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First responders remembered

1. Jerry Chapman was born April 7, 1987 in Pampa, TX, and was a firefighter for Abbott Volunteer Fire Department.
In his West Memorial eulogy, Chapman’s parents said he was blessed with a kind spirit from childhood onward – a child who had been unique in his love for helping people from the beginning. He was a hard worker, and was ultimately able to discover his passion for service through the Abbott Volunteer Fire Department. This is what inspired him to return school to become a certified emergency medical technician. Chapman’s parents said he fulfilled his job as an angel who was a protector. Jerry is survived by his parents, grandparents, a great-grandmother, a sister and other relatives.

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Looking back: Dog helps West rescue efforts

A member of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contributed to the investigations involved with the West fertilizer plant explosion – using nothing but her nose. Now, one year later, Farlee the Labrador retriever is retired from detecting explosive chemicals, but still enjoys practicing her skills with her owner and past trainer, Claire Rayburn.

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    Rising from the ashes; City of West  celebrates  rebuilding  one year later

Rising from the ashes; City of West celebrates rebuilding one year later

A handful of concrete slabs occupy the spaces where various homes once stood in the town of West. The newly erected beams of these houses rise like wooden skeletons, waiting for flesh in the form of floors, walls and ceilings.

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Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

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    Baylor wins Big 12 in recycling competition

Baylor wins Big 12 in recycling competition

Baylor found unprecedented success in the 2014 RecycleMania competition. After seven weeks of competition, the results are in, and Baylor outranked even its own record.

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    Community remembers fallen with memorials

Community remembers fallen with memorials

“Blessed are those who give their lives for others.” Those words, inscribed on a memorial plaque, is one of the ways a small Texas town is commemorating those who lost their lives.

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College Board releases revised SAT questions

Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students.

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    Humane Society helps animals return home

Humane Society helps animals return home

A year ago, citizens of West were faced with the horrific aftermath of the fertilizer explosion that left 15 dead, over 160 wounded and several homes destroyed.

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    One year later: Mayor says West is resilient, hopeful

One year later: Mayor says West is resilient, hopeful

The mayor for the city of West, Tommy Muska, has served as the face of his hometown in ways he never planned this past year. When a fertilizer plant exploded on April 17, 2013, and took the lives of 15 West residents, this small Texas town suddenly had the attention of the nation. Muska, mayor for less than two years, struggled with the devastation of losing his home while trying to rebuild a city covered in ashes.

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Book to honor those who run into the fire, not away

On April 17, 2013, the fertilizer plant explosion in West killed 15 people — 12 of whom were first-response firefighters. Amber Adamson, part-time lecturer in the department of journalism, public relations and new media, wrote a book entitled “The Last Alarm,” which compiled accounts from just under 50 responders from the plant explosion.

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Bear Briefs

Poppers, Lockers, and Breakers, a campus hip-hop dance organization, will…

The Association of Black Students will host Grab the Mic…

The Baylor Men’s Choir will perform at all three chapel…

The Multicultural Student Leadership Summit will be held from 9…

The Multicultural Student Leadership Summit will be held from 9…

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