Tod Robberson: Bad houses, high prices, big profits

The name Topletz Investments resonates around southern Dallas as the gold standard for slumlord exploitation of the poor. The Topletz family is infamous for purchasing hundreds of bottom-quality, dilapidated houses, slapping a coat of paint on the exterior, then renting them out to low-income residents willing to accept a rickety roof over their heads.Patriarchs Harold and Jack Topletz spent years expanding their housing empire by snapping up hundreds of properties from owners desperate to sell Read more [...]

US Marine, long listed as deserter, back in custody

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine listed as a deserter for almost a decade since going missing after his return to the United States following his brief disappearance in Iraq is back in military custody, the Marine Corps said on Sunday. Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun, 34, is scheduled to return on Monday to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 9-1/2 years after he failed to report for duty there on Jan. 5, 2005, following a visit to his family, the Marines said. He had since been listed as a deserter, Read more [...]

Hicks linked to other business

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4th of July events around the Wabash Valley

WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – Looking for all things 4th of July from around the Wabash Valley? Well, look no further! has you covered from fireworks to parades in Indiana and Illinois. If you know of a 4th of July event that is not listed below, please email us with all the details using our Report It! feature. INDIANA CLAY COUNTY Date: July 4, 2014 at Dusk Where: Forest Park in Brazil GREENE COUNTY Solsberry Fourth of July Date: July 3 at Dusk Where: Behind the fire station 4098 Read more [...]