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  • Dueling rallies: Who supports NASA more?

    05/14/2010 8:56:42 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 4 replies · 256+ views
    The Galveston Daily News ^ | May 14, 2010 | T. J. Aulds
    There are two pro-NASA rallies scheduled for tonight in League City. The county Democratic Party and labor union groups host one, while the other is put together by a coalition of conservative groups including members of the local Tea Party groups and Glenn Beck 912 Project members. The subject is a hot button issue because of President Barack Obama’s proposed budget that includes the dismantling of the Constellation program and its return to the moon before trips to Mars missions. At first blush you would think it’s great that two groups with differing political views would come together for a...
  • Homeowner Cleared Of Killing Burglary Suspects

    06/30/2008 4:06:59 PM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 31 replies · 50+ views
    Click2Houston ^ | 06/30/08 | KPRC Channel 2 News
    A Pasadena homeowner who fatally shot two men suspected of burglarizing his neighbor's house is cleared by a Harris County grand jury, KPRC Local 2 reports.
  • Planet Slayer: Prof. Schpinkee’s Greenhouse Calculator

    05/27/2008 5:30:14 PM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 30 replies · 481+ views
    Web page, Planet Slayer ^ | 2003 | Australian Broadcasting Company
    Take a look at this web page. Find out when you should DIE: Propaganda to brain wash Australian children. A questionnaire to calculate your carbon footprint and predict how long you will/should live on the planet.
  • FAA investigating unexplained object that came near Continental jet

    05/26/2008 3:23:50 PM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 90 replies · 468+ views
    KHOU TV, Houston, TX ^ | May 26, 2008 | Jeremy Desel
    HOUSTON -- Federal officials are working to find out just what happened in the sky over Houston this morning. Continental Flight 1544 was 11 miles east of Bush Intercontinental Airport after takeoff this morning, when the pilot called the tower to report an object near the plane. The plane was at about 5,000 feet at the time of the report and the flight continued on to Cleveland. Sources told 11 News that the flight was met by Continental officials and FAA investigators to interview the passengers and crew.
  • Rosenthal won't run, but who will?

    01/02/2008 4:29:34 PM PST · by i_dont_chat · 72+ views
    KTRK-TV, Houston, TX ^ | 01/02/08 | Cynthia Cisneros
    HOUSTON -- We learned Wednesday night that Chuck Rosenthal has decided not to run for re-election as Harris County district attorney. But who the Republicans will back to run in his place is still uncertain. More at link.
  • Naked Men: The ManKind Project and Michael Scinto

    10/06/2007 5:53:22 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 21 replies · 1,969+ views
    The Houston Press ^ | 10-04-07 | Chris Vogel
    The organization was supposed to make him a better man. Instead, his parents say, it made him a dead one. The ManKind Project offers trainings which support men in developing lives of integrity, accountability and connection to feeling." — From The ManKind Project Web site "They had three naked men bring out two chickens that they hit with a ­hammer." — Michael Scinto in a letter to a ­Madison County sheriff's deputy. Michael Scinto was literally scared to death. On an isolated 11-acre compound down a winding, country dirt road 110 miles north of Houston, Scinto watched as the leader...
  • In Case We Can't Give Up the Cars -- Try 16 Trillion Mirrors

    06/22/2007 6:53:41 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 75 replies · 1,758+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 22, 2007 | Robert Lee Hotz
    In Case We Can't Give Up the Cars -- Try 16 Trillion Mirrors What if we wait too long to act on global warming? What if nothing we do is enough? Already, scientists are working up plans of last resort: stratospheric sprays of sulfur, trillions of orbiting mirrors and thousands of huge off-shore saltwater fountains. Each is designed to counteract global warming by deliberately deflecting sunlight, rather than by retooling the world's economy to eliminate carbon-rich oil, coal and natural gas. More at link (a must read) Another related article from February 2007
  • Texas Governor Vetoes Eminent Domain Reform

