Lubbock to remember Buddy Holly on the 60th anniversary of “The Day the Music Died”

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – This Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of “The Day the Music Died.” Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson died after their plane crashed shortly after takeoff, but their influence is still being felt after all these years, drawing people from all over the world to Lubbock to celebrate Holly’s life and legacy.

Jacqueline Bober is the assistant manager and curator at the Buddy Holly Center. “I’m always amazed at the distances people will travel to come here to Lubbock to Buddy Holly’s birthplace, to the museum to see artifacts of his life, their stories of how they were introduced to Buddy’s music and how they’ve grown to love it and appreciate it.”

Gary and Donna Kernutt drove all the way from their home in Eugene, Oregon, which is almost 1,700 miles away from Lubbock, about a 27-hour drive. They came to Lubbock for one reason, to visit the Buddy Holly Center.

“This was one of my dreams. I never thought I’d get to see it,” Gary said.

Donna said she was in the cafeteria at school when she heard the news about the plane crash. The Kernutt’s say they still love and enjoy Holly, Vallens and the Big Bopper’s music to this day.

The Buddy Holly Center is hosting a variety of different events this weekend for fans of all ages starting on Friday. Bober says the Buddy Holly Center is not focusing on Holly’s death, but on his life and musical legacy.

Don Caldwell is a Music Producer in Lubbock. “I don’t think that there is any pop musician alive today that is not familiar with Holly’s material, and that hasn’t learned something from that. He established a way to make music that just weaves through all types of music.”

Paul Beane is a retired broadcaster and a former Lubbock City Council Member. “It’s been amazing to watch after 60 years his continuing influence in the world of pop music, it’s absolutely amazing.”

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Find the Best Real Estate Agents in Richardson, TX

In Richardson, no matter what real estate needs you have, you’ll need one of the best real estate agents to get you the price you want. There are a total of 3,615 real estate agents active in Richardson, but the top real estate agents in the area are proven to get better outcomes for their clients.

According to real estate transaction data analysis, the top 5% of seller’s agents in Richardson, on average, sell homes for $18,124 more money than the average Richardson real estate agent.

U.S. News has partnered with HomeLight to use actual real estate sales data to compare the performance of real estate agents and Realtors® across the United States. For Richardson, we analyzed real estate data including, but not limited to: how many properties the real estate agents have worked with, how quickly they’ve sold or bought properties for their clients and how much money they’ve earned or saved their clients.

U.S. News’ Find an Agent tool identifies your individual needs, maps your needs to an advanced real estate database, and then connects you with the most qualified real estate agents for you in Richardson. Your top real estate agent and RealtorⓇ recommendations are unbiased: Agents can’t pay for placement and your matches are based solely on how the agents handled properties like yours in the past. Agents are compared to all other agents in the area on key performance indicators like transaction volume, listings, days on market, sale price to list price ratio, property type expertise, and other relevant data points in their transaction histories. To learn more about HomeLight’s real estate database and algorithm visit How We Identify Top Real Estate Agents.

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When you find Top Real Estate Agents in Richardson through U.S. News, we will email you up to three top real estate agents we’ve identified that meet your criteria, as well as call you to learn more about your real estate needs. We will share with you these real estate agents’ past transactions, areas of expertise, and reviews from past clients. Then you can ultimately decide which real estate agent best suits your needs.

Name Recent Transactions Avg Price Jay R. Coldwell Banker 204 $150,000 – $400,000 Ryan C. Keller Williams 232 $177,500 – $407,000 Christie C. Keller Williams 500+ $210,000 – $560,000 Tonya P. Coldwell Banker 300 $245,000 – $635,000 Pamela L. Ebby Halliday Realtors 120 $250,000 – $599,000 Brad M. Keller Williams 259 $152,525 – $458,000 Damon W. 145 $209,000 – $652,000 Josh D. Keller Williams 500+ $147,300 – $410,000 Group W. Keller Williams 321 $180,000 – $470,000 Colleen F. 307 $228,000 – $569,900

In the past 12 months, the price of homes sold in Richardson ranged between $83,000 and $587,500. Last year, 1,265 homes were sold while median home prices increased by 10.58%. Richardson properties typically sell for 97.13% of the list price. The average Richardson house stays on the market for 49 days.

Richardson has a population of 105,540 people in 28.66 square miles. There are 39,918 households in the city, 68% of which are families. If you move to Richardson, you can generally expect to commute to work between 30 to 34 minutes.

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Texans tailgaters in playoff form outside NRG Stadium

The Texans have the best tailgaters in the NFL, and they’re proving it again out at NRG Stadium.

