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  • Earthquake Shakes Southern Mexico

    07/07/2014 2:56:49 PM PDT · by deport · 9 replies
    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least three people while damaging homes, hospitals and churches. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 6:23 a.m. (7:23 a.m. EDT; 11:23 GMT) on the Pacific Coast 1 mile (2 kilometers) north-northeast of Puerto Madero, near the Guatemala border. It initially calculated the magnitude at 7.1 but later lowered the figure to 6.9. The quake was felt across a broad swath of southern Mexico and as far away as Mexico City, but officials...
  • The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

    07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by deport · 102 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews
    New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union. When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time. A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of...
  • Friday the 13th and a full moon can lead to real fears for some

    06/13/2014 6:10:07 PM PDT · by deport · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6-13-2014
    Friday the 13th and a full moon can lead to real fears for some If you’re a selenophobic— people who fear the moon— or suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia— fear of Friday the 13th— you may not want to leave the house today. For the first time in nearly a century, there will be a full moon rising on Friday the 13th. And for some, superstitions of these two phenomena are very real. “In the U.S. there are millions and millions of people who just want to stay home and not take any chances on either one of these – Friday the...
  • Mississippi GOP Senate Runoff - Post-Election and Primary Runoff Information

    06/04/2014 2:44:29 PM PDT · by deport · 62 replies
    Secretary of State - Mississippi ^ | 6-4-2014 | Delbert Hosemann
    Final vote tally Chris McDaniel Runoff 49.5% 155,040 Thad Cochran Runoff 49.0% 153,654 Thomas Carey 1.5% 4,789 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 04, 2014Post-Election and Primary Runoff InformationDelbert HosemannSecretary of State Process for Certifying Election Results in a Party Primary:  All primary elections in the State of Mississippi are run by the respective state parties. State law requires the transmittal of certified election results to the State Party Executive Committees of the Democratic and Republican Parties.  The State Party Executive Committees compile the certified results from each county and certify their election results.  The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office does not...
  • Marine jailed in Mexico receives order to report to USMC superiors

    05/21/2014 3:12:04 PM PDT · by deport · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-21-2014 | Joseph J. Kolb
    It might be the first order U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi doesn't obey. The mother of the reservist, who is being held in a Mexican jail after mistakenly crossing the border with registered guns, told FoxNews.com her son just got an "Order to Muster" letter from the Marines telling Tahmooressi to report to the 4th Civil Affairs Group in Hialeah, Fla., on June 14. Although a Marine spokeswoman later told FoxNews.com that the corps is aware of Tahmooressi's current circumstances and does not expect him to report, failure typically can result in "other than honorable discharge" and affect Veterans...
  • Landrieu leads in conservative’s poll -- Louisiana

    04/04/2014 9:13:04 AM PDT · by deport · 19 replies
    The Advocate ^ | April 4, 2014
    U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu leads the three Republicans challenging her reelection and U.S. Sen. David Vitter is viewed more favorably than Gov. Bobby Jindal, according to a statewide poll paid for by Lane Grigsby, a Baton Rouge contractor who frequently contributes to conservative candidates. Though Landrieu leads with definite and probable voters across the state, she only has 39.3 percent of the 600 voters interviewed between March 24 and March 26. The poll by Magellan Strategies of Baton Rouge, which was released Thursday, has a margin for error of plus or minus 4.1 percent.
  • HPD: More than 100 immigrants found in suspected stash house

    03/19/2014 5:09:36 PM PDT · by deport · 14 replies
    Click2Houston.com ^ | Mar. 19, 2014 | Amanda Perez, Reporter
    HOUSTON - More than 100 immigrants were found at a suspected stash house in south Harris County, according to the Houston Police Department..... Police say a total of 94 men and 14 women were discovered, including one pregnant woman who was taken to a hospital for treatment. Cannon said all of the illegal immigrants had been held against their will for up to two weeks, locked inside of the home that had only one bathroom with a partially functioning toilet..... Authorities say 500 chickens were also found on the property. Photos and video at article link.
  • Early voting begins Tuesday (Feb. 18, 2014) -- TEXAS primaries

    02/18/2014 5:36:37 AM PST · by deport · 15 replies
    AUSTIN — Texans can start casting ballots for the March 4 Democratic and Republican primaries. Early voting begins Tuesday. Secretary of State Nandita Berry says voters can cast early ballots through Feb. 28. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Friday. Photo identification is required to vote in person. The general election will be held Nov. 4. What’s on the ballot? Finding my Polling Place
  • Moneyball: Greg Abbott outraises Wendy Davis 3-1 in the dash for campaign cash [Texas]

