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  • U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today introduced the Helping End Abusive Living Situations (HEALS) Act to prioritize funding for domestic violence victims’ transitional housing, increase flexibility in transitional housing programs in communities so that victims can get back on their feet, and direct the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to research more housing options to support victims of domestic violence.
  • The Grayson County Democratic candidates will gather on the steps of the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman on Tuesday, December 19 at noon. The public and the press are invited to meet them.
  • AARP volunteers will provide free tax service at Bonham Public Library, Denison Public Library and Sherman Senior Citizen Center beginning in February 2018.
  • On December 16, we want to encourage everyone to come visit the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site and do a little holiday shopping. We have a well-stocked museum shop that features gifts for all ages. Toys for children, books for the reader in your family, stocking stuffers and a variety of games can all be found on our shelves. We will also feature World War II-era homemade Christmas decorations along with a Patriotic tree, an exhibit describing Christmas on the home front during the war years, and a free booklet that features recipes typical of the time period when resources were rationed.

  • Plano East varsity baseball players put the "Special" in Special Olympics basketball game.
  • 1970 – Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 successfully lands on Venus. It is the first successful soft landing on another planet. Venera 7 entered the atmosphere of Venus on December 15, 1970. The lander remained attached to the interplanetary bus during the initial stages of atmospheric entry to allow the bus to cool the lander to −8 °C for as long as possible. The lander was ejected once atmospheric buffeting broke the interplanetary bus's lock-on with Earth. The parachute opened at a height of 60 km and atmospheric testing began with results showing the atmosphere to be 97% carbon dioxide. The parachute appeared to fail during the descent, resulting in a descent more rapid than planned. As a result the lander struck the surface of Venus at about 37mph. The probe appeared to go silent on impact[2] but recording tapes kept rolling. A few weeks later, upon a review of the tapes, another 23 minutes of very weak signals were found on them. The spacecraft had landed on Venus and probably bounced onto its side, leaving the medium gain antenna not aimed correctly for strong signal transmission to Earth. The probe transmitted information to Earth for 53 minutes, which included 20 minutes from the surface. It was found that the temperature at the surface of Venus was 475 °C (887 °F) ° ± 20 ° C and the pressure was 90 ± 15 atmospheres. The pressure corresponded to approximately 900 m below sea level. The probe provided information about the surface of Venus, which could not be seen through a thick veil of atmosphere. The spacecraft definitively confirmed that humans cannot survive on the surface of Venus, and excluded the possibility that there is any liquid water on Venus.