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  • Robert Durst "Was Tricked" in "The Jinx," Lawyer Says

    03/24/2015 5:53:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 3/24/15 | Stacey Kilpatrick
    Robert Durst’s lawyer said Tuesday that his 71-year-old client “was tricked” while filming the HBO documentary in which the millionaire was recorded saying "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course." “The editing was designed for good television, but it wasn’t designed to get to the truth," attorney Dick DeGuerin said in an interview on the "Today" show. "The Jinx" chronicled the life of the eccentric and controversial real estate heir, including the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen, the 2000 death of his friend Susan Berman and the 2001 shooting death and dismemberment of Durst’s...
  • Texas Police Pull Over Woman So Fellow Officer Can Propose

    01/20/2015 2:19:17 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    WRIC ABC8 ^ | January 20, 2015, 10:11 am | Emily Satchell
    This Texas police officer is accustomed to making traffic stops, but he’s never been through one like this one. Galveston Police Officer Gregory Parris arranged for other officers to pull over his girlfriend, Sara Wolff, so that he could propose to her in an elaborate ruse caught on dashboard camera.
  • Mapped: The beaches where Lego washes up

    01/03/2015 12:21:52 AM PST · by moose07 · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 January 2015 | Mario Cacciottolo
    The story of millions of Lego pieces washing up on beaches attracted huge interest when first told by the Magazine. The list of places where the toys have been spotted is still growing. Beachcomber Tracey Williams has been picking up Lego along the Cornish coastline ever since a container spill dumped millions of the toy pieces into the sea in 1997. Since the curious tale was reported by the Magazine, dozens of people have contacted Williams to say they, too, have found parts of the much-loved toy scattered on shores. Snip Most of the people who've contacted her found Lego...
  • Iraq wants tanker dispute to stay in U.S.

    11/15/2014 6:39:01 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 14, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Iraq wants an international dispute over a tanker of crude floating for more than three months off Galveston’s coast to remain in U.S. courts because Kurdistan refuses to resolve the matter on Iraqi soil, according to recent court filings. “It appears to be Iraqi Kurdistan’s position that no court in the world may adjudicate this matter,” Baghdad’s attorneys argued in court filings Thursday. “While the issues should be decided in Iraq, they certainly may be decided here.” The Kurdistan Regional Government two months ago asked U.S. District Judge Gray Miller to dismiss Iraq’s pleases to seize more than 1 million...
  • September 8, 1900: When a hurricane changed history

    09/08/2014 6:08:29 AM PDT · by eastforker · 29 replies
    KPRC ^ | 9/8/2014 | Bill Read
    In 1900 Galveston was the largest and fastest growing city in Texas. Prospects were bright for the shining city by the sea. The port was important and growing as both exports and imports were rising rapidly with the move westward in America. Houston, on the other hand, was a smaller city still trying to find the path to destiny. The 1900 hurricane season had been unusually quiet through most of August – no storms at all in the Atlantic or Gulf. In late August a disturbance moved into the Atlantic from Africa and began its trek to the west. The...
  • HHS Bankrolled Catholic and Baptist Church from 2010 to 2013 to Prepare for Obama’s 2014 Invasion!

    07/11/2014 11:05:17 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 186 replies
    Liberty News ^ | July 11 2014 | Eric Odom
    FULL TITLE: EXCLUSIVE: HHS Bankrolled Catholic and Baptist Church from 2010 to 2013 to Prepare for Obama’s 2014 Invasion!//// A month or two ago news broke that Obama’s HHS was calling for private contractors to help transport illegal aliens throughout the interior United States. What made this already big news even bigger is the fact that the original call for proposals came out in January, long before the bulk of the illegal alien surge began. The breaking news you’re about to read is ten times bigger, because the following proves the Obama administration was bankrolling America’s churches back in 2010....
  • Police beat up entire wedding party, ruin pro baseball player’s career

