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Great Woman of Texas; Stacie McDavid

“I’ve always been a maverick in a number of ways,” says businesswoman and philanthropist Stacie McDavid.

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Thousands rally across US after Ferguson decision

Thousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo.

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Fort Worth Thanksgiving schedule announced

Thanksgiving closures have been announced, with most Fort Worth city offices – including City Hall – set to close Thursday Nov.27 and Friday Nov. 28 for the holiday, according to a city news release.

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Hope Lancarte of Joe T. Garcia's dies

Hope Lancarte, who ran her father's restaurant, Joe T. Garcia’s, for decades, died Thursday morning.. She was 86.

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Earthquake hits on Saturday near Irving

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Dallas-Fort Worth area around 9:15 p.m. Saturday night, according to the United State Geological survey.

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Icahn backs sweeter Dell counterproposal
 
Dell headquarters in Round Rock. Photo by CNN
 
 
NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is proposing that shareholders of Round Rock-based Dell Inc. get a chance to own a bigger stake in the struggling computer maker in hopes of thwarting an attempt by the company's founder to buy it for $24.4 billion and take it private.
Icahn, who owns a nearly 9 percent stake in Dell, now wants shareholders to receive warrants in addition to the cash he previously recommended be given to shareholders.
Icahn previously proposed that Dell "self-tender" 1.1 billion shares of its stock for $14 per share.
Icahn’s revised proposal adds one warrant for every four shares. The warrant would give shareholders the right to buy one Dell share for $20 over the next seven years. Dell's shares haven't traded above $20 since September 2008.
In a letter to shareholders, Icahn values his counterproposal at about $15.50 to $18 per share.
Meanwhile, company CEO Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners have offered to buy the entire company for $13.65 per share. Shareholders are set to vote on that offer at a meeting Thursday.
But Icahn argues that Michael Dell's offer undervalues the company and earlier this week asked a judge to assess its fairness.
The activist investor has proposed a variety of alternatives to keep the company publicly traded, but none have swayed the board from its support of the deal with Michael Dell and Silver Lake. What's more, Dell's board said its representatives contacted more than 70 potential suitors without finding any willing to ante up more than $24.4 billion.
In a late Friday July 12 statement, Dell's special board committee overseeing the company's sale said it's reviewing the merits of Icahn's latest offer. For now, the committee still recommends that shareholders accept the offer from Michael Dell and Silver Lake.
"We have been and remain willing to meet or talk with Mr. Icahn about his various proposals, including at a meeting scheduled earlier this week which he requested and subsequently cancelled," the board said.
Dell has fallen on hard times as more consumers and companies buy smartphones and tablets instead of laptop and desktop computers.
Michael Dell is betting that he will be able to revive the company that he founded in 1984 by cutting costs, overhauling the sales force and diversifying into more profitable technology niches, such as business software, data storage and analysis and consulting services. The changes are likely to lower Dell's earnings, the main reason that Michael Dell wants to engineer the turnaround away from the financial pressures of Wall Street.
Dell shares slipped 3 cents to close at $13.32 Friday.
 
 

 

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