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Tattoo industry striving to safely ink their way through pandemic – KXXV News Channel 2501.31.21

BRYAN, TEXAS The pandemic has revealed that tattooing may never be the same as it once was, but the industry continues to safely make its mark.

The 8th annual Bryan College Station Tattoo Expo hosted by Ink Masters Tattoo Show was held at the Brazos Center over the weekend.

In an event inviting some of the best tattoo artists from all over, artists were able to safely ink away through the popular event. Attendees and artists alike say the ink is healing to them all.

"We maintain sterile environments. The quality of a tattoo shop is not like the old biker days where it was rugged and ragged," Vincent Aguon, event coordinator of the tattoo expo said.

Following all state and city health guidelines, before entering the show, attendees had to wear a mask and sign a COVID-19 health questionnaire and waiver form. Sanitizer was readily available and tattoo booths were spaced 6-10 feet apart.

The ability to give someone a tattoo supports the livelihoods of many artists, including Texas tattoo artist Lee Soto. Remembering the shutdown from last year early on, Soto says he's grateful the industry found a way to carry on.

"It has changed a lot of artists mindsets maybe you know into thinking what's the future going to hold for us. Realizing this can be taken away from anybody any day. So we have to respect that," Soto added.

Soto, owner of Ink Master Studio in Arlington, has been tattooing for nearly 20 years and says inking is therapeutic for both the person permanently staining the skin and the one receiving the ink.

Soto specializes in portraits and sentimental images, personal and permanent marks he says he doesn't take for granted.

"From people to having children, losing children, losing loved ones, it's to me that's the part I love the most. To be able to put something on someone's body that they will look at and cherish forever and it's really going to touch them and that really touches me too," Soto added.

Soto says tattoos offer an escape for many seeking shelter and comfort in permanent reminders and if the industry hadn't survived the pandemic, he says some may have looked for help elsewhere.

"I think it is very important. There are a lot of people that sometimes maybe turn to other things that maybe they don't really want to do or they don't know how to cope with feelings," Soto added.

Bryan resident Tony Solis says he is fortunate the industry has survived and granted career tattoo artists like Lee Soto an avenue to express himself.

"It's really important because there are a lot of people, like myself, that want to get tattoos, but it's been really difficult lately, so it's really important (to have events like the Tattoo Expo). "If it weren't for Lee.... this has been a really nice chain of events. I am just happy I am able to finish off my sleeve and share to everybody what these tattoos mean to me," Tony Solis said.

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Integrity Ink Provides Fast, Effective, and Affordable Full-Spectrum Laser Tattoo Removal in Crosby, TX with the Astanza Trinity Laser – GlobeNewswire01.31.21

Crosby, Texas, Jan. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Integrity Ink, Crosby, Texas newest laser provider, delivers advanced laser treatment for removing unwanted tattoos. The up-and-coming clinic has invested in the Astanza Trinity laser to perform full-spectrum tattoo removal on tattoos of all colors, including stubborn green and blue pigments. Integrity Ink also uses the Zimmer Cryo 6 cooling machine for premium skin numbing and maximum patient comfort. In addition to laser tattoo removal, Integrity Ink also offers aesthetic laser services including pigmented lesion removal and vascular lesion removal.

Before I founded Integrity Ink, I worked as a tattoo artist and encountered many individuals looking to cover-up their unwanted tattoos. One experience in particular impacted me greatly and showed me how life-changing removing or modifying an unwanted or regretful tattoo can be, said Andy Cordell, woner. That moment led to the creation of Integrity Ink. Our mission is to change lives through complete tattoo removal, selective tattoo removal, fading for cover-ups, and even skin blemish removal for spider veins and age spots.

The Astanza Trinity used at Integrity Ink consists of two full-powered systems, a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and Q-switched Ruby laser. Together, these technologies produce three versatile wavelengths for removal of the widest spectrum of tattoo ink colors. The Trinity is widely regarded as the most powerful triple-wavelength tattoo removal system on the market thanks to its removal capabilities, ultra-fast pulse duration, and high peak power. Furthermore, the Trinity can safely treat all skin types, including darker skin types IV-VI.

Andy and the Integrity Ink team are dedicated to great results and genuinely care about their customers removal journey, said Garrett Rossero, Astanza Sales Representative. We are excited for Crosby residents to experience the Trinitys unparalleled results and have no doubt that Integrity Ink will become a top laser provider in their area.

About Integrity Ink

Integrity Ink is a laser studio located in Crosby, Texas that specializes in laser tattoo removal, pigmented lesion removal, and vascular lesion removal. They are a judgment-free practice that aims to change lives by transforming the skin. All laser technicians received expert training from New Look Laser College, the worlds leading tattoo removal training program, and are skilled in performing safe laser treatments and operating advanced Q-switched lasers.

To schedule a free consultation, call (832) 992-1300 or visit https://integrityinktx.com/. Integrity Ink is located at 14026 FM 2100 Suite A, Crosby, TX 77532.

About Astanza Laser

Astanza is the leader in lasers for tattoo removal, hair removal, and additional aesthetic procedures. In addition to delivering cutting-edge medical laser devices such as the Duality, Trinity, MeDioStar, and DermaBlate systems, Astanza offers its customers a complete range of training, marketing, and business consulting services to achieve success in this growing field.