    04/20/2014 2:04:31 PM PDT · by null and void · 72 replies
    PSUSA ^ | April 19, 2014 | Amanda Lankford and Gil O'Balle
    A dozen wedding guests were beaten, tased, pepper sprayed, and arrested. GALVESTON, TX — More than a dozen wedding guests were brutalized by police officers during a raid on a wedding party at a hotel. Cops fired tasers, used batons, and generously applied pepper spray to the guests of a bride and groom hours after their wedding. Among them was former pro-baseball star Brandon Backe, who said the shoulder injuries that he received from police caused his pitching career to end. After causing a gaping head wound, bruises, hair pulled out, a broken nose, and pepper spray on numerous individuals,...
  • Galveston to celebrate 175th birthday with a year of events (amazing pics of 1900 hurricane)

    12/19/2013 6:58:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 19, 2013 | Craig Hlavaty
    The city of Galveston turns a ripe 175 years old in 2014 and they are planning to celebrate a vital part of its growth each month by spotlighting some of the things that have kept the city humming since 1839. Galveston was the home to many firsts for Texas, including our first newspaper, telegraph, grocery store, hospital, and national bank, just to name a few. ..."Each month, we will be highlighting a unique characteristic of Galveston," said Rogers. "The hurricanes and weather that have shaped our island will also be a big focus of the anniversary."
  • The father of fracking

    08/07/2013 12:53:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    The Economist ^ | AUG 3,2013 | Schumpeter
    Mr Mitchell was the embodiment of the American dream. His father was a poor Greek immigrant, a goatherd who later ran a shoeshine shop in Galveston, Texas. Mr Mitchell had to work his way through university, but graduated top of his class. He left a fortune of more than $2 billion and a Texas landscape studded with examples of his philanthropy: he was particularly generous to university research departments and to Galveston. Mr Mitchell was also the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit. He did not discover shale gas and oil: geological surveys had revealed them decades before he started. He...
  • Obama's Social Security Games Make Case For Private Pensions

    01/16/2013 7:47:45 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 15 Jan 2012 | Editorial
    Politics: President Obama threatened Social Security checks would be delayed if Congress didn't play ball on the debt ceiling. Once again, he turned pensions into a political football. There are ways to stop this. Americans should know: Social Security payments won't be affected by debt-ceiling talks, and Obama knows it. Still, it's not as if the Social Security system is healthy. In a Page 1 story Monday, IBD's Jed Graham reported that 2013 marks the first year new Social Security retirees will outlive the trust fund. Their benefits will be slashed 25% as the system goes bust in 2033. So...
  • Galveston County Extends Voting Hours

    11/06/2012 12:34:33 PM PST · by 1riot1ranger · 29 replies
    city hall email ^ | 11/6/2012 | City of League City
    Galveston County has extended voting hours until 8:54 pm. Votes after 7:00 will be counted as provisional. County will have further details available at the polling location and on Galveston County website. Any idea what caused this extension?
  • Littoral Combat Ship to be commissioned on [Galveston] isle

    09/10/2012 2:12:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Galveston Daily News ^ | September 10, 2012 | Bronwyn Turner
    More photosGALVESTON — Several thousand onlookers will crowd Pier 21 in Galveston next week, eager for a glimpse at a new breed of Navy warship and the crew that will man her. The vessel is a football field in length and so fast designers compare her to a sports car on supersized steroids. She’ll arrive at Port 21 as the Fort Worth and gain the official title of the USS Fort Worth after commissioning ceremonies Sept. 22. Ernie Connor, U.S. Navy retired, director of the Galveston Naval Foundation, described how events will take place during the ceremony. “Congressman Kay...
  • RINO Alert - Liberal Democrat Judge Wayne Mallia trying to steal Republican nomination

