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Racists had reasons for picking Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The white nationalists behind last weekend's violent rally found an appealing target in the historic town where Thomas Jefferson founded a university and an outspoken, progressive mayor declared his city the "capital of the resistance" to President Donald Trump.

The Watchdog: We're on our own for property tax relief

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I never paid attention to those boring quarter-page newspaper ads that appear every August and are bought by cities, counties and school districts. The ads announce the proposed tax rate for the coming year and accompanying public hearings. The ads display lots of numbers and confusing terms. Unless you're a government geek, they're hard to understand. But these notices are probably the most important public document local governments share with their tax-paying supporters.

The Watchdog: Another weapon against robocalls

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Many people tell The Watchdog that the most helpful recommendation I've made to block annoying robocalls is to check out nomorobo.com. The call blocker works on iPhones and VoIP phone lines connected to a cable bundle package. But the award-winning blocker has weaknesses. The app doesn't stop scam calls to old-style analog landline phones. Its Android version isn't ready either.

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Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set for Sept. 13

Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set for Sept. 13

The Texas Water Resources Institute's Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a free workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 in McKinney for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Upper Trinity/Denton County and Lavon Lake watershed.