The lots are packed, as fans get ready for Houston vs. Indianapolis at NRG Stadium. KHOU digital journalist Jaime Galvan was out at Texans tailgating, and captured the excitement of playoff-caliber tailgating!

Are you out at the game? Send your pictures to us at photos@khou.com!

— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) January 5, 2019

Deep Steel Thunder is in playoff form for #TexansGameDay! Tweet us your fan pics and videos from #Texans tailgating! #HTownRush pic.twitter.com/3gGV24wIzP

— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) January 5, 2019
— Jaime E. Galvan (@JaimeGalvanKHOU) January 5, 2019

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Star Wars’ Stormtroopers Invade Latest Wreck-It Ralph 2 Trailer

"Star Wars" First Order Stormtroopers are the latest to invdate Walt Disney Animation’s "Wreck-It Ralph" franchise, as seen in the new trailer for "Ralph Breaks the Internet." Take a look above!

The Stormtroopers appear to chase Vanellope von Schweetz, the 9-year-old princess of the Sugar Rush racing game from the first "Wreck-It Ralph" film, through a metropolis-like Internet until she runs into a room filled with Disney princesses.

"Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2" is scheduled to open in theaters November 21.

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Italy’s Political Drama Raises Stakes For Euro

ROME—Italy hurtled toward a political crisis that is reigniting debate over Europe’s future, including whether the eurozone’s third-largest economy should remain in the currency union.

The impasse, sparked by President Sergio Mattarella’s decision on Sunday to block the formation of a euroskeptic government, revived longstanding European fears that Italy, with €2.3 trillion in debt and a perennially sick economy, could trigger a new existential crisis in the eurozone.

European officials on Monday expressed the hope that Italy will stick to a pro-euro path, mindful of concerns that its exit could cause huge damage to Europe’s financial system.

The crisis comes amid a raft of challenges to the vision of a deeper political and economic integration promoted by Europe’s centrist establishment.

Eurozone members are divided over proposals to pool their budgets to provide mutual support in the event of a new debt crunch. Brexit, too, is presenting painful choices for both the U.K. and the rest of Europe, while Eastern European countries are repudiating Brussels in key areas such as the rule of law and immigration.

Italy’s emergency emerged from a weekend clash over the euroskepticism of the antiestablishment 5 Star Movement, the country’s largest single party, and the hard-right League party, which regard the euro as a failed project. Both have flirted openly with the idea of pulling Italy from the common currency.

On Sunday, President Mattarella rejected the choice of Paolo Savona, an 81-year-old euroskeptic economist whom the 5 Star and League parties had picked as their economy minister, an especially delicate role given Italy’s precarious public finances and weak banks. Mr. Savona, a former Bank of Italy official, has sharply criticized the euro and likened Berlin’s dominant role in setting eurozone economic policy to wartime aggression by Nazi Germany. The president said he feared a new government with Mr. Savona as economy minister could endanger Italy’s membership in the single currency.

On Monday, as the two antiestablishment parties protested his decision, Mr. Mattarella picked Carlo Cottarelli, an International Monetary Fund veteran, as prime minister-designate, and asked him to try to form a new government. The move stirred accusations that the president had usurped the popular will expressed in March parliamentary elections. The 5 Star and League together won about half of all votes cast.

Mr. Cottarelli, who headed the IMF’s fiscal affairs department, has vigorously defended Italy’s membership in the euro and led an effort to help bring Italy’s public finances in line through large cuts in public spending and waste.

Even if Mr. Cottarelli is able to form a new government, the prime minister-designate is unlikely to win a vote of confidence in parliament. Instead, he will likely lead a caretaker government only until fresh elections are called, which could occur in September.

The leaders of both the 5 Star and the League left little doubt that they would conduct an electoral campaign railing against the strictures of the common currency. That could make the vote a de facto referendum on Italy’s membership in the euro.

“It won’t be an election,” said Matteo Salvini, the 45-year-old firebrand head of the League on Sunday. “It will be a referendum between Italy and those on the outside who want us to be a servile, enslaved nation on our knees.”

European officials on Monday expressed concern about the developments.

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“We hope that Italy will have a stable, pro-European government soon,” said Michael Roth, Germany’s minister for European affairs.

However, the combative stance of Italy’s populists drew cheers from their brethren elsewhere in the region, signaling the pan-European importance the Italian impasse is assuming.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s hard-right National Front and an ally of the League, said on Twitter that “the European Union and the financial markets are again confiscating democracy. What is happening in Italy is a coup d’état, a holdup of the Italian people by illegitimate institutions.” In a statement, her party said that Italy is a victim of “financial fascism.”