    04/19/2012 1:01:06 PM PDT · by Todd Kinsey · 1 replies
    The 2012 Republican Primary is just over a month away and there are a number of races where lifelong liberal Democrats have decided to change parties in a desperate attempt to hoodwink Texas voters. After watching every Democrat in Galveston County lose to a Republican challenger in the 2010 midterm election cycle, Judge Wayne Mallia saw the writing on the wall. In a desperate attempt to hold on to his seat as Judge of the 405th District Court in Galveston, Mallia decided to roll the dice and see if he could steal the Republican nomination.
  • Galveston Tea Party to Host Tax Day Rally

    04/09/2012 10:01:59 AM PDT · by Todd Kinsey · 2 replies
    examiner ^ | Todd Kinsey
    <p>Galveston, TX – On Saturday, April 14th the Galveston Tea Party will be holding their annual Tax Day Rally. The event will be held from 1:00 PM to 3:00 at the Old County Courthouse located at, 722 Moody Avenue, Galveston, TX 77550. Guest Speakers include County Judge Mark Henry, Paul Bettencourt and local Republican favorite Chery Johnson who is the county’s longtime tax collector. The event will be emceed by talk radio host George Lee and will feature music by the Monument Baptist Church Quartet. There is sure to be plenty of Tea Party and Republican candidates on hand to talk with voters. Event organizers suggest that attendees bring chairs to sit on. For more information please visit Galveston Tea or email</p>
  • Why Rick Perry is wrong about Social Security (Galveston County does not provide Federal protection)

    09/17/2011 9:03:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/17/2011 | Michael Hiltzik
    Misinformed and mendacious attacks on Social Security have become such familiar conservative shibboleths that it can be hard to muster the energy to beat them down anymore. Then along comes Rick Perry, the Texas governor. He's suggested that it's unconstitutional (a notion the Supreme Court disposed of in 1937) and after announcing his candidacy he called it a "monstrous lie." Perry's solution is to return the sponsorship of government retirement programs to the states, which he insists can handle the job better than the federal government. As evidence he points to an alternative retirement plan set up by Galveston and...
  • Galveston County is at the center of the great social security “ponzi” debate

    09/14/2011 11:06:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Beaumont Enterprises ^ | 09/13/2011 | Gator
    The Rickster has been fending off his “Social Security-as-criminal-enterprise words” ever since he tossed his revolver into the ring, but it turns out our neighbors in Galveston County have been the “test tube babies” of a brave new alternative social security universe. Back in the 70s, county workers used a short-lived federal provision and voted to opt out of social security. Instead, they decided to place their retirement cash into one of Dubya’s favorite pet policies: Personal savings accounts. It’s been forty some years, so how did that bold maneuver work out for these intrepid Gulf coasters? For the majority,...
  • Texas Teen 'Vampire' Bites Stranger, Says He 'Needed to Feed'

    08/17/2011 5:53:59 AM PDT · by topher · 53 replies ^ | August 17, 2011
    GALVESTON, Texas – A Texas man was behind bars Monday after breaking into a stranger's apartment and biting her neck, claiming he was a 500-year-old vampire who "needed to feed," the Houston Chronicle reported. Lyle Monroe Bensley, 19, is being held on a charge of burglary with intent to commit assault after the incident, which occurred early Saturday in Galveston, Texas, about 50 miles southeast of Houston. Wearing only boxer shorts, Bensley forced his way into the apartment of a woman he did not know and made growling and hissing noises while biting and hitting his victim in her bed,...
  • Self-Proclaimed 'Vampire' Allegedly Breaks Into Woman's Apartment

    08/15/2011 2:52:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    KTRK ^ | 8/14/2011
    A Galveston man is under arrest following a bizarre incident in a woman's apartment over the weekend. Lyle Bensley, 19, is accused of breaking into a woman's apartment in the 7800 block of Seawall Boulevard early Saturday morning. According to Galveston Police Captain Jeff Heyse, Bensley, who was wearing only boxers at the time, hissed and growled at the resident while biting her. The woman managed to get away and called 911. Bensley was arrested a short time later and reportedly told police he was a vampire. He has been charged with burglary of a habitation, intending to commit a...
  • The Perez family's agony and ecstasy: From abortion to ordination