    02/05/2014 10:32:01 AM PST · by deport · 16 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Feb. 4, 2014 | Wayne Slater
    Attorney General Greg Abbott is the undisputed money king in the race against Wendy Davis – collecting three times more cash last month than his Democratic foe. Abbott has amassed a sizeable war chest of nearly $30 million for the governor’s race, far ahead of Davis’ $10 million on hand with nearly a full year ahead of them before the November general election. Davis stunned the Abbott team in January by reporting she raised more money in the second half of 2013. But the Republican attorney general stormed back in January, collecting $3.1 million compared to Davis’ $913,000......
  • The Exxon Mobil effect - Corporate Campus Texas

    02/03/2014 4:50:58 PM PST · by deport · 16 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 1, 2014 | Nancy Sarnoff
    Groundbreaking new corporate campus is altering landscape for northern suburbs Construction cranes clustered alongside Interstate 45 at the Hardy Toll Road carve a startling, wide swath through the trees just south of The Woodlands.... Come next year, this will be home to some 10,000 people who work for Exxon Mobil Corp., which is building a campus the size of a small city on 385 forested acres north of Houston.... No less than 20 buildings are underway at the energy giant's future home, a real estate development thought to be the largest in the country.....
  • Cruz Fires Up Crowd {Denton County GOP}

    02/02/2014 5:58:53 AM PST · by deport · 36 replies
    Denton Chronicle Record ^ | Feb. 1, 2014 | Dianna Hunt
    GRAPEVINE — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz drew whoops, whistles and calls that he run for president Saturday night at the Denton County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner. Cruz — who surged to national prominence with his fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act — roused the nearly 1,000 people during the dinner at the Hyatt Regency DFW with calls for a grassroots effort to put the country back on a path of prosperity. “There will be another president, and that president may even be of another political party,” he told the crowd. “Ted Cruz,” came a shout from the...
  • Steve Stockman Mystery Deepens

    01/25/2014 4:18:07 PM PST · by deport · 77 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 1-24-2014 | Ben Jacobs
    On Friday, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner told The Daily Beast that even Boehner hasn't heard from Texas Rep. Steve Stockman. Not even John Boehner has any idea where Steve Stockman is. Steve Stockman, the Texas congressman and candidate for U.S. Senate against incumbent Sen. John Cornyn, has seemingly disappeared in recent weeks. He has not shown up on Capitol Hill for votes, and save for one appearance at a Tea Party event in North Dallas and a trip to Egypt, has made no public appearances. On Friday, The Daily Beast asked Michael Steel, a Boehner spokesman, whether his...
  • Data: Texas Had Most Border Patrol Arrests in 2013

    01/18/2014 6:41:54 AM PST · by deport · 11 replies
    ABC News - AP ^ | Jan. 17, 2014 | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    Central American immigrants crossing into the United States illegally in South Texas drove an increase in Border Patrol apprehensions last year, according to data released Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Border Patrol made 420,789 apprehensions in the fiscal year that ended in September. That is a 16 percent increase from the previous year but still 42 percent below 2008. As usual, more than 98 percent of those arrests were made on the Southwest border. And nowhere saw more arrests than Texas. Agents in Texas made 235,567 arrests.
  • Cleveland police officers punished for 137-bullet chase

    06/11/2013 12:31:36 PM PDT · by deport · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | 6-11-2013 | CBS News
    The city fired a police sergeant, demoted two other supervisors and suspended nine more Tuesday for their roles in the chase in which officers fired 137 shots and killed a fleeing driver and his passenger. ....Of the 276 officers on duty on the evening of Nov. 29, 104 were involved in some way in the chase. Russell was shot 23 times and Williams 24 after a half-hour pursuit.end snips
  • (Update) Cornyn and Cruz: It’s too early to condemn Holder on AP phone record seizures

    05/15/2013 2:15:39 PM PDT · by deport · 20 replies
    “I don’t want to jump to judgment here because many of us did call on the administration to investigate leaks; I am struck by what appears to be a very broad net and not a very targeted look,” said Sen. Cornyn, Buzzfeed reports. He said the best approach would to bring Attorney General Eric Holder before the Senate Judiciary committee. Holder is coming before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday afternoon. “The problem is, we have so many things happening now that cause people to question the motivation and the actions of the executive branch that it’s easy to sort...
  • Perry To NRA: Texas “Is Still A Place That Loves Freedom” (Cruz)