A full-blown return to runs on Italian debt that threatened the survival of the eurozone in 2011 and 2012 isn’t visible so far. Yields on Italian 10-year bonds jumped to 2.63% Monday as prices of the bonds fell. That is the highest since late 2013, although far from the peak of more than 7% in late 2011. The euro weakened on the Italian news, while shares on the Milan stock exchange fell 2.1%.

The popularity of the 5 Star and League parties reflects the fact that Italian voters—like many in southern in Europe—still blame European institutions, Germany and financial markets for the country’s downturn in the past decade.

The European Central Bank, bowing to Germany pressure, demanded tight budgets and painful reforms from Italy as the price for a massive bond-buying program that convinced investors that runs on fragile eurozone countries won’t be repeated.

But continued economic pain in Italy, despite a broad recovery in Europe, has sowed doubts about the euro. The Italian economy is 5% smaller per capita than it was in 2001, the only EU country, other than Greece, to have shrunk over that period, according to think tank Promotor. Across the EU, per capita GDP rose 18%. Youth unemployment is slightly more than 30%.

Write to Giovanni Legorano at giovanni.legorano@wsj.com and Marcus Walker at marcus.walker@wsj.com

Appeared in the May 29, 2018, print edition.

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Trump Says June Summit With North Korea ‘May Not Work Out’

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said a planned June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “may not work out,” adding if it doesn’t happen then “maybe it would in the future.”

Mr. Trump, speaking from the Oval Office as he greeted South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said he believed Mr. Kim was serious about talks. The president said he was willing to “guarantee his safety” and predicted Mr. Kim would be “extremely happy with the outcome.”

Mr. Trump also said he believed that North Korea had an “opportunity to be a great country” and that South Korea, China and Japan were willing to invest “large sums of money” to that end.

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Top diplomats and government officials discuss risks, hopes and the future of North Korean relations at the WSJ CEO Council in Tokyo ahead of the planned Trump-Kim meeting in Singapore.

The president said he had been disappointed by a second meeting between Mr. Kim and Chinese premier Xi Jinping, adding, “I can’t say I’m happy about it.”

He said Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon could meet soon.

Mr. Moon, replying to Mr. Trump, urged him to move forward with the planned talks, saying he believed the U.S. president would make the summit successful and “establish permanent peace.”

“The person who is in charge is President Trump,” Mr. Moon added.

Mr. Trump replied that reunification of the Korean Peninsula would be “up to them” and that talks on that topic could happen in the future but “not now.”

Mr. Moon’s visit to Washington came as the historic planned meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim looked increasingly at risk. With three weeks to go until the scheduled event in Singapore, doubts have emerged about North Korea’s commitment to the U.S.’s longstanding demand that Pyongyang undertake complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

Last week, North Korea lobbed three aggressively worded statements at the U.S. and South Korea through its state media. One of them, attributed to Kim Kye Gwan, Pyongyang’s longtime leading figure on nuclear negotiations, threatened to pull the plug on the June 12 summit if the U.S. was going to focus on North Korea’s “unilateral nuclear abandonment.”

If that were the case, “we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit,” Mr. Kim was quoted as saying, using the abbreviation for North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

At the time, the White House said in response that it had fully expected such harsh language and added: “The president is very used to and ready for tough negotiations.”

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—Louise Radnofsky contributed to this article.

Write to Michael C. Bender at Mike.Bender@wsj.com and Jonathan Cheng at jonathan.cheng@wsj.com

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Popbar – Handcrafted Frozen Treats on a Stick Opens in Richardson, Texas

RICHARDSON, Texas: Popbar, the maker of customizable popGelato, popSorbetto, and yogurtPops, founded in New York City in 2010 opened its first location in Richardson, Texas. Dedicated to serving ‘the best’ in frozen treats, Popbar serves handcrafted gelato, sorbetto, and yogurt in a new way – on a stick. All pops are made in-house daily with all natural ingredients.

On the menu, you’ll find 40+ rotating flavors ranging from classics (Chocolate, Vanilla) to the more unique (Green Tea, Passion Fruit), and even seasonal ones too (Watermelon, Pumpkin Pie). You can enjoy your pop as-is, or customize to your liking. Premium dippings and toppings include dark, milk, and white chocolate, nuts, sprinkles, waffle cone, caramel corn, and more!

At Popbar, a mouthwatering experience awaits everyone, even those looking for vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free options. All popSorbettos are vegan-dairy-gluten-soy-free, and all popGelatos and yogurtPops are gluten-soy free. Other indulgences include Hot Chocolate on a Stick, Frozen Hot Chocolate, the Double Shake (Popbar’s take on a milkshake, made with any two pops), and the newest addition to the menu, popWich, a gelato sandwich on a stick!

