Man Robs Texas Bank To Pay For Wedding Ring: Fiancee Busts Him

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Heath Edward Bumpous from Crockett, Texas was charged with aggravated robbery and booked into the Trinity County Jail for allegedly approaching a bank teller at Citizens State Bank in Groveton, Texas, informing them that he had a weapon and then demanding money which he was then subsequently given, according to ABC’s affiliate station in Tyler, Texas KLTV.

“He basically stated that he was getting married tomorrow so he didn’t have enough money for a wedding ring that he wanted to buy and he needed to pay for the wedding venue,” Sheriff Woody Wallace said.

After receiving news of the robbery, Wallace immediately posted pictures of the suspect on the Trinity County Sherriff’s Facebook page in hopes that the public would be able to provide tips that would lead to the capture of the suspect.

It was then that Bumpous’ fiancée saw the Facebook post and recognized him.

“His fiancée, who he was supposed to marry tomorrow, was able to get in touch with him on the phone when she saw our post on Facebook. She knew it was him. She contacted him and asked him if he robbed a bank … she convinced him that she knew it was him. His picture was all on Facebook. He needed to turn himself in,” said Wallace in a video posted to his Facebook page.

PHOTO: Trinity County Sheriffs Office released a picture of Heath Bumpous who has been accused of robbing the Citizens State Bank in Groveton, Texas on Oct. 4, 2019.Trinity County Sheriffs Office
Trinity County Sheriff’s Office released a picture of Heath Bumpous who has been accused of robbing the Citizens State Bank in Groveton, Texas on Oct. 4, 2019.more +

Bumpous took his fiancée’s advice to heart and decided to turn himself into the Houston County Courthouse and confessed to his crimes.

Wallace says that most of the money was recovered along with clothes that he threw out of the window of his vehicle during his escape and the gun that he had concealed with him as well.

“He is now in custody. He has been charged with aggravated robbery. The district attorney has accepted the charges. It will go to a grand jury and he will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Sherriff Wallace.

Houston Texas Deputy Shot In The Back Of His Head By A Coward, Dies

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‘Pioneering’ deputy dies after being shot from behind: sheriff

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A deputy who was shot while conducting a traffic stop Friday has died at the hospital, according to the Harris County sheriff.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal “was unable to recover from his injuries.”

“I’m sad to share with you that we’ve lost one of our own,” Gonzalez said. “There are no words to convey our sadness. Please keep his family and our agency in your prayers.”

In a follow-up news conference in front of the hospital, Gonzalez said Dhaliwal was the first member of the Sikh community to join the sheriff’s office. The fallen deputy recently returned from a volunteer mission in Puerto Rico, the sheriff added.

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Dhaliwal was shot in the 14800 block of Willancy Court near West Road in northwest Harris County.

“One of our @HCSOTexas deputies has been shot while conducting a traffic stop,” Gonzalez tweeted just before 1 p.m.

SEE MORE: Sheriff calls for prayer after deputy shot during traffic stop

Gonzalez originally stated the deputy was seriously injured and was transported by Life Flight. Cy-Fair Fire Department tweeted the deputy was treated at the scene by its EMS workers before his flight to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

WATCH: Harris Co. sheriff and deputies salute flag-draped body of Deputy Dhaliwal

The colleagues of Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal salute the fallen law enforcement veteran who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Sept. 27, 2019.

Major Mike Lee, of the sheriff’s office, said the deputy was conducting a traffic stop around 12:23 p.m.

Recounting a review of Dhaliwal’s dash camera, Lee said the deputy was speaking with the driver and it appeared to be conversational with “no combat, no arguing.” The driver’s door was even open at one point as Dhaliwal and the suspect were speaking.

The deputy shut the driver’s door and the driver remained in the vehicle. According to Lee, when Dhaliwal turned to walk back to his patrol car, the driver’s door opened and the suspect exits “almost immediately running with a gun already out.”

The dash cam captured the driver shoot Dhaliwal from behind, hitting him in the back of the head, Lee stated.

The suspect returned to his vehicle and drove away. Lee added a nearby resident who was doing yard work witnessed the traffic stop, and after shots rang out and the suspect drove off, rushed to help the deputy.