    05/03/2013 4:29:27 PM PDT · by deport · 21 replies
    KWTX ^ | May 3, 2013 | KWTX
    Perry says there are "no easy fixes" to gun violence, but that limiting gun ownership is not the answer. "In Texas, we believe in freedom, personal responsibility, and the God-given right to defend yourself and your family,” Perry said. “We never lose faith in our Founding Fathers' wisdom to include the Second Amendment to the Constitution among the Bill of Rights,” he said. "A threat to gun ownership is a threat to a basic Constitutional right, and the NRA is about safe and responsible gun ownership." .....U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told NRA members Friday the federal government should...
  • Mike Rice fired at Rutgers after abusive behavior on practice tapes comes to light

    04/03/2013 8:55:34 AM PDT · by deport · 52 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | 4-03-13 | Brendan Prunty
    Mike Rice's three-year run at Rutgers has come to an end. The university terminated Rice's contract this morning following a meeting with athletic director Tim Pernetti in his office at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Rice's job status became tenuous when videotapes of his actions during practices from his first and second years on campus were made public by ESPN's "Outside the Lines" program on Tuesday. Rice was seen throwing basketballs at players — including one instance, throwing it at a player's head — as well as shoving players during a practice. He was also heard using the term "f------ faggot"...
  • Young immigrants eager for NC driver's licenses

    03/26/2013 4:51:44 PM PDT · by deport · 17 replies
    Newsobserver.com ^ | 3-25-2013 | Bruce Siceloff
    Hundreds of young illegal immigrants across North Carolina took advantage of their first chance Monday to apply for the privilege to drive a car. The state Division of Motor Vehicles began issuing driver’s licenses to immigrants enrolled in a federal program that defers deportation for teens and young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children or stayed illegally after their visas expired. More than 16,500 immigrants in North Carolina have received or applied for two-year work permits from the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Monday was the first day DMV accepted these work...
  • West seeks hearing after Murphy camp declares victory when St. Lucie board misses noon deadline

    11/18/2012 10:15:26 AM PST · by deport · 94 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | 11-18-2012 | Christine Stapleton
    The St. Lucie County canvassing board has missed a noon deadline to file election results to the Division of Elections, prompting campaign officials for Patrick Murphy to declare the political newcomer the winner in the race for congressional District 18 race. Under Florida law, the final certified results were due from all of the state’s 67 supervisors of elections today. If the results do not arrive on time, the certified unofficial results submitted last Sunday stand. Those results have Murphy winning by 0.58 percent. A spread of less than 0.5 percent would have triggered an automatic recount. “Today at noon,...
  • Texas: In Person Early Voting Monday Oct. 22 --- Friday Nov. 2.

    10/22/2012 5:52:04 AM PDT · by deport · 43 replies
    Texas Sectretary of State Website ^ | 10-22-2012 | TxSOS website
    Texas in person early voting begins Oct. 22 and ends Nov. 2. Check with your County Registrar of Voters for early voting sites and hours of operation. In the 2008 General Election 39.42% of the registered voters or 5,351,660 votes were cast during the Early Voting period. Texas Secretary of State Elections and Voter Information 2012 November General Election Candidates Application for Ballot by Mail   To be eligible to vote by mail in Texas, you must: be 65 years or older; be disabled; be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting...
  • Too close to call in Alabama and Mississippi (PPP Poll)

    03/12/2012 6:28:18 AM PDT · by deport · 17 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | Mar 12, 2012 | Public Policy Polling
    Too close to call in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday looks like it's going to be a close election night in both Mississippi and Alabama. In Mississippi Newt Gingrich is holding on to a slight lead with 33% to 31% for Mitt Romney, 27% for Rick Santorum, and 7% for Ron Paul. And Alabama is even closer with Romney at 31% to 30% for Gingrich, 29% for Santorum, and 8% for Paul.Gingrich and Santorum are both more popular than Romney in each of these states. In Mississippi Gingrich's net favorability is +33 (62/29) to +32 for Santorum (60/28) and +10 for...
  • Federal court orders May 29 primary date for Texas