    06/19/2007 7:11:33 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 24 replies · 653+ views
    Citizens Fighting Eminent Domain Abuse ^ | June 18, 2007 | John Kramer; Lisa Knepper
    Arlington, Va.—On Friday, June 15, 2007, Texas Governor Rick Perry vetoed HB 2006, an eminent domain reform measure that overwhelmingly passed both chambers of the Texas Legislature. The bill was designed to close a loophole that remained from an earlier bill Perry signed two years ago in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Kelo v. City of New London decision. Perry becomes only the fourth governor to veto an eminent domain bill since Kelo. In the three other states, however, reform still passed when the Iowa Legislature overrode one veto, New Mexico’s executive signed other reform legislation this year...
  • US Urges Scientists to Block Out Sun

    01/29/2007 11:16:38 AM PST · by i_dont_chat · 82 replies · 1,987+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 29, 2007 | David Adam and Liz Minchin
    The US wants the world's scientists to develop technology to block sunlight as a last-ditch way to halt global warming. It says research into techniques such as giant mirrors in space or reflective dust pumped into the atmosphere would be "important insurance" against rising emissions, and has lobbied for such a strategy to be recommended by a UN report on climate change, the first part of which is due out on Friday). The US has also attempted to steer the UN report, prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), away from conclusions that would support a new worldwide...
  • Officer Fatally Shot by Suspect (Houston, TX)

    09/21/2006 5:49:02 PM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 15 replies · 386+ views
    ABC13 TV Houston, TX ^ | 9/21/06 | Channel 13
    Man taken into police custody. An officer has been shot, apparently by a suspect he pulled over on a traffic stop. Breaking.
  • Mayor's Daughter Arrested on Suspicion of DWI (Houston TX)

    08/01/2006 7:06:40 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 57 replies · 2,207+ views
    KPRC, Channel 2 News, Houston, TX ^ | August 1, 2006 | KPRC
    HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Bill White's daughter was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, officials told KPRC Local 2. MORE AT LINK
  • Best Search Engine? Google or Yahoo

    07/11/2006 6:41:53 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 11 replies · 319+ views
    In your experience, which has the best search engine: Google or Yahoo? Google appears to be the preferred by Internet users, but I consistently find more information using Yahoo. What am I missing? Why is Google all the rage? Thanks.
  • Judge in Durst case finds carcass of cat

    07/01/2006 6:57:42 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 10 replies · 548+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | July 1, 2006 | Kevin Moran
    GALVESTON - The judge in the 2003 murder trial of New York millionaire Robert Durst found the cleanly severed front legs and head of a gray cat in front of her home Thursday. Galveston Police Chief Kenneth Mack said late Friday that investigators do not know if the partial cat carcass is related to the Durst case — where the former heir of a real estate magnate was acquitted of murder charges in the death of his Galveston neighbor, but admitted to cutting up the man's body and tossing the parts into Galveston Bay. The man's head was never recovered....
  • Google Video to Offer US National Archives Films Online

    02/27/2006 6:43:23 AM PST · by i_dont_chat · 15 replies · 502+ views ^ | Feb. 27, 2006 | Google Inc.
    Search giant Google Inc. Friday announced the launch of a pilot programme that would make films from the collections preserved by the US National Archives available online. Through this service, the general public would be able to view historic documentaries and movies belonging to the National Archives for free via the Mountain View, California-based company’s video service, Google Video. The pilot programme features 103 films. The non-exclusive agreement boosts Google's efforts in popularizing its online video search service, which so far has not been tremendously successful. (more at link)
  • You Never Know Who You'll See in the Mall

    12/23/2005 6:54:22 AM PST · by i_dont_chat · 24 replies · 1,020+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | December 23, 2005 | Kevin Moran
    Trial judge has an awkward encounter with Durst in Galleria Two days before Robert Durst violated parole with a trip to Galveston County last Friday, the New York millionaire had a close, strange encounter with the judge who presided over his sensational murder trial two years ago. State officials say Houston's Galleria wasn't on parolee Durst's list of approved stops Dec. 14, when he ran across state District Judge Susan Criss of Galveston. Criss said she was Christmas shopping when she saw a familiar figure coming toward her, a man talking on a cell phone. "I saw him and thought...
  • State of Texas - Proposed Constitutional Amendments