Lee then said he and other deputies arrived at the scene, reviewed the dash cam, took a photo of the suspect, and sent it out to colleagues to search for the person.

Law enforcement located the suspect, who was described as a Hispanic male, at a business less than a quarter-mile away from the neighborhood. Lee said a deputy saw him look nervous. After matching the description of the photo from the dash cam, the person was taken into custody.

A female who deputies said was also in the vehicle during the stop was also taken into custody.

The identities of both people were not immediately disclosed.

SEE MORE: Radio broadcasts capture search for deputy’s shooter

In the sheriff’s first media availability since the shooting and while the deputy was being treated at the hospital, the sheriff said the suspect “basically just shot him in a very ruthless, cold-blooded way.”

Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia, who was formerly the county’s sheriff, also addressed the media about the deputy who he considered a “brother.”

“Sheriff deputies have an incredible task. They put their lives in harm’s way every single day. Today is another indication that there’s nothing routine about this job. That danger can lurk around every single corner at any given time,” Garcia said. “This deputy, he’s like a brother to me. So it’s very painful to see someone who is in the circumstances that they’re in right now.”

WATCH: Harris Co. Commissioner Adrian Garcia considers wounded deputy “like a brother”

Former Harris Co. sheriff and current county commissioner Adrian Garcia asks for prayers after a deputy was shot and in “extremely critical” condition in the hospital.

The sheriff described Dhaliwal as a 10-year veteran of the department who is survived by his wife and three children.

Later in the afternoon, a van carrying Dhaliwal’s body was escorted by his colleagues from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office. In a solemn show of respect, deputies lined up the path from the van to the office’s entrance and saluted their fallen brother.

SEE ALSO: Slain deputy carried the torch for the entire community

Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was a trailblazer who spoke for the need to support law enforcement after Deputy Darren Goforth’s brutal murder.

(Poem) Fort Worth In My Mirror

Fort Worth In My Mirror

 

Texas was my destination way back in 1981

Been there in the Service but not as a free man

Better weather pretty women everywhere you look

Was a slower pace and friendlier way back then to

Jobs were a plenty but the pay was always low

 

Rebounding from a broken heart was why I came down

Young and always horny but not looking for a wedding band

Ran into a body straight from Heaven but with a heart from Hell

Some Ladies can steal your heart as they crush your Soul as well

Happiness is elusive when your truly hated through and through

 

Fort Worth is beautiful and most of the people there are too

When your Spouse truly hates you what more can you really do

I love the town but Texas wasn’t big enough for her and me to

Went back to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the beauty and quiet to

Fort Worth in my mirror was just something that I had to do

Here is my narrative on the Midland/Odessa Texas mass shooting

Here is my narrative on the Midland/Odessa Texas mass shooting

 

Earlier today as most of you know there was another mass shooting in west Texas, this one in the sister cities of Midland and Odessa. The last figures I heard was 7 dead and 24 wounded including 3 wounded Police Officers. What has gotten into the media is that the 36 year old man who did the shooting had gotten fired about two hours before the shooting started. It is said that he came into work yesterday morning in a very bad mood and he ended up getting fired.  The shooter and his boss called 9-1-1 after he left the building complaining about each other.

 

Now here is my thoughts on how these events probably happened. The man was pulled over by a Texas State Trooper for failure to use his signal lights about two hours after he had gotten fired. The man started shooting at the Officer with a AR-15 assault rifle which is a very expensive weapon. I believe that he went home and got the weapon after being fired, it only makes sense that he would not have had it in his pickup truck as there is no place in a pickup to conceal such a weapon and he would not have wanted it to just be laying in the seat in plain view for the reason of it being stolen. You don’t just leave an expensive weapon like that one in a location where someone could just knock out a window and steal it. So it is my belief that he went home after getting fired and got his AR at that time. If I had to bet on something I would bet that he was on his way back to his former employers to kill his former boss and anyone else that he didn’t happen to like there at the business but he got pulled over first before he could get there and that is when the shooting started. I believe that the Trooper pulling him over saved the shooters former boss and other folks at that business otherwise we would have been hearing about a “workplace” mass shooting instead of the one that did happen. I am just saying that what I am saying here in this letter to you tonight is what I believe is quite logical, what would have happened and what did happen. Could I be wrong? Of course, but I do believe what I am saying is the logical answer. But, we may never know being the man was killed in a shootout with the Police.