    08/04/2011 5:41:55 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies ^ | July - August 2011 | Doug Bean
    The Perez family's agony and ecstasy: From abortion to ordination When Victor (hereafter referred to as Vic) and Karen Perez’s son was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 4 in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas, the Perez family was all together and shed tears of joy at this blessed moment. Everyone, that is, except the oldest sibling. However, Vic and Karen believe that the child they named Joseph Manuel was with them in spirit, and that his presence filled the cathedral-and their hearts-with gladness rather than sadness.Joseph is the child and sibling the Perez family never had the privilege...
  • Jogger finds 25 bricks of cocaine on Galveston beach

    08/03/2011 10:45:58 AM PDT · by humblegunner · 37 replies
    GALVESTON — A jogger on Galveston Island discovered a bag in the surf Tuesday containing 25 bricks of cocaine with an estimated street value of $2 million. The jogger, whose name police are withholding, discovered the bag about 9:30 a.m. near Indian Beach, police spokesman Cpt. Jeff Heyse said. He lugged the heavy bag to his residence and slashed it open to find 25 bricks of cocaine, each weighing 1 kilogram or 2.2 pounds, bundled in plastic wrap and rubber, Heyse said. Recognizing the packages as cocaine from television programs, the jogger phoned police, Heyse said.
  • Reform That Works

    05/17/2011 6:37:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 17, 2011 | Staff
    Government: Social Security, according to a just-released Trustee report, is now "permanently cash negative." But for any who think saving citizens' retirements is impossible, take a look at what's been done in Galveston, Texas. Thirty years ago, tiny Galveston opted out of the entire Social Security system for its county employees and introduced private accounts. It was the brainchild of a county judge, Ray Holbrook, and a few other officials, who took a good look at the parlous state of Social Security in the late 1970s and came up with an "Alternate Plan" of privately managed personal accounts they believed...
  • Republicans In Name Only

    I wrote a guest column which appeared in the Galveston Daily News on Saturday. I find it rather humorous that I have received so much blowback from my fellow conservatives, many who seem ready to embrace Judge Mallia with open arms, and sing Kumbaya. Well the republican party has enough Republicans In Name Only (aka RINO’s) and I’m tired of them infesting our party. These cowards run as Republicans because they know the only way they can win elections is if they have an “R” next to their name on the ballot. You know who they are: Susan Collins, Olympia...
  • Meeks elected to head Galveston Republican Party

    Now fewer than five members of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) were on hand to supervise the election of Galveston County’s interim chairman after John LeCour resigned from the post last week. Tensions were high leading up to the meeting and many people were expecting fireworks which thankfully never came. The meeting was called to order by GOP Secretary Kathy Rogers who appointed Janis Lowe as temporary chairman as per state election guidelines to elect a new chairman. Lowe skillfully led the meeting and did an admirable job placating the standing room only crowd which overflowed into the...
  • 8 New Republican Officeholders Sworn In (Galveston County, TX Goes Republican)

    01/02/2011 10:56:32 AM PST · by anymouse · 9 replies
    Galveston Daily News ^ | January 2, 2011 | Amanda Casanova
    Eight new Republican officeholders were sworn in Saturday at the Galveston County Justice Center. “Recognizing that this is a Republican celebration,” said Judge David Garner, before audience applause interrupted him, “I’m going to bring forth our new County Judge Mark Henry.” Henry, the first Republican to hold the office of county judge since Reconstruction, defeated Jim Yarbrough. Republican Kevin O’Brien will join Henry on the commissioners court as commissioner for precinct 2. “I’m getting ready to do a good job for you,” O’Brien told the packed room. Ken Clark will continue his duties as commissioner for precinct 4. After defeating...
  • America’s Ten Dead Cities: From Detroit To New Orleans

