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The Galveston County Daily News: Between The Lines

July 1, 2015

Between The Lines

Thursday 05/21/2015
Help Ball High students’ lip-synched video get 500,000 views
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 4:44 pm

Galveston's Ball High School’s  “Lip Dub” video features 2,000 students and staff singing and dancing their way through the school’s campus. The 14-minute video was produced and choreographed by students, who are hoping the video will get 500,000 views before June 6, which is graduation day.

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Thursday 02/05/2015
Galveston restores video of controversial meeting
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 11:15 am

A video recording of a Jan. 28 Galveston City Council meeting has been restored to the city's public access website.

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Monday 01/26/2015
Moody Gardens penguins predict the Super Bowl
Posted: January 26, 2015 - 2:18 pm

As is becoming a big-sporting-event tradition, a local attraction tried to capitalize on the upcoming Super Bowl by having their animals "predict" the outcome of the game.

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
Graphic: Where did curfew citations happen?
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 3:25 pm

On Wednesday, I reported that the Galveston Police Department issued far more curfew citations to black and Hispanic teenagers than they did to white teens between 2013 and 2014.

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Monday 01/12/2015
Weber tweet compares Hitler, Obama (UPDATE)
Posted: January 12, 2015 - 8:45 pm

After thousands of people, including dignitaries from more than 40 countries, marched through the streets of Paris on Sunday, President Barack Obama came under criticism for not participating in the event.

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Tuesday 01/06/2015
Weber votes for Gohmert, against Boehner, for Speaker of the House
Posted: January 06, 2015 - 2:22 pm

John Boehner was re-elected as the Speaker of the House on Tuesday as Republicans assumed full control of Congress for the first time since 2007. 

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Monday 08/18/2014
Galveston County and military hardware
Posted: August 18, 2014 - 9:45 am

If you are like me, you were probably glued to the television Wednesday night at the situation going on in Ferguson, Mo. On that night, protests over the police shooting that caused the death of 19-year-old Michael Brown turned violent, and police used tear gas and other methods to disperse protesters.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
Flesh eating bacteria is not a new threat
Updated: February 23, 2015 - 6:34 pm

GALVESTON — Over the weekend, reports emerged that an Austin woman was recovering from a fight with Vibrio vulnificus, a form of flesh-eating bacteria.

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Monday 07/07/2014
Web tool shows Galveston through the decades
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 4:39 pm

GALVESTON - I came across a pretty cool web tool today, created by the United States Geological Survey. 

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Tuesday 06/10/2014
Shark bites a rare thing in Galveston
Posted: June 10, 2014 - 12:39 pm

GALVESTON — News that a Houston teenager had been bitten by a shark on a West End beach quickly spread yesterday, as the picture of teeth marks on 14-year-old Mikaela Medina’s back drew clicks from around the Internet.

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Friday 05/23/2014
What will the new Balinese Room look like?
Posted: May 23, 2014 - 4:39 pm

GALVESTON — On Thursday, the Galveston City Council approved a zoning change for the property that once held the Balinese Room. The change will allow developers to build a structure that rises high as 70 feet — should the developers follow through on their idea to rebuild the Balinese Room as a restaurant and concert venue that could hold as many as 3,000 people at one time.

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
What Godzilla can teach us about emergency preparedness
Posted: May 21, 2014 - 5:35 pm

GALVESTON — Did you see Godzilla last weekend? You probably did.  I went and saw it Sunday afternoon.

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Wednesday 04/09/2014
Mafrige attack video: Yarbrough doesn’t want to 'work hard'
Updated: April 09, 2014 - 7:05 pm

UPDATE: After a mayoral forum at the San Luis Hotel today, I asked Mafrige about the video.

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Tuesday 03/18/2014
Another look at Galveston's voting districts
Updated: March 18, 2014 - 12:17 pm

The city has released color-coded map to remind voters about who, exactly, they will be voting for during this May’s election.

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Thursday 03/06/2014
Bacteria panic starts right on schedule
Updated: March 06, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Here we are again, right before a big beach event weekend and the news comes out that bacteria levels are elevated on some Galveston beaches.

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Wednesday 02/26/2014
Beeton will run for Mayor
Updated: February 26, 2014 - 5:00 pm

UPDATE: District 3 Councilwoman Elizabeth Beeton confirms that she'll file paperwork tomorrow to join the mayor's race.