Texas mass shooter was fired from job hours before deadly rampage

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Texas mass shooter was fired from job hours before deadly rampage

The Texas madman who went on a mobile shooting spree had been fired from his job just hours before his rampage — and had previously failed a background check, according to new reports.

Seth Ator, 36, had been axed from his trucking job a few hours before he killed seven and injured 22 in a spree in Odessa that started with a routine traffic stop on Saturday, authorities told the New York Times.

Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke did not mention the firing at a press briefing Sunday, instead insisting there were “no definitive answers as to motive or reasons at this point.”

Ator used an “AR-type weapon” in his attack, and police say they are still investigating how he got it — especially in light of a revelation by state Rep. Tom Craddick, who said Ator had previously failed a background check, according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

No details were given as to what caused him to fail.

Ator first opened fire at state troopers who pulled him over in his gold Toyota pickup truck for a minor signaling infraction along a stretch of I-20 near Midland, Texas, on Saturday.

He then peeled off, firing indiscriminately out of the truck as he floored it toward Odessa, authorities said.

Along the way, he killed a Postal Service worker and hijacked her mail truck, continuing the spree, officials said.

He made his last stand in the parking lot of an Odessa movie theater, where he was killed in a shootout with cops.

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Mass shooting leaves five people dead, 21 injured in Odessa Texas

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Mass shooting leaves five people dead, 21 injured in Odessa

 
    

ODESSA, Tx. (KOSA) — The Odessa Police Department will be holding a press conference at 12 p.m. on Sunday. We will share the press conference live on CBS7, the CBS7 Facebook Page and our Livestream.
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A shooting left five people dead and many more injured in Odessa on Saturday.

Officials say the shooting started just after 3 p.m. when DPS Troopers tried to pull over a vehicle along I-20 at mile marker 131.

That’s when the driver reportedly pointed a rifle at the rear window of the car and began firing his weapon.

A DPS Trooper and civilians were shot on the interstate.

According to OPD, the suspect shot at civilians on East Loop 338 and I-20 before they stole a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and continued the shooting spree.

The shootings continued along State Highway 191 until the suspect stopped at the Cinergy Movie Theater.

At the theater, the suspect shot an Odessa police officer and a Midland police officer before he was killed.

A total of 21 people were injured in the shooting and five people were killed.

13 victims were taken to Medical Center Hospital for treatment. One of the victims passed away at the hospital. Another, a baby under the age of two, was transferred to another hospital for treatment.

Of the remaining victims, seven were in critical condition, two people were in serious condition and two were treated and released.

MCH states that its blood supply is okay.

The Odessa Regional Medical Center treated a total of six victims. Four have been released from the hospital while two remain in critical condition.

As of Sunday night officials have not released the names of any of the victims as they work to notify next of kin.

The suspect in the shooting has not been identified. Authorities say he was a white male in his 30s.

Officials have shared what you can do if you’re looking for friends and family following Saturday’s shooting.

A family reunification center has been established at the Ector County Annex building at 1010 East 8th Street in Odessa.

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5 States That Make the Most Money From Tourism

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5 States That Make the Most Money From Tourism

Every state has its unique charms. However, when it comes to vacation destinations, only a select few of the 50 states make everyone’s lists consistently. In fact, tourists from America and around the world tend to flock to five states in particular. Read on to discover the five states that make the most money from tourism, according to World Atlas.

New York

New York

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Unsurprisingly, New York City is the main attraction for people visiting New York. In 2018, the city set a record for the most tourists who visited, an impressive 65.2 million. Most tourists came from other parts of the United States. However, 1.24 million came from Britain, 1.1 million from China, and 1 million from Canada. The total revenues earned by the city last year was estimated at around $44 billion.

Tourism in New York tends to peak in the summer and slow in the winter. The cold and snowy weather tend to keep visitors away from the city, except at Christmastime, of course.

