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Is it a Banksy?

CNN World - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:30
Clad in brown trench coats, dark glasses and trilby hats, what appear to be three secret agents huddle around a payphone box with listening equipment.
Categories: International News

'Blood moon' mesmerizes sky gazers

CNN - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:25
Stargazers glimpsed a rare treat as a "blood moon" crossed the Earth's shadow Tuesday.
Categories: National News

Philly journalist backed little guy

CNN - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:23
Elmer Smith remembers Chuck Stone, the legendary journalist from Philadelphia who was known as a thorn in the side of police and an advocate for the little guy
Categories: National News

If government guaranteed income

CNN - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:22
David Wheeler says as middle-class careers continue to disappear, we need a monthly cash payment to everyone
Categories: National News

Keystone to worsen climate change

CNN - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:21
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Henry Waxman say read deep, and you'll see the federal Keystone pipeline report spells out the pipeline is bad news
Categories: National News

Right wing deadlier than jihadists

CNN - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:20
Peter Bergen and David Sterman say the Kansas Jewish Center killings are part of a string of lethal violence in the U.S. that outstrips al Qaeda-influenced attacks. So why don't we pay more attention?
Categories: National News

Democrats, show spine on taxes

CNN - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:20
Julian Zelizer says Democrats need to advocate for a progressive tax system to fight inequality and fund valuable government programs
Categories: National News

Hate-filled violence threatens all

CNN - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:19
Mark Levin, a rabbi in Overland Park, says hate-stoked violence touched his Jewish community but plagues many groups in the U.S. Friends and clergy of all faiths share outrage over the attack.
Categories: National News

Why hundreds will race for Boston

CNN - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:11
I was about halfway through the marathon when I saw the man with the plastic pink flamingo. Like me, he was jogging down a highway in coastal North Carolina. Unlike me, he had a beanie -- yes, with propeller -- perched on his head.
Categories: National News

Snowden leaks win Pulitzers

CNN - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:57
Two news organizations' stories about National Security Agency surveillance, based upon documents leaked by Edward Snowden, have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service, often described as the highest prize in American journalism.
Categories: National News

Why is 'blood moon' red?

CNN World - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:55
Astronomer Steve Finkelstein explains why the "blood moon" glows red.
Categories: International News

Why I'm running the Boston Marathon again

CNN - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:51
John Farah has run more than 125 marathons. "Every marathon is a marathon, but Boston is Boston," he says.
Categories: National News

What a shot! 27 sports photos

CNN - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:14
Categories: National News

Could victims' religion affect charges?

CNN - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:28
Investigators say it was a hate crime when a gunman opened fire at two Kansas City-area Jewish centers. But the victims were Christians. Where does that leave hate crime charges?
Categories: National News

Big Tex recovering from surgery

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 22:20

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Big Tex, one of the top bucking broncs in ProRodeo, had surgery Saturday night after suffering with a bout of colic. He is recovering at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo horse, which was scheduled to perform during the final round at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, had been treated for several days at the Lazy E by Dr. Grace Richter of Oakridge Equine Hospital in Edmond, Okla.

“He had displacement of the colon between the spleen and the kidney,” Richter said Monday afternoon.

She and the staff performed a rolling maneuver in which Big Tex as lifted off the ground by his hind legs with a tractor; the purpose was to help get the colon off his spleen and kidney. When that failed to ease Big Tex’s discomfort, she decided it was time for surgeons at OSU to be called in. Travis Adams, the Pete Carr Pro Rodeo operations manager, was with the animal through much of the treatment and took Big Tex the 45 miles to Stillwater, Okla.

“I know he’s tough, but I didn’t know how much he wasn’t showing us,” Richter said of the 14-year-old bay bucking horse, which was named the 2010 Bareback Horse of the Year. “I thought this was pretty mild when I first saw him. I wasn’t too worried until the third day when we hadn’t had a lot of production. I was worried that there could be a whole lot more going on in there that I couldn’t see in the ultrasound.”

Dr. Chase Whitfield at OSU performed the surgery and found blockage in the colon not allowing things to continue to pass. It can be quite dangerous for horses. Fortunately when Whitfield opened Big Tex’s abdomen, he found no need to go into the colon. Instead, the surgeon injected fluid directly into the colon and allowed it to move the blockage.

“When I talked to Dr. Whitfield, he said the horse was doing great,” Richter said.

Adams, who has been around Big Tex for the last several years, praised Richter.

“She did all the work that kept him in such great shape, and when it was time for the final decision for surgery, she made it,” Adams said. “She was up all night with him keeping fluids in him and doctoring him. She sent him to OSU because her clinic didn’t have the facility to handle a bucking horse. She spent her time at the arena working on him.

“In my opinion, she is the single reason he is alive. She was the one who kept him strong enough to make it through surgery.”

Doctors expect Big Tex to recover completely but say he will be sidelined from action for about four to six months.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo


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