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Wednesday 02/12/2014
Report: George Mitchell was 2013’s second biggest giver
Posted: February 12, 2014 - 11:02 am

In life, George Mitchell was lauded not only as a titan of industry, but also a prolific philanthropist. In death, it seems he was no different.

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Monday 01/27/2014
Former president, first lady spotted in Galveston
Updated: January 27, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, were spotted over the weekend in Galveston, taking in lunch and a show.

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Thursday 12/19/2013
JSC and TRACLab's robots compete in DOD smackdown
Posted: December 19, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Next-generation robots from NASA’s Johnson Space Center and a Webster science lab are among 17 machines competing in Miami, Fla.

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Explore our Galveston City Council lunch data
Updated: December 19, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Earlier this week, we reported that the city of Galveston spent $13,590.48 on meals for the city council in the last fiscal year.

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Monday 10/14/2013
On the agenda, Week of Oct. 14: Council to discuss scofflaw program
Posted: October 14, 2013 - 3:02 pm

GALVESTON — The city council will consider a resolution this week to join in a county program that would help the city collect unpaid traffic tickets.

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Tuesday 09/17/2013
The Morgan memo revealed
Updated: September 17, 2013 - 4:52 pm

In May, The Daily News reported on a confidential memo sent to city attorney Dorothy Palumbo written by Dallas Attorney Terry D. Morgan about the ways the city may challenge the construction of scattered site housing on the island in the future.

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Monday 09/09/2013
Galveston County OEM in the running for ambulance bus kit
Updated: February 23, 2015 - 5:56 pm

You clicks could help save lives in the next major storm. 

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Monday 08/05/2013
Petition against seawall parking argues discrimination, privacy violations
Updated: August 05, 2013 - 1:46 pm

GALVESTON — An appeal to the Texas Supreme Court attempting to halt the start of seawall parking was filed on July 26, the day before the program officially launched.

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Monday 07/29/2013
Let The Daily News answer your parking questions
Updated: July 29, 2013 - 1:05 pm

With the first weekend of paid parking now in the history books, there are still plenty of people that have questions about Seawall parking.

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Friday 07/26/2013
How to buy a yearly parking pass over the phone
Updated: July 28, 2013 - 12:01 am

On Friday, a local resident, “Joan” called The Daily News with a problem. Joan said she does not have an Internet connection or a smart phone, meaning the only way she could buy a yearly seawall parking pass was through the PayByPhone phone system.

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Williams played key role in Tuesday’s filibuster
Updated: August 21, 2013 - 5:53 pm

One local lawmaker played a key role in Tuesday’s dramatics the Texas Senate. State Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, was among the most visible Republicans who trying to derail Sen. Wendy Davis’ 13-hour filibuster of Senate Bill 5, which would have dramatically affected the laws governing abortion clinics in Texas.

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Thursday 06/06/2013
Lost dogs reunited with owner
Updated: June 06, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Update: The lost dogs are back with their owner, according to pro golfer Bo Van Pelt. We'll have more details once they are available.

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Tuesday 05/28/2013
Mayor blasts paper for reporting on legal plan
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 8:14 pm

During Tuesday's special city council meeting, Mayor Lewis Rosen read a statement regarding a Daily News report on the city's potential challenges to public housing on the island.

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Friday 05/24/2013
Palumbo's agenda is as 'wild and crazy' as advertised
Updated: May 28, 2013 - 2:55 pm

UPDATE: Here's a copy of the agenda for Tuesday's special city council meeting. It's an interesting read. 

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Friday 05/17/2013
Bill would change Galveston dune permits
Posted: May 17, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Here is something interesting: A bill popped up in the last days of the legislative session that would substantially change the way dune construction permits are granted on Galveston Island.

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Wednesday 05/15/2013
Texas Monthly: Leon’s among Texas’ best BBQ
Updated: May 15, 2013 - 8:06 pm

Even if every Texan agrees that the Texas barbecue is the best barbecue, there is little hope that every Texan will agree on where to find the state’s best barbecue.

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Tuesday 05/14/2013
San Luis Hotel leads county in March alcohol sales
Updated: May 14, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Galveston County bars, restaurants and hotels sold more than $7 million in alcoholic beverages in March, according to mixed beverage tax receipts from the state comptroller’s office.

