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May 5, 2015


Tuesday 05/05/2015
The Grind: Anatomy of a winning streak

The Houston Astros saw their 10-game winning streak snapped in a 2-1 loss the Texas Rangers on Monday but not before setting their best 25-game start in franchise history at 18-7. The streak featured a little bit of everything including some of the notable numbers below:

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Monday 05/04/2015
Rain prospects and potential activity in the Tropics

After a wet April, the Galveston area hasgone more than a week without any significant rainfall. Certainly few people have complained about the sunny, mild weather, though I hear a little grumbling as temperatures and humidity levels revert back to normal for this time of year.

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Bubba's Shrimp Palace to take over Sudie's spot

Can we call this a Palace coup?

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Monday Notebook Podcast: Softball playoff surprises, baseball playoffs next

James LaCombe and Anthony Oppermann breakdown the first round of the softball playoffs including Santa Fe's close call against Fort Bend Foster and Clear Falls' upset over Fort Bend Travis. Additionally, they preview the opening round of the baseball playoffs and discuss who's the hotter squad entering the postseason, Clear Creek or Santa Fe.

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Saturday 05/02/2015
PHOTOS: Astros 11, Mariners 4

The Astros and Mariners put on a display of power, hitting a combined nine home runs on Saturday night with the roof open at Minute Maid Park. However the Astros' five bombs were more productive propelling them to an 11-4 victory and extending their winning streak to nine games.

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The Diamond Roundup for May 1, 2015

Recap of Friday night's high school baseball action from District 23-5A.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Gay couple evicted from island rental property

Galveston has long been known to be a welcoming place for gays. So a news report causing a stir on social media and elsewhere was a bit of a surprise.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Riding the Wind

The gulls are nesting. The flocks of birds on the beaches rimming the Ship Channel were astounding in their numbers this morning. Laughing gulls darkened the sky when rising in their hundreds riding the winds, and the pelicans built a Manhattan-esque skyline against the sunlight.  A beach parking pass for Galveston costs $25 a year. An investment that is well worth it to avoid the hassle of individual payments. It is also an investment made in keeping our beaches clean. I commend the people busy picking up the plastic dumped by the currents on our island's shorelines each morning. We need to keep the island clean for a better nesting and feeding zone. The benefits are reaped in the most direct way by watching the spectacles the wind orchestrates over Galveston with the avian puppets.

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At last, a dry weekend

Sunny, cool weather is bringing near ideal conditions to Southeast Texas for those not quite ready for the unrelenting heat and humidity of summer. The cool spell has also given us a break from the rains that have frequented our area this spring.

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The Diamond Roundup for April 28, 2015

Recap of Tuesday night's high school baseball games including action from District 23-5A.

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
The Grind: Astros winning out west

The Houston Astros have made the most of their first trip outside the state of Texas, winning five of their first six contests to start a nine-game swing out west through Seattle, Oakland and San Diego. With the club having won seven of its last eight games overall, the Astros (11-7) are the only team in the American League West with a winning record through April 26.

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Monday 04/27/2015
Monday Notebook Podcast: Baseball, softball finales weather permitting

James Lacombe and Anthony Oppermann recap the wild last two weeks of baseball and softball games suspended, delayed and postponed by weather. They also set the softball playoff picture as well as discuss who's in and who has work to do on the baseball side.

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Saturday 04/25/2015
PHOTOS: Lone Star Deluxe Vintage Car Show & Music Expo

Images from the 3rd Annual Lone Star Deluxe Vintage Car Show and Music Expo in Texas City. 

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The Diamond Roundup for April 24, 2015

Recap of Friday night's high school baseball and softball action.

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Friday 04/24/2015
Last week of April to bring some rain and a cool spell

While April, 2015 will enter the record books as  wetter than normal, even if we get no further precipitation, it will also end up being the warmest April since 2012. This is somewhat surprising given the spell of cooler than normal weather we’ve had since last fall.

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Audio Vault: Robert Horry talks big shots

On this edition of the Daily News Audio Vault, former Houston Rocket Robert Horry was a special guest at the April 22 grand opening of the World Gym in Texas City. Robert shares his thoughts on the current Rockets as well as his choice for NBA MVP.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Busy times at Laffite's Cove

With the avian spring visitors taking advantage of any tree crop along the Gulf Coast to rest, mate and feed, Laffite's Cove has become well known for local birders as a hot-spot to find and observe singing birds this time of year.  The nature preserve is governed by a non-profit organisation and offers wheel-chair accessible walk-ways with benches to watch the flurried traffic. An intricate irrigation system provides the birds with water to drink and take showers. Some drips are even placed on elevated tables to keep the birds safe from snakes, but all are cleverly disguised to give it a most natural feel.  The small wooden crop also hosts a large squirrel population, snakes, opossum, raccoon and armadillos. The surrounding ponds are a haven for wading birds and the occasional nutria can be spotted as well.