Astanza Laser is headquartered inDallas, TX,with customers throughoutNorth AmericaandEurope. For product, investor, or press information, call (800) 364-9010, or visithttps://astanzalaser.com/.

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Prichard child safe after AMBER Alert, childs father accused of abduction – WKRG News 501.31.21

UPDATE 6:05 AM: An investigator with the Child Advocacy Center says 11-month-old Kamel Antone is safe. He was returned to family members early this morning.

An investigator said the child was abducted by the childs father Jakobie Antone late Friday night from a home on Dial Street. Jakobie allegedly broke into a barred door, assaulted the childs mother and took the child. When the AMBER Alert came out, Jakobie was contacted by his relatives and agreed to meet him and hand over the child. Jakobie Antone is still on the run and faces charges. ALEA has canceled the AMBER alert.

ORIGINAL STORY: PRICHARD, Ala. (WKRG) An AMBER Alert was issued before 4 am Saturday morning for an 11-month-old child. The alert said Kamel Karter Antone was abducted taken by Jakobie Antone. The child was last seen at around 11 pm Friday night.

The child abduction happened in the Dial Street area of Prichard. Authorities say theyre looking for a White or Silver Chevy Malibu with Alabama or Texas plates. The child was wearing a blue and white sleeper with a red shirt. The alleged abductor was wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, and black shoes. The child is believed to be in extreme danger. Jakobie Antone has some tattoos. He has a tattoo on the neck of Chinese writing, inside right bicep tattoo Loyal and inside left bicep tattoo Respect according to an ALEA news release. Anyone who sees them or the vehicle is urged to call 911.

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Person of interest named after man found murdered on Hale County roadside – KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com01.31.21

HALE COUNTY, Texas A spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety said Thursday that law enforcement is looking for 23-year-old Alexander Duberek in connection to the murder of 30-year-old Plainview resident Chad Luera.

Luera was found dead on the side of the road in Hale County on November 1, 2020.

Kristen Marquez, Chads sister, said he had a special way of connecting with people.

He had a special ability just to connect with people on a different level. He had a way of relating to everybody, Marquez said.

She said he had many passions, and described him as a bright light.

Such a dreamer, so creative, Marquez said. His impact was far beyond what we even realized after his death. He was just an all around good person.

Marquez said she was shocked when she found out her brother was killed.

I never expected to hit home like that. It was shock and I was like what? And then it just it hit. This is real. Its Chad and hes gone, Marquez said.

Marquez said Chad and Duberek were together the night before his death.

They did know each other. They were well acquainted, Marquez said.

In an effort to find Duberek, Marquez said she has posted videos to TikTok relating to her brothers case. One of the videos has more than 40 thousand views.

The more people see it, the better and I think its a great way to get it out there, Marquez said.

According to DPS, Duberek could be in the Houston area and has ties to California. He is described as an Asian male who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and has a tattoo on his right ring finger.

Marquez said finding Duberek is one step to finding justice for Chad.

I dont think we can ever have closure until we can get the answers and we cant get the answers without Alex, Marquez said.

Anyone with information relating to the case is asked to call the Hale County Sheriffs Office at 806-296-2724.

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Beaumont man sentenced to 18 years in July 4th DWI wreck that killed 3-year-old boy in 2018 – 12newsnow.com KBMT-KJAC01.26.21

Orlando Morris was sentenced to 18 years for a DWI wreck that killed a 3-year-old boy and injured his 2-year-old sister. He was on probation for family violence.

BEAUMONT, Texas A Beaumont man was sentenced to 18 years Monday for a July 4, 2018 drunk-driving wreck that killed a 3-year-old boy and injured a 2-year-old girl.

Orlando Morris, 33, appeared before Jefferson County Criminal District Judge John Stevens the morning of Jan. 25 via Zoom. He had already pleaded guilty to manslaughter at an earlier court date.

His 18-year-sentence was for intoxication manslaughter. The state dismissed an intoxication assault charge and the previous assault family violence charged as part of his plea agreement.

Morris was also ordered in court to pay at least $48,280 in medical bills for the 2-year-old who was injured, before any other civil proceedings seeking additional damages.

In court, Judge Stevens said Morris was already serving 10 years of probation for an assault family violence at the time of the accident. His defense attorney Chukwudi Egbuonu asked that his client be sentenced to probation.

Morris' probation officer said in court he did not think probation should be considered since Morris was already on probation when the fatal wreck happened. The officer also said Morris was on a "high risk" probation at the time, meaning there would be no tolerance for violating probation.

Landon Slaughter, 3, was killed in the accident and Amari Slaughter, 2, was seriously injured. Their mother said Amari was in ICU, had to wear a neck collar and needed physical and speech therapy after the accident.

The regional crime lab found 0.132 grams in Morris' blood, and .08 grams is considered intoxication.

"You destroyed my life with your actions," Landon's father said in court. "I don't care about your excuses. I want you to know I don't like you, I never will. I hope Karma comes to you fast, strong and stays with you forever.

I dreamed of coming here and did not know what to say," Landon's mother Sierra Neville said in court. "There is nothing that will replace my son.

"It is heartbreaking to see that you will post things about driving while you are drinking," she said. "You already made up your mind about what you were going to do. There is no excuse. You made a choice, you will have to deal with this the rest of your life. My son, my daughter are dealing without a sibling.