Even though tourists are drawn to the Big Apple to see sights like the Empire State Building, Wall Street, and Central Park, there’s still plenty to see inside New York state itself. For example, Niagara Falls is situated right on the border of the United States and Canada. Meanwhile, the Adirondacks Region has some of the best hiking spots in the country.

Nevada

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Like New York, Nevada draws tourists mainly because of one major city — Las Vegas. Over 42 million people visited the city in 2018. However, while tourists from all over the world are drawn to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, Nevada has a lot to offer anyone seeking an outdoor adventure.

The state boasts an expansive desert and is also home to the most mountain ranges in the country. It’s a great destination for hikers and anyone who just wants to get off the beaten path for a while.

Travelers looking to escape the hot summer heat or who want to take part in some outdoor sports can head to places like Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the country. The city of Tahoe gets around 15 million visitors every year, which is especially impressive when you consider that the population of the area year-round is only 53,000 people.

For a unique destination, check out the Mob Museum, the national museum of organized crime. In all, the Las Vegas region generated almost $60 billion in revenues for the state in 2016.

Florida

Florida

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There’s a lot going on in Florida. The state had about 126 million visitors in 2018, bringing it to the number three spot on our list. Out of those 126 million tourists, about 10.8 million were overseas visitors while 3.5 million were from Canada. In 2016, the tourism industry earned the state of Florida $112 billion in revenues.

Florida is a great tourist destination because of its location and climate. Warm winters bring snowbirds down from the colder regions of the northern states. The state is also home to some of the biggest amusement attractions in the world, such as Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando (not to mention popular spring break destinations like Key West and Miami).

If you’d like to visit Florida, try to avoid hurricane season, which is typically in the fall. Generally, hurricane season runs from June through November, but Florida tends to see the most damaging hurricanes beginning in the early fall.

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California

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The largest state in the United States is California, and it’s also the second most popular tourist destination out of all 50 states. In 2018, the state earned $140.6 billion in revenue from tourism alone. Over $28 billion came from international tourists. California’s robust tourism industry supported over one million jobs across the state.

There’s a lot to see in California. From the busy urban centers of Los Angeles and San Francisco to the less populated Redwood Forest in Northern California, there’s something for everyone. If you prefer sunshine and beaches, San Diego is close to several amazing beaches, like La Jollaand Coronado. Looking for some family fun? Head to LEGOLAND (30 minutes north of San Diego) or Disneyland in Anaheim. There’s really no limit to what you can see and do in California, which is what makes it an appealing destination for many visitors.

Texas

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In 2018, the Texas tourism industry made a $164 billion impact on the state’s economy. As the second-largest state in the country, Texas has a lot to offer tourists. Major cities like Dallas and Austin give visitors a taste of the big city with a uniquely Texan flair. Tourists can experience traditional Texas culture by visiting destinations like the Fort Worth Stockyards, a historic district in Fort Worth. You’ll step back in time to the days of cowboys and cattle drives.

Be sure to catch the Fort Worth Herd every day at 11:30 am and 4:00 pm. This is the only twice daily cattle drive in the world. You can also take a historic walking tour, visit the bull-riding hall of fame, and eat a meal at The Star Cafe, formerly a saloon built in the 1900s.

Meanwhile, Austin, Texas, is known for its high-octane music scene and is home to some of the biggest music festivals in the country, such as SXSW and Austin City Limits. Like barbecue? The nearby city of Lockhart has officially been recognized as the barbecue capital of Texas. It’s about 35 miles south of Austin and is well worth the drive. Austin is also a great place for families to visit since it provides easy access to lakes and biking trails.

If you’re a history buff, you’ll love San Antonio, Texas, where you can tour the Alamo. Meanwhile, South Padre Island, home of the fourth-longest beach in the world, is your best bet for a rejuvenating vacation along the Gulf of Mexico.

7 Best Botanical Gardens in the U.S.

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7 Best Botanical Gardens in the U.S.

What do you do if you want to enjoy the beauty of blooming flowers, trees and plants, but you don’t have much of a green thumb? Do you struggle to plant your own garden with varying levels of success? Or do you opt to just visit a gorgeous botanical garden and leave the planting and horticulture to the experts? If you’re team B, who wants nothing to do with potting soil and toiling away in the yard, then you need to add these seven botanical gardens to your must-see list.