    03/01/2012 4:50:05 PM PST · by deport · 18 replies · 4+ views
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The federal court in San Antonio has ordered Texas to hold its primary elections on May 29, resolving for now one of the biggest issues in the state's redistricting battles. The three-judge panel issued the election schedule two days after releasing political maps for Texas to use in the 2012 election. Legal disputes over the maps for congressional and House districts have kept Texas from holding elections. In the primary schedule released Thursday, the filing period for candidates reopens Friday and closes March 9. While the court order clarifies the election schedule, some minority groups...
  • Christmas - Cajun and Texas style

    Enjoy all and a Merry Christmas to each and everyone. Cajun Night before Christmas Cajun Night Before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas an' all t'ru de house, Dey don't a ting pass Not even a mouse. De chirren been nezzle good snug on de flo', An' Mama pass de pepper t'ru de crack on de do'. De Mama in de fireplace done roas' up de ham, Sit up de gumbo an' make de bake yam. Den out on de by-you dey got such a clatter, Make soun' like old Boudreau done fall off his ladder. I run like a...
  • Gulf Island foresees 700 jobs in Aransas Pass, TX - Houma, LA [Help Wanted]

    09/29/2011 9:09:19 AM PDT · by deport · 10 replies
    <p>HOUMA, La. (AP) — The CEO of Gulf Island Fabrication, a leading manufacturer of offshore rigs and drilling platforms, says the company intends to hire hundreds of workers in Louisiana and Texas as it begins work on new projects.</p> <p>The Houma-based company has subsidiaries in the Houma area and at Aransas Pass, Texas.</p>
  • AP-GfK Poll: Most Republicans happy with GOP field

    08/26/2011 9:32:24 AM PDT · by deport · 7 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8-26-2011 | KASIE HUNT and JENNIFER AGIESTA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After grousing for months, Republicans are growing more satisfied with their choices for president and, so far, they like what they're hearing from the newest candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. An Associated Press-GfK poll released Friday found that two-thirds of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents are pleased with the party's presidential field, compared with just half in June. And they're paying more attention, with 52 percent expressing a “great deal” of interest in the GOP nomination fight — compared with 39 percent earlier this summer — after a period that saw Perry enter the race and Michele...
  • Evangelicals Urge Perry to Enter Race

    07/16/2011 7:56:51 AM PDT · by deport · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7-16-2011 | NEIL KING JR.
    Evangelicals Urge Perry to Enter Race Texas Gov. Rick Perry's appeals to the religious right are earning him a surge of support among evangelical leaders, many of whom are urging him to enter the 2012 presidential race. While the religious leaders have not endorsed Mr. Perry, some have concluded that he is the most electable Republican among those who share their priorities. Some have conveyed their wishes to the governor by phone and in meetings over recent weeks........ The religious leaders nudging Mr. Perry to run include some formidable figures in conservative political circles, suggesting they could provide a...
  • 2011 Replublican Leadership Conference Straw Poll

    06/18/2011 1:58:40 PM PDT · by deport · 42 replies
    RLC website ^ | 6-18-2011 | RLC wesite
    RLC Straw poll Results If the primary election for president were held today, for whom would you vote? Please check the box by the candidate of your choice. Bachmann 191 Cain 104 Gingrich 69 Huntsman 382 Johnson 10 McCotter 2 Palin 41 Paul 612 Pawlenty 18 Roemer 9 Romney 74 Santorum 30
  • Mambo Seafood managers charged in immigration bust [Houston, TX]

    06/03/2011 3:06:55 PM PDT · by deport · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2011 | SUSAN CARROLL
    A federal grand jury has indicted five current and former Mambo Seafood managers and supervisors for knowingly employing illegal immigrants, charging that they went so far as allowing workers to change identities and Social Security numbers. The five-count indictment, unsealed Thursday, outlines a conspiracy that dates back more than two years and involves current and former employees at the Houston restaurant chain, which is also known as Connie's Seafood Kitchen Inc. Federal agents have arrested four of the five suspects, who are charged with conspiring to induce illegal immigrants to live in the U.S. and harboring them. They also...
  • Ban on texting while driving goes to Perry [Texas]

    05/30/2011 10:20:40 AM PDT · by deport · 16 replies
    American Statesman ^ | May 31, 2011 | Mike Ward
    ShareBan on texting while driving goes to Perry The Texas Senate and House on Sunday approved a final version of a bill that will ban drivers from reading, writing or sending a text or e-mail while they are driving, among other things. “Being on the phone is a distraction, but nothing compares to texting,” said state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, the Senate sponsor of the legislation. “It’s a dangerous practice.” She added the texting ban to a bill that extends the firearms proficiency certification period for retired federal peace officers. The Senate vote on the final version of the...
  • Voter ID bill gets final OK [Texas Senate]

