlands, adjacent to the San Timoteo Canyon, [this is] where lions – all wildlife really – use that canyon as a migration corridor,” CDFW representative Kevin Howells explained.  

  • Mountain lions caught prowling SoCal neighborhood
  • Mountain lions caught prowling SoCal neighborhood
  • Mountain lions caught prowling SoCal neighborhood

These areas, according to Howells, are mountain lion territory and sightings are to be expected, particularly since more people now have cameras.  

“People are detecting what has been walking around the entire time,” he explained.  

Additionally, Howells said it’s the end of kitten season and mature female cougars have likely already given birth and are stashing their offspring while they go out and hunt for food.  

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Earlier this month, in Thousand Oaks, a baby mountain lion was captured on home surveillance cameras stalking a house cat.

However, the number one food source for mountain lions are deer, so Howells recommends people deer proof their homes.  

“Trim back any excess cover, any vegetation that these animals may use,” he advised.  

As for Redlands resident Robert Zielinski, who owns a dog that seems like it might stand a chance with a mountain lion, he says he’s staying prepared.  

“We usually lower [our] guard. I don’t panic, but after watching that video, I double check that all the gates are locked, closed, that the doors are closed and windows,” he said.

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Wildlife officials couldn’t confirm if all the sightings involve the same cougar, but did warn residents who may come upon a stash of kittens to not approach it because the mother may be nearby and will be returning.

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Texas Republican primary runoffs feature political revenge, Trump as key factors

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Two of the most powerful Republicans in Texas are aiming to settle some political scores in Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff elections.

And a Republican congressman whose district was the scene of the horrific Uvalde school shooting in 2022 and who’s bucked his party on key issues is fighting for his political life against an opponent backed by far-right members of the House.

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The showdown grabbing the most headlines is east of Houston, where Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan is facing off against challenger David Covey, who is supported by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and former President Trump.

Phelan oversaw the effort last year to impeach Paxton over corruption charges. Paxton was acquitted by the state Senate after the House overwhelmingly impeached the controversial attorney general.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, left, and Gov. Greg Abbott (AP Photo/Eric Gay/File)

In response, Paxton has targeted more than 30 GOP incumbent state representatives, with Phelan at the top of the list. And Paxton’s most powerful ally, Trump, endorsed Covey.

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Three-term Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is looking for payback over the downing in the state House last year of his education plan that would have opened the spigot for taxpayer funding of private schools. The school voucher measure, which was Abbott’s top legislative item last year, passed the state Senate, but its defeat in the state House was a rare political setback for Abbott.

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Speaker of the House Dade Phelan presides, Aug. 26, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Nine GOP state House lawmakers went down to defeat in the state’s March primary, with eight more forced into runoffs. All were targeted by either Abbott or Paxton, or by both the governor and the attorney general.

“It’s a power play and definitely a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party of Texas, and Gov. Abbott wants to get legislators in there who will support his agenda,” veteran Texas-based Republican strategist Brendan Steinhauser told Fox News.

“For Ken Paxton and [Lt. Gov.] Dan Patrick and Donald Trump by proxy, for them, it is definitely trying to take out the person who led the impeachment against Ken Paxton and who stood in the way of Dan Patrick’s agenda in the Senate. All those factors together make a really powerful force for the speaker to overcome.”

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Another legislative runoff that may capture some headlines is in suburban Dallas where former Trump campaign adviser and spokesperson Katrina Pierson – with the backing of both Abbot and Paxton – is aiming to unseat state Rep. Justin Holland.

A Republican congressional primary runoff sure to grab national attention is in the southwestern part of the state, where GOP Rep. Tony Gonzales is running for a third two-year term representing a majority Hispanic district that stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border  

With more than 800 miles of U.S.-Mexico border, Texas’s 23rd district has the largest stretch of the border territory of any congressional district. The district is also home to Uvalde, where two years ago 19 children and two adults were murdered in an elementary school shooting.

Gonzales, who has bucked his party on gun safety, immigration and same-sex marriage, is facing off in the runoff against gun rights advocate Brandon Herrera, who’s known for his gun-themed YouTube channel titled “The AK Guy.”

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Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images/File)

While Gonzales is backed by Abbot and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Herrera is backed by controversial Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and other far-right House members.

Steinhauser noted that Herrer is branding the showdown as “an establishment-versus-far-right populist race” and that Gonzales “knows that he needs to [protect] his right flank”

But he added that “Tony has a pretty big presence in the conservative eco ecosystem. He’s on Fox News a lot, talking about the border.”

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