Tornado Strikes Near Houston as Severe Southern Storms Move East

A senior housing facility in Deer Park, Texas, was damaged, prompting the evacuation of its residents. Emergency and city workers were removing debris from roadways and attending to numerous calls.

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Widening Highways Doesn’t Fix Traffic. So Why Do We Keep Doing It?

With billions of dollars available to improve transportation infrastructure, states have a chance to try new strategies for addressing congestion. But some habits are hard to break.

#houston-tex, #jersey-city-nj, #los-angeles-calif, #roads-and-traffic, #transportation

With Brittney Griner’s Release, Anxiety turns to Relief

Supporters of the W.N.B.A. star had watched with dismay as her situation appeared to worsen over the summer. Now they are celebrating her release.

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #houston-tex, #phoenix-mercury, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russia, #womens-national-basketball-assn

What N.F.L. Broadcasters Left Out in Deshaun Watson’s Return

When Deshaun Watson’s suspension ended, the N.F.L.’s broadcast partners focused mainly on his return to the field, not on the behavior a hearing officer had deemed “predatory,” or on the women who accused him.

#athletics-and-sports, #cbs-corporation, #cleveland-browns, #espn, #football, #hardin-rusty, #houston-tex, #houston-texans, #mortensen-chris-1951, #national-football-league, #news-and-news-media, #nfl-network, #sexual-harassment, #stefanski-kevin, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #watson-deshaun-1995

Suspect in Shooting of Rapper Takeoff Arrested on Murder Charge in Houston

The Houston Police said that Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was being charged with murder, and that Takeoff had been an “innocent bystander.”

#houston-tex, #migos-music-group, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police, #rap-and-hip-hop, #takeoff-rapper

Crowded and Deadly, U.S. Jails Are in Crisis

In Houston, the jail has reached its highest population in a decade. More than half of the detainees who died there had a history of mental problems.

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Takeoff, of Atlanta Rap Trio Migos, Shot Dead at 28 in Houston

The police believe the rapper was killed in a shooting at a bowling alley in Houston overnight, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

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A Pioneering Black Ballerina’s Life Story Comes to the Stage

Lauren Anderson, whose story is told in “Plumshuga” in Houston, talks about the show, her personal battles and storied career: “I got to the mountaintop.”

#anderson-lauren-1965, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #freshvoices, #houston-tex, #theater

Fall Exhibitions That Widen the Beaten Path

Roberta Smith, co-chief art critic, on fall exhibitions that capture a period during which art and art history have been in flux, including the New Museum’s survey of the polymathic Theaster Gates.

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These Americans Aren’t Retreating After Climate Catastrophe

Why Hurricane Harvey flooding victims struggled to imagine moving away from a place they called home even when their homes had just been destroyed.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #global-warming, #houston-tex, #hurricane-harvey-2017, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sociology, #united-states, #weather

How to Get Offices to Net Zero Energy Use

My co-workers and I radically cut our energy use in part by paying attention to seemingly mundane details.

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Biden’s Big, Bold, Surprising Plan for a Green Transition (I Hope)

Our energy policy is a mess. The president needs to devise a new strategy with America’s biggest oil producers.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conocophillips, #gasoline-tax-us, #houston-tex, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #saudi-arabia

Justice Dept. Will Investigate Environmental Racism in Houston

The inquiry, part of an administration-wide racial justice initiative, came amid claims that the city has ignored illegal dumping in Black and Latino areas.

#black-people, #discrimination, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hispanic-americans, #houston-tex, #justice-department, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

With Roe Overturned, Austin’s Loss Could Be Brooklyn’s Gain

Cities around the South have challenged the supremacy of coastal supercities, drawing a steady flow of creative young people. Will new abortion bans put an end to that?

#abortion, #austin-tex, #boston-mass, #dallas-tex, #frisco-tex, #houston-tex, #lawton-okla, #new-york-city, #relocation-of-business, #san-antonio-tex, #women-and-girls

The Sunday Read: ‘How Houston Moved 25,000 People From the Streets Into Homes of Their Own’

The nation’s fourth-largest city hasn’t solved homelessness, but its remarkable progress can suggest a way forward.

#homeless-persons, #houston-tex, #kimmelman-michael

Saving a Texan Bayou, ‘16 Bottles’ at a Time

Bayou Dave, a modern-day Sisyphus, has spent the last dozen years ridding a trash-choked Houston waterway of plastic and Styrofoam.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gulf-of-mexico, #houston-tex, #plastic-bottles, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Three Years in Shelters. Ten Months to Find a Home.

Scenes from one woman’s journey out of homelessness in Houston.

#affordable-housing, #depression-mental, #homeless-persons, #houston-tex, #internal-open-access, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

The Long Emergency of Homelessness

If we understood the loss of housing as a collective challenge engulfing our communities, how would it guide our response?

#chico-calif, #homeless-persons, #houston-tex, #internal-open-access

Gov. Greg Abbott Is Leading Texas for Only a Sliver of Texans

What about the millions of us in the state who are not hard-right Republicans?