    10/09/2005 11:14:04 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 9 replies · 420+ views
    Proposed Constitutional Amendments – State of Texas Nine (9) Propositions on Ballot – Nov. 8, 2005 – State of Texas Proposition No. 2: prohibiting gay marriages Sponsors: Representataive Warren Chisum (R) Senator Todd Staples (R) Ballot Language: "The constitutional amendment providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage."
  • Missing Utah Boy Found Alive

    06/21/2005 12:20:59 PM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 4 replies · 615+ views
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  • Explosion in Texas City kills 4

    03/23/2005 12:43:40 PM PST · by i_dont_chat · 54 replies · 1,927+ views
    Four fatalities are confirmed by BP and at least 10 injured are en route to UTMB. Shelter in place issued by Texas City Emergency Management for Texas City ISD has expired. Explosion reported at BP plant in Texas City around 1:20 p.m.

    01/17/2005 12:45:38 PM PST · by i_dont_chat · 16 replies · 921+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 16, 2005 | By Douglas Montero and Stefan C. Friedman
    The father of a murdered New Jersey family was threatened for making anti-Muslim remarks online — and the gruesome quadruple slaying may have been the hateful retaliation, sources told The Post yesterday. Hossam Armanious, 47, who along with his wife and two daughters was found stabbed to death in his Jersey City home early Friday, would regularly debate religion in a Middle Eastern chat room, one source said. Armanious, an Egyptian Christian, was well known for expressing his Coptic beliefs and engaging in fiery back-and-forth with Muslims on the Web site He "had the reputation for being one of...
  • Osama: U.S. must stop threatening Muslims

    10/30/2004 7:51:10 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 31 replies · 1,222+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | 10/30/04 | Paul Haven
    Quoting OBL in his message to Americans: "Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands and each state which does not harm our security will remain safe." OBL's statement is a direct threat to the people in the States carried by Bush in the election. The implied meaning is that the people in the States which go for Kerry will be safe. This is a DIRECT threat, is it not? Of course, it is an attempt to sway the presidential election. OBL is saying that the States...
  • Kerry’s Strategies Not Relevant to Present Day World

    10/20/2004 7:06:52 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 4 replies · 243+ views
    Arab News ^ | October 20, 2004 | Amir Taheri
    Pre-emption and unilateralism are the two most frequently used terms against President George W. Bush’s foreign policy in the current presidential election campaign. Sen. John Kerry, the Democrat Party’s presidential nominee, accuses Bush of breaking with an established tradition of American foreign policy. Kerry says the US should use force only after it is attacked, and then, only in conjunction with allies, and endorsement by the United Nations. Unilateralism and pre-emption, Kerry asserts, are alien to American traditions. But are they? Both the kind of foreign policy that Kerry offers and the one practiced by Bush after Sept. 11, 2001...
  • Judge Rejects Durst Plea Bargain

    09/22/2004 6:27:51 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 261+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 09/22/04 | KEVIN MORAN
    GALVESTON - A Galveston judge rejected a plea bargain that would have closed out two bail-jumping charges and one evidence-tampering charge against New York millionaire Robert Durst.
  • Explosion and Fire at Texas City Chemical Plant

    03/30/2004 5:46:35 PM PST · by i_dont_chat · 171 replies · 965+ views
    Channel 13, Houston, Texas, just reported a series of 4 explosions and a large fire at Amoco Chemical Company in Texas City -- I think it is called BP now. My mother in TC felt 2 of the blasts. Plant is at Highway 146 and Texas Avenue.
  • Robert Durst Charged Again