All this decadence can be attributed to Italian roots and a love for supremely delicious treats. Blending authenticity, innovation, and high quality ingredients, Popbar became a recipe for success, and the contemporary concept has been changing the way we enjoy our favorite Italian desserts since – on an international scale.

Popbar currently has 17 stores in the US in states like AZ, CA, FL, NC, NY, and TX, and 11 stores internationally in countries like Canada, Panama, Singapore and Russia, but this is just the beginning. There are currently 4 stores under construction in new territories, and many more to come. Popbar Richardson is the third to open this year.

"It’s an exciting day! We’re officially open and I couldn’t be more thrilled," says Raymond Nguyen, Popbar Richardson franchisee. "Our pops are so incredibly delicious and all natural too. My personal favorite is hazelnut popGelato with white chocolate, and crushed waffle cone, but what makes us special is the option to customize your own!"

While Popbar is expanding rapidly, the brand maintains a ‘mom and pop’ feel at all locations with the help of its hand-selected franchisees. Each store prides itself on Popbar’s original values – superior quality, in-house production, outstanding service, authenticity, and family-friendly fun. New stores quickly become classic neighborhood spots, and supplies like fruit and milk are purchased locally.

Popbar is a perfect treat for anyone – baby to adult, and for any occasion – dessert date to post-game celebratory treat to midnight snack. With so many flavors and combinations to try, just one visit won’t do. You’ll definitely want to stop in for a "love at first bite" experience, but if you’re a foodie, don’t forget to snap a picture of your pop first – that is, if you can wait.

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Lawsuits filed: April 8 to 14

Cases filed from April 8 to 14 in Gregg County Civil Court. Cases that end in an “A” were considered in the 188th District Court; “B” in the 124th District Court; and “CCL2” in the County Court at Law 2:

■ 2018-696-B ex parte v. Claudia Nicole Beekman, expunction of records

■ 2018-699-B Discover Bank v. Zoe A. Ferguson, breach of contract

■ 2018-713-B Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC v. Alexa Griffin, breach of contract

■ 2018-721-B Linda J. Corvin v. Melissa G. Yount, auto personal injury/damages

■ 2098-H State of Texas v. Nickie Barton, writ of habeas corpus

■ 2099-H State of Texas v. Shaglenda Reddix, writ of habeas corpus

■ 2018-695-A Capital One Bank USA NA v. Matthew Maxwell, breach of contract

■ 2018-709-A Thomas Mitchell and Lucienda Crook v. East Texas Bridge Inc. and Donald Glenn Spence, auto personal injury/damages

■ 2018-720-A Autovest LLC, assignee of GFC Lending LLC v. Linda Turner, breach of contract

■ 2018-688-CCL2 Allstate Insurance, as subrogee of Chris Broers v. Mason McAlexander, auto personal injury/damages

■ 2018-694-CCL2 Kasha Williams v. Shannon Brown, other civil

■ 2018-700-CCL2 The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. NA, as successor in interest to all permitted successors and assigns of the First National Bank of Chicago as Trustee, of the Greenpoint manufactured housing contract trust, pass-through certificates, series 1999-1 by Ditech Financial LLC, as servicer v. Robert McKee, Phyllis McKee, and/or all occupants of 5198 FM 2207, Kilgore, TX 75662, breach of contract

■ 2018-701-CCL2 Dedric Woods v. Babeth Fuller, auto personal injury/damages

■ 2018-715-CCL2 American Express National Bank v. Michael Hester, also known as Michael Chester, breach of contract

■ 2018-719-CCL2 Autovest LLC, assignee of GFC Lending LLC v. Cody Reddick and Keyonta Marie Anderson, breach of contract

■ 2018-725-CCL2 Gordon Dangel, attorney-in-fact for Elfriede Dangel v. Lieslotter R. Richardson and unknown heirs of Herbert Glynn Richardson, suit to remove cloud from title

■ 2018-726-CCL2 21st Mortgage Corp. v. William L. Wilson, Elizabeth K. Harris and Brenda Wilson, breach of contract

■ 021482-CCL2 Pine Tree ISD v. Mark A. Langston, tax

■ 021483-CCL2 Pine Tree ISD v. Snow E. Bush, tax

■ 021484-CCL2 Pine Tree ISD v. Earnest M. Pfaff, tax

■ 021485-CCL2 Pine Tree ISD v. Alejandra Coronado, tax

■ 021486-CCL2 Pine Tree ISD v. Toby Ray Green, tax

■ 021487-CCL2 Pine Tree ISD, White Oak ISD v. Togs Energy Inc., tax

■ 021488-CCL2 Gladewater ISD v. Lem Scott, tax

■ 021489-CCL2 Kilgore ISD, Gregg County, city of Kilgore, Kilgore College v. Moises Neave, tax

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