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #cruz-ted, #houston-tex, #mass-shootings, #patrick-dan-1950, #republican-party, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #texas, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

At N.R.A. Gathering, Protesters and Gun Supporters Spar

Gun supporters and protesters mourned two shooting massacres in a single month, but the gap in their views on what to do next remained wide.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #firearms, #gun-control, #houston-tex, #mass-shootings, #mclean-don, #national-rifle-assn, #ramos-salvador-d-2022, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Abbott Drops Out of NRA Convention, but Trump, Cruz and Others to Speak

Gov. Greg Abbott canceled plans for an in-person appearance at the event, but former President Donald Trump was among those still scheduled to speak.

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Abortion Rally Draws Thousands in Houston

The event was among numerous protests planned across the country this weekend.

#abortion, #basilica-of-st-patricks-old-cathedral-manhattan-ny, #chicago-ill, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #houston-tex, #jackson-lee-sheila, #orourke-beto, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #pritzker-j-b, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #turner-sylvester, #wayne-state-university, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Crime Stoppers of Houston Takes a Partisan Turn

Crime Stoppers of Houston built its reputation on a successful tip line. Then it decided to take on Democratic judges.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #conflicts-of-interest, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #crime-stoppers-usa, #criminal-justice, #houston-tex, #nonprofit-organizations, #ogg-kim, #philanthropy, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Introduced by the Browns, Deshaun Watson Denies Wrongdoing

Introduced by his new team, the Cleveland Browns, the former Houston Texans quarterback vowed to keep fighting the 22 civil lawsuits filed by women who accused him of sexual misconduct.

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A Texas Grand Jury Is Considering Another Charge Against Deshaun Watson

A grand jury in Houston recently declined to charge Watson with crimes related to accusations of sexual misconduct. A panel in a different county is now considering one last charge.

#brazoria-county-tex, #buzbee-tony-g, #cleveland-browns, #football, #hardin-rusty, #harris-county-tex, #houston-tex, #houston-texans, #massage, #national-football-league, #sexual-harassment, #watson-deshaun-1995

U.S. Officials Meet With Brittney Griner in Russia

Some former hostages question whether the family should remain silent, saying pressure campaigns can work.

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #houston-tex, #phoenix-mercury, #political-prisoners, #rezaian-jason, #russia, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #zaghari-ratcliffe-nazanin

Deshaun Watson Invokes Fifth Amendment in Sexual Misconduct Depositions

Watson was deposed in two civil lawsuits at the same time a grand jury heard evidence to consider criminal charges against the Texans quarterback accused last year by two dozen women of lewd behavior.

#football, #goodell-roger, #hardin-rusty, #houston-tex, #houston-texans, #national-football-league, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #watson-deshaun-1995

How Air Pollution Across America Reflects Racist Policy From the 1930s

A new study shows how redlining, a Depression-era housing policy, contributed to inequalities that persist decades later in U.S. cities.

#air-pollution, #area-planning-and-renewal, #berkeley-calif, #black-people, #california, #discrimination, #environment, #global-warming, #great-depression-1930s, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hispanic-americans, #houston-tex, #nineteen-hundred-thirties, #race-and-ethnicity, #university-of-california-berkeley, #urban-areas

Texas Grand Jury Set to Hear Deshaun Watson Case

Women who filed sexual misconduct complaints against Watson, the Houston Texans quarterback, last year have been subpoenaed to give testimony on Friday in Houston, their lawyer said.

#buzbee-tony-g, #football, #hardin-rusty, #harris-county-tex, #houston-tex, #houston-texans, #national-football-league, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #watson-deshaun-1995

Primary Day in Texas Will Offer Preview of Midterm Battles Ahead

Texas is holding the first primary election of 2022 on Tuesday. Some of the dynamics at play include the intensity of Donald Trump’s continued hold on the Republican electorate.

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Review: At Rothko Chapel, a Composer Is Haunted by a Hero

Tyshawn Sorey’s “Monochromatic Light (Afterlife),” for the 50th anniversary of the Houston space, closely echoes Morton Feldman’s “Rothko Chapel.”

#art, #classical-music, #feldman-morton, #houston-tex, #monochromatic-light-afterlife-musical-work, #music, #rothko-chapel, #sorey-tyshawn

E.P.A. Chief Vows to ‘Do Better’ to Protect Poor Communities From Environmental Harm

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday will announce stepped-up enforcement and monitoring to help disadvantaged communities struggling with polluted air and water.

#air-pollution, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #houston-tex, #jackson-miss, #louisiana, #pollution, #regan-michael-s-1976, #water-pollution

Keira D’Amato and Sara Hall Set New American Marathon Records

On Sunday, two mothers in their late 30s set new American records in the marathon and the half marathon. It’s a sign of things to come.

#damato-keira-1984, #hall-sara, #houston-tex, #marathon-running, #records-and-achievements, #running

In Sewage, Clues to Omicron’s Surge

Tracking the virus in wastewater is helping some cities and hospitals respond to the most recent wave of the coronavirus, but a more coordinated national effort is needed, experts say.