New York Botanical Gardens (The Bronx, NY)

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To be fair, there are two botanical gardens in New York City, the other being the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. But the city’s official garden is in the borough that’s home to hip-hop and the Yankees — the Bronx. The New York Botanical Gardens (NYBG) spreads over 250 acres with indoor and outdoor exhibits. It is also an official historic landmark. Depending on the time of year that you visit, you can catch some beautiful seasonal exhibits. Over the winter holidays, the NYBG puts on its annual model train show. In the spring months, you can visit the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden where over 650 varieties are in bloom. An added bonus, the New York Botanical Gardens are literally across the street from the Bronx Zoo, which makes for a wonderful day trip on the 2 train.

Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix, AZ)

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Does anything bloom in the desert? The answer is yes, and you can find out exactly what kind of plants thrive in the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden located in Phoenix, Arizona. The garden is nestled in the Papago Buttes within the Sonoran Desert. You can check out more than 50,000 plants spread across the garden’s 140 acres. This particular botanical garden focuses on plant life that you would find in desert conditions. Be sure to check their calendar for seasonal events as the Desert Botanical Garden also serves as a live event space for concerts and performing arts.

Missouri Botanical Gardens (St. Louis, MO)

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If you prefer places with historical significance, then the Missouri Botanical Gardens is the perfect spot. This particular botanical garden opened its doors in 1859 and is the oldest continuous operating garden in the United States. The garden is set on 79 acres and features a variety of interesting exhibits. Enjoy a stroll through one of the nation’s largest Japanese gardens, on 14-acres. You can also visit their year-round domed Climatron greenhouse without columns that houses a lush tropical rainforest. Fun fact, the Missouri Botanical Gardens is the second largest botanical garden in North America, second only to the Bronx’s New York Botanical Gardens.

United States Botanic Garden (Washington, D.C.)

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While the Missouri Botanical Gardens is considered the oldest operating U.S. botanical garden, the United States Botanic Garden is also quite old. Established in 1820, this garden was actually designated as part of the National Mall. Although the United States Botanic Garden isn’t one of the largest in the nation, it’s a great way to take a break when you’re exhausted from the museums and monuments. The garden is home to 60,000 various plant species, including several that are endangered.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden (Dallas, TX)

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Where can you see 17 specialty gardens in one place? If you guessed Texas, you’re right! This garden sits on 66 acres and features a variety of gardens and walking paths. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is home to some very fun and festive-themed seasonal exhibits. For example, during the fall, they create a Pumpkin Village that incorporates over 90,000 pumpkins and 150,000 fall blooms.

Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA)

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If you happen to take a trip to Philadelphia, then it’s worth making a slight detour to visit Longwood Gardens. This massive botanical garden is located a short hour outside of Philadelphia and boasts an impressive list of indoor and outdoor gardens as well as gorgeous lily pad ponds. The Longwood Gardens were created by the magnate Pierre Du Pont as a sort of homage to the gardens of Versaille. In the winter you can stick to the four and a half acres of indoor gardens. But in the summer, be sure not to miss their weekly illuminated fountain and fireworks displays that take place every weekend.

International Rose Test Garden (Portland, OR)

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If you like only one particular kind of flower and that flower happens to be a rose, then Portland’s International Rose Test Garden should be on the top of your list. Did you know that Portland is actually nicknamed the City of Roses? And once you stroll through this beautiful garden, it will all make sense. The International Rose Test Garden began as a sanctuary for European roses to grow in safety during World War I. Today, the garden still serves as a research facility where breeders send their seeds. The rose garden is home to more than 650 species of roses and can sometimes offer as many as 10,000 bushes in bloom during the prime season.

So, the next time you have an urge to enjoy the beauty of mother nature, you don’t have to run to your local home improvement store. Ditch the gardening gloves and terra cotta planters and hit the road. There are plenty of beautiful gardens across the nation where you can enjoy nature and leave green thumbs to the pros.

5 Greatest Music Cities in the U.S.

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5 Greatest Music Cities in the U.S.