    05/09/2011 4:18:55 PM PDT · by deport · 29 replies
    American Statesman ^ | May 9, 2011 | Mike Ward
    The Texas Senate this afternoon approved a final version of the controversial Voter ID bill, including a new state election identification card that will be issued by state police for voters who have no other ID. The final version of Senate Bill 14 was approved 19-12, along party lines, with Republicans voting in the majority. Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, said the bill is designed to thwart voter fraud. Several final tweaks were made in the legislation earlier passed by the Senate and House, but Fraser said none were substantive. Fraser said the new election-only ID will look much...
  • Will Sarah Palin run for president and can she win?

    03/07/2011 6:19:25 AM PST · by deport · 243 replies · 1+ views
    BBC Newsnight ^ | Mar. 7, 2011 | Jackie Long
    Sarah Palin, one of the best known and most controversial figures in American politics, told BBC Newsnight she was weighing up whether the US was ready for an "unconventional" presidential candidate like her. "You run the race to win the race. That's for sure." Speaking in Alaska, the state's former governor said if she did decide to run she would be fully committed. But the cost together with whether voters were ready to make a win a reality, were issues she still needed to think about. "Obama has already said he's going to spend a billion dollars (Ł615.4m) on...
  • How the Fight Started [Levity on a Monday night]

    01/03/2011 5:33:21 PM PST · by deport · 8 replies
    Email | 1-4-11 | Unknown
    From an email circulating the net.... I thought some may get a laugh or two out of it. I did. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx HOW TO START A FIGHT: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift... The next year, I didn't buy her a gift.. When she asked me why, I replied, "Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!" And that's how the fight started..... ________________________________ My wife and I were watching "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" while we were in bed. I turned to her and said,...
  • Plan unveiled for Senate write-in count [Alaska Senator: Miller - Murkoswki]

    11/09/2010 5:02:51 PM PST · by deport · 35 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | 11-09-10 | Joshua Saul
    The Division of Elections has unveiled the process by which it will count the write-in votes in the U.S. Senate race. The write-in count will begin Wednesday morning, though the division is also counting more than 20,000 absentee ballots today. The ballots will be transported by Goldbelt Security from the Division of Elections ballot room to Juneau's Alaska Litho Building, where there will be 15 teams of two elections officials, with an observer from both the Murkowski and Miller camps likely sitting at each table.When the counting of the write-in ballots begins, election workers will open the sealed envelopes...
  • Users seek 'bath salts' high

    11/04/2010 11:37:28 AM PDT · by deport · 43 replies · 11+ views
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | 11-2-2010 | Heather Nolan, Beth Rankin
    Bath salts apparently aren't being used just to make bath time more fun anymore. Authorities are interested in reports that people are buying a version of the products marketed as "concentrated bath salts" not so much for their added relaxation, but instead to get high. The fine powdered substance is sold in 500-milligram containers and is available locally for $29.99. It is sold behind the counter at some gas stations and head shops around Southeast Texas. It comes in screw-top jars about an inch high and an inch around. Law enforcement officials and medical experts aren't sure exactly what's...
  • Jury chosen for Tom DeLay's money laundering trial [Texas former congressman]

    10/27/2010 3:49:39 PM PDT · by deport · 21 replies
    AP via American Statesman ^ | 10-26-2010 | JUAN A. LOZANO
    AUSTIN, Texas — A jury was chosen Tuesday in the trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a once powerful but polarizing politician accused of illegally financing Texas GOP legislative races in 2002. The panel of six men and six women, along with two alternates, was selected after attorneys spent more than eight hours quizzing potential jurors about whether their political beliefs could interfere in their ability to make an impartial decision. Most said it wouldn't affect them........ DeLay is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted of money laundering, he faces...
  • Missing American's wife provides detailed statement to authorities [Hartley-Falcon Lake]

    10/18/2010 6:26:24 AM PDT · by deport · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-18-2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- The wife of an American reportedly shot dead by gunmen believed linked to a Mexican drug gang gave an eight-hour interview and provided a detailed statement to federal and state authorities in Mexico, she said Monday. Tiffany Hartley told CNN's "American Morning" she gave a detailed account of what happened on September 30, from the time she and her husband David left their McAllen, Texas, home until she left a sheriff's office that night. Hartley recounted the incident Monday, saying she and her husband headed to Falcon Lake, which straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, that day to "enjoy...
  • Early voting transforms strategy [list of states with early voting]