"I hope you change and you really think about what you did. One moment that you chose to drink and drive, you changed everyones life, not just yours.

"I apologize to the family," Morris said in court. "I am deeply sorry. I did not mean for this to happen."

Morris was originally indicted on Nov. 7, 2018 for intoxication assault and second-degree felony intoxication manslaughter. His court docket records also show he is facing punishment for a 2016 charge of assault family violence.

Witnesses told police that at about 9:45 p.m. July 4, 2018, a southbound Buick passenger car ran a stop sign and struck the side of a Nissan SUV headed west on Franklin Street at a intersection with Avenue E, Beaumont Police said.

The children were passengers in a 2017 Gray Nissan Pathfinder. Morris was driving a 1985 Pontiac sedan.

The force of the wreck left the SUV sitting off the roadway near a church.

Neither driver was injured according to the spokesperson who stressed the importance of obeying all traffic laws such as stopping at stop signs.

Morris originally refused transport from EMS, but he was later found to have internal injuries. He failed a field sobriety test. Investigators did a blood test at Baptist Hospital.

Victim impact statement from Landon's mother:

My name is Sierra Neville, the mother of Landon Slaughter. On July 4th, 2018, my only desire was to make memories with my children by taking them to watch the fireworks. I would have never imagined going to do something fun and returning with the loss of my child.

The crash that Orlando Morris caused impacted my life in more ways than the imaginable. Due to his irresponsible actions, I lost my son Landon, my daughter Amari fought for her life while in ICU. She needed to wear a neck collar for 6 weeks and was not able to be without 24 hr care. Amari had to attend physical, occupational, and speech therapy to ensure that she could get back to her normal self. Not only taking care of my daughter, I lost my job because she needed me more and my employer could not hold my job.

Prior to me finding out the name of the suspect, I prayed for him and I forgave him, because I tried to imagine how he felt. Later, I found out that it was Orlando Morris. Not only was he someone I went to high school with, but he was also my Facebook friend. After going through his page, I found that one of his friends tagged him in a post that emphasized getting drunk and doing donuts in the parking lot. This behavior infuriated me, because he and his friends took drinking and driving as a joke. Now, I am left without a child and he is facing time in prison. Following this search on social media, Orlando contacted me via Facebook messenger. I did not respond. I was contacted by Orlando a second time, but only this time, he was asking for my permission to have a tattoo of my son's name, again, no response to him. What kind of person would do that?

It's been 2 and a half years since the crash occurred, and I hurt every day for my son Landon. I am over anxious and over-protective over my other children now because all I want is to protect them. This situation has also affected my oldest son, Regginald, who was robbed of having a brother to grow and bond with. I feel that Orlando should serve his entire term of justice and probation. Letting him be free sooner will not only hurt me, but will allow this man to do this again, but to another family.

I ask that you all consider my life's challenges and consider how it would feel to lose a child by someone's inconsiderate actions.

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From 1-50, the best current nicknames in MLB – MLB.com01.20.21

Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco -- affectionately known as Mr. Smile and Cookie, respectively -- recently helped turn the Mets into the greatest baseball nickname powerhouse since the early days of the sport when someone with a name like "Stuffy" or "Boardwalk" could walk into a bank and get a home loan.

But that got us thinking: What are the very best nicknames in the Major Leagues right now? Obviously, that means it's time to rank them.

Before we jump in, a word on how we chose the strongest.

First, we'll be giving more points to particularly inventive or original names. Sorry, but no A-Rods or Chappys in here. That also includes baseball nicknames that sound much cooler, but are still just a play on a name. Apologies to Tony Two Bags (Anthony Rendon) and Mitchy Two Bags (Mitch Moreland).

We'll also be awarding nicknames that were bestowed upon players a little higher than those they bestowed upon themselves. Just because you told everyone to call you "Pie" on your first day of college doesn't actually mean that's your nickname. Unfortunately, that includes genius monikers used for Players Weekend like "Corey's Brother" used by Kyle Seager -- hilarious, but not a nickname. And, sadly, if you have a nickname that is so good that it's become your name, it's not going to be on the list. Sorry to Mookie Betts and Bubba Starling.

Finally, this list is for active players. While not everyone on the list appeared in a big league game last year, they had at least signed with a club. Deepest apologies to Mr. Big Sexy himself, Bartolo Colon.

Now then, let's dive in.

1. Javier Bez - El Mago (The Magician)

Perhaps the perfect nickname. It fits Bez like a -- excuse the pun -- glove. If you knew nothing about baseball and were told you were about to see El Mago take the field, you would be ready to see something your eyes couldn't believe. Bez delivers that nearly every time he plays.

2. Pete Alonso - Polar Bear

Everyone's favorite New Jersey resident, Todd Frazier (we'll get to him later), took one look at Alonso and decreed that he looked like a "big ole' polar bear." That's all Alonso needed: With a record-breaking rookie season and a deep and enduring love of chocolate milk, Alonso's become the most beloved bear this side of Winnie the Pooh.

3. Fernando Tatis Jr. - El Nio (The Kid)

Considering that Tatis is the most electrifying, stop-everything-you're-doing-and-turn-the-game-on-right-now player since Ken Griffey Jr., it's fitting that his nickname is similar to The Kid's. But this wasn't one bestowed upon him recently -- Tatis has been called "El Nio" since he was just 12 years old.