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Letters don't support Comcast claims
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Residents at two apartment complexes managed by the Galveston Housing Authority are without cable service. An editorial published Monday suggested that Comcast, rather that the housing authority, should own this problem.

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Thursday 05/02/2013
Hutchison talks Galveston History on ‘The Daily Show’
Updated: May 02, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison appeared on Comedy Central last night to promote her new book and chat with Jon Stewart about the current state of Congress and about Texas’ current leadership.

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Monday 04/22/2013
Tribute to 1900 Storm orphans “haunting” and “powerful”
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Linda Macdonald, who has often told the story of the tragedy that struck the orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word during the 1900 Storm, found new evidence of the power of that story. During the storm, all 10 sisters and 90 of the 93 children at the orphanage died. 

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Saturday 04/20/2013
Time for avoidance of oversight to end?
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Several folks sent clippings of Bill Minutaglio’s column in The New York Times about the recent explosion at the fertilizer in West and the Texas City Disaster.

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Friday 04/19/2013
What is a reasonable person supposed to make of this?
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Ecomet Burley, who resigned in a brokered deal as superintendent of the La Marque Independent School District, goes to the administration building to clean out his office.

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Teichman Road's endless red light gets new timing
Updated: April 19, 2013 - 5:16 pm

If you don’t often have to sit at the lights at the intersection of Harborside Drive and I-45, you don’t know the daily challenge that the employees of the Daily News do.

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Tuesday 04/16/2013
Marathon runner: I’ll be back
Updated: June 13, 2013 - 8:15 pm

By deadline yesterday, I had managed to speak with two of the four local athletes that I knew ran in the Boston Marathon; and contacted the relative of a third.

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Thursday 04/11/2013
Housing authority chairman replies to land office invitation
Updated: April 11, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Irwin M. "Buddy" Herz, an attorney who chairs the Galveston Housing Authority board, won't be meeting next week with officials of the Texas General Land Office.

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Wednesday 03/20/2013
More trees, more problems?
Updated: March 20, 2013 - 5:36 pm

GALVESTON — I received a couple phone calls last week after writing about this year’s scaled-back NeighborWoods program, a effort by the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy to replant trees, and bring back shady avenues, to city neighborhoods.

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Monday 03/11/2013
Bills by the numbers
Updated: April 06, 2013 - 8:16 pm

March 8 was the last day bills could be filed in the Texas legislature, concluding one of the busiest weeks of the year in Austin as state leaders scrambled to submit legislation that could eventually become new laws.

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Tuesday 02/26/2013
Galveston releases new LDR schedule
Updated: February 26, 2013 - 12:00 pm

GALVESTON — With the news Monday that the planning commission would continue its review of the new Land Development Regulations into April, the city has released an updated schedule of what will be reviewed at each of the next five workshop meetings.

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Monday 02/25/2013
Sequestering Texas
Updated: February 25, 2013 - 1:51 pm

If mandatory federal budget cuts do take place this week, Texas will take big hits in military and education funding, according to a report released by the White House on Sunday.

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Wednesday 02/20/2013
Consultant: No Houston to Galveston train in the near future
Updated: February 20, 2013 - 5:04 pm

GALVESTON — Any development of a commuter train connecting Galveston to Houston is still a ways down the track, according to the city’s transportation consultant.

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Thursday 02/14/2013
Rosen: We do not have secret meetings
Updated: February 15, 2013 - 7:50 am

GALVESTON — Mayor Lewis Rosen opened today’s city council meeting by strongly asserting that the council does not hold secret meetings, and that the council has followed all applicable laws when holding closed-door, executive session meeting.

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Tuesday 02/12/2013
Orion passes another test
Updated: November 14, 2013 - 11:35 am

Tuesday was a good day for the future of human space flight. Out in Yuma, Ariz., an Orion capsule was taken up to 25,000 feet and dropped from a plane. One of its three main parachutes was rigged to not open.

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Monday 02/11/2013
City secretary, grand prix on list of week's council items
Updated: February 11, 2013 - 5:16 pm

GALVESTON — The city council has a large list of items to get through at Thursday’s meeting, and it at times read like a greatest hits tour from the past few months of business at city hall.

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Thursday 02/07/2013
A gambling push in Austin? Not quite
Updated: February 07, 2013 - 2:19 pm

At Tuesday’s meeting, members of the city’s planning commission talked about the possibility of changing the city’s restrictions on building height in anticipation of casino gambling someday returning to Texas.

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