    10/09/2010 6:10:52 AM PDT · by deport · 38 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/4/2010 | Tom Curry
    Move over Election Day, make way for Election Month. Voters across the nation will cast their votes for federal, state and local offices on Nov. 2. But in Iowa, they began voting two weeks ago and can take advantage of early participation through Oct. 30. In Ohio, voters started casting ballots last Tuesday, and early voting runs until Nov. 1.
  • Trends favor Perry, latest polls show [Texas Governor race]

    10/08/2010 3:07:23 AM PDT · by deport · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Housto | 10-8-10 | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    <p>AUSTIN — Three new public opinion surveys show Gov. Rick Perry on the cusp of a re-election majority while former Houston Mayor Bill White remains mired with less than 45 percent support.</p> <p>Rice University political scientist Mark Jones said White is stuck at the base Democratic vote because he has been unable to make a policy or message issue stick to Perry as a negative........</p>
  • Could Matt Doheny eclipse Doug Hoffman's shooting star in NY's 23rd district?

    09/12/2010 6:43:44 AM PDT · by deport · 20 replies
    The Post-Standard ^ | September 12, 2010 | Mark Weiner
    Washington -- A year ago, Doug Hoffman could do no wrong in the eyes of conservative Republicans, who viewed the political newcomer as a rising star, the darling of the tea party movement. As a third-party candidate seeking an open seat in the 23rd Congressional District, his anti-Washington message resonated from Upstate New York across the nation. A conservative group honored him in Washington with its Charlton Heston “Courage Under Fire” award. He fell just 3,600 votes short of an upset win against both major political parties. But as the millionaire accountant from Saranac Lake makes his second bid...
  • Wal-Mart's new smart tags on men's clothes worry privacy experts

    07/23/2010 2:37:58 PM PDT · by deport · 135 replies
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | 7-23-2010 | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
    NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is putting electronic identification tags on men's clothing like jeans starting Aug. 1 as the world's largest retailer tries to gain more control of its inventory. But the move is raising eyebrows among privacy experts. The individual garments, which also includes underwear and socks, will have removable smart tags that can be read from a distance by Wal-Mart workers with scanners. In seconds, the worker will be able to know what sizes are missing and will also be able tell what it has on hand in the stock room. Such instant knowledge will...
  • A Question.........

    07/03/2010 11:30:04 AM PDT · by deport · 24 replies
    Question: A man is in the woods and speaks. His wife isn't there to hear him. Is he still wrong?.........
  • BP says relief well getting closer to target [about 20 feet horizontally]

    06/28/2010 12:24:54 PM PDT · by deport · 17 replies
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | June 28, 2010 | HARRY R. WEBER
    HOUSTON — BP says the rig drilling the relief well that's the best hope of stopping the Gulf oil spill has made it within about 20 feet horizontally of the blown-out well that's gushing crude. BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said Monday that the rig is going to drill an additional 900 feet down before crews cut in sideways and start pumping in heavy mud to try to stop the flow from the damaged well. It's currently about 16,770 feet down. Wells says BP is moving extremely cautiously to make sure everything is lined up correctly and the...
  • Marine earns Lamar degree from base in Afghanistan [Lamar Univ. Beaumont, Tx]

    05/21/2010 3:14:13 PM PDT · by deport · 4 replies · 205+ views
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | May 20, 2010 | TERESA MIOLI
    Aaron Taylor of Vidor is earning his degree from Lamar University from a rather unconventional classroom: a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.The husband, father and corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps is earning his degree via the school's online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program, according to a news release from Lamar University.When Taylor enlisted with the Marines, he had earned 120 credits and was a few courses short of earning his biology degree."I wanted to start at the bottom and work my way up," Taylor told Lamar. "I felt that if I understood the enlisted side, then...
  • Offshore natural gas platform sinks off Venezuela [95 workers rescued]