    02/12/2004 4:07:55 PM PST · by i_dont_chat · 4 replies · 149+ views
    Just heard on TV. Galveston County TX has charged Robert Durst with tampering with evidence (chopping up the body of his neighbor Morris Black). Judge has set ANOTHER bond -- ANOTHER $1 billion. That makes a total bond of $3 billion (with a B).
  • Judge Sets Durst's Bail at Two Billion Dollars

    12/03/2003 10:33:41 AM PST · by i_dont_chat · 92 replies · 299+ views
    District Judge Susan Criss sets Durst's bail at two billion dollars -- with a "B". One Billion for each charge. Durst made an audible gasp in Court when he heard the amount. Defense attorneys threated to appeal to a higher court.
  • A Child Murderer Scheduled for Execution in Texas

    08/27/2003 9:45:44 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 15 replies · 296+ views
    Convicted murdered Perry Allen Austin is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas September 8, 2003. Austin was sentenced to death after pleading guilty to the murder of 8 year-old David Karim Kazmouz in 1992. David Kazmouz disappeared after leaving his neighbor’s yard in the direction of his home in the 6400 block of Leader on August 19, 1992. Houston police and the FBI conducted an extensive investigation. Several concerned citizens assisted in searches for the boy without result. David’s skeletal remains were found on April 24, 1993, in a wooded area about six miles from his home....
  • Democratic Judge Sues College Trustee for Libel

    08/02/2003 11:18:17 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 1 replies · 75+ views
    Texas City Sun ^ | August 2, 2003 | Lora Bernard
    Texas City Sun Published August 02, 2003 GALVESTON — A district judge has filed a lawsuit claiming her reputation was damaged when she was accused of having a bias in the controversial arbitration hearing that will likely cost taxpayers at least $11 million. Judge Norma Venso filed suit Thursday afternoon against Don Criss, who serves as a College of the Mainland board trustee. Her suit claims that a letter-to-the-editor Criss penned accuses her of knowingly choosing an arbitrator that would cast a vote for BP. BP sued the Galveston Central Appraisal District and eventually had its Texas City property valued...
  • Elizabeth Smart's Recovery is Amazing -- but so is this!

    03/13/2003 7:12:34 AM PST · by i_dont_chat · 36 replies · 6,676+ views
    As amazing as Elizabeth Smart's case is, it is not as amazing as the 1981 kidnapping and the recovery of 15-year old Leslie Marie Gattas in Memphis TN. She survived a 4-month captivity, being held in the crawl-space above the entrance hall of one of Memphis’ largest churches. THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL, Memphis, TN October 23, 1997 LESLIE GATTAS KIDNAPPER STUBBLEFIELD LOSES LAST BID FOR PAROLE Ernest Earl Stubblefield, the kidnapper in one of the city's most notorious crimes, was denied parole Wednesday by the Tennessee Board of Paroles. The parole hearing was Stubblefield's last chance at parole. The denial means...
  • Rail Tanker Explosion at BASF Plant in Freeport, TX

    09/13/2002 8:02:33 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 41 replies · 793+ views
    TV stations in Houston, TX, are reporting a large explosion in a BASF facility in Freeport, TX. Reports are coming out that a tanker car has exploded and a building housing tanker cars has been leveled.
  • Man Sentenced to Death for Killing Boy in 1992

    04/04/2002 7:25:15 AM PST · by i_dont_chat · 5 replies · 445+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 4, 2002 | Lisa Teachey
    Man sentenced to death for killing boy in 1992 By Lisa Teachey, Houston Chronicle, Thursday, April 4, 2002 After deliberating less than 10 minutes Wednesday, a jury sentenced a man to death by lethal injection in the 1992 slaying of a 9-year-old boy whose case was unsolved for almost a decade. Perry Allen Austin, 42, pleaded guilty earlier this week to capital murder. He confessed to killing David Kazmouz to get back at Kazmouz's older teen-age brother. Austin, who already is serving 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child and an additional 20 years for stabbing an inmate,...