4. Juan Soto - Childish Bambino

Coined by Baseball Prospectus editor Craig Goldstein, Soto's sobriquet is a play on The Great Bambino -- obviously -- and hip hop artist Childish Gambino. While this one may not age as well as the rest, you certainly can't argue with how good it is right now.

Soto is one of the game's most dominant hitters, who also plays with child-like glee. Even the way he gets into the box -- practically licking his lips as he stares down the pitcher -- is exciting.

5. Luis Robert - La Pantera (The Panther)

The nickname emerged organically as all of Robert's teammates one day seemingly decided that his ability to fly around on defense and scorch the field with line drives made La Pantera a fitting name.

As Avisal Garca told The Athletic, It just came up. Everybody called him La Pantera, so I called him it back," Garca said. "But hes super fast, he plays hard and goes 100 percent all the time. Hes a really good kid. He plays hard, has fun in the game. Ill always like him.

6. Noah Syndergaard - Thor

With his long hair and ability to hurl thunderbolts, there is no other option. It helps that Syndergaard has completely embraced the role, too.

7. Willians Astudillo - La Tortuga (The Tortoise)

With his squat frame, ability to play quite literally every position, and his all-out hustle on the field, many fans see Astudillo as a kind of baseball folk hero. He's been rewarded with the moniker to match.

8. Shohei Ohtani - Sho Time

He plays in L.A. (OK, fine, about 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles) and can both smash dingers and strike batters out like no one since Babe Ruth. Move over Lakers, this is the real Sho Time.

9. Rafael Devers - Carita (Babyface)

Devers was given the nickname as a child, but the slugging third baseman has worn it well. Even when crushing blasts over the Green Monster, he still looks like a young child. If only we could all be so lucky.

10. Josh Donaldson - Bringer of Rain

OK, sure, Donaldson may have given himself the nickname and it's not even because he peppers the clouds with dingers (he claims he took it from an episode of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand"), but that doesn't matter. At this point, Donaldson simply is the Bringer of Rain. That's the power of good branding.

11. Albert Pujols - La Maquina (The Machine)

Pujols was briefly known as "El Hombre" but disliked it because he felt it was disrespectful to St. Louis' Stan "The Man" Musial. So, he became La Maquina -- a nickname he shares with both DJ LeMahieu and Jos Berros. However, look at Pujols' stat line and gaze at all the seasons of .330-plus averages and 40-plus home runs and you really might wonder if he is a baseball robot.

12. Nelson Cruz - Boomstick

Cruz has shown off plenty of boom in his lumber, smashing more home runs than anyone since 2014. It's enough that he's had massive hot dogs named after him in both Texas and Minnesota:

13. Aaron Judge - All Rise

It may not quite roll off the tongue -- Do I call him "All Rise" or do I say "All Rise" when he comes to the plate? -- but it's both a great play on Judge's last name and a fitting description of what fans in Yankee Stadium do when he launches another moonshot into the outfield bleachers.

14. Mike Trout - The Millville Meteor

Folksy and charming, Trout's sobriquet is fittingly similar to Mickey Mantle's nickname inspired by his Oklahoma hometown, "The Commerce Comet." The only reason it's not higher is how rarely it's used. We should change that.

15. Flix Hernndez - King Flix

He may not pitch in Seattle any longer with an entire giant-turkey-leg-eating section devoted to his starts, but he will always and forever be the King.

16. Carl Edwards Jr. - Stringbean Slinger

The slight Edwards was given his nickname while in the Minors, but the handle honestly seems like it time traveled from the 1960s to be used today.

17. Francisco Lindor - Mr. Smile

Lindor simply can't seem to contain his joy on the field, making this one of the most charming and fitting nicknames in sports. This is the kind of nickname your grandmother would give out -- and that's a good thing.

18. James Paxton - Big Maple

One of only 11 Canadian-born big leaguers last year, Paxton has the big arm and the giant maple leaf tattoo to match.

19. Jos Abreu - Pito (Whistle)

The reigning AL MVP Award winner has perhaps the least intimidating nickname in sports.

"I was a young kid and my uncle called me that," Abreu told the Chicago Tribune as a rookie in 2014. "He stayed with 'Pito.' Everybody (in Cuba) calls me 'Pito.'"

20. Manny Machado - El Ministro de la Defensa (The Minister of Defense)

Machado earned his nickname thanks to his fantastic glovework in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The two-time Gold Glove Award winner showed off lightning-quick reflexes and a strong arm to warrant an update on former Phillies center fielder Garry Maddox's nickname, "The Secretary of Defense."

21. Gary Snchez - The Kraken

While John Sterling's home run call of "Gary is scary," is more, uh, lyrical, we'll take the sea monster nickname that GM Brian Cashman gave the catcher in 2015.

22. Triston McKenzie - Dr. Sticks

McKenzie surprised everyone last year by striking out 10 batters in his debut, doing it while looking like he could be blown over by a strong gust of wind.

23. Bryce Harper - Bam Bam

This one would be higher -- after all, when Harper's at the plate, he really is like the club-wielding Flintstones character -- except this nickname appears to have died out. Sure, it was Harper's nickname as a child and his former Nationals teammates even got in on the act in 2013, but most fans hadn't heard of the connection when it was used as a "Jeopardy" clue. Let's make this the official petition to bring it back.