Music legend Elton John once said, “Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” Across the United States, there are several cities that are known for their vibrant music presence. Whether its country, rock and roll, or blues that feeds your soul, these cities are some of the best places in the world for music lovers.

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

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Music City. The Country Music Capital of the World. No matter what you call it, there is no question that Nashville is the epicenter of country music. Home of The Grand Ole Opry, the state’s capital is where aspiring country artists go to pursue their dreams and where many country legends have found their big break.

A visit to lower Broadway, aka Honky-tonk Highway, is one of the best ways to experience live music in the city. The street is lined with honky-tonk bars and has a constant flow of live music until 3 a.m. The street is known as the place where legends like Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson got their start. It has also been good to recent stars, including Dierks Bentley and Gretchen Wilson.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium are excellent ways to learn about the city’s musical roots, and Bluebird Cafe is where you will find dozens of songwriters performing. If you want to enjoy a country music festival, you can’t beat the CMA Fest, which takes place every year in June.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans is regarded as the birthplace of jazz. Known for its raucous festivals like Mardi Gras and the Jazz and Heritage Festival, the city knows how to throw a party. The city’s French Quarter echos with jazz, blues, and reggae. Bourbon Street is the center of the city’s nightlife and is where you will find the New Orleans Music Legends Park, the Hard Rock Cafe, and Skully’z Recordz.

The city has birthed some massive legends in music, including Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino. If you’re visiting the city, you can’t miss a visit to Preservation Hall. The Hall is rich with history and still hosts performances. The venue is popular, so if you’re looking to see a show, you need to get there early.

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

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Austin is known as the live music capital of the world. There have been many stories as to how the city got that title, but one reporter writes that it was a simple search for a slogan to use in an ad that garnered Austin its title. To bring more considerable attention to Austin, a group from the chamber of commerce decided to take out an ad in Billboard. When it came to choosing a slogan, they agreed that they would see just how many live music places they could find in the city. After adding up everything, they found that there were 70 locations within the city to see live music. This, they determined, was enough to deem Austin the live music capital of the world. The ad ran in Billboard with the slogan across the bottom, and Austin has held the title ever since.

While its origin story may have been a fluke, the city has embraced its title. The city now boasts over 250 live music venues. Popular spots include The White Horse, Mohawk, and The Continental Club. As for live music festivals, the Austin City Limits Music Festival and South By Southwest draw music lovers from around the country. The Austin City Limits Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in the country and takes place over two consecutive weekends, featuring big-name stars as well as up-and-coming artists.

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Memphis, Tennessee

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Tennessee knows music. While Nashville knows country music through and through, Memphis is the birthplace of rock and roll. Some of the biggest names got their start in Memphis, with none more prominent than Elvis Presley. The King of Rock’s home at Graceland is a popular attraction in the city, as is Sun Studio, where he recorded his first song. The Blues Hall of Famealso calls Memphis its home.

Beale Street is arguably the heart and soul of the city’s music scene and is attributed with playing a vital role in the strong blues scene in Memphis. BB King and Louis Armstrong were frequent residents of the street and the father of blues WC Handy’s home on Beale Street is open to visitors. Beale Street is also where you will find the Beale Street Music Festival.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Washington state’s largest city is known for its early ’90s grunge scene and as the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix. And it continues to be a prolific producer of successful music acts.

Hip-hop artist Macklemore hails from Seattle, as does Death Cab for Cutie, and Modest Mouse. The city has an active festival scene with Bumbershoot, which takes place over Labor Day weekend. While the fall may be dreary, Seattle’s summers often feature 70 degree days, making the city a perfect destination for a summer festival.

The city also has a wide array of live music options. A trip to Belltown or Capitol Hill is a great way to catch some of the city’s up-and-coming acts. If you are looking for some music history, check out London Bridge Studio, where Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden have all had recording sessions.

El Paso Shooting Victims Didn’t Want to Meet Trump During His Hospital Visit

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“Some of them said they didn’t want to meet with the president, some of them didn’t want any visitors,” a hospital spokesman told the Washington Post

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President Donald Trump (center) during his visit to El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday following a mass shooting there last weekend
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President Donald Trump was not exactly welcomed with open arms this week in El Paso, Texas, where his attempts to meet with injured victims of the mass shooting that killed 22 people were turned down, according to multiple news reports.