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The Diamond Roundup for April 21, 2015

Recap of Tuesday night's high school action from the diamond including games involving Ball High baseball and softball, as well as O'Connell, Clear Creek and Dickinson softball. 

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Tuesday 04/21/2015
The Grind: Astros lean on leading men

The Houston Astros completed their second week of the season and their record is the same as it was after the first week – even (6-6). This week’s edition of "The Grind" highlights Houston’s leading men who have picked up where they left off in 2014.

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Saturday 04/18/2015
Photos: Astros 4-0 victory over the Angels

The Astros shutout the Angels 4-0 on Saturday night to pull back into a tie for second place in the AL West. Dallas Keuchel threw six scoreless innings while George Springer and Robbie Grossman both hit home runs.

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Galveston’s wet spring

In what has become a recurring pattern, last night’s booming thunderstorms drenched large parts of the County.  The storms added another 1 to 2 1/2 “ of precipitation to an already saturated environment, in addition to producing one of the more spectacular displays of lightning in some time. With another cluster of strong storms moving in from the southwest, even more rain is likely this evening before things begin to dry out.

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Video: Texas City Disaster Memorial Service

TEXAS CITY — Thursday marked the 68th anniversary of the incident known as the Texas City Disaster.

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Thursday 04/16/2015
Peacock's Spring Ball

The Galveston peacocks have once been brought in to adorn the County Club lawns but have long since become wild. They thrive on the West End, often times fed by private individuals. Even though the species hails from India originally, the amount of peafowl Galveston hosts is small enough where they won't bother the local ecosystem. They do, however, throw a birder off, when their long-necked, exotic silhouette pops up between trees. The best place to watch peacocks is on the road adjacent to the County Club's eastern border.

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The Diamond Roundup for April 16, 2015

Recap of district high school baseball and softball action from Wednesday including wins for Clear Creek and Clear Springs.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
The Grind: Astros all even after first week

The first installment of “The Grind” – a weekly baseball blog – recaps the first week of the Houston Astros 2015 season, a week that saw the club finish 3-3 through its first six games.

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Monday 04/13/2015
Monday Notebook Podcast: Springs' legacy, Sunseri and La Marque

James LaCombe and Anthony Oppermann discuss the legacy of Clear Springs' soccer seniors, the Sunseri effect in Santa Fe and "Best Day Ever" as well as the immediate future of La Marque athletics as the school district gets a temporary reprieve.

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Sunday 04/12/2015
Photos: 77th Annual Galveston County Fair & Rodeo

The 77th Annual Galveston County Fair & Rodeo is underway at the Jack Brooks Park. Check back daily as we add new scenes from the fair to this gallery.

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The Diamond Roundup for April 11, 2015

Recap of Saturday's high school baseball and softball action including games involving Clear Creek baseball as well as a matchup between Clear Falls and Dickinson in softball.

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Saturday 04/11/2015
Heavy rain and notes on the Tropical weather

As mentioned in an earlier blog, a wet pattern continues to develop over Southeast Texas this weekend.  A weak cold front currently offshore, deep Gulf moisture and a series of disturbances tracking in from the southwest are likely to bring several rounds of showers or thunderstorms to Galveston County over the next 2-3 days. Current forecasts suggest that another 1-3” may be anticipated between now and late Monday.

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The Diamond Roundup for April 10, 2015

Recap of Friday night's high school baseball action including District 24-6A matchups between Clear Creek and Clear Falls as well as Clear Lake and Clear Springs.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
Spring in the Swamps

With Feather Fest taking off, visiting ornithologists aim their lenses toward tree branches and tidal lagoons to capture one of the many migratory birds that populate the Gulf Coast this time of year. April primes nature's canvas with pastel backdrops of wildflowers where not just birds receive a playful setting but also one of the local reptiles, the alligator. From Anahuac to Brazoria and Brazos Bend their scaly bodies capture the welcome sun to warm their blood. The grunting noises echoing across the swamps is the alligator's own "mating call".

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
The Diamond Roundup for April 7, 2015

Recap of Tuesday night's high school baseball and softball including action from District 24-6A and 23-5A as well as O'Connell's softball matchup with Baytown Christian.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
Photos: Clear Springs vs. Clements girls soccer playoff

Clear Springs faced Fort Bend Clements in a girls soccer UIL 6A Region III Quarterfinal on Tuesday night at The Rig in Pearland. Despite controlling the action for the entire first half, a single goal that snuck past in the second half sealed the Lady Chargers fate as they fell to the Lady Rangers 1-0.