24. Luis Arraez - La Regadera (The Sprinkler)

In a game currently loaded with power hitters, Arraez stands out for his ability to spray base hits all over the field -- kind of like a sprinkler.

25. Blake Snell - Snellzilla

Snell stole the nickname from his brother when he was 11 years old and people -- even then -- thought it worked better on him. That worked out nicely because it fits a Cy Young Award winner.

26. Todd Frazier - The Toddfather

Most puns based on a player's name don't work. But when Frazier is so New Jersey that he wound up on the local news to wage war against the local turkey population, then, yeah, he deserves a "Godfather"-based nickname.

27. Matt Adams - Big City

Though he's since slimmed down, Adams earned Big City for being both a big dude and one who would come up with big hits when the game was on the line. Braves reliever Luke Jackson modified this one last year, calling Adams "Big City Light."

28. Eric Sogard - Nerd Power

This is the nickname that unites all spectacle-wearing baseball fans.

29. Yasiel Puig - Wild Horse

Given the name by the peerless Vin Scully, Puig always plays the game at maximum effort and with reckless abandon -- kind of like a wild horse.

30. Pablo Sandoval - Kung Fu Panda

A Giants legend for his big hits and even some pitching appearances, more people these days may know Kung Fu Panda as Sandoval instead of for the movie.

31. Brandon Belt - Baby Giraffe

Belt may resemble a giraffe at the plate with his lanky, long limbs -- and even inspired a baby giraffe to take his name -- but Belt's performance on the field is silky and smooth.

32. Jeff Samardzija - Shark

The pitcher actually earned his nickname during his freshman year at Notre Dame -- and not while playing in front of San Francisco's McCovey Cove -- when his new teammates thought he looked like the shark from "Finding Nemo."

"It started during a game while I was pitching and they yelled at me from the dugout. Then Coach [Paul] Mainieri picked it up and it just snowballed from there," Samardzija said. "I guess I look like a shark."

33. Randy Arozarena - El Cohete Cubano (The Cuban Rocket)

After his star turn in last year's postseason, this nickname might actually be underselling Arozarena's talents.

34. Jose Altuve - El Pequeo Gigante (The Little Giant)

Forget that famous photo of Altuve standing next to the big giant, Aaron Judge, the three-time batting champ got this name from the Spanish call of his walk-off home run against the Yankees in the 2019 postseason.

35. (tie) Chris Davis - Crush Davis / Khris Davis - Khrush Davis

Ah, the odd inspiration game of baseball nicknames. The Orioles' Davis first earned the nickname "Crush" as a rookie with the Rangers for his long home runs, but it also paid homage to Crash Davis, the Minor League icon from "Bull Durham." Well, when Oakland's Davis started smashing the ball, he got his own unique spelling of the nickname, too.

36. Jeff McNeil - The Squirrel

Nicknamed by Noah Syndergaard, McNeil didn't initially love the nickname when he was the team's super-utility player. But as he kept hitting and his energetic style made him a fan favorite, McNeil embraced the name and even has the moniker stitched into his baseball glove.

Jeff McNeil, seen here using just his claws -- ahem, his hands -- just like a squirrel.

37. Chris Archer - Flaco Fuerte (Skinny Power)

Apparently, if you're a thin pitcher, your nickname is going to reflect that.

38. Carlos Carrasco - Cookie

No, it's not because Carrasco's breaking pitches are delicious looking cookies that batters can't help but whiff at (though that would be good). In fact, it's much more straightforward: Carrasco, like all decent people, likes cookies. Former teammate Chris Perez saw Carrasco eating cookies in 2011 and the name just stuck.

39. Chris Paddack - Sheriff

Paddack comes from Texas and is known for wearing a large cowboy hat, so Padres fans gave the pitcher his moniker. In 2019, they even started arriving at starts in their own ten-gallons hats and wearing costume badges.

40. Dustin Pedroia - Laser Show

Though Pedroia has only had 34 plate appearances over the past three years -- and missed all of the 2020 season -- Red Sox fans will always remember the diminutive second baseman for his big attitude and even bigger swing. Pedroia earned the nickname while in college, but it took off in Boston in 2010 thanks to this quote when Pedroia protected David Ortiz, who was in a slump at the time:

A couple of years ago, I had 60 at-bats, I was hitting .170, and everyone was ready to kill me, too, Pedroia said after that game. And what happened? Laser show. So, relax.

41. Fernando Rodney - La Flecha (The Arrow)

It was either this -- honoring his save celebration -- or "Guy who wanders amongst the pines."

42. Michael Brantley - Dr. Smooth

Though the name hasn't really followed Brantley from Cleveland, it certainly fits. The soft-spoken outfielder has hit .300 or better in five of the past seven seasons. One of the years he missed, he hit .299.

43. Yuli and Lourdes Gurriel - Pia & Pia Power (Pineapple and Pineapple Power)

The brothers earned their nicknames for their distinctive -- dare I say anti-gravity -- hair that resembles the top of a fresh pineapple.