    08/26/2010 10:45:30 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 130 replies ^ | 8/23/2010 |
    Most of America’s Ten Dead Cities were once major manufacturing hubs and others were important ports or financial services centers. The downfall of one city, New Orleans, began in the 1970s, but was accelerated by Hurricane Katrina. Notably, the rise of inexpensive manufacturing in Japan destroyed the ability of the industrial cities on this list to effectively compete in the global marketplace. Foreign business activity and US government policy were two of the three major blows that caused the downfall of these cities. The third was the labor movement and its demands for higher compensation which ballooned the costs of...
  • CBS News Radio description of Galveston tar balls, "ping-pong" sized. Ping-pong sized?

    07/06/2010 7:21:14 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Listening to the local news radio station this morning, there was a story about Galveston finding tar balls in the surf offshore. Something seemed vaguely odd about how it was described, but couldn't put my finger on it at the time. The tarballs were described as roughly the size of ping-pong balls. Hmm. Then I forgot about it. Until just now, the golfing thing hit me. Some liberal at CBS radio made a deliberate decision (not) to use the most likely description of that size. "Golf ball" sized.. Trying to remember the last time I ever heard the term "ping-pong...
  • Tar Balls Now Washing Up on the Beach At Galveston Island Texas (Video)

    07/06/2010 12:33:14 AM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 9 replies
    hotairpundit ^ | 7/6/10 | hap
    Texas first confirmed impact from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Coast Guard reported five gallons of tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon spill were found on Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island. This is more than 400 miles from the wellhead in the Gulf... (Video)
  • What's Behind the DA Debate in Galveston County?

    05/31/2010 12:17:35 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 234+ views
    The Police News ^ | May 31, 2010 | Breck Porter
    Thursday, June 3rd, Galveston County District Attorney Kurt Sistruck will meet face-to-face with his opponent, Jack Roady, in a debate organized by the combined police officer associations of Galveston County. Question: Why? Why is the incumbent district attorney, who has heretofore been endorsed and supported by the very same police groups sponsoring this debate, being exposed to his challenger in a public forum like this? It is no secret that law enforcement in general is disenchanted with Mr. Sistruck and are adamant in their opinions that he has not been supportive of law enforcement during his seven years in office....
  • Carnival cruise ship lists, 60 passengers hurt

    04/22/2010 10:16:23 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 1,033+ views
    hosted ^ | Apr 22
    GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- A cruise ship operator says dozens of people were hurt when one of its vessels listed during a maneuver to avoid a partially submerged buoy that was adrift near Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Carnival Cruise Lines says the ship, Carnival Ecstasy, had to make a sharp turn to avoid the buoy Wednesday afternoon.
  • GOP Women ‘Energized’ Heading into 2010 Contests

    11/15/2009 12:27:00 PM PST · by anymouse · 8 replies · 1,015+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | November 15, 2009 | Nick Cenegy
    Republican women convening at the Galveston Island Convention Center this weekend said they are “energized” about the 2010 and 2012 elections and view them as a turning point for the state and nation. Women from across the state, many of whom donned Republican red, gathered Saturday for the third of a four-day convention hosted biennially by the Texas Federation of Republican Women. Highlighting the convention’s agenda during the last few days were keynote addresses by party front-runners Gov. Rick Perry and gubernatorial challenger Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Hutchison addressed the delegation Saturday morning announcing, as expected, she won’t resign her...
  • Health Care, Social Security and Galveston County's Opt Out

    08/06/2009 2:04:07 PM PDT · by anymouse · 1 replies · 919+ views
    Dallas County Republican Examiner ^ | August 6, 2009 | David Smith
    Did you know that local government entities used to be able to opt out of Social Security? In the late 1970's the Social Security Administration was nearly bankrupt and the original stipulation that local governments could opt out of the program. Well, Galveston County in Texas decided to opt out! Then-County Judge Ray Holbrook, County Attorney Bill Decker and Houston businessman Kebodeaux set up a fund that has outperformed the Social Security program two to three times over! Says current Galveston County Judge James Yarbrough, "It has been a great success for us!" Well, when the SSA finally did go...
  • Such a Bad way to Finance Debt (Friendswood, TX City Council Sues Residents)