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Wetter period on the horizon?

Dry, nearly ideal, spring weather has been the rule in Galveston County so far this month. While a few light showers have dotted the area lately, most spots in the County have received less than 010” of rain , with Galveston registering but a trace.

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Monday Notebook Podcast Extra: Soccer, strikeouts and a softball celebration

James LaCombe and Anthony Oppermann recap an exciting area round of girls playoff soccer action including another Clear Springs shutout. In addition, catch a better-than-ever "Best Day Ever," get the low-down of Friendswood ace left-hander Lael Lockhart and celebrate 30 years of Ball High softball.

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Monday 04/06/2015
Photos: Astros Opening Day

The Houston Astros hosted the Cleveland Indians on Opening Day 2015. Pre-game festivities featured a Street Festival, a ceremony honoring Jose Altuve's 2014 Golden Glove award and the first pitch was thrown out by Astros legend Craig Biggio. Behind Dallas Keuchel's arm the Astros started the season with a 2-0 victory.

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Monday Notebook Podcast: Special All-County boys basketball edition

James Lacombe and Anthony Oppermann break down The Daily News' 2014-2015 All-County boys basketball team including player of the year Jared Evans of Clear Creek and coach of the year David Montano of La Marque. The two also discuss the first team members and talk about who the favorites are for those spots next season.

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Thursday 04/02/2015
Photos: Friendswood vs. Deer Park girls soccer

The Friendswood Lady Mustangs faced the Deer Park Lady Deer in the area round of the UIL 6A Region III girls soccer playoffs on Thursday night. Despite a hard fought battle the Mustangs fell 1-0 ending their season.

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Photos: Clear Springs vs. Pearland Dawson girls soccer playoff

The Clear Springs Lady Chargers and Pearland Dawson Lady Eagles took their UIL 6A Region III Area Playoff to overtime before any points were put on the board. After 100 minutes of play the Chargers emerged as the only Galveston County soccer team still in the playoffs with a 2-0 victory.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Catch of the day: Ocean Grille & Beach Bar opens on island

After months of preparations, Ocean Grille & Beach Bar, 1228 Seawall Blvd. on the island, has fired up the grill.

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Spring Beach

With that switch between winter and summer happening in a few fleeting days of spring, those early morning beaches are a treat more than ever. Warm enough where the wind is but a caress but still fairly empty, it's the perfect time to walk or cycle, enjoying the great expanse of water and air.

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Fertitta makes $1 million March Madness bet

I’m not going to pretend to know a lot about March Madness, basketball or brackets. But I do know this is pretty interesting.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
March weather and beyond

Although final figures are not yet available, it is already certain that March, 2015 will go into the record books as the wettest March in Galveston County since 2007 with monthly total precipitation of 7.65” at Galveston and 9.65” at League City.

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Monday Notebook Podcast Extra: Soccer playoffs, state champs and more

James LaCombe and Anthony Oppermann discuss the girls soccer teams that are storming to the area round. Additionally, the two unveil a new, can’t-miss segment,  “Best Day Ever,” highlighting the top performances on the diamond from the previous week and they also salute to the state champion powerlifters from Dickinson. 

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The Diamond Roundup for March 30, 2015

Recap of Monday night's action from the diamond including Ball High's matchup with Fort Bend Ridge Point in baseball and Santa Fe's contest against Fort Bend Bush in softball.

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Monday 03/30/2015
Monday Notebook Podcast: Special All-County girls basketball edition

James Lacombe and Anthony Oppermann break down the Daily News' 2014-2015 All-County girls basketball team including player of the year Sheridan Hopkins of Ball High and coach of the year Tiffany Nelson of Hitchcock. The two also discuss the first team members and talk about who the favorites are for those spots next season.

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Saturday 03/28/2015
The Diamond Roundup for March 27, 2015

Recap of Friday night's high school baseball and softball action.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
For the love of Birds

Recently I had a friend ask me, (someone who spends his days photographing the big cats of Africa no less), what on earth I photograph in regards of wildlife on a flat sand-barrier island like Galveston. The obvious answer is birds. Especially now during spring migration. But he knew by all my appreciation for avian habitants of planet earth, I was no ornithologist. The truth is, birds inspire regardless of your knowledge of them. Their antics range from the cartoonish to the most graceful. Once seeking them out, you become a spectator to an uninterrupted play of acrobats wearing feathered costumes. And the photographic opportunities are indeed endless.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
The Diamond Roundup for March 24, 2015

Recap of Tuesday night's high school baseball and softball action.

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Tuesday 03/24/2015
The Diamond Roundup for March 23, 2015

Recap of Monday night's action from the diamond including matchups between Friendswood and Dickinson in softball and Clear Falls and Dickinson in baseball.

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