44. Ryan Braun - The Hebrew Hammer

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Greenpoints Xilonen Bolts Out of the Gate With Stunning Vegan Mexican Fare – Eater NY01.20.21

At Xilonen in Greenpoint, a vegan-leaning Mexican spot by the team behind the meat-friendly Oxomoco, the carrot tostada is a $14 appetizer posing as an avant-garde Christmas ornament.

Five thin carrot spears lie parallel to one another on a crisp tortilla. The top and bottom slices jut out over the edge, their Fanta hue magnified by the golden chip underneath. Maple syrup slicks the delicate treat; it shimmers in the sunlight. Before the pandemic, food like this would sit on a shiny white plate; youd relish the colors while listening to a polite waitstaff sermon about the name of the farm that sourced the corn.

Xilonen, which opened in December, does not regale diners with tableside speeches. The owners do not source custom plates engineered for their commodious negative space. The tostada comes in a brown cardboard box that you retrieve from a window. It is, Id argue, the right serving vehicle for this particular dish, or anything else here. In a pandemic-stricken culinary world struggling with a separate plague of customer entitlement as Khushbu Shah argued in Food & Wine theres something subversive about a compostable container being the only way a tasting-menu-worthy dish is served, whether you seat yourself at Xilonens semi-enclosed shed or back at your apartment. This isnt a concessionary, second-class way for the chefs to plate a tostada; its the only way they plate any dish here.

And inasmuch as chef Alan Delgado puts so much care into the visual side of the gastronomic equation, theres something wonderful about opening up an opaque, anonymous takeout box and finding something inside that looks like a one-of-a-kind gift.

It doesnt hurt that the gift in question is a gustatory masterpiece. Xilonens tostada reveals its bright flavors in successive waves. The aromas of the salsa a sharp kick of mint hit me while I was still wearing a mask. Then, after a bite, the sugars of the maple and carrots asserted themselves, followed by the vegetal earthiness of the same root, the cream of a silky bean puree, and, finally, the popcorn toastiness of the crisp tortilla.

Delgado, his arms clad in polychromatic tattoo ink, isnt just putting together some of New Yorks most visually striking platings; his ingredient combinations put Xilonen on par with the citys top purveyors of high-end Mexican cuisine. And in an era when venues like Empellon Midtown and Cosme remain closed, the aesthetically inclined fare of this Greenpoint newcomer fills a serious gap in our modernist Latin American scene. Its takeout-forward ethos also suggests a path forward for artsy dining outside of actual restaurants.

Eating at Xilonen will eventually involve sit-down dinner service. For now, queue up, pay at a cashier, pick up your order, and eat. Come early, as the venue closes at 4 p.m.

Consider the quesadilla ($17). Two tortillas, slathered in a black-bean puree with avocado salsa, sandwich a cilantro-heavy meat filling. It was one of the lightest and most fragrant pork chorizos Id ever sampled. A few days later, Delgado, who grew up in El Paso, Texas, and Jurez, Mexico, told me that it was vegan sausage, forged from tofu and mushrooms.

That bean puree, incidentally, spills over the quesadilla and onto the floor of the cardboard container. Its so inky that it takes on the shade of a fake Acme hole from a Wile E. Coyote cartoon. I always like food to be hidden, to make something look as simple as possible, but more complex than possible, Delgado told me.

COVID-19 has changed the way we look at food. Indoor dining is verboten. Alfresco patios become dim, chilly, and unevenly lit affairs after a premature winter sunset. And the ascendancy of takeout has a flattening effect on our nightly meals, which can all feel strikingly similar when theyre consumed from the same ubiquitous containers on the same apartment floor while watching the same reruns on Netflix. Make no mistake: Were grateful these restaurants still exist, and that we can enjoy their pleasures from afar. But still, theres no getting around the fact that the olfactory or visual cues that make our food taste better in dining rooms the smoky haze at a barbecue shack, the lush overhead track lighting at omakase parlors, or that fancy curvilinear bowl that perfectly frames an elegant tartare are largely absent in cozy Manhattan studios.

And even though artful plating might not be a priority during a time when many of us are simply grateful to be enjoying a meal we dont have to cook ourselves, it feels all the more luxurious when a chef like Delgado jolts our senses with optically inimitable, tweezer-leaning takeout fare to remind us of the whimsies of yesteryear. The flourishes allow his food to be transportive regardless of where one consumes it.

Xilonen plates its tacos flat Alex Stupak-style placing a grate of purple potatoes over a paper-thin tortilla. Staffers then cover the exterior with griddled vegan cheese. I thought it would look nice if all you could see is the nice golden crust, Delgado told me. He dabs little circles of green salsa cruda on top for acidity and verdant contrast. The result is a hash-brown taco, an ode to textures that are alternatingly stretchy, starchy, and soft.

Delgado keeps things even more Friday casual with the breakfast tostada ($13), where eggs serve as a backup player to the main event: a messy crown of salsa macha, a blend of nuts and peppers thats as crimson and aromatic as Sichuan chile crisp. The condiment spills off the eggs, drips down your hand, and emits the raisin-y punch of guajillos and smoke of anchos.

Finally, theres the fresh masa pancake ($15), whose packaging constitutes a bit of a pivot. Xilonen hacks the single breakfast treat into five slices so it can fit into a small box. Its a style of plating that would feel casual even by the standards of a McDonalds at a highway rest stop. When I asked Delgado about his thinking here, he said he didnt want to rely on round, pancake-accommodating containers manufactured from plastic. Accordingly, he carves the pancakes into triangles, or pancake toast points, if you will.