    06/12/2009 11:26:17 AM PDT · by anymouse · 11 replies · 1,044+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | June 11, 2009 | Heber Taylor
    If you don’t understand the uproar in Friendswood about the city’s plan to issue $11 million in debt without voter approval, just ask yourself a couple of questions: What if city leaders are completely right about the legal question? Is it still a good idea to borrow money without asking voters for their approval? Is a good idea to obligate them when they have clearly indicated they want a say about any debt they’d be responsible for? City officials have asked a judge in Travis County for a ruling that says the city can issue certificates of obligation to finance...
  • City (of Friendswood, TX) Wants Judge to Rule on Voter Approval on Debt

    06/11/2009 7:29:23 PM PDT · by anymouse · 8 replies · 915+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | June 9, 2009 | Rhiannon Meyers
    FRIENDSWOOD — The city has asked a Travis County judge to say it is legal for Friendswood to issue $11 million in debt without voter approval. The city had planned to issue $11 million in certificates of obligation to fund roads, parks, an animal shelter and a records building, but some residents said the city charter prohibited the city from issuing certificates of obligation. While bonds require voter approval, certificates of obligation do not. The city charter was amended by voters in 1997 to prohibit the city from issuing debt without voter approval that it could not finance from its...
  • Man who cursed about cats acquitted

    06/05/2009 7:17:05 AM PDT · by DemonDeac · 208 replies · 3,172+ views
    "TEXAS CITY — A man who used a four-letter word to describe to his neighbors how their cat left feces in his yard was acquitted Tuesday of a disorderly conduct citation." "“A little piece of America died today when a jury of six says it’s OK to curse in front of a 13-year-old when asked not to,” Rainey said. " "“It’s a sad day for morality, that this type of behavior is condoned,” Rainey said." "Loflin was at least the third person cited for cursing in public in the last 12 months in Galveston County."
  • (Geraldine) Sam (Galveston) County's First (Republican) African-American Female Mayor

    05/09/2009 11:45:28 PM PDT · by anymouse · 33 replies · 1,796+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | May 10, 2009 | Chris Paschenko
    Saturday, for the first time in the history of Galveston County, an African-American woman was elected mayor. Geraldine Sam, 57, a lifelong resident of La Marque and an educator, edged two challengers to take her place in history by the narrowest of margins. “I cannot even describe how I feel,” Sam said, while celebrating with family and friends at a restaurant. “I was trying to eat earlier, and I can’t even eat. It’s amazing. Just awesome.” Sam received 355 votes, outlasting challengers James Osteen, 316 votes, and Bill Charbonneau, 289 votes, according to complete, unofficial results. Sam, who will serve...
  • Citizens Turn Tea into Political Movement (Friendswood, TX Tea Party)

    04/14/2009 11:21:58 PM PDT · by anymouse · 18 replies · 1,397+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | April 15, 2009 | T.J. Aulds
    FRIENDSWOOD — More than 300 people gathered in a city park Tuesday to rally against “out of control” government spending and to ship protest tea bags to Washington, D.C. Whether the first of what will be a series of tea party protests across the country is the start of a grass-roots political movement or just another form of political theater is yet to be determined. “I think it is too early to say,” said Rice University political science professor Bob Stein. “There is a good deal of partisanship, but for an event the Republican Party would normally put its stamp...
  • Official update on Shriners Hospital in Galveston from Ralph Semb (from e-mail)