#boston-childrens-hospital, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #houston-tex, #missouri, #netherlands, #new-york-city, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Ex-United Flight Attendant Used Dead Child’s Identity, Officials Say

Ricardo Cesar Guedes used the name of a boy who died in a car accident in 1979 to get his airline job and a U.S. passport, according to a criminal complaint.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airport-security, #bush-george-intercontinental-airport, #frauds-and-swindling, #houston-tex, #identity-theft, #passports, #united-airlines, #united-states

Texas Board Withdraws Clemency Recommendation for George Floyd

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles said it had made “procedural errors” when it issued a recommendation that Mr. Floyd be posthumously pardoned for a 2004 drug conviction.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #black-lives-matter-movement, #floyd-george-d-2020, #houston-tex, #politics-and-government, #texas

Congressional Committee to Investigate Astroworld Deaths

A House oversight committee said it would begin an inquiry into the deaths of 10 people who were trapped in surging crowds in November at a concert in Houston.

#astroworld-music-festival-stampede-2021, #deaths-fatalities, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #houston-tex, #live-nation-entertainment-inc, #music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #scott-travis-1992

Money Found by Plumber at Joel Osteen’s Church Is Tied to 2014 Burglary, Police Say

The discovery was revealed when the plumber called into a Houston radio show on Thursday.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #churches-buildings, #crime-stoppers-usa, #houston-tex, #lakewood-church, #osteen-joel, #plumbing, #restoration-and-renovation, #robberies-and-thefts

U.S. Returns Over 900 Confiscated Artifacts to Mali

A Homeland Security investigation had discovered funerary objects, Neolithic relics and more in a shipping container in 2009.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bamako-mali, #homeland-security-department, #houston-tex, #museums

Cities Are Not Only Tackling Covid, But Its Pollution, Too

All around the world the remnants of a global pandemic are testing the resolve of governments and private firms to rid the planet of its waste.

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9-Year-Old Boy Who Was Injured at Astroworld Festival Dies

Ezra Blount, who had been in a coma, became the 10th, and youngest, person to die from injuries sustained there.

#astroworld-music-festival-stampede-2021, #houston-tex, #live-nation-entertainment-inc, #scott-travis-1992, #turner-sylvester

Hindu Sect, BAPS, Accused of Using Forced Labor at Temples Across U.S.

BAPS, a prominent sect, faces accusations of exploiting low-caste laborers from India to run massive temples around the country.

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Travis Scott’s Ties to Houston Could Complicate Investigation of Fatal Concert

There are worries about conflicts of interest in the criminal investigation into the deaths of eight concertgoers during Mr. Scott’s performance at the Astroworld festival.

#accidents-and-safety, #astroworld-music-festival-stampede-2021, #deaths-fatalities, #hidalgo-lina, #houston-tex, #music, #police-department-houston-tex, #scott-travis-1992, #stampedes, #turner-sylvester

Houston Officials Worried About Crowd Control Before Travis Scott Took the Stage

On the day of the show, the Houston police chief said that he visited Mr. Scott in his trailer and shared his concerns about the crowd.

#astroworld-music-festival-stampede-2021, #festivals, #houston-tex, #live-nation-entertainment-inc, #music, #police-department-houston-tex, #scott-travis-1992, #security-and-warning-systems

Astroworld Victims: Who They Were

The music festival at Astroworld in Houston left eight people dead. Here is what is known about them so far.

#astroworld-music-festival-stampede-2021, #brianna-rodriguez, #danish-baig, #deaths-fatalities, #franco-patino, #houston-tex, #john-hilgert, #music, #rudy-pena

What a $50 Million Donation Did for One H.B.C.U.

At Prairie View A&M, one of the historically Black colleges and universities where MacKenzie Scott donated millions, the mood is cautious optimism.

#black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #endowments, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #houston-tex, #howard-university, #income-inequality, #philanthropy, #prairie-view-am-university, #race-and-ethnicity, #scholarships-and-fellowships, #scott-mackenzie, #simmons-ruth-j, #texas, #united-states

What to Know About the Houston Astroworld Tragedy

Eight people were killed at a Travis Scott concert in Houston. Investigators said a crowd surged toward the stage, but the cause remains unknown.

#astroworld-music-festival-stampede-2021, #deaths-fatalities, #houston-tex, #live-nation-entertainment-inc, #scott-travis-1992, #turner-sylvester

At Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival, a Sudden Life-and-Death Struggle

Eight people died at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival, and hundreds more were injured as investigators sought to determine why and how a surging crowd turned deadly.

#astroworld-music-festival-stampede-2021, #concert, #crowd-surge, #houston-tex, #scott-travis-1992

At Least 8 Dead at Houston Music Festival After Crowd Surge Causes ‘Panic’

Dozens of other people who attended a Travis Scott concert at the Astroworld music festival were injured, Houston’s fire chief said.

#accidents-and-safety, #astroworld-fest, #deaths-fatalities, #hidalgo-lina, #houston-tex, #pena-samuel

Houston Shooting Leaves One Deputy Dead, Two Others Injured

The deputies were wrestling with a suspect when they were shot from behind, according to the Houston Police Department.

#attacks-on-police, #harris-county-tex, #houston-tex, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-houston-tex, #texas