The cakes are pillowy and salty at first, like a good omelet. Then, when the pancake points cool, they betray a whiff of sweet maize. They exhibit no less complexity than the polished gemstone of a carrot tostada, but the plating is more appropriate for eating in front of an open refrigerator. Its still a very good look.

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Stallard: Let’s prove the good guys outnumber the bad guys – panolawatchman.com01.12.21

East Texas is full of good people.

I probably dont have to tell most of you that, but an occasional reminder doesnt hurt especially the way some folks have been acting around here recently.

Those bad apples seem to be hogging the headlines lately, and its downright depressing. Jesus doesnt need to just take the wheel, as country artist Carrie Underwood sings. He needs to pull the car over and whip some behinds with his flip flop.

Ive always told my son there are more good guys than bad guys in the world particularly in East Texas and the bad guys only win if the good guys let them.

I still believe that, and now Im asking for your help proving it.

For the next year, I plan to use this space as often as possible to spotlight some of the good guys (and ladies). It wont be every week, but if I hear of someone doing good deeds and trying to make our little corner of the world a better place, Im going to let you know about them.

Im going to call it my Good Guys Win campaign, and if you want to help me spotlight these folks, email me at jstallard@news-journal.com. There is no age limit, and very few requirements. Tell me who the person is, give me a brief description of what they are doing to make things better in East Texas and if possible provide a way to contact them.

In December, well take a look at the list and Ill get you to help me select a Good Guys Win Most Valuable Player (Im a sports guy, and old habits die hard). Ill spotlight that person again, and maybe even buy him or her lunch at their favorite restaurant.

My first Good Guys Win nominee is Pine Tree head basketball coach Brandon Shaver, who follows the old teacher adage that kids dont care how much you know until they know how much you care.

At the start of the school year, Shaver and his assistant coaches began conducting ManUp Mondays for the athletes in their program. During that time, they dont spend a lot of time discussing hoops.

A high percentage of our athletes come from single-parent homes or worse, so we decided to pour into those kids who maybe dont have dads or uncles or any father figure around, Shaver said. Were just trying to fill the gap.

So far, ManUp Mondays have included instruction on how to change a tire, how to jumpstart a vehicle and what items the kids need to be carrying in their vehicles in the event of an emergency.

There has also been discussion on tattoos as in when, where and if you should get one.

Shaver didnt preach. He discussed without judging, asking a kid who wanted to get a tattoo of his mom on his forearm to consider the ramifications of getting a large, visible tattoo and what that might mean to future employment opportunities.

He got the tattoo, and it is what it is, Shaver said. Thats what we tell them. Were going to love them through whatever decision they make.

Shaver gave me a sneak peak at Mondays ManUp session, which will include discussion about heart and effort not just in basketball, but in the classroom and in life.

We want to find out what makes them tick, the coach said. We want to find out about the kids so we can relate to them outside of sports. Playing sports is a great thing, but most of these kids arent going to play sports outside of high school. The habits and traits they learn now will hopefully carry them later in life.

Jack Stallard is sports editor of the Longview News-Journal.

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Stallard: Let’s prove the good guys outnumber the bad guys – Longview News-Journal01.09.21

East Texas is full of good people.

I probably dont have to tell most of you that, but an occasional reminder doesnt hurt especially the way some folks have been acting around here recently.

Those bad apples seem to be hogging the headlines lately, and its downright depressing. Jesus doesnt need to just take the wheel, as country artist Carrie Underwood sings. He needs to pull the car over and whip some behinds with his flip flop.

Ive always told my son there are more good guys than bad guys in the world particularly in East Texas and the bad guys only win if the good guys let them.

I still believe that, and now Im asking for your help proving it.

For the next year, I plan to use this space as often as possible to spotlight some of the good guys (and ladies). It wont be every week, but if I hear of someone doing good deeds and trying to make our little corner of the world a better place, Im going to let you know about them.

Im going to call it my Good Guys Win campaign, and if you want to help me spotlight these folks, email me at the address below. There is no age limit, and very few requirements. Tell me who the person is, give me a brief description of what they are doing to make things better in East Texas and if possible provide a way to contact them.

In December, well take a look at the list and Ill get you to help me select a Good Guys Win Most Valuable Player ( Im a sports guy, and old habits die hard). Ill spotlight that person again, and maybe even buy him or her lunch at their favorite restaurant.

My first Good Guys Win nominee is Pine Tree head basketball coach Brandon Shaver, who follows the old teacher adage that kids dont care how much you know until they know how much you care.

At the start of the school year, Shaver and his assistant coaches began conducting ManUp Mondays for the athletes in their program. During that time, they dont spend a lot of time discussing hoops.

A high percentage of our athletes come from single-parent homes or worse, so we decided to pour into those kids who maybe dont have dads or uncles or any father figure around, Shaver said. Were just trying to fill the gap.

So far, ManUp Mondays have included instruction on how to change a tire, how to jumpstart a vehicle and what items the kids need to be carrying in their vehicles in the event of an emergency.

There has also been discussion on tattoos as in when, where and if you should get one.

Shaver didnt preach. He discussed without judging, asking a kid who wanted to get a tattoo of his mom on his forearm to consider the ramifications of getting a large, visible tattoo and what that might mean to future employment opportunities.