    01/27/2009 7:09:29 AM PST · by mnehring · 11 replies · 804+ views
    January 21, 2009 I am sure you have heard rumors about Galveston, here are the facts. Please read this carefully, each of us must be concerned about our Endowment Fund and our ability to serve Children for many years to come. Therefore, the Joint Boards found it necessary to do the following. Ralph W. Semb, President and Chief Executive Officer, Shriners Hospitals for Children SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN GALVESTON HOSPITAL UPDATE Shriners Hospitals for Children (SHC) is facing the most tumultuous and trying economic environment in the history of the organization. Leadership is focused on what is best for the...
  • Texas' 'Baby Grace' Murder Trial Set to Start

    01/25/2009 7:19:34 PM PST · by metmom · 20 replies · 793+ views ^ | Sunday, January 25, 2009 | Associated Press
    GALVESTON, Texas — Even the most grizzled investigators were reduced to tears by the disturbing details of the death of 2-year-old Riley Ann Sawyers. The tot's already decomposed remains had been stuffed into a plastic container that was dumped into Galveston Bay. A fisherman found the container and its contents on a tiny island about a mile from the shore of the huge bay in October 2007. On Monday, jury selection is set to begin for the capital murder trial of Riley Ann's mother, 20-year-old Kimberly Dawn Trenor. She and her husband, Royce Clyde Zeigler II, are accused of beating...
  • In 1900, Galveston was nearly erased

    01/15/2009 12:07:29 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies · 1,068+ views
    nydailynews ^ | Saturday, September 13th 2008, | CORKY SIEMASZKO
    It was the storm of the century - the 20th century.  Before Katrina became shorthand for nature's fury, there was the unnamed hurricane of 1900 that nearly wiped Galveston, Tex., off the map. An estimated 6,000 people were killed when the Category 4 storm packing 135 mph winds made landfall on Sept. 8, 1900, making it the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history.  Now it could get whacked again by Hurricane Ike.LIVE TRACKER: FOLLOW IKE'S PATH In 1900, Galveston, located on a flat island off the Texas coast, was a boom town with 42,000 residents. It was then the biggest...
  • Public can address lawmakers about Hurricane Ike

    12/28/2008 9:57:59 PM PST · by BellStar · 16 replies · 705+ views
    Galveston The Daily News ^ | December 29, 2008 | From staff reports
    County residents next week will have a chance to air concerns to state lawmakers and area leaders about Hurricane Ike recovery efforts. The committee on Hurricane Ike will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 7 at the Galveston Island Convention Center, allowing the public to tell state lawmakers and area leaders what issues and obstacles they face almost four months after the storm struck Southeast Texas on Sept. 13, causing catastrophic flooding from storm surge and displacing thousands of people from their homes. The storm was the third most destructive to ever make landfall in the United States. The committee has...
  • Another isolated incident

    12/23/2008 5:19:40 AM PST · by fernwood · 21 replies · 1,590+ views
    The Agitator and DC Examiner ^ | December 18, 2008 | Radly Blako
    But not a drug raid. A prostitution raid. It was a little before 8 at night when the breaker went out at Emily Milburn’s home in Galveston. She was busy preparing her children for school the next day, so she asked her 12-year-old daughter, Dymond, to pop outside and turn the switch back on. As Dymond headed toward the breaker, a blue van drove up and three men jumped out rushing toward her. One of them grabbed her saying, “You’re a prostitute. You’re coming with me.”
  • Galveston looks to iconic festival to revive post-Ike tourism

    12/05/2008 12:07:49 PM PST · by weegee · 6 replies · 308+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 5, 2008, 11:32AM | By HARVEY RICE
    This weekend's Dickens on The Strand is Galveston's first major event since Hurricane Ike struck in September, and could indicate how quickly this island city can revive its vital tourism industry. The 35th year of the festival, which recreates the 19th century with period costumes, also is an attempt by Galveston businesses to let the outside world know that most of its restaurants and hotels and many of its attractions are up and running. ...The Galveston Tourism and Convention Bureau has predicted that tourism will return to pre-Ike levels by spring break, but that is of little consolation to shop...
  • Ike Videos