    05/13/2010 9:06:46 AM PDT · by deport · 32 replies · 1,176+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | 5-13-2010 | FABIOLA SANCHEZ
    May 13, 2010, 9:35AM CARACAS, Venezuela — An offshore natural-gas platform sank off Venezuela on Thursday, and 95 workers were rescued safely, the government said. All of the workers on the Aban Pearl platform off eastern Sucre state were safely evacuated, and the sinking poses no threat to the environment, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez told state television. The navy rescued the workers using a frigate and boats after the gas platform disappeared into the Caribbean Sea at 1:50 a.m. Houston time, Ramirez said. President Hugo Chavez announced the sinking on Twitter early Thursday, saying: “To my sorrow, I inform...
  • Boat with containment box arrives at oil site [Deepwater Horizon]

    05/06/2010 9:15:25 AM PDT · by deport · 27 replies · 976+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | 5-06-2010 | HARRY R. WEBER and CAIN BURDEAU
    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — With success uncertain, a boat carrying a 100-ton concrete-and-steel contraption designed to siphon off the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico arrived at the scene Thursday in an unprecedented attempt to cap a blown-out well spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons a day. Another boat with a crane would start lowering the box to the seafloor later in the day. Engineers hope it will be the best short-term solution to controlling the leak that has only worsened since it began two weeks ago. The waters at the spill site Thursday morning were calm...
  • Gulf spill could reach delta tonight [Deepwater Horizon]

    04/29/2010 6:32:59 PM PDT · by deport · 20 replies · 548+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 4-29-2010 | JENNIFER A. DLOUHY and MONICA HATCHER
    A federal official said Thursday afternoon that the leading edge of the Gulf oil slick could reach the Mississippi River delta sometime Thursday night, and an executive said BP has asked the Department of Defense for technical help. In Washington, lawmakers raised the heat on the offshore energy industry, although the Obama administration stopped short on Thursday of backing off its commitment to expanded drilling. The White House dispatched top officials from the Homeland Security Department, Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department to the Gulf Coast, and President Barack Obama on Thursday called the five Gulf Coast state governors...
  • Crews fail to cap well in oil spillage after rig blast [Gulf of Mexico]

    04/26/2010 7:02:34 AM PDT · by deport · 16 replies · 561+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 4-26-2010 | MONICA HATCHER
    As the Deepwater Horizon's well continued to gush 42,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, response teams that were unable on Sunday to seal off the wellhead about a mile underwater turned their attention to containing the spill at its source. Officials at BP, responsible for the environmental clean-up efforts as the rig's lease operator, said they were engineering a system to lower a dome-like structure over the well to capture the oil and funnel it to a collection tank on the surface..... Efforts to staunch the flow were being complicated by the sheer depths...
  • FLDS members plead, get sentences [Texas]

    04/15/2010 3:39:07 PM PDT · by deport · 8 replies · 249+ views
    San Angelo Standard Times ^ | 4-15-2010 | Matthew Waller
    SAN ANGELO, Texas — Two members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints pleaded no contest Thursday morning in San Angelo to charges that included sexual assault of a child. Lehi Barlow Jeffs, 31, took a plea deal for eight years in prison for sexual assault of a child who was bound to him in a nonlegal marriage when the girl was 15 years old. The assault itself, based on the birth of her child, was alleged to have occurred on Sept. 18, 2006. Jeffs also plead no contest to bigamy, having had three wives,...
  • Where will Texas find money to fill budget gap?

    04/05/2010 6:44:18 AM PDT · by deport · 33 replies · 928+ views
    American Statesman ^ | 4-4-10 | Kate Alexander
    Somewhere, somehow, Texas will have to find some new money. It is too soon to say how much extra will be needed to help close the projected shortfall in the state's 2012-13 budget. Estimates of the budget hole range from a very conservative figure of $11 billion to more than $15 billion. Budget cuts are already in the offing. State leaders are expected to pull the trigger soon on about $1 billion in spending trims, which could include prison guard layoffs and reduced payments to doctors and other Medicaid providers. But budget watchers say it is unlikely that legislators...
  • Texas border agent kills Mexican with marijuana

    04/02/2010 2:45:29 PM PDT · by deport · 49 replies · 1,178+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | 4-2-10 | The Associated Press
    LAREDO, Texas — A Border Patrol agent shot and killed an unarmed man on the banks of the Rio Grande following a foot chase and a struggle, authorities said Friday. Border Patrol agents found several men carrying five bundles of marijuana, weighing about 260 pounds, onto the river bank in Laredo near a residential neighborhood late Wednesday night, said Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza Jr. The men scattered when the agents approached. An agent caught up with one of the alleged smugglers, and the pair struggled in the brush before the agent shot the man once in the chest,...