He got the tattoo, and it is what it is, Shaver said. Thats what we tell them. Were going to love them through whatever decision they make.

Shaver gave me a sneak peak at Mondays ManUp session, which will include discussion about heart and effort not just in basketball, but in the classroom and in life.

We want to find out what makes them tick, the coach said. We want to find out about the kids so we can relate to them outside of sports. Playing sports is a great thing, but most of these kids arent going to play sports outside of high school. The habits and traits they learn now will hopefully carry them later in life.

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11 Chron stories y’all really should’ve read this year – Laredo Morning Times12.31.20

As Chrons managing editor, I firmly believe that every Houstonian nay, every American should read every single article we publish every day.

But its been a crazy year. I get it. Its OK if you didnt read these stories which tell the tale of our quirky city via poignant personal essays, deep dives into Houston history and profiles of inspiring Houstonians when they were originally published.

You should definitely read them now, though.

Fans rush the Astrodome beer vendors during a 1974 "Foamer Night," in which fans are treated to free beer if an Astros player bashes a home run when the foamer light is illuminated.

Fans rush the Astrodome beer vendors during a 1974 "Foamer Night,"...

Did you know that once upon a time, the Astros were so bad and so desperate for fans that they offered free beer in the Astrodome on the unlikely occasion that a player hit a home run?

We like to claim Houston is the best city in Texas and defend it zealously.

We like to claim Houston is the best city in Texas and defend it...

This should be required reading for every new Houstonian (Newstonian?). Except theyll probably still be asked where they went to high school.

Larry Callies, owner of the Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenberg, Texas.

Larry Callies, owner of the Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenberg, Texas.

Black cowboys may be severely underrepresented in historical recounts, but the work of Larry Callies, the owner of the Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenberg, Texas, keeps the undeniable contributions of early African American cowboys alive.

Rothko Chapel's interior and new skylight.

Rothko Chapel's interior and new skylight.

I glanced up, taking in the brush strokes and the subtle changes in the black paint across the canvases. I remembered again how long it had been since I had sat with others in a place like this.

"I stopped focusing on what I was supposed to feel and began focusing on just feeling in general. So much of the past few months had been spent with gritted teeth, muscling through another day, week, month despite everything happening. I was tired of buckling down. I wanted to feel something, even if it was for just 30 minutes before walking out and continuing on.

And slowly, I felt some of my tension begin to unspool.

Memo's Record Shop has been a longstanding staple of the East End whose owner, Guillermo "Memo" Villarreal, is admired by many across the city for his knowledge and love of Latin music that he's shared for over 50 years.

Memo's Record Shop has been a longstanding staple of the East End...

Houstons only record shop dedicated exclusively to Latin artists, Memo's has stood the test of time since opening in 1968 along 75th street in the East End.

"Girlfriends," UPN's comedy about four single women has been called the Black "Sex and the City."

"Girlfriends," UPN's comedy about four single women has been called...

"Moesha, The Game, Girlfriends and Sister, Sister are already available for streaming and I've been enjoying them all since they were released. Still to come is Half and Half, One on One and The Parkers.

"These shows give the Black community, especially women, something to relate to in terms of friendships, dating, marriage, career and family. It's not every day we see positive, witty shows that were made by and for us."

Ettin Games, a tabletop and board game store off FM 1960 in Humble, is open for business and hosting D&D groups like Odium Propius for dungeon campaigns and other tabletop games despite an ongoing pandemic.

Ettin Games, a tabletop and board game store off FM 1960 in Humble,...

Even during a global pandemic, this Dungeons and Dragons group in Humble plays on.

Frandy Voltaire, 23, has longed dreamed of being a tattoo artist, and she recently opened a new shop in the Houston area.

Frandy Voltaire, 23, has longed dreamed of being a tattoo artist,...

Tattoo artist Frandy Voltaire makes it her mission tohelp others hide the scars they inflicted during what was likely the toughest point in their life.

Dancers at UniverSoul Circus.

Dancers at UniverSoul Circus.

Back on the road during the pandemic, the circus, part of an industry that thrives on spectacle and audience reaction, has had to make adjustments.

Galveston resident Joshua Ojeda collects retro drinking devices emblazoned with nostalgic images and steeped in colorful history.

Galveston resident Joshua Ojeda collects retro drinking devices...

What do Taco Bell, the Houston Rockets, Donald Trump and Shaquille ONeal have in common? A plastic cup pointed Galveston resident Joshua Ojeda to the answer.

Ivy Walls is a 26-year-old farmer living in Sunnyside, Houston.

Ivy Walls is a 26-year-old farmer living in Sunnyside, Houston.

Ivy Walls saw the "food swamp" in Sunnyside. So she quit her job and became a farmer to fight it.

Madeline Baggett stands next to her family's Little Free Library in Oak Forest.

Madeline Baggett stands next to her family's Little Free Library in...

During these challenging times, a Little Free Library can also stand as a beacon of hope in a community, signaling that we're all in this together, even when we have to be apart."

Isabel Longoria is Harris Countys first elections administrator.

Isabel Longoria is Harris Countys first elections administrator.

Isabel Longoria is Harris County's first elections administrator, and who you should thank for implementing 24-hour voting in Harris County for the 2020 presidential election.

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