    11/23/2008 7:12:55 PM PST · by ru4liberty · 5 replies · 407+ views
    My aunt, who used to live in Texas City, moved to Austin this summer. I collected these videos for her and thought some of my fellow Gulf Coast FReepers as well as some of those on NN's ping list might be interested in viewing them.
  • (Galveston) County Defers Justice Center (FEMA) Trailer Plan

    11/20/2008 12:16:27 PM PST · by anymouse · 2 replies · 675+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | November 20, 2008 | T.J. Aulds
    Two large land tracts that had been eyed as possible locations for temporary mobile home communities for those displaced by Hurricane Ike look to be off the table. County commissioners Wednesday deferred considering a plan for the federal government to conduct a detailed assessment of property in front of the County Criminal Justice Center in Galveston and on Monday, the city of Hitchcock rejected a plan to put a community at Jack Brooks Park. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had eyed those two locations to place mobile homes for 319 of the estimated 1,000 people eligible for temporary housing in...
  • Bio Lab in Galveston Raises Concerns[TX]

    10/31/2008 9:44:55 AM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 378+ views
    NY Times ^ | 28 Oct 2008 | JAMES C. McKINLEY JR
    Much of the University of Texas medical school on this island suffered flood damage during Hurricane Ike, except for one gleaming new building, a national biological defense laboratory that will soon house some of the most deadly diseases in the world. How a laboratory where scientists plan to study viruses like Ebola and Marburg ended up on a barrier island where hurricanes regularly wreak havoc puzzles some environmentalists and community leaders. “It’s crazy, in my mind,” said Jim Blackburn, an environmental lawyer in Houston. “I just find an amazing willingness among the people on the Texas coast to accept risks...
  • Recovery, Ruin Visible in Texas a Month After Ike

    10/12/2008 7:11:57 PM PDT · by anymouse · 14 replies · 768+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2008
    A month later, piles of Sheetrock, appliances, furniture and family mementos dot most streets in this island town. Electronic road signs in southeast Texas flash, "Watch for cows next 20 miles," a reminder that few fences remain to hem in livestock. Blue tarps cover 11,000 roofs for 100 miles from Houston to the Louisiana line. (snip) The storm is the most expensive in Texas history, with an estimated pricetag of $11.4 billion — so far.
  • Astros Pitcher Backe arrested in Galveston Bar Melee

    10/08/2008 5:33:34 AM PDT · by pkajj · 9 replies · 795+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | Oct. 6, 2008 | Chris Paschenko
    Backe among 11 cited at bar ‘riot’ By Chris Paschenko The Daily News Published October 6, 2008 GALVESTON — Police arrested 11 people, including Houston Astros pitcher Brandon Backe and a FEMA official, at a disturbance at a Galveston hotel bar early Sunday. However, one witness said police used force on people who were offering no resistance to police. “It’s blatantly obvious — this was the fault of the Galveston Police Department,” said Dennis Byrd, the owner of a seawall restaurant. Byrd said Backe’s treatment by police couldn’t be justified. It was not clear Sunday night how or whether that...
  • AP Investigation: Ike environmental toll apparent

    WASHINGTON - Hurricane Ike's winds and massive waves destroyed oil platforms, tossed storage tanks and punctured pipelines. The environmental damage only now is becoming apparent: At least a half million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and the marshes, bayous and bays of Louisiana and Texas, according to an analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.
  • Islanders who insisted on staying died in Ike

    10/04/2008 3:16:00 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 45 replies · 2,502+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 10/04/08 | MONICA RHOR
    GALVESTON, Texas - The final hours brought the awful realization to victims of Hurricane Ike that they had waited too long. This storm wasn't like the others, the ones that left nothing worse than a harrowing tale to tell...
  • More Ike pics

    10/03/2008 9:35:02 AM PDT · by chuckles · 11 replies · 1,110+ views
    vanity | 10/03/2008 | chuckles
    More Ike pics.