The exact number of recovering victims who declined to meet with the president is unclear. A spokesman for the city’s University Medical Center said that the eight victims there on Wednesday — five in critical condition and three in serious — all did not meet with Trump.

“This is a very sensitive time in their lives,” UMC’s Ryan Mielke told The Washington Post. “Some of them said they didn’t want to meet with the president, some of them didn’t want any visitors.”

Mielke noted, however, that two victims who had already been discharged returned to the hospital with their families in order to meet with Trump. (Neither the White House nor Mielke immediately responded to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.)

Local TV station KDBC reported that two victims’ families didn’t want to see Trump, including relatives of slain Jorge Calvillo Garcia, whose injured brother was also hospitalized at UMC.

“I wish he [Trump] wouldn’t have needed to come. I think he just came to do a circus,” Saul Chavez told KDBC. “He was the one who brewed up all of this hatred against Mexicans. I guess he forgot what he said.”

Relatives of a father and daughter who were injured, with the father still in the hospital, told KDBC they didn’t want him there either.

“The whole family said if he wants to go into the room, no. We don’t want him in the patient’s room. And we respect all of our families opinion,” relative Leticia Mariscal said. “Because of the way he talked against Mexicans, against Hispanics so we don’t want to a person that are against our Mexicans.”

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The backlash to Trump’s visit followed earlier criticism that his history of inflammatory and sometimes racist rhetoric — including warning of an “invasion” of immigrants — at the least echoes if not emboldens violent white supremacists.

The suspected gunman in the El Paso shooting, a 21-year-old man, is believed to have written a hate-filled manifesto with white nationalist themes.

Meanwhile, UMC said in a news release that Trump met with hospital staff, families and victims during his visit. Journalists at the hospital were forbidden from observing though.

“Our entire UMC team performed exceedingly well on Aug. 3 [in the shooting aftermath], along with our partner physicians from Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso and the entire team at El Paso Children’s Hospital,” said Jacob Cintron, UMC’s president and CEO. “This was an opportunity for us to showcase our expertise and facility, a place that our entire region can look to for the highest level of care.”

White House Press Sectary Stephanie Grisham said the president met “victims of the tragedy while at the hospital,” where he and First Lady Melania Trump were “received very warmly by not just victims and their families, but by the many members of medical staff,” according to the Post.

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Women kneel at a vigil in El Paso following the mass shooting there.
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Trump spoke glowingly on Twitter about his trip, which he made the same day he visited Dayton, Ohio, the site of another mass shooting some 13 hours after the El Paso attack.

“Leaving El Paso for the White House. What GREAT people I met there and in Dayton, Ohio. The Fake News worked overtime trying to disparage me and the two trips, but it just didn’t work. The love, respect & enthusiasm were there for all to see. They have been through so much. Sad!” he wrote.

He later shared a video that featured footage of him and Mrs. Trump walking the halls of hospitals in El Paso and Dayton, waving to staffers and posing for smiling pictures as dramatic, action movie-style music played in the background.

His decision to schedule a visit to El Paso as it continued to reel from the tragic events of the weekend was met with opposition from Texas Democrats.

Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso native and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted that he did not want the president to come to the city.

“This president, who helped create the hatred that made Saturday’s tragedy possible, should not come to El Paso. We do not need more division,” O’Rourke wrote. “We need to heal. He has no place here.”

In response, Trump said the former congressman “should respect the victims & law enforcement — & be quiet!”

Rep. Veronica Escobar, meanwhile, wrote on Twitter this week that she’d been invited by the White House to join Trump on his El Paso visit but instead requested a phone call in which she could pass along messages from her constituents, including victims.

But Escobar said that the White House told her Trump was “too busy” to talk, so she turned down their invitation so as not to be “an accessory to his visit.”

“My message would’ve been that he needs to understand that his words are powerful and have consequences. Using racist language to describe Mexicans, immigrants and other minorities dehumanize us,” she wrote on Twitter. “Those words inflame others.”

She wrote that she “refuse[d] to join without a dialogue about the pain his racist and hateful words & actions have caused our community and country.”