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If you’re going to stay for a hurricane, you’ll need to be prepared for weeks of sweltering humidity without electricity, so having a reliable generator can help you stay cool, calm and connected.

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Staying connected on the road means having to charge phone and laptop computer batteries, and one simple device can keep you in the loop.

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Sometime about Sept. 14, 2008, a lot of people who’d stayed for Hurricane Ike made a depressing discovery: All the emergency water they’d run into their bathtubs had leaked out.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, even people in Jeeps with snorkel kits attached were driving around on four weak links — the tires.

 

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Thirty Santa Fe residents — among the students, parents, teachers, administrators and emergency responders — came to the state capital on Thursday to speak with Abbott at the third day of his school safety roundtable, an expert panel he announced hours after the shooting happened.

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Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the accused shooter in the mass killing at Santa Fe High School, was in violation of a school district dress code — one meant to prevent students from concealing weapons — when he wore a trench coat on campus May 18.

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Following Friday's fatal shooting at Santa Fe High School, several local experts were invited to speak at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's roundtable discussion on gun violence and possible legislative solutions.

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The Gulf Coast chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering its Disaster Distress Helpline to people suffering with emotional distress such as overwhelming anxiety, trouble sleeping and other depression-like symptoms after mass shooting Friday in Santa Fe.

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We don’t suggest that putting metal detectors in all schools would prevent all mass killings. We certainly don’t suggest it’s the only security measure area school districts should consider in the aftermath of a shooting at Santa Fe High School that left 10 dead and many others wounded.

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As I prepare to leave NASA after 30 years, having served the past five years as director of Johnson Space Center, I feel a huge debt of gratitude — to all of my talented NASA colleagues, the community and also to the American people, who support the most amazing agency in the world.

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April was exceedingly pleasant in Galveston County with relatively cool temperatures, plenty of sunshine and fairly low humidity levels. What also distinguished April weather it had a cooler monthly average temperature than March; a circumstance so unusual that we have to go back to 1938 to …

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Jazzalynn Brown McMurrin is spending Nurse Appreciation Week seeking work, and she has already been to three job fairs in the past two days, competing with hundreds of others who Friday found themselves suddenly unemployed.

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Even though it is still May, it is time to begin thinking about Hurricane Season and what we need to do to be prepared for nature’s most destructive storm. Consequently, this week has been designated as Hurricane Preparedness week by the National Weather Service.

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May is certainly a transitional month, weather wise, in Galveston County. Overnight temperatures in the 70’s and highs in the 80’s become common during the month as cool fronts lose their punch and intrusions of cool, dry air are often weak and relatively infrequent as the month unfolds.

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Long ago, my English teacher taught me that it was grammatically incorrect to use a superlative with the word perfect (despite the snafu with the phrase “more perfect union” in the preamble to the constitution). However, one is sorely tempted to say that the weather this month has been as cl…

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April is the windiest month of the year in Galveston County with an average daily wind speed of 12.2 mph at Scholes Field. So far this month has held true to form with the average daily wind speed measuring 14.0 mph.

  • By RALPH PARR
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As a journalism and writing teacher for years, I admonished my students for using cliches. With apologies to them, this cliche, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies perfectly to the upcoming Clear Creek Independent School District trustee election.

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Saturday night and Sunday, we had to put the heat on in our house, as chilly north winds buffeted Galveston County. Then, this morning I had to walk the dogs in a cool, damp, foggy mist more characteristic of February than April. Still, this late throw-back to winter really wasn’t that unusu…

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Despite last week’s rain and cool front, March 2018 ended warmer and drier than average in Galveston County. In Galveston, the average temperature for the month was 6.1 degrees above normal, making it the fifth warmest March ever in 145 years of observations.

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There is a good chance that the long late winter, early spring dry spell may end this week as a slow-moving cold front and an upper-level storm system moves east across the region.

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Another spring cold front brought sunny skies and cool to mild conditions to the County this week, with somewhat warmer conditions due over the coming few days. While this has been great for the tourist industry and for outdoor activities in general, it is getting to the point where signific…

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The first few days of Spring Break have played out pretty much as anticipated, with light rain last weekend followed by a decent cool front that brought sunny skies, but somewhat chilly conditions for the first half of this week.

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Spring Break will commence in earnest this weekend, through next week and the following weekend. Visitors to Galveston County, as well as the hospitality business, have a keen interest in what kinds of weather will prevail during that usually busy period.

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After a chilly January, which brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to the County as well as 10 days with freezing temperatures in League City and 5 days in Galveston, February has been a welcome change of pace. With temperatures for the month now running 7.6° above normal in Galveston and 7…

  • By JOHN R. COBARRUVIAS
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After the Valentine's Day Massacre, the NRA has lost its rights to dictate gun policy in America. They have refused to discuss alternatives that would keep Americans safe while protecting the right to own guns. There are options.

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An attorney representing five federal pilots seeking state licenses to guide vessels into local ports has filed a motion for summary judgment and a transfer motion, hoping to accelerate the end of a long dispute involving the Board of Pilot Commissioners, local pilots and the governor of Texas.

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Dense fog and mostly cloudy skies, along with cool to chilly temperatures have characterized our February weather so far.

  • By WILLIAM KING
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As a taxpayer in Galveston County, I have a simple question. Why is Galveston County’s tax rate 26 percent higher than the surrounding counties?

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The latest cold spell has resulted in an epidemic of frozen pipes around Galveston County. The mercury dipped to 25 degrees in Galveston and 20 degrees in League City, certainly giving the area a hard freeze and the coldest temperatures in Galveston since a 25-degree low on Feb. 2, 2011.

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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand why the Republicans and Trump created a $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit with their tax cuts to their rich buddies. The idea came from Texas.